Monday, November 12, 2007
So to celebrate the hunkering down the rain is causing us today, I thought I’d make a truly winter treat from my childhood and share it with my kids. Even though it is rain instead of snow falling outside, that smell of warming milk on the stove completely transported me. I’m talking about good old Cream of Wheat!! This is quite an endeavor for me for a week day breakfast, so I was terribly proud of myself. I set the table for the kids and me. I put sugar out for them to gingerly sprinkle (yes, I found this at the back of the pantry - NOT a baker). I decided to forgo the typical NO SUGAR rule on breakfast cereal. The milk was set out to cool the toasty cereal. I replayed in my mind the ritual of getting the creamy goodness ready for that first sweet milky bite, imagining my kids LOVING it as much as I do and them looking at me with grateful eyes as they thought about how LUCKY they were to have a warm breakfast on a normal old day. My son doesn't eat very many things, but I was still holding out some hope that this magical breakfast would break through, but he said "no WAY am I trying that. Can I have some sugar on my plate??" Even my daughter who loves oatmeal and tries everything was not impressed. She said "I'm eating it mama! I.... like... it? Can I be done??" So they trotted off, and I sat eating my Cream of Wheat alone in the kitchen. It was still really good, but I think some of the shine might be a little worn.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
So, as I feel a new beginning, after the show and fall projects, and much soul searching, my 'new year's' goal is to post much more often here. There is so much going on, and I have a constant stream of dialog in my head aimed at posting, but I just haven't put hands to keyboard to get it all down.
We are finally finishing the painting of the interior of our house (this we started before my daughter was born - she'll be THREE in April – how do we get so comfortable with a state of half finished? As I’m painting, every little mistake and smudge just screams at me, but after a month or so I don’t even notice huge patched spots and caulking streaked across the entire hallway and kitchen??) So I'm sitting here in paint fumes and a little scattered, but the FIRST thing I want to mention is this:
I had an incredible team from NW Organizers come help me organize my office, and WOW what a difference in my life!! My 'office' is the 4th bedroom in our house. It WAS the kids toy storage, my sewing area, my computer area, and our catch all of every book I've read, started reading and didn't finish, been MEANING to read but haven't even cracked open, reference book, cook books, etc. etc. They helped me declutter the room, and declutter my HEAD. No kidding. All of those things I was hanging on to, and moving from here to there, and dusting constantly but not USING? GONE. They helped me get all my fabric organized and into bins and in my closet. The kids stuff? OUT. They have their own drawers in the linen closet now. I have to admit that their paper “crafts” are all over the floor in here right now, but once that is gone, my floor space is CLEAR! And once we went through the exercise together, I went on a rampage in our house. We cleaned out the kids’ rooms and organized them. I even cleaned out our refrigerator! What is it about unnecessary clinging to objects?? Why do I feel compelled to hold on to tiny scraps of fabric that are so small I’ll never use them? I actually had an entire box of teeny tiny muslin scraps I thought I’d sew together to make pieces large enough to use. ?? This is muslin that is $2 a yard. And they were taking up an entire corner of my room. Anywaaays (spoken as Bullock from Deadwood), my room is clear, my mind is clear, and I’m ready to go. Give them a call – they can help you, too!
So what began this ramble, is that before I even met with them, Missy sent me an excel spreadsheet for laying out one’s day. I’m actually going to fill it out and try to stick to it. I do have to get my son to school and pick him up at the same time every day, so there is a frame in the chaos. I can do this! Interested in trying it, too? I'm going to try to figure out how to get it on here for you to download! This way I’ll answer email 3 or 4 times a day at designated times, and not all day long as they ding in. I’ll spend some time every morning going over what I have to do today, and some every night getting ready for the next day. My play time with the kids will be WITH THE KIDS, and my work time will be strictly work time. People who know me are laughing. You can’t get there if you don’t try, though right??
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
AND. Just wait till you see the SWAG BAGS. V.V.C. as my friend says. very. very. cool. We just can't wait to share it all with you. A little "kick off the season" gift.
Please don't forget to bring non perishable food items!! Let's make sure we do everything we can to keep the Oregon Food Bank stocked up!
It is very exciting that Portland has been chosen as the site for this gathering. The congress sounds just amazing!
AND, Cat will have all of our lovely things for all to see. We'll be there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Check the website above for all of the hours.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Firecracker Baby has some great new prints she is working with for her famous diaper bags - why did no one think of a machine washable diaper bag before?? She is also sewing up some really fantastic new handbags that can double as a smaller diaper bag with her signature pockets. keep watching the website for new designs.
O'Henry has some lovely new blankets as well that have yet to make it up on the website - there are so many beautiful fabrics out there, and so little time! New this year will be darling felted purses for little ones - from flowers to polka dots to a big smiling octopus! Watch for those on the website soon, as well. I'm also trying to finish a new pattern for a great little ragdoll who is SO easy to make and perfect for using up all those little peices of great fabric you have in your stash.
Ainsley and Oswald have joined our group this year and we are SO glad to have them! They have the coolest I spy with my little eye bags for hours of fun for your little ones, as well as the most adorable little felted animals. PERFECT for stocking stuffers. We are so glad to have Ainsley and Oswald! Check her out here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6688759
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Friday, May 4, 2007
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