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Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Here!!!!

Yay!! My soup has arrived, and I am SOOOO excited! It is just what the doctor ordered :)  First, excuses for being AWOL....well, there you go.  No, seriously, a repeat bout with a nasty infection landed me in the hospital for a few days - and said infection really beats the energy out of me as well (nice stuff, eh?) so yes, it actually took this package to "kick" me back here ;)

Back in January, I posted an announcement about the 8th Bead Soup Blog Party, hosted by the most-incredible, super-awesome, unbelievably-talented Lori Anderson (all of those superlative adjectives mean you really must take some time to visit her blog, her website, and show her some love).  After only ONE day of sign-ups this year, we still have almost 500 participants WORLD-WIDE!  This is my second year so I still consider myself a "newbie."

As a "newbie," I was a little surprised but VERY thrilled to be matched up with my soup partner, Susan M. Walls of Charming Trinkets, who is participating in the soup for the first time (but as you can/will see has creativity and experience that is so inspiring).  The "rules" of the soup are that we "make" a bead "soup" for each other which must contain at least one focal and one clasp in addition to whatever else we would like to add to the "recipe."  Once each "cook" receives the soup, we have until May 3rd to design and create at least one piece featuring the focal and/or clasp (but more pieces can be made) by adding to the "recipe" as needed.  On May 3rd, ALL soupers will post their creations on their blogs AND on the 8th BSBP Pinterest Board.  AND a wonderful blog hop begins as we all start jumping around to see what we've created by visiting as many blogs as we can.

Last week, before I was sidelined, I carefully mixed my soup for Susan and packed it all for her, ready to head for sunny southern California (someone might be trying to tell me something as my soup partner last year, Mandi E., of Craft-o-licious, is also from southern California!). :)


Here's a sneak peek of what I sent - the "big reveal" of the soups will be next week as both Susan & I have now received our packages.

And NOW, it's here - my soup from Susan arrived today!  And....it is SOOOOO over-the-stovetop,  perfectly terrific!  I'm holding off on sharing it with you until next week - and be sure to check in next Friday when I'll have a special feature on Susan and her shop!  But, for now, enjoy what I did as I opened the package and found such joy and...as I'm learning, Susan's trademark, "FUN!" inside!! :)


"FUN!" indeed!  See you next week! ;)




Thursday, March 6, 2014

Calling All Knitters!

I love penguins.  There is something adorable about the tuxedo-wearing, teeter-tottering creatures that has always made me smile.  So when this "news" came across my Facebook feed this morning, I didn't hesitate to share it and knew that I'd be pulling out my own needles and collection of leftover yarn (oh, don't ask about that pile in the corner...) to help out.

 
 
The sweater ("jumper" as it is called) pattern is available for downloading on the site as are directions for mailing.  I'm planning to share the project with my knitting group and see if we can get a few "jumpers" to mail.  C'mon - if you're a knitter, I know you've got a stash, too! ;)  Why not give it a go?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday


Monday, March 3, 2014

Mr. Matt Turns Three!

A new month, another birthday to celebrate - yes, that's the way it is this time of year for Mimi.  Today is our Matthew's third birthday, and what a terrific three-year-old he is!  Again, I am amazed at how quickly the years are passing.


 

Happy, happy birthday, dear Matthew - you are our big boy, and we love you so very much!

And, a "birthday" poem for you, sweet Matt...

"Noise Day"


Let’s have one day for girls and boyses
When you can make the grandest noises.
Screech, scream, clang a bell,
Sneeze– – hiccup– – whistle– – shout,
Laugh until your lungs wear out,
Toot a whistle, kick a can,
Bang a spoon against a pan,
Sing, yodel, bellow, hum,
Blow a horn, beat a drum,
Rattle a window, slam a door,
Scrape a rake across the floor,

Use a drill, drive a nail,
Turn the hose on the garbage pail,
Shout Yahoo– – Hurrah– – Hooray,
Turn up the music all the way,
Try and bounce your bowling ball,
Ride a skateboard up the wall,
Chomp your food with a smack and a slurp,
Chew– – chomp– – hiccup– – burp.
One day a year do all of these,
The rest of the days– – be quiet please.
                --- Shel Silverstein

(Well, maybe not...) :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday


"29 days 'til spring. But who's counting?"


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, Abbycadabra!

It is so hard to believe that 5 years ago, I became a Mimi!  Yes, indeed, it is our dear Miss Abigail's 5th birthday!!  In the blink of an eye...



My sweet Abby - you and your "magic hugs" that are meant to last until we see each other again - bring to mind this poem which is a favorite of mine and is a "gift" to you today.  Happy birthday, Abby!  Mimi loves you :)

Hug-o'-War

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
       --Shel Silverstein


Friday, February 14, 2014

Never Too Late for Love



Ah, another Valentine's Day has arrived.  And have you properly gifted your sweetheart(s) today?  I had been working hard (and secretly, I thought) all week on a Valentine gift for hubby - a special playlist of songs for him from me on Spotify.....all selected carefully, listened to, dragged up to the "My Funny Valentine" playlist spot - you get the idea.  I spent some time on this so as I was preparing to finally sharing it with dearest hubby -- as I was getting ready to type, "Happy Valentine's Day" -- you can imagine my curiosity (and subsequent frustration) when I noticed a red flag up in the corner of my Spotify screen (this is where you are figuring out that I don't know much about Spotify).  I clicked on the flag and read that said hubby had started "following" the "My Funny Valentine" playlist 20 minutes earlier.  Geesh! So much for Valentine surprises!!

All is not lost - for me or for you, if you still are looking for last minute ways to share a Valentine message.  Pinterest had some ideas for the procrastinators among us (or for those of us who would rather not blow the family budget on an 8 pound box of chocolates....well, we would, but...you know what I mean).  Here are a few that I found.

Have a couple of bananas and a Sharpie?


Of course, if your Valentine has a weakness for donuts instead of bananas, this is a great idea - and the link takes you to a free printable from Remarkable Home - easy peasy.

http://www.remarkablehome.net/2013/01/hearty-valentines-day-breakfast-super.html

And finally, grab a couple of tootsie pops and some construction paper...

Hugs & Kisses, all!








P.S.  I really wasn't kidding about an 8 pound box of chocolates.  DeBrand's Chocolatier's was giving away this!!