Thursday, February 04, 2010


My blog is now over here. Hope to see you there!

But WHO?

Tea's world has a lot of homemade toys, art pieces, quilts, etc. These things were made with love by friends and family either for him, or for someone else in the family and eventually passed down to him. He really likes to discuss who made what.

"Granddad made these blocks."
"Grandma Cookie sewed my sheets."
"Nana made my quilt."
"Auntie M and Mama painted those animals."
And so on.
Because he's 2, we repeat these observations over, and over, and over again.

Today's conversation had a new twist.
"Who made my play kitchen?"
"I don't know, sweetie. We bought it in a store."
"But who made it?"
"I don't know. Someone made it and then we bought it from the store. We don't know the person."
"But WHO, Mama?"
"Someone whose job it is to make toys at a toy factory, I guess."
"Like Santa Clause at the North Pole maybe?"

Wednesday, January 06, 2010


T and I made pretzels today.

I measured and he dumped ingredients into the bread maker. After the dough rose ("like the dough the little red hen made") we rolled it into snakes. Some of the shapes we made were more pretzel-like than others.

T brushed on the egg white glaze.

He then meticulously placed pieces of salt and poppy seeds.

I promised T we'd hear the timer, but he refused to budge from the oven while they baked.

The finished pretzels looked more like demented rolls,

but T couldn't have been prouder.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

In a pinch

This morning T woke up feeling unwell.  I woke up with a budding migraine. I had a sinking feeling as we slogged through breakfast that the day had the potential for a lot of Unfun. I needed a plan that was simple and would partly immobilize T for at least an hour while my painkillers kicked in.

We launched the reading raft. We pushed the couches together and piled them high with quilts and pillows. We stocked the nearby table with lots of books and tea (for me). I pitched the idea that we could switch off reading stories to the teddy bear. He took the bait, and the reading raft kept him snuggled up and quiet for the entire morning.


Friday, January 01, 2010

The Most Last Minute and The Best Gift (Christmas Crafting Revealed, Day 6)

Here's the very last gift I made this Christmas. I finished it at nearly midnight, just minutes before Christmas Eve.

Have you ever made a t-shirt with freezer paper stencils? It's so easy!

I traced my design onto freezer paper and cut it out with an exacto knife:

Then I stuck it fast to a t-shirt by ironing it:

Next, I brushed a few coats of paint on:

After the paint dried, I peeled the freezer paper off.

Have you figured out the design yet?

Look again.

Scroll down if you need extra help...

Now go check out our adoption blog, because that has all the details of our REFERRAL!