Sunday, September 21, 2014

Flea Market Sunday

In between chauffeuring the children all around and having a birthday party I made a few garage sale stops.

I had Dave make a hole in that Jack-o-lantern so it could go on the witch where her skull was missing.
I think I am going to use this as a Halloween tablecloth on the foyer table.
Meow. The two at the top are interesting, I had never seen them before. They move.
The lady asked me what I was going to do with this. Bwhahahaha! Lady! I am sid the science kid.
I have never seen printed glasses as mugs? They are big. Oh great, the T key just broke all the way off, this should be fun. LOL
A very vintage chicken costume (One cannot type vintage without a T you know)...
That has a cloth mask. Those usually creep me out, but the chicken is not creepy.
The plastic elves on the other hand? CREEPY. What do I keep picking these birds up for?

Well, you will have to sort the rest out since a certain small person is now hollering that she has pooped. Oy, what a glamorous life!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grant turns 2, a cookie monster party

What a week this has been. I am SO GLAD it's over. Today we had a cookie monster party for Grant's second birthday. I am not going to lie, I have been in a M O O D all week, and I do not feel like this is my best party effort here. I had one disaster after another with the cookies and the cake and I have been without my car all week so just going and buying it was not an option.

The cookie wreath turned out exactly as planned. This doubled as a bean bag toss for the kids. We just took it down and hung it up outside and let the kids throw bean bags through the hole.

Cookie monster tissue balls (and all the crap on top of my fridge where Grant cannot reach it).

It bugs Jack that there is no mouth. It bugs me too. I didn't even want to put ANY ICING on this thing, but I could not find a pan. So I had to cook it in the skillet. When I had to flip it twice it cracked apart. The eyeballs are an attempt at hiding some of that. I had no way to make black icing for a mouth so he looks like Grover or something. But whatever, the kid is two.
The bean bags I made for the toss.

That hard to see bunting says COOKIE!
We also played pin the cookie on cookie monster.
And we had a cookie decorating station.

Grant's favorite part was sticking all the cookies on cookie monster. He was quite proud of himself when he got them all up there. Not the game as it was intended, but who cares? He loved it! Win.
His face says "Why is everyone singing loudly at me?"
Never mind, the singing's fine if cookies and ice cream are involved.

And balloons too!
He is in L O V E with his noisy presents which included things with lots of buttons and wires! He loves some wires!

So, that's what I have been doing all week. Yesterday while I was burning up the second batch of cookies and ruining the cake, Grant pulled half the letters off my laptop keyboard, so now I am missing some rather important letters.

I work and blog from this lap top, so this is a serious bummer.  Hopefully I will find my way back here a little more often this week. :-)

Monday, September 15, 2014


I thrifted all of these a few weeks ago while I was on my weekly "clothe the children entirely from Goodwill" mission. A lucky day!

They have been sitting on the counter for 2 weeks because I couldn't remember where I put the small blow molds at Halloween.


That's right, I couldn't remember where I put that collection.

Last night I remembered in the  bath, so they are put away now.

This morning when I went to collect Ginty from the crib he was saying "Mama! I Ginty! Mama! I Ginty!"  When I looked over at him he was pointing to the letter "G" I had sewn onto that quilt for him.

Insert me with very wide eyes here.

It's getting harder every day to deny that there is a chance that lightening has struck twice. (Why only the boys? Strange.)

We have transmission problems with one of the vans so I am spending today waiting for that big money hammer to fall. I mentioned this on facebook but this year has felt very much like that episode of Roseanne where the electric is shut off and she says "well, Middle class was fun." LOL

Cross your fingers for $500 repair and not a $5000 repair.

Oh my.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flea market Sunday

I fell in ABSOLUTE love with a quilt I could not afford at the flea market this morning. A serious drag that is.  I have noticed that the local prices on everything are starting to go back up.  Including food, which is crazy high. I went to the grocery store (well, really 4 darn grocery stores) on Friday and chicken tenders were $25! Quinoa at Costco was $18! Oy vey.

I was already feeling the burn of my empty pockets before I had to leave the quilt behind (it was a $10 difference she and I "discussed" for a long time, but she would not budge and my wallet cannot budge right now either).  The empty pocket syndrome means I have been working, working all week - etsy, ebay, craigslist. For a stay at home mom I sure spend a lot of time working right now!

Sammi and I did manage to pick up a few things at a garage sale yesterday. It was the strangest garage sale actually. Two twenty something guys with a 15 month old baby girl and a 2 month old baby girl selling a trailer full of vintage stuff.  They were super cute with their girls and I wished had been there earlier in the morning. (The craigslist ad didn't look that promising, but I suspect I was wrong in that judgment.)

This is a candle holder right  now. I am not sure if its a made in India deal or what, but its interesting and it was cheap enough. I think it wants to be repurposed somehow so I can enjoy the star instead of sitting flat on a surface - but how?
An old bride and groom. These are so hard to find and I was leaving when I spotted them. His head needs a little glue.
I am not gonna lie - I am completely in LOVE with these old gold frame etched mirrors right now. I have no clue where to put this odd size yet.
Hi camera.
They feel very Paris apartment to me.

Some day the children will be a little older and I can change some things up in the house like I am dying to do!

Back to bedtimes and birthday party crafting with me for now...

Friday, September 12, 2014

Vintage wizard of Oz quilt, The Yellow Brick Road - Finished on a Friday

Remember when I grabbed this quilt?
 I thought I would sell it because the Wizard of Oz blocks were sweet. It was tied with acrylic yarn and set in some of the toughest green poly/cotton fabric EVER. (What a nightmare to rip apart.)
Here are those blocks now:
I call it The Yellow Brick Road now. When I went to choose fabrics I SWEAR I was looking for reds But not a single red spoke to me. It turned out perfectly though, and the green speaks to the Emerald City.
I have used the Riley Blake Zoo Dwellers Pattern with some modifications (mainly because the Oz blocks measure 7.5 by 7.5 inches).
All of the printed fabrics are DS Quilts fabrics from Joann.

All of the sweet blocks from the original:

The yellow sashing is a yellow I have had in the stash since Jack was little.
The binding was a big debate. In fact, no one on facebook choose this binding (also DS quilts), but I REALLY wanted a touch of red for Dorothy's Ruby Slippers somewhere.
The quilting was the biggest problem this time. I could not decide on a quilting pattern. I thought I was done quilting at least three times but it felt like it just needed more and more and more quilting. So I just kept going until I felt done.
There is even a yellow brick road on the back!
I love this quilt so much.
It's even better than I had dreamed when it called to me from the back of the van.

Also I am becoming a TOTAL quilting junkie. I am again already dreaming of the next one.

What am I going to do with them all?  Oy. :-)