Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Bash and Flea Market

El had his seventh birthday last weekend.  I found some really fun ideas on the computer this year that I think worked out.  The first were these:
These are cupcakes in the shape of an ice-cream cone.  It was super easy.  I just baked regular box cake mix into the cone.  The hardest party was cutting holes in the aluminum foil baking tray so that the cones would stand up straight.  They were a big success. 

The other fun thing were these:

Gummy Kabobs for each of the kids to bring home.  They were super easy.  The best thing to remember is to get gumdrops to anchor the top and bottom of the skewer.  The rest just depends on what cool gummies you can find.  I sprung for the big shark- one for each gummy- at the gourmet candy store in the mall (along with frogs and lobsters).  The rest were grocery store bags such a peach rings, gumdrops, and sour apple rings. 

After all the party excitment, we went to Flea Market on Sunday.  It was our first time for the year and I completly lucked out.  My big finds: the cherry red luggage bag for $1.00, the train needlepoint framed in a red frame for $7.00, the set of curtains that I'll cut down for the kids' room for $12.00, and the vintage kid's typewriter for $5.00 (yes, I said $5.00).  PLUS, I got the Star Wars art books for $1.00 each.  I completely and totally lucked out.  

I had been stalking these on etsy and ebay for months and they were about $60.00 and I got mine for $5.00.  I LOVE the Davisville Flea Market in Davisville, NH.  It's like a really cool yardsale.  Look at Phoebe's find:
Phoebe got a stuffed horse the size of her own body.  People actually gave the kids toys.  They were in heaven.... and I was too.

Monday, June 20, 2011

I made this...

I just have to say that I have not negleted my crafting in the last few weeks.  However, I haven't had a minute to take pictures, download them, and then blog.  I do want to show you this beauty:

I was assigned to making a bag for my friend Renee who is leaving us at the high school for greener pastures.  I miss her already. Because she is so fashionable, I didn't just want to make her the grocery bags that I've gotten quite competent at making.  So, I made this beauty.  I downloaded the pattern from  I think it was the Madeline bag.  I am so proud of myself- it has TUCKS and an internal pocket and interfacing and two different fabrics.  And it wasn't hard! 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Grading Week

The exam weeks (both midterms and finals) are among the most stressful for teachers, and most stressful for English teachers.  You've got piles and piles of papers and projects and everyone wasnts the grade RIGHT NOW.  I am up to my ears in work and it feels like it will never get done.  However, it will and it always does.
These are the things our kids do while we are correcting.  Phoebe is way into her Rapunzel wig right now.  Here is donned her wig and cape for playing in the yard- don't ask the connection becuase I don't know.  Phoebe is Phoebe. 
Elliot has been doing laps around the house on his bike (without training wheels, I might add).  He goes around and around and around.  He's even learning to stop unlike my brother who used to circle and circle and circle until he ran into the garage. 

Well, wish me luck in surviving this week!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

This is what happens when you let a 3 year old pick out fabric....

I let Phoebe pick out the fabric for a little pillow.  I promised her two weeks ago that I'd make her a pillow and she's been hounding and hounding and hounding me to make it.  We actually let the kids each pick out fabric the day we went to Alwives Fabric and I assumed that this is what I would use.  However, when we went up to the attic to see if I had fabric for another project she went with me and picked out these fabrics:
The funny thing is that I would NEVER had put these fabric together.  A yellow home dec weight fabric, an orange with yellow swirls, a purplish velvet, and a blue flowers.  Nope, never would have put it together but it looks kinda nice all together.  She is way into rainbows right now and this is as close to a rainbow as she could get with what she was looking at.  So, there you go.  Maybe I should let my 3 year old pick my fabric combos more often. 

The other big adventure we had today is when we went to go see Cousin Jonathan who has just arrived from Texas.  The kids have been absolutely counting down the days until he was going to arrive.  This is their favorite person in the whole world. 

We took a walk at this AMAZING park that used to be a zoo but now is just a regular park.  The kids loved it and we saw ANIMALS like frogs, turtles, and baby Canadian Geese which really are almost as fun as elephants and gorillas. 

Oh wait, those last ones aren't gorillas but kids that look like gorillas.  They left the old cages open so that you could go in them if you wanted.  It was SO FUN for the kids.  And really, how many times have to wanted to just put your kids in a big cage and shut the door.  So, it was fun for the parents as well.  

Friday, June 3, 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)