Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day

Mickey and I decided this was probably the best Valentine's Day we've had in a long time so I had to blog about it so I can remember it. There are no pictures from the day but oh well.

I'd been looking forward to Valentine's Day for a little while.  I had a secret project I was working on for Mickey.  And Mickey had won tickets at work for the South Bend Symphony Pops concert for that night.  Oooo a real night out!  How nice.

The day started with us having to threaten not to give the kids their Valentines which was part of our family date.  Not good.  They didn't want to clean their rooms and they really needed to be cleaned.  The floor was barely visible.  They did get the job done.  After a quick lunch we took the kids out for our date.  We went to Barnes and Noble to let them each pick out a book.  We were there for a while.  Mickey got to witness the police take someone out of the store.  Fun for him but a little scary with the kids having been there.  Then we stopped at Panera Bread to get a little treat.  I'm sorry but I don't think their baked goods are as good as mine and you can taste and feel all the fat that's included in it.  Yuck.  Then we stopped at Kohl's for a few things like longer pants for Meg and Kade and new bathroom towels.  When we got home we gave the kids the rest of their Valentine, a bag of Dove chocolates.

Mickey and I somehow found a few quiet moments to exchange our gifts.  I think one child was in the shower and the other two were actually playing nicely with each other.  I had finished up my secret gift the night before so I was anxious to give it to him.  I'd already been sneaking around working on it for more than a month.  I had the idea for this a while ago, like a year and a half.  I wanted to make him a book filled with reasons why I love him.  I got a little help from my crop friends (thanks girls) and it turned out great.  Mickey loved it.  He had no idea.  His first comment was "you haven't made anything scrapbook wise in a while".  Yes, that's true.  He opened it up and started reading.  It didn't take too long for tears to come.  I hadn't even thought about his reaction upon reading it.  I had only been worried about getting it done in time.  It wasn't long before he pulled me to him while he finished reading it.  It was great.  At the end of the book I added a gift card to iTunes.  He asked how I came up with all the reasons.  I told him at first I had a hard time but once they started coming they just flowed out.  I started paying more attention too.  The greatest part about making this book for him is that I while I was concentrating on all his good qualities I fell in love with him all over again.  And I found myself willing to do things to make him happy.  I was just drawn to him again.  After almost 16 years of marriage that was a nice thing for me.  For me it was like being a newly wed again.  Enough of my mushy stuff, here's a few pictures.

Love You book I

Love You book II Love You book III Love You book IV

Love You book V

Then I got to open my present.  I'd been looking forward to this too.  I got the Twilight saga.  After reading it in 5 days last month I thought I had better get my own copy.  I specifically asked for this.  There was also a little surprise.  A certificate for an hour long massage.  I'm not sure how I feel about this - only because I get anxious about that kind of thing since I don't normally do something like that - but I'm sure I'll use it and enjoy it.  Thanks, Sweetie.

After all the kids got bathed we took them to my parents' house so we could have our date.  We picked up our take out from Chili's and went back home to have a quiet candle light dinner.  Then it was time to get done up for the concert.  We were looking forward to this.  Mickey's company is a sponsor and the person who was going to accept an award didn't go so Mickey got to go backstage, meet some important people, and go on stage to receive the award.  Pretty cool.  The music was "love" music from Hollywood and Broadway.  Two Broadway actors/singers, Susan Egan and Gary Mauer, were there to perform with the symphony.  They were excellent, of course.  We both decided we need to go back for other concerts.  There's another Pops concert in March that sounds good.  And a few other events are coming here too.  I'm looking forward to some good entertainment.  To end the night we got to come home to a quiet house.  Thanks Mom.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


There are two family weddings in the works for this summer.  Weddings have been a subject of discussion by everyone here, even the kids.  Yesterday while I was driving home from picking up Meg after choir a conversation started.  From the sound of things the girls have been thinking about the weddings a lot.  Meg was questioning me on who was going to be the flower girl for the weddings.  Since she has experience in this department I think she felt a little more qualified than anyone else.  I explained that only one wedding would have a flower girl if the couple wanted it.  The other wedding would be at the temple so there was no need.  Then Mat piped in saying she would like to be a flower girl too.  The discussion continued amongst themselves for a few minutes.  I'm sure they were both trying to figure out a way of beating the other out to be picked as the flower girl.  Then I was asked by Meg how the people for the wedding were chosen.  I explained that the bride and groom picked the groomsmen and bridesmaids to stand along side them.  Then "Who can be a bridesmaid?  Can it be an older niece?"  I tried to keep my giggle to a minimum and answered that it was usually a woman who was close to the bride, i.e. a sister, cousin, good friend,...  She said "Oh."  That kind of finished off the conversation since we were home and homework had to get started.  I'm sure they are still scheming.

Then today my brother that's getting married chatted with Mickey on line and asked if Kade would want to be the ring bearer.  He said "No.  I'd rather be something else.  I don't have any stuff to dress up.  I don't have a thing to hold."  Don't let the girls know that that position is open they might start scheming for that one too.

I'm afraid that both of the girls will be a little disappointed but I think they'll live.  I'm sure we'll find something for them to do.  If not I'll give them extra stuff to throw at the brides and grooms.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More Bags

I've been putting off this posting but I've had a few people asking to see what I've been making, so here it is.  I made a few bags for Christmas gifts and then a few after that.

This one went to my mom.  She wanted one with a flap.  (This bag doesn't have a name yet.)  She also loves denim.  It's not denim but it's a close color.

Flap Bag

Flap Bag Outside Pockets Inside Flap Bag

This bag went to my mother-in-law.  She is all about black and red.  Her bags can usually pass for luggage (in my opinion) so she got the Big Bucket Bag with some fun lining.

Big Black Bucket

Button Detail Peony Inside

This bag went to my sister-in-law.  She also likes big bags but she is very trendy so she got the Modern.

Another Modern Bag

Modern Detail Inside Modern

I also had an order come in at the beginning of December.  A friend wanted to surprise his wife.  She wanted the Bohemian.  It's similar to the first one I sold.  She loved it.

Another Bohemian

After sewing for everyone else I needed to make myself a little something.  This is the Fresh Bag.  It's similar to the Modern but it has an extra double pleat, pointed corners, and it's smaller.  I use this one all the time because as I stated in the previous post I'm READY for Spring.

Fresh Bag

Fresh Bag, pleat detail Fresh Bag, inside

Earlier this month I had an order from my future sister-in-law.  She wanted a Mom Bag (formerly call the Diaper Bag) for her sister.  This turned out beautifully.  I'm going to have to use that center fabric and the ribbon for something for myself.  Love it!

Mom Bag

Side Pocket Inside

Then I had someone ask about a scripture tote for her daughter that's getting baptized this month.  I worked something out.  It turned out so cute.  I'm sure I'll be getting more orders for this one, especially since it's only $15!  There's even a hidden pocket in the back.

Scripture Tote

The Darling Bow A Hidden Pocket

The Inside Magnetic Closure

I just finished a smaller version of the Mom Bag for my other sister-in-law.  I hope she doesn't mind me posting the pictures before she sees it tomorrow.  She's already had a sneak peek.  She requested an inside pocket with a flap so her wallet won't fall out.

Small Mom Bag

Ribbon and Pocket Pocket with a Flap

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