Jan 27, 2014

Mom and Dad

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 MOM and Dad
 Parenting. The Labels that rivals no other!

Tis when the stork drops the bundle on our doorstep that the clock starts. You do not have to check in to this job because you will never check out. Time on the clock now counts the time between the last feed and the time left to clean up the mess in their bed and no longer acts to gather the hours accumulated from one pay period to the next.
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Jan 23, 2014

At the cost of staying home.

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 I remember life before the "Net" and what a lonely place parenting could be!
Amid the middle of the muddle you would find in the midst of me, a Mom a bit removed from reality, babbling incessantly about the need to check in on my normalicy.

 No outside input.
Nope, you just sat quietly where you were put! LOL.
No Blogs of inspiration, no Google to behold, no Facebook friends, no Twitters told.
 Bringing the "Net" to my doorstep brought the word to me along side a web of information that dared to overwhelm. I suddenly feared the input of the worlds output.

A day in the life of a Domestic Engineer ain't what it used to be...ain't what it used to be.
 And then along came I-Phone....
 Had my fear subsided in the face of never being alone or had it grown into the joy of being at home?
Perhaps I should Google that with the free app that claims to know?
 You are not alone the phone flashes at me, this is Suri, Talk to me!
The world sits no longer idly by seeing things in black and white...

Life is in living color!

 Get busy in the company of physicality.. laughing, crafting, mastering and mess making!
The Art of making messes blogs me today! At the cost of staying home, I am able to play.
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Spending time in the kitchen has always been a great place to play
Life has been full , Life has been fun
living the science of messes as the Mother of 4 Sons!i

The greatest Science FUN you can have in your kitchen is inexpensive and never grows old.

This slimy goop has always and ever been a hit at my house.
In fact not long ago a bowl of Oobleck was shared at the kitchen table amongst teenage friends!
A full box of Corn Starch was dumped into a large metal bowl to which approximately 1/3 cup cold water is added and stirred to a liquid looking consistency. Drops of food color can be added to the mixture creating wonderful effects
The green is great for Halloween but then so is the red.

The potion is a liquid in motion and a solid at rest. It's Science in the Kitchen and time well spent..
 It's too cool not to feel. Go on, do it,  Put your hands right in!
 Left to dry and then re-bagged the Oobleck can be stored and reactivated at a later time( time after time)by simply adding more water.
It does drop and plop in bits and pieces here, there and everywhere but once dried you can pick up the drops and plops (with a sheet of paper and a swift scoop) and put them back into the bowl or bag. You can quickly wipe up ( the kids and the counters) with a wet cloth and be onto the next thing.

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Jan 13, 2014

A Lightbulb Moment

Put on a Happy Face!

These Hand Painted
 Light Bulb
 are truly one of a kind!

Each year,
for two years
in a row
our familys annual acquisition of

 Hand Made Christmas Tree Ornaments,

were made from light bulbs and lovingly created by Grandma!

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Christmas Ornaments

Light Bulb Tree Ornament
Hand Painted 
Light Bulb
Christmas Tree

are priceless to me.
 Grandma made and impossible to replace!

The faces are painted in Acrylic paint onto a regular light bulb to which a primer coat of white Acrylic paint has first been applied and set to dry.
 Once the face painting is completed it is sprayed lightly with an acrylic sealer which gives the finished bulb the shiny finish as well as giving a little boost to the bulbs overall durability.
I must say however that I don't find the Light Bulb Ornaments to be any more breakable than any other glass tree ornament.

                                  Holy Cow, how lucky we are!

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The hats were purchased at the dollar store and the hair and other embellishments are gathered through out the year. Be creative! Hot glue is used to attach the hair, the hats and the hanging cord or ribbon to the light bulb.

Light Bulb Christmas Ornament

Hand Painted Light bulb

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Jan 7, 2014

A Stitch in Time

 Aren't these precious!

I found this lovely little collection of Hand Made Felt Ornaments all together in a freezer bag, at a garage sale many years ago.

Somebody, somewhere, put a lot of love and an awful lot of time into the making of them.They are meticulously made. The simplicity in the designs are exquisite!!.
 Don't you wish they could talk,
 revealing the story behind their very creation and their colorful existence?

Felt Applique Owl Ornament

                                         The Felt Horse
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                                                             Frosty is fine
                                                           but does require a stitch in time.
                                                   The gold loop has hung for the last time.
                                          A quick stitch will mend this wonderful Frosty Ornament of mine...

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

                   The Ornaments that memories are made of..
                                              It is -38 degrees below outside this morning.
                                          The high for the day is expected to climb to the low -20's!
                   Increasing winds late in the day promise to add to an already chilly evening, 
                 a wind chill, factoring temperatures to feeling like 48 below..
                                        I think I'll spend the day inside today
Christmas Tree Ornaments
                          Hand made Christmas Ornaments

Tis Monday morning. The house is quiet, everyone has gone back to work or school.
I am left alone with my thoughts and with the task of packing up the past and getting on with planning the future.
 I reflect upon how busy the season has been.
 After pouring my Java I sit down beside the Christmas Tree that I first plugged  in when I awoke.
I love the glitter of the lighted season!
 As I sat gawking at the flashing tree, in the quiet contemplation of another passing year,
I found myself overcome by the emotions of memories and by the pure splendor of my Christmas Tree!
The sight made me weep...

 I indulged myself in moments of memory...

Every year now for over 20 years my Mom has created a handmade Christmas Tree Ornament for each of my four Sons.

That's a lot of handmade ornaments!

Handmade Christmas Tree Ornament

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Christmas Tree Ornament.
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Light Bulb Tree Ornament

For two years
in a row
  the annual acquisition of
Grandma made
 Christmas Tree Ornaments
were made from light bulbs.

My Mom is truly a master at her craft.

There are a lot of memories hanging in the tree!

 Every year at Christmas time, for many years, each of my four Sons have also made and brought home  a treasured tree ornament.
My favorite is the classic toilet roll fashioned into an ornament by gluing a school pic to one side and attaching a string at the top.
I also love the puzzle pieces all glued together lovingly, forming a frame around each little face, all hanging proudly on our tree, in it's annual place...and then there's the string that was placed into sugar water and left to form crystals that would grow on the string, creating a snowflake like ornament that would continue to shine, year after year... the sparkle I must say has turned to a rather brownish grey.

I refill my coffee cup and blow my nose.
It's now 9:00 am. in the world of this Domestic Engineer.
The world is awake and reality will soon call.
 The cat's down the hall bawling that he can't make his way out
and the morning rush has no doubt left the human facility in dire need of a flush out!

The bathrooms are a mess and the floors are too, the fridge needs a dunging out so today I'll make stew....
I need to book an MRI and an appointment to extract wisdom teeth, I need to submit my paper work for last years tax receipts.. I should re organize the storage of my seasonal trunks but find I need to dispose first... of all this other junk. I could use a dunging out and a washing up too, in fact it should probably be the next thing I do.

Time waits for no one. 

As I finally finish packing Christmas carefully away I smiled to myself.
It is within the moments of our days that the memories of our lives are created
and the joy of  re experiencing the memory is found in the presence of time made.

Twas without guilt that I savored the time I took to enjoy.

Angel Ornament

The face of an Angel
Handmade tree ornaments

              Frosty and Friends
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Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Angels are present..
Angel Ornament

and Pooh is too 

Rudolph's' are rampant
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Rudolph Tree Ornament
Christmas Tree Ornaments

and Balls are too

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                                                  Happy New Year
                     May your coming year be filled with precious memories

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Jan 3, 2014

Upcycled Neck Ties- I Phone Case

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Neck Tie  up cycled.
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Newly realized
neck ties.

These beautiful Neck Ties become fashionable satchels for your I Phone,  Eye Glasses,  ID and  credit cards, keys and  lipstick too!


Up Cycled tie project
Silk Ties and 100% leather strapping come together.

There are fabulous silks laying around in bins out there
all existing as undesirable neck ties waiting to be realized.

Often found in the second and sometimes even third and forth time around second hand store,
neck ties of every imaginable texture and design are bountiful.

 The leather strap can be knotted to shorten the strap to perfect the length.

Neck Tie up cycled

Wider neck ties work best for
 I Phone satchels.

The tie width accommodates the width of I Phone with case.

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This great neck tie lent itself well to the project.

 The Grey and Silver add a depth and a classic evening feel. 

 The button takes it a step further.

This strap is made with  Hemp Cord.

DIY Neck Tie
Neck Tie Satchel
I used Velcro as a secure fastener for the satchels closing fold. This keeps the phone from falling out when you lean over. The buttons are all for show.

Neck Ties DIY

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up-cycled I Phone case

I Phone Case - Up Cycled project

Up cycled neck tie

Up cycled project
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Up cycled neck tie satchel

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