Thursday, March 15, 2012

Mom! I need gold earrings!

Soooooo... tonight my 4th grade awesome daughter informed me that because she is in student council (activities commissioner,) she is supposed to dress up like a leprechaun for school tomorrow because they have St. Patrick's day activities planned. She also informed me that she must be a girl leprechaun and that girl leprechauns MUST have gold earrings!! Since I was fresh out of gold nuggets for the day, we brainstormed that copper pennies might do the trick. What a relief! ;-) I just happened to have some blank earring backs in my craft stash and some trusty old E6000 adhesive and so I attached a couple of pennies to the backs. They are currently waiting to adorn my beautiful redheaded girl leprechaun tomorrow. It's a St. Patrick's day miracle! ;-)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring Projects

A couple of weeks ago I posted my heart button welcome project here on my blog and was inspired to make a cute little spring one in the same style. Well, my sister liked the spring one so much that I ended up giving it to her. What are sisters for, right? But, that left me one spring decoration down. Hmmm, dilemma. I have a couple of friends who might enjoy making some projects, so I set up a day and invited them over. Our little craft day lasted about 5 hours. (They always take longer than you think. Luckily we were having fun!) I love to see how each time any of my friends get together to craft, the results are different. So fun to be inspired by different points of view. I chose to keep my buttons on the pastel side, while my friends went with more intense colors. We all chose different base colors for the canvases and different ribbon placements. I decided to distress the bases of my egg topiaries and dyed them with walnut ink and wiped off the excess to give them a weathered look. Here is the original egg project that I was inspired by, from Pinterest, of course. One of my friends put colored polka dots and another put many many dots while I put mine farther apart. I also decided to add bakers twine in a celery green color to the bases of the topiaries. It was just a fun little set of projects. I ended up putting mine on my little mirror shelf next to my kitchen table and added a pitcher of faux flowers and a little bird I have from last spring. So, with these cuties plus my mantel being set, I just need to tackle the decorations for my bakers rack. (Wasn't going to even attempt that, but changed my mind...) Then the house will be prepped for the season. It is so fun to do this! Makes me happy to change things around in my house. Keeps me from getting bored and noticing that we need to repaint and clean carpets and get new drapes. I mean, shoot! The eggs do all the talking. At least visually. ;-)

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Dr. Seuss Tradition

Today, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss' birthday! Now, I have been reading Dr. Seuss to the kids since they were just buns in the oven. Literally. Always loved the rhyming and whimsy of the stories. I am further loving that there is a resurgence of appreciation for his work- movies and everything. Super cool, if you ask me. Anyway... Our kids' school offers a special breakfast of green eggs and ham for $2 a plate, but we have been doing our own tradition since before my kids were even in school.. I always buy a little turkey ham, cut it into cubes and add it to green scrambled eggs. We eat that with donuts (usually just the holes, but I went with Hostess store bought this year,) and orange wedges. The kids bought giant felt "Seussian" hats and pencils with giant printed erasers, and we chose "Green Eggs and Ham" to read this year during our feast. I hope they enjoy it as much as I do. I was sad that my sixth grade "tough guy" felt too old to participate. Shucks. At least he ate the breakfast and threw away his paper plate without being reminded! (I will take what I can get...) And, get this, my 15 year old was happy about the traditional green egg breakfast (even though her ride came before she could hear the story and get goofy with her brother and sister.) I may have to have her to sit on my lap this afternoon, when she gets home from being a high school freshman, and read it to her as if she were 3. Yes. That is a great idea if you ask me. Think she will buy it?? Hahaha. Why can't time stand still??
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spring Mantel 2012

I decided to get a head start on my Spring mantel. Not much to say about it, just that I am finished. Sigh. Now I can go out and enjoy the blossoming trees and flowers and the beautiful weather. That's a good thing, right?? Let's just assume that it is... (Oh! and for you OCD folks, don't worry! I moved the little ivy plant over to the right, and adjusted the little egg wreath so they were more even. Oh yeah, and I turned the little clock a tad too. You're welcome.) ;-) Hope you are able to enjoy yourselves this season! Happy Spring! (Almost...)
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