Sunday, May 25, 2008

17 years...

Where was I 17 years ago today?

Happy anniversary to my husband. I love you!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

new blog background...

I love to change my blog background and let's face it... Blogger's choices are limited. Well, in comes Leelou to the rescue! She offers many free (adorable) blog backgrounds for people to use. She will also design custom blogs. I just love her work!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

mother's day gifts...

I have been working with the kids to make Mother's Day gifts for the Grandmas. The first thing we did was make Silhouette Plaques. We followed the great tutorial we found here.


Then my dear husband, Andrew (a junior kindergarten teacher), came home from school with this idea from a parent.... First, get a jillion of those little plastic circle beads and forms to put them on. Decide on cute shapes, lay them out, put the pressing paper on top, and iron them so they melt together. The flip the shapes over and iron the other side. Then you simply put a jump ring through one of the holes and attach earring findings.
We made lots of daisy earrings and some other shapes too (but, daisies were the favorite). I had Molly write here name on a piece of cardstock, wrote the word "Originals" under her name, an put the earrings on the cards. I saw my Mom tonight and she just loved hers, I am sure they will be as well received with her other Grandma tomorrow.

So to all you Mom's out there... Happy Mother's Day! I hope that you all have a day with no sibling fights and lots of hugs and kisses.

Friday, May 9, 2008

art guild and pentecost...

I belong to my church's art guild with some of my "guildie" friends. It has really been wonderful to perform a service for the church and have a night of laughter and fun with friends. Here is our installation for Pentecost (sorry for the lousy pictures - but it is nearly impossible to take good pictures inside this church - at least with the camera I am using).

According to the member that designed the installation... the multi-color banners running randomly from one point of the church to another represent the infusion of the Holy Spirit during Pentecost and how it is all around us.

I don't think the pictures do it justice. It really is very cool!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

the apple and the tree...

Okay, this might be goofy.... but....
How proud am I of my 7 year old's first diorama! It is a scene from the book Catwings (hence, the flying cats). She did it all at school and I was so proud when I saw it. She really did a great job and I love that she enjoys being crafty.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

tooth fairy box tutorial...

With all the visits lately at our house (and Molly's friends' houses) from the tooth fairy, I came up with these cute little tooth fairy boxes to make and give...

A quick trip to the store and pick-up supplies...

1 wooden box with shadow box-type top, 1 set of tooth fairy themed stickers, paint, and some glitter (the finer the better)

Paint the box inside and out, let dry...


For the shadow box-type top (I have no idea what to call it) put a tooth sticker directly in the middle of the square of wood, fill the window area with glitter, put the wood square back in, and seal with hot glue...
It will look like this... continue to decorate with stickers...

Don't forget to put stickers on the bottom too! You could varnish the whole thing if you would like. My daughter loves these and we have made some for her friends. It is easy enough that she can make one too.

The only thing I am not thrilled about is the bead of hot glue running around the edge of the square. I need to neaten that up a bit...

Enjoy!


Thursday, May 1, 2008

water...

Today seem to revolve around water...

Water, part 1...
Matthew has been beging for a water table ("like the one at daycare Mommy - please, oh please, oh please!!!!"). Today we caved and bought him one... just like at daycare. However, by the time we got to the store after work, bought it, had dinner, and got home... it was too cold and too late to play with it outside.

Poor Matt... he was devestated by this news. All he wanted to do was play with his new water table and he didn't care if he would catch pneumonia while doing so. What was a Mom and Dad to do? We set it up in the kitchen. of course!

Even Molly couldn't resist the temptation of playing with a "little, silly preschooler toy" (her words) and joined her brother in the fun. Although she made me promise not to show these pictures to any of her friends (so don't tell anyone you saw them - okay?)

Water, part 2...
I know I have told you all about the potential grass in the backyard (and my obsession with it). Well, I harass my husband (Andrew) everyday "did you water the grass?" This morning he turned on the water for the sprinkler and got ready for work. We had all overslept (due to being out so late in Boston the night before) and we rushed out the door to school/daycare/work. About 11:30am, I got a phone call from Andrew...

"Guess where I am?" I was totally thinking nurses office at my daughter's school and he said "nope, I am on the way home to turn off the sprinklers." Oops! We left them on for 4.5 hours. Not at all in line with our current efforts to reuse, reduce, recycle...

But, tonight - my potential grass looked great!