Monday, March 19, 2012


We have been wanting to purchase a piano for a while now. Chickadee really wants to learn how to play. We have a fabulous family member (THANKS Aunt P.) that heard Chickadee play one of the little songs she has learned (THANKS Grandma N.) and she offered to go in halves with us on the cost of a piano. We had been keeping our eyes on Craigslist to see if we could find a good used one. Needless to say, we hit the jackpot. We found this lovely Kimball for a really good price.

Moving it from point A to point B.

First place we tried it in the house didn't work so well. It blocked the hallway too much. It is now on a different wall.

The keys. Don't they look great. Not a single broken or chipped one.

The lovely inside of the lid. I think this is pretty awesome! The original warranty papers were still tucked inside. It's in great condition for being a 1965!

So, now it's off to find a piano tuner and a good piano teacher that lives nearby.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mississippi Children's Museum

We took Chickadee and Sparrow to the Mississippi Children's Museum for a day filled with fun and learning. We decided to go on a Friday, so that it wouldn't be as busy as it would be on a weekend. We, of course, were able to count this as a school field trip! YAY!

The entrance into the museum.
It was a rainy day. A great day to be indoors playing!

The interior.
Look at all that fun stuff!

HUGE Scrabble board.
It looked like a ton of fun to play. Someone was already playing, though.

Music Room
We learned about music and famous musicians from Mississippi. Elvis Presley and Leann Rimes are a couple of them.

Learning how different machines work. They had a crane, oil driller, tractors, and all kinds of neat machines. They had to try to pick up the (foam) logs and move them with this machine.

State Capital.
This area was a large map you walked around on with different historical places you could explore along the way.

This display taught you how gears work. You had to place the gears on magnets and try to get them to make the little person on top ride their bike or run.

Rock climbing time!

Nissan Altima.
The Nissan plant here in Mississippi donated this car to the museum. It had a clear glass hood and a fake jack and wheel you could use. You could raise the car up, take the wheel off, put it back on and lower it back down. It also had a play gas pump for you to fill it up with gas and the pump would read how much gas it took. It was a lot of fun.

The Stomach Theater
This was the plate and mouth. This area walked you through the digestive system. Sounds accompanied you throughout your journey. The stomach made squishing noises, etc.

Small Intestine
From the mouth you crawled through a tunnel to the stomach. It connected to another tunnel that was supposed to be the small intestine.

Crawling through the small intestine. The purple you see is the large intestine.

This was where you came out of the digestive system. When you slid down to the toilet, it would make a flushing sound! HAHAHA

You know it's fun when even adults play on the displays, too!
Do you see those two guys playing with the crane?


Friday, March 9, 2012

Sewing a Men's Shirt

I received my first order from Colette Patterns today. I chose to purchase the Negroni, Jasmine, and Peony.

I was so excited, I decided I would start with the Negroni. It is an intermediate level pattern, so I didn't know if I was up to the task. I thought that it might be above my skill level. Needless to say, I proved myself wrong. I was more than ready to take on an intermediate level pattern. Here are the pictures of my progress:

The Colette Patterns Negroni

I read a lovely little Colette Patterns tip about tracing your pattern onto wax paper. This worked beautifully! I could trace his size without cutting the original pattern.

I could then iron the wax paper to the fabric with a warm iron. It held steady as I cut the fabric, allowing me to cut the fabric neatly.

The body of the shirt.
It looks like a different color, but I promise it's the same shirt. I had it hanging in front of some open windows. Perhaps that made the color look different.

The sleeves.
Now, I have some funny stories about these sleeves. I installed the sleeve plackets and sewed the sleeves in place, only to discover, one was on backwards. The placket was on the front of the sleeve instead of the back!! ARGH! I had to seam rip it out and start all over. I was able to fix it easily, thank goodness! I didn't even have to make a whole new sleeve!

The cuff with sleeve placket.
Oh, the cuffs!! After sewing them on backwards and having to seam rip them out TWICE, I finally got it right. The pattern instructions were great, but I just misunderstood how to put this part on. I then realized that I was pinning the cuff on upside down. I would have realized this had I looked at the picture and saw that it was not showing the interfacing side out! HA! Too funny!

The back of the finished shirt!
Don't it look lovely?

My wonderful husband, Coot, modeling the beautiful new shirt!

Can you tell I am proud? He liked it so much, he even wore it to work today!


Side Note: I am not sure what happened to my blog. I logged in and my image at the top was gone. Even the images on my "about the flock" section are showing errors. I didn't know how to fix it. I tried, I really did, but couldn't figure it out. So pardon the appearance. I hope to get it fixed soon.