Monday, May 30, 2011

Flowers from the side of the road

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Sometimes the flowers picked on the side of the road 
are equally as beautiful


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quick and Easy Key Lime Pie

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Just a few ingredients are needed for this yummy pie.

“Come join Love the Pie with TidyMom sponsored by Cherokee USA, Le Creuset, Wilton, Bags by Bloom and Harvard Common Press”

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

5th Grade Graduation {My Girl}

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I can't believe the time between kindergarten and today, Elementary School Graduation, 
that time went by in a flash.
 Shea and me
 Shea and a friend

Shea and her 5th grade teacher!
The decorations were AMAZING all out of paper!!!
How cute are these mushrooms!

Look at this little guy - he was on the podium!!

This display was around every window and door in the cafeteria

Shea and a friend

And another friend
Class friends
Our Family
Just simply amazing decorations

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Meet Alissa with Rags to Stitches

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 I'm excited to introduce you to Alissa, a creative lady I met through Twitter and Gina with Hiya Luv and her #Setupshop chats on Twitter on Monday nights at 8 PM.

Alyssa, is married to the love of her life, opened her shop over a year ago and is a self taught sewer. She started making things for her own children and others wanted her cute things too. Stop by and visit her shop and blog, and on Twitter too.

 Alissa has the cutest Owl's in her Etsy Shop, and a great blog Rags to Stitches.

Here are some cuties from Alyssa's Shop

And I can't post about Alyssa without sharing the sweet card and cute as can be tags she sent me for my birthday as part of the Love and Envelopes Birthday club.

Thanks for visiting!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tickle Me Tuesday {SIX} Fun Finds!!

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I'm all about the chalkboard paint lately. I just painted a globe and I just love it

So clever and fun for the crafter in all of us

Pallet's are a new and upcoming decorating object - peek at Pallets on Pinterest!

Who would not love a sweet little house like this to call their own

So Summery and fun!!

Think of the possibilities - It's on my summer crafting list of things to make!!

Thanks Sarah, it's my first time joining in the fun for Tickle Me Tuesdays

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Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng {Review}

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"What was Grandma Annie Like?" "She was like the Moon" her mother replied.
A charming story of a Grandmother and her Granddaughter helping those in need from the
crest of the moon.   Together, on the moon, safe and happy everyone is an equal
and sharing that through the outstretched ladder, and hand,
offering solace and hope to those needing it.

Yuyi Morales' illustrations are beautiful showing a calming peace among a Granddaughter's curiosity about the Grandmother she never knew.

Published by Candlewick Press
Pages: 48
Ages: 4-8

I was sent this book direct from the publisher but under no obligation to write a review. Thoughts within are my opinion only.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Chalkboard Globe Project

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I believe that this, by far, is the most exciting project I have ever made.  I saw the amazing Globe on the Whipperberry blog and instantly fell in love.  I immediately went to Ebay to find the perfect gem of a globe for my try at the project shared by Christene.  She is the genius behind this amazing idea. Here is Christene's post about the project. Below are my photos of the globe project following her directions.

Happy Globe - ready for it's transformation
I taped up the metal parts so I could spin the globe and spray with the paint
The metal AM/PM disk at the top was also taped up as well as the disk at the bottom
Spray, spray spray until the whole globe is covered
Globes are made out of paper so they can bend easily into the round shape along the score lines and you can see those lines here.
And here we are all painted and untaped
Time to season the globe. After it's completely dry, I left mine overnight, you can rub the whole surface with the side of a piece of chalk.

I then used a hand towel to brush off the chalk and rub it in to the globe. It's gave the globe a true chalkboard appearance and it also filled in the seams a little. The bumps you see in the surface are the mountain bumps on the actual globe!
And she's all complete!
Have fun writing any message you want on your new globe

I encourage you to visit The Whipper Chicks they have amazing projects and super yummy recipes that they have shared on their blog!! 

And these cookies I have already made twice!! 
The Whipperberry recipe can be found here.
Photo from the Whipperberry Red Velvet w/ White Chocolate Chips blog post

The Cottage Chick

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