Archive for January, 2009

Hand Painted Love Boxes

January 31, 2009


I visited a friend last year who had a collection of “Hand Painted Love Boxes” of which I was instantly SMITTEN!

These treasure boxes make perfect gifts for girls 8-100 years old.

I purchased this one for my Daughter as a Christmas gift. She loves Russian stacked dolls and green, so I couldn’t resist.

Each box is loaded with detail including a “Quote” inside the lid. This quote says “Beauty will save the World”, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Every box is different. If you would like to see more of these special Hand Painted Love Boxes check out Tiffany’s Etsy Shop.

Can I ice skate in our yard?

January 30, 2009

The question Gaby asked when she woke up yesterday morning.


“No darling”, I answered, “but you can slip, break an arm, a leg, a finger, a nose…” My goodness is this stuff dangerous. I feel like I am fighting for my life everytime I step outside. Weatherman says, “two more snow events in the next 4 days”. I was hoping for SUNNY and 50.

Valentine Surprises

January 28, 2009


I have a been waiting for our first official snowday to start the 2009 Valentine Card project with the kids. This year, I was very inspired by a project that Donna Downey created as a downloadable video workshop called “Layers”. After watching the video, I was ready to create something special with the kiddos using some of her wonderful ideas and some of my own.

Materials List:

  • Card Stock
  • Gesso
  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Rub-ons
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Modge Podge or Matte Medium
  • Alpha Cut-Outs
  • Pictures of Loved Ones
    (all purchased at Michaels)

We started by cutting a bunch of HEARTS out of cardstock. Then we painted them with Gesso in order to better hold the paint.

We picked our color palette.

And painted a couple of layers on each heart…we started with Yellow Ochre (let dry), then we added a layer of turquoise.

Once all the paint was dry, we layered with various stickers, rub-ons, pictures, and stamps.

To finish the project, we sealed each heart with Matte Medium and added some glitter to make them “sparkly”.

We finished eight yesterday and have about 20 more to go! SSSSHHHH…we want to surprise our loved ones. Finished product pictures in a few weeks!

Good Dog, Now you get a sticker!

January 28, 2009

About two years ago, Hubby and I were trying to decide whether or not we were going to try to have a third baby. Long story short, we decided we were very content with our two “Petite-Ones” and went ahead and made that decision permanent. To be perfectly honest though, I was still hankering for something, so I decided on a lap-puppy.


The irony of getting a puppy, is that in many ways they are like babies…but harder. The first year of Tasha’s life was TOUGH. Tasha had a parasite that caused explosive “Diarrhea” for about 10 months (usually at 2am in the morning in her crate–lovely). Once we got rid of that little issue, we were able to enjoy her funny little personality a lot more.

Currently Tasha is the equivalent of a 2-3 year old in behavior. She tests her boundaries and gets into things. It is hard to get mad at her because of how darn cute she is.

Yesterday, Tasha showed up into my office looking like this:


I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw her because these are stickers that I used on the kids’ reward charts when they were little (2-3 years old).


When pulling the stickers off of Tasha, all I could think about was what I used to say to my kiddos when I gave them a sticker– “WHAT A GOOD JOB”…or…”WHAT A NICE WAY OF ASKING”, NOW YOU GET A STICKER!!!!!.

Another Apple A Day

January 27, 2009


An Apple A Day - Day 2/5
Gaby - Water Color on Sketch Paper

Gaby has been on a role painting still life apples. I love how her little eyes see color!

The Nest Treehouse

January 26, 2009


Over the holidays the girls shared their DREAM of having a TREE HOUSE with their “Pop”. Speaking a mile a minute, the girls gave him their criteria:

  • Two little tree houses that lead to one big tree house
  • A rope bridge connecting all of the houses
  • A place to put a bean bag chair and books
  • A treehouse where a lot of friends to come over
  • They wanted to call it “The Nest”

On a napkin at lunch, their “Super-Pop” sketched something up for them. Aren’t dreams fun?


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