Saturday, February 26, 2011

Weekend project: patches

Claire is sick now. So is Wella.Last night was really bad. Fevers of almost 103 for both girls.  Sammy finally got better from both the stomach bug and the cold/virus thing, but now his sisters have the congestion/sore throat/fever thing. So I am STILL hanging out at home most of the time. No cabin fever. Not for me. I'm cool.

Well, I'm basically fine with it. Except that since Sammy isn't sick anymore he's completely and totally stir crazy. So, on Friday, when Matt worked from home, Sam came with me to run some errands while Matt stayed with the sick girls. We went to JoAnn fabrics to buy some patches for his pants. We came home with more than patches. We also found this sweet duct tape.

Duct tape is cheap entertainment for sure. He duct taped some of his cars, a few skateboards, and started wrapping all his blocks in tape as well before we stopped him.

But, while I was there, I might have picked up this sewing machine. I know, I know. If you know me well you may remember that I bought a sewing machine a few years ago, made one thing, and promptly sold it on Craigslist because I could never figure it out very well. But this is DIFFERENT. I promise. The lady at the store told me it's a great sewing machine for beginners with lots of automatic features (like automatic tension, which is what I could never figure out on my old, cheaper machine).

So Sammy and I decided to go a little crazy and design our own patches. Afterall, I realized that the patches that you buy and iron-on were kinda expensive! Especially when you need about ten pairs of them. And we could make our own for way less! I mean, that is, if we just bought the $300 sewing machine.

So we did. We bought this heat-bond stuff that lets you make any fabric into iron-on fabric, but then I reinforced all the edges with stitches from my new MACHINE! See? If you don't get to leave the house for a long time, sometimes you have to buy something really crazy for yourself when you do.

But I will say that part of the appeal to patching Sammy's pants is that we were given TONS of hand-me-down, perfect-condition Hanna Anderson sweat pants...which just so happen to cost $30/piece. And Sam ripped the knees out of ALL of them. All. I would never pay t$30 for pants for Sam, but if someone gives them to me, I'm not going to complain!

Incidentally, Hanna Anderson is a wonderful store (with clothes that make kids look like kids...not Hannah Montana/Justin Bieber fanatics) and I do buy all Wella's little pilot caps there. I think the store is Swedish-inspired or something.

So Sam picked out pilot/airplane material for some of the patches.

They were BIG patches because they had giant holes in the knees. 

He also picked out "Indian" material (I tried to teach him to say "Native American" but he's reading Peter Pan right now so he's stuck on Indian).
But his favorite was this camo/army material.

It says things like "Boot camp" and "basic training" on it.

There were 6 sweat pants and then I also did his jeans.

I thought they turned out kinda cute.

He picked out these trucks too.
And then, Claire decided to get in on the sewing machine action so she maade this little pillow and quilt.

She really did! She quilted this! It's only about 12" by 6" but I thought it was good.

See the pillow?

I think she's starting to feel better! The doctor said no one has the flu or strep, so I'm comforted that they may recover after all.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When you can't leave the house for weeks at a time

Matt was gone last week, as I've said in previous posts. He got home on Friday and I literally hadn't walked out of the house all week. Sammy  had been sick all week and I just couldn't bring myself to load up a sick kid and go anywhere. Incidentally, I STILL have hardly left the house 5 days later because Claire and then Luella also got sick. BUT, I've realized that if the daddy is home and you can't leave the house, you can get a LOT done.

This is what our house looked like when Matt got home on Friday.

And this.

And this.

And this. Nice dining room table!

But on Saturday morning, I got it cleaned up!

Aaaaah.

Much better.

And the kids broke in the new chalkboard wall with the new chalk Matt ordered.


Now, a woman can't get a house cleaned while her children are home. Especially if one of your children is this little worker man pictured above.
So Matt took him to Home Depot Saturday morning to buy this composter for the back yard.

Since we joined that farm share and are getting vegetables weekly, we realized we were wasting tons and tons of organic vegetable peelings every week that we could use for our garden next summer.

And we started the compost with the peels from a butternut squash, a few potatoes, an onion and some carrots because I made this butternut squash soup for the family this weekend. It ws pretty good and super easy. It was something like THIS recipe, but with modifications since I didn't have everything.



I also carried the TV that we used to have in our bedroom into the basement and set it up so that I could start doing my Jillian Michael's 30-day Shred video. I finally did it yesterday. And now I will spend 5 days recovering from that.

At Home Depot Matt also picked up this board.

Then he cut it with a jigsaw into this shape so that we could turn it into a headboard for Claire's room. We just staple gunned foam onto it and then batting...

...and finally some material I had picked out.

I used a LOT of staples trying to get it all smooth. I used a slightly stretchy fabric which may have been a bad idea in terms of getting the design on the fabric to line up smoothly on the front.
It turned out like this.
And I put it in Claire's room which now has a twin bed in it instead of a queen.

Here's her room without the headboard. I think I like it better without (don't tell Matt). I picked out stupid material...that's the problem.

We put the queen in Sammy's room because he actually has more room in there since he doesn't share with the baby like Claire does. I don't have bedding for a boy's queen sized bed yet so it's blank.
Finally, I ate the last of the Valentines chocolates. Sob.

And I kissed this baby a lot.

And you would too.

Because look at her legs! Chub rolls with pulled up socks and no pants are awesome.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I'm IN!

So my sister, Katie, sent me a surprise package. This is Sammy's surprise face.

It came in a fancy-shmancy looking chinese takeout box.

When I opened it, it said "open to find your fortune" on the top.

See?

And inside was a little origami-like fortune cookie!

See?

And it said.....drumroll please...

"Your destiny is to be in Katie and Chance's wedding on August 27th as a matron of honor!" (well, something like that). It even said my lucky  numbers: 8 27 11 (very cute). And, just to be fair, I am a co-matron of honor with the other "matron" of our family, my big sister Laura. Thanks Aunt Tater! I accept!!!