Monday, October 31, 2011

{Weekend Recap} It's Time For Fall!

So as soon as it turns October, I begin to experience all that is fall.  You already know I ingest anything pumpkin flavored - bagels, hot beverages, candy, etc...but the one aspect of fall I love is things coming to an end.  That sounds kind of sad, but the end of something isn't always a bad thing.  If some things never leave, how will you ever miss it? :)  I love seeing the trees turn from green to an array of oranges and yellows, I love going outside for that first week of chill in the air, and most of all, I like dusting off my old friends my hoodies :) lol. 

So, I just love walking around the neighborhood around this time and snapping a few shots

I think you have to learn to appreciate the beauty around you.  I might be 30, but every time I see a gorgeous sunset where it leaves the sky all colorful, I always turn to Matt and say how beautiful it is. Sometimes I think things like that a photo can't capture...well, maybe not with my amateur skills :)

Not a bad shot huh?

So the weather here has been a bit confusing on our vegetation.  We have flowers in bloom and our garden is still producing tomatoes and peppers...but this will probably be our last red tomato before the cold hits.

Christian LOVES being outside, so we've been trying to spend more time outside for him.  He throws balls and Frisbee's at Yoko...but Yoko always look at him with disappointment since his Frisbee throwing skills are below par.

Costello always looks at Christian like he's the one that messed it all up for him.  Well, actually that was probably Yoko, but Christian was the nail in the coffin.  He's definitely not a more than one pet kind of dog.

Also over the weekend, my dad's company sponsored an all family paid dinner and games at Incredible Pizza.  So, this was Christian's first time at an arcade.  It was almost an overload of stimuli - kids, lights, tons of buttons to push.  He wasn't too interested in the actual games...he wanted to press buttons, jiggle locks, and throw balls. At the end of playing skeeball, he decided it would be easier to get the ball in the hole by climbing up and inserting it in directly.  Hey, he doesn't play by the rules, but he gets the job done.

One thing we learned about our child is that he is not interested in rides.  Both the horse and carousel, he was on them for maybe 30 seconds and then he wanted off.  He wasn't scared, just bored.  He had that look like, "this is all it does??" 

This was the first game he actually shown some interest in and of course it was because he could throw something, but as you see he decided to crawl into the ball pit instead.

Sometimes a kid has to create his own fun :)

Fun times with grandma and grandpa :)

My favorite moment of the night.  Christian was having so much fun sitting on dad's lap shooting down...whatever they were shooting down...storm troopers? 

Ha! This is how I commenced my Halloween weekend celebration :)  Of course, after kiddo went to bed :)  Sunday night with a glass of wine and The Walking Dead.  Can you believe Shane shot Ottis??  I mean I knew Ottis wouldn't last long, but really?  I guess that's the first thing that goes after a zombie apocalypse - your morals.  Oh, this wine is really good - tastes just like cranberry and it's pretty mild.

Halloween blog next :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

{Pinterest Projects} Homemade Laundry Soap

My last post I blogged about making homemade spray starch - the beginning of my pinterest projects.  Today while home with bacterial sinititus, I decided to get up off the couch (around 3:30) and do something productive - homemade laundry soap.  I first saw my friend Valerie attempt this on her blog about Going Green.  Now, she has 3 boys + husband, so I imagine her pile of laundry is a wee bit bigger than mine, but my 2 men create an astonishing mountain by the end of the week.  Now, to be completely honest, we don't buy the expensive laundry soap (Tide, right?).  We usually buy the Target brand and it's been great, but I feel like we buy laundry soap all the time.  So, why not save some money and make my own?? Here goes.


{1} Bar of Soap or {1/2} Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap (a bit stronger)
{1} Cup of Borax
{1} Cup of Washing Soda

Grate a bar of soap of your choice.  I used Fels-Naptha. When I was looking up different recipes, many of them used this particular bar of soap because it is used for stain treating. 

Ohhh, looks like cheese. 

Boil 1 Gallon of Water with your bar soap shavings until melted. Just as an easy reference 4 quarts = 1 gallon.  I didn't have any empty milk jugs, so I just used my measuring cup that went up to 1 quart.  

Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda.  Let is all congeal, then remove from heat.

Add 1 gallon of cold water to your mixture.  Stir well.

This is what my son decided to do while I was making my soap.  I chalk it up to being a boy...soaking his entire foot in the dogs water bowl...

Tah-dah!  This recipe makes 2 gallons of detergent.  I had a 5 gallon bucket, so I just doubled up.  Yes, it is supposed to look all coagulated like that.  Also, this will not make any suds.  SUDS DO NOT = CLEAN! :)  I also read some people saying the Fels-Naptha is a bit harsh, so I used 1/2 the barsoap per batch....but for more mild barsoaps use a full bar. 

Most websites say it's about $6.00 for about 576 loads.  For the box of Borax, Washing Soda, and the bar soap it cost me around $9.00 and I will get over 600 loads from that. 

For Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 90 loads = $17.97.

The original site for this recipe came from Why Not Sew Blog

Saturday, October 22, 2011

{Pinterest Projects} Homemade Spray Starch

So, I've been on pinterest for a few months now and like most people on this website, I have a slight pinning addiction...mainly anything DIY, Cooking, or Helpful Tips {Follow Me!}.  I would be so daring to also say we pinners pin these awesomely creative projects in hopes to do them someday, but how many do we actually attempt to DIY? Well, I thought I would start small and try the Homemade Spray Starch I found on a quilting blog called Crazy Mom Quilts.  Since I have been quilting, I use more spray starch than I have ever used in my whole life.  Starch at the store really isn't that much to purchase...maybe $2-$3 the most, but Matt starches and irons all his work clothes and I use even more on fabric, so why not give it a try :)

Here are my ingredients - water, cornstarch, and fragrance/essential oil.  The original recipe said to boil the water for it to blend better, but I made 2 batches (one by boiling and one not) and they turned out the same. 

Now the original recipes called for 100% lavender essential oil.  I went to my beloved Hobby Lobby and they had several different oils to choose from, but right next to them they had Something Fabulous Fragrance which is used for homemade bar soaps.  I know it wasn't a pure oil, but I smelled the Japanese Lotus Blossom and it smelled so nice I thought I would give it a shot. They had tons of other great scents too, like cucumber melon, sweet pea, lilac, etc...

 Not bad huh? :)  It didn't leave any stains, which I was worried about since I did not use a 100% pure essential oil.  The fragrance smelled great too!

Yes, I made me a label :)  it was super quick to make, so you should give it a try!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

{Less Words} Wednesday - Dressed for Success!

{Courdaroy Jacket}Crazy 8
Shirt {Hand Me Down}
{Jeans} Target
Star Wars Lunch Box{William Sonoma}

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Recap - First Family Photos and Quilt #2

Oh, I just had a pumpkin bagel and it was delicious.   I LOVE this time of year - the cool weather, all the hoodies I can wear,  snuggling with blankets, holiday cheer  {for the most part} AND pumpkin flavored everything.  I also tried Starbucks Pumpkin latte this month and yes, it was dee-lish!  I digress - back to the weekend. 

I never thought the act of scheduling family photos would inevitably send me into a state of panic.  How did I counteract this panicky feeling?  I didn't think about it for 2 months and 3 weeks.  So, a week before family photos, I had to schedule hair appointments, look for semi matching clothes we all can wear{which is hard to do when you don't have an eye for fashion and the undying feeling nothing looks good on you}, and dry clean our "formal" outfits.  For the first part of our session, Christian and I wore our traditional Korean attire - hanboks and Matt wore his suit.  Ours looked similar to these...

The second half, we changed into casual outfits.  Matt and Christian wore Star Wars shirts with a button shirt over it, jeans, and their converse.  I wore I denim jacket, yellow and white stripped shirt, black slacks, and my converse.  I really hope they turned out well.  Our photographer traveled from Oklahoma City and she was super nice and professional.  Check out her website!  Artsy Phartsy Photography - Photos by Erin Kanske

Over the weekend, I also finished up my 2nd baby quilt.  I feel I'm getting better with every quilt I work on. On this one, I attempted the free motion quilting.  I think they call it stippling...where you sewing a bunch of swirlies to bind it all together.  I can see why people senf off their larger quilts to get this done by machine.  It's as bit strenuos on your neck and shoulders, but I think for my first shot, it turned out pretty well.  I think for baby size quilts, I'll continue to do it. 

I used a pattern I saw online and just modified it to fit what I wanted to do with it. 

What do you think??



{Closer Look}

For those that quilt and have any pointers on free motion quilting, please share :)  I don't mind constructive criticism, thats how we learn!! :) 

Time to start quilt #3! :)  I probably should finish that bookshelf quilt...I think it's so big though, I will have to send it off.  Anyone recommend a place ?

By the way, this is my 100th blog post! :)  heehee...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

{A Quilt's Journey} From Oklahoma to California

From Oklahoma to California, my first quilt has made it to its new home. 

Now look at this super cute baby girl - who wouldn't want to make her a quilt? Since I haven't had the chance to meet this new addition to our circle of friends, at least I am able to give her something made by her crafty eemo :)

Now remember, quilts are meant to be used, so use it!  It should be covered in drool, snot, and dirty hands.  Then when she's too big for it, store it away as a keepsake :) Well, wash it first, lol. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Full of Words Wednesday - It's Been Awhile

It's been a good week and a half since I blogged about anything, but honestly there just really hasn't been enough timeTime is one of those things that becomes increasingly valuable the more you have going on in your life.  I vaguely remember the days when I had all the time in the world {pre wife and mommy days}, but now I feel like as soon as I get home from work, I go 90 to nothing until bedtime (which is usually far too late because I am trying to soak in all the me time I can get).  Oh to have the time to do all the things I love to do - photography, quilting, blogging...I would even flippin'clean!  During the week, I do all these things around 8:30 after Christian has gone to bed.  I've attempted sewing while he was awake and it never goes smoothly.  He loves to pull my fabrics out onto the floor then lay on top of them....I think it's his way of say, "HEY, this is my time!!! This can wait!"  And he would be right.  Since he's at daycare the first half of the day, I only feel most of my time after work should be spent hangin' out with my kiddo and husband. 

OK, there is my blurb about wishing I had more free time - I know I'm not alone in this. Now on to a super belated weekend update. 

One of my close friends {Helra} birthday was yesterday, so over the weekend Christian decided to make her a birthday card.  We gated ourselves in the kitchen, stripped him down to his diaper, and let him go crazy with some fingerpaints.  Here is....

Fingerpainting Gone Wild

I'm just glad this stuff is non-toxic because the first thing he did was taste it. 

He's sort of fascinated by his nipples.  If they are exposed, he's pressing on them... Light switches, keyboards, anything he can press he's obsessed with...his nipples fall into this's like a body button.

Ha!  I thought this was super cute. It took awhile to get that on his back because it tickled him so much.

...the moment he realized he was covered in paint, lol.  I think he's trying to wipe it off his diaper in the 2nd photo.  In the 3rd photo he's sucking in his baby gut.  Matt taught him this.  He'll say, "Christian suck it in for the ladies!!"

What's a little fingerpainting without your light saber??  The 2nd photo is my favorite.  I stripped his diaper off to give him a bath...he walks over to the oven and leans on it to stare at his boy parts, LOL.  And so begins the obsession that never dies for the male species.  Oh and he's carrying around my face lotion...why?  I don't know, he's been carrying it around for the last few days.  He likes tubes. He still carries around his butt paste from time to time. 

Oh, I also tried some new wine.

 The store owner recommended it, since I normally get the Asti.  Very tastey!

*Disclaimer - no wine drinking was done while fingerpainting with my child.  Just to clear up any speculations :) 
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