Surburan Composition

Crafts Life and Random Rambles from the Suburbs

We’re Moving June 7, 2009

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In my recent Blog surfing I’ve discovered that ALL the widgets, cool designs and backgrounds, and fun stuff I want to add seems to only work in Blogger, so before I (hopefully) have tons of readers I’m going to move. The address will be No name change or anything!

It may take me a few days to move everything over though, I’m kinda slow at figuring out tech stuff. As far as I know the posts will stay here also, but be copied over there.


So Much to Share March 3, 2009

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and so little time!

I’ll do the most basic first, my little guy will be 2 in just 12 days! I can’t believe it! This is the day two years ago that I went into labor, and stayed there! My gosh has it been that long?! It feels both like it just happened yesterday AND that surely that was at least 5 years ago! Know what I mean? It doesn’t help that he is the size of a 4 year old.

Here’s a picture of when he fell asleep in time out. Yes you heard that correctly, he fell asleep in time out. I guess that shows the cause of the behavior that put him there huh?


So for his birthday he’s getting this, which I ordered yesterday as his main gift. One day in the craft store I saw a small combo pack of art supplies on Clearance and grabbed it since it was such an obvious small gift! It’s some Crayola gift set, and to be honest I don’t even remember everything that is inside. It has a paper tablet, some Color Wonder stuff, some paint pen things, and more. I pulled a classic though, I lost it! Now as I write this I have since found it, but earlier this morning it occurred to me that I need to find it to know where it is to wrap, and I couldn’t find it! I checked all my regular hiding spots. Turns out it slipped from an obvious spot to a less obvious spot. I think he’ll love it though. The whole theme this year is arts/crafts. Besides those gifts his party is at the local craft store (yes you CAN do parties at them sometimes) So we’re just really Arting it up here!

I had Blu’s Birthday announced over at the new tot site, and I wanted to make sure I posted about it for anyone who may follow the link over here.   And for any visitors that the link may bring, welcome to my composition!

So what else do I have to share? I did some MAJOR stash enhancement. As in a whole bag full of half yards and fat quarters. I have pictures to share either tonight (if Blu actually sleeps) or tomorrow (if he actually allows me to type two days in a row.

I also have several items finished, a quilt top that has been in planning for months, some small objects, and maybe I’ll disclose how far along I am on the block of the month.  I’ll give you a hint on that one, it’s embarrassing. BUT I stand behind my slow progress with the simple statement that I have a toddler.

So lots to come!


Oh today was greattttttt! February 13, 2009

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Sorry Tony the Tiger just took my place for awhile apparently.  Little man had great behavior today, and swore he’d be on his best behavior when I had MY VERY FIRST CRAFT CIRCLE tonight! Sorry for the yelling, couldn’t help myself! I’m so excited about it all! I know too that having a not even two year old say he’ll be on his best behavior is kinda well iffy, but usually he is actually very honest! One day he even said yes he needed time out!

So everyone came, and I use “everyone” loosely (less then half of the really really invited came) and we crafted, and chatted, and just had a great time. At least I did. I worked as steadily as I could while playing hostess, especially since one lady brought her lovely daughters who wanted to learn to sew and needed a lot of assistance (but gosh I’m spreading the craft!) So what was I busy working on??? Wellllllll, have you seen this?!!?!?!? The Basket theme Block of the Month over at Bunny Hill?? I stumbled upon it after several hours of blog reading (over the course of daysssss) and decided I HAD to do it! Then I got my mom in on it! My friend might join to. The challenge? We are dedicated and  have sworn to do the applique sewing ENTIRELY by hand! So tonight I stitched the best I could, and my hand sewing is dreadfullll, so I was going very slowly to make it wonderful. I got up one side of the basket and about 1/2″ into the handle stitched up. Not to bad I think. The stitches are tiny and great, and so far I’m really proud!

Another awesome thing? Today I ordered needle tatting needles! I’ve tried shuttle tatting dozens of times and just don’t get it, but I saw needle tatting in my new favorite book and simply said,  “Man I CAN do that! It looks so easy! It’s really not all that different then how I knot my thread!” so I ordered needles as soon as the catalog came. For some reason I was determined to order through the catalog, even though I would have had them already if I had just ordered online the day I found them.  And just like my life, I ordered from the only place I could find them when I searched, then today I no more then ordered and decided to search for free patterns and found a place that is cheaper! Ugh.

So next time the craft circle meets I’ll hopefully be tatting away! Or at least finishing my basket square. AND the other ladies liked it so much we’ve agreed to meet every other Thursday! So I get TWO good crafty gabby days a month! Hopefully next time hubby will be home before midnight and I don’t have to play the mommy role at the same time.

And on top of the crafty goodness today, yesterday I made two of these, one block inspired by this, AND finished a quilt top I’ve had on the burner for almost a year! Not even on the back burner, just the burner. I’ve been collecting fabrics, and picking a design, and finally started this week. Pictures to come, my camera is annoying me lately.


Welcome Swap-Botters! February 2, 2009

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Over At my favorite website, Swap-Bot I signed up for a swap to read blogs. I send some, I get some, and hopefully we all have fun reading each others blog. I just wanted to make a quick post to Welcome my new readers to my blog!


Being a Mom is Disgusting Work January 30, 2009

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Besides the obvious dirty diapers there are so many things about motherhood that are just disgusting. My most recent?

Little Man doesn’t talk yet, but he signs, and his most used sign is eat/drink, because for him they are the same. If you don’t respond quick enough he does it not just to himself, but to you. He touches YOUR mouth to sign eat/drink. It’s also a fall back sign for him, if he doesn’t know a sign for something, doesn’t know how to ask he signs eat/drink. And yes it DOES get confusing.

Today he wasn’t just signing, he force fed me a booger!

We had a nice, “We do not eat boogers! We ABSOLUTELY DO NOT feed them to Mommy!” talk.

From now on when he signs eat/drink, I’m going to ask if he needs a tissue.


So Inspired December 30, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 11:17 pm

This blog has laid stagnant way to long. Is stagnant really a fun blog word?

It’s been just WAY to long since I posted. Things are crazy these days. Little man is almost 2, and every day has been interesting since we was born. I’ve taken way to many blog breaks (from this and my review blog, my business) and really want to change that. I feel really inspired lately to change the general stuff I do with my life, and one big change is the blog, handcrafting instead of buying, and I hope to start a podcast!

Part of my crafty life (and  doing my own thing sometimes to keep my sanity and avoid mommy-brain) is swapping. I’ve taken a break because of illness, and life, but recently found Swap-Bot and am super excited! As one of my first swaps there, and part of my inspiriation theme, I decided to do this swap, The List to Inspire or Admire. What I do is post this very long list of items to do in life, one’s I’ve done I’ll mark green (there will no doubt be few) ones I’ll never do/don’t care to do will be italic, and ones I really truly pray to do someday will be aqua. If you do swap-bot today is the last day to sign up, but I think it’d be awesome to do anyway.

Bought everyone in the bar a drink
Swam with wild dolphins
Climbed a mountain
Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
Been inside the Great Pyramid
Held a tarantula (my brother had a pet one, despite a strong arachnophobia, I forced myself to touch it)
Taken a candlelit bath with someone
Said “I love you” and meant it  (several times a day!)
Hugged a tree
Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
Seen the Northern Lights
Gone to a huge sports game
Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
Grown and eaten your own vegetables
Touched an iceberg
Slept under the stars
Changed a baby’s diaper  (oh yeah I do this!)
Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
Watched a meteor shower
Gotten drunk on champagne
Given more than you can afford to charity
Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (Oh man, in highschool drama class, these two guys found this spot where I am insanely ticklish, then they’d tickle me until I was just squeeling!)

Had a food fight
Bet on a winning horse
Asked out a stranger
Had a snowball fight
Screamed as loudly as you possibly can

Held a lamb
Seen a total eclipse
Ridden a roller coaster
Hit a home run
Danced like a fool and didn’t care who was looking
Adopted an accent for an entire day
Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
Had two hard drives for your computer
Visited all 50 states
Taken care of someone who was drunk
Had amazing friends
Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
Watched whales
Stolen a sign
Backpacked in Europe
Taken a road-trip
Gone rock climbing
Midnight walk on the beach (technically it was closer to 2)
Gone sky diving
Visited Ireland

Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
In a restaurant, sat at a stranger’s table and had a meal with them (technically it was the pavilion at a state park)
Visited Japan
Milked a cow
Alphabetized your CDs
Pretended to be a superhero
Sung karaoke
Lounged around in bed all day
Played touch football
Gone scuba diving
Kissed in the rain (and even underwater!)
Played in the mud
Played in the rain

Gone to a drive-in theater
Visited the Great Wall of China

Started a business (I’ve had one before, technically do now, but my dream is to open a particular store, that I haven’t been able to do yet)
Fallen in love and not had your heart broken (is that possible?)
Toured ancient sites
Taken a martial arts class
Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (technically we also ate, joked, etc, does it still count?)
Gotten married
Been in a movie

Crashed a party
Gotten divorced
Gone without food for 5 days
Made cookies from scratch (a few times a week!)
Won first prize in a costume contest
Ridden a gondola in Venice
Gotten a tattoo (just one so far, hopefully more to come!)
Rafted the Snake River
Been on television news programs as an “expert”
Gotten flowers for no reason
Performed on stage  (church and church talent shows, they count though!)
Been to Las Vegas
Recorded music
Eaten shark
Kissed on the first date (more then once back in the day. I was such a floozy! lol)
Gone to Thailand
Bought a house
Been in a combat zone
Buried one/both of your parents
Been on a cruise ship
Spoken more than one language fluently
Performed in Rocky Horror
Raised children (in the process)
Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
Passed out cold (one a family vacation of all times!)
Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
Picked up and moved to another city to just start over  (I’d have to question if it was JUST to start over, but we have moved and started all over, I actually kinda want to again)
Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
Sang loudly in the car, and didn’t stop when you knew someone was looking
Had plastic surgery
Survived an accident that you shouldn’t have survived
Wrote articles for a large publication
Lost over 100 pounds
Held someone while they were having a flashback
Piloted an airplane
Touched a stingray (at an aquarium)
Broken someone’s heart (sadly more then once)
Helped an animal give birth
Won money on a T.V. game show
Broken a bone
Gone on an African photo safari
Had a facial part pierced other than your ears (used to have my tounge pierced)
Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
Ridden a horse
Had major surgery
Had a snake as a pet
Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
Visited all 7 continents
Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
Eaten kangaroo meat
Eaten sushi (ohhhhhh yeahhhhhhhh)
Had your picture in the newspaper
Changed someone’s mind about something you care deeply about
Gone back to school
Touched a cockroach
Eaten fried green tomatoes
Read The Iliad – and the Odyssey
Selected one “important” author who you missed in school, and read
Killed and prepared an animal for eating (do fish count?)
Skipped all your school reunions
Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
Been elected to public office
Written your own computer language
Thought to yourself that you’re living your dream
Had to put someone you love into hospice care
Built your own PC from parts
Sold your own artwork to someone who didn’t know you
Had a booth at a street fair
Dyed your hair
Been a DJ
Shaved your head
Caused a car accident
Saved someone’s life

Wow! I’m surprised at how many greens my very boring life has! I hope this list inspires some of you too! Maybe you could make your own list. It’s suggested on Swap-Bot to read it again in 5 years, and see how many you have done then!

Man! It is GOOD to be back in the writing saddle again! Now, to find readers!


how do they do it? June 4, 2008

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Those moms that have a super clean house, a popular blog, kids, etc etc. Some even have a published craft book, or design an entire popular line! How do they do it all. The only craft time I usually get is when Mr N gives Blu his bath, and sometimes on weekends. Often times my late night craft sessions are ruined by a certain guy with sleep issues. How do these women craft amazing things seemingly daily, blog, and have an amazing house. They have stacks of beautiful pillowcases, or tons of antiques, buys fabric constantly, have more then one expensive sewing machine or have a different teacup for every type of occasion.

I can’t even find time to clean up my house every day, but these ladies do it all. Is it because they are older then me? Richer then me? Just more together then me? Is it because their kids are older? Is there just something wrong with me? I constantly wonder, am I doing something wrong? Or if they had my kid would their life be just like mine?

For example right now I could craft, clean, bake, but instead Blu must nap, and apparently today he must nap in my arms.