Thursday, July 30, 2009

Peach Jam

I swear I've been on a roll this past week. Sally Homemaker has nothing on me I tell ya.

We have a White Peach Tree in our back yard and everything decided to ripen this week. And for the first time, I made peach jam! Yay me!

In process


There's more coming, but I'll have to take care of it after the weekend. I'm not sure if I'll make more jam or if I'll just freeze the peaches. I had the Eldest help me with pitting and deworming the peaches. You should have seen his face when he came across the first worm. Ewww Yuck! This is the kid that hates all kinds of bugs and things and hates getting his hands dirty. He's such a city boy like his dad. It's so funny to watch them with stuff like this. He thinks all peaches and fruit comes out of the garden like they have them at the stores. I tried to explain about pesticides and all that, but I think he'd rather eat the chemicals than play with the worms. :)

I finished my Dark Green Day vest last night, but I have no pics as yet. I'll save those for next week. Have a great weekend!

Dumb Cat

Check out where our outside kitty decided to take a cat nap - the left front tire on the Mom van:

She's not the smartest kitty on the block.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Roman Shade Inflamed

A while back we moved the boys into the same bedroom and turned the spare bedroom into a gigantic playroom. The decor in their shared bedroom was still coyboy nursery themed and the Eldest hasn't been very happy with it. Now that the Youngest is three and a half and into Hotwheels as much as his brother, we decided to make that the theme of their room.

We started by decorating the walls with vinyl decals of cars. There were four cars to the pack (can be found at Joann's), but they didn't originally come with flames as seen below. The flames came with a gigantic tire decal. I decided that there were already more than enough flames with the tire and moved some flames to come out the pipes in the back of each car. I placed all of the decals strategically around the room just for fun.

Another problem that had to be overcome were the windows. They had blinds on them, but the Youngest spent the better part of his naptime one afternoon destroying them. It was far to late by the time I realized he was doing this for me to save them.

I really want to make roman shades for the kitchen, but wanted to practice first before I tackled making them out of expensive fabrics. So I found a wonderful roman shade tutorial online and got to it. This was the result:

Please be aware that the children picked out the fabric for the curtains for their room, not me. :)

I just noticed that the top right of the right hand shade got loose when we put the screws into the molding of the window. I'll fix that as soon as the Youngest gets up from his nap today. But besides that, didn't they turn out cute? In a very rugged boyish way of course. All in all, I'm pretty proud of this sewing project.

If you'll notice, I left a curtain rod up over the windows. These did hold a bandana valance at one time. I'm planning on suspending a bunch of hotwheels cars on the rod with varying lengths of ribbon or yarn or something. If it turns out well, you'll get to see a pic of that later also.

See ya tomorrow!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Typical Monday

Wanna know how my week is starting out? With a typical Monday, that's how.

1. I have so much to tell you about what I did this weekend, but guess what? My camera battery died, so I can't show you. It'll have to be tomorrow.
2. My children are driving me to the brink. Fights all day, defiance of Mom all day, you get the picture. School can't come soon enough. Countdown 'til August 10th has begun.
3. I dropped a needle out of my sweater and now have to fix 10 stitches.
4. I now have a blazing headache.

I may take an aspirin and cap it off with a Margarita. That should fix things me.