Monday, February 27, 2012

Court Of Dreams 2012

Ben and Madi are smack in the middle of their basketball season. They are on the same 4th-6th grade team. Earlier this month the YMCA and the NBA had an evening called Court Of Dreams. The kids got to go have a basketball practice with their team on an NBA court...the Sacramento Kings Arena. This is the same place a month before we saw the Lakers play. My kids thought they were IT!!! During practice Ben made 3 3 point shots...all in a minute on that huge NBA court...he WOWED everyone watching and people are still talking about him. Madi does so well hanging with all these middle school boys. She is a really good ball player! The older boys cheer her on and pass her the ball. Check out our girl in this photo...OFF THE GROUND. We are very grateful for such a wonderful experience...Court Of Dreams. It's so fun to see how awesome people make things for kids.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Card Time

This morning was so enjoyable...I made some cards. It had been a long time since I made cards for the purpose of just making cards. These make me smile!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Moving on...

What is it? ADD? When you can't sit still. Well whatever, I have it. As soon as I finished my first afghan, that day I had to find a new pattern and start another. I have 14 squares done and a million to go. I definitly have something...everyday I wake up so excited to decorate and organize my house, cook a good dinner, have fun with my kids, exercise, make some sort of craft...I LOVE everything!!! I am really lovin' the shabbiness of these blocks.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I Am Addicted To Purses!

This house we live in here in California has TWO walk-in closets in the master bedroom. It's a good thing because I have more purses than clothes. Before we ever got stationed in Korea I use to make my own purses...not anymore.
Not only do I have enough designer purses to go a month carrying a new purse each day, I have wallets...
...and designer sunglasses....
...and a drawer full of scarves. Korea was the bomb for fashion. These Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Gucci scarves were only $2-$5 each, so I bought one of each. :-)
Until I picked up my shiny red Louis Vuitton to use the other day I was using this plain grey and black Prada. Every few weeks I change my mind as to which one is my favorite.

A few weeks ago I was really down about my struggle with my weight. But since then I have been doing really well the last few weeks with making lots of healthier choices...I have lost almost 10 pounds. I am very excited but have a long hard road still. But when I get there I can't wait to go shopping for some super fun clothes to go with all the neat things I bought while living in Korea. When I get to a 25lb. weight loss one of my girlfriends still living in Korea is going to go purse shopping for me...I know I need another purse like I need a cookie. But ooooo I am already dreaming of what kind of purse I want later this year. My name is Jeni and I am a purseaholic!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Almost Ready For The Love Day

I saw this idea online. These are for Ben and Madi to open on Valentine's Day. One gift for each of them to open on the 14th minute of each hour...they are going to dig this!

Summer of 2010 we took a vacation touring the WHOLE east coast...Washington DC, Boston, New York City AND PHILADELPHIA. In Philadelphia there is really a park named Love Park. The is the famous artwork...LOVE, that is how it got it's name. I never knew until we went there that this was a "real" thing. So I cross-stitched this LOVE in honor of Valentine's Day and in remembrance of going to LOVE Park in Philly. The fabric on the bottom is a map of Paris...another fun LOVE place we loved touring in.

These are just some cute red trees
displayed on my kitchen counter.

I made some LOVE cards.

This is one of the gifts I am giving Steve. It's a baby quilt...I saw the idea online. I sewed the blue lines and red line then stitched the

This is a super fun card I made for Steve. My kids cracked up...they were in my craft room when I was making this. Steve is going to get a good chuckle.

Since it's almost Valentine's I am carrying my lovely shiny red Louis Vuitton. And for extra fun I am using my shiny aqua Louis Vuitton zipper and aqua...LOVE!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My First Afghan...

Finally it's first afghan. I have been crocheting this since Thanksgiving. Boy is it a lot of work! It's big, close to a single bed size but not quite. It's heavy. It's cream with a dark plum in colors. I am in love with it. I just finished it this morning but already to start another...hmm, what colors/pattern?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hershey Kisses

At Christmas I saw the idea of these Hershey Kisses but had already made other treats for the kids to hand out. So when they came around again for Valentines it was a done deal. Those are the cutest stickers to place on the bottoms of Hershey Kisses. I made tags that read "Happy Valentine's Day Kisses, Madi". To top off the cuteness I have "I heart chocolate" twisties I bought in Korea. I have found some of the most fun things when shopping in Korea. I just bought stuff knowing that one day I would find the perfect use for it all. Here is the link for the Kiss stickers if you want to make them. Ben is going to take a big red bowl of the these for his last class of the day. Middle schooler's don't want Valentines....just a big bowl of the candy.

These are the twisties...I only paid $1 for a pack. So of course I picked up a few packs and other kinds too. These were found at the outdoor Namdaemun Market.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Bring On The Hearts

It's hard for me to believe it's already February. Usually January drags on. But I think because it's been in the 60's everyday here in California it seems like Spring instead of Winter.

Well I made another dishtowel...this one with a patchwork heart on it.

My kids this morning. They are funny. Madi wore her new heart shirt I made her. I love the colors.

I stitched the 'LOVE'.

Also for the kitchen I crocheted a couple of Valentine themed wash clothes. Madi picked the white one to use today...she likes it best.

A couple of weeks ago I went on an all day super fun shopping trip to San Francisco with other wives from the base. Oh my gosh are there some fun stores there! I love kitchen stores. In one of them I must have spent an hour. I did buy that fun Eiffel Tower cookie cutter there. Perfect huh?!?

This is what I made for dinner last night. YUMMY! Tonight we are having Double Mushroom Soup. I have been enjoying trying out some new recipes. If the soup is good I will share the recipe.