Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Father Time & Baby New Year holiday card

Our annual holiday card was a production as usual. We decided to build on the baby new year idea from 2010Harriet’s inclusion led to the idea to dress her up as Father Time. In hindsight it might have been easier if we had done the shoot when they were sleeping.

Christina and I shot hundreds of photos while constantly adjusting the girls and their props. In total we got about a half dozen of potentially useable pics. The beard was by far the hardest element to deal with since it had to be constantly adjusted and Harriet was super annoyed by it tickling her nose.

Not every pose worked, but the number of hysterical outtakes is pretty great.

Some of our research turned up this old timey gem to use as inspiration. A co-worker had the hourglass and we made the scythe from a unused chandellier extension rod, cardboard from a cherrios box and some tin foil.

Another fun year is complete. May time ever bring you a glad New Year!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

4th stocking

This year I made a stocking for little Eloise. I had made the other ones in past years out of felt and had some extra green felt that I had pre-cut for future stockings so it was really a snap.  It was nice that I had some of the same color red felt so they all are perfectly matching, but different. I love sewing felt because you don't have to fold the hem under since the edges won't fray. Makes for a quick project and I love the way felt looks! 

This picture is visually kind of insane to me with the white bannisters, but you can see all four together. 

Thursday, December 26, 2013


 We had a nice Christmas this year after a rough week prior due to illness. Everyone is healthy now though and enjoyed the holiday. We went over to my mom's on Christmas eve and then to my aunt and uncle's on my dad's side the next day.
 Eloise's hair cracks me up.

 Harriet was the real winner this christmas with tons of new things and clothes. This is one of her favorite presents from my Aunt Sylvia and she loves wearing it all day long in the house.
 Becky and Raymond stopped over.

My Aunt Sylvia and Eloise sharing a snuggle.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Candy Cane Ornament

I saw this post and just decided to make up my own pattern for it. Seemed to have worked. It was quick to make and then I stuffed a couple pipe cleaners in there to give it shape. I gave it to Harriet and, as usual, she seemed underwhelmed despite her love of candy canes lately. Sigh.

Friday, December 06, 2013

The Thanksgivukkah spirit!

Hanukkah was super early this year. We had a few days off together as a family because thanksgiving landed during it for the first time in my life. Apples were still in season so we made our own batch of apple sauce to enjoy with latkes. 

Night one brought Packer garments galore from my mom.

It also was the pickup day for my new stereo console. A refurbished '59 Motorola. I'd been pining for one for almost a year. Ironically we're collectively most excited to play old christmas LPs.

On Thanksgiving we watched football, ate food with family, and lit candles. Thansgivukkah!

We surprised Harriet with a trip to the circus. Her friend Lauren and her parents joined us. We pretty much sat front and center. Tigers, camels, dogs, acrobats, latino dancers, clowns, motorbikes, and shriners!

Harriet was captivated.

Still captivated.

Asian balancing act, light up snow cones, oh... and elephants!

 Before Hanukkah was over our neighbors came over to light candles and make sufganiyot. I made the dough for these donuts from scratch the day before.

 We fried them.

 Then rolled them in sugar, filled them will jam, and enjoyed the entire batch.

By the last night Harriet had figured out all the hiding places for the presents, mastered lighting the candles and singing Oh Hanukkah.

Thursday, December 05, 2013


 I love this little pig. It is about 3.5 inches tall and so quick and easy to make. Pattern is here on ravelry and free. The wings are a cute touch.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

3 months

Three months marks the end of maternity leave and the beginning of daycare. After a rocky first half of the week on a hunger strike, things got progressively better for Eloise. Harriet loves having her sister with her all day long now.