Friday, December 17, 2010

Pink Saturday in December

pretty Christmas Pinks

Just what every Barbie girl needs - a pink glittery Christmas tree!
from flickr

Be still my glittered village heart!

Thanks so very much for stopping by!
To enjoy more Christmas pinkness, hop over to How Sweet the Sound ...

iBand Christmas Music... Awesome!

Before viewing, scroll to the very bottom of my blog and turn off the music!



from North Point Community Church in Atlanta

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elf Someone...

{Free Printable} "You've Been Elfed" Door Signs and Instructions




In case you didn't know...
Elfing is secretly treating someone to Christmas gifts/goodies!

 Basically you fill a basket or bag with goodies, toys or anything festive for Christmas and leave it on the front doorstep of a friend or neighbor. You must include a "door sign" and "poem/instructions" so that the recipient knows what this is there for and how to pass long the favor. The recipient will place the door sign on their front door to let others know that they have had a turn being "Elf'ed". Then the recipient gets a turn at this. Pretty soon the whole neighborhood is filled w/ homes with doors that have the signs up!

What a great time ofyear to show our friends and neighbors that we care for them!

Anders + Ruff  designed 2 "We've Been Elfed" Door Signs and an instructions poem letter as well..


for the 2 versions of the "We've Been Elfed" door sign, jump over to Anders + Ruff ...

Have fun Elf-ing and I hope you get Elf-ed in return!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Recipe Stocking...


handmade stocking with your Christmas Cake recipe... include the cake or slices for a unique and special gift!
...idea from Sea Angels

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cooking, Cooking and More Cooking....


sooo busy at my house today!  I hope tomorrow's feast will be as good as it smells!
Meryl Streep as Julia Child from Pinterest


Friday, November 19, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Paper Pumpkin Tutorial



Wow, it's almost Thanksgiving! Wouldn't Emily's DIY pumpkins look great on your dinner table?

They're made out of paper, although you'd never know it. Looks like fabric doesn't it?  All you need are strips of scrapbook paper in coordinating colors and patterns, Mod Podge, a hot glue gun and floral wire. The full tutorial is here.

Peas in a Pod...


i need a bunch of grandbabies at the same time so that i can do this!
soooooo scrumptious.

Monday, November 15, 2010

It Arrived Today....

Matthew is here! He came in the mail today and I can't wait to read every word on every page.

Check out some of the insides here.

Pinterest... My Latest Obssesion

What is Pinterest? Pinterest is a social catalog service. Think of it as virtual pinboards (inspiration boards/ Pins or saved images of interest ) ... a place where you can post collections of things you love, and "follow" collections created by people with similar taste and images.


I don't know about you, but I save dozens and dozens of images and tutorials and recipes and such every few days on my computer. Weeks later when I have a question about an image that I saved, I can't for the life of me remember where I found it... and, of course, I can't go back for more information. Even worse, when my hard drive recently crashed, I lost EVERYTHING that I hadn't transferred to a safe site. Aarrrgh!


College Daughter (of course, they always know the latest and greatest!) found this new Pinterest site and told me that I would love this way of saving and collecting all of my pretties. I went over and checked it out and was quickly interested. Without hesitation, I clicked the 'request an Invitation' link and impatiently kept checking my email to see if there was any news of the next step. They are new and just a bit slow at setting up your page... it took about a week and a half to get that long (it seemed) awaited email that I was ready to go....


...and GO I did! I loooove this site! Now, with my "Pin It" icon, I can quickly add the image (automatically complete with the link!!!!) to whichever of my boards that I'd like. You also get to add a note to remember what you like, what you would change or if a tutorial is included at the link. Huge Squeal of Delight! I already have boards for recipes, someday crafts, fabric, paper, kitchen, walls, gifts, thanksgiving, christmas... just to name a few! hahaha...  I no longer have to save the images (with no information) in my picture file.


But wait. There's more...... You find boards with similar interests to follow. All you have to do to see what's new on them is click the "boards you follow"link  and you'll seeall the images of any new pins (posts).Now re-pin any that you want to save to any of your boards. New boards can be added to your collection at any time as they are needed. You also receive emails telling you who has re-pinned one of your entries and who has started following any of your boards. I check out any people that look new to me to see if there's any delightful goodies to pin or follow. You don't have to follow ALL of a person's boards... just the ones that are interesting to you. I also save (pin) daily pretties from blogland as always and it bypasses my regular picture file. I've also pinned from flickr and similar sites. Once you have your pin-it icon in your toolbar, you can pin from ANY site.... giggles, giggles, giggles with glee!


Ok, you stoopid hard drive... I'm ready for you next time!!!! ...and in the meantime, I'm getting all of my images organized in one place WITH any needed info with links to every single one! Come check it out so you can start pinning, too!...... (click the link below)


View Ben's PinsSee my pins on pinterest



Yummy Photo Projects for Christmas

...from the new issue of Sweet Paul Magazine.






The new Sweet Paul Magazine is out and I couldn't be more filled with glee! These holiday decorating ideas using vintage photo's are making me so excited about starting to decorate! Are those tags and wrapping paper not the cutest? Check out all the goodness here!

Please check out kickstarter.com/projects/sweetpaul for an even better Sweet Paul Magazine!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tickled Pinks

Happy Pink Saturday to all of You!
These pinks are tickling my fancy...
Japanese Nail Art from Never Too Much Glitter
a horse is a horse, of course, of course... unless it's pink!
work it. own it.

for more pinks, join Beverly and the girls at How Sweet the Sound






Friday, October 29, 2010

Pink Saturday ...Baked Pretties

tiered cupcake from Martha Stewart Weddings

ruffled cake from Southern Flourish

This amazing cake tower is by Will Cotton.
How many calories do you think are in this baby?

I feel confident that I could copy the first two images, but that third one is a doozey. I stare at it in awe! For more Saturday pinkness, drop in at How Sweet the Sound for dozens of other participants' offerings.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Well Hey, Pumpkin!

full of charm!
sooo clever!
soo fun!

All of these delightful pumpkin ideas are from Country Living Magazine. Aren't they just great?!!

Coming Back.....

I am soooo very sorry for being MIA for so very long. I have missed the encouraging comments, blog parties, emails and most of all visiting with you to see what you have been up to each day. Near the end of April, the hard drive in my new (from Christmas) laptop crashed. After several people tried in vain to at least retrieve all my lovely saved images, I finally had to ship my baby halfway across the United States of America and wait and wait and wait for it to come back home. Meanwhile, I was having a whole slew of tests done to try to figure out why my liver enzyme count has remained terribly high even after having my gall bladder removed a year ago. Instead of being around 60, mine is still 372. I think they have finally decided that I'm just not normal. HA!...  so sad that we've had to dish out soooo much money to make that official! Pleeeease accept my apologies for all the unanswered emails (half of a kajillion), thanking new followers that signed on and a few online commitments that got dropped by the wayside. I can hardly wait to get caught up on taking pictures and making new posts of a few projects that I actually was able to tackle while I didn't have a computer. hmmmmmm...I'm betting there's a lesson there somewhere..... AND I am the most excited about getting back out into BlogLand to see what you're up to these days. Y'all are so very inspiring to me! My cleaned out laptop is back I'm ready to get back to business as usual......... 
xoxo,
Mary Beth

Friday, April 30, 2010

CupCakes for the Cure

More "Freshly Faked CupCakes" ! ..this time with a theme. Here in Georgia, it's time for the annual Relay for Life campaigns to raise money for cancer research. Last spring, I decided to decorate a set of my faux cupcakes using the pink ribbons that support breast cancer and sweet little pink fairies to either watch over someone fighting cancer or to give as a gift to a friend who has lost someone dear to this dreadful illness. My mama died from cancer years ago when I was still in my twenties. I keep one of these on my hutch. These sweet little "Cupcakes for the Cure" have once again been a real "treat" to make!

Linking these little pretties to Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound 
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
The Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
Metamorphasis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Spotlight Yourself @ It's so Very Cheri 
Alphabe-Thursday @ Jenny Matlock

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Evil Eye...

Note to Self: When mashing that button on top to begin to spray paint, point that hole AWAY from your face and designer eyeglasses. Geeze Louise. I get so tired of being the entertainment everywhere I go. It slap wears me out. Luckily I had not shaken the new can enough and all that came out was clear goo. It took some scrubbin'...but it all came off of my glasses.  (loud exhale with puffed out cheeks)

O is for OOPS!...
Linking to Alphabe-Thursday @ Jenny Matlock 
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Monday, April 26, 2010

Great Mother's Day Gift to Make

As you can tell by the date, Grandson and I made this little lovely several years ago. We made the original one for Oldest Daughter for Mother's Day that year. It didn't take me long into the process to know that I wanted one, too! Even though I've had this for quite a while, I thought that it's still a delightful gift that is sure to please! Be sure to make one for yourself as well... It would be tough to part with this little jewel!
Here's the step-by-step...
One 4x6 black and white photo with rub-on letters or a phrase along the top edge. Cut three 4x6 rectangles from white or cream cardstock.
I used letter rubber stamps to hand stamp my "definition" onto white cardstock. You could also print this from your computer.
Trace that precious little hand with a crayon onto white cardstock.
I used a different definition for each of us. I have a cheap paperback dictionary that I use to cut from for different projects. Allow a large border around the edges when you cut it out. Lay the cut paper on top of the hand print and pencil sketch a rectangle that is the size of the definition. Make a slit in the center and tear along your pencil line. Lightly ink the torn edges with an ink pad or marker. With adhesive, attach the definition to the back of the hand print with the definition showing through the opening. I used letter eyelet charms to spell out "age". You could also add a bit of white or cream acrylic paint to the letters and wipe away the excess if you'd rather the letters be lighter in color. I think Michael's still carries these letters by Making Memories. You could also print something similar from the computer or a small label sticker or rub-on. Add a sticker or rub-on number for the actual age. Later you will trim this to fit into the frame.
I had him draw a heart with a crayon. Notice from the lines that he first draws an open "m" for the top and then a "v" to make the bottom. Even to this day, he still draws a heart this way. So charming I think. I then told him to write his name inside. He said, "Gwanmama, can I write the "O" furss (first)?" "Honey, you surely can." answered his adoring grandmother. When Grandaddy walked in for lunch, he excitedly shouted, "Look Gwandaddy! We're making sump'in." umm.umm.umm. Don't date it yet.                     
Cut a piece of black cardstock to fit inside your frame. Mine is an 8x10. If your handprint is large, you'll of course need a bigger frame and maybe even a larger black grid in the center and a bit around the edges. I kept trimming my four 4x6 pieces until they fit into the frame. Ink all of the edges. Place the black cardstock inside your frame withOUT the glass. Trim the pieces to fit inside the frame. Make the top two the same size and the bottom two also equal to each other.  I used scrapbooking adhesive to attach the photo and cardstock pieces to the black cardstock, leaving a black grid in the center. Date the bottom right corner. Now you're all done! Frame and collect the compliments.

Thanks for visiting! I'm linking to these parties ..

Monday
Metamorphasis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
I Made the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Made It on Monday @ The Persimmon Perch
Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do
Mosaic Monday @ The Little Red House
Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou
Mad Monday Skills @ Super Stinky Boys
Tuesday
Do It Yourself Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow
Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog
Anything Related @ All Thingz Related
Talented Tuesday @ My Frugal Family
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios
Wednesday
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Spotlight Yourself @ It's So Very Cheri
Whatever Goes @ Someday Crafts
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Wednesday Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk
We Did It @ Sew Much Ado
Idea Sharin Wednesday @ Women Who Do It All
Sunday
The Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming
and
Mother's Day Ideas @ Somewhat Simple