Posted tagged ‘family’

Who are these little people, where are my babies?

January 28, 2013

We all go for haircuts as a family.  This made it easier when the girls were small, one parent would watch tiny children while the other was getting beautified.  I’ve been going to William  at Hairdresser On Fire for years and years and more years than he or I would like to admit to, I think.  Hubs started coming as a convenience and the girls would get their bangs trimmed (and partake in lollipops and munchkin donut holes).  The girls decided this week they were taking the plunge into legit haircuts.  I was only slightly panicked, but I knew Will would take care of all of us.  He did a wonderful job. (Of course.)

(Her head must feel 2 lbs lighter!)

(She wanted to be the same as Kit.  I think that was achieved here!)

While looking for something else today, I found pics from William’s from 2008. OMGosh.  He takes such good care of us.

They’re growing up so much!!  (Though William has stayed exactly the same.)

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when hollywood came a-callin’

December 20, 2011

I have given a couple of teasers about a project of mine being on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and after months and months of “it’s top secret, i can’t talk about it!” the show has aired and I can talk about it all i want.  Here, take 2 of these and call me in the a.m.

the call came on a Friday night at the very end of July. “can you make something like a picture of yours i found on flickr, but nothing like what’s in the picture?”  i’m pretty sure this is the picture the field producer was talking about:

with 7 drawers and big enough to put ornaments and trinkets in and Ty will tell the family every day….. and i didn’t hear anything else, cuz i heard Ty….Ty…. Ty…. *swoon*.  And in my house, what Ty wants, Ty gets, so i yesyesyes’d that lady and when i hung up the phone i just had no idea where to begin.  it was Friday night at 8:30. she had to have 2 of these “things”, whatever they were going to be in her hands in Ohio by Wednesday afternoon, they were filming on Thursday.  Throw in a few other things:  i had to work 8 hours at the scrapbook store.  I had to drop my children off at my parents’ an hour away on Saturday because on Sunday, we had tickets to see Craig Ferguson in Boston.  Boston is at LEAST a day trip from where we live.  There was no time for this.  but it’s for Tyyyyyyyy….

my husband and i stood in my craft room, looking at the various projects that we might alter to make what we needed, and my eyes came to rest on some IKEA boxes that i used for storage.  they’re awesome boxes, i wish i had 12 more sets… but conveniently enough, i had 2.  I arranged on the kitchen counter my vision:

 so make it like this, but with this, and without this. and you know, better.

hunny planned a trip to home depot for 6a.m. the next day.  and while i was at work, he dragged out his saws and other stuff and made just what i asked for.

great!  now do it again!

Christy, my trusty minion and pal was with me through the decorative design and cutting and pasting.  and the trip to craig ferguson.  what a weekend.  Sunday before we left for Boston, we cut lots and lots of pieces.

 

monday, we were dilerious and pretty shouty (what else is new?), and we saw that hey, we were actually going to pull this together.

so many pieces….

it’s august in my diningroom Christmas sweatshop.  Yes, that’s a kissing ball made by a 4 year old last Christmas hanging from my light fixture.  it’s like Christmas all the time in my house.

and here we are, just about done:

They were shipped on Monday afternoon, one was “lost” in the mail for a day and caused me to age 12 years, and they all got where they needed to be for filming.  ABC is a little touchy about showing the actual folks from the show, so you’ll have to trust me, that’s Ty.  he’s all up in our drawers.  Yes, i’m gonna use that joke for as long as i can ride this out.

more next time.

 

Santa Hats and Mix

December 23, 2010

(also known as “ohsure, i’ve got PLENTY of time for these shenanigans, the day before christmas eve”)

suuuuure, lemme drop my kiddo off for a short day of kindergarten and then go get supplies before i have to go back and get her.  because i’ve got NOTHING else going on.

so the hats – they are bugles dipped in red chocolate, white nonpareils with a marshmallow poked on the point.  flippin ADORABLE.

and quite tasty.

then in another bowl i mixed pretzels, corn chex, peanuts, craisins, and more bugles… just whatever was kicking around.  i melted some white chocolate and put it in the bowl and stirred it around.  after it dried on a cookie sheet, i broke up the mix and added the santa hats and holiday m&ms.  adorable and delicious.

aww, yeah.

i put a nice portion in some baggies and we’ll share them with some friendies tomorrow… if it lasts that long!

i got the info and the hairbrained idea right here last night, and i couldn’t think of anything else til i actually made them.  what an awesome and super cute idea!

the end

September 28, 2010

once at the end of a bedtime story, i closed the book and said “the end, go to sleep.”  the girls thought it was HIlarious.  since then, that’s been part of our bedtime ritual.  for a while it was “B.N. go to sleep” according to babycakes and now it’s not bedtime without the little saying.  why am i telling you this? i. don’t. know.

i finished the pumpkin topiary today:

 

it’s absolutely adorable.  it’s the first of the halloween decor for this year, so it’s a little out of place at the moment, but that’s change in the next few days.

eeeeeeeee, i’m kray-zeeeeeee…

September 27, 2010

i’ve got halloween on my mind, i’ve got christmas in my diningroom.  it’s like orange and black and red and green have exploded all over the main level of my house for the moment.  tonight, i started a pumpkin topiary in the kitchen.

babycakes picked out the white and orange.. i couldn’t decide.  there were orange glitter ones and black ones, too.  how COULD i decide?  let the 4 year old, that’s what i say.  i was looking for a shiny black bucket to use as a base, but after 2 craft stores i gave up and went with the clay pot.

and a whole lot of black paint.

turns out, i don’t really have the patience for this.  omg, paint???  wet paint???  that has to dry?!?!  i don’t have time for these shenanigans!!

once the paint dries overnight i’ll have to do another coat, and i’m pondering a layer of glow-in-the-dark mod podge, but maybe not… i’m thinking white christmas lights, i don’t have to wait for them to dry.  once the big parts are assembled, i have some cute Cute CUTE glitters and feathery embellishments to add – can’t wait to show you!

won’t you be our fan?

September 24, 2009

you are invited! by you.

fall is here!  i’m drinking GALLONS of pumpkin spice coffee and dressing my children too warmly or for summer at the wrong times of day.  good times…  i’ve signed on to do 4 craft shows so far this season (5 if you count my home-show!) and i’m panicking to make new and fun products –  and darnit, i keep selling them on etsy!  (i’m not complaining, really.)  currently, queenvanna creations can be found in shops in alabama, tennessee, california, and CANADA!  i’m working on some things for a shop in brooklyn, ny, and something BIG for a well-known website.  weee!  on the subject of business:

did you know queenvanna has a fanpage on facebook?

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/QueenvannaCreations

how about scrapcan do?  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/ScrapCanDo

did you know new england scrapbook company has a fanpage too?  http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/NewEnglandScrapbookCompany

we’re very fan friendly around here!

family self-portrait by you.