Either I have been very busy making cards or I have not posted my creations recently. Or both. I am back to trying to make (or at least design) a card every weekend. I'm sure this post looks long on your scroll bar, but know going in that it is mostly pictures.
I made this one back in November for a couple to celebrate 25 years of missionary service with Youthfront, their 30th wedding anniversary and their 50th birthdays! I love how the design (which is from the Wild Card cartridge) is so versatile. I held on to the negatives of this cut because I think they will make a pretty cool card as well.
Our next door neighbor got engaged so I made this card for her. I got to use a bunch of my shiny scraps for this one. The cut is an SVG file from the SVGcuts website. It was a free cut at the time, but I don't think it is currently available for free.
I gave my neighbor the engagement card along with these Rolo Pretzel treats and put them in this treat bag I made from a 12x12 piece of cardstock. Loved this tutorial on how to make it!
Here is a card I made from scraps (of which I have a TON!) I like how it turned out and plan to make more of these from scraps.
For my mom's 60th birthday, I asked family and her friends if they would like to spend some time with her. For those who responded, I made a little coupon book (of tags from the Picturesque cartridge) so I could have something to physically give her on her birthday. I wrote their name and what they wanted to do (take her to lunch, visit her garden, etc.) on each card. She has started writing the date and what they did on the back of each tag when the coupon is redeemed. (This gift went over VERY WELL! Try giving it to someone and see what I mean!)
Here is a card I made for a wedding with paper I had yet to use from Ten Thousand Villages. The cut is from the Cricut Cake cartridge. I liked the cut so much I used the negative of it for another card that I think turned out even better.
Simple, yet elegant. I actually keep this one on display on my crafting desk.
For my friend's baby shower, I wanted to make a blue bird with a white baby, but got my cuts confused when I entered them so here is the result. Still cute. I made another one for her with a purple bird and peach baby which turned out like this:
I didn't leave myself tons of time between making the card and the shower, but if I did, I may have added a sentiment on the front.
This is actually a card by Gartner Studios that I got at Target. I just I jazzed it up using the same collage method as seen above with scraps of blue. I wish I could tell you where all my paper comes from but I don't keep track, I just integrate it with my other patterned paper (which are divided by color) when I get it.
This last one is a sympathy card I made using cuts from the Serenade cartridge. I'm not used to a Cricut Solutions cartridge and really miss the booklet! Fortunately, the Cricut Craft Room is very helpful in such situations. Do you have any experience/ thoughts/ opinions on Cricut Solutions cartridges?
Socially, she is sweet, gentle, affectionate and not afraid of strangers. She's starting to play with other kids her age instead of playing alongside them. This girl LOVES music and to sing! She is beginning to be able to identify a song on the radio within the first 5 seconds. She will also ask, "What is this song called?" for every song she doesn't know (including ads with music in them).
Intellectually, she will blow you away! She can memorize a book after having read it once or twice. She can count to 100. She knows all 26 letters: upper case, lower case AND the sounds they make. You can open a novel and ask her if she sees any words she knows- she'll pick out several that she can read: the, so, you, to, me, in, by, and, we, all, want etc. Yesterday, she read her first sentence: I want to. I think she'll love starting preschool in the fall, both intellectually and socially.
Her favorites change often but lately she's been asking to read stories from these books:
She's really into the Pigeon Books by Mo Willems. She got The Duckling Gets a Cookie AND a stuffed pigeon for her birthday. "The pigeon kiss the pigeon."
Loving her new sunglasses, which is good because the pair she got for her last birthday are nowhere to be found.
Yeah, I think we'll keep her around for at least another year. I mean, look at that face! :o)
Here's a great organizing tip for you as you do your spring cleaning or decluttering or the "preparing to move purge" as is our case. Some people (myself included) keep a box of things they plan to sell in a garage sale to happen in the future. Say your neighborhood garage sale is in the summer but you are cleaning out your home now. All that stuff needs to be boxed up, right? Right. But make it easy on yourself later by getting pricing labels and pricing everything as it goes into the box.
It will be much easier to price a few items at a time, as you purge them, rather than a whole garage of items the night before the sale. I liked this site's pricing guide. I'm not an avid garage sale fanatic (but am willing to learn if anyone wants a student in the art!) so I have a hard time determining the value of my used stuff.
Then box up your stuff and put it in the attic/basement until the time of the sale. I would also suggest writing the contents of the box on the side and NOT the top so you can stack boxes and still see what is in them. Shout out to my bar-tending brother who scored tons of beer boxes for us!
If you are looking for ways to have an organized garage sale, check out DaNita's blog. I enjoy her organizing ideas and this post is amazing! So organized!
I put it on a towel and let her go to town. She was entertained for about 45 minutes. She stuck her hands right in and then did her favorite thing, "I smell it." She LOVES the sense of smell. I loved all her commentary. "This is Cloud Dough."
The first time Annique played with pipe cleaners was November 1, 2011. The only reason I know that was because I took pictures, which are dated in the computer.
She was 18 months old at the time. The initial activity of playing with pipe cleaners through the holes of a colander didn't go over too well, but she loved the colander itself.
I thought this might be fun for Annique to try again, now that she's almost three (not sure why waited so long, though). I stocked the strainer with a few pipe cleaners and let her play around with them.
Again, the "threading" of pipe cleaners in the colander didn't hold her attention very long (5 minutes or less). She still loved the colander itself.
However, this time around she became more intrigued with the pipe cleaners themselves. She knows what they are and calls them pipe cleaners. She even knows which colors I have out. She'll have a few in her hand and will come ask me, "Where is the blue pipe cleaner?" knowing she is missing that color.
I've tried showing her how they are flexible and positionable, but instead of exploring those properties for herself, she asks mommy to bend it. I'm happy to play with her and show her how they work, but is there a way I can encourage her to try it herself instead of always having "Mommy do it!"? Should I just be patient and wait for her to want to manipulate them herself? My standard answer is, "Mommy will be happy to do it after Annique tries." Her standard response is to whine or cry with the occasional attempt to try it herself. Ah, parenting! I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions in the comments.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce
One-Dish Italian Chicken with Vegetables
Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken
Rocky Road Cookies
Lest you think I let my daughter go around barefoot wearing shorts in winter, I'll confess I'm pretty late with this post. It definitely took place when things were greener back in August. :o)
I love to go outside when it is nice. For me, "nice" is a very small temperature range but I try to be flexible and take Annique outside when it is a bit above or below "nice." This day, I thought she would have some fun painting the concrete with cornstarch paint.
Then she wanted to paint the crack in the concrete.
Look at that, blue hands!
She really loved this activity. I'll do it again (when it is warmer) with more colors. I would love to hear what she has to say about painting on concrete. She can communicate so much better now than six months ago.
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