Monday, December 29, 2008
Anyone with me?
Well my mantle is that place. After we painted the walls I took quite a bit of time arranging and re-arranging it trying to get the look I wanted but not knowing what that look, looked like. phew! So before I started decorating for Christmas I took a picture (not because I had this grand scheme idea) but because I was going to post a before and after Christmas picture.
Well Christmas is disintegrating (into the attic) here in sunny 78 degrees+ Florida and as I'm trying to put my mantle back together I think, aHa!, I have a picture of my very own mantle.
Earth shattering, I know!
So ladies and gentlemen (do men read blogs?), here is my before...
Did you notice any changes? There are a few..
Previously, ordinary candles that were attacked by Mod Podge and Martha Stewart red glitter to be transformed into fancy schmancy Christmas candles.
Now, white Christmas candles on sale from Target plus a little scrapbook paper and tie thingy.
New, holder thingy. I know you bloglanders know what it's called.
I almost forgot my whole purpose for this post: Take a picture of something before you go messing it all up and Viola! you can refer back to it for your own inspiration (or, like me, for copying it exactly if you aren't always so creative).
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Your basic glass block (courtesy of Home Depot $4 and change):
add initials (I printed out letters, traced them onto the paper, and cut out. Viola!):
or silhouettes (Ditto):
or multiple layers:
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I don't have much horizontal space for decorating so my TV hutch gets most of the attention. I love putting up previous Christmas pictures (I'm always searching for red frames).
How cute is Mr. fuzzy reindeer (and cautious 3 year old with Santa)?
My mom made this wall hanging for me. I no sew :-).
- Peanut butter cookie dough (in the cold section of Publix)
- Chocolate chips for eyes
- Red m&m's for nose
- Chocolate covered pretzels (Snyder's brand, in the chip aisle) for antlers. A little bit of white icing to help them stick.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thanks for coming by. Sorry, no cookies this time. here's your link back to BooMama, or Kimba, or Tip Junkie...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
J got a blessing mix snack bag from school that was very cute. All the ingredients were mixed together and then this label was on the ziploc:
Bugles: Shaped like a cornucopia or Horn of Plenty, a symbol of our nation's abundance.
Pretzels: Arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country.
Candy corn: The sacrifices of the pilgrims' first winter. Food was was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn a day.
Nuts & Seeds: Promise of the future harvest, one we will reap if seeds are planted and tended with diligence.
Dried fruit: Harvest gifts from our bountiful land.
M&M's: Memories of those who came before us to lead us into a blessed future.
Kisses: The love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This little piggy has roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
For those of you with less then a keen eye for the OBVIOUS, Mr. pink-paper mache-piggy has a tail by his nose, the world's smallest-beadiest (totally a word) eyes on his rear end, and ears for wings!
Hmmm...critical parenting moment here folks.
M: J, did you make this like this? Notice the unspecific questioning.
J: Yes I wanted it to be funny.
M: What do you mean?
J: I put his tail by his nose and his ears are wings.
M: Oh. An Auguste Rodin he is not.
PINK PIG FOR SALE: Free
Friday, November 14, 2008
and here on Thursday:
But don't worry I'll be thinking about you and your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, really, I will!
Here is my Thanksgiving contribution:
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
AND Antique Mommy is too!
I found my idea here and loved it so much I made Halloween platters.
So easy. Creative. Fun!
Take a plain white plate, one that is ovenproof, I found mine at Wal-Mart for $3.47. Wash it, decorate it with permanent sharpie pens and bake it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Think platters, bowls, coffee mugs, plates!
I've hand-washed mine and didn't have any trouble with the ink coming off but GiBee at Kisses of sunshine suggested using Porcelain Paint Markers or ceramic paint pens at Michaels and AC Moore if you have any trouble.
Here is my Halloween one:
(the spider has since grown the correct amount of legs)
Thank you Chris, Kiss of Sunshine, and everyone else who is contributing!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
The infamous snacks:
Fabulous treat platters. Got the idea from here, which I totally love!
So don't be surprised if you all get something hand made for Christmas!
Hope you all had a spooktacular night with your monsters!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I didn't get the laundry done over the weekend because we were out of town.
Thursday night is bible study night so if I want to make Halloween snacks for my monsters I need to start thinking about it now. Now you KNOW I won't have all the supplies so I'll need to head back to the grocery store where I was yesterday because, did I already mention this?, we were out of town this weekend.
If I can get them
Friday is Halloween.
Saturday is another birthday party!
Where am I going to fit the Fall Festival in?
Maybe if I'm really lucky Hottie will play golf all day Saturday leaving me with the two monsters, junked up on candy with no nap.
So who is going to do the laundry and grocery shopping?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
You may not be familiar with the term because education does things like that. For example, "Education Alphabet soup": AIP, IEP, ESE, 504, AYP, SAT, ACT. But here is a top ten list sent BY A COLLEGE to my school regarding advising parents about their child's college applications.
Top Ten things that parents should remember about the college search process.
10. Remember that this process is not about you. No matter how similar your children may be to you, they need to make their own decisions and observations.
9. Support and encouragement are more appropriate than pressure and unsolicited advice. Allow your children to seek you out!
8. Do no use the works "we" or "our" when referring to your children's application process.
7. Help them prepare but let them perform.
6. Encourage your children to make their own college appointments, phone calls, and e-mails.
5. Allow your children to ask the questions.
4. Prepare your children for disappointment.
3. Never, never, NEVER complete any portion of the college application.
2. Do not let stereotypes or outdated information steer your children away from schools in which they would otherwise have an interest.
1. Never, ever during a college visit buy a sweatshirt of t-shirt from the bookstore in your size-it's a dead giveaway.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I saw this advertised in a parenting magazine and DVR'ed (totally a word) it. It really is educational, cute and kept their attention. Today we watched an episode about why you can't eat cake everyday, all day. Yummy right? So if you have PBS access check it out and tell me what you think...
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
you're at a gathering pouring drinks and you only fill the cups up half-way.
your DVR has as many kids programs recorded as your shows.
you use a wipe to clean off the oatmeal that was sneezed on you at breakfast.
you avoid driving home a certain way because it passes by a McDonald's.
you have a passie that you never leave home without!
Raffi is the current cd in your car's stereo.
you can step over toys while carrying dinner to the table with a 4 year old wrapped around your leg.
A little humor into my week...and look it's only Wednesday! How about you?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I've been blogging about the kids for almost a year and you would think the nervousness would have worn off. But instead I've been fretting over everything. I've worried about the name. Do you like it? I've contemplated what I would blog about. I've been thinking about this first post (and edited it twice now).
It's like high school lunch all over again.
So here's a tribute to those who have inspired me to get myself out there. Check out some of my favorites:
A Soft Place to Land