2.26.2012

A Few Sunday Morning Snapshots

Back to school tomorrow. Trying to bag all of the items cleaned from closets, 
and not get too depressed that I have to actually work for a living. Still looking for someone to pay my mortgage so I can stay at home. Any takers?


Our garden looks so lonely in winter...lavender up close...perennial down below...raised
 bed veggie beyond...the covered beds in the veggie garden are the ones where we planted garlic.
 220 cloves.




Took some (more) pictures of our amaryllis before it fades.
This one is using my fav Etsy pillow as a backdrop. 

I stood on the counter stool to take a picture of this one from above 
with the kitchen counter as a backdrop.

Have a great week. I will try to get at least one post in...I will be reading as always :)

2.25.2012

Something to Make You Smile

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Snowed a few weeks back...what's better than sledding? (While Dad rides backwards and films!)
Enjoy the weekend!

2.24.2012

What Every Fashionable Pug Should Have

Thanks to Joan and her beautiful designs from Linden Line Designs, our pug, Stormy, is looking awfully cute these days!

Joan offers a variety of harnesses, leashes and collars on her site. You can pick from a variety of fabrics, lengths, widths, and designs. There are so many possible combinations!


Joan actually hand crafts the leashes, harnesses and collars to your specifications. this was THE most important selling point for us. Custom? In 2012? I'll take it.

When the harness and leash arrived, I was over the moon. Joan's careful attention to detail was evident in very stitch! Quality craftsmanship. That's the key.

And Joan doesn't just craft for pugs, her specialty items include: harnesses for Pugs, Dachshunds, Boston Terriers, and others; dog snoods for Cavaliers, Irish Water Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, and Springer Spaniels; plus custom handmade martingale and standard buckle dog collars which fit puppies to Yorkies, Boxers to Golden Retrievers; even large dog collars in 1.5" and 2" wide for the big dog breeds: Boxers, Vizslas, Bull Mastiffs, Malamutes, and more.
She also sells purse making hardware and dog dog collar hardware supplies: 1" side release colored buckles and slides in four colors: bubblegum pink, deep sea blue, golden sunset, and silver mist.



Joan also has a blog. It's here that I had the chance to get to know her a bit better. Check out her shop and blog...I think you will find a new friend...I have.

2.22.2012

No Need for Photo Touch Up Here!

If you read a few posts back...you saw that we had made paper Valentines and hung them in the windows. Well, as the western sun was coming in the kitchen/family room window, it threw the shadow of a heart right onto our sleeping sweetie. I ran for the camera...knowing this was one I'd never see again. She normally would have hopped up ready to play; however, she was spayed on Thursday and has been laying low.

Her heart really is that big.

And so are our hearts for her. Never could I have dreamed we would be blessed by the sweetest dog ever!


C got in on "the love". Normally I hate dirty nails in pictures(I know I'm strange)...but this was SOOOO touching. And knowing that those nails came from a morning of "excavating" in the woods with big brother during vacation...that makes this picture even more special. (Future post on the amazing things they have been uncovering!)





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2.19.2012

A Few New Items in My Shop....

A selfish plug for my shop...in the hopes of someday being a stay at home mom...



Aren't these the sweetest gift tags? As I was making them, I was wishing I knew someone who was getting married! Visit my shop to see additional vintage items I have added.

2.18.2012

Before and....Almost After....

Our beautiful amaryllis in bloom...

Ok,,,,so here's my problem...we don't have an office...and we have kids (and mom and dad who teach) constantly using pens, pencils, erasers, sharpies, etc...

We need them easily and quickly accessible.

I tried to organize...but I'm not sure this is what I had in mind. Do you think if I replaced the basket with a wooden tray painted the colors of the cabinets it would look better? I am trying to teach my kids to be organized....but I don't love this. Looking forward to suggestions.

2.11.2012

Nantucket Daffodil Festival

Making your way towards the east coast this spring? Already here? Visit Nantucket for Nantucket Daffodil Festival

When: April 27-29

Where: Nantucket Island

Why: Daffodils....why else?

How: By Boat (we take the fast ferry from Hyannis) or by plane



2.04.2012

Crafting Sweet Valentines with My Daughter

Spent 2 Days home with my daughter this week. On the 2nd day we crafted these sweet woven hearts and hung them with embroidery thread. Actually we made LOTS of these hearts and hung them from the locks of our windows. They are so pretty from inside or out.

Just google woven heart templates in images....there are soooo many out there for this VERY easy craft.

Tip: Use double sided scrapbooking paper for great looking hearts from either side.

2.02.2012

Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome....Not Such a Pretty Title

My daughter had an episode of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome last night.



She is eight years old and was diagnosed with this unforgiving syndrome at the age of three; although we can trace it back to infancy.

Cyclic Vomiting is recurrent bouts of vomiting. It is thought to have a connection to migraines, and is often referred to as abdominal migraine. Many of the children, ( and adults), experiencing this syndrome have a family history of migraine, (as does my daughter).

CVS episodes are often times triggered by stress ...even good stress, like Christmas, the first day of school, or a birthday. Certain foods, like cheese, chocolate, or foods containing MSG can also be triggers. Other children (like C), are called "Calendar Kids", because they don't seem to have a particular trigger, other than time. C's episodes used to be 8 weeks apart. Not 7 weeks, 6 days...but 8 weeks to the day. Yes, we would put it on the calendar, and wait for it. Cal's episodes are now somewhere between 10 and 11 weeks apart. Yes, we are still able to put on the calendar and watch for it.

Because we know it is coming, we prepare ourselves: hair elastic, throw up bowl, water, tissues. I sleep in C's trundle so that I am right there for her. She stays in bed, and tries to fall asleep in between...although the stomach pains and nausea can sometimes prevent this.

We're "lucky" compared to other families experiencing CVS. Some children vomit so violently, and often that they frequently end up hospitalized. C has terrible vertigo the morning an attack is coming, is then fine all day...and once she falls asleep that night, the vomiting begins. It usually happens once an hour for the entire night. Once morning arrives, the cycle is broken. C has vertigo for 2-3 days, and then another 10-11 weeks pass before another episode. Some children have episodes that last for days.

C was diagnosed with celiac Disease in May. After 9 months totally gluten free, we still do not see a connection between Celiac and CVS, although we had hoped to.

CVS is still not a well-known syndrome. I have found it in medical books from the 1800's; however, you rarely hear anyone speak of it. We need someone like Ellen Degeneres to get the word out there. There has to be some hope of treatment for the future for this mysterious illness.

Click this link to read more or to make a donation to a worthy cause.

www.cvsaonline.org

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