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Make Monster Valentines!

February 2nd, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

Today we are busy making Monster Valentines.

We are using scraps of fake fur and old sweaters to cut out monster shapes. We glue our fuzzy fabric scraps onto paper hearts and add all sorts of appendages.

The kids are really having a blast glueing on googly eyes, adding horns and big teeth! These Monster Valentines are just the perfect thing for my silly monster loving boys.

Our first Valentines Day swap is hosted by our favorite local family resource blog Hilltown Families, so fun.

We got a list of families to send homemade Valentines to, and cant wait to see what everyone sends us.

 

Paper Hearts, We Like Um!

January 30th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Okay it’s almost February. Which brings one of my favorite holidays, Valentines Day.

I love Valentines Day.

Not for its chocolates, high pressure romanticism, or gifts and such.. (and definitely not for its overpriced long stem red roses that always go limp necked and die before ever opening!).

I love it because I have forever loved to make cards, and Valentines Day is the ONE day in which EVERYONE is encouraged to give handmade cards. Now don’t let me down and buy the Star Wars and My Little Pony ones propped temptingly on the isle ends at the grocery store — DON’T DO IT.

Get out your construction paper, doilies, glue and glitter and get to work folks.

GET TO WORK!

Oh and make sure to replenish the craft supplies, you can never have enough hot pink glitter!

Seeing Spots

January 27th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

We had to cancel our family ski trip. Sickness,high fevers, weird rashes and ice storms – yuck!

I always have a hard time reconciling things if I get to thinking a day is going to be special, and then it just winds up being a dud!

There is one little thing that is cheering me up today. It’s this lovley little stack of Amy Butler fabric Sun Spots from her Love Collection with a bit of Full Moon Cherry .

I am hoping this bright happy stack will help inspire me to get the last coat of paint on the bedroom walls, and back at the sewing machine. (It’s gonna need a dusting!!)

Here’s to hoping!

With a dreary day like this a bit of color goes a long way!

 

Going White

January 25th, 2012 by zoe 5 Comments

I thought I was pretty cool when I was painting this room brown. Fast forward several years and TWO coats of primer later – I am …. less than thrilled to be putting 4 coats of paint over this here BROWN room!

Caught half way through my second coat of priming in a vicious swirl of procrastination, today I WILL conquer.

Today I will paint the brown room till it is white and not watch season 2 of Downton Abbey in my pajama’s while nursing a nasty cold ….

Really, I will.

 

We Like it Smokey

January 15th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

It has been a weekend filled with winter snow, hearty meals, cross-country skiing, music and…

black smoke catastrophes!

The first two smoke outs where kitchen blunders. A lovely set of fire singed charcoal meatballs slated for a potluck provided the whole house with a lovely aroma akin to burn hair. Only the chickens where excited about the whole thing.

Next up to bat was a lemon blueberry bread. “I think we should bake more”, where my exact words as I slid the loaf with the last of our summer blueberries into the oven.

Perhaps an oven timer is in order????

Next up, a good old fashion bedroom smoke out.

Last night it was epic cold, like 70 below zero or something. We decided sometime around midnight to make a fire in the wood stove upstairs. Unfortunately, we completely forgot that we had not lit a fire up there since putting stove polish on it last spring. Stove polish which filled the bedroom with thick black smoke that smelled nothing at all like fresh cut roses.

Black Smoke seems to be the theme song over here this weekend!!

 

Surf, Sand & Critters

January 11th, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

For a winter adventure we drove 22 odd hours to New Smyrna Beach for a week by the sea. I had spent many a day at this beach as a child feasting on the 7&up, Pringle’s and deviled eggs my grandmother packed in our standard lunch. I was overcome with a fierce nostalgia for the sandy soil, native palms and spanish moss. Even the gaggy chlorinated tap water reminded me that I was in Florida – which to me had always been Grandparent Land.

We embraced the laid back lifestyle, warm ocean water and the raw oysters that were only $6 a dozen across the street at JB’s Fish Camp. Every morning I took the boys for an early morning walk on the beach to search for treasures, the shells were simply divine.  Manatee were swimming everywhere in the 72 degree waters at Blue Springs State Park. It was lovely.

This time around it was Kid Land and perfect it was.