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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Party in the USA

One of the bloggers I follow- Life at the Zoo- posted the official music video to Miley Cyrus's video to Party in the USA- I love that song. Then I saw this video:
I haven't posted many videos- but this one is amazing. I know this guy's mom. (hi Melinda) He is right on with timing and facial expressions!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Busy Times

So I have signed up to have a table at the Hadassah Hanukkah Gift Bazaar on Nov 15th. So I have been sewing, pinning, ironing up a storm. In addition I am taking an intermediate hebrew class on Thursdays. The kids have been sick, now Ori is sick (which is worse than having the kids sick because at least the kids try to pretend they aren't :) ). Also I posted an ad in Craigslist for my photography with free sessions to let me use the pics in my portfolio and got 20, Yes, that is 2-0, people who responded, well there were more but I cut it off at 20.
Want to know what I am sewing? Ruffle Baby Bloomers, Sensory Tag Blankets, Burp Cloths, Blankets, Hair bows, Hats with Marabou Feathers. Here is a pic of one of my bloomers- pay no attention to the actual picture- I was sad her forehead is all wrinkled- but it is a good pic of the bloomers. You can see more pics on my photography blog-

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Get 2 Patterns Free- just in time for Halloween.

Hi everyone- you probably know I am a huge fan of and now I am thrilled to announce they were featured on Studio Five in Salt Lake City and to celebrate they are giving away two free patterns- the filled tutu and the festive vest. Watch this video and then go to for your free patterns!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm Back- and Reinspired

I know I have been AWOL- it has been a crazy summer. But I am reinspired!!!!!!!! I have to show you what my friends and I accomplished in 1 day!
My craft room was a total mess- boxes and items that hadn't been unpacked since we moved in a year ago. Fabric, ribbons, and stuff spread on the floor while I was searching because I couldn't find anything. More Boxes, Baskets, and containers piled in corners and the closet. Well- check out the transformation.
My friend Susie painted the room, while Sheri and I sorted through everything- and I mean everything. Sorting out Fabric, scraps, ribbons, Books, Office Supplies, Scrapbooking Supplies, Sewing Tools, Yarn, etc. Divided items into keep, sell, donate, or trash. My new Motto is: It doesn't go into the room unless it has a place or a purpose.
I bought some darling- and I do mean darling- storage boxes at Ikea. The bookshelves I have had for a year- also from Ikea.
Enough Teaser- from Messed up Craft Room to Uncluttered Design Studio- here is the big Unveil:

Left Wall inside the doorAFTER
Left Hand Wall inside the door

Wall with Window

Wall with the Window

Right Hand WallAFTER
Right Hand Wall
Wall Beside the ClosetAnother View of the Bookcases on the right hand wall- see the flower boxes aren't they cute?!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Teresa's Wish List

I am throwing this out there because hopefully the Universe is listening. My husband always says I have expensive tastes- and he is right. but I don't ask for anything too outrageous. Universe- feel free to fulfill my wishlist.
1) Canon 5D Mark II
2) Canon 580ex flash unit
3) 1 or 2 TB External Hard drives
4) Sprinkler System
5) Whole house Water Filtration System
6) Wordsmith "What to Sell"
7) Wordsmith "What to Write"
8) Wordsmith "What to Wear"
9) Photoshop CS4 (I have 3 but I want the latest)
10) to get into my photography forum's prepro business forum

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I've been Tagged!

I was tagged by Melissa at 3 Princes -
I have to tell you 8 things in different categories.
Ok, here we go:
8 things I did today:
1) Listened to Harkada Radio chat
2) Called my Mom to congratulate her on 1 week cigarette free (which after 40 years of smoking is no small feat.
3) Sent my husband off to Columbia for a business demo.
4) played game cube Dora and the Purple Planet- did you know you can't die in that game? So I vary it up by trying to get as few space gems as possible
5) Watched- CSI: Miami from last night on my DVR
6) Picked up Ari from Pegasus, and then kept him home with me instead of taking him to daycare.
7) Picked Up Itai from Kindergarten- 1 hr later
8) let the kids play in the dirt for 1 hr and then sent them to bath and bed

8 Things I wish I could do:
1) Get a successful photography business going
2) Enjoy staying home with the kids this summer instead of working a 9-5 job
3) visit my sister or have her visit me more often
4) Make enough money to support the lifestyle I would like to become accustomed to :)
5) Be able to take my kids to do the things they want to do without worrying about money
6) Live in Israel for at least 3 months so I can become fluent in Hebrew
7) Craft or Photograph my kids more often
8) Finish my YCMT quilt- just need corners and binding and then to do the batting.

8 TV Shows I Love to Watch: (in no particular order)
1) All the CSIs- Miami, Las Vegas, NY
2) America's Next Top Model- Cycle 12
3) Numbers)
4) Bones
5) Biggest Loser
6) Backyardigans (that did not just make my list did it?)
7) Signing Times- a really great way to teach your kids sign language
8) Criminal Minds

the History of Ima Le Arba part 1

I was just your typical american growing up in East Texas when I met my husband. I worked everyday by driving into Dallas and then driving back to Greenville every work day. My stress outlet was the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) which is a renaissance reinactment group- kinda like a ren faire but held almost every weekend and we try to live life as close to period accuracy as possible. And that is where I met Ori, an Israeli- as out of place as one can possibly get :). He came here in 1997 from Israel with a successful Israeli startup who sent him from Israel to Silicone Valley and then to Arlington, TX to start their customer service dept. Now how did he end up at an event in East Texas, let alone ever heard of SCA? Well- he left his job and went to be a student at University of Texas Arlington. There was a fairly strong group on campus and that is how he got involved, he says it was to meet women- well, it worked didn't it?
It was close to my 29th birthday and I hadn't had a date in 3 years. Ori wasn't really my "type" but I got a surprise of my life when at a SCA meeting he walked by me and my knees got weak. I had met him before, What? So cliche- but I literally got all weak over him walking by.
So I got brave and asked him out (first and last time ever) Our first date was at an Indian Food Restaurant in Dallas- but Mapquest gave the wrong intersection and where I stopped and asked directions- not Ori. He wasn't really good at driving and Dallas traffic made him nervous- so he parked and got out at that Intersection (Preston and Arapaho) and walked all 4 corners. He didn't have a cell phone and so he was an hour late and to this day I don't know why I was still there. He came rushing up to the restaurant with 3 Gerber daisies and full of apologies. So we went in to eat. He did most the talking and at the end of the date he said to be honest he just didn't feel a spark. I said I appreciated his honesty and hoped that we would be good friends and that we would always be honest with each other.
Now remember- I had an hour and a half drive home and somewhere between the restaurant and home I decided he couldn't just decide something like that in 1 hr so when I got home I sent him an email that said "I demand a recount!" and other stuff but mostly the gist was that I didn't think he couldn't make such a decision in 1 hr and that I wanted a 2nd chance. He wrote back and said this was good- he thought I was too quiet. Hahahahahahahahahaha.
He knows better now.
We actually had our first date Sept 7, 2000 (the day before my birthday) and got married January 2001 in Las Vegas- but then we had about 5 ceremonies, lol. First we got engaged, it was a snowy day and we had just closed on our new property in Campbell (further known as the Pomeranch) and I didn't want to go back to work so instead we bought a ring- and he proposed to me at the corner of 3202/3204 overlooking our property. Next we were Hand Fasted in the SCA. We got married in Vegas, We had a engagement party in Israel that summer - because Ori didn't want to tell his parents we got married before they even got to meet me, not to mention that I am not jewish so he was concerned how they would take it. and Lastly we had a Renaissance Wedding at the Japanese Gardens in Ft Worth, where I grew up and his parents flew there to be with us and surprised us by renting costumes and dressing up for our wedding. The Renaissance wedding was gorgeous- nice clothing, good friends, good food, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. Cool enough that we didn't swelter in our Ren clothes but sunshiny and comfortable temperatures. and then we went to the Zoo for the fun of it- in our Ren clothes.
So that is the end of Part 1, I will post part two tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I want to give a shout out

to Ayelet at harkada radio- it is Israeli Dance music played 24-7. With Live shows on Mondays and Tuesdays and sometimes Fridays. Love it- I stream at work and minimize the chat. Or you can chat too. The chat is sometimes English, sometimes Dutch, sometimes Hebrew. You never know what you will get. You should really check it out! Here is the link to Harkada . (music is mostly Hebrew- but occasionally they throw in spanish and english)
Awesome station!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I need your help- what to name my photography business.

I have had Moments Matter Photography for 3 years, but... last year I found someone in another state is using my Moments Matter name. I sent her a note saying she was in violation but she said she registered with her state and as long as they said it was okay she wasn't going to give it up. I never registered mine here. So I have toyed with a couple of different names: Teresa Maureen Photography and Birds Nest Photography. I just can't seem to nail it down since I really liked my Moments Matter. But I got to thinking maybe I should change it to Teresa Maureen since Moments Matter is limited to people photography only. I am not in love with any of them, So what do you think? Here is my current logo
and here is my work up for Teresa Maureen. I
didn't make one for Birds Nest Photography, although I did get the domain. Do you have another suggestion?
The issue is that if you do a google search- you find her, not me. I did want a more colorful logo- but I can't think of anything using Teresa Maureen and I am not sure about Birds Nest- although it does have great branding potentional. So I am throwing this out there for your suggestions. HELP?

Friday, April 24, 2009

Just a quick drop in note

I am having a garage sale tomorrow- and I haven't done anything except told my neighborhood I would host one as part of their neighborhood garage sale. So tomorrow early am will find me out putting anything and everything into the garage sale. Whee!
but hey, at least I will have some cash to show for it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Oh, I know it has been a while

but there are going to be a life change coming. I am leaving my job at IBM to become a stay at home mom in June. There are a myriad of reasons but the one I am looking forward to the most is spending more than 2 hrs a day with my children. I feel like my children's daycare knows more about them than I do.
So if I post anything crazy like- that is why. This also will let me spend 3 weeks in Israel in July :) I am looking forward to it. I will get to practice more photography too.
Drawback- little adult time. You guys have to give me some Adult conversation okay. I don't mean xxx conversation- I mean crafting and people conversation.
So now I need to get working on some ebooks for so I can earn some extra money. I was also considering hosting a blog to sell my scrapbook stuff- I have a whole room full and it is just a part of my life that is behind me right now. And when I bought the stuff- oh how happy it made me. Now it makes me sad- seeing how much money I spent buying it and not having any time to use it. If I have any spare time- I want to sew- or take pictures, or just take my kids to the park.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Kochavim 2009

So I spent the weekend away at Kochavim 2009- an Israeli Folk Dancing Camp. OH, it was sooooo much fun! We learned 24 or so dances (talk about brain oversaturation!). I met lots of new people and we danced, danced, danced, ate yummy food, and danced some more. Now you notice I didn't say sleep because I doubt we got more than 4 hrs before it was time to get up and start all over. Our instructors were lots of fun, and patient too which is good considering I am not that talented to learn in one teach! And big kudos to Larry M for editing the video so that I only show in the review video looking like I know what I am doing.
I will post a picture later.
Also big kudos to my husband for keeping the kiddos. I missed you ahouvi but I had such a good time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Giveaway Alert: WonderMommy is up to some good

Wondermommy is hosting a giveaway for 2 yds of Anna Maria Horner Fabric- it is gorgeous. I so want some but I am spreading the word- so go enter by leaving a comment on her blog- just click on the picture to be linked to her blog:

Monday, March 16, 2009

I have a dream

I don't know how many of you know that I am also a photographer- I have another blog called Moments Matter Photography. I have always wanted to have the opportunity to go to Photography Workshops around the world to learn everything I can and maybe provide reviews to magazines and my blog public about those workshops.
Well now I can try to make my dream come true- there is a contest being sponsored by Lenovo and Microsoft. You can view my entry by clicking here. If you like my idea- click on Pic it to vote.
If I win I get a new laptop that is made specifically for photographers and some money to apply toward my dream. So all my loyal readers- I need your help. Pass on my information to whoever you think might like it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Nephew's School Project

Okay- I can't claim to have anything to do with this project other than it is my nephews. They had to create a habitat for a pet rock. Blake decided on Sonic the Hedgerock- it turned out so cute!
especially considering he is only 9- not shabby at all huh?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My poor baby car

So this week Ori is teaching a class in the office so I have been picking up Itai from School. So he has been driving my car so he can pick up the 3 little ones. Ori's normal car is a tiny little Hyundai Accent, and I drive a Dodge Grand Caravan Minivan. Somehow he didn't make the turn out of the parking garage and this is what my poor baby car looks like now:

So I called insurance and had them book me an appt and dropped it off at the body shop this morning. Well if Ori thinks my car is Carzilla- then the rental car is Truck Kong- they gave me a Dodge Ram King Cab Pickup Truck! No way am I letting Ori drive it so looks like I am not going to the Israeli Block Party this evening :(

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My new fabric

I am so not a product photographer- unless it is clothing:) but look at my pretty fabric I got in the mail today:)

Israeli Block Party- Matilda Jane- and misc

For those that asked- my MJ Trunk Show went well. We only had about 5 of us- but we all were able to get what we wanted and I really enjoyed talking to the Moms I knew and the ones I just met.
For those who don't know- the Israeli Block Party is held every year on the UT campus and this year they are looking to make it the best since this is Israel's 60th yr. March 11th is the date- Click on the link for more information. My Israeli Folk Dance buddies and I will be leading dancing down there and it is going to be fun. Come on out and do some shopping, dancing, talking, and eating!

I am joining Mama's a Mess- in providing an orphanage with blankets and bibs. Sharon- your heart warms mine! If you are interested- head on over to Mama's a Mess' blog and volunteer- make a receiving blanket or two or 20 and feel good about yourself- if your going to craft- might as well get some love out of it- right. And those kids in the orphanage don't have warm blankets and bibs to keep them clean- lets do what we can to help! I am also thinking some fleece blankets for the older kiddos wouldn't go amiss either. Or quilts- I know lots of you have your YCMT quilts.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

I am in love with these pics

Just in case you guys don't peek at my Moments Matter Blog- here are a couple of recent pics of the girls. There are more pics on my other blog.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Matilda Jane Trunk Show- Austin, TX

That is right- I got the first Trunk Show date of the new Hot Line Collection from Matilda Jane. For those who have not seen these clothes- they are gorgeous- and perfect not only for portraits for going out and about. I own several of the pieces from the Fall collection- check this out:

While this is not the most technically perfect picture- it does have all 4 of them looking and looking so cute in their Matilda Jane (yes- the boys are wearing the Mr Lucas shirts from MJ)

If you are interested in coming to the Trunk show it will be Sunday March 1st at the Bright Horizons on Braker Ln in Austin at 2:30pm. Come and see the brand new collection- I can't wait. And I am setting up my photography lights so there are pictures involved!

Matilda Jane's website is and the blog is they have been posting sneak peaks over there so head on over and check them out.

Bring your friends- your all invited. (more pics of my kids in Matilda Jane at

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Fabric Insanity

Some how I have become the proud owner of the complete Aviary from Moda Fat Quarter Pack - here is a pic from the Fat Quarter Shop

And if that wasn't enough I also got 3/4 packs for the Grand Revival Darla Fat quarters- this pic is from the Grand Revival Blog

Here is the picture from the Fat Quarter Shop

See- what happened was- I joined a fat quarter swap. Then I ordered fabric- I think I thought I was ordering a small pack- but um- no. But my husband said it was okay- I can keep it so Hooray!

Can't wait to sew!

Monday, February 16, 2009

I just have to brag!

My son Ari is going to be 4 in June. He is so talented- he drew this when he had just turned 3-

For those of you who are not family- you might not know that when Ari turned three he was inarticulate- he rarely said anything and he was very frustrated in trying to communicate. He had had a series of ear infections from 12mos old and had ear tubes put in at 18 mo- even after that his ears drained and drained and when we took him for his followup with his ENT he had 40% hearing loss. His dr gave him claritin and suddenly his ears started clearing up- by the time he hit 2 1/2 he had 100% hearing- he got it all back- but he wasn't talking.

When he was 2 1/2 I had twin girls- He liked to play independantly and I just thought it was that he was secure- but then when he turned 3 and wasn't talking I was worried- and I thought he might be autistic- he had neurologist appts and MRIs and even a geneology screening- and wouldn't you know it- completely normal. We put him in private speech therapy and since January 08 he had made huge strides. He was doing 48 piece puzzles at age 3. and then he drew the lion above. Isn't that impressive for a 3 yr old? I have tried to find an art program- but there are not any for age three. What is up with that? Ballet starts at 3- why not art?

Friday, February 13, 2009

Follow up to the Teacher's Valentines

the gifts were a hit! The teachers all marveled over how it was made and how cute they were. I owe a big thank you to Kris for those directions! Also- I took a picture with my cell phone- it isn't a great picture but hey- it was 6:30 in the morning. Here are the girls teachers- doing it up Charlie's Angel Style

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Altered Letters Tutorial

This is one of my favorite all time crafts- and it is perfect for my first tutorial to share.

Paint (I love Memories brand- but regular acrylic is fine)

Modge Podge

foam brushes

embellishments- I used a big flower- isn't it pretty?

Basic Construction:
You need about 4 sheets of coordinated paper (1 for each letter). Even unrelated lines of paper can be combined in an appealing manner.

Paint the edges and/or bottom of your letters with a coordinating paint. (that way if your measurements are a little off it will cover a multitude of sins.

Turn your first sheet of paper upside down and place your letter right side down. Trace around your letter. (make sure you get the center of letters as needed.

Now cut out your paper letter- I cut on the inside of the line I drew.

Apply a thin layer of decoupage glue (Modge Podge) evenly on the front of the letter and quickly put your paper letter over it. Use a brayer or your finger to smooth the paper several times to make sure the paper doesn’t bubble up. The idea here is not to be a perfectionist so if you get a few bubbles no harm no fowl. You’ll be covering up any mistakes with your accessories anyway. (the important thing here is THIN layer- too much and your paper will stretch and wrinkle)

Repeat steps 2, 3, and 4 until all letters are covered. Remember… there is no wrong or right to this. You can be as perfectionist or as messy as you want to be. You can sand the edges of her paper to make it flush- . As I tend to cut my paper just a little smaller than the letters, I used paint to cover the imperfections. Can you spot my mistake?

Yes, that is right- I didn't notice that when I turned my paper downwards and placed my letter on it- I got the title strip. If you can read that- you are too close- but the paper line is from Basic Grey. I fell in love with it on sight.

Here is the L fixed
Set aside to dry and begin thinking about your accessorizing.
This is the fun part. You can mount at least one of your photos onto chipboard and mounted it using a bulldog clip from the local office supply store using a screw. I like the idea of using a cuphook and hanging beads, bells, or something similar. Dig in that stash- you can use metal frames, photo corners, rubons and more to make your letters unique. My husband was delighted that I actually used some of my supplies and I was delighted to make room to buy more J.
You can use ribbon to tie a bow around one or more letters.

Here is the final product again- have fun- and feel free to show me the letters you made

Monday, February 9, 2009

Teacher gifts are done!

Here they are- they turned out so cute!

teacher gifts in progress and quilt top

Sorry for my pity party this morning- I wasn't sure anyone was reading since I didn't get any comments. Anyway- moving on...

here are the teacher gifts in progress - there are 16 of them- I am obviously not a product photographer- but they are filled with (l-r- conversation hearts, valentines candy corn, valentines m&ms and valentines fruit snacks) They will be topped with popcorn balls dipped in white chocoate and sprinkled w/ valentines sprinkles. a "cherry" chocolate heart and pixie sticks or pencils for the straws will complete the look.
Here is the pink/sage green quilt top- I cannot seem to get a picture that is as pretty- it is much prettier in person.

OK- I know your out there lurking

I have only one PIF commenter. Pay it Forward is a great program.
Or maybe I do only have 3 people who read this- me, myself, and I? Well we will keep nattering on anyway! Maybe someone will randomly land in my blog by clicking on that next blog button up at the top.
Quilt status- the pink and sage green is 2/3 sewn together. the black/white/teal is patiently waiting for me to sew it together too.
And my "sundae" teacher's gifts are in progress. If you haven't seen this- sneak over and visit Kris at JesseKate Designs. Her valentine center pieces are becoming my teachers gifts- only I can't find taffy so they are getting popcorn balls instead.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Pay it Forward

Have you heard of Pay it Forward- it is a fairly easy project requiring little on your part. How many times have people done something nice and you wish you could pay them back- but you can't - but you can do something nice for someone else? That is the concept of Pay it Forward.

How this one works is quite simple. The first three people to sign up on this post will receive a surprise PIF sometime within the next 365 days. Then each of my three players will invite their own three players and so on. Doesn't that sound like fun?
Ok, so the first three to sign up (international welcome) will receive some Random stuff from my collections :) sometime this year. In return, you will make a post on your blog and offer the same thing to three of your blog readers. So, come on....who wants to be part of this great event?

PS- Make sure you give me your email addresses- I would hate to not be able to contact you.
Don't be shy about commenting- I have lots of random goodiness in my craftroom- some scrapbooking, some beading, some yarny stuff, some fabricry stuff. You name it and I probably have it- except maybe felting stuff- haven't ever done felting :)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I have pinwheels- for my quilt that is

Here is my pinwheels- I am loving them both- but now I wish I had made more- oh well- this is for a wall hanging right? Not a queen sized bed- trying not to be too overly ambitious.
I still can't decide which I like best- although I love love the sage and pink but I also really like the teal and black/white combo.

Hello.... Hello? Echoo?

Is anyone reading? I feel alone in cyber space. I have been sick this week and haven't gotten a single comment? I am working on my quilt- My pinwheels are almost together.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

On the Mend

I am on the mend (finally!!!!) from the worst cold I have ever had, well maybe the flu- not sure. I had fever for 3 days and now that that is over I am coughing and sorethroat. But at least the fever is over! So sometime soon I will try to do more work on the quilt. Steps 8 and 9 are on the YCMT website but I am still where I was- squaring up the original triangle blocks.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Quilt update- and before and after pics of me

Okay- first the quilt update- I have finished ironing the squares for both quilts- now I am squaring them up. I don't understand how I got so far off on some of those- but it is all good, I will make it work. It is obviously going to take a while to square them up since I have 64 of each quilt.

Have you heard of They so rock. I sent in a picture of me and they did a digital nip and tuck to show an after picture if I lost 40 pounds- check this out:


Thursday, January 29, 2009

As Promised- Quilt Pictures

I still haven't made much progress- I have ironed all the bw squares, Now to do the Pink and Sage Green- but I have delayed long enough on posting pictures so here ya go.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Follow along Quilt (s)

I am following along with the YCMT quilt a thon- you can link for more information by clicking on the graphic on the right hand side. You might have noticed that I posted about this a while back to help me chose a color theme- since I only got two comments- I went with BOTH color schemes so I am making a black/white/Aqua quilt and a pink/cream/and sage green quilt. I of course have taken pictures and not posted them because I am at work so check back this evening and I will post them.
Kim posted step 7 today- but I am still on step 2 (don't tell her, okay?) I am on the ironing the new squares part- next I will square them up and sew them into pinwheels, and square them again. Is there a support group for people who are way far behind?
This is my very first quilts so I am going slow and making sure I do it right, because I want to be able to do something with what I have made. Maybe a gift or to decorate the guest bedroom?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Some Big Changes are coming!

I am going to be making a new header and changing up my backgrounds. For those of you waiting for my quilt pictures- I am working on it. As I say on facebook- it isn't the taking pictures that takes so long- its the uploading and editing :)
Keep watching, cause things are happening!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Do you Israeli Folk Dance?

I do! We have a very small group here in Austin, but we are looking for more and a teacher too.
There is a dance camp coming up at the end of March- Kochavim 2009. They are a wonderful camp- hosted by the dancing group out of San Antonio.
Last years Kochavim was a blast and they didn't stop dancing! They danced at the pool, they danced on the lawn, and they danced everynight until 3 or 4 in the morning.
I am looking forward to this years. You can view their link at although they haven't updated it yet.
This years brochure is digital- I can't seem to figure out how to attach it so you can email me for it (go to my profile and click on email me)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Torn between 2 color schemes

So I was out shopping yesterday at Joann's. I want to do the Make a Quilt thing from YCMT (see the graphic to the right). I found just tons I could have used- but I couldn't decide between pink and sage green or black and white with retro teal accents. Somebody help me decide. I will post pictures this evening. I have to get to work cutting them and sewing them into pinwheels so try to post/comment today.
Thanks in advance!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Winners of the Name the Blog Contest

Mama Krit, Turtle, and 3 Prince designs- please email me your address because you win :)
I am going to go with Ima Le Arba and will just make a nice little banner to explain it all. Maybe its silly- but I feel that it defines me- I am a mother of 4 wonderful small human beings and I can't imaging being called anything else.
If you have a specific request for your prize let me know- I have so much stash I am sure I can accomodate. (no machines though heehee)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Making it up Quilt

For those who don't know, Kim at is making a quilt. Not just any quilt, this is a super dooper, super easy quilt- broken down with step by step directions. Now I have to chose what fabrics from my humongous stash. Black and White might be fun :) . Today is step 4 and 5. Here is the link to the YCMT blog .
If you have been hiding under a rock, and haven't read any of the rest of my blog- you still need to know this: You Can Make is a wonderful site where you can find ebooks on how to make just about anything- aprons, children's boutique clothing, purses, bags, baby blankets, etc. There are sewing patterns, crochet and knitting patterns, paper crafting, digital scrapbooking, and so much more (even some adult and tween sewing patterns, not just children). If you haven't been to the website you should go at least once. I love YCMT and even was chosen to participate in their Thrifty under Fifty challenge right before the holidays. I was on Team Carla along with some wonderful teammates. The link to their blogs are in my profile so feel free to check them out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Blog Name? contest?

So since the Thrifty Fifty is over- I was thinking of changing my blog name- but I can't seem to think of anything clever- so howabout a contest?
The winning blog name will get a special care package from me- maybe fabric, maybe scrapbooking, maybe both, maybe something already made.
Here are somethings to go off of: I have 4 children- all 6 yrs old and younger. My husband is Israeli- so if you can think of something clever in hebrew, bring it on. My sign on name for a lot of places is imalearba4 (ima le arba is mother to 4 in hebrew). We don't have any pets- my kids are desperately afraid of dogs (don't ask me why, I haven't figured that out). I like to do crafts, sewing, scrapbooking, beading, knitting, crocheting, etc. I can't draw worth anything, but if Carla wanted to make me a cute little person like hers on the Scientific Seamstress blog, I wouldn't say no.
So have fun, be creative. I could use Imalearba- but people get confused about that sometimes.
To enter just make a comment to this post.

Monday, January 5, 2009

This amazes me!

This story affects anyone who handcrafts any items meant for children- If this passes it will require that goodwill test any items for children for lead. Including clothing! So all of us that handmake items for sale would have to pay a private firm to test the clothing we make. The article is here:,0,2083247.story
Now- keep in mind that I am sure that if your yarn company certifies their yarn is lead free then you can pretty much use their statement for your product- but what if they don't have it tested- because say the yarn was not intended only for children- then you have to pay to have it tested before you can post it on etsy- or for sale through a boutique.
Goodwill says they are going to have to take all the children's clothes to the landfill- but the truckload! Wow. So all of us who are donating clothing to goodwill when our kids outgrow it are going to be affected to- even if we don't sell it.
This is absolutely absurb- I understand toys- especially that crisis that we had last year- but clothing? Sweaters? Babywraps, even cotten birdseye cloth diapers? This is going to raise the cost even at Walmart for clothes. AAAAH!

Back to Work

Well, it is time to get back to work. I have worked from home for the last month, but I am back in the office today. So if I don't pop in or comment on any blogs- that is where I am. I usually can manage to get on facebook though so you can add me if you wish (Teresa Pomerantz).
Poor Tamar is sick today- she was up all night coughing and feverish. I gave her a breathing treatment around 11pm which helped some- but we are all tired and cranky today. Itai is being such a good brother and helping entertain her at home with Aba.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year to You!

Here in the Pomerantz household we are gearing up for a fabulous new year starting with our resolutions. Here are a few of mine:
1. enjoy the quiet moments
2. more crafting
3. resume going to the gym on a regular basis (4 times a week for bodyjam)
4. I am not going to resolve to lose weight since that isn't effective- instead I am resolving to get healthy this year.
5. To have my crooked teeth straightened and whitened.
6. To work with Itai on writing
Hope your resolves are attainable.