Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I'm so ashamed

No...I did not get kidnapped in Paris and sent to work washing dishes in some Parisian restaurant. Nor did I get sucked into the bowels of a great fabric store only to be forever lost among the Parisian toile. You know what happened? Life happened! I got home, people got sick (and since we have 5 kids it takes 2-3 weeks for it to run through the family), the holidays came and then......DUNH, DUNH, DUHHHHHH. My hubby got sent to work in Michigan.

So now from Monday morning to late Friday night I am alone with the 5 lovely children that I brought into this world. Thankfully my in-laws live 5 minutes down the road and are mindful of the fact that I need to be away from my children every so often to retain my sanity. Thankfully my hubby's company didn't want him to turn down the MI assignment so they pay for him to fly home every weekend. Thankfully he still has a job in this horrible economy.

However, this all adds up to one thing - I have abandoned my blogging site. I have no energy to take photos. I have no energy to write posts. I am trying to keep my sanity. My mom said to me, "It's just like you're a military wife who has to take care of the kids while the husband is away on assignment." To which I replied, "I always said there was no way I'd be a military wife because I didn't want to take care of the kids by myself while my husband was away." God bless the men and women that do it. I hate it! I miss us just talking in the evening about what happened during the day. It's not the same on the phone. We get on there and can't remember what we wanted to talk about and end up getting off after 5 minutes. Since it's been so long, I felt that awkwardness. It's like when you tell someone you'll call them back and then you forget to and then the longer you wait, the worse you feel about not calling them and then you can't call because your embarrased that it took you so long to call back?! So I made the call and I know that those of you that haven't abandoned the site yet will forgive me.

But we had a good time in Paris. I want to go back! Now that I have returned to my blog, maybe I'll tell you about the trip as I get the chance/energy/inclination. I haven't touched the sewing machine since I've been home - that's how busy I've been. :-( So, I can't afford to send out craftygiveaways for free any more. I was thinking about revising the giveaways. Would you all be interested in givewaways where you pay postage if you win? How about if we do grab bag giveaways? As much fabric as I can stuff into a flat rate box and you pay the postage? I think the flat rate boxes mail for about $8. Let me know what you think.

Monday, September 15, 2008


Who was I kidding to think I was going to get another giveaway done before I went on vacation?! I'm too busy packing for 6 people. (At least hubby is packing for himself.) I will post at least once when I'm gone with some pictures. Later!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Why leave all this?!

Well, before I just up and tell everyone where I'm going on vacation in 13 DAYS! I'm going to finally relay my tropical storm saga. Living in FL (Tine you can come visit when you go to Disney World!) we have our share of hurricanes and the like. So, the first week back to school we were supposed to get some (I said "some") rain from Tropical Storm Fay. That basically means no sun, rain, gusty winds - stay home, don't drive (a gust of wind could blow you off the road). Most times these tropical "systems" as they're called move through or past your area in a 12 to 24 hour period.

My tree fell over because the ground was so saturated and the wind blew the basketball hoop over.

This storm was horrible. The meteorologists can sort of predict where the storms are going to go. The farther away from land the storm is, the less accurate the prediction. You watch the news and they say, "oh it's not going to hit the central FL area at all - it's going to north FL." So by the time Monday night rolls around, we're getting a call from the school saying the schools will all be closed, stay home. Still, it was only a mild storm, so everyone just thought it would be gusty rain. No one knew that it was going to go straight over the area where we live and sit and sit and sit.

Radar picture showing the tropical storm with swirls of rainstorms relentlessly pounding us.

It took at least 2 days to blow over and then it turned around and zigzagged back across the state. So we had rain for 2 days straight. Our city had a record rainfall of 30" and that was just what was measured. It was probably much more. That amount is what we get in 2/3 of the year! The ground was soaked. Streets were flooded. There was no school for the rest of the week because people couldn't get out of their neighborhoods safely or had evacuated due to their homes flooding.

When you can't go outside and play because the yard is flooded and there are 40 mph winds, you build a fort.

We had "wind-driven rain" damage. The rain blows through cracks along windows, trickles down the wall and then soaks up into the flooring. All the flooring in our bedrooms has to be replaced. It was so bad in the girls' room that we had to rip it up to prevent mold from growing.

This is the girls' room after we hauled all the furniture out and ripped up the flooring.

This is the boys' room. Big brother's bed is stored in the garage and the mattress has been flipped around to avoid water damage. Not as bad in here as in the girls' room, but still an inconvenience.

So now I have three little, giggly girls sleeping on an air mattress on the floor of my living room with their two dresses and all their other accessories. It is the exact same room where I do my sewing (usually after kiddie bedtime or during nap time). I had all these sewing projects to do before my trip, and they are not getting done. I don't even know if we'll get the new flooring installed before we leave. Here's the state of my living room:

You can click on the picture to see a larger view and read the descriptions. I was going for a panoramic view. At least we can fit three little girls sideways on an inflatable queen size mattress.

Now why would I want to leave all that?! There's only one thing (well maybe three or four or five) that could induce me to leave such domestic tranquility and bliss.

The most romantic place on earth!

The City of Lights!!


There were quite a few of you who guessed my destination. The lucky lady whose name I pulled out of the hat was Beeb. You'll be getting a little fabric (or sewing) token direct from Paris! Of course you'll have to wait until I get back for me to mail it, and hope that I'm willing to part with it. J/K!!

I think I'll be able to fit in another giveaway, if my schedule permits, before my trip. So don't go away! Check back next week.....Until then - Au Revoir!

Monday, September 1, 2008

I'd much rather be here.....Closed

Well, I have gotten nothing done today. I am part of an apron swap and the deadline is Sept. 15. I really don't want to wait until the last minute to get this apron sewn and mailed off. However, besides the flooding two weeks ago, the restart of school last week, I now have a house full of sick kids to contend with. My sewing space has been taken over as a new "room" for the girls while we wait for the carpet for their room. I usually sew when they're down for naps or asleep at night. I cannot do that when they're laying 5 feet from the sewing machine. Little Monkey doesn't even want to take naps because he's sick.

I took pictures of my mess of a house, but I don't have time to edit them yet. So instead of posting pictures of the sad state of affairs at my house, I'm going to post photos from flickr of where hubby and I are going on vacation in 18 days!

I have so much to do before then - which is equally stressful since all the flooding and now the sickness has wrecked my planned sewing and packing time leading up to the trip. We are sending 3 kids to Nana and Papa's and 2 kids to Aunt and Uncle's for the WEEK we're away. We haven't had a vacation with just the two of us since I was pregnant with my oldest - nine years ago!

I've purposely picked photos that don't immediately give away the location. Since I don't have my next crafty giveaway ready, we're going to make this a giveaway.

If you think you know the location of our getaway, send me an email (so your guess remains secret and doesn't influence others) to craftygiveaways(at)gmail(dot)com. From the correct guesses I will randomly pick the winner who receive some fabric direct from the getaway location. I need an excuse to shop for fabric while on vacation! :)

If you could pack up right now and spend a week away, where would it be? You can post your ideal getaway in the comment section. Don't forget to email your guess to keep it secret. Good luck!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #4 Winners!

Alright....this time we have a list of winners.

The first name I pulled, and the winner of the Disney princesses panel, purple fuzzy fabric and purple binding is Beth of Highland Hen. Our next winner is Mary of Scottish Nanna. She gets the princess panel, cotton fabric and pink binding. Sew Bee It, Helz of Blue Shadow Pony and Tine of Sodeste all will receive the princess panel and the cotton fabric.

How crazy is this - 3 of my winners are from Australia (Hello to my friends down under!), 1 is from Denmark and 1 is from I don't know where yet. :o) I guess I have a very international audience. So ladies, please email me your mailing address and reference your blogger name so I can make sure I have everyone accounted for. The sooner I get everyone's information in, the sooner I can head out to the post office.


Didn't get to the pictures of our storm damage yet. Hope to do that today and post later. Check back....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Giveaway #4 Winners

Will be announced tomorrow? I'm currently dealing with Tropical Storm Fay damage and trying to get the kids back to school after an unexpected week off. Thanks for being patient - my house is upside down. (More than usual.) Pictures and winners coming soon....

Monday, August 18, 2008

Crafty Giveaway #4 - Closed

This week's giveaway is in honor of my two youngest daughters. One turned 5 last weekend and one will be 3 in a week. They are in love with the Disney Princesses. I got these wonderful panels a little while ago on clearance. I went crazy and got alot, so now I have 5! to give away. You heard right. I have five of these panels that are 1 yard wide and 45" high (I didn't measure the height, but it runs selvedge to selvedge.) I should have ironed it for the picture, but I'm lucky I got a picture of it. Today was the first day of school and we've been BUSY! This is a great panel to practice your machine quilting. You can follow the design, outlining the ribbon and details of the princess. You can do an all-over design. You could also use this as a center panel and add borders to make a larger quilt.

I also have backing fabric for you to quilt this into a nice little throw or baby quilt. I have one yard of the fabric on the right. It is a polyester, fuzzy lavender with a stripe nap to it. There is enough of the fabric on the left for backing for each of the other winners. For two of the winners I have enough quilt binding to bind your throw and a spool of matching thread to sew the binding on. I have two packages (3 yds in each package) of the lavender and two packages of the pink.

This is a closeup of the fabric on the left. The background color is a blush lavender. It's hard to describe - lavender with a blush undertone. The tiny dots/bubbles look floral-y and are lavender. This fabric and the princess panels are 100% cotton.

On to the particulars of the giveaway.....if you have a daughter, a niece, a cousin, a friend, a granddaughter, a god-daughter, or want to make this and donate it to charity, then this is the giveaway for you. (I can't think of anyone that wouldn't fit in one of the above categories.) In the comments section, tell me what backing you are interested in (cotton or fuzzy lavender) and whether you want the binding (pink or lavender). The first name chosen will get their first choice. There will be 5 winners - each winner will at least get a princess panel and 1 yard of the cotton backing fabric. Two winners will also get the binding and thread. The giveaway will be open until Monday, August 25th at 10pm est.

As always, if you link to my giveaway in your blog then you will get 3 entries. I have to be able to verify that you actually linked to the giveaway post. If your blog is private or not linked to your blogger name than you can email me the link for me to verify. craftygiveaways(at)gmail(dot)com If I cannot verify the link, then I cannot award you the 3 entries - you will however still get your 1 entry.

Good luck everyone!