Thoughts on a Saturday

My boys left the house this morning to give me time to sleep. I woke before they returned.

My house is so very quiet. I used to hate silence and do my best to never be around it. But now I relish it. It’s become a hot commodity. In the silence I prepare our breakfast. Brunch, really, at this time of the morning. In the silence I cut butter into sugar and flour, chop nuts, slice berries. In the silence I contemplate and I breathe and I sit down with my coffee. In the silence I let words flow out of me onto the page. These days will be especially hard to come by soon.

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Children’s Art Piece– For Kids, by Kids

Well, baby #2 will be here sometime in the next several weeks. I feel like I still have loads of things to get ready before this little one arrives.

We’re planning for the new one to bunk with Little Man, at least for a while, so we’re working on making his room fit for two. While this involves mostly adding furniture and reorganizing things, I also noticed we don’t have much up on the walls. When Little Man was born, we got some adorable forest animal decals. As soon as he was ambulatory, he made it his mission in life to climb whatever was necessary to take them all down. Now he has one solitary dragonfly that’s still in place.

I didn’t really have any plans for putting anything on the wall until I got a sweet little machine for my birthday this month. It’s a Silhouette Portrait. (The Portrait is the smaller version, capable of cutting materials up to 8″ wide. They also sell the Cameo, which can cut materials as wide as 12″.) So far I’ve been having tons of fun with it. It comes with software you can install, and then you hook up the machine to your computer. You can buy designs in their store (most of which are $.99 each) or create your own. It’s really quite versatile. I love it.

Anyway, fooling around with my machine gave me a great idea for creating an alphabet art piece for Little Man’s room. The best part? He made it mostly himself.

 

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The Most Ridiculous Brownie Disaster

Lest you ever think that everything I create in the kitchen turns out lovely, I’ll share with you something that happened over the weekend when I was making– not something fancy or complicated in any way– brownies.

We had a church potluck on Sunday where we were hosting a large group from outside the church. In addition to a giant crock pot of cheesy potatoes, I decided to make some brownies. Again, we’re talking brownies here. One of the simplest things out there. Continue reading


Maternity Dress

I made a dress.

I know that I generally seem pretty crafty on this blog, but I am no seamstress. Until recently I’ve been completely freaked out by sewing machines in general. So this is my first actual article of clothing that I sewed myself. And it’s kind of cheating, because I used a t-shirt for the top. But I still sewed the skirt and tie by myself and attached it to the t-shirt. So I’m pretty proud of myself.

And let me tell you, if you own a sewing machine and can sew moderately straight lines, you can make a dress like this.

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Sending My Love Valentine Cookies

Woah, two posts in one week? That hardly ever happens.

Wait, two decorated cookie posts in one week? That has never before happened on this blog.

I had no intention of making Valentine cookies this year, but when I had some leftover dough from the penguin cookies, I decided to make a small batch.

The scalloped squares have always made me think of stamps, so I decided to make Valentine stamp cookies. I found a picture of this year’s Valentine stamps from the post office, and I simplified the design quite a bit to fit on a small cookie.

Here’s a little sequence of pictures showing the process a little.

After doing the pink heart in the center, I flooded the remaining area with red icing.

Lastly (after letting them dry overnight), I used a little food coloring mixed with a little water to paint wavy stripes over the cookies so they look like they’ve been post marked. I also used a food color marker to write on the bottom.

These aren’t my favorite cookies I’ve ever made, but I thought I’d share them anyway and send you all a little Valentine’s Day love!


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