Monday, September 25, 2006

Hi Butt face!

Just a quick post while two-thirds of my boys are sleeping...

Oma gets zillions of catalogs. They're fun to browse through. One day last month when we were visiting, Davey and I were looking at a really cheesy one. This guy was holding a towel. One end of it said "face" and the other end said "butt." Davey thought that was absolutely hilarious.

I thought it imperative that I make one, since we all know how important it is to keep those rotten face germs away from our private areas.

Hubby thinks I should do butt/head instead. Yeah, yeah....

Mikey's getting baptized this Sunday, and we're having a ton of people over, so I'll be busy getting this house in order...most of which involves cleaning up the craft room so we can have our dining room table back. Beki, you just went through this, so I'm sure you can relate! So this will be my one post for the week.

Friday, September 22, 2006

A New Series

And now for the first installment of a new series I shall call bye bye and hello. Here I seek to streamline my life by ridding it of things that no longer perform their function in a satisfactory manner. I know you're just holding your breath in anticipation!

Bye bye!


Stay tuned for the next exciting episode. Here's a preview.

Monday, September 18, 2006

If You're Weird and You Know it Clap Your Hands

Blogging is a funny thing. I try to stay fairly anonymous--I don't reveal my last name, don't tell the exact city I'm in, hardly ever post a picture of myself. I'm not trying to be mysterious. I'm just trying to make it hard for all those crazy stalker types to find me. Then someone (my hubby) goes and blows it all by posting a picture of me in the hospital after having a baby. Ha ha! A post-op picture, I might add, in which my face is totally devoid of make up and poofy from being pumped full of IV fluids. So much for trying to create a good first impression.

I did post pictures of the two of us when we got married. But I figured no one on the street would be able to recognize me because, well, my head is small in the pictures, and that was when my brows were fashioned after Brezhnev's, and for goodness sakes--that was 13 years ago. I don't really look like that anymore.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, out of the blue, I got a comment on my blog from a new commenter, Susan, saying she was tagging me with a meme, and by the way, she went to college with me and my hubby and lived in the apartment downstairs from him and was suprised to find my blog and has been lurking ever since she followed a link from Mijk Improves. Hello? *And* she lives in the Netherlands. Small world. But it made me feel so great. Sort of how I felt when I ran into a high school friend at the Seattle IKEA. (I went to high school in Taiwan.) It had been years and years since I'd seen her and yet we recognized each other immediately. So bizarre and so wonderful.

Anyway, I'm posting a picture here of myself. I want you to know what I look like just in case we should pass on the street. Please come up and say hello...although you might not want to after you read this meme. In it I will be posting 5 weird things about myself. I had a hard time thinking these up, but Dave had no problem helping me. He could have easily come up with more.

1. I wash my feet before I go to bed at night. I wear flip-flops during the day and don't like the thought of getting my sheets all dirty. Here's the weird part--I wash my feet in the sink!

2. I often get angry when cleaning the house. I mutter under my breath. I get mad at the stains, mad at the raisins all smeared into the wood floor, mad that I have to be down on my hands and knees cleaning the floor, mad that no one is helping me. And then when someone is helping me, mad that they're not doing it right. Probably best to just stay out of my way when I'm cleaning. Yeah.

3. I can't drink alcohol. If I have more than one little sip my face will turn all hot and red. Then I'll get a throbbing headache, start crying uncontrollably and have to go to bed. I've been told it's an Asian-thing and that I'm lacking an enzyme. Some people think I'm just a teetotaller, but really, I'm ALLERGIC!

4. I love --the home value website where you can type in an address and it will show you an area map and tell you what a house is worth. You can also find out how much the house sold for last, etc. An old high school friend wrote me a letter, and I looked up her house on zillow, and guess what? She lives on oceanfront property and her house is valued at 1.8 million dollars. OY!!! I tell myself that I like zillow because maybe someday I'd like to become a realtor and need to know different areas of the city and what homes are going for. But deep down, I know that I'm really just nosey.

5. I'm borderline OCD when it comes to checking on my garage door to make sure it's closed. We live on top of a hill, and maybe once a week or so I'll be halfway down the hill when I have to stop, turn around and check to make sure I've closed it. My boys are pretty good about putting up with this. "Oh mommy, you forgot to remember AGAIN!"

OK. Who wants to be tagged? How about Megan, Julia, Keri, Kathy and Anjo? If any of you have done this before, just ignore me. ;)

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Baby Sling

Here's a sling I made for a friend of mine who just had a baby girl. I based it on a sling that a friend made for me, and I believe she made it based on a sling she received as a gift. The gift that keeps on giving--right? So here it is. I love how it turned out. The floral fabric is by Tracy Porter (from JoAnn's). The more time I spent with it, the more in love I fell. Sigh. The inside fabric is a linen/cotton blend that is nice and soft. So the sling is fully reversible and I'm thinking the linen side should more or less match anything mom is wearing, if that matters to her....

All ready to go:

This was a quick and easy project that took 2 yards of fabric total. This could be my "thing" to give new moms, since quilting eats up too much time for me these days.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Paper Mache

Thanks for all the positive feedback about the Handmade Crafts for Boys flickr group! I've got lots of ideas now for future projects for my boys, which I'm really excited about, because I *was* having a veeeery dry spell. If you haven't gone already, I highly recommend it. I love all the boyish inspiration that's out there.

Recognize that vehicle above? That's George Shrinks' zooper copter. George Shrinks is Davey's favorite cartoon, and for some reason, unlike other cartoons on TV, they just don't carry George Shrinks stuff in stores. Calliou, Jay Jay, Thomas, Blue...all those guys get pretty good representation in the toy section. For the longest time Davey wanted a zooper copter, so finally his daddy made him one. And then he made him a zooper car for good measure:

If you're interested, here's how he did it. He made the shape out of tape and a cereal box. Then he sprayed in insulation foam so that it would keep it's shape. Then he let that dry, carved away the excess, covered it with paper mache, let it dry for 2 days, and painted it with acrylic craft paint. The logo (printed off from the George Shrinks web site) was decoupaged and the entire thing was covered with a coat of shellac--good thing, since Keith tried to float it in the sink!!!

Awwwww! What a good dad!!!!

Monday, September 04, 2006

New Flickr Group

As I blog surf, I've noticed that there is an abundance of cute girly things. . . quilts, clothes, totes. . . many of them are inspiring and I love to look at them. However, being the mom of three boys, as much as I would love to create these sweet items, I just don't know that many little girls to give them away to. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation.

So I've started a new flickr group called Handmade Crafts for Boys where people looking to make things for the little guys in their lives can go to get ideas. If you've made sweet things for little boys, please come by and post your pictures! There are already quite a few there posted by some generous (and talented) crafters, so please go take a look, and if you're so inclined you are welcome to join us!