Sunday, March 30, 2008
This one is hard to use to post pictures because all the USB ports are in the back and very hard to get to. Who designed it that way anyway? Someone who wasn't thinking clearly. Isn't it obvious that we need them accessible?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
My mother made many similar sets of grapes when we were little. I think I was in third grade...so, it was years ago. She gave them as gifts for Christmas. My mom probably still has the set she made for herself.
I asked my sister, Cheryl, where she found them and the story was as good as the grapes. Her friend went to a Christmas party and got these as a white elephant gift. My sister, when she found out what her friend had gotten, asked what she did with them. Her friend replied that she gave them to the local Hospice drop off (like Salvation Army.) Cheryl asked if they could drive over and see if they were still there and buy them back. So, they took off to try and locate the grapes. After entering the store and not finding them, they told the clerk that they had donated them by accident and that if they were still there, they would buy them back. The clerk said that they were in the back because all the workers wanted them and they were trying to decide who should get them. Anyway, the clerk gave the grapes back to my sister's friend and my sister quickly sent them on to me.
I'm not sure what to do with them now but every time I look at them I start to laugh. So, maybe I'll just keep them in my living room because laughing is good for the soul. My sister is a nut and I love her dearly. One day she just might find them hidden in her house. She would appreciate the joke.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Here they are right after we jumped the car again and again. It took too long to pack up and the battery went dead. Don't worry. We sent our jumper cables with them. With all the driving they are doing, I'm sure the battery will charge up. The Stringhams can't do anything without a little drama. Aren't they a cute family though?
Here are Grant and Cole. Grant ran down the street chasing after Papa (Grandpa) as he drove off to work this morning. He was crying hard when they drove away. Of course, so was I. OK...just typing this is making me cry. I'm not the only one though, my husband has had a hard time today too.
And then, when I needed little cheering up, look what came in the mail. A blogging friend surprise from http://www.passionatedetails.typepad.com/ Thanks Meleen Dupre. You made my day so much better. Some vintage music and great color copies of vintage cards, plus some vintage ribbons/goodies.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Below Will looks really excited.
We took a few minutes to get pictures with the Great Grandparents. Cole is giving Grandpa a kiss on the cheek.
Brett's sister Kelly and her kids, Amy and Skyler.
A picture of Byron and Margrett Borup. My husband's parents. We love that they moved up here from CA a year ago. Oh, and I can't forget Max the dog.
Friday, March 21, 2008
I'm trying to cram in all the memories I can before the kids move to NYC on Monday. Grant, Cole, and I walked the dog to school today to drop Grant off for his last day of school. Grant forgot his backpack so I to come home and Cole and I brought it back to school. Cole and I then played a game of baseball together. It was such a nice day. Not really warm but the sun was shining. I've missed the sun this winter. This evening we took the kids to the bookstore to buy new stuffed animals. They wanted to be able to create a pet on the computer and you have to buy the stuffed animal to get the code. (Great marketing ploy...wonder how I can incorporate something like that.) We ate at the cougareat afterwards. Everyone got to get whatever they wanted. Great fun and everyone is happy.
So, long week, full of all kinds of things. There were some not so nice things too but I'm not going to dwell on those. Who wants to hear about those things?
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tina: Can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get your address and would you tell me which earring you would like to have?
Thursday, March 13, 2008
These eggs are probably 26 years old. They still look pretty good too. I made them when Candice and Stephanie were little. My husband was getting his Masters degree from Utah State so we lived in Logan. I was pretty lonely there so I took a cake decorating class one night a week at the local mall and learned how to make them as part of the class while my husband babysat. Here is a close up of the inside. We made lots of these and gave them away to people in our area we thought might be a little lonely. We hand delivered them so we could visit for a few minutes. (Usually, we are door bell ditchers because we think door bell ditching is quite fun. My grandchildren like to door bell ditch too. We are carrying on the tradition.)
These eggs are not perfect. It is hard to have a steady hand when you have little hands gripped around the piping bag underneath yours. They loved making icing grass on the inside, adding jelly beans, easter figures, and piping their names on the back. We made them many different Easter seasons but these are the only ones we kept. My daughters are all grown now with babies of their own...I miss those little hands so eager to create with their mom and give joy by sharing what they make with others.
If your babies are still at home, create special moments. The years go so quickly.
P.S. Don't forget to enter my contest. Scroll down until you see the earrings (Monday, March 10, 2008) and then make a comment to enter. Grant promised to chose a winner for me tomorrow after school. Good luck. (OK, Steph...I couldn't figure out how to link back to my own post. lol )
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
I want to meet more of you so I am offering an incentive for you to post to my blog. These earrings were made by my mother-in-law or sister-in-law who both have jewelry businesses. They are all fresh water pearls and the metal parts are all sterling silver. You can pick the pair that you want and I will mail them to you. (So, you have to give me some way to contact you if you don't have a blog.) You have until March 15 to enter. I will have my grandson pick the winner.
Happy Spring! I look forward to making new friends.
Friday, March 7, 2008
I fabrics started out as white cotton that we dyed in the bathtub with acrylic craft paints, cut up into smaller pieces and sewed them back together. The stippling/quilting was done on the sewing machine. The jewelry is all inherited and also represents them. It is pinned on so any piece can be removed and worn. I have other jewelry that I put on there but I like to wear them and don't always put them back. I'm sentimental and they mean a lot to me. This small quilt hangs in our study.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Here are a couple of chandelier pictures. I added crystals and a glitter glass ornament.
If any of you would like me to do a tutorial on how I did this, let me know. I didn't want to take the time to do it if no one was interested.