Monday, February 27, 2012

Project in process

Eventually I'll finish this quilt and be able to show the final product.  It's pinned at least and the quiliting is beginnning...  Since I started it in August, I figure I'm in no rush.  Other creative endevors have been taking up my time, like writing. 

Happy Crating!

Friday, February 24, 2012

This Moment

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar)

We call this "A COOKIE AS BIG AS MY FACE"!!!!  

And we are officially on Feburary School Vacation!!!!  Maybe I can finally get around to writing and crafting.  We'll see....

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Playing with pictures

I can't resist this one as well.  Look at 'em.  This was supposed to animate from the first photo to the next but it doesn't seem to be working.  Shucks!

Friday, February 17, 2012

This Moment- Hello Kitty

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Fun

Here's Phoebe working hard signing those 28 Valentines for her class.  Yes, 28.  She was a trooper and signed them all but we had to do it in batches and it wasn't easy.
I love how she looks in that little patch of sunlight.  

So, here is what greeted the kids on Valentines morning:
Were they excited?  Hmmmmm, let's see?

Yup! Well worth the frantic between school and karate trip to Target to hunt for the last "stuffies" (my kids' word for stuffed animals) in the store. And like an AWESOME partner, Jan got them to get me flowers and chocolates.  Yay!


We recieved one last gift this afternoon in the mail.  Phoebe's daycare is working on the idea of mail so they created Valentines and sent them home.  Here was Phoebe's:
It says (this was obviously transcribed by someone at school):  Dear Mommy and Mama, Thank you for taking me ice skating. My brother pretends that he doesn't love me but I know he does.  Phoebe

That Phoebe is so darn smart!  We are just going to sit around her and love eachother on Valentine's Day, what more can a girl ask for. 






Saturday, February 11, 2012

Homemade Valentines- Candy Airplanes

So, because Tuesday is the big Valentine's Day, we were in major Valentine's Production around here.  After combing pininterest and all things crafty, we decided to do these bad boys:
Cute, right?  The idea came from Family Fun Magazine but we adapted it.  We added the cool message at the end which reminds me of this picture of the summer:


Look at the battalions of airplanes ready for take-off.  Elliot thought they were going to bomb somewhere but I suggested that they were going to drop candy and love to people below.  He came back to me 10 minutes later and agreed that they were going to drop candy on the people below.  Boys, oh boys.  

All you need to do is cover some Big Red with some cool red scrapbook paper.  We used a little stamp to jazz it up.  Family Fun suggested little red heart stickers but we have so many stamps around here.  Then you need someone to open up all those individually packaged peppermint life savers (not light sabers as Elliot orginally thought- bummer).
My life saver opener!
Then you have to get a rubber band through the lifesavers and over and around the piece of gum.  I used those clear hair elastics because we had a bunch and Phoebe hates them in her hair.  The downside is that they have very little stretch and I am the only one who had the dexterity to get them around the gum.  See:

And yes, that is a neon blue bandaid because I managed to also scrape those rubber bands off every hangnail that I had.  Then you have to open up the rubber band and squeeze in the smarties.  A tight but not too tight rubber band works best.  
Voila!

Phoebe did another one with a regular rubber band and managed.  My problem was the extra tight hair clean ouchless rubber bands.  Very stiff. 


We added a little flag to the back that said, "You make my heart soar!" and then I had the kids sign the back of the Valentines.  Since Elliot is the big man in first grade, he actually addressed his but Phoebe is just going to sign hers tomorrow. 

What are you doing for homemade Valentines?  

Happy crafting, 

Jill