Sometimes you just gotta let your kids play in the dirt.
Since our latest move, I've met a really cool girl named Rebekah. Last week my washing machine went kaput and she let me come over to wash a load at her house. While there she provided a wonderful project for the girls...they planted vegetable seeds! Rebekah earned her degree in horticulture and is all about growing her own vegetable starts. I think that's so cool.
Here's Avery planting away...
This is Rebekah's little cutie.
Look at the vegetable plants now!! All this growth was accomplished in a little over a week. Isn't nature amazing?
Here's a BIG THANK YOU to Rebekah!!
Who will be planting a garden this year? What will you be planting??
I recently donated one of my INSPIRATION Rings to an auction for Stephanie Nielson (Nie Nie), of nieniedialogues.blogspot.com. For those of you who do not know of Nie Nie, she is a famous blogger, who writes of the joys of motherhood, and has been an inspiration to thousands. She and her husband experienced a horrific plane crash last August...it is a miracle they are alive today. Read this New York Times article to learn more about this AMAZING woman.
I first learned about her from an article on Etsy...my heart immediately went out to her and her precious family. She instantly won my respect, admiration, and love.
The winner of the INSPIRATION Ring has chosen to anonymously gift Nie Nie with the ring. Last night, I created Nie Nie's custom ring, and feel so utterly honored to do so. She has been an inspiration to me, as well as the many other thousands of readers in the world. To think that she will soon where her custom ring, and for it to possibly put a smile on her face, brings me joy.
To add the "I Read Nie Nie" button to your blog, please visit this link.
Thank you for the many wonderful name suggestions for my new earrings! The final decision was a toughie...though I tweaked it a tiny bit, Marne's suggestion felt the most right. This is what she said:
"It might be because today is wet and rainy at my house, but the first thing I thought when I saw your earrings was streaks of rain falling from the sky, so what about Rayne or Rayna?"
I love that idea! At first I was thinking Rayne would be nice, but then thought the actual word Rain might be more fitting, and then thought Falling Rain would be PERFECT...because that IS what it looks like! Very cool.
Thank you, Marne!! If you email me your address I will mail your earrings in a jiffy!
Last weekend I sold an Ava's Nest which was my 400th sale in my Etsy shop! Now, that's exciting!
In celebration of this landmark I gave the recipient of the Ava's Nest a free pair of earrings. Now, what kind of person would I be if I didn't give a free pair of earrings away on my blog, as well?!
These earrings are a new design...in fact, they're not even available in my store yet ($20 value). Why you ask? Because they still need to be named--and I need some ideas! For some reason I'm having a difficult time coming up with something. I usually name my jewelry after a friend, or a cool name I like, but I'm open to other ideas. (For example, I named the cloud/raindrop necklace Drip Drops)
To enter this contest, leave a comment giving me a name suggestion. The one I like best will win the earrings, and will be mentioned in the description of the earrings in my Etsy shop.
This contest ends Monday, March 23 12:00 pm Pacific Time.
This post is dedicated to my friend, Summer, artist and owner of Ottoman. But before I continue,
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
I hope everyone is catching leprechauns, getting rich, and having a jolly good time! My little daughter caught one, and now has a pot o' chocolate gold...yes, we are having a very good time, indeed!
Why is this post for Summer, you might be asking yourself? Well, today I am wearing one of her Moss Hairpins to add a splash of green to my St. Patty's outfit, and I love it...It's a delight to wear! She offers a variety of moss items in her Moss Collection...do check them out! She also has a new Lichen Collection. Summer's work is most likely familiar to you if you're a frequent Etsy visitor...she is a favorite among many Etsians. Her work is constantly on the front page! :)
In celebration of my dear friend Summer, moss, and the color green, I present to you MY moss collection, or, I guess my parents' moss collection. I spotted it/them on this awesome rock in their front yard while visiting their home last week, and couldn't resist snapping a few pictures for her.
(Look closely--you'll see tiny mounds of moss next to the smaller rocks)
This little guy was the size of my thumbnail...so teeny!
Summer--how do you like the lichen and moss in this picture?
I love this next picture...this old walnut tree stump is covered with lichen and whimsical clay faces made by a local Portland potter.
I think it looks so cool!
Summer, I hope you, and all my readers have enjoyed these pictures! Now, hurry and get your toosh up here so we can get busy on all our craft projects that are waiting for us!
Hello, everyone! Remember the other day when I mentioned I knew just what I wanted to do with the shamrock candy sprinkles? Well, here it is! Shamrock Cookie Suckers... this is such an easy peasy project, and fun to do with the kids!
Are you ready to make them?
Gather the following ingredients:
~Double Stuffed Oreos
~White melting chips--avail. at Michaels
~Sucker sticks/bags (purchase the thinnest sticks possible)--avail. at Michaels
1. Melt the chips by following the instructions (I melted mine in a cup with the microwave)
2. Insert sucker stick in oreo stuffing
3. Dip the oreo in melted chips
4. Lay on wax paper
5. Sprinkle top of cookie with candy sprinkles
6. Once they've hardened, package in bag and wrap with a ribbon
I love the versatility of these cookie suckers; you can make them for any celebration!