Thursday, November 17, 2011

Indians, Pilgrims, Pumpkins and Kitchen Bidness

We have been busy exploring all sorts of foods for Tommy to try lately:  soy pudding, different flavored hummus, bean dips, and we ran across Amy's Organic Vegan Dairy-free chocolate cake.  We slathered a slice with some vanilla icing (also dairy-free), and put it in front of him while Khera inhaled about three.

He did try the icing, so it was a minor success.  Here he is cheering himself on.  Khera used to do this, I just can't help but giggle when it happens.

I don't know how they managed to do this, but Tommy's teachers have turned my hat-less wonder into a hat-loving fiend.  It's taken us 2 1/2 years to get here and I am loving every second of it.

He had his Thanksgiving feast at school this week and we brought the dessert.  My friend Andi donated eyeballs to the cause.  Thanks Andi!  Word is there wasn't a turkey left after snack time.

Elle took a turn wearing Tommy's headdress.

For their feast they sported these adorable pilgrim hats.

Elle came home one day as a pilgrim:

And a little trip down memory lane....


Some more goodies while we're on "the lane"...



Looks like Tommy enjoys getting his photo taken just as much as Daddy!

And onto kitchen business.  Well we started the kitchen endeavor many, many months ago.  You probably don't even remember what I'm talking about.  But we've chipped away, shopped our home and are nearing completion!

The cafe curtains are finished by some miracle--a miracle named Grandma that took the girls for a sleepover and gave me time to finish them.  Thank you Grandma!

A new linen cork board replaced the ribbon board. It was a plain Walmart find, and I added the linen, extra trim and painted the frame.

Here's the clock that needs a makeover, I got it IKEA about 10 years ago.  I want to paint the frame a funky color.  Any ideas?   Army green?  Copper? I'm at a loss, please send ideas my way!

We finally put up the Ballard recessed light/pendants I bought with Amar last Christmas.  (yes, my Halloween balloons are still up, because

We've been playing musical shades, I'm still not sold on these seeded glass ones from HD.  Should I try drum shades?  Or a Serena & Lily knock-off?  Since two of these babies cost $450, it would definitely need to be a DIY.

My friend Lisa, from Spotted Hen Designs, refinished a couple of hand-me-down bar stools from our Charlotte, NC house.  She does fantastic work, definitely check out her blog if you get a chance, did I mention her prices are extremely reasonable?  I have list a mile-long of things I want her to paint, in the meantime I'm saving up my pennies and prioritizing it.

I still have a couple of things to wrap up in the kitchen, a shade makeover for the kitchen table pendant and some artwork.  Hopefully this time it wont take me 7 months!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Train Ride, Costumes, Sweat Shop and the Tooth Fairy

Hey all!  We are still here, just catching up on some things that were on hold from all of the exciting October festivities.  We decided to wait until after the time change to use our glow sticks.
We picked up some yum-a-licious Chick-fil-A on family night and took the kids on a trolley train ride.  It's really the downtown looper, but Tommy delights in pretending we are taking a ride on Toby the tram engine.

Glow sticks rule.

Brandon LOVES when I take pictures of him.

We were the only people riding and got a personalized tour of our town and the driver even let us bring our snacks along.

For All Saints Day, Khera did a little project on Saint Katherine Drexel and dressed up as her at mass that day.  She makes a cute little nun, don't you think?

Elle had a field trip to the library this week and she picked out this little number.  She knew she was hot-to-trot that morning. 

I've finally gotten a second wind and have been spending some time with my sewing machine.  I've been dreaming of cafe curtains since we remodeled the kitchen 5 years ago, and finally got up the courage to tackle all 8 of them. 

They are 2-finger euro-pleated cafe curtains.  I haven't had the nerve to make them in 5 years because I didn't know how to make pinch-pleated curtains and couldn't figure out the corner window above the banquette. 

I finally got a plan together.  I used Coretto tension rods from Umbra, and so far they are working nicely.  I also learned how to make pinch pleaded curtains from "Skye Blue" on YouTube.  Check out her tutorial here, she rocks.

I started another project involving this polka dot fabric that makes me SO happy.  But I was interrupted by my little dearies, only to find that Kher-bear had a big kid tooth coming in behind her 2 front baby teeth.

So of course we put my project on hold and had a little design consultation on what she wanted out of a tooth fairy pillow.  She pulled a couple fabrics that she liked out the kitchen drawer, and we looked at pinterest and came up with this:

We made a tooth fairy pocket for her to put her tooth in. 

Being the wimp that I am, I was too queasy to pull the tooth myself, and the thought of pulling it scared Khera.  What a relief!  The next day during rest time in her class it came out.  Daddy is out of town, so she left the tooth fairy a note in her pillow to "leave my tooth to show my Dad?"

Congratulations on your first tooth Khera!  The tooth fairy left her $2, and she woke up at 3:30am yelling the news to Elle and Tommy.  At 5am she woke us again shrieking that the tooth fairy took her tooth, when in fact it was still in her pillow.  Mommy is tired today.  We have already "lost" the tooth several times and we are not halfway through the day yet.  All this tooth business and Daddy out of town is wearing down the patience bank, we are definitely looking forward to his return tomorrow.  Miss you Pops!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Weekend

I hope you had a fantastic Halloween weekend, we sure did!  We started decorating a couple weeks ago.  The kids made most of the decorations.  Khera made this skeleton in art class.

 We made a mummy pinata out of toilet paper. Classy, I know.  It was easier than I thought it would be, I referred here for some easy directions.
Elle made this adorable bat.

And then we went a little crazy in the kitchen with bats, tinsel and balloons.

We celebrated Grandma's birthday.

We even scored some Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip ice cream from The Fresh Market.

Tommy cheered Grandma on when she blew out the candles.

As usual, the girls helped Grandma open her gifts.
We all chipped in and put together a Brighton charm bracelet for her from Marion's.

The next day was Halloween and the kids had parties at preschool.  Here is Tommy Sir Topham Hat, playing computer with his buddy Jason.

I caught Elle trick-or-treating in the hallway.

T-man also trick-or-treating, what a little stinker!

In Elle's class they served banana ghosts and oreo spiders for the special snack.

They made a real spider web out of yarn after reading a spider book.

We HEART Ms. Moore!

At home we got our spooky party spread going with a little dry ice in the punch bowl.

The black-eyed pea dip was a hit, for the recipe click here.

Veggie cups with dip in the bottom.

Love.these.pretzel.thingys, although if you do plan to do hugs and regular kisses, bake them SEPARATELY.  I learned the hard way, the white chocolate melts quicker than the regular, beware!

Who doesn't love a brownie bite!  YUMS.

I bought these beauties at my fave store TFM slaved over these cookies this weekend.

GJ gave us these cute liners last weekend, and the girls and I made the toppers (see end of post for a quick tute).

The girls were flamenco dancers, and Tommy was over his tux so he just went as himself.

The kids had a blast with the pinata.  I forgot to mention, we did a pull-string pinata instead of the traditional bat swinging, for details click here.

Stuart and Meredith our mother's helpers stopped by, aren't they cute?

We did a quick walk around the 'hood.

Some of the neighbors really get into it.

Night of the living Apps house was probably my favorite.  The kids were so excited to see Angry Birds.

OK, so the next time you have a party and want an easy way to embellish your cupcakes, try this.
Tinsel or paper garland (cut in 1" strips)
Candy sticks or small bamboo skewers
Double Sided tape

1.  Make a mini tape flag on the end of the stick.

2.  Wrap tinsel around the "flag".

3.  VOILA!

The possibilities are endless.  Silver/Gold for Christmas and New Years, Red/Blue tinsel for American holidays, Red/Silver tinsel for OSU tailgates.  We used paper garland from here this summer for Amy's shower.  ShopSweetLulu has just about every color to match whatever your soiree decor demands. (This is not a sponsored post, I just can't contain my love for that little party shop!)

Tom-tom is getting excited just thinking about the possibilities!

Until next time!!