how cool are these treats?

Halloween. I'm pretty sure the girls could take it or leave it. Yes, they're super psyched for the candy but every year it's like pulling teeth to get them dressed and out the door. I was scrambling like crazy to find warm clothes and outfits they'd actually want to wear. One day they tell me they're going to be one thing (and that's what I plan on) and then the day of, they switch on me! Crazy. They.drive.me.crazy!
Ruby is supposed to be a lady bug in a garden (I made her wear snow pants last night it was sooo cold!). Zoe is supposed to be Miley Cyrus (Craig and I thought she looked more like a glamour girl). Little Miss Stella is a Kangaroo that hops around saying 'ribbit, ribbit'!
Hit the whole neighborhood and got home in time to look at the loot, have two pieces of candy, brush teeth and go night-night.
I've been working on hand towels for the shop and will post those soon :)


I took Ruby and Stella for an impromptu visit to The Children's Museum this afternoon. I so love that they are just a few minutes away!
So, I haven't been posting regularly lately and there is a very, VERY good reason for it! My computer had/has a virus that I am going crazy in trying to rid it of. I know deep in my heart that a: we either need a new computer...or b: I need to give it up to the experts and be without it for a few days!!!! I just can't do it!!! I attribute this virus with my moodiness lately...DEFINITELY!!! So. We've lost documents. My email system has changed (for the worse COMCAST, for the worse). I can't seem to get my photo program to work...the whole thing is just a mess so please excuse my absence if you were missing me :)
Tomorrow is Halloween in our town/state...why? don't know...it's silly! So we'll be off Trick or Treating till the wee hours (of 8pm) with friends but I'll try and post some pix of the ladies :)
  • We carved our pumpkins tonight and they look really sweet.
  • Made THE best coffee cake muffins this morning with Stella...Maybe I'll post the recipe.
  • Talked to Andrea for a bit today...she's just a solid good friend and I do love her and her crazy life...she always makes me laugh.
  • My sister is flying in from Telluride tomorrow!!!!


8 T.V. Shows I Love to Watch:
  • Dexter
  • Entourage
  • Brotherhood
  • Big Love
  • Survivor
  • Weeds
  • The Shield
  • Project Runway
8 Favorite Restaurants:
  • Brazo
  • The Franklin Cafe (though haven't been in years)
  • Mistral (again, haven't been in years)
  • Black Trumpet

*OK, i guess having three kids prohibits us going out too much...we generally go to the same places over and over again. since moving away from Boston the eats haven't been that great around here *

8 Things that Happened Yesterday:
  • Ruby had a play date over.
  • We made homemade pretzels.
  • I went to the Dentist.
  • I cleaned up my work space...only to mess it up again today.
  • I brought in two huge pumpkins to warm up for carving today.
  • Made a spinach salad for dinner.
  • Let Ruby watch Scooby Doo 2 (the movie)
  • Did laundry.
8 Things I'm Looking Forward to:
  • More etsy sales.
  • The whoopie pies I just bought on etsy.
  • Getting my Koi tee.
  • Christmas shopping.
  • Making dinner...it's always more fun when you know what exactly you're going to make.
  • Carving pumpkins with the kids.
  • Starting a couple new designs.
  • My Sister coming to visit.
8 Things on my Wish List:
  • Success
  • Health
  • Happiness
  • Stability
  • A new roof (it's ordered and to be delivered early next week...now Craig just has to do it!)
  • Good weather
  • No stress
  • That Stella takes a long nap so I can make stuff.


pirate gingerbread girl...

gingerbread house 2...
Well, it seems like I haven't posted in forEVa!
We had a pretty mellow weekend: Zoe had her BFF sleep over Friday night. We ordered pizza in and watched a movie. All was quiet at about 10pm. Saturday morning they were up about 7:30 and I could just tell Kristen (the BFF) just wasn't 'right'. I asked her if everything was okay and she assured me it was. Now, I've been dubbed her second Mom...this girl has lived in this house and Zoe in theirs non-stop for the past four years. I knew something was up. I pulled Zoe aside and asked if maybe they had had a spat, 'no'. I let it go for about a half an hour and watched this girl like a hawk. Normally they want chocolate chip pancakes...Kristen wanted plain...HUH? Red flags are going off and I sit down next to her and look her in the eye and told her I knew her well enough to know something was wrong, what was it? Finally she tells me her tummy hurt. I call her Mom and go and tell her. Next thing I know there's projectile vomit all over my couch, rocking chair and floor. Yikes! Poor little thing...she's better now but not the best way to start the day.
In the afternoon we went over to RGS for the Halloween party...The girls had fun dressing up and playing the games. I was a little irritated with the choice of candy they had in the prizes they gave. Fire balls, jaw breakers, peppermint suckers, butterscotch suckers, jolly ranchers (ALL HARD, CHOKING HAZARDS!!!) I had to promise them I'd break open our Halloween candy and trade them out for the chokeables.
Sunday we spent around the house doing 'stuff''. I can't believe I haven't mentioned it yet but I've been fighting a really bad virus on our computer since Saturday. Some backdoor Trojan...I think I've got it all cleared up but it was a doozy! I'll keep my fingers crossed because it really STRESSES me out when I don't have the computer working...Plus, I missed posting!
Made those two tee's yesterday and today. The pic of the girls was taken on Saturday. Hope you had a great weekend!


gingerbread house

pirate gingerbread boy

Just a quick post as I'm hosting a little sleepover par-tay...

Made these cuties today and will list them in the shop later tonight (possibly).

It was such a gorgeous day we ended up playing at the park for two and a half hours after school. I was savoring the warm sun and the soft breeze knowing soon enough it would be too cold to do so much more. We're off to the school Halloween party tomorrow...hopefully I'll get some good shots to post!

Better go...too much screaming going on...yikes!



Holy smokes, where did the time go? Halloween is next week! The girls have their school Halloween party this Saturday and Ruby will be in a 'character' parade next week with her class. Ru decided to be Angelina Ballerina. Perfect! We already have leotards, tights, ballet slippers...we definitely had tutu's but Ruby wanted a rainbow one so whatever Miss Ruby wants, she gets! Made the nose out of an egg carton, hot glue, pom pom, ribbon and pipe cleaners. Made the ears out of a headband, pipe cleaners, sparkly stuff and more recycled egg carton. She loves her get up and can't wait to wear them 'for real'. Now I've got to come up with something 'Miley Cyrus-ish' for Zo...shouldn't be too hard...I saved some of the super funky stuff I used to wear bartending on Lansdowne Street. Sweet Stella will either pick and choose out of our dress up collection, be a one-eyed green furry monster or perhaps I'll grab her something at Target :)


Boy was it cold and windy today! It was the perfect kind of day to hunker down and make treats!
Got these done for a custom order....

and sent them off like this...

There was lots of play-doh out today which as you may know makes me all kinds of C.r.A.z.Y! BUT, it was a must do in order to get things done. I also allowed markers to be used and not just regular markers (because those don't last long in this house) but permanent markers which just goes to prove my theory that play-doh makes me C.r.A.z.Y!
It's time to make dinner and I have no clue what that may be...ideas anyone?



I'm feeling full of hope today...I just know something BIG is going to happen for us someday soon...I can feel it!
Things have been great in the shop...I've been having a couple sales a week and am up to 71 hearts (that means I have some fans out there...thanks!).
I just won my choice from this shop by entering into this giveaway! I can't believe it since I NEVER, ever, EVER win anything! Joy!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! You are the best Mom in the whole world and an inspiration to each of your darling daughters :)
Off to make banana bread before heading to the school for some fun time!


45 odd things...

1. Do you like blue cheese salad dressing? love it!
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? hash isn't the same thing as heroin is it?
3. Do you own a gun? only a water gun shaped like a fish :)
4. What's your favorite drink at Starbucks or other specialty Coffee shop? i love bold coffee...i mostly drink Starbucks but have found a new love in carpe diem.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? i do only because I'm so critical of myself that being examined in anyway is intrusive.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? i love them grilled...they're so tasty but totally gross at the same time.
7. Favorite Christmas song? well, I'm totally drawing a blank as to the name but the one that goes 'barump a dum dum'.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? just thinking about taking that first sip of coffee in the morning will get me up every time.
9. Can you do push ups? only if Mira is telling me too.
10. Favorite piece of jewelry? i really love all my diamonds (makes me sound like Elizabeth Taylor) but really, my husband has spoiled me :)
11. Favorite hobby? designing and sewing.
12. Do you have A.D.H.D? no way! however when I'm on maxalt (migraine prescription) i may seem absent minded!
13. What's one trait that you hate about yourself? i hold grudges (sorry, I'm a Scorpio)...i still find myself arguing, out loud (to myself...ahem...in the shower) with people I've long held a grudge against.
14. Middle name? cough, Lynn (HATE it!)
15. Name 3 thoughts right now? Do I have any cake in the freezer? I have to grocery shopping tomorrow. Why am I hungry when I already ate dinner?
16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Coffee, sparkling water with a splash of OJ, water.
17. The friend you had the longest? Probably Kirsten (I've known her since 6th grade) however I haven't seen her in years....newly connected though :) So I guess the real answer would be Craig! We've known each other for about 14 years!
18. Current hate right now? Going to have to agree with you Em, political ads!
19. Favorite place to be? Yep, at a beach!
20. How did you bring in the New Year? By staying in and going to be at a normal time...I HATE New Year's Eve!
21. Do you like to travel? Hard to say...The only time I've really traveled the world it was by myself at a rather young age...If I could go with my honey, friends or family I think I'd love it!
22. Name three people who will complete this? hmmmm
23. Do you own slippers? yes but it's time to get some new ones :) I usually wear a pair of uggs around the house.
24. What color shirt are you wearing? green.
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? I'm all about the cotton!
26. Can you whistle? yep.
27. Favorite color? I'm currently into red and green...not together, separately.
28. Would you be a pirate? uhhhh, NO!
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? songs I've made up using the girls names in them...so silly!
30. Favorite girl's name? Zoe, Ruby and Stella.
31. Favorite boy's name? I don't know...too hard!
32. What's in your pocket right now? nothin.
33. What is the last thing that made you laugh? Ruby's 'money' shot.
34. Best bed sheets as a child? Even as a child I loved just plain, clean sheets...I need a well made bed to be comfortable.
35. Worst injury you've ever had? Pretty darn gross but I had to have my thumb nail removed because it got so infected from constantly bartending.
36. Do you love where you live? I've always loved where I lived...even when it's been a stink hole...home is home.
37. How many TVs do you have in your house? one.
38. Who is your loudest friend? Craig.
39. How many pets do you have? One...English Mastiff...Molly.
40. Does someone have a crush on you? I'm pretty sure Craig does :)
41. What is your favorite book? I can't pick just one book...I love my cookbooks and I love authors.
42. What is your favorite candy? Depends on what I'm in the mood for...mostly Chocolate but I do like junk candy on the occasion.
43. Favorite Sports Team? I don't care...I love watching the UFC though!
44. What were you doing before starting this survey? I took a shower and got cozy.
45. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up this
morning? That first sip of coffee and what the hoot am I going to make Zoe for lunch.


I just finished this sweet pillow for my Mom for her birthday tomorrow...hope she likes it!
Now I'm off to make another cup of Starbucks :)

Sunday's best...

beautiful Lee...

Z was the 'boss'...

Dad the taxi...

Mom the taxi...

Freaky, right?


Kicked out...

So desperate, it's cute...


Staring contest...

So silly!

Pimp Daddy...

The 'money' shot...

We had a great day yesterday and I so wanted to get this post done last night but was too pooped!
When Daddy got home from work we headed to the most AWESOME corn maze in Lee...We got lost for about 45 minutes in their dragonfly themed maze...the weather was perfect and the girls (especially Z) loved it! C carried R most of the way through and S wouldn't let me put her down for more than a minute so by the time we got finished C and I were ALL SET! The girls wanted to hit the haunted house but it looked way to scary for their ages...maybe in a couple of years. Instead, we let them each pick out the biggest pumpkins they could find for carving later. They were quite content with that.
Next, we headed to Portsmouth to meet up with our friends from Boston. The girls always LOVE seeing 'Uncle' Kenny and this time he brought his beautiful girlfriend Molly...which was a treat (she is such an amazing girl :) We went shopping for a bit and hit the toy store where we got lost in time and held them up in closing...sorry! We left without buying anything which isn't like us (yes, we spoil, often and had no idea they were closed...no one said anything to us!). As you can see from the pix, S wasn't too happy about leaving but she got over it pretty quick.
We all grabbed a bite to eat and had fun having staring contests and joking around about Daddy's love of food :) Before we left Kenny gave the girls some $$$ which always makes any girl happy! R's shot is priceless!!!!