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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! 
Earth Day began in 1970 as a way to draw world-wide attention to environmental issues.  I think its a great time to consider this wonderful world that we live in and appreciate it for all of its beautiful glory. Here are some great activities to enjoy our world and celebrate Earth Day: 
Learn more about the Earth Day movement and find official activities in your area, click here.Visit your local National Park.  The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with a number of events designed to spread the world about these amazing sites.  Take some time to enjoy our magnificent world up close. Find out the location of your local park here


Plant a tree or flowers or begin your vegetable garden.  Get your hands dirty in our earth.
Visit your local strawberry patch or farmer's market.  I was so thrilled to hear this morning that our local strawberry patch has opened for picking! There is no better way to appreciate our great earth than to taste fr…

Boy or Girl?

Recently we found out that a dear friend of ours is expecting a baby.  We are so excited for them!  I couldn't wait to start on some fun baby-themed projects.  First off- a "Congratulations!" card for the new family and just in time for the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Baby Challenge. 


This little bear came from the "Doodlecharms" Cricut Cartridge and the bow tie came from "Create a Critter".  The stamp is one that I have had for years from an old "Susan Branch" collection.  And since we don't know yet if the baby is a boy or a girl....


I had to create a little girl bear! 

We can't wait to meet the new arrival sometime in the fall! 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia

Income Tax Cocktail

It's tax season so I thought it might be a good time to enjoy a cocktail to either toast your refund or drown your sorrow over a big bill.  



I Googled "income tax cocktail" for inspiration thinking that there would be a wide assortment of drinks that people invented to mark the occasion.  Instead, I discovered there is actually a drink called the "Income Tax Cocktail" created in the 1920s.  The exact origins are unknown, but the recipe is consistent throughout all of the sites I visited. I saw the drink served in an old fashioned "coupe" shaped glass so I thought I would try that as well. 




Income Tax Cocktail
1 1/2 ounces gin 3/4 ounce dry vermouth 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth 3/4 ounce fresh orange juice 1-2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.  Add ingredients and shake until chilled.  Strain into a glass. Add orange twist garnish if desired. 
Print Recipe Here

I found the drink to be a little more bitter than I like, but it is still a good c…

National Libraries Week!

April 10-16 has been designated as National Libraries Week! 


Begun in 1958, National Libraries Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions that libraries and librarians have made to our communities and to encourage library use and support. For more information click here.

Libraries have always been special places for me.  I have always loved to read and even when I was a child a trip to the library was a special treat.  Even now I am never without a book to read and my budget could never expand sufficiently to be able to afford all of the books I read in any given year. (Nor could I ever find a space to store all of those books in my home!) A building where we can get books for free and then return them and get more books to read is my idea of a "happy place".  In addition to books, our library has DVDs, CDs and video games.  Wonderful opportunities to experience new thin…

A Rock and Roll Birthday!

We celebrated my husband's birthday this past week.  Since he got a new guitar for his birthday I decided to have a rock and roll theme for his party.  


I stopped by my local party store and found some party ware- rockin' plates and napkins and even a party hat.  For a centerpiece I made a two-tiered cake covered with black fondant and fondant "flames". 


The guitar on top of the cake was made with fondant and slightly resembles his new guitar. 


The guitar "picks" are confetti made from scrap paper and cut by a guitar pick cutter.  My brother gave one to my husband for Christmas a few years ago.  With it you can make a guitar pick out of any old credit card, gift card or similar material.  


Or you can make confetti for a rock n roll birthday party! 

Now, if only someone will tell me what to do with a leftover four foot tall guitar shaped helium balloon!  

I hope that you are having a rockin' good day today! 
Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Birthday Wreath Rehab

We are smack dab in the middle of birthday season again and our birthday wreath was looking pretty bad. It is a silly tradition in our house to put this decoration on the front door for every family birthday. It had to be saved!  So I started a rehab project and thought I would share a little "how-to" with you! 


-We needed to go from this


                                              to this-

I decided to recycle the old straw wreath form.  So I took all of the old balloons off using a pair of needle nose pliers to pull the florist pins out.  I unwrapped the floral wire holding on the bow and put it aside. It is still in good shape. 


To rebuild the wreath I used a little over 200 balloons and about 40 U-shaped floral pins (I found those at Michael's). I used a straw wreath form, but i imagine you could also use Styrofoam. 


I gathered two or three balloons and placed a pin around the middle of the group. 


The pin is pushed firmly into the wreath form.  


Continue adding little gr…

Farm Animal/School Mascot Cricut Card

I took a little break today and played in my craft room.  I hadn't sent my daughter any mail recently and decided to make a cute little card to send her at school.  It fits perfectly into this week's Fantabulous Cricut Blog challenge this week- Farm Animals



The mascot at my daughter's school is a horse.  So I used the "Create a Critter" cartridge and some blue and silver paper (school colors) with a little polka dot ribbon to create a card with a little school spirit.  I added a jaunty little bow with a blue "pearl". No, it's not "Elwood" (the name of the mascot) but close enough!  

Even in this day of electronic immediate communication, I still love to send (and receive!) handwritten messages! So, I am going sit down and send her a little note.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia