They say the darndest things

Kids, that is. Here is some more kid talk to make you chuckle ;o)

Missy (aka daughter#1)

  • It can be very noisy in my home (understatement, a massive one). So when the kids are in bed I am ghostly silent. So silent that Missy called out to me from bed one night. When I answered her she said “Oh, I thought you were gone because it was so quiet. You sure know how to be quiet mom!” I laughed and told her that I LIKE it when it’s quiet.
  • She is fond of telling me that I’m the best mom in the world, to which I always inform her other children think the same about their moms. She has recently starting saying back “Well those kids have got it wrong, mom!” This kid sure knows how to kiss up ;o)


  • This kid is ridiculoulsy charming, and I’m not just saying that because I’m his mom. He is also very silly. He has been pretending to be a doctor lately and goes around  diagnosing us with a range of illnesses from a case of the sleepies (his overworked dad) which makes you tired. And a case of the drawing sleepies (his stay-up-too-late mom who likes to draw lately) which makes you draw and then go to sleep. He’s staring to wear on his big sis, though. She is over his Dr. act.
  • He also made up a story the other day called Q-Tip and the Toothbrush. Apparently they go on all sort of adventures. I told him that he could dictate it to me and I would type it out for him. I will be sure to share it with you all. He has been reading everything and remains an eager learner. I am so proud of his progress.
  • Oh! I just remembered another one. He saw a container of Cornflakes on the counter earlier and said “Oh! My favorite cereal. Snowflakes!” I correct this and him calling McDonald’s Old McDonald’s ALL the time. LOL

Daughter#2 (aka the girl twin)

  • While getting ready to go to the library (just the twins and me, the other two were in school) she looked at me and asked if I was going with them. Because clearly they go places alone all the time, lol.
  • She is also crazy charming, but much sneakier than her older brother. She likes to do the opposite of what she’s told and when I ask her why she tells me she loves me or just wanted to give me a hug. The natural response to “Why are you jumping on the couch?” is clearly because she loves me and wants to hug me. It’s obvious really.

Son#2 (aka the boy twin)

  • This kid is zany beyond belief. He went from being the mildest of my children to the most manic. He has the kind of frenetic energy you wish you could bottle. His favorite song to sing at the moment is the “Kill the Beast!” song from Beauty and the Beast. He and his brother act out the climatic fight scene while he sings sometimes. While this brutal song preference would make you think otherwise, he is very sweet and hugs me app. 5,000 times a day and is always the most enthusiastic greeter when my hubby gets home.
  • Yesterday, I overheard him telling his twin that the crackers they were eating were sad because they were going to be in his stomach. He went on to say that he could feel them sliding down into his tummy, lol.
  • He still has a ways to go on pronouncing some words (both twins d0), but the ones he’s got down he can say with perfect clarity. You can hear every single letter. Which is not odd, but funny when they’re followed by some of the not so clear words.

Goings on

Grad school has begun (!!!). I’m learning a TON about what it takes to be a reference librarian and everything to do with library collections. Btw: I am an online student, I haven’t somehow added hours into the day in order to GO to class someplace ;o)

I have joined the ranks of eReader owners. A surprise from my hubs.

1.22.11 NOOK!

I have already added a ton of library ebooks and audio books. I am surprised by how much I like this. I was aiming to have a portable way to read text books and pdf lectures for school that was less expensive than a laptop. I hate being chained to the computer table, but my Apple laptop is so out of date it’s no longer made, lol.

I’ve just received this yummy-ness to be used to make something to wear to the PRINCE CONCERT!

1.24.11 Color Explosion

This is my first ITY knit purchase. They’re the two on either end. The one in the middle is a rayon blend that may be the first I’ve purchased from Fabric. com that you can’t see through. I don’t know why I let my poly blend bias keep me from trying ITY knits before. Too many sewers that I hold in high regard use them for them to be totally useless.

I’m excited to try them though, now that I have them, afraid of the loud prints. I caught a one day sale so the price was too good to pass up, especially when you add in the free shipping. I also got a poly double knit with this order that I am not so sure about. I was thinking fitted riding type pants since it seems too thick for a comfortable dress. But something about tight-ish polyester pants seems like a VERY bad idea…

The Seasons

Yesterday my oldest son said “Mom, I’m afraid you’re an artist!” It was funny and cute (which he is known for) and my husband agreed with him. I surprised myself but not coming out with the knee jerk reaction of denying the claim.

I have been painting folks. Me. Painting. And I’m not bad at it either.

Meet The Four Seasons.

The Seasons

There is some dissent (between the children) on which of these ladies is Spring and Summer, but here is how I see them.

Whitney Winter

Whitney Winter

Salima Spring

Salima Spring

Sade Summer

Sade Summer

Felicity Fall

Felicity Fall


I have to say, Whitney is my favorite. She’s wearing my favorite color and her coat is to die for ;0) I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these ladies just yet, but I am in love with them.

My little son asked me where were the boys, so I’ve started working on an all male version. So far, so good. I hope to show you the guys soon!

That’s the Queen?

1.10.11 Princess in the making
I am determined to show my daughters (well the boys too) that all women (and dolls) do NOT have long hair. If you judge by most dolls in the store this is a foreign concept. Maybe it’s because my hair is short now that I’m noticing more. The whole princess with long flowing hair thing is starting to irk me….

I showed my oldest daughter what Queen Elizabeth looked like. It was quite a shock to her, lol. That should prove once and for all that princesses and queens do not always look like they do in story books.

I’m happy with this experiment in making this style of hair, which could essentially be used as a wig cap in the future to make my afro hair come to life. I have two more styles to try, but first I need to finish this doll!


My creation

1. 1.8.11 Mr. Boozenwax, 2. Mr. Boozenwax, 3. Mr. Boozenwax

He’s balding and gray, but still dead sexy!

This is a practice run. These tiny things are more difficult to work with than you’d think….
I am not daunted.
I will likely start a new version tonight.

Wooden Brooch


I also ordered a bag of these wooden ovals when I bought the little people. I have plans for cameo like pins and a few other things.


1.7.11 Texture

My hair is a virtual playground for different textures.
I knew that already from when I wore my hair natural before, but it is infinitely more apparent with it this short.

They right front (left in the photo, obvs.) has a pretty intense curl going on. While the left has patches that do little more than bend and insist on sticking straight up. The middle is so thick you can hardly find my scalp and the back is loose-y goose-y and looks  about an inch longer than the rest.

To try to match things up, I put small-ish sections of hair into twists while wet and then undo them once dry. My twists had been in for days when I released them this morning.

The highly coiled side is even more so, and the straight portions are….slightly bent and mostly sticking up. The middle you can find my scalp now, but by this evening who knows. And the back still looks longer than the front.

Ce la vie.

Two! Two! Two goals in one!

Two! Two! Two goals in one!

1.3.11 Paint

“Make something” and “daily pic” in one!

I painted these two slightly melancholy people today.
First, I drew them with pencil, then made the bones permanent with pen and marker, next I added detail with a fine point pen, and finally I added watercolor paint so the details would show through. Some additional marker detailing was added in after wards.

Here’s scanned version:

I only recently realized how much the scanner on our all-in-one printer sucks. We have two old scanners whose cords were in a big tangled bag of cords that we very smartly threw away. Cause, of course we didn’t need them.

Hello, I iz a genie-ass.

I had to quickly order a new cord to stop my husband going electronics crazy. He can’t stand below (his) standard electronics around. So, my complaints about the quality of my scans started an amazon search frenzy, lol. I finished another felt doll body last night. Now, for the fun stuff. The clothes!!