Friday, March 30, 2012

The Friday Five...

{ Visiting one of my favorite grandparent's home }

{ Trying to capture one of the most amazing acts of nature...more difficult than it looks. }

{ Enjoying the first Easter egg hunt of the season... }

{ Loving my new dollar bin finds. The gift ideas are rolling in! }

{ Waiting on some new arrivals... }

What are your five?

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My favorite Easter gift: Easter egg planter

My favorite gift to give is a plant.  And Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  Therefore, why not combine the two?  For the past three years, I have made these Easter egg planters, and I have not gotten tired of them.  They are pretty and cute, but most importantly, they allow you to give some of your favorite plants to your favorite people. 

So here is how to get started:

I dyed the eggs pale shades of pink, green and blue.  

 Using the corner of the hilt of a knife, I lightly tapped on the eggs until I had broken through the top third of the shell.  I then poured out the egg and rinsed the shell thoroughly.

While the eggs are drying out, cut the top of the egg carton off, and then cut the carton in half.

Spray the carton whatever color you would like.  I chose Celadon green.

 Cut a hole in each end of the six pack cartons. 

Cut two 12" length of ribbon.  Thread one ribbon through the hole in each side of the carton, and tie a knot. 

Take the two ribbons and tie a pretty knot about 6" above the top of the carton.  Trim the ends of the ribbons.  

Now you can start to transplant the plants into the eggshells.   I chose a mix of ground-cover, annuals and edible plants including... petunia...

 ...sweet basil...

 ...strawberries... star creeper...

...yellow marigold...

...and Irish moss.

Once you have planted your eggs, pack them into the carton and you are ready to give this adorable Easter treat.  So much better than candy : )

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Another milestone...the first lost tooth

Throughout your life, there are milestones that you look forward to...and those you don't.  Once you have a child, you become more worried about making their milestones fun and memorable, than thinking about what milestones you have left to reach.  There is the first word...the first step...the first night slept through...the first haircut...and of course...the first time they lose a tooth.  

Our family has had two big milestones happen in the past couple of months.  Both of which were not exactly ideal - Isabella cut her own hair...and Ava swallowed the first tooth she has lost.  Swallowing the tooth did not match up exactly with what I had envisioned - Ava loses her tooth. We put the tooth in the special tooth fairy box I had gotten for her, and I tell her the tooth fairy story with lots of fan fair.  We put the box under the pillow, her giggling the whole time- going to bed so excited that the tooth fairy was going to trade her tooth for a little bit of money.  I had not put that much thought into it : )

When she told me her tooth had finally fallen out, I was so excited.  It had been hanging on for dear life for a week.  I looked the whole house over, and finally realized that the only possibility was that Ava had swallowed her tooth while she ate her after-school snack.  I sat down and let myself be bummed.  

That is when I had to ask myself if it really mattered that the tooth was missing.   Does it really matter beyond letting go of what I had envisioned?  I look back to when I lost my first tooth.  I was seven...and like Ava I had let my tooth hang on, until it was ready to come out by itself.  My grandpa asked me why I didn't pull it.  I didn't want to seem afraid in front of my grandfather, so I couldn't tell him I was scared to pull it, but he knew.  He said he could have it out of there in two seconds.  I said OK.  He reached his big fingers into my mouth, grabbed that tooth and pulled.  I instantly tasted blood.  My grandpa looked down at his fingers and looked surprised...and then he told me I had done a good job.  My mom got me some ice and a paper towel to help it stop bleeding.  Not until a couple hours later did I realize that his fingers were so big, that he had pulled two teeth, one of which was not loose.  To this day, I give him a hard time about it.  

So even though that situation was not ideal either, it is actually a good memory for me.

Ava has lost her first tooth.  No matter what happened to it, it's gone.  And she feels great about it.  

So this is what we did- I told her that the tooth fairy knows she lost a tooth, she does not need to see it.  I asked her to write the tooth fairy a letter and we would put it under her pillow so she would know what happened to her tooth when she came to collect it.  

This is what she wrote:

Even though I struggle for words when things do not go as planned, Ava never does : )

Monday, March 26, 2012

Easter inspiration...

Easter is right around the corner, and I need a little inspiration to get the ball rolling...

(chick picture from Country Living)

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Friday, March 23, 2012

The Friday Five...

{ Sitting in awe of a most precious gift...}

{ their bloom lined branches } 

{ Loving my sister's most recent consignment store find...a little jealous, I must admit }

{ Finding the perfect material to make Spring dresses for the girls... }

{ Opening day...12:01 am...a wee bit tired today though }

What are Your five?

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

3 events in 3 weeks: Event #2 my art show

In May of last year, three big events took place in three very short weeks- one spectacular wedding, one nerve-wracking art show and one adorable 3 year old's birthday party.  It was a bit coincidental that a wedding I had been designing for a year, an art show I had been putting together for six months and a birthday party I had been planning for two months all came together in three jam-packed stressful weeks. 

Event # 2 : My art show

Resignation / 30"x40" / acrylic on canvas / 2011

Retired / 18"x24" / charcoal on paper / 2011

Once... / 24"x36" / acrylic on canvas / 2011

Unwritten / 30"x42" / ink and charcoal / 2011

Au Cafe / 48"x48" /  acrylic on canvas / 2011

I had not shown since I graduated college, and I was extremely nervous to jump back into the world where subjectivity reigns supreme.  I am glad I did it though.  From this show, I was offered another show at an art and history museum...which is coming up very soon...and I am completely unprepared for it.  

The concept of the show without going off on a tangent ( hopefully ): 

Try and give deference to the life an object or thing has held before we retire it or think of it as being worthless.  How many stories has an old typewriter many love letters have been written on it...whose fingers have typed on those keys...and what thoughts have materialized through it?

Well, I have got to get back to the drawing board...literally : )


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

joyfolie...I'm in love

I came across Joyfolie today and instantly fell in love.  They are an eco-friendly and amazingly trendy company that makes the cutest shoes for children.  

Check these out:

Kat shoes $54

Genevieve $58

Maci Spectator Boots $78

Delani Shoes $54

Houndstooth Boots $78

Luna $52

Sabre Cuffed Boots $52

Be forewarned that Joyfolie has been hand-making all of their shoes, but is now transitioning to a manufacturer so they can keep up with the demand.  Look for the shoes that currently say "In Stock"  

(all pictures taken from the Joyfolie website)

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