Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
So now we regroup.
A couple of months ago, we started up an etsy site, and I guess we'll start there trying to sell some stuff.
The real function of the Mamas of the Craft for me is to get together and be creative, so it would be ok with me if we didn't sell anything again.
I won't deny that it is fun to get money for things that you make.
As a huge tangential leap- do any of you ever visit http://www.etymonline.com/?
I like words, so I visit occasionally.
I was wondering about "o.k." what does it mean?
Here is what etymonline has to say
"1839, only survivor of a slang fad in Boston and New York c.1838-9 for abbreviations of common phrases with deliberate, jocular misspellings (cf. K.G. for "no go," as if spelled "know go"); in this case, "oll korrect.""
Could you ever imagine that something we say every day without thinking could possibly be from a year-long slang fad from New England 170 years ago?
I wonder if wiggity wack will be popular in 2164?
see you soon,
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
There was a question about the tent in my last post.
This was a project in Craft Club one night.
We all assembled at my house and cut out and sewed all night.
Some of the group, myself not included, even got it finished that night.
I ran out of bobbin thread on one of the seams and was so irritated that I ingnored mine until the day before the Hug-a-Bug's birthday.
The pattern I used is Butterick 4251. Some of my friends, however, made up their own pattern and they turned out fantastic.
It is a great project, because the whole thing collapses down to just the diameter of the poles.
Fits great under a bed or in the closet.
I altered the pattern somewhat-
The pattern calls for 8 foot lengths of pvc, and I didn't think that a tent that big would fit in my house, so I had the nice man at Lowe's cut them to 6 feet.
Then I shortened the pattern pieces by 2 feet.
Also, I didn't have enough fabric to do 6 panels so there are only 5 sides.
The tent is plenty big enough.
My lovely little sister (Hi Donna!) asked for one for her birthday.
She is a freshwoman in college and I have great visions of her carrying it out to the quad to do some reading.
I tried a new recipe last week.
Bacon Gruyere Quick Bread.
It is from my America's Test Kitchen Cookbook.
I was flipping through the cookbook, as is my wont, and I saw cheesy quick bread and needed to go no further.
Now, usually, I follow the Test Kitchen recipes to the letter, but I was out of eggs so I didn't put one in. Also, I didn't have whole milk, so I used yogurt mixed with skim.
I have to say, the bread was still delicious.
Can you really go wrong with gruyere, parmasan, onion and bacon?
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I started in October, and I was sure that I could take a picture a day.
I have discipline.
Then I went to once a week when the weather was not as nice.
We have a drafty stroller, and I can't walk with both of the kids to the spot where I take the picture as it's on a busy street.
Now I am resigned to once a month.
That said, here is the official January photo.
I will not preclude myself from taking as many as I am able throughout the month, but this is the official one.
So, without a camera these past few weeks, I have had no pictures of the kids' gifts this birthday and christmas season.
Here, therefore, is a picture of the gift from Brian and me for the younger Hug-a-Bug on his birthday- You can see the Elder Hug-a-Bug's puppet theatre in the background.
For christmas we gave the Hug-a-Bugs a set of blocks from Beka, and dyed them to make them bright and fun.
The Elder H-a-B's favorite new activity is building corrals for her dolls.
Here she is mid construction, "I'm not quite finished with my corral"
And here is her photo of the finished product-
I hope that all who read here have a healthy and prosperous Tuesday.
See you soon,
Sunday, January 6, 2008
He is speaking like a person most of the time.
"Can I have my race cars at the table, Mama?"
He is trying to toilet train himself, we are not quite as ready as he seems to be...
Happy birthday Younger Hug-a-Bug.
You will always be my darling baby boy.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
that I am very happy to see my camera again.
Talk to you all soon,