01 April 2014

So March wasn't a total wash


So I got a few things done.  I finished painting and glittering these eggs (there are actually two sets of the colored eggs).  I painted the insides gold after seeing someone else do it.  


I had two more sets of three eggs and decided to paint those gold (inside and out).  I sent them all into wee one's class for Easter.  I was going to decorate them with ribbons, lace and millinery flowers, but decided against it.  


I want to thank "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" for inspiring wee one to pick out sardines at the German grocery store on Saturday.  He tried a couple bites of fish and three eyeballs...very proud (tiny bit revolted).  I love the pickles in the movie (so cute) and love the way Chester V talks and uses his hands while talking (very funny).  Speaking of movies, I watched some in March:  Frozen (Anna was a selfish bitch and I know I'm one of the last people on the planet to have seen it...just watched it Sunday night), "Black Swan" (that is some kind of cray-cray), "Hitchcock" (I have never seen "Psycho"...I know, I know), "Houseboat" (I haven't seen that one in forever...still like it) and re-watched "From Russia With Love" (Wee One loved it).  I read some books (I'm on a roll):

The American Way of Eating by TracieMcMillan
Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
How To Eat a Small Country by Amy Finley

We have played way too much Wii Mini-Golf, I made some more chocolate cupcakes (I want to perfect that recipe), we bought a meat slicer (and have used it once...we got it for $8 at the thrift store), started getting the backyard ready for spring (finally have enough window boxes for the whole fence), started sewing the last baby bunting, worked on taxes, tried looking online for a ball gown (sizes suck ass nowadays), made a mammogram appointment and all that other mundane crap (laundry, dishes- you get the idea)....so March was not a wash at all.  I may not have blogged much, but I got a lot done.  Here are two more links for the frosting recipes I used on the chocolate cupcakes.

 http://beyondfrosting.com/2013/10/08/reeses-peanut-butter-cup-frosting/

http://centercutcook.com/oreo-cupcakes-with-cookies-cream-frosting/

18 March 2014

Lateral Promotion and Links

  Today, Hubby gets laterally promoted to 1SG.....he has been waiting for this for a long time.  :)  I can't be at the promotion ceremony, so I sent in cupcakes.  I made two kinds...oatmeal cream pie and chocolate cupcakes with thin mint frosting.  I went all Irish yesterday as well and made corned beef with veggies and colcannon.  Not bad for an Asian-American.  :)  No pictures of the cupcakes....I was too tired to care by the time I finished them up.  :)  Here are some of the links (Justin case you get a bug up your bum to make something different): 


  http://beyondfrosting.com/2013/09/29/oatmeal-cream-pie-cupcakes/


http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2013/06/chocolate-cupcake-recipe-the-ultimate-chocolate-cupcake-test-baked-by-50-bakers-and-counting.html


http://beyondfrosting.com/2013/02/19/thin-mint-cookie-mini-cakes/


http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Classic-Colcannon




Now that he has a job.....I'm hoping to get to some crafty projects that have been neglected.  Okay,  there is housework that needs to be done as well.  For example, taking down the Christmas Tree....wee one wants me to keep it up, but it needs to come down.  :)  Taxes...that would be good to finish up as well.  I don't get anything done when he is home.  :)  That stack of library books won't read itself either.     

11 February 2014

A Whole Year


Hubby deployed and redeployed from Afghanistan.  That was the worst re-deployment ever.  That is about 0430 in the morning and we had been waiting since 0200.  The boys still made it to school.....they wanted to go.  It was chocolate chip pancake day for the wee one.  There was no way he was missing pancakes....he just kept saying, "van and school" over and over.  

Here are the hearts I made for Jennifer's swap...they had to be neutral colors.  They each had a silver glittered heart in the little lace pocket.

Here is what I made for Sarah's swap.  The heart charm was what I made, but I didn't just want to send them in a bag with my card.  So I sewed up some felt hearts and sewed the charms on to those...much better.  I used vintage fabric instead of paper on the heart charms.  It was leftover fabric from my Art of Craft heart.  Now i'm not sure if I ever posted a photo of that...darn.  Oh well, I was excited to learn a new artsy craftsy thing....it was my first time with the clear glass cabochons and tile glaze.

We have been in Germany for exactly one year now.  We love our town.  We love the food.  The weather can be a tad wonky at times.  But we are happy to be back.  Hubby just needs a job.  Re-integration takes forever.  He is so up my ass.  Hard to get anything done with him around.  I did re-arrange the living room (with a little help from Hubby) yesterday.  The boys seem to like the re-configuration and addition of a rug.  I helped out with a few bake sales since I last blogged.  Someone else needs to hold some swaps....I want to make things, but feel I need a reason to do them.  I do still have one baby bunting left to make...waiting for the felt and I might make a birthday gift for a party I'm attending next weekend.  I don't really want to buy anything if I can make something instead (she likes owls....I think I can handle that). That is about it.  We have gone to quite a few stores in town since he has time off.  We got a shoe rack the other day (had to make sure I got one before my parents visit again).  We have also tried two of the many donor kebab stands in town.  None of them live up to the best donor stand in Germany (I don't know if that one still exists, but it was in Augsburg in front of the Dehner's).  There are still a shit load of them to try though....half the fun.  I need to go.....I'm heading into Vilseck with the Hubby today.  I want to go the post thrift stores (there is one on Graf as well).  

07 January 2014

Okay, I joined another one

Because I suck....I joined one more swap.  She still needs a few more swappers, so if you are in the mood to make some Valentines...go by this blog and see what you need to do.


  http://mamanjackjack.blogspot.de/2014/01/heart-to-heart-2014.html

02 January 2014

New Year, New Swap

Okay, I need a jumpstart in this crafty stuff again.  It has been awhile.  One of the Bella's is hosting a swap on her blog.  http://www.glittermyday.blogspot.de/    I hope I make the cut.  :)  You make 10 hearts and send them to her and you get 10 back.  Any medium.  Sounded interesting and kind of fun. :)

31 December 2013

New Year's Eve

 
 
 
I haven't really been up to much..just hanging with my boys.  I finished the first two buntings a couple of weeks ago.  The last lady gave birth to a daughter right as school was finishing up, so that one will have to wait.  I went to the December Coffee and we had an ornament exchange.  I made two heart ornaments as thank yous (in the smaller boxes and forgot to take a photo).  I've watched "Despicable Me 2" more times than a Mother should have to....I'll live.  I've read a little, baked a shit ton (and gave most of it away), and started re-organizing the stash.  I have a lot of trim...sickening amounts.  I need to use that in 2014.  :)  2013 was a good year for us...we got to move back to Germany.  And I got to take pictures of mushrooms.  I'm good.  :)  Happy New Year!
 
 
 

01 December 2013

Just a Few Things Around Here

 
I finally attended a 3/2 Coffee.  They had invited me to the October Coffee and I was too chicken shit to drive in a new place.  November's was easier to find, but at night...it was dark.  But I had a good time and this was my "Welcome to the Group" gift.  It came with a 2CR pin as well....which I put on right away.
 
 
I've been trying to get caught up on crafty kits.  I finished my projects from the Little Pink Studio Boxes from August and October.  I need to find my husband's Dremel to finish September's box.  I made the necklace I bought from Andrea Singarella.  She offered up some kits from the "Sweethearts on the Home Front" Art Retreat and I bought one.  That is the first time I wire-wrapped.
 
 
I had some wreath forms that I needed to wrap. I was wrapping one of them and it had a bad spot on the yarn and I had to cut it  off and start over.  I made a pom pom with that yarn and couldn't stop.  I went a little nuts...I would still be making them if my oldest hadn't made a snide remark.   I'll make more and use up all my yarn when he's in school.  :) 
 
 
We woke up to snow on Thanksgiving.  It wasn't much, but it stayed the whole day.  It was gone by Friday.  Oh well.  We stayed home and got a crap load of Christmas shopping done online. :) 

19 November 2013

What I've Been Up To

 
I finally finished the garland for my husband.  He wanted Christmas decorations- so he got a yarn wreath and a garland made of felt holly leaves.  I was inspired by this:  http://www.pamgarrison.com/2010/11/three-long-standing-favorites-.html
 
 
 
I rarely try recipes off of Facebook, but someone posted this yesterday and I had to try them.  There are actually two 9 x 13 pans of them.  They turned out a little too sweet...you were supposed to use Virginia Ham and all I could get was Honey Ham.  I think if I do them again (with the honey ham) I'll use different rolls.  They are totally edible.  :)

14 November 2013

Spot the Mushroom

 
I've been busy sewing buntings, so I'm back to mushrooms. 

12 November 2013

Small bits of awesome

+ Driving through the German countryside and seeing paratroopers floating in the air. 

+ A venti caramel mocha (thanks, Alisa for the urge for one of those)

+ Playing with felt.

+ A sunny day (after a crappy long ass weekend of cold).

+ The end of said long ass weekend (school is back in session...angels are singing).

+ The local Dehners and their cool Christmas supplies- trim that looks like a sweater.

11 November 2013

Veteran's Day 2013

 
Working on Christmas decorations for Afghanistan.

10 November 2013

Happy Colorful Mail

 
This set is for more bunting for brand new babies....I think I'll go with the green on the left.  I had ordered the swatch card and it is still hard until you get the felt in hand.
 
 
 
 
These I ordered for me...30 sheets of happy.  Okay, a few are for the bunting.  I love all that color.  I would have ordered the full pack of colors (one of each), but couldn't justify it in my mind.  I got this lovely felt from Benzie Design on Etsy.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/BenzieDesign?ref=em
 
 
 
 
I took a class with Liesel Lund at Handmade U back in September of 2012.  She posted about this brand of paint on her blog....twice (maybe three times).  I finally took the plunge and got two sampler sets and want to go back for all of them at some point.  They are just beautiful. 
 
 
 
 
I definitely need more color in my life.  It gets pitch dark here around 5:15 p.m. nowadays and that is not a happy thing. I guess I'll share where I got the pretty paint as well.  Go sign up for emails and you'll get coupon codes (that is how I finally allowed myself to buy some pretty paint).  They have all sorts of art supplies.....I ordered a cool watercolor sampler card as well. 
 
 

09 November 2013

Something that isn't a mushroom

 
Back in September, wee one was invited to a Birthday Party.  I haven't made much since we got here (baked plenty), but I made this bunting for her.  It is made out of felt (I love felt) and it has two yo-yos, two vintage doily pieces and two vintage buttons.  I figured you are all tired of mushrooms, but I didn't get a chance to take photos of my happy mail yet and it is dark already (at 4:47 p.m.).  :( 

08 November 2013

The Mushroom of the Day

 
Okay...mushrooms.  :)  I got happy mail, but it got dark before I could take good photos.  So you will have to look at mushrooms again.  :)

06 November 2013

Another Mushroom

 
I am going to bore you all with more mushroom shots this month.  I don't have a whole lot to blog about right now.  I will have wee one for five days...it should be interesting.