Monday, August 31, 2009

Life Lessons from Josh - Perseverence (or when you used your wife to dangle a 300 lb washing machine over your head)

Here's another installment in Life Lessons from Josh. Things you can learn from my husband.

Today's Lesson - Perseverence. My husband does not give up. He does not I tell you. That highly commendable quality usually manifests itself in good ways - various degrees, our house, etc. However, I have now become a pawn in his perseverence game.

Here's his latest challenge: 300 lb washer (nearly) needs to go down the bulkhead stairs and into the basement. Your tools for this job are yourself and a wife who claims to be the least strong person in the world and wants nothing to do with moving incredibly heavy washers. Despite all of your great ideas, washer is just too heavy for you to handle on your own and all the wife can do is prove that she's the least strong person in the world.

However, you will NOT give up! You will attach dog leashes to the washer! Yeah!Then you will put it on a wooden board and toboggan it down the stairs! Until it gets stuck. And then you say, "Hold this while I go downstairs" and leave your wife on the other side of a dog leash, dangling a washing machine down a flight of stairs. [ Keri interjects - I did have him bring the camera down with him because I wanted photographic proof of this ].

So you stand underneath the 300 lb washer as your wife holds it with a dog leash and you try to "help" it down the rest of the flight of stairs. Miraculously, the least strong person in the world does NOT fly uncontrollably down the stairs on her stomach and the washing machine does in fact make it down the stairs. (The washer, by the way, was one inch smaller than the door frame. Measurment is material for another post though!)

The moral of the story is Never Give Up! Even when you have to use dog leashes!

The dryer comes this week..... :(

Saturday, August 29, 2009


We had a bridal shower today for my friend Carrie, whose wedding I will be in in October. It was a nature themed shower since she loves nature. I commissioned my mom to make some cupcakes in lieu of a shower cake. She did not disappoint! Her cupcakes were a hit!

Some meringue mushrooms with teeny lady bugs!

I liked the acorns personally!

Twigs and needles

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cheers and Changes

First of all, I was given THREE blog awards by some sweet readers.

The ever faithful and encouraging YayaOrchid gave me the "Lovely Blog Award"
I am passing this on to Kim at The Way Life Should Be.

One Sarah gave me the "Kreativ Blogger Award."
I am passing this on to Mary at Scottish Folds Knits.

And one of my new favorite bloggers, Sarah gave me the "Adorable Blog Award."
I pass this along to Diane at Sustained by His Grace.

The Kreativ Blogger Award requires seven random things about myself.

1. I eat only one kind of salad dressing - Seven Seas Viva Italian - which unfortunately is discontinued. When my supply is up, I will be in Salad Deprivation.
2. I am a facebook stalker. Who isn't though?
3. The children's book I wrote has gotten one rejection letter (which is not a bad thing).
4 I won't eat bananas because of the texture.
5. When I was a baby, I had a pacifier called my "peep."
6. I started seriously babysitting when I was ten (Really parents, what were you thinking? Your babysitter was saving her babysitting money to buy American Girl doll furniture!)
7. (This is the changes part of the "Cheers and Changes" post)
I'm retired from being a school teacher. Yes, I quit my job. Now I'm a nanny for an adorable baby girl three days a week. Once I get in the swing of things, I'll be using the other two days to sew and craft so hopefully I will fill (and empty) my etsy store.

Who knows? Maybe I'll Brett Favre it and unretire, but right now, I'm loving my new career!

Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Dress Contest

Recently, there was a design a dress contest sponsored by Christa Taylor. I was excited to see that someone I "know" (translation - I'm a faithful blog reader) is a finalist for the contest! Emma from A Banner of Crimson has a fabulously vintage taste in clothes, so I definitely trust her design! Her's is the Ava dress.

Check out the Christa Taylor Blog and Vote!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Cute Baby Project

Pretty stolen from a Heather Bailey post about a crafter who uses her fabrics, BUT that's what blogs are for, right? Inspiration!

The font I used is one of my faaaaaaaaavorite fonts. It's called Fontleroy Brown and it has a brother font called Little Lord Fontleroy. I use them all the time. You can download them from

I added the rosette from my own head though. :D


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