Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fun Night at Celina's!

A good friend of mine, Celina, hosted a card crafting night at her home for 14 ladies.  The theme was to design 10 cards out of 6 pieces of papers.  Her cards were absolutely beautiful.  Here are some photos of the night...
Celina had a couple of tables like this one - set up with all of the supplies we would need to stamp our cards.   You remember Cindy...
She fixed a great dinner of chicken burritos and all the fixings.
 The lady in the red apron is Celina.  It was evident she worked hard at making it a very nice night.
I had to get some pictures of these little chicks.  They were so darn cute sitting on the ledge.
Thanks, Celina, for a great night.  I should have taken a picture of your craft room - it should go on pinterest.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Today on my way home, I stopped at QT in Tempe...
because the tank registered almost empty.  When I pulled up I noticed a beat up white car with a young couple sitting in it, not getting gas, just sitting there.  I thought it was a little weird, and I went ahead and got gas.  They sat there the entire time I pumped gas.  At first I thought they were waiting for someone in the store, but no one came out.  When I finished, one of them asked me if I could help them out by buying them some gas, that they actually coasted into the gas station.  I told them I didn't have cash - okay, that was a lie, but I never feel good about giving people cash - food or something else, yes, but not cash.  After looking at my wallet, I told them I could give them $5 and I would take it inside.  They were thrilled and said anything would help.  When I went inside, I actually gave them $10 worth of gas.  Well, now they were really happy.  It didn't come without a cost - I had to give them the "mom" speech about using their gas wisely.  Kate and Kim - no worries - it was a one-line speech - nothing like you would get.  They were glad to get the gas and so they obliged me and smiled.

What do I think of this?  I am not sure, but it was only $10 and if it helped them get to where they need to be, then I'm okay with it.  Now I feel like I should have done more.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Very Special Birthday Card

Kate's class made the following card for me...
Kate drew the front
The kids signed the inside
And then Kate explained how this came about.  I loved it!  The kids were ready for a full-blown party - wish I could have made it happen.  There's always next year.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday to me!
Happy birthday, dear Jean!
Happy birthday to me!

(and many more!)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ashley's Wallhanging

Kimmy's friend, Ashley, wanted to make a baby gift for a friend of hers.  She and Kimmy dropped by to make a canvas wall hanging and here's the end result...
They first painted the canvas with pink and then used different things to create texture with white paint.  Ashley painted foam letter stamps, then she decorated with a dimensional butterfly and flowers.  It turned out so cute and Ashley, as you can see, was very happy with the finished gift.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Operation Clean Up

I have been "out-of-pocket" lately because I am getting ready for a trial and it is all consuming.  Once I hit my house at night, I am usually dead and lights out early.  Here's a little bit of what my office currently looks like...This is the counter / desk where I usually work.  Papers are stacked up on top of notebooks, it is truly a mess.  So today I have reason to be in here early (after dropping Kimmy at the airport) ... and... it is "Operation Clean up!"  Wish me luck.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The "I Love it" blog... Sheridan's gonna love this one...

I noticed something about myself and my blogs.  I say "I love it!" a lot!  So I decided that maybe I should just do a blog of the things I love.  Let's see...

1.  I LOVE spending time with my daughters.

2.  I love taking naps when it's raining.

3.  I love reading People magazine.

4.  I love being crafty and I love crafty, creative people.

5.  I love to travel and see new places.

6.  I love to go to movies.

7.  I love the color green and most things green.

8.  I love to sleep in - when it works out.

9.  I love Christmas.

10.  I love my two little pups.

11.  I LOVE to laugh.

12.  I love strange and unusual things.

13.  Oh yeah, and I love my Nook Tablet.

Once I got started, I found there were many more things that I love - I just love the positive spin behind this blog!
What are some things you love?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

More of Dr. Seuss

My gift for Mommy-to-be, Sondra, is 50 thank you cards, with the theme to match the invitations - that being Dr. Seuss.  I am keeping it simple...
Since I had to cut a book apart - again - each one will be different, but that is what makes them unique.  I am sure she will like them.  She loved the invites!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Roasted Cabbage

My daughter, Kimmy, and I split Bountiful Baskets.  Last time we were given 2 heads of cabbage, yes 2 heads!  Kimmy does not like it - at least thinks she does not like it - so I took both heads of cabbage home.  Tonight I tried something different - roasted cabbage.  I happen to like cooked cabbage, so this is right up my alley.
First you brush about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of a pan or cookie sheet, something with a lip all the way around.  Slice the cabbage into 1" wedges and lay flat in the pan.  Sprinkle coarse salt, pepper, and fennel seed over the cabbage wedges.  Bake at 400 for about 40 to 45 minutes.
Voila!  You have roasted cabbage.  I liked it, but I think I would use a little less fennel seed.  If you like cabbage, you might want to give this a try.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Doggy Duds "London Dogg"

Do you remember I previously posted a picture of a doggie jacket that Diana's sister made?  They are so cute.  Well, I placed my order and a bunch of them came in today.  So I went home and tried to engage Jack and Sophie into taking part in a fashion show.  They weren't that thrilled, but here are the photos anyway:
Sophie - you know she hates new clothes!  After she stood still as a statue, she ran off to her kennel and curled up in her Harley Davidson blanket.  She loves that blanket.
It is hard to tell, but Jack's jacket reminded me of Sherlock Holmes.
Oh yeah, and the brand?  London Dogg.  Very classy.  Collar up.  Sherlock Holmes.
I went to check on Sophie - head down still snuggled up in her blankie.
She finally got used to her new duds and came out to be with the crowd.  Sophie and Jack say thank you to Miss Caroline for all of her hard work and great talent!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Cindy's Friendship Mini Book

You have all heard about my crafty friend, Cindy.  She started working on a book for a friend of her parents and last night went into her craft room at 6:30 and didn't come out until 10:30.  Here are the end results:
She used Little Yellow Bicycle's St. Patrick's Day line "Lucky Me"... absolutely gorgeous!  The friend's birthday is on St Patrick's Day so it is definitely appropriate.
In between the covered chipboard pages, she inserted these photo sheets - very cute and a great idea!
I love this page with the music note tape.
 She was happy because she was able to pull from her stash and use a lot of embellishments that she already had.
 This is another one of my favorite pages - love the buckle!
 Cute!  Cute!  Cute!
If you can make this picture bigger, you can read the friendship saying on the inside cover.  This is a gorgeous book and no doubt will be cherished by their friends.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's all the rage...

repurposed. recycled wool sweaters.  The first time I came across this was a couple of years ago when I went to Junk Bonanza in Minnesota.  I bought a purse that had been sewn out of a pine green wool sweater.  I love it.  Since then I have noticed that "recycled" wool sweaters are everywhere.  Take a look...
 leggings made from the sleeves of a sweater
 sofa pillows
 mittens - love these!
 baby booties - so adoreable!
 someone even unraveled sweaters for future knitting uses
 This sweater was made into a winter cap and the sleeves were made into sweater headbands (for outdoor use)
 Really cute mittens - the watermelon mittens caught my eye.
Christmas trees made out of circles cut from sweaters.

These are just a few items, but they definitely show how creative people are.  It's fun to look at the "new" items and try to "see" the sweater they were before.  I have not yet tried to find sweaters at any thrift stores, but I plan to.  Wonder what I'll find.