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apologies

Alright, I’ve never been one to say “I’m sorry” but I have been MIA lately and I really am sorry.  ):  I don’t even know why I haven’t been posting as much as I would like, but my blog is not the only thing that has taken a back seat.  Yes, I have 2 kids in sports.  We are getting back into the weeks where there isn’t one day we’re not doing anything.  My only “free time” seems to be in the mornings.  And my family can for this, I am not a morning person.  I am a bear.  A mean, ‘ole, grouchy, grizzly bear.  And we’re totally busy in the evenings.  The kids havent even been getting to bed until around 9:30-10 p.m.!  By then, I’m so pooped I’m usually in bed before they are.  I baby sit my nephew 2-3 days a week as you all know.  He wasn’t here for 10 minutes yesterday morning before he got paint everywhere and flushed 2 toothbrushes down the toilet.  Little M’s birthday is today.  I don’t have anything planned for her.  And I only started thinking about a party to celebrate Sunday!  So she’s gonna have to wait 3 weeks before her party.  ):  poor baby.  I hope I can pull it off.  It’s Candy Shoppe themed.  I still can’t find invitations I’m satisfied with.  Today, I thought I’d take her to a nearby indoor playground, but it was already 11:30 when I thought of that, so I scratched that idea.  And at noon, I thought about taking her out to get pictures.  Being as I have no time management I thought it would be safer to stay home for the day (because we have another busy evening and I need to be here when Big M gets home from school).  I have a bunch of tutu and hairbow orders that I need to have done by tomorrow anyway. I owe everyone who comments and orders a huge “THANK YOU”   (:  I’m blessed that you all like my work and I enjoy doing it.  I’m happy to report I’ve been doing well with that.

Big M has had his first baseball game.  I forgot my camera  ):  He did well, but we really need to work on good sportsmanship and teamwork.  He is so hard on himself.  ):  It really breaks my heart to hear and see the way he treats himself.  Another game today, so I am really hoping we have a better day. 

Here is a run down of my schedule from the last couple days so you all have a better idea of what I’ve been up to.

Last Wednesday – Kids first day back to school from easter break.  I need to meet with M’s teachers because he has a bad attitude.  End of the year of 4th grade and he has started name calling.  I am not happy  ):<

Last Thursday – M had practice, I think.  Maybe that was his scrimmage.  Something was scheduled.  Maybe it even got canceled because we are getting more rain than we have ever had ever before.

Last Friday – Had to make a long trip that day, run a bunch of errands, B had practice.  We didn’t make it home ’till late.  All I did that day was live in my car.  I also had the nephew that day.

Saturday – Big M and B had baseball pics, at different times of course.  More running around.  Pick up 2 of Big M’s friends to sleepover.  FIL’s Birthday party. Remember Little M’s birthday is Thursday.

Sunday – 5:30 a.m.  Tell the boys to go to sleep finally.  Run more errands.  Pop-pop’s birthday party.  Show Little M some birthday party ideas and tell her to choose one.  She chose three.  Princess, Yo Gabba Gabba & Candy Shoppe.  I’ll  stick with the later.

nday – Kids to and from school.  The nephew.  Got kids ready for game and all dressed in layers (because its May here and feels like March) only to have it canceled as I am loading them all in the car.  To Grandma’s and Pop-Pops and to my parents new house and dinner with them.  Also migraine from H—. 

Tuesday – Kids to and from school.  Took Marley, our Boxer to B’s school for show-n-tell.  She was so cute.  Wish I had pictures, but I forgot my camera.  I am drawing a blank on how this evening went.

Wednesday – Kids to school.  The nephew.  a little grocery shopping.  Forgot my checkbook.  Debit card MIA.  Only $5 in cash.  Must leave the store in embarrassment with no groceries.  Pick up B from school and take Big M his glasses.  Go get the groceries.  Look online for invitations.  Get big M and another child from school.  Dress in layers and break out the winter coats and accessories because its only 40 out and Big M has a game. 

There you have it.  I promise I’m not lounging around on the couch eating bon bons (well maybe from 9-11 a.m.  ;)  j k).  As you can see, my blog isn’t the only thing that has suffered from my craziness.  Little M, my 3rd child, always gets the short end of the stick. 

(TMI ALERT)   

 And so does my underwear.  (Don’t worry, they are clean, just ones I used to wear pre-motherhood) 

Now every time I backspace to correct something, when I type it types right over what was previously written.  Sorry bout that but I know you’re all smart enough to figure it out.  ;)  thanks for reading and I hope you all enjoy Little M’s Birthday  =)   Maybe tomorrow if I’m not crazy I’ll do a post for her.  That’s a good idea!!   (:  a la “The Boy”. 

Don’t drink too many margharitas.  (;  (oh I spelled that right.  I’m impressed!!  (:   )

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New Family

This past weekend was an exciting one.  I finally got to meet my 2 week old cousin Kyleah.  She is tiny, precious, and perfect.  My aunt and uncle are so proud of their daughter. 

Kyleah Alexis  <3

The New Daddy

The New Mommy

She is so small and sweet!  And looks just like a doll!  Absolutely perfect!  I just love her!  And so does her big cousin B.

Yes, I made her a Steelers headband.       

And here is her little cousin, not quite 8 months old, trying to get a peek at the new addition. 

It was so nice welcoming her with so many other members of my family.  I love get togethers and we don’t do that often enough.    

Sunday was a HUGE day for my sister and I.  We have 2 sisters and 2 brothers that we got to meet for the very first time!  I was a bundle of nerves, and full of excitement all day.  My siblings mom was hospitable enough that she invited my mom and dad along.  I am so so thankful for her kindness and that my parents agreed and came along with my sister and I, and our families.   Everyone got along great and I don’t think the day could have been better.  My oldest, younger sister (does that make sence?) has 4 kids too!  So we got to meet 2 of our nieces!  The girls all got along so well.  I can’t wait to spend more time with my sisters.

Sisters

Cousins

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and put that beautiful weather to good use.  Because today, its cold!  I have a busy week ahead.  I have to finish up everything for my craft show by Friday!  If you’re local please stop by.  We will have a ton of stuff for your little princess!  You won’t want to miss out.  :)

I made some more stuff

I have been making hair bows and flower clips all day and I’m so happy I’m finally getting a few orders.  YEAH!   Here are some pics of what I’ve been working on today.

Black satin posy with hot pink center.

large candy stripe pin wheel bow.

small basic bow set

Spiky peace sign bow

Hot pink and leopard bow

White spiky daisy

Large yellow rose with clear gem center

Hot pink satin multi flower headband with assorted seed bead center.

The colors on some of these pics look over shadowed and kind of dull.  I’m playing with a few different cameras and editing software.  I’m also planning on doing a craft show next month so we’ll see how things go with getting prepared for that.  It is a lot of work, but I’m excited and up for the challenge.  If anyone wants me to make anything specifically for your little girl, (or you (I wear those satin flowers all the time)) send me a message under the contact tab and I would be happy to make something special and handmade for you. =)

A Tutorial, or Two. Felt Rosettes & Partially Lined Alligator Clip

After a busy few days, I’m finally making my first tutorial.  Yay!  With a ton of pictures.  Felt rosettes are so popular right now.  You can glue them on a clippie, decorate with them, use them as gift toppers, even put them on a pin.  I used mine for a clippie for my daughters. 

Supplies

  • square of felt
  • clippie
  • hot glue gun
  • glue
  • scizzors
  • pencil
  • ribbon (for lining clippie)
  • embelishments (if you want)

Pic basically showes the size of your square.

Use the pencil to round off your corners.  This is not a must, you can of course free hand it.

Of course you cut out the circle now.

Next, cut your circle into a spiral.  It will form a long strand of felt.  You will be left with a circle at the end. 

Finally, to make the rosette you roll your felt up starting from that skinny point at the end.  Not the circle end.

 That circle at the end, it covers the bottom of the rosette perfectly.

I cut out leaves for this tutorial.  Of course you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.

 Now here it is glued.  See, you can’t even see the underside.  I love how finished it looks.  And it’s effortless.

Glue the leaves together, and glue them on the rosette underside. 

Now, lining the aligator clip is a no brainer, but I thought as long as I’m doing a tutorial, I’d throw it in, incase you need it.

I measure my ribbon by pinching it the entire length of the clip and wrapping it around the top to the underdiside just just enough to cover the area where you pinch the clip.  I hope I explained that well.  There are pics.  At the end I glue it all the way around.

Now the clip is glued onto the flower.  You can make several and cluster them.  Put them on a headband.  Embelish them if you’d like.  I used a single peral in the blue rosettes.  And now B will model several of them.

I hope you like my first tutorial and have fun making these little lovlies.  :)

I almost forgot

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


I got the idea for these pots of gold from the blog jchandmade. Check her out.