Worked on the Disney album a bit more this week! I took all of my printed photos (that I organized here) and sorted them into their proper organization & started populating my album with “stuff”. I had some help taking photos for you…. I cannot wait to finish this album for him! His interest in everything we did a year ago is awesome and I want to finish it for him so he can hang onto all of his wonderful memories (that we all know are so fleeting at his age). He of course still had jammies & bedhead when I was taking the pictures – but that’s real life on a weekend!
Well, it has been a while – and I am sorry! I made quite a few things lately – but I may not blog about them yet. I even have a blog post about the Christmas Stockings I made for us this year all written up – I will try to post it closer to when people will be thinking about Christmas projects again!
It has been a year (seriously – how is that possible!) since we went to Disney. I sooo would love to go back – but it wouldn’t be the same – we have our Disney “wish” (aka Sam), Andy is older etc. I have run across pictures of Andy at Disney a few times lately & I am astonished how much he’s grown up since last year! Yes – he’s bigger physically – but he just looks so much more grown up & he’s becoming a boy and less a pre-schooler. I am so glad we went when we did – he hadn’t hit the big whiney stage quite as intensely yet but MOST importantly – he LOVED Mickey with all of his heart & soul! He still likes Mickey & Jake & the other Disney shows, but Star Wars, The Hobbit, superheroes & Wild Kratts (especially those guys) have crept up in importance.
Another preview of a UFO…. an UnFinished Object in quilters terms… Pretty sure we can use the same concept as scrappers!
So…. what have I been up to (beyond ignoring my blog)?
I have been working to finish card table playhouses for a few friends! I am using this pattern (with my own tweaks & changes) from a local designer Shea Henderson aka Empty Bobbin. If you are ever interested in making one of these I will tell you this – I worked my tail off with sales, value cotton, coupons etc. & bought all of the fabric at JoAnn fabric (complete with the requisite 1 hr waiting for your number to be called). I picked up the fabric right before Christmas & spent ~$75/house. So – these things are NOT cheap – so when you see them on etsy for $200-250 and they aren’t felt they are soooo not charging too much (trust me felt/flannel would be a quicker sew job because you don’t have to worry about finishing raw fabric edges). Now – that isn’t to say that you ‘should‘ spend that much money on one – find a friend with a machine & make it yourself!
I am posting my homemade Mac ‘n Cheese recipe for my friend – she asked for it!
This isn’t crazy healthy on it’s own – but it is Mac n Cheese! Depending on your family you can definitely health it up thought. I have tried “real” cheese & honestly – it isn’t as good. I use the low-fat Velveeta, skim milk & whole grain pasta. Other ideas – you can add chunked tofu, pureed white beans, diced cauliflower, spinach or other veggie including frozen peas to make it a bit healthier.
I have a nearly 4yr old. Who expects a “Superman Superhero pajama party at gymnastics” for his birthday. Gymnastics – check; pajamas – check (sorry to the other moms whose kids are invited – hopefully you already had superhero jammies…. we do have extras here if needed); Superheros – easy; Superman – NOT POPULAR!
Seriously – who knew that my kid could consistently pick difficult party themes? Winnie the Pooh (last year’s party) for a 1yr old – easy… for a 3yr old – HARD! This year – Batman & Spiderman are all the rage for the pre-school crowd. Superman not so much. So – here we go DIYing it again! I have found some cake supplies & luckily I don’t need many decorations since the party isn’t at home. I do, however, need treat bag treats.
So far I have some awesome buttons I found at Moon Marble in Bonner Springs (lovely local marble company & toy store)!