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Conversations with “curly cutie” (round 14)




(Sometimes CC asks me questions about death.  She says the following in the middle of one of those conversations.)

CC:  I think death is so “ug”.

Me:  What is “ug”?

CC:  It’s another word for “not so good”.

Me:  Lol.  Oh, ok.


(CC busts through the door of the room I was sitting in)

CC:  Mom, can you come and make me some breakfast?  I asked dad if he would make me some and he said “no”.  So, I came to investigate.

Me:  LOL.  Investigate what?

CC:  I came to investigate you to see whether or not you would fix me a big breakfast of oatmeal.

Me:  Lol!  Yes, I’ll fix you some oatmeal.

(CC immediately leaves the room, closing the door behind her)

CC:  (In somewhat of a loud voice) Daaaaad.  I went in to investigate mom and she said she’s gonna do it.


CC:  Can I have my cookie for breakfast?

Me:  No you cannot.

CC:  Remember when I had brownies and icecream for breakfast one day?

Me:  Yes, I can’t believe we let you do that.

CC:  Why mom?

Me:  Because, although it was fun, it’s not good for you.  That’s o.k.  We’ll be phasing sugar out of our home anyway.

CC:  When today?  Or this year?

Me:  This year.

CC:  Yeah, cuz I’m gonna read my type 2 diabetes book today and that tells you about some good things you can do for your body.

Me:  Agggghh!  LOL!!!

(We did put that book on her shelf, because at one point she liked looking at the pictures.  Now that she’s reading I have no clue what info her little brain is retaining.  No one in the home has diabetes and we want to keep it that way.)


CC:  Can I have Dora fruit snacks before we cut sugar out of our lives?

Me:  Lol.  Probably not.

CC:  Well, I was thinking mom, if we cut sugar out and we go to the state fair this year, we won’t be able to have a funnel cake.

Me:  That’s exactly what that means.  Lol.  (I’m laughing because the state fair is is in August.  Why is she thinking that far ahead?)

(I don’t want to do a total deprivation kind of thing, but hope to get to a point where we are eating more nutritious foods that are equally as satisfying.)


Two projects with clear vinyl

A couple of things have been in the works over here: celebrating with the birthday girl, attempting to clean/organize her room.  I think I would have a better chance solving world peace than the latter.

Curly Cutie recently turned five.  Yay!!!  Where has the time gone?

This is the second year that I’ve made a birthday dress for CC.  Here is the dress from last year.  I wanted it to be simple yet cute.  I needed to make two dresses this year because CC would be celebrating the big “5” with her friend (J-Renee) born 8 days after her.  J’s mom and I were college roommates.

The colors on the table were pink and purple.  CC in purple.   J-Renee in pink.  It would have been too much like right for me to take pictures after the dresses were made, but nooooo I didn’t do that.

See how simple the design is.  I purchased a 5T t-shirt and added a ruffled strip of fabric to the bottom.  Added a hem to the bottom and I was done.  I went around and around about something else I could make that would incorporate the fabric as well as bring some color to the upper body.  After much deliberation, I decided on a little drawstring bag.  You can see it peeking out from CC’s back in the above pic.

Enter clear vinyl.

I used the vinyl to create a small window in the bag to easily see its contents.  CC has not quite filled up her bag yet.  I think it adds a little something to the traditional all fabric bag.

The birthday girls in action.

All work and no play, makes for a not-so-cool day.  So, the girls clock in for a hard day’s work at the site.


And more work.


Hmmmm, her office looks a lot like her room at home.  Talk about quality care.

Time for fun.


So glad CC had a great time for her birthday.  The girls looked so cute in their dresses and matching drawstring backpacks.

There is another reason why clear vinyl maketh me happy.  I mentioned above that I try, at times, to bring order to CC’s room.  Even more conscious now that AV baby is mobile.  A while back,  I bought some bookshelves and bins to contain the many items CC has in her room.   I don’t know why because hardly anything is in the bin it should be in.  Her cleaning consists of throwing item in hand into nearest bin.  Needless to say, stuff is all over.  Especially puzzle pieces.  I have seen the frustration when she is at the end of a puzzle only to realize she is missing the last one or two pieces.  So I set out to see if I could come up with a solution to contain the puzzles.

Enter clear vinyl, bias binding, and velcro.

I did make this bias binding myself using some fabric I had on hand.  Here is a peek into the process.  There are lots of tutorials online that explain this technique.

Here are a few foam puzzles that needed a stable home.  Some of the family members were missing, hence the reason for this project.  CC has several puzzles that need such attention.  We’ll start with these though.

Using those items, I came up with this….

We like it.  Now, they don’t have to look like this….

Well, that’s it for now.

Have you tried working with clear vinyl?

Mirror turned chalkboard

Well, it looks like plans to homeschool Curly Cutie are underway.  She begins kindergarten in the fall.  I was faced with the question of how to turn her living space into a “haven of learning” that is functional and fun.  Not to mention it must be done frugally.  I attempted to enlist the help of a friend that is absolutely great with organizing, but schedule conflicts made it difficult to meet.  So, I was left to my own devices to try and come up with an arrangement for CC’s room.

Lesson from 2011:  You can do a lot more than you think you’re capable of. 

There are several components I want to see in the room, one being a chalkboard.  I have a child that loves to write on just about any surface.  I wanted to provide her with an acceptable outlet.  My mind immediately went to thinking about how I could tackle this project.  I had heard about chalkboard paint, but wasn’t familiar with the surfaces that could accommodate the paint.  Once I learned that the paint could be used on glass, I knew we were in business.  I had a mirror just sitting in my garage that would be perfect for her space.  It originally belonged to a dresser we used in our bedroom.  We turned the dresser into a “buffet-like” piece of furniture that already has a mirror above it.

frame after mirror was removed

 The process was very simple.  I didn’t take many pictures.  Sometimes I get so excited, I just want to finish the project.

  1. Removed mirror from frame
  2. Cleaned mirror and let dry
  3. Painted first coat and let dry for an hour
  4. Painted second coat and let dry for an hour
  5. Painted final coat (The 3rd coat gave me that nice black look I was going for and I could not see any mirror through the paint.  This may be different for other people)

6.  Let mirror cure for 3 days like directions recommended, and secured to wall with simple mirror hardware

7.  Conditioned board by turning a piece of chalk sideways and completely covering the chalkboard

curly cutie enjoyed this step

8.  Erased chalkboard and it was ready to go!

Lots of people have done some really creative projects with this paint.  Can you think of anything cool to turn into a chalkboard?