Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All Dressed Up

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We officially began our Christmas baking Monday. I say "officially" because we've been baking since about a week before Thanksgiving but everything we've made since that time has since been devoured for this reason or that. Never mind the reason. That's not the important thing. The important fact is that we've officially started the holiday baking (some of which will hopefully survive the three days left until Christmas) and our house is beginning to smell like Christmas.

You know the smell. Ginger. Cinnamon. Cloves. Nutmeg. Sugar. Oh...how I love the smell of sugar mixed with...well...with just about anything, really.

When I asked Chloe which cookie would be the most important cookie for her to bake this year, she methodically turned the pages of the cookbook until she spied the page of gingerbread men. She paused, pointed and then proclaimed, "These guys!"

How could I say no?

Chloe ran excitedly to retrieve her apron from the hook and pulled it over her head, ready to begin the sweet making process.

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We made dozens of these cute little men.

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Poor, naked little men. We needed to dress them up. I broke down and bought some fancy supplies this year. Black and Red edible candies from the local cake store. Perfect for eyes and buttons.

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We even granted a few, choice men some personality. Oh how delighted they were to pose for us.

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Towards the end of the dressing session, I found myself adding the eyes and buttons myself, a job which had previously been assigned to Chloe. I finished off the task myself...

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...and went to look for Chloe.

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I spotted her apron hanging on the chair and immediately knew she had expired.

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Yup. Completely tuckered out. Poor dear. Fashioning a gingerbread army is arduous work. I was left to finish the holiday baking myself because Chloe was to come down with a stomach bug the very next day. More on the other goodies in another post though. It's family game night and I hear laughter downstairs that I wish to be a part of. I'll chat at you again soon. Happy Wednesday everyone!

The Fall Dresses

My poor, dear little one is sick. Yesterday was not fun at all. The poor thing was down and out with a stomach bug of some sort. Today she is much better. She kept down her liquids last night and this morning started keeping down solids. She is napping now and hopefully on the mend for good.

So, I will take this brief pause from tending to a sick child and show you the dresses I have been speaking of for quite some time. I am so sorry to have taken so long to get around to showing them to you. Life, you know?

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This first dress I made for "fall". I won these patterns from none other than The Handmade Dress. Oh boy was I excited to win these patterns.

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The top is Miss Olivia Paige and the skirt is Miss Claire.

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The second dress pattern I purchased last year from an Etsy store. I am terribly sorry but after some searching, I can no longer find that store. No website, no Etsy shop, nothing. So, I am unable to share this pattern with you which saddens me since this shop had some of the most adorable dresses.

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I have two days to get another dress made in time for Christmas too. I already have the fabric...I just need to cut it and sew it. Probably not going to happen, but who knows? Stranger things have taken place before.

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I must be off now to edit some pictures of cookies to post and then finish up some cleaning and baking. Have a fantastic day! I leave with you with a couple more pictures of the Thanksgiving Dress.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Plate Stacking

I have recently found myself intrigued by this plate stacking art form. I love it. I find myself wondering, just how many plates can a person stack in one tablescape? This week I tried 4.

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I purchased a few of these plates with other holidays in mind. I don't have room in my home to store an abundance of plates so they need to serve multiple purposes. (The smaller white plate has raised acorns and leaves for autumn, the green with white polka dots would looks darling with pink for Easter and the white base plate has embossed daisies growing up the side which could serve many seasons.)

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Now I just need to finish the rest of the tablescape. No rush though as we will not be eating Christmas dinner around this table. We are headed to a cabin for four days with some good friends to spend a relaxing and cozy weekend together. My goal is to finish this before I leave though. I would like to fill these jars with greenery and little, red Christmas bulb ornaments.

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I wish I had thought ahead and planned a little tea party for some girlfriends so I could serve them on these delightful plates. Oh well. Maybe I can do a winter themed tablescape in January and have a little tea party. The ideas are churning inside my head.

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Chloe and I did some baking yesterday. I must photograph the delicious things we made to show you all. I also photographed the two fall dresses I made her that I am dying to show you all too. I will be back soon. Right now, I have a sick little angel in desperate need of some cuddles. Poor dear. I am going to have to do the holiday baking today by myself while she watches from the couch.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mama's New Toy

Its finally here. After years of dreaming and weeks of anticipation, my Nikon D5000 finally arrived on my front stoop at approximately 6:30pm yesterday evening.

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We immediately charged the battery which took an excruciating hour and forty minutes. But boy, oh boy was it worth the wait. I proceeded to walk throughout the house snapping pictures of everything in sight, playing with settings and lighting and such.

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Pattycakes. My baby. She is still kicking...barely. The poor dear. She is deaf (we believe) and is showing signs of blindness. The other day she couldn't make the jump onto the fridge. She still snuggles with me though. Almost constantly. She also sleeps on my head. Literally!

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And this is my snugglebunny Bumblebee. Watch out though because he is falsely affectionate. He will purr as he tries scratching you to get away. I think his purr machine somehow reversed order at birth or something.

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My Twillerbee. My sweet angel. Twillerbee acts completely skittish most of the day. Wait until evening when I am crawling into bed and she will appear from nowhere and snuggle with me. This is the only time of day I ever hear her purr. And it can be quite loud too. She stays with me until James arrives and climbs under the covers and then she vanishes into thin air once again. Sometimes, I head to bed early just to have some extra time with my sweet kitty.

And here are more random pictures I snapped while playing with my new toy.

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I cannot believe how well most of these pictures turned out considering I took them in my dark basement in the middle of the night. Now I leave you with some sweet pictures of Chloe. I will be playing more with my new toy today so hopefully more pictures later.

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I need one of those on my wall.