May 29, 2008

Wrapping it up

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 5:26 pm by sillydreamer

I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging much the last couple of weeks.  This is the girls’ last week of school and we’ve been busy with that.  We are on exam schedule so that means multiple trips to and from the school, which is always a joy when you have three little ones in tow.  Also, this whack schedule has my daycare kidlets in a whack state of mind.

Good news though……we are going to Destin, Florida for vacation!!!!!!!!!  I’m so excited.  We’re staying right on the beach and the condo looks very nice so we are all looking forward to it.  The only downside is the 12 hour drive but we’ll survive.  I’m just really, really looking forward to some time off.  I can’t stress the word “really” enough.

I’ve read some books and worked on some craft projects that I will share later on when I have more time.  I’ve got to wash my hair and make oatmeal raisin cookies while the kidlets are napping and before the last child gets out of school for the day.   I would complain about how hot it is but I’ll also save that for later.  I will tell you that at 12:30pm, it’s almost 90 degrees outside but it’s so humid the dew is still on the grass.  Stew on that thought for awhile.

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May 16, 2008

All about a frame

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:08 pm by sillydreamer

Once upon a time, all I bought were wood picture frames.  Being the photo freak that I am, I have many of them.  When we repainted awhile back I pulled all the frames off the wall and put them away, intending to buy new ones.  I decided that instead of buying new ones, I would just prime and paint them black so that’s what my week has consisted of.  I’m doing spray paint so it goes very quickly and looks nice.  Slowly but surely I am getting my pictures back out on the walls and loving the way it’s coming together.  I’m all into these black frames…..they look so nice!

My hubby has always complained about the frames not having the little sawtooth hangers on them because they are very prone to falling off the wall if say, something like a door slams.  I have three teen-age daughters so just trust me on this.  When I was picking up more primer, he also picked up a package of the sawtooth hangers.  Now listen up because I am going to give you a few tips on how to put those little suckers on with minimal cussing and finger smashing.

First you have to find the center of the frame.  Now, I own two tape measures and they are both very easy to get to as they are in the “junk drawer” in the kitchen.  I use them all the time.  However, if you are trying to figure out what half of 7 and 3/16 is with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star filling your ears, here’s a little no brainer, screw up proof method.  I grabbed a strip of paper and cut it the same width of the frame, then I folded it in half, laid it on edge of the frame and marked the middle of the frame with the crease in the paper.  No thinking, no figuring, just line up the crease and mark your line.

Now you have to hammer in these little, bitty short nails into the frame.  Smash your thumb and forefinger about one time and you’ll figure out you need a new plan.  Holding the nails with tweezers is not much of a solution so here’s what I did.  I marked where the holes needed to be with a pencil, took a regular size nail and started the holes with that.  All tht was left was pressing the small nails into the guide hole and hammering them in.  No trying to hold it, no pain and no cuss words.  It was a good day 🙂 

May 13, 2008

A few quilts

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 4:37 pm by sillydreamer

Here’s some pictures of the string quilt.

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I had lots of fun with this and my daughter is enjoying it.

Here is the first baby quilt I made last year.  I wish the colors showed up more true to life because it’s just so darn cheerful!  LOL!

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Here’s another baby quilt I did that I just never bonded with but I set out a goal to finish it and finish it I did.

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May 8, 2008

It’s true, I suck

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:29 pm by sillydreamer

I suck at blogging lately.  I just can’t seem to come up with anything to blog about so hence my absence.  The girls are busy wrapping up the end of the school year and that’s about all that’s going on here.  The weather is beautiful so I’m out with the kidlets more frequently so there’s lots of time taken up with putting on and taking off socks and shoes, etc.  Little Miss is totally potty trained now so that’s big news!  She was so easy!  Little Mister is not quite ready yet but we are working towards that slowly. 

Want to hear something weird?  I have discovered that some of my pictures are missing from Windows Vista.  Poof, they are just gone.  I am the only one that messes around with the Photo Gallery so I know someone didn’t accidentally delete them.  Thank goodness I have uploaded all of them to Photobucket so I was able to go and retrieve the two folders that were missing but now I’m extra paranoid about it.  So very strange.

I finished my string quilt and now I am working on a crazy quilt to use up all these little bits of fabric I have left over.  On a whim I bought a Moda charm pack but now I’m stumped as to what to do with it.  There are 50 five inch squares and then I bought four fat quarters of coordingating fabric but need a pattern to use it on.  I hate it when I don’t have a plan!