Thursday, December 27, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Yesterday, my hubby surprised me with a birthday do-over. My actual birthday was on Monday and we had way too much going on and while he didn't forget, it wasn't as special as he had planned. When he came home from work, he and the kids sang, "Happy day late birthday to you." It was cute. Then he gave me this wonderful gnome, which I was not expecting at all.
You have to understand, my hubby hates gnomes, they kind of freak him out. Not only that, but have you tried finding a garden gnome in the middle of December? Apparently they are seasonal and he looked far and wide before finding this one. I love this little guys back pack full of wood and the mushrooms by his feet. I didn't have the heart to stick him out in the snow, so he has currently taken up residence by the fire place.
We went to dinner at a Mexican place which again, I love and he hates. And finally, he took me to home depot to pick out some paint for two accent walls in the living room. He even provided feedback on colors without complaining, mumbling, rolling his eyes or even sighing. Now that was a great birthday!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Let me explain for those of you (are there any of you) that aren't completely obsessed with Harry Potter. In the last book, Harry, Ron, Fred and George are clearing the garden of those pesky gnomes and one of them bites, Fred or George (oh come on, even their mother can't tell them apart). They put a binding spell on the gnome, put wings on him, spray paint it gold and stick it on the top of the tree as an angel. Inside joke for the four of them - everyone else thinks its an angel.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Let's share... First, are the lovely homemade candies. The peanut butter fudge is a staple, but the hand dipped chocolate covered caramels are a first for me this year thanks to my dear friend Amber who first let me try hers, then gave me the recipe and finally helped me figure out how to fix my way too hard caramels. Apparently I'm in a higher altitude and have to adjust things. They are sooo yummy!
Next there are the paper boxes that my son Josh made. He made a few for Amber, then me, then when I hit him up for some more he taught me how to make them. Give a mom a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach her to fish and you feed her for a lifetime - smart boy.
These are made out of 12 x 12 paper for the top and an 11 3/4 by 11 3/4 paper for the bottom. He learned how to make them on youtube. Oh yes, and a few homemade tags.
5 astronauts a leaping...the girls have lazy daisy embroidered bangs. These are from the weewonderfuls pattern - http://weewonderfuls.typepad.com/wee_wonderfuls/
3 fabric journals - from the sew mama sew tutorials - http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2/
And finally this huge and adorable fabric box filled with the rest of the homemade caramel. The fabric is actually a dark forest green, but with the crazy lighting conditions around here lately, it's showing up black. Won't those look nice on the table for grazing. Free tutorial at Melissa's blog http://melissagoodsell.typepad.com/day_to_day/2007/12/day-21---fabric.html - ok so I'm still figuring out HTML codes - any tips on making that link appear as the person's name only?
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!
The clip board is even cuter in person. It's only half the size of a regular clip board and everything is layered with pieces popping up...mmm. The little band-aid sized box holds the numbers that clip onto the mini clothes pins on the clip board. And...if that wasn't enough, this adorable little snowman box packed full of handmade gift tags. The little sign on the box says "Some of my best friends are flakes." - Amy, you know me too well! Thank you!
Monday, December 10, 2007
When we put up our tree
You know we’re ready
For the night of the light
It is royal to the king
It is royal to the queen
It is royal to everybody
Can you see the snow about to fall
Will it be hard to get presents from the olden days
Can you see the houses so bright
Brighter than the stars