Friday, March 15, 2013

~our leprechaun trap this year~

 Our leprechaun trap is ready!
We'll see if we can catch the little bugger this year.
 This year we're trying a lean-to type of trap.
The gold is attached to a string that is tied
to the stick that's holding the lean-to up. Once it falls,
the trap door will come down and he'll be trapped.    
 And just for added security this year,
my son says he will be placing his Lego guys around
it to guard the leprechaun once he's trapped. 

 Have a rockin St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

~comin up~

 Spring is starting to peek it's head out of the wintery 
clouds and snowdrifts. 

The green popping out of the ground in the spring
is such a glorious change from the dreary
snowy landscape I get accustomed to seeing
by this time each year.    
 Our first blooms of the year :)
lovely littles.

That's not the only thing blooming.
I get the pleasure of gazing at these 
beauties each day now that sit on my kitchen shelf:  
 I'm not sure what this is.....a Christmas cactus maybe?
Whatever it is, it's blooming again and it's
beautiful bright orange.

BUT.....the real gem is this lady:  

the first orchid in 10+ years that I have EVER
got to re-bloom. I was THRILLED to see 
the new chute and blooms grow. 
Orchids are my FAVORITE flower and this particular
plant is one that my husband gave me about a year
and four months ago......I think now I've figured 
out how to make them re-bloom....
patience is the main thing :) 

Welcome Spring!     
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Monday, March 4, 2013

~personalized memory game for kids~

 Do you remember the game "Memory"?
When I was a kid it was my favorite.
I remember the year us kids got a game for 
Christmas.....I could spend hours playing that
and I did. In fact, I ended up playing it alone
many times because I couldn't get any of
my siblings to play it as often as I wanted to.

My kids love it too.
I saw this idea on someones blog awhile ago.
I wish I could remember who's blog it was so
I could give them credit but I can't find it.
I finally got around to making it for my kids
for Valentines Day this year.     
 We had a couple different Memory game sets
so I took one of them and covered them with our own
pictures. I'm telling you right here at the beginning......
this is not a quick project.
It's easy, but VERY time consuming.
I worked on it, on and off for about 3 weeks.
  First thing you need to do is pick the photos you want to
use and print them up. I printed them from my
computer onto card stock. I printed a wallet size.
You have to remember to print TWO of each.
Once you get your pictures printed, you will need
to use a card to trace around the part of the
picture you will be cutting. This is what takes so long.
Cutting them out......woof.     
 Once you get them cut out you'll go ahead
and mod-podge them onto your memory cards.
Once it dries, go ahead and put a layer of 
mod-podge over the top of the photos to seal them.
That's it.
Let them dry and stack em up!  

 I will say, this is one of those projects
that I knew the SECOND my kids opened it.....
that it was worth every minute of time I put into it.
They loved it!
We have so much fun remembering the moments
captured on the cards as we are playing.   
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