Tuesday, May 31, 2011

in which I get serious

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This weekend Daughter had to wear a hooded zip up sweatshirt because it was cool out. Of course, it was bright pink and had Hello Kitty on it as well as some sparkles for good measure. Son brought it up to me to put it on him and I let him wear it. I thought about taking a photo and then thought I couldn't because I would be deemed a bad mother for letting him wear it. In reality I don't care what my son wears as long as he has clothes on and I thought it was cute that he wanted to be like his sister. Because isn't that what every younger sibling wants to be?

Having a son has made me realize how many limitations boys have. By society (certainly not me) they're taught that they can't wear pink, they can't show emotions, they can't cry, they can't wear heels, they can't wear make up, and the list goes on. However, the one thing society can't manage to teach is not to rape. If we can put so many limitations on males, why can't we start teaching DO NOT RAPE? It's pretty simple really, rape is acceptable in absolutely no situation. It's pretty simple and can be applied in all of the following situations:
  • If a girl has had too much to drink and can not consent (there are two New York Police Officers that should learn this)
  • If a girl says yes and then changes her mind
  • If a girl has been smoking pot
  • If a girl is dressed in "revealing" clothes
  • If a girl makes sexual advances
  • If a girl is dressed older than she is
15 of 16 rapists will never spend a day in jail. Partly because over 60% of sexual assaults are never reported, but also because society spends so much time blaming the victim that rapists get off without any consequence to their action. This needs to stop. I, for one, will be teaching Son and Daughter that rape is never okay and is always the rapists fault. Maybe if more people do that we could make a difference and start to change society. (I will also be teaching it's okay to wear pink, that it is perfectly normal to have emotions, that it's okay to cry and if cross dressing is the only thing I have to worry about I will buy him a pair of Jimmy Choos and take him out for a night on the town because it pretty low on my list of concerns as a parent and it would mean I raised a very confident child).

Links:
Find a Slutwalk in your area and speak out
Change.org - working for social change

Monday, May 30, 2011

i forgot it was monday


I am getting ready for some sewing in the next couple of days. I have a tote to do and clothes for Daughter. She's outgrown most of her summer clothes and I'm just crazy enough to think I could make quite a few new ones. Pants with an elastic waist aren't too hard and they fit her really well. She's quite lean and tall, so elastic is really the only thing that keeps her from having a plumber's butt all day. She has also looked through the above book and added about 10 items on my to sew list. It's okay though, I'm just glad she's excited about it. I enjoy making her clothes and it's even better when she enjoys wearing them.

Happy Memorial Day! Peace to all those serving, all those who have served, and all their families.

Friday, May 27, 2011

cuddles and a buzz cut

"{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, go to" Soule Mama or leave a link to your moment in the comments.


Cuddles!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Links

I am in love with this dresser and want it for Son's room, but it's kind of pricey.

I must try these Refrigerator Dill Pickles this year. I don't have a dark cold place to keep pickles if I canned them, so these would be perfect.

I'm not a big make up person, but I'm intrigued by the sunscreen on this list. I'll have to try to find it or order from Amazon.

I wish this list had come out before I painted two rooms - the best no-VOC and non-toxic interior paints.

I totally want this horribly expensive chicken coop to go with the chickens I can't have.

This roasted tofu was amazing. I had it with soba noodles, bok choy (put in for the last 30-60 seconds of the soba noodles) with this japanese dressing. Delicious, but the roasted tofu on it's own is pretty amazing and will become a snack.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

buntings

This is what I was going to the fabric shop for.


bunting for Son

When we moved the bedroom door it led to rewiring some outlets. In order to do this we had to take a wall down in Son's room. That, of course, led to painting and making it more of a kid's bedroom as opposed to a nursery. I couldn't help but put in a decoration that I see in so many nurseries though. A bunting. Why are they called buntings? Seriously, I know I could use google, but if one of you could answer I would be grateful.

bunting for Son

I was a little lazy and used pinking shears to cut out the triangles (6 inches across and 6 inches down) and then sewed them into some double wide binding. I used clear thumb tacks to hold it to the wall. They aren't even noticeable. The photos were taken before I did any other decorating, so don't judge the room on these photos.

Monday, May 23, 2011

pillows for all

Remember that handmade trade I did? Chrissy wrote all about what she got on her blog. She also took better photos, so I would recommend reading about it there. Husband loved the pillow so much he wanted to keep it, but I wouldn't let him. I was surprised he liked it though because he hates throw pillows and typically begs me to throw them in the garbage.


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I made a pillowcase this morning as well; a surprise for Daughter. She is really into Batman since we've been playing the Lego Batman game for the Wii. I want to encourage her being into almost anything that isn't princesses and Batman is pretty cool. So when I was in the fabric shop looking for fabric for Son's room (what I did with it will be another day) and saw this fabric I had to get it for her. She saw the fabric and was super excited, but she hasn't seen the pillow fully done yet. It's sitting on her bed, so we'll see if she notices when she gets home.

Friday, May 20, 2011

He chose under.

"{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, go to" Soule Mama or leave a link to your moment in the comments.




Thursday, May 19, 2011

bad days

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You know how some days just suck no matter what you try to do? That was yesterday. I had 4 kids, two of whom were extremely cranky (those would be my 2). It sucked all kinds of suck and made me very happy that I wrote yesterday's blog post early. It was the kind of day that I'm afraid to talk about because it would make 2 otherwise very well behaved children look like the biggest brats in the world. And they really aren't brats; they were just having a bad day simultaneously.

But, it seems like nobody talks about those days. The ones where you want to hole yourself up in a room and let the kids take over the house because it seems like nothing you do is working anyways. I would have made sure it was also the room with the pantry so that I could still have some food and get some laundry done. I didn't do that though because that would be irresponsible so don't go calling the authorities on me. I did raise my voice and was a little short on patience with my own children (not the other ones left in my care because they were behaving so very well). And when their Dad got home we got food because I did not have the energy to cook and we visited my parents to get out of the house.

And then something awesome happened this morning. They woke up in good moods. We all talked about how bad yesterday was. I apologized for raising my voice and losing patience, and Daughter apologized for not playing nicely. Son mostly just sat there because right now he is a man of few words. That's not to say it will never happen again. The three of us are together almost all the time; it's bound to happen again. But we will also apologize again and show that we care about each other. Those are the times I want to remember which is why those are the times I typically blog about.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

For Daughter

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  • I hope I teach her love, compassion and empathy so that she can better understand others and what they may be going through.
  • That the love, compassion and empathy I teach not make her a push over.
  • That you can stand up for herself and those you love; that you can have those difficult conversations.
  • It's nice to have a job you love, but it isn't everything in life. A job is not worth losing the people you love; a job won't take you to the doctor's office or pick you up from the dentist.
  • That family is important; they should love you regardless of what you look like, how you act or how you treat them. This does not mean that they will put up with that shit. You call me a bitch anywhere and you will be dragged away by your hair. If your brother only calls you around Christmas and his birthday, you have my permission to do what you need to. It doesn't mean you'll stop loving him.
  • A tattoo is permanent. If you're going to get one I will not be able to stop you, but please for the love of God, think about what you're putting on your body for the rest of your life. Will you regret it in 10 years because you no longer love that boy band that is so popular right now? Then don't do it.
  • Piercings are less permanent, but please don't make your ears go down to your shoulders. It doesn't look good on anyone and if you decide to ever take those out your ears will not go back to where they belong.
  • Please don't be a Republican. You can't possibly hate me that much.
  • I hope that you're happy.
  • That if you find someone, they treat you well. If they love you, truly love you, they should treat you well.
  • I will always love you. No matter what, but there may come a time that I have to let you fall flat on your ass so that you know you can pick yourself back up.
  • You are beautiful the way you are. Even when you're sweaty, smell, or wake up with bedhead. You do not need surgery to fix what isn't broken.
  • If there's one thing you do, please knit so that you can understand why I'm heart broken when you won't wear what I knit you. Or at least one day, please realize how much work it is.
  • The t.v. needs to be shut off or you'll miss the world around you. It's okay sometimes, but don't make it a habit.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FO

April was a busy month for us and I believe we all got sick at least once. Nothing terrible, just some colds, but it still slowed down productivity. Couple the colds with a house renovation and you get close to nothing. But, I'm making up for it in May and just so you don't think I'm slacking, here are photos of some finished objects.

one hour baby booties



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Crochet Loop Toy (including a bell in the large loop)


saartje's booties
Saartje's Booties (link to PDF pattern on right hand side)


I haven't forgotten about the Year of Sweaters. I have one on the needles and another I'll be casting on for soon. The one on the needles seems to be taking forever, but it's cotton. I have to take breaks a lot with cotton because it tends to be hard on my hands. It will be nice and cool for Son though. I hope one day they appreciate all that I do for them (I imagine it will happen once they have children because that's when they'll realize all that I do for them).

Monday, May 16, 2011

wonderweird

A huge thank you to Farren for pointing me in the direction of this tutorial for the new banner. Have I told you how awesome she is? Anyways, about the tutorial, I couldn't find the header pixels she was talking about, so I just made it 950 and it worked like a charm. I truly love that Picnik site. I will definitely be bookmarking it.

We had a good weekend despite the rain and cold. We went to brunch at this awesome restaurant. You know a restaurant is going to be awesome when this is in front of it:


I had a really great blog post for you that was going to be more about me; I thought of it last night when I was laying in bed trying to sleep. Then I fell asleep and promptly forgot about it. I think I need to start keeping a journal by my bed. Then maybe you won't get random posts like this one.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Daughter spotted these.

"{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, go to" Soule Mama or leave a link to your moment in the comments.



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Thursday, May 12, 2011

nice days

I would like a new banner, but I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I really wish I had some more of the tech skills that are used in blogs instead of just the crafty skills that give me something to blog about.

Coffee outside!

Before the heat and storms came (Daughter slept in our room for part of the night - I swear that child can feel thunder in her bones), we had some nice weather. The kind that allows for coffee outside in my favorite cup ever. I'm using it again today.

And knitting on my lap

And knitting in my lap. I love these moments.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

handmade trade

I did a handmade trade with Chrissy of Whimsical Poppysmic. She's amazingly talented and the things I got from her made me a little worried about what I made (which I'll post someday).

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I absolutely love owls and these remind me of the ones I made and promptly gave away. They're similar, but not the same which makes theme even better. I got two of these and I'm trying to figure out a place to put them so people can see them all the time. I can't only bring this adorableness out at Christmas.

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I also got this wonderful case for my phone. I love it! And I use it all. the. time. Daughter also loves it, but unlike the headband that I don't have a photo of, I wouldn't let her confiscate it. If you want one, she has them in her Etsy shop for a very decent price and many other designs. They're awesome and if it can hold up in my mom bag then it can take anything.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

cheery

I painted my bedroom floor white.

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I should provide a bit of background first. 5 years ago when we bought the house it came with some very white, very plush...carpet in the living room and bedroom. Having pets had already made me hate carpet. I only had a 3 month old at the time, but I also knew that children would also probably make me hate carpets. About 4 months later we tore up the carpet. The plan was to just do a laminate because we could afford to do both rooms that way. Turns out there was hardwood under that carpet in the bedroom (the living room we still had to buy floor for). Sweet sweet hardwood.

Unfortunately on top of the hardwood somebody had at one time put glue down for what I assume was vinyl tiles (wtf?!). I spent days stripping the floor, then staining it, and then what I thought was sealing it. It didn't look great, but it looked better. We couldn't afford to have it refinished which is why I did all the work. It was also why I did all the work this time. Turns out that the sealant didn't work so well and over the years where the humidifier was there was water damage. So I painted the floor. And now I love it! I should warn you to never look under the bed (at least not for another week until I can move it and paint under it).

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Here's a photo without flash so that you can tell it still looks like wood. The flash kind of washed it out, but sunlight is non existent today so I had to use it so you could tell it was white. Make sense? It does in my head.

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Another without the flash. I would have closed the bathroom door, but Son was in there and I wanted to know what he was up to.

Things I learned:
  • Flickr is a great source for photos of white wood floors. I used this to convince Husband to let me do it, well that and telling him it was cheaper than hiring someone to refinish them.
  • Don't paint yourself into a corner. I did not learn this from experience. Instead, I was hyper-vigilant about not doing it so no one could make fun of me.
  • The thought of getting teased is powerful motivation.
  • You will never get the floor 100% perfectly clean, especially if you have cats.
  • Become okay with this and paint some cat hair white. No one will notice.
  • Cats will walk in wet paint.
  • You can only keep the door shut so long until it must be opened or you will paint yourself into a corner.
  • You can always touch up the paint.
I call the paint color on the wall vintage yellow. Glidden calls it warm gold GLY02.* My mom calls it mustard. Either way it has brightened up the room considerably and has made it a little less horrible to get out of bed in the morning. And for that I am thankful.


*I wanted a FreshAire color, but Home Depot has apparently stopped selling it. Anyone know where I can get no VOC paint?




Monday, May 9, 2011

Besteam Feature: Off the Wall Express

This is going to be my last Besteam Feature. They were a wonderful team to be on and I will miss them.

Off the Wall Expressions is a husband and wife team specializing in vinyl graphics. Vinyl graphics are a great way to add an inexpensive and non-messy design to your walls. They're especially great for renters because they're easy to apply and take off when you leave. They're also good for people with commitment issues or anybody that wants to add a nice touch to their walls without having to paint.

Tina and Mick come up with some really cute and playful designs as well as more elegant ones. If you don't see something you like, you can contact them for a custom design. Below are some of my favorites from their shop:

I would have a lot of fun with the above design, my children, and a camera. Many things would be coming out of their mouth.

This would be awesome in the room of anyone who thinks they're a superhero, be it a kid or a kid at heart.


I like this one because it's peaceful and tranquil. I could see it in a bedroom or a living room.

If you're looking for an easy, affordable and non messy way to spice up your house you should check out Off the Wall Expressions. If the shop isn't enough, they also have a blog.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Alone time ( for her, not me)

"{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, go to" Soule Mama or leave a link to your moment in the comments.





Find the hand

Thursday, May 5, 2011

outside wonderfulness

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The weather, with it's rain and cold has kept us inside most of April. And it looked like it was going to continue into May, but we had a gorgeous day yesterday. We spent the afternoon outside playing with a friend, soaking up some vitamin D and even having a snack.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

news

I will be closing my Etsy shop. I will miss the teams I'm on and I've found some great people and shops through them, but I can no longer support them. I don't agree with their support of resellers over handmade and people who blatantly don't care about copyrights. Resellers have repeatedly made the front page while people who work their asses off get no sales. Etsy has also become really good at silencing people who call out resellers. This goes against everything that I think buying handmade should be. I'm not saying you shouldn't support the people who sell on Etsy, but since Etsy seems to be fine with all this breaking of their own rules, convo them and see if you can set up a sale through paypal and email. That way, you'll be helping out the artisan without helping the resellers.

If you'd like to read more about what Etsy has been up to, I highly recommend this post. Hannah says everything much more eloquently than I could.

So, it is with some excitement that I moved on over to Zibbet.com. The things that got me are no listing fees, 50 free listings, and if I do well and like it there I will look into the premium account. Also, I tweeted about Zibbet and they replied with a nice little if you have any questions let us know. It's a nice way to show that they care. And the best thing, they have an Etsy importer so I didn't have to list every single item again. I did have to go through and remove the teams from the bag, add shipping information and put each item into a section, but I still saved a ton of time by importing. I'll let you know how it goes in time.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

sneak peek

sewing/computer desk

My sewing machine shares a desk with the computer. We live in a small space and I'm just thankful I no longer have to move it from a closet like I used to.


craft books

My craft books are all in one place as well as the rest of my supplies. They used to be spread throughout the whole house, so you can imagine how nice this is. We chose to leave a gap between the wall and shelves so that I could store the cutting mat, yardstick and ironing board there. Such a good choice.

buttons

I stole this old mason jar from my mom to store all my buttons in. It looks so much better than the boring glass jar I used to have them in.

bunny

This bunny came from Husband's grandma. I love him and occasionally let the kids play with him, but they have to put him back in the same place. I would be really sad if he ever got lost. I think I've seen him in a Mark Ryden painting as well, but I can't find it right now.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Besteam Feature: On Behalf Of

On Behalf Of is unlike any shop that I have featured before. I truly believe in what the owner of this shop is doing. "Ninety percent of the proceeds from each item in my shop will go to provide clean water in developing countries, free modern day slaves, care for orphans, or provide medical help to those with HIV." It was because Kate believes in these causes that she created this shop.

She doesn't claim to be a professional artist, but I would disagree. She does amazing work and it all goes to a good cause. Beauty while helping the world. I like that.

Here are some of my favorite things and where the proceeds would go if you were to purchase that item:

The Morning Will Be On the Other Side
proceeds will go to provide care for orphans worldwide


Orphan Care Bracelet
proceeds will go to orphan care around the world



Red Dress Altered Photo
proceeds will go to Lahash International, to combat HIV/AIDS

Kate does an amazing job with all of her artwork and bracelets and I would highly encourage you to check out her shop and her blog where she features other artists and the organizations she supports.