Thirteen Things That Caught My Attention

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1.) Credit Card Stolen?

2.) Whatta Dress!

3.) Feedback on eBay – would YOU buy from this seller?

4.) Anthill Plaster

5.) Leave it to Beaver – actual letter.

6.) Peonies on a Tabletop – a gorgeous photo from my favorite blog.

Taking Liberty:
Car thief blunders

8). Housewifely Art

Cox and Cox
– Scrumptiously perfect goodies for your child

10). The Winnie the Pooh Bomber

11). Vintage Valise from Shop Parcel

Stripy Monkey

13). Case of the Disappearing Bees


The Shirt

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I’ve been imagining this shirt for some time now, and finally got around to creating it. It’s kinda big and blousey (my husband thinks maternity – what do you think?) but I do need the extra fabric to disguise all my post-baby pounds. It’s a soft and comfy cotton and it stretches in all the right places. The long tunic length is great for covering the unsightly rear side. I’ll be making more for sure!

Bath Time!

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Doesn’t bath time make for the best-ever photo ops? Girls are contained and can’t run of the camera.

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And you get to see soft little body parts which are generally kept bundled up and away from the cool air this time of year.

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And that wonderful after bath calmness. It last right up till the time you start to lotion those warm and lavender scented bodies.

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Spring may finally have reached the distant hills of Missouri. It’s a lovely sunny Monday morning! Kinsley is finally well, the house is in order, and we’re awaiting the arrival of Dan’s parent’s who will be meeting Little Sophie for the first time.

Vintage Apron Love

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Isn’t this pattern fun? I love the idea of making one for each month of the year, with the darling embroidery patterns for each month, but alas, I am no good at embroidery, and I suspect that even if I were, it’s something I’d just never get around to. Somehow my wee ladies keep me too busy! So, on to eBay it has gone…

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It’s a half apron, with a cumberbund style waistband. The pattern is on unmarked tissue. Included were detailed instructions, and twelve iron on embroidery patterns, one for each month of the year.

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I even found the envelope interesting. It is marked with a stamped two-cent stamp, and says “PARADE” “Patterns by Pauline” in the return address. In the address slot, is a newspaper clipping which the addressee apparently clipped, filled out, and mailed to the company, in order to request this pattern. The vintage way of life just seems utterly charming and interesting to me!

Friday’s Feast

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When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?

Blue. All shades of it!

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?

Since I don’t have a job, that’s a difficult question to answer. But I do know I’d love to live in a new place just for the excitement of it all, but it’d be very hard to leave this town where my family is and has been for generations. I’d have to say and even 5.

Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?


Main Course
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?

Nope – but I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea!

Name something you need from the store.

Pedialyte, Jello, Yogurt and Fruit Juice. All in an effort to make my tiny sick baby well again.

Thursday Thirteen

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Thirteen things I learned from our trip to the emergency room last night…

1. Never say anything which you don’t intend to be taken very literally. For example, don’t say “I’ve been alternating Tylenol with warm baths and cool washcloths to lower her fever”. It will be misconstrued. You will be hearing things like “they have a religious issue with Tylenol” muttered from one nurse to another all evening long.

2. If you do make the mistake mentioned in number one, then the only possible way to rectify the situation is to swear your undying love for Tylenol as quickly as possible. “No – I have no problem with Tylenol – in fact, I love the stuff. Yup, dose ‘er up!” seemed to work for me.

3. When you are 18 months old, Old MacDonald Had a Farm can be a very comforting song. Even when sung while having blood drawn from your tiny arm, and through large hot tears running down your face.

4. People in strange blue suits cannot be trusted. If one ever comes into your room, make every effort to convince one or both of your parents to remove you from that room as quickly as possible.

5. X-ray machines ten to be very traumatic and indeed heartbreaking to an 18-month old.

6. If you are unfortunate enough to become acquainted with an x-ray machine, then anyone in your family can be comforting – even your three month old sister.

7. However, even if you call as loudly as your baby lungs allow, your baby sister may not be able to hear or respond to your pleas for help.

8. Another tactic which you may consider: in a very forceful voice, bade the nurses operating the x-ray machine a firm goodbye. Repeatedly. Remember to be polite but forceful. This has mixed results, and while it did not work for Kinsley last night, it is still worth attempting.

9. Just because nurses repeatedly offer to bring you a Popsicle, they probably will never actually get around to bringing one. Even if you ask nicely.

10. If the nurses need a urine sample – that will be the one time that you will not be able to pee.

11. The sticky tape on the top of the urine sample collection bag can be very painful to remove. It may cause apprehension anytime your diaper is changed, for quite some time.

12. There is a special clause to the law of gravity when one is in a hospital. This also applies to Walmart and other public places of dubious cleanliness. The clause is this: anytime a binkster falls from a baby’s mouth or hands, it must land nipple down.

13. When a baby has been poked, prodded, stuck, and otherwise traumatized for an evening, nothing sounds better to her than “my bed”!

~After a few days of severe illness, we phoned our emergency doctor’s office and were told that her symptoms sounded like meningitis and that we needed to take her to the emergency room. If it were meningitis, we might have only had a number of hours to react correctly. In the end, Kinsley did not have meningitis. In fact, she was diagnosed with a sore throat and a fever. It’s hard to say if I regret taking her in or not. On the one hand, I never thought I’d be one of those people who run to the ER for a sore throat and fever. On the other hand, she’d had a fever of 103*-105* for nearly 30 hours, and seemed to have neck pain and a suspicious rash one her neck, and the nurse was of the opinion that she was in danger of seizures at any moment from the fever alone. It’s nice to know that it’s not life threatening at this point.~

Color Week: {YELLOW}

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“Taking one’s chances is like taking a bath, because sometimes you end up feeling comfortable and warm, and sometimes there is something terrible lurking around that you cannot see until it is too late and you can do nothing else but scream and cling to a plastic duck.”
~Lemony Snicket

I am joining Julie of Handmaid this week in her Colour Week. Won’t you come and play?