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Celebrate 21!

My youngest daughter just turned 21.  She decided that her party should be at a local Mexican restaurant with the entire family present. We had a great time!  But just because the celebration is not at home does not mean that we do not have decorations to mark the event! 

Using the Cricut cartridge "Ole"!  I created a banner. 

"Olivia" was actually "Bolivia" on the cartridge.  

I just cut off the "B". I think it works! The curly ribbons came from the Dollar Store.  

My daughter loves pinatas and unicorns. So I just had to make her a pinata unicorn. 

The pinata is made from cardboard and taped together. (I used a little pinata from Target for my guide). I spray painted the cardboard so it didn't show through the fringe, but I don't think it was really necessary.  The cover is white tissue paper folded and cut into two inch strips.  Once you make fringe along the long edge of the tissue, glue it on, wrapping it around the pinata as you go.  Use…

Happy National Hot Dog Day!

It's National Hot Dog Day! 

Now, you might be thinking to yourself "Didn't I hear that National Hot Dog Day was last week?"  Well, you would be right.  Apparently there are two National Hot Dog Days this year. Usually, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council holds its annual Hot Dog Lunch on July 23rd every year.  According to Forbes, for 2016 they changed the date of National Hot Dog Day to July 14.  There are still apparently some events and promotions scheduled for today. 

Regardless of which day is "official" (do we really need an official holiday to enjoy a national favorite?), July has been declared National Hot Dog month by the NHDSC so I thought that I would share a hot dog cake that I made for my cousin on her birthday a couple of years ago. 

For her family birthday party her parents planned a big cookout.  This cake was designed to go with the theme and her favorite cookout food. 

The hot dog, bun, napkin and ketchup container are all made of fondant…

Happy National Daiquiri Day!

This week I read The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.  To me, it seemed like the perfect book to read mid-summer, while looking forward to a trip to the beach.  I can't believe that I somehow avoided reading it in high school like everyone else I know! 

Anyway, I am sure that if I had read the book in class, I would have learned all sorts of things about the religious symbolism, the themes of man vs. nature, man vs. himself, etc., all of which I would not have found very interesting at the time, but may have a little more appreciation for now.  Put all of that aside. It is a good story- a quick read that is full of adventure. And it has sharks! (Ooh, I hope that's not a spoiler!)

But you clicked on this blog and anticipated a daiquiri.  Well, stay with me, it all fits together! Apparently Hemingway fell in love with a daiquiri created in his honor at the La Floridita bar in Cuba.  Legend has it that enjoyed the drink so much that he always ordered a double. That is why …

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like......Christmas?

Yes, you read that right!  As I write, it is still July (the early part as well!), but companies are starting to gear up for the big holiday season! 

Hallmark premiered its ornaments last weekend, having debuted its ornament catalog in April.  They are also running their Christmas movies all afternoon and evening this week and their Home and Family show is, along with their regular programming, showing Christmas crafts and cooking.   I  even saw a couple of ideas that I may be trying later this summer (it's never too early for a crafter to get started on Christmas projects!).

Now, before you think that this is just one store in a blatant attempt to sell Christmas ornaments, Hallmark is not alone.  I have already seen advertisements for Christmas trees and the home shopping channels are running sales on Christmas gifts and decor on TV and online.  

So, inspired by all of the fanfare, I decided to spend a little time crafting some ornaments that I use as little gifts (perfect for teach…

Slurpees and Pancakes and Chicken- Oh My!

It may be the dog days of summer, but there is still so much going on!  

All year long 7-Eleven is celebrating its 50th birthday.  On July 11th (7-11!) they are giving away free small Slurpees from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  They even have a new favor, "Birthday Cake". I am not sure that I will be trying a birthday cake flavored Slurpee this year, but I am sure that I will stop by for my new favorite- Diet Cherry Coke.  Perfect on a steamy summer day!  For more information click here

By the way, if you are a fan of 7-11 coffee, Slurpees or other beverages, be sure to download their 7Rewards app.  You simply have the cashier scan your bar code with every purchase and your 7th cup is free! 

My girls always love Chick-Fil-A day.  On July 12th, Chick-fil-A celebrates it's 12th annual "Cow Appreciation Day". Any adult customer who dresses in any type of cow costume, from full dress to a cow accessory will be given a Chick-fil-A entree. Kids who dress up will receive…

July is Ice Cream Month!

This past week I was fortunate enough to be able to escape the heat (and more importantly, the humidity!) and spend a little time in my craft room. And when I found out that the subject of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge this week is "National Ice Cream Month", I knew that I just had to create something with a big melty ice cream cone on it.  

This is just a simple little card to say "Hi!" to a friend this summer.  

I couldn't decide if the cherry needed a little extra bling.  Who am I kidding- the answer to that question is always "yes! of course you need to add more bling!". 

And a little extra note card for good measure. Both cards were created using the "Doodlecharms" cartridge which is one of my favorites.  

I'll be joining up with the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog.  Click here to check out the creations of some very talented crafters.  

Hmmm, I think I need to add "Buy Ice Cream" to my errands list today.....

Thanks for st…

What's in your Beach Bag?

The Fourth of July Holiday has passed and we are now well into summertime.  Around here that means that we are heading to the pool, beach or to the boat for a couple of hours of sun and fun or for a week long vacation at the shore.  I keep a bag ready to go during this time of year so I don't forget anything important on my way to the sea. 

Lately I have been seeing a lot of posts and segments on TV about all of the "essentials" that a girl needs for the beach many of which were unnecessary or too expensive.   As a lifelong aficionado of saltwater and sun, I feel compelled to create more of a "real world" approach to the beach/boat bag.  

It all begins with a great bag. 

My cousin gave me this one a couple of years ago.  It is a great size, super cute and has an insulated liner to keep things cool for a little while.  I just love the cute little crab!  When my kids were little and we had to drag more stuff around I preferred a Lands End tote like thisone.  (Monogr…

Happy Birthday America!

Happy 240th Birthday America!  

We are enjoying red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  The cupcake wrapper, flag and star shaped sprinkles are Wilton from my local grocery store. 

If you don't want to stop all of the Fourth of July fun to bake I found these at my local grocery as well- 

No matter how you celebrate the day, I hope it's sweet! Thanks for stopping by! 


Happy Independence Day!

To begin the celebration for America's 140th birthday, I decided to set up a pretty but simple July 4th table for dinner this past Friday. Although I have seen many elaborate outdoor tablescapes (and even created a few), I have to confess that I love to use paper plates on the deck. I like being able to have different looks for different occasions without having to buy another set of tableware (not having to do as many dishes is a bonus!).  

I found these patriotic paper plates at Target (there are two here- a dinner and a salad/dessert plate). I like to use this red plastic plates to add more support.  The tablecloth is one I have had for years, along with the placemats. 
I brought out these little bottles for our drinks again- still trendy!  You can see where I made them last year here.  I found these plastic straws at the Dollar store a couple of weeks ago.

These little Uncle Sams have helped us decorate for the Fourth for years. I had several of them, but they have broken or gon…