Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pine cone pretties

Since I took this picture last week, the leaves have almost all fallen and the branches are skinny and bare. We can see neighbors houses that were covered by summer foliage and it's so much fun to watch the squirrels run up and down the trees with their acorns. Being a squirrel and having a fear of heights wouldn't be a good combination.

The temperatures have dropped and it is unseasonably cold. Like freezing cold. It's fireplace weather. I don't like being cold, but I do like Christmas, so the minute Halloween was over I wanted to pull out the Christmas decor, but I did all I could to hold out and only got out a few gold pine cones. (don't mind my ugly paint colors. we don't own the house and can't paint over the awfulness.)

I made this garland last year and it's really cute and easy to make. We live in Georgia and have no shortage of pine trees and no shortage of pine cones. The kids helped gather them up and we spread them out in the garage and gave them a coat of gold spray paint. I strung them up with twine and viola! An easy peasy, pine cone garland. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Stay warm everyone, I am going to blast Christmas tunes and bundle up because it is COLD.


Friday, November 14, 2014

A new adventure.

No, we aren't moving and no there are no more babies on the way (thank goodness) but we did start a new journey a few months ago. We are officially a homeschooling family! My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year. But instead of rushing her off to the the bus stop at 7am, she woke up around 8am, had a leisurely breakfast and started the day with the obligatory picture next to a sign stating that she is now in kindergarten, ha.

And then, Bella wanted in a picture, but she wouldn't turn around, Yep, that's typical.

In the weeks that followed we started to become more involved in a local homeschool group. We've gone on several field trips... 

We visited beautiful a few historic homes in Roswell, GA.

While visiting these homes we learned how to make candles, cook over a hearth and how homes were built in the 1830's. Can you believe they didn't use nails most of the time?!

We went on an apple picking adventure.
Apples just taste better when you pick them yourself! We also found out that apple sauce tastes better when you make it yourself. Someday I'll introduce y'all to my adventures with canning, but that is another story. If I could describe it in one word, it would be delicious.

We visited a farm and fed some hungry milk cows. In the process, we found a new place to get fresh milk. It was fun to meet and the feed the cows where our milk comes from.
 These ladies were hungry and it was incredible how much hay they would eat!

The girls have met some darling new friends and we are really enjoying this special year of home learning.

I am not going to dive into the reasons we are homeschooling this year, but I will say that this was not something I had ever really thought about until last Spring. The idea popped into my head one day and I couldn't let it go. The more I thought about it, the more I couldn't stop thinking about it. We don't have long term plans right now, we are just going with the flow. I am enjoying this journey and I know she is as well. It is so fun to watch her discover new things on her own and learn about this great big world that we live in.

Cheers to new adventures!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Who am I kidding?

I've been in some sort of turmoil over this blog for quite some time, years really. In the beginning I really wanted to get into it, with constant projects, tutorials, blogging schedules, the whole nine yards. I had major envy of all the "cool" bloggers back then and really wanted to be one of them. I did it for a while and it was fun while it lasted but could never really give it my all. Then, another baby was on the way and I was really sick so I stopped blogging, next I went back to school and blogging stopped again, then we moved across the country, I got a full time job, another kid arrived and well, you get the idea. 

I've neglected this space for so long, but never forgot about it. I would complete a project and feel guilty that I never took any "blog-worthy" pictures to prove that I actually did the project. Then, the sane (or maybe crazy?) part of me would think, who really cares? Who really wants to see that you painted that table, sewed a new dress, or took some pretty pictures. Does anyone really care and would it really matter if no one knew that I was doing something creative? I don't know. But I know from personal experience that I actually enjoy seeing other artists and the lovely things they create. Creativity is contagious and for me, I really feed off of someone else sharing their work. I want to share what I've made, even if I am the only one who ever sees it here.

So, I've come to a decision that yes, I want to continue blogging but not for the reasons I started out with. No, I don't want to churn out tutorials, DIYs and pinterest worthy pictures every day. But, I do want to write. I want to express my thoughts, my feelings, share tidbits of life and of course my creative side. I want to be able to come here when I have time and not feel guilty when I don't. I want to chronicle my creative endeavors and see the things that I've made over the years. I want my kids to have something to look back on and see a fun glimpse into their childhood because at the rate I'm going I'll never finish another photo album until they are 55 and by then I'll be too old to remember anything. I want this space to be inviting not just for me but for others if they happen upon it. I don't want the "bad-blogger" guilt that always bothers be when I don't post anything for two weeks or more. I'm going to keep it simple and drop the requirements that I put here for myself. No rules, no guilt, just words, pictures and a few projects here and there.

I feel better already!

Now, If you'll excuse me, I have some "artwork" to remove from a bedroom wall. Thank goodness for washable crayons and markers.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Roller Skate Dress

I sewed this one up during Kid's Clothes Week, took pictures on the Saturday before the week was over. But, I just couldn't get my act together to actually edit and post the pics, so here we are about two or three weeks later and I'm finally writing a blog post about this dress.

This is version 3.0 of the o+s Roller Skate Dress. It's so fun to sew and customize! You can find 1.0 here and 2.0 here.

The fabric is a really flimsy (aka cheap) Chambray from fabric.com, but it's lined so that takes care of the sheerness factor. Next time I order Chambray online I am not going for a bargain, that was a mistake.

The lining is a white broadcloth that I dyed a pretty aquamarine. I had the dye and the fabric on hand, so it just made sense. She still fits in her previous two Roller Skate Dresses and those are a size 5, so I dodged the bullet this time and didn't have to cut out a new size. YES! I love it when that happens. :)

Notice that, smile, we are missing two teeth on the bottom. I can't believe how big this girl is getting!