Monday, November 28, 2011

We Need A Little Christmas!

This is the first of hopefully many Christmas posts! Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of year (followed closely by "Kamp Season")
Tonight my mom and I ran a few errands and we ended up at Target so I picked up some fun gift wrapping supplies. I also convinced my mom to pick up a 20 foot garland (for indoor/outdoor use ONLY! What other use is there?) to put over our kitchen window outside since I seem to be on the loosing side of the "We should really put Christmas lights up for the first time ever" battle. I even volunteered to climb up on the roof and put them up myself! But alas the answer was no. I was not deterred.
 I would not let our house be the one "Grinch" house in the cul-de-sac. I hung the garland outside the window and set up a tree that we usually put on our porch during the Christmas season out tonight, but first I had to take down the fall display my dad and I put together.

Adios pumpkins!

The display semi dismantled.

Time to sweep out the leaves that had gathered.

I couldn't get the picture to focus for the life of me.

I think the garland looks a little sparse, so I want to have my dad pick up another one then I can twist the two together. All I need is an extension cord (which I should be getting tomorrow) and I can finish up the Christmas lights!



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shopping Before Black Friday

This past weekend I attended a craft boutique and sold my wares! (Do you think I have pictures of it? of course not) It was so much fun to see all my friends that have done tables in the past! I believe this is my 6th or 7th year having a table and over the years what I've sold has changed. The first year I sold simple bracelets and greeting cards, then expanded into cell phone socks, shrinky dink jewelry, photo cards, dog treats and sock monkeys. (Not all in one year) This year I simplified. I only made sock monkeys, rice bags (the wonderful things you heat up in the microwave or toss in the freezer) dog treats and I introduced cupcakes this year! I was so excited to sell cupcakes and they were a huge hit! I sold out! The boutique consisted of Friday evening and Saturday morning-into-afternoon. Breanna and her mom showed up Saturday afternoon and after the boutique was finished we went shopping at the Mall Of America!

No, we didn't shop in Michael Kors, (I wish) but the window display was amazing so I had to take a picture. (I'm still confused Breanna about the reflecting in the window thing...)

See? I told you their window was AHHMAZING!

We then hit up my favorite store. Francesca's! I got a super cute leopard print chiffon top and a winter dress coat!

We finished the evening with dinner and dessert at Nordstrom's Cafe, Yum-O! (Please excuse the picture of us looking like we want to hurt each other. We're still teaching out mom's how to use our cameras)

On the ride home the next day I took a break from sewing the first of many petals for my Galinda Bubble Dress and took a picture of some of the things I purchased.

I think I added two or three more rows of sequins after this picture was taken. But it's oh-so-pretty!

Picnik is so much fun ;)

I got new Sorel winter boots that I needed very badly. I out grew mine last year and never got around to getting new ones. "Umm, hey mom. Can I borrow your snow boots?"

I love Polar Bears.

I also needed new tennis shoes. My old ones were getting small (hmm after 3 years that might happen... But that's what you get when you stay between 4'9 and 5'1 for 3 years) After an unfortunate running incident at work weekend which involved me practically running (and not noticing that I was running) through a muddy/bog/swamp area where I landed promptly on my tush and up to my ankles in mud, my old shoes were history. Enter stage right new Nikes! They're pink, and polka dotted, and wonderful!

Sorry about so many Macro shots. I just realized that my camera takes amazing macro, and not so great (insert every other setting here) photos.

Alas, me staring out the window in some meloncholy state of mind... I was probably pretending I was in a movie of something.

That's all! If I don't get around to posting tomorrow (which let's face it, I rarely post when I tell you I will) hope ya'll have a wonderful Turkey Day!



p.s. Tutorial update: I'm working on one right now, I just need to purchase a few more things and figure out how to install a zipper. Then gather more paint chips from the hardware supply store. (Two separate tutes, don't worry I'm not going crazy and making a paint chip dress)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weekend Plans

I know it's kind early to be blogging about the weekend but I'll be seeing Breanna at my craft boutique this weekend and I'm so excited!!!! More updates to come...



Friday, November 11, 2011

Advent-ure Time!

    I never meant to allude to the weirdest children's show ever to grace cable TV, but it just worked out so well!
    So, Conservativchic (aka Maddie) reminded me that I am overdue for a new blog post. Story of my life. Since quite a bit has actually happened since the last time I blogged, I will tell you about some of it.
    Halloween. Was. So. Fun. I invited my friend, Rachel, to hand out candy again with me this year. This has become a tradition as of last year. We get together and set a theme (this year it was Alice in Wonderland) and then we dress up like characters from that theme. Rachel was Alice, I was the Cheshire cat, and third friend, Corrie, was going to be the Mad Hatter, but she had a paper to write for school (yet another reason why homeschooling is awesome), so she wasn't able to make it. Another thing we do is have a door prize drawing for the kids. This year, in light of our theme, we had them pick from a deck of cards. In order to win a prize, they had to pick either the queen of hearts or queen of diamonds. It was a blast! (And the kids had a good time to! ;-)
    If you ever read my tweets on the right side of this page, you may have seen a picture of my newest creations, Marius and Cosette. There was an auction to raise money for the school band and choir that I am in and I knit two phone socks for it. They were inspired by the watching the musical Les Miserables the night before the auction, and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. =)
Marius and Cosette. Yes, that is a mini beret that he is wearing ;-)
    Shifting into a minor key: Today, I had this deep feeling of discontentment with my life. I think it might have been for a jumble of reasons, but one of them was that I haven't been reading my Bible as diligently lately. This depression was a horrible, evil feeling and I knew that if I was ever going to get back on the right track, I had to go away for a while to talk to my Father. As I was searching for verses on contentment and confusion, I came upon two verses that spoke straight to my soul and I'd like to share them with you. They were 1 Corinthians 14:33 and James 3:16.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work
.James 3:16
    Now, on to the real reason I've called you here. My mom and I are making an advent basket for a lady who goes to our church. (Hence the awful title and picture of an advent calendar.) For those who don't know, an advent basket is a basket of gifts, each with a number on them that tell you which day of December to open that gift. The numbers go up to 24, Christmas Eve day. If you receive one, you probably won't know who it came from until you open the last present, when they reveal their identity on a card. Pretty neat idea, eh? Sort of like Hanukkah for Gentiles. Anyway, the gifts don't have to be big or expensive, just cute little ornaments or practical things or bath items. In the spirit of this blog I should have at least woven the basket or something crafty like that, but this time my mom is the one who was crafty- she is going to knit a washcloth and a towel to give. Fist pump for crafty mom!
    Have a beautiful 11-11-11 guys! But that occasion could never be allowed to overshadow the original reason this day is so special. Thank you to all of the brave men and women who have fought and are still fighting for the United States! Freedom is such a precious gift, and we have you to thank for it.



My friend, Rachel, and me all decked out for Halloween.
 I would like to point out that the water bottle in Rachel's left hand has a tag that says "Drink Me" on it in scrawly writing. In her other hand she has a pocket watch. I love her! She is so amazingly detailed!

Self explanatory. =P

Friday, November 4, 2011

Snickers and Reeses and Smarties! Oh MY!

Well friends,

Plans changed rather last minute and I went Trick-Or-Treating with some friends of mine.

"Aren't you a little old to be Trick-Or Treating Madeline?"
(Atleast that's what my mom asked me)

Yes, I probably am too old to be out Trick Or Treating, but I justified it by saying it would be the last time I'd trick or treat without my own children. No, I'm not going to have a kid before Halloween next year. I'm just going to refrain from going out until I'm 30-ish with kids of my own. Now of course that doesn't mean I won't still dress up for Halloween. I love making costumes! I will always dress up if given the chance! (Next crazy costume idea of mine is to make Glinda's "Bubble Dress" from Wicked, we'll see how that goes)
(Backstage photo: from Galinda's
One thing's forsure. I thought Halloween candy would be the death of me.

There was SO. MUCH. CANDY.

I weighed it. 11 pounds.

I knew that I'd just continue eating it until it was gone, as would my parents (I had to hide the candy we were giving away from them so they wouldn't eat it all) so I brought my bag to Youth Group (after taking all the Kit Kats out mind you) set it on the table and told the kids to "Have at it!" It was like a stampede of elephants. Since the majority were "church kids" I'm pretty sure they'd never been trick or treating, much less seen that much candy before. All I was left with were a few suckers, a mini Heath bar, a fun sized Three Musketeers bar and those strange black and orange candies no one eats. That was very quick and effective!
Now, I wonder if I can do that with our Thanksgiving leftovers this year too...? *taps chin n thought*

Hope you had a fun and candy filled Halloween!