Most of you know that Doug is a super genius, but do you ever wonder hat a super genius does in his spare time? It’s the project. There is always a project underway at our house. There was the arcade machine, the fire truck bed, the reenforced train table, the storage space in the attic… There’s always something.
Last year a friend asked Doug how to make the Pinewood Derby finish results more accurate. Usually there’s a judge at the finish line who determines who won, but apparently that’s not the most accurate way. Doug spent a while trying to figure out a program, but eventually he just decided to build his own timer.
I can’t tell you how many hours he’s spent on this particular project, but I think it’s worth noting none of our children will even be old enough to participate in the derby until next Spring! We haven’t tried this out on an official run yet. My idea was to have a group of the adults bring some derby cars that they’ve helped their kids with in the past, and have a trial run.
Oh, and in case you’re worried about safety, there’s a warning label so that you don’t stare directly into the laser beams. That’s right, there are laser beams!
I have been trying to think of ways to keep the boys entertained, and I thought a big to do list might help them keep track of stuff they wanted to do this Summer. We spent one FHE writing down everything that everyone wanted to do. I put it all in a little notebook, but that didn’t really help the boys. Them one day I came upon this lovely idea and tutorial.
I’m not much of a Photoshop expert, but my sister-in-law Sharleen works wonders with the PSE. I sent her a quick e-mail with a link, and look what she created for me:
Don’t you wish Sharleen was your sister-in-law? She sent me files that were formatted to a 12″ x 18″ size, and they were all ready for me to upload to Costco. I went to Hobby Lobby and bought an 11 3/4″ x 36″ (?) frame … at 50% off and then I wrote everything write on the glass with a dry erase marker. I’m pretty much in love with this project!! I’m planning on calling Sharleen again for my Articles of Faith project!
I think this is going to be my new favorite shower gift. It’s homemade, but it doesn’t take me as long as a blanket, and it’s nice because sometimes there are a million blankets at a shower. I want to be able to give something that the new mom wants, but maybe her own hospital gown is something she doesn’t even know she wants. This is the third one I’ve made, and I think they’re getting better (sorry to the recipients of the first 2!). I can’t remember where exactly I found the pattern, but it was online somewhere. There is an old McCall’s pattern, I think, but you have to be on our toes to win it off of Ebay. This pattern was free. The lady makes hospital gowns for sick people. How nice is that. Her only rule is that you can’t sell the gowns. I’m all for that, because once you start charging, everyone expects your seams to be straight! So, I’m all for everyone making homemade hospital gowns … unless we’re going to th same shower!
p.s. There’s a giveaway for a Le Creuset pan over at Bloom today. If you don’t already know, Bloom is my cousin’s awesome site about all things wonderful.
So, I have been feeling a little adventrous of late. I think it all started with the apron swap. Lots of times I’ll see something and tell myself that I could make it, but generally, it doesn’t go much farther than the internal dialogue. Once I finished the apron however, I figured I can actually do some stuff. So, I re-entered the world of baby blankets. I have made a couple in the past with varying degrees of success (I’m pretty sure the one I made for Joshua never saw the light of day!). I have never actually made blankets for my own kids, but then again, I’m also waiting until I get really good to scrapbook my wedding! This current blanket frenzy started with a blanket for a baby shower. I worked on a cute little blanket courtesy of Lisa M., and a burp cloth courtesy of Feathered Nest. I was feeling good but I forgot to take a picture, and that annoyed me to no end. On to the second blanket and burp cloth. this time I reminded myself all day to remember to photograph the end result. Once again, I forgot. So, this is the third blanket. This blanket is actually an idea I got from Doug’s sister Charlotte. I have to say that I liked it, mostly because blanket bindings are my albatross!
Anyway, normally I wouldn’t be quite so bold with my color and pattern, but this was for Courtney, and when your ringtone is an LSU fight song, then I figure you can’t go wrong with the LSU banket! (sidenote to Trisha: I bought lots of extra fabric last time I was in BR, so if you want some let me know!)
Next up were the cheesecakes. We had my sister’s sister-in-law and her family over for dinner last week. I was inspired by Southern Living Magazine to make these yummy key lime mini cheesecakes. The dessert was yummy, but the company was better, and our boys had a great time getting to know some new “cousins.”
Over at The Feathered Nest they are doing an Apron Swap at the end off the month. I thought this would be a good way to give me a little bit of deadline anxiety without too much stress. I’ve been feeling a little under-inspired lately. Our routine is pretty much the same every day, and I don’t really have all that much incentive to shake things up. I thought that if I signed up for the swap that I might be forced into some creativity! So, starting April 28th I think everyone should go sign up for the swap. It sounds like a fun way to get a new apron. Any takers?
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I wasn’t all that cool in high school. I’m pimpin out my Goodreads profile because I want to look as popular as the people on my list, and I don’t even want to discuss how pathetic my Facebook page is. (ps could someone please fill me in on the whole point of Facebook. Why can’t people just e-mail? Is the whole point to make you feel as dorky as you did in high school. If you were cool in high school you clearly have no idea what I’m talking about!)
Anyhow, today I was checking my comment section and Design Mom made a comment! I am on her site every day, and she made a comment to little old me. It’s like having your crush ask you to prom (never happened to me, but then again, I also never lived on south Dearborn!). I feel so cool. I am sure this feeling will fade, but I will enjoy it for a few more minutes….
Still enjoying it…
Okay, now on to a new project. Don’t you just love etsy? I have bought a few things there, and I just love the whole idea of a marketplace for crafty people. The only hangup I have is feeling like I can make anything that I see! Here is what I found today:
vegetable bean bags. I do think however, that I might be able to make these myself. This type of thinking is what has led to my completely overflowing fabric closet! I’m trying to
get rid of use up what I have in a creative way, but I don’t know if I have any orange felt, and I know I don’t have any rickrack. This is why I have too much stuff! It’s a sickness… I need help!