My little corner of the world

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Camera Capers

Okay so the other day I was playing with the baby (Rory) and decided to get a few pictures. 

All was going very well. Rory was enjoying herself and I was LOVING the chance to get some pictures for her album. Shockingly all of the other kids were entertaining themselves. Until.......

 Cassie-the Ham saw the camera and needed to get in on the action. 
Not to be out hammed Benjamin felt the need to strike a pose.  LOL

Miss Tori saw an opportunity to be cheesy, and my lap is now getting very full and MAN are this kids heavy! But wait.....
here comes Matty and ...
Molly followed by .....
Andrew and finally .....

Michael was the last to join and at this point I have two thoughts running through my head. 1. I really need to figure out how I am going to get my legs unburied, I am sooooo out numbered. and 2. WOW Ikea makes a solid sectional! LOL
It is moments like this that reminds me of the important things in life like remembering to stop and enjoy those impromptu family moments that create memories for all of us. 

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about my little corner of the world. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

Today is a great day! It is the first day that everyone here is back to our normal health!!!!!  Thank goodness!! All of the kids made it to school and stayed the whole day. Except of coarse baby Rory who stays home still. I was even feeling well enough to do a little shopping in between dropping off and picking up the kids. Bye Bye Mr. Flu, it was not so nice playing with you.  LOL

I have a ton of projects that I am working on, but do to the bug that hit our house I am so very behind in getting them done. So today will be a short post so I can get a few things done to share with you. 

Since I am working on a few birthday projects I will post some of my favorites from Benjamin's 5th birthday. It was a cooking/ Dr. Seuss party and we had a blast!
 Here is my little birthday boy!! He really did enjoy his whole day, I just couldn't get a good picture for anything.  He is sporting his Cat in The Hat  Suess Chef Benjamin apron with matching hat. Of coarse every chef needs a good towel close at hand and what could be more fitting then a Blue Fish hand towel. LOL
 All of the kids enjoyed listening to our head chef's instructions before heading into the kitchen to begin making our treats.

Each child received a red Cat in The Hat apron with their name embroidered on it. That was a HUGE hit with kids and parents alike!

Birthday Wishes are made and then we got to feast on our treats that we just made.  Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who Elephant Ears, and Cat in the Hat cupcakes.   


Here is a better look at the outfit, I had to make him 2 different shirts because he wore one to preschool on his birthday, and of coarse they painted and I couldn't get the stain out in time for his party the next morning.
Well, now I need to make dinner and work on a couple of birthday goodies so more festive fun can be had. 

Thank you for reading about my little corner of the world! Have a GREAT night!!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Today is Andrew's Birthday!!! Yea!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday, Andrew!!!!
Well being that birthdays tend to put the kids into an automatic sugar induce craze I didn't accomplish much to day. Other then maintaining absolutely no control over the chaos these 8 kiddos can produce. So I will post a few older outfits that I made. 

Awe!!! My sweet little boys. I loved (and still do) to dress them alike, but Benjamin didn't like everyone thinking they were twins. Because he is older by a whole 9 months and 7 days. LOL So I decided that coordinating was even better. These outfits were made for a Walt Disney World Dinner with the characters. Matthew is in the black vest with white Mickey pockets and Benjamin is in the white vest with black Mickey pockets.  I really loved the way these turned out I only wish I had known to take pictures of the outfits alone. In those days I hadn't even thought about making outfits for other people or even displaying my work. I was just enjoying trying to keep up with my quickly growing family. 

Here is a shot of the girls with Prince Charming. They also had dresses for their Teddy bear and doll. 

Which Benjamin ended up falling for the bear and right then and there began his request for matching outfits for every stuffy and doll he owns. Poor kid takes right after me, hee hee.

 Of course I didn't want them to go to dinner in black and white outfits without LARGE tarps protecting their clothes (giggling okay LOL at my own perfectionists ways) So I decided to embroider Mickey icons and their names on paint smocks that I could easily clean. Oh and that one paid off twice that vacation.We discovered if you turn them around and throw a cute bucket hat on the kid they work great for on the go rain gear. 

Well I am being beckoned to mommy duty, so as always THANK YOU for reading my blog. Have a wonderful and blessed night.

I will post again soon. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sorry for the LONG pause in my posts.

Wow that feels good, I locked myself out of my account and haven't been able to post for way too long. So Woo Hoo!!! I am back and ready to continue to share my little courner of the world with you.

Tonight I would love to show you a few of the projects I have been working on since I last posted.

This is Cassie's birthday outing. She turned 2 and Dora (one of her new favorites) was having a birthday party at the mall so that is where we headed to celebrate too.

This is a little better picture of her dress looked like. She loved it because it was the perfect swoosh for dancing all day long.

While we were at the mall that day I was going to drop off this shirt that I made for the son of a friend of mine who was headed out to the Curious George Live show. I am so organized that I forgot to take a picture to share with you guys until I got to the mall. Thanks to the Mall of America for the lovely bench to use as a prop in this picture. Lol

Okay so I will leave you tonight with a creation of a different medium ........

But one the kids like probably better then my sewing ones.

Thank you for reading my blog. Have a wonderful and blessed day.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Family Fridays

Its Friday and this is by far the busiest day of the week for sure, but I always keep my family at the top of the priority list. Fridays are Family fun nights here. To us this means Family movie with home made popcorn, easy dinner ( frozen pizza or corn dogs), and games.  Then to finish it off the kids get their sleeping bags out and pick a room in the house to sleep ( the new toy/studio seems to be tonight's choice) then we snuggle in for story time.  I am so very blessed with this family.   

Well I wanted to post something and also give a little more insight into our day to day routine, so there it is.   Have a great night everyone and thank you so much for reading my blog!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Inspration for Creation.

    Well now that you have met the whole family you now see where my inspiration for creating unique clothes comes from. As our family grew and became as unique as the day is long. I was constantly looking for ways to connect the kids to each other and myself. As I said in yesterday's post my family has been created through foster care and adoption which can cause bonding and unity problems. So being that I sew and sketch when I need a creative release. It only seemed natural to me to make clothes for the kids.  Not to mention that when the kids out number adults in the quantity we do I needed a quick (and cute lol) way to identify and locate the kids in crowded places. So I would make themed outfits or t-shirts and that way if my head count was off I would know what color to search for or I could remember exactly what the child was wearing. All of this sounds great albeit a little over protective, the only problem with my (in my mind) genius plan, you can't plan for all the what ifs in life.( and we have A LOT of what ifs) and I have only had 2 heart stopping OMG where is he/she moments. Yep, you guessed it neither time was a day when the kids where dressed together LOL go figure.  

   From my overprotective control attempts I discovered that the kids preferred to custom clothes and I so enjoyed making outfits and such for them. So I would make birthday outfits,holiday outfits, school outfits, special event outfits and even special family game night lounge wear. Well that is pretty much when we decided (my mom and myself) that we wanted to open 123CuteAsCanBe to share with others these adorable outfits that have meant so much to our family. 
Below you will see random pictures of some of my favorite outfits.


There are a couple of my personal favs. and now I have to go do dinner and bedtime routine. Thanks for reading this and have a great night!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Starting Out

Okay so I am very new to this whole blogging world but I wanted to share my amazing, wonderful,chaotic and offten very loud life with those of you out there who are interested.  I have been so busy building my family and working on teaching them the values and common life lessons I want them to grow up with that I kinda missed the fact that I do have a very unique life and people might want to hear about. So this is my attempt to tell my story.

Let me start out by saying I have 8 kids in my home ( yep eight LOL) My life has been blessed with and created by fostercare and adoption. Each of the kids has a unique story of his or her own but for now I want to focus on the family as a whole. There are 10 of us in this small but loved MN home. My mom Betsy, myself (Hi again I'm Erin), Andrew 15YO,Michael 11YO ( as of yesterday eeek! they grow up so fast), Tori 7YO,Benjamin 5YO, Matthew4YO, Molly 3YO, Cassie 22 months and Rory 3 months.  My mom has adopted Andew,Michael, Tori, and Molly. I was blessed to adopted Benjamin and Matthew, and Cassie and Rory (because of rules I am sharing the names that we will give them after adoption has taken place)are still foster babies.

The Whole Gang!
Andrew 15 years old
Michael 11years old
Tori 7 years old
Benjamin 5 years old
Matthew 4year
Molly 3 years old
Cassie 22months
Rory 3months
Okay so now you have met the gang and it is time for me to get them ready for another day tomorrow, so I will say Goodnight and try to write again very soon.
Thanks for reading a little about my life!