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Friday, September 26, 2008

Overheard today...

The Monkey is talking more and more and more and more these days. He's amazing, and he's started to ask questions about everything. "What's that mommy?" "What's happening?" "What's he doing?" Etc.

He also loves playing with his Thomas trains, and is totally in love with Thomas. This morning, I overheard (as he was pushing his trains on the kitchen table), "Choo choo said Thomas as he puffed away. The next day..." He was narrating his story. Too cute.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Things I love.

There are a lot of message boards I'm on, and I always seem to be trying something new or excited about some new item. As someone wrote on one of these boards today, "I'm a shiny and new junkie".

I'm also on the computer a lot, and I've found a few things that make my computer life SO much easier. Thought I'd do a procrastinating sort of post to mention these things (I've got about 1300 photos to edit and upload).

1) Firefox. Hands down, one of my favorite browsers around. I can't stand Internet Explorer (IE), and downloaded Firefox about a year ago. I won't change. Tabbed navigation panes (instead of a bunch of open windows), as well as easy to install features and lots less tendency to virus or crash. Download it for free at http://mozilla.com I promise you won't regret it.

2) Google Reader. I'm a blog junkie. I love reading about others' lives, seeing what's new and featured in Etsy, seeing the latest custom order requests on Etsy, etc. And Google Reader lets you easily combine everything into one neat and easy to read window. Basically you go to http://google.com/reader and it's like email divided into folders. Your blogs are the folders and those with new posts (like a new email) are bold. Click on each "folder" and you get to read the new posts. You can easily click directly to the blog or page you're reading too. I have at least 20 blogs/pages subscribed on there right now and it lets me get all my reading done in one day.

3) TwitterFox. A plug-in for Firefox that easily allows you to update Twitter. I'm gonna thank my lady cupcake_ninja for this one ;)

4) Picasa. Google's picture application. Download this and easily import, simple edits and organize all your pictures. Gives me easy access to the literally 5000+ pictures on my computer.

Okay, today that's it. I need to get pics from June uploaded. Then it's just July, August and September (and Father's Day and the DNC) - thanks to Picasa, everything is nicely organized ;)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Making Diapers!

I've been so busy with stuff for my shop lately, but trying to take a brain break to do some other projects. Sooo, I decided to make some cloth diapers for the boys. A while back I made some AIOs (All-in-ones). I liked them, but they take so long to dry and I decided they just wouldn't be practical for us.

I adapted a bunch of patterns, used diapers I had on hand and made up my own pocket diaper! I love, love, love how they're turning out. I found some colored fleece, so the inside isn't boring white anymore, and I've been able to create some cute combos with the fleece, PUL, and threads. I may venture into using snaps soon, but for now, they're all velcro closures.

I can't wait to make more when I get back from vacation. I've even got some ideas on some new versions of a sock monkey diaper cover.

The first pocket diaper I made (there are flaws, trust me ;))
It's a sage green color with a butter colored fleece lining.

The pocket opening.

The inside of the diaper. I even stitched around the leg elastic to create gussets.

Summer Diaper - A teal-ish, sky blue outer with a green grass fleece inside:

A peek inside:

A view of the green fleece
(green is by far my favorite color - I even made Small Fry a pair of fleece pants out of this color)

And my favorite - a teal-ish sky blue outer with a chocolate brown fleece inside:

A peek inside:
A full-view of the outside:

Close-up of contrasting stitching:

And I couldn't leave out my little model (this size also fits my 2 1/2 year old!)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yearbook Photos

This is a FUNNY site I was referred to today. Check out http://yearbookyourself.com

I put together a photo compilation of me and hubby if we were a couple way back when:

1950:

1952:
1960:

1968:

1990:

Dude, we are a seriously hot couple ;)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teething Cookie Aftermath

Who me? I'm not messy! That's not cookie above my eyebrow, I swear!

We're in trouble now!


As if it wasn't stressful enough that Small Fry started crawling at a mere five months old, lately he's been pulling up to a stand. Today, he pulled up on the couch to a full-on stand up straight kind of stand. The kid isn't even 7 1/2 months old! I don't remember the Monkey doing that until he was at least 9 or 10 months.

I've got plans to go out tomorrow and get some more baby gates. Today, Small Fry flipped over the cats' water dish for the 3rd time in three days. Maybe I should pick up a sedative while I'm out too - I'm going to need something to keep me from going crazy!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

What happens when you leave the boys alone...

When you leave a 2 1/2 year old and a 7 month old alone to play (while I was photographing things for my Etsy site), this is what happens.


The Monkey was very proud of how he'd dressed up Small Fry.