Monday, May 30, 2011

There is nothing that says National Holiday like....

a little home redo.  Jan and I have this pattern of embarking on big home remodels on national holidays.  So today, Jan demolished our downstairs bathroom which is reminiscent of the labor day that she demo-ed our upstairs bathroom four years ago.  Apparently, the memory of that bathroom remodel has faded and we are it again.  My dad and I retiled the whole upstairs shower and floor by ourselves with grout and powertools.  It was a proud moment for both of us.  We are less ambitious for this one.  We (meaning Jan) are going to remove the tile, a huge bathtub, then drywall, paint, and hopefully bring a washer and dryer to the first floor. Since laundry is our nemisis, we are hoping that being on the first floor it will be easier to get done, rather than having to run down to the basement.  So, my bathroom looks something like this right now:
Frightening, isn't it?

I did a much less invasive craft.  I cleaned the kids' room and made them banners for their beds.  When we had our weekend away and went to Alwives Fabrics, I bought a fabulous banner kit using Heather Ross' mermaid fabric that you can't find anywhere.  It was so cute and easy that I used the Oliver and S Company City Weekend fabric I had left-over from some placemats that I had made (and haven't quite finished yet....ugh) for Elliot's banner.  El was a little disappointed that his banner didn't have more "pictures" but sometimes we have to bring out the family motto, you get what you get and you don't get upset. Here are the results:

Just look at those mermaids swimmin'. The banner looks cute but I need to do new curtains and valences for the bedroom.  Those elephant valences I made when I was pregnant with Elliot seven years ago.  I just can't quite decide what would work for both a girl and boy sharing a room.  And no, I did not make the quilt.  Quilts for the kids is also on the to-do list.  El and Phoebe's wall also showcase their favorite coloring projects.  Sometimes we expand outside the banner in the dining room.  I guess we're just a prolific family. 
Cute, huh?  And yup, did not make this quilt either although I did make the naked sock monkey.  Never got around to clothing him.  I have issues finishing things, I guess.  This is why I made the banners on Saturday night and had them up on Sunday morning.  If I let things linger, they don't always get done.  

Overall, fabulously easy project.  The hardest part was making the binding tape and that isn't very hard.  You could always buy premade binding tape but I had the fabric in front of me. 

And let the summer begin! And please let the bathroom be done before we have to go back to school in August.  Please, please, please. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

This Moment

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar) 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fabulous Weekend Fun

So, my dad works in Damriscotta, Maine and since I had wanted to go visit this shop (Alewives Fabric Shop) in person, we decided to go on a mini-vacation for the weekend.  The thing about the Alewives is that it is basically right next to a fish ladder.  If you have never seen a fish ladder, then you are TOTALLY missing out.  It looks something like this:
Basically, this allows the fish to swim upstream to spawn.  A dam had been built to prevent them from coming up the rest of the stream.  Watching fish swim upstream is like watching a miracle happen in front of your eyes.  It was amazing.  Thankfully, even though the first day there were no fish, on the second day the fish arrived. 
We also managed to catch some of the only concentrated rays of sunlight on Saturday.  It was a few moments of gorgeousness!  
Phoebe picked me huge boquets of dandilions.  

An AMAZING lunch at the Damriscotta Grill.  
followed by a little ice-cream.  (Shhh, don't tell but my dad really does eat ice-cream.)
And we couldn't resist buying a few plants to bring back with us across the border.  

We had a fabulous weekend and I'd like to thank mid-coast Maine for being so beautiful!

Friday, May 20, 2011

We're Off

We're off on a grand Maine adventure that is sure to include bathsuits, fish, fabric, lighthouses and lots of bonding time in the car.  Got to love a mini weekend vacation!

Friday, May 13, 2011

What to do with those scrapbooking mists?

This in a fabulous article on misting for scrapbooking: Misting Magic | Ella Publishing Co. I bought about 6 bottles of mist at the CKC and now they are staring at me from my crafting table. What to do with them? What to do? The irony is that misting seems to be turning up everywhere but I couldn't seem to find a single bottle at a single store in the Concord, NH area. Who is hording these misting bottles? When I saw them at CKC for a good price, I jumped. However, now I am feeling sorta nervous about using them. Well, this article helped. Hope it helps you.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day we had a lovely message on our fridge.  We think we've just got the best family going!  We got lots of love to go around.  I also let Phoebe do my hair so I ended up with a crown and lots of details in the back.  Really, I think the picture speaks for itself.  Who doesn't love a little hair decoration?

I hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day as well.  We had Lemonaide Cake which was rather divine.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

CKC Exhaustion

Last weekend I was at CKC (Creating Keepsakes Convention) in Manchester, NH.  I did six classes, two crops, more shopping than I really should have, and didn't stop for two whole days.  As a result, I have come down with the flu and my dining room looks like a craft bag exploded in it (see below and yes, that is my kitty in the corner).  I also have about ten projects that now need to be finished.  On the flip side, I am inspired and energized about scrapbooking again.

The only real issue I have is that this "pink is for girls, and blue is for boys" thing is rampant in the scrapbooking world.  One teacher remarked that her husband would "flip" if she used "bling" on a scrapbook page about him.  I thought our world was getting more accepting?  Why have we decided that some colors belong to particular genders?  Since when do boys have to be happy with dark or dull colors? 

 I have the same problem with clothes for boys.  Elliot really, really wanted a pink shirt for Easter.  I managed to find one for him at Carter's and he looked fantastic but I had to drive to our nearest outlet town for it.  I think he is tired of navy blue (which conviently covers dirt very well).  I guess we will be doing another big batch of tie die this spring.  Phoebe is a yellow girl which makes things a bit easier.  She is also going through a major dress phase.  Well, I keep looking for those gender neutral kid's clothes.  If you know of somewhere to look, leave me a message.