Friday, August 14, 2009

A Well Planned Weekend of Hookie

What to do when your boss tells you that you have accrued too many vacation hours and you MUST take a day off? First, you do a happy dance, then you dream of fun ways to spend a free day. Never in my adult life have I ever had too many vacation hours so I was scheming and dreaming.....then I realized that money is an object right now (as I am still saving for a trip to Europe), and maybe this was a good time for a staycation. A little R&R right in my own apartment, spending time cleaning, reorganizing, refreshing, and maybe crafting. This was the plan in the spring, but was put on hold when I started looking for a car.

Well, the car is mine (the Blueberry), and time is my friend. I have dubbed this the 'Great Hookie Weekend', and it is well planned. On the to-do list:

- rent a lot of movies, and maybe go see this one at the $2 theatre =)
- Wash and re-hang the blinds. Sad little things are covered in dust and cat hair, as I am too short to clean them properly.
- Reset, reorganize, streamline the craft/office ares (aka my front closet and dining room). There are some SCARY piles happening in this area, constantly being knocked over by certain furry friends.
- Take the Blueberry for her first bath.
- Period. Seriously, my snowman pie plate has been sitting on top of my stove for, oh, about 6 months, because I am too lazy to finagle it back in the cabinet.
- Figure out what the heck is hiding under my bed and buy a few more totes to stow it in.
- Recover the box spring of my bed with the bed skirt I washed (ahem) a month ago.
- Detail the wheelchair. I think the reason I veer to the left is a very large hairball that is stuck in the front roller =)
- Stay in my pj's as long as possible each day.
- Drink a few beers and stay up way too late on Sunday (because I don't have to go to work on Monday! YEAH!!)
- Spend an afternoon scrapping, sewing, and basically making myself a happy camper.
- A pool day? I think might actually stop raining this weekend!

I LOVE hookie days. What would you do with a free?

What's on your agenda this weekend?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Ducky Family Fun

There are many reasons I love being from a big family. Growing up we would celebrate any occasion, really just an excuse for us all to hang out together. Now that we are older, we don't get the chance to see each other, but when we out. So, when my aunts found out that Dave and Beth were expecting TWINS the ideas started rolling. It was my pleasure to organize our gathering, but really, the fun was brought by so many people.

Dave is my baby brother and when he married Beth, she fit into our family like she was a sister I had all along. She is so funny and warm, and they are going to be FABULOUS parents. Equally excited is Grandpa Bazeley (my dad) and Cousins in waiting Tom and Suzie.

An important part of any good Bazeley shower are the games, usually thought up by my aunts. This time we had betting, squirt guns, Skyline Chili, and Stewie Griffin.

We started with a game where each person had an ice cube with a baby frozen in it. The first person to unfreeze their baby yells 'My water broke!' There was a little cheating, and Dave tried to put his baby in the microwave (thank goodness for parenting class), but in the end Dominica broker her water first (tee hee).

Then Dave and Beth had to compete to see who could diaper their baby first. As Dave is family, of course we decided to 'doctor' his diaper with a few extras. AS if that wasn't bad enough, he took his eye off the baby for one second, and wouldn't you know-that boy baby sprayed him! You can't take your eyes off of them for a second! HA!

We had a Split the Potty table, where bets could be placed as to when Beth would deliver. Tom and Suze were working very hard in helping people make good guesses. I tried to get advice from anyone I thought could help me. Especially My Aunt Janie, who used to be a baby nurse. Oh yeah. She and I picked just about the same days, so I feel pretty good about my odds.

Guess the diaper was a game just for Dave. A series of questionable diapers were laid out and he was supposed to guess what was in each one. Um..gross. The funniest thing I have ever seen is my brother sniffing a diaper full of goetta!! haha

A really fun party, and a reminder how lucky we are to have a family who still enjoys getting together. Thanks for looking at the pictures!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Rubber're the one....

Last weekend was THE BABY SHOWER. Anyone within a 100 miles of me knows that my sister-in-law is having TWINS in October-and I am DOUBLE excited! I happily took on the responsibility of putting together a family shower to celebrate. I designated responsibilities and saved the fun ones for myself-hehe, I was on invite and decoration duties. I will share pictures later, but I thought you guys might like some how-tos on the decorations.

We were going to have a handful of kiddos there and I thought they might like to have a shower game all for them. Then I saw this post, and decided to make my own. A little harder than I expected, and definitely took two sets of hands (luckily I had a willing partner in crime).

I started with three blown up balloons, taped together with scotch tape. Then I crafted a bill out of cardboard and taped that to the head. This made the head a little heavy, so we had to keep propping him up with orange cones. =) A bunch of newspaper strips and a paste and water concoction and this is the first layer done.

I repeated the process 2 more times, and then spray painted him yellow. I painted the bill and eyes and made a hanger with string. I filled him with candy and some small toys, and voila!!

I think he put up a valiant fight, but in the end my three year old cousin Caroline dealt a death blow
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As if the people at Quickutz knew I needed this, they recently released a die cut for the Silhouette that had all sorts of baby shapes, including a rubber ducky!!

I made two garlands, onesies and duckies

This creation was actually done by my Aunt Carol, but was so awesome I had to share it with you!

Isn't that so cute!! She used her Cricut to cut out all the accents. A few rubber ducks on top to finish them off.

Really, the piece-de-resistance. I had so much fun making these! Here is the finished product

I was inspired by a post about pocket cards on the Hero Arts Blog. I wanted them to look like a baby diaper with the details tucked inside. They turned out so cute, I think you should try them for your own invites. I thought I might show you some of the process.

I was trying to be as efficient as possible with the paper, so I made them an even size 4" x 6". For the diaper, I used this paper from Core'dinations. It's a neat paper. The core is colored blue and then covered with a white coating that you can sand, tear, and emboss to show the insides.

I cut the pocket 6" x 12".I scored the length in 4" increments (folded that makes it 4" x 6"). I cut the outside flaps on the diagonal.I wanted the bottom edges rounded, so I folded the pocket and cut thru BOTH layers with my Creative Memories corner rounder. Not a great process, as my complaint about this paper is that it is so thick! That, and the fact that when you sand the white layer, it makes a MESS. I had white powder everywhere.. I do this all the time with thinner paper and it works just great. Here is what it looked like at this point.

I sanded the outside edges, closed the pocket with a glue dot and then stuck a mini safety pin in to make it look more like a diaper. Sorry I don't have a picture at this point.

To make the inside:

I cut yellow Core'dinations paper into 6" x 8" pieces, scored in half to make it fold. I used my large dot stamp in yellow and then sanded the edges to let the yellow show thru.

On the inside cover I used this stamp from October Afternoon to stamp a momma and two baby ducks (in a row..hehe). I colored them in with colored pencil (not something I do very often, but very fun). I then typed up all the details and cut a 3 3/4" x 5 3/4" insert for the right side. I wanted to put a little graphic with all the details so I used the same stamp for a sun and clouds.

Wonder how I made the cloud look puffy? I had an old tube of Liquid Applique, and paint like substance, that when you heat it, puffs up! Such a cool effect!

So, done and done. Definitely a lot of work, but so worth it. How often does your baby brother give you not one but TWO nephews!! I know, I probably sound really selfish, but I am so excited for them!! They are going to be great parents!

That's all for now, please leave a comment if you have a question about anything I made. Be back with pictures from the weekend soon!