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Friday, August 28, 2009

Altered Cookie Sheet

Getting organized. Does it ever end? I got tired of seeing our calendar just hanging there on the kitchen wall. So I decided to dress it up a bit. I altered a cookie sheet. Used some of my digi stash to make the papers.... they look great with my dishes and curtains! Then I made some buttons and felt flowers into magnets.

I can place our calendar on the one side. The other side has an area I created for writing notes. I'm recycling/reusing paper and cutting it to fit. It slides under the little paperclips that look like hands. Aren't they so cute? Then we also have room to clip up important things like papers to go to school, reminders, etc.

Besides - it was a good (productive) excuse to be crafty!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Peppers anyone?

Wow! We got a few jalapeƱos from the garden! Just a few! And there are more out there to be picked in a few days.

I'm going to be up to my eyeballs in making salsa and stringing up peppers to dry.

Peter Piper would be going nuts!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Christmas Traditions

I had a ball working with this mixed media album from Fancy Pants Design. The pages are a mix of acrylic, felt and chipboard. It's an 8x8 album with a nice half bracket shape. The shape and the textures of the pages really make it an appealing album to take your time browsing through and recalling all the fun memories. I packed mine with some of the various traditions that we have at Christmas time.
The ever growing collection of snowmen and Santas..... and a few nutcrackers too. They look great on this grand mantle. The collection has grown to need display room in other areas of the house as well. The acrylic pages allow you to see the colors and patterns from the adjoining pages. This really helps the design of the album flow throughout.
Finding a tree is always a treat. Love walking through the farm taking in the scent of all those wonderful pines and fir trees. Then we decorate the tree with lots and lots of lights. The ornaments have been hand-made, handed down or collected from places we have visited, or from special things we have done that year.
Hoping for snow becomes an obsession for the boys at the holidays. Sometimes we get lucky and have some snow before Christmas. No matter, enjoying hot cocoa on a chilly winter day is a definite favorite of ours. As is making up our annual newsletter and cards to family and friends.
Mmmmm... can you smell the scent of freshly baked cookies??? This is by far one of our most favorite traditions at the holiday.. COOKIES!! Lots and lots of 'em! My oldest has taken to making a special Austrian-Czech Christmas bread too. Takes a long tome to make, but it's well worth it!!
Yeah - we're goofy. We like weird Santa hats!
As the holiday draws closer, we visit the Jolly Ol' Elf. This is always a special day.
And then on Christmas Eve when the anticipation is at it's highest, we read the Polar Express. Great story. Then all snug in our beds, we try to sleep! Wonder if there were visions of sugar plums?? The holidays are such a great time. Lot of fun and festivities and many memories in the making.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Trading Pins?

If you've been to any of the Disney Parks, you know that they have trading pins. At first I thought it was just another clever way to separate you from more of your money. But then, a few years ago, I got sucked into it....... and now the whole family is hooked, or pinned!

Thanks to the pin trading, we have found out more Disney secrets, met some really wonderful people, shared fabulous stories and enjoyed even more fun and laughs. It's turned out to be a really great activity to help develop social skills for the boys too.

As we have gained more pins we find that there are some we just don't want to part with. So I ask, are they really trading pins? Or are they collecting pins? LOL

We wanted to display the pins that we are no longer trading. I found a shadow box and created this design using my scrapbook supplies. I've started adding some of the "collected" pins to it. It may not be long before I'm adding another shadow box to our "collection" !!
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