Monday, February 7, 2011

Six-Day Weekend!

Due to a thick layer of ice, several inches of snow, and below freezing temps, school was canceled for 4 days last week (Tues-Fri).  Several people suffered from cabin fever, but I was perfectly content.  Here's what I did to keep busy:
Day 1- Tuesday:
We jumped in the car (outfitted with snow tires) in the morning and headed out to take pictures at Fort Phantom.  Here are some of my favorites.

After pictures, I whipped out my sewing machine.  This day would have been my Dad's 60th birthday, so I worked on a little project in his honor.  This apron is made from one of Dad's dress shirts.

Day 2- Wednesday:
I stayed in the sewing mode and whipped up a 2nd apron from a couple of Dad's dress shirts and scraps left over from Tuesday.  This apron is reversible.

Refusing to leave my craft room, I decided to play with one of my favorite Christmas gifts. 
My Mom gave me this wonderful set of presser feet for my sewing machine.  Now I can make buttonholes, sew on buttons, do serger-like stitches, make blind hems, make 1/4" rolled hems, apply zippers, etc.  I am so excited!!  I spent several hours experimenting with my new toys and even hemmed 2 pairs of dress pants with a machine stitched blind hem.  Josh even got in on the fun and helped me figure out a few of the functions.  Fun fun!!

Day 3-Thursday:
On this day, I tried out another Christmas gift.  I received this beautiful pasta roller attachment for my mixer from my brother.
Using this roller was so much fun!  I had 2 large sheets of pasta rolled out in a matter of minutes.  I think if I hadn't run out of eggs, I could have kept going all day!
The rest of Thursday was like Spring cleaning.  I did some of those chores that I only get around to about twice a year like vacuuming the blinds and baseboards.

Day 4- Friday:
I did a little more cleaning and Super Bowl food prep, and then we ventured out to see if we could make it to town.  Roads were clearing up, so we ran a few errands.  Hobby Lobby was one of our stops and helped me on 2 more little projects.  Josh discovered this as we were looking for hooks for my new aprons:
It was perfect for our kitchen!  Now our aprons have a pretty spot to hang.
We also picked up a piece of scrapbooking paper and a picture frame so that I could get my great-grandmother's handwritten cinnamon roll recipe hung.  Now my kitchen feels more complete.

Day 5- Saturday:
Bath day for Titus.  I also did my normal weekly cleaning, and our washer drain pipe finally thawed so I could catch up on laundry. 
Saturday night I went out with a couple of friends.  We ate at Carino's and saw The King's Speech.  It was great!

Day 6- Sunday:
Church as usual then Super Bowl party!  We hosted a party at our house this year and invited young marrieds/singles.  We had a really great time and appreciated everyone braving the weather (it rained and snowed again) to join us.

So that was our 6-day weekend.  Josh kept the fireplace going which kept us nice and cozy.  Of course we went outside and played in the snow and took walks around the property every day as well.  Titus is wiped out, and I think he was glad to see us leave for work this morning.  Now he can get back to his regularly scheduled 10-hour naps.


The Denney Family said...

What a great idea to turn your dad's shirts into apron's! Love it! You're so creative!

Captain Y and Plant Girl said...

Did you use a pattern for the aprons or just make them up yourself? Love the idea of using your Dad's shirts!

RitaKay said...

Wonderful ideas and ways to honor your dad and your great-grandmother. What a lovely tribute. You are special.

Alyson said...

It sounds like a fun time to be snowed in! I am also a fan of being snowed in. It's nice to have an excuse to get stuff done around the house. Of course, being a SAHM, a snow day is pretty much like a normal day :)

I love your apron idea! Did you come up with that on your own? I also love your framed recipe. So pretty!