Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Since no one I'm planning on gifting with these little guys follow my blog I can post some pictures. If I was to make more, I think I'd need to order some more natural looking felt greens. The leaves are a bit glaring.
Obviously, I'm still working on the red one.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I'm a bit disappointed too, because I found out a good friend form back home is pregnant, and I'd love love love to give her a gift of maternity and newborn portraits but... my new little one will only be about a month old when she has hers so I don't know that I can make it work. I can't travel in the last month of pregnancy, and I don't know that I want to fly with a one month old.
I've been taking a lot of studio type portraits recently. I got this great candid of my daughter earlier today.
So how's everyone else doing this December?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
For a while, about once a month would come the time when she got re-curious about it. Then she'd be set for another month. The last week it has been daily. Come to think of it, she has also started banging on my laptop again, and won't leave the remote controls alone. I hope this isn't a permanent regression, but I'm not holding my breath!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
First day I tried, I got so mad at trying to work with the timer I gave up.
Today I went and got my neighbor and asked her to snap a few for us. I had to assure her that everything was set up and all she had to do was click. She got comfortable with it pretty quickly. Then Lorelei decided she was completely against the idea of portraits.
We finally got a passable one of the card, but it definitely was NOT what I was going for.
At least it made for a good photo montage...
By "good" I do mean ridiculously silly.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
My boyfriend, the garden gnome. A neighbor kid actually told him to watch out for boots.
Lorelei's costume had a headband with flowers and flower appliques but she wouldn't leave them alone. Oh well, still a mighty cute fairy, if I do say so myself!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Her daddy was getting ready to leave for work and she insisted on being picked up and gave him a big hug. I gave him a hug too and she pushed me away, hugged him tighter and said "good bye" in the saddest tone ever.
It brought tears to my eyes... but it's probably just the pregnancy hormones. Hah.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Here's an example of the misinformation:
From Wired magazine http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/10/ff_waronscience/2/
"...while nonprofit health care provider Kaiser Permanente reported that unvaccinated children were 23 times more likely to get pertussis, a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes violent coughing and is potentially lethal to infants. In the June issue of the journal Pediatrics, Jason Glanz, an epidemiologist at Kaiser’s Institute for Health Research, revealed that the number of reported pertussis cases jumped from 1,000 in 1976 to 26,000 in 2004. A disease that vaccines made rare, in other words, is making a comeback."
What they do NOT mention is that part of the reason for the comeback is the vaccine itself. You see a few years back my college health center informed me that I probably had pertussis (aka whooping cough) when I said "No, that can't be right, I had the vaccine like every other kid my age" they informed me that I was wrong. Not that I didn't get the vaccine but that it didn't protect me. The outbreaks had been happening as a result of people travelling and picking up whooping cough in countries that do not vaccinate as much. The reason that travelers are picking it up? Because the vaccine "wears off." They are finding that many vaccines do NOT confer lifelong immunities and actually need boosters throughout adulthood. Not enough research has been done to find out how often people need boosters but the best guess is every 5-10 years.
This article is from the American Academy of Family Medicine, but there are many more like it http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/media/releases/newsreleases-statements-2009/whoopingcoug-adults.html
Just what is my point here?
Arguments for vaccines need to be written without this kind of misleading information. You want people to get vaccinated, leaving this sort of things in there will make some people discount the whole article. Why aren't the editors catching this sort of stuff?
Argue away about the necessity of vaccines, but please pick your arguments wisely people.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I'm having a bit of trouble with the wings though. The trial run revealed a droopy problem.
I didn't think about the fact they wouldn't stay up as well on a onesie as they would on a dress, or maybe they are heavier than they are supposed to be? Who knows.... I think I will be sewing some ribbon on them and tying them on that way along with the velcro.
She still looks awful cute though even with the droopiness!
Friday, October 16, 2009
Luckily I also have the tights and onesie dyed for the toddler costume, and have everything for her skirt I just need to assemble it :)
Here's my progress as of this afternoon...
Can you tell what she's gonna be?
She already loves the practice skirt I made up ... she brings it to me and then lifts a foot up for me to put it on her, and prances around the room in it. I don't know if it's the bright colors or the softness of the silk, but hopefully she will like the not-just-for-practice one too.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
She is miserable and refuses to let me forget it. And she's become a biter.
I have the sinus headache of doom from the rainy weather I guess, and can only take Tylenol for it because I am (surprise!) 9 weeks pregnant.
The pregnancy has given me a raging case of hypoglycemia that is being rather hard to handle... I have to eat constantly but I have no appetite because of the sinus headache.
To top it all off my parents will be here for ten days starting tomorrow and my boyfriend will be out of town for a week with work leaving me alone with them starting Monday.
Oh Happy Days.....
I'll have to make up for this post with some happy cheery baby pictures soon.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Fun tie dyed panties! I dyed all my old white undies first and got annoyed at how the waist band didn't pick up the dye right, so I got these where the waistband is cotton covered elastic. I love how they turned out.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
What is Caturday? Why, gratuitous pictures of cats of course!
This is my kitten Curie cuddling with my baby last November. They were both about four months old.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Materials are simply 2+ yards of soft tulle (or a few spools of tulle, but I'm cheap and it's less expensive to get it by the yard), scissors, some elastic long enough to go around their waist and a needle and thread or sewing machine to join the ends of the elastic.
You simply take the elastic and sew the ends together at the right size to go around the baby's waist, take strips of tulle, double it up and knot it around the eleastic, and keep doing this until you have a full fluffy tutu.
Then you let your baby loose in the yard to frolic like a little fairy in your garden. ... or not.
Lorelei seemed to love her tutu. She kept running her hands through it and fluffing it up. Hooray for happy babies!
There are tons of tutorials online for tied tutu making. One decent one is here: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/05/midsummer-nights-dream-tutu-tutorial.html
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I know I'm going to to "Caturday" of course... but I'm not sure what else. I'd love to participate in one of the ones that lots of people do and they all share the links to, but I can't seem to find much out there. I know there's illustration Fridays but I get the feeling I wouldn't get to it often (Lorelei doesn't let me draw much)
Maybe I could do "Treasure Thursdays" where I point out some art or craft I really like... or Made it mondays where I outline a project I've done recently. Hmm.... Who knows. Just know that Change is Coming!
Monday, August 10, 2009
The only reasons I can come up with are, lack of confidence, lack of someone to watch the baby while I do sessions, and ... really that's about it.
I guess I have some soul searching to do, because every time I see that another person I have spoken to about photography has started a business in it and done well, I get a bit jealous, and that's not a good way to be.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
There's now a big boat in my back yard, and it will probably be there for a few years.
A vintage 1958 31' Chris Craft Constellation
Restoration is going to be... fun.
I will probably start a dedicated blog following that progress. Don't quote me on that though.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
So here's a little list of new things going on, in whatever order I think of them:
I had a tie dye party that was a huge success! Much fun tie dye was made, people went home with adorable outfits and another one is tentatively scheduled for September, when hopefully it will be cooler
My little girl turned one! Wow!
My little girl started walking yesterday!
I've been dying tons of stuff and putting some of it for sale up on Etsy. No bites though on selling any. I'm thinking about getting a booth at some local craft shows though and seeing what happens there.. a viable hobby type job or just a pipe dream? we shall see.
We are getting a BOAT! A 31' 1958 Chris Craft to be exact. It will be living in our back yard for a few years while we restore it (or at least make it usable)
There's more, but I have stuff to get done :)
I hope this post finds everyone doing well.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Here's a look at some of my first experiments while still in their dyebath.
I was going to take pictures of the finished product this morning but my camera battery died right as I was about to snap the pictures.... so that's for next time.
This is way too fun and I can't imagine that I'll be able to find enough stuff to do with all the stuff I want to dye. I may have to get more clothing blanks so i can have fun with it and possibly sell some. Otherwise I'll drown in my crations and my boyfriend will kick me and my mess out of the house *grin*
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
These two little black kittens need to go! Right now they are about 6 weeks old and the perfect age to go to a new home.
Why do I have them? Well they were accidentally brought to Austin by a friend who bought a boat there because their mom seems to have though it made a good nest spot. He called the Humane society but they are not taking any more cats.
With these little guys that brings my cat count up to 6 in the house, 7 total from the outdoor porch cat who has adopted me. While I wasn't willing to leave them to starve or be put down, that's entirely too many cats at my house!
Let me know if you are interested, or know anyone who might be, or know of a place that would take them!
For a few more pictures, click on the picture here and it will take you to my Flickr photostream where you can see more of them.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
I visited an old friend who had a conference to go to in San Antonio yesterday and it was great. I can't believe I hadn't been there before! The river walk was beautiful and her hotel was directly on the river walk.
The only bad things were, there is NO free parking anywhere near the river walk and the baby didn't nap more than 20 minutes all day. But it was a beautiful day and it was so nice to catch up with a friend from Virginia.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
If I knew how to post all the pictures through Flickr I would. But seriously, she kept going back for more... making that strange little face after each lick. Then she got too much on her hands and rubbed it on her chapped cheeks and cried. That part was sad. The rest of it? Classic baby moments.
If you click on the picture you can check out all 6 pictures in order on Flickr
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
There's still a tiny bit more to be done-- I'm planning on wrapping the posts with sisal, and doing some sort of finish on the bottom board to make clean up easier when some cat inevitably decides to hairball on it, but they are happy with it how it is, and I will get to "finishing" it eventually.
And the kitten loves it.
The others like it too, but they don't show off for the camera as much
Monday, April 6, 2009
Please stop bringing your cat toys to the baby. I understand you want to help take care of her, but I don't think furry mice are really something she should be licking. Plus, she gets the toys all mushy wet, which is gross.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
She had been looking almost skeletal, having a lot of trouble getting to the litter box, smelled... like she was dying. But she was still enjoying laps and purring when she was petted. She loved getting up on the window still and enjoying the breeze.
Today it was different. She was hunched up and not very responsive but still acted excited when I gave her wet food, but just sat next to it and wouldn't eat. I gave her a heating pad to lay on since she wouldn't lay on the bed, put wet food and water right next to her , and regularly checked on her and cuddled her.
We went to the park to let the baby play on the baby swings, and when we got home she was gone, still laying on the comfy pad I had left there for her.
I knew it was coming and am feeling both relieved and sad at the same time. An odd feeling this is.
Friday, April 3, 2009
We breastfeed on demand and feed you as much as you want.
So that's the news. She lost around four ounces between her six month and nine month checkup.
I was told to start supplementing with formula, which I said no to. I was told to start pumping 3x a day, which I said yes to. Then I thought about it and decided not to. My course of action instead is to be more proactive with the breastfeeding... offering it more often including BEFORE not after each meal. I can already tell that a few more nursings each day have gotten my supply up, and with pumping I am worried that it would have shot me into oversupply mode which is bad for both me and the baby. I also started offering her higher calorie foods-- french toast sticks (basically just egg, milk and cinnamon with bread, nothing fancy), some full fat cheese, offering yogurt more often, browned ground beef when we are having spaghetti... But with the increased nursing she isn't very interested in real food.
In about a week and a half we will see what's up, with one of the dreaded "come back in two weeks" weigh ins.
But the more I think about it, the more annoyed I am that the doctor freaked me out so bad. She's happy, healthy, getting to milestones before the charts say she needs to be there and she got that nine month weigh in about a week after she really started gettign active crawling on everything. I've mentioned it to a lot of people (what can I say, it made me feel insecure) and at least half the people I've talked to mentioned minimal to no weight gain between six and nine months. Plus it was a different scale this last time, plus she hadn't had breakfast. Four ounces is two shot's worth of weight. It's the difference between having a full belly and not really. I'm not saying she doesn't need to gain weight, but I AM saying I shouldn't be freaking out about it. Right?
Any feedback on this one?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We finally got out and found some bluebonnets! It was way too sunny out though, being about 3 in the afternoon and 80+ degrees. We will have to go on a less sunny day for better pictures, but at least now we know where to find them.
Lorelei was thrilled to actually be allowed to touch a plant
Oh, you there in Austin were expecting me to tell you where I found them?
My secret, unless you ask nice.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The ADA has specific guidelines for things as tiny as how far a toilet should be from a wall, but it is not actively enforced as long as the businesses are trying. But there are people making a "living" off of suing people who are not following the law to the letter. In Virginia, this included a couple who were both in wheelchairs getting sued for thousands because their business was not accessible even though their adaptations worked just fine.
So really, even if it is not being enforced actively people can use this well meaning law for personal gain at others expense if we look at the ADA as an example.
Here's my new logo... what do you think?
Friday, March 13, 2009
She screams and screams bloody murder and oh my GOD I am done trying to calm her down and sing silly songs and elephant kiss her belly because none of it helps, so I just grit my teeth and change her as fast as I can while she screams like she is being murdered. And then I get done and pick her up and she sniffles a few times and is FINE again.
Maybe it is because she has a bit of sniffles and a cough and it feels icky to be on her back, but I'm sure the screaming makes it worse.
I can't just leave her in a dirty diaper all day so, hopefully she gets over it soon.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Of course, Lorelei wouldn't have happily rolled around one room for that long... she'd be off to some faraway place or insisting on a walk by less than an hour in ;)
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I sure hope it will be better tomorrow because right now it hurts really bad.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Picture heavy post ahead... you've been warned.
Showing off her new teeth
A closeup of those teeth- still not the best picture but they're hard to catch on film.
Busted! I leave her alone for 2 minutes and into the closet she creeps
Sneaking up on the kitten while she eats
First time on the baby swings
She really likes soft minkee fabric
It was so hard to narrow it down to these five. But I did it!