Thursday, May 30, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Happiness

 Submitted by Linda
 Our school celebrated 'Teacher Appreciation" last week, and I felt the love from my little friends. They did the cute thing where everyday they bring something (one day was flowers, then balloons, then thank-you cards, then gifts!!!!) It's was a fun week full of surprises. I love the thank you notes written from the kids - so sweet.

Here's a child whose mommy went to some trouble to make me feel happy. Look at this shirt! Awesome! (The wearer of the shirt is as cute as can be, but I don't yet have permission to share her face with you).
Another idea worth sharing is this darling vase. Colored pencils were glued around a large can, with a cute message on the tag. On the flower day, students added their flower to the can.
I love this, and will be keeping it at school for next time I happen to need a vase for flowers!
And here it is sporting it's bouquet! Ta-da!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

'CASEd' 5,6, and 7: Final Wrap Up

Submitted by Linda
So it's practically summer, and it's taken me all of spring to post these cards that Michelle and I created back in April. The first one uses my new Secret Garden stamps and framelets (die cuts) and an old set of hostess-only paper. Here is Vera Schootor's card, copied from Split Coast Stampers:
 You can see we copied Vera's card exactly. We loved everything about Vera's card, so 'if it aint broke, don't fix it!"
 Our next card looks like it uses the same floral set, but it was the Summer Silhouettes set instead. Our inspiration came from Jen Mitchell, and you can see her blog HERE.
 We decided to add some texture to the background, and swap out the greeting for Kristina Werner's cute cute writing stamps. You can follow Kristina HERE.
 Our final idea came from May Fish at Stampin Pretty.  We loved her card, but ended up using up some old, old designer paper. We have got to get some of that polka dot parade paper on hand!
 So now, we are finally caught up with April projects! Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Fairy Gardens Version 3.0

Submitted by Linda
You may remember that my mom and I had created fairy gardens a year or so ago. I even made one for Michelle's June birthday. Sadly, for all of us, the plants quickly died. Too much sun? Too much shade? Too much AC (in LaQuinta)? Nobody knows why they didn't survive, so my mom and I refreshed ours with new plants (version 2.0), and again, they died. 
Despite our dislike of fake plants, we decided to go artificial this time. We searched our usual sources (Hobby Lobby, Michael's), but ended up finding what we hoped would work at Tai Pan Trading in Rancho Cucamonga.  No dirt needed this time, just foam, moss, plants, and so on.
 Here is my mom's. She upgraded to a gorgeous blue ceramic pot.
 You may remember that on one of my antiquing trips, I found a tiny turtle. Time to play "Where's Waldo!" Can you find my turtle?
I had also bought a tiny frog, which seemed too big compared to the bike in my garden. So I plunked it into Michelle's. I like the whimsy it adds.
I think they turned out cute, and that the plants look pretty decent. And no chance of them dying. Yay! For anyone who is wondering, here is the ORIGINAL POST which gives my source for all the cute fairy sized accessories, though now you can find things at Hobby Lobby and Armstrong.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Stitching Update: Cross Stitch Teacup Pincushion

Submitted by Linda
You may remember that I wasn't a fan of cross stitching compared to embroidery, but after trying a few small projects (and NOT using the waste canvas like I did on the PETIT POINT NAPKINS), I'm finding that I enjoy it more than I ever expected to. My mom and I discovered cute (and small) project patterns in crafting magazines at the local Barnes and Noble store. 

One idea my mom and I both fell in love with is this teacup pincushion. I do have lots of pins floating around, for tacking down my ribbons and such, but did I really need another one, especially since I'd already made this other PINCUSHION, which is one of the cutest pincushions ever? Well, I decided one on my dresser might be nice, for safety pins and other pins one might need whilst they are getting dressed.
I bought the teacup years ago in Solvang, on a girl trip in the 90s. I never use this cup for drinking, so now I get to enjoy it as a pincushion! Next I'll be back to embroidery for a bit, since I need a break from all that counting and paying attention to a pattern!

Monday, May 13, 2013

'CASE'd Card' #4: Happy Father's Day!

 Submitted by Linda
Yes, while I was in LQ we also CASEd a manly card for Father's Day. I am certain that my father won't be looking at our blog, so it's safe to show it off. Our inspiration this time was from SU demonstrator Michelle Vanwiggeren and you can check out her blog HERE.

 To make ours more masculine, we said 'adios' to the flower and substituted an orange corduroy button. Every piece of cardstock and paper is distressed and aged with a sponge and some chocolate chip ink.
Thanks for looking, and stay tuned....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

'CASE'd' Card #3: Happy Mother's Day!

  Submitted by Linda
Here's another card inspiration, this time from the 'Sew Sweet' stamps and papers. The photo and project ideas are from Monica Gale.  Though they are all so sweet, I chose to copy the one on the bottom right.
 I had purchased this cute contraband stamp set of cross-stitched sentiments, and decided that the sewing stuff would fit perfectly with Happy Mom's Day.
 And here it is!
Thanks for looking! Stay tuned.....