A June wedding

It came down to the wire, but despite the chaos in this household last week, I was able to get the place cards for Latoya's wedding finished before she had to travel to New York for her wedding.  Think I took a picture?  Think again.  Totally forgot, but oh well!  Wishing Latoya and Brandon all the best on their big day and beyond!  

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Project 52: Week 21

Yesterday was a baaaaad day.  I was able to drop Thing 1 off at school and run one simple errand with Thing 2, all relatively pain free (probably because I bought a new stash of Dum Dums along the way).  Things started to get a little hairy when we got home.  All I had to do was throw Brynn's teachers' presents in gift bags and whip up two gift tags, and I had an hour and 45 minutes to do it before Brynn had to be picked up from school.  While I'm pretty good at getting things done one handed while holding 22 lbs. of Camryn in the other, let's just say I was rushing to get out the door to pick Brynn up on time.  Ridiculous.  The laundry waiting to be folded would have to wait a little longer.  This is probably the most frustrating thing about motherhood, if you ask me...tasks taking 16 times longer than they should to complete because of endless interruptions.  

We made it to school, gave Brynn's teachers their presents, and headed home.  And things got hairier.  The mail truck in front of the car in front of me stops somewhat suddenly at a mailbox along the road, causing the car in front of me to stop suddenly, causing me to stop suddenly, causing the car behind me to rear end me and knock me into the car in front of me.  Awesome.  My car is a tank and my kids' carseats are properly installed, so we were all physically fine after the very low speed crash.  No one else was hurt, and my car is drivable.  I even made $65 by completing a survey for a traffic safety research team that was riding with the cops who responded to the accident.  I entertained thoughts of getting a lottery ticket at some point during the day.  We continued our journey home.

Pulled into the driveway and helped a bikini-clad Brynn out of the car (they had a water play day at school).  Her body was scorching hot.  While it was 90 degrees yesterday and we had to sit in the car for about an hour until the police said we were free to go, the a/c was on and the kids were kept cool.  Camryn had a fever over the weekend, so I took Brynn's temperature as soon as we got inside.  103.8.  More awesome.  Gave her some meds, put her and her sister down for their naps, and got on the phone with the insurance company.  The laundry would have to wait.

Brynn's nap was brief, and her fever hadn't really come down much.  It was too soon to give her more medicine, so I put Tangled on for her and sat beside her on the couch,  holding cold washcloths on her forehead and body.  We were interrupted by a line of strong storms coming through the area, so I huddled both kids close to me and kept an eye on the sky, just in case we had to take cover in an interior closet.  We made out better than a lot of people around here...we had nothing to show but some patio furniture blown across the deck and a bunch of sticks and twigs to clean up in the yard.  People nearby had trees crash through their roofs.  Still considering that lottery ticket.

With crisis averted and husband now safely home from work, maybe I could make some dinner.  About 30 seconds into that task, Brynn proceeds to vomit all over the floor not once, but twice.  So very awesome.  Her fever was still near 104, so I gave Daddy the dirty deed of putting Brynn in a cool bath for a few minutes.    Come on, I can't always be the bad guy!  The bath brought the fever down to a less scary 102, and it was finally time to give her another dose of meds and put her to bed.  Maybe I'd get to the laundry tonight afterall.

I realized I still had some Fancy Fonts work to do, so I put off the laundry a little longer to work on that instead.  By 10pm, I was pooped and knew I was in for a long night and still planned to do my early morning workout, so I went to bed.  The laundry has waited this long, what's another night in a pile?  

I spent most of the morning hanging out with the girls, and anytime it seemed they were self-entertained, I would try to sneak away and do something productive.  Anything productive.  But as you probably know, kids are born with radars that allow them to detect when you're trying to get something done, so I gave up trying.  Between a visit from my mom and another day of minuscule naps from my children, this blog post might be the only thing I accomplish today.  And I'm going to have to be ok with that.  Even though I've accomplished nothing today, we survived yesterday's calamity of events with our health, our home, and our car all in tact, for the most part.  As for the laundry,

it remains in a pile on the couch (all of the hampers currently have clean laundry in them, waiting to be put away).

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Bucket list

One of Brynn's bestest buds has a birthday bash this weekend, and his mom asked me to Fancy up the beach pails the kids will be getting as party favors.  The silly woman wants to pay me for my services, but after all she does for me and my girls, these Fancy Fonts are on the house!

The birthday boy's bucket is in the middle, slightly Fancier than the rest.  

Happy 5th Birthday, Ayden...we love you!!!


Fancy in the making

My big girl is finishing her first year of pre-school this week, so while I'm dreading having to complete all of my errands with TWO tiny tirants in tow, I was also trying to figure out how show our thanks to Brynn's teachers for a wonderful year.  I wanted to be a little more personal than a gift card, but a lot more practical than a scented candle or potpourri. I know Brynn's teachers have kids of their own they'll have to keep with all summer, so why not lend a hand with a little caffeine?
I found these travel mugs that have paper inserts so you can personalize with artwork, etc., and thought it would be cute if Brynn Fancied them up herself.  I Fancied one for each of them myself for the sake of variety, but I think Brynn's turned out way better.  I scored some coffee made with unsweetened cocoa and dark chocolate caramel wedges at Trader Joe's to complete the gift.

Brynn's Fancywork

Mommy's Fancywork - Brynn always reminds me that Ms. Michelle likes green and Ms. Dottie likes blue, so naturally their gifts must reflect this.  Of course each teacher will get her own coffee and chocolates, but for the sake of the appearance of this photo, only one of each was used.

Brynn and I were on a Fancy tear early this afternoon.  Not only did she help create gifts for her teachers, but she made a get well card for our neighbor, who had the pleasure of having her wisdom teeth removed today.  Handmade, hand written, hand delivered.  Such a thoughtful girl!  

It's nice to know I'll be leaving Fancy Fonts in capable hands some day :)

Plenty of Fancy work to do this week.  Next on the docket - personalizing beach pails for an awesome kid's birthday party, and place cards for a local couple's wedding in Brooklyn.  Plenty of trash tv to sit and watch while I work...yay!


Chugga chugga

These medium piggy banks are really starting to grow on me!  I think the smaller size allows for a little more control of my paint pens, so I'm not as afraid of making irreparable mistakes.  I made this little guy for one of Brynn's classmates whose Thomas the Train-themed birthday party she'll be attending this weekend.  When I asked what kind of piggy I should make for Sean, Brynn immediately said "Trains!" so hopefully the birthday boy will be pleased.

My interpretation of the "Thomas the Train" font 

Toot toot, puff puff   

Getting a little more confident in my artistic abilities.  My rule of thumb is if it turns out ok on paper more than once, I'll attempt it on the piggy bank!

Medium piggy banks like Sean's can be purchased for $15, while large piggies are available for $25.  Email me at karen.psimas@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook to place an order.


Project 52: Week 20

Some friends of ours invited us to go strawberry picking this past weekend, and I was reminded of the last time we went...it was Mother's Day weekend, two years ago, and it was a hot, sticky day after a night of downpours.  The strawberry plants were practically underwater, but Brynn had a blast splashing in puddles and filling her basket.  I vividly remember her little pink sundress and pigtails bouncing right along with every jump.  Wouldn't you know that very pink sundress was hanging in Camryn's closet Sunday morning?  Throw in some little blonde pigtails and it's deja vu all over again.  

**After experiencing ridiculously frustrating technical difficulties trying to get these pictures side by side with captions underneath, this was the best I could do.  Brynn (in 2009) is on the left, Camryn (in 2011) on the right.** 

And for good measure:

Check back in another two years to see if I manage to put Camryn in Brynn's blue dress for strawberry picking! 

Quite literally, the fruits of our labor

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Sibling rivalry

Fancy Fonts is thankful for jealous siblings!  I've made a few piggy banks for kids whose moms have come back to me and said their other child was quite jealous of his or her sibling's posh piggy.  Keep tugging on those heartstrings, kids...you're keeping me in business!  
Case in point, a friend of mine gave a piggy bank as a baby shower gift a few months ago (you may remember Charlie, the preppy little piggy with blue whales all over him), and she ordered another for Charlie's brother for his birthday because their mother said he was jealous.  Works for me!  Plus, I got to make another pirate piggy for another Captain Jack, this time a slightly smaller version.


Ahoy, matey! 

I try to make every piggy bank a little different, so I changed up the placement of the items on the treasure map, and wrote the child's name on the right side instead of the usual left.  Wild, I know.

The smaller size of the medium piggy let me use the pirate font I was too scared to try on the large piggy for Jackson.  Add a few doubloons and you've got a real swashbuckler of a piggy bank!

Medium piggy banks like Jack's can be purchased for $15, while large banks are available for $25.  Email me at karen.psimas@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook.  


Project 52: Week 19

Usually when the girls are down for their naps, I'm downstairs cleaning, folding laundry, or getting my Fancy work done.  Sometimes the house is quiet and still, other times it sounds as though there were a bowling alley upstairs no one told me about.  Brynn must think I think she's sleeping up there, but instead, I'm downstairs wondering how only 36 lbs. of sugar and spice can register at least a 5.0 on the Richter scale.  Eventually, all is silent upstairs, and it is only when Brynn wakes from her slumber that I find out just what she was up to before she went to sleep: 

 Apparently Bunny likes a bedtime story and prefers to sleep under the covers.

One of these things is not like the others... 

Brynn later told me she was pretending to be a teacher and the motley crew pictured above was her class.  I asked her if she wants to be a teacher when she grows up, and she said, "I want to be a mommy when I grow up because I'm a good mommy to my animals."  Unlike when she told me using half a roll of toilet paper to wipe her teeny tiny bum eliminates the need for handwashing, I couldn't argue with her.

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Something new

I got a phone call from a bride on Monday saying she was having the hardest time finding a gift to give her parents on her big day (which is Saturday, mind you!).  Of course the sarcastic voice inside my head immediately says, "Somehow I think neither a piggy bank or plastic plate and bowl set seem appropriate here," but the professional voice sweetly says, "What did you have in mind?"  
The bride was able to find a set of wall frame/shadow box type things for a steal, and she was hoping I could make them a little more personal and sentimental by writing a quote on each.  There were three frames, so one would have a quote for her mother, one for her father, and one about the two of them as parents.  Such a sweet idea, right?  A well-known personalization store wanted to charge her $3/word (!), but she Fancied up her frames at the bargain price of $15 total.  Here's the finished product:

All three frames together.  Lots of options for arranging them on the wall. 

"A mother holds her children's hands for a little while, but she holds their hearts forever."

"I'm everything I am because you've been there to support me."  Bride and groom's names and wedding date at the bottom.

"A father raises his children to be as good as he meant to be."

Sweet.  Subtle.  Fancy.  Congratulations, Stephanie and Benjamin! 

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Getting girly

It's been a while since I've made a piggy bank for myself to give as a gift, but I had the chance to get Fancy for friends of my own this weekend.  Ellie Reese was turning 1, so I came up with a tropical themed piggy for this beautiful beach baby.  Hopefully this piggy will stay with Ellie as she grows, no matter what color her room is.  Take a look:

 Every wahini needs a flower in her hair, right?

 I was too scared to attempt drawing a flamingo, so I took the safe route and went with hibiscus flowers instead. 

I was also asked to make the "deluxe package" (aka, piggy bank and plate set) for a former co-worker whose daughter just had her first baby.  I couldn't find the baby's bedding on her registry, so I drew my inspiration from this adorable gift set:

Here's how Eva's piggy turned out:

For Eva's plate set, I used a color scheme and pattern that somewhat coordinated with the piggy bank for a gift with a cohesive look.  

Large piggy banks like Ellie's and Eva's can be purchased for $25 each, while plate sets (includes 1 plate, 1 bowl, 1 personalized insert for each) are available for $15.  Email me at karen.psimas@yahoo.com or message me on Facebook to place an order.


Project 52: Week 18

I'm a firm believer in life being what you make of it.  Think positive thoughts and surround yourself with positive people, and positive things happen to you and for you.  We don't always get to choose what comes our way, but we do choose how we react to it.  I know full well that sometimes when my girls are acting up, it's because of the stressed out vibes they're getting from me.  The more laid back I am, the more laid back they are.  To some extent, I think my awareness of this concept helps us have more good days than bad around here.  And sometimes, the stars align just right and we have a really great day.  I don't question it...I just enjoy the heck out of it, most of the time from a small distance with camera in hand.

If you don't have one of these water tables yet, GET ONE!!!  I can cook and clean while keeping an eye on them just outside the back door.  Throw some towels on the kitchen floor and bring it inside during the winter, too! 

I can't get enough of their little bikini bods! 

 Brynn played with some plastic animals while Camryn was content just filling her cup and dumping it out.

Dining al fresco 

Camryn would most likely swat at me if I tried to feed her, but she thinks it's great when Brynn helps out. 

Happy kids = happy Mommy (not a bad picture considering the 4 year old photographer!) 

Cam wasn't feeling the group shot and wanted "DOWWWWN!" 

"B!  Puuuuush!" 

World champion slider 

 Camryn's new trick...abs of steel on that kid!

Love that smile! 

"Wing, wing!"

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