Friday, September 30, 2011

Embrace the Camera - Me and Brit

Ok, so I'm a day late, but it's time again for Embrace the Camera over on Emily Andersons blog.  This week is all about Me and Brittny.



We don't have a whole lot of pictures together.  I think maybe because we are the ones with a camera in our hands.  These pictures were taken last mothers day.


Brittny is one of my best friends.  We live within 5 minutes of each other so I get to see her at least a few times a week.  I am so grateful for this.  Since Chloe joined our family, I know Brittny and Jon feel like we only want to see Chloe.  And although we would be so sad if they showed up at our house without her for some reason, I am always happy when Brittny and I get time to connect.    


Love you Brit.



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Vintage Sheet PJ Bottoms

I love vintage things. Especially vintage linens.  I don't really know why.  I just do. 
I started buying up vintage sheets because I thought they were cool.
I knew I would think of something to make with them eventually.

One day I had the brilliant idea of making pajama bottoms out of these sheets.
And of course, Alexis had to have the first pair.


I had to add dingle balls.  These always remind me of Alexis.

I used the Slumber Buns pattern from paisley pincushion.   








They turned out so cute. 


Here's my stash.  Who should get the next pair?





xoxo,

Carol


Monday, September 19, 2011

Just normal.

Good Morning.  How was your weekend?
Mine was just a normal weekend.  And believe me, I loved it.  Sometimes it is nice to just have normal.

That's what this post is all about.  I read some mom blogs and I love the way they capture the normal everyday life of being a mom.  Most of them are stay at home moms and I can remember those days of having young ones at home.  Days looked the same and I couldn't wait to get out of the house  to find excitement and connection with other grown ups.  I wish blogging was around when I had little ones at home, but then we didn't even have personal computers back then.

Wow!  That just made me sound really old!

Now that my kids are teen and above, I spend hardly any time at home and live for days when I don't have to leave the house.  I can't even remember the last time this happened.

Anyway, I am learning from these mom blogs I read, to enjoy and cherish the everday, no matter what my everyday looks like.


So here is a peek:  this is what my weekend looked like.


Friday, Tom and Bailey headed off to our friend Jamie's (see his blog here) wedding in Mammouth, CA.  It looked like it was a beautiful weekend.  Cali and I had to stay home for a dance activity she had to perform in.

Friday night I had a hot date with this lovely lady.  Courtny and I work together, but I still feel like we rarely see each other.  So little date nights with her are always fun and she is my daughter so extra bonus!!





Most of my day Saturday was filled with driving Cali back and forth to dance.  We spend many hours on the road doing this.  She loves dance and is very dedicated.  It's worth all the driving.  Plus it gives me one on one time with her.

Cali's dance ensemble performed at the Walnut Creek Twilight Parade on Saturday night.



Sunday morning, I was drinking my coffee, blogging and enjoying some early quiet time when I heard this strange noise.  It almost sounded like water dripping, but not quite.  I looked around to see what it was and my backyard was full of turkeys.  You would think we lived in the country with all the wild life we see around here.


I finished off the stockings for CraftHope and wrapped them all up to send of to Alabama.


Sunday afternoon Cali and I went to Oakland to get her a new pair of pointe shoes.  It's kind of fun to do this.  Even though I don't dance, it is fun for me too because I love watching her get so excited about a new pair of pointe shoes. I  love watching my girl be so passionate about something.

After we were done, we walked through this cute neighborhood of Rockridge and passed a waxing studio.  Cali asked to get her eyebrows waxed.  It was her first time so I had to take pictures. She thought I was so weird, but I didn't care.  This is the last time one of my daughters will get her eye brows waxed for the first time.


Finally made it home.   Tom and Bailey had made it back from the wedding, Brittny, Jon and Chloe came over for a visit.   We actually had a dinner at home.  It was lovely.

Tom and Chloe watching Elmo.


Sometimes I just love normal.


xoxo,

Carol

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Embrace the Camera: Time with Trav


Time with Travis doesn't get to happen as often as I like.  He lives the farthest away of all my kids.  Even though it is only in San Francisco, he is busy being a student and has fewer opportunities to hang out.  So when he can make it over, we LOVE it! 
He is our oldest and only son. He is loving, funny and a genuinely nice guy!
I have learned so much from you Trav.
Love you!

xoxo,

Carol/Mom




Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thrifting and Stockings


I love thrifting. Do you know what I mean?  It's like an adventure! You walk into the store, hoping to  find that perfect treasure.  Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't.

Before craftday I made one last stop at the The Thrift Station in Danville to try and find any fun linens to use in our stockings.  The store was pretty wiped out.  I decided to make one quick pass through the store before I left and look what I found.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flower DIY

Another DIY
(I think I got enough photos this time.)


Today's DIY is for making fabric flowerettes.  They are easy and don't take much time.  You can make them while watching Project Runway or whatever your favorite TV show is.  That is what I do.  I don't like to just sit in front of the tele without something to do.
I made these for our stockings we made on Craft Day.


First you need a length of fabric.  I usually use the width of whatever fabric I am using.  So if the fabric is 45" wide, that is how long your piece will be.   You do not have to use this much.  You probably won't or you flower will get very large.  But it will work to make it larger,  you will just need to sew it up as you go.

Cut or rip about a 1" strip of fabric.  I like to rip my fabric because I like the edges all frayed, but it can have a clean edge as well.


Second, fold the end up to make a triangle.


Then grab the bottom of the triangle and start rolling the fabric.  This starts the center of the flower.


Once you get the center started, fold the long end of the strip.  See the picture below.
After you fold the strip down, keep rolling the center.

Keep folding and rolling, holding on to the small center part.  This acts as a sort of stem.

As the flower starts to get bigger, the pedals will start to form.  The flower will get flatter.

With a needle and thread, sew the underneath part of the flower securing all the layers.
 (ok, maybe I should have had one more picture here of me sewing the back so let me know if you have any questions. I'll be glad to get back to you)

Anyway, you will see these little guys show up in a later post on top of a stocking waiting to be shipped to Alabama.



xoxo,

Carol

Monday, September 12, 2011

I need a new look. Any suggestions?


Actually, I like my look, and it took my 45 years to be able to honestly say this.  I actually am talking about my blog.


My daughter Brittny who orignially started this blog with me has started her own blog.  I must tell you, this was my secret desire.  She has the best way of putting into written word the way she sees the world. Even the name of her blog is creative and original:  10baretoes.   I am so happy.  My devious plan worked!  You really should read her blog.  It's amazing.


She also made a wonderful announcement the other day.  Can you believe it?  I'm gonna be a gramma again! Being a grandmother is the best thing ever!

But, this also means we won't be 6girls3boys anymore. It will be a while until we know if we are 7girls3boys or 6girls4boys.  And can you imagine if I kept this up through all 5 of my kids having kids?  I would have to change the name who knows how many times. 

I knew this name wouldn't last long, and I also wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up with blogging.  But, I love it!  Writing and expressing my feelings have never been my strong suit, but blogging has helped me do this.  It is a great way to journal our life. I also love the creativity that I am able to express and share through blogging.  For now, I will blog.


So that means...I need a new name for my blog.  This is not an easy task, so I am reaching out to my wonderful friends and family to ask for help.  Do you have any suggestions?


I'm serious!  I really need help!  I can't think of anything and I better change it soon before I become famous!


xoxo,

Carol



Friday, September 9, 2011

Today I will choose joy




I am the kind of person who always has too much to do, overcommits and wants to spend important time with people I love.  That's what my day looked like today.  My schedule today:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bunting DIY

Today is DIY day.  I will show you how to make your own bunting.  This is a very easy project and does not take much time.  I'm sorry I don't have more pictures of the details, but I will try to describe the steps well enough so you can figure it out.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will most definitely get back to you.


My bunting was being used outside, so I made the triangles rather large.  You can make them any size you want depending on where it will be placed.



I used a rotary cutter and cut out a front and back for each triangle.  Scissors will also work. I made my triangles 14" on the long sides and 9" on the short side.  After I cut out the triangles, I placed 2 triangle pieces right sides together and sewed down both long sides.  Turn right side out and press.



I determined how long I wanted my bunting to be and then divided by the width of the top of the triangle to find out how many triangles I needed.  



To attach the triangle pieces to ribbon, I used vintage ribbon that was 2" wide.  I ironed it in half length wise.  I then pinned each triangle inside the fold of the ribbon.  Sew down the edge of the ribbon to enclose the triangles into the folded ribbon.



Here is the bunting draped over the stair railing for some cute pictures of Miss Chloe. 


Her cute little matching dress will be a DIY later this week.


We used the bunting as a decoration for Chloe's first birthday.


Here is the buntings new home.  On my daughter Bailey's bed.  I love that we found another use for it.  I would be so sad to have it used for only one day.



This is what 15 year old's beds look like...who am I kidding, that is whay my bed looks like as well.
Who has time to make beds when you are busy sewing?

I think the hardest part about blogging a DIY is remembering to take pictures of all the steps.  I'll try to get better at taking more pictures the next time I do a DIY project.  I'll be posting about our stockings after this Saturdays Craftivism day.  We'll see how it goes.  Maybe I can talk someone else into being the designated photographer.  :)





Tuesday, September 6, 2011

That's some serious baggage!

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days.  I had a fun filled weekend with my kids and hubby. 
Pretty relaxing actually.  
I did go to the Alameda Antique Faire and got some great stuff for our craft day coming up this Saturday.

How was your weekend?

I went on a road trip for a weekend a while back and this is how many different bags I had.  
This is so ridiculous!
How many bags does a girl need?  Now Really.
Did I say all this was for only a weekend?

I do love bags.  
And each one has it's own purpose.
Suitcase for Clothes. (I need to find a great vintage suitcase.)
Duffle bag for bathroom items. (This is just unacceptable for a bathroom bag.)
Knitting bag.
Insulated lunch bag.
Computer bag.
Camera bag.
Basket for trunk to hold miscellaneous items.




I made myself an Amy Butler bag to hold my knitting things.  



I loved this bag so much...


I had to make some for a few friends. 







I'm starting to get requests for them now.  I wish I had time to make them for everyone.
A girl can never have too many bags. 




xoxo,

Carol



Thursday, September 1, 2011

One Cha Cha



My friend Alexis taught me an important life statement.  In fashion and style you should only have "one cha cha".  In other words, let one items stand out, whether it is a piece of jewelry, or shoes or a piece of clothing.  In my case, however, she says Tom is my "one cha cha".  He is my one item that stands out.  He doesn't quite get what she means by this, but it is true.



He is loyal and protective,  funny and outgoing and always says it like it is.  Some of our friends even call his sayings "Tom-isms".  He likes to say things like "you over it?"  or "front butt" or "it is what it is."







We have been married, off and on (that will be a whole other blog post) for 27 years today.   We have had great times and hard times.  We are very passionate. Whether we are getting along or not, it is always passionate.  I feel like this is partly what has kept our marriage lasting so long.   He is truely my soul mate and my best friend.  I can't imagine life without him.

I have no idea where we were here.

Walnut Creek Kaiser after Chloe was born.

Great America. This is one of his favorite pics of us. He knows why.

Being Silly at Hubcaps Diner in Walnut Creek.

Vegas Baby!!

Kona.

Awesome Date Night!  Last Week.


Happy Anniversary Babe!

xoxo,

Carol