Archive for May, 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013


yellowThis is probably her favorite dress. Let’s say it’s her favorite non-pyjama dress or, perhaps, her favorite dress that actually belongs to her. I don’t always let her wear it. I try to push it to the back of the closet sometimes… especially on school days but school’s out for Avery so pretty much everything is fair game.

We went through this with Chase too. The whole needing to wear a dress and fancy shoes thing and then trying to climb stuff. It wasn’t until just this year that Chase would agree that running shoes were probably her best bet for heavy duty fun. These ruffles don’t seem to slow her down however and, even though I was wearing perfectly acceptable footwear, I’m the one with aching feet. And nobody even cares. Not even a little bit.

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Sunday, May 26th, 2013

Standing Up

Some time after her birthday, just within the last week or so, Bennett started pulling herself up on stuff. Then, after so many months of being completely immobile she just GOES. Within two days of figuring out how to get up on her feet she is climbing stairs and ladders and cruising on the furniture. It’s unbelievable. It’s fun for Avery who seems to enjoy being tackled and playing hide and seek with the baby. Lots of giggles!

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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Roly Poly Blog Tour And Pattern Giveaway! (Closed)


Imagine Gnats is doing a great blog tour to launch of her new Roly Poly Pinafore pattern. I wrote all about the one I made during Kids Clothes Week here. It’s a great, easy pattern with clear, well-written instructions and we get TONS of compliments on it wherever we go. Aside from the extreme cuteness I like that, for a baby, it can be worn with or without a shirt underneath depending on the weather. I know it’s going to get lots of use this summer.


The best news though? I have a copy of the pattern to give away to you! Just leave a comment below to be entered to win and tell everyone your ideas for the fabric combo you will use on this reversible pinafore. For another entry like NeurosesGalore on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me. I’ll choose a winner at the end of the blog tour 5/31.

Here’s the whole blog tour schedule. I can’t wait to see what everyone else made! There’s lots to see in the Imagine Gnats Flickr group too and if you (sad face) don’t win, you can buy the pattern here.

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5.13 Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
5.14 Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
5.15 Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
5.16 Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
5.17 Nancy owen’s olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours
5.20 Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
5.21 Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
5.22 Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
5.23 Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
5.24 Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo
5.27 Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
5.28 Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
5.29 Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
5.30 Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
5.31 Polly Jack & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin

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Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Happy M Day


We are so, so glad to have the dad part of our family back around these parts. He was in San Fransisco for 2.5 weeks. We managed but are so glad to have him home. We enjoyed a nice day even if it did involve rescuing the Prius from the long term parking lot at the airport. There was also Mexican food, a margarita and a trip to Target so, all in all, pretty good.

I love these kids. Bennett was her sweet self. Avery wore a purple dress-up Rapunzel/ballerina combo over her pink poly princess nighty with a pair of jelly sandals to the playground. Chase tasted ketchup* for the first time in five years and, in the spirit of being adventurous and having Mexican food for lunch, declared it spicy and delicious. Later, during a rousing round of money flash cards that she insisted on trying, in response to my gentle prodding toward the answer she declared JUST GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!


I’m up to my ears in party supplies for a certain little person’s birthday party next weekend. I can’t even believe it. I’m just going to eat so much cake this week. That’s how I think I’ll handle this. The girls keep talking about how she’ll be a big girl. They are so excited. There are presents hiding all over the house.


Happy Mother’s Day, friends. I love you all.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Teeth, Finally


Not quite so toothless anymore. They are finally poking up through her gums and, boy, are they sharp!

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Monday, May 6th, 2013

My Favorite Brews

IMG_9421Iced tea season is here! As soon as I can go out without a jacket anymore it’s time to start brewing iced tea. I love, love, love it. I love a big pitcher of regular old iced tea brewed from Lipton tea bags but, over time, I’ve come to love a few other blends too. These are my go-to brews just in case you’re looking to shake it up a little.

I make all of my iced tea the same way. I brew it in a heavy glass pitcher that holds about a liter or a quart and that I can pour hot water directly into. Kind of but not exactly either of these. I put the tea bags and sugar in first and then pour the water over. Steep, stir,serve. Always delicious. The technique is always the same and I almost always use about 1/3 cup of sugar. It’s sweeeeet but that’s how I like it. Only the number of tea bags varies.

Plain Old (Sweet) Tea

To make regular old iced tea I use 6 tea bags. I usually finish the pitcher in a day so I don’t use anything fancy just plain old Lipton or Red Rose. I do often use decaf tea bags so I can drink it all day without giving myself heart palpitations and wondering why my hands won’t stop shaking.

Passion Tea

Tazo passion tea from Starbucks is a DELICIOUS but expensive habit. It’s more expensive than other teas at the grocery store but at $5/24 bags, which brews 6 pitchers, I think it’s a bargain. To make this tea I scale it back to 4 bags and find it to be perfectly flavorful. (the iced tea filterbags are perfectly good too).

Orange Blossom Hibiscus Tea

This is a Lipton herbal tea. I don’t enjoy it on it’s own but it’s perfect in addition to a black tea. I use 4 regular bags and two of the orange blossom hibiscus and it’s super yummy. It’s more subtly flavored than the others.

Earl Grey Tea

Trader Joe’s Early Grey bags make delicious iced tea (and hot too, really) and I like to make it whenever I’m not quite in the mood for an herbal but not in the mood for plain old iced tea either. If there’s no Trader Joe’s near you it appears that there’s a black market for this tea.

Now I’m thirsty! What do you like to drink in the summer?

**the tea in the picture was made from some lone bags in the cupboard that came from somewhere now long forgotten, It was hibiscus based and quite yummy though.

***Never ever use Trader Joe’s Crimson Blossom green tea. It has licorice in it.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

{Family Sketchbook Project}

{family sketchbook project}
One sketch a week from any family member who’d like to take part.
Just fun. No pressure.

Phew! It’s a good thing it’s a no pressure project because that was some hiatus. Mostly, it’s because my prolific artist has just not been that prolific as of late. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it. One week I almost posted a picture of some mermaids that I drew in sidewalk chalk because that’s pretty much the only time I exercise my ability to draw. The impermanence of sidewalk chalk is pretty liberating.

I found this girl on the back of a paper in her homework folder after she went to bed so I don’t know her story. She certainly looks princess like to me though even without a crown. I like the detail on her cuffs.


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