Monday, March 07, 2011

How lucky am I?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sweet Valentine

Little P wanted to make her Valentines for her class this year. So we came up with these:
We used Dove Milk Chocolate hearts for the nose. We used pink for the girls along with a ribbon and silver for the boys. She loved them!
Mr. Fantastic spotted this for me a little while back. I almost think the eggs tasted better simply from being heart shaped!
Hope you all have a great Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 11, 2008

TIny Hamsters and Sewing Lessons

So Little p wants to learn to sew, I have been teaching her the basics for a while and now she wants to try them out on these:
I found this book on Ebay:
I have wanted to buy one of these books for quite some time, but seeing as though I don't speak Japanese or read it for that matter, I have always been leery of being able to follow every last detail that I would need to know to complete these super cute crafts.

But since this one was a really, really, inexpensive one and it's shipping was free, all the way from Japan I couldn't say no.

As you can see, we had no problem with very clear pictures!

Boots loves his! And his little hamster has lived quite the adventurous life so far, including piloting a helicopter,
Boots has had it easy, while he had momma to do all of the work for him to produce such a fun little playmate,
Little P is slaving away, pricked fingers and all to make one of her very own. That's my girl, sometimes effort doesn't mean as much until blood is shed, then it is a real accomplishment.
She is sooo my kid.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Well Wishes for a Happy New Year

I came home the other day to this:
It contained all of this:
Note: There were two pieces of chocolate, but...
Need I say more?
There was note, and this is what it said:
How sweet is Jennifer, over at The Felt Mouse? I feel very honored to receive such warm wishes from you! All the best this year right back at cha'!
This was lovely to look at! And so much fun to put together. And how incredibly considerate you are to send the batteries needed with it! Did you know that my supply of AA batteries was almost completely depleted from the holiday season?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Public Market Thursday

My friend and neighbor Sue and I have decided to make a little time to head to the public market each Thursday morning. It's getting harder and harder for us to find time to see each other, and both of us are very careful about the freshness of the foods we purchase. So this idea fills both of those niches. How very sad it is to have to double schedule things to be able to make time! But it works for us.

So today with the temps in the low twenties, we grabbed some gloves and our canvas shopping bags and set out to find some homegrown goodness...

Our first stop is always this enclosed market that sells fresh and dried herbs, and all sort of extracts. Today I needed vanilla, and I love the fact that is is made right here in Rochester.
Then it's on to the pastry man, he has these HUGE cinnamon roles for $ .50 each,
is there anything that is $ .50 each anymore??? But aside from the price, they are INSANELY good!!! Today he also had this bag of three small focaccia breads for $1.00.
I see sauce in our future!

We also found some local honey,
Some veggies, Little P has been asking to try parsnips.
This looked so funky I had to ask what it is,
It's celery root. I have to say that I am not so sure I could eat this. It doesn't look very appetizing!

This looked funky too:
But I didn't ask about it! That's an interesting phrase on the outside of a place that makes fried dough. For those die hard Soprano fans, this is for you.

I didn't buy any of these today but how beautiful is this to look at?
We did stop at the cheese dude and I bought some pepperoni sticks, for Mr. Fantastic to snack on, and some parm cheese, about a pound and a half for... $3.00. Gotta love that!
Last but not least, we stopped at this hole in the wall place called, Juan and Maria's Empanada Stop. They have breakfast sandwich and a drink for $1.95.
We stop every time we go and I think that I look forward to that way more that I should!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

A toasty, I love You

For Christmas Mr. Fantastics parents got me a ton of fun kitchen stuff, and I love it all!
They bought be quite a few silicone things to try. I am still amazed that it doesn't melt in the oven! They found this:

A Cathedral Bunt Pan... Mr. Fantastics favorite cake in the whole world, a Cinnamon Cake, is made in a bunt pan, he is ecstatic, mostly because he gets to eat more cake!

They also got me these:
Dinosaur cookie cutters, they are just too stinkin cute! And Boots loves dinosaurs so much he can't wait to have dino cookies!

They also found this:
First you stamp the bread:

Then when you toast it, "I heart You", shows up! They kids loved it.Thanks Geea and Trampa!
I am not totally sure where they got it, but you can buy it here. And that store, Perpetual Kid has some of the coolest stuff I have ever seen, where else are you going to find these, come on, you know you want them!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Big Love for Elf Shoes

I love, love, love the ornaments I made for Christmas this year. In the months leading up to the big event I tried out at least a dozen options for ornaments. I had some specifics this year that I was hoping to fulfill. I really wanted to sew something, more specifically hand sew something. I wasn't sure what until I saw these:
(picture taken from Allsorts post)
Immediately smitten, I went out to buy the most gorgeous wool felt that I could afford. And at $18.00 a yard, it wasn't a ton! Thank you so much to Allsorts for this amazing pattern! It was entirely too much fun to make.

I made a small army of elf shoes, its sort of tradition to give ornaments out to our siblings and over the years I have tried to always make them myself. I also make an ornament for Boots and Little P each year so that when the time comes for them to grow up and move out on their own they will already have ornaments for their first tree.

My one regret in the whole process is that I didn't take a single picture until tonight, and that is only of the last two sets that are awaiting a visit to my best friend and my gorgeous new niece. As many times as I walked past the 20 or so sets and they made me grin I never took a picture, I can't believe it! Anyhow these are it:The red pair does not have their buttons or their ribbons yet, but you get the idea!

My niece picked out these two fabrics when she was here from California in December, I am making a tote bag for her.
I LOVE the bobby pins! Too cute. Now what to make for me???