Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I secretly cringe every time I reach for another plastic baggie for lunches that we make around here.
So as my daughter has needed lunch as she heads to summer camp each day this month, I decided to work on being as green as I can with lunch packaging.
We bought some of these Wrap-N-Mats and I am the biggest fan! The ones we started off with were the sandwich wrappers - in which you fold over a sandwich and use the velcro closure to keep your sammie fresh until it's time to eat. It folds out into a little placemat, too, so it's nice to know that whatever is on the table, it's NOT on your food.
Wrap-n-mat has their products made in the USA and China under fair trade operations, so you can feel good all the way around.
My 4 1/2 year old has no problem folding the Wrap-n-mat back up by herself to save the 2nd half of a sandwich and these wash easily, dry quickly, and are ready for lunch the next day.
I just ordered the new "snack pouches" and also the "grande" sized mat for family picnics.
Here are some other (and here too) cute food wrappers that we've recently learned about for keeping those zippie bags out of landfills.
(also - there were lots of other options if you search etsy for "sandwich wrappers" or "snack pouches")
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Today is Daddy's birthday. We gave it a theme, "DADDY, YOU ARE OUR SUPERHERO"... And the kids woke him up with a Superman t-shirt to wear to breakfast. All of us were in superhero costumes, and we had a breakfast party with a superhero breakfast and presents before sending him off to work (where we will bring a cake later)... J really is our hero around here, so it was really a fitting theme...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
here goes.1- I don't like camping. At least not the kind of camping that makes you cool and outdoorsy.
2 -I don't like taking the same way to drive places. I'm always up for exploring a new way to somewhere I'm going.
3 -I love socks that clash.
4 - I secretly want to wear shoes that are mismatched and call it a fashion statement.
5- I wear my hair different every day. Varying between about 12-15 different styles and each one of them doesn't take me longer than about 10 minutes. I like variety, but i am also impatient.
6- I am obssessive about washing my face every night. (it's one of the reasons camping doesn't appeal to me)
7- I am a complete eyebrow plucking fanatic, but I never notice eyebrows on other people.
8- I have missed less than 5 days of showering since I had kids. (blast that stereotype!)
9- I'm almost completely certified to do foster care. (expect to hear news from us this coming year!)
10- I've worked as a sushi waitress (while pregnant), a children's ministry director and a mom - all while owning and running my own business.
11- I've sold over 1000 Libby Dibby skirts. And packaged each and shipped them out all by myself.
12- I have a thing for vistaprints.
13- Fabric shops make me salivate. Literally.
14- I LOVE grocery delivery and wouldn't have survived the past 4 years without it.
15- Coffee is very important to me. There have been times in my life where I have fasted from coffee and I would walk around the house with a hot mug of water - just to help my hand feel the need a little less.
16 - I'm not a good housekeeper.
17 - I think my creativity requires a little messiness. There's nothing like having 4000 inspirational things lying around my studio to cause gears to get going.
18 - I traded jewelry with a friend of my mother in law's for sewing lessons.
19 - I was Captain of the Tall Flags team in high school. I still get made fun of for that.
20 - I have indeed (see above) worn gold spandex with sequins on it.
21- My favorite person in the whole world is my husband, Jay.
22 -Pens. Sharpies. V-ball. (nuf said)
23- Polka dot. everything. and Red.
24 - I'm not athletic. But I loved riding horses (English and Western) as a kid.
25 - I think i have made the bed three times since having kids. what's the use?
26- Jay and I use about 6 pillows every night to sleep. It's like sleeping in a display window.
27- I am a terrible flirt. It's a wonder that we ever started dating.
28 -I don't know about love at first sight, but I do believe in marrying your soul mate.
29 - I love parks.
30 - I don't love concerts - except when they are in parks.
31- Traffic does not bother me.
32- I listen to news-radio, but I never hear what they are saying - it's the ultimate "unplugging" of my brain.
33 - I have 10 (maybe more) pairs of red shoes.
34- I have at least 50 things on my creative "to-do" list, but nothing on my "goal" list.
I guess I like things the way they are right now...
35 - I am not political. I hate debates.
36- I want to go back to India.
37- I have a mediocre singing voice - if there are at least 3 people singing with me.
I once sang a solo in a school play. (it sucked)
38- No one called me creative until college. (I showed little sign of creativity up to that point)
39 - I was a bookworm as a kid. Mom actually took away my books sometimes in the summer to make me go outside and play.
40 - I've done archeology in Israel, digging up the palace complex of Herod Agrippa.
41- I hate fog.
42- I will NOT go to a high school reunion of my own. no way.
43 - I fill 5-6 journals a year.
44- I am afraid of birds.
45- I've never smoked a cigarette, but have had my fair share of cigars while in college.
46 - In my corporate time of life, (age 21-26) I drove a silver Dodge Intrepid company car. I hated it.
47 - At two different points in my life, I've been a vegetarian - once for a year, and once for 2 years. I am not now, but I call myself a "recovering vegetarian"
48 - I have written close to 300 poems. Jay is the only person to have seen all of them.
49 - I don't do white. I'm much too messy for that.
50 - I got my nose pierced in 1997 - right before graduating from college - after deciding it was going to look better than shaving my head. I still have it pierced. I'd like a tattoo, but can't decide on what to get.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
(nothing a little beer and ice cream cake couldn't fix)
The aprons turned out great, the company was even better and remind me to always have an amazing photographer on hand when I do project nights!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
(photos of the CUTE aprons to follow)
At the end of the night, I decided to crank out another item that has been on my list for a while... A casserole carrier/warmer. See exhibit A: Attempted (poorly) to attach a spoon pocket AFTER
sewing the whole thing up. BIG MISTAKE. The fabric is cute, and this will certainly do the job - I'm bringing baked French toast to MOPS tomorrow.... But I'm not sold on the "envelope" styling (read: horizontal tote bag) nor the lame pocket. This may require a second
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
the photo 1 minute ago.
We are going to have a tomato crop this year that will rival all in
our history. (J went a LITTLE overboard on the tomato planting... We
have 17 different plants) today's bounty looks to be the first of many.
Oh happy day! Aren't they the prettiest?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I'm interested in how a second variation will turn out...
We are planning on making a sampler from all of these squares... tune in next month for another 1 or 2 additions.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Way to go Christy!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I think this is why I like the "ring" style sling that I sell best of all... It's just so flexible- with so many uses and so much room for creativity. When Mimi was 2 1/2 and we went to Mexico for a family vacation, her little feet were so small that she couldn't walk on the cobblestone streets very easily. I pulled out my trusty camo sling and strapped her onto my back for the day.