Images from Scrapbook.com This Ka-Zoo paper pad from K & Company is darling. So is the matching chipboard. If you teach one of my kids, turn away now. Ha! It was so simple to make teacher gifts for Valentine's Day with these products. I just picked up some 8×8 frames, metal for behind the glass, some smaller magnets… and voila! I just love no-calorie Valentine's Day treats!
Sassafras has a fun and fabulous line of paper and crafting products. Their stuff has a retro feel (my decade, the '80's) and I like playing around with all the patterns and colors. I heart you, Sassafras!
"The way I see it… if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." -Dolly Parton I think the forecast is for rainbows. Michelle has her last chemo next Monday (!). Max is going to the Pediatric Sports Medicine Doctor today. I am hopeful she'll allow us to increase his activity. I am ready for a rainbow (or two)!
Have you ever been the lucky recipient of a Cookie Bouquet? Something like this? When all that's left is a pile of crumbs and some plastic… STOP yourself from tossing it. Here's what I made last Valentine's Day (forgive me for the horrid photos please)! Turns out that plastic stuff is super easy to paint. My base was a generic vanilla color and I painted it with red acrylic paint (2 coats). Then I used Martha Stewart glitter to give it a little sparkle. The paper is by Teresa Collins. The crocheted flowers, heart buttons, ribbons and pins are from… Read More
Bulwer-Lytton contest winners… For all lovers of good writing, here are this year's winners of the Bulwer-Lytton contest, (aka "It Was a dark and Stormy Night" Contest), run by the English Department of San Jose State University, wherein one writes only the first line of a bad novel. 10. As a scientist, Throckmorton knew that if he were ever to break wind in the echo chamber, he would never hear the end of it. 9. Just beyond the Narrows, the river widens. 8. With a curvaceous figure that Venus would have envied, a tanned unblemished oval face framed with lustrous thick brown hair, deep azure-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, perfect teeththat… Read More
After three months in the brace, Max still has his sense of humor. According to Ly (Our Physical Therapist) he's exactly where he should be with his recovery. Phew! I was a little concerned. Between our trip to Chicago and the food poisoning we brought back with us, we missed a few sessions. Max is learning some new exercises. This is his favorite. Mia tries to be a supportive sister but gets a tiny bit bored sometimes. I can't wait until they are running around and playing together like they used to. But for now, one step at a… Read More
My father-in-law Arnold passed away a week ago. He was so many things but the quality that comes to mind is that he was so interested in life and in living. He was born in 1921 and his parents were financially solid until the Great Depression hit. Their drycleaning businesses couldn't survive. Arnold found himself making deliveries and being the "muscle" for the new family grocery business. Later, he served in WW II as an accountant– he hadn't gone to college yet but was so naturally good with numbers that's where he landed. He saw a lot of… Read More
Image by Elizabeth Dillow Hati has been on my mind a lot lately. My husband, Neal, was in Guatemala when the earthquake struck. He's a journalist. Neal tried extremely hard to get to Hati, but it was impossible for him to find a flight (either commercial or military). In the meantime, things were happening back in the states. My father-in-law, Arn, suffered a heart attack and came down with pneumonia. Arn is eighty-eight and one of the coolest people I know. He's sharp as a tack, up on all kinds of news (especially financial) and a lovely man in… Read More
Happy Belated Birthday Elvis! It's hard to believe The King would have been 75 years old yesterday. In honor of his memory, here's a fun story about how his legacy lives on… in Las Vegas, of course. Scroll down to Thursday's "Elvis at 75" segment.