Monday, May 11, 2009

National Apron Day!!

Happy Apron Day!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Spring!!!

I know its been awhile since my last post but I have a short recap for you of what's been going on. I guess I'll kind of work with the present and work my way backward. Due to the fact that I can not button not one pair of my pants I am on day two of detoxifying and working out. Oh my goodness I thought I was going to die yesterday. How on earth could I let myself go like that? We all know it gets harder and harder to lose weight the older you get yet I have sat complacent for way too long, I haven't been myself since my youngest was born but I was at least able to maintain one size, even if it wasn't the size I wanted to be. I just couldn't take it, now it is getting warmer and my INNER thighs have cellulite on them. I know that's a pretty picture to paint isn't it? I'll be sure to check back with you all in a couple of days just to let you know that I haven't died, lol. Well the rest of this post will explain what has brought me to this point.

We have planted a garden, well we have started planting a garden. We are so proud of it, we have had intentions of starting a garden ever since we moved into our house seven years ago. After having a third child and very busy schedule it just didn't ever happen. Well since my youngest has started kindergarten and we have been spending more time at home we thought now was the best time. A friend of ours came over to till the soil with his rotatiller, and the first thing we decided we needed to do was put a fence around it. Why you might ask? Some may think it is to keep the wild critters out, nope not us. As soon as the first patch of dirt was dug up both our lovely dogs were there laying in it looking like big ole pigs. They're a mess, literally. This past weekend we planted some tomatoes and cucumber and are just waiting on the rest of our seeds to sprout.

There's nothing better than digging your hands in the dirt and seeing watching life grow. Look how awesome it is to see those cute little seedlings peeking up above the soil.

I had to share these photos. The first week of my weight loss includes protein shakes, egg whites, oatmeal, chicken breast or fish and lots of veggies. So that being said I was in need a new blender. The old one had ground up dog food for our puppies we had and had just seen better days. So I found one on clearance at Walmart not expecting much since there were a lot better models there. When I got it home to make my first shake I was amazed at how fast and well it ground up the ice cubes. With my old one (before the dog food) I had to take a few ice cubes at a time and put them in a baggy and crush them up with a butter knife. Then add them to my shake mixture and still I would have large chunks that never would grind. This one I just put in my liquid, add whole ice cubes and push the button. I see life through new eyes now.

I'm not quite sure why one of those pictures came on there twice and I can't seem to figure out how to delete it so for now enjoy by little darlings twice. I have had to get everyone on board eating healthy so I thought since I have to this fancy new blender I guess smoothies would make a great after school snack. It's good for them and it keeps me from watching them eat cookies, Little Debbie snacks and all that other bad stuff. I made more when my oldest came home from middle school but he wasn't so cooperative about having his picture taken. URGGH middle schoolers!!
The weather here has turned gorgeous, thank God. I've had the windows open and loving the fresh air. While I was writing this I heard this strange noise and I thought what on earth is that. LOL it was my air conditioner turning on, it has been so long since I have heard it I forgot what it sounded like. The younger two boys have started baseball, we get uniforms on Thursday so I'll post some pictures then. I have also been finishing a project I started last fall, refinishing our dining room table. It was before I started blogging so I dont have before pictures I'll just have to post the after ones. I'll give you the background on it then.

I know I told you that you would see the spring line soon, I didn't lie, I'm working on it. I'm also working on the sewing 101 post. You'll see them both very soon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Belated Happy Valentines Day

Look what my creative little monsters did when I wasn't looking. They had a card for all their Grandparents even Great Grandma is NY. I was very impressed they came up with such a thing without any prompting.

Aren't they beautiful? My sweetie, Lisa over at Blossom's florist gave them to me. I had an awesome time delivering flowers over Valentines Day for Blossoms. I even made a man blush, that's the best. His girlfriend had sent him a huge arrangement at work... at a plumbing store. Boy was he getting harrassed by his coworkers. It's always good to make someone's day!
Well we are back to reality now. Still working on the spring line. I can't wait for you all to see it. Just think SPRING!!! :))

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Eggs, it what's for dinner...

and lunch, and breakfast and snack. Wow my parents' chickens have been busy laying some eggs. My father brought me this huge box of eggs the other day, Now I"m trying to figure out what to do with them. There is nothing better than a fresh eggs straight from the chicken. Hence the discolorations on some of them. lol
Anyhow Oh my gosh can you believe it is February already? This new site that I just found is doing an awesome giveaway for the month of February. They are giving away a set of 500 count sheets and pillows from Bedding bliss. Check out the Secret's in the Sauce button on the right. If you are a fellow blogger you definately need to check it out.
Well its a beautiful day here in Tallahassee today. So I am off to take the kids to park and the car wash. I probably should take the dogs to the dog wash but maybe another time. Yes they actually have a dog wash, now if only they had a kid wash our lives would be complete. lol
Talk to you again soon,

Friday, January 23, 2009

Picture, Picture, Pictures!!

Hello and a special thank you to all that purchased items from me. You have all been so wonderful and I hate to ask any more of you but I am anyway. Will you please send me pictures of item you purchased or I made for you for Christmas. I would love to see my products put to use in every day situations! Just note if you would not like them shared with the rest of the cyber world.

Friday, January 16, 2009

History of "Aprons"

My father brought me this newspaper clipping from the "Farm Show" paper the other day and thought I would share it with you.

Do your kids know what an apron is? I'm not sure mine do because my wife never uses one. But her grandma did.
The principle use, of course, was to protect the dress underneath but, along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was also wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs. When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids. And when the weather was cold, grandma wrapped it around her arms. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron. From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds. And when dinner was ready,it served as a flag to call the men in from the fields to dinner. It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace the old-time apron that served so many purposes.

I just love this perspective on the history of an apron. What is says to me is that, especially now in our economic down turn, that it is the memories that we make that is important not the money we make or the things we have. It also makes me think why on earth did we get away from wearing aprons? My grandmother wore them on brief occasions but my great grandmother always had one on. I ask you to ask yourself the question, are we really that independent that we can't be seen wearing an apron? Is the apron really going to hinder our feminism movement? I say celebrate your womanhood, wear your aprons and make some memories with your family.

Be checking back, by popular demand I am starting a sewing 101 tutorial. It will give you the very basics of using your machine to hemming your pants and other small projects. Not that I want you to put me out of business, lol, but I just feel that sewing is a lost skill that is handy to have. And I would love to share it with all of you.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy New Year!!!

The puppy on the right is actually Lucy when she was just a few weeks old. Oh how they grow! :))

Well I have finally come out of my holiday induced comma. Most people get all fired up after Christmas and make their new years resolutions. Not me, after the craziness of getting everything ready for Christmas. After packing all the gifts up for three boys and traveling to my in laws in Melbourne, then spending a week there. I was so exhausted I went into a pure vegetative state. Yes I am proud to say my Christmas decorations are still up, I'll get to that this weekend or maybe some time next week. Ha!! The good news is I am refreshed and inspired with new ideas for a spring apron line. I am going to be updating my esty shop and picking out the shows for the new year. OH so much to do, I guess that is why I needed that little break in there.

In the next few weeks you all will be the first to preview the new Spring line. I will be adding some new women's styles, expanding the girls line with more sizes and by popular demand adding a men's line. Here is a quick glimpse of one man's apron I made for my father for Christmas. Check out the wood grain fabric, how cool is that!!