Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Gifts






The school year is quickly coming to a close.  The teachers at my boys' preschool are absolutely wonderful.  This year I decided to make them all some bracelets as a token of my appreciation. 


I went for fun and colorful beads that could be enjoyed this summer. When time allows I plan to make some for myself. 

-Laura-

Monday, May 4, 2015

In Bloom May 2015

I am excited that warm weather is finally here.  I have been enjoying the perennials blooming around the house and planting some annuals that I hope will take off this summer.  Here is a sample of what is "in-bloom" around the house.


At the front door, I started a pot of "Coleus" and "Begonias".  For an extra pop of color, I added a bright new floral door mat found at "Lowes".



The Rhododendrons look the best I have seen them in years.





Lastly, I planted purple "Wave Petunia's" in the boxes on the deck.  I am hoping these take off in a nice trail down the side.
 

What is blooming around your house?  I would love to hear.

-Laura-

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A Star Wars Birthday Party



Not so long ago (a couple of weeks) in a galaxy not too far away (ours), my oldest son turned 5.  Right now he and his fellow preschool classmates are enthused about everything to do with Star Wars.  I am also a fan, so it was easy for me to get excited when he requested a "Star Wars" themed party.  I went to my go to source, "Pinterest", for party inspiration and I was not let down.  I found links to free printable book marks, party favor tags, and labels to make "R2D2" water bottles.





If you are thinking about a "Star Wars" themed party, then here are links to the free printables seen above.

"Pottery Barn" Yoda Party Favor Labels 
"Droid Water Bottle Labels"
"Star Wars Bookmarks"  these were included in the party favor bags.

Following tradition, I made the birthday cake.  Per the birthday boy's request, I used rainbow sprinkles in the cake mix and vanilla icing.  I decorated the outside of the cake with blue sprinkles and candy stars.  I found the Star Wars figurines at "Toys R Us".  They are part of the "Playskool Heroes Star Wars" collection, exclusive to "Toys R Us".

To recap here are pictures of cakes from years past.  Unfortunately, I never got a good picture of his 1st birthday cake. It was a cake with a dinosaur made out of fondant.

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4
Year 5
Best Birthday Wishes!

-Laura-

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter 2015


In order to get the house more festive for Easter, I did a quick sketch on our laundry room chalkboard door.  My boys put the eggs in the basket for me.
  

I also found a wonderful Easter craft idea on Pinterest. Below is my version of felt bunny hand puppets.  I made two with yellow ears for my boys and one with blue ears for their cousin's birthday.


The full details for creating these bunny puppets can be found at "The Purl Bee" website by clicking here.  This creator of this site, Purl Soho, is really talented!






Wishing you a Happy Easter 2015!

-Laura-

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Bloom (March 2015)



I am definitely glad to see signs of Spring!  Here are some blooms from around the house that make me smile.





-Laura-

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unexpected Find



It's always nice to be surprised with an unexpected find.  On a recent trip to "Walmart" I spotted some new materials on display in the fabric department.  Below is a navy blue print I picked up and made into an envelope pillow cover.  This fabric was less than $4/yd. This print is also available in a variety of background colors including a nice red and turquoise.


-Laura-

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Good Snow

As long as you have heat and supplies, nothing beats a good winter snow.  Here are some pictures I took out back today.



 Warm Wishes

-Laura-