Thursday, November 5, 2015

In The Shop :: PRINTABLES!!!

I have been asked many times if I would consider selling my Saints 'N Stitches designs so that the crafty moms who know how to transfer patterns to fabric and like to embroider in their own style might have the chance to work on them without purchasing a kit. My only delay in doing this was the cringeworthy thought of scanning the current working copies of my designs. They are not pretty, people!

I finally made myself sit down and draw up new copies, pristine and clean, along with a little written tutorial on different transfer techniques. These are now available on Etsy! 

With each download, you get three files. One letter-sized copy of the design (two saints per download) right sided, one in a reverse print and a document that details transfer techniques, a simple color guide and pictures of a finished version to use as a reference while making your own.

There are 7 available right now, all female saints including a new design... St. Gianna. I plan to add some boys next week.

Speaking of St. Gianna... you can order her as a kit or purchase this completed doll.  I also have two St. Teresa of Avila dolls for sale as completed dolls. Hopefully, I will have more listed soon. Feel free to convo me if you have a special request.

And for those of you lucky enough to live where there are true fall temperatures, if your hands are starting to get chilly on you, check out Sunshine's fingerless gloves for sale. They are such a beautiful color. If I didn't have large hands and wrists, I'd make her give them to me!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Coloring Page Problems

So, I've heard from a little bird that Scribd (where my coloring pages are hosted) is now charging people for just having an account. They are offering a two week free trial and then charging a fee for simply holding an account that gets you access to other people's documents. I am not happy about this.

I have contacted Scribd to ask them to clarify and my husband is helping me look into other document hosting options. He's the computer guy in the family and my personal IT genius.

In the meantime, if you need a coloring page or other document, either use an old account (which don't seem to be affected yet) or go for the free trial and get all the coloring pages you might need for the next few months. I will get back to you as soon as I have a solution to the problem. Thanks!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Not Arbor Day...

{Time traveling and catching up on events in the recent past!}

...but we still planted a tree. Hoping this little beauty gives us some much needed shade!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Last week in pictures

Last week was a week of wonderful feasts and an amazing astronomical event. Here is our week in pictures.

~Super Blood Moon~

Last week was also the beginning of BigBoy's foray into altar serving...
He's the one snuffing out the candle that's twice as tall as he is!
This week is one of my favorite weeks in the liturgical season, but it also sneaks up on me just about every year. This year, Miss Cupcake became aware of feast days and quickly picked up on the concept of special feast day treats. After Michaelmas, she pretty much woke up every day asking what special treat we were making that day. A quick recap...

~Feast of St. Michael~
Blackberry Jam for Michaelmas... the Smuckers turned out to be the favorite in the blind taste test.

~Candy Roses for St. Therese~
OK, this is a real rose. Not candy.

 Candy roses made with her big sis, Rain. 

~Angel Kisses for the Feast of the Guardian Angels~

These are just a simple meringue cookie recipe, not the pepperminty ones I made last year. I made some with M&M's inside and some with crushed peppermint sticks sprinkled on top. 

~Wolf's Paw Cookies for St. Francis~
Left over chocolate chip cookies were turned into Wolf's Paw cookies using some melted chocolate and white chocolate chips. Rain made these to celebrate St. Francis, her Confirmation saint. 
Reading a story about St. Francis with Sunshine 

Cupcake's new glasses came in. She tells me she's seeing better and I'm hoping that the convergence we were seeing will go away. Personally, I think she looks just so darn cute in her glasses. Like a teeny, tiny little librarian. 

Our Lady of the Rosary is coming up this week. If you are looking for some coloring pages, you can find them here

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy Michaelmas!

Today is the feast of St. Michael and the Archangels! The Professor has long had a devotion to St. Michael and took his name in Confirmation some years ago. We have celebrated today in many ways over the years. I think my favorite was the paper bag piñata representing the 7 deadly sins. Today, the Professor is super excited to have a blackberry jam taste test on homemade soda bread! (Bread and jam... the way to a 17 year old boy's heart!) I've got two different jam varieties and I hope to acquire a third before tonight.

If you are looking for a simple way to celebrate, these two jams can probably be found at your local bullseye grocery store too.

Or if you'd like... I know this lady who made these coloring pages a long time ago... feel free to use them freely for your family and friends.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Zita the Spacegirl Birthday Party

My big kids have been big fans of Ben Hatke's artistry and work ever since we kidnapped him (well, before that, actually). They have passed that love along to their little sister by reading to her almost daily from the Zita books (but Julia's House For Lost Creatures and Little Robot have recently become every night requests too!). Cupcake LOVES Zita and all the other characters in these space adventure stories. (Truth be told, I think she has a little crush on Joseph!) When it came time to think about a birthday theme for her 4th birthday earlier this month, there really was no doubt what she would choose. Zita the Spacegirl!!! {Amazon affiliate links!}

The kids helped decorate her table with their own ideas... 
She was just a little excited to see all the decorations. She specifically requested this party game. (More on that later.)

Star heart muffins... guaranteed not to give you a heart attack. 

Her dearest request was for all of her siblings to dress up in costume for her party. She picked out characters for everyone and they obliged. Her wish is their command!

She was so delighted to see them all dressed up. OK... so maybe she has a little crush on Piper, too!
As you can tell, the wig didn't stay on for long. 

Even my mom dressed up as Mouse for the celebration. 
The Birthday Zita and her crew. 

~Special Gifts~
I don't normally post about the gifts our kids receive, but these little dolls turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I thought about making them myself, but my sewing skills are not up to this kind of quality. A wonderful seamstress on Etsy made them for me just by looking at the pictures I sent her from Ben's books. Cupcake was so excited. They have been her constant nighttime companions ever since she opened them. 

Miss Cupcake still talks about going Moon Bowling for her second birthday and asked if we could do that again. So... Zita the Space Bowler!

She also wanted to play "Pin the Z on Zita". I drew this Zita likeness on a poster board and cut out the Z's from black cardstock. 
~Screed Piñata~
I haven't checked to verify this, but I'm pretty sure this is the world's first Screed piñata. When Cupcake asked for a Screed piñata, I kind of whimpered. I have a love hate relationship with piñatas. I don't mind tiny little ones, but the big ones that you beat to death, well... that's just not my idea of a good time. So, when I found a pull-string piñata, in the shape of a disco ball, it was a "hallelujah" moment! I used a silver paper plate, some silver paper cups, a paper towel roll, black crepe paper streamers and some chrome duct tape to create the rest of the look.  When it was time to open the piñata, we took off the cups and streamers. Everyone had a turning pulling strings until the secret panel opened. 

~The Cake~
Please don't look at this cake. This is the ugliest cake I think I've ever made... but it's exactly what she wanted. It's supposed to be a portal button. Zita's adventures begin when she finds a big red button. A big red button on a grey square. I've already petitioned Ben to think of something cuter for his next series. Maybe in pink? ;)
The cake was an 8x8 inch Chocolate Chocolate Chip cake with a thin 6 inch round on top. I didn't want to try to make red icing, so I used a red sugar sheet, which you can see, didn't really want to conform to the round, button shape. Sigh. Should have just bought red icing in a tube, but I really hate that stuff. But frankly, I couldn't care less when I saw the look on her face!

Happy birthday, sweet girl! We can't even remember what our family was like before you came along. We thank God for the gift of you!