Wednesday, November 26, 2008


So.... James always "tsk tsk's" me when I make a trip to Target for milk and come home with a bag full of stuff. I want you all to know that he ran to Target for milk last weekend and came home with a bag of stuff too, including a door gym and ingredients to make white chocolate covered pretzels. That's right! Usually I am the one who comes home late in the evening with all the makings of a project, and I have to make my project right now, even if it is 10:00 pm.

This time Aidan was on his way to bed, but instead he made a detour to the kitchen to assist James with his treat-making.

They sure were yummy, though I still am curious as to what inspired James to take such a sudden, domestic turn. Hmmmm. Maybe you will have to read his blog for the answers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Weekend in Review

Last weekend we were at another boutique. ( I have had one a week since October.) I am getting a little burned out, but thankfully I have a little reprieve before my last one in December. I sold most of my bags, all I have left are some summery ones that I have priced for clearance. If anyone is interested in them, feel free to come over and we can make some deals! I am very tired of looking at some of them!

Aidan's little friend Luke was at this one again, and the two played and watched DVD"s all day. There were lots of little girls there too, and they were busy socializing, but the boys were content to stare at the screen. Funny how the typical gender stereotypes start when they're young!

I also scored some amazing pillows at this fair. I had to take some pictures to show you all! The ladies who make them don't have a website I could link you to yet, but they should! Their whole display was full of recycled treasures.

Today Aidan and I are at home making grocery lists, doing laundry and trying to recover from yet another cold. Seriously, I think one or the other of us has been sick every week for the last two months. We are eating vitamins and Airborne like candy, but to no avail. I can't remember the last time I darkened the door of the gym. If this keeps up until Christmas I won't be able to fit into my jeans!

Oh.... and we also decorated for Christmas this weekend! I love how cozy the house looks now!

What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

This picture

is for my dad. He is going to help us fix our hole next week. (I hope)

This is for the Grandma's. See what came in the mail this week? Aidan has been having a blast. He knows 37 words now!
This is for anyone who cares. It is a lap quilt I have been working on. They are so much fun to make!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


After a day of cleaning poop, water and sheetrock dust (yes, we had to rip a hole in our sheetrock to access a drain because the other one was rusted shut!) I have to say. Wicked was wicked good!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What I am doing today

Something crafty?




Off on an adventure?


Cooking or baking?

Negative. (as a matter of fact I don't think I will be able to eat for a year.)

Today as I was getting ready to head in to a meeting at work I noted something backed up in our shower. (I won't go in to many more details.) I plunged all the drains, called James frantically, he bought a snake and then we tried our luck again. I have a network of old towels all over the basement, and as I type my new-favorite-person-in-the-world, (that would be Joe the plumber) is cutting tree roots out of our lines. Big, huge massive tree roots! I did not know they could be so big inside a pipe! I missed my meetings, and I am supposed to have a babysitter and head for dinner and Wicked in a few short hours. My basement is torn apart, including a new hole in the wall. I can't really do anything here because the house is all a mess, and I have no water. I am trying to keep Aidan corralled, but I don't want to leave the house because I still look like I just rolled out of bed. And even though I am so behind and have another big show this weekend, I don't want to sew because I think I smell like poo.
Good times.

Well, at least I have another opportunity to put my yummy new cleaning product to use!

p.s. In case that wasn't enough of a problem already.... I forgot that I had unhooked the drain from the laundry to try the snake down the laundry drain, and so I put the first load of towels in the wash and went upstairs to clean that bathroom, and came downstairs to water. Everywhere. The bathroom, laundry area, our bedroom, entryway, Everywhere.

Do you have plans for Thursday?

Okay... so if you live in the area, or you are just passing through, Thursday you need to head to Northfield for Carla's big Grand Opening celebration!

The ride there is always lovely, and the town itself is like something from a postcard.
Pretty soon it will look this this........ so you also should get started on the Christmas list.
She just rearranged and has tons of new stuff, (including mine.) and even if you just want to window shop......
you can still meet this talented lady and enjoy her cheerful smile!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

I'm sorry guys,

I had to do it. I can't help it if you aren't ready for Christmas music, because I am.
I mean, how can I not be ready when every time I open the mailbox a catalog with pictures
like these falls out?

We have had a little snow here, and if you notice my widget on the side of my blog you will see you only have 40 days left to prepare. Yikes.

I would love to decorate, but we are planning to feed some international students for Thanksgiving, and I don't want them to think it is normal to have a Christmas tree up while you are eating Thanksgiving turkey, (even though it is normal at our house.) I wonder what they will think about Cherry Pecan Stuffing, Apple Rum cranberries, or roasted root vegetables. I guess we probably don't have a "normal" Thanksgiving either. So maybe I should go dig out those decorations.......

(And please humor me in my music selection. I LOVE Handel's Messiah and I admit (rather sheepishly) that as it plays I conduct an imaginary orchestra. I found tonight it is very hard to type and conduct, so it took me alot of time to type this post one-handed :) )

Friday, November 14, 2008


I know some of you might think I am, and I suppose the fact that I am blogging at 12:30 am about a cleaning product doesn't do much to change your mind. But I am waiting for my floor to dry, so I am stuck upstairs for a little bit. And I have to tell you what I tried tonight!!!

First I have to set the record straight, no, I am not crazy, and no I do not usually intend to get wrapped up in so many odd little projects. Tonight I was cleaning our house because we are expecting an old friend tomorrow for lunch. Now, I know he could probably care less if my house is clean, but we are also expecting guests on Monday for dinner, and as I have been sewing non-stop in all my spare moments, little things like house-cleaning and grocery shopping have fallen by the wayside. That is why, when I went to grab my cleaning products tonight and I didn't have any, I had to rely on my trusty friend Google, and search for "Homemade Furniture Polish." I usually splurge on this lovely product, but the last time I went to pick some up they were out, so I had nothing. My search provided me with a basic recipe: vinegar, some sort of oil and some sort of fragranced oil. Easy enough, I used Almond oil along with some gingerbread and apple scented oils and not only did my wood gleam, my house smelled like I was baking. Then I also found I was out of soft scrub. So back to the computer I went, and I found this amazing recipe. Mmmm. Not only did it clean beautifully, my house smells good enough to eat! (Too bad the rest of my family is sleeping soundly and unable to enjoy it) I loved it so much I decided a clean kitchen wasn't enough, I had to try it out in the bathrooms too, and it even removed hard water and soap scum. You guys have to try it!

Creamy Peppermint Soft Scrubber
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Borax laundry booster
1 TBS Castille soap
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in medium sized glass jar. Fasten lid and shake very well. Pour onto surfaces to be cleaned (Formica, tile, porcelain, granite, etc.) or onto washrag and watch grime and residue disappear with very little scrubbing effort! Rinse well with the hottest water you can stand - no need to polish fixtures since they will shine so nicely after this natural cleansing.
(You can find more information here.)

I had just run through Target this evening, picking up a few things for tomorrow, and found that they now sell Dr. Bronner's Castille soap in their beauty aisle. Who would have thought. For years you could only find it at Co-op's and places like REI. Anyway, I picked up some citrus flavored, which smelled great with my peppermint oil.

Oh, I can't wait to clean again tomorrow.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

School Days????

That's right, next year is the big year. Wow, parenting means making some hard decisions. Private, public, homeschool, charter?

I remember discussing this when Aidan was a baby, and it seemed so far away we never thought we'd actually have to make a decision. Truthfully James has always wanted us to homeschool. Not to shelter Aidan, but because he feels that public schools do not help kids reach their full potential, and private schools were off his list too. I mean, could we honestly afford that? And he also thinks private school make spoiled, snotty kids who are more devious in their rebellion. (I guess this assumption is based upon his personal experience with me.)

So... thankfully there is another great option in our super-highly taxed state of Minnesota.
(this is when the music would start to play) And since James spent a good chunk of time in China last year, he feels strongly that Chinese immersion is the way to go. Me? I am just happy that the Chinese idea has replaced his homeschooling idea.

Last week we toured the Yinghuaa Academy and watched a sample lesson. It was amazing, the teachers all speak native Mandarin, and they DO NOT EVER speak English to the children, until about the 3rd grade. How does that work? I don't know. But I do know that after one hour of class Aidan told us some words he learned and what they meant in English, and I also saw that all 20 kids who were there for the sample class sat perfectly still, eyes glued on the teacher taking in everything she was saying. Their little brains have amazing capacity!

We also have some friends who go there, and they absolutely love it. I was comforted by the fact the class sizes are small and the whole environment, while stimulating and exciting, was not huge and overwhelming like some of the public schools I have toured in the area.

Sooo.... we will see. Acceptance to the school is purely based on a lottery system, and that won't happen until January. We have lots of praying to do!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I have a massive migraine, a bazillion things to do, and did I mention I really love being in management???? Oh, and we were supposed to run errands after work but Aidan had an accident at Vicky's so we are home in the tub. But I can't even be mad. On the way home in the car Aidan told me, "I am so sorry I pooped mom, I am so 'baressed. I prayed all day it would stay in and then it just wouldn't, and then my friends thought the baby must have pooped but it was me. And Bode(his best friend) told me that he doesn't have accidents, and that I am stinky."

I guess maybe my day wasn't so bad.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

In case

you have been racking your brain all weekend trying to solve my lip balm problems, you can put your mind at ease. I did a little more tinkering......... and Voila!

We have lip blam! Very similar to Burt's Bee's, I might add. Mmmm! I love it! I hope some other people will too, because I made almost 30 pots of it. Guess what all of you are getting for Christmas this year.

I also found the time to finish this lap quilt while I caught up on Boston Legal via Whatever else you may think about that show, I laugh out loud every time I watch it. Especially at 12:00 am while I am finishing up projects in my sewing room.

AND - if you are in need of some fall warmth in your living or dining room, you can pick up one of these fabric banners at my Etsy shop.

We were all laying low this weekend as we were a little under the weather, but looking back, I guess I managed to get alot done. I hope you all had a great weekend too.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Christmas tip

This is for you, mom.

Talk about making your Christmas shopping easy.

You can post your wish list on your blog too....... just remember that I have "pledged handmade" this season.
That is why I just wasted my day making lip balm that continues to be grainy. Anyone know a good use for 20 pots of grainy lip balm???

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

This is my blog

so I can brag about my kid if I want to. Okay....... well......... maybe that does sound a little rude and obnoxious. But I have to share a sweet story about my boy.
A few weeks ago I posted about this adorable little chair I got for Aidan at Carla's shop. Last weekend I spent a fun day helping her out, and I came home with this little stool. (Thank you Carla!)

Isn't it just the cutest? I love it and it looked perfect in my living room, (that seems to be headed in a more folksy direction every day.) Aidan also loved it and has claimed it as his own. He figures all furniture from Carla's shop must be his, I guess.

As we were rearranging things and making room for our new treasure, Aidan informed me that since he is only one boy who doesn't have a "brudder" yet, he would like to give his other little chair and stool to his friend Izzy's little brother Ephram. (sorry, hope you could follow that!)

This Chair.

I have to say, I am a little sad......... I have lots of fond memories of him and his chair. He has delighted sitting in it over the past few year as well. But I don't want to squelch his generous little spirit. Sometimes I am actually blown away by his willingness to give, and I pray that it is something he never outgrows.
Besides, we are already making memories with his new chair and stool, right?

Addendum: My sweet little kind boy just put a bug down my shirt. I guess boys will be boys regardless how sweet they seem.

Monday, November 3, 2008

And the winner is......

..........Sarah Palin. At least that is who Aidan picked. Now please know I try very hard to keep my blog neutral and apolitical. I just want people to have a nice place to relax and visit and enjoy non-controversial posts. However, as we were watching the Saturday Night Live pre-election bash tonight Aidan declared "I like her." as he pointed to Sarah Palin on the television. When asked why he liked her he looked at me with starry eyes and sighed, "Because she is pretty and beautiful, Mom!"


is one of our favorite little restaurants in the Twin Cities. Okay- I take that back, I am sure James likes it, but Aidan and I love it, because not only do they have super yummy ice cream and pizza, (yes, in that order) the place is painted funky and bright and there are crayons and trivia cards on all the tables. And tonight I discovered one more reason to love the place! We were stopping by for their Monday Madness, which is %25 off your order, but instead we bought our meal for %50 off, because the Vikings won yesterday!!! Now I don't profess to be a big football fan - actually the last time James took me to a game I took a nap -but if a Vikings win means we can get a homemade pizza for $5.oo, I am all in!

So if you live in the area, and the Vikings win next week, (if they even play... that shows you what kind of fan I am) you can find us here, celebrating a cooking free, dishes free, delicious and cheap meal. Oops, I meant to say "celebrating the Vikings victory."

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Nana! Hope you are having a fun time with Jacob and Kate in CT.
Much Love,
James, Naphtali and Aidan.

Happy Halloween

We had a busy, fun-packed day. Aidan celebrated at Vicky's house, then we hurried home for a quick dinner before we headed out trick-or-treating with his little friend Marley and her family. Last year we hit a few houses, this year those kids ran the neighborhood, and we have the candy to show for all their labor!

During our neighborhood trek we stopped at a friend's party and the kids had fun hitting the pinata. And after the festivities were over we all headed back to our house for some yummy snacks and hot apple cider. What a perfect way to end the night!