Monday, June 30, 2008

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

The kids have declared today "games day" so we're making everything a game and playing games and having prizes.

So far we have played:

Guess What Song I'm Humming
Guess What I Took a Picture of (examples below)
Make Your Own Breakfast game (I made up this one, brilliant, eh?)
Find all the Z's in the supermarket game
Alphabet tag - tag someone and say a letter, they have to stay frozen until they shout a name beginning with the letter you said.

We're making star-shaped cookies for all us winners when the day is done.

Oh yeah, and I listed some new items on eBay this morning before Games Day was in full swing - consider it the Opening Ceremonies. This is my Euro Mermaid Anna dress and capri set with the adorable Miss Kay photographed by Cassi of p_tigerlily.

Click here to see all my new eBay listings.

OK, onto the games. This is a fun one, if you are willing to let your kids hold your digital camera. Take turns going around the house taking closeup pictures, and the others have to guess what it is. (For the kids, set it on no flash, and push the little tulip button for closeups, and be sure they wear the wrist strap). I had to take out the ones that no one would know unless they lived in our crazy household, but here are some from today. Guesses, anyone? Free shipping on any eBay or etsy item for the winner.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Up with (Little) People

As my kids get older, I find myself relishing the things I know they will soon outgrow: coloring books, stripey pajamas, letting me hold their little hands in the parking lot. Yesterday as part of our welcoming summer ritual, we got down all of my vintage Fisher Price Little People collection for summer play. I was curious: would they still enjoy it? Or have the Little People gone the way of naptime and sippy cups? We got the boxes down, and an hour later I peeked in, where the Little People drama was in full swing.

That blur of motion is a guy being whisked to the Little People Hospital ... where the doctors seem to be enjoying a break.

Next door in the Tudor House, the Flight Attendants and Construction Worker League, having deposited their luggage upstairs, enjoys a meal of flat hot dogs, beans, and red punch. In the family room, the short flight attendant is questioned by twin officers, one of whom is confined to a stroller.

Why does it feel good when my kids play with these? I am not sure I can put my finger on it, but the creativity of play, the open-endedness, the lack of noisemakers, batteries and flashing lights, have a lot to do with it, along with the admittedly sentimental memories of playing with my own Fisher Price Little People when I was a kid. (I loved to spin the little merry go round that came with the School set so hard the kids flew off, especially the Mean Guy.)

Someday, this blog will be about tie dye again.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Ice Cream in a Bag, California version

I got this fun idea from my blogging, bib-making, super wonderful friend Becky at Upsiedoodle and had to try it out: Ice cream in a bag! She found it on We wanted to make a single bag so we doubled the recipe, putting 2 cups half and half, 4 tablespoons sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract in a quart Ziploc, and then putting that into a gallon Ziploc with ice and a cup of rock salt (pilfered from our water softener).

Now, you gotta love my husband's outfit. He had been working in the garden in this lovely silk shirt and garden boot ensemble, making me expect he would burst out singing "Y ... M ... C ... A!" any moment. To his credit, he did some great shaking. The kids were temporarily more interested in their plastic dinosaur.

That is, until Z tested to see if the ice cream was done ...

And everyone pronounced it delicious.

Z is dressed in a Tie Dye Diva Rainbow Earth tee; M is in a tie dye cami of her own styling. I disclaim any responsibility for my husband's outfit.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Hooray for the Red White and Blue

It just warms my heart to get customer photos, and these just have me glowing, how cute is this family wearing my RWB spiral tees?

When I originally posted this photo yesterday, I didn't comment on whose gorgeous children they are, out of respect for my customers' privacy. After an email from the proud Mama, I am happy to be able to tell you, that is the brood of none other than Daisy-Head-Maisy herself! What an honor to be able to outfit the kids of such an amazing designer (with very high standards, I was quaking in my dye-spotted Crocs waiting to hear how she liked them!). If you're not familiar with Heather's work, be sure to check out her fanciful creations - every little girl and her mother should own a little Daisy-Head-Maisy!