Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sweeter Dreams....are blessings from above!

Here we are in Olivia's room. Right now, she shares it with her twin brother...Quirt. When we first moved here...2 -1/2 years ago...I couldn't wait to start painting their room. I chose a wall mural that cmae out of one of thier pooh book-sets they got as one of their baby shower gifts. We were renting at the time the twins came along...and I never was able to decorate the nursery the way I, low and behold, when it came time....mama got creative with my special talents! A room with a view...designed for my babies, with love and color!

It was beautiful and refreshing....and they loved it, like they were part of the book itself...but now, I'm getting ready to change it all something a bit more princessy now that they are getting their own rooms. Quirt is going in the room next door, which is getting a makeover, Olivia in all her girlish wonderment, now thinks...she needs a new 're-do' as well! So, from Pooh to Princess Frog...the magic is getting ready to be transformed from Pooh's forest friends into the Mystical swamp land of the New Orlean's bayou! LOL! I never thought there'd come a day...when my life would become so ILLUMINATED!

If these walls could talk, from here on out...I can ONLY IMAGINE the transformations to come!

And Quirt? Well, that's a whole different room! Bright, bold and beautiful...just like the character he is! My little-locomotive, fast and ferious kind of guy that he 'truely' is! One 'BIG' & "BOLD" room is getting ready to be added next foor to this one....and CHANGE is in the wind! One Monster truck load at a time! mind is racing already!

So.....Stayed tuned!.....more's yet to be...REVEALED!

Friday, May 7, 2010

'Froggy Wishes' for my sweet-little Olivia

I've been toying around with the whole 'Princess Frog' concept of designing a new ami for my little Olivia! She loves the princess we got her the sheet set for Christmas...which in turn got me thinkin' about the theme of her room in general. What could I do to make it more personalized for her...not just the same old marketing stuff you'd find at the store...but something different and special, like my Olivia!

Well, right off the bat, I thought...I need to crochet a few cool pieces to compliment her bed set....anyone looked lately? I wasn't findin' a thing out there for the 'Princess Frog'. So, I thought....Okay, I'll reconstruct my own then. Well, I started on it....was making great progress, and then boom...I got sick and had to scrap the project for a while. Well, now here we are....a couple months later now, and I'm getting ready to repaint my daughters room...a fresh new fun color and decided to go off of what I started with originally....Purples, greens, and variations of water, sky and lily pads! And so, the 'Princess Frog' project has been revived!

I hope you'll follow me in our newest adventure...of taking Olivia into the land of mystical, magical princess-ship! She's always been a princess, since, why not treat her to a room full of fantasy...where we are allowed to dream in our very own be able to bloom and grow where we are the privacy of our own living quarters...resting in a beautifully inspired room of dream-filled fantasies...full of frogs and wishes...that really can come true...if you believe it, into the fullness of your everyday life!

We welcome join in our magical journey, to a world of rythym & blues, love & laughter, while we enjoy making magic with color and our very own imagination....with dreams of green, purple and blue...on a endless river of winding-wonder!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happy spring all! I finally got my pictures downloaded with my all new 'Egg-r-animals' to share with ya'll...

I started with a basic circle base, and ended up with nothing more than a simple egg shape; but the added features were the toppings on my littlest of Easter treats! A bunny, a duck and a big ol' bullfrog, that I designed especially for my sister; who recently had sinus surgery...just wanted to lift her spirits a little here! So out popped my little 'bullforg...benny'! Isn't he just so cute?! How could you resist the urge to fall in love with this mug?! He's bloated and beautiful...makes ya wanna take him home for dinner and make him some good ol' fashioned chicken soup for the soul, til' he's nursed back to perfect health!
They were a fun little project to experiment with...I've got a few more 'egg-r-animals' I'd like to add to this set yet...but for now, with Easter being over...I'm on to spring cleaning already!
And since I've got lots of lily cotton left in my bucket...I'm going to keep workin' on dishcloths, and swiffer shrugs! We gotta a new addition to our family this spring as well; a three-legged red merle healer we named Qunicy....but he's so hairy, we affectionately call him "Hairy Potter"! So, because of all the extra hair, my swiffer is working over-time these days! With the cost of everything going up, up, up...I thought it only fitting to cut some costs, and save the environment for yet another day! And so it goes...the 'hairy saga' begins; hehehe!
Stay tuned for scenes to come! Enjoy your day, like it's your matter the outcome! Blessings to all........

Monday, April 5, 2010

Spring has finally sprung!

Wow! What a winter, and then some! If it could of happened, it did! From Thanksgiving on, it seems, I literally had no control over any which part of my own life...period! My girlfirend and her twins moved in with us Thanksgiving weekend, and now here we are...4 months later and it's Easter, with no end in site! It's been rough for sure...2 sets of twins, under the age of 4 running around rampet in my house; it's like I have a mini-daycare situation going on here that I never signed up for! I never wanted to be the next 'Jon & Kate plus 8' saga! I just simply wanted to help out a friend in need.
What I got, was a lot more than what I bargained for, and that's no lie! by Christmas, going into the new year, I was put on medication for all the added stress, that soon developed into a 'heart-problem' due to a bad reaction to the drug. Unaware of all that was taking place, I honestly thought I was really..100%, losing my mind! Thank God for prayer, and the ongoing care of good friends, who pointed me in the right stay with the 'living', of course!
And so it was, that my overall creativity level came to a crashing hault! I was able to put a few 'one-of-kinds' together to share with yas....but not many! And to say the least, it has taken a tole on my loving family as well!
My twins turned 4 last Wednesday....what a moment in history for me! Four years ago, if asked...'where would you be in the next 4 years?', I would never have guessed all this! They're the brightest little lights in my life I could ever expect to see on a daily basis! they keep me 'up, down and all-around' every minute of my 'kid-i-licious' life; and I'm lovin' every minute of it!
When asked if I'd like to turn back time, I replied....'not on your life, or anyone elses', ever! And so it is, 'the life of one boy & one girl, til' death do us part'! And 'oh, how sweet it is'! My little obsession with food, and all that it has to offer us in the way of nutrition and fun, has just grown some more! I love making these cute little vegies and fruits to encourage my 'little ones' to eat 'good-treats', mixed with lots of love from the's where I love to be and grow with them....through the exploration that makes all things 'yummy' in our life!
With the warmer weather now, I am thinking cooking of all kinds....salads of each and every well as grilling out! Oh, how I love to eat the picnic table; and, as well, do my kids! It's just pure 'un-adulterated fun'....time, just escapes us when we're in the great outdoors, don't ya think? Free fun, that can't be obtained any other way, than to witness it first-hand...under a beautiful blanket of fluffy clouds, in a powder blue sky, full of sunkissed warmth on a perfect spring day! Easter, was a sure corwd pleaser at our house this year...full of balloons and presents galore...and food, everywhere! It was like our own little holiday, out-side of all the Easter marketing of candy and eggs...a very happy 'resurrection' celebration indeed!
So, here we are...the day after Easter....coming down from all it's glory, but not without a smile on our face, and love to share with all who seek it's 'spring has finally sprung' slendor! I think it's going to be a great April, full of wonderful showers of continuous gifts of many colors! It'll be sure to keep us coming back for more, especially in May....pretty flowers, tea with mom, and lots of new 'garden wonders'! What's not to love?! all expense paid trip to 'Disney's Wild Kingdom' would be great, right about now! Keep dreamin', kid-i-lious thoughts of fun and surprise await us all, if we 'hope for it' long enough!
Keep on shinin', and don't let life beat ya up to badly...'cause no matter what, 'you matter' to me & Jesus! Enjoy your 'kid-i-licious day'!
Happy Easter to all!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Anytime is 'Bear-Sundae' time!

It's so ironic that the next town up from us, here in Manitowoc, is Two Rivers...the home of the icecream sundae! So, in celebration of a new decade, I wanted to do something that would show my creative side of life! What better way, than paying homage to a childhood classic...the bear and the icecream sundae! That's how I came up with my newest design for serving up a bear in a brownie dish, topped with icecream, fudge and a marshiano cherry! And there you have it! Dessert is served! Yummy playfulness, to delight every age...young or young at heart.
My desire to feed my own apetite, has been wetting my whistle for something sweet. I am always looking for new recipes to, this being a favorite of mine was a 'sweet treat' in and of itself. It was a pleasure to create, and more so to share with all of you! Don't be shy, go ahead and grab a might want to dish up a little extra to share with someone you love this New Years! Resolution making?.....No fear here! Keep chocolate in your diet this year, and order one of my sugar-free Bear Sundaes....sure to make you hungry for the 'real one'!
I'm thinkin' 'bout makin' an apple bear crisp next? What do ya think of that?! Let me know what you're lookin' for....I love to here all your sugestions!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The 'Ultimate Brownie'!

Well here we are, 5 days before Christmas....and like you, I am frantically trying to get all my last minute gifts made up yet! Baking, crocheting, wrapping, cleaning.....sounds like a christmas song no one's quite put into words as of yet! LOL! the song of songs that gets re-written every year....always the 'last minutes'....they're the ones that bog us down....unable to breathe, think or function until they're absolutely done, wrapped and under the tree! Then, it's over-time for that much needed 'Christmas cheer'! Is it not?!

So, it was, that this year I attempted to make a few extras for an extra-special birth that came to us right before the holidays began....happy birthday Zachary Dale, the newest addition to our family....thank God for him!

Something special was definitely in order for his 'holiday debut'....and that was how the 'Ultimate Brownie' was made! This was a little somethin' I cooked up....a little cocoon with a matching monkey-hat, that was a little something extra for our newest little monkey...Zak! It'll keep him all bundled up, while he's a sleepin' away in his 'manger in the hay'! Of course, they do live in Florida, but it's so much fun to imagine how the new born savior would looked all swaddled up in this brown bundle of 'crocheted joy'! I pray that the warmth of this 'cocoonable-brownie' set will bring much needed comfort and peace to our little one as he sleeps, this coming Christmas day! It's the ultimate 'sweet-dream' gift, is it not?!
And so to all, I am sending my love to everyone this Christmas season....for an eternal peace of 'cocooned happiness'! 'Sweet Dreams' all!
If you'd love to make one of these cute little cocoons for your 'sweet-pea' this can get the pattern at: Enjoy looking at all her patterns there....she has a great heart... that I believe is worth sharing, with all those you love... today and everyday!
"Joy to the World.....the Lord has come... let earth recieve her KING!"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The countdown to Christmas!

Creating fun, with imagination and childlike's crocheted 'milk & cookies' for Santa! What a treat it is, to suprise the ones you love with a little time, yarn and much creativity....for it is with all that we do, for those that we care to share our love with!

Hey all, we're in the last days of December, counting down to Christmas....but what is it that you're doing to make it so special? Are you working for yourself, others or God? Hmmm? It's not a hard question really, but it's one we struggle with. Are you feverishing shopping for that one last gift, or are you out ringing the bells for charity? Are you baking for others, and filling your days with the spirit of creativity? All is good, if it is in the effort to give of yourself to others today.

I, too, sit here... crocheting away, trying to accomplish my 'goals of giving' to all on my list....but what of the others, who aren't on that near and dear list to my heart? Have I forgotten about them, just because I can not do, only that, which I can get done today? No, I think not....for it is in prayer, throughout my day, that I can be giving to thoughts, wishes, dreams and aspirations to those others that I can't be with, or come to know at this time. I can be with them in spirit however, praying for them....their health, and many other concerns that they might have and/or be plagued with at this time.

So, it is....that as I sit here, doing what I can right now; I am also praying for all of you....and many more, that you might know the spirit of creativity today. For it is the spirit that keeps on giving, even after the Christmas holiday is over. The new year brings with it, a promise of hope and deliveration... won't you be apart of it's beginnning? Join with me I, too, join the many, who are also praying for peace in the new year, and 'goodwill' toward all men. A good beginning, starts with a more positive YOU....don't be deceived by things that are not of your own making, for God is the only one who can change the world as we know it....pray for change to come; know that Christ is the true meaning in 'your Christmas'....the light of the world that can never be extinguished, only ILLUMINATED! Light a candle today....and let the light shine brightly for all who need to a witness to those that are still in the dark, and keep creation alive 'IN YOU'!

Keep creating, keep's good to promote the spirit of creativity, especially when it comes from the heart!

'[For my concern is] that their hearts may be "braced (comforted, cheered, and encouraged) as they are KNIT TOGETHER IN LOVE, that they may come to have all the abounding wealth and blessings of assured conviction of understanding, and that they may become progressively more intimately acquainted with and thoroughly that mystic secret of God, [which is] Christ (the Anointed One).' -Colossians 2:2

Blessings, I'm to all..........Help to Keep 'Christ in Christmas'!