Sunday, October 24

Give Thanks Project and Being "Thankful"

So apparently using a glue gun all day can cause some damage to your "trigger" finger.  Yup, making projects all afternoon and paying for it now.  On Tuesday I will be conducting a make and take project at a girlfriends house.  All kits have been pre-cut, presorted and all the participants have to do is glue it all down, I have made 8 of these kits plus my own, price of project $25 each.  Lots of work involved, several cricut mats destroyed cutting felt. I lucked out as our school had an old die cut system I used to cut the apples out in wool felt.  I love the apples!   It is a simple enough project even for those who are not "crafty" and all the squares can be glued with Tacky glue or a glue gun.  The project is very similar to the Halloween Countdown Calendar made several weeks ago however this one themed for Autumn and is titled "Give Thanks". 

Kids now days are all to often "spoiled", think back to what we had as kids and what kids nowadays have.  Sadly I don't think my kids are as "grateful" for the things they have as they should be.  So for the month of November will be "counting down" the things we are grateful for.  Each day I will take a tag and have each child write what they are "thankful" for and insert that into the pocket for the day.  At the end of the month I will either scrap all the tags in a mini album or attach them all together somehow and save. 20 years from now they can pull those tags out and see what they were thankful for in 2010.  It is just a fun thing we will do without them knowing that mommy has an ulterior motive of making them maybe acknowledge just how thankful they should be. 

This is the project we will be making (sorry for the poor photo quality, it is off my cell phone.  Which by the way I am very thankful for! This is just missing the wood dowel to hang and the ribbon to hang from.

This is the same project after I jazzed my own personal one up by adding a fabric backing and trim, and I also stitched all the squares.
This looks so much better in person and hanging.

With some leftover supplies this is what I made today, 5 of them, thus my sensitive finger.  Coordinating "Welcome" signs using the same felt, accessories and backing each with fabric with it extending to trim the sides with a simple straight stitch. These items are complete and will be available for purchase at the make and take for those who may want the matching banner, a steal for $15, I think.

Hard to tell from this small photo but all those felt squares are zig zag stitched as well as the green "Welcome" block so they look like quilt blocks. 

Trigger Finger

Yes,  I have hurt my trigger finger.

It actually is killing me, (well not literally).

Who knew repeated use on the trigger
could cause so much pain.

A little swelling and very sensitive to touch.

I will post more later tonight
on how I got my injury.

Darn that GLUE GUN!

Monday, October 11

Giants Baseball... Makes For A Good Date Night!

Friday night we had the pleasure of a date night!  
Well, let me rephrase that, we had a triple date night.

Matt and I heading into the park.

 Matt and I and 2 of our close couple friends headed out to San Francisco to a ball game, leaving all 8 of the the kids in total at home or with sitters.  We left about two in the afternoon which allowed us time to "tail-gate" in the ball park parking lot.  Let me add here that the parking for the game was $35, can you believe that? 
I have never "tail-gated" before so it was new to me and yes, it was fun.  We took along a little grill, and fixed us up some sausage dogs complete with homemade relish and sauerkraut, yum!
Lots of little snacks and a few adult beverages before we entered the park.

Steve gathering his adult beverages for the walk to the park.

  The game was so fun, it was the first I had attended this year and I have never been to a post-season playoff game.  We laughed, we yelled, we sat in our seats, on the edge of our seats and at times way out of our seats and yes, we sat through 11 innings to end up losing in the end.  O'well!  I can say that now cause they WON against the Braves tonight and are again moving on...whoo hooo, whoo hooo!

Mike and Jill
Thank you so much to Mike who got all the tickets through a work connection...for FREE!

Steve and Jenny
Jenny and I have been friends since she was 13 I think so over 25 years now!

We had a total blast on the way home, all 6 of us in my SUV, some a little tipsy from the wine, all of us tired and giggly, we laughed so hard a few times, that deep belly laugh that hurts, I love to laugh like that at times. I bet I won't be laughing when I get the toll ticket in the mail for hubby flying through the fastrak toll lane to fast for it to pick up the sensor on our dash. It is always a bad sign when you see the "flash" of the camera.

It has been a really long time since I got home at 1 am and all I can say is...


Friday, October 1

Giveaway Winner!!!

The winner is Jessica who said...

Really cute scrapbook lisa! thanks for entering my giveaway too - i too love coffee SO much and I love LOVE to be barefoot...although we just moved to TN and I am afraid this fall/winter is going to be too cold for bare feet, even in the house. ANYWAY - a favorite fall activity from my childhood was going on a "rainbow walk". The goal was to pick up a fall leaf of every color of the rainbow. Then we would come home and make an art project with them. As we had NO fall in FL, i am really looking forward to doing this project with my daughter this year...even if I have to keep my socks on once we get back inside ;)

Congrats to Jessica!