Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I can't believe it... 2012 is around the corner!  Where has the time gone?!
Here's to another amazing year!  I wish you all the very best.  I look forward to meeting new friends and reading more blogs!

And of course, I would like to thank all of my bloggy friends for their support this year.  It's hard to find good friends... but when you find them -- hang on tight.  Good people are hard to find.  I am very fortunate to have stumbled upon these lovely ladies.  Happy New Year to you all!

Thank you to:
Veronica at:

Steph at:

The Silly Pearl

Susan at:


Courtney and Betina at:
Michelle at:

Heartfelt Balance Handmade Life

Katherine at:

katherines corner buttons

Kelly at Billhime, Party of Four:

Lisa at:


Kelly at:

I've Become My Mother!

Aurie at:

Welcome to Our Good Life

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

A bit late... but I hope your Christmas was as AMAZING as ours!  The children had a great Christmas day... and now we are enjoying each other's company!  Life is good.... 2 weeks of  school break... hanging out together... not rushing off to school...lessons -- even dad is home with us!  What more could we ask for, right?!

(We went with an eco-friendly look this year -- personalized pillow cases for Santa to fill!)
And fill he did!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Chocolate dipped pretzels!

Their treats of choice for this year's class party:
Of course, there were lots of sampling involved... and we ALL approved!  ;)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

New Item!

I am so excited that I am now adding a new item to my list -- charm bracelets!

The bracelets are 7" long (almost 8" with the additional jump rings I'm adding at the end ).  I can make longer if needed, just let me know!

All the bracelets start at $25 and then the rest is a la carte!  Choose what charms or pendants you see and add it on.   And the BEST part ?  I am including in the bracelets, UP to 6 birthstones or pearls at NO CHARGE!!!  (mix and match, go for it, it's okay!)  The possibilities are endless!!!

These are so simple, yet so "charm"ing!  (haha, I crack myself up at midnight!).  I'm in love with them already... (wait til Baby girl sees these in the morning!).

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My partner makes her own pendant!

Tomorrow, 12/12 is Auntie Clare's birthday.  MG couldn't think of what to make her...  So with a few tips from me... She got started:

She drew a picture first -- This is her and Auntie Clare, of course!

 Then she cut out the picture:
 She used mod podge to stick the picture onto a glass tile:
 I helped her glue on a bail:
 Voila!!!!  A pendant is born!
Pictures of Auntie Clare wearing upon presentation of gift... coming soon!
(update 12/13/11 -- Auntie Clare wearing MG's pendant with pride)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Beef Wellington and Quinoa

Made something new...
Beef Wellington ( Did I say I love Trader Joe's?  Well, I do... it's because they have the best puff pastry pack!)  with Quinoa and Black Beans
 Both recipes were easy to follow, easy to make, and approved by the children... who all had a blast saying "keen wah" all night during dinner.  FUN!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I love GLEE

...and making this wedding day highlights was SO much fun because of this song they chose!  I sang throughout the night (I tried to sing in my head, but every now and then I found it a bit difficult!)... and even though I went to bed at 3 AM, I went to bed happy!

I hope they like it!!!!

What do you think?!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A hard day's work...

but so worth the time!  They did a great job...

Looks almost good enough to eat... well, I wouldn't, but youngest did (thinking I didn't see... well, I didn't, wink, wink) and then proceeded to lick his fingers as he continued to "help" finish the activity!