Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
With the coming of the full moon, Ms. Weena Spookington's luck is beginning to change! Recently, while at the local potions emporium, she overheard two witches gossiping about Franky's girlfriend having an unfortunate broom accident. And on the eve before the Harvest Moon Ball! Apparently the hem of her robes got caught on a weathervain. You can guess what happened. Weena tried hard not to feel delighted at the news but she just couldn't help herself. Now with Franky being date-less, and Weena being totally in-love-with-him-but-he-doesn't-know-it-yet, the planets were finally moving into alignment. Weena flew home on her striped broomstick as fast as she could, avoiding all weathervains of course, and got herself all dolled up for the dance. She's a joiner, you know, so she's a member of the decorating committee. She made this banner out of scraps of fabric and found objects she had lying around her house. As soon as her gingersnaps are done cooling, she'll throw off her apron, freshen up her lipgloss and head to the dance where she'll tell Franky exactly how she feels.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I took off from work for a day all to myself. My husband took the baby down to his parents house for a sleepover. Jeff was in a golf tournament with his father and Jeff's mom had Cooper all to herself. After Jeff and Cooper left, I enjoyed some coffee and quite time with the dogs out on the front porch, cuddled under a blanket, breathing in the fresh Autumn air. I love the month of October. Then I got dressed and started trimming some trees. I've been working on a landscaping project for several weeks now and thought that my day off was the perfect time to get it finished. I installed a rain barrel a couple weeks ago and I need to put in a gravel garden path next to it and through the garden. In order to do this I had to bury a drain pipe that I attached to my rain downspout. Well, I was busy chopping away at some stubborn roots when I realized I had chopped right through our cable wire. Oops! Now, if you read my previous post about the rain barrel, you'd know that I also cut a critical wire for our sprinkler system. So my heart sank and I panicked for about a minute. Then I took a deep breath, laughed at myself, then went inside to call the cable guy. A few hours later, it was fixed. The guy said the line was bad anyway and he was surprised we hadn't had a lot of problems with it before. So now we have a new line and hopefully better service. Here you can see the new white cable wire. After the cable problem put a stop to my gardening project, I moved inside where I pulled out my Autumn decorations and put them up here and there while, at the same time, straightening up the house. See my mums and pumpkins? My sister came over later that night and she gave me the best present ever! It's a painting that she did just for me. It is a portrait of me holding Cooper and it is so darling, I can't stand it. I've been walking around the house looking for the perfect spot for it. Look how wonderful it is! You can read more about it on her blog. She also brought cards that my nephews made for me. Each of them feature pictures of me, with my glasses of course, and funny drawings of Cooper. The two of them are so creative. Jake drew a diaper on Cooper and Alex drew this adorable little tree with an acorn. Those little details are so funny to me. I love how stylin' I look with my red heart shirt and my kick ass boots. Tracy and I went to the movies that night to see Nights In Rodanthe....UGH!!! What a terrible movie. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that I hated as much as this one. It was utterly predictable, and amazing that two actors could act so poorly. It was so bad that we were laughing at the parts that were supposed to be all dramatic and mushy. At the end a few people actually clapped, so I made sure I boo'ed. We spent the ride home laughing about certain parts of the movie. I won't ruin it for anyone but I'll just say that I liked the preview so much better than the actual movie. We came back to my house, had a margarita, and watched Ugly Betty and Supernanny together. Then I read my Harry Potter book until I fell asleep. Ahhhhhhh, what a perfect day. Happy Birthday to me....it's a shame that they only come once a year. But then again, it's a good thing they only come once a year because I'd be 64 years old!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is a photo of Cooper with his big cousins, Alex (left) and Jake (right). Summer's officially over but we sure had a great one. Check out my other blog at http://www.babybolis.com/. People ask me how it is going back after having a year off with Cooper. Well, it kinda sucks but it kinda doesn't at the same time. It still feels wrong to me to pay someone to raise my child and I wish I could stay home with him every day. Trish gets to spend more time with him than I do and I'm jealous! :) But lucky for us, she's great with him and she genuinely cares about the kids. Coop loves her and gets all excited when Jeff pulls up to the house. A lot of times he doesn't even look back at Jeff to say goodbye, he just make a bee line for the toys. Trish's job as a childcare provider is highly admirable and I don't know how she does it. I'm not sure I'd be able to pull it off. This is where it's nice to go to work in the morning....to relax and to enjoy the quiet. I like what I do and enjoy being around other adults and having a purpose other than wiping butts and sticky faces. But when it comes down to it, I think I could do a better job and feel much more rewarded as a stay-at-home mom. So that is it in a nutshell!
Now, onto more exciting things...my new venture, One Cozy Nest, has been pretty successful in the last couple months. I've been able to sneak away on a couple Sunday mornings to go flea marketing, one of my favorite things to do. I look for interesting things like old books, flash cards, vintage games, and paper ephemera, etc. Then I sell them to other creative people like artists, crafters, and collectors on Etsy.com. I made the decision to put handbag making on the back burner for now. Maybe I'll go back to it or maybe one day I'll haul off and sell all my supplies, I'm not sure right now. But what I do know is that I'm bored and competition is tremendous. So I'm shifting gears to focus on One Cozy Nest and on making things for myself, friends, and loved ones.
Speaking of...my sister and I were recently talking about my handbag boredom. She asked me if I had any interest in making dolls. I hadn't even thought about it for a second until that day but I figured I'd give it a try. So, I came up with a couple sketches and made a doll in the shape of a bird. Her body is made from linen, her wing and breast are vintage fabric, her hair is yarn, and her face is hand embroidered. The wing moves on the vintage button that I attached it with. I added a nice detail of a vintage pearl pendant for her necklace and styled her hair in a pony tail in the back with a twisted section on each side. Right now she sits on my red couch with my handmade pillows and growing art collection in the background. Here are some pics:
Then, for my second doll, I made a black folk doll named Celie and gave her to my sister, who loves The Color Purple. Last year I bought her tickets to see The Color Purple on Broadway and Celie is the main character. If you've ever seen the movie, she's the character played by Whoopie Goldberg. Her body is eco-friendly felt made from recycled plastic bottles and her hair is black 100% wool yarn. Her face is hand embroidered and her dress is made out of vintage fabric in the color purple, of course! Here she is, sitting in my sister's back yard getting some fresh air:
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Hi everyone! It's been a long time since I last posted a little something so this one will be long and full of pictures. Life has been a tad bit hectic. This past week and weekend, in particular, was a doozy. Some of you know that my dad passed away 8 years ago from cancer. Two years prior to that, his sister Kathleen died of breast cancer. Well, last week, Kathleen's husband (my Uncle Jim) lost his battle with lung cancer. The Horan Clan (5 siblings and their spouses and 4 of their children) put their father/grandfather to rest on Friday with a nice ceremony, followed by a reception at the house in Westchester, PA. Here is a picture of the Horan Clan at my sister's wedding many years ago (from left, Jenny, Tim, Uncle Jim, Aunt Kathleen, Jim, David, Pat & his wife Suzanne and first daughter Courtney):
While saying goodbye to my Uncle, I couldn't help but to remember my Aunt Kathleen (who was my favorite Aunt), and my Dad, whom I miss dearly. I hope they are all together somewhere watching over us. Here are pictures of my Aunt Kathleen and my dad, Bill:
The day after the funeral, my cousin Tim (one of the Horan Clan) got married at the Golden Inn in Avalon, NJ. It was nice to see all of my cousins and their kids celebrating, even after the unfortunate loss of their father the previous week. What an emotional roller coaster they have all been through. The weather didn't allow Tim & Kelly to have the waves and sand as a backdrop for their vows, but it was sweet nonetheless. Here is a picture of my sister, Tracy, and I having fun with the camera...she's got food in her mouth:
We all went out to a nice Mother's Day Brunch where we stuffed our faces with everything from french toast to seafood. Jeff has a "secret" Etsy account and he bought me a wonderful picture frame made out of reclaimed wood and other found objects by Reart.
I can't go onto her shop to browse because I don't want to be tempted to look at her feedback to see what Jeff's username is. He says if I peek, I'll never get another Etsy gift again! Big meany! I'll fill the frame with a nice picture of Cooper for my desk when I go back to work. He also got me a beautiful photo necklace from Simply U Boutique, another Etsy seller. Both gifts had a "key to my heart" theme, and that is definitely fitting since Cooper is, well, just that!
Both Jeff and Cooper gave me cards, and if you can believe it, Cooper signed his own name...interesting. That kid sure is talented. My sister gave me a funny card and a pretty nightie...we don't like to call them night gowns due to the images of ugly flannel ruffles and lace that the word evokes. It's feminine, but not too old fashioned or too sexy. Not posting a pic of me in it, sorry. :) My sister is the best and she's made me a better mom to Cooper. I've learned a lot from her these last 9 months. I am so glad she had two boys before Cooper came along.
In the middle of all of this remembering and celebrating we are having every single window in our house replaced with brand spankin' new ones. The workmen were here last Thursday and then the rain came. So they resumed work yesterday, and hopefully they'll finish up today.
Cooper is napping upstairs among the sawing, hammering, and drilling. Don't know how that kid does it but I'm sure thankful he's such a good sleeper. Also, we had brand new master bedroom furniture delivered on Friday. I personally, have never in my life had new furniture, even as a kid. My mom bought a used crib that she sanded and refinished because, apparently, the previous owner was a beaver and gnawed on the wooden posts! Then I had a white four poster bed handed down to me from my sister, and then after that, I had an antique looking set that we got from an elderly person that knew my grandmother, if I remember correctly. Then, I got my grandmother's old set and that is now in the garage waiting for one lucky Craigslist browser to claim! If I can't sell it, it's going on freecycle.org for sure! Here's the new dresser and end table. I got an armoire, which I absolutely love!
Well, today is another beautiful spring day so hopefully Cooper and I can get out and go for a nice walk to enjoy it. After the windows are done, I can finally get my house back in order by moving the furniture back into place and pressing my drapes and hanging them up. The windows look awesome so far. I chose to have the bottom window clear with the top having the panes. I think I am only one of two houses in the neighborhood that did them that way but a lot of the older homes that I love in Moorestown have windows in that style so I wanted to mimic that look. It really opens up the rooms and it's nice to have an unobstructed view of my yard, especially the bird feeders and flowers.
Whew, that was a long post...thanks for checking out my blog. Take care everyone, and have a great day!