I am surrounded

By too many children. I do not know how or why my house became the neighborhood play zone, but I really don't like it. It is certainly not because I have a fondness for children. I love my own, but I don't actually like other people's. At least not most of them. There a few well behaved exceptions, but the don't live in the neighborhood. The kids in my hood? That's a post for another day.
Everday after school my ADHD son goes in search of playmates and they always come back to my house. Most of the time I can send them outside to play, but for about 3 months of the year it is too cold for that. Today it is about 10 degrees and, so, they are in my basement. There are a couple that are just too darn LOUD for me. I already yelled at one (for trying to smother another with a pillow while she sat on him) and scolded another (too rough with the dog) and they have been here less than 20 minutes. They are all a wild lot. They have decent parents, they just struggle with normalcy and none of them quite fit the mold.
At any rate, I am posting to showcase the new Hanna Stamps sneak peek, Domestic Goddess. I made a batch of wassail today and put some in a juice container to take to a neighbor. I am finding quite a lot to do with this set and am happy at how cute it really is. I'll have to add a tag to the juice bottle, it's too plain for my tastes, though it matches the card. I used brads, fabric and plastic flowers, Basic Grey and Bazzill paper. And some other paper that I used in the background, I forget who made it. I keep trying to put this Hanna in a light blue apron, like Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I branched out here, beyond my comfortable norm with the purple. I swear, I gotta kick these peanut gallery rejects out of my house and go to the scrapbook store more often!
The Wassail Recipe:
2 quarts Apple Juice
2 cups Orange Juice
2 cups Pineapple Juice
1 cup Lemon Juice (like Real Lemon)
3 sticks of Cinnamon
1T whole cloves
Heat to boiling. Let simmer 15 minutes. Sweeten with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, strain and drink. I think it is best drunk warm. It should be stored in the refrigerator.


a very tired mommy said...

ack... so sorry to hear that the neighborhood is hanging out at your's not so bad when everyone's outside, but inside? ack!

Love the new card and decorated bottle. You really are having a bunch of fun these days and creating some awesome stuff in the process!

Auntie said...

Is the broom attached to her arms or does she have other things she can exchange? I love how many things you can do with her and the fun stamps they have made with her.

Is Saturday good for you to come to celebrate Mrs. P b-day? I talked to her about going out for a bite and then coming back for a movie. If it works for everyone, maybe we could do it in the early part of the day. Let me know.

Tex said...

This is such a cute card! Love the shades of purples too! And homemade wassail?!? Marvelous & thoughtful gift to share!