Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Seriously...where has the time gone?  Four years ago today, William Ryan, you gave my body a run for her money.
And we wouldn't have traded it for anything.  Although you didn't have your name yet, you and your namesake already had a great bond.
First birthday night...


Fourth...{winking at your preschool celebration!}

Happy Birthday, Willie.  You own my heart.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


On Saturday, I co-hosted a COMING SOON baby shower for one of my besties.  Here are a few of the details...

I scrapped the cake idea, and went with {popcorn} cupcakes!
And, of course, popcorn ball favors!
The Happy Couple under the COMING SOON banner...

And, the equally happy Clean Up crew...Willie (with about 1/10th of the leftover goodies!).


Friday, December 10, 2010

Appliqued Onesies

I'm co-hosting a baby shower tomorrow for a friend I met on the first day of kindergarten - in the advanced reading group, thank you very much.  And now, we live on the opposite side of the state from where we grew up, but just 10 minutes apart from each other.  She is one of the busiest people I know, so I am ALMOST positive she won't look at this before the party.  I found a great deal on the newborn onesies with the cuffs on the hands (If I was OPRAH, I'd give them away on my Favorite Things show!).  So, I picked up a few, and got to work with some of my favorite fabric scraps - vintage and new.  This is a NO PINK sort of family (that is, until she arrives and loves pink!).

 We live in San Diego - Day of the Dead is BIG business down here.  I LOVE it!
 This vintage fabric is too cute, although I can't remember where I got it!
 The hedgehog (a running inside joke in my family) is by far my favorite vintage-inspired fabric here.
Monday - a picture of the cake I make.  IF it turns out close to how it looks in my mind.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Preschool Performance T-Shirt

Willie's preschool holiday performance is coming up next week.  Although he has been secretive about the particulars, I have been hearing a lot of "won't you guide my sleigh tonight...?"

It's not an event for me if a handmade t-shirt isn't involved!


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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dollar Store Ornament Wreath

I have been seeing these ALL over blogland and facebook (Thanks, Nicole and Liz!).  I made a trip to my local 99 cent store, and picked up a few containers of ball ornaments, and one special sparkle embelishment ornament.  Then, I scoured blogland for tips and tricks, cause this just seemed too easy.

The best tip I found was to take the tops off of each ornament, then hot glue it back together.    I started with a wire coat hanger, and just randomly slipped the ornaments on.  They really do just fall into place!  I added the snowflake ornament and some ribbon I had on hand.  I love it!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Card Display

On Friday (ok, AND Saturday), I stopped by a few estate sales.  I picked up a picture frame, along with about 10 other items, and swung by to pick up spray paint on my way home.  Hub Dub's biggest pet peeve is my growing mound of unfinished projects.  I figured the spray paint was my ticket to a safe entry of the picture frame.  So, I spray painted the frame, and a couple of other items from my "to spray paint" pile, that very day!  Last night, I added a few other items, and got this...

1. Cute kid meets preschool dress-up picture day.
2. Painted frame meets me with some twine, and a new staple gun.
3. Ornament balls from the 99 cent store on top of (FREE) candlesticks from said "to spray paint" pile!

Here is the frame up close, and a photo of the clothespin details.  I just added ribbon, and buttons.  Easy Peasy.  I think I may leave it up all year long, and just swap out the clothespins for each season.  My family has cute little peeps.  We are always getting photos and cute photo cards to display!

Baby.Got.Craft. (FINALLY!)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch T-Shirt

We made our annual trip to the Pumpkin Patch on Saturday.  Along with EVERYONE else in San Diego, we go to Bate's Nut Farm.  Somewhere along the line, with "someone's" slip of the tongue, it started being referred to as, "Nate's Butt Farm."  So, every year, we head out to Nate's Butt Farm to search for the perfect pumpkin, and some good nuts.

On that's the shirt I made the night before, since the boys were out on a Daddy/Son date.


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Inspire Yourself...

...with a fun print, created by YOU!  I have seen this saying a couple of places, and I LOVE it!  So, I made one for myself.  Now, I'm on the hunt for a fun, vintage frame!  Feel free to use my image for yourself.  I just ask that if you do, you become a "follower" of my blog!


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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Crafty Coupons!

You have until TODAY at midnight (Eastern) to download a fabulous coupon, courtesy of Martha Stewart and Oprah.  Go HERE to Oprah's site, and download your coupon for 50% off of ONE Martha Stewart product at Michael's.  The beauty is in the fine print.  You MUST download your coupon(s) today (Save it to your computer, or print 10!), but you can use "one per customer per day" until the 16th!  What will you buy?  Do you have a Martha tool that you love?

AND, as if that wasn't enough...BIG LOTS is offering a 20% off coupon NOW through Saturday for their Buzz Club members.  Mine has a great craft aisle - actually 3 aisles!  And, they sell a bunch of Martha craft supplies, tools, and craft kits for kids.  At already over half off of retail, another 20% could set you up nicely for all of your holiday crafts!

Come back and let me know what you get!  I will post my finds here as well.  I am thinking, maybe these fringe cool!

Baby.Got.Craft. (Supplies On Sale!)

Monday, October 4, 2010

Apple Smiles - Halloween Classroom Treat

I have seen these cute apple snacks several places.  I decided to show them to Willie recently.  Slice an apple*, get out your peanut butter, and pick up some mini marshmallows!  Willie has asked to make these as the treat for his classroom Halloween party.

*I learned that it would have been better to use a smaller apple, so I could actually bite into it, instead of sucking it in to my face for the picture.  Because of this, and the resulting funny face (along with the crazy hair and half-off makeup), I have disguised myself.  :)


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

$5 Sucker

This post has nothing to do with crafts, or the making of anything...other than a sucker of myself.

This morning was Willie's first day of Big Kid Preschool.  Being...well, me...I needed a photo for the book(s).  So, I begged, pleaded, rationalized with a 3 year old.  All for this...

Yes, Mom, I can hear you laughing from here.  I can feel your thoughts, and envision the birthday photo of all of my friends, and my back.  Yes...I know....payback's a ...well, it's a Willie.

So, I told him I would fill that Buzz Lightyear with PEZ, and give him a quarter.  And, being my child, he asked for "paper money."  If this kid has learned anything, it's that I will give a lot for a photo.

And, if I have learned anything, it's to keep a $1 bill handy, so I don't lose a FIVE.  We'll see if the HubDub reads my blog, because I was too embarassed to tell him about our little scam artist.