Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kristin's Holiday Wish List

 TodaysMama and GameStop are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.

1. What is your holiday wish for your family?
     I wish that my family would know and understand the reason we celebrate Christmas.  For us, without the birth of Jesus, we would still be slave our sins.  But, because of his birth and eventual sacrifice, we can live with him forever!  

2. What is your Christmas morning tradition?
      Our Christmas morning tradition is every changing.  Since my husband is a pastor, we usually don't even celebrate a typical Christmas morning on Christmas.  Usually we celebrate on Christmas eve morning instead.  We all stay in our pjs, start with stockings and then move on to presents.  Break for a yummy breakfast and then off to a day of playing. 

3. If you could ask Santa for one, completely decadent wish for yourself, what would it be? 
        It would be for a serger!  I really want once but it is totally a want and not a need. It would make sewing quicker and more professional - and more fun!

4. How do you make the holidays special without spending any money?
         This year we are doing a new tradition of 25 days of giving.  These do not need to montary items but things like making cards for the shut-ins of our church or sending our Christmas letter to our Compassion child. 

5. What games did you play with your family growing up?
           We played your typical (dreaded) monopoly, yatzee, Connect Four etc.  I really am not a game person but I try to play a few to make the rest of the family happy.

6. What holiday tradition have you carried on from your own childhood?
             Staying in our pjs and celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, St Nicolas Day and Epiphany are all traditions passed on from my husband's family.  We are trying to create more of our own family traditions as the kids grow up.

7. Where would you go for a Christmas-away-from-home trip?
              Anywhere as long as it includes our families.  We aren't always able to see everyone as we are spread across the country.  Being with everyone is most important to us! 
8. Check out GameStop and tell us, what are the three top items on your GameStop Wish List this year? 
              1. Andrew has been asking for a Ds for years. He scours the ads for a sale all the time.  Cracks me up! I would love to make his dream come true.
              2. Some fun new wii games - especially ones for the little ones like Elmo's A to Zoo or Jumstart games
              3. And what seems on the top of most people's list a Xbox 360 with Kinect.  

If you want to get in on the fun, head on over to TodaysMama, link up your blog post and cross your fingers you win! 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Have you heard of CSN stores?

I hadn't until I started seeing them pop up on some of the blogs I read.  I got a chance to check out their website recently.  I was almost overwhelmed at the number of products they have!  CSN stores has over 200 different online stores where you can find almost anything you would want or need!  They have everything from baby gear to furniture like extra tall bar stools, to accessories for your car.  I am completely amazed!    

Here are a few things that caught my eye -

Strollers - any kind you want!  Perfect for me since one of the wheels of our stroller keeps falling off!

Something to organize all the kids decide they need to take with them in the car - Jonah has started asking if he can play in our "new" mini-van. 

Or how about a fun chandelier for Lily's room 

Or how about a beautiful dining room set?

Well, maybe the table is a tad bit over my price range but it is pretty.  Take a peek at CSN stores and let me know what you think!  And come back later for a review too!

Lastly, since it is Black Friday week, CSN let me know about a few of their deals.  Check out these links and get some Christmas shopping done.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Upcycled T-shirt Dress

I am Momma has a great tutorial for an upcycled T-shirt dress and I had to try it! I had problems with my seams on the outside so I put them in the inside but I love it so much! It was not hard at all and used up some of my crazy knit stash.  The grey and blue striped is knits I had purchased at some point.  The pink hearts and the pink ruffled edge are thrifted shirts.  I added a little rosette and leaves on the white onesie.

Go and check out her tutorial!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010

Here are a couple pictures of the kids this Halloween  -

Lily was a ladybug - Ladybugs are good luck in Chinese adoption and when I saw it at the thrift store for $1 last year, I knew I had to have it.  I got lucky that it actually fit her this year!  And since it is typically cold in MI on Halloween, I was glad it was fleece pants and a hooded jacket.  She really was jealous of her brothers and wanted to be a power ranger too - the mask and the weapon were much more exciting then wings frankly.  Luckily, she liked the ladybug purse I made her (see post below) and she was happy again.

The boys were Power Rangers - these I got 75% of at Meijer the end of the season last year.  I am glad I didn't pay much since Jonah's was falling apart the first night and looks pretty awful now.  Andrew's has muscles which just cracked me up.  Here they are in fighting mode!  Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 1, 2010

What I do in my "spare" time....

I haven't had a lot of time for sewing lately but I have managed to get a few things sewn plus some crafts done too. 

Some ruffle pants for Lily - idea from a local seller but I could not get myself to pay $25 for them. I made a pattern from a pair of Lily's pants.
 A couple custom orders from friends to give as gifts - diaper and wipe cases, burp clothes and taggies

Kindle cover I made for a teenage boy at church - I still need to make myself one!

Ladybug bag for Lily to carry during Trick or Treat

Sweater pumpkins - found on a blog somewhere - a few blogs I think.  I bought one orange sweater from our local thrift store for 75cents and the cream is a piece of fabric from the same store for the same price.  I only made 3 pumpkins but I have enough fabric for a whole pumpkin patch if I want.  This does not involve any sewing just fabric, rubber bands and twine. 

Give Thanks Board - idea from Jellybean Junkyard - finished it just in time for dinner tonight!