Lowe’s Build & Grow with Pops!

February 28, 2010

LoweBot (Car and Robot)

Over the weekend, Little Monkey and Little Monkette got to spend the weekend with Grammy and Pops. We had an event to go to for Big Monkey’s work on Saturday night, so Grammy and Pops’ offered to keep the kids. Little Monkey wanted to go to Lowe’s Build and Grow again, so Pops agreed to take him. The last time we were there, Little Monkey saw what they would be making this time and he was excited already!

Building the CarBot with Pops

The next Build and Grow project is a basketball hoop for March Madness. I’m sure we’ll try to make it to that one too! Little Monkey is enjoying collecting his patches and having me sew them onto his apron. We’ll have to take a picture with his apron and all his new patches!


Want To Make List!

February 27, 2010

Like many crafty people, at least I’m hoping, I have quite a list of things I’d love to work on or make. I see great ideas online ALL the time and I will save projects that I am interested in trying. Sometimes I end up deleting them. Sometimes I try them and they fail miserably (and therefore I never share them with you!). Most of the time though, my Want To Make List just keeps growing. I have to find the time to get some of these things made!!!

I thought I would share some(Probably not all because there are a lot!) of the items with you. Maybe you will also be inspired to make some stuff too!

Recycled Bath Mat by Montessori by Hand

This bath mat has been on my list for the longest time. Probably the longest of any item on my list in fact! The Recycled Bath Mat can be found at this site with a tutorial on how to make it. I think one reason I haven’t made it yet is all those little squares! Yes it looks cool, but that is a lot of precise cutting and sewing!

Mini I Spy Quilts by Make and Takes

I love these little I Spy Quilts. I think it could be cool to add ribbons to the edges to make it also a “tag” blanket. Then a child could use it when they are small for the feel and the ribbons and later on for the I Spy part. It would be a great toy for taking along to places like the doctor’s office or dinner to occupy their time. I think one reason I haven’t tried to do this one yet is also the amount of precise cutting and sewing required. Plus I will need to collect lots of fun small fabrics to use for it. I have seen many large I Spy quilts but this is more along my ability for time completion.

Family Tree by Leaving Excess

This is another one that has been on the list for a long time. I thought it would make a cool art piece for our wall of photos of our family. It is a Family Tree. Made with the names of all the family members. This person only added dates for marriages, not for birth. Since we don’t know a ton of our family history, we might need to include dates of births to make our tree have any real size to it! You can read here how they made this one.

Crayon Monogram from Big Creek Cottage

I found this idea awhile back and thought it would be cool for a kid’s room or for a teacher. My sister-in-law is a teacher and I had planned to make her one. When I saw this though, she was not yet married, although it looked like she was on the track to be married soon (that ended up being the case). I decided to wait to make her one because an E would be easier to make than a M I figured! But of course she has now been married for four months and I still haven’t made it. Maybe by posting it here, I will remember and try to get it done sooner.

Kid Pants from T shirt by RookieMoms

How cute are these pants? They are made from a T-shirt! RookieMoms put up a tutorial here for how to make them. I just love the little guy on these pants. Of course do I have a fun cool t-shirt that will work for this project. No. Yet another reason that I haven’t made this project yet either. Note to self-add to the list of things to look for at places like thrift stores, cool shirts that would work for this project.

Ok, seriously this is a VERY small glimpse into my project list. This does not include ANY of the recent items I’ve added. All of these items have been on my list since February 2009 or EARLIER! AHH! How will I ever catch up! πŸ™‚


Book Review: The Unlikely Disciple

February 26, 2010

Back in January, Casey reviewed The Unlikely Disciple on his blog. I had heard about it before that and decided that I wanted to check it out. Since we don’t have money to spend on buying books that we will read one time, I decided to check the library. They didn’t have it but it did show it was on order. I kept checking back so that I would be able to check it out. Once it became available to put on hold, I did and almost immediately there was a waiting list of eight people waiting for the book! I was first in line, so I was excited to get the book, but also worried that I wouldn’t finish it in time. I don’t remember the last book I read completely, especially in a short time frame. Since there was a waiting list, I would not be able to renew my checkout time on the book.

Thankfully the book was a good, easy and pretty quick read. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading to hear about Kevin’s experiences. The author, Kevin Roose, was a student at Brown but he transferred to Liberty for a different experience. It was interesting to see that there were plenty of people at Liberty who also struggled with very tough issues. I didn’t expect to find that out. I mean, sure everyone struggles with something butΒ  I just didn’t expect to find so much of that at Liberty.

The book also made me think about how we see other people. Most of the folks at Liberty thought that Kevin was a Christian when he was there. And from the outside looks of it, he was doing “all the right things” that one would expect from a Christian. Bible studies, singing in the church choir, prayer time in the chapel with his partner. He sure had some folks fooled. This made me wonder-who are we fooling and who is fooling us. Even if you can fool everyone around you into thinking that you are the best Christian, God knows your real heart and mind and you can’t fool him.

Since it was a fast read, I finished it in less than a week! Amy had wanted to read it too, so I offered it to her since it wasn’t due back to the library yet. She too finished it rather quickly. You can read her review here. If you want to read it and can’t get it from the library, you can look here at Amazon for it.


Blog Material

February 25, 2010

Do you notice that you either have LOTS of blog material or none at all? I seem to have a few things in my head right now to write about but no real time to write them in. πŸ™‚ I decided that I would make a list here so that maybe it would help me remember what I wanted to write about and eventually, when I do have the time, I will sit down and write!

  • Book review of The Unlikely Disciple by Kevin Roose
  • Money lesson at Target with Little Monkey
  • Roland’s Bone Hiding
  • Crafts I want to make
  • BabyWearing
  • Diaper Comparison

I feel like there is more that I had floating around in my mind that I want to write about but if I remember it I will add it to the list. Hopefully I will find the time to write soon and actually have something worthwhile for you to read!


Beautiful Blogger Award

February 24, 2010

Cheryl, from Take a Second Glantz, recently gave me this award, The Beautiful Blogger Award.

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
2. Copy and paste the award on your blog (Done above).
3. Link to the person who nominated you for the award (Done above and below).
4. Share seven interesting things about yourself.
5. Nominate your own seven Beautiful Bloggers.

1. Thank you Cheryl! πŸ™‚ I appreciate your kind comments!
2. Done.
3. Done.
4. Seven things?!?!?! Oh man…I’m not sure how interesting I am.

  1. I seem to be losing some hair. Well, of course after having Little Monkette, my hair has been falling out at a rather rapid rate. It doesn’t seem to really be noticeable in the overall amount of hair I have but I lose a TON everyday and every time I wash my hair. But that isn’t really what I was meaning to refer to. I appear to have somewhat of a receding hairline. I’m not liking this.
  2. When I worked, I would unintentionally steal pens throughout the day. I usually had my hair in a ponytail and I would use a pen and then stick it in my ponytail. At the end of the day I would often find at least three pens in my ponytail!
  3. I am “training” for a 5k. My first (and maybe only) 5k. I am running in Disney’s Royal Family 5k in March. My sister, Amy, will also be running it, along with quite a few of our friends. I am just hoping to finish! I am sure that once we are there and have many people all running, it will help give us the adrenaline to get through it. Hopefully I don’t pass out afterward!
  4. I just finished reading a book, The Unlikely Disciple. The first book (beside kid books) that I have read completely in at least a year, if not two! It was good-maybe I’ll writeΒ  a review of it soon.
  5. I like to eat sugary kid cereals. I’ll eat the regular stuff too but if it is something like Rice Krispies or regular Cheerios, I will add sugar to it. I wonder if this is because we weren’t allowed sugary cereals when we were growing up. πŸ™‚
  6. I have a VERY long list of crafts that I would love to try but most of the time they just remain on the list. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to be crafty all the time! (Just yesterday I added three more items to the list!)
  7. Probably much to the dismay of some of my family, I have multiple piercings and a tattoo. I have my belly button pierced (which I was going to take out when I was pregnant with Little Monkette, but Big Monkey asked me to keep it, so I am.) as well as three holes in my right ear and four in my left. I very rarely wear any of my earrings anymore because it just seems too much of a hassle. The fourth hole in my left ear is closed up but I can put earrings in all the others if I want. πŸ™‚

5. Seven Bloggers? I don’t know if I “know” seven bloggers! I’ll give it a shot though.

  1. Amy -My sister and co-owner/creator of Two Florida Girls.
  2. Joe -Glad you are back to blogging!
  3. Katie -She takes GREAT photos and is now doing some artwork too.
  4. Hmmm, well yes. I do READ a lot of blogs but I don’t actually know most of those people and if I did nominate them they would probably think I’m some crazy stalker!

Just a couple of days after Cheryl gave me this award, Amy also gave me another award.

Thanks, Amy. πŸ™‚

The rules of this award:
1. Put the logo in your post or within your blog. (Done.)
2. Pass the award onto 12 fellow bloggers. (Not Likely, sorry!)
3. Link the nominees within your post. (Done.)
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blogs. (Done.)
5. Share the love and link to the person who gave you the award. (Done.)

Here’s the deal. Since I don’t have enough blogger friends…I am just using the same folks from above for this award. Feel free winners to write about either, both or none!


Birthday Bean Bags

February 23, 2010

Little Monkey was invited to another birthday party but we are not going to be able to attend. We still decided that we wanted to make a gift for the little boy. I am hoping that he will like them. Of course we might end up needing to make a set for his sister too! (Her birthday is coming up soon.)

Birthday Bean Bags

I really like how this set turned out. They are for a little boy at our church. His Dad is the music pastor so I included some guitars and music notes in his set. Since boys like trucks and animals, I found some fabrics I had with those patterns too. The birthday boy’s Dad and Big Monkey also play in a fantasy football league together so I made one with a football theme. I hope he likes them!


I Heart Faces-Hands

February 22, 2010

This week’s challenge at I Heart Faces is Hands. I picked this photo out of the archives. I really wanted to take another photo, but didn’t have the chance. I love this photo of Little Monkey. I took this photo of him while we were making Christmas ornaments in 2008. Crazy how long ago that sounds! And look how young he looks!

Little Monkey's Hand

Head over to I Heart Faces for many more (and much better) photos!