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So, I have a gazillion Christmas projects I have to get done. Three of which I would like to be able to mail next week. What do I spend the past three days on instead of these Christmas projects? Finishing a quilt. A quilt with no deadline. Heck, a quilt with no purpose other than just to be making a quilt. A quilt which was at the absolute bottom of my list of priorities. I kept telling myself that I had to get it done and put away just to make room for the Christmas Crafties. I was lying to myself. I just wanted to be working on it. It sounded so much more fun than anything else.

Well, its done now and I can move on with my life.

I am very pleased with how it turned out. It makes me all warm and fuzzy just looking at those hand sewed bindings and fabric choices. It's official. I think I can now add quilting to my list of crafties.

A day with cousin Chloe

Their shirts are not that neon green in reality. Some flash weirdness there.

Anna really liked that Santa guy.

Even with Mommy close, Chloe was not so sure.

The Day After

First let me say, Way to go Razorbacks! Woo...Pig Souiee.

Ok, your regularly scheduled blog will now continue.

As is traditional (in my family at least) we spent the evening putting up our Christmas decorations. Anna really enjoyed helping (and hindering).

I give her until the end of the week until she's figured out she can drag over one of the kitchen chairs and actually get to the nativity.

You know your apartment is tiny when the only place you can find for your two foot tree is on top of the entertainment center.

Turkey Day Photos

Calm After the Storm

Sure, she looks all sweet and peaceful there and you want to just snuggle her up and kiss her all over. It's a good thing, too because last night I was seriously considering giving her away to whoever would take her.

What with work and holiday preparations, Brendan and I did not get to bed until about midnight. At 3:30, Anna woke up screaming. Nothing I did helped. She just wanted to be awake and crying. She and I were both awake from then until about 6. Brendan was up with us from 4:30 or so until he had to leave for work at 6. I thought I had actually gotten her to bed. No dice. Ten minutes later and she was screaming again. After an hour and a clean diaper and a glass of milk and a trip from her bed to ours, she finally settled back down at 7. Until 8:30. More crying. More soothing. She went back to sleep and is thankfully still asleep.

What makes it harder is that this is a very rare occurrence. She's a great sleeper and has been since she was six months old or so. She proba…

How my day is spent

I just realized, looking at past entries, that it must seem like all I do is craft, plan crafts, go to work and take cute pictures of Anna. No! There is more. I also read. Yeah. So, far I haven't really posted any book reviews because I post them on another site. GoodReads. There's a little link to it over there on the right. I've got reviews of all the books I've read in the past two years or so, a list of the books I am currently reading (yes, books not book) and a list of the books I want to read. Feel free to browse. There are some great books in there. Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett to name one. Folly by Laurie R King (Mom-in-law I think you in particular would like this one.) And, if you get inspired by my reviews and lists, you can create your own account so I can see what you're reading.

Next time back to crafties or cute pictures of Anna. Probably pictures of Anna and an extra special guest cousin since all my current crafties are Christmas crafties (ohhhh…

Baking with the Boobah

Not only does she know her ABCs, she also makes a mean chocolate chip cookie.

My daughter is a freaking genius!

Last night, out of the blue, Anna starts handing us her alphabet magnets and telling us what letter they are. And she's right! So we grab some more and start testing her- "What's this letter?". And, get this, she knows them all. Sure, she gets the tough ones like x and k and m and n mixed up sometimes. But in one day she went from not knowing her alphabet to knowing it all.

I've been making her say W all morning. It's adorable. Something along the lines of "doubledouble".

Not that I can take any credit for her genius. I think all the credit here goes to her daily dose of Sesame Street and They Might Be Giants' "Here Come the ABCs". So, thank you Elmo and TMBG for turning my daughter into a smart cookie.


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The Adventures of Indiana Anna

"That's a nice hat you've got there, daddy. Mind if it I borrow it?"

Cue Indiana Jones theme song. Du Du Duuuuu. Du du Duuuuu. Etc.

One more thing, daddy....


In other news, we had another marker incident.

I caught her quicker this time. It's not that I keep the markers someplace easy for her to get to. No, she tricks me. She gets out her coloring book and asks to color. I think about it, decide maybe she does want to color in the coloring book this time and give her the markers. And then she lulls me into a false sense of security. She sits there and serenely colors in her coloring book until I get distracted and wander off to do something else. She's tricky, that one.

Stand Back....She's Got a Rotary Cutter!

I was in the mood to sew yesterday. Well, maybe it was more of a compulsion than a mood. I cut and pieced this crib quilt top in its entirety yesterday.

I've been saving up black and white fabrics for the past couple of months with a couple of things in mind. Maybe a quilt for my brother's wedding (his fiancee has since requested mint green and dark brown). Maybe a quilt for Brendan and I. Yesterday I decided I would use it on a crib quilt and then a twin size quilt for cuddling on the couch and maybe eventually Anna's bed. The idea behind the crib quilt is that it would be a great tummy time quilt. Black and White is supposed to be good for babies visual development. No particular baby in mind. Probably just the next baby conceived by someone I really like (So get busy friends and relatives).

I am very proud of how this turned out.

Behold the yumminess of my fabrics-

Behold the squareness of my corners (well, most of them)-

Behold the pressedness of my seams-

Behold the artsyne…

Meeting Schmeeting

Yesterday I spent an hour and a half in a required City Employee Training Meeting. Longest hour and a half of my life. But I did get three things out of it-

1. $16.50 (pre-taxes).

2. Righteous indignation at a long discussion of benefits I do not have and the exact same ethics and sexual harassment training I have listened to every year since being hired.

3. A whole lot of crocheting done.

I went through a whole skein of yarn yesterday in the meeting. Unfortunately, that's all you get to see for a couple of months because it is a Christmas gift for someone who might read this blog. Any fun guesses as to what it might be?

Winter of my Discontent

The sun set at about 5:30 tonight. It's 5:45 now and it is fully and completely dark. Does anyone else think this is absolutely hideous and should be outlawed? It's dark and I still have four hours left at work. Sunset at 5 freaking 30. I can't talk about it anymore or I might just start throwing things.

The Craftiness Continues

I've finished my first big button bracelet order. Five for my coworker Yvonne. It took maybe an hour per bracelet.

Don't they look lovely all lined up and ready to go?

(I've started calling this one the BYU bracelet.)

Five down, four more to go (unless anyone else would like to order one?

In non-crafty news- Anna has become a backseat driver. We were out running errands this morning. At every single red light, she would say "GO. GO. GO. GO." rather insistently. It was way cute today. Might become way annoying if she keeps it up.

A busy day.

It's my day off work. So far I have washed, dried, folded and put away six loads of laundry. I have been to two libraries, a craft store and the grocery store. I have cleaned out the pantry and the fridge, done the dishes, cleaned and swept the kitchen, cleaned up one accident puddle and straightened the living room.

Still on my list is to vacuum, sort through Anna's toys, pack away some of said toys and get rid of some others and try to finish one or two of the ten buttons bracelets coworkers have ordered from me.

I think I just might prefer going to work.

More Halloween Pictures and Crafty Commission #2

A cape, an Elmo bucket and a stroller equals one very happy Anna.

Flexing with Karate Daddy-

I've just finished another Crafty by request. One of the ladies at work wanted a giraffe for her niece after seeing Maude. I came up with a couple of designs and after a few days (and a new sewing machine!) I came up with these two-

I just couldn't decide which design I liked better, so I made both to give her a choice. Whichever she didn't want was going to go to Anna. She went with the stuffed giraffe. One of the other ladies saw the kid in the giraffe suit, though, and absolutely adored it. She'll be buying it. The new sewing machine is now on its way to being paid for!

I'm thinking of making Anna a kid in a frog costume since she won't be getting one of these. It could become a whole series. Kid in a cat costume. Kid in a dog costume. Kid in a pig costume. Maybe I just still have Halloween on the mind.