Monday, February 25, 2008
Bad news is DH had an interview. Super, right? Ya, maybe, until they divulged the pay rate. ~sigh~ How are people supposed to live on these rates of pay? Am I really out of the loop because he was a Teamster before? And then, to add insult to injury, you have to pay through the nose for health insurance, weekly. Um, ya, and how am I supposed to pay bills with that? Ugh. I dunno....
To the good news!! My etsy shop has started off with a *Bang*! I listed items on Saturday and, by Sunday, I had my first sale! Then, today, I sold another item. Oh, it's so exciting! And feels very rewarding to share something from my own two hands. And someone wants it! It's a lift, that's for sure :-)
Feel free to stop in my store! Anything you'd like to see? Or think I should have in there? Let me know
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ebay just hasn't been as friendly as I'd like for my handmade ribbons and bows. I think the market is too saturated there, frankly. I've really enjoyed creating one of a kind ribbons and to watch the auctions close without bids, saddens me. I think I need a place that appreciates handmade quality work. Ebay is not the place for that. Ebay is a like the flea market of the net.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We started out at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens at a "Let Worms Eat Your Garbage" class. I forgot my camera all day today and I'm so bummed about it! The three kids all made a mini-compost heap for our home in large cool whip containers. It started out with a 'bed' of ripped damp newspaper and a spoonful of soil. Then, the instructor added the worms! Puppy Feet has already put in an apple core (not a big shock, the kid must eat 3 a day). I donated coffee grounds to the cause and part of an avocado peel. VERY neat, to say the least.
Then my sister came by with my nephew. The kids always love seeing him and he was such a little charmer. I made sure I saved her a piece of pumpkin cake (beyond yummy) that I made from the same recipe for her birthday and we, of course, ran by Duffy's for a quick baby food run. They didn't have any (always hit or miss at Duffy's) but there were other finds to be had!
To top off the day, tonight we went to the Worcester Public Library to see The Dragon King by Tanglewood Marionettes. I've never seen such a well performed show! The sets were magnificent, the puppets and puppeteers did a bang up job, and the surprises and extras were the topping on the cake! If you ever have the chance to see them, GO! I wouldn't miss a performance by them even if it wasn't free (like this time)!
Not bad for a Tuesday, I'd say :-)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Before the scheduled classes, you could attend a storytime of favorite tales regarding George Washington! We meandered our way over there. First, we all had to stop at the mills and check out the amazing icicle structures. And boy, were there many! We got to the right building in due time but we had to leave early because of our class :-( Disappointing. However, the boys both had *great* products. "Puppy Feet", as my husband likes to call him, put together a DELICIOUS spice cake for Washington's birthday- that was cooked in an 'oven' by the fire! And my oldest made a 'dibble'. In case you didn't know (I sure didn't!), it's a tool used for planting seeds or young seedlings.
It was a nice time. I was glad Daddy was there because Lil Lady was a fadin' fast between the cold, the tired feet, and the long day we'd already had. He stayed back with her while we did the majority of our walking. Looks like he caught a pretty cute picture of the four of us.. see below..
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Today, one of my girlies (short for girlfriends) was having a Stampin' Up! show at her house. Well, life happens and when it's vomit, no one wants at your house! So I offered my house to her and she left the sick chitlin home with Dad.
There were a bunch of women, laughing, eating, all the stuff women do, at my house. We did two samples, as you can see! What fun! I, of course, made my candy stuffer thingie backwards but, hey, it's still cute, isn't it?
Do tell me though. What's all the rage with stamps anyway? My girlie asked me what I liked (probably to make a kind gesture) and I said, eh, I'll come to your house to stamp! I guess, truly, a person can have only SO many hobbies! The next post will debut mine.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Ever think about yourself and delve into what you've learned along the way? I am *such* a talker. I've often left conversations and gotten the feeling "Sheesh, I talked too much again." I work daily to try to maintain a balance LOL Those who know me are laughing, I know they are, and with good reason. The fact is, though, that I, under certain circumstances, can relish the moment when staying quiet is the strength at that time.
One thing my mother taught me was regarding motherhood. She said that when I was a teenager, she'd just listen. She found if she just listened, I'd divulge more and more and then she'd have a grasp of where I was at the time.
It's something to consider. Both in motherhood and outside of motherhood
Here are the boys watching a video of what's going on in the tidal pool tank.
And speaking of sweet delight- here's Lil Lady with an eye ball ring pop.
Today we went to a local science museum out here. We even went for free with our First Night Buttons! Gotta love that.
Well, upon further investigation, uploading pictures to my blog is a PITA, sadly. The server saves them in MUCH too big of a format for me to post. I'd have to adjust them first.
Which isn't fun. And I don't feel like doing. Blah.
So I can't share pictures with you at this point, just yet. But I can tell you, this is a lovely Sunday, with just enough snow falling, just enough activity for the chitlins. I will get back to my Valentine's Day dress creation and, hopefully, finish it today! I *will* adjust settings so I can post pictures of that though~
However, I *am* excited about the next venture I would like to tackle. Ever seen Sew what! fleece? We got it from the library. I drooled over it while I was attempting to complete mega amounts of Christmas gifts. Then, it was misplaced. It ended up in our trash compactor but we only use it for paper recycling so it was safe! There's a shirt in there that I'm dying to create. For me. For a change.
Anyway, I digress. And I am procrastinating those dress sleeves.
I think, mostly, I saw so many having fun with it and wanted to hop on the bandwagon. And, I, gratuitously, wanted to share some of *my* own fun creations. I'm making a Valentine's day dress for my lil lady and it's coming out smashingly! I should give myself a tiny shred of credit.. maybe I'm becoming enough of a sew-er to accomplish 'easy' patterns with a minimal amount of swearing!
Well, welcome aboard to me and happy blogging!