Friday, November 26, 2010

All My Chickens are home and in a row!

I'm just as happy as a lark! All my chickens (children) are home and I just couldn't be any happier!! This doesn't happen too often. My Mom and Dad are here visiting with us for Thanksgiving weekend, too. This has been a weekend filled with family, feasting, and fun times! We have so many blessings in our lives to be ever so thankful for. Thank you, Jesus! My parents and son all were granted safe travel, may they be as fortunate on their return trips home as well!
We started off the long family weekend by celebrating my Dad's birthday. It has been a long tradition that I bake him an apple pie, completely from scratch. He loves my apple pies and even brags about them. Even my extended family in the hills of Missouri know all about my apple pies, which is the funniest thing because it all happened quite by accident almost 20 years ago. Let me add that my Mom and her older sisters are great country cooks like you wouldn't even believe!!! I was so nervous that they'd want my to bake them one and then perhaps suffer terribly by comarison~yikes! Sidenote: they're very sweet, of course, and it turns out that I have baked an apple pie for them and I passed the test with flying colors...Uncle Howard approved! So.... I honestly can't remember the very first apple pie I ever made, but I do remember making one when my parents came up to Michigan for a Holiday visit and I happened to whip one up....the rest is history and a bit of a mystery. Well, it used to be a mystery how Iwas able to apparently make a delicious apple pie, including yummy flaky crust. My goodness, when I was learning how to cook years ago it was just scary sometimes! Can anyone relate to this?
Above I'm rolling out homemade egg noodles. Again, a long time tradition with my Mom's family~gotta have homemade noodles. I make them just three times a year: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

So, below are some pics of me and my family preparing for our big feast. I truly believe that I must spent no less than 10 hours cooking and baking! Wow, that is a long time to spend on my feet and in the kitchen, but I have to admit that I LOVED every minute of! I truly love to cook for my children, makes me feel so good!
Fast forward 20 years: my three little ones are all but completely grown up, I've been blessed with a wonderful husband & three more beautiful babies, my parents are in good health and continue to visit and believe it or not...I can actually "hold my own" in the kitchen! If I want my kids to come running home, all I have to do is tell them that I'm cooking and here they come...all gathered around our kitchen table feasting, safe and sound, and all in a row~
My babies: Lauren (21), Whitney (20), Kyle (17), Isabella (6), Charlotte (4), and Liliana (2)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wow! Good luck and fortune are on my side.

Wow! The Holiday show in Savannah was great for Finds! I'm so happy to report the good news. I was lucky enough to have a good number of customers stop by my booth. Oh, the best part is I had repeaters seek me out again!! WoooHooo! for Finds! That makes me feel great and I'm thankful for that. However, I should have taken some pictures so I could share them with you....arrrrhhhhgg! So irritated that I didn't remember to do that. I had a camera, but I just got too busy and forgot. My set up keeps evolving with each show that I do. I'm determined to get it just right. I think we're getting close. The "we" being my husband, Brian, and I. I so couldn't do this these shows without him! Well, I could but I just really wouldn't want to. I'd probably be finished getting set up about three days after the show is over! They are so much fun, but just as exhausting. Brian makes my life so much nicer and easier, truly. I know I'm so lucky that he is supportive and helpful with yet another venture of mine. And, yes, he's been with me on a handful of them by now, but Finds! is the biggest one yet. I'll say it again as I have many times before: Brian is my good fortune and always on my side. I'm a lucky, lucky girl!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Buttons and Bows...Oh, My!

So I haven't posted in several days. I'm finding this is a lot to keep up with, but I do like to blog. Didn't think I would, but turns out that I do. So...I've been up to my eyeballs is buttons and bows this week. All my vests are now completed and ready for show time starting tomorrow a.m. I'll be at the Made in the South Holiday Art Fair in Savannah all weekend. It is a big really big show for me, my biggest all year. I'm now thinking that I should have made arrangements for someone to come down and man my booth with me.....hmmmm. Maybe my daughter, Lauren, will want to spend some time with her mama this weekend! We'll see, she probably "has plans". That's the response I get these days from my big girls, nice huh?
I can remember when my Charlotte was just 2 1/2 (she's now almost 5) and when I'd ask her to do a little something, like "...hand mommy that toy, please", her response for the longest time was "I can't. I busy. Things to do." How funny is that? and she meant it too.

So here is a bit of eye candy for you. These are some more fashion combinations that you could put together from my Birds of a Feather Collection. Scroll on down....


Cute, again.

Ah, the grey damask double ruffle pants :o) These have been a big hit!

Gotta love the mango knit ruffle pants~oh, so comfy and even more cute. This is the greatest color for Fall. I'm not even an orange girl, not at all! However, I must confess: I'm totally loving this particular shade of mango, it's like a heather mango....delicious and goes with so many other pieces!

...and now the beloved reversible vest. This piece is so versatile and can be worn in the Fall and again in the Spring. Of course, it's a great mix and match piece, too.

Ta Dah! It's all the in the details: buttons and bows have all come together. Oh, my! How Fabulous!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

"Finding" my way

Hey, look! I have actually been doing some sewing also. It's not all fun and games around here with the kiddos :o). This is one of my fav little ponchos. When I stitched out my last batch, I made up several pink ones with the lime green trim~love it! Don't you? Such a cute color combo!
Below is a set of baby bibs that a customer and friend of mine, Carol, decided to have monogrammed for her grand baby. Aren't they sweet? These little bibs make great baby gifts! Sorry about the lighting....a photographer, I'm NOT, but you get the idea, right?
Here's another little poncho sporting a popular color combo: Gotta love the chocolate brown and pink! Always cute, isn't it? I think so. You know it took me FOREVER to come around to liking brown, I mean forever. I was always a "black" girl, but now I just think of it as choclate and I'm all over it!!! Chocolate and hot pink, chocolate and aqua, chocolate and lime green, chocolate and light pink...the list goes on and on....little did I know, huh?

Below is a favored bib and burp set by my customers. This combo seems to get picked often for sweet little boys on the baby scene. I actually ordered enough of this fabric to make bedding for my grandbaby. I had better get to crackin' on that project as Christmas is just around the corner!!! The holidays will be here before we know it. Last year at Holiday time I was sewing orders for customers right up to two days before Christmas! This year, I'm going to have to set a hard cut off date for myself. It's so hard to say "no" sometimes, especially when someone orders a piece that is so cute and you know they are just dying to have it for their little one, right? Anyhooo, this year I have swithced up my game a bit. I'll keep you "posted" on how it goes for me and Finds!

So now you see that I have "found" my way back to my sewing machines, which is just where I need to go now. Wishing you a happy and blessed day and myself the same along with a lot of productive sewing!!!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Meow... A little girls dream comes true!

Meow, meow, meow, and meow! So, my little Charlotte, who is all of 4 years old, had this big dream for us to be a kitty cat family this year for Halloween. Apparently she liked being a kitty so much last year that she thought we should all just give a whirl, too. Isabella wasn't completely on board at first, but you can see that she came around and little Miss Lili, well...she really didn't have a vote, nor would she even care to at this point. So my little Charlotte's dream has come true! It was great fun indulging her, actually, as this was my first time to dress up with the kids on Halloween in all these years of being a Mommy! How did that happen, I wonder? I honestly don't recall any of the kids ever asking me to dress up "with" them, so I'm going with the notion that they must not have. Anyway, it was big fun afterall and really tickled the littles around here!
I just had to share this pic of my very own "Mr. Clever". That's a new garbage can he converted and painted to look like a construction barrel. Am I right...pretty clever, huh? He sported that at a party that he and I went to Friday evening. I asked him if it was a ploy on his part not to have to really move around much on the dance floor...I wonder. Yes, we danced anyway. It was a fun way to kick off our Halloween weekend.

This is just me showing off my wiskers and ears...MEOW!

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