Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cake wrecks......?

I don't think so!


My darling daughters turned 4 on Friday! They requested Disney Princess cakes, so Disney princess Cakes they received! These cakes were fun to create and required much less skill than last year's Little Einsteins Cake:

The only tricky part was getting the butter cream frosting to stay firm in the 90* heat on a day my darling husband resisted turning the Ac on until wayyyyyy late in the afternoon! Juggling two tall cakes in the frig, along with all the other party food, was no small feat.

Now I wonder what they will request next year..........


Thursday, April 23, 2009

CPS #112 Strawberries

Here is my contribution to this week's CPS Challenge.

There are a couple new products that I just received from Paper Trey Ink that I just had to use on this card; the card stock, the stamps, and the ink!

~Green thumb Stamp set
~Kraft Cardstock
~Fresh snow ink
~Polka Dot paper from Asparagus.

Cute and simple!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

CPS #111

Here is my contribution for this week's CPS challenge. Every week I say, "This is my best card yet!" and this week is no different. I LOVE how it turned out. It was so easy to use up scraps on this card. I had no idea what color scheme I was going to go with or even what stamp I was going to use on the focal point, but when I saw these scraps of Wild Asparagus paper, I knew!

Once again, this stamp came from the dollar bin at AC Moor! Can't beat that....it stamps up very nicely and required a little coloring with my copics.

The sun is FINALLY shining. I need to transplant my tomato seedlings today into bigger pots. They are not happy. When my 'maters aren't happy, Mama's not happy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday

I've been thinking about tackling this hall closet for a LONG time. Having a purpose, in the form of blog post, is the perfect reason to do it!
It wasn't as though it was over-flowing or anything, but all the old games that we never play on the top shelf needed to be packed up for donation. And we had a bunch of boxes from random appliances/electronics that we like to save in case said item decides to quit and need to be returned that needed to be put up in the attic or thrown out.
So, afterwards, I have almost one whole shelf that's empty. The top shelf is not as piled high. And the floor was cleaned. Yay!

To check out more tackles visit 5 Minutes for Mom.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter treats for the kids


I don't know for how many years my Grandmother ensured all the grandkids had personalized Easter treats, usually in the form of an egg-shaped cake, but in my mind it was EVERY year. Mimi is gone, and since I'm "mini-Mimi", I try to get all the kids some sort of treat for Easter now. I had a bakery that was OK in terms of cake quality, but now they're not so good. So, this year I decided to make my own little treats for the kids.

I found a template for these little boxes on Paper Trey Ink. They are really supposed to be a little oven, but I left the door off, so it just looks like a perfect little box for a perfect little nest with eggs. They're not quite big enough for a full sized cupcake, so I decided to make little nests out of rice krispy treats. It worked perfectly.


Above you can see the boys' nests. My girls helped me stamp the names, they were glad to contribute to the project.

And here are some birds nest treats I made for the adults.

I'm really itching for spring, as I'm sure most of us are. Perhaps I was a little hasty, but I got somee of my veggies into the ground this afternoon; lettuce, broccoli, and snow peas. Hang in there little fella's....it'll warm up soon!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday


My friend Bonnie has the coolest blog which dedicates several days a week to certain themes. I love the Wordless Wednesdays and also the Tackle it Tuesdays. So, today I'm going to post my first Tackle. My apologies, I didn't realize that each tackle had a recommended purpose (such as "make a welcome area" for today), so mine is not related this week's theme. I'm going to post it anyway, because it was a BIG tackle that my husband and I did last Tuesday. Actually, we can call it a "welcome area for my veggies".

My yard has a bunch of random little areas for flower beds carved out by these bricks. the trouble is, they weren't placed in the most strategic places in terms of sun exposure, so things don't grow very well in them. Plus, they're an eyesore. Plus, I want nice straight lines in my yard.....with nice grass that can be cut all the way to the fence line. So, I took out this flower bed....

....and smoothed it all out. We'll lay sod soon, I think.

But, that's not all we did! My husband built my contained vegetable garden. The plot before:

And my garden spot after:
Look at all that beautiful compost!


I hope to fit many more veggies this year. I've got seedlings started for three types of tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas, broccoli, two types of lettuce, carrots, and corn. This space may not hold it all, but I'll resort to my veggie garden spot from last year for the over flow. Welcome, Spring! Welcome, Veggies!

Monday, April 6, 2009

CPS Challenge #110


So, it's nowhere near holiday time, but this week's CPS challenge screamed for a colored image and I was a little tired of working with my little Easter bunny in a tutu. I'm new to stamping, so my stamp selection leaves a lot to be desired. A couple weeks ago I got this little snowman stamp in the clearance bin for 50 cents! I colored him with Copics and added Stickles on the pom poms. I love how the grey shadowing worked out on him (click to enlarge). I'm saving my pennies for some Nestibilities since I recently scored Spellbinders Wizard off eBay. But, in the meantime, my ol' Creative Memories ovals worked out just fine. Glad they got some use!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring time note pads

Here are my cute little springtime notebooks. Mish Mash demonstrates how to do it on her site. Steph has made them several times, too.







These are just little memo pads from Wal Mart. Covered in good card stock and put together with some cute embellishments. I love the green and purple ones the best. I have to admit, i think I'm a little color challenged....not everything I pick ends up looking good together! I need a color wheel, I suppose.

I intend on putting one of these in each of the girls' Easter baskets. They love to write notes. And I might send one in to their pre-school teacher as well.