Thursday, June 30, 2011

Peach Love

It's Peach Season. We went to the Big Farmers Market over the weekend and loaded up with fresh fruit (and other yummies to be shared later).

Peach Season

Got a whole bag of mixed varieties of peaches and nectarines for $1.50/lb.

I knew right away I wanted to make my favorite Peach Tart.

Peach Tart

It's a Paula Deen recipe that I have made many times - using all different kinds of fruits and glazes.

Apricot Jam

The recipe calls for peach jam thinned with orange juice for the glaze. Instead I used some home made Apricot Jam given to me by a friend (thanks Shannon), and Mango Juice (because that's what we have in the fridge).

Peach and Mango

I should have paid a bit more attention the the type of Peaches we bought. These were definitely not Free Stone - so I had to wrestle the slices off the pit and they ended up a little messy.

But that's OK, because it's kind of a rustic desert after all.

So Easy, So Yummy and So Forgiving.

Go and give it a try - before all the peaches are gone.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Graduation Card

My nephew graduated from high school a few weeks ago and is getting ready to head off to Penn State in the fall.

We weren't able to make it (across the country) to the party, but I did get a card in the mail.

Graduation Card

It's made in an envelope style so the money holder slips out from one end.

The letters were cut with my Cricut machine - I used a variety of assorted sizes to get them to fit across the narrow space.

The "2011" year was printed on my computer and then punched using a 1 3/4" circle punch that nests perfectly inside the 2" scallop punch.

Congrats a Hundred Bucks

Since this was going in the mail, I didn't want to send cash. Instead, I printed out a 100 dollar bill (from a clip art site) and used it to hide the check that is included behind.

On the back of the money holder portion - I included a hand written note. Everything was sized to fit into a standard Letter Sized envelope for mailing (note, I did cover with a piece of heavy cardstock to prevent the embellishments from rubbing through the envelope).

All solid cardstock is from Bazzill. The patterned papers are from a (never completed) project from a few years ago, so I'm unsure of the name.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Shower Rats

This is what I found in the shower this morning!

A gift from my daughter - intended for my hubby - because he had shrink wrapped her toilet seat the night before and placed this little guy on top.

I can only imagine what would have happened if she had woken in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. Luckily - she was fairly wide awake and noticed him right away.
{insert loud shrilly shriek that caused me to jump out of bed}

Rat #3

I think this little rubber rat has been hanging around our house since Halloween. Somehow he was forgotten when all the decorations were put away.

Rat #5

It all started with my husband - who decided it would be funny to put said rubber rat into Little K's shoe one day!

Shower rats

Since then he has been making the rounds. He goes into hiding for a few weeks, then re-appears when you least expect him. Where you least expect him.

In the underwear drawer....under a bed the pantry....inside the coffee canister....tucked into a backpack...

Rat #4

Not exactly what I consider funny - but little K most definitely does.
(see some of their other antics here)

I love that they have this little game together - and that in the middle of a busy work week (for my hubby) with long hours and early mornings, he takes the time to shrink wrap the toilet seat and hide a rubber rat.

Ok - maybe it is just a little funny.

Note: all photo credits go to Little K and the Instagram app on her iPod touch

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fathers Day Photo Gift

I have been thinking of doing something like this since Little K was a baby - so this idea is 10 years in the making (have you noticed I'm a bit of a procrastinator)?

It was so much fun to do, because Little K was able decide on all the creative details herself.

I {heart} U

We went to the craft store and purchased big white letters. There were lots of options to choose from (font style, size, color).

Big White Letters

These were the ones Little K decided on. The only problem was - they were none of the Letter "I" in stock.

Was the Letter L

No Problem!

We purchased the Letter "L" instead.

the Letter I

And with a quick swipe of the chop saw - Problem Solved.

Fun with Letters

She had so much fun making goofy faces and trying different posts. After taking about 150 shots - we uploaded the photos where she could choose her favorites.

A quick edit to Black and White, some simple cropping and they were sent to be developed at our favorite Walgreens 1 hour photo shop.

The picture frame was also purchased at the craft store - simple black frame with a 3 photo matte included.

for Daddy

She added a personal message and her signature/date to the matte before it was put back together.

All totaled I think this project cost less than $30, and just a few hours to put together.

It's perfect with our ONLY child posing in all 3 photos, but would be just as cute with siblings each holding a different letter.

There are even large craft heart shapes that could be made or purchased and painted white (making the heart with her hands and still managing to smile was kind of difficult).
Families with 2 siblings could have the kids pose holding the heart together in the middle frame - the possibilities are endless.

A handmade Fathers Day gift that I know, will soon be proudly displayed in Daddy's office.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sneak Peek

We've been working on a little project around the house.

Not quite ready to show it yet, but we're almost finished.

Here are a few hints...

Avocado Lime

It started with the perfect color of Avocado Lime (perfect, that is - according to a 10 year old girl)

Black and White

It involves some fabric and ribbon

Scroll Work

A few home decor items

Polka Dots

Some crafting and building

Sewing Project

and some sewing!

Any guesses as to what we have been up to?

Hope to be able to share it with you all soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ten on Ten: June

Playing along with Rebekah's fun monthly challenge.

ten on ten button

A photo taken every Hour, for Ten consecutive hours, on the Tenth of the month.

Sleeping In

Sleeping In

Squirrel Lounge

He thinks our deck is a Lounge Chair

Craft Hope Bracelets

Bracelets for Craft Hope

Lemon Verbena

My new favorite scent - Lemon Verbena

Fun with Apps

Fun with apps (I have the beer version)

Warm from the Garden

Fresh from the garden - warmed by the sun

On My toes

On my Toes


DQ grin - 'nuff said

Chicken Dinner

Dinners in

New Cushions

Just arrived in time for summer

Can't wait to see what you all have been up to today. Hope it's been a great day.

Ten on Ten: June {by Little K}

It's Summer Vacation - so this set of Ten on Ten was done by my creative daughter
(taken on her itouch using instagram)





1:00 gardening






Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Koffee Klatch Card

Inspired by.....

Dotty Plates

...polka dot plates...

Fresh Cherries

...fresh cherries...

Dessert Tray

Vintage Fabrics

...vintage (looking) fabrics...

Blue Skies skies with big puffy clouds...

Floral Dishe

and floral dishes.

Koffee Klatch

Inspired... to make a sweet little card inviting the neighborhood girls over for coffee.


So easy:

Little "V" shaped pieces of my favorite fabrics glued to lengths of waxed twine (if only I had some red and white bakers twine at my fingertips).

Blue cloud patterned paper layered on Bazzill Basics cardstock (pomegranate and kraft), with a strip of green (parrot) cardstock sewn to the bottom with a basic zig zag stitch.