Making Room

I have a collection of Fiestaware that we use for our daily dishes.  I got them all in sets of each color, so they each came with two plates, a bowl and a mug.  I don't really need 12 mugs for daily use, and they've been taking up too much room in my cupboard.  Also, I want to display all the pretty colors, or what's the point in having them?  I finally put some small shelves up on the wall that helped get things started. 

I didn't put up the orange ones because they faded into the background a bit too much.  Hopefully someday I will get a glass-doored cupboard or a hutch so that I can display more than just the mugs.

Attack Cat

This is Madeline's favorite toy of all time.  We have been getting them for her since she was a kitten.  When she was small, she would bite down so tight that we could actually pick her up off the ground just using the string.  To this day she comes running as soon as she hears that little bell start to jingle. 

I Heart Free Books

I recently won a giveaway at Dirty Sexy Books, one of my favorite book news/review sites.  I got my brand new book in the mail and I can hardly wait to read it.  I get 99.9% of my books from the library, so actually getting to keep one for myself is fantastic!  (Not that I mind giving the books back to the library - it saves me hundreds of dollars every month.)

This book has been on my TBR (to-be-read) list for a while, so I hope I enjoy it as much as the reviews say I should.

Book Balls in a Bowl

My mom got this great idea for a project for me, then decided that she had all the materials at her house, so I should just come on over and we would make it.  We started with these:

Just some decorative wooden balls she picked up at a store somewhere.  We spray painted them white, then spray painted a wooden bowl black.  We used her Cricut to cut out letters in all shapes, sizes and fonts in black vinyl, then randomly stuck them to the balls.  We finished it all off with a clear coat to prevent the vinyl from peeling off. I thing they turned out really cute!

February Book List

Gideon by Jacquelyn Frank - 337 pages
The Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton - 422 pages
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher - 342 pages
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong - 357 pages
Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton - 404 pages
Personal Demon by Kelley Armstrong - 371 pages
Death's Mistress by Karen Chance - 422 pages
First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost - 371 pages
Kitty's House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughn - 292 pages
Catalyst by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough - 256 pages

TOTAL of 10 books - 3,574 pages

Flannel Bird

I recently got a hankering to make something new, so I scrolled through the list of projects I had bookmarked and came across this tutorial from Spool. I decided I would give it a shot with just one bird to see how it went.  I ended up using flannel because that's what I had sitting around the house (waiting to be turned into a quilt).  I also didn't have any stuffing, but I decided to fill it up with rice and see how it looked.  I figured that way it would have a little weight and would be able to stand on its own without falling over.

This is how it turned out.  I actually really like the fabrics, but the head is a little pointy. and the tail has to have some support or it droops too much.  Overall, not too bad.  Maybe I will make the whole mobile one day.