Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring is in the Air

Despite the snowy weather we had this week spring still came and we had to celebrate in some way.  R. was in charge of snack at preschool this week, so we created some fun butterfly clips to hold a bag of snacks.  They were really easy and fun to make.  

1.  R. painted and decorated clothespins for the butterfly bodies.  
2. Next she adhered two googly eyes.  They look kind of goofy, but cute.
 3. I filled a snack size bag with goldfish on one side and grapes on the other, leaving some space in the middle to clip the clothespin.  After attaching the clothespin, I bent and twisted half of a pipe cleaner an inserted in the top of the clothespin for the antennae. 
We were happy with how cute they turned out and R. was proud to bring them to school.  Thanks for the idea!  Now if the outside would just match the calendar.  I did notice a few crocuses peeping through the ground today.  Spring should be here soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Everybody Cut Footloose!

Tired of these dull, rainy and COLD spring days?  Get ready to brighten your day up at my
Scrappy Creations Class
Create this adorable mini-memory album using CTMH's Footloose Papers.
To help color your spring, I will be holding two classes in April.
Thursday, April 12 at 7PM at my home
Saturday, April 21 at 10AM at the Spokane Homebuilder's Association Building
(just off the Sprague and I-90 Exit) 
Fun Front Cover.
 Back Cover
 Some close up photos of the CTMH Complements Dimensional Elements
 Even though this looks like a "beachy" album, back yard swim play, pool and any water photos look great with this paper.   

Don't miss out on this great class.  This mini-album would make a great Mother's Day gift, be perfect for spring break photos, honeymoon photos or save it for a variety of fun summer photos.   RSVP by commenting on this post or sending me an email no later than Thursday, March 29th.  I will order and prepare all the needed materials.   
You may purchase 1 of 3 different kits.  Please specify which kit you would like purchase when RSVP-ing. 
Kit 1.  Includes a paper pack, dimensional elements, and the memory showcase  $22.12
Kit 2. Includes a paper pack and the memory showcase  $16.32
Kit 3.  Includes a paper pack, 2 dimensional elements and 2 memory showcases  $32.57
(Kit 3 allows you to make two albums.  Make two on your own, or bring along a friend and split the cost for a savings.  Only $16.29 per person/album).

**Please note if you do not split your paper pack with a friend, you will have lots of left over paper to create several cards or a layout of your choosing. I will post several examples here and bring them to class as well.

Can't make it to my class, check out my online Close to My Heart Website to order at or simply order the kits by clicking on the link (colored words) of the item you would like and add it to your shopping cart.  When ordering any of the products for this workshop from me, I will send you complete instructions on how to create this cute album. 

Additional Supplies you may want to order include;
Desert Sand Ink Pad
Sweet Leaf Ink Pad
Rustic Alphabet Stamp Set
2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix Block
Corner Rounder
** Note: If attending the class, all additional supplies will be provided. 

Hope to see you soon!

P.S.  The Saturday class may be canceled if I am not able to get at least 5 people to attend.  So make sure to invite a friend. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Party Hats All Around!

Today is a kind of a big is Dr. Suess Birthday and boy are we ready to celebrate.  After 6 years of working in the schools, I missed celebrating this fun day and decided to carry on the tradition with my kids.  It is super fun and now that we had done it so often, both kids anticipate this day with much excitement.   
Even before they were old enough to truly understand, we had a party!  Here we are in 2008.  Look at that super tall "Cat in the Hat" strawberry cake.  It almost fell over when we cut it.  I think it was two white cakes stacked on each other with strawberry whipped cream in between the layers.     
 The party always include reading our favorite Dr. Suess books and playing a few games. Here we are in 2009.  
Now 2010. It is always a fun time with family (I love this picture of my Mom with the kids, it truly represents who she was...a great mother and a grandmother who loved to be surrounded by her "kids").  Good thing we have cousins nearby to celebrate with us.  Hey do you notice a reoccurring staple of our Dr. Suess party?  Of course the "Cat in the Hat" hats!     
 And what would a Dr. Suess party be without green eggs and ham?
 This year our party is a little more low key, but are ready for big day of fun none the less.  Since IHOP has a special "Lorax" breakfast and "Trufula tree" pancakes, we will be headed there for a fun lunch.  Afterwards, we plan to catch "The Lorax" movie.  Check out the fun snack I made to sneak into the movie theater.  Green Eggs and Ham!  These are so easy to make.  Simply take two pretzel sticks and melt a white chocolate wafer on top.  I put them in a warm oven, 235 degrees for about two minutes, then press a green m&m on top.  Let them cool and package up for a fitting Dr. Suess snack.   

And what about those party hats?  Of course we are going to be bringing them and proudly wearing them at our Dr. Suess outing.  We are who we are and thanks to Dr. Suess we don't to need to "mind" those who don't "matter". 

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! 
Thanks for all the enjoyment you bring to my family and me. 
Your rhymes are by far the best I can see. 
And your words encourage me to be who I be.

We love you...even though we (or at least Mom) need more practice with our rhymes.