Monday, February 28, 2011

I am Inspired. The Promise Me Challenge

Do you have anyone that truly inspires you?  I do. First I fell in love with her design work...


"Love you to the moon" baby shower
She's Going to Pop Baby Shower
ABC Baby Shower




Then, I find out Jessica from Pen n' Paper flowers Studio and Designs is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, & part of the Martha Stewart Dreamers Into Doers circle. Wow. Now she is stepping up again and has created the promise me challenge. 







A year long adventure of enrichment, self-discovery, personal growth, creative awakening, promises, joy, and purpose. 

  
Purpose. That is a strong, deliberate word. 
It means that I need to be more intentional in my decisions, my time, my direction. 

Feel inspired yet?  

Please visit Jessica's blog to get all the details and join her promise me challenge. Send her your name (tell her I sent you!) and she will add you to her promise me list. There might even be some fun inspirational gifts along the way...


Jessica created this {adorable} printable promise me list 
Fill it out. 
Go beyond the goals you think you can do. 
Challenge yourself beyond your comfort zone. 
I will to. 
I writing mine now. 
Are you?
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Terrible Twos Strike Again


This is the latest hobby of my two year old...
he gathers every toy in playroom 
and piles them on the stairs




This has become a daily ritual. He waits till the coast is clear and quietly starts his work. This is our second time around for experiencing the terrible twos, somehow this time it seems worse with my littlest bugger. Is that true for anyone else?


More public tantrums

No interest in potty training

Every sentence begins and ends with "no" or better yet the word "poop"




Anyone else experiencing the two's out there or been through them?!!!





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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Shamrock Gardens and More Fun St. Patty's Printables



Let the St. Patty's Day decorating continue!  As I mentioned yesterday, my hubby and I had our first date on St. Patrick's Day. I drove 8 hours to see him (not knowing for sure if he was actually going to show up) and he ditched his friends to meet me. Must have meant to be because it all worked out in the end! Since I have two bugger boys under 5, I usually keep my decorating simple. Here's what I came up with...

Shamrock Garden


I decided to create a Shamrock garden with these printables. I had all the materials on hand, so this project was quick and cheap to make. What you will need:

Lolly pop sticks
Floral Tape
Scrapbook paper or party circles
Foam block
Gold Coins
Tape
Box (mine is from T.J.Maxx)


I punched my circles using a two inch circle punch. Wrapped floral tape around each lolly pop stick. Then taped the circles to the sticks. On some sticks I taped 2 circles on others I taped 3 on a stick to look like a shamrock. I then stuck the sticks into the floral foam. It would also be cute to cut scrapbook paper into hearts to create more of a shamrock look. I then covered the foam with gold coins. Now you have a shamrock garden!

I thought I would share more St. Patty's Day printables with you. There are so many cutes ones out there, I don't know how you will be able to pick!

The Crafting Chicks

Hello, Good Gravy!

Madigan Made

I would LOVE to see how you are decorating  for St. Pat's. Please send me pictures or links to show off your decor!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Get Your Shamrock On! St. Patty's Printables


St. Patrick's Day is one of my very favorite days... Irish music, green beer, shamrocks & lots of good luck!  St. Patrick's Day happened to fall on my very first date with my hubby, so we always like to add a little extra romantic celebration to the day. It's time to change out my pink & red for shades of green!



Perfect for a romantic St. Pats from Agape Love Designs

Love this one from Eye Candy Event Details in my white frame above



 Love the No Pinching at the bottom of this print from Eighteen25

Love the wording and fonts used by Itsy Bitsy Paper


How cute are these props from Paper and Cake?  Sold in their shop



 Two Twenty One offers even more versions of this print that you MUST see!
I had a hard time picking!


Love this one to from The Answer is Chocolate


Create a treasure hunt with these free printables from Sherbet Blossom

I have been working on a little project using these that I will post tomorrow!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things, St. Patrick's Day Edition


It's never too early to start thinking about St. Patrick's Day. Here are a few of my favorite Etsy finds.



May your home be filled with laughter
May your pockets be filled with gold
And may you have all the happiness
Your Irish heart can hold.



The beauty of Etsy is that so many of the sellers also have blogs and FB pages to visit. They all have such wonderful stories and talents to share. I have also included links to the sellers' blogs listed that I personally follow:

Pillow from Sukan
Hat Pin from Be Joyful Vintage
Ireland Necklace from KTG Designs Shop
Beer Soap from Beautiful Soaps
Brooch from Homespun Ireland
Hair Clip from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe (her blog here)
Garden Marker Spoons from Wooden Hive
Banner from Paper Polariod
Luck of the Irish Soap from Sunbasil Garden (her blog here)



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Monday, February 14, 2011

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!


What is the best part of having 2 bugger boys?


I will always have two little men to be 
my Valentine on this sweet day!


Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day!





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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Craft To Do List, Wishful Thinking Edition

These projects are top of my to do list. Just thought I'd share...

I HAVE to make this lamp from Mama Says Sew


I love this idea for hubby from Blue Eyed Yonder

Retropolitan Anthropologie Knock off Lamp
I need to make this for my house!!!

With Two Cats makes me happy

I am drooling over this cake from I am Baker






I have one secret project I am working on right now. It involves a playroom and some BOY themed decor. I will share soon. What are you working on?  Send pictures or a link to you latest projects!
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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blog Questions: FAQ Edition

I know there are a lot of new blog readers out there, so I thought I would try and answer a few questions. Sorry if this is repeating info for some of you!


How Do I Subscribe?
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In the right column, you can follow my blog by hitting the "follow" button or subscribe to posts.
It will ask you to sign in using an account from google, twitter, or yahoo. I like google, so I created an account there. 


You can set up a profile and add your email address so that bloggers can email you back directly (step by step tutorial here). Why would that be important?  If you don't add make your email visible, bloggers cannot reply to your comments.


Why subscribe?  
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You can keep track of the blogs you follow, allows you to leave comments, and also allows bloggers to respond to your comments. 



Do you use Facebook?  


Yay! So do I!  You can receive new posts via facebook and other fun updates. To become a fan, either click the like button at the top right corner of this site or here:






Do you read a few blogs on a daily basis?


If you find yourself repeatedly visiting a website to check for updates or if you stumble across a page that you want to keep track of then you might want to use Google Reader.   When a blog has a new post, it will show up in your Google Reader almost like email. This saves the time and hassle of bookmarking each individual site and also alerts you when a new post is up. You can also star your favorite posts . It's a HUGE time saver. Especially if you subscribe to a lot of blogs. 


To get to Google Reader:


Google.com and sign into your account
Click on more (last tab on the right), 
Scroll down the list and click on reader




Google Reader will look like this once you have added some subscriptions:





Hope that is a good start!  Let me know if you have other questions I can help with.



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Friday, February 11, 2011

Home Makeover Time, The Checkbook Edition

My 15 year old checkbook 
just got a makeover


Hello, pretty! 


Seriously, the inside is just as gorgeous. No detail left untouched. The cover came wrapped in creamy brown tissue paper tied with baker's twine and a Pleated Poppy card. The envelope even had "Handmade by Pleated Poppy" stamped on it. This just made my weekend!


Thank you Pleated Poppy!










If you two haven't already been introduced, you are in for a real treat. Please meet Lindsey from the Pleated Poppy. Lindsey is a mom of 3 and super amazing creative soul. I swoon at every. single. item. she sells.  Be warned!



Be sure to visit Lindsey's shop. If you are looking for a fun, inspirational read, visit Lindsey's blog as well!




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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guilt Free Valentine's Day Finds

Maybe this post came about because I will be putting on a bathing suit in less than a week, eek. But here are some FAT FREE, GUILT FREE Valentine's Day ideas to share with you...


Play Dough Truffles
yes, these are play dough!

She Wears Flowers, tutorial here




Bubble Gum Necklace
One Charming Party
 
Felt Fortune Cookies 
Socially Circled

More dessert please, um I mean soap


Sunbasilgarden, yes, all soap! Brilliant right?!!!




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