Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Random thoughts...on a Lunch Break

I'm taking a lunch break. Not a long one - just enough of a break to get my head in the game, and wait for my raman noodles to cool off enough to inhale them. Then it's back to work. And yes - I said  Raman. I think Raman noodles get a really bad wrap sometimes - but when I feel a cold coming on, they are really the only thing my body craves!
This is Monkey at about 1 1/2yrs old! with her favorite Dolly and the cutest Jacket I ever got her!
I've been working crazy hours and get to break the news in just a few weeks!!! The madness is coming to an end for a bit and I'm so grateful and so are my daughter's. I've gotten a lot of the "Mommy - you don't play with us at all"...more often than I care to recount...but they are right. It's been way to long. My oldest is turning 8 tomorrow and I feel so unprepared. So tonight - I will as usual (since I'm SO not a party planner) - run around frantic when she's sleeping - doing all I have to do! This usually consists of 1) blowing up ballons to leave in her bedroom (this allows her to wake up and instantly know it's her special day), 2) decorate her chair at the table - so she's the "queen for a day"...and 3) wrap the presents! 

My Raman noodles are almost gone...I guess I don't type so fast while I'm trying to inhale! lol!


My last random thought is that it's almost spring. I know the date - technically it is spring...but it still doesn't FEEL like spring here in Maine! I'm looking forward to planting a million various tomato plants and some sugar snap peas...and hopefully the deer won't eat them all again! Yeah for sunshine!!!

I'm grateful to all of you - my readers. I know I'm not the most consistent blogger - but there are very good things to come in the future, which has taken all my time an energy! And as soon as I can tell you...I will!

Thanks for coming by and reading! Have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Busy Monday: "Bits 'n Pieces by Kerry Goulder" - Sammy the Seahorse Softie Photo Tutorial



Hello crafty friends,


It's that time again to bring you the next softie in my "Bits 'n Pieces" series from Crafts 'n things Magazine. This series started off with a very fun little "Hedgehog Softie" and the adorable "Tufty Family" which will be available soon in my Etsy shop! This photo tutorial will help you put your little seahorse together before your next trip to the beach. Gather your scraps and lets get to work!

Please be sure to get your copy of the May/June 2011 issue of Crafts 'n Things Magazine so you can get the pattern and written instructions, as they will not all be included here.

Each photo has a Step # with it that correlates with the ones in the magazine.

Step 2
Step 3, 4 & 5
Step 6
Step 7 - Clip edges
Step 7 - Turn Nose
Step 7 - Tail
Step 7 - Lower body

Step 8 - Shape & Stuff
If you have any questions at all - please do not hesitate to drop me a comment here to let me know! If you'd like to share your Sammy the Seahorse creations - you can visit my Kid Giddy Facebook page and upload a picture of your cute little seahorses and all the fun places they are hanging out! Thanks for purchasing a copy of Crafts 'n Things magazine and supporting crafters like me! Have fun sewing!




Please note these photos are for home and personal use only, as is the pattern. All are copyright protected 2010-2011. Due to copyright and contractual agreements, these tutorial photos will only be up while the magazine is on the newsstands through mid to late June 2011.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Giddy-Up Friday: Doll House Update

Yep - it's Saturday...I'm not going crazy - well maybe in my own way right now I am...but I know it's Saturday and not Friday! I just wanted this post to be a part of Giddy-Up Friday as the original Doll House post is/was!

A blog reader was just asking for photos of my daughter's doll house that I started ages ago...and have yet to finish. But I do have some photos to share!
Now that everything is painted - let's get started!
And we have walls...
Using Cherry Scrapbook paper and it's coordinating pattern for the "play room"
Sparkling scrapbook paper works wonders on walls!
We love multi-colored stairs! (and a shingled roof!)
The Kitchen tiles are in. (Tile - it's one big sheet!) lol!
I'm sure when I have a moment to breathe again - I will finish it. Hopefully she won't be full grown by then with children of her own to play with it! : (

If you are looking to buy your own doll house kit and DIY, you should totally check out Earth & Tree Miniatures! They have so many to choose from and are in NH! That's where I've gotten both of my girls houses. This one up above is called the "Littleton" for your reference. The guy there makes all the designs and cuts them and packages them next door to the shop! If you are ever near by...you should stop in and visit them! Tell them Kid Giddy sent you (no not really - but it was fun to say)! Have an awesome "conference" weekend!