Sunday, January 27, 2008

Someone turned 7 today!

Someone very special turned 7 today. I made a banner to hang in her honor.

And nothing but the finest for this special girl. In Texas, that means Blue Bell ice cream. Oh yeah, and chocolate birthday cake trimmed with Oreos.
Throw in five friends, a trip to Build-A-Bear and a sleepover with those five friends (plus some new furry friends), and you have a birthday party fit for this sweet and spunky girl! Happy Birthday Anna! We love you!

When given birthday money from her grandparents earlier this month, Anna decided to spend it on two Webkinz pets. That is until she woke up early one morning and cuddled on my lap while I visited some crafty blog sites I have bookmarked. I came to the Raggedy Old Annies shop where the talented Nicole lists her handmade dolls. Anna was mesmerized and decided right away she wanted a Raggedy Annie instead of a Webkinz. She carefully selected a doll, gave me her money and then faithfully checked the USPS tracking service each day to see where her Annie was. Last Wednesday, Annie arrived at our home and Anna was thrilled! She is very cute and I am so impressed that Anna chose a unique, handmade doll over the mass-produced Webkinz pets. She is a chip off her mother's block, I tell you. Good girl.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

And the Oscar goes to....

Loved it! But, honestly, I have not seen any of the other Academy Award-nominated movies so what would I know? (In fact, the Cohen brothers movie, No Country For Old Men, would probably be my pick if I had seen it. Two of my all-time favorite movies are Raising Arizona and Fargo. You just plain can't go wrong with the Cohen brothers.) However, Juno was really sweet, quirky and funny. And the lead actress (I forget her name) was outstanding. Loved her. Loved Michael Cera, loved Jason Bateman, loved Alison Janey. Lots of love for this movie.

OK, in fear that this has turned into a movie blog, I am going to try to get back to some crafty, quilty-type posts. I haven't sewn anything in a week, but I am anxious to do so. Be back with something crafty to show you.....hopefully!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Am I the only one late to this party? What a great movie Stardust is! Meghan and I watched it yesterday afternoon when she got home from school. There's romance, comedy, and action all wrapped up in a unique, fantasy story. And though fantasy films are not a favorite of mine, I did love this one and highly recommend it.

OK, Meghan is due home on the bus anytime now and we are going to see another movie. I am taking her to The Movie Tavern
as a reward for making it through mid-terms this week. We are going to see Juno. I've been wanting to see this one since before it came out. I am a big fan of Michael Cera ever since he played George Michael on only the best comedy that was ever on television. Boo, hiss Fox for canceling this hysterically smart and funny show. Anyways, Meg's home now, so I'll let you know what we thought when we return!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

We survived Vegas! We actually arrived home on Sunday to very happy girls and clearly, thankful grandparents. (Thanks again mom and dad!!)

We went with six other couples and it was a blast. We flew out last Thursday and met a limo at the airport. Not just any limo...a Hummer Stretch Limo. (We're Texans...that's how we roll.) After making a brief detour to a liquor and Patron shots anyone?...we headed to our hotel (above), New York/New York. It was a fun two and a half days punctuated by laughs, blackjack winnings, a Cirque show, good (though overpriced) food, and last but not least, a visit to Mandalay Bay to see the red carpet entrance of the "stars" of the AVN awards. Umm....the "A" stands for adult. Not sure what V & N are, but does that really matter? You know what I'm saying. That was, uh, interesting? Enlightening? Scary? Silicone-y? Probably all of that.

Anyways, it's good to be home again in the God fearin' state of Texas! Jack is in Seattle for the week, and I don't have a lot on the calendar, so it's been nice to tinker around the house. Meghan has had mid-terms all week and tomorrow she's done with school at 9:15 AM, so I think we are going to catch a movie before Claire and Anna get out of school. I'll let you know what we decided to see!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008


I did manage to do some quilting yesterday and it was fun! I finished the top for a little lap quilt kit I bought at the International Quilt Show last fall. How lucky am I that I live right outside of Houston where the Quilt Show and Festival takes place each year. I have been the past four years, and it is eye candy, I tell you! I bought 3 of these little kits in different fabrics to make a quilt for each of my three girls. They were to be Christmas gifts, but yeah, that didn't happen.

Here is our cat, Gracie, posing with a corner of the quilt.

And here is a close-up of the really fun fabrics.

And in the interest of fair and equal time, here is our mountain lion, err....other cat, Lucy.

Now that I have the quilting bug again, expect lots more pics and updates on my projects. I will briefly take a break however, as my husband and I are headed to Viva, Lost Wages for 3 days with some friends. We leave on Thursday and I hope to have some fun pics to show when we return.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Book Club - January

I am part of a book club that meets once a month. We are called Reading Between the Wines, and true to our name, we consume many bottles of wine in the course of an evening. We also have GREAT discussions that begin with the book, but spin off into many different tangents as the evening progresses. We haven't met yet this month, but our selection was The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox. I liked this book. The first half of the book, I was unsure where the story was going, but I felt it really picked up speed in the second half and I couldn't put it down. It ended rather abruptly however, and I found myself wanting more closure. Still, a good read, and I am looking forward to our discussion on Wednesday evening. Now, shall I bring a bottle of red or white?

Friday, January 4, 2008

Fabrics dancing in my head

How's that resolution of yours coming along, you ask? The one about spending more time on creative pursuits. Well......

So far, I've organized the kids' 15 cumulative years of schoolwork that had occupied various nooks and corners of my closet. Clean, organized house? check. Nurturing my soul? Yeah, not so much. However, I have been thinking about projects and fabrics and what I want to get started on next week. Decisions, decisions.

Should I start playing with the fabulous Amy Butler fabrics my mom gave me for Christmas?Perhaps I should keep working on my folky looking stars from a Brannock & Patek line called Four Seasons.
Or I could do something with these yummy pink and brown charm squares from Judie Rothermel's Charleston IV line.
On the other hand, I can't wait to do something with these Shangri-La fat quarters from 3 Sisters. Or the Jelly Roll in the same line of fabrics.

Sigh. This could take some time.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year one and all! I am not one for new year resolutions (been there, broke that), but I always think in general terms about what I want to accomplish in the coming year. My mom gave me this gorgeous Amy Butler bag for Christmas and the tag really speaks to me. The Sweet Life. I think that is what I want for 2008. Nothing grand. No major goals to achieve. Just, the sweet life. I want happiness and contentment for me, my husband and our three daughters. And I want to contribute to that sweetness in small and significant ways every day. Since I am a stay at home mom, for me that means making sure our home is a haven for our family. It means creating memories and keeping traditions. It means a clean, organized home, but not at the expense of a game of Littlest Pet Shop Monopoly. It means constant (gentle) nagging to my teen about her homework, but recognizing when bonding over Project Runway is more important than 2 more percentage points on a test. For me personally, it means spending more time on things that nurture my soul, so I can in turn, nurture my family. I am determined to spend more time in 2008 indulging my creative side. I love quilting and fabrics. I also love paper arts and crafting. And I hope to devote a large part of this blog to my creative efforts this year.

So though my 2008 plans are not grand, I am really looking forward to this new year. Cheers to the sweet life!