Monday, July 28, 2008

...and God bless Santa...

That was Lucy's prayer tonight when Gene was putting her to bed. No, she didn't stop at that! She then went on to say, "God bless Santa so he can bring me presents. And more presents." No wonder Gene was laughing as he left her tonight!

...and the following photos are what happen when underwear go awry!
Here's a movie star version of the underwear-on-the-head boy! I think he looks like an old washer woman without his glasses.
It's an underwear party!
Here's our stamping samples for today! My friend Beckie sent this card to Lucy & boy was she excited! I thought I'd snap a shot of it before she loved it too hard & it stopped resembling the card that came from the envelope. Isn't it cute? I love this layout! It was an SCS layout challenge a couple of weeks ago & I have loved seeing all the variations of this card.
And this card was one I did at our little stamp club gathering last week. It uses the black magic easy & wow! It's super shiny & glam in person, but in this photo, you'll just have to trust me. I stamped the image in white craft ink & heat set it (I didn't have time to let it air dry). Color with colored pencils (I used metallics) in a quick & imprecise manner...don't worry about coloring to the edges. Then just outline it in white gel pen! Easy peasy! My favorite part? Color quickly & without filling the whole image. :O)
And this last round of pictures is to show off my latest craze! I went to Goodwill & picked up a bunch of wool sweaters to shrink down/felt and then make them into diaper covers for Henry & Joey who have a serious need of something to cover their bums.

I also had a wool shawl from a fellow freecycler. I shrank it down & made it into this:
I used the leftovers to make a waistband for a cool cover for Joey:
I just love those stripes and the use of the turtleneck collar for his leg he is showing it off for the camera!
And here he is in one of his nifty fleece covers that I've been making:

Friday, July 18, 2008

What have we been doing?

Where have I been? I've been crazy since last weekend! We got through with Lucy's party on Saturday...can you believe she's three?! and since then, I've been busy cleaning/decluttering and working on making more diaper covers for my boys who have *literally* gotten too big for their britches. See what I've done:

...and more cake! Lucy wanted the fancy dressed-up doll cake, but we needed more cake than just that one, so I did a castle for the rest of the princesses. And, yes, I know you're supposed to use the bigger doll. Lucy had a choice between one large Barbie-sized princess or the whole set of mini princesses & decided that more really was more!
Here's the birthday girl being sung to.
Lucy, our little princess, had to put her *beautiful* new Cinderella gown on ASAP! Here's she's trying on the ring that came with the dress.

Here's Henry...he's just too cute to leave out of a family brag blog post! He's starting to like to hold things - especially this hedgehog!
Caught in the act of eating the hedgehog! The first time I heard him gnawing on the hedgie, I thought Lucy was smothering him, but he's just figuring out that he can really go to town on his little hedgie friend.
...and here's what I finished tonight! Let's hope that they fit the boys as well as I'd like them to fit! I had to fix up the Thomas diaper cover, so it looks a bit different, but I know it'll be Joey's favorite anyway. He LOVES Thomas! Henry has a blue cover with teddies embroidered on it & then there's the wildman Joey diaper on the right. I couldn't resist the zebra fleece since it was on the clearance/remnants rack. I'm such a sucker for fabric! I swear I'd still be in the store drooling over the colors, textures, and possible projects available if Lucy hadn't been buggin' me that she was thirsty!
Henry has another diaper cover cut & ready to be sewn, but I'm out of the loop side of the Velcro...guess I'll just have to go back to the fabric store! *grin*
Here's Joey's favorite side of the cover - you can actually see Thomas's face!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Mount Your Stamps to Limit Shadows

One advantage of having stamps you get to mount is that you can cut them however you choose! I love to cut pretty closely so that I get the least amount of shadow possible when stamping later.

When I got my new Totally Tabs stamp set (Yeah!!!!), I noticed that there was A LOT of open space on some of the stamps, so I cut the big spots as closely as I could and ended up with this:

Pretty good? Well, it still bothered me that the top stamp in the picture had a pretty large open space with rubber that *shouldn't* get inked but probably would be inky when I used it. What to do? With a small snip, snip...
I cut both ends of the narrow piece & peeeeeeeeled it right off the block so that it couldn't bother me any more!
Ta da!!
You can see that I then went on to do this same step to two of the other stamps in the set (see below).
Have you been wondering to yourself, "Self, why didn't she just cut those pieces off before she mounted the stamps?" Well, if I had cut out those pieces of rubber first, it would have been MUCH tougher to get the stamp on the wood properly...those rounded ends are supposed to line up perfectly with my round tab punch, so could just put them on the block *anywhere* - they had to be in the right spot with the right spacing.

This is just a quick & tricky way to get your stamps mounted with the minimal effort. Hopefully this will help someone out! If your stamps are already mounted & you wished you had done this, you can unmount them if needed by microwaving them for about 10 seconds, remove the rubber, do what you need to do & remount them. They'll be sticky enough still, and if your block is still sticky where there no longer is rubber to cover it, you can use some Goo Gone or (if you're lazy like me!) just dust on some cornstarch or baby powder to stick to the sticky stuff. :O)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Box in a Bag

I love this box in a bag project! I've seen them around on SCS and on some of the blogs I love to frequent & finally had a chance to try one out one evening when Henry finally fell asleep. It was so easy! I won't try to describe the steps because the lady who started this recent craze (I'm pretty sure she started it, at least!) has a wonderful tutorial, so if you're interested, there's a box in a bag tutorial here.

Catch-up on the kids

I finally got a new USB cable so that my camera can talk to my computer...hopefully I'll be able to get some serious blog updating done now!

Here's Henry at 3 1/2 months old...he's still the easiest and happiest of all three kids at this stage of the game! He's always so smiley! He loves to be held or even just sit & watch everything going on around him. He's just starting to want to touch things on purpose, so pretty soon we'll have to start watching what he's sitting near, but for now he has nearly no aim and is pretty laid-back about what he touches or doesn't touch.

You can see Lucy is quite the woman...she loves to talk on the phone to whomever might be calling. Here she is talking to my mom in Michigan. She's quite serious about the phone! She takes the phone & paces around the house while talking; sometimes she takes the phone out in the backyard while she's chatting away. Quite the multi-tasking woman already... You can see she can care for a baby (or a kitty cat in this case!) while on the phone. :P
He looks like he's trying to be tough, but Joey's really trying to smile while concentrating on keeping my shoes on his feet! This is Joey playing dress-sup with Lucy. Sometimes he does get out the Indian princess dress that Lucy wore for Halloweeen or some of her other snazzy dress-up clothes, but the day I took this, he just dressed up his feet. Poor guy! He needs some *boy* dress-up clothes & shoes! He is so funny (and so unsuccessful!) when he tries to wear Lucy's little plastic girly play high-heels all in pink & purple...

Has anyone wondered how high you could throw an almost-three-year old? You can stop wondering! Here's Gene throwing Lucy into the air in our backyard. He asked me to come take some pictures of this so that he could send some photos to his grandmother in Washington. He never had believed me when I guessed he was throwing her easily 10 feet into the air until he saw the photographic he *really* knows! Look at how happily she soars up, up, up into the stratosphere! Remember as you look that Gene's about 6'6", so when you look at the picture, compare the height of his head with hers! WOWZA! ...and this is one of her favorite things to do!

Notice the difference between Joey & Lucy? This is as high as Joey goes...and please note that he holds on to Dad's sleeve so that Dad can't be sneaky and throw him any higher...he knows this is already pretty high! I just loved having these photos that showed so accurately some key differences between Joey & Lucy...she is SO daring and fearless! Joey's a bit more aware that gravity could get you at any moment. :P