Thursday, January 28, 2010


My husband said he was fine with me posting these pictures,.... I wonder how his brother will feel about it???? hee hee. The one above is my favorite. We are still trying to figure out what Tom(in the blue suit on the left) is dressed as.... any guesses from you guys???

Obviously,... Batman and Robin below. I believe they were the dynamic duo for Halloween several years.

This is Christmas time. LOOOOOOOVE the sailor suits. I wonder if his mother still has those.......

Easter, another wonderful suit choice. MY mother actually has a picture of me and my two brothers when we were very young on her WALL (still) and my brothers had on these exact same suits.
This was 1999. They are so cute. :)

Matt(left) is getting married this weekend to a wonderful woman, can't wait to party! Congrats to Matt & Jess!!

I plan to return to my regularly scheduled blogging soon(sorry for the less than creative posts of recent). I have a quilt to finish and I am making time to do it!!!!!!!!

{Giveaway Teaser}

I will be hosting a REALLY cute giveaway in the next couple days!!! You'll want to check it out. It's a good one, stay tuned, and HAPPY THURSDAY!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

{2010 - A Picture A Day Project, Week 3}


Monday, January 18, 2010

{2010 - A Picture A Day Project, Week 2}


Thursday, January 14, 2010


Just some pretty pictures. This is how I wrapped my Christmas gifts this year and they happen to be sitting on the cake plates my husband bought me. Just LOVE it.

So,... I'm sorry for the lack of creative posts lately. I have really been meaning to get some sewing done since I haven't done any since before Christmas, but honestly, I have been in a bit of a creative "funk" if you will. Right now I am sitting here, really sleepy, refusing to go to bed, crocheting away at a little red scarf for the latest Craft Hope project. I'll have something to share soon enough. Ooooh,... and the long weekend coming up, I have no excuses. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

{Mom's Machine}

I had the pleasure of sewing on this bad boy when I was home for Christmas. This is my moms relic of a machine that is definitely older than me. :) I can say relic, because its still working great. I would sew on this machine any day. I don't have any fancy machine, and this is clearly not "fancy" but it was fun to sew on.

This is the machine my mom taught me to sew on when I was a little kid, so I'm sure that it will stick around for a long time.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

{Present Parade}

It was a pretty eventful holiday this year! Tom and I travelled back to Texas for Christmas on Dec. 23, and our bags are STILL sitting in the entry way (but that's a whole other post). We only spent a few days in Texas but it. was. busy! Lots of little kids and errands, baking, gingerbread houses, presents, presents, stockings, playing, and presents. I thought I would just share some of the beautiful things I received this year. Above, is a super cute new cake plate that I received from a "Secret Santa". I got lucky getting that Secret Santa didn't I, because clearly they know me very well!!
So, I also asked for scissors. Here is the thing with me and scissors. I feel like I can never find the right pair when I need to cut paper vs. fabric vs. string or plastic, etc. You know what I mean? And I cut a lot of fabric and string and paper,... thats what I do. I have ruined so many pairs, and my husband takes them outside to trim trees,... then they die.

SO, I have promised myself that I will keep scissors of all kinds in the right places throughout the house, and my husband is not to touch any of them. ;) My dear mother got me the Gingher's (the black ones on the top). They are the lightest fabric scissors EVER. She used to own a pair (that I was NOT allowed to touch as a kid) and now I have my very own! My mother-in-law got me an awesome set of all purpose scissors and she got me the edging scissors below. So, I'm pretty sure I am good now with scissors, and I have taken an oath to keep them in nice condition!

Since my husband has eleventy siblings, we totally draw names and it is so much fun and works out so nicely! We have done it for 3 or 4 years now and its fun every time.
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My sister-in-law, Gina got me this year and she hooked me up! She got me the awesome hand painted 12 Days of Christmas ornaments above from The Land Of Nod. (Love them!!) She got me Grey's Season 1, which I have already watched (guilty) and she also added to the growing collection of cake plates with the beautiful one above by MARTHA! Love her.
This year we decided to draw names with my brothers and their wives as well. Again, totally fun. I think every family should do this. My sister-in-law, Jessica got me and she too HOOKED IT UP!! I gave each of her children paper boxes when they were born and so she got me some cute new embellishments. So thoughtful! And the super cute note cards,... yeah, awesome. There were several other items in there also, among them a scarf that I have worn everyday since I got back to MD and a fun new party game.

Mom & Dad also made sure to get me BONES,... I LOVE BONES (actually, I LOVE BOOTH).

And finally, I have been fascinated by Anne Frank and her story since I was a kid so my Mom got me this really cool book all about her with TONS of amazing real pictures I didn't even know existed.
WOW,... that's a lot of loot! Thanks to everyone for the beautiful gifts, including the ones not pictured here (only because they weren't conveniently placed for the "photo shoot" as my husband refers to my random, frantic bursts of photography). Hey, its almost Friday, and we are supposed to get more snow, yay!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

{And The Winner Is... }

Drum roll please.......
BROOKE from Earthmonkey Mama!!!!! Congratulations Brooke! Thank you so much for reading my blog and for entering my first ever giveaway! Brooke, please contact me with your mailing information so I can get your Claire Box on her way!!

(and thanks to my Mr. for doing such a great job mixing up the names and drawing!)

Hee hee,... as I walked away, he said, "Congratulations to Betty!" Me: "BROOKE!!" Mr: "Oh, oops" .... nerd.