Archive for December, 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Just A Thought

Today I listened to most of a segment on the Diane Rehm Show with the author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter.  I’ve fallen way off the Disney wagon slowly but surely.  I have been broken down.  Broken.  Anyway, I liked listening to the show and what particularly resonated with me was the point that it’s not princess it’s not even Disney so much as the commercialization and sexualization of girls that goes along with it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Boxing Day

Attempting to organize in the basement +

little scavengers helpers +

pink tempra paint +

cheapy pink stash felt +

fleece of unknown origins +

some batting+

a little hot glue +

pinking shears (to make things fancy) +

three days of planning and working =


Exactly the right baby bed for baby princess cinderella.  No other bed would do. I know because we have at least three available options.

This was all Chase.  She had plans for the box as soon as she found it and since she helped me move around all of my stash into new bins she had some ideas about how to bring it to life.  We really took our time with this project.  Partly because I’m limping along and taking it slow this week and partly because we had to work the project in stages.  The box had to dry overnight after she painted it.  She painted and did most of the cutting and measuring for the lining and blankets too, using the box as a template.

We used a little hot glue to secure the felt lining.  I was excited to use up some cheap felt on this project but I forgot just how terrible trying to cut the stuff with pinking shears is.  Terrible.  Just terrible.  The cray pas were her idea too.  Incidentally an excellent choice for Christmas.  There’s a lot of really appealing color in a box of 25.  She can’t keep her hands off them.

The pillow and mattress are made out of fleece with a little batting sandwiched in.  The blanket is just a little fleece rectangle cut with pinking shears.  I’ll have to get a picture of baby Cinderella looking cozy.  Chase was very pleased with how it turned out and she is upstairs sleeping along side her bed.  I reminder her once not to step on her in the middle of the night.  We’ll see how that goes.

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

I Fit It?

Everyday I look at Avery and wish I was taking more video.  She’s just so two.  She’s so two and so cute.

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Monday, December 26th, 2011

Handmade Holiday

I blew the dust off and fired up the old machine for the first time in months.  Months.  And I managed to eek out some gifts.  Three sets of pj’s, a bathrobe and an infinity scarf using this tutorial.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, December 26th, 2011

And The Winner Is…

…Michelle who said “I really want fabric or a serger for Christmas.”  Did Santa bring you what you asked for?  Michelle, I’ll need your mailing address so that I can pass it on to Storey.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me here.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!  We had a lovely Christmas at our house.

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

One Yard Wonders Blog Tour and Giveaway! — Closed

It’s here!  One Yard Wonders Fabric by Fabric is hot off the presses.  I’m so thrilled to be among the contributors to this book.  It’s full of awesome projects and I’m going to share my favorites with you as a part of the blog tour!  AND the good people at Storey are providing a free copy of the book to a lucky winner. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Brave and Festive

You guys are so on top of your Christmas game.  Ben and I are both not functioning at 100%.  I was feeling really bad about myself and then he told me that he walked to the train station because he thought his car wouldn’t start only to find out later that it was user error.  He walked!  And he couldn’t even find his gloves (also user error).  So we’re both in pretty bad shape but we press on.  I’m even still making stuff.

I got the idea for table cloth to tree skirt on Pinterest and on my third(!) try I finally found exactly the right table cloth to use.  It’s super simple to do.  You just cut halfway through the circle and then cut a little tree trunk sized circle out of the very middle.  I finished the cut edge with some red bias tape and a hook and eye or two.  I love how it turned out.

It’s just dumb luck that I found this one.  It’s linen with a nice red trim around the edge.  Festive without screaming Christmas.  It might have some poinsettias on it or they might just be red flowers.  Either way it’s the nicest tree skirt we’ve ever had and even with all of the reject table cloths that I bought it only cost five or six bucks.

That first one is the best picture I could get of Avery though she was happy to pose.  She’s being brave and festive but she looks pretty miserable in all of the pictures.  She’s better today though it’s still not clear where all of this is going.  I hope Chase can make it to her pizza party tomorrow.

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Sunday, December 18th, 2011


When did we get down to the week before Christmas?  Seriously, when??  I’m so behind.  I am not at all prepared.  But we did a little shopping today and a little baking too.

Chase continues to prove herself to be a great helper in the kitchen.  Great.  It’s amazing.  She rolled all of the pfeffernusse  in sugar and thumbprinted all of the strassburgs.  Which is what we call them but apparently they’re really called strassburgers and you can use the recipe to make spritz cookies.  Who knew.

I even started sewing last night so I’ll get a few things done yet.  Maybe not the whole list.  Actually, the problem is mostly that I never made a list in the first place.  All the same, I made Chase a much needed pair of pj pants last night and made her a cute little dress from this book.

My big plans for the week include figuring out where we stand with Christmas presents, an ultrasound, some more cookies, and making fried doughnuts for dinner.  What are your last minute plans?


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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011


I can’ believe how smoothly things went this year compared to last.  I don’t know what I did wrong last year or if I just needed to run through it once to get all the swearing out of my system before I could really figure it out.  This year it just went together.  I used the same recipe and amazingly nothing fell apart.

We had a lot of fun this year.  We used up all the candy!  Last year we had tons left over.  Next year I want to try Necco wafers for shingles.  I love the way that looks and I might be able to convince my kids that it’s a good idea.

They both ate their weight in candy today and Avery doubled her efforts by eating her wait in icing as well.  How they’re not both sick with tummy aches is a mystery to me.  I guess they’ve been slowly building up to it with the advent calendar.

I used this template though I let Chase do most of the cutting so it was kind of loose.  I found that using a serrated knife worked really well to smooth out parts of the baked cookies that were too bumpy to fit together.  I particularly like this recipe because it tastes good and makes enough for a good sized house and several cookies.

I love how much Chase can do now.  Last year she just stuck stuff into the icing.  This year she had plans, measured and executed her vision.

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Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Party Continues

She’s got the hang of it now.  There’s no stopping her.


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