Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Personality Shift

Didn't we all take the personality tests in High School? I was always an ESFJ.

For my homework a couple of weeks ago, we had to take a couple of personality profiles and analyze them in light of language teaching and learning.

I was surprised to find that both tests now call me an ISTJ.

I thought personality was supposed to be a constant. I like my old description better. She sounds like a lot more fun.

Here are the two tests we took.



Anyone else change?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cereal Boxes

We gave in and bought the cute cereal from Target with the old-timey boxes and the free t-shirt offer. Anna's delighted with all of the sugary options. I had to think of something to do with the boxes.

A gift bag! That smells fruity!

We've got 4 more cute boxes. Anyone have an idea?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thank You Kitten

Thank you to all of our helpers!

More on the continuing room work to come-but I think it's time for a break.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Break Day 7, 8, 9

Finally we were ready to mud. I was worried about this part. I suppose we'll know when we're all done how it went. I keep reminding myself that it is just the first room and that there are lots of lessons to learn and this part is all cosmetic anyway.

We didn't quite finish before Spring Break was over, but we did do good work, and it was fun to do something so big together.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Spring Break Day 6

On this day (Thursday) we FINALLY finished hanging all of the drywall. It went much faster once we got a new bit for the drill.

Old bit:

I don't understand why, but there was some problem, and things were a zillion times faster with the new bit.
New bit:
Construction-y types: Any answers for me?

Also I remembered that Matthew forgets to breathe when he is concentrating so I was able to remind him to. That helped a bit.

The tiny pieces took soooo looong. I thought we were almost done for hours.

All done!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Break Day 5

We spent all of this day hanging drywall.
And doing some farm work-stuck sprinklers, etc.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Break Day 4

On Tuesday morning we passed our inspection and started hanging insulation! This was my favorite step because it went so fast. Lickety split!

Happy Workers.

We had lots of help. Michael got very itchy.

After that we eventually started hanging drywall on the ceiling, which was taking FOREVER. We also discovered that I can only carry 6 sheets of drywall into the basement before I am too tired to carry any more. Hmph.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Break Day 3

On Monday we were ready for inspection, but found out our permits had expired. This turned out to be a good thing, because while we were renewing them, we found out about some new code. No untreated wood can touch concrete. So before they came out on Tuesday morning, we put some plastic shims in to fix that.

We also hung doors. That is really really hard. Super hard.

And we went to Home Depot AGAIN.

I was feeling a little discouraged.

You can tell because there are no pictures.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Our Spring Break Day 1 & 2

This year for Lent we decided to give up leisure in exchange for work. Ideally, that meant we'd work outside some every day, but other work kept getting in the way.

For Spring Break, instead of taking a vacation, we decided to try to finish that room in the basement once and for all.

Our good friend Daniel came to help the first weekend. We didn't know, back in 7th grade, what a wonderful friend we were making.
Here they are at the beginning.

While Daniel was here they finished the framing and all of the electrical.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fortune Cookie

For my last project of the week I whipped out this little fortune cookie. The pattern came from the crochet daily calendar I had last year.

What should the fortune say?

This has been a fun, hectic, week.

Stay tuned for pictures of our progress on the room!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Tonight while watching "Blast from the Past" I made this little ball. I used this pattern, or some variation of it, to make my hairball last year.

I wasn't paying attention, so the stripe is not at all in the middle. Oops. Also the pattern wanted me to make two halves and then whip stitch them together, but I didn't want to do that so I just sort of reversed the first instructions to make the second half. It only kind of worked.

I used a hook three sizes smaller than suggested, and I think it's closer to the correct size.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cross Bookmark

Tonight I made a little cross bookmark.

Here's the pattern I used. I love Google. You can find anything! So quickly!

The nice thing about a bookmark is that size doesn't matter so much, but I'm pretty sure this is bigger than the one in the picture.

I still need to starch it, but I'm tired.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rainbow bag

Finished this just before Midnight...

I had this fun "Incredible" yarn from Megan that I hadn't been able to figure out what to do with. I decided to try a bag, using this pattern from Lion Brand.

I also added a strand of some blue scrap yarn I had to give it some more stability, but I used a hook two sizes smaller than they recommended.

I still had to alter and alter the pattern, once I realized my bag was already much too huge. I spent a lot of time pulling things out and redoing them on this bag. I tried three different handles until I was satisfied.

I think it'll be a nice bag for taking to the Farmer's Market. That was my idea anyway.

The next couple of projects will have to be smaller.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Baby Blankie

Finished this last night!

A sweet striped baby blankie with ruffled edging. I like to make smallish baby blankets, for car trips and cuddling. This one might be a teensy bit small even for that, but I ran out of white. I'm trying not to buy yarn until I've used up what's in my craft room.

This is another pattern I love because it works up quickly and looks nice.
I can't find the pattern I use on the Lion Brand site, but here's one that is very similar.
I love Lion Brand yarn and they have tons of free patterns on their site, which I also love.
Whew! 3 days down, 3 to go!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shamrock Crochet

I made this little shamrock in about 30 minutes, even with Anna distractions and learning the pattern. I'm learning more and more to like the thread crochet, because you can make a little project so quickly. I still have the "too big" problem though. For this I used a smaller hook than recommended, but it still came out much more loose than the one pictured.

Here's the pattern I used.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, I thought about putting a pin on the back, but I'm not quite sure how to do that. It would also be cute as an applique on a bag or sweater or something.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

National Crochet Week!

March 16-22

Who knew there even was such a thing?

I'm going to try to post a completed project each day this week.

Eeek! I'd better get moving.

Here's a blanket I've been working on for 2 years! Just a snippety picture, because it'll be a gift later and I don't want to spoil it. (Hmmm...that's going to be a problem all week. I'm not sure how I'll get around that.)

The pattern is "Tantalizingly Teal" from "Afghans for All Seasons" from Oxmoor House. I make this blanket ALL the time because it's quick and fun and you get to use a huge hook.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

curtain skirt

Someday Anna is going to say to me "You can't just put elastic in something and call it a skirt." Thankfully that day has not yet come.
I bought this valance at Goodwill.

Looking at it at home, it struck me that it was all finished and hemmed and had an elastic pocket already! 10 minutes later (should have been 5, but I put the seam in on the wrong side so it was inside out, so I had to rip it out and fold it the right way and sew again) she has a skirt!

She takes modeling very seriously.

Friday, March 13, 2009

An interview

Saw this from my friend Liz--on facebook--I'm off for lent but I still read the emails.

Answers by Anna, age 3.75
1. What is something mom always says to you? I love you
2. What makes mom happy? When I give you a hug.
3. What makes mom sad? When I do something wrong.
4. How does your mom make you laugh? When she's silly.
5. What was your mom like as a child? You played with your Mama.
6. How old is your mom? I don't know.
7. How tall is your mom? Hunanimous...that means big.
8. What is her favorite thing to do? Play games and races.
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? Help herself.
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? Party.
11. What is your mom really good at? I don't know
12. What is your mom not very good at? Umm, rolling. (demonstrates a somersault) I mean this.
13. What does your mom do for her job? Go to school.
14. What's your mom's favorite food? Umm, lots. Chinese food?
15. What makes you proud of your mom? When she wins.
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? A Mama.
17. What do you and your mom do together? Play games and races.
18. How are you and your mom the same? Have two eyes, one nose, two ears, one mouth.
19. How are you and your mom different? Big and small
20. How do you know your mom loves you? 'cause love to pieces.
21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? School.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Anna "reads"

That's her favorite CD in the background. Sorry if it's a little long.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Beginning Readers

I mentioned in Anna Fans (not getting Anna Fans emails? Let me know!) that we got some fun books from the Library that were great for reading together, and there's been lots of interest from fellow Mamas.

Here's an example page:

And here's the website.

Oh my! They have them in Spanish too! Exciting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Auction part three

The final thing that I really wanted that I did get was this adorable suitcase for a little girl's Birthday. I always wanted one of these when I was little.

Yay for auctions!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Auction part two

Dad and I decided at the last minute to bid on this little tea cart. I always think they're cute. I was excited to get it.

It fits by the fridge, and holds some of my cookbooks, with a nice space on top for laying out the recipes and books for the week.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

I went to an auction

I love going to auctions. I had forgotten how much. The last time I went I took Anna with me, she was tiny in the stroller.

I went because it was an auction with lots of crafty supplies. Mostly they went too high for my low budget, but I did get the main thing that I wanted. A giant stack of old crafting magazines from the 70's. I'm super excited. I keep thinking that I can have a party with a bunch of crafty girls and we can look at them together and it will be loads of fun and then I remember that I am the only person who thinks that would be fun. I'll have to have my own party.

I put a couple in front so you can see-The stack is a good two feet tall.

In the months ahead, as I slowly savor my treasure, I'm sure you'll get to see some funny ads and ridiculous projects.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Quesadilla Saturday

Some time ago, I can't remember how long it's been, we started going into town on Saturdays to have lunch with Linda at El Zarape. We have quesadillas. It's called Quesadilla Saturday. It may be two years that we've been doing that.

It's a fun tradition.

Here are some of us:

Friday, March 06, 2009

Overheard in the Elementary School (again)

"Mrs. _______! Do you know science? My mom wants to know how many hairs are there on your body."

"I don't know."

"You don't know science?"

"Well, let's see if we can find it in a book." .... (about 2 minutes later) "About 5 million"


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Anna's favorite CD

When Anna and I are cleaning, sometimes I ask her to pick some music to help us get motivated and have fun.

For the last 6 months or so, she always picks "the one from the festibal"

Hot Club of Cowtown.

She heard them at the Tumbleweed Festival last August. I was sick that weekend and had to stay home so they brought me this CD.

She even recognizes the band when the Marshall plays them on Western Swing and Other Things.

It's fun that she has opinions and can express them now.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Un día terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso

Last week, all in one day:

I got yelled at (it all worked out, no hard feelings, but still no fun)

My sewing machine broke. The one Mom gave me, that we played with together, that we were supposed to take to sewing classes.

My computer crashed, I lost the hard drive, 6 months worth of pictures, and my homework for class.

I had to talk to the airlines, found out I couldn't do what I wanted to do, Anna has to fly or we're out $$$.


Talking things out always makes things better.

I have another sewing machine because Matthew is nice and classifies it as a basic need and Target had one on sale.

We didn't lose anything too important, and after 5 hours of hard work I'm all caught up for my class. We had a really easy week this week so I was able to do both in one night.

Because Anna had to fly, we decided to vacation in Oregon for our 10th anniversary, and Anna gets to play with Jonathan, which sounds better anyway.


Algunos días son así, inclusive en Australia.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Abby's Quilt

Abby and I did the quilting class together. I loved that. I'm hoping to talk her into another one in a month or so.

Here she is with her very first quilt.
When I saw that picture, I thought of this one immediately. The same smile.

She is much more like Mom as a quilter than I am. Slow, careful, and particular; she's going to be a wonderful seamstress.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Scarf party

A few weeks ago I went to a scarf party with the teachers from my school. Our 2nd grade teacher had been to one over Christmas, and all of the teachers loved her scarves. I didn't take pictures then, but I recreated the steps yesterday with Anna, in case you want to try it. It was lots of fun and we've all been enjoying and getting lots of compliments on our scarves.

Here are the steps:

Everyone should bring a couple of skeins of fun yarn.
Then you cut the yarn into 9 foot lengths. You can cut the whole skein, or just part of it, depending on how popular you think the yarn will be. It's a good idea to have some room to lay out and measure, and also lots of scissors. We draped the yarn lengths over the balcony, which worked well, it was easy to see all of the colors and they were out of the way and not tangly.

Then you choose 18 (or so) lengths of yarn. You can mix it all up, or choose a couple of colors, whatever you'd like. These are the colors Anna chose.

Then you put the yarn around your neck. We did this as we were choosing, to get an idea of the colors. Just drape it however you'd like to wear it once you have your 18. Then tie some knots into the whole bundle -at the ends, wherever you'd like. Done!

You can trim off the uneven bits or leave them dangly.

I gathered all of our bits, I've got lots of ideas for projects with them.

Anna and I made this browny-pinky-purply one yesterday too, and we're giving it away! We passed 250 posts last week sometime-we'll consider this a celebration of that.

Just leave a comment, with some way to reach you.
And let me know if you decide to do a party like this-It was fun and easy.