Sunday, April 21, 2013

Moving Woes

If you have a moment, pray for this little panda. We’re suppose to able to move on Weds and I’m so ready for it. The delays have been disheartening but I can just feel the great things waiting for us. I try everyday to keep strong for all of us and believe in the greater plan for our life, beyond this moment. But some nights I can barely breath from the anxiety of the past few months. So much has changed faster than I can seem to grasp it. I’m ready to finish this phase, rest and start on our next journey. Breath, little panda, breath.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Angry Eggs

First off, apologies to those of you on twitter and facebook that had your feed explode with several posts in a day. I was using Tumblr’s awesome “queue” feature and apparently it doesn’t work… or I don’t know how to do use it. What should have been 3 days of posts became three posts within a 24hr period! Yikes. I’ll just manually tell it when to publish from now on. And before you ask, yes, I checked my settings. Supposedly its 1 post per day between 10-2… but one slipped out at like 11 at night followed by another at 10 the next morning. 
I’m promise not to flood you anymore.
So with Easter behind us, I finally had time to sit down and color eggs with my son. The weekend just flew by us and I never had to chance to do it. And then we had several rainy days, all of which I had to be out of the house doing things. So while thursday is sunny, it’s still cool outside. We opened the windows to let some sunshine in and I began prepping the eggs. 
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I put butcher paper down on the table to help protect it from the dyes and used washi tape to secure it. I bought a lot of washi tape right before easter and didn’t use it, I don’t plan to use pink and yellow stripes for my son anytime soon. He saw the paper and thought I was going to color, so he ran to his room and brought some crayons back. He colored the paper while I was getting everything else ready.
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So here’s something funny, I like to cook and bake, obviously I share it on here. But here is what I am not good at… boiling an egg. Most of the time my first egg will break, it didn’t, just the second and third. I think my problem was placing them into the boiling water straight from the cold fridge. But personally, I hate boiled eggs, so it does not hurt my feelings if they hate me back. Check out the botched egg, it completely split open.
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I got my cups lined up, added the tabs and added some yummy smelling vinegar. Vinegar smells good right? As those little tabs began to pop and sizzle it didn’t take long to draw in Mr Handsome. Here he is now.
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He comes by his name honestly, he is very handsome, just don’t tell him, we wouldn’t want it to go to his head. He was super eager to get his hands on those eggs, before I could even show him what we were going to be doing, he had already figured it out. He was sitting there trying grab everything so he could get started. Longest three minutes of his life, it was, waiting for those tabs to dissolve. He quickly discovered that the egg dipping wand could double as a monocle and insisted I take his photo with it. Finally the sounds of sizzling stopped and we could finally begin!
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And then we had a little accident, while he was being a bit over zealous and refused to let me aid him, one egg took a fall. He was upset about it, but I assured him we had plenty of eggs and I put it with my dead eggs. 
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Then came the hard part, waiting for the eggs to dry. I prepped lunch while he literally sat there and watched the eggs dry. He knew what was coming next and could not wait to get his hands on the stickers. He played with his monocle for a little while and then while my back was turned, he got his hands on the stickers.
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Don’t worry, the “bad” eggs didn’t get wasted. I discovered today that my little guy actually likes boiled eggs. So I sliced them and he ate them up! Which also means the eggs we are dying won’t go to waste either. He continued stickering in between bites. 
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He even decided to decorate me, awesome.
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Finally the eggs dried and it was time to decorate them. If you hadn’t guessed already, we were making Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, he is obsessed with them. At three, he’s playing and advancing through both games, even the Star Wars edition of Angry Birds. I’m impressed as his mother, but not shocked, my brother and I have been gamers since we were little. I’m pretty sure I learned to play Mario before I was potty trained. I knew he’d want to make Angry Birds, so even though we missed Easter, we had to make them. This was his first time dying eggs, I’m sure he’ll insist we do it every year from now on… until he gets too old for it… can you get too old for coloring eggs? I’m not too old yet!
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And there they are! Angry Eggs and Bad Eggs. He was quite clever, I made the green piggy and asked him what color the other one should be because I didn’t have another green egg. He told me to make a blue piggy because that’s an “ice piggy” [which would be Angry Birds Space], seems like he’s going to be just as big as of a geek as his mother. 
We may have missed the holiday, but we did not let the chance to spend time together pass us by.
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Baby Girl, EA



I’m out of the photography business, do you hear me? Good. But when friends, friends of friends or just down right likable people ask, I’m easily coaxed out of “retirement.” 
When EA’s Momma contacted me over facebook about her one year photos, I was not sure I would even be able to. We have a move coming up, I need to pack, maybe pull my hair out or hyperventilate along the way, absolutely busy.
I am so glad I took the time out for this special little girl, she’s a beauty. And while shy, she snuck me smiles just long enough to give me so many photos I couldn’t hardly choose what to send her mom and dad for preview. EA was actually one of the easiest one year olds I have worked with, she roamed but she stayed happy, even through multiple outfit changes.
And for a girly girl stuck in a boys world, I was melting with all the pink and dresses! Fluffy pink dresses!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dinosaur Bones - A Baby Quilt


Since I learned to quilt it has become my go to gift for babies. I’m not sure why, considering they’re not cheaper than the average gift and it certainly takes more time. But I love making them! Taking the time to pick a pattern, find material, cut, arrange sew, pin and then finally seeing your end result, it was a wonderful accomplishment!
I made two baby quilts during the month of March, this is quilt number two. Why am I showing you quilt number two first? Because number one is STILL hanging in my closet, finished but never mailed. How awesome is that? There is a cold baby in Texas waiting for her quilt. Okay, she’s probably not cold, I assume other people gave her blankets… but she’s being deprived of the beauty I slaved over and had to take apart to fix. But that’s another story.
Today, we get to see Dinosaur Bones made specially for a special little boy who has not made it to the world yet and better stay put at least two more weeks. You hear me little guy? Stop giving your momma contractions and stay where it is warm! It’s spring in Oklahoma, naturally, that means it is 30 degrees outside, stay put.
When I told his Momma I wanted to make a quilt, I let her put in a color request. I then took a trip to the fabric getting place and compiled a bunch of photos of “possibilities.” One of these possibilities was Dinosaur Bones, as soon as I found it, I knew I wanted to make something with it. I also knew that the Momma in question will occasionally send me dinosaur memes because we both get a kick out of them. And my dreams came true when I got the text claiming Dinosaurs as THE ONE. I rushed back to the fabric store and made my purchase. At this time I was still working on quilt number one and didn’t actually think I would have time to work on Dinosaurs in the month of March. But I ended up finishing the other and with SIX days to baby shower, I began cutting. 
I have been daring myself to touch more difficult patterns, things that test my patience and sanity but overall come out beautiful. Totally worth the literal blood and tears. But with six days, I was pushing it. As I looked over the print for the quilt, I knew it would be better suited with a simple pattern that displayed the fabric print. Everything went smooth from cutting to piecing and sewing. I got it all laid out and began pinning, but after pinning the entire quilt I met my first obstacle. This beautiful orange fabric I chose as my backing was actually made in hell and sent to this earth to torture me. It slipped and in between my pins I had way too much material. I had to unpin the entire thing and work it in sections! It was awesome, really… no really, I had some chocolate and fries, found comfort and moved on. And then I got all the way to my binding to realize I purchased single fold bias tape instead of double, I went with it anyway and hated it, HATED IT. So the next day I ran back to the getting place, purchased the double fold and finished that puppy. WHEW! Clipped it, photographed it and wrapped it for the shower the following day. 
I’m just going to take a moment to pat myself on the back. 
Now, you’ve read my heart wrenching story of blood, thread and dinosaurs; I bet you’d like to see the quilt? But, of course.











I used a thick and fluffy batting for this one and I love it. If I still had it, I’d sit around and hug this quilt. I am so happy with how this one came out, it’s just what I wanted to make. I hope baby boy loves it just as much as I do.