Twirly whirly scarves

I recently had a Pampered Chef party.  My consultant, Leslie, was wearing a gorgeous twirly scarf.  I asked her about it and she said she knitted it!  She showed me how she knit it up and I knew I wanted to make some for gifts.  I found the yarn at AC Moore and knit myself a practice scarf to be sure I could do it.  I’m hooked!  Here’s what the yarn looks like when you buy it:   That’s Paton’s Pirouette.  There are other brands that make similar yarns with similar results.  One skein makes one scarf.  Here’s what it looks like when you’re knitting it:    And here’s my first scarf- the finished product.    They are really bouncy and lightweight.  Perfect for chilly Spring/Fall evenings.   When I get really good at making them I may even sell some!

adoption, beauty ho, crafts

November Wrap Up

Well, my nails have almost all broken since the Shellac came off.  That stuff is amazing but unfortunately we aren’t rich so I can’t afford to be Shellac’ed all the time.

In other news, meet Hank.  My friend Christina has a daughter Ella.  Ella always wants to go out with us so I promised her one day we’d have Ella day.  We went to a paint your own pottery place.  That’s where I painted Hank.  I love him.  He’s going to guard our house.

In adoption news we received some bad news recently.  Some of our paperwork was misfiled by someone working on our case and it has cost us about 3 months.  Now we’re playing catch up.  We have 1 more set of fingerprints to get then we’re finally done!!!  And the matching can begin.  I’ve been checking out the websites looking for suitable nuggets but no one is jumping out at me.  I’m still convinced that our perfect kidlet is out there somewhere!

crafts, family, fun

Full color creepy

I face paint at festivals and parties on occasion.  Sometimes I need an assistant.  So the other day (could have been a couple weeks ago by now) I was over at my sister Sara’s house.  She volunteered to help me face paint at an upcoming event but she wanted to practice first.  Luckily she has 2 children we can paint.   Someone had a fabulous idea of painting eyes on Jacob’s eyelids.  Then we did the same thing to Gigi.  It was incredibly creepy!!  Like they were watching us with their technicolor eyes!


Magnetic lady

While I was in the magnet making mood I decided to make a magnet out of this pretty ladybug paperweight my MIL gave me.  I can use it more as a magnet than a paperweight.  So I cut out a piece of paper and glued it to the underside of the marble.  Then glued a magnet to that.  Let it sit for 24 hours and instant magnet!


Instant keepsake

CSP’s parents recently made a trip back to Minnesota where CSP grew up.  They brought him back some of his favorite home town beer.  Old Style by Heileman’s.   He’s only drinking one every now and then to make them last.  He was looking sad about them disappearing so I thought I’d make magnets out of the caps.  I glued 2 magnets together and glued them to the inside of the cap.  Instant keepsake!

cooking, crafts, events, food, frugal, fun

DIY tasty stache

I wanted to make fun party favors for Shannon G’s baby shower so of course I decided to try something I’ve never done before and make chocolate lollipops.  I found a mustache mold online and bought the dark chocolate melts at Party City.  I melted the chocolate in the microwave and spooned it into the molds.   Then I popped them into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes after getting the air bubbles out.   I pulled them out of the freezer and they popped out of the mold really easily.  The mustaches were a little too wide for the treat bags I bought at  Party City but CSP had a good idea.  He cut the seam of the bag and then I taped the bag around the mustache.  I added pink ribbons and voila!  Displaying the pops was a bit of a challenge.   I had planned on using long lollipop sticks but the mold required short sticks.  So I cut my sticks in half.  I was going to get some styrofoam to poke the sticks in to. But CSP came up with another good idea.  Instead of buying styrofoam that I’d only use once why not stick them in rice and cover the rice with something.  I had some of those pearlized shreds so I put those on top of the rice.  Turned out cute!  And yummy! 

crafts, friends

Halloween treat!

I received the cutest Halloween treat in the mail!
Magnetic Halloweenie note pad Sandy made me Sandy made it! Sandy is one of the sweetest people in the entire world and on top of that she’s also extremely talented! I love this so much! It looks great on my fridge. I put my magnetic pen next to it. Inside of adorable magnetic Halloweenie note pad Sandy made me So handy! Thank you Sandy! xoxo

Go check out Sandy’s Etsy shop!

crafts, events, family, fun


Today Momo & I painted faces for the Chantilly FlutterfestMomo painting a little faceThree and a half hours of non stop little faces in our chairs asking for rainbows, hearts, and most surprisingly, snakes. Snakes were popular I swear I’ve never painted so many snakes!  I never painted so many snakes! My favorite request was a little girl who wanted me to paint a self portrait on the back of her neck.  So sweet!  I convinced her she did not need my big white head riding around on the back of her neck the rest of the day.  She chose a snake instead. Smart girl. This little girl wanted her snake on the back of her neck The Flutterfest was the cutest festival at a local elementary school. They set us up under a tent under a HUGE shade tree. Perfect! The weather was great too. Sunny but not too hot. And since we were in the shade I didn’t get any sun, thank goodness. We thought we had our lines under control at one point. Momo & I both had literally never ending lines from start to finish.  We had to post a mom at the end of the lines to shoo kids away.  Kinda felt bad about that.  We would have gotten all the kids done earlier but the fire truck turned their hose up in the air and soaked all the children.  That’s a lot of fun on a sunny day but guess what happens when water based face paint meets a fireman’s hose?  Yeah, we had a bunch of water logged kiddos back in our line for round two!  We had a great time and I hope they’ll hire us again next year!  Oh, and by the way, got this job via Twitter!  One of my tweeps tweeted that she was looking for a face painter and within 2 minutes I’d landed the job.  Viva technology!

crafts, friends, fun

Wedding prep

Today I went over to Shannon’s The bride to be!house to help her with the place cards Shanon picked out pretty ribbon and calligraphy markers for her wedding place cards for her wedding reception.  She’s going to be Mrs. Mustachio in less than 2 weeks!  Woo!  Miss Emily was worried I was a babysitter and that her mommy was going to leave. Miss Em But she warmed up pretty quickly and we had a big time. Emily was so happy to help! She “helped” us with the place cards all afternoon.  Emily helped us with the place cards Em is just SO cute and such a happy baby! I love those little pursed lips! She “talked” on the phone to her Daddy while helping us. How do you work this dang thing??I'll be with you in a minute, I'm on a call here. So cute!
The colors Shannon chose are so pretty, very Autumnal.  I can’t wait for her wedding!  It’s going to be gorgeous!  Perfect time of year for a wedding in the Carolinas.