Friday, October 22, 2010

Fall 2010


(This tree and park have been a little slice of peace amidst all of the chaos I have been experiencing)

Well as always there seems to be something keeping me away from blogging. This time it is our move across several states. Our move wasn't planned but Mr. Papitag got a great job that was too good to pass up, especially given these economic times of our nation. Looks like we will be heading to the nations capitol folks! Let me tell you this entire process has been nothing but a headache but I am FINALLY starting to realize that this will be really good for our family!

(My two munchkins...they are growing so fast)!
In between all of the fuss Ms. Pea turned 25 weeks and Gizzy turned 3 years old. Phew, never a dull moment over here! Somehow in the midst of packing, taking care of an almost 6 month old, walking the dog, keeping sane and sleeping (somewhat) I have managed to spark my craftiness again. I buckled down and purchased a brand new baby (Brother SQ9000) and I am absolutely in love! She sure beats my garage sale find my mom bought me for 25 bucks that was over 20 years old. Don't get me wrong my old brother is still kicking and I do plan on still using her as a back- up machine but the new brothers sure do make sewing a heck of a lot simpler.

I don't know how often I will be able to blog since we will be transitioning to our new place but I hope its better than what I was doing before =)


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Low Key Weekend

(Miss Pea and I)

Since I have been out of work and have primarily been at home caring for "Pea" (her nickname) my weekends have been low key and my weekdays have been everything but scheduled. We had planned to get a bunch of stuff done around the house since we might be making a sudden move here in the near future (will talk about later), but with a fussy 15 week old it doesn't appear that anything on the "list" will get done this weekend. We did manage to start Pea on baby cereal mixed with breast milk, yea I can hear some of you saying that she is too young, but you have to seriously know my baby to understand why she is already eating cereal...I am telling you, she is not the typical 15 week old. I realize that every parent thinks their child is advanced but seriously this girl is not the typical drooling, dazed staring 3 month old, she is ahead of her time....anyhow she loves the cereal and seems to be adjusting to it quite well.

I did manage to escape a couple weekends ago ( to a bachelorette party) which happened to be my first time leaving my baby for an extended period of time. I knew Mr. papitag could handle it though, I just made sure that I had enough milk pumped and all the other necessities on hand in order for him to have a smooth time with her.

(The Barchelorette party group)
The party was a success and it was great to see my pal Caroline and the rest of the ladies from the track club...I haven't seen them in months (almost 10 to be exact) since club nationals. I had such a great time but was missing little Pea so I sped home from Boston back to might bright eyed baby girl who refused to go to sleep for her dad (lol)...she can't get away from mommies boobies for bed time ( she loves to be breastfed to sleep).
Well, tomorrow is the usual, cutting out coupons from the Sunday paper, catching up on some blogs I love to read...especially ( for all the great upcoming sales and freebies out there.... Mr. Papitag doesn't call me couponlady for nothing =) Possibly going to the park and the rest is just random. Sewing and all craftiness is on hold until we get things figured out on the move !!!
Keep it crafty!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Its been 4 months

Its been 4 months and so much has changed in my life since I last posted. I cannot wait to share with you the journey that my life has taken in such a short amount of time. One of the biggest changes is the birth of our wonderful daughter!!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

blogging woes

Blogging hasn't gone as intended but that is life isn't it! With the soon to be birth of our first child, blogging just hasn't seemed that important lately but I did want to update a bit before I went into labor and life as I have known it doesn't exist anymore. As you can see from the pic below I have been growing and growing and so has our little one. I am happy to say we both are doing well and are healthy as far as we know.

(Me and my belly above at 35 weeks pregnant)
Mr. Papitag and I have been steadily finishing up projects here and there around the house. Our list seems endless and ever growing. I am happy to say that this past weekend our washer and dryer was delivered so no more lugging clothes back and forth to the laundry mat! YES! I never thought I would be so excited to wash clothes....but it brings such joy to actually have things clean when I need them without having to hop into the car to wash them =)

Our projects that we have finished lately: Purchasing a new washer & Dryer, having the washer and dryer installed, painting the dinning room and built in hutches, taking apart our full sized bed and upgrading to a king size bed, building our king size platform bed from scratch, building matching night stands, taking down wall paper, organizing our guest room for family when they come visit, the list goes on and on and on!
(Mr. Papitag and I taking apart our Ikea full-size bed to start the construction on our King Size bed...more pics to come)
well, this is just a bit of insight on what I have been up to. I hope to update more frequently but seeing that I am 35 weeks already the likelihood of it isn't too bright....
Stay Crafty... for me too!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday

I am so excited to share that I finally went ahead and purchased a new camera, and yup I went with the Kodak Z915 and I absolutely Love it. I bought it on Friday and have been obsessed with snapping pictures of everything =) I soooo missed being able to capture things via pics. Well its super bowl time and I don't think I am going to make it to the end. I am extremely tired from working upstairs in our house all day. We finally have the upstairs carpeted and its exciting to be able to actually use our "entire" house! Well my eyes are getting heavy and I need to rest for the baby! hugs!

Oh if you have time check out this cute tutorial I found online for some simple lined beats paying hefty store prices for something you can make on our own!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Broken Promises

(couple weeks old pic of the belly)
So, its finally February and my January went by way too fast. I haven't posted in ages because my camera bit the dust after all the abuse of dropping it I put it through. Due to not having a camera, there aren't any new pics (I feel lost without my camera)!!! I did find the camera that I do plan on getting though (the Kodak Z915) not an SLR camera but an upgrade for me and not too expensive at all. I hope to purchase it sometime in the near future. Well, like I was saying January went by so fast and I swear I keep growing as the days speed by. We have been under a lot of stress at home with remodeling and trying to slowly put ourselves on some form of a schedule. The baby will be here in 3 months and our house is still in shambles. We are having the carpet installed upstairs this weekend so we can finally start to utilize our full house after 6 months of living here....YES! well...I hope to keep updating you on whats been going on in my world.

Smiles...oh and stay crafty because I haven't been crafting too much due to my lack of energy lately!


Monday, January 11, 2010


Life always has a way of taking funny turns this way and that. Lately it seems like that good old money tree has not been in our favor as a family. We had the recent vet bills with Gizzy on New Years eve, now it seems like that may have just kicked in the new Year for us! Mr. Papitags car is about to shit the bed. We have no one to turn to and no one that is close that can help us out with a new car! ERRRR! What next? There is just no way that we can get by with just one car with me working locally and Mr. Papitag working out of town unless I started to use the bus. The bus wouldn't be so bad if I wasn't 6 months pregnant! I don't know what we are going to do! We also have a crap load of housing construction that needs to be completed before the baby gets here which also requires money....and then there is of course the daily or monthly expenses of just "living." Speaking of just could I forget to mention that Friday I locked my keys in my car and had to shell out $70 bucks to update me and Mr. Papitags AAA membership. RRRRRRRRRRR! I have a goal for 2010 to stay positive so I am going to try to do just that even in the face of all of these financial woes..... =(
I hate for this post to be a downer but I thought I would share what has been happening in my world. I haven't had time to post anything on etsy or even break out much of my craft supplies. I am in need of some therapeutic recreation though so I think I will crack out the whip and get to crafting again...even if it is just for our new addition to come.

(above me at an antique shop in Georgia)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Census Categories

Have you seen or heard about the 2010 census categories? No, well if not you should be totally T'd off about them, especially if you are a person of color. Can you believe "they" who in the heck knows who "they" really are have the nerve to ask whether you are: black, African American or Negro. Come on now..."Negro." Are we seriously living in the 1920's! Who's stupid idea was it to add this category. I am truly disappointed in the US Government for allowing this! RRRRRRRRRRR~! I had to vent this one out!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Somehow I failed to mention that we spent a huge chunk of our New Years Eve in the Pet ER! Gizzy was having something like a coughing attack almost like something was lodged in his throat. After a few minutes pacing hoping that what ever it was would go away or he would cough up what was lodged in his throat if didn't stop so to the Vet ER we were headed.

Gizzy at the Vet Er on New Years Eve

Gizzy and Mr. Papitag (above) falling asleep in the exam room

(Me looking like a goonie and super busted after crying hoping that my baby was ok).

So after about 3 hours at the emergency vet, Gizzy was given a clean bill of health. $300 bucks later the vet that was on call told us that the little guy probably had an allergic reaction to something or either he is developing asthma....what the hell....dogs can get asthma! Ok, so I was definitely educated and told not to use any harsh chemicals in the house (which we don't besides disinfectant) and no burning of candles or anything aeromatic. I swear this little guy is going to be the ruins of me (lol). I am just thrilled to pieces that we decided to get the VPI pet insurance now I can only cross my fingers that they will reimburse us some of what we paid. In the long run I would do it all again as long as my little guy is OK.....We love you Gizzy!
On another note I am sure you have heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, that saying is so true...I have been completely astonished how many people are lending us a hand with clothing, furniture, etc for our baby on the way. We aren't they type of materialistic people who care about whether something is a hand me down as long as it is in good shape and condition and is safe!!! Yah...this means less money out of our pockets and less things that will go to waste by others.

(Cute knitted slipers the neighbor made for me for the hospital)
(A cute little electric cooker that my Mommy sent to us)

(The wonderful changing table and dresser that my Mom sent to us (above in the box)

(new and hand me down clothes from my Mom and Brother...thank you Turtle)
There will be more boxes and stuff to come...yeah! Well, it is time to go and eat dinner. I am working on a few craft projects that I will have to post soon.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy start to the New Year

So, I decided to get to my goal list for 2010 and started things off right by deep cleaning our freezer and fridge. I am happy that it is all spiffy clean and organized now and I can find things that I need. We typically have a tendency of just putting stuff in there without any rhyme or rhythm, but now things are organized and I plan to keep it that way! The next on the list will be to tackle the pantry, which is going to be a challenge. I hate throwing away good food so this year I promised myself that we would try to eat what we have on hand instead of buying buying buying unnecessary items or items just because they are on sale.

(Above: our clean fridge)
For Lunch today Mr. Papitag and I got to use one of our Christmas pressies (gift card to Cheesecake Factory). Lunch was so scrumptious and there were even left overs that we both took home (along with a slice of cheesecake each) for dinner later. Wow, the portion sizes even for lunch were enormous! As a matter of fact I think it is time for me to go and eat some more of my snickers cheesecake right now. Other than that today was a low key day...I did a bit of laundry and we finally took down the Christmas tree. We had plans to go to the dollar cinema (trying to save money) to see paranormal activity since most of the block busters here went out of business and it is apparently hard to rent the movie at the "redboxes," but the plans fell though and I took a nap instead. Maybe tomorrow I might be a little bit more productive and get a few more things accomplished. Until then...enjoy your night...I am going to get my cheesecake! Nummm Yummy!
Nite Nite!