Monday, March 24, 2008

Just us girls...

Emily asked if Elise could spend the night with me Easter Eve and go to church with me Easter Sunday. It didn't even take a millisecond to say yes.
We had a nice girly time that evening with Elise having a nice bath with soap shaped like rose buds and some bubbles. Then of course make-up time with fingernail polish and a little face cream.
Sunday morning started off with a early start so by 9 o'clock she had had breakfast, blew bubbles, painted, watched a video, washed dishes, and made two strawberry pies. Elise mashed strawberries, poured in the sugar and corn startch and stirred it all. She also arranged the whole berries in the bottom of one of the pie crusts. She did it like she knew just what she was doing, which of course she did. She definately has a I CAN DO attitude about everything whether it is smashing berries or racing in a sack race against seven older boys.
Elise kept asking me when is Easter going to be here? On the way home from church she asked, "When are we going to have Easter?"
Speaking of church, Right after we arrived back at Elise's home, her mom, Emily, hesitantly asked, "How was she in church?"
She was just perfect. She almost ran up to the front when time came for the children to come to the front of the sanctuary to gather for Children's church. She spoke right up when asked what was in your Easter basket. Her answer, "Chocolate and money." (they were in her basket from the previous' day egg hunt.) She danced to the music and captivated all who were seated around us. (proud grama)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


My first swap is 'Just The Box Please'. I am to decorate a tiny matchbox anyway that I feel inspired.
The box is only 1 1/2" x 2" x 5/8".

The cameo in the center was a treasure find at the Humane Society Thrift shop just two weeks ago. It is edged with tiny pearls and then some vintage gold braid. The tatting around the outer edge is very old and may have been made by my then husband's grandmother. The rest of the box is covered in blue check. The drawer pull is a vintage glass button in shape of a crown. I wish I were better with my picture taking but hopefully that will evolve.

I had no idea how I was going to decorate the second box until I found the picture of the ladies head in an old Mary Englebreit calendar. I covered the box in deep purple velvet. The top is edged with two vintage gold trims. I put a garland of leaves and glass beads on the head and draped a pearl necklace around her neck. The drawer pull is a vintage glass button.
I had alot of fun making these boxes and hope the receivers will treasure their little treasure boxes.

EASY is relative

"You ought to set one up. It's easy."

That's what Emily told me after she whizzed through setting up her
As the saying goes...EASY for you to say!
I have been working on this for three weeks. Just today, it has taken me 6 hours just to figure how to get my masthead on the computer and over to the blog. Now that I have figured it out, could I do it again? I doubt it!! Well, maybe I could do it in four hours...if I did it tomorrow!
All of this because I found a
blog and signed up for three swaps. It's easier for your swap partner to know about their partner if she has a blog.
Just in time, I am to mail off my first swap tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

soon...very soon

soon...very soon...I will finish my header and actually start my blog.
Just remember, Patience is a virtue.