Monday, December 29, 2008

Game Wars

Two TVs, four controllers and a whole Sunday. That makes for a ton of game playing.

Sam and Dani battle it out over Mario Kart and Wii Sports (Tennis is still favored #1).

Nate and Ben playing Lego Star Wars on the old TV so the girls can use the new flat screen. :)

Sam's kitty has to snuggle up to her teddy bear because everyone else is to busy gaming. However, she did get more than her share of lap/chest time before the day was out.

This is Bagheera's new toy she received as a Christmas present from Nate & Sam. It has a toy that hangs down from the top with ribbons on it. She has been enjoying playing in it.

While I may not be going to Hawaii in January, I can still look forward to eventually going. Check out these cool stickers I bought at Walmart for scrapbooking my trip when I do go. Unfortunately most of the cool sparkles do not show up in the picture.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Made with Love

OK, it's safe to show off Christmas projects now. :) This is a cute idea I stole off the Internet that uses a Tic-Tac candy. Of course you could get an exact pattern for a couple of dollars but it looked easy enough to duplicate to me. And if you squinted really close you could barely read the inside tag.

I thought they would make incredibly cute stocking stuffers. Both my mom and sister found one in their stockings.
If Ben had a workshop I had been hoping to have him make a breakfast tray for my sister and I for Christmas. However, he didn't so she only gets half of the theme gift I had planned. This teacup is stitched on a cute little hostess apron that I've packed with some tea. The teacup pattern is from a book called Doodle Stitching by Aimee Ray.

This is an ipod case that I made for my mother-in-law. The pattern for it was from the the doodle stitching book as well.

This sweet little treat is actually mine but I made an identical one for my mother-in-law for Christmas. It is a cupcake pin cushion made from sweaters I recycled by felting them. The pattern for this project is from the book Warm Fuzzies by Bietz White. I have a pair of mittens that I am making from another pattern in this book. They are all cute out and ready to sew but I've been distracted by other projects lately. :)
I made a few other cute presents for Christmas too but I forgot to take pictures of them before I wrapped them. I made some of my friends cute Bistro aprons. I made myself one of the aprons too so I will have to take a picture to post later.

I had trouble getting a good picture, but this is a felt strawberry needle book. I made one of these for my mom and myself.

The big shabang

First, we must pause and remember the reason and joy of the season. In doing this we realize that the Wii or anything else is not the best Christmas present every, but Jesus born in a manger was.

Here is Kristina's first live Christmas tree that she hauled home and set up all by herself.

Legos will always be cool. Here was a set for Ben to play with through out the gift opening process.
This year for Christmas one of the things we bought my dad was a gorilla pod (tripod) for his camera. As tradition would have it, great minds think alike and he had already bought himself one. One Christmas I bought him a cool Caribbean Christmas CD only for him to buy himself one before Christmas. Another Christmas I bought him a sweet neon yellow ski hat only to have him come home with a neon yellow ski hat.

Don't let there innocent smiles fool you. :) They may have both had Wii tennis shoulders the next morning but they did have fun.

Christmas Morning

We actually slept in for it being Christmas. I waited to get up till eight which is extremely amazing for me. After I had plugged in all the Christmas lights, turned up the heat and started some Christmas music the rest of the gang joined my for the ceremonial opening of the Christmas stockings. In the picture Ben is unwrapping Funky Flames, this stuff you put in the fire to make the flames change colors.

Kristina is unwrapping, "A sweet little treat for pretty toes and toasty feet." (aka socks and nail polish)

Ben is now opening the present that will keep us all occupied for several hours until the parents arrive so they we can continue with the unwrapping process.

Such joy, happy bliss, elation we now have our very own Wii and he will finally after more than a month of waiting be able to play it. The big hit of the day ended up being Wii sports tennis. Even mom and dad really enjoyed it.

Dashing through the snow

The presents were all packed and ready to go. Time for the Camry to dash through the snow.

Bagheera is now nestled under the tree where all of the presents used to be.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Sculpting with Ben 101

While I was busy trying to be busy at work, Ben was frolicking in the white stuff at home. Here is his newly sculpted best friend Jack. Santa has already promised to bring him back next Christmas to visit.
Here is another picture out our bedroom window this morning for comparison. I believe we now have 5-6 inches of snow. Don't the trees look pretty in their winter coats?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cookie Baking

Bagheera the great cookie baker. Here she is making sure that all the ingredients are mixed together just so.

And just like with TV magic the cookies are now out of the oven and ready to eat. My cookie gun doesn't work properly so these cookies just have the design pressed into the top.

One of the problems with cookie baking is that it can tucker you out. Bagheera has decided she needs to sack out for a nap on her blanket.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Keeping Warm

There was a knock on our door the other night and there was our neighbor Leanne baring gifts in the snow and the dark. These gift were for taking caring of their pets while they were gone during Thanksgiving. One of the gifts was this cool pepper/garlic arrangement that is strung together on fishing line. She didn't make it but it looks like a fun gift to make, very festive with lots of pretty colors.
This is me trying to get a picture of Kiwi with the Christmas tree. However, she kept running up my arm and my camera was not appreciating the fact she wouldn't stay still for two seconds and poor lighting. So this is the best of the pictures I took. I think she was still trying to figure out what the weird thing was that I was holding.
Kiwi has decided that she would rather eat your food then her own. Here she is trying to share my lunch of chili and cornbread.
Supposedly there is a bad storm that is suppose to hit. This is how I plan to stay warm. Just pretend the kitten is me and that Ben is the teddy bear and you will be able to figure out my plan. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lots of Love

So I know its not even Christmas yet, but since I've finished most of my Christmas projects already I need new projects to look forward to. I was googling Valentine's day crafts and came across this cute little paper project for stuffing chocolates or such in. I always like finding cool ways to use all the fun scrapbook paper other than in a scrap book. These are the directions straight from this Fiona's blog. She has a pretty cool blog you should check out some of her other items.

1. Cut two hearts from pattern paper (I just used a chipboard heart from a Maya Road book as my template).
2. Sew the hearts together along the "bottom" edges, leaving the top of the pocket open.
3. Punch a hole about 2cm below the "point" of the heart for the ribbon.
4. Place a few small chocolates in the heart pocket.
5. Thread ribbon through the hole and tie a bow.
6. Give to someone special!

Acapella 12 days of Christmas

I think my dad has previously shown me the following youtube clip but if you have not seen it or heard it on the radio before consider it one of my Christmas presents to you. If this ends up being a repeat performance for you I personally think its one worth repeating over and over again. :) Merry Christmas! It's currently snowing in Port Townsend, Washington.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Road Trip

I have just discovered that in addition to the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop and Fall Stash Dash there is also the Northwest Paper Chase. This would be for people who enjoy paper craft projects opposed to or in addition to quilt making. The 2009 Chase involves 28 participating stores during March 20 - April 4, 2009. This will be the second year for this event. I find this very intriguing. However, I think the fabric related events are a better deal as far as what you get for free.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Is it Christmas?

It snowed last night. (This view is outside our bedroom window.)

Santa filled my stocking last night. He also polished off some cookie dough and milk.

Here is Bagheera testing out the white stuff this morning.

Here is Santa's, I mean Ben's, bowling score from Nate Chase's birthday party last night.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ice Cream in Hawaii

Ah that sounds like a nice treat. This post is specially for my mother-in-law but feel free to follow. Here is cute pdf print out of Heather Bailey's recipe cards for Vanilla Ice Cream and a yummy strawberry candied pretzel mix in I have yet to try. This is the recipe I used last in my kitchen aid mixer with some adaption. I think I may have halved the recipe as well. I always only use have the amount of heavy cream a recipe calls for so the ice cream isn't too buttery in the end. So in this case had I made a full recipe I would have used 2 cups heavy cream and probably 4 cups 2% milk. I know in the past with my parents I think we may have used half and half for say some of the liquid we switched from being heavy cream but I think this is what I did last that Ben actually really liked. They say its best to cure the ice cream in the freezer for a while if you want it more Baskin Robbins style other wise it will be fairly soft served out of the ice cream maker. Hope this helps. :) Happy ice cream making.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Its here!

The purse Ben won for me in Lila Tueller's contest arrived today. She suggested I could wait till spring to use it but I think some spring in the winter could be a good thing. Plus it's fun to be displaying fabric that won't be available in stores till February.

If I could only get Bagheera to stay in the bag I could be like the California socialites and carry my pet around in my purse. This purse is nice because it can stand up on its own, has eight pockets that march all away around the inside and is quilted. It appears she used stitching in the ditch technique for quilting the purse. I just love getting boxes filled with goodies. :)

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Funnies

Since I work at a funeral home and lately I've had an obsession with fabric I just love this funny. It was posted on the bathroom wall of on of the quilt shops I visited during the Western Washington Quilt Shop Hop 2008.

My sister sounds like she's been having similar issues with her cat, Darci, so this is for her.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

No longer a teenager

Tonight we had a party to celebrate Sam's 20th birthday. This party started off with presents. (My kind of party!) Here she is preparing to open her present sent to her by her in-laws in Hawaii while her sister stands by. You never know what might be in a sealed box.

Nate and Tiana (sp?) looking cute. Not one of his own quite yet.

Several eager onlookers give there undivided attention to what's in each gift the birthday girl opens.

How Tricky

It was my sister-in-law's birthday the other day and I had gotten her a gift card but I wanted to make it look more exciting. I had remember seeing several cool ways to give gift cards in the Nov/Dec Issue of Paper Craft. This ornament was the one I decided I wanted to make.

When you pull the top of the ornament you a tag pulls out where you can attach a gift card for the recipient. I chose an itunes gift card. She really likes blue and green so I gave it a nice wintry look. Plus I figured it was OK to use an ornament design as her birthday is in December. There is a template online for this card. I think the template is pretty self explanatory even without the magazine instructions so try it out. I did how ever machine stitch around the main part of the ornament though one could glue it instead. However, I did tack with glue before stitching.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Making the count down happen

The other day I decided it would be fun to make an advent calendar for Christmas. It may be a little late for this year but this way I'll be prepared for future years. :) I had just enough left over fabric from my Fall Stash Dash and from making Christmas stockings last year to complete the front. I still need to attach the backing and batting, sew the pockets on, add loops on the top for a dowel and stick the pockets on. I'm going to attach my batting via the pocket stitching. The pockets are slightly rectangular but just under 4" in one direct and just over 4" in the other.

Here's the close up of my snowman. I blew up the image of a rubber stamp I ordered to use as a template to make him. I think he turned out really cute. Since I'm always extremely excited for Christmas I was very happy when my husband said today, "This is the most excited I've been for Christmas to come since I was five." Of course it's only because he knows that there is a Wii under the tree but that totally makes it worth every penny to know he's that excited!