Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas Crafting

Now that Christmas is over, I can share the things I made:

I made this Amy Butler short pleated apron for my MIL. Originally I wanted to have the floral and stripe reversed, but I was about 2" short on the floral, and didn't want to shorten it. I'm still happy with how it turned out.

These are lounge pants for my BIL, an Arizona Cardinals fan. I used Butterick 4358.

Another Amy Butler apron, this one for my SIL, Julie.

Pyjama pants for Julie, made from flannel (isn't this a great print?). I used McCalls 3019, and shortened the crotch 2" after comparing the pattern to a pair of RTW jammie bottoms I already have. I gave her a RTW black long sleeve tee to match.

I added the mock fly by extending the CF about 1.5", and eyeballing a fly shape. :) real technical, I know.

Lastly, a cross stitch embroidery from the book Subversive Cross Stitch. When I saw this in the book I knew I had to stitch this for my friend Beth. It was very fast to do, and later this week we'll go and get it framed.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Some More Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday Mom!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Pulled Tooth!

Calvin lost a tooth yesterday morning!
Yesterday morning during breakfast he asked for soft foods. I asked him if he wanted me to pull it. He asked how I would do that and I said, "I'll grab it with my fingers and yank it". Ok, he tells me. I was in the middle of putting bread in the breadmaker, so I said to hold on a bit. Then I hear him say "Wow, that was easy", and he's holding his tooth!

The other top front tooth is loose too, but I think we have a while for it yet. Now I need to go over to the bank to get some golden dollars. Calvin informed me I need to get 3 because I still owe him from the previous two lost teeth. Bad mama. :)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Plugging Away

Not much to post, since I can't really talk about the holiday sewing or post pictures because people will see! After Christmas, I promise.

I did get most of the presents wrapped yesterday. It's raining here again too.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sleepy Baby

Connor has been starting to drop his naps. I thought Saturday was going to be a no-nap day, but after a full meal of roast chicken, mashed potatoes/gravy, and green beans, he just couldn't stay awake:

He missed the apple pie for dessert.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Inner Life of a Cell

I don't watch the news, but I guess on ABC last night or the night before they had this segment on a video made for biology lectures at Harvard. Dr. Lue, the Director of Life Sciences Education felt it would be a good way for undergrads to see how a cell works. It was so neat to watch, so we searched (love that Google!), and found a nice high res 3 minute version. Now, I had no idea just what I was watching (though it is really really cool), so I did some more searching and found this blog post with a quick play-by-play of what's shown. Granted, I'm still a bit lost with all the terminology, but it's still really cool. :D According to the company that created the video, this is the first in a planned series. I sure hope they make a 'for the masses' version -- I'd love to see more! (the music is good too -- reminds me of Rob D's Clubbed to Death Kurayamino Remix from The Matrix soundtrack. that sample doesn't give you much. the piano at the end is what i'm talking about.)

My lucky duck husband also got to see a bit of the northern lights last night! I guess there was a huge solar flare yesterday, and our neighbor came over and told him that he had to go down to the lake and see the lights. David bundled up Connor and went down and said it was really cool. I had already taken the older two boys to Cub Scouts. When we got home he told us about it and we all went to see, but they were gone. :( I would so dearly love to see the northern lights (those and the Southern -- as in hemisphere -- night sky). We did get to see Orion and Ursa Major very clearly, which was neat.

I hope to try again tonight.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Decking the Halls

We started decorating for Christmas this weekend. I love my nativity -- I think partly because Mary is holding baby Jesus, just like a new mama would.

On Friday Caleb and I put up the garland on the bookshelf in the living room, and we also put up the tree (fake. I'd prefer real, but David likes fake, and when I found this tree at a rummage sale for $10 a few years ago, well, how could I pass it up?). Then, on Saturday, I put the lights on the tree, the boys started putting the LEGO train track around it, bumped it all over, loosened it in the stand, so I took all the lights off, took the tree apart, and put it up again, making sure it was STUCK HARD in the stand. ~sigh~ Then I put the lights back on. Sunday afternoon we put the ornaments on. About half of them stayed in the boxes, as I don't want them broken. There are now clumps of ornaments on the tree, and bare spots with no ornaments. I guess that's one of the side benefits of decorating with kids. :) I'll take some of my pretty hand blown glass ornaments and hang them from the dining room chandelier. I also need two more extension cords for the garlands on the dining room mirror and stair railing.

The boys spent last evening putting together the LEGO train for under the tree. If you are LEGO nuts like us, you might like to click over to Peeron.com, and create an account (it's free). You can inventory all your LEGO sets, and also get lists of what is needed for a specific LEGO set. This makes it so much easier to find pieces ahead of time (we sort and store our pieces by color in drawers). We got the engine and passenger car built last night, plus they created some other things for the track. The Advent calendar is all airport stuff, which works well with the train. I'm sure things will change daily under the tree!

Thursday, December 07, 2006


Calvin had his first gymnastics meet last night, and he won FOUR medals! He was in the 7 and under category. I wish I would have gotten some video of when they called his name the first time. He had this look on his face like "hey, there's someone else named Calvin? Wait a minute! That's me!!". It was especially funny because he is the only boy. He was so giggly by the third time. Anyone who knows him can just imagine his face and his hand on his forehead, "I can't believe this!".

He placed first in Vault (9.3), Beam (8.45 I think), and Floor (8.8). Here is his floor exercise:

He placed second All Around (I don't remember his score). Afterwards, we went to Culver's to celebrate. :D We had such a good time, and he was so proud of himself. Gymnastics has been so good for him. Monday is his last class, and he's extra excited for it to start up again in January. He wanted to call a bunch of people last night, but then was too tired.

Way to go Calvin, I'm so proud of you!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

When Fabric Speaks

I bought this fabric to make an apron for myself, but as I was preparing it, it kept whispering "I don't belong with you, I belong in Nashville. I belong with Rowena". When fabric speaks I've learned to listen. (Fabric does speak, you know. Sometimes it's a whisper, sometimes a shout) If you don't listen, it doesn't shut up. Trust me, I know. :) This is the short pleated apron from Amy Butler's book In Stitches (apron reviewed here).

So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROWENA!!! I hope you enjoy using this as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

Monday, December 04, 2006

A Very Productive Weekend

It was a long one too! Friday started out with a blizzard, and no school for Caleb (which we found out when we got there! I gotta remember to start checking that sort of thing). Our official snowfall total was 11 inches. So, the boys spent most of the day in and out of the snow, playing here, playing there, having a great time. I had a fire going for most of the day, and after getting the snow cleared, I got some sewing done. A friend came for a sleepover, we roasted marshmallows in the fireplace, and stayed warm.

Saturday was more playing in the snow and sewing/cutting for me! My holiday sewing has started with a bang! The boys went with a friend to get her Christmas tree, then we all had supper and played a rousing game of Sorry!.

Sunday was church and relaxing. Yes, even more sewing for me. :D Calvin and I made an apple pie (yum) and he and Connor made pie crust pizza with the scraps. An excellent ending to a long weekend.

David, unfortunately, spent most of the weekend sleeping, fighting off a cold, but he seems better today and made it in to work.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Canvasbacks Sale

If you are in the area, Canvasbacks is having one of their sales starting today. It goes through Saturday. I can't remember the hours, but it's something like 10-4 today and tomorrow, and 9-12 Saturday. Fabric is upstairs on the third (or fourth?) floor. I won't be going (I have enough stuff!), but great fabrics are to be had. One year I bought a bunch of lovely rayon knits for $4/yard. Prices will range from $2-$20/yard.

224 W. Washington St.
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Have fun!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Comic Top

for 7 years old, Calvin isn't a bad photographer

I made another top for myself on Monday, and hemmed it yesterday. This is Simplicity 4076 again (also View D), but with long sleeves. I had to shorten them 2 inches. I bought this fabric from Ressy's co-op a few years ago. Isn't it cool? I love comic books (oops, I'm sorry, "graphic novels"). My original plan was to make tops for my boys, but when the fabric came and I saw it was all sparkly and mostly a girl on it, I figured it was for ME. Caleb likes the silver sparkles, but he agrees, he wouldn't wear a shirt with girls all over it. This took 1.75 yards, so I have 2.25 yards left. Any ideas as to what I should do with the extra? I was toying with doing a DVF style wrap dress, finished off with black FOE.

30 yards

Thirty yards of 118" wide fabric for sheers arrived on Monday (yep, a big jump in the $ spent and yardage in stats). I have my big project for the next few weekends! This will be for the living room (2 88" wide windows, 2 45" windows) and the dining room (1 96" window). Now I have to get some rods for the wide windows.

My friend Alysia works at Calico Corners, and she helped me figure the yardage and how to pleat them up. Making curtains is fairly easy, but I find it boring. Lots of long, straight cuts and stitching. Once I get them up, then I'll figure out the outer curtains. At least I'll have something up, I'm beginning to feel like I'm in a fishbowl when I sit in the living room!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Six New Covers

I finished Connor's diaper covers yesterday (reviewed over a year ago here). Six brand new covers -- sorely needed! I ran out of white capped snaps, so only 3 are functional right now. After setting 63 snaps and changing a diaper, I found out I put them on backwards (meaning I put the sockets where the studs should go, and vice versa). ~SIGH~ I probably wouldn't have had enough sockets anyway. If he takes after his brothers, he'll be out of diapers in July. These should last that long.

After the covers were done, I also did some cutting, adding 4 yards to my "out" stat. I plan to do some more cutting today, and then on to more sewing!

Off to get that cranberry coffee cake made. Yum yum!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thanksgiving Aftermath

We had a lovely Thanksgiving:

The brined turkey was fabulous (oh did it make the most delicious gravy). Turkey paninis were had yesterday, and I now have five pints of stock in my freezer, with one more in the fridge for either soup or pot pie. A cranberry coffee cake will be made tomorrow, and there is one more helping of mashed potatoes left.

Now to get in the sewing room and spend some time on myself!

Thursday, November 23, 2006


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
I am grateful for:

- my wonderful husband who works hard so that I can be home to raise our boys.

- our wonderful children who make me laugh, smile, and aggravated every day. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

- family, both near and far.

- friends (online and IRL) that I can go to for anything and support me.

- that we have enough, and can share and help others.

Off to get started on breakfast, then on to fixing Thanksgiving dinner!

Monday, November 20, 2006


We saw Casino Royale last night. Daniel Craig is absolutely yummy as Bond. The man has a fabulous body, but there's just something more about a delicious man in an impeccably tailored tuxedo (sans jacket), sitting in a shower. :)

btw -- if you haven't seen it yet, rent L4yer Cake for more Daniel Craig.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Assembly Line Sewing

I don't like assembly line sewing. It's boring and tedious. It always reminds me of the few months I worked in a patio furniture factory, sewing cushions and umbrellas. BORING! I got to where I could stitch together a patio umbrella in under an hour, and I was one of the slow ones. To this day I cannot sit under one without looking up to see how it's put together.

However, Connor really needs new diaper covers. These were cut out a few weeks (months?) ago, and I'm now getting them put together. Next I'll do something fun and pretty.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Painted Kitchen

"I paint too, Mama!" You can see we had some excellent help in getting the kitchen painted. :D

When the boys and I got home on Saturday night, from Chicago, we found that David had painted all the trim! Hooray! Less painting for me! This meant we could start right away on painting the walls. Sunday morning I started the cut-in work. I prefer to freehand the edges instead of taping; in the few places I taped, it doesn't look as nice. After I had gotten about 3/4 of the way done with the cut work, David came down and started rolling. Once we got the first coat of paint on, we left for the hardware store and mall (I needed to pick up some outlet covers and switchplates, plus we needed to get a birthday present). When we got home, I started the second coat, with more cut-in work. Monday afternoon I finished the second coat on the walls. There are a few little touch ups to do on the trim but ....

.... it's done! :D We are thinking about stamping a fleur de lis design on the walls in silver, and then roughing or wiping it off so it looks worn.

Now on to window treatments (ugh!).

Monday, November 13, 2006

The Windy (and very rainy) City

On Friday the boys and I went down to Chicago to visit with Peter and Julie. We got there mid-afternoon, and it started raining a bit later. You need to have a parking sticker/permit in order to park after 6 pm, so we walked over (in the rain) to the alderman's office to get one. It was closed! Luckily it was still early enough that I easily found parking on a non-permit street.

For supper, we went for pizza at Giordano's. YUMMY! Again, we walked (it's only 2 blocks or so), and it was kinda funny: two mamas, a baby, a toddler who insisted on holding his own umbrella that was bigger than he is, and two older boys. It was so windy our umbrellas kept blowing inside out! Then the puddles! oy vey! :D We did have a fun time and a delicious meal.

Saturday we went to see the Day of the Dead exhibit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum. Families had come in and made ofredas to the deceased. We saw altars to people of all ages: a singer, a radio personality, a police officer, and more. One could look upon their whole life history in the altar. There was an area that we could leave ofredas of our own, and both Caleb and Calvin left a note for my dad. We also browsed the little gift shop, along with 2 other exhibits.

Otherwise, we spent the time just hanging out and playing with Cuzzy. Calvin read stories to him, Connor read stories to himself. They wrestled and roughhoused, and pouted and cried. Laughed and played, watched TV and ate lots of treats.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

No Sewing Happening Here

We've been working on the kitchen instead.

This is what the kitchen used to look like (if you click, you can look through the album and see our progress). Saturday we painted the ceiling. On Sunday David went and picked a color for the walls (it's some kind of dark blue), and also got trim paint and primer. Yesterday I started doing the cut-in work on the primer. We put some texture stuff in the primer, and it was like painting with pancake batter! It worked great.

The kitchen is all primed and ready for the regular paint. I'm going to do the trim next, then we'll paint the walls.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Purple Sweater

This one is for me!

It's the sweater on the cover. I'm using Classic Elite Duchess yarn (color is Priveleged Plum), size 10 Brittany needles (gotta have pretty needles), and it's coming along fast. I cast on for it a few weeks ago, and finished the back on Tuesday, at the dentist's office.

I have never knit a sweater for myself before -- here's hoping it works out! I chose to do a size S, since every other sweater I have done (for my kids and for my dh) have ended up bigger than I thought they would. Of couse, now I'm second guessing myself.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Dia de los Muertos

Besides being my sweetie's birthday, it's also Dia de los Muertos. We'll be remembering my father. Calvin wants to make up a little altar, and get some flowers. I hope to get over to the local mexican grocery store, El Rey, and pick up some pan de muerto and calaveras.

I'm sure my uncle will be going over to the family grave to wash and clean it, if he didn't do it yesterday. I've only made it to Mexico for Day of the Dead once since Dad's death, and it was nice. Unfortunately, America is starting to seep in, and more people are doing Halloween and trick-or-treat. I didn't like seeing that, it made me sad. I guess the farther south you get, the less that happens.

If you are curious to learn more, there are lots of links here.

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my sweetie! I hope you have a wonderful day with lots of your favorite chocolate. :)

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Trick or Treat!

Sunday was trick-or-treat here (it's always the Sunday before Halloween, since at least 1977 when I moved here). Caleb was a Mad Scientist, Connor was Superman, and Calvin was an Archery Guy (NOT Robin Hood). They got lots of candy, and we're going again tonight, in a friend's neighborhood that does an organized night trick-or-treat. Pictures of that later, as there will be different costumes. Can't wear the same thing twice, now, can we?

Darnit, I didn't get pictures of the kids in their costumes last night. David had the presence of mind to get a picture of the mamas, though. I was a pirate, and you can't see them here, but I had some killer boots. :) It was quite cold and Connor only lasted for half a block. Calvin made it a bit longer, and all the older boys stayed out almost the whole time. We have TONS of candy!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Marathon Man

We went down to Chicago yesterday to cheer my brother in his first marathon! Connor and I slept over Saturday night (I got to watch part 1 of the season 3 finale of Project Runway) and my mom came down early in the morning with Caleb and Calvin.

Off we go to meet Peter at mile 8 in BoysTown! We walked over there, and it was a Par-Tay!

Yay! Eight miles down, eighteen to go! He ran the race with his friend Brian, who lives in Washington D.C. This was Brian's second marathon. They look pretty good here.

The night before the race he looked up his name online and found out there were 3 other Pedrazas running. Get this -- one of them was named Rolando (that's my cousin's name)! How crazy is that? (Pedraza is an uncommon last name)

As we were right by a watering station, the runners were just throwing the cups on the ground. Most of the time the cups still had gatorade in them, and we started getting splashed. Calvin told me, "Mama! It's raining Gatorade!"

After we left Peter at mile 8, we went over to get on the El, in order to meet him at mile 17. We took a quick break in a Starbucks to get hot chocolate. While we were on the train (with 18 million other people going to cheer for their friends and family), we got stuck in a tunnel. I guess there were repairs or something going on. Julie made the executive decision that we would instead go on to ChinaTown and meet Peter at mile 21. It's a good thing we did that, because just as we got off the train at ChinaTown, she got a text message that he had just passed mile 17. They still look pretty good here! Only 5 more miles!

We didn't get finish line pix -- it was just too crowded. But finish they did, in about 4 1/2 hours! Peter said that last mile was just agony. It stretched forever. But he kept putting one foot in front of the other and did it. I had a good time cheering him on. Hmm, I wonder if we'll be doing this next year???

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

October Iris

It has been so cold lately. This past Saturday it was so windy and cold; I froze watching Caleb's soccer OUTDOOR soccer games. brrrr!!!!

However, even with the frost each morning, I still have a few glimpses of summer and pretty flowers. This iris is blooming by the (broken) air conditioner. There are at least 3 of these flower stalks. It's quite pretty, no? Next spring I will have to divide it up some more, and plant it along the sidewalk. Then everyone that walks by can also share the last bits of summer. (I don't know what kind it is, my mother gave it to me. She said it's a double blooming iris: once in the spring, and once in the fall)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Finished Green Quilt

as always, click on any photo to see it full size

This weekend I did the final few inches of stitching the binding down on the green baby quilt. It's been washed and dried, and just needs a label.

I like how it looks, and I'd like to make it again, maybe in reds or purples. It's pretty large for a baby quilt (I think it ended up being something like 48 x 66), but it's just perfect for snuggling under.

Here's a detail shot of the quilting. Michele (the woman who does the longarm quilting for me) suggested the medallions in the corners. I chose a wool batting -- my absolute favorite batting to use. While I'm not crazy about the backing fabric, it's not bad, and gives the quilt a peaceful feel.

Whoo Hoo! This bumps me past 20 finished projects so far this year!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Simplicity 4076, View D

Not the greatest photo, but when your photographer is 7, you take what you can get.

I made this top, sans hems, on Wednesday night. It's Simplicity 4076 (view D), and has been cut out for a while, and after dropping Calvin off at gymnastics, I came home and sewed for the 45 minutes I had before needing to go pick him up. Yes, this top is that fast to make. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, and will definitely be making some more. I used a size 10 in the shoulders, swinging out to a 16 in the hips. I did a FBA, and then rotated that dart into the center front, where the gathers are. I did a cursory glance at the directions (I've sewn oodles of tees, I don't need no stinkin' directions!), and eliminated the edgestitching on the neckine -- that just ain't gonna work with those gathers.

It's too cold to wear this now (we had flurries yesterday, and I think the high today is supposed to be 47). I'll make some with long sleeves -- though I'm not sure about the belled sleeves in the pattern. Maybe. I also definitely want to do the twist top, and any top with the flutter sleeves would be darling for spring/summer.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Another Lunch

I couldn't resist taking a picture of Caleb's lunch today -- it looks so yummy!

Garlic mashed potatoes with beef pot roast and gravy, peas and carrots, a cheddar herb biscuit, and peaches. He'll buy milk to drink. The pretzels are for his morning snack. He said he's having a full course meal for lunch, and it would be funny if I could get a butler to come and serve it to him. :) He's so silly.

It's cold here today - and supposed to get even colder. They are predicting a high of 40 for tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Well, did she? Or didn't she?

.... get my sewing room clean, that is. :) Sorta. You can walk in the room, and the floor is spotless. It's vaccuumed and everything! My desk, on the other hand, is still a mess. My sewing table, with the sewing machine and serger isn't spotless, but it's clean. The ironing board is clear.

I did do a bit of sewing on Saturday -- just putting patches on Scout uniforms. I have some more definite ideas for my room, such as some bookcases on either side of the bay window.

Caleb and I need to start on his Willy Wonka costume. While I didn't accomplish all I wanted, I at least made progress (and I raked up all the thatch and leaves from the backyard).

Friday, October 06, 2006

Blogline Feed

Since I switched to the beta blogger, my Blogline feed was messed up. I emailed a bit with them, and they reset it. I don't know if that means if anyone who was subbed to my feed needs to re-sub, but just thought I'd let you know.

If you don't use Bloglines, go check it out. It's a great way to keep up with your favorite blogs, and if someone decides to have their blogroll public, you can find other neat blogs that you might not know about otherwise. It's easy to sub to this blog -- just click on the button in the sidebar. :)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Getting Back in the Groove

~sigh~ I'm trying to get back in the groove of sewing. Since making the christening gown, I've not been back in my sewing room. It's a MESS!!! I have been sewing, but only handwork. Halloween is coming, and Caleb has decided he wants to be Willy Wonka. We need to get over to the fabric store and find something to make the coat from. I have a top and 6 diaper covers cut out, ready to go, plus some quilts in progress. I picked up Amy Butler's new book, In Stitches, and want to do a few projects in there.

However, I simply MUST clean and organize my sewing room. It's mentally stifling to go in there now and try to work. I promise to get it cleaned up and organized this weekend. Hold me to it, ok?

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ready for Winter

We are ready for winter! Yesterday I got a new winter coat for Connor, and today I went over to Target and picked up some boots for Caleb. Last year I moved the boys coats and mine into this back closet (it's right next to the garage door), and gave David the front closet (the man has WAY TOO MANY coats! It's at least twice as wide as this one, and is filled with his coats and leathers). I still had our mittens/hats/scarves in there, in a big container on the floor, but it was always a mess. Last week I came up with the idea of using a sweater organizer thing for our winter accessories (I found it at Target for $10). We each get a 'cubby', and hopefully this will keep things in order.

All that is needed now is a few more mittens and gloves. I'm thinking I might make a bunch of Easy Mittens from Timberlane Press, out of some black WindBloc I have. This way, when one of the mittens gets lost (as always happens, right?) I can easily make a new mate. I'll also pick up a few of those 'one size fits all' stretchy gloves. Those are perfect for just running errands, and I always buy black, so again, when one gets lost, I can still make pairs.

How sad is it that I took a photo of my closet, and that it makes me happy to see it organized? :/

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Right Brained Mama!

No surprise with my results. I found this via Gigi's blog:

You Are 25% Left Brained, 75% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning. Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others. If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic. Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility. Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way. If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art. Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.


We've been busy (yeah, who isn't? ~G~). David is out of town, and between soccer practice, gymnastics, and various meetings, I feel like we've been living in the car this week. Ah, but I AM getting some sewing in. I've been working on slipstitching the binding on the green quilt. I also cut out a top (Simplicity 4076, View D), 6 Quick Snap Diaper Covers (size L), and a baby sling.

I've also started my Christmas shopping. Can't say much about that, you just never know who might be reading this blog. :) I stopped in the bookstore today to pick up a copy of In Stitches (unfortunately they were out. I had a 25% off coupon). I browsed at a copy of Sublime Stitching. Nice book, but I didn't buy it; at least not on this visit. It's chock full of motifs for stitching, plus great direction on how to do it. On the subject of embroidery, I am sorely tempted to get a copy of Subversive Cross Stitch. You can even get kits! The "Bite Me" kit is calling my name.

A few people have asked where I got the divided thermos pictured in the post below. I found it at Target, in the camping section. The divider is removable, which is really nice. Yesterday I removed the divider and gave Caleb baked potatoes with cheese for lunch. Yummy!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


This is what Caleb took for lunch today. It's one of his favorites:
Rice and beans (recipes are here), 2 corn tortillas, some Cheddar Bunnies, and a Fruit Leather. The fresh pineapple is for his snack this morning. He wanted to buy milk to drink (he's pretty sure Tuesdays is chocolate milk day).

I'll share some more of his lunches occassionally. Usually he gets leftovers; I bet you can guess what we had for supper last night. :)

Saturday, September 23, 2006

New Toys

Look at my new toys! :)
My friend Luther gave these to me today. The treadle works, though I don't know if the timing is right and if it actually stitches.

Here is a close up of The Free machine. The drawers won't open unless the top is opened. They lock when the machine is put away. One drawer pull is missing, and some awful metal one got put on in its place.

This is all the stuff that was in the drawers. I have no idea what most of it is.

Here is the other machine. It's either called The Homemaker or The Homestead. I can't remember, and I don't want to go down the basement to double check right now. It's missing the base.

This is all the stuff that came in these drawers. I think the bullet looking thing is a bobbin case. The two little envelopes have machine needles in them.

There were also two church calendars from July and August 1980. Otherwise, I know nothing about these. On Stitcher's Guild Margie directed me to Treadle On, so I've been over there reading and researching. Any other guidance, advice, or links would be greatly appreciated. Cleaning up and using these will be a fun winter project!