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{August 28, 2011}   No motivation…

Lots of things have happened since my last post.  I got a job.  I work as an infant teacher as a daycare.  It’s really cool getting to take care of my youngest and all the other babies in the room.  Currently I am drunk…I drank a whole bottle of wine in under an hour, so I’m feeling fine as wine. =)  Though I have had no motivation to sew these past few months and it makes me sad.  I have a ton of projects I wanted to do, but no gumption to do them.

Lots of stuff going on in the personal life to kill my urge to sew.  The kids are back in school (thank God) and Little Man has turned one.  Jesus Christ, it’s been a year!!!!!  He’s hell on wheels and he doesn’t even walk yet.  He’s 33 pounds and 34 inches tall at a year.  Fruck me…no wonder my back and hips are killing me.  He’s a tank and will crawl over anything and anyone in his way.

Princess A is nine and in the fourth grade.  We had the period talk on Fourth of July as she has been moodier than I was in the first trimester of pregnancy.  Twas a good talk and I was going to give her part two of said talk and she told me, “Mom, you just told me I was going to bleed for the next 40 years of my life, I don’t want to know about sex just yet.”  Yup, she has my sick, twisted sense of humor.

Princess M is having some behavior issues and I am at a loss of what to do.  So I scheduled her a physical and have a packet of paper to pick up for myself and her teacher to fill out to get her eval’ed for a learning disability or behavior issues. Her teacher is on board ans she actually called me the other day and we had a fabulous conversation and she thought getting her evaluated early was a wonderful idea to “nip it in the bud.”

Prince S is doing wonderfully in Kindergarten and flourishing.  He is really becoming his own.  He reminds me so much of my brother, it’s endearing.  He’s very sensitive and I’m starting to wonder if he is on the low end of the spectrum or if he has some sensory issues.  But he does so well in school and with his friends, I don’t know.  Maybe he is just empathetic in nature.

Princess S is, well, four years old. And trying to figure out who she is and how independent she is and is asserting herself left and right.  Well, with the occasional meltdown.  She, too, is also very senstivie in nature and is such a breath of fresh air sometimes.

My marriage is almost dissolved.  Really can’t wait for the closure to happen.  It’s not going to change anything, but it’s going to be closure to me.

Oh hell, I’m drunk and trying to avoid opening a second bottle of wine.  More intelligent posts to come when I’m not so inebriated.  Holy crap, I spelled inebriated right on the first try…anywhoo.  Hapy Saturday.

Lots of love,

J



{June 5, 2011}   Uses for Baking Soda

What do you use baking soda for?  Other than a tsp for baking.  I was at a friend’s house Friday and she was pulling towels out the washing machine to put in the dryer; however, they still stank and she had the “ick” look on her face and said she hated stinky towels and had to wash them over and over again to get the stench out.  They own a pool, so towels pile up every where thanks to the kids.  I told her to sprinkle some baking soda into the machine when she washes and it will take the smell out.  45 minutes later she was amazed–she didn’t know that.  I learned that from my Grandmother and also because I cloth diaper Mr. L and it gets the ammonia and baby poop smell out.  I then told her that you can use baking soda for:

- getting stinky smells out of wash;

- cleaning stuck on food on your stainless steel sink;

- sprinkle it on the couch if your kid pees or pukes, wait for it to dry and then vacuum up.  Same for mattresses;  and

- carpet freshing.

I also told her that white vinegar is useful for:

- fabric softner, put some in a downy ball and it will soften your laundry;

- a green disinfectant;

- window cleaner; and,

- boil a boil of water with vinegar in it in the microwave to remove the stuck on grease, the salad dressing smell will go away as the vinegar evaporates.

So, what do you use baking soda and white vinegar for?  And what other unconventional items to you use for cleaning?  I use a can of coke for stubborn toilet bowl rings and then clean with white vinegar to disinfect the toilet. =)



{June 1, 2011}   Giveaway Time!!!!

My friend is hosting another kick butt giveaway on her blog for VeeShee.com–they have some seriously cute bags and accessories and you can get it monogrammed for FREE (yes…free, it’s included in the cost!)

Anywho, head on over to her blog for your chance to win!!!! Link is http://mom2zqb.com/2011/veeshee-review-giveaway/

One day I shall learn hyperlink, I promise, but until then much love and happy crafting!!!

 

 



{May 24, 2011}   Long time

again.  I’ve been busy as heck with the weather warming up, have gotten minor sewing done, nothing huge.  I’ve been also job hunting like a madman.  My savings is about depleted and I need to be working in like 2 weeks to make sure it doesn’t go in the red.  But that is another rant. =)

Anywho, proud mommy moment!!  My oldest got voted (10 out of 22 kids voted for her) Best Dress in her class!!!! =)  Completely fabulous, considering the majority of her wardrobe is actually thrifted, with some of my originals thrown in and some refashions too. =)  And this actually makes me feel really good, because when I was growing up I was always picked on about how I was dressed–we were poor so I wore whatever Mom could afford or could sew together for me.  This has lead me to make sure that my kids dress well on a budget.  I’m picky when I shop–only new or like new items, clearance, or some super sale around Christmas time.  I rarely ever, ever pay full price for anything that comes in this house.  So, the fact that she got voted best dressed tickles me to death, especially since kids are cruel and, let’s face it, superficial.

And on the thrifting front…I found yards and yards of this blue striped silky material for $5 today!!  I’ve been wanting to make a duvet cover for my comforter and this material is perfect!  It matches the beautiful brocade pillows I picked up last month being thrifty!  So, I’m going to be adding a duvet cover to my to do list. =)  I also got a plum colored NWT floor length formal skirt, a knee length pink formal dress, a long blue plaid skirt and a short beaded skirt for fifty cents a piece!  The pink skirt I’m going to redo into a pink princess dress for Diva M for her birthday in 2 weeks, the plaid skirt will be perfect for shorts for the boys, the beaded skirt is perfect for a purse and the plum skirt is added to my materials for Hallowe’en costumes. =)

And speaking of score, I got 3 bottles of deodorant for six cents a piece today.  Suave ws on sale for 1.06 at Krogers, this week’s paper had fifty cents off and Kroger’s doubles coupons…so six cents!!! =)

I also have a job interview tomorrow!!!  This is the job I want, but if this doesn’t pan out I also have gotten an offer to work at a daycare in either the 2 year old room or 3 year old room. =) So, 2 totally different paths, but I need a job and both are things I’m good at–office work and taking care of kids.

Lovely day!!



{May 15, 2011}   Little Dude has a crib!

and a crib bumper!  He’s been sleeping in a pack & play for the past 9 months and I finally got to my dear friend’s house to pick up the crib her son is no longer using.  I put the crib together last night and then decided he needed a bumper so he wouldn’t get his chunker arms and legs stuck in the slats.  So, what’s a girl to do? Rummage through the scrap bin and make one!  It cost me zero to make and about 3 hours of my time yesterday afternoon.  All the material was left over from projects of the past, the batting I used was left over from blankets I had made and had to trim the batting down, and the ribbons were from freecycle. =)  It was actually quite easy, just time consuming and it seemed daunting since it was 4.5 yards of material each side and 4.5 yards of batting.  So it took FOR-ever to sew. But I finished it, said a small prayer that it fit and voila’!! It worked.  This momma couldn’t have been more tickled pink that she put together the crib by herself and made a crib bumper all in one day.  He slept in it just perfect last night and without his sound machine (that is attached to the pack and play, which is being given to another friend who is expecting soon).  Without much further ado, here is the crib bumper:



I swear I say the same things day in and day out.  I’ve decided that they’re not hearing what I am actually saying.  I’m sure we can all relate.

Me: No running in the house!

Heard:  Run as fast as you can and make sure you either run into each other or the wall.

Me:  Keep it down, the baby is trying to sleep

Heard:  Fight as loud as you can and make sure you run through house while you do it.

Me:  Stay out of the baby’s face.

Heard:  Please get in face, talk as loud as you can and be very obnoxious until he screams at the top of his lungs.

Me:  Yes, you can give the baby a kiss, but on his forehead or the top of his head.  You all have colds.

Heard:  Please kiss him on the cheek and mouth so he can cough all night long and start wheezing in 2 days.

Me:  Please leave the baby’s toys alone.

Heard:  Play with them and stick them in your mouth.  He needs to catch your cold.

Me:  No you may not do *insert whatever they were going to do.*

Heard:  No you may not do *whatever,* but as soon as I turn my back go right ahead!!

Me:  Wash your hands after you go the bathroom.

Heard:  Wash your hands, flood the bathroom and leave the water running.

Me:  Dinner time!

Heard:  Come choke down my cooking, while complaining and making awful faces and noises.  It makes me feel lovely!

Me:  It’s time to clean your room.

Heard:  Take 5 minutes to pick up each and every toy.  And, by all means only pick one toy up at a time and play with it so we’re here all night waiting on you to clean your room.

Me:  Watch your attitude!

Heard:  Blah, blah, blah, blah…

Me:  Do not roll your eyes again.

Heard:  Please roll your eyes right now and tilt your head too.

Me:  If I have to tell you to watch your mouth one more time…

Heard:  Give me an even bigger attitude so I can be the bad guy and ground you on the only nice weekend out of the past 3 weeks.

Me:  I love you, Baby L.

Heard:  I love it when you claw my eyes out.

But I can whisper the words “treat time” outside and they are in the dining room dancing, ready for their dessert.  I know I don’t need their hearing checked.  I swear they just hear what they want to hear.

However, I do love when they answer back with “I love you too,” “thank you,” “dinner was delicious,” “You’re the best mom ever,” “this is the best day ever,” “Good night, mommy,” and the smiles when it does go right.

Sigh…as you can tell I’m having an attitude issue with my almost 9 year old, cleaning room issues with the littles and Little Dude is now coughing, sneezing and starting to wheeze.



{April 30, 2011}   PSA–Grammar Part One

Ugh, I am finding it harder and harder to read through my boards on one of my favorite website.  I am getting sick of blatant misspellings, grammatical errors and all the blessed text speak I keep seeing.  It makes my head and eyeballs hurt and my blood pressure seems to rise.  It also makes me wonder about the education of the youth of this country and our future.

wut, wat is spelled what

dat is that

Its is possessive, as in “the dog likes its food.”  It’s is a contraction for it is as in “It’s cold outside,” or “It is cold outside.”

UR is your or you’re or you are.  Your is also possessive, as in “are you going to drink your milk?”  You’re is a contraction for you are, as in “you’re (you are) pissing me off with all your (possessive) idiotic grammatic errors.”

That brings me to they’re, there, and their.  They’re is a contraction for they are; there is a place; and, their is possessive.  “They’re (they are) cleaning up their (possessive) mess over there (place).”

An apostrophe–this cute little symbol [ ' ]–is located right next to the enter key on the keyboard.  This lovely little thing when added with an “s” (i.e., ‘s) makes things possessive.  “The babys butt has a rash.” should be “The baby’s butt has a rash.”  This leads to me to words ending with “y,” to make these items plural (which means more than one), the “y” gets changed to “ies.”  “Our babys are so cute.”  should read “Our babies are so cute.”

Than and then…then is a time frame and than is semi-comparative to me (“I would rather go now than then”).

Farther and further:  Farther is physical and further is metaphorically speaking, i.e, “How much farther until we get to Grandma’s house?” vs. “To get further in life, it would behoove you to get an education.”  Just remember that farther has the word “far” in it, which implies distance.

Good is broken down as good, better, best, not good, gooder and goodest. (Shiver)

A general rule of thumb to use when attempting to use more and most, is the amount of syllables in the word.  Generally, if there is more than one syllable, use more and most.  Beautiful, more beautiful and most beautiful.  Fast, faster and fastest.  There are some exceptions to this rule, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any.

“What is a syllable?” you ask.  A syllable is an uninterrupted sequence of speech of a word.  Dog is a one syllable word; water has two syllables (wa-ter); and education has four (ed-u-ca-tion).

Common contractions:

THE “NOT” CONTRACTION WORDS

Is not:  isn’t (There isn’t enough coffee in the world.)

Will not:  won’t (Jane won’t play nice.)

Do not:  don’t (Don’t use bad grammar.)

Does not:  doesn’t (Doesn’t the yard look lovely?)

Are not:  aren’t (The kids aren’t playing nicely.)

Was not:  Wasn’t (I wasn’t trying to be mean.)

Were not:  weren’t (The kids weren’t ready for school this morning.)

Has not: hasn’t (My sunflower hasn’t bloomed yet.)

Have not:  haven’t (My tomato plants haven’t sprouted yet either.)

Had not:  hadn’t  (If I hadn’t cooked dinner last night, the kids would’ve gone hungry.)

Did not:  didn’t (I didn’t want to cook dinner.)

Should not:  shouldn’t (You shouldn’t have ignored your elementary school teacher.)

Could not:  couldn’t (You couldn’t possibly understand my headache.)

Must not:  mustn’t (We mustn’t fight over this.)

Cannot:  can’t (I can’t fathom the future of our country at this point.)

THE “HAVE” CONTRACTIONS

Might have:  might’ve (You might’ve gotten the job if you used proper grammar on your resume.)

Should have:  should’ve (You should’ve paid attention.)

Could have:  could’ve (I could’ve let this go, but I am aggravated.)

Would have:  would’ve (I would’ve let this go, but I am tired of seeing this crap all over the internet by adults.)

Must have:  must’ve (You must’ve either fell asleep or been absent that day in school.)

THE “I” CONTRACTIONS

I will: I’ll (I’ll stop harping soon.)

I am:  I’m (I’m exhausted.)

I would:  I’d (I’d pay attention from now on.)

I have: I’ve (I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts.)

THE “YOU” CONTRACTIONS

You will: you’ll (You’ll go further in life if you educate yourself.)

You are:  you’re (You’re not playing nicely with your sister!)

You would: you’d (You’d love the new Potter movie.)

You have: you’ve (You’ve got to be insane.)

THE “HE” CONTRACTIONS

He will: he’ll (He’ll go to the store in the morning.)

He is:  he’s (He’s in love with the girl.)

He would: he’d (He’d love to go to prom with her.)

He has:  he’s (He’s got to get a haircut.)

THE “SHE” CONTRACTIONS

She will:  she’ll (She’ll like it if you hold the door for her.)

She is: she’s  (She’s still sleeping.)

She would:  she’d (She’d go to school if she’d wake up on time.)

She has: she’s (She’s got beautiful eyes.)

THE “THEY” CONTRACTIONS

They will:  they’ll (They’ll be going to the store soon.)

They are:  they’re (They’re a pain in my ass.)

They would:  they’d (They’d come over if you weren’t such a pain.)

They have:  they’ve (They’ve gotten tired of your ways.)

THE “WE” CONTRACTIONS

We will:  we’ll (We’ll stop by shortly.)

We are:  we’re (We’re going to eat first.)

We would:  we’d (We’d come by earlier, but the baby was ill.)

We have: we’ve (We’ve got to go to the doctors.)

THE “IT” CONTRACTIONS

It will:  it’ll (It’ll be beneficial to pay attention from now on.)

It is:  it’s (It’s a gorgeous day out today.)

It would:  it’d (It’d be nice to go to the park today.)

It has:  it’s (It’s been a long road to get to where we are today.)

Well, my rant is over for now.  I am sure I’ll be ranting again in the near future about other words and their misuses.

Have a beautiful Saturday,

Jenn

p.s. irregardless and conversate aren’t real words.  And if you’re sick, you’re not feeling well.  I’m not saying my typing is perfect, we all make mistakes or are typing too fast or are distracted by the umpteen fights, but for the love of all things holy please re-read what you type.



{April 28, 2011}   Found an AWESOME giveaway

http://cometothemousehouse.blogspot.com/2011/04/spring-ribbon-wreath-giveaway.html

Go see her, she is giving away this awesome pink and brown wreath.  How cute would that be hanging in a girl’s room? Hell, in my case I’d hang it in my room!  So, please go show her some love and enter into her giveaway.  It is open until the 30th and she’ll announce the winner on May 1st.

Love it!

Happy Crafting, Happy Sewing and most of all, HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Love,

Jenn



{April 22, 2011}   T-Minus 3 days…

Well, Easter in 3 days.  I have 2 dresses almost done–they just need buttons and the boys’ shirts done.  I just started cutting Diva A’s dress and ran into a bit of an issue…I should’ve cut the skirt first, but I will see how long what I have is on her and if it’s not to short, it’ll work.  But if it’s too short, I’ll have to add a band at the bottom.  Oh, well…it happens.

Sorry it’s been a while, I’ve been busy spring cleaning, taking care of kiddos, playing outside and life in general.  I’ve done several odd sewing jobs that have kept me busy.  I’ve had some fabulous thrift store finds–new living room curtains with 2 matching pillows. The curtains aren’t quite wide enough for the window, but it works and I love the light blue and chocolate combination.  I found a fabulous plum colored infinite dress–one of those dresses where you can where it a ton of ways, it’s all in how you wrap the ties, brand new with tags!! And, 4-5 yards of this beautiful brown polka dot silky material that is calling out to be made into a vintage style dress for me.

Now, I forget what I was going to write, Mommy brain I suppose is getting to me. =)

Without further ado, here are the Easter items I have finished (well, almost finished):



{April 14, 2011}   Spinning wheels

I feel like I am spinning my wheels.  I’ve spring cleaned my home, but 2 days later it looks like crud.  I’ve tried to get to the girls’ Easter dresses, but the machine ate the original upcycled prom skirt fabric.  So I am now on to plan B, which has been cut out, but not sewn.  Not sewn, because I’ve been doing odd sewing jobs for acquaintances.  Gives me a little pocket money; however, I starting to freak out I won’t get the dresses done in time.  I have ten days to do 3 dresses and applique 2 t-shirts for the boys.  I can do this.  Right??

I had a job interview on Friday, but have not heard back.  I even called yesterday as a follow up, left a voice mail and no call back.  Sigh, one day (hopefully soon), I will get a j.o.b.  Ugh.

I also am cloth diapering Liam now.  I have 2 lamb’s wool sweaters I have felted that I need to make into soakers and longies for him.  That’s a project for after the dresses.  And, I have 6 cloth dipes with bad elastic that I need to repair so they will be usable.

Well, happy crafting and lots of love,

Jenn



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