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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Break....

Yup, this week is Spring Break, so I guess that means Spring is here, but when I look outside, it doesn't look like it! Hopefully the sun will visit soon. I am excited to have a week "off" from getting up at 6am and the rush of getting Grace off to school but this week is another lesson in patience (even trying to write this post, I have had to stop twice to watch something funny the Veggie Tales did and am currently fighting with Jilian to use the keyboard). I am glad to have the freedom to go do some fun things, maybe a trip to the beach or the zoo, with the girls and not have to worry about being done by 3pm but at the same time it is hard for me to admit that not much will get done this week. Anyway. Enough of my complaining, have a WONDERFUL Spring Break! :-)

Monday, March 23, 2009

I've been crafty, again...

craft challenge

Hi there! This month Heidi has challenged us to use buttons (again one of my personal favorites). I'm in the s-l-o-w process of changing Jilian's bedroom theme, from sea to land. So, for this month's craft challenge I decided to create a button tree for her room. I need to add some brown or blue ribbon so I can hang it on her wall, but other than that, I'm done. Hope you like it!

The Tree

Close-ups of the buttons

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Scallop Punch Craft Challenge

craft challenge

My friend Heidi has started a monthly craft challenge and this time around we are challenged to use a scallop punch (one of my personal favorites!) in a craft project. I've fallen in love with the crafty paper banners, so I created one for St. Patrick's Day titled, "Lucky Irish". I took a couple close-ups of the scallop embellishments I am particularly proud of. Enjoy!

The Banner

I created a pin-wheel and adding a scalloped embellishment on top.

My favorite use of the scallop punch, punching a scallop out of coordinating paper and adding a button to make a fun embellishment.

I took the scallop and folded it in all four directions so it would pop off the tag. I added a paper flower and brad in the center.

Took the scallop and cut it in fourths, used three of them to create a clover! How clever is that?!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sickness Hits

Just as I thought we were going to escape the tummy sickness that has been overtaking Newberg, poor Grace woke up not feeling well this morning! Fortunately, so far, it doesn't seem to be too bad but it is never fun to have a sick child. This is yet another lesson in patience, as I of course, had plans for the day to "get things done" but now I must be mommy and nurture Grace. But hey, I get to watch a movie in the middle of the day and not feel guilty about it! :-)