Monday, February 1, 2010

From the Mad House.....

Ok, I am still very happy having the kids but it is crazy here...They are so fun and I am getting to know the baby better, but my daughter drives me nuts....I think she would be quite content to just let me take over and I am working hard not to do it. Tonight they went over to my sister Julie's house to give us a break..it is quiet and peaceful and I got to sew...a little, but sewing just the same.
One of the things that Olivia and Andrew missed the most was making art...This according to Liv...I am sure it is true because she inspected all the supplies several times. My bins are like treasure boxes to her. Yesterday we unloaded their rental truck into our garage..(It is a hot mess) and she knew today would be a good time to ask, "Can we make something now?" I happily obliged and Andrew jumped right in. I am doing the "Enchanted for a Year" ornament swap and this month's theme is Fairies...Val, the hostess also had a challenge for us to make a fairy house for our gardens....Olivia and Andrew gathered sticks and I gathered supplies...Liv even found a couple of walnuts....Andrew had a zillion questions while we were making it...He wanted to know all about the "fairy tale" that was going to live there...we glued and glittered talking about fairies the whole time. Here is the house for the "fairy tale"...we all hope she enjoys her new little abode...Liv even made a bed and a couch and little jace helped with rocks....

I also have been participating in the "One World One Heart" event and the thing is huge...For some crazy reason, I feel compelled to answer every post I get and visit their blog.... boy, there a lot of them...Darn this type A personality.....Is everyone else answering back? somehow, I don't think so.....I probably have seen about two hundred blogs so far...It is hard to believe I have been able to do anything else!
I got a mail package from Jean the quilting ranny today and it was selvage's from fabric..I had to go upstairs tonight and play with them...I made a pillow cover and the pillow will eventually go in our little trailer, "the Tumbleweed"...I quilted it as I went and then couched some rick rack and fiber on it. I like all the red.

I also finally got a bunch of handmade charms onto a chain and finished a necklace....There are wood, metal, paper and fabric charms all made by different people including me...I have made two others that I wear. One themed black and white and one pink themed...this is my multicolor masterpiece...some of these charms I have had for three years just waiting for the perfect project. You can see a close up if you click the picture....

Isn't it beautiful? There are some really talented charm makers out there....mine are pretty rough, but I sure love making them into a necklace and wearing them!
Happy One World One Heart and go visit some blogs!!! It is crazy fun....

18 comments:

Barb said...

Love your chain....

You are a wonderful mo to let them play in your things and to do art with them, what an inspiration.

Jenxo said...

those kids will have such wonderful memories of their time spent with you.....

i love your selvedge cushion [i get excited about selvedges, not that i would let anyone at work know! The furnishing fabric ones are gorgeous, really fluffy and straggly!!]

i just upload my owoh giveawy, go check it out.

nattyj said...

Hi Melinda - I'm your February YOE swap partner - the one in Australia!
I love your giveaway on your OWOH! I too am participating, and haven't responded or visited any of the bloggers you have left me comments, too hard & not finding the time. Would so LOVE to though, and how good are you visiting everyone's blogs.
I am now following your blog and look forward to been your swap partner!

joanne lendaro said...

the charms are wonderful, thanks for sharing!

Laurie said...

Oh, if only I could be Type A like you, and run upstairs and make a pillow when I got some new fabric!! I really love your charm necklace.

As for OWOH, I'm answering my commenters, too, but not as they comment. It would probably be better to do it your way. I sit down in the evening when my family's watching dumb sitcoms (Chuck, etc.) and visit and answer comments. I'm less than halfway through my list...and of course it grows everyday! But I *will* get to everyone. And enter some giveaways along the way!

I'm so happy your kiddos are home with you!

Pixiewinkle said...

Melinda! Thank you so much for visiting.

I was getting a kick out of reading your post as I am a "daughter" who visits her mother with the kids and it is always such an interesting situation! My mom and I have it down (for the most part) but I know they overwhelm her sometimes (they are 2 & 4), but I am so appreciative of her help and the strong bond she and my kids have. Just think of that bond when you want to wring your daughter's neck! The kids will have such wonderful memories of you for life.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Hi Melinda!

I love what you did w/the selvages. I have been saving mine in a ziploc bag and I think that it is time to do somethingw/them!

Lori said...

Love the necklace! All those little bits and bobs make it special!

Patty said...

You are so talented and your grand babies will always treasure their memories of crafting with you.

Margaret said...

For all that's going on in your life you're so productive! I love the fairy nest, such a special memory for the kids and I can just imagine yall the questions you had to answer!
Your charms are gorgeous as is your cushion! Mx

Stempelientje said...

Hi Melinda!
I see you have been busy!!
It looks great!I lobe the fairytale house you've made with Liz and Andrew!

Greetings from Stempelientje.

Melissa said...

Your pillow is wonderful and your necklace is gorgeous. I have to say that I haven't been answering all of my OWOH comments. I just can't keep up!

Angelcat said...

Both your pillow and your charm necklace are gorgeous!

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

What a fun thing to do with the grandkids. I like the pillow...very nice.

Sugar and Spice Art Confections said...

Hi Melinda! Thanks for stopping by my blog! No, I did not use a tutorial on the altered faux roses. I made up the design myself. They really are quite easy! Thanks for your comments!
Rebecca

The Feathered Snail said...

I really appreciate that you visited my blog! I'm just starting out so it made me feel all special inside that you took the time to visit and comment too!
LOVE the necklace!!!

Jenny S said...

Oh my WORD!!!! That necklace is awesome! Love it!

Birgit said...

Yes, here is a kindred spirit! I also visited everyone who left a comment on my blog. Same personality here... It's often hard work, but, hey, it's fun, too! See there -- I even read your OTHER blog posts. I have about 800 more blogs to visit, yet I still take my time. So much for type A, huh?

Here's to being type A,
Birgit