Saturday, January 31, 2009

Homemade/Handmade Presents anyone?

Lucky you!
The first five people to respond to this post will get something made by me!
My choice. For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It'll be done this year. {might be a little while}
4. You have no clue what it's going to be. I may bake you something and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that's for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch? Oh, the catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 5 people who do the same on your blog.

The first 5 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me!

*Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it!*

Monday, January 19, 2009

Plarn and plastic grocery bags...

Hi My name is Stephanie and I am a craft-aholic. I've gotten myself into many situations involving glue, scissors, double sided tape, ribbon, glitter, etc. and survived. The newest endeavor of teaching others to make the plarn bags I have created may just take me out of crafting all together. I volunteered to plan a craft event at church and enjoyed the social aspect of the "meeting". It was very informal, laid back, casual with no sign-up sheet, tables for different craft options (knitting, crocheting, stamping/scrapbooking), and of course sweets because so many ladies had asked about refreshments. (BTW, crafts and refreshments often don't mesh well because there is usually some sort of mess involved.) So I enlisted the help of other women to share their knowledge of knitting and stamping/scrapbooking in order for me to focus on the crocheting and the plastic bags. The process started out fantastic with many eager participants. We made the plarn by folding and cutting grocery bags and looping them to tie them together. Then came the question that halted our progress, "Does anyone know how to crochet?" I don't think I've had that many blank stares from "students" even in my classroom. :) Then we started with the basics and regular yarn. If we can get a chain stitch, then we can get a single crochet stitch. Most of the ladies stuck it out and made beautiful chains, which we tied off and they took home as a souvenier of their hardwork. A few even ventured to begin the first row of single crochet stitching. But this is where the wind came out of my "teacher" sails. My eager "students" were wrought with frustration and didn't want to keep the learning train chugging. We mastered the chain, so the next process was to master the single crochet so that we could move on to the half double crochet, which is the stitch needed for the plastic bag project. But when they gave up on the obstacle of learning the single, the half double went down the drain too. Alas, I felt angst because I wanted the day to be productive and help other ladies to learn & create the masterpiece bags that are the hit of any grocery store. I got home and felt such a let down (not in lactation) but in my teacher skills because the bar was so high in expectations. I think the hope was to make the bag in one day, but the reality of learning the fundamental skills proved to problematic for some. This minor snafu did not kill my craftiness completely, so I still plan to coordinate another craft event. (After all, Zach plays basketball every Sunday for three hours, why can't I take the same amount of time to craft and socialize?) In the meantime, here is the link to the website where I found the pattern and some hilarious photos from the craft event.

Fabulous Gretchen modelling one of my bags!

Lacey trying to fake paying attention.

Our fearless Women's Ministry Director, Rhonda. I know you are the company you keep! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

It's not so much the words but the meaning...

So this has been on my mind and now I feel like going deep and philisophical in this outlet. Words are simply words until a meaning is placed with them. Zach and I have discussed numerous times some vocabulary that we don't necessarily want our little boys to hear and which words are relatively harmless. The other day Nathan told me, "Momma this is stupid!" To which I replied, "Do not say stupid, that's not a very nice word. Say I don't like this or This is not what I want." This instruction to my son made me really think about how I use words and the meanings I attach to them. Some people that I know use specific words repetitively and thus I associate them with those words. Then there are those times when someone uses words in a malicous intent to create a sense of reality from suppositions. This has happened most recently to Zach and I from different people in both instances. Each time we reacted in shock and anger that false words were spoken. The harshness of these comments comes at a time of the year when most people are thinking about resolutions and making their lives better in some fashion. I have my own resolutions and hope to maintain them in my daily life, but when I found out about the personal attack on my character I couldn't help but dwell on it. Yesterday I was reminded by a friend that people said bad things about Jesus too. So my hope is to be more Christ like to people that have wronged me in the past and forgive them freely. I don't need to remain a bitter, ugly person when a situation goes south. I need to guard my tongue and use my words to convey a meaning that is glorifying to God and gives others the desire to know Him.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Christmas Update with Photos

This year we made the annual trek to Kendallville, Indiana to visit Zach's family for the Christmas holiday. With the new van we were excited for the trip because we have more room and more entertainment options available. We got a few shots of the madness!

This is the only picture of Cameron from our trip. He is at least wearing his new Christmas pajamas, but his brother is the photographer that remembered to capture him.

These are the tomato and carrot that Grammie and Papaw got for the boys. This brings the total on the gynormous stuff animals to four including Toofers the Dinosaur and Quakers the Duck from the past two Christmas seasons. Though the size of these creations is as big or bigger than Cameron, they are super soft and Camo loves his tomato!

Nathan is sporting his new Christmas pajamas as well. This is the second bowling set he received this year. Uncle Brian, Cousin Kelli, and Cousin Kristi gave this set to him. Kristi was annoyed with the mooing cow, but luckily it does come with an on/off switch. We already determined this would be a great set for the Marga's house!

Thank goodness we purchased the mini-van before going to Kendallville. I unloaded all of the stuff from the van into the kitchen and this is the mass amounts of STUFF that can fit into all the nooks and crannies of this new vehicle.

My dad came to visit the weekend before Christmas and brought gifts for the boys too. Nathan is displaying his new Colts warm-up suit. He also got a Handy Manny backpack with wheels. It's adorable, but he wouldn't model it for me.

This last picture is just so stinking cute I couldn't help myself. Cameron's cousins Ella and Joaquin sent the hat for him and it has matching mittens. He is also grasping his birthday present from Amber, which he loves now that he puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, the exact opposite behavior of his brother. The last aspect is the new skill Cameron has learned in pulling his paci out. He is very proud of himself when he does achieve it.