Thursday, September 29, 2011

Just A Little Somethin'

Submitted by Michelle

Linda and I always say, "Nothin' says love like a handmade gift" and when I heard that we would be having a baby shower for our PTO president at school I knew I had to use my new pennant die for the Big Shot and make her baby a name banner.
I don't keep much baby themed designer series paper on hand, but luckily I had some left over Tall Tales DSP from a few years back which worked out perfectly since Grant shares a room with his older brother Hunter, who loves animals.
Dilemma: How does one wrap a banner? Solution: In a cello bag, of course! I added some white shred and a cute baby tag I made over the summer and viola, the gift is ready to go.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Submitted by Michelle
Much to my delight, not only is the fall weather slowly arriving in the desert (we are actually dropping below 100 during the day!) but the Farmer's Market has returned to Old Town La Quinta. Whilst many of you out there probably enjoy Farmer's Markets year round, we only get them from the end of September until early May.

This past Sunday I was up early and giddy with delight knowing I would see all my farmer friends again.
There is something to be said for buying your food from the people who actually grow it, rather than a big box grocery store. I don't have to check labels and signs to see where the produce comes from since I know it is all grown within a 100 mile radius of the desert, and I don't mind handing my money over to the source of my food rather than a middle man.
This farmer from Banning talked with me for a long while about watermelons. Did you know the that not only are the seeds of the watermelon edible, they are actually good for you? I wasn't in need of a watermelon, but I did buy a gorgeous butternut and acorn squash from him as well as a few ears of corn.

This gal is new to the farmer's market and her herbs are grown right here in the Coachella Valley! I grow most of my own herbs but I've been using tons of mint lately in my breakfast smoothies so I bought some from her since my own supply is a bit low.
I love this dude! His breads are to die for and his pastries are amazing.
I always buy my eggs from this man. He comes from Sky Valley, which isn't more than 30 minutes away. He also sells soap made from goats milk. I'm considering asking him about helping me hatch eggs with my kinder kids this year. The kids could watch the process of incubation and then when the chicks are born, we could pass them on to him.
I didn't need much this week since I'm quite busy and won't be doing tons of cooking. I've already used the corn in a salad and it was delish, and of course the pastries and bread are long gone. I'll let you know what I do with the onions and the squash. In the spirit of fall, I'm thinking a soup might be nice.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Back to School Treat Box

Submitted by Linda
My local friends may have heard me mention that Michelle came to town this summer during one of Craig's work trips for a "Girls Marathon Crafting Week". Though my big college boys were around for dinner every night, we managed to stamp our hearts out and make major progress on many of our fall projects. Here I am in my 'summer uniform' of black tee and gym shorts.
One of our 'must-do' projects was a 'Back to School Treat Box' for our teammates at school.
We water-colored the Greeting Card kids, added the red and black Love Letter designer paper and the teeny tiny 4 You tag. We think it's a winner. Like Michelle says "SSC!" ("So Stinkin' Cute"!) The picture doesn't show the shimmery mist we sprayed on the top to give it a vintagy feel.
I added my favorite sugar cookies.....
...some red shred.......and here is the final result!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

F is for Fall

Submitted by Michelle
It's fall. Sort of. The calendar says September and I'm back to work teaching 4 and 5 year olds however, it's 108 degrees outside. I wish someone would tell Mother Nature that it's time for fall and this desert dweller would gladly welcome cooler weather and even rain. I guess if I want lower temperatures I'll have to move to a different part of California. Since that isn't going to happen soon and the weather isn't cooperating I figured I'd make a fall banner in hopes that it might put me in more of a autumnal mood.
Gina, one of my stamp club friends, requested a banner as one of our monthly projects so I designed this with her (and all the other great ladies who keep my paper crafting business afloat each month) in mind.
As many of you know, I love fall. It is my favorite season. So not only will this banner work well for my September stamp club project, I can also add it to my household decor.
I used the Spice Cake designer paper that is in the Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up. I think my ladies are going to flip when the see our project.
Here's hoping all of you out there in blog readerville are enjoying crisp fall weather. And if you're not, then you can always do like me and create something to add a little fall flair to your home.