Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

Chachachanges

15 Dec

Change is HARD ya know?  Even or maybe especially when you are the one initiating change.  WHY??  Why is it so dang hard?!?

So I have been stewing for several months.  Years even really.  Not gut wrenching everyday stewing.  Just back of the mind, floats up during meditation, pinterest posting kind of stewing.  More like “habit stewing”

Well, guess what Martha?  I got off the pot.  I did.

4AE02817-BEE3-4DC3-80A7-82E9B1C88274

Looks pretty wild right?   That’s what change can be my friends!!  WILD.  IN YOUR FACE.  SCARY.  NOTICABLE.  CHANGE.  No wonder my bejeeber freaks at change.  My resistance forcefield goes up.  The lid snaps shut on my box.

When I’m ready.  When the time is right.  When the stars align.  Change is okay-even good.  And sometimes, after it all gets processed, the end result is much more subtle than the initial changes that took place inside.  Big or small, every little change allows a little bit more of your light to shine.

 

Of course change involves others in one way or another.  Maybe someone else’s  actions nudge you to make changes.  Maybe your change causes a ripple effect for change in others.  Sometimes you need someone to help you change.  Sometimes it’s all of this.  It’s all butterflies.

I hooked up with Brittany for this change.  She is a sweetheart and just amazing at creating beautiful hair.  You can connect with her  HERE 

I am grateful for all the nudgers, ripples, and helpers in my life…you know who you are!

A promise is a promise.

7 Dec

Every.Dang.Year.  When I get out the Christmas decorations, I promise myself that I will be organized when I take them down.  And yet a quick 3-4 months later, I find myself scrambling to rip down the holly and box up the elves to make way for pastel colored Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies.  In my haste, the Christmas boxes and baubles are packed up with less organization than a squirrel’s winter nut stash.

And the cycle repeats itself the next December when all 444 boxes are hauled out again.  Gah!  Once again, major Kay-fail.

How important is it to keep promises?  I have always believed it is Super important!!  I don’t even remember being taught this so it must have been early on in my formative years (Thanks Mom for raising me to be a good human bean).

When I make a promise to someone, I move heaven and earth to keep it.  <insert tiny little voice that I imagine people use in confessional booths> Except those promises that I make to myself.

I promise to drink more water……I promise to stop impulse buying…..I promise to pay bills early….I promise to meal plan….I promise to take a trip that requires getting on a plane…I promise to eat just one chip….I promise to just run the dryer to dry the clothes and not to unwrinkled them…I promise to go to bed at the end of this chapter…I promise no more Hallmark Christmas movie tears…I promise to say no…I promise….

LIES! LIES! LIES! 

My pants aren’t just smokin’!  Those babies are a pile of ashes!

Have you heard the saying “you teach people how to treat you”?  All those lies that I have told myself for YEARS; all those broken promises; they have taught me not to believe myself.  Well that stinks.  If I don’t believe me, who do I believe?  Social media? TV and movies? The weather girl?

I’m not big on New Years Resolutions but I do like to take a look backward for a quick minute to see if there is anything that could use some attention.  It’s  not a new idea, but I kinda like the idea of a “word” or “phrase” for the next year.  Have you chosen a word or phrase instead of a resolution?  Did you notice an impact?  I tried a word generator and it says my word is OPEN.  Well, let’s be honest here, first it said JUMP and we all know I don’t jump.   I’m not sure what my word/phrase will be year but I’m going to give it a good think.

And I’m going to start keeping my promises to myself.  I promise.

Ready set LEGO!

13 Apr

 

setting the scene.. 3 boys ages. 7, soon to be 6 and soon to be 4.  Common interest LEGOS.  Buying Legos, building Legos, racing Legos, leaving a lone lego on the floor to be step on at 3 am (old lady potty run) and nearly taken out by, eating lego treats, watching lego movies…I think you have the picture now.

the invite:

Lego invite Lego invite Lego invite

the gift bags:

Lego

Included in the bag was a coloring book that Carin printed and I stitched down the center to hold it together (yes you can sew on paper!)

Lego

i spent an entire day making almost 200 lego crayons:

Lego crayons

And several lunch hours cutting out lego magnets:

we tossed in a little jar of bubbles that were super cheap and all we had to do was open the package!  Which after the crayon day, was about all I could manage!

and the attire:

Lego shirts Lego shirt Carin purchased shirts in their favorite colors and printed their name and mini figure with their birthday #  on an iron on transfer.

The cakes: lord Business, Batman, and superman.  Dairy free and made by Carin.

Lord business Batman Superman

Cakes

The games:

Lego car Build a lego carRacetime and then race it!

Lego mini figure cookie decorating:

Cookies  Lego figure picture taking:Photo studio

Be your favorite lego character: Scott Karen emmett lego building:Lego  And lego toss, musical chairs,  lego carry and of course a Hard Hat Emmet piñata: Pinata  The kids had a blast.  And were almost as tired as the adults at the end of the day!

 

image

 

Let’s get all lovey dovey for a minute

12 Feb

Soon it’s valentines day so in addition to being in birthday mode, we (mostly Carin) took a slight detour….

the valentines.  Ian and Kaiden are having a party at school today so we made these valentines for them to exchange with their classmates:

Valentines Super each to make.  Get some twinkies but don’t eat them ( okay it’s not THAT easy).  Print out the little minion characters and tag (“you’re one in a minion”).  cut it out and tape around the Twinkie if you managed not to eat it.  glue on some googly eyes,  use bakers twine to string the tag and staple it to the wrapper.  Walaa!  Repeat 40 times.

ian class was encouraged to make a valentine box at home and bring it to school to collect their valentines in.  Ian chose “hard hat Emmet”.  Again pretty easy.  We already had hard hats in the costume shop.  Carin slapped on a coat of red paint and put his name on the side.  We used a shoestring potato can for the head.  This was painted with both spray paint and acrylics.  Ian did a great job on his hair don’t you think?

Emmet ..Ian/emmet

And to show appreciation for each of the teachers and room helpers, Carin filled a jar with dove chocolates and put a cute little printable on the lid, string some fun yarn around the rim and tag each jar.

Valentine Valentine

January finishes

11 Feb

Total of 5 finishes for January.  Heirloom was offering double points for small quilts.  These first 4 will either be wall hangings or table squares.

Jan finish1 Up close 1 Back 1

The square in the middle of the block is probably 1″ finished.

Jan finish 2 Up close 2 Backing 2

Little blue baskets, badly pieced but not real obvious once given a hot bath and dry!

Jan finis 3 Up close 3 Backing 3

Teeny 9 patch!  The squares within the 9 patch are 1/2 ” finished!

Jan finish 4 Backing 4

Colorful little hour glass.  Apparently the photog decided against an up close pic!

i think (don’t quote me) these were Jo Morton patterns from her little women club.  Love the texture created by the quilting, wash, dry process!  I quilted all 4 of these with 1 backing.  Quilted was freehand as is obvious when looking at my wiggly lines!  I hand bound these.

Jan finish 5 This one is a nice lap sized quilt that we gave as a wedding gift.  2″ finished batik squares.  Quilted in a teal thread with a nice all over design.  This quilt was hand bound.

and that wraps January. So I started with 96 – 5 January finishes leaves me at 91!

 

More UFO tops

14 Dec

I think this makes it 70!

Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo Ufo

Conversation

11 Dec

Kaiden:  awe…I hate vegetables.  Don’t give me any.

carin:  the more you whine the more veggies you get

kaiden: awe…I don’t…

Liam :  I don’t like veggies either.

carin:  Kaiden, see what you started with your complaining?

ian: thank you for the vegetables mom!  They are delicious.

carin: thank you Ian for having such a good attitude!

ian:  I do what I can.

what a goofer!

Ian