Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm still here, Merry Christmas!

Even though it's been awhile since anyone has heard from me electronically, I am still here. I broke our computer. Long story, short--I was working on the laptop one day, jumped up to get Bean off the school bus, and my foot caught on the power cord. The laptop went flying, hit the fireplace, and the screen shattered. So....we have been without a computer or internet for awhile. I'll tell the whole story once our computer is restored. Right now, we are borrowing computer time at the library and family's house. Just wanted to quickly let everyone know and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, November 18, 2010


So a week before Halloween, we carved the pumpkins. ( I should say, the hubs and I carved the pumpkins.)


Isn’t that face just too cute!!!

The boys cleaned out their pumpkins and then drew what they wanted me to carve. Then,  I carved their pumpkins while hubbie worked on his.


Monkey’s pumpkin with “angry eyes.”DSCN3082

Bean’s pumpkin. At the pumpkin patch, he told me he wanted an “ugly pumpkin” because they make good jack-o-lanterns. So, yes, he meant for all those brown spots to be on the face. That’s his creative mind for ya…


Lit with battery-0perated tea lights…


And in the dark. Sadly, these guys didn’t make it to the big night. They were moldy and toothless by Halloween. However, we kept them out because they were still a little creepy. Next year, we’ll carve only a day or two in advance. Oh, and of course, I can’t forget the hubbie’s creation (with my help of course)…


The famous hamburger and fries! He cut a wedge out of the side of the pumpkin, used the pumpkin seeds for sesame seeds, painted Styrofoam for the hamburger and fries, and colored foam sheets for the toppings. He took this one to show off at work (they had a carving contest) and entered it in the contest at the Trunk-or Treat. And now….

Presenting the Palmer family costumes of 2010…DSCN3119



Monkey was Mario. He loved the costume but hated the mustache. I think I.. possibly… might have…had to threaten to take his candy if he didn’t wear the mustache at least for pictures.  I mean what’s Mario without his mustache?


Bean was Luigi. If I remember right, the whole idea of dressing as the Mario brothers was his idea. He really wanted to be Mario, but was sweet enough to volunteer to be Luigi. The boys had white gloves as part of their costumes but we forgot to put them on.


Bee was Princess Peach. I LOVED how her costume turned out. She was so stinking cute, even if most of the time she wouldn’t leave her crown in her hair.


The hubs was Bowser. We didn’t really get a good picture of his costume. He had a dinosaur hat that I decked out to look like Bowser, complete with spiked dog collar and wristbands, and a turtle shell. That night, I realized that he needed a tail and something better to wear under his costume to get the full effect (yeah, jeans aren’t working here). Oh well…C’est la vie!

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I was a Nintendo NES controller. If you haven’t seen or heard about it, this is what we are rocking at our house. We have the same Nintendo system my husband got when he was a kid. I mean THE same set.  It was really funny how many kids came up to me and were clueless as to what kind of controller I was.  I’d get comments like, “Um, what are you?” or “You’re missing some buttons.” The parents got it and would make funny comments like, “Mom is the controller. Isn’t that the truth?” to which hubbie would reply, “Yeah, but we like to push her buttons!

So I made all of our costumes which is one of my favorite parts of Halloween, but the thought of making overalls for the boys seemed kind of daunting. One day, I was talking to my good friend about Halloween costumes and she was saying how much she was NOT looking forward to painting on the details of her son’s Buzz Lightyear costume.  Half-jokingly and half-serious, I offered to paint her costume if she would make my two pairs of overalls. She agreed!

We both agreed that it would be easier for me to paint the Buzz Lightyear costume and  her to sew the overalls, than the other way around. So we did just that. (So, technically I guess I didn’t entirely make our costumes.)

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Pretty good, right?! She just made a white jumper/coverall and then I painted it with acrylic paints and fabric paint markers. It took a few hours to do but was so much fun. If you ever try to do this yourself, only use the markers for details. It took nearly an entire marker (and a lot of time)  just to fill in green on the chest area.

I love making fun treats for the kids on holidays, so I continued that over to our Halloween meals.


For breakfast, we had troll boogers and mummy dogs (green scrambled eggs and mini sausages wrapped in crescent rolls with mustard eyes).  For dinner, we had spider nachos, slime, and bloody applesauce. (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.) The nachos had a spider web drawn on them with sour cream and then topped with a plastic spider. The slime was lemonade mixed with green food coloring and the bloody applesauce was just strawberry applesauce cups.


Then for dessert, we had Ghosts in the Graveyard. This was a cup of chocolate pudding topped with Oreo crumbs. Then, I made an oval shaped sugar cookie and frosted the “RIP” for the tombstone. The ghost is a blob of Cool Whip with chocolate chip eyes. Everyone loved it all. It was fun and yummy! (On a side note: the mummy dogs, spider nachos, and ghosts in the graveyard were ideas found online.)

Halloween is always lots of fun. Now, hopefully, I can get my Thanksgiving decorations up before it’s actually Thanksgiving…

Monday, November 1, 2010

Wardrobe Refashion

2 month pledge
Have you heard of the blog Wardrobe Refashion? 

"Wardrobe Refashion is a community which has had an online presence since early 2006. Based in Melbourne, Australia, owner Nichola Prested started up the site after deciding to quit buying new manufactured clothing in a bid to do her part for the planet, save money and improve her sewing skills.

Participants of the blog pledge to abstain from the purchase of new manufactured clothing for the period of 2, 4, 6 months or LIFE. They pledge to refashion, renovate, and recycle preloved items with their own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium or make their own from scratch." (Quoted from Wardrobe Refashion website)

So I'm signing up and giving it a try...
The Rules
1. No buying new! (handmade is excepted; So this allows for Etsy purchases etc!!) All clothing must be Recycled, Renovated, Preloved or Thrifted, or Handmade only for the term. Employment related and special needs clothing (ie sports, school), shoes and undies are excepted from the rules, although you are encouraged to have a go at making these.

2. In extreme circumstances, maybe a special event, or the worlds greatest and most amazing never to be repeated sale that you simply can not pass up, you may use the Get out of Refashionista Jail Free card. You are able to use this card once during the 2 month part of your contract; ie 1 for 2 months, 2 for 4 months etc. Of course you need to fess up on the blog and display the button!

3. You must post on the blog at least once a week to let the community know what you've been up to. This will not only give you brag points, but inspire and encourage others! Of course you need to display the button on your blog and have copied the pledge in at least one post, and provide a link to your pledge under the button.

4. You need to be honest and admit when you've fallen off the Refashionista Wagon! Go directly to Refashionista Jail, do not pass GO and do not collect $200! Apply for parole once there.

My pledge
I, Marissa, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovoted, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that my thriftiness brings!
Signed Marissa :)

You can see my introduction on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, here.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Googly eye Halloween wreath from Chica and Jo

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I know it’s a little late know (even though I’m still working on my Halloween decorations) but I wanted to share this. It’s fun but a little bit creepy, love it!  I will definitely make one next year. Check it out here!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What I Wore While Away

So, I wanted to do another What I Wore Wednesday and thought I would share some pictures of the fun outfits I wore while on my mini vacation here...
DSCN2863 The Riverwalk in San Antonio! I got to join the hubbie while he went to a 4 day conference. He called it our “semi-romantic getaway,” because he worked during the day and we played in the evenings. It was so nice having absolutely nothing to do all day and then getting to spend all evening with only my husband. I would definitely recommend it for any mom needing a little back. So the first day with no children, I spent the ENTIRE day at the mall! I forgot how much fun shopping can be when you aren’t trying to cram it in with cranky children. I tried on everything and anything that I wanted and went to any store my heart desired. So much fun! Here are a few outfits I took in the dressing rooms…(so sorry for the poor photo quality)…
I had jus bought some great belts at Forever 21 and this is one of them. I loved these skinny jeans and plaid shirt at GAP, but they were out of my price range.DSCN2888But I loved this boyfriend cardi at GAP and totally let the saleslady talk me into getting the cardigan and a GAP card. A couple days later, I bought a t-shirt and she almost had my husband convinced that he needed to buy the fleece jacket he had tried on. Man, she was good at her job… DSCN2889Then, I fell in love with these jeggings and leopard print flats at American Eagle. I bought the jeggings (which I TOTALLY LOVE) and still wish I hadn’t talked myself out of those adorable, comfortable, wonderful shoes. DSCN2923Later that night, we went to the resteraunt at the top of the Tower of the Americas.  I knew it was fancy, so I had brought along this dress. I paired it with my new GAP cardi, new Forever 21 accessories, and my favorite pair of dress shoes. The hubbie couldn’t stop raving about how much he loved the look (and me, of course)! When we went onto the observation deck it was super windy. So I am literally holding down my skirt for the picture!  DSCN2927 DSCN2929We took a couple more pics of the outfit back at the hotel room. Our suite had one window and a few lamps, super cozy and romantic but horrible for quality pictures (on the left). So we tried one with the flash (on the right), which wasn’t entirely flattering either. More outfits from the rest of the trip…DSCN2933 DSCN2934I love to check out second-hand stores when I go on trips, because you always find different things than the ones at home. I found a cute red flowery shirt, a purple plaid shirt, a couple of fun tees for the kids and my favorite new accessory, an owl buckle belt.  After I bought it I immediately put it on and wore it the rest of the day, that’s how much I love it! You can kind of see it in the photo below…again romantic lighting…. DSCN2950 Then, it was back to real life, where I have three kids and babysit two more and everyone needs me to do something for them. But it was a nice break while it lasted.DSCN2952Purple Plaid shirt: Goodwill (in San Antonio)
White shirt: Forever 21
Purple shirt: GAP
Jeggings: American Eagle
Shoes: Target
Button Earrings and Necklace: Made by me
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What I Wore Wednesday

Little Black Dress

So a couple of week’s ago my friend Elizabeth and I had a girl’s night out. She had season tickets to the Houston Ballet and invited me to join her. Not even thinking about what I should wear, I asked her the morning of, what the dress standard was for the ballet. (I’ve only ever been to college performances, nothing official.) She described what she was going to wear and I responded “so Sunday dress,” to which she replied, “at least.” She then described how she had even seen people wearing ball gowns and tuxedos, and continued to explain how this is one of the few times she gets to really dress up, so she likes to go all out. I mulled the thought over in my head all day as I tried on a number of my Sunday outfits and nothing felt dressy enough. I quickly remembered a beautiful red  formal dress, I had seen at Goodwill the week before. For $10 it would be worth the trip, so 2 hours before I needed to pick up the babysitter, I loaded up the kids and we went to Goodwill. Sadly, it was gone. Instead, I found this beautiful but sad black floor length formal.From the camera 009 (Sorry for the bad picture. I was in a hurry and the mirror was dirty.)
It fit pretty well and I loved the sweetheart neckline, but it was WAY too long. I felt like I should be playing a piano concert or something. I think I even played out the motions in the mirror. (No offense to you lovely pianists.) I had to carry it just to walk and that was with heels on! So, inspired by New Dress A Day, I chopped off the bottom and hemmed it.  If you look closely my hem is not entirely straight but the fullness of the skirt hides it.
DSCN2854 I love the 50’s feeling of the shorter dress. It looks much happier now. For a little something extra, I added the turquoise sash from this outfit. I felt much better about this outfit than anything I had on hand, and while it was not entirely necessary (not everyone at the ballet was dressy), it was fun to feel fancy and pretty on a fun Girl’s Night Out!
(Sorry, for the bad lighting picture. It was late and everyone was asleep when I thought to take a picture of the final outfit.)
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Old Halloween Costumes

The Dating Divas are having a Halloween costume contest (here). Unfortunately, our costumes for this year are still being made and the contest closes today. So, I dug through some computer files and found these beauties, the year we were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Yes, I made these costumes. I always make our costumes. It's part of the fun for me. Seth's turtle shell was actually a hand-me-down from another family and I used it as a guide for the others. Don't you just love the toilet paper tube numchucks. Love these costumes. These costumes are famous in our neighborhood. "Oh yeah, you're the family that dressed up as ninja turtles." Yeah, we get that alot. Apparently our neighbors look forward to seeing our family's costumes every year. We've always dressed up as a family. It's more fun that way. Plus, sometimes it's easier for people to guess your costume in the context of the group. I'll keep digging and see if I can find old photos.

I have loved our costumes over the years. When the hubs and I were engaged, we dressed up as conjoined twins. I sewed two sweatshirts together and we were literally "joined at the hip." Then our first Halloween, the hubs had to work but at 8 months pregnant, I dressed up as a snowman. Then Bean's first Halloween,  Bean was curious George, I was another monkey, and the hubs was the man in the yellow hat. The next year, I was pregnant again. We dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead and Bean was a "Tater Tot." Then Monkey's first Halloween, we did the Wizard of Oz. I was Dorothy, the hubs was the tin man, Bean was the scarecrow, and Monkey was the lion. The next year, we were all super heroes from the book Super Hero ABC (the boys favorite at the time). Then came the Ninja Turtles. Last year was Bee's first Halloween. Aaron was a pirate captain and the rest of us were his "skeleton crew." (A play on words, yes, we were skeletons). I'm really excited about this year's costumes. Let's just say, we are going "old-school."  Stay tuned for the big reveal...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Halloween Playdough

I love this idea! (Check it out--link is above.) I would love to do this for my son's class, but since sugar is prohibited in Texas classrooms, they have also cut out all of the parties. (We get 2: "winter" and end-of-the-year.) Also, we are usually out trick-or-treating as a family, so we aren't usually home to pass out candy. However, this year we just might be home on Halloween. I've heard that we get at least 100 kids, but last year it seemed like there was only a handful of kids out in our neighborhood. So maybe (if I start now and do small portions), I just might have enough playdough for everyone. :)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Would You Wear This (or Even Buy It)?

Thanks to everyone who sent me well wishes on my last What I Wore Wednesday post. Turns out what I thought was pink eye (and it possibly started as) turned out to be sinusitis and iritis, which meant nearly two weeks of misery, but I’m back. :)
This week I wanted to play with some of my accessories, many of which I made myself. I have contemplated making and selling these on Etsy. (I have a shop but nothing in it.) So let me know would YOU wear this? Or would you want to buy it if I were to sell them? Thanks!
DSCN2775Last Friday’s outfit, my favorite polka dot shirt and new flats. I made the necklace out of recycled plastic and my earrings are vintage buttons. RSCN2845 Close-up of the necklace. I recycled plastic into “shrinky dinks” put writing on them, shrinking them, and then sealing it with Mod Podge. (Tutorial found here.) It’s hard to tell here but there is a cluster of charms-each one a family member’s name, then a black silhouette of a temple with Together Forever written underneath, and a little purple heart. I love this necklace and wear it quite often. (I’ll show you a pic of the earrings farther in the post.)
DSCN2781There’s the necklace again. :) This outfit is from Saturday morning. The hubs and I went on a morning date. (Thanks to Laura for watching the kiddos.) We ended up going to a The Nature Fest. I had heard about it last year, so we decided to check it out. DSCN2792 Awesome. Next year we will take the kiddos for sure. This guy (err…gal) was part of one of the shows there. The picture does not do this African Vulture justice, she was HUGE and amazing!
Later that day we had to go to the wedding of a friend.  So, I had these great plans of making a sash to wear over my old standby of a black dress. After lots of hours and way too much fabric. I ended up with this 80’s prom looking thing.  On the way to the wedding, I took the toll way. The toll booth attendant asked me if I was going to a wedding or something. I said I was. She said, “Your dress looks nice. She actually picked out a pretty good dress.”  I guess she thought I was a bridesmaid or something, totally not the response I intended. So future bride’s, consider having your bridesmaids wear matching sashes instead of matching dresses. Just a thought. (I will totally rework this one before selling some or even wear it again.)
Sunday’s outfit. Thought I would try the tucked-in shirt/high-waisted pencil skirt combo, I’ve seen a lot of lately. What do you think? It’s kind of growing on me. I added  a ruffled denim sash/belt, a simple denim knot necklace, and some denim flower shoe clips for added color. DSCN2810 The sash needs to be tweaked,  the necklace might be repurposed but I love these flower clips.  Love them! I made the pair in about 5 minutes and just clipped them on to my shoes. I was constantly looking down at these beauties all through church.
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Monday’s outfit. Loving the finally cooler weather, I could actually wear jeans! Please cool morning’s don’t go away just yet, stick around a few more weeks (or more). I am so done with Texas heat. Anyway…. I added a pink and white flower clip to my necklace. Cute but it kept flopping around, so I eventually ditched the necklace for the day.
Tuesday was a busy crazy day. Let’s just say there was furniture moving, some crying, plenty of whining, an appointment we were late for, lot’s of laundry, some one falling from the top of the dog house, and twice the usual amount of children running through the house. By the end of the day, I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of my typical fitted tee and jeans combo, but I had snot, tears, peanut butter, and pizza sauce all over me. So I’ll spare you the picture, but know it happens to all of us.
For Wednesday’s outfit, I thought I’d play with my denim flower clips ( the same ones I clipped on my shoes).  I wrapped an old bangle in a spare piece of denim and clipped the flower to my wire necklace.RSCN2842  Close up.
Then changed it up and clipped it to my shirt.
Then my hair. I eventually clipped it to the elastic band on my ponytail. Perfect for a playdate-and-clean-up kind of day.
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And a close-up of my favorite button earrings, vintage Osh-Kosh-B-Gosh denim colored buttons. I have more and will definitely post these in my Etsy shop (eventually).DSCN2847
And to finish it off the outfit, my favorite, a perfectly polished polka dotted pedicure. Try saying that 5 times fast! :)
So what do you think? Would you buy or even wear any of those accessories? If you’re interested in buying once I get my Etsy shop going, leave me your email and I’ll let you know once I have items posted. Thanks everyone!

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