Friday, July 31, 2009
My girls were recently introduced to the joys of stamping courtesy of a local garage sale. They purchased a couple of stamps and some ink pads. Then they got to work decorating every single piece of available scrap paper (and my wood floor to boot).
Yesterday the hubbie and I stepped outside to talk with the neighbor while the girls were stamping. Upon return we were greeted by this:
Yes. She had stamped her face, her arms and her legs. Only this was not one of the stamps the girls bought. It seems they ventured into the garden and plucked a seed pod off our oriental poppy. As it turns out these pods are perfect for stamping.
After recovering from the initial shock of her appearance I swelled with pride. We were raising innovative resourceful girls. Little did I know their actions would lead to criminal behavior.
I was so impressed with the kids' discovery that today I went to pick the remaining pods. They'll make nice gifts coupled with an ink pad for the nieces and nephews.
The first plucked pod spit out a bunch of tiny brown things. It took me a moment ... my brain is sometimes a bit slow ... and then it hit me - these are seeds. I ran back in the house and got my son. Together we plucked the pods and gathered the seeds.
Then I did an internet search to see if these seeds could be used. And the answer is maybe. It turns out oriental poppies contain opium. The seeds themselves are fine to eat and harbor a negligible amount of narcotic. They can be toasted and ground then used in muffins or breads or scones. However, thanks to the war on drugs, it may be illegal to harvest and use homegrown seeds. It's legal to buy them from the store but not to gather your own.
Therefore the boy had inadvertently entered the drug trade (thanks to the over-exuberance of his mother). This was not his first criminal offense. And the girl spent her day solidly covered with the mark of opium. This was also not her first offense. Should any of us be arrested I sincerely hope you will help to post bail. Really we are good people. Truly.
And now you must excuse me. I'm going to bake a batch of lemon scones which may or may not contain poppy seeds.
These pod stamps are super cool. They'd make great snowflakes and could be used to create excellent holiday cards. And the pods are seed and opium free. I am giving away a set of stamps and an ink pad in a homemade bag . Comment by August 7th for a chance to win.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.
Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't...
And that's it really. Some days will be better than others.
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Over the hill and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. This week all three kids are gone. The boy is at lacrosse camp and the girls are with their grandparents. On top of that I only have to work one out of the five nights they'll be gone.
Friday, July 3, 2009
My youngest was invited to a five-year-old birthday party later this month. The minute we got the invitation I knew what I wanted to make - an I Spy Bag. Of course the invention is not my own; it's been floating around the web for a while. I couldn't find a specific tutorial but the bag was easy enough to make without one. Here are the basic steps:
- Go buy clear heavy-duty plastic from your local fabric store (I bought 1/2 yard on sale for $2.00 and still have quite a bit left-over).
- Send your children on a scavenger hunt around the house for small treasures (this keeps the kids busy, clears the clutter from your house and saves you money).
- Make a list of the trinkets to be included in each bag.
- Find some fabric scraps (do you remember this project? I used left over fabric from that - once a curtain now a book bag and a toy).
- Cut the fabric into two squares (or any other shape you wish).
- Cut a window into the front square in any shape desired (I made a square window by cutting four triangular flaps and folding them over. This left a nice clean edge. )
- Cut a piece of plastic in the same shape as your hole only larger, in and sew to the wrong side of the fabric using a straight stitch. (Note: on another I Spy Bag I cut the window as a star shape then used a zig-zag stitch to attach the plastic which kept the fabric from fraying).
- Pin right sides of the fabric together and stitch the bag edges. Be sure to leave an opening to turn right side out.
- Fold the edges of the opening in and iron to make closure easier after filling.
- Fill the bag with rice and trinkets (a creamer pitcher works great for this).
- Top-stitch to close bag. For a professional look top-stitch the entire border of the bag.
- Print a list of the bag contents and laminate (I simply used clear packing tape).
- Attach list to bag (I plan to use a pretty ribbon).
It turns out my kids also wanted I Spy bags so I made them each one too (they are five, nine and thirteen ... even the teenager wanted one of his own). And finally I made a bag for my niece. All told I made five bags in an afternoon. These would be great party-favors and are also perfect for summer car rides.
Happy Sewing and Happy Frugal Friday!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
- Sitting on the porch and watching the girls "wash" the car.
- The way the wicker couch vibrates as the labrador pants.
- The rustling of aspen leaves as they dance in the breeze.
- Finding a homegrown strawberry.
- Dreaming of stuffed zucchini flowers.
- Knowing how to spell zucchini.
- Listening to chickens babble as they rid the yard of weeds.
- Birthday flowers from the neighbor's garden.
- Plastic Sponge Bob cups used as vases.
- Plans to canoe and kayak on the 4th.
- Friends coming to town (even if only briefly).
- Pleasant summer afternoons to counter long nights at work.
- New projects to contemplate.
- Crafty stuff yet to share (stay tuned).
Thanks for the sympathy and love yesterday. I'm am feeling much less sorry for myself. Ahhh the joys of parenting!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Today is my birthday. I've been on this planet for thirty-eight years. I learned long ago that birthdays, though special, are also just one of 365 days. And on that note I rang in my birthday with a midnight vacuuming of the living room. This morning I ran a load of dishes and also managed to finish a couple of loads of laundry. This afternoon I cleaned my daughters' room.