Blasphemy, children, christmas, Embroidery, Holidays, home life, Homesteading, painting, sewing, single parenting, Winter, Yule

The road so far

Yesterday morning woke up to a chicken torn apart in our back yard. That kinda sucked 😦 goodbye sweet Chicka!  Had a quick little burial under the plum tree.

So it’s December! It’s actually 5 days in to December. I got my good old fake tree up before thanksgiving but I honestly have not had the time to get it decorated. (I like to use fake trees because I think murdering trees sucks. Even if they were specifically grown for it I still don’t like it.) I wanted to decorate our tree multiple times already but I can’t find those dang ornament hooks. The little kids have been begging me to go through the boxes of ornaments to find them but I am not looking forward to a sea of breakables across the floor while I search. Valentino isn’t the gentlest of baby’s. Actually, he is quite the turd!
Though, I do have other areas of holiday goodness.oh you beautiful, beautiful lamp you! It’s a Major Award!! This baby is in the front parlor window. The tree got demoted to the back family room this year so my beautiful lamp could take center stage. Ginger kitty wanted to be in the photo too. Don’t mind the laundry piles and the baby clothes I’m working on embroidering on the chairs there!our naked tree. I’m hoping to find those ornament hooks or I just may break down and go spend the $1.50 to buy a new bunch of them. I just hate to do it because I already have like 3 boxes of the things from previous years.

More messy! Need to get rid of those pumpkins still! Haha! Threw some candles and some lights in the front window and call it good. It actually looks a little different now though, I cut out a bunch of stars from white computer paper and taped them up on the top half of the window.I bought a wreath and some garland from Costco so I can enjoy a little bit of that fresh tree smell.put up a string of lights in the dining room window.. ahh the ambiance. The kids keep knocking it down somehow. Plus it got stretched out a bit as time went on.
I love these star lanterns, but these are actually a year round lamp I keep up in the front parlor.

I was able to find some of our winter/xmas books in the boxes yet to be unpacked and get them arranged with some nutcrackers on our lonely shelf. I need like 5 more of those things to hold all of our books!

And although I am not a follower of the christian persuasion, I did put up my moms old chreche above the computer desk. I just think it’s pretty.. And peaceful.. And I love images of Mary with her baby. I’m a sucker for babies 😉 I also like it because it was my moms.

Some people may be aghast to learn of this, but I fondly recall childhood memories of my middle younger brother and I hanging baby Jesus every year from the rafter above with a noose I lovingly hand crafted from speaker wire. My mom would get so mad. I still hang the noose on my tree every year. I try to put it next to the ornament said brother gave me a few years ago of a stately Santa figure stuffing a small child into his red sack. That child must have been naughty! 

Hung up some of our old advent calendars, just for decoration. That big Santa face one is from 2002 when Ophelia was just 1 1/2 and we had our very first apartment together. Our collection grows every year! Especially now with 6 kids and sometimes each kid getting their own calendar. We don’t reuse the calendars though, I don’t want the cardboard getting weak and the little doors falling off. We never buy the chocolate ones, yuck. Eventually I want to get around to making a reusable advent calendar.. let me just add that to the list!

We just had to get a new fridge the other day, the old black one was on the fritz. So again, please don’t mind the mess! But here are our cupboards dressed up for winter. I put lace on the inside of the glass cupboard doors so I didn’t have to look into our messy cup cupboards all the time! Damn my realistic unmatching cups! Damn them to fake hell! Sweet little Persephone again!old black fridge. It went with the other appliances better. Oh well, I’d rather have unspoiled food!close up of the kitchen wreaths. I bought them at Michaels when they were having 50% off all fake goodness sale. It isn’t really called that. I liked the holly leaves and berries in these ones. Plus, sparkle! I had to use my own ribbon though. These ones came with a tiny red hanger.

So, some of the things I’m working on for my shoppy poo. I decided to move all my painted signs to their own shop, Painted Lady Signs at Some of the lighting isn’t great. Sorry!

I also make those mobiles in many colors in my original shopmade a silver and gold version of the reindeer names in honor of Yukon Cornelius! 

I just finished up these Joy signs this morning.
I am still in the process of moving all my signs from the original shop Mary, Mary Quite Contrary at but there is a lot more signs posted on both shop sites. These are just the holiday ones I’ve been working on lately..  as for other items I’ve been working on in the original shop..

I always have some classic Pooh or Peter Rabbit thing to work on! So $&@%* precious!!

Some Holly and Mistletoe baby gowns. I love gowns. They are so convenient when baby’s are first born!

Little stag/Reindeer head gownand I even converted a couple Reindeer heads into Rudolph with a little red nose 😊

Some cozy flannel baby blankets. They are about 42″ square. I love these blankets. I made them for all my kids and they get used for so many things!

Sweet Persephone modeling for me ❤️ This one is my favorite! I kept one of these for Valentino. I am also planning on making all 4 of the little kids matching pajamas out of this flannel. It’s so cute and cozy! Hopefully I can get to that before the solstice as I want to gift each of my kiddos new jammies! I would make the 2 big kids the same pajamas but I need to find a pattern for their size too. I wish Oliver and S patterns made teen sizes!
So there we have it, for now. My list of things to accomplish or clean is never ending. 

And here is a mug I bought for myself so I can sip hot cocoa out of something cute for a change.

home life, painting, sewing

In which she accomplishes something..

I feel so accomplished this morning.. I got around 2,000 – 3,000 photos off my phone.. some of which have been on there since 2013ish..  And I erased them from my phone so now I have tons of space!  woo hoo.. more space = more photos to take..   A lot of them were pictures that Miss O has taken of herself.  Making stupid faces, of course.

I also got the little squids finger nails and toe nails cut.  Which is a good thing because last night Persephone scratched my face while she was sleeping.. not a pleasant thing to wake up to.  She and Salvatore are sleeping with me in our tiny full sized bed.  It will get more and more uncomfortable as my belly grows.  As it is now, I’m on the edge of the bed!

My two elementary kids, Settimio and Fifi, missed the bus this morning so I had to drive them to school as well.  Thankfully it is just a 2 minute drive up the big hill..  We would walk but it’s a kind of dangerous, curvy, uphill road with no sidewalks.. (we live outside of city limits so it’s a bit more country) So the bus is safer.

I thought I would write a bit and post some photos (if I can figure how to, which doesn’t seem hard) of some of the stuff I’ve been doing lately..

A few months ago, or sometime last year I picked up a few pallets from my sis in law’s work with the intent on making something out of them.. I dismantled them right away.  That was sort of a pain in the butt until I figured out a system with the hammer..  Initially I was using a hand saw. It was pretty hot out so it was probably last summer some time.  The dismantled pallet wood stood under my bedroom window for a long time being used as ugly wall decoration and pretend skateboards and magic carpets when the little kids would go out front to play..  So, the other day I decided I would nail some pieces together and stain it to make a sign for the Chicken coop area.. The wood actually looks pretty nice now that it’s stained but it’s pretty huge and not really what I was going for.. so it’s sitting back under my bedroom window, for now, looking a little more put together and pretty.

here it is looking all pretty

Front of the stained pallet wood

Front of the stained pallet wood

I still want to make some thing out of the stained pallet wood, I just haven’t decided what yet.

But here is the sign I decided to go with for our chicken coop..

The Chicken Coop sign in it's beginning stages.  Just the under black layer and the wording.  Still have to paint the white layer and paint on the words

The Chicken Coop sign in it’s beginning stages. Just the under black layer and the wording. Still have to paint the white layer and paint on the words

I still need to get some little eye hooks to get it all put together.. But I was going to finish the painting first.

The Chicken Coop title board.. all painted up white, getting it's letters written on.

The Chicken Coop title board.. all painted up white, getting it’s letters written on.

Here is what it looks like with the white paint over top the black.. getting it’s letters put on.  I started painting it but it’s really hard to do with the crappy brushes I have so I need to head into Michael’s or someplace and pick up some smaller more defined brushes.  Recently I’ve been using crappy kid paint brushes we had left over from some of their old homeschooling projects.  I was using black chalk board paint and the white paint is Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White.. The letters will just be done in black acrylics. I am almost out of the chalk board paint so I think when I get the paintbrushes I will probably pick up some flat black paint to use instead.. buying the flat black is a bit cheaper and it will give the same result I need for the signs/canvases I’ve been doing.  I’m just using the black for the under layer anyway.

Here are some of the signs I’ve been doing the past week or so..

I love you to the moon and back

I love you to the moon and back

I see the moon

I see the moon

Those two were done with the black chalk paint..

Wicked Witch of the East Death Certificate

Wicked Witch of the East Death Certificate

Getting some signs ready for the Holiday Market in November.

Kringles Bed and Breakfast in Red Chalk paint with White lettering

Kringles Bed and Breakfast in Red Chalk paint with White lettering

Some of the xmas signs on my ironing board

Some of the xmas signs on my ironing board

Mrs. Kringles Kitchen sign done with Annie Sloan white chalk paint and red acrylic

Mrs. Kringles Kitchen sign done with Annie Sloan white chalk paint and red acrylic

I need to get some more canvas as well when I head in to get the paint brushes..

All my signs I have available for purchase on my esty account and I will be selling them at the Farmer’s Market when I go back in July.  The holiday ones I will be saving for the Holiday Farmer’s Market in November..  The weekend before Thanksgiving if you happen to be in Anacortes, WA and want to come check it out.  This year will be my first!  I’m excited, but I will also have a newborn with me as this little bean is due October 25.  I’ve gone as a shopper the past two years and it was a lot of fun.  There is lots of cool things to check out.  It’s over a pier so you can see the water through the cracks in the floor.  The kids got a kick out of that!

But today I want to finish up, or rather start sewing, the dresses I am making for the little girls.  I got the pattern pieces printed and all taped together yesterday.

Here is the pattern all taped together hanging on the sliding glass door in the dining room.

Here is the pattern all taped together hanging on the sliding glass door in the dining room.

It actually wasn’t bad putting it together.  A little time consuming.  More so than buying a pre-made paper pattern.  But buying the e-file was nice because I didn’t have to wait for it to come in the mail to get started on my project.  I bought the pattern from  It’s the girls Regency Dress Pattern.  I’m so excited to start.  I still need to trace the correct size pattern pieces onto my interfacing to make the reusable pattern.  I’m going to make the 2 little girls the short sleeved version.  Fifi is excited.  She loves dresses.  Persephone could probably care less and probably will ask to take it off once I actually put it on her.. She’s not a dress girl.  But sometimes you just gotta make them!  At least when she’s little.  I’m hoping to get sewing today.  Maybe I’ll even finish a dress, or both.. it is Friday so I can just do pizza and a movie night for the squids.  Holy poop, I can’t believe the school year is almost out.. I can’t freakin wait!

So I guess I will go clear another place on the living room floor (something I have to do multiple times a day with Sally and Percy making messes all the time!) and get to tracing out my pattern pieces.. get the fabric ironed, and cut.  And hopefully get to sewing!