Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mad Skillz

My first born loves to play with clay. She's got mad skillz. This would be her rendition of Smaug, the dragon from the Hobbit. He's guarding his treasure. (click on the picture to see the big version)
And every dragon needs a Hobbit, right? (I LOVE his feet!)
Here's the back of him. Buttons on his buttocks. ;)
And here's her phoenix.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I learned something new

I've been seeing these gorgeous Twister or Whirlygiggle type quilts all over the internet (like on Pinterest) and I SO wanted to make one.  But... I didn't want to spend $10 or so on the template to make one.  So, I did some reading online, looked at several tutorials and then, I took my cute little four inch square template and drew a couple lines on it. 

Then, I cut up some scraps of fabric into 5 inch squares and sewed them together.  I also sewed a three inch binding around my squares. And then I started cutting my sewn together blocks into new blocks. This is how you line up the template. You carefully cut with a rotary cutter around the template to get new blocks. As I did this, I understood why the one tutorial I read was SO anal about making sure each row of your stitching goes the alternate direction---lumpy seams makes your template hard to hold in one place. I'll be more exact next time.

Here you can see at the top, two rows of blocks waiting to be cut.   At the bottom are two rows already cut and twisted into the new pattern.

And her's the final product.  It's doll sized. :)  I think I should've used higher contrast fabrics, but it's still fun.  

Saturday, January 21, 2012


It snowed here. Finally. Two of mine have been having a LOT of fun playing outside.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Chop chop!

Someone decided it was time for shorter hair. Before:

And after.  :) 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

So obedient

The Wonder Dog loves me. That means, my 150 lb. bundle of hairy love wants to be with me, all the time. Especially if I'm in the kitchen and might accidently drop something fabulous. Early on, we taught her the command, "Out!" which means out of my kitchen. See how well this command works?
Technically, she is not IN the kitchen. Well, except for that tip of her nose.

Her grooming is lacking

While playing a game with a certain 7 year old, I noticed her seriously long fingernails. I pointed out that we needed to clip those today. She responded,"No! These babies keep people out of my bubble!"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pillow what??

My younger two have the very popular Pillow Pets. They love them. The Pillow Pets must live on their beds tho, because I don't want them downstairs collecting dog hair. Therefore, when they're on the main floor, they snuggle with me. The other night, M snuggled up to me, put her head on my chest and started singing what I thought was the Pillow Pets commercial jingle. I was wrong. She sang,"It's a pillow. It's a breast. It's a pillow breast!" Um...yeah...