Wednesday, November 26, 2008

There's No Business Like Snow Business

Just me and my little Puckey getting ready to play in the snow...

Baby You're A Star!

In a brief moment of creativity, (I have those sometimes) I decided to make some special pancakes for breakfast this morning. Unfortunately, I could only find one mold, and it would have taken forever to make all of them this way, so I only made 3 (the rest were just round). But the girls thought they were pretty cool....

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas projects

Being that money is pretty tight around these parts, I was sort of at a loss of what to do for Christmas gifts for the family. I wanted to be able to give something that people could use, but wouldn't break the bank.
I decided, after my 11 year old daughter Bug made a new fleece blanket at Girl Scout camp, that new fleece blankets would make good Christmas gifts for all the kids in my life (well, aside from Bug, as she just made one - I'm going to have to come up with a different project for her).

Thanks to my coupons from JoAnn Fabrics, I have been able to get the fleece at a discount (which is good, because otherwise these blankets would cost about $40 EACH! And I have 8 (maybe more) to make!!! YIKES!!! I have also managed to catch a couple of good sales, too.

Picking the different fabrics has been fun, and today I actually made my first blanket. It's for my 12 year old niece. Ande and I went to see her in a play last weekend, so I was able to scope out her room to find out what colors to go with. This is the material I got:
The back of the blanket is just plain brown. I decided after I got the blanket put together that it needed a little "something". I dug out my Kandi Kane applicator and went to work. It's a pretty cool little tool that works quite well.
Unfortunately these pictures doesn't really do justice to the sparkly gems I applied, but I wanted a close-up. I put a gem in the center of each flower.

Here's the finished project:
My two models, showing how well one can snuggle under the blanket. Notice Puckey "snoring".
The Jib, saying "Shhh..." because Puckey was "sleeping".
The fringe goes around all four sides.

A little advice for anyone who might want to buy the pre-cut kits from JoAnn's - the kits are pretty nice, but I would NOT cut the fringe as long as they say (7"). I thought they looked sloppy, so I trimmed them down on this one. My next ones are going to probably have about 3" fringe on them I think. Another thing is that the blankets turn out somewhat smaller than the measurements provided on the instruction label, so if you're planning a blanket for a tall person, you might want to just buy fleece by the yard.
As I get more blankets done, I will post more pictures. If you create gifts for your family and friends for Christmas, let me know so I can visit your blogs and check them out!

Monday, November 24, 2008

In the World According to Jib...

Turkeys say, "Peeeth" (That would be "please" with a lisp at the end)

Just thought you'd all want to know, since most of us have been taught that turkeys say "gobble gobble". I feel so misled.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A fun contest!

Moving this one up so you all remember to enter....

You all know how much I love to win stuff....and I want to share this fun opportunity with my readers. You know, cause if you win, you might share your prize with me your favorite blogger...

Visit the Tip Junkie to find out how YOU can enter her 12 Days of Junkie contest...

While you're at Tip Junkie, check out her Mom-Preneur Shop-a-Thon as well. There are a lot of talented mommas out there!

There will be 2 winners each day for 12 days!! So, if you enter and win, and you just can't use the prize you win....I'm just sayin'!

Enter now!