Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
These first shots are relatively benign, right? A typical three-year-old in front of the camera.
While in New Jersey, my cousins took us to Absecon to visit a little shopping village called Smithville. I found a little bead shop where I purchased these brightly colored lampwork beads. I haven't quite decided what to do with them yet, but I do know that each of my daughters and I will have a piece of jewelry of similar design. The orange bead is for Kait, the green bead is for 'Manda and the blue bead is for me.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Recently, I wondered if I would put a nesting box in my yard, if they would come to visit. Apparently, I don't need a nesting box at all! I also saw a younger bird which still had it's spotty plumage. The photo I shot of it wasn't my favorite, though.
And for another swap, our partners were supposed to list ten items they would like to have for their quilting room...then the sender picks five of those items to assemble together in a nice parcel. One of the items my partner requested was something handmade by me. I made this cute pincushion. Notice the use of the paisley? I hope My partner likes paisely, too. :)
This pinchusion measures about 3.75 inches square and 1.25 inches tall.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Quincy sure had a great time helping to mix up the batter.
He REALLY wanted a taste of the batter. He was a good sport about waiting to lick the bowl and the spoon AFTER we'd filled the cupcake pan with what we needed. Actually, he kept telling me, "Mom! You're gonna use it ALL UP! I want some, too!"
Next, we lined each well of my antique muffin tin with a cute cup liner. The strange thing about this tin is that there are only ELEVEN wells. Whose idea was it to bake one less cupcakes than a dozen??? Whatever the reason, Q and I were having fun. And the unsual number made it easier to fill ALL the cupcake wells.
We then set the timer and placed the muffin tray into the oven....
Fifteen minutes later....and a little time allowed to cool and decorate....this was our finished product:
Thursday, August 7, 2008
One of her friends curled her hair for her and we decided on a whim to shoot some portraits. These were a few of our favorites. Kait helped me with a few of the edits...she told me what she wanted and what she liked.
Take a peek!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I like the blues, I like the moon's reflection and I LOVE the waves in this shot.
I wish I could go back to the beach today....
After much coveting, I finally have a French Press of my own. I'd seen them in coffee shops, heard people talk about them and read articles about how coffee from a french press was the best coffee....blah blah blah! I gave one to a friend one year for Christmas. I wasn't sure if he used it or liked it or maybe ended up using it for a pencil cup on his desk?
When using a french press, there seems to be more of a process to making coffee than there was with my Melita coffee maker. And the house doesn't fill up with that lovely, warm aroma of fresh brewed coffee.
I do like how these coffee pots look. There is a certain romantic grace about them.
I think I will design a cozy for my new french press. Yes! There will be photos to follow.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I bought a paper box full of 12 skeins of Lion Brand Chenille yarn at a yard sale. The gal who was selling had started to knit an afghan. Apparently, she gave up and lost interest and sold the whole lot of yarn to me for a whopping THREE BUCKS! I unraveled all of the sloppy knitting and crocheted this lovely shawl. I made it a little larger than the shawls I typically make. It is VERY snuggly and and warm. All the kids love to cuddle with it...so does Moses! She curls up in it and falls asleep.
I can hardly wait for a cool Autumn morning when I can drape this around my shoulders and sip my latte.
Here's to yard sales and FINISHED PROJECTS!
This "way" runs in front of the library my aunt frequents in Toms River, NJ. We all got a kick out of seeing it...and posing like dorks with the sign.
After studying the sign for a few minutes, Kaitlyn announced to me, "All you need is a screwdriver, Mom!" What a nice thought that my daughter is thinking of ways to stealing street signs