Crafting Rut

I am in a serious crafting rut.  I think partly it’s because I am in complete denial that my TINY BABY is turning 2 on Friday.  TWO!!!  How is this possible?  I am also freaking out mildy concerned that I have gotten nothing done for her party on Sunday.  Last year, high on sleep, I was a crafting machine.  (Kate didn’t sleep or nap until she was almost 10 months old.  For real.)  Seriously.  I finished a bunch of trim, redecorated the guest bathroom, made a banner, learned to decorate cakes with fondant, cleaned the whole house, baked cupcakes, made Kate a tutu for her birthday pics, hand stitched Kate a felt alphabet…  I could go on and on.  This year, not so much.  I think that I am so overwhelmed with everything that I wanted to get done that I have reacted by doing nothing but read angsty teen fiction about vampires.  Oh my.  It has to stop.  Tomorrow of course.  🙂

Michael took control today (thank goodness) and we got a few things accomplished.  I found some tasty cupcakes that we could order that weren’t $2.50 a piece and Kate and I are going to take care of that tomorrow afternoon.  We also went to the party place and bought cups and plates and stuff.  Now I can stop hemming and hawing over the “theme” because there’s not one.  Kate and I are going to buy some paper after yoga tomorrow and hopefully I can get her banner and some cupcake toppers knocked out during her nap.

I created an elaborate Pinterest board for Kate’s party but I think I’m just going to have to come to terms with the idea that I am not, in fact, Martha Stewart.  Kate’s one request?  Pink cupcakes.  I think I can make that happen.

Pretty Roses

So I have lots of crafty projects in the works, but nothing *finished* right now.  Yesterday I went over to help a friend with some flower arrangements for a third friend’s wedding.  I wish I could say that I had some mad skills as a florist, but usually I just get the grunt work.  This time I actually got to stick some roses into the gorgeous arrangements.  I claim no design credit.  🙂

By the time I left, they had gone through almost 1000 pink roses and were contemplating where they could buy some more locally.  Yikes.  The arrangements were stunning though.

Scrapbook Marathon

On Saturday, I did 8 layouts.  Eight!!!  I even liked one of them.  🙂  After a wee bit more scrapping on Sunday I’m almost out of adhesive, but I am caught up through the end of February.  At least on Kate’s book.  My goal is to be one month behind, so I should be scrapping May right now, but hey, March is way closer to May than January.

As I was working on this page, I found myself wishing for some red star brads.  I even looked through my red embellishments to see if I had any.  Then I looked over at the paint from the d-a-d pictures (that’s still sitting on my desk) and went, duh I can paint some of the silver brads that I’ve had for a million years.  Now the smart thing to do would have been to go out to my car and get the florist foam that I have leftover from doing the 30 sucks project, but I’m lazy so I just ended up with paint all over my fingers.  Eh.  It’s washable.

I love this picture.

More D-A-D Photos

So I figured, why mess with a good thing.  🙂  Kate and I did the D-A-D photos again this year and I think it’s really neat to see how much she’s grown.  Unfortunately, I gave away the letters from last year so I had to hunt down a new set.  I really wanted the exact same ones so that you could see how much bigger she has gotten.

I really like having them hanging side by side.  🙂  I wasn’t hugely pleased with the photos, but Kate’s always cute so it’s hard to take a *bad* picture.

Farmhouse Delivery

Michael and I have been kicking around the idea of joining a CSA for years now.  Sadly we’ve never gotten around to it.  Until now.  🙂  What sparked our sudden desire for crazy fresh produce?  A friend of mine from college started a cooking blog.  As I was looking at the tasty pictures, I noticed that she belonged to Farmhouse Delivery.  Huh.  Note to self: check that out.

So I took a look at their website and I liked what I saw.  One of the things that had been holding us back in the past was the thought that we didn’t think we could eat all of the food in a given week.  Farmhouse has an option for biweekly delivery, plus, we don’t eat out nearly as often as we used to.  I also really liked that they pull from several local farms so that you get more variety.  The fact that they deliver sure didn’t hurt.  We took the plunge and signed up.

On Tuesday, we had our first delivery.  I was all set to tip our driver, but I think that they must employ ninjas to deliver the food.  Our Ninja, who barks like mad whenever someone is within 30 feet of the house, never made a peep.  Whoops.  I guess we’ll add the tip to our bill next time.  🙂

I was super impresses with the contents of our box.  We got peaches, blueberries, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, radishes (or beets, not sure) and two types of eggplant.  It was a ton of food!  Way more than we were expecting.  I love it when something exceeds my expectations.  I was actually inspired to try and cook something.  Those of you who know me will know how rare this compulsion is.  🙂

I decided to tackle the eggplant because Michael doesn’t like eggplant anyway.  Nothing like low expectations to increase the odds of success.  I looked up a few recipes online, but they all called for random ingredients that we didn’t have so I decided to wing it and make egggplant lasagna.  Never mind that I’ve never made lasagna before in my life.  How hard could it be?  It’s just noodles, cheese and sauce, right?  Plus, we had lasagna noodles in the pantry.

Now Michael is generally the cook in our family, but I wanted to cook for him as a treat.  Sadly, this involved him having to make a run to HEB with Kate after work.  I was prepared to make lasagna with only mozzarella cheese, but our lack of tomato sauce was killing me.  Michael was a really good sport though and even picked up all of the different cheeses that go in lasagna.

I followed the recipe on the box with the addition of sautéed eggplant on one half of the pan.  I was not prepared for how much lasagna this would be.  I think we might be eating lasagna for the next 2 weeks.  It turned out really tasty though!  Even the half with the eggplant.  Apparently baking foods is really no different from baking bread.  Who knew.

I paired it with a salad and some marinated cucumbers.  And before you ask, why yes that is an octopus plate.  Kate loves to help set the table so we all eat off of kids plates now.  Don’t judge me.

As for the cucumber, I really need to start reading what the contents of the box are.  I totally thought it was a zucchini until I cut into it and I was planning on adding it to the lasagna.  It’s cool though; I love cucumber.  We didn’t have any regular vinegar, so I marinated it in some sushi vinegar.  Delicious.

All in all, I think it was a success.  Next time, I’m only making half a lasagna though.



Father’s Day Inspiration

Michael and I did a bit of work today on the Pit of Dispair, or what I like to call our bedroom. What prompted this burst of spring cleaning? Well, Michael has reached the end of his patience with being literally unable to walk through our bedroom. And rightly so.

So, I’m afraid that I have nothing new and exciting to post today.  I am working on something, but it’s for Father’s Day and I’m pretty sure that Michael reads my blog. ::waves hi to Michael::  I can share with you what I did last year though.

I wish I could give credit to some deserving soul for this brilliant idea, but honestly, it was all over the internet last year.  I bought these letters at Hobby Lobby and painted the front and the back orange.  I left the sides plain because I was lazy, but actually I like how it gave the letters some definition.

I took Kate in all her adorableness over to my mom’s house (because she has an awesome yard) and we took these pictures.  It just doesn’t get much cuter than this.  Looking back at these, I am reminded of when I thought it was *such* a challenge to photograph a baby that could crawl.  ::snort::  I had no idea.

The I went over to Ikea and bought a triptych frame.  Totally better than a tie.  🙂

Lavender Festival

We headed out to the Lavender Festival yesterday with my brother-in-law and his fiance.  We had hoped to actually get to check out the lavender fields, but apparently the drought has been too much for the wee lavender plants this year.  We had to settle for the adorable street market.  🙂

As expected, they had lots of yummy lavender smelling goodies on hand to tempt us.  Kate kept smelling everything.  I did manage to restrain myself from buying a vat of lavender bubble bath, but it was a near thing let me tell you.

It was super hot so when Michael spotted the italian ice place, I caved.  Obviously, Kate approves of italian ice.  All in all, a delightful day.  🙂

Leaf Rubings

Today, Kate went out to “help” me as I hung the diapers out to dry.  When we came back in, I noticed that she had grabbed a piece of grass.  It was pretty cute.  She persisted in calling it a tree even after I explained that it was grass.  🙂

Michael helped me brainstorm some ideas of fun crafty things to do with Kate this summer, and one of them was doing some leaf rubbing.  Now seemed as good of a time as any so I strapped Kate in the high chair and ran out to find a few leaves.

I ended up taping down the grass and leaves because they were shifting around while Kate was rubbing the chalk over the paper.

I had hoped that taping down the “specimens” would result in a clearer image, but no dice.  I’m not sure if the chalk was too soft, the leaves were too thin or what.

I was pleasantly surprised at how well Kate listened to directions and respected the materials.   She totally got that she needed to turn the chalk on its side, etc.  I think she’s ready for some more involved art projects.

In the end, Kate just enjoyed drawing with a new medium.  I will say this, the chalk got everywhere!  I think this might be an outside activity from now on.  She had a great time though.

Travel Backpack

You know how people say they have a bucket list?  Mine is pretty simple.  I want to see 6 of the 7 continents before I die.  (Antarctica is pretty hard so I’m saving it for extra credit.)  I’ve crossed 3 off of my list, North America (duh), Europe (twice) and South America (amazing).

I lived in London for a semester in college which was amazing and could rate several blog posts all on its own, but I digress.  While I was there I did some traveling and I saw a fellow backpacker with *patches* on his backpack.  It was just about the coolest thing I had ever seen.  Way better than spoons or thimbles.  I have some friends who collect playing cards from their travels, but then what do you do with the cards?  Seems like a storage hassel to me.

Patches are so much easier.  I just stitched them on in no particular order as I acquired them.  I will admit to being a bit of an addict.  It’s just fun for me to see a patch for Peru next to one for Aquarena Springs in San Marcos.  I should probably also admit that I love tourist traps and it is one of my goals in life to see the world’s largest ball of twine.  I sure hope they have patches in the gift shop.  🙂

Well, my backpack is on it’s last legs, not to mention out of room for any more patches.  Then there’s the fact that traveling with a toddler is not conducive to a one backpack mentality.  We I hope to do some more traveling when Kate is older, but that will likely require us winning the lottery in which case I’ll buy a new backpack.  🙂

That being said, I just can’t bring myself to let my patches go, so I busted out my trusty seam ripper (thanks again, Mimi!) and removed them all.  I’m thinking of putting them in a shadow box (boxes?) in the hallway with our travel pictures.  I sense a trip to Ikea in my near future.  🙂

Any thoughts on how to display them?  I’m not sure if I want to sort them by geographical area, date of trip or just arrange them how they look pretty.  Oh, and if anyone has a trip to Denmark planned in the near future, I’m missing a patch from there.  I might have to resort to ordering one off of the interwebs, but it irritates me to pay $5 in shipping for a $2 item.

Balloon Pictures

Kate and I went out this morning to take some pictures for her birthday party invitations.  Up until this point, I have been in complete denial that I am about to have a 2 year old.  2 years old!!!  How it that possible?

She had a great time!  Michael thinks that they are a bit overexposed, but I’m calling it an artistic choice.  Who’s with me.  🙂

Oh, and when Kate’s done, she’s done.  Love the pouting.  These might actually be my favorites.  🙂