Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ugghh I'm a failure!

I'm a total failure this Thanksgiving.  Luckily it was just my husband, daughter and I.  

This morning my daughter and I decided to finish making salt dough ornaments.  We had made them Tuesday with our friends and had a fair bit of dough left.  It was great fun this morning.  We made some really cute ornaments, and then I burnt them.  They may be salvageable if we paint them, we'll see.

Then this evening our turkey wasn't done.  I don't know what happened.  I followed the instructions on time and temp, I even truned the temp up for the first hour as added insurrance.  I didn't stuff it.  I just don't know what went wrong.  It's not the stove, everything else cooks great.  Uggghh!

Even my pumpkin pie cracked terribly this time!!!!

Oh well at least my mashed sweet potatoes with marshmellows and brown sugar turned out really good!

Well we're off to try the pie, hopefully it tastes as good as it smells, not how it looks!

Happy Thanksgiving, Again!

I just had to add that no the pie didn't taste good at all.  I can't believe I'm admitting this but I finally realized that the pie cooked funny because I forgot the sugar.  Can you believe it!  Oh well we may hvae to go out to eat next year!

Just a simple Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi I just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you always...
Walls for the wind,
A roof for the rain
And tea beside the fire.
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Here's some pictures of Belle for you Janet, or pictures of our other baby!

I finally got some pictures of Belle so I thought you'd like to see her.  She's a little bigger than the last time you saw her.  Although we might be bringing her with at Christmas. We suddenly realized how much it was going to cost to board her for 10 days, and that it wouldn't really be that much more to rent a larger vehicle and bring her with.  Plus then we could bring up Tom's gift since my parent's never made it to visit.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here are some of the projects I've been working on lately!

Theses are pictures of a bag that I made for my Twilight mad friend.  She's always laughing about how pathetic she must look as a middle-aged married woman lusting after Robert Pattinson.  So on the inside, as her dirty little secret I printed a Twilight screen saver onto fabric using plain white fabric and freezer paper (so easy) to use as the pocket.  The pocket is better in person, I don't know why but the flash kept washing it out.

This picture is of Mitten "Stockings" that I made for a friend and her husband.  They have snaps holding them to the chenile ric rac "string" so that they can be separated on Christmas morning.  These are also made out of the remaining fabric from a treeskirt and tablerunner that I made them a couple years ago.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Look, Look, Look

Look I've been quilting, alright really piecing since this is just the quilt top, but see!

 Even more impressive, at least for people who know me, is that this is a wall quilt for our house.  I'm really good about getting projects done when they are for other people, especially as gift, but when it's for myself or my house I tend to decide I need to finish other stuff first and our stuff just gets set aside.  In fact my husband saw this pattern 2 years ago and asked me to make it for our house.  

The pattern was for a door size banner and I knew that was to big for our house, so I halved the pattern.  Luckily this time I remembered to subtract the seam allowance and then halve the block size.  However I didn't really stop and think about all the little blocks that would make for this quilt.

I'm really happy with it so far.  After it's quilted I'll add the little red berries (or ornaments) on it.  It definatly needs those touches of red in the center of the quilt.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Great kids crafts!

Hi, I added a new link to the blogs I watch.  The blog is called Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.  I just love the name, but she also had SO many great kids crafts.  I looked through the Christmas project list and found many that we will be doing.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm too embarrassed to post the picture!

Daph's minor surgery today was to deal with a couple of dental issues.

Let me just say this now, I promise we have her brush twice a day.  She doesn't eat a ton of sweets.  Yes she was bottle fed, but she NEVER went to bed with a bottle.  

About 2 months ago we noticed that one of her molars was falling apart.  I mean literally crumbling.  I can't tell you how horrified I was as a mother, especially when it turned out she had 2 small cavities and another tooth that also needed to come out.  We hadn't taken her to a dentist yet, but I wasn't feeling too bad because most of my friends with children her age were just getting their kids into a dentist also.  The tooth was of course noticed after work on Friday and we worried all weekend because our area doesn't have any emergency dental services, and finally got her in on Monday.

We loved the staff but were never sure about that dentist.  Trust me if you ever have this feeling follow it!  We went ahead and let that dentist fix another small cavity to get her used to the whole thing, but the experience wasn't  good.  The dentist was chewing out his staff and getting Daph stressed, and then getting a little short with her for getting wiggly.  To top it all off, he scratched the outside of her cheek with his drill, and Daphne thought a piece of the filling fell out later that evening.

Needless to say we didn't go back to that dentist.  However since he wasn't in a big hurry to deal with the broken tooth we had the time to get an appointment with a great pediatric dentist.

After the last experience this dentist suggested taking her to a surgical center to get everything done all at once while she slept, so that all the rest of her visits would just be basic cleaning and small fillings if needed.

So today was the day.  She had 2 teeth pulled and the dentist redid the filling the other dentist did, for free, because it was indeed falling apart.  At the after surgery consult the dentist (again) stressed that we weren't bad parents.  That some kids just had bad baby teeth, and that it didn't necessarily show what her adult teeth would be like.  In fact he joked that he had lots of trouble with his baby teeth, and his father was an Endontist.

I was feeling better, until I saw the teeth he pulled!  Both my husband and I just cringed.  They look so awful.  There is no way that I could ever post a picture of them.  No matter how many reassurances I got that it wasn't my fault, I'm way too embarrassed as a parent to show those teeth.  I may turn into a fanatic now about the care of her teeth.

What would we do without crafts?

Last night we explained to our almost 7 year old daughter that, because she is having a minor surgical procedure she couldn't eat or drink today.  We even woke her up for a midnight snack since her procedure isn't until 2:30.  We thought she understood but suddenly this morning it wasn't going so well once reality set in.

Let just say I wasn't to thrilled with my husband who went to work this morning, primarily so he could eat while he was there!  Yes he really did have work he needed to do, but eating was a definite bonus for him.

So I'm looking around trying desperately to find something to take her mind of off eating.  She wanted to paint, but I couldn't find the watercolor paper.  Suddenly I got incredibly lucky.  I found the ornament decorating kit that I had bought almost a year ago for Daph to do as Christmas gifts.
This has been a life saver.  

Now only an hour and a half till we go pick up my husband and head to the surgical center, I'll have to go digging in my closet for something else to do!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

We may have to make a New Years resolution to read more!

I can't believe I'm showing this but here's our to read pile.  I really think we may have to make a New Years resolution to read more!