Monday, December 15, 2008

knotty dollies

excepting miss mal doesn't like it when i call them naughty. sleep dollies are what we usually call them now. very easy to make, got the pattern from the book, nature babies, which came from my library (once i realized that you could get craft books from the library, there was no stopping me. i requested amy butler's little stitches, the anna maria horner book, and the sock and glove animal book. yeah for taxes.)

in case you couldn't tell from the pictures, all four limbs have knots on the ends.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

I yelled at a pickle because I'm NOT crazy.

a word game to pass the time. details here.
that was mallory's. mine was I ran over a fireman because I'm cool like that.

isaac's: I danced with a banana because I'm sexy and I do what I want.
doug's: I danced with my science teacher because that's how I roll.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

periodic table


picture of miss mal when she was a baby. the periodic table is still up, but now she is in a twin bed. i'll let you know in 20 years if she is a chemistry genius.

oh and this picture was taken with our old film camera. and the film waited around for awhile to be developed. makes me oh so thankful for digital cameras.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

a quote for today

My aunt posted this on her blog today.

"I would be most content if my children grew up to
be the kind of people who think decorating consists
mostly of building enough bookshelves." ~Anna Quindlen

i rather enjoyed it.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


i voted. but i must say, for two candidates who are saying they are for change, they missed. i mean, how long are we going to be repressed under an ancient system of measurement? i was cooking the other day, and i couldn't remember how many teaspoons were in a tablespoon (3) or how many tablespoons were in a cup (16). when i worked in a lab, i was surprised how easy the metric system was to work with...

anyway, until a candidate supports switching over the metric system, that's when i will put their bumper sticker on my car. or a sign on my lawn.

p.s. here is a great site for easy conversions. but if we had the metric system, you could do it in your head.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

cyclops bear and kitty

these were going to be similar to the sarcastical bear...i think i really should work on making a pattern instead of winging it.

the green one is the bear in case you were wondering. the pink one was supposed to be a bear as well, but is now a kitty.

i don't know why they only got one eye. probably b/c i really didn't figure in my seam allowances very well. especially around the neck.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

lovely. simply lovely. you should take a look at it. this is why you want to learn how to sew for your daughters.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

only in idaho...

does it go from highs in the 80s to highs in the 30s in the space of a week. plus snow.

my daisy bush covered.

my tomatoes covered. sigh.

my still alive anenome covered.

not that i am complaining, i love snow, especially when there are big flakes like there were today. i just would have liked my green tomatoes to turn red before snowfall. oh well.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

flower shirt

another flower shirt. made this one for cousin Lindsey. sadly only took a picture when it was dark. again used yard sale find of quilt flowers and appliqued it to the t-shirt. i like what the lady who made the flowers did-- she sewed them to iron on interfacing and cut a hole in the interfacing to turn them inside out. so i was able to iron them on to applique them. very nice.

and mallory sporting her shirt (complete with pop stains) i made at a birthday party for isaac. yep he's one now. way too fast. that's cousin jehu on the left.
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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

two interesting articles

hmmm....just realized that the last post was number 200. might just have to have a giveaway to celebrate.

anyway, i was reading microbiology bytes the other day and thought you other moms would be interested in this.

here is an article about breast fed babies' intestinal bacteria vs. bottle fed intestinal bacteria. very fascinating.

and an article about Staphylococcus and SIDS deaths (cot deaths).
also very interesting. sometime i will go into depth about why i felt comfortable putting isaac on his stomach to sleep when he was a wee baby. but basically i read into the studies that were done on SIDS deaths and drew my own conclusions.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

from the back of a fred meyer black bean can. very delicious. (I am putting this up so i can throw away the can...sigh...)

1 15oz can black beans
1 12oz can whole kernel corn
1 med tomato, diced
1 sm red onion diced
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp cumin powder

drain and rinse beans and corn. combine in a medium bowl with tomato and onion. mix and add lime juice and cumin.

of course, i like more tomatoes. i have used canned tomatoes in it too.

Dollhouse Frock GIVEAWAY

Dollhouse Frock GIVEAWAY !!!!

cute as always.

Friday, September 26, 2008

curly hair isn't all it's cracked up to be.

another pregnancy ailment that caught me off guard, because i didn't notice it until a few months after birth. then i had all these short hairs poking out in the middle of nowhere. especially since it is curly and can't lay flat. arg. i might just shave off my hair. it's got to be easier.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

a blood red sun.

we had a wildfire nearby. and as mallory said, it was orange outside. it rained down ashes for about an hour too. kids got a little upset that their slide was dirty until i got out the hose to clean it off. and they got to play with the hose.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sarsaparilla Skirt & Vest

Sarsaparilla Skirt & Vest GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

cute. but i'm not the one giving it away. i am just trying to win. i have this belief that someday i will win something. hopefully it's the jackpot. you know, 25 million dollars? wouldn't that be great? oh yeah, actually playing the lottery would increase your chances, but dreaming of it is still fun.


if you were a baby given a large piece of cantaloupe, where would you put it?

In the dishwasher's soap dispenser, of course!

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Monday, September 22, 2008

rubik's cube.

this is how i found it at the garage sale.

and this is all i have accomplished so far. sigh. someday i will figure this out. i have been tempted to look online for how you are supposed to solve it, but i will be strong and not cheat.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

the kitty made it down safely.

nope, i didn't have to call the fire departmant. much to the dismay of the little girl.

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this is what happens when i try to blog.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

how i get my daughter's hair done.

and she inheirited her thick, tangly, messy, curly hair from me. poor kid. but anyway, if i don't want to let my kid go around looking like white trash, i put her in the sink where she goes to town. which usually includes wiping her soapy hands all over the mirror.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

fixed the bug

k, got the pictures to show up on the bug post. now if you know what it is, let me know? thanks.

oh and i tried this recipe yesterday with some squash and tomatoes from our garden. very good. 5 stars.

some fruits of our garden.

mmm....i think my favorite thing in the whole world is a home grown tomato (even more than chips and salsa. i know, it surprises me, too). leaves store bought tomatoes in the dust. even when they have an ugly crack in them.

and i learned another new thing from my dad this year. i guess if you plant zucchini and squash by each other, they cross pollinate. so my zucchini has been a little yellower than normal, and my squash is a little greener than normal. ain't genetics fun? this makes me want to go back in time and watch Mendel.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008


i need to ask my entomology friend, or what's that bug, what this is. but it was perched outside our window for about 4 hours. must have had a good nap.