Thursday, July 30, 2009


Not much to blog about lately. We only have 1 working car so Nate & I are stuck at home most of the time. Been keeping cool by taking advantage of our neighbor's pool while they're out of town. That has been REALLY nice and Nate loves to swim. Ok, now I'm remembering a few things I can write about. One is totally TRUE how toddlers can so easily drown, even when you are right there with them. There was an incident on the news lately where 2 toddler siblings drowned in a pool while at home with their grandma & dad. It was so sad to watch but I can see how easily it happens.

Nate loves the water in the pool and he has a swim ring that he enjoys floating around in. We were at the neighbor's pool and he was on the pool step, mind you, holding onto his swim ring, when suddenly he lost his grip and went under. Instead of standing on the step, which was right under him, he panicked and could not get himself up. Not to mention that it happened so QUIETLY. No crying, splashing, gulping for moment he was there, the next he was under and struggling to get up. Thankfully, I was right there, so I yanked him up out of the water. Scared me to death. He is so heavy & solid, he just sinks like a stone. 

On the news they were saying that even if kids 4 & under have swim lessons, they still do not have the logic & reasoning to "save" themselves if they go under water & instead will panic. I think it's still important for kids to have swim lessons but can see how a parent cannot totally rely on that when your kids are in the pool. It's one thing for them to swim under water playfully but if they are scared and panic, they may not remember what they've learned. Fortunately, Nate's experience did not scare him and he still loves to jump in the pool and swim. But you can bet my watchful eye has become even MORE so!

Today we got a rare treat & Nate & I went out on the town. On our way home, we stopped at the grocery store and up until then, Nate had been doing really well. However, it was nap time & he was getting tired which also means he becomes more disobedient. He decided to stand up in the grocery cart (one of those that looks like a car w/the steering wheels) and I told him to sit back down. He frowned & just looked at me. I said it again and he kneeled down in the floor of the car in a big HUFF (and an equally big frown). 

Ok, so I need to be more specific. "Sit down in the seat or you will get out of the cart and walk with me." More movement..just looking at me to see if I'm good on my word. So, with some drama, I pulled him out of the car and made him hold onto the cart with one hand and walk with me. HOLY  COW you should've heard the screaming, crying & stamping of feet.

Cue....checkout and get the heck out of there! 

So I'm loading groceries onto the checkout lane as fast as I can. There's a guy in front of me who looks at us and says, "GOOD GRIEF! What is ALL that crying about??!" And he goes on & on about Nate's crying. At first I just smiled and brushed it off but now I'm thinking, "Will you just shut up & move on? You're not helping the situation any!" Apparently he forgot that 2 yr olds can throw quite a tantrum. 

And so Nate screamed and cried all the way into the car..however, he did continue to hold onto the cart and my hand the entire rest of the time. He had to surrender his bear to me, during his nap but he was so tired, he didn't care & went right to sleep! Despite the tantrum, I find it interesting that since he's getting older, losing special privileges like riding in the car cart, sleeping with his bear or playing with certain toys are already becoming effective punishment for him. Makes it pretty easy for us......we just need ear plugs for the crying!

Thursday, July 23, 2009


Here's a preview of more new products coming soon! These are Inspirational glass candleholders made by Autom Gifts of Faith. Not sure what stores they will be in yet. These are just the product samples but I think they did a great job on them!

I just found out they won't be available until Fall 2010! They will be featured in Autom's Jan 2010 catalog that will be distributed to manufacturers.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Nate & I went with my friend, Elizabeth, and her daughter to Pump It inflatable playground. It was AWESOME! I think this could become my new "gym workout". haha

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


I have been project-happy lately. Just finished a new series of art that's called "His Mighty Hand" (thank you Heather B. for the suggestion!) I went round & round with this design and could not get it to work until finally something clicked. Hopefully the manufacturers will like it too!

Also finished another coffee bag made from a burlap coffee sack that I've had for years. I think I got it free from CostPlus Imports. Memory's a little hazy on that one. Anyway, I modified a diaper bag pattern and turned the burlap into a large messenger bag. It's perfect for holding a ton of stuff for day trips! Or extra bags of coffee beans. haha!

Lined inside with BIG pockets!

Back of bag

On a side note, thank you to those of you who donated toward Adrienne & Jim's adoption! So far they have raised over $900 in just a few days! If you want to follow their journey, click on their website here:

Monday, July 13, 2009


Hi everyone, I have a special request for one of our blogger friends, Adrienne & Jim. This couple adopted a little boy from Russia about the same time that we adopted Nate. They have been trying to have a second child but suffered 6 miscarriages (3 since they adopted their son) and 2 failed domestic adoptions. It has been heart breaking to read their blog, see them get their hopes up only to be crushed once again. 

HOWEVER.......I just read their blog and it looks like they have recently received a referral for a healthy baby girl in South Korea!! We are very excited for them as they were hoping for a daughter. Needless to say, many of you know how expensive international adoption is. They need to raise $25,000 in just a few months and are participating in various fundraisers to help them. After all the heartbreak of losing several children, I want nothing more than to see this family be blessed with this little girl.

If any of you readers feel compelled to help them financially, they have a donation button on their blog: that you can make a donation through PayPal. As we well know...every little bit helps and without your support, we all would not know the blessing of our own son, Nate.

Please also keep them in prayer...that this adoption will go smoothly and they will be blessed with the funds they need. Thank you blogger friends!!


Sunday, July 12, 2009


Several people said that I should market my coffee bag purse. I did a search and found an artist on Etsy who makes these types of purses and I couldn't believe how much she was selling them for! Anywhere from $12 - $50, unlined and with tote bag straps instead of purse handles. She's sold several so apparently people are really into them. This is her website:

Friday, July 10, 2009


I've been searching for a unique purse/tote that was funky and large enough to hold toddler stuff (like a pullup & extra pair of pants, snacks, etc.) But I couldn't find one I liked, so I decided to make one.....out of coffee bags! I saw an example of this in a craft book & since we are coffeeholics, might as well put those bags to use. I did discover that you can't sew a normal seam on coffee bags (since it ripped open after I tried). So, I had use a zigzag stitch both on the seam and the topstitching. I like how it turned out and want to make another one!



Small pocket on front

Thursday, July 9, 2009


But despite the 100+ temps, we still try to enjoy the summer. It helps that we are house sitting and our neighbor let us use their pool! Nate has also mastered riding his tricycle.

Nice wheels

At the park with our friend's kids

Tacos at Molinitos!

Holding on for dear life.

Mexican Bird of Paradise in front of a Saguaro

Sunday, July 5, 2009


This turned out to be a busy 4th. Originally, our only plans were to help some friends move into their house, then chill at home. It was great to move our friends into their 1st home on the 4th of July and have them experience the freedom of ownership! We went home exhausted and dripping (it was horribly hot & humid) and snoozed away the afternoon. Then, on a whim, we decided to see Ice Age 3-D. Nate loved it, although I had to hold up his glasses because he has no bridge on his nose. The area around the theater was set up for 4th of July activities and celebration so we decided to hang around and watch the fireworks. It was a fun and exhausting day but we enjoyed it!

People starting to gather for music & food

Listening to the National Anthem

Some kids really got into the American spirit

Smiley face(s)

Trailer with all our fallen soldiers

Friday, July 3, 2009


Well I finally finished Nate's Good Wishes Quilt! All I'm doing now is adding detail topstitching, which is an ongoing process. I tell you what...I have a huge respect for quilters now. I've always loved quilts. For some reason, I will go into a deep sleep with a good quilt thrown over me and I love the feel of them. I machine stitched this entire quilt and it was driving me nuts. I can't imagine hand quilting an entire one. Not to mention, this was only crib size...not full size. I just have no patience for quilting. However, one day, I still want to try hand stitching the top of one and I have grand ideas for future quilts. Most likely they will remain ideas...either that or take me years to finish. haha. Nate loves his quilt, and it does come in handy for a quick nap on the sofa!

On a side note, this is how Nate puts away his blocks. I discovered today just how much he enjoys being organized. haha.