Tuesday, December 30, 2008
That is when I came across Dancing Rain Dolls. They have kits available that are customizable by skin color, hair and eye color and size. I bought two kits and started them the day after Christmas. I took about 4 hours to get the first one done. The second one went a little faster. I haven't made clothes yet, but Bitty Baby clothes seem to fit ok.
I am not totally happy with the face, but I do like the hair and the girls seem to love them.
I am sure that these will not be my last dolls.
That evening we started with some snacks, opened gifts and then enjoyed a buffet of appetizers. The girls thought it was great to have so many options of food. We didn't have to keep encouraging them to eat because they got to choose their own food.
The girls loved all of their gifts. The playhouse, face bag and I spy were all well received. Coco's big gift this year was a wallet full of gift cards. She can now go to the movies with her friends, buy some cd's or get a bite to eat without coming to us for money.
I got some surprises under the tree as well. Jim got me an afternoon at the new spa that just opened down the road from us. I can't wait to take advantage of that! I also got a digital frame for my office, a ceramic bird from Lilly, Santa and Snowman salt and pepper shakers from Claire and perfume from Coco. I also got this great necklace. I bought it for myself, but let Jim put his name on the tag.After all of this, we traveled up north to my parents. It is usually takes right around 2 hours. It took 4 hours. That is right 4 hours! I could hardly peel my fingers from the wheel when we finally pulled into the driveway.
While up there, we had 2 Christmas parties and a baby shower for my sister. We saw tons of cousins and had a good time.
We have one more party to go. Coco is having 5 girlfriends over for a fancy dinner and gifts. They are going to be one tired group. They are gathering for a New Years party tomorrow night and then coming to our house on Thursday. Here is a sneak preview of what will be going on in our dining room.
I will post many more pics on Friday or Saturday.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I am happy with the way it turned out. I bought a couple of other things so I think that changing up the header could become a regular thing.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I am revealing our family Christmas card a bit early. They were shipped in two batches and I am mailing the ones that need to travel the furthest today. The rest of you who live closer, or who I will see in the next week will get yours from the second batch. So you will be getting a sneak preview. I only scanned the front. When you get yours, be sure to turn it over for another photo and message.
I took all of the pictures. They seemed to print a little dark, but I still like the card. I had them done by Dayspring Studios. They print cards with a religious message and that is what I wanted for Christmas. I suppose I could have made something similar myself by using Photoshop and some digital scrapbook kits, but I was a little late in thinking about cards this year.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
These little touches are such a great reminder of why we love her. If you are in need of some family portraits, wedding photography, or anything else, make sure you check out her site for some samples of her work.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Then it all came to a screeching halt.
It was hair. Human hair. Quite a bit of it. Lilly hair.
There she stood with her half mullet haircut. "Why did you cut your hair?" I asked.
"Because." she said. I informed her that there would be no scissors in her near future and she responded "you're not my boss."
She quickly learned that I am her boss and sat on the step (our time out spot) for quite awhile.
I lived with the hair for a few days. I don't know if it was much of a punishment for her, but I dreaded the thought having all of our Christmas pictures taken with this horrible haircut.
So, yesterday she got a haircut from a professional. She absolutely hated it. She hated the hair washing. She hated sitting still. She did not enjoy the process. I guess that was part of her punishment.
Now comes the best part. Everyone LOVES the new haircut. She is getting compliments from everyone who sees her. (This is not helping me in the "don't cut your own hair or you will have to have a short hairdo" department.)
Here is her before picture (the one on our already outdated Christmas card)
Here she is with her updated do:
Again....Welcome to my world.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Wednesday was Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day. There were hundreds of blogs from all over the world that participated. I visited the blogs and decided if the item being gifted was something that I (or someone I know) could use and benefit from. If I won something, I wanted it to be an item that I would be excited to have and not just another free thing.
I got an email today from Chris saying I won her giveaway. Guess what it is? Have you guessed yet? You are going to look at this and say "That is so Jen."
Here it is. My prize.Baker's twine and an assortment of vintage buttons. I can think of a million things to do with this already. Chris also sells the twine in her shop.