Friday, October 29, 2010

Me time!

I am so thankful that it's the weekend! Words can not express how I just need to get out of my house! I actually get to spend some time doing a few things that I love. (Other than my mommy duties) All of you mothers know what I mean,....just a few hours not carrying a diaper bag, making sure that your child isn't pulling items into your cart while you are sorting through your coupon book, or taking a break to change a diaper in the ever so cramped bathroom. Oh, it's so glorious, to shop with no interruptions. A few golden morning/afternoon hours I get to spend tomorrow stopping at my favorite thrift stores, maybe stopping for a Starbucks coffee, and a new adventure to a "new to me" fabric store to pick up some fabric to make Liam's Birthday outfit. Ahh I can't wait!! With Autumn here and the cool, crisp evenings, I have been in a mellow mood. Almost if my mood is reflective of the weather. A friend gave me this album a few years ago, and I forgot how much I love it. Fionn Regan (Irish!) is ever so charming. I will be listening to this album all weekend!  Cheers to all you mothers out there who work so hard during the week! Cheers to all you grandmothers that notice a frazzled young mother in need of a break! :) May you all have a wonderful weekend! (Hopefully by Monday I will have photos of a few projects I am working on for Liam's party) ::crossing fingers::

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Texas State Fair

While visiting our friends Sab and Jen in Dallas, we decided to venture out to the Texas State Fair! This was by far the largest fair I have ever been to. It was massive! Here are some of the highlights.

When arriving at the main gate, a 52 foot cowboy named Big Tex greets you with a "Howdy folks. Welcome to the State Fair of Texas. Y'all have a fun time today!"

Every year at the fair there is a contest for the best fried food. They are famous for any and everything fried. Fried oreos, twinkies, cookie dough, cheesecake, PB&J, cheese, chocolate, frito pie, pizza, beer (still not sure what that is),.......we were told that we HAD to try "fried butter!!" It was umm,...interesting. They were little donuts with honey butter inside. Hey I will try anything once, but not sure I would eat this again. It's just wrong on many levels. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Texas Treat - Hey Cupcake

What a wonderful trip we had to Texas. It was now our third time visiting this beautiful, massive, hot state. While visiting, I requested we check out "Hey Cupcake" in Austin. Of course my husband was glad to go for a little off route adventure. (Especially since it ended in a yummy treat) We were not disappointed!

Yummy cupcakes! I wanted to try them all!

Of course we got a "whipper snapper" (An infusion of fresh whipped cream injected in the center of your cupcake) Yes please!

Liam loved it!

Next trip we want to make sure we buy a pie at "Cutie Pie". When we arrived, they had already sold out for the day. These guys were featured in Martha Stewart's magazine as one of the top spots to visit in the South.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Little Taste of Indian Summer

We had glorious, warm, beautiful weather last weekend. Liam and I were so happy to be out in the sunshine for the afternoon.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tuesday's Tunes

I am a sucker for British music. If you were to look at my playlist on my ipod, or rummage through my albums, you would see the likes of icons George Michael, Sting, Elton John, groups such as Travis, Coldplay (of course), Ocean Colour Scene, Keane, to fun pop like SClub 7, and Spice Girls! The country is just filled with amazing music,..and they are ever so kind to share their amazingness (I know it's not a real word) with us. The Feeling is no exception. They are just plain great! This song has been in my head since I watched the Burberry runway show. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Birthday Surprise Projects

When finding out that a girlfriend of mine and her daughter were celebrating both their Birthday's 3 days apart from each other, mind went racing with something I could create them as gifts. Of course being a true blog fan, I pulled up some of the ideas I had bookmarked this summer. I knew exactly what I wanted to make the cute little 1 year old cupcake. A tu tu!!
How exciting to make something for a girly girl. Girls are just so fun to sew for! I was happy with the results. It was fairly simple to make,..but the look on her face when she went dancing around my living room swirling around (as if she knew what to do) was just priceless. I thought I would share a few photos of the finished work. (FYI My photos are a bit dark due to all the rain we were getting these past few days)

When I saw the Runaround Bag on Anna's blog {Noodle Head} I just had to make one of these! I'm always willing to support a follow stay at home mom/sewer/blogger. The pattern is sent to you via e-mail (PDF File). Print, cut and follow her picture instructions. You don't even have to be a great seamstress to make one. I whipped one up in an evening. (only time I can do sewing without interruptions). I loved the fact that not only is it a perfect "throw anything in it and go" bag, is also reversible! I added my own flare by adding a peony flower pin that she can put on, or take off to her liking. She really liked it! I may have to make a few more. pssst, on the {Noodlehead} to buy a pattern for yourself!

Which got me thinking,...should I add a few tu tus and run around bags to my Etsy site? With so many tu tus on Etsy to choose from, I am wondering if there would be anyone interested!? Hmmm,....what do you think?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Gray Clouds Overhead

I have been under the weather lately. Which matches the mood outside my window. It has been raining here since Saturday. I don't mind the rain,...actually, I quite love it! Give me a good rainy day over a sticky hot one, for sure! That is one of the reasons why I know I would easily be able to adapt to English/Scottish weather. Any excuse to get out my rain boots (Wellingtons) and umbrella! I have a bit of obsession with umbrellas. I can't help but smile when I see them! Which is why my "Trendy Meg" etsy shop sports a cute red one on the logo. Here are a few of my favorites of the day.

Photo by Heather

photo by rk oliver

photo by unknown

photo by Bunnyspice

And yes,..Wellington Boots go with ANY outfit! :)