Monday, March 31, 2008

Worthwhile Event in Connecticut

US citizens have forgotten what it is like to be free and not owned by your government. Regulations, intrusive laws, taxes and entitlements are no longer fought against as immoral. That ground is already surrendered by most and now there are only fights between interest groups over how much, by whom, and for whom.

Judy Aron at Consent of the Governed has information on Tax Day in Hartford on April 1st. Connecticut residents pay A LOT of money in taxes. Consent of the Governed points out where some of those dollars go and gives details of the day's agenda.

The Last Person on Earth...

to use eBay must be me. I didn't want to sign up for a PayPal account because I had always figured that if a store couldn't be bothered figuring out how to use a credit card, I didn't think they were developed enough for me to trust. I did sign up for PayPal in order to pay for my daughter's history course, History at Our House, and now I've discovered the great joy that is eBay. Not truly a 'great' joy, but boy did I score some great items already. My eldest daughter's birthday is coming up at the end of April and, due to her love of Nancy Drew, she's chosen to receive spy-themed gifts. Those are easy to find, with the exception of a trench coat! She was adament that she needed one and eBay came to the rescue.

I am honored to receive this award and would like to thank....

And now the reason for a new, more specialized blog becomes quite clear. I won some great fabric from Sis Boom as part of a give-away. Sis Boom is run by Jennifer Paganelli (also from Connecticut--yay CT) and she has designed some fabulous fabric that has totally changed my ideas of color matching from monochromatic to multiprismatic (which is a word I thought I made up, but apparently I'm not the only one making things up).

Thank you, Jennifer. Whatever I make from it will be posted at From the Earth, Past the Moon.

New Blog Because I've Turned Into a Domestic Nightmare

I'm organzing more than my house. My new desire to blog about crafty-crap has made me realize the I can't push that onto my regular visitors (all three of you). If you're interested in crafty hobbies like sewing, dollhouses, doll collecting (in a very casual way), vintage homemaking, and cooking from the perspective of someone trying to figure it out, you can visit From the Earth, Past the Moon. An homage to Jules Verne, of course. If it gets updated as often as this blog, it won't be hard to keep up.

I do have a post over there detailing how I spent my free time this weekend.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

TV without TV

I mentioned that we got rid of television service. Turns out I was the one who missed it the most. BUT no more. I've been enjoying Star Trek the Original Series, The Twilight Zone, and Battlestar Galactica (so many religious references) among the many shows available over the internet. I'm happy as can be because now I have something to do while feeding the baby (when reading is getting boring).

I've also been following Dancing with the Stars (although the ABC site requires you to click after every commercial--most annoying). Watching Monk and Psych are also enjoyable--although not ideal.

Here are some sites to check out:

Star Trek
Twilight Zone
CBS also has Hawaii Five-O (which I can't get to work), Melrose Place, and MacGyver.

Battlestar Galactica
Buck Rodgers
The A-Team
NBC also has The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Miami Vice, Emergency!, and Night Gallery.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Starting Sewing Brochure

Sew Stylish magazine is offering a free beginner's brochure.

Quick pattern tips--you're going to want to sew the most awesome looking clothes right from the get-go. Can I humbly recommend a pair of drawstring pajama bottoms made from a nice, soft, light cotton? They also have Sewing for Dummies (yes that 'for Dummies'). What I try to look for to keep things quicker and less frustrating: pull-over or pull-on styling, minimum number of pattern peices (less peices to cut and less seams to finish).

Most patterns have fairly good instructions, once you learn some of the vocabulary.

The library is a great place to look. Don't be embarassed to check out the kids section for quick projects.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Homemade Clothes for My Littlest Girl

(updated to add a link)

That's my girl. Boy, does she like to pose. She's a natural-born model. You can find out more about my sewing, hobbies, and domestic experiments at From the Earth, Past the Moon.

This is the skirt and shirt that I mentioned below. She got to pick the pattern and I chose the fabric. The shirt is a pull-over style with a square neck (blocked by her hair) and the skirt is a six-gore flared pull-on with a light-pink ribbon trim that matches the lighter pink of the shirt. The daisy on the front of the skirt plays up a tiny daisy pattern on the shirt.
What's up with the sudden interest in sewing? Well, it's not so sudden. It has been an on-again-off-again type of hobby for me since graduating college. I've made clothes for myself in the past and last made clothes for the kids about four years ago so that all three girls could have matching dresses for an Easter picture. Sewing is one of the few crafts that has stood the test of time with me. I happen to like making something that I get to see being used and enjoyed.
During my nursing web reading I've come across a few great blogs that are dedicated to fabric, sewing, and other crafts. I just got inspired by them.
Here are some: Hello My Name is Heather, Anna Maria, Portabello Pixie, the Wooden Spool, angry chicken, Sis Boom Day Dreams and then you click on links to some other great blogs.
Another great thing: Bella Dia just started a blog to track kids on-line crafts, The Crafty Crow!

To the most awesome of daughters

I put up three posts this morning? Want to know how I found the time? Because my oldest daughter (turning 9 next month) had volunteered to give me a 'day off' and be the youngest's teacher today and do her work on her own when she's done working with her!

So cool!


I don't know what it is about having a baby, but it has wrought some unforeseen effects on me! The babe is now three months old (hurray for smiling, laughing, grabbing, getting close to a regular schedule, sleeping for four or five hours, and feeding less frequently--boo for teething and babies who hate to go to sleep) and I've found myself doing things that are well beyond what I used to want to do. For instance, I go out every single weekend ALL BY MYSELF while the hubby watches all of the kids (that usually also includes his 14 year old from his first marriage). Isn't he just awesome? It was actually his idea! I've also made a scrapbook of pictures for my grandmother (a whole scrapbook!), tuned-up my inherited (from my mother-in-law) sewing machine, sewed a shirt and skirt for my youngest, taught myself bread-making and how to make cinnamon rolls, reorganized the kitchen pantry, the cabinet next to the stove, the three junk drawers in the kitchen (yeah--most people only have one), the computer desk, the two bookcases in the library, the computer desk upstairs, began hosting a weekly astronomy class that my husband teaches, and survived my husband's 10-day bed rest after an umbilical hernia repair.

There was some very poor timing on my part. I tore apart the pantry and the computer desk the week before my husband's surgery and they just got put back together. Horror of horrors--we actually had to eat in the dining room instead of the kitchen!