Monday, March 31, 2008

Catwalk Cuties!

It's been a while since I listed anything new on eBay! I am so excited about my latest duo, a brother/sister set for the Catwalk Cuties launch! I was lucky to be paired with Jonah and Tessa, and their mom Erin. Aren't they adorable?!?!? Erin's pictures are just fabulous, too. My sets never looked so good! I will be remaking each set only once, in sizes 18mo-6/7. These are perfect for Disney vacations... can't you imagine your little one wearing this at the 100 acre woods character meals at the Crystal Palace?

click here to see this auction!

click here to see this auction!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

My first tag

I've been tagged by Beth of The Pink fun. Here are the rules!

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.


1. I think it is so cool that Beth is living in Holland. I've only been there once, for a few hours in the Amsterdam airport. It was part of my 10 day trip of continental Europe during the college semester I spent in London.

2. I'm not a really picky eater, but I do have some major food quirks. I hate all members of the melon and cucumber families (except pickles), and don't like any creamy white stuff (mayonaise, sour cream, alfredo sauce, etc).

3. I like snakes. Well, one snake in particular. Her name is Rose and she's a beautiful albino corn snake who looks kinda like this; she lives at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. I always get one of the volunteers to get her out of her cage when we visit.

4. The squeaky sound that styrofoam coolers makes when the pieces rub together drives me nuts! As does ice chewing and gum smacking.

5. I didn't take chemistry in high school because the teacher was this old scary mean guy who made kids come in before and after school and during lunch breaks to repeat labs if they didn't do them right the first time. And I didn't want those raccoon eye goggle marks on my face for 20 minutes after class was over.

6. I earned the Gold Award in Girl Scouting, which is the highest rank kinda like the Boy Scout Eagle Award, but, I promise you, much more work. My dad made me and my brothers a deal that if we each earned the top rank in scouting, he would buy us each a car. Nothing new or fancy, but a good deal all the same!

7. I don't pass on chain letters or forward emails, so I'm not going to tag 7 more people. Because, really, hasn't everybody already been tagged enough?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Pretending to be Jen

Happy Easter, everyone!

I got a little behind on my egg dye-ing this year; the eggs have been cooked since Tuesday, and we planned to dye them last night with my brother and his wife. Well, after a few beers and video games last night, the big people minus me weren't interested. So, we did them this afternoon instead. Actually, the boys probably wouldn't have even noticed that we never dyed the eggs, but what's the point in having 11 eggs (dh tried to use one for a scrambled egg one morning. oops!) at Easter time and not color them? Photos compliments of boy #2:

Then I was left with 5 cups of rich gorgeous egg dye. I'm usually a PAAS girl, but apparently Dudley won the rights to Star Wars Easter Egg kits, so Dudley it was for our family this year. This Dudley dye was really nice and strong, and I couldn't bear to pour it down the drain. Inspired by the amazing creations of my friend The Tie Dye Diva (please don't laugh at me Jen!), I decided to use Easter egg coloring to tie dye a kiddo tee shirt. Yes, I know it will wash out. But it was just too much fun not to try. And I must say, it turned out pretty decent. Even DH was impressed!

Of course, I was totally winging it and didn't have any rubberbands or gloves, so I tied the shirt up with kite string and used my bare hands for dyeing. And now they are a work of art, too. As is the end of my camera stap, which fell in the pink dye while I was photographing my hand, LOL!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

I found my missing MP3 player

It's amazing what happens when you clean up a room. Just wanted to update ya in case this post had you missing some sleep at night ;o)

Fashionably late (it's the story of my life)

to the Ultimate Blog Party, that is! It sounded like a great way to meet some new friends, especially since I've only ben blogging for a few weeks. Gotta build up my friend list over there, ya know!

Welcome to my blog, new friends! I am Carol, wife to Matt, mom to 3 wild & crazy boys (ages 8,6, and almost 4. That's their picture over on the right), and soon to be an aunt of hopefully a girl. Random people (you know, like strangers in the grocery store) always ask if I'm going to try for a girl. I've decided that it would be easier for my sis in law to have a kid (fortunately, this jived well with her life plan as well) and I could borrow it from time to time. I say "it" because she's only 17 weeks along so I still have a few days to wait until we find out. I hope it is a cooperative child during the ultrasound. And of course, I hope it's a girl. If not, I told her she'd have to send it back. Just kidding (I think).

I'm also mom to a goofy 95 pound chocolate lab who likes to think he is a lap dog. His name is Mr. Noodle (do not let your 3 year old name a dog). Here he is in a very rare bit of central NC snow which all melted within 4 hours of this picture being taken because-- I'm not kidding-- it got up to 60 degrees that afternoon! We also have a handful of fish, but they're not so easy to photograph.

Some of my favorite things are remodeling projects and sewing. I love to make things... any things, really, as long as they are pretty. I sell my designs on ebay and etsy. I love to pretend that I can afford a trip to Disney World, my favorite smells are freshly baked bread and cut grass, and in my free time I tutor middle and high school math & science. If you'd like to know anything else about me, please leave your question in the comments. If you're on blogspot, log in so I can visit your blog, too, and if not leave me a link.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Bathroom pictures... almost done!

A somewhat before picture (not truly before, when there was green carpeting, royal blue walls, and a dilapidated vanity)

And the same view, after (I obviously still need to hang the mirror!)

We hung beadboard paneling because the drywall was in such bad shape, painted it and put up crown & baseboad moulding. New laminate floors. New toilet, vanity, sink & light fixture. Storage cabinets along the back wall (another tall one to the left of shorty)


Not bad for under $1k! Put me on Trading Spaces, LOL!

And here's a funny picture of Finn while he was waiting for Matt to install the toilet :-p


Wednesday, March 5, 2008

and Found...

Would you believe after only 20 minutes of looking that I found the missing Star Wars disc? Only, get this-- now we can't find the case with the other disc in it. Aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!


Not the show. Can you believe I have never even seen part of an episode of it?

I'm talking about my stuff. I am CONSTANTLY losing stuff. 2 recent lost & founds are the cordless phone from my sewing room (the darn thing was MIA for about 3 weeks; I found it in a purse. A purse?!?!? Craziness!) and some yellow eyelet fabric. I swear I looked through every one of my fabric bins/boxes/drawers at least 3 times and couldn't find it. Then, a month later after I had long forgotten what I wanted it for, it appeared. Go figure.

New on today's new lost list (and I swear, I really could make a new list every day of things I can't find) is my MP3 player. It looks like this; let me know if you've seen it, okay? The sad thing is, I don't even know how long ago I lost it. Maybe a month? I keep forgetting I have it and don't use it as religiously as I should. Also missing is a story disc that C checked out from the library a few weeks ago and is due tomorrow. We have disc 2, but disc 1 is nowhere to be found. Who knows what random CD case it might have ended up in... or under whose bed... o in which toy bin...

And this is how my kids look for things: walk into room, do a visual scan,and come back reporting "I looked EVERYWHERE and can't find it." At which time I walk to the doorway of said room and immediately see the lost shoe/book/blankie without even looking. Maybe I'll go stare in some rooms and something will appear. Maybe something I didn't even realize that I had lost!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


No, the bathroom's not finished. That would be nice, though!

I FINALLY got a new listing up on eBay. I've had this sweet little set finished for about 2 weeks and couldn't catch up with the little local model I planned to use. Well, she was NOT in the mood for modeling this morning, but, darn it, I needed to get this baby listed, so here is is, pouty face & all:

I do have more fabric available to make it in a different size if you are interested, but you gotta let me know soon! Easter is less than 3 weeks away! Yikes!