Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another Christmas Past

All the presents have been wrapped & unwrapped, cookies eaten
and alot more memories made!
One of my favorite Christmas decorations is my Christmas Mice.
My next door neighbor growing up was also my kindergarten teacher (and my husband's also!)
and she made this darling Christmas Mice Choir.
I adored playing with them when I would visit her house & she gave them to me
one year for Christmas. Since then they have graced my piano each year & hold a special place in my heart.

Hope you had a very Blessed Holiday Season & wishing you
a Very Happy New Year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

A Mind is a Terrible thing to waste!

You can probably guess why I make organizers & notepads!
I HAVE to make lists and write down what I have due & when.
I used to be able to remember alot of things before children.
Somehow things like people's names, my phone number & even my age
have been lost in my brain somewhere & replaced with things like
where my oldest son left his jacket, where is the match to the shoe
we can't find, and did someone let the dog out????????
I organize what we are having every night
so when I go to the store with my lists I get everything I need.
I have to do lists and even a calendar on the fridge to keep track of who goes where & when.
So what happened???
I wrote on my to do list to make cookies for the teachers, I even made the cookies, packaged them up & printed out the recipe!
I just wrote it on the wrong day!!!!!!
Maybe I need glasses?
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 12, 2008

That was quick!

I finished my craft shows so for the season so I have been
listing my extra inventory in my Etsy shop.
The other night I listed this magnet set and then ran upstairs to tuck
the boys in bed, kiss them goodnight & relish in some quiet time!
When I returned downstairs & checked my views,
the set had already sold!
Thank you Whipstitch!
You can check out her neat Etsy shop:
Don't worry, I have more neat magnet sets listed at Etsy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Polar Express

The son's class is doing their Christmas Party at school in the Polar Express theme.
They will wear their pj's to school, drink hot chocolate, watch the movie
and eat goodies. The teacher asked for a craft for the kids to make and
I volunteered to come in & help the kids make a little something.
I picked up some foam ornament shapes for the kids to decorate, but the more
I thought about it, the less I liked that idea.
So in keeping with the Polar Express theme, I decided to make tickets
for their 'trip.'
I found a vintage looking train gif and used that as the graphic for the ticket.
I printed the tickets up on gold paper and after cutting them out, inked the edges in gold.
I then decided to have the kids make little 'travel journals' of their trip on the polar express.
I have been cutting out mat board for 22 kids and decorating the covers so they can make their books. I will cut all the pages and have the parts ready to go so at the party they can assemble their books, punch the holes and bind them for a little keepsake of their day.
We can add the tickets in the book too!
I am going to bring in lots of ink pads so the kids can ink the edges of their book & pages
to age them. I have alot of scrap paper , rubber stamps & stickers for them to use to decorate
their books too.
I have one more week to get all my items cut before the party, will post pictures of the class with their finished books!