If I had myself a monkey
Mar05

If I had myself a monkey

Slightly out of focus and too red from being burned to death by the flash, but, trust me, it will have to do. “Never work with animals or children.” – W.C. Fields Last week, my 11-year-old dropped a new word on me that had me running for the Urban Dictionary. As is often the case with my very communicative kid, my brain was tuned only into the keywords of the conversation. My mom brain has that scanner thing you know...

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3-D pro/con list
Jul13

3-D pro/con list

As I’ve mentioned, my daughter had open heart surgery on June 19. After a few days in the hospital (yes, a few days), she was more than healthy enough to go home. I’ve been working from home for the last few weeks with her here. As her time at home rattling around the house wraps up, she is starting to find more and more creative ways to entertain herself. She has also been thinking a lot about buying herself a Nook or...

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Costumes: a little witch
Jul13

Costumes: a little witch

I thought it would be fun to post all of the Halloween costumes I’ve made in the last 10 years. I’ll post them one at a time over the next few weeks, as I find all of the photos! When I was very small, my mom made many of our clothes on her old Singer sewing machine that she got in 1959. I remember watching her whip up Barbie clothes for me out of the scraps and wanting so badly to play with the machine. (To this...

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Heard at my house
Jul12

Heard at my house

Who said bacon? Photo copyright Ian Turton. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license. Upon learning that we were having eggs and waffles for dinner (Andy’s night to cook. I tried to insist on broccoli, but no one else was having it): Colleen: “I demand bacon.” Me: “We don’t have bacon.” Colleen: “NO BACON??!?!?!?! WHAT KIND OF A HOUSE IS...

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Fourth of July redux, refashioned!
Jul06

Fourth of July redux, refashioned!

Did you see The Refashionista on Rachael Ray today? Didja? I watched it with the kiddo tonight. I saw on the blog that she would be on and recorded it, but I surprised the kid. When she figured out who was on, she said, “I love it when someone we already like gets on TV. It’s like we are part of a revolution or something!” So, here is my promised second outfit refashioning. We did this last weekend, but I have no...

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Tulip dress makeover
Jul03

Tulip dress makeover

During the last year, my lovely daughter had a growth spurt that prevented her from wearing many of her dresses, virtually overnight. These clothes, though, were just a problem in one particular area and otherwise fit her. It drove me crazy looking at these new clothes and wondering how I could save them to somehow be worn again. I had a few ideas, but the conditions of my life conspired to keep those articles of clothing in a pile...

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