My bag** is packed and I am off to Utah! I can't wait to see you.
Let's meet for lunch on Thursday at around 12:30.
BYU Campus - The Wilkinson Center - at the tables in front of the yummy BYU Creamery!
any eavesdroppers that want to join us, we would love to have you! (since you don't know what we look like, I will have this bag with me)
** ok are you loving my new bag as much as me. I have not made a bag in years - it felt good. I will for sure do a video tutorial this summer!!
Pink :: April showers bring May flowers
So I have changed out the blog design a little early this time since on May 1st we will both be away from our home computers and busy seeing each other Live And In Person!!! So excited to spend time with family and give Mr. Think and Little Think some "mommy-free time" together. They are going to have a great time together without The Rule Enforcer around I'm sure. Hope your flight goes well and see you at the airport!
Do you like my 2 Flowers? hee-hee! :: Think
Have you ever thought of decorating the house for yourself, for your day. Well guess what? This year I am.
Any Mother's Day item I can think of I am putting up on little shelves here and there.
Today I got these three pink frames at Micheal's for $1.00 each and then printed the letters MOM off my computer that is running out of ink. (i feared that if i waited till i got ink, I would never get this done)
What I really want to do is put wool felt letters in there - but again me even getting this much done and taking a photo is huge for what I have to get done before Wednesday.
Woo Hoo. Can you believe that I will see you this week - I have not seen you in a year. I can't wait to squeeze your guts when I see you!!
p.s. felt bird was purchased at a little store - I can not take credit for his creative creation.
So I don't think I ever showed you what my neighbor/friend gift was for St. Patrick's Day (if you are a local friend and did not receive one of these it is only because I am a flake not that you are not my friend).
It it is this floor cleaner called "Fabuloso". It was green and $.99 cents and had a rainbow on it, so it was perfect with the cellophane and ribbon concept. (any gift is great tied with chunky ribbon and cellophane)
Mr. Pink found one the other day and commented on what horrible graphics to be on the front of a cleaning bottle - fruit and rainbows. I will give him that one.
I am only showing you this to say what a Fabuloso day we had today. It was warm - hot even. I was outside as much as I could be today, pulling weeds, cutting all of our neighbors bushes (with their permission of course) setting up my new solar lights in the garden. Woo Hoo. Spring has finally hit the east coast.
Hope you had a great day too.
I am so excited to hear you will in be Utah next week too. Want to do lunch on Thursday? We should invite all eavesdroppers too don't you think, Think?
Tonight I had to bring the treat for our Daisy Scout meeting. (Daisy Scouts are pre-Brownies for those who have never heard of them before like me.) Little Think is in a troop with ten other 6 year olds. The moms are all there and usually a sibling or two. Totally crazy but fun.
I was at my Super Walmart this morning and saw these smaller jar canisters on sale 2 for $4. I got 8 and filled each one with a different treat : marshmallows, Corn Chex cereal, pretzels, crasins, M&Ms, Oreos, peanuts, white chedder cheeseits, etc.
Awhile ago I had also seen these darling snowcone cups and had been trying to think of an excuse to buy some. (Sorry I can't find a website link for them but they were by the snowcone machines and syrups at my Walmart. I think my Kroger had some not-as-cute-ones in their seasonal section)
The girls loved being able to make their own treat mix. I loved how easy it was to take them to the meeting and bring home the extras. They are glass but pretty sturdy. I threw them in a laundry basket in the back of my car and off we went. They are now lined up on my kitchen counter for snacking until they are all gone. The only thing missing was cute scoops. I ran out of time & money before I could get those but now I'll be on the lookout because I am positive I will be doing this again and again! ....ice cream toppings, breakfast cereals, salad toppings, baked potato toppings, pizza toppings, haystack toppings, taco toppings... Highly recommend picking some up. (Sorry those Eavesdroppers who know me in real life. I cleaned out the store at Spring Creek and 75!)
Don't you just want to dive into these marshmallows :: Think
I have no idea if me sharing this with you is like saying "oh my we just got this thing in our home today and it is amazing. It is called a dishwasher and it washes all your dishes" But I will risk it and share it anyway.
I bought this CD (Lenka) recently that was recommended on a quilt blog of all places and it is amazing. Now I fear that I may be the last person to have purchased it and you and any eavesdropper will look at me like I am talking about a dishwasher!
So in case you have not heard about it before, run your little fingers to itunes and buy the whole album. You will forever thank me!!
p.s. and just my luck I see that she is performing in Salt Lake City next week and guess where I am going next week - yes Salt Lake. It could be fate!
Pink :: And so begins my home documentation...
I posted about this idea back in 2007 on my personal blog but never showed the finished project. I had been using an old wooden mens pants hanger in my laundry room to hang up my spot removing list for years. My neighbor who had worked retail was selling more hangers at his garage sale so I bought all 10 of them. I thought it would be a great way to display art or photos in an easy-to-change manner.
To make it look official and not like laundry gone bad, I used dark bronze/black oval drawer pulls screwed right into the drywall for the hangers to hang from. (There is a screw thingy that is two screws put together without a head so you can screw on the drawer pull and then screw it into the wall without one side unscrewing the other. I have the bag they came in around here somewhere but its late and I'm too tired to dig around for it. If I find it later, I'll post it.)
My front door is mostly glass so you can see these inside when you are ringing my doorbell. It's a narrow wall so I hung 3 knobs but I think a 3x3 grid on a bigger wall would be striking. I'm displaying for the Post-Easter Spring season my eeboo Counting Bird Wall Art cards. (Fabulous illustrations. Entire post about my eeboo adoration coming soon.) I have the cards 4 thru 10 tucked around in different rooms.
I've used this set up to display photos, Little Think's artwork, packaging, ornaments, fabric pieces, etc. whatever I have felt moved to showoff. Here is the photo from my original 2007 post showing a photo of Mr. Think as a little boy digging at the beach. Just printed it from my computer and hung it for the summer.
We all have our "hang-ups" right? Show them off! :: Think
Pink :: Sorry I've been missing-in-action this last week.
But we just found out that we are moving. Soon.
And we are not exactly sure to where yet either.
Oh if you could only see that many, many MANY half done home improvement projects around this house you would understand my thoughts of stealing the Body Fluid Cleanup Kit off of the Kindergarten field trip bus yesterday. I have got a lot of purging to do.
More details to come as I know them. And I'm sure many photos of my house to document its transformation over the past 5 years. (oh the love-hate relationship I have with this house.)
I will just have to remember, over the next few crazy months, the moment yesterday when the bus started moving and all the Kindergarteners let out this gasp of excitement. No matter where you are going, the more bumpy the ride - the more wonderful it all is. Such is life.
In back of the life bus with my hands up :: Think
This week is
Bike Safety Week
Lefty Awareness Week
National Coin Week
National Volunteer Week
Organize Your Files Week (gotta do this for sure)
Medical Labs Week
14th :: Ex Spouse Day
14th :: International Moment Of Laughter Day
14th :: Look up at the Sky Day
14th :: National Pecan Day
14th :: Reach as High as You Can Day
15th :: Rubber Eraser Day
15th :: Titanic Remembrance Day (went down in 1912)
15th :: National Glazed Ham Day
16th :: National Eggs Benedict Day
16th :: National High Five Day
(has its own website www.nationalhighfiveday.com)
16th :: National Librarian Day
16th :: National Stress Awareness Day
(Started in 1992. April is also Stress Awareness Month.
Could it be because of taxes?)
17th :: Blah, Blah, Blah Day
17th :: National Cheeseball Day
18th :: International Juggler's Day
18th :: Newspaper Columnists Day
18th :: Pet Owners Independence Day
(it is suggested that pets go to work and you stay home day)
18th :: National Animal Crackers Day
(should they be served in soup like the song?)
19th :: National Garlic Day
20th :: Look Alike Day
20th :: Patriot's Day
(Commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775
and honors the Paul Revere's ride, "The Red Coats are coming!" )
20th :: Volunteer Recognition Day
Feeling a bit celebrated out still :: Think
When I see....
it can mean only one thing...
A wonderful Easter was spent with family and friends
celebrating the greatest Gift ever given.
Thanks Pink for the wonderful words and artwork.
I hope everyone had as wonderful a day as I had.
Happy Belated Easter :: Think
Happy Easter Think::
So how was your day? Was it crazy busy or crazy wonderful? Mine was a little bit of both. I have to tell you how grateful I was to Kristin for sending me the most darling idea (Thanks Kristin) of name plates for Easter Dinner.
To make these, I melted a bag of butterscotch chips in the microwave and then stirred in almost a full bag of chow mein noodles. Stir to coat the noodles and then push a bit of the mixture into a very small greased bowl. Add some robins egg candies, let it harden in the fridge and you have a nest. I then wrote the names out on little pieces of cardstock, added ribbon, and then glued it onto a toothpick. The toothpick then can stick right into the finished nest. Very cute and easy!
Thanks Kristin You are a Gem for sharing this idea and I thought that this is a darling idea for a baby shower with a nest theme. Or for a moving gift along with the book The Best Nest.
My little Pinks loved the new tradition and Mr. Pink ate almost all of the nests. (I had no idea they would be so yummy to eat)
My oldest Pink is growing up. She wore a beautiful Easter dress with silk covered buttons, ruffled collar and a big tied bow in the back. I was teary at how grown up she looked. The dress is amazing and I got it here (only cheaper than listed) It is a dreamy dress and perfect if you are in the need of something fancy yet classy. If I had a super flat tummy like her I would have one made for me in my size!
Off to bed to mope that I didn't get White House Easter Egg roll tickets for the morning. We may be watching Hannah Montana at the theater instead. Yea me!
Dear Think Family::
We love Ewe so much! We hope you have a wonderful Easter Weekend.
Through all of our crazy crafting and ideas, we take a minute to be grateful for meeting you in Nashville, Tennessee, in a library/cafeteria/gym that held our Church meetings every Sunday. Where we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior until a new building could be built. So I hope our chocolate bunnies, carrot dishes, and office supply sheep don't get in the way of remembering the joy of what brought our 2 families together.
We love Ewe!
So now it is out who the artist is between Think and I. Oh my poor little one eared lamb. Yes it is a lamb in case you could not tell!
So have I told you lately I can't get enough of Sculpey clay. We have made so many things in the past few weeks that I will show you later. But this was this weeks was the Fat Free Chocolate Bunny. We used the chocolate color brown color (1657) and one of our Wilton Cookie Cutters.
I used a pink clay for the nose and some crystal stickers after I baked it for 20 minutes.
I have kind of become obsessed lately with making dough ornaments after doing those Shamrocks. I made my salt dough and added cocoa to try to make the bunnies - but it just did not quite work.
The pink velvet ribbon is so perfect to hang on his ears. This is a great necklace to wear. Add a pin back to pin your favorite Easter Sweater (hee hee) or use them as ornaments on little hooks in your house.
Am I on posting overload today or what??
My tulips are in full bloom. I planted over 100 last fall (yea bone meal). I have so many I don't even feel bad about cutting them to put all over my house.
How much do you love them in the darling vase you gave me last May? Where did you get that anyway?
As I was coming home tonight my tulips out side and the ones on my window sill (shown above) all knew it was time to go to bed and gave me no trouble going to sleep, unlike my other three pink tulips (my girls). How do the tulips just go to sleep like that? How do they know when to wake up? I should have taken Botany!
Thanks again for the vase, because I am quite sure I never sent you a thank you note.
Pink :: I love how easy this one is.
I'm racing around to get all my Easter ideas going today. Can you tell?
This is one we do every year, either at Easter dinner or a few days before.
Little Think loves to help me make them
green leaf lettuce + canned pears + cottage cheese
+ raisins + red hots + sliced almonds =
I soooo wish I could claim the cleverness as being my own but it is out of a cookbook that my husband had as a child. Betty Crocker's New Boys and Girls Cookbook published in 1965. Full of great stuff. I should really do an entire post about it.
They look like mommy bunnies discussing
where they find their carrots on sale or something.
Speaking of carrots, I got my Cartoon Carrots to put outside Easter Eve today . They are huge!!! They are about 24 inches from end to end. I was not sure they would even fit in my fridge but since they were the only ones at the store I got them. Hope the Easter Bunny appreciates them!
Eating the salad bunny's bum as I type :: Think
Pink :: I'm nesting
It's been awhile since I posted what's on my door. I'm literally running out the door to the school's egg hunt but wanted to post this in case you want to make it. Super easy.
I got a 6" Grapevine Ball and stuffed it with moss.
Then put in a tiny nest and three eggs inside.
Kind of have to shove them in but they can take it.
Glue what you can in place so it won't blow away.
Hang it by a ribbon.
I'm going to grab some purple ribbon while I'm out. I think I will like it better than the green I've got here. I hung it kind of high so you have to peek in like you would at a real nest. I think it would work inside or on a table. Maybe perched on a bowl or vase? Just a little something different than the standard wreath.
I'm off :: Think
Pink :: I was inspired.
After watching your 2 video again this morning I had to find my cats in the dollhouse clip. And guess what number it was about??? Can you believe it? I seriously did not even remember it was 2-ish. So funny. Maybe I'll ignore my dirty house and watch some clips of the Twiddlebugs too.
Enjoy! :: Think
Pink :: Finally!
It's very purplelicious!
What do you think of the bunny made out of our number 2? hee-hee.
Wonder if I can make something 2-ish for every month.I love the Mark Twain quote on it:
"It's spring fever.
that is what the name of it is.
and when you've got it, you want --
oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want,
but it just fairly makes your heart ache,
you want it so!
It's so true. I'm not sure what I want but I'm desperate about it!
Spring Feverish :: Think
Pink :: You beat me to it!
I laughed out loud at your spring books post...I was writing a post in my head of the very same topic! (I write A LOT of posts in my head, do you?) Part of my decorating for the seasons and holidays is always books. It makes me smile when we pull out a book and Little Think says, "I remember that one!!" like it is the best thing ever.
My personal favorite "Spring Book" is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I reread it every Spring. I don't think there is a better book for making you notice the little things happening around you as the world comes alive. Very inspiring on many levels. And after I read it I just want to get my hands down in some dirt!
I love this copy of the book because it is small enough to tuck in my purse so I read it whenever I'm waiting for things while I'm out and about. It was a series of classics from Barnes & Noble years ago. I was so sad when they stopped making them. They didn't take up much shelf space and they were cheap. I love having a book with me all the time. I get excited when I have to wait at the dentist office because I get to read without guilt.
We especially love the illustration by Margarie Flack on page 8 of all the 21 baby bunnies in the bassinet. The cuteness of those bunny bundles is almost more that I can take.
Another one we read is How Fletcher was Hatched! by Wende and Harry Devlin. It's a story of a dog who feela like his owner, a little girl named Alexandra, doesn't love him as much as the cute little chicks that have just hatched. So his friends Otter and Beaver make him an egg to hatch out of. Would be great for an older sibling dealing with a cute younger sibling as well.
Did you have any scratch and sniff books when you were growing up? I had Golden Books The Sweet Smell of Christmas. I can still smell the hot chocolate smell in that book. Now we have Little Bunny Follows His Nose. Its about a little bunny who can't find anything to do so his mother tells him to "follow his nose". Little Think likes the pickle page best. We only get it out this time of year to try and "preserve" the smells.
Another one that is hard to find these days is The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess. This is not the Beatrice Potter Peter. (I love, love, love those) This is one of a series of books about different animals written in 1914. My father read them when he was young and then he read them to me growing up at bedtime. They are sweet and slow moving. Full of words, ideals and sentiments not used much today. I think they are great books to start reading aloud to younger children with.
They repeat themselves alot so the story is easy to follow espeically since it takes several nights to read. There are books for Reddy Fox, Sammy Jay, Uncle Billy Possom, Johnny Chuck, etc. We made puppets to act out scenes from the book. They are maybe not for everyone but we love them.
We have to do this more often. I love books so much!
Bookstore bound :: Think
Pink :: Sorry this is so late!!
This week is
Be Kind to Animals Week
TV Turn-Off Week (could I actually do this?)
National Building Safety Week
National Guitar Week
National Home Safety Week
National Library Week (note to the librarian)
7th :: Museum Day (got to go see the King Tut exhibit)
7th :: National Coffee Cake Day
7th :: National Teacher Appreciation Day
7th :: No Housework Day (Wohoo! I kinda celebrate this everyday)
7th :: World Health Day
8th :: Budda's Birthday
8th :: National Empanada Day
8th :: All is Ours Day
8th :: Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
9th :: Maundy Thursday (The Last Supper)
9th :: Churchill Day
9th :: National Chinese Almond Cookie Day
9th :: Name Yourself Day (what one shall I pick....)
10th :: Good Friday
10th :: Humane Day
10th :: National Cinnamon Crescent Day
10th :: Golfer's Day
10th :: National Siblings Day
11th :: Dandelion Day
11th :: National Cheese Fondue Day (I love, love, love it!)
11th :: Eight Track Tape Day (do you remember these?)
11th :: Barbershop Quartet Day
12th :: Easter
12th :: Look Up At the Sky Day
12th :: National Licorice Day
12th :: Big Wind Day
(In 1934, Mount Washington Observatory recorded the highest surface
wind ever measured, anywhere on earth at 231 miles per hour)
12th :: Russian Cosmonaut Day
(Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space in 1961.
He spent 108 minutes in space.)
13th :: National Peach Cobbler Day
13th :: Blame Someone Else Day
13th :: Dyngus Day
(Polish holiday the Monday after Easter where boys splash water on girls
and hit them with willow sticks. Really. I do not make this stuff up!)
Enjoy all your Easter preparations :: Think
Every year we stick a bunch of carrots with the root and greenery on our doorstep on the night before Easter to attract any bunnies in the area. I only ever see these in the grocery store during Easter time, but I am sure it is because that is the only time I ever look for them.
My kids go nuts when I buy them, they think are straight out of a cartoon. I have realized it is because they only ever see carrots in a bag cut and shaved ready to eat. It makes me feel old to tell them, "When I was a kid we had to cut the green off and shave them ourselves" Interesting huh.
Anyway put the cartoon carrots on your radar next time you are at the grocery store so you can attract any bunnies that may come your way.
Okay – so this month we are doing something either totally awesome or totally crazy.
(we will tell you at the end of the month)
We are giving you our full attention. We want to know what you want to know.
So we are trying a little experiment to see if we can answer your questions with our little clever minds. (or direct you to someone who can)
So feel free to email us this month at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and ask us anything (really anything) If we only get a few questions than we will hopefully answer those. If we get a bunch, we will pace ourselves in answering them. Either way if we pick your question and answer it on 2cleverblog we will send you $2000 cold hard cash in the mail**.
So get thinking. You only have a month to ask away!
We are all ears!
:: Think & Pink
**Okay... so the $2000 cash in the mail is our April Fools joke,
but we will send you something mighty clever.
(if we do say so ourselves!)
(if we do say so ourselves!)