Monday, November 21, 2011

Handmade Holidays

Another holiday season is upon us...the years are flying by!!  My needles are clickety clacking and the sewing machine will soon be whirring away as I get the girls handmade gifts ready.  Sweaters, new mittens, hats, clothes, art supplies and fun homemade wood toys will hopefully fill their Christmas morning with cheer!  We rarely buy a holiday gift for them, preferring homemade.  The girls make gifts for each other and for whoever they want to give to.  This year we are also making cookies to share with the neighbors and I made Kahlua to share with the grown-ups! 

The girls' big gift this year is our sweet Kona of course.   She seems to be settling in now.  We took her to my brother's house yesterday to meet their sweet dog, Roo.  They got along well!  The kids had a blast playing with their cousins and I had a great visit with my bro and sister-in-law.  Now it's back to Mama's Workshop as we dive in with the crafting!  Wish me luck!

What are you working on this year?  Peace!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Meet Our Newest Family Member

We have aquired a new little girl to our household.  We are pleased to introduce you to our little beauty - Kona!  She is a 4 and a half month old lab/husky/german shepherd mix and the sweetest thing on the planet!  She has super intense eyes with one a pale blue and the other a bright amber/gold!  She moved in on Thursday night and is quietly getting acclimated to her new home.  She absolutely adores the girls, especially Xi.  Neither of the girls knew this was happening.  We have always told them no dogs, even up to a couple nights before she arrived.  We wanted to surprise them with the best holiday gift we've ever given them, and man oh man were they surprised!

Enjoy the pics!


Lakeway Resort and Spa Events - Gingerbread Nights

Just hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing / Ring ting tingle-ing too...

Yes, the holidays are here and I have been asked to share an event you won't want to miss!  Lakeway Resort and Spa's "Gingerbread Nights" on Friday and Saturday nights - December 1 - December 17th.   

Executive Chef Jeff Axline is creating a gingerbread village which will be on display in the main lobby everyday beginning December 1.  Along with this amazing display,  between 6pm-8pm there will be kid's activities.  Fun things to do such as ornament decorating on Friday nights and gingerbread cookie decorating on Saturday nights. 

Additionally, various groups and artists from the community, including Lake Travis High School harpist Whitney Souery, will be singing and caroling many of your Christmas favorites.   

And so the adults are not left out, there will be a full bar available at the back porch (near the lobby) as well as hot chocolate for the kids.

This is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you all there!!!  Peace and Happy Holiday!

Lakeway Resort and Spa Events - Thanksgiving

 Hey there everyone living in Austin and surrounding areas!  The Lakeway Resort and Spa is having some exciting holiday events and they asked me to share with you their invite for Thanksgiving.  This all looks like it will be alot of fun! 


Lakeway Resort and Spa hosts a gourmet Thanksgiving brunch with activities for the whole family

WHO:                       Lakeway Resort and Spa, nestled on the shores of Lake Travis, combines the grandeur of a world-class destination with the charm of the Texas Hill Country.

Lakeway Resort and Spa will host Thanksgiving featuring Chef Axline¹s brunch, panoramic views of Lake Travis, a family-friendly petting zoo and live entertainment by internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and singer Louie Carrington. Thanksgiving brunch will be held in the Travis Dining Room overlooking the lake, making it the perfect setting for Thanksgiving.

WHAT:                    Chef Axline¹s special Thanksgiving brunch will include an assortment of cold dishes such as spinach salad withcandied pecans and champagne vinaigrette, Southwest Caesar salad, tropical sliced fruit with lemon and thyme infused yogurt, cold smoked salmon, poached shrimp cocktail, white bean salad with smoked duck and a cheese board with imported and domestic cheese, dried fruits and baguette. Breakfast choices for the brunch will also include an omelet station with assorted condiments, oven roasted breakfast potatoes, house made cheddar bacon biscuits with gravy, apple smoked bacon and sausage links and banana bread French toast. Hot and savory choices will include traditional roast turkey, house made meatballs, braised short ribs, pan roasted salmon, roasted pork loin, carved to order Prime rib and carved to order bone in Virginia ham. Chef Axline will also create an assortment of desserts including apple cobbler, New York style cheesecake, carrot cake withcream cheese icing, red velvet cupcakes, orange infused cannolis andpecan pies. Their will also be a Bloody Mary bar for an additional $5.

Thanksgiving brunch will be $49.95 per adult, $16.50 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under 3. For reservations please call 512-261-7379 or you can makereservations online at Package rates including guest room and Thanksgiving Brunch for two persons start at $235 per room per night. To book a room call 800-525-3929 or log onto
WHEN:                    Thursday, November 24th
                                    10:30 a.m.‹ 3 p.m.  
WHERE:                  Lakeway Resort and Spa
                                    101 Lakeway Drive
                                    Austin, TX 78734

MEDIA CONTACT:              Claudia Blanchette / 512.382.9017 / 

Hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving!  Peace!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

And They Just Keep On Growing...

Here are the girls, looking less and less like little kids! 

Lola's soccer picture for this season:

And Xiola's school picture:

Where did my babies go?! 


Tuesday, October 18, 2011


I promised 2 months ago I'd start updating more and apparently I was telling tales!  I apologize for that.  Life has been so busy around here and the time is slipping past too quickly.  I've taken a step back in order to focus on other things but am ready to jump back in with both feet.  I think summer temps drag me down to be honest and de-motivate me.  However, we are experiencing some beautiful Fall weather and it's time to dust off the cobwebs of this place and get back to business! 

The first order of the day, updating on the girls.  They are doing fabulous!  They both love school and are changing and growing everyday.  Saturday's are devoted to soccer with the Farm Girl playing double headers sometimes.  She is advancing quickly with it all, as are all the girls on her team.  They are finally playing the way soccer should be played and I see their full hearts in it every game.  I'm so proud of these girls!  Xi is also playing again this year and is our scorer!  She has a determination in that little body that would make a grown man shake in his boots.  She doesn't take gruff from anyone and has one clear focus, get the ball to the net.  Haha!  She absolutely adores the game and it's so much fun to watch her confidence building as quickly as it is between that and school.  Proud parents on the farm!

I am finally feeling more motivated as I stated above, and so have been crafting more lately again.  I've picked up the knitting needles, dusted off the sewing machine and am plotting the holiday gift making.  I'm a bit behind, but that's okay!  It always comes together in the end and that's what is important.  I love that the girls have homemade gifts waiting for them on Christmas morning.  Things I notice that they treasure more.  Makes me proud to see them wanting to  make things for each other too.  Lola just finished knitting a baby washcloth for her teacher as well, who is due with her first baby in about 4 weeks.  I knit some baby hats and made a pocket doll to go with the basket of goodies the class will giving her next week.  I am very proud of Lola...she did a great job!

I am determined to get some long over due reviews up this week, so please look for those!  Thank you so much for not abandoning me in my absence as well.  Sometimes it's good to step away and gain some perspective again. 

For now, here are some photos of the last few weeks and things we've made and been doing.  Hope you enjoy!

 New doll I made for Xi's birthday...

 Pocket doll.  I LOVE making these and am going to put some up in my Etsy shop soon!

 Harry Potter and Dorothy joined us for the Great Goblin Glow this year!

 Harry practicing a spell on a nervous Dorothy!

 A very serious Harry Potter

 And a very sweet Dorothy.

 The Great Goblin Glow!

Some reusable bags for shopping the bulk bins.  I made these from an old sheet.  More to be made and embroidered....


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where Did The Summer Go?

I swear I was going to be good and keep up with everything here, but the Summer flew by!  School has started and the girls were both very excited.  Xiola was also nervous, but ready.  I can't believe my babies are both in school now.  They have both come home excited to tell me about their days and what new things they are doing.  Xiola is making new friends and loves her teacher.  I am relieved and also a bit melancholy to see them grow up so fast.  Both are in public school, and while we'd love to have them in a Waldorf setting, we simply cannot afford it.  Fortunately the school here is amazing and does alot of alternative type lessons with their curriculum, so we are happy.

The weather here has been brutal!  100+ degrees for almost 60 days straight.  The veggie bed is toast, we can't even be outside alot of the time because it's just too hot.  I am keeping the front gardens going, but will most likely lose a few things.  We do water the oaks and elm on our property though as we do NOT want to lose trees.  No rain whatsoever for weeks now.  Even the chickens have gone on strike.  I hope it ends soon.  Everything is withered and the lake is super low.  Scary....

I have several reviews to catch up on, including some exciting books I was sent so look for these in the next couple weeks.  I am also going to open my Etsy store finally.  Working on getting things made to stock it with.  I will have surprises, giveaways and a specials running so please stay tuned and don't count me out yet!!  

Hope your summer is coming to a happy close and the next phase of the year brings nothing but joy!  Peace!