Tuesday, December 23, 2008

These fairies appeared the day after we got to Montana. The girls found them hiding in one of Grandma's nativities! They were so excited!!

Rori's card read:
"Hi! My name is Sugar and I am a Winter Fairy! I stopped by your house in Texas but you weren't there! Your nice cat, Kaladi, told me you were on your way to Montana so I flew up here to meet you! I I didn't scare your grandma, I've been hiding in her house waiting for you. I like the gingerbread house you madefor your nature table Rori! It looks cozy! "
Love Sugar

Janie's card read:
"Hi Janie! My name is Candy and I am a Winter Fairy. I'm sorry I was so late but it was a long flight from Texas. I hope you don't mind, I couldn't carry all of my things so I left them on your nature table. I'm excited to get to know you. I just know we'll have lots of fun. I can't wait to sleep in that wooden house you built. You did a great job! Would you mind if I ride back in theturck with you? My wings are tired! Love Candy

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Simple Act of Kindness

It was just another pee break , in another unfamiliar town (Casper, Wyoming). We were making our usual pass by the snacks and sodas when a not so clean looking man that I would have otherwise probably steered clear of, came up to Janie handing her two one dollar bills and smiled the most genuine smile. “You have a very merry Christmas little one” was all he said.
Even now, as we have left that town to move on to the next one on our journey, I am amazed at such an unexpected moment of kindness….Janie was beaming as we left the store and she yelled back to the man “Merry Christmas!” I hope she will remember that moment when a stranger brightened her day for absolutely no reason at all…

We're not in Kansas anymore!

Somewhere in Wyoming

I thought they'd NEVER take a nap!!! Don't they know that I have sewing to do?! lol I had felt food to finish and fairies that need to "appear" in Montana! The girls finally went to sleep and I got just about all my must-have handwork done in time for Christmas! woo hoo!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Our First Taste of Snow

Somewhere in western Kansas,
we got our first taste of snow and it was simply beautiful! (Never thought I'd say that about Kansas!) This is the first snow we've gotten to experience in over two years and as lame as it sounds, I had a lump in my throat...I can't wait until we get to see some mountains! On the road again...

Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Wall-E Christmas

Ever since we saw the movie Wall-E at the movies, I swear I have seen the world thru a different light. For the most part, Wall-E is a slightly exaggerated tale of what our lives as humans are becoming in a world of bigger is better, faster is easier and convenience at all cost is just a way of life.
The moral of that story was thundering thru my head today as we went to the mall for some last minute shopping with family. What were we thinking!? I have never in all my life felt so uncomfortable in a crowd of people! Honestly, I felt a bit snobby, which was probably really terrible on my part but I just couldn’t help it…All these people were walking thru the mall like a herd of cattle, occasionally breaking away from the pack to buy yet another gift that didn’t mean enough for them to buy it prior to five days before Christmas. When I complained about this thought to my husband he said that some people think that is part of the holiday thrill, to search last minute for that “perfect” gift but I just don’t know. …I have been obsessing over the perfect gifts since June!
I struggle with this every year, yes I want my kids to feel the magic of the season but I don’t think it should break the bank (or spirit) by buying a bunch of “stuff” just for the sake of buying stuff. The kids don’t care if the toys are fancy or expensive. I started getting things for the kids back in June and when all was said and done I think I spend about $40 a piece on them- but you wouldn’t know it to see the packages under our tree (or rather in the back of the truck). My favorite place to find that “perfect present” is a huge moving sale or our local thrift store. I know some people would think that is terrible but it allows us to do more with our kids rather than buy more things to throw at them. It is driving Janie mad trying to figure out what her “big box” is…. Little does she know it is full of about $150 worth of Littlest Pet shop toys that I collected for her for about $16!!! Christmas morning will come and she isn’t going to think twice that they aren’t new. They are ready to play with and won’t take forever to get out of the theft proof packaging…
I know my views can be a bit strong, and I hope that anyone reading this isn’t offended. I know that not everyone can live their lives the same, that’s what makes us all so interesting but I do think we could all do for some improvement. If I can make one person think twice about something, my writings have been worth it. I have a number of blog “friends” whom I have never met but in my mind they are my friends and I respect their views and have learned SO much from them. Modern technologies do have some advantages….

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Save Our Toys!!!

Save Handmade Toys

PLEASE check this out! I have been reading up on this and it just makes me sick! As you all know, I am quick to get on my soap box when it comes to all the toy recalls and China made toys so I am SO glad that the government is stepping in to do something....but they can't include the small Ameriacan made toy businesses in with these toy enemies! Please write your representatives, post this button on your blogs and tell everyone you know!!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

the last of my inventory

Wow! What a busy season this has been! I don't have many left and they are actually going much faster then I expected! I am super excited but I have my work cut out for me next year! :)

Jumbo sized boys and frogs $12

(Great for teachers' gifts and churches)

Boys, Girls and Frogs (regular sized) $10

Monday, December 15, 2008

Well, they are definately not flawless but they are pretty much done...finally! I need to touch up one eye on the big one but other than that they are just waiting for little girls to love them! I am so nervous and hope that they love them! I can't wait to give them to the girls!!!

Still avaliable for Christmas!

Just call me one of Santa's helpers... I have been quiet busy with people calling needing last minute presents for Christmas or stocking up for upcoming birthday parties. I thought I would make it easy by keeping my on-hand stock listed here so everyone can know what I have at a glance! If you'd like to purchase any of my items shoot me an email or call (If I know you)! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season!

Monsters $12 (I have 3 of these green ones avaliable & 1 of the red ones) SOLD

The monsters have been SUPER popular this year and this is all I have left!

Perfect for a teaparty!

2/$1 Spearmint (from my garden) tea bags

Chips $6

Cookies $2 each

Monday, December 8, 2008

There's magic in the hair!

Ok, so I took the plunge and finally sat down to work on the hair....I was SO nervous!!! It took me all evening to make the "scalp" before I could even start on the fun part of attaching the hair. Not to mention the numerous times that I had to hide the doll away because of little ones not wanting to stay in bed! I still have a ton of hair to put in on the crown of her head and down the back (in addition to finishing an eye) but I was too excited to go to bed before posting a picture! The hair is magic and the doll is starting to look more worthy of a little girl's love! I can't wait to start on the little one!


I know it's all part of the process but these dolls just aren't coming together as cute as I had hope. At the moment, they look more like aliens ! I promised to show progression though so here they are! Cross you're fingers that with hair they will magically be transformed into the beautiful little babies that my girls deserve!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Who says you can't play with your food?!

Chips (12 in felt bag) $6 ~ Pasta $5

I've had a few people asking for pictures of the playfood I sell so I thought I would just put it on here so they are all in one spot! I just love watching the kids play with these! I am constantly getting "requests" for Janie's animals' favorite dishes...lol She recently got a racoon that she's insisting she needs some spagetti and meatballs! One more thing to add to my list! lol

Doritos $6 SOLD OUT
Cookie Kit $12 SOLD OUT

The kit includes everything pictured (in plastic container above)

6 Strawberries $8

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Soft and Cuddly

I don't know where the time has gone but I find myself playing "elf" these days trying to get little trinkets ready for under the tree. I know to a certain level it is stressful but when a little girl only asks for a soft cuddly doll of wool and a Barbie necklace how do you purposefully disappoint her?
I have been stalking Waldolf dolls for months but we just can't afford to buy one of these works of art x2 so I have also been searching online for patterns and ideas. It's been about a week and I currently have two "bodies" in my closet both in various stages. Sharing this endeavor with the world is a leap of faith that I am in fact going to finish them and that they are going to turn out! lol So please cross your fingers and say a prayer that this little doll lives up to the expectations of two amazing little girls!