Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chalk Art

The girls used sidewalk chalk for the first time and loved it. Allison is such a little people person, she would run to the end of the driveway whenever kids would ride by on their bikes and say "Hi kids" just dying for some interaction. Everytime we talk about going ouside she's says "OK, but maybe kids will be there."

While I was making dinner and Daddy was playing outside with them, I looked out the window to see both of them run up to our neighbor and jump into her arms for big hugs. It was seriously the sweetest thing. Cheryl has babysat the most of any non-family member and they love to see her.

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Sincewe didn't have brown chalk I had to take artistic liberties here. I'm the only one with the correct eye-color (green) and Allie with the correct hair-color.

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No, we don't know if we are having a Boy, it's just that the girls always say they want New Baby to be a "Baby Brother." I had to indulge them.

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Every moment is a teachable moment...

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Daddy's contribution, a whale. The girls love Jonah and the Whale.

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And just becasue it's pretty and all of the pale pink ones are past their prime. Spring is over way too fast in my opinion.

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Here are some entries I enjoyed from my favorite blogs this week
"Beads Don't Smell Good" and "emboridery is like coloring in slow-motion" I couldn't have said that better myself! Oh and I love the kids answers to all these Father's Day questions about Dad. Too cute!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Cherry Lemonade

Well I finally finished my Cherry Lemonade collection. I am totally in love with these pieces. This collection was originally due for a guest launch about a month ago. But I was still feeling so sick and the girls both got sick just before it, so it was put on hold until now. We did take pictures of all the pieces today so I thought I'd share some with you. Since I won't be taking any more custom orders until next spring, you can consider this a very very early sneak peek of Spring 2009! I guess now I can think of myself as "early." hehe

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Little Ballerina and other fun books

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I am so excited! I won another copy of my favorite book from childhood, "Little Ballerina." A sweet story about Carol who wants to be a ballerina. Her Mother even sews her a tutu for her recital. How crafty! My copy of this book is held up with quite a bit of gold packing tape from the 70's and is in well-loved condition. The one I just bought looks to be in great condition, I can't wait for it to arrive. I never thought I would be this excited about a book I already own!

If you have never seen this book, you are seriously missing out. There are a few more
available on eBay right now and they pop up quite often. I have the giant size by rand McNally, but it looks like it was also printed in a Golden Book size too. I've seen them go for over $30 in the past.

The illustrations are my favorite part. They remind me of the "Leave it to Beaver" days. The girls already love reading it with me and now they will each have their own copy to take with them. Here are some close-ups of some of my favorite pagesl.

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Another fun find I found (say that 10 times fast), is a Ballerina growth chart with illustrations taken right from this book. Of course the maker doesn't give credit to the book, but the pictures are the same. I'm not crazy about all the stars in the background, but it's still cute. And I love that it's collapsable since we don't have room for a permanent wall growth chart for the girls.


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While I'm on the subject of books, here are a few more well-loved ones that you might enjoy for yourself.
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I loved this one as a kid too. There are 6 scratch and sniff stickers throughout the book. Our girls learned that their noses were for smelling from reading this book with them.
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I also picked up another scratch and sniff book that we love. "Little Bunny Follows His Nose."
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Another favorite that I can't find in our house right now is "The Sailor Dog." Scupper's is a very resourceful little dog who gets lost at sea. This is another personal favorite that every kid should have.
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