Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
This is what I did with that punched cardstock...
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
For those of you looking for a thoughtful gift, you might want to try the "I Hope" Carousel that I posted about here. It remains in our daughter's bedroom as a source of inspiration to her...
This hammered sterling silver cross is perfect for either occasion...
Three Cups is a wonderful book for children. It talks about the importance and value of money, giving, and saving appropriately without turning kids off.
I'd love to hear any creative ideas you'd like to share. Feel free to provide a link if you'd like!!
Have a great Tuesday!!
Monday, April 26, 2010
1. Glad I took the time to plant tulips last fall (worth freezing my tail off, too!). Lots of these all over the front and back of the house, and I'm in heaven. Also love the milk glass containers all over here lately. So fond of that stuff...
2. My mom double-dog dared me to grab some of these lilacs off a bush at the VFW yesterday, and to my daughter's horror, I was giggling in delight. In the rain, screeching the whole time--my mom was in stitches. I know, great example, eh? Happy to grab her some, too! Shameful!!
3. Notice a theme here? I'm itching to garden! I started some herbs indoors early, and I love the way they look and smell...
4. Leftovers from a sleepover with 3 boys this weekend. I don't know if it is because of the Ali E. Week in the Life thing or what, but I'm appreciating a lot of the little things this lately. Someday I'll miss these toys...
5. The Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge that Ms. Laina Lamb designed for Three Birds is quite simply, a must-have. Check it out here. This is a 12x12 cut piece of paper that I can't wait to use. Also anxiously awaiting to see what the next one looks like!!
6. This commercial. Everyone is singing it in our house, and when it comes on, we all stand and march to it. Crazy.
7. Anxiously awaiting upcoming info from Karen and Erin about more fun stuff coming down the pike. I'm an out-of-the-closet stalker to both of them and I look forward to see what they have up their sleeves...
8. Trying this new eggplant parm recipe for dinner tonight.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This website is devoted entirely to teacher appreciation. SO many ideas and links--be sure to check it out!! I found a list of poems and quotes there--perfect for cards or bulletin boards!!
Friday, April 23, 2010
7 Tbsp (2.5 oz) 60% cocoa bittersweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli)
1/4 cup dried wild blueberries (sold in produce section)
1/4 cup sliced almonds
Microwave chocolate in a glass bowl for 60 to 75 seconds or until melted. Stir in blueberries and nuts, then drop 5 rounded tablespoons onto parchment paper. Cool in refrigerator for 2 to 4 minutes or until firm.
Makes 5 turtles.
Per turtle: 104 cal, 8 g fat (3.5 g sat), 0 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Instead of using a punch I used my Cuttlebug and my Spellbinders scallopped Nestabilities.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
It got me thinking. This incredible layout from Laura Vegas last week spoke to me.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I was recently requested on my blog for some larger pictures of the mini-folder-album I did for the April gallery. This then prompted a blog post, tutorial included. If you still have that lovely lavender file folder left from that kit, (or if not, just get another one), it would make a great Mother’s Day gift for that upcoming celebration.
you will need:
a WIP kit in which to embellish
1. Start with a typical office supply folder.
2. Open folder flat and score 4-inches from the bottom of the folder.
3. Fold this portion into the rest of the folder.
4. Invert the existing fold so that it folds inward.
5. Fold left side into middle fold.
6. Fold right side into middle fold. (This is not a science, if the folds do not meet perfectly in the center, it will still look great).
7. The mini-folder should look something like this now.
8. Sew pockets on the scored creases up to the 4-inch mark.
9. Remember to sew up the right and left side end as well. You should now have four pockets.
10. Now have fun adding patterned papers, photos, and embellishments. As the folder I made with the April kit is a Mother’s Day gift for my mother-in-law, I plan on having each of the kiddos to write her a note and slip it inside the pocket behind their photo.
Monday, April 19, 2010
And that Shannon Tidwell was an inspiration to us all...
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Remember this post about birthday party inspiration that I wrote awhile back? Well, I realized that I never actually came back to share the details of Mirielle's First Birthday Party! I decided when Miri was about six months old that I wanted to have a Hungry Caterpillar themed party. I researched decorations and cakes and invitations. But as the date grew closer, I realized that to choosing a really specific theme would really mean a lot more work for me. Instead I decided to pick an easy theme. My 30th birthday party was a carnival theme, which I really liked, but we couldn't do exactly the same thing for Miri. So I started thinking about other possible themes. And if you can believe it, the entire party ended up being based on an outfit!
I have known since just about forever that Miri would wear a birthday tee by Resa Design. We have a number of other shirts from her and are big fans! For the bottom, we would use the ever popular tutu!! Miri has three different tutus (all were gifts!) in blue, pink, and red. After looking at fabric choices on the Resa Design webpage, I knew that my best bet was the red tutu with an blue and red "1". And that is how the theme of the part was born!! Here she is in her birthday outfit. :)
The invitations were from Photo Affections, which is the same site that we had previously used for our birth announcements and Christmas Cards. I think this was technically the "boy" invitation, but it worked for us!
Decorations included party hats, gift bags, and cupcakes toppers made by The Polkadot Pinwheel etsy shop. To be honest, I probably could have made this all myself, but I figured it would save me a lot of time and energy and stress to just pay somebody else to do it! I ordered the matching paper (which was really difficult to find!!) and made some homemade banners. We also had some gorgeous red tulips. :)
I even made a banner for her chair! :)
To eat we served basic appetizers, but included some fun treats like shaped sandwiches for the kiddos and jelly beans in the party colors.
Our tasty cupcakes were made by a local bakery, but I purchased special cupcake liners from another etsy shop, Cupcake Confessional. They were really inexpensive and helped tie everything together!
The gift bags included bubbles, crayons, cookies, and candy. Everything in the bag fit the red and blue theme. :)
So there you have it! A not-too tough to throw together first birthday party. I think Mirielle enjoyed it! :)