Sunday, August 29, 2010

Trying to Slow Down

I am working hard to catch up on my painting and take a little break. The only problem--there is no end in sight:) I have closed etsy to catch up on orders, but the orders keep coming. I am excited about the plate parties I have coming up; I have four already scheduled and a couple more in the works. I am sketching away, coming up with new designs.

Thought I would share a pic of some more Halloween designs. I sold a bunch to a children's store up north; she plans to use them as gift bags for items purchased in her store. She should get them this week; hope she likes them.
Yesterday, we attended a petting zoo party, and I had painted the favors. We have been to a couple with these people and their animals, and Mattie Claire was looking forward to the donkey (who knows!) I had been hearing about riding that donkey for days. Well, the party is going great. I am talking with some moms and keeping my eye on Molly. MC walks up looking a little funny, then bursts into tears. One of the horses has stepped on her foot, and she is wearing sandals. She is fine; only a small bump and bruise to show for the drama. I think the hostesses were more upset than MC and I combined. We got two phone calls checking on her, but no broken bones--not even a limp:) Oh and no, she didn't feel up to riding the donkey. It is fine, though; I have already booked them for her 7 year old birthday.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Crayon Princess Too?

Well, my baby has started her own business. She created a paper pillow at my mom's the other day and wanted to start selling them. (She has seen me working etsy waaaaay too much.) I told her she couldn't sell paper pillows, buuuuut...... She is using fabric markers to design pillow tops, and her sweet Nano is sewing them into beautiful pillows. I am documenting each sale to create a pillow scrapbook for her. I told her we could put her pillow money up for college, and she agreed to save it AFTER she buys a new American Girl doll!

One of her first creations was for her uncle with a picture of her cousin on it--Rook. She created one for her friend too. She is taking orders, so let me know if you "need" a pillow. We are still thinking of a name for her business: Palomino Pillows, Picasso Pillows, Crayon Princess Too....

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Gotta Love Mondays

Teacher is paitently waiting on her class to enter. She is dressed in khaki linen cropped pants and a pink shirt.
Students begin to enter:
Student #1: Don't you just look like a big piece of bubblegum.
Student #2: I think she looks like piglet.
Class begins...5 minutes later:
Student #2: I think she looks like piglet.
....5 minutes later:
Student #2: I said she looks like piglet.
Student #2: I said she looks like piglet.
(Yes, this was repeated about 6 times.)
Teacher: What planet are you from? I just have to wonder what planet you live on that says it is acceptable for a student to call a teacher a pig.
Student #2: (no response)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Please Say This is Normal!

My last post included construction paper cucumbers; I know--how creative. Well, the list goes on and on. First, she has started her own business. Wild Stallions (the new business) deserves its own post, so more on that later. Twice today, she has played Subway. She puts her apron on and puts ziplocs on her hands. She makes sandwiches for the family, wraps them in a papertowel, and puts in a plastic bag. Molly has been calling her "mam" and telling her things she needs: drinks, napkins,.... Subway lasted long enough to mess up my kitchen, then she moved on. She is now playing "sheriff." She has a walkie talkie, and I have to call 911. She is currently investigating a burglary in my home:) She has been yelling "get down" to poor Molly--I would say she has seen one too many episodes of Cops. I hope all these roles are normal! I am sure my family would say she is just like me; they have several stories they love to share...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Pickles for Eye Puffiness

MC: Mom, do people really put pickles on their eyes?
Me: No, I think they put cucumbers on their eyes.
MC: Do we have any cucumbers?
Me: No, sorry.

She decided to make her own spa day. She lubed her face up with some body butter, then made her own cucumbers from construction paper--yes, isn't she just a little Crayon Princess in the making??!!

Her sweet daddy picked her up a cucumber while he was in town. She laid out her own towel, put on her robe, and added cucumbers.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Back to School

I may short circuit my computer with all of my tears as I type this. Tomorrow is back to school! I have enjoyed my summer. I loved spending my days with my girls and painting. Of course, I didn't do everything I had planned, but I never do.
I am loving Facebook. I decided to do a back to school giveaway for my Facebook followers. I painted totes and filled with back to school goodies for their new teachers. I thought people would just enter; I didn't know I would get tons of orders. I am so excited about my new customers and business! I think they turned out cute, and I have them all finished.

My next giveaway will be some totes filled with Halloween goodies. I can't believe that I am already thinking about fall holidays and going back to school--UGH! Have a great school year, everyone!:)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Back to School

Mattie Claire is working on her back to school wardrobe. There is not much you can do with uniforms! However, today we bought our "1st Grade Rocks" snap cap and bow. A young girl designed these magnetic caps, and they are a huge hit. Monday's Child ordered the caps and had the special bows made to mix and match. How cute will we be on the first day of school??!!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sweetest Things by Alice

My mom bakes for people. She enjoys baking and makes yummy cakes and desserts that people drive from pretty far to get. That gift skipped my generation, so I hope my girls pick it up:) There is a fabric store about an hour from here that loves her goodies. They buy lots of her cakes for friends, church functions,.... A while back, they had purchased one of her cakes, and a television show was in town filming an episode. The show visited her shop during the episode, and the shop owner offered them cake. The episode airs tonight at 9:30 on Lifetime: On the Road with Austin & Santino! We're from a small town in the middle of nowhere, Podunk USA, so yes, this is a big deal:)

Say Hello to My Little Friend

I have been eyeing these sharks for a little while; the reviews are good... I found one at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I grabbed it up that day, and Jason and I have been fighting over it ever since. His first project was the kitchen floor. Jason cleaned the grout; it hasn't been that clean since it was installed--looks brand new! Next, he did the kitchen counters. The grout cleaner made it worth the $100. We have moved on to the bathroom floors. I have been using the big pocket to clean EVERYTHING else. The toilets are sparkly, and the furniture is next... I say you can't go wrong with this purchase, and I plan to go back to school with a sparkling clean house!

Monday, August 2, 2010


Once when Jason was going to work a fire, I dropped him off at the airport, then Mattie Claire and I went to Logan's to eat. I was waiting on a parking place as someone backed out. As soon as they pulled from the spot, a truck PULLED AROUND me and parked in the spot. What did I do, I drove away crying; yes, that's how I roll!

Today, I walked into the living room, and Judge Judy was on TV. She cracks me up when she yells at people:) Today's case was a man suing a woman for punitive damages. She also was waiting on a parking space; after the previous people pulled out, the man suing her pulled in ahead of her. She got out of her car and said, "I was waiting on that space." He said, "So" and walked off!! To get even with him, she let the air out of one of his tires:) Isn't that great? She got the satisfaction of getting even, but it cost her $200. Before making her ruling, Judge Judy told the story from Fried Green Tomatoes. The cute girls drove past Kathy Bates' character into a parking space, because they were younger and prettier/skinnier. That is when she repeatly rammed their car with her car, because she was older and had more insurance! Tawanda--that is one of my all time favorite movies.