Now off to carve our pumpkins...
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Now off to carve our pumpkins...
Monday, October 26, 2009
Okay back to sick kids. That certain flu has officially hit our house...yes it's definitely multiplying which means my undivided attention has been focused on sanitizing and taking temperatures. As a result, we had to subtract our weekend travel plans. Nothing more to add to that (except of course to bug you with math puns. Sorry about that. : )
Friday, October 23, 2009
While this cute pumpkin is smile-inducing on its own, it's the fact that it was created from a tiny spark of inspiration by a 7-year-old boy that makes me smile the most.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Now attach the spider head to the body with the sewn end of spider head facing the body so that your stitching doesn't show.
Stick the beady red straight pins into the spider head for eyes. Just under the eyes insert the 1 inch piece of craft wire. These are the spiders "pedipalps" or in simpler terms "the little thingeys that stick out by the mouth that make a spider "spiderish"."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Our family was booed several nights ago. This year we don't have a clue as to who it could have been other than a very generous ghost. Our ghost delighted my kids with a candy called "bat droppings" (wow did they think that was funny...a little too funny) and a variety of other much appreciated goodies.
Now that we've been marked, we're preparing our bags and scoping the neighborhood for unghosted houses. Tonight we'll be out after dark. In running shoes.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
from the Bricks Along the Journey website:
"The "Bricks Along the Journey" Project was established as a symbol of life, rejuvenation, and hope. Bricks salvaged from the rubble of old buildings have been transformed into stunning works of art. This transformation is the perfect metaphor for the experience shared by all Breast Cancer survivors. We take these bricks that have been knocked down and bring them to life again. The brick auctions have been instrumental in raising money for various, local Breast Cancer agencies."
I started my piece with a three-holed brick, a piece of plywood cut to size for the back and four wooden (child) building blocks for the roof.
I sewed a little quilted heart detail for the front of the house. And I...
...created the little bird on the top of the house with various fabric scraps. Then, I attached button eyes, a wisp of wool and a breast cancer awareness pink ribbon. (note: the main body of the bird was inspired by a project included in one of my favorite books: Warm Fuzzies.)
Here are a few different views of my finished brick titled "Flying High." The brick home is symbolic of shelter and stability, while the bird represents the courage to leave the safety of the nest and fly again. Now I'm off to deliver this to the auction chair with the humble hope that my art can help this worthy cause. Admittedly, one brick isn't much by itself, but many bricks together can build houses.
To make a donation to Bricks Along the Journey click here, then click "Donate." If you are in the Cincinnati area, the silent brick auction will be on Sunday, October 25th, 2009. Visit the website for details.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Secrets of the past are harbored inside these walls.
Now, now, don't be afraid. It's just our first floor bath being remodeled or as 4-year-old Nora more accurately describes, "destroyed." Lucky for us, we still have a bath and a half intact to help us through these harrowing times. However, I will admit that the past few days have had me on the edge of my seat. The banging/sound of walls crumbling along with a fine mist of circulating dust is happening on the other side of my studio walls. All who have lived through remodeling of any kind know that these are not fun times. It will be good in the end though. And I promise to share photos when the light shines again in our brand new bathroom.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thankfully, we managed to settle out of court on a navy blue, button down. Simple. Classic. No "yarn" involved. Brendan smoothed his negotiated picture day shirt and said he liked his look. Then he put on his backpack, turned and headed out the door. Now let's just hope he smiles.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
See he's happy flattened, even standing tall. So much for those Kings men.