Friday, July 31, 2009

Tattoo's & Piercings

These tattoo's are all on my 18 year old daughter, Alexis.

The "Baby Kirker" is on her left shoulder
(she's the youngest of the kids from my 1st marriage)

The "Anthony Daniel" is on the back of her neck
(her son's name)


the "To Live, To Learn, To Love" is on her right upper arm
(Her Uncle Chip's favorite quote. He is also her Godfather and died when she was 3)
Lexie got her belly button and chin pierced for her 13th birthday.
She got her first eyebrow piercing done on her 14th birthday
and her second eyebrow piercing done on her 15th birthday.
Her first tattoo for her 16th birthday,
her second one for her 18th birthday and the last one last weekend.

Do I mind all of these piercings and tattoo's?

No I really don't. I had to sign for all of them until she was 18. Well except for the first tattoo, she kind of snuck that one in on me. The way I look at it is there are so many other things in life to get upset and stress out over. Lexie has always liked piercings and tattoo's and actually was doing her own piercings before I finally took her to have them done professionally. I decided I would much rather have them done right than her in her room with a needle trying to do them to herself. Personally, I like them and think she is still as beautiful as she ever was and I admire her ability to be unique and just be Lexie.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pool Party

My grandson Anthony had another BD party on Sunday for his dad's side of the family. Lexie's friend and Jake's cousin, Amber, had the party at her house since they have a pool and she was so sweet to invite us. My kids have only been swimming a couple of times in their lives so they were thrilled!

Jace decided to help Anthony blow out his candle

The kids all playing in the pool

Amber and Lexie
and me.

Thanks Lexie and Amber for a fun day!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wonky Bags

I was reading Aunt Pitty Pat's Blog the other day and she was talking about how the seams on her quilt squares don't always match up. She called them "Wonky". I was telling Mallory about it when I was making these new tote bags and we decided that, although my most of my seams match up, these bags look "Wonky".

This is the first one I made. The back is the watermelon fabric and the inside is the striped fabric. I love this bag. It is so summery and bright.

Mallory picked out the fabric for this bag and she is going to use it for school. She loves the fact that it is one of a kind and that no one else in the whole world will have a bag just like hers. She has a red and purple fabric on the back, non matching handles and "Taz" fabric for the lining.

So these are my "Wonky Bags". Do you think the name fits?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I'm Not a Fancy Quilter, but I Try Hard!

I am not a "quilter" by any means. Usually my quilts are just patchwork blocks that I machine quilt with an X to the back side of the blanket. My kids always love the blankets though and I have fun making them. Here is the one I made for my grandson Anthony for his 2nd BD last week.

I had some John Deere fabric and panels that I had bought on the dollar rack at Wal-Mart about 7 years ago for Ezie. Sorry Ezie! I put the panel in the middle and a strip of fabric on the top and bottom of it and then on each side. Each strip has been machine stitched to 2 pieces of flannel.

Then I added the backing and machine stitched it in places to the top piece. I did the same thing to the pillow panel. It turned out really cute and I think Anthony likes it!

I had promised more pictures of me a while back
so here I am in a pink construction hat at Anthony's party
holding my grandson, Austin.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Stuff in My Etsy Shops

I just added this mini wall hangings or they could be used as ornaments to my Etsy Shop.

I also added 5 sets of coasters to my other Etsy Shop.

Stop by and check them out!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Mama Mia Apron Swap

I had never seen the movie Mama Mia, but I still wanted to participate in Val's Mama Mia Apron Swap. So I borrowed the movie and finally got to watch it. I know, I'm way behind on seeing movies. Anyway, I fell in love with the colors and fabrics that the were used in the movie and of course the music. I mean, who doesn't love Abba?!?!?

This is the beautiful package that my partner Tammy sent me.
I LOVE the colors of the apron and the pattern is so cute!

Check out this border. I love the rooster and the flowers kind of remind me of the mosaic work on the floor in the movie. Yellow is my favorite color too so I really love the border!

Tammy sent this super yummy smelling pineapple scented candle and how cute is it in a drink cup?!??! The kids can't wait to use the stir sticks. What is it about kids and stir sticks.....mine love them. We decided to save them for Mallory's birthday that is coming up in a few weeks. We're going to have a tropical theme for her party so I can try out the punch recipe that Tammy sent too. Thanks for the inspiration Val and Tammy!

Here is the apron that I made for my swap partner Heather.
I'm not sure if she has received her package yet so keep this a secret.

I got the idea for the pattern from the aprons that the town's women wore. The actual apron has pleats in it though so it's kind of fitted. I hope Heather likes it. I tried it on my DIL and it looked really cute on her with her tiny figure and curves. I fell in love with this fabric. It isn't what I planned on getting, but I couldn't resist.

I made Heather a couple of dishcloths and a pot holder too. I found an easy recipe for Strawberry Margarita's that I typed up. I haven't had a Margarita in years.......way to many years I think. Sounds yummy! I also made Heather a set of 8 coasters instead of cocktail napkins. I forgot to buy the napkins when Earl took me out to get the fabric and I only get him to take me out every so often so I had to improvise.

Thanks for a fun swap Val! I can't wait for the next one!
I'm becoming an apron addict!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Pictures that Make This Momma Happy!

These are just some photo's that the kids have taken over the last month that when I look at them they just make me smile.

Lexie trys so hard to keep Anthony clean.

She is such a great mom and that always makes me smile!

My Jace has finally come out of his shell and has become a very funny guy!

My grandson kissing Amber's belly because their is a baby in there.

Congratulations Amber and Tucker!!

I love seeing my older boys spend time with my younger kids. They don't get a lot of time to spend with them, but when they do they make the most of it.

This is Chad with Ezie and the one above is Jesse with Ezie.
These pictures just make my heart melt!
(except I thought you quit smoking Chad?!?)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The 2nd Annual Brown Paper Bag Swap

I'm finally posting my swap stuff from The 2nd Annual Brown Paper Bag Swap that I hosted. I hope everyone had fun and I can't believe what creative minds you all have!

I received these super cute little pieces of pizza and bags yesterday from Valerie of All the Queens Chocolate. Thanks Valerie!!! These are going to be so cute on a scrapbook page. This is such a clever idea!! Be sure and check out Valerie's blog she is having another giveaway today.

This is the package I received from my swap partner Pam. Pam included some fabric and vintage ribbons. Thanks Pam for the extras!!!

There is a notebook that Pam made out of vintage Bingo cards and markers. Inside the pages are pieces of brown paper bags. Love it!!

and finally Pam made me some recipe cards and tags out of brown paper bags. Thanks so much Pam for everything!! You came up with some wonderful ideas!

This is the package I sent to Pam. I sent her some vintage lace on brown paper bag tags that I made for her extra goodies and then I made her 4 postcards, 4 gift bags with matching tags and 4 cards with envelopes that are made out of brown paper bags.

This is my favorite thing that I made for Pam though. I got a piece of brown paper bag and then decoupaged a piece of a pattern onto it. I machine stitched the ribbon on to the sides and the photo of the vintage pattern to it. Then I stitched on the buttons and added the yo-yo and glued it all onto a piece of canvas. I hope she likes this as much as I do!!

Thanks to all of those who participated in my swap! I had fun and hope you all did too!
See you all next year for #3!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Today is my oldest grandson, Anthony's, 2nd Birthday. He had a Bob the Builder Party on Saturday and Jace kept asking if Bob the Builder could come to his house and play afterwards. I had to explain to him it was the cake and decorations that were Bob the Builder that there wasn't a real Bob the Builder at the party.........or was there??

Anthony making hammer cookies the night before his party.

Hey Anthony looks kind of like Bob the Builder

I guess not.....he still looks that my adorable grandson!

Maybe Papa and Ezie are the real Bob the Builders?

Could this be Wendy???
No, I think it's my Mallory holding Little Jesse.

This is Austin......or could it be a miniature Bob??

We never did find the real Bob the Builder, but everyone had a great time celebrating Anthony's birthday and hey, what ever did happen to Bob the Builder?? He has kind of dissappeared from the lives of our kiddos????

Happy Birthday Anthony!
Nana loves you!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Water Fun!

Last night my kids and grand daughters decided to play water slide. The kids put a hose up on the top of the slide and a sled full of water at the bottom of the slide and then the fun begins. Pretty ingenious!

My 11 year old grand daughter

My Ezie

My Mallory

My almost 7 year old grand daughter

and finally my little guy,

It was only in the high 70's here when they were playing. I bet this would have felt really good for those people in the 100+ places.

Friday, July 17, 2009


I posted that I am addicted to Facebook, BUT blogging is my first love!! I am not going to quit blogging just because I am on Facebook. I look at Facebook as a new friend and my mom always told me

"Make new friends,
but keep the old,
one is silver
and the other gold".

I could never replace my blogging friends!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm Addicted!

One of my addictions is Facebook. I have been addicted for several months now. I have found Facebook to be not only be a fun way to communicate with my family, but a way to talk more to blogger friends, spend way to much time playing games, reconnecting with some old friends and recently a way to help fill in a huge piece of my genealogy. I love having Instant Messaging conversations with people and getting to know my nieces and grand daughter better too.

I have reconnected with friends of mine all the way back from elementary school. My friends and I from middle school have really enjoyed talking to each other and sharing things about each others lives from the last 30 some years.

Last week I saw someone with the last name of my Great great grandfather so I sent her a message and ask her if she new of him. She gave me the name of someone else who has done quite extensive research on that family line and he has filled in the missing pieces to my geneaolgical puzzle. I was stuck on my Great great grandfathers side because he immigrated to the US from Germany and changed the spelling of his last name. This wonderful person on Facebook was not only able to fill in the names of my ancestors but some family secrets that I have been wondering about. I can't wait to start doing research on that side to see what else I can find now!

So if you think Facebook is just a teen or singles thing......well, it isn't. I just wanted to share some of the wonderful things that I have found through Facebook and invite you to join in! The link to my page is

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Whole Gang

My daughter Lexie had her graduation party on Sunday and all of my kids and their families actually were able to make it. Yay!! Here are some pictures of all of my kids.

The 9 grandkids

My 8 kids

Everyone, all 22 of them!

Thanks for a fun get together Lexie and Congratulations again!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

We Work Well Together

I was outside yesterday trying to get the dirt off of the roots of the clumps of grass I had dug up for my garden area (previous post) and it was taking me forever. I was using my hands and a little hand rake and then I went to the big rake, but still it was taking a long time and my body wasn't enjoying it very much. Earl and I were talking and I told him I need a big sieve. I asked him if he had any of the wire left from the bunny cage that I could use and he told me to use the bunny cage (the bunnies were released a on July 3). The bunny cage worked perfect!

We sat the cage upside down and I shoveled piles of dirt on top of the wire.

This is the clumps of grass that I was trying to get the dirt off of. I just grabbed the clumps and ran them over the wire like a grater.

Then I just had to use my hands to rub the dirt through and it separated the rocks and the roots from the dirt.

Afterwards I had a nice big pile of finely sifted dirt and next to it a pile of grass, roots, rocks and sticks. The dirt was so fine afterwards and felt really nice. I was impressed!! This process cut my time and wear and tear on the old bod down by hours. I couldn't believe how much faster I could get my work done. Good thing because I have a lot more clumps of grass waiting for me!

I've always thought Earl and I worked well together and this is just another one of those times. We tend to know what each other is thinking and Earl is great at giving me ideas on not only my gardening but my craft projects too. Thanks hon!

My DIL made this up using the pictures of my 5 oldest boys. So funny!

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All 8 of my kids

All 8 of my kids

My 6 Grandkids

My 6 Grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

Me, Earl, My daughter-in-laws, son-in-law, kids & grandkids

The Whole Family

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