• La Vida Loca

    Heading South

    The last quarter of 2016 brought about rather big changes for our family. Our only born left for college, we moved 6 hours south to Austin, and I closed my store. We had dreams of moving to Maine once the kid graduated High School, but he decided to stay in TX for college, and with in-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates being what they are, we put those plans on hold. We still wanted to move out of our small though and considered Dallas, but after a few visits to Austin, we were sold! So here we are.* We still dream of Maine, and probably will even more once summer comes around again, but are enjoying life here for now. The closing of my store has been somewhat harder. It was my identity for…

  • Across the Universe

    Toes in the Sand

    I’m not able to make my yearly pilgrimage to Sweden with the husband, so instead I took the kid and his girlfriend on a mini vacation to Galveston. We visited Schlitterbahn where I spent most of my time in the not so lazy river. It’s my favorite lazy river in all of the waterparks I’ve visited. We hung out on the beach the second day but I spent most of my time under the shade of the pier after getting a sunburn the day before.  One of the best parts of my trip was finally being able to dig into this awesome book! Review to come when I’m done!

  • Crafty Crafterson

    T-Shirt Quilt

    I’ve been saving the kid’s T-Shirt’s for years with the intention of making a tshirt quilt. I read tons of tutorials, gathered all of my supplies and a few months ago finally decided to dive in! I started by placing my template over each t-shirt to see which ones would be too big (the design would get cut off) and which were too small (would include the seams) and eliminated both. Once I found which designs fit perfectly for the size I wanted, I began cutting them out with a rotary cutter, using the whole tshirt so that the back of the tshirt could be the back of my quilt. I also cut out white flannel pieces with the same template and sandwiched them in between each front and back. Once I had…

  • La Vida Loca

    One Chapter Ends…

    Where did time go? Didn’t he just leave for his first day of Kindergarten? Where are his Bionicles and Legos? Where did this handsome young man come from? I am so very proud of Frodo! He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was accepted into his first choice University – UT Austin. The day after graduation we left to go down to Austin for his orientation. He stayed in the dorms for the three day orientation, and I went and explored the area after my day of parent orientation. I have such mixed feelings about this new chapter in his life. I am so excited for him to go on this new adventure, but sad too because I will miss having him around every day. But as a famous southern belle once said, “I’ll think about…

  • Yumminess

    Cupcakes!

    My step-dad turned 70 a few days ago and I volunteered to make cupcakes for his birthday party. I’m a fan of buttercream and have a tried and true recipe, but I was feeling adventurous, so I set out to find something different. I found this buttercream recipe from Butter With a Side of Bread. The difference is the addition of Marshmallow Creme. It adds such depth to the flavor. Plus the texture is more airy. I used the same recipe for the chocolate frosting but added a couple of Tablespoons of cocoa powder and used coconut flavoring in place of the vanilla. So yummy! Then I made my step-dad’s favorite, German Chocolate. While I need to improve my piping skills, I had so much fun making these cupcakes that I plan to…