Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween-ish Costumes

This week I've been playing around with yarn, and came up with a few Halloween-ish costumes. Josh wasn't sure what he wanted to be for Halloween, or if he even wanted to dress up at all this year. I saw this fake beard pattern along with a ton of images on the web and thought a beard was the way to go. He sat across from me doing his homework while I kept adding yarn. He was skeptical and I kept saying, "Trust in the beard." He really liked it.

Then as long as I was playing around with yarn and teenage boy Halloween costumes that aren't really costumes, I came up with Jake from Adventure Time. Inspired by this picture.
Then I needed a costume for the History Fair at school that just happens to be tomorrow. I made the dress and the apron, but found the hat at a local thrift store. Her real costume for Halloween involves tattoo sleeves and a lot of hairspray.
I call this one Pioneer Gothic


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just Popping in to Say Hello...

I've been busily sewing away lately. Some for work, some for fun and some for gifts. This little girl is headed off to Fall Market to keep a friend company. Simple and fun to make. If I had a gaggle of nieces I'd be whipping up a ton of them. Heck, if I had even one niece (or nephew for that matter) I'd make up a few and send them off. The pattern is McCall's 5826

The other gifts are surprises, so I'll show but not tell :)
Now to get my Christmas on....I can't get motivated. Have you started? Ideas?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

TYPESETTERS

Announcing TYPESETTERS - our new Etsy shop. This is our "Will Work For Food" sign. My husband started this shop while he was out of work and even though he's back to work, it fills a creative outlet for him - plus we're still working at paying for that new engine :)

We've had a lot of fun thinking up things to put on the necklaces. We've got you covered for Halloween.
And for all of my fellow Harry Potter fans - how great would it be to wear this on the opening night for Deathly Hallows?
You can keep it simple with a name, which by the way would be perfect for stocking stuffers for those hard to buy for teens.
Or make a custom necklace at no extra charge. Family Reunion, baseball team, high school team, etc. How about one with your home business name like the one we made for Emily?
Forget about Team Edward or Team Jacob - I want one that says "Team Diego". The possibilities are endless. We can make just about anything that you can...
as long as it is 14 letters or less :) The price is great (only $7.50 each) and as my husband says, "we don't rip you off on shipping." Check us out!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

From the Road

Biking has taken a large chunk of my free time lately - and I've been loving every minute of it. Now that D is back to work, the rides have been a little shorter. Our last ride together was 46 miles. We dropped the kids off at school, geared up, jumped on our bikes (along with Konda) and the three of us headed out for a long ride...with hills...on purpose. We got home in just enough time to jump in the car and pick up the kids from school.

Now, our world is settling back in to a steadier rhythm, the rides are a little shorter and the season is slowly coming to an end. While I still haven't lost 1 pound - I can't help but feel a little proud of myself. I could barely go 2 miles when we started out this season. Then we moved on to 8-10 mile rides with a snack break half way. Next is was in the teens, then the twenties. Finally the 35 mile Wonder Woman Ride and our 46 mile finisher.
The hills that just about killed me have become inclines. Now I know what a real hill is and often we head toward them on purpose rather than trying to find a way around them. Today we rode just 8 miles. Just 8 miles.

We have seen all types of animals, both living and in various stages of decomposition. We've passed by lakes and orchards, mooed at cows, fed horses, waved to farmers and bikers alike. We've eaten bananas, cliff bars and other fuel in the quaintest of parks and on the side of the road. We've fixed flats, laughed and ridden in silence. It has been an amazing summer.

It has also been such a blessing in my life during the turmoil that we've been going through lately. I have felt Heavenly Father in the wind, his peace in the stillness, his strength and encouragement when I couldn't go on, his comfort in friends. I've learned to cherish the things that I do have and not focus on the things that I don't. I can truly say that I am thankful for my trials. While I wouldn't wish this experience or joblessness on anyone, I wish I could give what I've learned to everyone. Go ride a bike and find yourself again.