Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Okay my friends!  I DO mean "friends" too!  Would you mind doing a little check?  Let me know if you got my invite and if you are here (which obviously, you are)!  I love you!  Yes, YOU!

My next post will be more about...




Don't mess with this one!

Thursday, April 21, 2011


Yes, I'm making my blog private.  Please send me an email if you'd like to continue reading.

tamimet@gmail.com  I'm switching over in a couple of days.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"THE" Baby Shower Of The Year

Remember my list from the last blog?    I am happy to tell you that I did 23/24 (plus a whole lot more) of the things on that list.  It was a busy Spring Break.  I COULD NOT have done it without this sweet little cleaning angel Alycia:

Don't you love this picture?? 
I do.
This is my niece, Jodi's, little girl Alycia.
I have never seen the cleaning likes of this little girl.  She cleaned every blind and washed every 
baseboard and banister in the house.
I love her.


On to the SHOWER!
(just so we're clear, I stole pretty much all of these photos from Erika's blog about said shower since I only had time to take a couple)

This was so much fun.
I tried something new.  I was worried it would backfire but, based on the number
of attendees (about 30) it worked just fine.
I didn't mail out any invitations, but, rather I created an event on 
FACEBOOK where I invited as many friends
and family, who had a Facebook account, that I could!
This is the future my friends.

So, if were wondering why you didn't get an invite, you are exactly right you didn't, and must NOT
have a Facebook account.  I apologized to those who didn't receive notification. 
However, I DID put the announcement in the last post
so...what am I even worried about?

Anyway...I now present a baby shower in photographs:

 I used my cupcake recipe I have now become famous for.  I got the recipe from my daughter Abbie.  They are always a hit.  The water bottles were adorable too.  I stripped them of their labels and made my own.  Each one said:  "Welcome Baby Eloise".  Erin provided the fruit bowl and vegetable tray.  My favorite treat was the last minute cotton candy I purchased.

On the left:  The guest favor...a cellophane bag with little candy pacifiers and a duck made out of
white chocolate! 
On the right:  The most adorable and delicious blue punch 
on which Melissa floated little rubber ducks.
I got the idea from here.
Look at that darling Melissa with Olivia, my little grand daughter.

As part of my gift for the mom-to-be, as well as partly for decoration,
I sewed this banner.
However, this picture was taken mid-creation. 
 (I don't have a finished photo! or a "GOOD" photo even!) 
I spelled out Eloise's name with one letter on each triangle, top-stitched around
each one, THEN I made my own bias tape (which looked amazing) to hold it all together.
Oh, and I made a little yo-yo to go between each triangle.
(I'll get a photo for a future post)
This was one of my favorite sewing projects ever because I just winged it without a pattern.
I also sewed a car seat canopy.
(Yet another photo I'll have to get in the future)

I put a flannel duck baby quilt on my quilting frames for 
the guests to tie.  Everyone put in at least one stitch.

 I also set up a craft with Erin's (she's on the left) help.  Guests were invited 
to create little hair bows for Eloise.
In this picture you'll see Erin (daughter-in-law), Erika (mommy-to-be), and Sarah (Erika's and my
good friend)

On the left are the most delicious cupcakes in the universe.
On the right:  My attempt at label making.
It says "Welcome Baby Eloise"

And here is the mommy of the hour. 
She looked so adorable that day.
I'm overly excited to get little Eloise safely here.

Thank you to everyone who came, sent best wishes, sent gifts etc.  I am constantly amazed by the generosity of my friends and family.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Backs and Baby Showers

I hurt my back!  Badly!  Last week I was emptying the dishwasher when I had an intense piercing pain go through my lower back.  It was so painful that I almost couldn't breathe.  I won't go on and on (although I could) about how much it hurt but, just to prove it, I will tell you that I actually CANCELLED my hair appointment that was scheduled two days later.  I never give one of those appointments up for any reason...except this one.

After a doctor's visit, I found out that I had somehow torn the ligaments around my L1 and L2 (lower back).  I have never felt this kind of disabling pain.  So, I've been pumping in the ibuprofen and muscle relaxers.  They have helped.  I still missed about two and a half days of school.

HOWEVER...no matter how badly it continues to hurt, I am going to ignore it.  I have to.  I have to for at least one week.  Why?  Because I am hosting one of those life's stepping stone events.  It is Erika's baby shower this Saturday...at MY house.  Yipee!!!    You are all welcome to come.  In fact:

I have way too much to do to stop moving because of my silly back.  I'll just do everything slower.  So, last night I sat down and made a detailed list of everything that MUST be done within this next week.  Since this is MY blog and I can put whatever I want to put on it, I will share the list here.  Keep in mind that I'm on Spring Break so I have all the time in the world!   HAHAHHhahahhahahaha!

Monday (today):
•  Date to the fabric store with Mel Rae and Erika w/lunch afterwards
•  Visit Danny at the Springville Library  (that wasn't on the original list...we just added that one    impromptu)
•  Do taxes (yes, I know I'm leaving it to the last minute but, that's the way I roll sometimes)
•  Laundry
•  Sew sundress order/straighten sewing room while I'm at it
•  Spring clean front room
•  Call Alycia about helping me on Wednesday

•  Spring clean downstairs bathroom
•  Deep clean washer and dryer
•  Call Erin about what I need her to bring to the shower
•  Spring clean guest room #1 (just in case Isabel wants to sleep over!)
•  Buy dog food

•  HAIR appointment
•  Have Alycia over to help me clean all the blinds
•  Spring clean family room
•  Run to school to make some copies and tie up a couple of "school things" loose ends

•  KITCHEN...this is a HUGE one and will most likely take all day 
•  Shop for all of the ingredients for the shower treats (cupcakes)
•  Sew banner for shower

•  Make cupcakes
•  Prepare the shower favors and water bottles
•  Set up for shower
•  Do a quick sweep of the house so it is all in order

•  Shower

Perhaps I should have started sooner.  Yes?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Told You I Was Famous!

Ya, I'm pretty much horrified to see myself in an actual professionally produced video. But, since I'm trying to not care so much about what people think of me...I'm at 1:57 AND 5:58.

Big bonus? I get the last word in!


PS:  There is a second video if you scroll down.

Told You I Was Famous! Part Deux

Watch for me at the 5:01 mark. I am totally open for giving out autographs in exchange for a Sonic Diet Coke w/lime!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Like a Good Neighbor

Does this happen in your neighborhood?

Whenever it snows, we have four or five men who vie for the opportunity to exercise their masculinity by firing up their four wheelers, strapping on the ginormous shovel to the front, then riding them around the neighborhood shoveling all of the walks and driveways.  I seriously think they spy on one another and then try to out do the other.  For example, if, after (often during)the snow falls, the first one to don his parka and hood receives the honor of being the alpha shoveler, whilst the "losers" make a mental note of the time (5:30 am) to get up at 5:15 am to be first next time!

I love it.  I appreciate it.  Even when the motors wake me up so early.  It is an unbelievable act of brotherly kindness and service.

Well, this past winter season was no different.  Only, when the snow melted a bit, we saw that our mailbox was in shambles.  (I wish I'd taken a picture of it!)  Whichever blessed neighbor had shoveled last had connected in a very big way with our mailbox.  The hit had to have been so hard that I wouldn't be surprised to see a wrecked four wheeler out there.  Our mailbox usually looks like this:

(I realize you have to squint to see it but it really is the only picture of the mailbox...
plus, you get to see those adorable twins again!!!)

After getting hit, the slats were strewn everywhere, the soil had spilled out onto the sidewalk, the poor post was leaning significantly and the whole thing looked like a pile of trash.  And, wouldn't you know, before we could clean it up...MORE SNOW!  Sooooo.....by the time it was revealed again after a slight melt, the soil was hard and difficult to move.  Terry went on a hunt to find some rope.  All we could find were yards and yards of bright blue cable wire!!  Yes, he used it.  So, what already looked "trashy" became even more mock-worthy trashy.  It served the purpose though.  What a mess.  And to think that our poor mailcarrier who had to look at it every single day!

So, I came home from school yesterday to find this:

(Yes, those are transplanted strawberry and decorative plants! 
He thought of everything!)

It made me giggle.  Then it made me laugh right out loud.  My boyfriend is the COOLEST.  He is very, shall we say, "creative" in his home repairs. We are leaving it like this until our macho neighbor comes to drill a proper hole to rebuild us a descent mailbox.

(Which he actually offered to do!)

(I cannot believe I actually made a full on post about my mailbox!  It's the little things that count, right?)

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