Luna Plena

6 Oct

It looks like the next full moon is October 22nd, but I got impatient and made a cosmetic bag to accessorize with it a little early.  It’s made from 100% polished cotton, and my favorite part about it is the fact that, right down to the zipper, it’s made entirely from a skirt I’d bought from Forever 21 a couple years ago, which I pretty much never wore because I found it was way too short for me (yes I know, I need to try clothes on before I leave the store).

I just think it’s so fun and October-y.  I would keep it for myself, but I already have a toiletry bag, and I refuse to become one of those women who, in the name of de-cluttering her home, actually ends up cluttering it with storage containers and bags.

So it’s in my Etsy.  Give it a home, you don’t want to risk clashing with the full moon.  It’s very embarrassing.

Izzy and the Jaymar

30 Sep

My brother gave this great little piano to me as a birthday (or was it Christmas?) present I think about 10 years ago.  We were browsing antique stores downtown as only weird homeschooled teenagers would do, and I fell in love with it.  He surprised me with it a few weeks later.

In the past several years I’ve really been looking forward to my children being able to use it.  Yesterday, I lugged it in to the living room, and today I propped Israel up and observed.  He absolutely loves it!

I love that little man.

Anyway, I’m thinking about possibly painting it some bright, child-like color, since it’s got a few spots of wear and discoloration on it.  What do you think?  Should I leave it as is and consider the wear to be “character”?  If I do paint it, what color should I do?  I’ve posted a few pictures of our living room on this blog, so that should make it easier for you all to help me figure out what color would go.  Comment away.

Happy Autumn…

23 Sep

…as of 11:09pm last night!  What’s with that?

It’s pretty hot in our part of the Ozark Plateau right now, and there aren’t very many changing leaves yet.  But I’m still really exciting about making more soup, eating more squash, shifting my color pallet from blues to yellows and oranges, and some day – some day wearing my turtle necks and scarves.

All of the projects I’ve undertaken seem to be autumn-inspired.  We recently got a brand-new printer on Craigslist and needed a little table to put it on.  So we went yard-saling and Goodwilling, and the best we could do was this thing:

One leg wobbles a bit, the legs are that ugly forest green that seemed to be so popular in the mid-nineties, and it still cost me $10!  I feel like I could have found this kinda thing easy for $2 in Maryland.  But it was still much cheaper than a nicer looking (but still cheaply made) table from Wal Mart or somewhere like that.  So I bought a can of black spray paint for $1 (I was gonna do gray, but was afraid it would look too much like blue) and two yards of a butternut squash-colored cotton fabric for around $2.50.

I’m much happier with it now.   I was thinking of putting some yo-yos or something on it, but I think I prefer how simple this is.

And now for cookies:

My mom used to make these awesome pumpkin cookies (she called them Golden Nugget cookies), and I have to make them every Autumn.  They’re really simple and really fluffy, so I can eat about half a batch of them before I feel like I’m gonna go into a coma.

Mom’s Pumpkin Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350°

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed or canned pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Cream together butter and brown sugar in a mixer or by hand in a large bowl.  Add eggs, beat thoroughly.  Mix in pumpkin.

In a separate medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir together.  Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  If using raisins, add to batter and stir until evenly distributed.  Drop by the spoon-full onto a greased baking sheet and bake until bottom of cookie starts to crisp and brown – 15 to 20 minutes.

23 weeks.

15 Sep

For my friends who aren’t on Facebook.

Things I’m happy about today:

14 Sep

I turned this stuff:

into this:

It’s to store my coupons, discount cards, and shopping list in.  I still need to put a button on it and it’s a little sloppy.

It’s sloppiness was at first accidental, and then became intentional, simply because it was easier for me to make it look sloppy on purpose than it is for me to make myself do anything more than eye-ball measurements and seams for things that are intended to stay in my possession (I’m more picky about how things look if I’m giving them to someone else or selling them).  But I still love it.  The lady at CVS complimented it immediately, before I blind-sided her with coupons.

(I had to save the selvedge and use it.  I’ve seen so many cute selvedge projects, and I’ve always wanted to find a way to incorporate it – albeit in a much more meager way than in the projects linked above).

2. The heather plants I got super cheap at Aldi this week.  And yes, those hydrangeas are fake.  Peter says that live cut flowers are a liability – not an asset.  I tend to agree with him.

3. The Milano cookies I stole legitimately got for free from CVS.

4. Israel.  Well, he always makes me happy.  He’s taken to playing with non-toy things, which for some reason amuses me.

And something I’m not so happy about:

Yep.

Coriander Seeds Etsy

10 Sep

I’ve FINALLY made myself not just finish, not just take pictures of, but actually LIST some of the little things I’ve made and collected in my Etsy shop, though I still have a couple aprons I haven’t yet put up because I have to either get my husband to take pictures of me wearing them (belly permitting), or I have to find someone nice and skinny to model them for me.  I easily forget to move on either of these options, after spending all day keeping up the house and keeping crickets out of Israel’s mouth.

I badly need to make a new shop banner, but I don’t have photoshop, I don’t want to pay someone to make one for me, and I don’t really like any of the options Etsy offers.  That will be on my list of things to put off. EDIT: My wonderful friend Valerie made a great banner for me, which I found in my inbox this morning!  So now I don’t have anything to complain about!  My back has been bugging me, though…

“Well, I already know what it is…”

25 Aug

That’s what the sonographer said almost right after she turned the screen on. So of course, Peter immediately blurted out “It’s a boy!” But the sonographer just stared at the screen and smiled. Then she proceeded to point out a few things to us on the video we were watching of the baby sitting oblivious in my belly, sucking its thumb. “You’re having a little girl!”
If she is as punctual as her big brother, she will introduce herself to everyone by name on January 9th.  In the meantime, I’m dusting the walls with compulsion and scouting Goodwill for bloomers as if that is the only thing she is ever going to wear.