Thursday, August 31, 2006

More than a Tiny bit Happy

I made the wedgie bag a few weeks ago and have used it once. I should never have made it using the wooden handles, because even though I like the look, that bag is utterly impractical. Between holding a baby, holding hands across the parking lot, pushing a shopping cart, etc. when do I ever have a free hand to hold a cute little purse?

I've wanted to make the shoulder bag at Tiny Happy for a while now, and I wanted it to have that scrappy/linen/patchwork look to it. Same feel as my wedgie bag, but a bit more practical. So here it is--front and back are quite different. I highly recommend her pattern. It was very easy to follow and I've been using my new bag quite steadily for the past few days. I LOVE IT!!!!

Oh, and I got a comment on the above picture asking if I've lost my baby weight. Um. NOOOO! I still have a bit more to lose. Need to do some sit ups, if you know what I mean. Here's the sad part--I went to the gym yesterday and there was a sign on the door saying they've gone bankrupt. BANKRUPT!!! No gym for me anymore! Boo hoo.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

A Catch-up Post

For some reason I thought having my hubby home for a month would give me more time to be crafty and to blog more. I was wrong. Every day's been action packed with family time. We just got back from an overnight trip to the yurt--totally blogworthy, and here I haven't even blogged pictures of our trip to PA yet. Argh! I'm also way behind on catching up and commenting on other blogs too.

Anyway, here are a few of my fave pics from our trip last week to Oma and Opa's.

Keith spent most of his time in the basement playing ping-pong and this Dutch shuffleboard game--Sjoelbak. Only he called it shoo-la-bonk.

Mikey and Daddy got lots of bonding time on the hammock.

Davey and Keith stopped to pose on the porch swing for a picture. Mostly they liked to scare me by swinging way too fast on this. Keith almost got shoo-la-bonked in the head with it a couple of times.

The boys love their Opa. Here they are on a walking tour of beautiful Grove City College.

Can you feel the love between these two?

I have managed to get a little crafting done this week. Hopefully I can get a decent picture of it tomorrow.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Dinner by Dave

OK. I promise this isn't going to turn into a food blog, but look what hubby made me tonight! Thai beef with the yummiest peanut and chili dipping sauce with a side of sliced cucumber, kimchee and stir fried veggies.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

I'm back! I guess I never mentioned I'd be gone...but we did a brave a thing. We brought our 3 boys on a plane across the country to beautiful Grove City, PA to visit Oma and Opa (Dave's parents) and the rest of the family. I was pretty nervous about it ahead of time--we went out on a red-eye flight, but of course had to arrive at the airport 3 hours ahead due to security. I was worried about the lack of sleep, waiting around at the airport and (gasp!) nursing in a public place, but everything went well. I'll spare all the mundane details, but the boys made us proud. Most of the horrors we'd anticipated didn't happen, and some of them did, but turned out to be not that horrible after all.

Aside from the actual travelling, we had a wonderful time with family. The boys got reaquainted with their cousins, and we all had a dreamy time in the dreamhouse that Oma and Opa designed and built. Everyone who visits ooohs and aaahs over it--it's architecturally beautiful and also decorated so perfectly. When I'm there I'm always so inspired by it all and think about all the possibilities for my own house.

And then I come back to my place and I'm catching up on laundry and unpacking and cleaning up after our cat who puked in 3 (possibly 4--I'm still sniffing something questionable, I just don't know where yet) places, including the quilt on my bed. And I realize that it would be futile to upgrade my furniture, bedding, etc. because it would just get puke, spitup, and you-name-it on it. I'm sure those of you with kids and pets understand. Sigh. Back to the real world.

Oh, did I mention, my husband is off for a month? Hee hee!!! We have a pretty extensive list of things we want to do while he's on "vacation" (it's actually infant care leave). Places to go, people to have over, catching up on things that have been put off for too long. He loves to cook, but work keeps him so busy that, aside from weekends, he really doesn't get to all that often. The first thing we did this morning was to hustle off to the grocery store to buy ingredients for the stack of recipes he's been stockpiling. Tonight he made us this--shepherd's pie with a side salad made of fennel bulb with yogurt dressing. YUM!

I'll post some pics of our trip later on this week. I need to get some serious sleep now.

Monday, August 14, 2006

zipper purse

There's a teenager from church, a wonderful girl, who comes over for four hours once a week to play with the boys so I can get some work done around the house. What an absolute sanity-saver for me she's been this summer. I can clean the bathrooms in peace without feeling guilty about neglecting the kids. When I'm upstairs getting work done, I hear them downstairs talking to her and laughing and having a great time. Today I heard Keith say, "Brianna, I really love you." It was so sweet. And then she said, "Awwww. Keith, you know I love you too!" I feel so fortunate to have found someone who is so eager and willing to play with my kids.

Last night when I called her mom to set up a time for this week, I offered her 2 possible times--Monday or Tuesday. She wanted to come both times! She said I would only have to pay her for one day and that she would volunteer the next. Either she is really, really bored at home or she actually enjoys having endless conversations about cars, trucks, and other random boy chatter. So, yay for me, she's coming again tomorrow. And just so you know, I'm going to pay her anyway, even though she thinks she's volunteering, because this girl is worth her weight in gold.

Take a look at this purse she brought with her. Her grandmother bought it for her in Brazil. Pretty cool, huh? I know I saw this on someone's blog a long time ago, but can't remember where. This is made entirely of a zipper--about 15 ft. long. The zipper was taken apart and then zig zag stitched back together so that the teeth are facing out. I took a bunch of pictures of it, and will put it on my ever-growing list of things to make.

This is what it looks like unzipped.

And Marieke from Mijk Improves, sent Mikey this sweet shirt all the way from the Netherlands. She appliqued the sailboat. When I saw it on her blog I was just taken with how cute the sailboat was, and told her so, not knowing that it was intended for Mikey. If you haven't seen enough pictures of Mikey yet this week, why, let me give you one more (insert finger in your throat and make gagging sound here).

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Burp cloths

Rebecca at the blog formerly known as 3peas (miss you Rebecca!) made Mikey the sweetest little burp cloths--terry cloth on one side and fabric on the other. They're made like the lined blankets that Linda makes, only on a much smaller scale (of course). A few friends of mine are having babies and I thought these would be the perfect little gift to accompany a homemade meal.

Neither Davey nor Keith were big pukers, so I didn't have much of an appreciation for burpies. However, our youngest is teaching us a reliance upon them. The other day I was at the library without one, and wouldn't you know, that was the time he chose to hurl curds down my cleavage. Luckily when no one was looking I sopped it up with his blanket. Nice, huh? (By the way, it's nice having a cleavage. I normally don't have one. )

This is a view we see at least once a day, if not more. Here he is awaiting his bath.
At least he looks contrite.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

8 weeks old

Look! Look! He's smiling :)

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Wedgie Bag

I finally did it. After seeing this ubiquitous japanese craft book inspired patchwork bag all over blog land, I decided to cave and make one myself. Is there a name for it, besides "the-ubiquitous-japanese-craft-book-inspired-patchwork bag"? If not, shall I propose a name? How about the wedgie bag? OY! What a jarring, impolite name for the ultimate in feminine baggage. Here's a question for you...if everyone seems to have one, why have I never seen one in real life besides this one that I just made? Huh? Same for the clapotis. I'd like to make one someday, but do people who make them ever wear them? Just wondering. I'm sure it would take a long time to make, and I'd hate to invest a lot of time into something that would look so great sitting in my closet but not spend any time on me. Please let me know if you've ever worn your clapotis or if you've ever used your wedgie bag. Thanks!