Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Repurposed Lacy Scarf

A while ago I pinned this scarf from Nordstrom's on pinterest. 
Super cute.  As I was editing some of my pinterest boards the other day, I came across it again and still liked it.  I clicked on the link, and of course the product was long gone from the store shelves.  Bummer.

Then I had to go to Salvation Army to pick-up an old blanket for our new kittens to sleep on.  We aren’t really at the stage of life where we have “old” blankets yet, so I had to buy one…

While I was there, I checked out the $1 rack.  That’s where I found 2 lacy, Christmas-y table coverings.  2 of them… for a dollar…  My mind went back to that scarf and I thought, “Hey!  I could make one!”  So I handed off my $1.07 at the register and put my plan into action.

The tablecloths were rectangles, so I had nice square edges to work from.  I measured a long strip 10 inches wide and 50 inches long. 

Then I headed to my sewing room, moved the tub of baby chicks that has been living there, and cozied up to my machine.  I folded the strip in half (hot-dog fold) then sewed up the open end.  There really wasn’t a “right” or “wrong” side to this fabric, but if there had been I would have folded it “right” sides together.  When I had finished the seam, I turned it inside out.  I used a zig zag stitch because I figured it would catch more of the “lace” than a straight stitch.  If I had a serger I would have used that, but I don’t, so I didn’t.  J

Then I matched up the short ends and sewed them together.

Ta-Da!  Scarf done!  And it literally took less than 10 minutes from the time I started laying it out and cutting.  I have about 1 ¾ table cloths left…  I might try making another one and dying it a different color.  Scarf cost me less than $.15…  I’ll take it!

Here’s the finished scarf.

And here’s me wearing the finished scarf.  PS – pretty sure this is my first attempt at taking pictures of myself for the blog!  Eek!

What do you think?  Does it look a little like the Nordstrom scarf, or does it just look like a table cloth around my neck?

Opinions welcome! 

**Neither Nordstrom's or Salvation Army compensated me for this post.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Baby Lu - Week 26

Total weight gain/loss: -21 lbs
Next appointment: 2 weeks
Maternity Clothes: Pants pretty much 100% of the time. Still wearing normal shirts – I don’t think I will probably ever really need maternity shirts.  I live in Old Navy T’s…
Sleep: The last few nights have been perfect sleeping weather – nice and cool with the windows open.  Wish that lasted all summer…
Movement: Yep - daily
Food cravings: Still crave fruit – cantaloupe and melon have been staples in my diet.
Contractions: nope
Best moment of the week: Clara asking if I could have the baby soon… like tomorrow.  Sorry hunny!  Let’s hope Baby Lu doesn’t come tomorrow!
What I miss: wine.
What I am looking forward to: We need to settle on a boy name.  Once I have that in place, I will feel more ready…  although there are A LOT of other things I need to get done! 
Milestones: 1-hr glucose test – PASSED!! 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Baby Bunnies!

Remember when I introduced you to Clara's new bunny, The Bunny?  Turns out The Bunny WAS pregnant when we bought her, and now we have 4 little baby bunnies.  I'm not going to complain though, they are the CUTEST little things I have ever seen!

...and I'm not ashamed to admit that my voice goes up a few octaves and I talk like a freak around them...  They are THAT cute!

We left them alone for a few weeks, but now they are old enough that we can handle them and play with them a little.  They are 1/4 Satin and 3/4 LionHead, or so we've been told. 

Last night I was able to snap a few photos of them.  There are 4, but the 4th one is very jumpy and pretty fast, so we don't get him out very much - I'm afraid he'll get away!  Clara has apparently named them all... Dora, Hola, and Boots.  When I asked her what she had named the one in the cage, she told me "Swiper"!  How fitting...

So here they are!  I am happy to introduce Dora, Hola, and Boots!  (I have no idea who is who...)

Also... Clara has a cold, which explains the runny nose and the red cheeks.  Playing with cute baby bunnies is good medicine though :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

From the mouths of babes... Clara Says

It’s pretty crazy what comes out of Clara’s mouth these days…  It is apparent that she hears and absorbs EVERYTHING that goes on around her.  I usually post some of the good stuff on my facebook page, and someone suggested I start a “Clara says” blog….  While I might not go that far, I think putting them here will not only let others share in her dialogue, but also serve as a good way to document them.
So here goes, the first installment of “Clara Says”
*I read Clara a book called, “Who Am I?” quite often at night… it’s one of her favorites and she likes telling me who each of the characters are.  Last night I laid down on her bed, so she covered me up and read me a story, which was “Who Am I?”  As she turned each page she asked, “Who am I?”  As I responded with the animal on each page, she told me, “That’s very good Mom!”  I’m such an over achiever…  J
*When the litter box isn’t clean, Lucy (our cat) tends to poop on the floor – which drives all of us crazy, but Paul especially.  He has some “colorful” words for that cat quite often.  And Clara has picked up on it…  The other night Lucy walked into the living room and Clara declared, “Fxxxing cat is going to poop on the floor.”   It was one of those, “Don’t laugh, but that is SO funny” moments!  She gets her potty mouth from her father...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Reluctant Mother

Those who know me well know that I was reluctant to enter the world of motherhood.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t love the role now… although I have my moments.  It also doesn’t mean that I don’t love my beautiful, independent daughter.  It just means that I wasn’t sure I was cut out for this job…
Those who know me well also know that I’m not a risk taker.  I don’t really get myself into things I don’t think I will excel at.  Sure, I’ve failed before – but I wouldn’t say that I fail well.  But nothing I have ever failed at was as big as “motherhood”…
Perhaps that was the biggest part of my reluctance.  I didn’t know if I would be any good at the parenting thing… and if I wasn’t, there really wasn’t any way to get out of it…  it’s kinda a permanent thing.  It’s not like the shoes I bought that ended up hurting my feet that I can return or sell at a garage sale. 
But God decided that “motherhood” was a role I was going to have, and we were blessed with our little Clara Ann.  She’s precocious, and smart, and talkative, and adventurous, and painfully independent.  She can also be shy, and snuggly, and caring.  Sometimes she is even pouty, and whiny, and picky, and indecisive. 
But I can be all those things too.
I’m almost 3 years into this job as “mom”, and soon another little person will call me “mom” as well.  I’m not sure I’m any more prepared this time around… but I know we’ll make it through.  Because the sun will rise, another day will break, and we get another chance to make it work.  Although there have been days, I have yet to stick a “FREE” sign on her and put her at the end of the driveway.
Because I know I would miss her.
The motherhood thing has grown on me… I wouldn’t venture to say I’m “good” at it, but I don’t think I have failed at it either.
At least, not yet… we have a lot of years and opportunities for that ahead…
On this Mother’s Day, I say a prayer of thanks that I have been blessed with a wonderful mother and sister (who is a mom) that I look to as role models and can ask for advice, guidance, or to simply share the misery (at times) with.  Both are such an inspiration to me!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there who might read this – whether you are a reluctant or willing mom, a mom to human or fur babies, have watched your babies grow or are still waiting to be blessed with children.  Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

One for the Record Books!

Snow day today, so I am sitting at my dining table, hot coffee in my favorite mug, fire roaring in the pellet stove, thinking it's a good day to get the Christmas decorations out...

Oh wait, it's May 2nd...

and we have 12 inches of snow in our yard, and it isn't letting up.

The current record for snow in May in our area is 1.2 inches in 1944.

We've got that beat hands down!

We are fortunate in the fact that we still have power and heat - many in our area don't.  Roads around us are closed and the plows aren't out too heavy yet, so we can't really go anywhere.

Some people HAVE to work today - my brother is an electrical linesman and my brother-in-law drives snow plow - they will be busy today!  STAY SAFE!

My friend Amber stated it best in her facebook status:  "While snow in May isn't ideal....it is what it is, we can't change it! Take advantage of what we have been given: play with your kids in the snow, bake some cookies, snap some pics, etc....."

So that's what we're going to do!  Watch movies, play, color, bake some cookies, do laundry, and watch baby chicks hatch...

Sounds like a great day!

...and Spring can start TOMORROW!  :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Trying to Think SPRING!

It's supposed to snow again here today in southern Minnesota, but everything around us on the farm is screaming, "IT'S SPRING!"  It is May 1st after all... it's about time.

Paul has some of the garden planted - cool weather crops that can take the chill.  Onions, beets, radishes, lettuce...  The man loves to turn the soil and the sound of the tiller is almost constant around here if he's home!

Speaking of sounds... we weaned lambs the other night and took the wether (castrated male) lambs and the ewe (female) lambs we were not going to keep as replacements to the livestock auction on Monday night.  The ewes protested by baaing all night and most of the day Tuesday.  They seem to have settled more now and are content to graze in the pasture.  The lambs sold well - 2 groups averaging 47 pounds per lamb and 62 pounds per lamb.  Both groups sold for $1.55 per pound.  The lamb market is high right now, which is a good thing for us.  We will most likely have to buy some hay this year to get us through the winter, and hay is going to be high priced this year due to the winter loss many farmers suffered.

Another sound of Spring...  baby chicks cheeping in the incubator!  They haven't even hatched out of the shells yet and are already making noise! 

Remember The Bunny?  She had babies...  Not sure how many, as we are leaving them alone for a few days so she won't reject them.  They aren't very cute in the beginning anyway... hairless, squirmy masses.  I'll post pics once they hit the "cute" stage.

We are really ready for weeks of nice weather, not just days.  Clara sleeps so much better after she's been outside helping and playing after we all get home for the night. 

Spring, can you hear me?  We're ready for you!

Eggs in the incubator- hope to have a few chicks by tonight!

Clara with Daisy - the brand new dairy calf born at the in-laws!

Watering in the new plum trees.

Who needs to change before chores?  Clara watering the sheep in her jammes and puddle boots!