I have been making a few birthday cards the past two weeks because the majority of our family’s birthdays fall in the first 3 months of the year.
I thought it only made sense that if I had my Cricut out already I should make a few things for my granddaughter!
I saw a onesie like this on Pinterest. It was so appropriate for my “grandma” persona that I had to make one. Whenever I see Scarlyt, the first thing I do is pick her up and cover her face in what I call “big smoochy grandma kisses” lol! She giggles and I get my grandma kisses in.
This is the onesie.
I also found this cute project right in Design Space for what I thought was a crayon box. It is quite a bit bigger than I thought it would be. More suited to markers, but still really cute. I will just get some of the non-toxic washable markers to fill the box!
And those are the grandma projects I did. Next week I’m going to post a few projects I did for Chris’ big 5-0 birthday coming up next week!
When I was making the Skull Cycling T-Shirt for Dillon for his birthday last week, I figured while I was already “playing” Cricut I would make this pillow for myself. I don’t know about the rest of you crafters out there… but I don’t seem to make many crafts for myself… I am generally making them for someone else. Not this time!
There is a little story behind this project. I am part of a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to the Cricut… projects, learning, advice, etc. Someone posted a picture of a dragonfly mandala and couldn’t decide what they were going to put it on. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to make it for myself… still wasn’t sure either what I was going to put it on… just that I was making it lol! I asked the member where she found the pattern and to my surprise it was in Design Space and was part of the Access program! I found it, customized it to the size I wanted once I decided it was going on one of the throw cushions on the couch…. and it a really sparkly heat transfer vinyl that I bought to put some hearts on another onesie I made for my granddaughter (I will attach a picture at the bottom lol) and then cut it out!
I have to admit that being sick and trying to weed glitter vinyl is not a good combination….. not even a little. Luckily one thing I do have is a lot of time… so I took that time and weeded it bit by bit until it was done before ironing it onto my pillow.
It is kind of hard to get a good picture of the glitter vinyl AND get the full effect of the glitter itself, but I did the best I could with the limited patience I have right now so I would at least have a post. Believe it or not, I have I think 4 or 5 recipe posts that just need typing/dictating but I just can’t seem to find the oomph to get them done. A post like this is much easier… not as many stops to insert pictures. Yes… very lazy!
Here is my pillow…..
And here is the onesie I made for my granddaugher!
Today is Dillon’s 27th birthday. Happy Birthday Dillon!
I wanted to make him a “cool” Cycling shirt because its something he’s into. I looked around until I found a pattern I liked and found it on Etsy.
I added the wording to it, just because I liked the sarcasm it added lol, then cut it out of Heat Transfer Vinyl.
I weeded, and weeded, and weeded, until the design was ready to be applied to the T-shirt….not something that went over well in my current state, but if you are a mom you know the lengths you go to for your kids… sick or not 🤧🤒😷
Once that was done I ironed it onto the shirt and I really liked how cool it looked. I did it on an almost neon green shirt… thinking about visibility if he wears it when Cycling!
Yes… believe it or not… another post! Mind you I’m typing it wrapped up in a blanket with Lucy serving as my heating blanket…but it’s still a long overdue post! That must count for something?
As I mentioned above, this project is long overdue. I had seen a lot of signs similar to these on pinterest and thought they would look really cool above the sliding doors in the kitchen.
I “designed” the patterns ages ago, maybe even before Christmas to fit on some fence board pieces I asked Chris to cut down for me. Fence boards are an inexpensive way to make signs.
I painted the boards in colours today match our decor and then just had to actually take the time (while being so sick) to cut the vinyl. I thought it might distract me from the fact I can barely breathe 🙄.
Once fully dried (I let them dry for a couple of days… mostly because even painting them is exerting myself right now 🤨.
Then I applied the vinyl! That was the fun part! Well, the fun part once I got it lined up!
I added sawtooth hangers to the back, used my level and some painter’s tape (to mark the center of the sawtooth hanger) to mark where the nails needed to be and then hung the signs above the sliding doors as planned!
I am pretty happy with how they turned out and how they look in that spot. I just can’t decide if I want to sand/age the edges like I did with the bathroom sign I made !
I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post. And again I apologize. I don’t even have anything prepared to post but I wanted to at least say HI!
Somehow I am sick again 🤒🤧🙄. With all the medication I take for my brain injury, finding something to take for anything else seems impossible… so I trudge through. The word pneumonia is now on the table, so with that in mind… I thought I would repost a “feel good” homemade soup recipe!
I hope everyone is doing well and hopefully I will be back to posting regularly soon!
Although we had to postpone our visit again due to weather to the coming weekend, I still made another pot of soup for when Kim and family were coming up last weekend. I did freeze it, well most of it because Chris wanted a bowl lol, so that I would still have it to simply reheat for this weekend’s visit because once I told Kim what kind of soup I had made, her response was a resounding Yummmmmmm lol! Below is the recipe for this soup… if you love broccoli cheese soup, this is definitely a recipe you will want to try!
When I first wrote this post I had no idea how popular it would be. I swear this post is at the top of our viewed posts lists every single day. I reread it today while thinking that it is almost time to start planning my granddaughter’s second birthday and think again… where has the time gone? Not only is she going to be turning 2 years old in a few months, but I am also going to be a grandmother again shortly after that!
With everything going on with my grandmother, I have been pondering life a lot the last while. While I am struggling with my grandmother’s age, I am very thankful for my beautiful little granddaughter and my grandson who is on the way. My granddaughter is the joy of my life and my grandson will definitely share that spot once he is born!
With all that in mind I thought I would repost this Planning a First Birthday Post since it seems to be THE most popular one I have written and hope anyone who hasn’t read it enjoys it as much as everyone else seems to be!
I honestly do not know where the time has gone but in less than a month my/our granddaughter is going to be One!!! While I hate that the time has flown by, I do look forward to joining Kim in planning and executing the party.
I actually spent the afternoon with my granddaughter yesterday after my Dr’s appointment and even though I spent the night babysitting her 2 weekends ago, it is amazing how much she has learned since then! She must have spent an hour “reading” to her Grandma yesterday lol… at least that’s what I think she was doing because I have somehow forgotten over the years how to translate baby talk …. it was either that or she was cursing me out, so I prefer to think she was telling me a story since she Was holding a Care Bears book while she “talked.”
We have decided to go with a Minnie Mouse theme for her First Birthday party! And as you can imagine… Pinterest has provided us with more ideas than we will ever need. Today I chose to highlight some of the ideas we are thinking of implementing!
Something as simple as how you lay out the (paper) plates can significantly add to the theme of a party. We found a picture that shows 2 sized of black paper plates displayed in such a way that they look like Mickey/Minnie Mouse.
Or even using construction paper, craft foam or even Bristol board to add bows to the plates to fancy them up a bit!
Even the cutlery and how it is displayed can help carry the theme to the food tables. I found 2 great examples of this… we just haven’t decided which one to use…. yet! I think we will use the first example to decorate the glass beverage dispenser I have to fill with some kind of pink punch!
I found a really cool way to display “through the first year” photos showing everyone how much she has grown.
Free Printables to add Minnie Mouse “Bows” to anything and everything lol….
Even ways to decorate plain white bows to carry the theme throughout.
Kim has some Mickey Mouse shaped cookie cutters we are going to use to shape the sandwiches and maybe cheese for cheese and crackers…. there are hundreds of cute cupcake ideas… and I found the cutest pink Minnie Mouse shaped meringue on sticks.
We found some cute… and what seems easy to make… table decorations.
And finally the cake!!!! I think we have decided on one similar to the one in the picture below to make the cake.
We have so many ideas in our heads… and saved on Pinterest… that should make this First Birthday party something she will remember for years… if only through pictures she sees later in life lol!
I know I have been absent a LOT lately… absent more than here. I have been dealing with my grandmother’s mortality. Yes, I know that probably sounds silly.
A little back story. My parents didn’t, and still don’t, have the time of day for me for reasons unknown and long ago dealt with. My grandmother though stepped in and is the one person who has always been there for me. The one constant in my life for as far back as I can remember. Even when we were living together or hours away, I knew when I needed her she was a hug or a phone call away. I honestly think she is the only thing that has kept me sane (or at least my version of sanity) all these years.
Just knowing I had that one person in my corner, never trying to change who I am at the core, accepting me as I am… although making damn sure to let me know when she thought I was doing something wrong lol. (Because even now my grandmother has opinions she has no problem sharing with everyone lol… she and Chris were jokingly sparing when he drove out to pick me up on Sunday lol and she kept up with him topic to topic that day) pThis is what my grandmother means to me and I have been really struggling with the fact that in the not so distant future all I am going to have are the memories… good memories mind you but memories.
My grandmother kept talking about a recipe she had for some kind of date turnover cookies that she used to make and freeze. She would thaw a few at a time for breakfast and really wanted some. My mission this weekend was to make her a bunch.
When she couldn’t find her recipe, I hit Pinterest to try to find one close. I found one almost exactly like my grandmother’s recipe and we made them Sunday morning.
Now I didn’t roll them thin enough and put too much filling in them according to my grandmother lol, but the recipe turned out great and even through the “teaching” moments (because I had never made them before and was bound to make a few mistakes lol), my grandmother loves her breakfast treats!
So I thank you again Kitchen Inspirations for helping me make this memory with my grandmother ❤.
Here is the link to the recipe for the Old Fashioned Date Filled Cookies or Date Turnover Cookies as my grandmother refers to them at the Kitchen Inspirations blog.
Who doesn’t love cabbage rolls? Yum!!! But who loves the work it takes to make them? While very worth the effort, sometimes you just want the taste of homemade (not frozen) cabbage rolls without the work. This soup gives you that and is perfect for some of the rotten winter weather we have been having! Dillon even liked it and he swears up and down that he doesn’t like cooked cabbage! Who doesn’t like cooked cabbage? That’s just wrong!!! To me there is nothing like the smell (and of course the taste) of just boiled cabbage, with a little bit of butter and salt…double yum!
This soup is very easy to make and with a little preparation you can have the delicious taste of cabbage rolls in a soup!
(We were into our bowls of soup so fast I didn’t even get a “nice” picture of a bowl of soup to add to my post lol!!!)