July 21, 2014

Breeze Top Pattern Test



About 2 months ago I got the wonderful opportunity to test a pattern for my friend Shannon over at Little Kids Grow. She is an AMAZING sewist and pattern designer! Guess what! She also does TWEEN patterns!! WOO HOO!! If you have a tween then you know exactly how hard it is to find cute patterns for them. Most pattern makers, independent and otherwise, focus mostly on smaller kids or adults. 

I wanted to be in the blog tour and give you all a big discount on the pattern BUT we moved.... AGAIN! I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to take part in it. Really, with that awful wifi at the hotel it's a wonder I ever got anything posted here at all!

So, now I bring you my pattern test of The Breeze Top (click there to buy).


If the pictures appear too small, just click on them to enlarge.


It was such an easy pattern to follow. The directions were very clear. 


I used the knit pattern but there's also a woven version included.


This quickly became Cailey's favorite outfit!!!
I whipped up a pair of capris to match. ;)
All in all this is a perfect pattern for summer!
I think I might try a dress version next! 




July 18, 2014

Use Your Words - July 2014

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.



At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using:               
They were submitted by:   

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://bakinginatornado.com                                Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                      Stacy Sews and Schools
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                              Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/         Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                        Dates 2 Diapers 2
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/                  The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                        The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://themomisodes.com                                    The Momisodes
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                   Someone Else’s Genius 
http://followmehome.shellybean.com                 Follow me home . . .
http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com             Crumpets and Bollocks




Your words are: Graham crackers ~ blankets ~ flashlights ~ sandy toes ~    Inline image 1  ~ stars

They were submitted by: http://followmehome.shellybean.com  




I am going to go about this post a bit differently. We just moved (no surprise there I'm sure) and the kids and I have been very sick. VERY sick. Sigh.... 

So, anyway.. I am going to do a little free association with my words and see how that works out. 



Graham Crackers - Cailey and Colin's first time making s'mores. It was just a few months ago, actually. We built a tiny fire on our concrete walkway and let them have at it. They LOVED it!! We need to do it again soon!!!


Blankets - My sick kids. All of them have been sick except Deanna. Not sure how she managed to steer clear of it but I am thankful that she did. This has been one nasty virus. As I type this Colin is sitting in a lukewarm bath. These fevers have been hard to break. 


Flashlights - The Hubby's obsession with them. ARGH!!!! He loves nothing more than to shine a bright light into my eyes!! What's up with that??? GRRR!! His newest flashlight has a strobe button. I'm not sure but I think he may lose that one soon. ;)


Sandy Toes - The first time each of my kids went to the beach. For the older 3 it was back in 1998. We went to my aunt's house in Myrtle Beach. They older 3 don't actually remember that trip, they were almost 4, 2 and 1. I have a great souvenir. Hee hee hee. My cousin took a pic of them in the bath while I washing the sand off and had it made into a t-shirt for me. I still have that shirt. It has been wonderful for blackmailing purposes. 
For the younger 2 it was last year when we went to Jekyll Island. They were so awed by the sand and the vastness of the ocean. 


 - My friend Karen at Baking in a Tornado. She is such a wonderful friend. For those of you that don't know, when my blog got frozen over at Wordpress she helped move the whole thing over here and set it up!!! Who else but a GREAT, WONDERFUL, AWESOME friend would do that????? She's an excellent cheerleader, always knowing what to say to make you laugh and smile.


Stars - Cailey, Colin and I were just having a discussion about stars and constellations the other day. Colin brought it up, talking about all the pictures the stars make. 

Well, it's about time to get Colin out of the tub. I sure hope this breaks his fever. I can't give him anymore Tylenol or Motrin for a bit. :( 


I promise I will get you all caught up with what's been going on around here very soon!! If I can just get a few moments to myself to compose my thoughts! LOL 
And in a couple of weeks (do I keep saying that??) I will back to my normal blogging.*

*Barring any unforeseen disasters





July 17, 2014

Just Call Me a Tumbleweed

I am finally taking the time to sit down and tell you about why I've been so absent from blogging lately. 

We moved. Again. 

Now, if you've been keeping up you'll know that we had a major plumbing disaster in May and it took WAY TOO LONG for the rental company to fix the issue. Apparently that was their M.O. It took 6 weeks for them to have that huge fallen tree removed!! And remember how that house was supposed to be temporary?? How we were promised a bigger house in a few months?? Yeah, apparently that was never going to happen. GRRR!! Be careful when you are looking for a new house!! Check out the rental agency very carefully before deciding!!

Anyway, we spent about 6 weeks in a hotel. We had 2 rooms, thank goodness. The 3 youngest kids and I spent most of every day at the pool and each night watching fireworks. Now that's the life! ;) 

We got very brown and the sun and swimming did wonders for my fibromyalgia! 


I am trying to get everything unpacked and taken care of but first Jacob got really sick. He missed 2 1/2 days of work. Then I got sick. I am STILL trying to get over it (it's been 5 days!!!!). Then Joshua picked it up. Now Cailey and Colin are both sick. High fevers and terrible coughs. BLECK!!! So far The Hubby and Deanna have managed to stay healthy! Fingers crossed that they stay that way!! This crud is TERRIBLE!!

I will have a sewing room again!! WOOO HOOO!!! Well, it will also be the homeschooling room but that's OK, I'm not picky. ;) I have most of everything else unpacked, I just need to put up pictures and curtains. Speaking of curtains, I will be making a bunch of new ones and trying out new techniques. TUTORIALS!! ;) But first... that unpacking... sigh..... Wish me luck!!!!

OH!! And there is an AWESOME homeschooling group that meets at a park that is in walking distance of the house!!! WOOO HOOO!! Today was supposed to have been our first meet up but with the kids sick we had to miss it. 











July 11, 2014

Secret Subject Swap - July 2014

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts. 

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado
http://themomisodes.com                                       The Momisodes
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                      Stacy Sews and Schools
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/                                    Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/                        Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://dates2diapers2.blogspot.com                        Dates 2 Diapers 2
http://www.crumpetsandbollocks.com                      Crumpets and Bullocks
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com                               Climaxed
http://dinoheromommy.com/                                       Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                  Someone Else’s Genius
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/             The Bergham’s Life Chronicles




As a kid, did you ever have a chance to go to work with your mom or dad? What did you experience?
It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/           






I can remember a few times when I was about 7 or 8 that I got to visit my mother at work. She was a secretary at the local power company. 

I loved sitting at her desk. I remember thinking that she must be very important to have such a big desk! 

She had tons of papers and a typewriter, pens and pencils, and stuff! LOL I loved all of it. I can remember thinking that she must have such fun typing and answering the phone all day.... Yeah, I was delusional. ;)

She was always dressed to the nines when she went to work. I used to love dressing up in her clothes and pretending to be her. 

I can also remember a big Christmas party there. They had Santa and PRESENTS! I even remember what I got, a Barbie Doll, my favorite thing!


My mother didn't work outside of the home for very long. About a year later she was placed on permanent disability. 

I can't imagine how hard it must of been for her raising me on her own. 

I miss her everyday. In less than a year I will be older than she was when she passed away. It's so strange to think about it. 
















June 27, 2014

Funny Friday - June 2014

June Funny Friday


Today’s post is June’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.


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Here’s today’s picture. It’s the picture that inspired this whole project and was submitted by The Black Sheep Mom (http://www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com).


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1. Who do I make the autograph out to??


2. Yes, you are getting a ticket for impersonating a national landmark.


3. What do you want from Taco Bell, again?


4. Wait a minute, let me get this down... "Sweet land of liberty".


5. Yes, it's spelled L-a-d-y L-i-b-e-r-t-y.




Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:


Someone Else’s Genius (http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com)
Confessions of a part-time working mom (http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/)
The Momisodes (http://themomisodes.com)
Sanity Waiting to Happen (http://sanitywaitingtohappen.blogspot.com/)
On the Alberta/Montana Border (http://dlt-lifeontheranch.blogspot.ca)
Cluttered Genius (http://www.clutteredgenius.com)
Stacy Sews and Schools (http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com)
Baking In A Tornado (http://www.BakingInATornado.com)








June 20, 2014

Fly on the Wall - June 2014

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
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Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
http://www.BakingInATornado.com                          Baking In A Tornado
http://www.therowdybaker.com                                  The Rowdy Baker
http://www.justalittlenutty.com/                                Just A Little Nutty
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                                   The Sadder But Wiser Girl
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                  Stacy Sews and Schools
http://www.menopausalmom.com/                          Menopausal Mother
http://dinoheromommy.com/                               Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                      Juicebox Confession
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius
www.theblacksheepmom.blogspot.com                         Black Sheep Mom
http://www.gomamao.com                                Go Mama O
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                            Battered Hope
http://themomisodes.com                                      The Momisodes
http://elleroywashere.com                                      elleroy was here




Hi, everyone!! I know, I know... I haven't been around much lately. Give me about a month and I promise I will be back to posting like normal. I miss it. :(

Anyway, here's another edition of Fly on the Wall for your enjoyment! 



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We were taking a very long road trip and trying not to be bored so we were playing a game on Deanna's tablet. I think it was the DK Quiz Game. Anyway, I was driving, Deanna was reading the questions (multiple choice) and Joshua and I were trying to guess the answers.
She asked a question and then said all of this : zaggamaggataggaquagga
Joshua thought that was all one choice and hilarity ensued. Maybe you just had to be there. Or maybe we were just overly tired.... 

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So we are staying in a hotel for a while and you know how the phones are, the old push button types. I wish I could have taken a video of Deanna trying to figure it all out! PRICELESS!!! 
Deanna - You have to put this part back down on the those things in order to use the phone again!!!

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We were in the hotel room for only a couple of hours and had to call maintenance twice.
1st time - Colin put a Wii game in the safe and we couldn't get it open.
2nd time - Colin clogged up the toilet.
He has clogged it up at least 3 more times since then....

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Cailey - Men are like wild monkeys.
Yes, dear they are.... Although, she never said WHY she thought that.

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We were at the pool with some friends of ours when I commented on how bad Deanna's breath was. 
Me - What did you EAT?? My gosh!
Deanna - It's not that bad!
Me - Oh, yes it is!
Deanna - Will someone smell my breath??
Nicky - I will...... OMG! Sami, it smells like that sock you found at the bottom of the lake!

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Deanna - Colin, wake up!
Colin - I wasn't asleep.
Deanna - Then you heard the awesome things we were talking about.
Colin - No, I guess I was asleep.

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The wifi here is TERRIBLE!!! It's giving me such a headache!! 

Here are a few pictures to show you what we've been up to.




We've mostly been doing the 2nd set. ;)


Don't forget to buzz around all the awesome Fly posts!!!




June 13, 2014

USE YOUR WORDS! June 2014

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.


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At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 
I’m using:               
They were submitted by:   

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

http://bakinginatornado.com                                Baking In A Tornado
http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/                          Spatulas on Parade
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/                      Stacy Sews and Schools
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com/                      The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://www.juiceboxconfession.com                      Juicebox Confession
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/                    Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com                     Someone Else’s Genius
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com                      Battered Hope
http://www.healingtomato.com                         Healing Tomato
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com             Evil Joy Speaks
http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com                       The Sadder But Wiser Girl




Your words are: Bread ~ Eye Candy ~ Fountain ~ Renegade ~ Summer
They were submitted by: http://www.healingtomato.com   



So I thought I would do something a little different with this one. Hopefully it will work out... I haven't tried this kind of thing since I moved my blog and I'm not sure how well it will go. Fingers Crossed!!!!!


I am going to take each word and give you a video for it!! Fun??? 


Bread -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfVOdTiUEc




Eye Candy -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfVOdTiUEc



Fountain -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGfVOdTiUEc



Renegade - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6iKe73N3JM




Summer - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ePIZugahFc




In Wordpress I knew how to give the video. Not sure if this will give you the actual video or just a link... I guess I'll find out when you do! 



Hope you had fun!!!