Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Since I last blogged we have:
. . . created birthday invitations for our niece's 2nd birthday party . . . Dee created a three-tiered ladybug birthday cake & ladybug cupcakes for the 2nd birthday party . . . lost Dee's beloved grandmother, Sara Taylor on November 7. . .had a deer hit us and do significant damage to the Gatormobile in the wee hours of the morning on November 9 outside of Huntsville, AL (on our way to Nana's funeral) . . . planned and enjoyed our older daughter's wedding on November 22 . . . created wedding invitations for said daughter's wedding as well as one for a client . . . created and completed invitations for a January bridal shower . . . created, but not completed, wedding invitations for my Mom's wedding on January 30 . . . created, but not completed, baby shower invitations for a baby shower on January 31 . . . in the planning stages for a dear friend's daughter's October wedding invitations . . . made many Christmas gifts . . . finally decorated our house for Christmas on December 20 . . . celebrated Dee's dad's birthday on December 21 . . . planned and will be preparing a Christmas Eve dinner for approximately 12 people, a Christmas morning brunch for 8, and cooking for a Christmas evening potluck dinner and gift exchange for 17 people at my sister's home.
Oh, yeah . . . and all of the day-to-day stuff you have with a 5 year old at home. Can't forget the precious babies we care for five days a week -- who are not really babies anymore! Layla is 2 now, the twins turned 1 in October and Lexie is 9 mos. old. NEVER a dull moment at our house!!!
Whew! When I can catch my breath, I have many photos to post! But for now you'll just have to accept my best wishes for a safe and joyful Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
There are tears because the "baby" chapter of our daughter's life is ending and joy because she is so ready to learn and start the "big girl" chapter of her life. And tomorrow morning, while her Mom is in tears, our daughter will be jumping with joy because the day she has been counting down to since the end of Pre-K is finally here.
We went Friday and met her new teacher and saw her classroom. Demi has been on the waiting list for "Project Friends" -- a multi-age classroom program -- and we didn't know that she was in the program until Friday morning! The basic idea of this program is that the children will have the same teacher and classroom for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. So the children that start Kindergarten together will be together in the same class for all three years. The advantages to this is that the older kids mentor the younger kids and the younger kids can work at their own speed instead of at the speed of the slowest learners in the class. Which is great for Demi -- we were very worried about her becoming bored and not being challenged. Another concern we had was consistency and transitions - both issues for her with her Sensory Processing Disorder. Her teacher is very sweet, sensitive to Demi's special needs and seems equally as excited for the new school year to begin.
Whether I'm ready or not, Demi is -- ready to learn, ready to explore, ready to make new friends, and ready to jump feet first into a wonderful new world called Elementary School!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
- Go to the grocery, buy a roll of freezer paper.
- Cut said freezer paper to fit your Cricut cutting mat.
- Place freezer paper matte side down on your mat. (The shiny side really doesn't stick well, so if you're doing text you need to reverse it to have it cut properly.)
- Choose your design and cut it out.
- Iron the freezer paper, shiny-side down, onto your t-shirt.
- Iron a second solid piece of freezer paper to the inside of your shirt. (This keeps the paint from bleeding through to the back side of your shirt.)
- Paint design with fabric paints.
- LET IT DRY! (Don't be tempted to peel it up before it has completely dried. It peels up the edges of your design.)
- Carefully peel off the freezer paper from the inner and outer surfaces of the shirt.
- Viola! You have a work of art that looks like it was screen-printed!
The shirts created with this method honestly look like they were screen-printed. The only drawback that we have discovered thus far is this . . . they do not like the dryer. You must wash them inside out and hang them to dry or the painted image will begin to crack.
Check out the shirts I made our friend for her birthday. I'll post more later, as I have made our daughter several shirts -- I can't get her to take them off long enough for me to photograph them!
Cup: Joys of the Season; Cupcake: Doodlecharms; Text: George & Basic Shapes.
Text: George & Basic Shapes; Crown: Iron-on design purchased at JoAnn Fabrics.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Our daughter, age 5 (who was registered for Kindergarten on Monday).
Morgan, 9 mos. old
Her twin sister, Jordan
Our niece Layla, 20 mos. old.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The next card is for a girl -- and she is a girly-girl! The scalloped background for the cupcake was cut using the George & Basic Shapes cartridge and the Cricut Design Studio. The cupcake is from the Doodlecharms cartridge. I used ribbon and adhesive backed rhinestones to give this card some dimension. Had to have some bling for this girly-girl! The text is computer generated.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I had a hard time getting in the groove on this one -- the creative juices just weren't flowing. I hate it when that happens. Fortunately for me (and my little sis), Dee provided the creativity for these two projects! Viola . . . a diaper cake is born. And the favors turned out just too stinkin' cute!
Our handy dandy Cricut was called into action once again -- the ladybugs and leaves are from the Doodlecharms cartridge and the letters and flowers are from the George & Basic Shapes cartridge. The letters were shadow-cut and then glittered with a super-fine holographic glitter. The ladybug on the favor was rubber stamped and embossed by Dee and then I hit it with a red Tombow marker. The text on the favor's flower center (front and back) was computer generated.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
The Criciut cartridges used for this project are: Tags, Bags, Boxes & More (the popcorn box); Doodlecharms (the bunny); and George & Basic Shapes (the scalloped circle). I used ribbon for the handle and attached it with small pastel brads. The bunny's eyes are mini-pastel brands. Ink and chalk were used to give the bunny it's details and finishing touches. The tail is a small pom-pom and is attached with a glue dot. The circle inside the scallop was done in Microsoft Publisher with WordArt and clipart. A little bit of Easter grass and a bag of jelly beans completed the boxes.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Basically they are chocolate covered cake. You make a boxed cake mix (Dee used white cake) and crumble it up. Mix in a can of cream cheese frosting and then form it into balls. Refrigerate for a little while and then dip it into melted chocolate and decorate. Really sweet -- NOT for those with sugar/glucose issues!
Check out Dee's take on Bakerella's Easter treats . . .
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Have you ever noticed that the louder your voice gets the more that child tunes you out?
Have you ever had a child take total and complete advantage of the fact that you are on the telephone and therefore cannot see them or stop them from sneaking into the kitchen cabinet for the cookies you told them 5 minutes ago they couldn't have?
It has been a very frustrating two weeks at our house with the resident 4-almost-5 year-old! Dee and I are coordinating/directing a wedding this weekend and all of the last minute details, emergencies, melt-downs, etc. have been taking our full attention.
Lest you think that we are the only ones feeling the brunt of Demi's misbehavior let me fill you in on what is happening at school! Her teachers have been in and out of the classroom in meetings over the last week or so. And our brilliant 4-almost-5 year-old has seized every opportunity to wreck havoc there too. She actually got sent to see the pre-school "principal" one day this week! ARGH!
Hopefully next week will see a return to normalcy for all of us. The wedding will be over and the next one we're coordinating isn't until the second weekend in May. Oh, wait . . . her birthday is next week!
Forget normalcy -- I wouldn't know what that was if it walked up to me, introduced itself and whacked me over the head with a baseball bat! I've heard that it's wonderful, if overrated . . . normalcy, that is -- not the whack with the bat.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The spring bulletin board has a March theme -- you know . . . "in like a lion, out like a lamb." The lion and lamb were created using the Animal Kingdom cartridge, the text is from ZooBalloo and the picket fence is from Paper Doll Dress Up.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Here's a close-up of the die cuts.
Dee and I also created the baby shower favors using our Cricut machine. We used the baby bib cut file from Okieladybug's blog (Thanks, Okie!) and cut it in white, then cut out the inner section from some Anna Griffen scrapbook paper in our paper stash. The baby head is from the Doodlecharms cartridge. Chalk and ink "stitching" completed the bib. I typed a little "thank you" and Dee punched them out, matted them and then we attached them to the back of the bib. We then filled a small, clear treat bag with pink and white M & M candies, stapled the bag closed and attached it to the bib. They were a hit!
The diaper cake was part of our gift as well as a couple of "store-bought" outfits. Another part of our gift was "Little Sister" and "Big Sister" shirts for the girls. Brooke had seen some cute t-shirts at a local baby boutique and really wanted them for her girls, but at $30 a pop they stayed at the store. I knew that you could cut fabric with the Cricut machine and had unsuccessfully tried it once before. Undaunted, I scoured the Cricut message board and learned some tricks to make this time work. Heat 'n Bond is the key -- that and a new cutting blade. The baby head is from the Doodlecharms cartridge, the little girl is from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge and the lettering is from the George & Basic Shapes cartridge. Brooke loved them!
OK . . . the last thing we made was a "big sister" card for a gift we purchased for Layla. Layla is 16 months old and is not taking too kindly to sharing her Momma with anyone. So we know that a new baby is really going to put her sharing skills to the test. To help ease her into the whole baby idea we bought her a baby doll stroller and a baby doll that came with a blanket and "snugli"-like carrier. Demi loved picking this gift out for her favorite little cousin.
Dee had seen a "big sister" card similar to this online and wanted to re-create it for Layla. We created the baby using the Paper Doll Dress-Up, the baby's curl, hair bow and the baby bottle are from Doodlecharms, the heart is from George & Basic Shapes, and the duckie is from the Animal Kingdom cartridge (I cut the diaper by hand!).Whew! A lot of work, but a lot of fun! And, yes, we spoil our nieces (and our nephews, too)!
Monday, February 16, 2009
I also made a "Happy Valentine's Day" banner -- again using my handy-dandy Cricut. Connected it with gold brads and added ribbon hangers.