Tuesday, April 3, 2018

In Hope of Spring

March has slipped right on by and we are into April now! Just yesterday we got more snow. It has been a very long and snowy winter and spring so far! We are hoping for some warm weather soon. Just yesterday we got some more snow. This is at one of our favorite walking spots and because of the layout of the land I was able to take this picture of the snow meeting the ground! 

In desperate anticipation of warmer weather I bought some flower bulbs at the store today. I am not a gardener at all but am willing to endure the dirt this year to get a little bit of extra color around our house! Hopefully since they are bulbs I will only have to plant them once and then they will just come up year after year! 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Journey that Saved Curious George

We are big Curious George fans over here! Both of my kids love George books. I didn't know much about the authors, but I had been hearing enough from other moms that I was intrigued! We checked out The Journey That Saved Curious George by Louise Borden from our library and it was one of the most incredible stories I have ever read! I would say it is written on the level of upper elementary/ Jr high so it is a doable read if you are a busy mom! I think it took me just took me two sittings to get through it.

It follows the life of the husband and wife author team Margret and H.A. Rey who wrote and illustrated the George books. Did you know that George was originally named Fifi? I  had no idea that the authors had pet monkeys themselves for a time! Or that they were Jewish. Or that they escaped the Nazi invasion of Paris by just hours on bicycles that they made themselves. All they took with them were the clothes on their backs and their George manuscripts in their bicycle baskets!

By the end of the book I realized that my husband and I had most likely walked by the Rey's hotel residence (which is still there today in Montemarte) during our Paris trip. Oh how I wish I had known at the time and taken a picture of it!

Here are our two pictures from Montemarte Paris. At the time, we only knew it as the area where Van Gogh lived and painted for a time.

Looking back and remembering this beautiful neighborhood with it's hundreds of artists in berets painting on the streets, it is hard to imagine two Jewish authors pedaling for their lives on homemade bicycles with sketches of George in their bicycle baskets. Millions of children would have never have met Geroge had the Rey's not made it out of Paris that day. It is sobering to think of all the people with their incredible talents and gifts that were snuffed out by the Nazi's during that time.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Water Color Bird Card Tutorial

In my last post I mentioned that I would be doing a tutorial for my water color bird cards and here it is! 

Here are the supplies that you will need:

- Watercolors - I just used children's Crayola washable watercolors. Nothing fancy!
               - Blunt tipped paintbrush
               - Fine tipped paintbrush
                       Both of these paintbrushes came in various craft kits belonging to my kids. Once again nothing fancy! 
               - Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie marker. 
               - White card stock - I used the Celebrations brand from Joanne Fabrics. 

After cutting your card stock to your preferred card size, paint five water color blobs using your blunt tipped paintbrush.

After the blobs dry (about 2 minutes) outline them with your sharpie marker. 

Go back and add the legs. I liked the way they turned out free hand vs using a ruler to make them perfectly straight. It also helped me to work from left to right to avoid smudging the marker. 

Add eyes, beaks, wings, and curly tails. 

Using your fine tipped paintbrush fill in the beaks. 

And that's it! Enjoy your fast and mess free card making craft! 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Year New Medium

Hope you are having a good start to your new year! We are currently buried under snow and using the time to get caught up on things around the house. January is my month for getting a jump start on card making for the year. It's a pretty calm month, we're often snowed in, and the responsibilities of the new year haven't piled up yet!

My daughter loves painting and asks to paint almost every day! A few weeks ago I pulled out my water color paints for the first time in 8 years and joined her. It was a lot of fun and refreshing to do something completely new!

Here are some of my little bird cards.

I love them because they are fast and easy to make and it is so much fun to use so many different colors! Sometimes you just need a project that you can sit down and do that doesn't take up a long stretch of time and doesn't involve a huge mess. This was the perfect project!

They are a completely different style from what I normally make which is fun too and I am looking forward to making more!

Stay tuned for a tutorial post on how to make your own!

Have a great week and hope you get some creative crafting in!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Welcome to a New Year

Happy New Year!

Wow friends! It has been quite a while! Craft blogging has just not fit into my life this past year. Trips, school, and family life have all taken quite a bit of time and not allowed for regular posts. We will see what 2018 brings!

I think it is funny that my last post was a card featuring the Eiffel tower. Since making and posting about that card, my husband and I have actually visited the iconic tower in person! That trip was something I hadn't even dreamed about at the time of making the card.

This past fall we took a trip to Europe. It was a blast and there was a lot there to inspire your creativity! I really enjoyed perusing some of the greeting cards for sale over there. Of course, I've already used most of the ones I purchased so I can't picture them here for you but here are a few photos from our Eiffel Tower day in Paris.

We enjoyed walking under the tower and looking all the way up inside it.

 Paris is a beautiful city and I look forward to sharing a few more photos of our trip in future posts! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eiffel Tower Card

I absolutely love this card! I've been wanting to make more flowery, ornate cards but was struggling with how to go about it. The right scrapbook paper really helps! I have found I need to just buy scrapbook paper that "speaks" to me. In this case, the fancy script paper. (Such a first world 'need' right?) 

The script scrapbook paper was in a pad of 8 x 8 inch map scrapbook paper at Joanne Fabrics, the Eiffle tower was made using my silhouette, and the 3D flower was from a sticker pad purchased from Amazing Savings. I really wish my state had that store, but they seem to be mainly in NJ and NY. 


Monday, May 8, 2017

Ballerina Cards

Here was a fun card project to make. Ballerina cards! When I saw this ballerina shape in the silhouette store I had to purchase it! I wasn't sure what I would use it for at first, but I have now been able to use it to make some cards! 

Here is what I started with. 

It was fun adding the tutus (if you look close you can see the tulle I added above the skirts) pearl necklaces, and hair beads.

Here is the finished product!

I find it easiest to make cards in batches so here is this batch of ballerina cards. 

Hope you all have a lovely day! 

Monday, May 1, 2017


Spring has just started to make an appearance around here. Flowers are opening up and we are having a few scattered warm days here at there. I tried to get out to get a few pictures taken. This is quite a feat when you have two little ones along with you! 

The flowers on the trees are just beginning to open up. 

It was was pretty flooded. Even though this is a boathouse the river usually isn't quite that high! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Entertainment Center

We decided to up grade our entertainment center a few months ago. For the last six and half years we have been using this old Victrola cabinet to house our DVD player, CDs and what not. The cabinet was actually in the room at my in laws' house where I stayed when I was visiting my then fiance. (now husband). We actually don't watch a whole  lot of TV. I think it has been a whole two MONTHS since we have watched it actually! ha ha. But it was still time to get an updated piece of furniture. 

Here is our new cabinet/entertainment center. And our living room! I guess this could count toward a living room tour. The side cabinets have plenty of room for our CDs and blankets. We love to pile under a mound of blankets in the evenings!

Our favorite part is the front cabinet panel that comes off and reveals an electric fireplace! We have been wanting one of these and were thrilled to find an entertainment center/fireplace combination. And when we get tired of it, we can just put the fake cabinet panels back on as in the above picture. 

So there is our most recent home improvement venture. The kids loved "helping" my husband put it together and playing in the huge box that it came in. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Red and Tan Party Favors

This past fall we celebrated my Grandmother's 80th birthday! It was a lot of fun and a little crazy as everyone met up at our place. I made twelve of these little party favors for the day. 

I used tan card stock, burgundy ribbon, and filled them with gold candy. I used my silhouette machine to make the box and the gold leaf. I love how they turned out! 

They were my first big project post baby and I was excited to get them accomplished!