Friday, February 27, 2009

Just Ducky time again!

Time for the Just Ducky trunk show again. I have my trunk show next week.
If you are in the Boston area, and would like to view the clothes, please email me and I can send you directions. The clothes are great! J and C wear them all the time :) Also, if you see something on the website, let me know and I can help you order it.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

i have a dream....

to become a "pie let" (pilot). How cute it this?? I love C's inventive spelling!
I'll be back later today, because Preppy Sue tagged me for the bag tag.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

more progress/project

Here is the progress on the studio so far (actually I have cut in towards the ceiling, so the painting of the walls is complete. - just have to touch up the trim) I love the colors. On the pink wall, I am going to have a peg board and hopefully some cabinets. My desk (door on file cabinets) goes under the window and I have some white shelving to put up.

As for my project: I found these red metal buckets and Walmart on sale ($1 ea) and knew I could use them for something.....

Add 1 can of pink spray paint and 1 can of green...

and I have some really cute storage containers for all my brushes, markers etc. to put on top of the shelving.

I am so excited to get this room done! I am under strict orders NOT to hang any shelving until John returns from his trip this week. I don't know if I can wait that long.....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Just for fun...

I borrowed this from One Fabulous Mom, it looked like so much fun and a creative way to get to know a little bit more about me! You just bold the ones you have done!

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii (but I really want to!!)
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland or world!! (irrational fear of people in costume!)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (and no one would want me to!)
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (only on Nantucket)
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (several)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (and I never will!)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year's Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating (fish counts, right?)
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

This was fun!
Makes me want to travel though. I tag anyone who want to play....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pink Giraffe Giveaway

I meant to post about this right after Christmas, but since I took a little break from blogging around that time, I never did! This apron was a Christmas gift from my sister and I LOVE it! Seriously, it makes working in the kitchen much more fun. :) It was purchased at The Pink Giraffe. She is running a give away right now for a great monogrammed lamp shade, go check it out and enter! I have purchased other monogrammed items from her and they always arrive in a speedy manner and look great! As a matter of fact, there are a couple of things en route as I type! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

100th Day of School

Today is the boys 100th Day of school. The Kinder class had to wear T-shirts with 100 of something on them. C picked out googly eyes and we had fun coming up with a design. His teacher also had googly eyes, so I am sure that made C feel good about his choice :) Surprisingly he was the only one with his monogram on his shirt....hmmmm.

and here we have the back....
Even though J didn't have to do a t-shirt he wanted to get in on the photo action.
(this one is for you Mom and Dad!)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Studio Progress

I think I have made my color choices for my studio/craft room. I have this remnant from a fabric shopping excursion with my mom and I think I have enough to make two valances. The main wall color is going to be Summer Lime and then one wall (that will eventually have cabinets on it) will be Spring Azalea (one shade lighter than Hot Lips). I can't wait to paint!!

Here are the boys ready to help with repairing the walls. Grandma and Grampa gave them the aprons and saftey goggles as part of their Christmas present. (Can you tell we do a lot of projects??) Walls have been repaired and I am ready to sand tomorrow and hopefully get a coat of paint up. I will keep you posted with my progress. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! We started our morning with our traditional breakfast of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. yum. When John and I shared our first Valentine's Day, 11 years ago, he gave me a waffle iron and made me breakfast with said waffle iron. We still have waffles almost every Valentine's Day (or the weekend closest) I made the waffles this morning, and he was in charge of the coffee (very important!!), turkey bacon and sausage.

As I have mentioned previously, one of my Christmas presents from John was a gift certificate for stripping the wall paper in my studio/craft room. That is what he is working on today. Doesn't really sound all that romantic, but let me tell you, I am so happy to see that paper coming down. Now all I have to do it pick a paint color....the boys are routing for "hot lips". Now, as much as I want the room to be pink, I'm not sure an entire hot pink room is the look I'm going for....

The last picture is of a canvas I ordered from here. It has a verse that we had read at our wedding and I thought it would be a perfect little something for John. I have hung it in our kitchen and I am very happy to have brought a little red into the room. (Ok, maybe I really wanted it for me) Nice reminder of our wedding ceremony, and a little kick in the pants for me to be more patient etc! :) Jennifer did a lovely job with it and it arrived super fast! Thanks Jennifer! :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Valentine's Preparations

30 nut free, dairy free, egg free cupcakes (from this recipe) cooling for C's Valentine's party - Check. (Lucky for me the Kinder is decorating them in class!)
48 crayon hearts ready to be delivered - Check. (50+crayons unwrapped)
(hearts right after they came out of the oven)
Hand made Valentine's for 31 friends and 2 teachers (both 2nd grade classes)- Check
(C made his Valentine's too, but no photo!)

Whew! It has been a busy afternoon! But we had a wonderful time getting everything ready for the celebrations tomorrow. (No school on Friday because of conferences.)

Hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's! John and I are heading out on Saturday to have apps at the bar at one of our favorite places, and I am looking forward to just relaxing and hanging out with my hubby!

Monday, February 9, 2009

New stepstool

I am getting all my outstanding orders completed over the next two weeks, so I can get up and running again with a fresh start. This is a stepstool I just shipped out last week. I have to admit, if I had a little girl, I would do this design for her! I love the way the monogram on the top step turned out. The bottom step has butterflies on it. You can go here to see my other designs. (this picture was taken before I put the poly finish on, so the finished product is nice and shiny, I also removed all the pencil marks!!)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Weekend Recap (albeit a day early!)

Last night we headed out to this casino night/ball. So much fun to get all dressed up, and hubby looked smashing in his tux :) The casino was super fun, we raised some good money for charity, came home with some good items from the auction, including personalized letterpress stationary from Tallow Studios (she does FABULOUS work, so check out her website) I was actually one of the co-chairs of the event, so great to be relaxing today and enjoying some unseasonably warm weather.
Hope you all are enjoying your weekend.
In the pic - my friend J, me, and my friend L

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

snow day fun

Once again I am not sure why my pictures show up in the opposite order (any ideas???)
We have had many snow days, teacher report writing days, and long weekends. Mixed with super freezing cold weather, we decided to come up with a fun indoor activity. The boys and I made pasta! We had such a great time! It took all morning too, which was great. ;)
First we mixed flour and eggs (and a teeny bit of water) to make the dough. Then we put it through the pasta machine about 6 times to get it nice and flat, and finally it was put through the cutting part of the machine to make our spaghetti, and set on a towel on the counter to dry. We had it for dinner the night we made it, and brought some to my parents to have with a family dinner. The boys loved it and thought it was so cool that they made it themselves.
I'm ready to be all done with snow days though, because I am running out of activities! Anyone have any good ideas for me to store away for our next snow day? I am pretty sure we will have more this winter!