Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The morning after a long weekend

Well the morning after a long weekend can be hard. The kids were up early this morning which means Mom was too!

We had a fantastic weekend. Started Saturday with a day inside cooking. The kids really enjoyed themselves too because they were allowed to spend quite a bit of the day playing Wii.

I baked a pumpkin cheesecake for the first time (recipe below) and I do believe it was a success. I also made two batches of brownies because the Walker boys (Rorys brothers) don't believe it's dessert unless chocolate is involved. We had Thanksgiving dinner at Rors Moms on Sunday. It is so funny to go from the family where I am the oldest to the family where I am married to the youngest of 7, kids table here we come! Oh well kids conversations can be a lot more fun anyway! I cooked turkey dinner here on Monday. My Mom, sister, and Craig came over and it was a great meal. It was an early night because everyone had school and work today.

It is voting day today. I am still one of the many undecided. The economy issues today have made the decision a little harder.

I did get some scrapping done this weekend as well. Actually it was a cardmaking weekend. Five Christmas cards that I hope to get listed on Etsy today. A layout for Trevor and more Christmas cards are on the to do list for today, we'll see just how productive I can be!

Well we are about halfway through the layout contest/draw, hoping to see a lot of layouts soon.

Here is the halloween idea for today:

Black Magic Cat

Black knit cap
1 pair of kids' or women's black socks
Child-size black tights (size 4-6 or 6-8)
1 black tube sock or kneesock
Polyester fiber stuffing
2 18-inch lengths of floral wire
1 sheet of black felt
1 sheet of gray felt
Glue gun or double-sided tape
1 sheet of orange felt
Two 1-inch googly eyes
Mouse toy
Needle and thread
Duct tape
1. To make the body, fill the cap, socks and tights with stuffing, leaving at least 2 1/2 inches of unstuffed fabric at the opening of each article. Twist the wires together and insert them into the tail (tube or kneesock). Fold under any extra.
2. Cut out 2 notched ears from the black felt. Then cut 2 small gray felt triangles and glue or tape them to the middle of each ear.
3. Cut whiskers and 12 claws from the gray felt and a triangular nose from the orange felt. Using the glue gun or double-sided tape, affix the ears, googly eyes, whiskers and nose to the top of the cap.
4. Sew the mouse toy to the cat's mouth. Attach the claws to the tips of the two shorter socks and the tights.
5. To assemble the cat, cut a strip of duct tape 6 inches longer than the width of the cap. Center the tape over the opening of the cap and, standing outside your double-hung window, secure the cap along the bottom edge of the top window (see illustration).
6. Next, tape the front paws along each side of the head. Tape the open end of the tail to the opening of the tights, between the legs. From inside the house, tape the body to the top of the lower window (see illustration). Let the legs and tail flop down over the tape. If you like, wedge a rolled-up sock between the legs and the tape to give more arch to the cat's back.

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