Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
It's a freebie from The Sweetheart Tree. It's missing the heart charm over the bird: I still have to find one small enough. I'm not crazy about the colors, but the important thing was to just get back to stitching! It was so wonderful to pull out the fabric and go through my floss, and I had such a wonderful time putting needle to thread. I really have to make time in my day again for stitching.
It's looking to be a beautiful weekend and we are all in various states of wellness. This time I'm at the bottom of the pile with some weird kind of stomach bug. Another trip to the clinic will be in order on Monday if it doesn't clear up.
My Favorite Boy has been experiencing some health troubles. About six weeks ago he started shaking his head every minute or so, completely involuntarily. We weren't sure what it was, maybe the old carpet in our house as it was soooo gross and dirty. After replacing the carpet he showed no signs of improving. Then he got strep and we wondered if it had something to do with that. The antibiotics he took for that didn't make a difference in the head shaking and throat clearing either. His teachers started commenting on it and we took him to see the doctor again (3rd time) about it. She told Mr. Crafty World we should just ignore it, it's probably something he's doing for attention. Well, anyone who knows our Favorite Boy knows he doesn't suffer from a lack of attention. Now we want to get a referral for an ear, nose and throat specialist, and since it has to be from our family doctor we have to wait two weeks to get in to see her. I'm so frustrated with this clinic we go to; I think our doctor has way too many patients if it takes two weeks to get in to see her. If I mention that I think it's urgent, they tell us to go to the walk-in clinic. However, you can't get a referral at the walk-in clinic, even when it's your own doctor you see on a walk-in basis, because it takes "too much time". So here we are, waiting two weeks to see our doctor for a referral. I also don't understand how some doctors can just dismiss symptoms and say it's all in their (the patient's) head. I understand that doctors can't be expected to know everything, but if you don't know about something then why don't you send the patient to someone who might have a better idea? I spent three hours on the internet last night looking up everything I could about my Favorite Boy's symptoms. From what I researched it looks like it might be an allergy. That made me feel a bit better, as opinions from other people have run from adenoid problems to brain tumors. Being a parent I have of course been imagining all sorts of things, and having to wait two weeks to just get a referral is very hard! I have talked to some friends and they say the longest they have ever had to wait to see their doctor was one week. I do know one thing for sure; we will be finding another doctor for our children soon.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This year the ducklings have new wheels: a nice shiny red, flatbed truck.
These little ones are ready for school. I found this part of the village last week at a thrift shop.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I almost didn't take the sewing basket, but the inside is in such great shape. It's waiting for a make-over: some kind of vintage, flowery print to be sure. I think a trip to Evelyn's will be in order...
I bought the bangles because I saw some pretty wrapped bracelets in Cookstown that had these as a base. When we got home I pulled out some of my favorite things:
...and set to work. I keep telling Mr. Crafty World I'm like a magpie: I just can't get enough of pretty, sparkly things. Beads fill that desire at a pretty good price point I think. This is my new bracelet:
I couldn't really get a good picture of what I came up with; the light was very bad today. It's much prettier and sparklier in person. My trip to Cookstown was redeemed because it gave me the inspiration for the bracelets. My thrifting adventure redeemed itself once I had a better look at my stuff. And, I got everything for less than the price of one, already-made-by- someone-else, bracelet.
Tomorrow we're off to Ikea for a playdate: the kids get to play in the Fun Forest, and I get to have a playdate in the rest of the store with my friend. Then we're going to try our luck at another Value Village nearby. It always feels like such an adventure to go thrifting in another town...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I don't have to tell you the cookies and chocolates were a big hit too.
Now I can rest for a bit. Thank goodness Easter falls in April this year!
Today Mr. Crafty World and I are going antiquing, without the little ones. I'm very excited.
Monday, March 16, 2009
I love the look of bunting, and I see it all the time on European blogs and store sites. It seems we only have it here at car lots! I wanted it to have a bit of a country look, so I used three different calico prints. The pictures don't really do the bunting justice; here they look kind of like Irish Candy corn.
I had an extra piece of pieced fabric, so I made the heart for a friend as a little door decoration. Sadly I won't get to see them tomorrow so it will just hang on my door. Maybe not so sad after all...
Who doesn't love Perler beads for a quick and easy craft? Since we have two big buckets worth, I fully encourage their use! I am hoping to make this up into a little mobile to hang, but they may just be table decorations.
We are having lots of fun getting ready for St. Paddy's day; tomorrow we work on the menu :)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
And a Favorite boy.
A new perspective on my dining room:
A new toy for me:
I just discovered the blog, "A Year of Crockpotting" and can't wait to get busy. I used my old crock pot a lot last week and am getting hooked now that I'm finding everything doesn't have to taste the same when made in a slow cooker.
...and a trip down Memory Lane:
Remember her? Superstar Barbie! She was my favorite - I'm glad they brought her back!
Great weather and the first wheel rides of the year.
So far March Break is off to a great start. In the next few days I should actually have something crafty to show you; we're getting ready for St. Patrick's Day!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Our Favorite Boy and I had a good day running errands and picking up necessities, like these:
The tray was a total gamble. It was all black, and I wasn't sure if there was any silver left on the handles at all. A bit of elbow grease and stinky polish made me happy to have spent the ten dollars on it. I was just telling Mr. Crafty World that I was still hunting for a silver tray with handles to use with our silver tea service. Patience does pay off. Almost 14 years of it to be exact!
I thought the pedestal stand was nice too. I have also been looking for one for a while. It's a bit thick, but then again, do I really want a more fragile one when my kids still have eyes on the end of their finger-tips? I think my birthday cake will look just lovely on it!
As you can see I had my retail therapy early: you just never know if you will feel like shopping after getting a cavity filled or not! Besides, I'm sure my treasures would not have been there tomorrow...
This afternoon my son said to me, "Do you know why I love you Mummy? Because you're so beautiful."
Today I had two reasons to burst with pride and get all red faced and weepy. It doesn't get much better than this Ithink.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Mr. Crafty World was being incredibly generous that day, and took me to Value Village for some treasure hunting. This is what I picked up:
The make-up travel bag has never been used. I don't really need it for travelling, but I thought it could be put to use for stitchy or crafty things. I thought it was pretty, and a darn good bargain for 99 cents. I don't know if I'll stitch anything from the book, but the cover alone was worth the $1.99 I paid for it. I just adore pansies. Lastly, the teacup isn't the best quality bone china, but I couldn't resist the daffodils. It was made in England too, and you don't see that very often.
This is spring cleaning week for me. Luckily I got almost half the house done last week, so I'm hoping it will go smoothly. By that I mean all done by Friday! The only downside is there won't be any time to duck out for a quick thrifting trip. However, I do have to go to the dentist on Thursday, so I may just need a little retail pick-me-up after getting a cavity filled. I'll keep you posted....