June 27, 2009

Pink Saturday

A very happy Pink Saturday to all. These pink flowers from my wedding bouquet remind me of very good times :) They were lovely to begin with but looking back at them reminds me of all the beautiful moments that day too. I can't believe our anniversary is coming around again in less than three weeks!

Stop by How Sweet the Sound today to see more Pink!

June 13, 2009

Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday! I get a kick out of this guy :) I hope everyone has a fabulous pink weekend. make sure you stop by Beverly's to see lots more pink fabulosity!

June 12, 2009

Chinese Stars?

My husband asked last night when he found these on his desk if the baby and I are starting a street gang armed with Chinese Throwing Stars.

No. My infant son and I are not starting a street gang armed with Chinese Throwing Stars.

But good guess, Babe.

It's all part of a swap project I hope will turn out. I'll post the result (for good or ill) when I'm done!

June 11, 2009

Birthday Shopping

What do you get for the woman who has everything and likes nothing? If you said, "Jewelry...duh!", then you answered correctly, because, as all women know, this is a pretty good answer to any question. See the following:

  • "What should I get my girlfriend for valentine's day?"
  • "What can I do to quickly make myself feel more like a woman and less zombie/mommy?"
  • "Wow, my sister is just the best in the world and really should know it. What can I get her to make sure she gets the idea?"
  • "What is it about that little black dress?"
  • "Gee, it's Thursday. I should surprise my wife. What with...?"

See the answer works for almost anything.

I just hope it works for my sister's birthday coming up. Aren't these lovely?

They're from Silpada, one of those direct sales companies. Which I usually don't dig too much, but they sell very high-quality jewelry. I hate buying random jewelry, only to find have to replace the findings myself because they're full of nickel. Silpada uses only sterling silver, so I can look through the catalog for what I like, instead of having to check the text all the time to see if the photos are even worth looking at.

Anyhoo, I ordered these earrings at a jewelry party in April as a gift for my sister's birthday this month. She's always liked turquoise and citrine so I figured these were a good fit. I only hope they aren't too "fancy" for her. She's pretty laid back so I hope the sparkly austrian crystals don't keep her from wearing them. Speaking of which, does anyone know of an etsy shop out there which sells great "laid back" silver jewelry? Suggest away, friends!

June 10, 2009

Name that Vegetable...

Hmmm...confused celery?

Nope. That's Rhubarb.

Ah yes, Rhubarb. That delectable, yet frustratingly ephemeral crop. That sour counterpoint to Summer's sweetest gems. That...

Sorry. I got carried away. I really like rhubarb. I'm okay now.

So have you used rhubarb before? Don't be intimidated; give it a try! Here's a recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie (the traditional/common use for rhubarb) to get you going:

You can use fresh or frozen rhubarb for this recipe. The filling will be quite loose and liquidy when it comes out of the oven, but with thicken some as it cools. Enjoy hot, warm or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

1 egg
1 C sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
1 t vanilla extract
3/4 lb rhubarb (about 2 - 2 1/2 cups)
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 unbaked pie crust

crumb topping:
3/4 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/2 C cold butter
1/2 C quick-cooking or old fashioned rolled oats

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut rhubarb into 1/2 inch pieces, and halve the strawberries. In a large bowl, mix together first four ingredients together. Stir in rhubarb and strawberry pieces until well-coated. our into pie crust. Make topping: Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter with a knife or fork until mixture is crumbly. Distribute over top of filling. Bake for 45 minutes, reducing heat to 350 degrees after 10 minutes. Remove from oven (pie should be golden brown and filling bubbly), cool and enjoy!

June 9, 2009

Button Swap

I haven't had a chance to blog about the swaps I've been involved in until now but I'm gonna try to do double time to catch up and make up for not posting in almost a month!

These are the buttons I made to send to Christy of Visualized by Christy. She hosted a button swap, but I turned out to be the only one to sign up. It's a shame too because it was a really simple, stress free and super-fun swap! I also sent these coasters that I made out of the same great thrifted fabric:As well as these charm squares:

And here is what I received from Christy:
These fabulous animal themed charm squares; I love the peppermint pink
and those bunnies with the giant eyes are adorable...

And Christie made magnets using these same fabrics as well as 4 buttons using the blue bunnies. Isn't her packaging is really nice too?

I can't wait to use all of these! Thanks for hosting and for being a great swap partner, Christie!

June 8, 2009

Spring Children's Book Parade: The Tale of Despereaux

This book has it all: princesses, a daring rescue, chivalry, a happy ending, rats...wait a minute...rats?...Yes. Rats.

Trust me, The Tale of Despereaux (by Kate DiCamillo) is a great book, all about Despereaux the mouse, an unlikely hero.

This is the book my husband read to me on our Honeymoon, so I know I have a somewhat biased opinion (he could have read me the phone book and it would now hold a special place in my heart). However, it truly is a wonderful book and the characters each have very special qualities; I like books with characters like that because you can stop when reading to a child and explain why each character has good and bad (or sometimes just bad) qualities and discuss what you admire or dislike about each one.

I highly recommend checking this book out of the library or, better yet, picking up a copy to add to your own library. I think once you read it yourself, you'll agree that it deserves a place on your shelf! And while you're at it, check into Kate DiCamillo' other great reads like Because of Winn-Dixie, and the Mercy Watson Series. Also, check out the Spring Children's Book Parade over at the 6 o'clock stitch so you can get more great children's book recommendations.

PS...I know an animated movie-version of The Tale of Despereaux just came out recently, but I haven't seen it yet. May I suggest that you read the book before watching the movie? Or at least that you not settle for only watching the film, but, rather, read the book as well? You won't regret it!

June 6, 2009

Pink Saturday

What a lovely book. I have so many memories of my mother reading Winnie-The-Pooh to the four of us. We would take our baths and put on jammies and then my mom would choose which bed we'd sit on for the reading. She usually read us at least one chapter when she was reading a book to us. I never realized what a feat that is until I began reading aloud to children - it really takes stamina to read aloud for that long and to read well at the same time.

My mother is a champion reader. She reads very expressively without being over-the-top and, even now, I would love to hear her read. She just has a knack for reading in such a way that you stop thinking about who is reading, or how words are said, or even what is being said, and are able to get lost in your imagination; almost the way it is when you read silently to yourself - you don't "hear" yourself, though you are reading the words. Rather you see it all in your minds eye. The way my mother reads allows her listeners to do that. I hope my children enjoy me reading to them as much as we enjoyed hearing my mom.

As I said this pink copy of Winnie-The-Pooh has a lot of great memories. This edition was printed in 1984, the year after I was born, and it's my pink happy thought for this week's Pink Saturday! For more Pink Saturday, visit our host, Beverly, at How Sweet The Sound.