Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Only 3 days to go...and Retro Pink Kitchen Tags

Only three days to go until I get to share what my Easter Basket Swap partners sent me.  I just need to edit my pictures and I'll get them up and posted.  I really did have amazing swap partners. 

I made a couple of tags to sell in my Etsy store .  I'm very happy with how they turned out.  I love retro pink kitchens and cupcakes!  Who doesn't? 

I hope you are all getting some of this beautiful, warm weather your way.  Tomorrow, Michael is off and we are headed for the Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.  Can't wait! 

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Miss Rhea Easter Basket Swap Sneak Peak

I'm very excited about my first swap.  You were to make a mini basket out of a yogurt cup and fill with 5 things.  I'm not sure if anyone could get 5 things to fit inside a little yogurt cup.  Here's a little peek of what I sent out. 

 My swap partners were Taylor from Maryjanes and Galoshes and Jeannie from Eye Craft.

On April 3, I will be posting pictures of what I received and I can not wait to show you all.  I have only received Taylors so far and boy did I squeal like a little girl!  Enjoy the sneak peak!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tutorial~How to make a Candy/Dessert Stand

I love pretty candy and dessert stands.  However, I do not like the pretty price of them!  I was trying to figure out a way to make one and came up with the little one as a first try and then the bigger one.  This is a super easy way to add a little shabby glam to your table.

First, gather your supplies. 

If making a small one, porcelain dessert plate and small candle holder of some sort.  My little glass holder is from the Dollar Store and I know they sell them at Michaels.  If making the large one, a luncheon/dinner plate and chunky candle holder.  I  bought the bigger candle holder on sale at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section.  I believe it was around $3.  It was dark and ugly!  You will also need a tube of glass glue found at any craft store in the glue section.  

Secondly, paint your candle stick if needed.  Mine just got a thin coat of white spray paint.

Lay the plate upside down, apply glue to the top of the candle stick and glue onto the underside of plate.  Let it set there to dry.

That's all!  Really!  I've had my small one for several years now and it always adds a little charm to the table.

The glass bell on top was from Michaels and I used a 40% off coupon and only paid several dollars for it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Happy Crafting


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Eat, Drink and Be Cherry

Goodbye snow.  I'm sitting here in South-central, PA enjoying the warm sun pushing its way through my windows.  I even gave into temptation and popped open a window.  This may not sound like much, but you have to understand that we have forty big old windows in our house and to pop any open (and keep them open) is a feat in itself!

In several short weeks, it will be that magical time of year in our nations capital.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival.  This year, Michael and I will be going with another couple to spend the day.  We went last year but, unfortunately, the rain from the week destroyed a lot of the delicate blooms.

The festival runs from March 31 to April 11.  We are going to try to aim for  the peak, which is April 3rd through the 8th.  

Here are some pictures to tickle your spring fancy today!  How do you like the editing?  I'm finally trying to figure out my editing program.

Hope you have a springy day!


Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Lost Art~My Most Cherished Posessions

The other week while talking to Michael’s aunt, she commented on how many birthday cards she received. This is a funny thing, because last year I received maybe one or two. Is it because I have no friends? On the contrary. In fact, I have many friends, but I think as a generation, we’ve lost touch with the written letter.

{a sampling of our letters over a span of 3 years}

Think about all that we know of our history from the written word in the form of letters between our forefathers! Now imagine what it would be like if they had texted or emailed that same information? Would they have printed off hard copies? Probably not. I’m not saying that modern forms of communication are to be dismissed, I just think that there are so many personal feelings and emotions conveyed in letters.

{the love box filled with hundreds of written treasure between michael and i when he was away at college and i in highschool}

{just a sampling of michaels homemade cards to me}

I love reading antiquated papers and letters. To read simple things like, “I drove to see Aunt Bessie on Thursday and she sends her love.” Or “It’s been raining for several days here and I don’t know when I’ll be able to get the corn planted.” Even though it doesn’t seem like important information, it was important enough to someone to convey it to want to share it with you. That’s a good feeling.

When someone you love says I love you, that feels good, right? Now, how does it feel when you see that they took the time to write it on a piece of paper? Heavenly!

Sending a letter is the next best thing to showing up at somebody’s door. When Michael was in college and I, 16, we would write letter upon letter confessing love, admiration, and pains (his mother passed from cancer during this period). Over and over again, we’d read them. These are things that you can not Facebook about. All of the letters are now safely tucked away in my attic in the “Love Box” and someday, my children will take the faded and yellowed pieces out and pour through them, transporting them to another time and place as they feel the paper and see our handwriting. This is Something that an email can not parallel.

{all these goodies stuffed into one envelope}

Miss Faye. Now she was a writer. Miss Faye was a dear, kind lady at church who sat in front of us every week with her hair tightly pulled under her covering. She always took time to hug and give my children candies, but there was something very special about Miss Faye. Actually, two to be exact. One, she was a mighty prayer warrior and two, she was a letter writer. You always knew when a letter from Miss Faye was in your mailbox. It was usually a pretty piece or three of paper with verses, poems, notes and pictures all over it. If she ran out of space, it went up the side and around. So much writing and love went into those special letters. Miss Faye passed away this past December and at her service, the pastor said that there was a stack of Christmas cards that Miss Faye was working on and that the family was going to go ahead and mail them out. She will be greatly missed by our family.

{one of many homemade cards from michael..this was a picture of us that he drew when I was 16 and he 19}

{pictures tucked inside envelopes}

Have a wonderful weekend all!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Robot Nap Mat Tutorial

Starting Kindergarten was a big change for Garnet (and Mommy).  He was taught at home for preschool, so being a SAHM he's always been with me.  I literally cried on a regular basis and still get misty eyed when thinking about it.  

Before hopping on the bus for the first time, we had a big list of fun things to gather.  One of the necessities for Kindergarten is a nap mat.  I was going to buy him one, but blue plastic is boring!  Since he loves Robots, I put this one together.  I used this super easy tutorial from  I changed it a little to suit my specific needs.  One, I made it longer because Garnet is really tall and then I personalized it with a robot font.  I will note that is was a bit on the expensive side to make.  I used thick foam. Being a petroleum product, it is naturally more expensive.  I also used Michael Miller Robot fabric from eBay which is around $8 per yard plus shipping.  Another little thing I changed is that the tutorial calls for buttons.  I strongly dislike doing buttons.  I can, but try to avoid if all possible.  I used Velcro instead.  Works great!

{rolled with strap}

Thanks Jenny for the great tutorial!

Have a happy day!


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes and Transformers

Yesterday was my little man's 6th birthday.  Transformer.  Ugh...Need I say more!  Now before you criticize me for letting my little boy watch such violent and nasty stuff, let me clarify.  He knows nothing about these things other than they are robots like Wall-E.  Since we did Wall-E, he wanted Transformers this year.  So, we buy the nicest looking ones (if there is such a thing).

Wednesday, Michael, grandma, little kiddos and I had lunch and recess with Garnet.  He has a great teacher and school that is very flexible with our circus of people!  For dessert I made triple chocolate cupcakes with Transformer wrappers.  Some cupcakes had chocolate icing and the others, peanut butter.  I tried a new recipe and the recipe was wonderful!  Just in case you're looking for a little kick in your chocolate cupcakes, try these...

Have a happy evening!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My First Blog Award and A Three Ring Circus Event

What a pleasant surprise coming home to a Sweetalicous Blog Award.  Thank you so much Sampler Village!  This really made my day!  I can't wait to pay it forward.

On my plate for the next week or two, other than my swap projects, is a party event that I'm doing the invites, cupcake wrappers/picks, candy bag toppers, banners, birthday hat, table cards...etc...

I'm very excited about it.  The theme is "Vintage Circus" based on one print of paper by Anna Griffin.  I can't wait until it's all done so that I can share it with you!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sweet Monday and A Little Whoopie

I hope everyone has a Sweet Monday!

I'm looking forward to this very busy week.  My little man turns 6, so that is an event in itself.  Then volunteering at his school, church on Wed. and test runs for his Pinewood Derby for AWANA's, going back to Iraq dinner for my brother on Sat. and hopefully getting into the groove running this week.  Have a great week all!

Here's a little treat from me to you...  I love a good Whoopie Pie.  Especially when the cream is pink and blue!  Being from Southcentral, PA, I know that a lot of people haven't heard of this wonderful little treat.  They are part of our Pennsylvania Dutch hertiage here.  According to food historians, Amish women would bake these (known as hucklebucks at the time) and put them in farmers' lunchboxes. When farmers would find these treats in their lunch, they would shout "Whoopie!"