Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Maddie*Kate Guest Interview now posted...

On the Boutique Buyers Blog. Let us know what you think.

We made it back from Disney World Sunday night. That was a very long day for all of us. I never imagined the week of Thanksgiving would be a busy time to go to Disney, especially this year with the economy the way it is, but it was packed! The kids had a great time visiting with their cousins that were here for Nate's grandmother's funeral. There was also a new "meet the characters" set up in Toon Town. Where we used to get our pictures taken with Minnie, Goofy and Donald Duck, there is now a whole new "Fairies" themed area. Mallory got to meet 3 of the fairies from the movie Tinkerbell. It was really neat.





Saturday, November 22, 2008

New Owl Fleece Set Listed on eBay

Here is a fun set that we just listed on eBay. Perfect for those chilly days ahead (or today for us!!) Made with some hard to find owl fleece and some comfy knit. Custom sized 2T-8!
You can find the latest Maddie*Kate listing by clicking here.


Mallory looks so grown up in this picture :-(

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thankful

Today was Nate's grandmother's funeral. It was a touching ceremony and really opened my eyes to what an amazing woman she really was. It also got me thinking (along with Thanksgiving coming up next week) about all the things that I am thankful for in my life.

First and foremost, I am thankful that I am healthy and most of my loved ones are healthy. For those that aren't healthy, I am thankful for the people taking care of them (you know who you are), as it's a very difficult (and somewhat thank-less) job that I can't imagine doing.

I am thankful for the wonderful man that I call my husband. He is the most selfless person that I've ever met, he always puts my needs and the kids needs before his own. He is also the hardest worker, period. I've never known anyone to work so many hours a day, almost everyday, just to make sure that the project is finished (and perfect) and to provide so many wonderful things for us - AND NEVER COMPLAIN!!!!!

I am thankful for my beautiful children (need I say more?)

I am thankful for my parents; for them guiding me through the years to become the person that I am today; for their generosity; their unconditional love, our family dinners and being only a few houses down to come visit daily (and to get those beautiful children out of my hair for a few hours).

I am thankful for all my great girlfriends, whether it be my high school friends, college friends, or my friends that I've met through Nate or the kids school. You all have meant so much to me over the years. Just being able to "shop" off some frustration or chat on the phone for hours catching up on life, or taking much needed girls weekends AWAY.

I am thankful that I LOVE my hobby of sewing. I am thankful that my mom was eager to teach me everything that she knows and I love that we are business partners and most of all, friends. I am thankful for all the wonderful people that we've met through our business; customers and other sellers.

I hope that all of you will be able to be with the people that you are thankful for this Holiday Season.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Maddie*Kate Boys Resell - Later Gator!

One of our sweetest buyers just listed a resell of ours from last Spring.
Size 5T, 2-pc set includes knit hoodie top & denim appliqued pants. So cute for a trip to the zoo!
You can find the listing here. Be sure to always search Boutique MK to find our listings and our resells!




Our local Publix Supermarkets had their Holiday Open House tonight, so my mom and I took my kids and my niece and nephew to see what they were offering. We had our share of apple pie, tiramisu, apples with yogurt dip, peppermint ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels and lots of yummy things to drink! There were Christmas carollers and stomp dancers and over in one corner, we spotted Santa Claus!! The kids were so shy to go up and talk to him, they were both hiding behind my legs. I wanted to get a reaction out of them, so I said, "Tell Santa how BAD you've been this year!" They both came from behind my legs and said, "No, no! We've been good!" I got a good laugh out of that. Maybe now they realize that Santa is around and watching them, so they better be good, for goodness sakes!

My Little Papillon, er, Butterfly

Mallory had a birthday party for a little friend in her class on Sunday that Nathan took her to, as Jack had a birthday party to attend at the same time that I took him to.
When she walked in the door, this is what she looked like.



She said, "Mommy, I'm a papillon. That's French for BUTTERFLY!" How does she know this, you might ask? Well, either she is a 4-year old genius, or she has been reading Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy too much. I think she's a genius.

I spent the morning at the Dollar Tree with 4 other preschool board members buying all the presents for the kids to go "shopping" in a few weeks. We send a form home with the kids for their parents to fill out who the kids will need to buy presents for (mom, dad, siblings, pets, grandparents, etc.) and one day in December, we take them to a room at the school with their list in hand, and they do their Christmas shopping! It's so cute to watch them pick out special presents. There are 75 kids in the school, so we have to buy a TON of things. Today, we bought 360 items. That poor cashier!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Best Lasagna Recipe & Promotion on eBay

Promotion:
The person with the most bids on our two Peanuts Valentine sets (one giveaway for the boys set and one giveaway for the girls set) will win a SURPRISE holiday set from us, worth $65!
You can find the boys listing (with only ONE, lonely bid) here and the girls listing here.

I'm making this tonight for dinner, as we've had a little cold snap and I feel like cooking something delicious! My kids will even eat it!!

1 1/2 pounds of lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 (29 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
12 dry lasagna noodles
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp salt
1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese


Directions
1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, onion and garlic; drain fat. Mix in basil, oregano, brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp salt, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles and cook 5 to 8 minutes or until al dente; drain. Lay noodles flat on towels and blot dry.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and 1 tsp salt.

4. Layer 1/3 of the lasagna noodles in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Cover noodles with 1/2 ricotta mixture, 1/2 of the mozzarella cheese and 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat. Top with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over the top.

5. Back in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 servings.

I could give you all the nutritional information, but that wouldn't be any fun!

Enjoy with a tossed salad and garlic bread!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Black Friday Deals

Just in case you haven't seen these yet and you like to get up early after stuffing your face on Thanksgiving to get your Christmas shopping done (or started like me), here are the Black Friday ads.
I will be out there braving all the crowds in search of some great deals.
http://www.black-friday.net/

Friday, November 14, 2008

New Craft Project - "Sock Friends"

Aren't these the just cutest things? I love them and purposely went out shopping for socks today (even though it calls for misplaced socks) so we could make some Sock Friends when the kids are on Winter Break in a few weeks.



If you are interested in making your own Sock Friends, you can find the simple instructions here. Or, if you're lucky, I might give a few away in December to some of our readers.

It was a FRIGID 87 degrees here today. What a nice Fall we are having. The kids thought it was Summer, so they threw on their bathing suits and headed out to our swimming pool, er, bucket. It is supposed to rain tomorrow and bring some cold temps. for Sunday and Monday. I can't wait to turn off the A/C!



Hope you enjoy the Christmas music I've added today.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Maddie*Kate Boys Peanuts Valentine Listing

Here it is. I got so much sewing done today, because my dear friend, Amy, was kind enough to pick my kids up from school for a playdate. Another bonus of the playdate was they were pooped and in bed at 7:15 tonight. Woo hoo! Here's to more playdates :-) Love you Amy!

Jack is 2 months away from turning 3... He is now my difficult model. I can remember when Mallory was first modeling our things. It was such torture for us all involved. What used to take 30-40 minutes in the HOT Florida sun, now only takes 10 minutes tops for Mallory. I guess I need to get the good bribes started for Jack! He would not stand still or smile very much today. I was stressed out too, as the sun was quickly setting behind the trees, hence the not-so-focused pictures on this auction.

You can find this Maddie*kate listing on eBay by clicking here.






I read this amazing quote from another designer friend's blog. I hope it makes you think.
One author writes: "I have spent long hours in the Intensive Care waiting room watching anguished people, listening to urgent questions: 'Will my husband make it? Will my child walk again? How do you live without your companion of 30 years?' The Intensive Care waiting room is different from any other place in the world. And the people who wait are different. They can't do enough for each other. No one is rude. The distinctions of race and class melt away. The garbage man loves his wife as much as the university professor loves his, and everyone understands this. Each person pulls for everyone else. In the Intensive Care waiting room the world changes. Vanity and pretence vanish. The universe is focused on the doctor's next report. If only it will show improvement. Everyone knows that loving someone else is what life is all about. Could we learn to love like that, if we realized that every day of life, is like a day in the Intensive Care waiting room?"



Off to watch Grey's Anatomy in peace.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

New Peanuts Valentines Listing from Maddie*Kate

We just listed this sweet 3-pc Valentine's set on eBay. The set includes the jumper dress, jeans, and fur cuffs!!
You can find the listing by clicking here.



We will be listing a matching boys set either tomorrow or Friday, depending on how fast I can finish it up :-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What do you want to know about Maddie*Kate

We really need your input on this question, as we were asked to be the guest writer this month on the Boutique Buyers Blog. They were so sweet to ask us to write a little something, and it can be on anything, but I think maybe it's supposed to be so you can get to know a little more about us?? Please leave us a comment on what you think and maybe there might be a little prize for the best answer.

We had planned on taking pictures of our sweet little Valentine's set today, but something was wrong with my camera and I couldn't figure it out until it started getting dark, so we will be listing it tomorrow. The matching boys set will probably be ready on Thursday. Yipee!

Mallory had some "homework" this week and she had to decorate a green piece of construction paper to be a feather for their class turkey. Of course we waited to start on it until tonight. You really didn't want to see my breakfast table before I cleaned it up...So I'll share the finished product. I sure hope I won't need any purple buttons anytime soon.



I have to share a funny little story from our morning. With the time change, my kids have been waking up around 6:30, which gives us PLENTY of time to get ready for school, eat breakfast, and if that goes smoothly, I let them watch TV for a little bit. I was getting myself ready and I could hear them in the other room talking about what show was coming on next. Well, the next show this morning was Sponge Bob. Mallory was so funny, as soon as the theme song started playing, she shouted, "Jackie, we have to change the channel! Sponge Bob will give us bad dreams!" I don't know where she comes up with these things...

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Halloween Pictures

So, I finally had a little break this afternoon. I finished all my customs that needed to get shipped out, Mallory was at my mom's house, and Jack went to the International Car Show in Tampa with Nate and my dad. So I decided it was time to edit the pictures!! I think with all the Halloween festivities that we went to in October, I probably took 800 pictures. I'm not kidding. Maybe that's why I've been putting this off for so long.

For all of our AMAZING, WONDERFUL buyers, we just wanted to let you know that we will probably only be listing 2-3 more custom sets this year. ** Be on the lookout for matching brother and sister Valentine's sets. They're going to be so cute!!** We have been sewing our behinds off this whole year without any real breaks. I know I need a break. My poor house has been neglected for far too long. It desparately needs a deep cleaning, the closets need to be cleaned out and my sewing room needs to be cleaned out!!

I keep trying to put a little bug in Nate's ear about remodeling our kitchen (we planned on having it done last year at this time, but it was going to cost WAY more than we had anticipated.) So, with my time off from sewing, I might make a few trips to some cabinet and appliance stores to see what's out there. You'd think with the way the economy is going, these people would be giving things away just to get some business. We'll see...

These are out in front of our house. Yes, we have a blow-up haunted house in the yard...I only allow it from 5-9pm on Halloween day. Jack got bitten by a mosquito earlier in the day right underneath his eye, so that's why it looks like someone punched him. You will see in the rest of the pictures that he doesn't have his sword...he decided to jab Mallory right in the eye with it, so it was thrown away. I guess Dorothy was a real threat.










Monday, November 3, 2008

How $4 in Candy turns in to $136 at the Vet...

So this morning, I decided that it was time for me to get my butt in gear and start exercising... Maybe because I ate too much candy this weekend?? Maybe it's because my jeans are WAY too tight?? Anyway, our dog, Sammy, always goes with me to take the kids to school if I don't have anywhere to go that morning. Since I decided that I needed to exercise, I wasn't going to bring her along in the car, as she is very difficult to walk on a leash.

When I got home about 45 mintues later, I opened the door from the garage and all I see is Milk Dud candy wrappers all over the kitchen floor and NO dog in sight!! So I start calling her name and she doesn't come running, which makes me think that she is either dead or in another room with more candy and trying to eat it as quickly as possible! I found her in Mallory's bedroom with a the wrapper from a bag of Twix! There are no wrappers or candy, just the bag!!! I quickly got her leash and we headed out to the Vet's office...

Sammy is all better now, after spending the day at the Vet's office and getting a shot to make her throw up. They had a long list of candy that they found, so she must have gotten in to other bags as well. The candy is now safely in the freezer where she hasn't figured out how to get it...yet...

I am still going through the Halloween pictures, so as soon as I get a free minute, I will post them here.


We just listed this cute BOYS Candy Land set. It's 2-pcs and will be re-created in a size 12m-8.
You can find the latest Maddie*kate listing on eBay by clicking here.



Saturday, November 1, 2008

Rest in Peace, Dear Grandma Dorothy

Nathan got a phone call yesterday from his uncle letting us know that his Grandmother had passed away in her sleep Thursday night. She had been suffering from pancreatic cancer. She was 91 years old and such an amazing woman. We will miss you Grandma Dorothy. We know that you are dancing in Heaven with Grandpa Carroll.

Here she is holding Mallory when she was a few weeks old.


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