I've been blessed with 24 years of marriage to this wonderful man and that amazing grin. Can't you just hear him asking those curious questions - You just cut it all up and then sew it back together? What do you doooo the whole time your on a retreat? Do you really think that it's a good idea to buy more chickens? and then shaking his head as he allows me to grow and do the things that make my world go round. And of course none of it would be possible or mean anything without him. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Johnson!
I must say that I'm doing a happy dance, not just because the girls are back in school, but because it gives ME structure and hopefully I'll get back in a routine. A routine of house cleaning - can't wait to clean early in the morning and have it stay that way for hours again - routine of creating, blogging, writing, walking, etc. I'm always so anxious for summer and NO routine, but enough is enough, I need structure.
S. celebrated her Sweet 16, and requested a punching bag as her gift. I must say that it got a work out after the very first day of school, not real sure what that means.
My sewing room is still trying to recover from the furniture swap. You would think that moving one piece out and putting one in its place a rather simple feat, but alas, the piles say otherwise...
I've been taking advantage of the situation and really going through stuff and nesting. Maybe it has to do with the reality of the girls growing up and me having to settle in on me, strange, but I like it. I'll reveal more when it gets to that point, but here is a shot of a corner that makes me smile every time I go upstairs.
Artwork by S. and my stash of silk and velvet scraps. More to come, hopefully soon!
I have been so energized by some of the changes taking place in the house. More and more projects and distractions, but very exciting. In one of the big furniture moves, we had to unload all of our photos from the cabinet they were stored in. Some in photo boxes, but many still in the packets from being developed! Then add to the mix that neither of the girls have a baby book or scrapbook AND milestone birthdays THIS month, I hit panic mode.
O. turned 18 last week and S. will be 16 this week. So, in the midst of chaos, I've tackled a scrapbook of sorts for O. And I do mean chaos.
As much as I'd like to think that it is about her, I think that it's turning out to be more of a love note to my daughter. It's more my style than hers, but really, what can we possibly give them worth more than our hearts? I'll let you know how it progresses.
Her birthday dessert was a real hit, we're still on a sugar high.
Butter Brickle Ice Cream Bars
2 1/2 Cups Crushed Rice Chex
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 butter, melted
1 cup pecans, broken into pieces
1 cup coconut
1/2 gallon Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Mix Chex, butter, brown sugar, pecans and coconut together in a 9 x 13 pan. Toast in oven at 300* for 30 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning. After toasting, take out 1/3 crumbs and reserve. Leave remaining crumbs in pan to cool. Then spread 1/2 gallon softened ice cream on crumbs in pan, cover with remaining crumbs. Freeze. Remove from freezer a few minutes before serving. Cut into bars and serve with caramel sauce.
Enjoy the days, the count down to a routine schedule that comes with school days is on!
My days have been bright compositions lately, aka lack of focus, but in a fun sense of color anyway. Holiday plans have been coming together and decorations are getting done. I opted to not use the same ol' same ornaments that we have used for years. Didn't even put up the big tree. I have pulled out my boxes of shiny bright ornaments and had fun rediscovering what I had in there.
In an attempt at simplicity, I stuck with the basic globe shape on the tree.
I also had a group of high school girls over for a cookie swap and graham cracker cottage building day this weekend. Now that was colorful! And all of the cookies were a big hit. What good cooks!!!
There were Molasses Ginger Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies, and Cereal cookies.
The candy disappeared quickly onto rooftops and into tummies!
I hope that your days are filled with colorful sweetness!
book I'm reading, maybe it's the economy, maybe it's a simple justification, but I found myself patching sheets today! They are really cozy and fit the mattress nicely, and......it removed any guilt over what the mailman brought!
New Amy Butler solids and two new quilt books.
So, I guess that this also doubles as a confession that I wasn't completely off the computer last week! Oh, I am SO supplied and inspired and ready for school to start next week!!!!
I completely missed the fact that the last post was my 100th post! So in the spirit of a celebration, I am going to do a give away! Leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner on Monday, August 24. I will ship internationally, so speak up.
I will be giving away 2 garden inspired quilt books. "Through the Garden Gate" by Jean and Valorie Wells, and "My Garden Best" designed by Cheri Saffoite. I wish that I could say that I've made something from either of the books, but the best I can say is that I liked them both enough to buy them twice!!! Best of luck and please post a comment!
Mixed emotions going on here. We finally got a car for O. She's had her license for months, just not the car part. While I am doing cartwheels inside over the idea of no longer having to play taxi all of the time, my stomach is also doing flips at the thought that they are growing up! Not to mention the fact that they are on the road!
Ahh, I best go use this time creatively! How exciting!!!!?!!!!
Back in December, I gave O. the job of downloading all of my music onto the computer. In an effort to keep the cd's organized, I had her put a dot sticker on each case after downloading. I decided that I would be kind and clean them off of each case as I took them in to resale, and began sticking them on a journal page. I stopped after one page was filled, and inked over the dots, and removed them once again! I wonder wether or not I can maintain my kindness effort with the ones remaining?
Wow! What a difference having all of my music in one place and so accessible! But I must confess that I could NOT adjust to the earphones and had to get a dock. The ability of surround sound in my ears, left me twisting and twitching trying to figure out what was making the noise around me. Quite the site, I'm sure, but peace is in place now that it is coming from a central location - not my head! I've never understood the desire for surround sound, I once gave Dean an old drive-in movie speaker and told him that was as close to surround sound as I wanted.
Life has been busy with physical therapy for O. and surgery next week. Both of the girls have 'friends' of the male gender that have been visiting frequently and that keeps me on my toes. In an effort for some family bonding, we had them both over last weekend and we all paired up and decorated Easter Gingerbread Houses. It really was a lot of fun and plenty of laughs to be had.
I discovered that boys like to throw candy at icing and see if it will stick, they will eat the pieces that don't, and everything is a race. I'm thinking that God knew what he was doing by giving us girls, but what a blessing to get to spend time with them all having fun. Hope that your days are full of blessings and a little spring colored sugar!
This year has been a very good year for me. I have grown in ways that I could not have imagined, and I feel so blessed to be able to continue on a path of growth. I am anxious to see if 2009 will bring more of the same. Oh, I hope and pray that it does, I don't want to be stuck ever again! I have a few pictures to share of what we've been up too.
We attended an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Wow, it is amazing just how many ugly sweaters are out there, but we couldn't manage to get one over O's head, she wasn't having any part of it!
Making and eating Crock Pot Peanut Clusters!
Layer in a crock pot
1 jar salted peanuts
1 jar unsalted peanuts
4 oz. German Sweet Chocolate
1 1/2 packages Almond Bark
1 pkg. Semi sweet Chocolate Chips
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, do NOT lift lid or stir. After 2 hours, stir and drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Trouble is, waiting about 2 more hours for them to set! YUM!
S. has been busy working on art projects, I seem to be contemplating the ideas, and enjoying time with the camera!
O. has been downloading my 20+ year collection of cd's to the computer, I refuse to buy an ipod until I'm ready to use it, and the task has just been too daunting for me.
I've been getting some work done in my art journal, but realize that I have failed to take any photos of the pages, hope to share some next post! May your new year be blessed in every way possible!