Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Spring Break and Easter Fun

Well, it has been a while since my last post. Jake has been off for spring break and we've been busy. All week, Jake had different friends come over for some fun. We did laser tag one day, worked in the yard, fished off the dock, and a few other things. I taught a class for a friend who works with adults who have traumatic brain injuries or iqs of less than 70. What a wonderful experience. The group was so positive and really enjoyed the activities. I was hugged a lot and told "I love you" so often. What an uplifting and wonderful day! I hope to do this again soon. Here are some pictures from the week and also from Easter.
I made the ham like my mom used to make. Wow, so delicious! Thanks Mom!
Here are the boys helping me in the yard. OMG the yard is a disaster...we will be working on that for some time! I think the people who lived here before didn't touch the yard. Look at the ohoto of our backyard. Gross! But, I'm planting some new flowers and some vegetables. So excited because I also have some strawberries and grapes. Andy wants watermelon and Jake wants a pumpkin. We'll see what grows. I'm also planting some tomatoes and cucumbers and thinking of maybe a few more. Who knows?!

The SavvynSassy Great Ribbon Rave ended. I didn't win, but wow! That was a fun and exciting contest. Here is my week 6 entry. This photo is from Jake's 4th birthday party. These girls had so much fun at the party and looked like they were having a blast on the jumping aparatus.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Jake and I just love decorating these cute Easter Basket Cupcakes. They are so much fun for everyone and taste good too! If you have young children helping, I recommend that you make the cupcakes ahead of time. One year I was camping at Easter and didn't have an oven, so we bought un-iced cupcakes from the bakery section in the grocery store. The first step is to add green food coloring to both the icing and the coconut. I used two shades of green so it would look like it had more depth. I also like to keep the icing and coconut separate because I found that if you put the coconut on top of the icing it looks more realistic.
The next step is to bend a licorice stick so it looks like an upside down "u" and put it into the cupcake. This will make your handle. After that, add some jelly beans to look like eggs in the basket. I used Jelly Belly jelly beans because of the size. But, you could use regular jelly beans or even M&Ms.
Have fun making these little treats!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tag Mini Album

Well, it is that time again. Use Your Stash has posted another challenge. This month's challenge is to use tags in your LO. The DT came up with some fantastic ideas fr your inspiration. You really should enter this one because the prize is a $10.00 gift certificate to Elle's Studios. But, we must have at least 7 participants to choose a winner. So go give it a try. This should be an easy one to do.

Here's what I did for the DT. I made a tag album using some of the photos from last year's visit to the Elizabethan Gardens. You can see the photos from the visit at this post here. I've had these tags forever and some were differnt sizes and colors, but similar. So, to tie them all into one another, I kept it simple by adding the same paper and embellishments on each. The PP had bothe the tan and green on it and the rub-on I put on each is also brown. (My fabulous scrap pal Chris sent it to me - check out her blog here because she just got published and is really just super talented!) I tied it all together again with coordinating ribbon.

Check back later this week because I am making my fun Easter Basket Cupcakes. They are fun and easy to make and children just love to help.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Few New LOs

I was able to do a few new LOs. These are the lastest for the SavvynSassy Great Ribbon Rave Contest. Only 1 more week to go. I would love to win, but there is some great talent over there, so you never know. Go there and check out their gallery. There is some terrific LOs for inspiration.
This one was for week 4. The photo is of my sisters and me in 1975. The challenge was to make sure we made our LOs shabby. We also had to do the same treatment to our ribbons. We had to make these LOs more than just flat, the had to have dimension.
This one is for week 5. We were supposed to use 3 PPs, 3 flowers, 3 circles, and some chipboard. We also had to weave our ribbon on our LOs. The photo is of my family when I was 5.

Check back soon for a few new LOs. I've been working on a few more.