Wednesday, August 25, 2010

So has anyone noticed my lack of posting?

I know I have.  So here is the deal.  When I started this blog I was spending a lot of time sitting around on my computer feeding my baby.  Then my baby grew a few inches and learned how to kick things.  Then he started kicking my computer while he was eating.  And then one day my poor little laptop got kicked one time too many and now the screen no longer stays up... it is just totally floppy making it a little bit more difficult to use.  Anyway so that is my big excuse.  I think I will be trying to get back into it more now that school has started up, but I guess that means my next project will have to be something that will hold up my laptop screen.  I am thinking maybe some kind of stoppers made out of clay or possibly popsicle sticks and tape would do the trick.  I know it is lame, but so it typing with one hand while you hold up your screen with the other.  And if any of you wonderfully imaginative people out there have any better ideas please pass them on.

and just because every post needs a picture, here you go:


I have been thinking a lot about cake lately and possibly starting a cake business... because I have nothing to do.  :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Play Dough Cookies

The other day we had a lazy day around our house.  It was the kind of day where we just hung out at home, stayed in our jammies, read books, and just for fun we made play dough cookies.  Do you ever have days like that or am I the only mom who is just too lazy to get her kids dressed some days?


We LOVE these cookies.  They are so yummy and fun.  I let each kid pick a color and then I gave each of them a little bit to just play with (I also made a few that were a little less played with).  This is the kind of dough you want to use to make cookie lollipops.  It was fun to see the kids "creations" and I was able to squeeze a little baking lesson in also.  

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Photography

Ok so photography is something I love and used think I was really good at it.  But that was back in college when I was an art major and had an SLR camera.  Now I think I rely to much on all the auto settings on my digital camera and have fallen behind on know how to use photo editing software.  Like how do people make peoples eyes look so good?
Anyway, I did do a photo shoot for my brother-in-law's senior pictures.  I think they turned out pretty well.  The lighting was great and it was fun to have such a willing subject (unlike my kids who seem to get cranky the moment the camera comes out).









Wednesday, August 4, 2010

That could be a dress

While I was up in Alaska we did some back to school shopping.  At Old Navy I came across this top on the half off the clearance price rack.

It is a girls extra large top, but when I saw it I thought to myself "That could be a cute dress."  So I made two spots across the back of the bodice to put elastic in to make it smaller and the adjusted the straps and there you have it.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Tee Shirt Shrug and the Emma Dress, Plus New Family Pictures

A few weeks back we got some new family pictures taken, thanks to Tracy Leavitt.  It really was about time. The kids were pretty good sports, but it was hard to get them all to look the same direction at the same time.

And sometimes looking in the same direction and being happy was optional.
Atleast Emma is always happy to be with her Grandma.

 I was very excited to make the t-shirt shrug, to go over the new dress I made for Emma.  The shrug I made was actually from an old, stained, too small Gap pajama top, but I thought that was the perfect test top.  These shrugs are so fun and easy to make, I have already set asides 2 other tees to turn into ruffle shrugs.  The one thing I will do differently with the next ones I make is to make them a little longer or bigger.



Okay, so for Emma's dress I used Amy Butler Love fabrics, shirred the top and added an extra ruffle to the bottom.  I love how sweet it turned out and it is Emma's new favorite dress.