Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sewing...

 I've been making these Fabric Yoyo's lately with scrap fabrics.  It's a great project to work on while watching a movie and while riding in the car.  Lucy sat down the other day with my button box and started matching up buttons.  She did a good job!

On Monday afternoon, I finally straightened my sewing room (again).  The kids and I were working on Halloween costumes and I kept having to spend time "finding" things.  I couldn't find anything!  So annoying!  I finally told the kids..."I need you guys to go and get busy with something else for a bit b/c I need to get this sewing room organized!".  That felt great...the projects went along much more smoothly after my space was clean. 
This is a little gift for a friend who just had her 4th baby...handmade flannel baby blanket and a Trader Joe's gift card.

Breakfast today is Apple Cider Doughnuts.  But, I don't have a doughnut pan, so I think I'll make them in a muffin pan.  I hope they turn out!

Happy Halloween!!!

XOXO Tiffany

"Then we will remind them of what God says, Mama.  Have mercy.  You musn't worry so much about what others say.  Fear God.  It is the Lord we must please."  An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers

Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin Fever!

 I spent Saturday afternoon working on my menu plan.  I actually really enjoy this project when I have the time.  There I sat, with the sun on my back, pouring over yummy recipes!  I wrote down Breakfast and Dinner for the next 3 weeks.  I figure lunch will be leftovers.
 Yesterday, we stopped at Trader Joe's and picked up 15 lbs of clementines for the trick or treaters! 
 The kids drew the jack-o-lantern faces:).
 I'm storing these in the cool garage until Wednesday.
 We also (finally) stopped by the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins!  I told the kids that they were on their own this year with the carving.  I feel like I end up "helping", and before long, I'm a sweaty mess as I work through carving 3 massive pumpkins!  I told the kids, you can draw on them or carve them, but you need to do it on your own.  Oh, and, I don't want to have to run to the ER tonight, so be careful!  They did great.  And, while they carved away...I got to make some Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread!  I got the recipe from the 100 Days of Real Food Blog (link to the right).
 Mmmmm.
 This morning I made Pumpkin Pancakes...equally yummy...maybe even more yummy than the bread!
OK...I've gotta run Lucy to Swim Team...

XOXO Tiffany

"Increasing the rythm of your home life is one of the most powerful ways of simplifying your childrens lives."  Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Some snow and stuff...

 I would like to share some amazing organizing project that I worked on this week...but I just didn't get around to getting anything done.  I did however get this amazing antique floor lame (from my parents!).  It is absolutely gorgeous and it lights up my "morning chair" so nicely!  I shot out of bed at 4:15am this morning...I couldn't wait to sit in my chair with my new lamp...it makes my whole first level all a-glow.  Plus, the kids wanted bagels for breakfast, so I thought I had better get that dough going.  I'm going to have an everything bagel with some "coffee cup eggs".  There's something I really love about microwaved scrambled eggs with salt and pepper...

We totally got snow yesterday morning!!!  It was beautiful...coming down in big fluffy flakes.  Melted when it hit the ground, but so pretty to watch.  Lucy was pushing for a "snow day".  Ha. 
 The kids and I went to the Elm Creek Nature Center yesterday where we learned some things about insects (head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, compound eyes, antennae, sometimes wings).  MJ headed to a friends house after and the girls and I went to Target...they are in "need" of some boots.  Not snow boots, just fall/winter boots.  Targets boots this year are crumby, in my opinion.  I'll have to head to the Outlet Mall and peak around...

It was getting close to dinner time so we grabbed a veggie wrap and a snack box and some fun drinks and sat and had some "girl time".
 My girls...
 This (below) is the project that I would like to work on before next Friday.  My computer area.  It obviously looks worse with the cupboards opened...but, it feels cluttery regardless.  I have all kinds of cords (camera, iPod chargers etc...) lying around...papers to be dealt with.  And then, inside the cupboard, are like 25 username/password combinations to who knows what.  I started a spreadsheet with all our passwords for easy reference.  Hopefully I can wrap this project up...maybe today! 
Well, the bagel dough is ready...

XOXO Tiffany

"Activity without downtime is ultimately - like a plant without roots - unsustainable."  Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sewing...adding some length

 A couple of weeks ago, I was working on some mending projects...this was one of them.  I made these little polka dot fleece pants last year for Daisy and Lucy for Christmas.  When I gave them to the girls...they were already about an inch too short...so I added the first ruffle.  As I watched Daisy wear her pants this fall...I thought, what in the world?!?  Those pants are too stinkin' short...again! 
 I still had some of this fabric...a lot actually.  I cut two strips 4 1/2 x 32" each.  I connected the short ends to make two large circles.  **Fleece is awesome b/c you don't have to finish the edges!
 Then I did a basting stitch (long stitch length) on the upper edge and gathered it up (pull one of the two threads).
 I pinned it under the first ruffle and stitched it down.  I did two rows of stitching.
 Those things must have been capris on her!
 Here's my girl in her "new" jammie pants ready for movie night!
 They're kind of cute, no?
 I also finished two more of those ruffle totes.  Now I have a set of three!  I've got some scraps left and I would love to make little wallets/wristlets.
A friend made me some new business cards...I was long overdue!  I had him punch a hole in the upper corner of the cards in one of the boxes so that I can also use them for hangtags.  I'm gettin' all fancy.

Time to get breakfast going (creamy wheat) and start school so that I can get to some more sewing today!  I have about 5 cool summer skirts awaiting their waistbands and hems...I think I'll finish those up before I move on to something else.

XOXO Tiffany

"My decision was made, made before I'd ever consciously chosen, and I was committed to seeing it through."  Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Food...

 Hi...technically, this is my Monday Food post.  I've been feeling sluggish lately...I'm calling it Seasonal Sluggish-ness.  Do you ever get like that?  I'm not feeling motivated to get anything done.  I'm not motivated to cook, clean, sew...all my favorite things (well, besides cleaning).  I am, however, motivated to lie in bed all day with a good book.  I just finished Francine River's "A Voice in the Wind".  Couldn't put it down!  Luckily, Sweetie was traveling so I didn't have to feel guilty about the amount of time I spent on that book the last couple of days.  I just got book 2 and 3 from my mom.  What a series! 
 I made this Butternut Squash Black Bean Chili last week.  I thought it might help with my cold...I think it did! 
 Today, I made this big batch of Green Drink.  I just don't feel like I'm getting enough fruits/veggies lately...maybe that's a reason for my sluggish-ness.  I drank a jar at lunch time and another jar while I drove Lucy to swim team.  It was a nasty sludgy looking thing...but it wasn't too bad.  Spinach, carrots, celery, banana, pears, water...
 Have you made good ole grilled cheese and tomato soup lately?
 It's one of our favorites.  We just use a small amount of soup as a dipper for our sandwich.
I made a loaf of homemade white bread and shredded up some of Costco's Organic Cheddar Cheese.  Mmmm...I'll have to put this into our monthly rotation.

I'm hoping to blog in the morning...but I've been feeling sluggish lately...have I mentioned that yet???  My new favorite song on my iTunes mix right now is Playing with the Queen of Hearts by Lynn Anderson.  Remember that one?  I also just added How He Loves Us by Me in Motion.

XOXO Tiffany

"What happens to a society when all restraints are removed?"  A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Garage

Yesterday, I found myself with 3 hours all to myself.  Usually I get really selfish with those hours and refuse to clean or to do any projects that I don't enjoy.  I try to fill that time with sewing and reading...my two favorite things, really.  But, yesterday, I decided to spend one of the three hours doing a project that I did not want to do, but needed to be done.  Before the snow falls preferably.  Sweetie has been out of town this week, so I thought I would surprise him...he's been waiting for me to finish this thing.
 This is actually a picture of our garage after we spend an hour or so last Saturday on it.  I SO wish I had gotten a realistic "before" picture.  It was not good.  Once we got it to this point, I told Sweetie, "I'm done."  I needed a break and would finish up the rest of it later.  So, basically I took everything off those two shelves against the back wall and sorted.  I arranged all the kids stuff on the shelf/floor at the left of the door, and I put the overflow of my fabric storage tubs on the shelf/floor at the right of the door.  I threw some stuff away (not nearly enough I'm sure), I put some stuff in the donation pile, and I put our empty storage tubs in the basement (that's a project for another time). 

And, here is how it looked after 1 hour of time...
A good feeling, and I'm glad I'm done! 

Of course, I wish this was my garage...or this one!  But, today, that's just not the reality. 

Any projects that you are dreading but you know you should get to?  Take and hour and dig in!

XOXO Tiffany

"Jesus, may there be less of me and my junk and more of You and Your Kingdom".  7:  An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sewing...

 On Saturday, I woke up with a sore throat.  On Sunday, I woke up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose.  Monday and Tuesday...more of the same!  Today...some relief.  We've been making our school days a little bit easier so that I can rest and kick this thing!  Today, I am finding some time to sew.  I had a couple of annoying mending projects (4 to be precise) that like to sit and haunt me.  So, I thought I would tackle those first.  I finished 3 of them (a hem for Sweetie, a shoulder alteration for Lucy's nightgown, patching a ripped bed skirt)...now I just need to add a ruffle to the bottom of Daisy's jammie pants.  They're looking a little on the short side.

I made the above tote a couple of weeks ago...you can check it out on Etsy here
 Then I made two of these little copper and orange skirts.  They're made out of a vintage knit.  I already sold one on Etsy...the other can be seen here.  Wouldn't that be cute for Thanksgiving??? 
Then...Sweetie and I were planning on attending our 20 year high school reunion and I really wanted to make a new dress.  I had known the reunion date for at least 3 months...but decided to wait until the day of to actually make my dress.  I don't know why I do that?!  So...I started this little number at 5am.  I had to leave for a few hours during the day to see Daisy's soccer game and run a couple of miles with a friend.  I was literally sewing until minutes before we had to head out the door.  Crazy.  If we weren't so rushed, I would have gotten a photo at home without my little sweater shrug.  It is a little sleeveless dress with a belt in the back...really cute!  I call it my Sound of Music dress b/c I made it out of my Grandma Ruta's (roll your "R" please) old drapes.  I also have a handbag and a skirt that I have made from this fabric.  And, these drapes were massive...so there will be more projects!

The reunion...ugh.  It was quite the reminder of the fact that I didn't have a lot of friends in high school.  I had a lot of "acquaintances".  Not a lot of friends.  (Don't feel bad...I didn't even know it at the time)  My close friends from school were Matt (Sweetie), Monica, and Kelly.  I still see all 3 of those people regularly.  Kelly refused to go (but then regretted it and promised to go to the 30).  Monica had to cancel at the last minute (I was putting the final stitches into my dress when I got her text).  Sweetie, on the other hand, had a crazy amount of friends.  He was running around and chatting all night.  Having a ball.  I thought two hours would be enough time...7-9pm.  Oh no...I had to drag him out kicking and screaming at 12am.  I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I am not a night-owl.  More of an early-bird.  I get tired, yawn-y, and crabby after about 8pm (Sweetie would say 6:30pm...maybe we should meet in the middle and call it 7:15pm).  And, I really wasn't afraid to share it.  People started backing away from me.  I was done with small talk.  I wanted my bed.  So...when the "30" comes around...I'll be ready!  I've already recruited Kelly, Monica, and Zahir.  We will go and have fun!  I'll check in with Sweetie from time to time, but I don't want him to have to worry about me.  And then, I told Sweetie, please get me a room at the hotel, that way, when I am done, I can go upstairs, take a bath, and read a good book.  Now, that's my kind of night.  It should be known to those that I spoke with at the reunion...it was amazing to see you and wonderful to catch up!!!  To those that I didn't get to chat with...let's meet up at the "30"!

Have a wonderful week...

XOXO Tiffany

"Her colors were an array of avocado green, harvest gold, and Brady Bunch burnt orange".  A Life that says Welcome by Karen Ehman (reminds me of my dress and my living room:)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Trying to get back...

 I.Can.Not.Find.The.Time.To.Blog.
I mean seriously...why must fall feel so busy!  I'm hoping to start feeling like I have a grip on things.  I mean, Christmas is right around the corner...It would be nice to not go right from crazy fall to crazy holiday.  I have about 20-30 things that I would like to share...but, I thought, I'm not going to try to get caught up, I'm just going to jump in where I'm at.  I would like to get back to my original schedule of:
Monday...food/recipes
Wednesday...sewing stuff
Friday...organizing
Maybe this is my week!
The picture up top is of a gorgeous Basil plant that I bought at Trader Joe's a week ago.  $3.99.  Isn't it gorgeous?!?  I'm hoping to enjoy fresh basil all winter! 

Last week the kids and I made these little omelet muffins for dinner while Matt was out of town.  I sprayed my pan with my Misto olive oil sprayer...and can I just say, cleaning out these pans was a 3-day process!  I had to scrub, soak, scrub, soak, scrub, soak...for 3 days.  I can't figure out what happened.  You just scramble some eggs with milk and salt and then pour it into a muffin cup about 3/4 full.  Add in your toppings (we did bacon, spinach, basil, cheese) and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  We also had a strawberry banana smoothie with it.
 I'll have to share this little recipe with you sometime.  I have made these breadsticks several times.  They're called Butter Dips.  Yum.  You make this simple dough, roll and slice it, dredge it in melted butter, and bake.  A fun little snack or super yummy with spaghetti.
Hopin' to be back on Wednesday with some things that have been happening in my sewing studio!

Have a great week!

XOXO Tiffany

"I don't believe the purpose of life is to be happy.  It's to serve.  It's to be useful".  A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers (our new book club book!)