Sunday, May 17, 2009


I made this little bracelet for a luau themed sweet sixteen party I was invited to.

I really had no idea what kind of gift to get for the girl, but I saw these hibiscus looking glass beads and thought I'd try something I hadn't done in a long, long time: macrame.

It always amazes me that my hands remember what to do. Macrame is really relaxing, and I find that I don't even need to look at it when I do it anymore. I absolutely love it! It does require a lot of material though. I think the rule of thumb is something like 3 times the length that you want the finished product. So even though I am now longing to do a pretty bag, I think my 18 month old is going to make it very difficult to cart that much string around. Oh well, he's worth the sacrifice.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Okay, so Mother's Day is still a few days off, but I will be out of town for the actual occasion taking my mother's gift to her. My mom expressed a want for a little counter top herb garden, so she got several of these cute little planters and a packet of herb seeds to go in each.

I found these adorable tiny watering cans in the dollar bins at Target (right next to the planters) and grabbed a couple up. I knew I wanted to paint something for each Mom and they were just perfect!

I am not the best painter in the world, but I try hard. Usually my creations turn out somewhere slightly elevated from cartoons, just like this, for my mother-in-law.

I got my mother-in-law a planter complete with potting soil and flower seeds for her own little indoor garden too, and had every intention of painting something on it. However, the painting always goes slower than I think it will, and I ran out of time. I made this little fabric ribbon and rose in the same colors I used for her watering can to dress it up a little. It makes me feel slightly better about shipping the planter unpainted.

Happy (early) Mother's Day to all of you moms out there!

Friday, May 1, 2009

I told you so

While I'm busy crafting Mother's Day gifts I thought I'd post some pictures I have taken recently. I love this time of year when I get to see colors after a long white and gray winter.

Of course, as it is just barely May, not every tree is with the program yet. I still couldn't resist taking this picture. They might not be green, but they're still pretty.

Look at the tiny little leaves on this though. Click on it, there are even little drops of dew in there. I took this picture while our truck was stuck in a giant mud puddle on a seasonal dirt road (that my husband just had to drive down). Even in the struggle to get unstuck, I had to take a minute to give this little branch the attention it deserved.

Lastly, look at what is growing in my yard already! I love the colors of these tulips. I swear that last year they weren't this brilliant. So, so pretty!
I warned you all in my very first post that sometimes I go all Urkel (read:"Did I do that?") with my photos. These are three good examples of my inner nerd screeching annoyingly. Enjoy!