Wednesday, December 23, 2009

nummy soaps and more!!

i found this blog and though that i just had to pass on the link. angela has some great stuff in her etsy shop (lemon cream soap, mmmm) and, if you go to her blog, look into the archives for 'cupcake bombs'! they are incredible!

Monday, November 9, 2009

My Friend Mikhel...

I just had to post these pictures of creations made by my friend Mikhel! One day Mikhel came over to my house for an afternoon of sewing and this is what she came up with. Mikhel is only twelve years old. I'd say that she's got a lot going for her already! Keep a look out for more goodies from Mikhel in the future.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I didn't even know what hit me!

Okay, for real, I didn't even know what hit me. We were riding home from work today in out trusty dusty mini van, a car pool of seven. The driver joked before we left the parking lot because everyone put their seat belts on. "You guys really trust my driving, don't you?" Nothing about trust, it's just LAW in Chicago to wear a seatbelt.
As we were driving north on Campbell to Belmont, we stopped at the corner. There was a pedestrian coming across Belmont, so the driver waited for her to get across before we took our turn. Did I mention that I was in the front seat holding a full cup of coffee with no lid? In split second, I heard a crunch and noticed that my coffee was all over my right pantsleg. (I am so happy that jeans are acceptable in my office!) I though the 'crunch' was a broken axle or something. Then,our driver said something about 'that lady just ran into us.'
I really did not know that something hit us! That was so weird. Everyone was okay, I was probably the most shaken. I had a serious spinalfusion surgery in 2004, two titanium rods and a mega amount of screws are forever embedded in my spine, so I have reason to worry. I feel fine, just a bit sore.
The ironic thing about the accident was that the driver of the other car was a Chicago school crossing guard! She said something like 'I couldn't see that girl crossing because of the tinted windows on your van.' Why was she trying to look through our windows?
Well, I'm happy to say that this is the first accident that I have ever been in in my life, ever! Hopefully the last.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

Halloween has never been one of my favorite holidays, and I still can't figure it out. When I was young we never had money for real costumes (who does?) so I would dress up as a beatnik or a hobo. (Am I revealing my age?) I never won any contests or got an honorable mention. When I went to people's house for trick or treat, they always asked what I was supposed to be.
My three children are grown and I have a darling little two month old grandbaby. I think hmmm nice Saturday to relax, do some housework, craft, etc. My 22 year old daughter was first with the question "Mom, what should I be for the Halloween party tonight?" Someone is having a Halloween party? I ask. I tried to explain that I was never good with creating costumes, let alone do I feel like going to the thrift store to try to find something that will suit the character. Well, her friends came by and then she decided to be the dead queen of the universe or something. Now there is baby powder and red paint sort of splotched here and there around the house. At least I didn't have to figure that one out.
My 27 year old son was next. Mom, do you have any white gloves? No, was my response. Well, I'm going to the thrift store, he says, I need overalls and a hat because I'm going to dress up as Mario for tonight. Okay, at least I don't have to help with this one, I am relieved. I then get a call from my son at the thrift store, there's no yellow hats, here. Oh, not good, I think, I may have to come to the rescue. I wait, ready to be the seamstress on demand. And twenty minutes later, my son walks in, ugly grey suit, argyle sweater, poindexter glasses. his hair is long and brushed to the side like some seventies dude. He changed his mind from being Mario to some whacky college professor. Not bad, I think.
So, my children go their separate ways to parties and downtown and whatever else they will find to do tonight. I will happily sit home with grandbaby and think of how I can decorate for Thanksgiving.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Chrissy made me do it!!

...and i'm so glad! I was at a twitter party tonight with Indie Biz Chicks and mentioned that I needed to start blogging. So Chrissy Heron Gipson from insisted that I start tonight! I am so glad that she did, because I would have put it off forever!
So, I'll start by telling you a little bit about myself. I am a happy wife, mother and brand new grandmother. I live in Chicago, (not the suburbs). I grew up on one side of town and moved to the other. I just love this city.
So, why do I want to blog? I'd like to share about the great DIY scene that is going on here. There is such an emergence of artists and crafters in this city, it deserves to be talked about! I hope to share with you about this and more!