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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

SAFK is giving away a Mini!

Do you have an i-gadget that you let your kiddo play games on? I was recently introduced to Smart Apps for Kids by my son's SLP. They post a review and a link on their site daily that discusses not only a fun app but an app that is smart. Today the site is celebrating their 2nd birthday. And they're giving away an i-pad Mini!

Hop over and check it out. And if you are in the habit of collecting fun and educational games for your kiddo then be sure to get on their email list too.

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Special Delivery

Happy almost Friday! Hope you've had a great week. Mine has been busy, busy, busy. Invitations, decorations, and some mommy stuff thrown in too. And I'm not done yet. I have a quick share today....

The balloon idea came from a lady who used the balloons as decoration. I didn't need decorations so much as I wanted a clever way to deliver a treat. I drew up the hot air balloons in Illustrator and then cut the six balloons out of some fun paper I had in my stash.

I had hoped to find Lemon Drops so that the note could say something like, "Just dropping by to say hi." But, the store only had LemonHeads... oh well. So, I skipped the cheesy note and just did a quick little To... From ... and left it at that.

Once again, I knew no one would be home and that I would need to leave it on her front door so I made sure to leave a nice long loop to hang it. My only hope is that her little brothers don't swipe her treat before she returns from school.

That's it for me today. Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Not a dud...

I have a quick post this morning for you. And before you say anything, Yes! I know the picture is terrible. Sorry. I needed to deliver this little treat to my friend and the only camera I had handy was my cell phone. :(
Apologies out of the way, I thought this was fun. I was at the store trying to figure out something fun and this just popped into my head. So I ran with it.

I grabbed a piece of blue cardstock and used the box to figure out where the scorelines should go. I cut off the excess bits and folded along the scorelines. Perfect fit! I used our 3-in-1 copy-print-scan machine to make a copy of the box of candy. Then used a Xacto knife to cut out the area where I wanted the window. Trimmed to the size of the panel of the box and used repositionable glue to adhere it face down on the inside of the sleeve. Used the Xacto knife again to cut the window.Voila!

Used a bit of fast drying glue to put the sleeve together. Tied some ribbon around it and then hand wrote a tag and tied it on with some coordinating bakers twine. Easy peasy!  (My scribble says, "I hope your day is not a..." )

I had meant to run the cover through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder but was so excited to see how it fit that it wasn't until I had it glued in place that I realized I forgot to emboss it. So I grabbed my glitter pen and doodled on the cardstock instead.

That's it. I think this took me about 15 minutes from start to finish, not including the shopping excursion.
And when I dropped it off to her last night, I think she was pleasantly surprised that I had taken the time to visit. Sometimes that's really what matters. Our time is so valuable to us. Sometimes it's not the money that we spend that shows someone how much we care but the time we take to sit and talk, share, laugh, cry, ...  I'm guilty of it. I often would rather donate money instead of time. I'm trying to do better. And sometimes showing up unannounced with a little treat in hand is a good way to break the ice.

Off to start my Monday morning chores. Thanks again for visiting. Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Forget Me Not...

Hope your new year is off to a great start. The project I'm sharing today I actually made several months ago, but I don't remember ever sharing the pictures with you. 
The young women I work with love doing Secret Santa or Secret Sister. And we wanted to find a way to build more unity amongst the girls. So we came up with our very own Forget Me Not program. Basically, the girls draw a name "from a hat" each month and they focus on that girl (or leader) throughout the month. The idea isn't to spend money but to find ways to know that she is remembered.  Cared for. Loved. We gave them ideas such as sending a note or letter, text messages, phone calls, plate of cookies, etc... Anyway, we needed a "hat."
I decided a plain old bowl just wasn't good enough. Using the floral theme, I created this octagonal shaped basket with rounded side panels. I wanted to leave space between the panels like a picket fence but then decided against it because I didn't want to lose the papers out the holes. Nothing says 'fun' like constantly picking papers up off the floor. Am I right?

Here is a picture of the backside of the bowl. As you can see I used gathered and inked book pages and a strip of coordinated paper all the way around.
The young women and leaders draw a new name at the beginning of each month, which means we've used this bowl at least five times now. At the beginning of each month the girls seem very excited to see who they will draw. But, like in life, we get easily distracted and sometimes forget. So I also remind them in our weekly emails to not forget about their Forget Me Not Sister. It's taken several months but I think the girls are really starting to come together. Care more about one another. And more importantly, know that they are not alone. That they have sisters ... friends that care about them.

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks for visiting.