Sunday, April 27, 2008

Good And Plenty

Sunday greetings to all,

I'm posting today since I have a few minutes to spare. The kids go back to school tomorrow, now it's my hubby's turn for time off. He teaches at a technical college in NYC, so he has a week and a half off, until next trimester starts. I'll take advantage of this and finish setting up my craftroom, once and for all!. Finish a couple of swaps, and get ready for our son's First Communion, etc.

I have a few pictures to share, so here they are...

My partner for this swap was the lovely and talented, Jillian. I wanted to create something really special for her. One of my favorite parts in the movie is when Giselle makes a dress out of Robert's living room curtains. I wanted to recreate that dress and voila!...

I had a challenging adventure trying to fold the paper, but I succeeded, and I am very happy with how it turned out!. And being the daughter of a talented seamstress, rubbed off on me!

I also felt I needed to make her a crown, we girls can never, ever have too many of these...

And I thought, why not make a mini album depicting the items, so here's what I made...

I adore this little album, It turned out super cute!

And for her daughter, Kayla, I made this banner:

3D Prom Queen

This was definitely a very fun swap!. Thank you Sarah for coming up with this one!!

I've also been busy creating my son Jeremy's First Communion invitations, I tried to make it as cute as possible, but what is it with boys' things?

I love silhouettes, so I took his profile picture, and created one of the communion boy himself ,it turned out pretty cool!. I printed the ceremony info on the back, I normally make my invites this way. I'll be wrapping them up with aqua colored tissue paper, and I'm using white ribbon to tie them up. These are going to be hand delivered, that's why I'm using tissue paper.

Next, I'll be doing the favors, I'll post a picture of those soon.

In my next post, I'll be showing you the wonderful items Miss Sandy sent me for winning her 100th post Giveaway! Lots of terrific goodies!!
Until next time, stay healthy and happy!

Big Hugs,


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Blogging Goodness

Hello my lovelies,

I'm just a tid bit busy with a few things around the house, and the kids are on Spring break!. I do try and visit your blogs and leave comments, I don't want to be forgotten!!


I'm signed up for two lovely swaps. Sonya told me about Karla and Beth's Birds & Bonnets Vintage Workshop Swap:

This is going to be lots of fun. We have to create four panels, and decorate both sides with images provided to us.

The second swap is a Mermaid Swap, this one is hosted by Genevieve. We are to create a mermaid using any media we like. My partner for this swap is Sammy, who by the way creates beautiful dolls, I'm very excited to see what she comes up with!

I contacted Sarah to create a custom bracelet for my husband's goddaughter, who'll be making her First Communion on May 4th. She created a beautiful bracelet, very girly by the way. Thank you Sarah.

She also sent me the prettiest wall hanging surprise, that really touched my heart!

Every time I see it, it brings a smile to my face!

And she also made a beautiful card, and everything was beautifully packaged, I almost didn't want to open them.

This is why I love blogging so much... the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people, whom I would have never met, otherwise!

Thank you all so much.



Thursday, April 17, 2008

Mouse In The House

Our 3 year old, Jason, has a hereditary fascination with trains. So does his brother, Jeremy. My husband being the railroad fanatic that he is, has exposed our children from the day we've brought them home from the hospital, to this hobby of his. It's a good thing, we all have our hobbies in this house. Anyway, when we started house hunting 10 years ago, one of the items on my husband's wish list was, a house with a big basement. It's been his childhood dream to have a permanent model train layout. We found the house with the basement, and he has slowly but surely, finished the basement and has set up his's a work in progress. Toy Train
Any opportunity Mr. Jason gets to go to the basement...he heads to the layout. The problem is, he's always breaking something, moves trains from one place to another, looses something my hubby needs, etc. So dear husband decided to put up a gate so when he's not home, Mr. Jason has no access to the train area. But lo and behold, he still gets in there!

"Oh no, I've been caught red handed!"

The "little mouse", has been sneaking in through another side, mind you, he has to go through a stack of paint cans, a small hamper, a portable plastic rolling cart, and through a space that's about 6 inches wide

But the look on his face says it all!

Since the benchwork where the tracks are is so high, that's no deterrent

He'll move this stool all around the layout!

Here are a few more pictures of our "mouse" in action

And a few more shots of the layout

At least he is enjoying himself, that's all that really matters!

Have a great day.



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

All So Pretty

Good afternoon mis amigas (my friends),

Didn't have time till this afternoon to post the cuties I have to show you, but here they are. So sit back, and enjoy...

First off , last Tuesday, we went to my son Jeremy's class for some activities in his classroom. The kids get to read books they've written and illustrated to their families, they really do a good job and feel so proud

Remember a couple of banners or pennants I've shown before and I mentioned they're for my son's second grade teacher? Well, here they are hanging in the classroom. What do you think?

They look really nice in person!

If you are a Cath Kidston fan like I am, Barnes and Noble carries her stationery line, notebooks,stickers, recipe holder. Simply gorgeous!

I'm planning on using the paper for some projects, never mind writing on them!

And I received my "Celebrate" banner from Bristol. When I opened up the package and saw the banner, I became speechless. It is so beautiful, I love it!!

On the back, she decoupaged the poem, "Our Playhouse". It's a beautiful poem written by her great-grandfather, this really took my breath away! Thanks again Bristol.

She also sent me many wonderful little extras, I'll be creating with these for sure!!

And speaking of Bristol, she is opening her website store, Honey Bend Vintage on May 2nd ( this is also my 16th wedding anniversary!). Mark it on your calendars, she'll have many fun things!

I love anything France or french related, so when I saw this paper Eiffel Tower on Krisl Hurst'sEtsy store, I knew I had to get one!

OOH LA LA, tres magnifique!

Did you all enjoy all these pretties? I hope so!

Till next time.

Big hugs,


Monday, April 14, 2008

Make Time To Play

Hi my darling friends,

This is going to be short and sweet, and no photos for today. Tomorrow I'll be back with pretty things to show you. I just need to get caught up with some things that require my time today.
My sweet friend, Sarah has invited me to play the "Six Words Mermoir" game. So here it goes:
  1. Write your own six words Memoir
  2. Post it on your blog
  3. Link to the person who tagged you (see above)
  4. Tag 5 more blogs with links ( Leave a comment on their blog with an invitation to play)

Here's my Memoir: Make Time to Love and Create

Yeap! That sums me up alright!

I wish I could tag more than five people but I'll go by the game rules. I'd like to extend this invitation to:

  1. Fitty: Fitty's Pink Rose Cottage
  2. Jessi: Scrappy Jessi
  3. Jillian: Sweet Moments by Jillian
  4. Sonya: Love of Yellow Roses
  5. Tiffany: Shabby Scraps

Hopefully, these lovely ladies will accept my invite and play along!

I'll be back tomorrow with a picture of the BEAUTIFUL banner I received from Bristol, and other lovelies.

Till then, take good care and be Gardeninghappy!



Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lovely Bits

Hello dear friends,

This is my idea of a good breakfast: Portuguese Roll with cheddar cheese Panini, and a good cup of coffee. If I don't eat breakfast, I can't function!

I have a few things to share with you today; now that I'm ready!

I participated in Tamy's Celebrate Banner Swap. My partner for this swap is Bristol.

Based on her color choices, this is the banner I created for her. I hope she likes it!

I also sent her some goodies along to help her "celebrate".

I had a great time creating these items for her. I'll post a picture of the banner she created for me as soon as I receive it.

And I placed an order from Tiffany, and she wrapped them up so beautifully! She sells many vintage items, like, the sweetest Mother Goose pages, flash cards, pom pom ribbons etc. Go check out her website : Shabby Scraps Boutique. Her blog is full of eye candy!

And this is a peek for the "Enchanted Swap". My partner is the lovely and very talented Jillian,I don't want to show too much, because she reads my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprise for her! ( Hi Jillian!)

I'm hoping this turns out as pretty as I envision it in my head. Don't worry, I'll post pictures when I'm done and after she receives it!
In my next post, I'll be sharing some other cute things, I've gotten lately.
So, until next time...