Friday, November 13, 2009

Unedible Cake!

Tomorrow is a baby shower for a friend of mine. I have seen these online and wanted to try one - it was SO much fun! I absolutely love how it turned out! It was fun to be shopping for a boy, not that I want to change my mind and find out!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Maternity Skirt and Belly Shots!

I have been studiously ignoring the fact that winter is coming in the hopes that it won''s not working! I have been trying to figure out what I am going to do for the winter for skirts and pants....most of my medium maternity pants are getting small, but the larges are too big. I grabbed this skirt at a used clothing store so that I could try and modify it for my ever growing belly. The zipper needed to be picked out so the scissors wouldn't cut into the teeth and I picked it out and still managed to cut the zipper!

A rectangle of knit fabric was folded in half, then I measured it on my belly and cut it to size, serged the ends to make a tube, then sewed it onto the skirt.....5 minutes before we had to go to church! :) When we were at church, I realized that the knit stretched more than I thought and had to keep hiking it up! While Nate was out hunting later on that afternoon, I took it back apart, make the knit tube smaller and sewed it back on. It is SO comfy!
I will definitely be modifying more skirts and pants!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Baby Stuff!

Last Spring, right around the time I found out I was pregnant, I ordered a serger, so I could sew with knits and finish off my handwovens better. It has sat in the box, under my loom (which also hasn't been touched) for the whole summer! The other day I decided I needed to be creative, so I took a women's t-shirt and made these for the little one. I am hoping they are neutral enough that I could use them for a boy or girl, but looking at them in the pics, they are pretty girly. I do love how they turned out though! For the pants, I took a pair of 0-3 mo. pants and made a pattern out of them. The hat pattern I found here. The shoe pattern I found here and then downsized it 80% to fit a smaller foot. We'll see how long they fit. Normally they are made with quilting cotton, so it was interesting sewing so many layers together in such a small space, but I really love how they turned out!

Lots more projects coming soon! I have a messload of fabrics and patterns to make stuff with. It really was a blessing in disguise for the Salvation Army to leave town - now instead of seeing all these clothes and coming up with stuff I could make from them and bringing them home, I actually have to start making them and using up my stash!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dilly Beans!

These are a favorite of ours. If I do no other canning, I do these. They are so great when I have a migraine because they have cayenne in them to dilate the blood vessels in the head or something! My brain isn't working very well today! :) They do have more color than shown in the pictures, however, they look pickled! I'm not sure if it's because they were processed a little longer than normal, or if it is a different type of green bean. We will see in a couple weeks when we test them!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Our garden is doing really well, except for our tomatoes. We are pretty sure they have the late blight that is going around. :( Our sugar snap peas were great, but not too many made it into the house. They are my snack while working outside! The zucchini is growing like gangbusters! We have had a ton of rain, so they are thriving. So far, we have been marinating them in a balsamic viniagrette, then grilling them with our meat as well as making stuffed zucchini. It is so yummy! I'm starting to freeze up meals, so we have them when the baby is here, because there are less than 5 month left. Time is flying.....speaking of time.....I think I'm giving up Fairyland and FarmTown on Facebook. Both are fun, but are sucking my time horribly!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm Back!

Sorry guys! It's been over a month since I have posted anything here. I think everyone who reads this knows that I'm pregnant. :) I just hit 14 weeks Wednesday and am starting to get more energy. Wednesday was spent cleaning and catching up on laundry. (Finally!)

Psyche was driving me nuts yesterday. Nate had gotten into the shower and I was working on stuff at the computer. Numnuts decided to get up on the desk in between me and my computer and make me breathe cat hair. I got tired of it, picked her up, took her to the bathroom and threatened to put her in the shower. She ran off, and I got in the shower too. When he finished, he got out to dry off, and in a minute was back in the shower, washing himself off all over again. The little brat had peed on the towel! I had to laugh! She really can be spiteful!

We went for a walk yesterday, I was having a medium energy day, but Nate had to get out, so we went for a hike on the Fingerlakes Trail, a section we haven't been on yet. It was really interesting. It has been really rainy lately, so there was a ton of different types of fungus. There was also a swamp type place where the trail went over tree roots to keep you out of the mud, and in there was the biggest slug I have ever seen!

Take care, everyone! I will be posting more here, but I have also started another blog, that will probably focus more on family and let this one be more for my crafty stuff. I have lots of craft projects now that the baby is coming! (And a new serger! Yay!) I also need to finish my weaving on my downstairs loom, I think I might be trading the loom for my piano, which I have missed since I have gotten married. It will also give us a little more room. The other blog is set to private, but if you would like to see it, leave a comment with your email, or email me at and I will add you!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Our garden

I really love late Spring/early Summer! We have a little perennial bed out front and right about now is blooming really well. After this it looks pathetic for awhile, but then early fall looks wonderful again! Right now the lupine, bachelor buttons and chives are just finishing up, and the false indigo, rhododendron and columbine are looking great! We planted some red geraniums which are annuals up here because Nate wants to attract some hummingbirds. Nate also gave me a orange echinacea a couple of weeks ago that I love!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


...of how she can terrorize me next!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


My sink is definitely not clean!

My apologies for not posting lately - I haven't done anything worth posting lately. Don't worry - I'll be crafting soon. The stockings are almost done!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Finally, A Ride!

Garage sales today! Poodles come too!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Where are we going?

Going for a ride? Epi was on the run when Nate opened the door of his truck. This very hopeful poodle hopped in and made herself at home!

I'm still alive!

Wow! It's been awhile! Spring has brought about many things to keep us busy! Nate and I got up at 4:00 am the other morning to go scout for turkeys. We didn't see any, but the sunrise was beautiful! It was so neat to hear the birds start singing - I mentioned to Nate that it sounded like an orchestra warming up. He said that it is called the "Dawn Chorus" So pretty! The weather has been very warm - it was snowing one day, and 80 degrees the next and 80-90 for the rest of the week! We have been busy outside, so not much has been done inside. Confession: I am back to Day 2 of keeping my sink shiny! I feel ready, though, to start again. Practice makes perfect, right? Saturday, there was an auction here in town at the storage units. They were auctioning off units that hadn't been paid on. I went to see if I could find a rototiller, snowblower, sewing stuff, or a really nice queen bed. OK, so I was hoping a little too much. It was pretty much all trash! Papers that should have been recycled, rather than paid to be put in storage. I didn't buy anything, but spent the day helping Nate's aunt and uncle who bought 2, because she wants to put things on ebay. I was cringing at the thought of what the insides of the houses looked like, and realizing that I don't want to have a cluttered house - which I have already decided, but needed a reminder.

Crafty posts will be coming soon. I can't ignore them much longer!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Deerkeys and an Impromptu Photo Shoot

In our area, there is suspected to be a mythical creature known as a "deerkey". This animal changes shape from a deer into a turkey and back. If you are out hunting for turkeys, it will take its form as a deer, and vice versa. We went out for a hike yesterday scouting for turkeys. Because we were just scouting, and not hunting yet, we saw the creatures in both forms. Next week when Nate goes out, they will all be in the form of deer.

Last week, we went for another hike with the dogs. The sunset was so pretty on the walkway, I just had to take some pics of the poodles. I have so many of them looking in every single direction BUT the camera! At least I got this one. This past week has been so nice and sunny and warm! April showers are coming for the next week, which is OK - we put in grass seed and peas, and I would like to see them come up soon!

Day 11 and counting!

My sink is still clean! This really is a record for me! Since my downstairs was cleaned for Easter, I have also gotten into the habit of keeping it that way. I now have a morning cleaning routine that includes emptying the dishwasher, washing the breakfast dishes, sweeping every other day, and doing the laundry. This is so awesome! I am so much calmer with a clean house, I have been able to do more reading, and had some friends over for a spontaneous dinner without freaking out!

There is a downside to this, though. I don't want to get my sewing stuff out and make a mess! My crafty side is absolutely begging to be let out! I think this is a case of "be careful what you wish for".... it may be worth it....jury is still out....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had my parents and sister over for dinner as well as Nate's aunt and grandfather. What a fun day it was! I did a major clean for it - but now I have to create a schedule so I can maintain it. I've taken a day off on Flylady - but I will still shine my sink. It's probably something like "make your bed" which A.) didn't happen because I was the first one up working on the meal today and didn't get back to our room, and B.) because the poodles ended up staying the afternoon in the bedroom, and IF it was made to begin with, their tantrums would have made it otherwise. (And they throw REALLY good tantrums) As it is, there is torn paper and plastic all over the floor that I need to clean up. :)

Here are pictures of the cake I made for Easter. It was a carrot cake with cream cheese topping topped with these cute animals. I think the pigs were my favorite.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Flylady Day 2

"Get dressed to lace up shoes....shine your sink before you go to bed"

Said sink is shined for the second day in a row. They say that you need to do something consistently for 21 days before it becomes a habit...19 days to go!

I got dressed today (like always, aren't you glad?) but not to lace up shoes. Nope...not gonna happen. I have always been a barefoot kind of girl...would love to add pregnant to that, but will have to be patient on that count. Lace up shoes mean going outside and having fun - hiking, bike riding, playing tennis, going out to the barn to see the animals (a non-issue for wearing shoes - tetanus and worms are not my thing)...not for staying in the house. I always take my shoes off when inside. My feet just like being free! My grandfather said that he was raised to keep shoes on in the house. I was impudent and replied that he didn't train his daughter very well - I learned it from her. He laughed and said that it wasn't for lack of trying! This is the first time I have tried a mirror shot and will definitely have to work on my technique!

My darling husband was folding laundry tonight and found an infant jumpsuit I had found at one of our local thrift stores. It really is too cute.

Isn't it adorable? I am a sucker for smocking. Would love to add that to the thousand things I want to do. Maybe I'm jinxing myself, but I don't believe it. Anywhoo, Nate picked it up and asked if it wasn't a little too small. I pouted and said that he had mentioned that I'm his "little wife" (not true). He responded by saying that I was - he just thought the hips on the jumpsuit were a little big for me (again, not true, but definitely a boost of confidence :) ) I think Brad Paisley said it best when he said it isn't a lie - it's love :)

It's not fair!

Why do jellybeans have to be so good? I have had a hate relationship with them since my childhood - I was not into having candy taste like spices.

I grew to like Starburst jellybeans in high school, and went looking for them yesterday.

None were to be found!

I tried the Jolly Rancher ones and they are soooo addicting! They will work until my Girl Scout cookies come in!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Accountability Plea!

I really need some help and I think you guys will give it to me! I tend to be messy - not compulsive hoarding messy, but just messy! As I have said before, I clean all at once, and then don't from cleaning overload. I am trying FlyLady's system, again, and am going to do it this time! I prefer my house to be neat, because it is so calming, but I don't know where to start, which increases my stress level. I have tried the system before, but it seems so simple, I jump right in, and burn myself out. This time I am starting at Day 1 - Shine your sink...that's it. Now my yellow flowers can enjoy a clean sink!

Before I started on the sink, I had to deal with what was IN the sink. So I washed my dishes and put them into my..umm...

built in dish-drainer, yeah, that's right! Then I scrubbed the sink, dried it, windexed it, and oiled it with some olive oil and a few drops of lavendar essential oil. It smells so good right now! I know, it sounds like overkill, just for a sink, but its so rewarding!

I guess I am asking for help getting and maintaining a clean house. Any suggestions would be appreciated! My husband deserves a clean house because he lives here all the time. Why do I clean it just for temporary guests or when I get around to it?

On a sad note, Nate didn't get the position he had been offered because the funding hasn't come through. At this point we weren't too surprised - it has been over a month that they have been waiting for it, and it was announced that several thousand state jobs will be cut over the summer. I am so thankful that we both have steady jobs right now, that I am not too upset about it. It would have made for a great summer, but looking at the bigger picture, all of our needs are being met and we have each other! The Binghamton shooting earlier in the week hit pretty close to home as its about an hour away and when we have major shopping needs is one of the cities that we go to. Add the shooting today in MI and all the others lately. People are getting so frustrated, and you can't tell what is safe anymore. I have purposed once again to LIVE, instead of being fearful of what may happen.

My Pretties

Spring is showing her face again! I have been pestering Nate for some pussy willow branches for a couple of weeks now, but we haven't seen any that were easily attainable. Wednesday, we went up to my parents and I was able to spy some that were starting to blossom on the side of the road. On our way home, Nate cut me some, and I bought a flower arrangement at P&C. They are now set in sand and river stones - I really love the look, but there is too much going on in it. It needs to be simplified. Any suggestions?

The yellows by the sink were what was left of the arrangement that I didn't use in the above one. I like it. So nice and cheery!

The gerber daisies are enjoying some much needed growing light. I repotted them into their pot now which is a big teacup. Oh the amount of caffiene that would go into a cup like that!

Some of my seeds are starting to come up - thanks for the kick in the pants, Shell! I have been meaning to since February - but haven't taken the step. So far the mesclun, buttercrunch and brussel sprouts are up!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Our trip...

Last Wednesday, we went to Buffalo, then went on to Niagara Falls. On our way out we stopped at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. The day was chilly and rainy, so we didn't see much. Once we got to the Canadian side of the falls, the sun came out, and we were able to walk around and see the rainbows. On our drive back Thursday, we went back through Montezuma as it was a much nicer day. Right now, the park is filled with migrating birds. We were able to watch this blue heron fishing at a distance of less than ten feet. So Cool! There are several pairs of bald eagles that nest there, but we only saw one in the distance. There were also coots and northern shovelers that I don't believe I have seen before.

Great Blue Heron

The Hunting Stance

Red-Winged Blackbird

Northern Shovelers

Red Squirrel


It was a great "weekend in the middle of the week." We had a blast!