For his 8th birthday, my sweet son wanted to have a food drive. So we sent out invites asking friends to bring a few bucks for a present and a food item for the food pantry. I wasn’t sure how he would feel not having a pile of presents to open like at every other birthday, but the whole thing was awesome. We had his party at the Tae Kwan Do studio and it was super fun, and then we took the 67 lbs(!) of food he collected to the food bank a few days later. The TKD instructor gave him a special “community” band for his TKD belt. Very awesome. What I loved the most was that everyone helped to make a big deal out of his food drive idea, which just encourages his giving heart even more. It was a wonderful birthday. And he’s being very patient with the money that his generous friends (parents) gave him – waiting until after Christmas to pick out his birthday toy.
I feel like I should tag this with #firstworldproblems, but we have so much. A safe neighborhood, good friends, plenty to eat. I worry sometimes that my kid’s easy existence is setting him up for trouble as an adult, or somehow not preparing him for real life. But this whole experience has put my mind at ease a little. He was excited to drop off the food, and still excited to have a little money to get a toy after Christmas – excited about both. And that’s fair, right? What more can I ask?
Here are some photos:
Cake and party favors
Cutting the cake with a sword
I especially love this one of Grandma’s excitement about the sword!
Dropping off the donation at the food pantry
Lots more pictures here:
There’s a corner of my office/sewing room that is getting a little Hoarder-y. I’ve finished a couple quilts lately and kind of thrown all the cut away batting/scraps on top of this bin. And then I bought some fleece and felt for doll construction and some wovens for scarves and some vintage table cloths and I think you’re getting the picture. That pile is getting CRAZY.
So we got this pretty dresser this weekend. It was brand new – possibly the 2nd brand new dresser I’ve ever bought in my life. I don’t know what came over me! But there we were, in the pretty princess little girls section of Rooms To Go, and the sparkly knobs were just calling my name.
It was right next to the Cinderella carriage bed with the sparkly netting. Do you know what I’m talking about?
So here it is (imagine angels singing):
When I started the dresser search, I went to Goodwill first. They pretty much never have any good furniture at our Goodwill, but I wanted to try. So of course, they didn’t have any good furniture, but they did have a roll of home dec-weight pink and brown houndstooth fabric for $10! I can see the original Hancock’s tag inside that says it was originally $17+ a yard. There are at least 5 or 6 yards on this roll!!! SCORE! Who knows what I’ll use it for – at this price, I might use some of it as stabilizer! Who cares?!
So with my new houndstooth, I have the perfect canvas to make my own ironing board to top whatever dresser I find.
So we got the dreamy dresser, and I got some 3/4″ plywood at Home Depot cut to the right size and my handy staple gun out…
And 4 layers of cotton batting and one layer of insul-bright and one layer of bargain basement houndstooth later, and I have an AMAZE-BALLS new storage dresser and ironing board!
Can you tell I’m excited?
I finished up a few more gifts and sadly, forgot to take pictures of a bunch of them! Lots of pouchies for neighbor and teacher gifts, and of course, I didn’t take any pictures. But I used this super cute and simple pattern: The Pleated Zipper Pouch from SkipToMyLou.org
Then I bought a couple patterns from this super cute Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/dollsanddaydreams
I finished the Big Doll in about 4 hours! Just in time to be a gift for my 1 yr old cousin :) Here’s Kinley’s big doll – I think she loved her.
We had a beautiful Christmas in Miami with lots of family. I hope your holiday – whatever you celebrate – was also wonderful!
Got a little sewing done this weekend. I’m finishing up the binding on baby Erik’s (my gorgeous new nephew) quilt – finished pictures coming soon on that – but here’s a little preview.
Also made some ornaments for family members. I used the awesome pattern and tutorial by Elsie Marley posted here. Super cute and simple. The best part about her pattern is that she sews the gingerbread man down to a felt rectangle and THEN cuts him out! So much easier that cutting two gingerbread men and sewing them together around the bite marks. Very smart!
And finally, I got to work on a zipper pouch – I needed a gift for a man…hope it’s manly enough! I used this super simple tutorial by terrabytefarm.com posted here. I’ve made quite a few box pouches, and they were all kind of a pain. This tutorial was super easy. The key is that the inside is unfinished. But since I’m not crazy about all those little threads and stuff, I think next time, I’ll add a 1/2 inch to the length on one side when cutting the fabric and do french seams. I also added a handle by jamming a little rectangle of fabric into my corners before I squared them off. I’ll definitely use that tutorial again!
I also made these pillow cases a few weeks ago for some ugly leather pillows we have. It’s funny, now we use those pillows all the time – it seems like someone is always putting one behind their back. I swear no one ever used them before. So that makes me happy!
We had a great Halloween party with the neighbors. Flat-bed trailer with hay, Thriller on the stereo, at least 20 kids and 1000’s of pieces of candy!
Here’s this year’s handmade costume. I took an XS ladies’ sweat suit from Old Navy, cut it way down and embellished. Introducing the Lego Ninjago Green Ninja – a little before and after action!
Hope your Halloween was awesome, too!
I also took this picture with my phone…no idea what happened, but it’s very creepy!
This year, we went to Wings Over Houston – advertised as one of the top five air shows in the country. Sadly, my 4 year old really only wanted to go in the bouncy house, but I loved it. The best part was a reenactment of the attack on Pearl Harbor called Tora Tora Tora. If you ever get a chance to see this, it’s worth the ticket price. It is extremely moving. I can not imagine the terror of that day. But I’m grateful to the men who had the wherewithal to shoot back.
Here’s a link to the 15 Medal of Honor recipients and their citations from that day. Only 5 survived the attack. And anyone who’s served knows that for every guy (or girl) that got an award, there are probably 100 more doing countless other acts of courage that went unseen.
I’m forever grateful to past, current and future service members. I appreciate your sacrifices. I honor your courage.
Today, I’m dreaming of a farmette. Like the one I love reading about over at Five Green Acres. We had contemplated a move to Texas, but it didn’t work out. That means its time to stop dragging my feet and dig out the garden and get to work. I’m starting from plants this year since I didn’t get any seeds started and don’t really feel like having my kitchen counter covered for weeks with peet pots. Limited space. Plus, I find the racks of plants so much more inspiring than racks of seed packs. Although, I am quite proud of last year’s garden effort – and it was awesome to see so much grow from seeds.
The other thing I’m dreaming of is a box of veggies every other week. I was thinking about joining a CSA, but again, we were planning on moving. Turns out I was really putting life on hold for that possible move! Well, no more. I want my box of organic veggies. I found one CSA who’s farm has all these events – open houses, work-for-the-day events where kids are welcome, farm to table dinners. I think I’m going to do it.
Haven’t been doing much sewing lately, but today I added my name to the Process Pledge – you can read about that here. That rOssie is a smart girl :)
SYTYCD starts tomorrow night! Woo hoo!!!
Rest in peace, Papa.
Lawrence Frederick Petters Sr.
29 May 1916 to 16 April 2010.
Obituary in the Florida Today, April 25, 2010.
It’s been a busy weekend around here – lots of eggs! I think it was a successful Easter, though.
First, we dyed our eggs. Good teamwork here. William and I did the colors, and David helped with the stickers.
Then William and I used some more teamwork to make our Easter Egg cake pops. This was much messier – but fun. I tried using corn syrup to stick the sprinkles to the pops, but that was annoying. The sprinkles don’t immediately stick to the syrup, so I used the food writers instead. Those, along with Wilton’s bottles of cookie icing, worked much better. There are so many fun decorating items on the market!
And of course, we had a million Easter egg hunts in the living room. William wanted to re-hide them a million times. Nobody tell him that there was some Halloween candy in those eggs! Don’t worry – sweet tarts don’t expire :)
This one is super awesome. The Fresh Modern Quilts group on Flickr has reached 2000 members (awesome!) and to celebrate, rOssie is doing a giveaway. Leave a comment here by April 8 to be entered.