Archive for February, 2012

A Couple More Christmas Gifts Instead of Art Night

This week, we took advantage of an opportunity to appreciate some different art by attending a concert by The Notables. While it was entirely enjoyable and rockin’, I don’t have any photos for your viewing pleasure. But, here are Joey’s and Peter’s Christmas gifts to tide you over until next week.

First, Joey’s (which I made by covering a very ugly plaque that I got at a thrift store):

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I used italic font and my good ol’ calligraphy pen for the text. My color scheme was based on the bakery’s colors and that is where this little piece now hangs.

Now, Peter’s (also covering an ugly plaque from the same thrift store):

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I also used italic font and my calligraphy pen for this text. And I based the color scheme on “Kung Fu Panda,” since that is Peter’s favorite movie.

So…now you only have to anticipate seeing Clara and Levi’s gift. Oh, I’ll bet you are just on pins and needles….

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Small Aunts and Small Nephew

Isn’t it nice to have a lot of small aunts to hold you?

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And a “bigger” aunt is nice, too. (Okay, Lu, what else am I supposed to call you?)

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And a Bumpa.

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And a Grandmom.

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But those uncles are elusive…I’ll have to catch them later.

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Chain Stitch

I incorporated the Chain Stitch into my 1 John 4:7 sampler this week for TAST. I used two strands of embroidery floss, each from a different skein.

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And then I tried a Whipped Chain Stitch.

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Progress as of this week:

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Art Night in Color

Before Edmund’s arrival on Thursday, we had regular Art Night on Wednesday. Using Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun by Carla Sonheim, we explored color. First, we watered down red, blue and yellow watercolor. Then we made swipes with the colors. And then we had to find an animal in the swipes and bring it out with our pens and charcoal.

Eleanor found a person instead of an animal in her first colors.

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Lydia’s snail.

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There is a hummingbird in there. And a snake.

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Joey’s rabbit. (He was a much more cooperative “student” this week.)

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I’m sensing a rabbit and snake theme here.

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Yep. A whole litter of rabbits.

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Is Harriet finding a rabbit, too?

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Levi’s first colors revealed an elephant.

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This guy from the ‘hood wandered in a drew a fish.

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Amelia’s cat.

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Clara’s second piece was a peacock, not a rabbit.

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Margaret’s lion was her second work.

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Her first was this dragon who is still undergoing his transformation.

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I’m not sure what this is, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a rabbit.

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Fun times, as always.

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February Family Festivities

There have been some festive moments this past week, starting off with Charlotte’s birthday. Right off the bat, she lost her first top tooth.

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We immediately moved on to mom’s house for a Hello Kitty-packed birthday party (of which, Clara has a plethora of much better photos, so you’ll just have to trust me on the amazing amount of Hello Kitty items). The party also included a surprise. We made Charlotte close her eyes while we wheeled it in.

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She was a little happy.

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(And here is where I totally fall down in documenting the party. I have no photos of the actual fabulous surprise: a bike, complete with punture-proof tires from her brothers and handle-bar streamers from Eleanor. This is THE gift she was hoping for, so she was really, really tickled.)

Then, on Monday, Eleanor hosted a Valentine party and Charlotte got to wear her new outfit from her birthday (thanks to Amelia and Steve) and her Hello Kitty hat that Clara knitted and her Hello Kitty rain boots from Grammy (since it was snowing).

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Eleanor bought a new outfit for the Big Event.

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And she bought–and made–the festive food.

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We actually made a recipe that I found on Pinterest: Valentine’s Day “Puppy Chow.”

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Everyone was in a holiday spirit. (I don’t know why Margaret is MIA?)

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What more could you add to this fun week? Getting your braces off!

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Oh, and getting a new family member!

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The Son Has Arrived!

Edmund Paul made his debut last night at 11:17pm!

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Joey, Clara, Harriet and I had to get firm with the nurses guarding the doors. So, what did we do while we waited for the go-ahead? Took photos, course.

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We were greeted by this perky person. Does she even look like she just had a baby. No, she does not.

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And, this new father was pretty darn perky, too.

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Harriet was so sweet with Edmund.

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She kept saying, “Edmund? Cute.”

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And he IS!

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Welcome to the family, Edmund!

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Take a Stitch Tuesday: Lazy Daisy Stitch

This week’s stitch for TAST was the Lazy Daisy stitch. I just keep adding to my 1 John 4:7 sampler.

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Progress so far:

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