Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Tree and More

Wishing you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I pray for all of you that today and tomorrow are blessed with goodness and love!

Now onto the sharing of our Christmas tree, ornaments, random house pics, and kids... pic heavy!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Merry Christmas Swap 2014

My partner for the Merry Christmas Swap was Allison from Sew Many Girls!

Allison sent lots of wonderful gifts my way. The kids and I have had fun decorating the house and Christmas tree with our new treasures!

There is a Snowman, a Santa, a snowy jar with a tea light inside, a star candle mat, a little wood basket filled with greenery, a candle ring with lots of cute stars, and eight ornaments!

A close up of the ornaments:

Thank you Allison for all of these sweet goodies, I am truly blessed to receive such kindness!


This is what I sent Allison:

Gingerbread sifter arrangement, stump doll, 2 cross stitch ornament pillows, kitchen towel, 2 old cookie cutters, caramel coffee cake candle, super soft cozy socks, some candy canes (all different flavors), an assortment of tea bags, and a box of sweets.

I just LOVE these old Santa and candy cane cutters!

I really enjoyed making things for Allison and picking out some goodies while out Christmas shopping!

Thank you to Amy for hosting the swaps!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Reindeer Stitching and Disneyland

I have started stitching Daffycat's free reindeer patterns. This one is Holly Reindeer.
I am going to stitch all of them and then finish them together as ornament pillows for the tree.

Hubby brought us cupcakes from his work. Mine was this cute mocha reindeer cupcake.

On Thursday we went to Disneyland with some of our homeschool families!

Took a quickie of the kids in front of the festively decorated Cinderella Castle. This spot is always so busy with people taking photos.

The Haunted Mansion was transformed into The Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Vintage Sewing Machine

This is my grandma's sewing machine. Isn't it a beauty!?

And here's one of Bailey. He'll sleep anywhere, even amongst my "piles" of stuff in the office!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Homespun Ornie Swap 2014

The ornaments came!! It's so fun to get something in the mail!

Aren't they all wonderful?!

The snowman on the left is from Amy at Bumble Bee Lane!
The gingerbread is from Cyn at Cynzplace!
The snowman on the right is from Sandi at The Primitive Skate!
And the fabric box is from Allison at Sew Many Girls!

Thank you ladies for the sweet ornaments! I can't wait to put them on our tree.

I made snowman ornaments for the swap. (Looks like a lot of us had snowmen on the brain! LOL)

These were fun to make!

This was my first time being able to do this swap.

Thank you Amy for hosting this swap!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sewing Adventures and Belated Halloween Fun

Somebody please tell November to slow down! I can't believe we have passed the middle of the month already!

I've been doing some sewing again.

This time I made some stump dolls.

Those of you who really know me, know that I am not a big fan of dolls (traditional, porcelain, raggedy, etc.) However, the little stump dolls (or prairie dolls? or church dolls?) are kinda cute! They have no arms and no faces and are simple. I just love simple. I love their head coverings and aprons. The candy cane I whipped up too while making the girls. It is a pen from last year's stocking stuffers that ran out of ink that I wrapped in fabric. I like to recycle!

For my first time making them, I am quite pleased with how they turned out. The first girl, I forgot to box the bottom. The second one I did the boxing, but I didn't pin it so it's not lined up correctly. That just gives them character? LOL Not that anyone is going to be peaking up their skirts! But I will be hanging them on our Christmas tree.


For Halloween Justin was Emmet from The LEGO Movie! He and daddy made the "piece of resistance" for his back. I made the pants using a pair of his pj bottoms as a template.

Anabelle went as a cowgirl! We got her hat at Goodwill, and the boots were borrowed. The rest came from her closet.
(The first version of her costume she wore for our homeschool group Halloween event which fell a few days before Halloween. The second version was for Halloween day.)

I made her this trick or treat bag, where I first learned how to box corners and to make something with a lining! She chose three different fabrics: inside, outside, and the handle.

Goofy girl!

For Halloween she changed her costume up a bit. Cowgirls can do that ya know.

We have been enjoying pumpkin puree in everything and pumpkin seeds for snacks. Sprouts' pumpkin cider is *oh so good!* But they ran out by Halloween. I wished I could have bought a ton, but they were a little pricey per bottle. I love the bottles and have saved the ones we bought. I'll be trying to get the labels off soon.

Anabelle's pumpkin:

My pumpkin:

Justin's pumpkin:

If you can't tell, that is Pinky Pie from the newer My Little Pony series. He's a "brony" and loves the show.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Stitchy Giveaways

Santa Nancy is having several giveaways for Christmas! They have already started, so run over, follow her blog, and sign up! She sells wonderful sampler patterns, hand dyed floss, and lots of other stitching goodies! So if you are a stitcher, or know someone who is (think gift giving!), you should really go check out all that Nancy offers and join in the giveaways too!

The latest giveaway is for a $25 gift certificate!

Be sure to check out the other giveaways on her blog too!

Blessings, Jessica

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bailey Buckaroo

Our doggy got out last night and went gallivanting through the neighborhood. He's a runner, so if he gets out, we want to know right away to get him back quickly.

Well somebody didn't shut the front door all the way, and the gate was open to the driveway, so Bailey took the opportunity to sneak out unnoticed.

When we did notice, panic set in and all of us ran out to look for him. Hubby in the car, kids and I walking with a flashlight because it was dark.

After going through our small housing tract, hubby and the kids went out to look in other areas. I walked home.

Almost to the house I heard Bailey bark! He heard someone walking, but couldn't see me yet, and was being his good dog self by barking LOL. He was on the driveway and was so happy to see me. I told him what a good boy he was for coming back. Then we walked into the house like he'd just been on a leashed walk. Usually he runs the other way when he's loose because he doesn't want to be caught. We are on a "no outlet" street so maybe he knew it was useless to dodge me? I don't know. This is the first time he hasn't run from me.

It's amazing to me that this dog who loves me so much also runs from me when he thinks he's "free". Bailey is my shadow. He follows me around the yard. He wants to be near me, he wants to sleep near me, he sleeps on my feet, under my desk (though he often doesn't fit). He does not like to be in a different room than me. He's like my 3rd child.

I hated feeling the panic of not knowing where he was. Afraid he'd gone out to the main road that's 45 MPH, but everyone goes 60 MPH. Afraid he'd get hit by a car. Afraid we'd never see him again. I love my dog! He's such a loving, gentle giant. Hopefully we don't have another scare like last night.

In other Bailey news, my doggy isn't going to have surgery after all! Which is GOOD because we were super nervous to have him konked out to drain the junk in his ear. He's older, and the bigger the animal, the more chemical they have to give, and that freaks us out. The prescription the vet gave him has made his ear swelling go down. The vet had to cancel his surgery appointment last Wednesday because their office was having water issues and was flooding, we rescheduled it at the time, but he's so much better now. Praise God!

He can't wait to get that thing off his neck!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October TUSAL

My current ORT jar. My usual one was in another room when I took this pic.

They are both mostly empty because I now dump them into this paper bag of ORTs and scraps. I use the contents of this bag as stuffing. Instead of throwing it all away, it gets tucked inside pillows or (as of late) large pumpkins. ;)

This bag is half full, but in the pic it doesn't look that way. An optical illusion? It's a very old Alpha-Beta grocery bag (They went out of business when I was a kid!) With how crumpled up and obviously used this bag looks, I'm amazed it isn't ripped to shreds yet.

What's an ORT? What's a TUSAL?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fall Decorating

I made this big pumpkin. Hubby calls it the heirloom pumpkin.

I took some time to re-arrange and decorate. The leaves I made from muslin, paint, coffee and cinnamon.


I love how much the alyssum has filled out this pot. It makes me happy when I see it!

Our sweet pupparoo has an ear hematoma. He's got a date with the vet next Wednesday to get it drained. He's done well wearing this collar, thought for sure he'd keep pulling it off! He'll have to wear it for three weeks after his surgery. I think he likes it when he sleeps because it acts like a little pillow under his head. hehe.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Irvine Park Zoo

We decided to visit the Orange County Zoo for a field trip. It's located inside Irvine Park. I've been going to this park since I was a kid. It's right around the corner from where I grew up. My elementary school had their end of the year picnics there. My great grandmother used to take me there to ride horses. She would sit and wait while I went with a group that was taken out on trails. I also worked at the pony rides in middle school. That's where my pony Scout came from. He was a Christmas gift who passed away 8 months later from cancer. Someday I will share pictures and more about him.

Before we headed into the zoo, Anabelle spotted this woodpecker from across the parking lot, It was sitting on the side of the fountain like it was trying to drink from it. As soon as I zoomed in to get a pic, he jumped onto the top of the fountain. Then I tried to take another pic, but that one came out blurry. As soon as I tried to take a new one, he flew away. I guess he's camera shy.

It was very hot at 101 F. Yes we were crazy to go to the zoo on such a hot day. LOL. We had fun anyway.

In front of the fountain.

There is a petting zoo with goats. Anabelle and I went in to pet and brush them.

We loved the "fun size" goats!

(out of the petting zoo) I have never seen goats with hair on their backs! Interesting.

Anabelle wanted a pic of the bunnies. She liked the black spot on the white bunny's ear.

This was the only active Beaver, the others were sleeping. It kept going to the bottom left corner and scratching at the window. I guess it wanted out?

There are lots of Halloween decorations all around the zoo.


This made me think of a certain someone... hehe

This mountain lion likes the ball.

All done visiting the zoo!

It's a small zoo, but it does not disappoint! We saw lots of animals. The ocelot was so cute and probably our favorite. The fencing at the zoo makes it very hard to take photos, but it allows us to see the animals closer.