Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Happens When You Don't Pay Attention?

This happens

Totally out of control burned pizza
Those round things are eggplant slices if you can believe it!

But definitely an opportunity to call the pizza guy!
We hadn't had a Pizza Hut pizza in so long....

and it was delicious!
All those yummy veggies...
and pineapple!

Heaven in a cardboard box

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Very Tiny and Very Tall Babies

The Very Tiny

Somekitty in the backyard had some sweet tiny kittens.....

Born April 12

Just three, thank goodness! But Mouse's middle looked like she had swallowed a soccer ball so three really surprised me. From what I can see, they are solid colors -- one grey, one golden and one black. 

Mama Mouse

She made a little nest behind a board that was leaning against the shed. Another surprise -- I would have thought it would be under the shed which is their go to place when confronted by us humans. Yet, maybe that was the reason she chose another place -- too much activity under the shed!

Aren't they the cutest?

The Very Tall

Katie, one of the giraffes at the Dallas Zoo had her calf on Friday, April 10. After 15 months. Fifteen months! Can you imagine? But I guess it takes a while to grow a 6 foot tall baby! It's a girl -- a petite 5 feet, 10 inches and 139 pounds! No name yet -- the zookeepers have chosen three and fans can vote on them. 

Giraffe photos courteous of Dallas Zoo

This was a collaboration between the Dallas Zoo and Animal Planet. Animal Planet set eight different cameras in the special maternity pen where Katie was, and the birth was broadcast live! Oh what an amazing birth!

There are twelve giraffes at the zoo and just about all of them were hanging over the fences checking out the new babe! Apparently, they are very curious animals! 

The cameras are still rolling, so if you'd like to take a look, check out the live cam hereSometimes you'll see an empty pen when Katie and and babe are with the vets, so be patient! If you'd like to see the birth scroll down a bit and click where it says "Watch the video highlights" in green (or links from across the top of the page).

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~ Saturday's Critters

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Un-Easter Bunny Comes to Visit

OK, I know that title is quite a stretch for the letter U....
But what can I say? That's all I've got!

Actually, I wanted to share a bit of Easter fun with you, and didn't want to wait much longer since Easter is over! 

Noli knows the truth about the Easter Bunny, but still enjoys the goodies that he brings! Since they (and Nova the dog) were going to the lake on Sunday -- and we didn't particularly want to go with -- Noli and Stephanie came over on Saturday to get in a bit of family (and E. Bunny) time.

I hid the Easter basket that I had put together for Noli so she wouldn't pounce on it the moment she walked in the door, and then brought it out when she wasn't looking.

I, of course, maintained that the true Easter Bunny had delivered it.

She would have no part of it.

Then I told her the story of when the Easter Bunny left me a note in my basket. When I was a kid, I put out my Easter basket like you do your stocking for Santa. And he comes in the night and fills it up. Well, carrying on the Bunny/Santa tradition, I also left a carrot for Mr. E.B. -- and one year, he left me a note!

It said, "Thanks for the carrot, Sarah" -- and the carrot was drawn! It was written in beautiful calligraphy. I was so excited that the Easter Bunny had left me a note!

And Noli fell for it hook, line and sinker. 

By the way, just so you know, that is a true story. He did leave me a note! In later years, I insisted that my brother had written it, but he always denied it. I guess I'll just never know for sure.... 

As for Noli's basket.... see the bunny money? I found this cute way of folding a dollar bill into a bunny, so she got bunny money plus shiny new quarters in the eggs. Google "folding dollar bills" and you'll find lots of cool ways to fold them! I glue-sticked the eyes and nose -- the nose is just a hole punch into the pink portion of an advertisement!

And of course, there were peanut M&Ms, along with a fancy new notebook and gel pens, some super cool blue nail polish, and a a big egg full of bunnies (like that monkey game where you hook them all together)

Ha! They match her shirt!

And then Stephanie had some surprises for her for Easter morning, one of which was a cute new dress to wear Easter Sunday. Two visits from Mr. E. Bunny!

Noli, goof that she is, has a new pink bunny grass hat....

We went to Jason's Deli to eat lunch and she started writing in her notebook about what she was eating. (She and I shared a Reuben.... I was surprised that a 9 year old would like corned beef and sauerkraut but she does!) Stephanie and Papa had the salad bar, but Noli and I were craving meat!! 

Then we went to a park so Noli could run off some of that bunny energy.... all in all a good day!


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Speaking of Share Your Cup Thursday.... I just saw that my crochet tea and cookies set was featured this week!! Be sure to drop by Jann's party to see what others are sharing!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tea Party for Two

You're invited to a tea party! 

There will be cookies!

OK, so it's not a real tea party... but it could be a doll tea party; definitely a little girl's tea party :)

Looks yummy, huh?

Maybe I should call this "Evolution of a Tea Party" because at first I made just one teacup, and was going to list it in my Etsy shop as a pincushion. 

Then, I decided to make another teacup and list it as a toy. 

But those two teacups needed something sweet to go along with them.... so along came the two sugar cookies! With sweet pink icing. And sprinkles.

Is your sweet tooth acting up yet?

Mine is.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring is Springing Up Everywhere

While we were running errands the other day, I couldn't help but notice the flowers that are springing up all over town :)

I snapped a few pictures to share, and thought of the March Challenge on the Blogging Business Artisans Etsy team. This month's challenge is brought to us by Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers who posed the question "The first signs of spring .... what does spring mean to you? What inspires you as the weather starts to warm up?"

The first flowers popping up, the tiny bright green leaves sprouting on the trees, the breezes prompting me to open my windows and enjoy the beautiful days. That's spring to me!

These tulips were growing on the edges of a parking lot

Even pretty with the lamp post behind them!

Especially, when reflected in a puddle!

So pretty....

We passed a church with a large expanse of front lawn
covered in tiny pink flowers

with patches of Bluebonnets just starting to sprout

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~ Blue Monday for those Bluebonnets! 



Thursday, March 19, 2015

A New Roof for Mr. Shed

The shed in our backyard is a handy storage space but not a very lovely-to-look-at building (sorry, Mr. Shed, but I can only tell it like it is...) It's not one of those that you can buy from the home building stores, but one that was made by the gentleman who owned our house before us.

And, during a stormy time at the end of last year, a large tree branch broke and fell on Mr. Shed causing damage and breaking his poor roof.

Fortunately, it was only his outside edge (ie overhang) that was broken.

Well, since Mr. Shed sorely needed a new roof, (or as he calls it -- a new Sunday suit) we called our handy friend, Perry, and he agreed to fix Mr. Shed's Sunday suit. Perry is hubby's closest friend and is also very handy and seems to be able to fix just about anything! And, fortunately for us, he doesn't mind being called upon.


We put a tarp up there since it was still raining and it would be a few days before Perry could do the work. But as it turned out, the break was only on the overhang and the inside didn't get wet at all. And the sun came out!!

Since hubby isn't very comfortable walking around on roofs, he was designated the official tool-hander and old shingles picker-upper. Which made me happy because I'm really not comfortable with his walking around on roofs :D

I'm not even much comfortable with him climbing a ladder!

Dennis, the tool-hander

Perry is so clever... he got these nifty Husky bags
I didn't even know they existed!

Dennis showing how tough that bag is....

Hard at work, but almost done...

Yay! All done!!
Perry conquers the roof!

A new Sunday suit for Mr. Shed!
He is very happy :)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Johnny's Quest

You remember Johnny Appleseed, don't you? You know, the guy who walked around barefoot and with a pot on his head.... who could forget that!! Lived off the land and didn't change his clothes much. 

And planted apple seeds so that we could have apple trees today :) 
That, by the way, was his quest
A mighty fine Q word if I may say so myself!

Which brings me to the cutest Johnny Appleseed you've ever seen...

Her mom bought one of my red apples for Miss Johnny to use for her school project,
and said that the little bag that I sent it in was perfect to use as a seed bag!

and this is the clincher....
the crochet pot hat!
No, I didn't make it, but what a great idea!!

Isn't she cute -- I love her overalls rolled up and a belt used for the seed bag strap
and, oh my, are those braids I see?!!

I love LOVE it when customers share photos with me!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hunting for Patterns

Last week, I finally got out and about to some thrift stores, looking at this and that but mostly hunting patterns. I bet you didn't even know that I have a vintage pattern shop on Etsy, did you? It's Magnolia Sewing Basket only there's not much in the Basket right now! I have lots of patterns to list.... but it's not just a matter of the listing -- I scan the pattern front and back, edit one close-up for the main photo, make sure all the pieces are present and accounted for and do any needed research. Quite a bit of work for one little pattern! 

Anyway, back to the thrift shops -- there are really only two close around that sell patterns and there's never any rhyme or reason as to what you will find. I'll be glad when nicer weather hits and the estate and yard sales are abundant!

So I found some cute patterns -- not any older than the 70s but that's okay. I thought I'd share a few of the kid's patterns that I found -- I have put them through their scanning / editing process and they are ready to list! 

Do you remember MC Hammer?
All the cool kids wore Hammer pants and danced to You Can't Touch This.

This pattern is from 1991 but is reminiscent of Hammer pants (or harem pants). My son was the one who liked MC Hammer, or at least that one song, and he even had a pair of Hammer pants! Can't say I was thrilled with the notion, but you've gotta pick your battles with a ten year old!

Now this was more my daughter's speed -- lots of ruffles! No more though.... it's jeans and tee shirts now! She might own one dress, but I'm not even sure of that! 

Noli would like it for sure, especially now that she's nine! (which I cannot believe, but that's how many candles were on her cake this past Saturday...)

This Gunne Sax dress is cute in a Little House on the Prairie way. Reminds me of the dresses Nellie Oleson wore -- the little bratty girl who was always getting Laura into trouble. I guess you can tell this is an 80s pattern by looking at the big curly hair on that cute model!

This is a sweet dress for a junior bridesmaid or flower girl, or for a special "dress up" party. So adorable. Noli was a junior bridesmaid recently for her uncle's wedding (her dad's brother) but her dress was much more grown up looking than this pattern. (Probably a version of the bridesmaid's dresses) I wish I had a picture to share but I only saw the dress, not Noli in it!!

I found a lot more patterns but they were adult sizes.... maybe I'll share some of them another day but I'm just working on the kids right now :)



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