Surburan Composition

Crafts Life and Random Rambles from the Suburbs

Being a Mom is Disgusting Work January 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 10:26 pm

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

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 10:13 am

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.


Housewife yes, Homemaker? ehhh June 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 7:45 am

I stay home, yes. But I’m not really sure I’m a homemaker. I don’t do all these cute little things like clean constantly  or decorate for seasons and holidays. I cook, I do the shopping, I watch the boy. I’m not yet like the other bloggers who create gorgeous homes, and create exotic birthday cakes. But I did make a floral centerpiece for the dining table. Maybe there is hope for me yet?

Please forgive the backdrop, I had to snap pictures during lunch or not at all, and all I could find for a backdrop was a sweater.


A few Finds June 2, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 5:29 pm

Saturday we wnt to the thrift store. I haven’t gone for ages, and was beginning to go through withdraw! It was Super Saturday, when all clothes are half off. I wanted to get Blu some play clothes, because he is all boy and everything gets stained, torn, etc and always needs replacing it seems.

My best find of the day was my little Greta, or so I have named her. As I waited in line, arms full of hangers because there are simply not enough carts for Super Saturday, I spotted her. There she was up on a shelf, barely visible to the naked eye. She was near the registers where they keep the expensive stuff, and I didn’t think I’d be able to get her. It was so hot in that store, and the line was moving so slowly, and it wrapped around the store to begin with. I started to feel over heated, and I tend to black out. I was getting nervous. What if I fainted? Hubby and Blu were in outside. They would have no idea who I was! what if I dropped my items and instead of caring I fainted people began shopping my items? With arms doing that jiggly muscle thing from holding hangers trying to loosen my shirt collar, I finalyl reached the counter . I dropped everything on the counter and huffedly asked “How much is that doll, over there, on the shelf?” I pointed, trying to contain the boiling excitement of a neat doll. I honestly couldn’t even tell what she really looked like. She was on a top shelf, fallen over and all I could see a heap. I have developed that Thrift Store eye, where you can spot a treasure a mile away. After a minute or so of “over to the left.” “Up one more shelf.” “By that box.” finally she was revealed.

She’s only about 8 inches tall, possibly handmade. she has a petticoat, pantaloons, skirt, skirt, apron, shawl and headcover. I think her hair may be wool. And she hands, feet, and head seems to be plastery. I love that her face looks so youthful, but she seems so old. I can visualize her telling stories with deep morals, while talking with a heavy European accent.

The lady pulled her down and says “The dolls up here are all $5 but she is awful small.” I was fighting the urge to say “I’ll take her” since I could tell I was about to get a lower price. She has a small mark on her foot, which appears to be the price, and neither I nor the cashier could make it out. Another employee stared at it the entire time my others items were rung up, and announces “I think it is a 2.” So I brought her home.

The reason I love this particular thrift store, besides their huge bookroom and $1.25 kids clothes are their linens prices. $2 will buy a sheet, curtain, tablecloth, or other large fabric item. Where else can you buy cool fabric, and that much of it, for $2?? Here’s my findings from this weekend. I think besides the 12 hangers of kids clothes the pounds of linens was what was doing me in.  I bought 5 sheets and two pillowcases.

I think they really display my current obsession, the color yellow. The one “ugly” print opens up to reveal a beautiful fall scene. I confess I nearly didn’t get it. It tooked really ugly all folded up. I couldn’t open it because my hands were full of hangers, but I knew if I didn’t get it, I’d kick myself.

So that my beautiful Patience doesn’t get moody or jealous of Greta. Here she is in all of her beauty to show her new summer outfit. The top doesn’t have any snaps or anything else, so it may seem a bit to loose. It’s a smock style top, so it has a full back, but the lower part is like a front only apron.


Here we Go AGAIN May 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — babyjoysreviews @ 1:37 pm

I used to blog on Typepad, and had a little personal blog that never had an readers. I also ran a “business” blog there. They got a new editor that never worked on my computer so I  switched to a  new blog. Then I switched to a different blog, and a different blog, and here we go again, but this is it. This is my permanent personal blog, no more moving around.

The title is because I live in the suburbs, and compose stuff. But not music, no, I don’t have a musical bone in my body. But I compose crafts, patterns, tutorials,  and I write. I’m a mom too, so I suppose I compose kids? This blog is for me to share all that stuff with the world. So you’ll read about random rambles, see some stuff I make, and probably get recipes and tips that I’m trying as I write my book.  If you stop by, please leave a comment, so I know I’m not just talking to myself!