Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A visit to the new aquarium

Whale shark tank 2
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Went to the Georgia Aquarium today with Grandma and Grandpa and our cousins. What an incredible place! The whale shark tank alone was worth the trip.

But of course we saw many other fascinating things. Even better, we timed it so that we missed the majority of the crowds. By the time we left at about noon, it was really starting to get packed.

I've got a few other shots of our visit over on flickr.

Power to the people!

Erin, over at A Dress A Day has a great post today about the retail clothing industry. Her thought is to print up business cards that say "You'd be looking at a credit card instead of this card if your store carried anything in my size." What an incredible idea!

Her beef is that the clothing industry has established a set sizing spectrum that excludes entirely too many women who may fall on one end or the other, or who may be hard to fit. I would also add that far too often this same clothing industry has decided that every woman is either 17 or over the age of 65. I hate having to choose between the spandex baby tees and the lavender knit pantsuits when I go shopping!

Where the heck is the reasonably priced clothing for women in their 30's and 40's who don't want to look like a sleazebag or their grandma?

I might cross out "in my size" and write in "for someone within a decade of my age."

Monday, June 26, 2006

So hot that we're melting

We finally did something fun and crafty today. It's only been about a month since school let out. This weekend my sister gave us some matboard from her gallery, so we chopped up broken crayons

and melted them in a muffin tin to make new, multi-colored crayons.

Then I gave the kids each a piece of matboard and let them go to town. Some people went more to town than others, which you can see if you check out the whole sequence here.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Freezer Paper Father's Day

Father's Day shirts
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Yes, we gave Tim shirts for Father's Day. But at least they weren't work shirts. Once again the oh-so-wonderful freezer paper stencil craft made an appearance.

The Abraham Lincoln stencil is for Tim's interest in presidents, and the Rearden Steel one is a reference to an embattled company in "Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand.

It's very fun to put whatever you want on a t-shirt!

And I hope all the dads out there like ours, who patiently handle the children while moms like me are busy crafting, had a good Father's Day!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Play time

Shootin' some hoops
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
Nate, Hattie and I hung out on the playground today for an hour while Charlotte started the summer school session of speech therapy. More pictures here.

Friday, June 09, 2006

WIP Friday

Hop Skip Jump had a great idea to use Friday posts to list what work you have in progress. Believe it or not, I actually had that same thought last weekend, so I took a picture of a project I was working on last Saturday. As it turns out, one of the great things about freezer paper stencils is that they're fairly quick, so I finished this one. But I can't show you the final picture because the recipient would see it. So I'll post the finished picture after next weekend.

And it came out GREAT, if I do say so myself. LOVE the freezer paper stencils!

My current project, which is a true work in progress, I started this afternoon, although I had been turning it around in my mind for the last week, after I saw this. My thought was to use some of Tim's old 100% cotton oxfords that have frayed at the collars and cuffs, thus rendering them inappropriate for the workplace, and make them into some cute peasant tops for Charlotte and Hattie. Inexpensive, comfortable, cute (if I do it right), AND recycled. It doesn't get much better than that.

I thought about it so much that finally on Thursday I was compelled to go into my local fabric shop, three kids in tow (what a mistake THAT was!), to get the pattern. Even though the saleslady had to come over because they couldn't keep their little hands off all the bright buttons, threads, embroidery floss, beads, and you-name-it, it was still worth it because I came out of there with the critical pattern, 6 yards of half-inch elastic, several packs of baby rick rack, and a burning desire to get started.

As a trial, however, to avoid ugly mistakes, I cut out the pattern this afternoon using a thrifted sheet (99 cents, woo-hoo!) to see if a) I could actually make this and b) I had my sizing right. If it works, someone will have a new, soft, cotton shirt to go with the oxford cloth ones I'll make later after I've perfected the process. If this afternoon is any indication, it was very wise to start with a trial, because I've had my seam ripper out a bunch already. And yes, those are my pins in the Altoids tin -- Altoids, the most useful candy OF ALL TIME.

And one more work in progress, but not one of mine: the girls had their first haircuts today. Hattie was a champ -- she jumped into the chair without hesitation and sat like a statue while the one long piece of hair she's had since her baby days (sniff!) was trimmed off. In this picture Nate's catching it so we can save it for posterity. Charlotte also got a very slight trim, but she was not nearly as comfortable with the process (no tears, though) so I'll spare us all that shot.

You can check out other people's Ws in P here, here, and here.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Only three more months until football season

We went into Hattie's room tonight and found her like this.

We never know what she's going to do next!

Mother Necessity

Dilemma: in an effort to keep our three young children from watching too much TV this summer, we have not turned it on all week, resulting in three rooms in this house that we are unable to walk in due to said small children keeping themselves occupied.

Solution: "sell" TV time (all shows must be approved) in one- or half-hour blocks to aforementioned children, making them "pay" in advance by cleaning up a room that is then inspected by an authority figure before the TV is turned on.

Caveat: for this system to work it is critical for at least one child (preferably the older one) to be so motivated by the desire to watch TV that he will clean up the majority of any mess and not mind that he is doing almost all the work, since younger children are not as effective at cleaning.

Win-win for authority figure: house is either neater or they are not watching TV! Woo-hoo! The invention of the season!