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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Making Progress!

The best part, is that Tate (age 4) is motivating me to continue working on this quilt. I let him run the sewing machine, and he thinks it is really fun. He steps on the pedal and I say "GO" or "STOP" and he follows accordingly. He has only almost gotten my finger once...

There is no deadline for this...we just create when we have those moments in the evening when we need a change in activity. For instance, tonight we made just one block, and that was enough.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Home Sweet Home Holiday

(That's apple juice in the glass, not wine!!)

I really like when Tate is home from school. Instead of feeling frustrated with what to do, we get into a nice rhythm that I don't want to come out of when school starts back up. Yep, I could totally homeschool my kid.

As we have been home, I find myself being freshly inspired by many websites. I am looking for ideas of fun things to do (there is an unending list once you start looking), and in doing so, I stumble across many things that make me feel inspired as a crafter.

A few sites:

Friday, December 25, 2009

How the Chins do Christmas Eve

Missing this...
(Chin is my maiden name.)

Every year, my parents make a ton of fun munchie food, and have a ton of people that stop in and eat...kind of like an open house. We also open the presents from the siblings and maybe get and E.C.P. (Early Chirstmas Present) from the parents that night. We eventually make our way across the street for Midnight Mass, for those of us who can stay up until midnight! (I usually require a nap and lots of caffeine.)

Tonight, since Tate was in bed by 7:30p very willingly, and Paul went to bed with a fever, I webcammed with Catie, Mom and Dad while they prepared for the night. It was almost just as much fun!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I Scrapped! I Scrapped!

I started an album from our trip to EuroDisney and Paris from last year. This is the first time I have every used a kit throughout the entire book. (Of course, I still had to add a few additional items from my stash.)


And maybe tomorrow I can turn this messy pile of fabric into something that is close to a quilt...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kind of early to start...

but I am starting to look on etsy for baby things. (baby=june)

I found some really cool mobiles. I have been inspired to make my own, but if I run out of time, I know I have etsy as back up.
(you can find each of the items by the vendor name I have listed on

Love the design of this one:

And one day, in the distant future....if my brother, Mikey, ever has a kid:

Friday, December 18, 2009


That's it... I have to get back to Scrapbooking.

I just spent the last half and hour, going through blogs for the first time in a bit, and I am INSPIRED.

I should have never is so fun to craft with paper, and makes photos sooo much more interesting to look at.

Wanting Snow!

None here in Bath, UK (sorry to report), but it is chilly here....snuggle under blankies, in front of fire, too cold-to-play-outside CHILLY.

I pulled Tate out of school on Monday and we went into downtown for a little shopping and some cafe time:

So cozy this time of year.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Standby for Future Posts!

We just returned from the United States and have been having a lot of morning sickness. For this reason, I haven't posted much.
Also, I just switched from a PC to my beautiful MacBook and have yet to transfer photos to the new computer.

Every day, Tate and I have been doing a craft as
his advent calendar. I may have mentioned this before, but I got all ideas online, mostly from, printed out the instructions, and put in a sealed envelope. He gets such a thrill from choosing an envelope each day! Since I put this together back in November, I don't remember what is in each one, which makes it fun for Mama as well.