Friday, July 22, 2011


I have to say, this was one of the best parties I have thrown.  Early on, I decided to check my OCD at the door.  NO going overboard.  NO stressing.  NO party favors. NO tracking rsvps.  And, LOTS of relaxing, and socializing for the hostess.  And, it worked!

We started out by editing a free printable invite from Party Box Design.  Go there, get one, throw a popsicle party!

In keeping with my EASY theme, I decided that the kids popsicles could be picked up at the store on our way to the party.  This went against every fiber of my well-planned being.  But, it worked out perfectly.

The only pops I made, were the adult pops.  I used what I had at home, mixing everything from strawberries/champagne, to pomegranate wine/blueberry.

*A couple of lessons learned here: Don't cheap out on popsicle makers.  It does make a difference in the ease of getting out the pops.  And, the concentration of alcohol really does make a difference in the freezeability of booze.   So, do the math.

I used vintage sheets for table cloths, and a menu of only popsicles and water, kept the set up and clean up to a minimum.  Everyone had loads of fun!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Yesterday, I discovered this at Michael's! 

Yup, I may be the last one on this band-wagon, but I was so happy to find Chalkboard Contact Paper!!

Must Have!


Thursday, June 16, 2011


Today, I am participating in the Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop.  The prompt this week was, "green."  Of course, there is green - the color, and green - like moolah, and green - like earth friendly.  But, then, there is that nasty little green-eyed monster!

Ok, ok...envy doesn't have to be a bad thing.  Here are a few things I am envious of these days...

ANYONE who has this whole set, including the rare green.  And, I don't mean you went and bought the set.  I mean, you found all of them, hiding at estate sales and thrift stores!

Anyone with one of these huge screened porches....

This green collection!

And, finally, I am super envious of anyone with the time to throw this on, and spend a day basking in baking goodness.

What are you envious of these days??

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Inspiration Workshop - Kitchens!

Hi all...I am participating with Gussy's Inspiration Workshop.  This week's prompt was inspiration in the kitchen.

I am in LOVE...really, LOVE....with vintage kitchen items.  Lately, my obsession has landed on kitchen linens.  While hitting estate sales, and garage sales, I am always on the lookout.  And, here are a "few" linens I purchased at a great estate sale in San Diego, put on by Estate of Mind.

If you live in SoCal, you should really try to take a look around Urban Barn, in Escondido!  (They have a Flea Market coming up on June 17th and 18th.)  They have vintage linens, and waaaaayyyyy more! Here is a glimpse...

Hope you are inspired to go out and find something fun for your kitchen!!

Go check out some other inspiration on Gussy...
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!


Thursday, May 26, 2011


Thanks for all of the comment love, and welcome new followers!

The winner of the GIVEAWAY is.......


Sharon - I'm sending you an email NOW!

Hope everyone has a LONG, and crafty, Memorial Day weekend!


Sunday, May 22, 2011


Welcome, if you're here from Sew, Mama, Sew!  I am so excited to be participating in the giveaway day this year!

I need to set aside some time for myself to browse all of the great giveaways!

My giveaway is a great lot of vintage doilies and lace.  I found them at various local estate sales. 

What will you make????

One of these....

Or, maybe this...

Or, this...

To enter:

1. Just leave a comment here.  No rules...just anything you want to say.

2. If you are a follower, new or old, leave an extra comment telling me.  You'll receive an extra entry.

Fine Print: Sorry, economy's International shipping.  I'll draw the winner on the 25th!

Good Luck!!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Queen Bee Market

In SoCal?  See you there!

Bee Calm & Shop On
Queen Bee Market
{Handmade Market}
Perfect for Mother's Day!
May 6 4-9pm & 7th 9am-4pm
Hilton - DelMar

the Queen Bee Market

Friday, April 8, 2011

Easter Egg Countdown

So, I've been seeing a lot of cute Easter countdowns around blogland, but I wanted one that could hang, and be reused every year.  Willie and I made a trip to the dollar store, raided my stash, and came up with this...

Here are our supplies. {From the dollar store - bunny egg tray ($1), stickers/treats ($3), plastic eggs ($1). From the stash - velcro, gingham fabric, number stickers.}

And then, I realized the velcro, wasn't going to do the trick, so I swapped it out for this....

I filled the eggs before involving Willie, so they would be a surprise.  Then, I put in the foam mounting sqaures, and attached the eggs like so...
I added the number stickers, and then double-checked the strength of the mounting tape.

I added a couple of ripped fabric strips.  And, tah-dah!  Total cost to me $5!


Linking up...
Sumo Sweet Stuff


Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Shirt (Of course!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!  Our lucky day began with a naughty little leprechaun peeing green, and forgetting to flush!  Then, we found a $20 bill at the gas station...score!

Here is what Willie wore...

I am so excited to use this same concept for Easter Bunny, Turkey, Birthday Boy, Santa....endless options!


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I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Faux Chenille Baby Blanket

I saw a couple of these floating around in the blogosphere, and wanted to attempt my own for a baby shower gift.

I used bits and pieces of tutorials from MADE and Aesthetic Nest.

Here is how it all went down...

I layered a cotton print, and THREE layers of flannel. 
{excuse the quality of phone pics...}


Fantabulous Friday!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

School Valentine's

Willie's school Valentine's party is tomorrow (weird, I know).  We did these bag toppers for his classroom friends.  Playdough (of course) in each bag.

And, these were printed out, with a Chocolate-Dipped fortune cookie in the middle of each for the teachers.

Happy HEART Day!