Sunday, October 18, 2015

Six Word Saturday (On a Sunday)

From The One-Minute Writer:

Will I ever wear a scarf again?

Monday, August 10, 2015


The One-Minute Writer

Posted: 05 Aug 2015 03:00 AM PDT
One Word Wednesday.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the Eve of 40

So here it is, the night before I say goodbye to my 30's and hello to 40.  The 30's were a very significant decade of much growth, change, love and heartbreak:

  • Had 2 out of 3 of my babies 
  • Quit teaching and became a SAHM
  • Made many new friends and my village grew
  • Cancer was brought into our lives in many ways, some horrible, some victorious and always never giving up
  • Continued to grow in what I love to do most- being creative
  • Grew leaps and bounds in my marriage
  • Learned more about my personality and what brings me comfort, happiness and contentment
  • Learned that I can't carry every burden on my own and that I need something bigger than myself to guide me
There are so many, many more that I can't even begin to think about!

Exactly a year ago, tomorrow, I began my journey to complete 40 Things Before 40

Somewhere around May, I realized that I needed to stop worrying so much about completing every task.  My life is busy!  I have 3 little boys that need me and a husband, as well.  We were knee-deep in baseball season and so much of our time was spent cheering on our oldest son.

I had to make peace with myself that I would not complete everything before July 2, 2015.  This has been hard for me because I am a finisher!  I have decided to continue these challenges through my 40th year and see where it lands me this time next year.  Several of the items I am currently working on, such as visiting the Sawdust Festival over the next few days and completing a Good Morning Girls Study.  Some take time, but I know I can do this!

So, out of 40 personal challenges, I have completed....

19 out of 40!

I have had so much support from family and friends that have tried to help me get through my list. I appreciate it so much!

I am happy with where I am and I am looking forward to crossing off more items in the near future!

Monday, June 8, 2015

DIY General Cornwallis Costume

At my children's school, in the upper grade levels, the students participate in a program called "Walk Through Presentations."  Fourth graders "walk through" California, fifth graders "walk through" the American Revolution and sixth graders "walk through" Ancient Civilization.  

Each child memorizes facts and an important word or is assigned a role to play during the presentation.  The class is broken up into teams, with the objective to earn points through participation, knowing their part and positive behavior.

Fourth grade was a breeze for my son last year- a simple costume of a flannel shirt, jeans, a large-brimmed hat and a little black eyeliner smudged for the coal covered look of a miner.  I have been kind of dreading the fifth grade presentation because I always was intimidated by the the costumes that I saw on the other students and how much might have to go into them.

When my son came home, assigned to the role of General Cornwallis, I looked him up and saw this (and might have groaned a little to myself):

I honestly don't remember much about studying this period in history, so the following Saturday we hit up the library for some books about the General and then we were off to the Goodwill for costume pieces.

We were very lucky at the Goodwill that day!  My suggestion, if you are searching for pieces that are similar for this time period is to browse the women's department first.  There we found a frilly white top, that I'm pretty sure I wore in 9th grade.  I have to admit I had a laugh watching my 11- year old baseball playing, 100% boy trying this on in the store.  There may have been a look or two from other shoppers, as well.  We found a simple red jacket with shoulder pads that was just the perfect length on him.

On a different outing, I went to Hobby Lobby to find the buttons and other finishing touches.  Besides the buttons, I purchased a dark blue ribbon for the length of the opening of the jacket, fringe for the shoulders, gold ribbon for accents and a large jewelry pendant for his jacket pin.

This is the photo we used as inspiration and the finished jacket:

I machine stitched the blue ribbon on the length and shoulders of the jacket, as well as the fringe.  I sewed the jacket buttons, shirt buttons and pin by hand and used fabric glue to add the gold ribbon as the accent detail.

To make the wig, we followed the instructions listed here (There are other costume ideas listed here, as well.):

For the finishing touches, we borrowed a red scarf from a family member, Dad's white socks, attached cardboard (painted gold) buckles to his shoes and sewed a simple white flag for him to carry, along with a toy sword, as props.  Of course, he needed some pants and his white baseball pants were the perfect pair for this costume.

When the day arrived, J did a fantastic job!  He said his lines perfectly with a British accent and had fun playing the role of General Cornwallis.

"I surrender!"

Sunday, May 3, 2015

National Scrapbook Day 2015

Hello! I am currently reporting from the last few hours of a weekend-long, annual, National Scrapbook Day Crop in Orange, CA.
I have been working on various projects this weekend, including organizing my ribbon collection and finishing a project from a previous BPC class.  I wanted to also participate in an online crop my crafty friend, Cindy, was hosting over at her blog,

I chose to do 2 out of the 10 challenges based on what supplies I have.

Challenge #1 was based on a sketch and needed to include polka dots. Here is my take:

Challenge #7 was to make a project using washi tape, and 3+ stars, but no patterned paper. Here is my layout:

I love these challenges- they always stretch my creativity and make me think outside the box. 

As this weekend winds down, I am thankful for the time shared with friends, the relaxation and the creativity we all shared. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

One Favorite Photo

From One-Minute Writer:

What's Your Favorite Photograph?

Right now mine is this:

I shocked my boys and attacked J with whipped cream while we were having dessert last week.  It was pretty fun!  Not the greatest photo, but it captures the fun moment we were having.

I did this post a while back on other photos that make me happy, as well.

So, what's your favorite photograph?  At least for right now?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fiskafriends- The Power of Community Blog Hop 2015

Fiskafriends- The Power of Community Blog Hop

Welcome to Happiness is Homemade!

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world.  So happy you stopped by!

DIY Sticker Book

When you think about your childhood, did you have an interest or hobby that seems totally outdated in today's world of technology?  An activity that kids of today might not enjoy or even see the purpose in? I sure did!  Besides collecting random rocks around the yard, I was a BIG sticker enthusiast.

Yes, the Scratch and Sniff still smell!
I loved receiving stickers from my teachers, for my birthday and those free ones that would sometimes come in the mail for magazine subscriptions.  Over the course of my childhood, I carefully curated my collection into three sticker books.

I remember carefully peeling stickers off class work and tests so that I could add them to my collection.  I loved going through my books again and again to scratch the smelly stickers or feel the fuzzy ones.

In my constant quest to steer my own boys away from technology and enjoy true play, I worked with them to create their own sticker books.  This is a perfect activity for cold, rainy days or during quiet times when my little one was napping.

I purchased 3-ring binders and page protectors from the office department at Wal-Mart.  The bigger boys picked out some bold binders, while the little guy went plain.  I think the colorful ones keep with the cool 80's vibe I had!

Totally Radical
I made a cover for my little one's plain binder
In each page protector, I inserted a plain piece of white printer paper, so that it would give a solid background for the stickers to be showcased.

After that step, they were ready to get to work!

The boys simply peeled the stickers and adhered them to the outside of the page protectors.  They were repositionable when first applied, probably not so much later.

Great activity for those developing small muscles

This book has been great after doctor visits when they hand my boys a stack of stickers to take home with them.  It has encouraged them to keep the stickers "safe" until they get home to put in their book instead of plastering the back seat with them (or themselves).

I would love to know what  your simple pleasures were as a child...and do you share them with your child/grandchild/etc. today?

Blog Hop Info:
If you would like to be eligible for the sponsor giveaway drawing, START at the Fiskafriends blog and follow the instructions there. If you have already done that, I would love for you to leave a comment on my blog.

You do not have to be a Fiskafriend to visit the blogs and comment on our blogger's pages.  International friends are welcome!
 The blog hop begins on March 27th at 6PM (PDT) and will end on March 29th at 11:59 PM PDT. The full contest rules and blog hop list will be revealed on the blog on March 27th. 

Start here and then you're your way:

  1. Jean Bullock, #8889, 
  2. Susan Slomski, #6150, 
  3. Cindy deRosier, #4113,
  4. Tifany DeGough, #5942, 
  5. Cheryl Waters, #002,
  6. Jean Marmo, #7358,
  7. Teresa Godines #6857
  8. Michelle O'Driscoll #7586
  9. Nancy Carroll  #11488
  10. Maya Oren-Dahan #351
  11. Amy Martin Jones #8546
  12. Karen Poirier-Brode (Ladydoc) #2858
  13. Tanya Napier #5407  (You are here)
  14. Pamela Haskin #8040
  15. Stasia Sloma #9314
  16. Tracy Moloney  #6773
  17. Kim Chenez #5612