Monday, June 30, 2008
The guy then said my total was $4.43.
I was like, "What?"
"The 2 liter is $2.43 and we add $2.00 for delivery charge."
I was like, "What about the pizza?"
"Your total is $4.43."
Now the guy was pretty cocky about his total and a little ticked that I was questioning his math skills, so I let it go and decided to work it out with the delivery person.
Well, the delivery person came and said, "Your total is $4.43."
I explained that I definitely owed more.
She said, "I would have to call them and he told you it was $4.43, so this is your lucky day!"
Ch-Ching!!!!! I felt really bad, but I had tried to work it out with 2 different people. The first didn't get what I was saying and the second didn't want to deal with it!
About 5 minutes later cocky guy called and asked if the delivery person was still there. Well, as a matter of fact, no she is not! I forgot to ask her in for some pizza and diet coke! Where are my manners? He wanted to know how much I paid and I said to him, "$4.43! I tried to explain it to you but you didn't get it and she said that's what you told me so that is what I owed." He wasn't too cocky at this point!
This was my good deal of the weekend! Cheap pizza and pop!
Lesson: Always recheck your math!
Sunday, June 29, 2008
I went to see your baskets! Oh my! are you sure you got your sewing machine just recently?! You're talented! Your baskets are awesome! When I started sewing for the first time, the only thing I could do was to make very simple coasters. It took me 2 hours to make a coaster!"
Wow! She also left a comment on my blog:
"I like your little fabric basket! I like how you used fabric that is vintage-ish so that the result is kinda retro- I love it! And thanks for your kind words on my tutorial;) I might make another tutorial just like this fabric basket..;)"
Now I appreciate everyone's kind words but here is someone who doesn't know me from Adam. You all know me so I expect kind words from you. Ha! Thank you to everyone for your encouragement in my sewing venture. It has been fun.
What are five things on your to-do list for today?
I am a sucker, I tell you. This One-Word meme is from a friend that I meant in college. Her blog is at Mommie Daze. Now she referred to me in one of her posts as her "old friend". Hmm....old? Ha! I know what she meant. I just wanted to raz her.
1. Where is your cell phone? floor
2. Your significant other? Honey
3. Your hair? clipped
4. Your mother? mimi
5. Your father? gigi
6. Your favorite thing? daughter
7. Your dream last night? none
8 Your favorite drink? coffee
9. Your dream/goal? skinny
10. The room you’re in? Living
11. Your hobby? sewing
12. Your fear? snakes
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? home
14. What you’re not? loud
15. Muffins? blueberry
16. One of your wish list items? camera
17. Where you grew up? Indiana
18. The last thing you did? blogs
19. What are you wearing? pj’s
20. Favorite Gadget? Laptop
21. Your pets? cat
22. Your computer? apple
23. Your mood? tired
24. Missing someone? Shannon
25. Your car? dead
26. Something you’re not wearing? socks
27. Favorite store? Target
28. Like someone? daughter
29. Your favorite color? brown
30. When was the last time you laughed? morning
31. Last time you cried? Tuesday
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I'm in Heaven. This is the cutest little thing EVER. I am so proud of my little project that I made during Peanut's nap today. It took me a little longer than naptime but Daddy's home and he let me finish. I did things like make box corners and bias tape for this one. Wow! I didn't have a clue but the awesome tutorial that I followed was wonderful. I think I want to crank out a bunch of these. They are perfect for gifts and baby nurseries and such. So, so, so, so cute and really not too hard. You can find the tutorial here at the Pink Penguin blog.
I have had so many of you comment about having sewing machines but not sewing. Pull that puppy out, dust it off and try. I sewed in high school for home economics class. Then around 2001 my mother-in-law helped me start a quilt for our bed but I never finished. Her mom actually finished it up for me, then mama-in-law quilted it. So it was kind of nice....all of our hands worked on it. But I haven't sewed since! And now I look forward to making things. It may be the newness of it all but there is something so rewarding about making something with your own hands.
I know a great teacher if any of you want one! She is my personal sewing trainer! Ha!
This morning my daughter discovered Mama's books. I have a stack of books from my growing up days in the back of her toy cabinet. She has never gone through them until now. She had them all spread out around her and we spent some time reading through them. Half of the stack are my Little Golden Books. Oh, the memories came flooding back of when I was little and looking through them. The pictures are so beautiful in some of them. I had to share a couple with you! There are many more but these are some of my favorites.
Now onto bags! I tried to make a bag last night using some bamboo handles. I don't know....the handles and my sewing machine did not get along well. It was really difficult to keep the handles in place and sew. And even more exceedingly difficult to do the second handle because the first handle wouldn't fit in the space between the needle and the machine. I think I am going to have finish it by hand but am going to the mama-in-law for advice. Ha! It was late and I was tired so I'm not sure that I am all too happy with the turn out of this one. We'll see. Maybe it will grow on me. This is from the same pattern as the first bag I made....Simplicity Pattern #5151.
I checked a neat book out from the library about making quilted bags. There is the cutest patchwork tote with handles in it. It is all embellished with ric-rac and buttons. I want to try to make that one too. I need to see if my kind mama-in-law will let me go through her bits and pieces of fabric to find some pieces that go well together. We'll see.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Just so you know..I am working on getting laundry done, I washed the dishes and I did take care of our cat's litter box. Does that all count for anything? I wouldn't let myself escape into blog world until those things were done. Oh, and I did manage to keep my child alive this morning although not too entertained. Daddy has taken over with her.
I have some pics of the newest totes that I have made. I think I have mastered this style of tote. Why am I making all of these? I am actually helping out my mother-in-law who is an avid quilter. She is going to be selling items at a festival our town has over Labor Day. She asked me to help her out by making some things. Now quilts scare me...all the exact measuring and matching up points, so I am taking over on totes. Ha! That is what these bags are for. I am going to try to master a few more patterns for her too. She is quite the slave lord. Ha! She is so good to us so it is the VERY least I can do.
I need your thoughts though. What do you think of this style? Would you use something like this? I like it, but that's only my opinion. Hubby has no in-put because he is not a girl...that's what he told me. But he likes them. :)
Should I try to add a pocket to some of them? I thought about coming up with a cosmetic case pattern to make for each one. Help!
Monday, June 23, 2008
B ) Burger of choice- Big Mac but I haven't had one in ages.
C)What kind of car you drive- Buick Century
D)Dogs name- no dog
E)Essential item you use everyday- toilet paper
F)Favorite TV show- The Office
G)Favorite game to play- Milles Bornes
H)Hometown-____, _____, Midwest (sorry don't give out that info)
I)Instruments you play- clarinet but not since high school
J)Favorite Juice- grape
K)Whose butt you would love to kick- i have no idea...i'm all about peace. haha!
L)Last restaurant you ate at- Bob Evan's
M)Favorite Muppet- Fonzie
N)Number of piercings- 3, 2 in one ear, and one in another
O)Overnight hospital stays- 2 when I had my baby girl
P)People you were with today- my husband, daughter and in laws
Q)What you do in your quiet time- surf the blog world
R)Biggest regret- that we didn't start having babies sooner
T)Time you woke up- 7:30
U)What you consider unique- pink hair
V)Vegetables you love- spinach, cauliflower, peas, carrots, sweet potatoes....on and on
W)Worst habit- emotional eater...grrrrr
X)X-rays you have had- teeth
Y)Yummy food you ate today- chicken enchiladas (you can find recipe in a previous post)
Z)Zodiac sign- capricorn but I don't care
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Today was a day that was supposed to be filled with great joy and excitement. We would either be holding you in our arms or anxiously awaiting your arrival. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. You were not meant for us to hold in our arms, only in our hearts. Today quickly became the day that I did not look forward to. The one final mark of your short existence. Today is the day that were you to be due but you have been gone now for just over 22 weeks and 4 days. I still find myself "feeling" you only to realize it isn't you. I guess these are what you would call phantom pains. June 1 the waves of grief came again. I thought I had moved on, but June was supposed to be full of last minute preparations now it is not. The tears have been flowing again from time to time. In a way, I am glad. I do not ever want to forget you. Remembering is hard, though because I will never hold you. I will never hear your first word. I will never see your smile. The list goes on and on. I have a box filled with the memory of you. It holds pajamas that a friend bought for you, a pair of horse slippers that someone else bought for you. It also holds the pregnancy journal that I had just started one week before we found out that we had lost you. There are also the many cards we received in the days following. The program from your burial service "In God's Hands" and the candle we were given is there also. On the days when I need to remember you, I will have that. I know where you are and that is my greatest sense of peace. You are being well cared for and loved beyond measure. I know that. My heart still aches for you. I love you.
I Will Carry You
There were photographs I wanted to take
Things I wanted to show you
Sing sweet lullabies, wipe your teary eyes
Who could love you like this?
People say that I am brave but I'm not
Truth is I'm barely hanging on
But there's a greater story
Written long before me
Because He loves you like this
So I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All my life
And I will praise the One Who's chosen me
To carry you
Such a short time
Such a long road
All this madness
But I know
That the silence
Has brought me to His voice
And He says...
I've shown her photographs of time beginning
Walked her through the parted seas
Angel lullabies, no more teary eyes
Who could love her like this?
I will carry you
While your heart beats here
Long beyond the empty cradle
Through the coming years
I will carry you
All your life
And I will praise the One Who's chosen Me
To carry you
Yes, I know I just posted. Are you keeping tabs on me? Ha! But my mother-in-law is surfing the web at her place and bouncing me text messages and emails with cute things in them. She found this adorable pattern and thinks she might have it in her stash. This will be the apron for Peanut. (Peanut is my nickname for my daughter in case you were wondering.)
A storm is brewing south of us and it is blissful to sit here and listen to the distant thunder and intermittent rain drops. I adore the time right before it rains. It is so still and peaceful. Isn't that just how it is in real life too? Things are going so well, so beautiful, so peaceful, then something comes along and totally blindsides us...illness, finances, poor choices, despair. But the storm always passes. Things may be a mess after the storm moves through, but the pieces are picked up and built upon again.
Now to switch gears...the gray hairs. I am a bit put out with my hair. I am graying! What gives? I mean I know it's not like I am in high school anymore, but come on, I'm only in my early 30's! Geesh...ANDDDDD my mom has hardly any gray hairs. In January I was in desperate need of some TLC and went to get my hair cut. You know how they always let you look at the cut before you leave? I about died when I saw my hair. Now the cut was great and I was very happy with that, it was all those pesky gray hairs staring back at me, taunting me. I knew they were there, but they had been hidden nicely in my thick hair that I had just had thinned out. Ugh! So I immediately walked to K-Mart and bought a bottle of hair dye. The dye is still sitting in my medicine cabinet. I have dyed my hair before, but this is permanent hair dye. I have never used permanent...I mean we're talking about roots showing and the whole bit now. And it means that once I start, I'll just have to keep doing it. (If you can't tell, I don't do well with change.)
Then there is my co-worker who really scared the beegeebees out of me. This is NO exaggeration..one week after I bought my bottle of dye, I went into work and she was wearing a hat which I thought was odd, but whatever. Then one of the other ladies said, "Have you seen So and So? She dyed her hair and it turned BLACK!" I am thinking, "Right! I'm sure it just is dark brown." But So and So showed her hair to me and it was JET BLACK! She had used a light brown dye. Now every time I even think about dying my hair, I remember the JET BLACK hair. Now some people can pull this off but I know I am not one of them. I have always longed to have charcoal hair like some beautiful Italian woman, but it's not meant to be. I'm German, not Italian. Although there is some Native American blood in me, but I didn't get the trait for black hair. So for now I have dishwater brunette hair with lots of gray strands. And yes, I do pull them out! I have read a million times over that it is a myth that 10 more will grow in that one strand's place and I choose to believe that.
Don't leave comments about going to a professional either. That is not in the budget. It's either Miss Clairol or nothing!
I do realize that gray hair is a crown of glory, but not at my age. It is a crown of disgust! Maybe it serves me right for something I said to someone else in the naive years of teenagedom. I had this one youth leader at my church that I really looked up to. One night at church she was sitting beside me talking and out of the blue I asked her, "Have you been painting?" She said she hadn't and asked why I asked. I said, "Well, it looks like you bumped your hair into some wet white paint." Duhhhhhh! She handled it very well and chalked it up to my youth. It was gray hair in case you were wondering.
I think I'll go read the directions on that box again.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Today during Peanut's nap I also made a new bag. I used a Martha Stewart pattern to make it. Hers called for using a vintage pillowcase which I didn't have, so I cut my fabric to the size of a pillowcase and added a seam down the side. I made two of these so I could line the bag also. I am really happy with how it turned out. I think I will be making more of these.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I found this great site online that has quite a few tote and handbag patterns online for free. I linked it over on the right. I picked the Pink October Basic Tote. I used the pattern to make my daughter a small tote to take to the library for her books. I would like to add some embellishments to it yet. From this bag I learned not to use cheap thread!!!!! Grrr....definitely use the better stuff!
I had a friend ask what pattern I used for the last tote bag. It was Simplicity Pattern #5151. If I had not had my mother-in-law walking me through it, I would have had no clue. The directions in the pattern were way too hard for this novice to figure out. I like the online tutorials much better! The pictures help me out quite a bit.
And to end.....I found a very yummy recipe on Chrysanthemum blog. They are Whole-Wheat Cherry Chocolate Pecan Bars and they are sooooo good. I used dried cranberries instead of dried cherries.
Whole Wheat Cranberry Chocolate Pecan Bars
Butter an 9 x 13" baking dish and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 c. oats
1 c. chopped dried cherries
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped pecans
Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
Cream the butter and sugar in a larger bowl, then add the vanilla and eggs.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix.
Add the oats, cherries, chocolate and pecans and mix till it looks like everything is evenly distributed.
Spread in the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
My daughter and I had fun making Daddy cookies and a card for Father's Day yesterday. We made Banana Oatmeal Cookies. I'll post recipe at the bottom of this entry. We also made a card. I had her draw on a piece of white card stock. Now she is only 23 months old so it was colorful scribbling. Then I used my heart hole puncher and punched hearts out of this paper. Then I traced her hand and cut that out. I glued the hand to the inside of the card and glued the hearts on that. The inside said, " A 'hand full' of hearts for Daddy." We also made these for the grandpas.
ANDDDDDDD now presenting.....my completed tote! My mother-in-law walked me through the sewing tonight and we finished it. I really like it! I ended up using a different pattern. I do have to give credit for the pocket to my teacher. :) We were running late and had a tired baby who needed put to bed, so she put it in fast for me. I think it turned out pretty good for my first one. Sorry the pics aren't that great. I just wanted to get pics up.
Now for the cookie recipe....
Banana Oatmeal Cookies
1 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 c. shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 c. mashed ripe bananas
1 3/4 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. chopped nuts
Into mixing bowl sift flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cut in shortening. Add remaining ingredients and beat until thoroughly blended. Drop by teaspoonfuls about 1 1/2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees about 15 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove immediately and cool. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. flour
1 t. chicken bouillon
3c. slivered, cooked chicken
4 oz. can chopped green chiles, drained
4 T. butter
2 c. chicken broth
8 oz. sour cream, room temp.
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 t. chili powder
10-12 flour tortillas
Sautee onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour and add chicken brother and bouillon. cook and stir until thickened. Remove from heat and add sour cream.
In large bowl combine chicken, 1 cup of sauce, 1 cup cheese, green chiles, and chili powder. Mix well.
Fill each tortilla with mixture. (I use one of those medium ice cream scoops to make sure each tortilla gets about the same amount. I put two scoops in each.) Roll tortilla up and arrange in 9x13" greased pan. Spoon remaining sauce over tortilla. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Serve with salad and spanish rice...YUMMM!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Flower cards: These I got the idea for from things I saw online. I did these during one of Peanut's naps.
The rest are things I made at craft night.
Journal: Made from one of those black and white steno books. We just covered the front with pretty paper and accents.
Birthday Date Organizer
Paper Sack Recipe Book
Gift "Purse": This was made from the bottom half of a paper lunch sack.
There are so many cute ideas out there. My wonderful Mother-in-Law bought me a sewing machine a few weeks ago. I want to make my daughter a cute little apron that I found on another blogger's site. Mother-in-law has some of the cutest vintage fabrics too. I can't wait. So hopefully soon, I will be able to post some pictures of my fist sewing project since high school. Wow! I did sew a little like 7 years ago on a quilt that my husband's grandma and mom finished for me. It is beautiful though.
That's all for now.
1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker).
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food? Mac and Cheese
3. What high school did you go to? LaVille
4. What is your favorite color? Brown
5. Who is your celebrity crush? John Krasinski
6. Favorite drink? Coffee
7. Dream vacation? Italy
8. Favorite dessert? Tiramisu
9. What you want to be when you grow up? Mom
10. What do you love most in life? Family
11. One Word to describe you. Quiet
12. Your flickr name.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I have always been one to go through different seasons of writing in my journals. Some of these journals, I hope are burned before my own child is able to read. I have been through many seasons of life also. I thoroughly enjoy the season I am currently in...motherhood. I love being a mother to my precious little one. She is the joy of my life. I had no grasp the depth within my own heart until I felt this precious one within me and even more when I felt her in my own arms. She is truly amazing.
The reason for this blog is finding a place where I can share things that are in my heart in regards to motherhood and just being a woman. The reason for the name? I adore daisies. I joke with my hubby that I would plant daisies all over our backyard if I could. Unfortunately I seem to have a difficult time getting them to grow. Right now we have Goat's Beard, Coral Bell, Iris, Bleeding Heart, Roses and many other beauties blooming in our flower beds.
For now this is it. I have spent too much time creating this niche for myself. I need to get some sleep as we have a play date in the morning.