Friday, April 24, 2009

Sewing - Be back soon

Hey, Hey! Sorry I've been AWOL, but my computer is temporarily out of commission. Plus I'm sewing up a storm: Apron, Toddler Sundress, Some cute stuffies, and a prom dress. Pics when I get back - I promise. 


Monday, April 13, 2009

Drop-In Babysitting for Date Night!

My Young Women are having a girl's camp fundraiser on

Friday, April 24!

If you know anyone who would like to take advantage of
Drop-In Daycare

so they can go out on a date or stay in for a romantic evening

and live where I live

email me at lotsostuff at hotmail dot com and I'll give you details.

We'd love to get the word out to as many people as possible.

So if you live here, plan a party and invite all your friends with small children, then have them drop their kids off for games, movies, snacks, & fun with about 10 energetic young ladies and several women to supervise.

Friday, April 24

5 pm to 10 pm

for $2 per hour/per child

email me at lotsostuff at hotmail dot com for location and details!

Tell your friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Every boy wants to sit around and hold his own...


Yes. That's right! It's Weenie!
From the Noggin Show "Oswald".

(Oswald is an Octopus who lives in Big City with his weiner dog, Weenie.)

(My basic pattern was found here. After getting inspiration from here.)
This cute little project reminded me that I should never take on any project that takes more than an hour or two to complete. I'm all about immediate gratification. While I worked on this guy all other projects came to a stand still even though I found a million new things I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I felt like I shouldn't start anything new, because I knew I'd never get back to him and finish him. So, I'm heaving a big sigh of relief now that he's done and I can move on! Thank goodness he was well received and will be well loved.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Family Reunion Fun and Easter Egg Hunt

Today was our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Reunion. This year the entire extended family was invited and over 250 people showed up! (My Mom is 12th out of 13 children). It was so much fun to see some cousins that I haven't seen in years, and meet the next generation. We always have a great time together - lots of laughter and loud conversation! Happy Easter!
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Friday, April 10, 2009

What I've been doing this week...

I made Lemon Pie for Dessert yesterday - my all time favorite.

Finished Bitt-E's Gnome...

Threw a baby shower for my SIL (but only got a picture of the food before my batteries died).
Then tonight I got to spend several hours with my Mom, some sisters, and some of my favorite cousins while we sewed, beaded, smocked, and crafted together!
We'll be partying for the rest of the weekend too! Woohoo!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fabric Playhouse - You know you want one!

A friend recently wanted some ideas for homemade gifts for boys, and I realized that my fabric playhouse would be perfect, but it was erased when my old blog was blogjacked, so here it is again.

I just hemmed a length of fabric long enough to go around the inside ledge of my table (figure two times the length around the table for fuller gathers), and velcroed it to the inside edge. I did sew the fabric into a satin blanket binding, then attached the velcro to the binding. The prickly part of the velcro is stuck (I reinforced it with a staple gun) to the inside edge of the table all the time, and when we want to play clubhouse, we just velcro the skirt on.

I also realized after we'd used it and went to put it away, that a drawstring bag to keep it in is also a good idea. Holler if you need any details!

A Community Service Message brought to you through the wonder of email and the CDC

Man Flu - The Facts...

1. Man-Flu is more painful than childbirth. This is an irrefutable scientific fact*.

*(Based on a survey of over 100,000 men.)

2. Man-Flu is not 'just a cold'. It is a condition so severe that the germs from a single Man-Flu sneeze could wipe out entire tribes of people living in the rainforest. And probably loads of monkeys too.

3. Women do not contract Man-Flu. At worst they suffer from what is medically recognized as a 'Mild Girly Sniffle' which, if a man caught, he would still be able to run, throw a ball, tear the phone book in half and compete in all other kinds of manly activities.

4. Men do not 'moan' when they have Man-Flu. They emit involuntary groans of agony that are entirely in proportion to the unbearable pain they are in.

5. Full recovery from Man-Flu will take place much quicker if their simple requests for care, sympathy and regular cups of tea are met. Is that really so much to ask? Florence Nightingale would have done it

6. More men die each year from MFN (Man-Flu Neglect) than lots and lots of other things (Like rabbit attacks or choking on toast).

7. Men suffering from Man-Flu want nothing more than to get out of bed and come to work, but they are too selfless to risk spreading this awful condition amongst their friends and colleagues. In this sense, they are the greatest heroes this country has ever known.

8. In 1982 scientists managed to simulate the agonizing symptoms of full blown Man-Flu in a female chimp. She became so ill that her head literally fell off.

9. Man-Flu germs are more powerful than Spider Man, Vin Diesel and Bruce Willis combined. They are too strong for weak, nasty tasting 'lady medicines' like Thera-Flu, so don't bother trying to force them on a victim of Man-Flu.

10. While it may seem like a Man-Flu sufferer is just laying around enjoying 'CSI' it is a commonly recognized medical fact that the exact pitch and frequency of Gil Grissom’s voice has remarkable soothing powers.

Every minute in this country one man is struck down by Man-Flu. Women, all we ask is that each of you offers them a cup of tea, some kind words and your undivided attention and care. Then maybe, just maybe, we'll beat this monstrous disease together.

(Note from Hotmama - Nope. I didn't write it, but it was too funny not to share.)

Monday, April 6, 2009

blog envy

I just took a few minutes to peruse some serious blogs. Blogs that aren't about crafts or kids. Blogs that have amazing photographs. Blogs written by people who can really write. Blogs by people who are or should be published.

It makes me want to write.

My friend sent me an email today that announced a free seminar on writing fiction, put on by a local community college. It kinda made me want to take a day off "work" so I can go fantasize about writing a work of fiction. Who knows, maybe I'm the next Stephenie Meyer and I'm letting my amazing undiscovered writing talent go to waste.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Kiddie Kwips

Wolfman: Can I have some hot chocolate to get me warmer? (It was about 65 degrees outside the other morning and he'd been playing outside).

Me: You have a jacket on. How much warmer do you need to be?

Wolfman: Um, five warmer.

Wolfman was singing a song about Nemo. It went "Nemo, nemo, nemo. Nemo nemo nemo."

Soon BittE started singing along, "Nemo, nemo, nemo."

Wolfman exclaimed, "Hey! BittE knows my whole song!"

Friday, April 3, 2009

Create! Be inspired!

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