22. June 2015 · Comments Off on Finish – Child’s Apron and Chef’s Hat · Categories: Finish Finish, Sewing · Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hi there.  Welcome.

So my three and a half year old son asked for an apron and a chef’s hat the other day.  I’m so happy I’ve found sewing and that I’m now the kind of mom that can just whip up his request in an afternoon.

Fox Apron 1 RW

Okay, okay, I cannot tell a lie . . . two afternoons.  I didn’t make the chef’s hat till the next day.

Chef Hat RW 

My friend Beth told me she shared the pic I sent her with her husband and was incredulous such a thing could be done!  I’ve been there, Beth, I’ve been there.  Less than a year ago, in fact, I was right there with ya.  I still have a lot to learn but I finally know my way around a sewing machine enough to complete this project with ease.

I used this tutorial for the apron, but I shrunk it down a bit.  This is the tutorial for the matching hat.

Fox Apron 2 RW

Yes, it’s a bit wrinkled.

It’s been played in already.

The backing fabric and straps are from JoAnn fabrics.  The foxes are the Fox and The Houndstooth by Andie Hanna for Robert Kaufman.  The woodgrain fabric is a Riley Blake.  The grey pocket is a Kona solid, I have no clue which one.  I used fabrics completely from my stash for this project.

Because it seems wrong not to show you a picture of this ensemble in action, here’s my boy and his new threads.

Fox Apron 3 RW

Yeah, I did put it on his back.  I don’t plaster the internet with pictures of my kids.  I think they’ll appreciate that someday, don’t you?

Don’t answer that.

– Joanna

Linking up with . . . Sew Fresh Quilts (hi Lorna! thanks for the nice e-mail the other day) for Let’s Bee Social

17. June 2015 · Comments Off on Random Picture of the Day – Rain Play · Categories: Random Picture of the Day · Tags: , ,

New uses for umbrellas.  Man, I LOVE this kid.

Rain Play RW

– Joanna

We have a tradition in my house.  A market day tradition.  Not the farmer’s market mind you, but the specialty market.  It’s a pricier, fancier grocery store that in addition to Campbell’s Soup also sells hard to find cheeses, local organic meats and, when seasonally appropriate, local produce.  They make the best desserts too.  I kinda love the place.  While you might go broke buying the Campbell’s Soup, it’s well worth a visit for perishable goods.  My staple purchases include organic milk and butter rolls, yogurt, cheese, cheese spreads, my favorite gluten free breads and baked goods, sweet rice flour, The Husband’s favorite peanut butter and chocolate cereal, organic chicken, ham at the holidays, salad greens, mushrooms, peaches, chocolate bars, pretzel bread, ten dollar a pint ice cream (and worth every penny), cornbread, Naples-Style freshly made pizza, fruits and veggies and of course pretty much anything from the bakery.

The kids and I hit the market up almost once a week.  It’s the only place I will buy salad greens anymore so I try to make it often enough to keep the fridge stocked for lunch.

I started a tradition there this summer allowing Sweetey Petey to pick one item from the bakery each visit.  His top pick so far has been a black and white cookie the size of my hand, but he has branched out into brownies and cupcakes and more. Size has been irrelevant since he knows he has to share.  That’s my lead-in to no, I did NOT allow my almost three year old to eat that ENTIRE cookie.

Here’s this week’s pick.  The chocolate chip crazy cookie.

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Thick frosting sandwiched between two homemade chocolate chip cookies, rolled in sprinkles, edible sugar glitter, and miniature chocolate chips, and drizzled with both white and dark chocolate.

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We shared it after dinner and The Husband asked me if I had bought two.  Bwahahahaha.  Ummmm no.  That cookie was huge.  He did suggest we divvy it up based on body weight though.  This actually made sense to me (Sweetey Petey by no means needed to eat a third of that cookie) and proved to be the only time in the past four months I almost regretted the 20 pounds I’ve lost since I was cleared for exercise after Baby Charwee was born.

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Sweetey Petey chose wisely this week.

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Have a Wacky Wednesday all!

– Joanna

Question of the Day:   Would you pick a cookie, a brownie or a cupcake from the bakery?  Or a cream horn.  I’m always crossing my fingers for the cream horn!

And no, I’m not referring to this blog despite the fact I tweeted a while back that I was giving up blogging.

Only two of you cared by the way.

My official internet besties are Aly and Ann.  Your BFF bracelets will be arriving shortly.  Unless you’d prefer necklaces.

The tragic end is for the bug.  The Bubble Bug.  I posted a pic of him awhile ago but if you don’t want to click over, here it is again.

Bubble RW

He’s cute no?  No.  Not anymore.  I accidentally ran over him with the car.  Whoooooops.

Bug Destruction RW

In memory of the good times we’ve shared . . . Bubble Bug, you will be missed.  (Despite the fact you made a really annoying sound and often got clogged up creating a gigantic bubble butt and got stuck on the paver patio all the freaking time and I had to remove your wings because the bubbles would hit them and pop before they even took off.  Still, we shall miss you.) 

Pete and the Bug RW

Pete and his Bug RW

Bubble Bug Miss You RW

Pete Pushes Bug Button RW

Bug Wand RW

Pete picks up the bug RW

Bubble Bug Bubbles RW

Bug Close Up RW

Bug RW

In other news I’m thinking of upgrading the bug to something even cooler.  Like a Bubble Mower!  (It’s all terrain so the paver patio would be no problem and apparently it has frustration-free packaging.  I don’t know what that is, but it sounds awesome.  Now if only they made frustration-free children . . .)

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Get the boy started mowing the lawn early.  The Husband can thank me later.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What do you think . . . bug or mower?

Ironically, this year the first day of summer falls on a Saturday . . . the very same day I’ve chosen to schedule these awesome random picture of the day posts.  So in honor of summer I’d like to present some fun summer activities.


No matter how old you are, you’re never too old to enjoy a good swing.

Swinging RW


Sliding is awesome.  Much like swinging.

Slide RW

Playing in the Sand

No matter how old you are, you’re never too old to enjoy playing in the sand.  As Sweetey Petey would say . . . DIG!

Summer RW

Playing at the Park

Okay, you might be too old to play on this metal pig.  Especially if you are old enough to read this blog post.

Metal Pig 1 RW

Still, he’s mighty cute and very summeresque.

Metal Pig 2 RW

Summer Holidays

The Forth of July is coming up people so let’s get ready to celebrate!

Flag RW

Eagle RW

– Joanna

Question of the Day: What’s your favorite summer activity?

This picture is self explanatory and requires no back story from me.

How NOT to wear your sunglasses.

Sunglasses RW

Looking at this old picture reminds me the toddler really needs a haircut right now.  Badly.

– Joanna 

Question of the Day:  What color are your sunglasses??

Considering it’s January for me as a preschedule this post and, with the wind chills, it’s expected to get to -30 ish today it feels odd to be posting a picture of walking.  Outdoors.  Without a protective heated bubble to encapsulate us.  Most of the schools have already closed so the kiddios don’t have to contract frostbite waiting for the bus and even The Husband is most likely working from home today.  Yay!  He often retires to his Man Cave on these days otherwise The Pete won’t let him actually work, but even then it means we get more time in the mornings together as well as lunch and late afternoons when his work is winding down.  So I’m all kinds of excited.  I loathe being stuck indoors but when we are all together as a family it’s not quite so bad.

So, it memory of warmer weather that even the Groundhog would laugh at us right now if we inquired about, I’d like to show you how our family walks sometimes go.

Stroller Walk RW

The Pete doesn’t always want to ride and The Snoops doesn’t always want to walk.  Admittedly The Snoops doesn’t typically enjoy being pushed since The Pete hasn’t exactly learned to push evenly or even in a straight line yet.  But I find it amusing.  I actually SERIOUSLY considering buying a double stroller before we were pregnant with our second child just so I could push The Pete and The Snoops at the same time.  What can I say?  The Snoops is getting old and she can’t always handle our walks, especially in warmer weather.

Warmer weather.  Ha!  What’s that?

Oh, if you want to see a picture of The Snoops happily riding in a stroller, please click here.  Also, in my personal opinion, that’s one of my best posts to date and since it was written the month I started this blog probably a lot of you have never read it.  As a teaser, I provide physical evidence that The Snoops is not actually a dog, but a human.  And also a picture of a bad haircut.  It was back in my cartoon-the-heck-outta-all-my-photos-days, but still, a pretty darn funny read.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What’s your weather like today?  Sunny?  Rainy?  Foggy?  It’s May so it had better not be snowy.  

That title is misleading.  This isn’t a post about paint by numbers although it is a post with numbers on paintings.

Way back on that one random picture of the day post I implored you to pick which pair of shoes was mine (I’m riveting these days I know) and even offered “bonus points” to the winner.  Bonus points.  I’m like skee-ball giving you a hundred more tickets and a free rubber bracelet.

Woot.  Woot.

Anyway, Mavis was the first person to correctly pick out my cowboy boots and when I offered her some original Petey artwork as a prize . . . get this . . . she accepted.  Crazy.  This world is crazy that a random internet reader would actually want my kids’ artwork!!!!

Okay not so crazy considering I’ve known Mavis since first grade and she works at the same company as my mom and they chat sometimes.

I decided to use this opportunity to eek out another blog post so I don’t completely neglect the place in my newborn sleep deprived state.  Sleep deprivation is a serious thing people and not to be underestimated.

Petey has painted several masterpieces lately and I thought it would be nice to let Mavis choose which one she wanted.  I mean, it needs to match her decor, whatever that may be.  I don’t even know where she plans on displaying it.  Will she have it professionally framed with masterpiece glass to hang in the formal dining room?  Will it be displayed on the fridge?  Will it line her sock drawer?  In that case she would need to pick a piece that coordinates with her socks.

So here are Mavis’s choices.

A washable Crayola paint masterpiece illustrating that when you mix colors together, no matter which ones, you get brown.  Always brown.

P Paint 1 number

Another Crayloa paint piece . . .  I think it’s a guinea pig with wings eating a snack. Oh and he’s wearing blue shoes on his hind paws.  And he has a pink eye.

P Paint 2 number

Do you see it now?

P Paint 2 title

Here we have Petey’s watercolor phase . . . entitled “Mama Still Hasn’t Found Where That Teal Color Dripped on the Floor.”

P Paint 4 number

And another depicting some lovely color gradients.

P Paint 3 number

In the interest of full disclosure, this last piece wasn’t all painted by Sweetey Petey.  He said “mama paint” and handed me a paint brush.  So I helped.  Here’s the part I did.

P Paint 3 circled

And just in case Mavis has realized she made a grave mistake and really doesn’t want Petey’s artwork, she can also pick one of mine titled “Using Up The Paint So I Don’t Have To Wash It Down The Sink aka Why Does The Toddler Get To Have All The Fun?”.  The Husband thinks it easily looks like a six year old could have painted it.  So there’s that.

Jo Paint 1 number

Sooooooo Mavis . . . which one is it going to be??

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  Which one would you pick?  What’s your favorite?  Tell me you see the guinea pig.

Technically a pawpaw is a fruit native to this area (looky I mentioned food already – go me) but for the purpose of this post it’s actually a name.  The name of Sweetey Petey’s grandfather, my Father-in-Law.  In my day nicknames were chosen based on what syllables a kid could pronounce, but nowadays it seems relatives get to pick their own.

Grandpa picked Pawpaw.  I think technically he may have picked “Papa” but when Sweetey Petey says it, it sounds more like Pawpaw so that’s how I’m spelling it.

Grandma picked Nanny and, for the record, if she’s expecting a salary when she comes to visit it isn’t going to happy.  I’m a Stay at Home Mom so there’s really no room in the budget for a nanny.

But I’ve segued.

Sweetey Petey loves his Pawpaw.  He asks for him quite a bit and insists we phone him on a regular basis.

He’s even taken to finding Pawpaw in some of his books and calling him by name.  You’d think this was flattering, but . . .  it’s not always.

Sweetey Petey has picked out four characters that remind him of his Pawpaw.

First up in this fellow from The Pirates Next Door starring The Jolley-Rogers.  Not so flattering.  The hook hand, the teeth . . . yeah, not so flattering.

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Next up, also from The Pirates Next Door, is this guy.  Also not so flattering, but at least this guy has ice cream and a cool viking hat.  The socks and sandals leave a little something to be desired however.

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From the Curious George Matching Game, we have Farmer Renkins.  Pawpaw does sometimes wear a hat, but I have yet to see him in suspenders.

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The most flattering of the bunch is from a book we recently took out from the library on making maple syrup called Maple Syrup Season.  Pawpaw does wear glasses so we might have finally found a match!

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The interesting thing to note here is that all four of these characters have a beard.

Pawpaw does not have a beard,

See?  No beard.

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Perhaps what Sweetey Petey is trying to say is that Pawpaw should grow a beard.  I dunno.  My two cents.

– Joanna

Question of the Day:  What do you think?  Should Pawpaw grow a beard?  Which of these characters looks MOST like Pawpaw?

25. December 2013 · Comments Off on High Five for the Holidays · Categories: Holiday, Midwestern Life · Tags: , ,

The best way to ensure a Merry Christmas morning is to get in good with Santa.

Sweetey Petey covered his bases with a high five.

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Or perhaps a low five.

Regardless, him and Santa are TIGHT.

In all seriousness though, please have a wonderful Christmas full of family and friends of all kinds and a thankful heart.  It is the people we have near and dear to us that matter most.

Best holiday wishes,