Monday, October 13, 2008

Contratulations to Emily & Aunt Rachel

I have a wonderfully creative and generous sister. My girls are so lucky to have her. Each year Rachel enters the Maryland Make It With Wool competition. She has been doing it for probably 10 years or more. Once she had nieces she decided to sew for them and have them model in the competition. So this year she made Emily a GEORGEOUS red wool coat trimmed in velvet. This year Rachel won Reserve Adult Champion with Emily's coat. Emily was so excited because the prize was a mini Singer sewing machine. I can not tell you how excited she was about this! All she talks about is wanting to sew on HER machine. My sister has created a monster. :) Here is a picture of Aunt Rachel in her wool outfit and Emily in her wool coat. Yes Rachel's is all wool! The top is a wool crepe she got in London. I think she said it was Vanentino.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


It has been a while since I have posted a blog. I guess that means I have been busy!! I have. We went to Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Delaware for a weeks vacation. Many thanks to my parents for sponsoring the week! Then we had Kidz Fun Kamp to attend. What a fabulous week! So much fun. And now on to the Olympics. I LOVE the opening ceremonies last night. I think my favorite section was the cubes that seemed to be on hydraulics but it was people!!! That was absolutely incredible! I can't image how they went about practicing. I hope you too are enjoying these games.

Monday, July 7, 2008


I am so happy summer is here.  For us it means lots of picking.  We pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and pumpkins in the fall.  Once our garden comes in we will be picking tomatoes and pole beans.  Earlier this spring we has sweet peas. 
 Oh they were yummy!  We had a big enough crop we were able to freeze some.  I love watching my girls go down to the vines and pick and eat them right on the spot.  To me that is the way it should be.  Every kid needs to know where food co
me from, how much work it takes to produce it and then how to enjoy the food item.

But I diegress.  The past week we have gone blueberry picking two times.  It has been awesome.  Easy pickings this year and Emily has been able to pick more than she eats!  Molly will reach out her hand when we get out of the van and sign 'eat' as soon as she sees the plants.  We pick our berries and take them back up to the farm house to weigh them.  The first picking we had 10 lbs and today we had 7 lbs.  Tonight we had blueberry pancakes with home made blueberry syrup.  I think everyone should have blueberry syrup.  Here is a recipe and dirrections: Blueberry Syrup  I did the 1/2 sugar option and it was sweet enough!!  Here are a few pics of us and the blueberries:

No that is not me and my husband.  These people are my parents.  Also known as Grandma and Pappap.  They LOVE being grandparents and spending time with the girls doing activities likes these are what they thrive on.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Bulk Food

If your grocery store has a bulk food section you know the drill.  Select your item, scoop some in the bag, key in the code and print your label.  So the girls and I were in the grocery store today heading to the bulk food section to grab some dried cranberries.  Scooping up dried cranberries was this 'gentleman'.  Already in his bag was a trail mix.  So here I am thinking he was just adding cranberries to his mix.  (he was shaking the bag to mix it up).  Ok not the biggest crime of the century but it gets worse.  He scoops up dried mango, pineapple, and papaya.  Shaking the bag all the time.  Then he goes for nuts.  OK.  I have had it.  I am going to say something.  After all that is what Jesus would do right ? (WWJD?)

Me: Excuse me. You know you are not suppose to mix the items.
Guy: (smiling with fake surprise look) Oh really? I didn't know ( Scoop scoop)
Me: Yeah.  They all have different unit prices.  But I guess you already knew that. (cheesy smile)
Guy:  Yeah I guess I should pick an average unit price to make it fair.
Me: (roll eyes)

Then I snatch my dried cranberries off the scale and head back down the isle.  I see him through out the store with his stolen items.  I try not to shoot him a dirty look and he tries not to make eye contact with me.

I understand that gas prices are up and that makes food go up.  But COME ON!!!!  By Paying 2.99 a lb for your 8.99 a lb item will eventually make all items go up more!!!

I should have said:
I hope you can sleep tonight knowing that some one else knows that you are cheating the grocery store.
I am a secret shopper for the grocery store.  Smile you too are on camera!
I would pay for that right away before the management comes looking for you.

BUT I didn't.  I am not that fast on my feet.  The fact that I said anything at all surprised me.  So if you are one of those who do not pay the appropriate unit price for your goods, watch out... I am watching you.

And if you are the guy whom I ran into today.  Shame on you.  I hope your trail mix had bugs in it.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Not ribbon related but realy cool

With summer just around the corner I am thinking towards picnics and camp fires. I saw these really awesome wine glass holders that you can steak into the grass. But they were about $10 each. Ouch!! My first instincts were to ask my husband to make a few for me. He is very handy when it comes to metal crafts. But then my mom brought over a flower steak for some sunflowers. I couldn't believe my eyes. It looked like it could hold a wine glass. I tried it and wallah! It works!

The most fabulous thing about this discovery is the price. I found them at Wal*Mart for less than $1.50 each. I found them in our 'green house' section. They were on a metal display with other garden steaks and arbors. There were several heights to choose from at my Wal*Mart. Now grant it they are not the thickest piece of metal like the others I have seen. I am willing to make the sacrifice for the price and when I have a glass of wine it does not stay heavy for long!

Monday, June 2, 2008

I won an award

Many thanks to Rosie's Cozies for bestowing upon me my first blog award. I was awarded the Arte Y Pico award! This award recognizes a blog's creativity and overall contribution to the blogger community.I in turn would like to honor the following for their contribution to the blog community:
1.Little Pink Pansy
2. Punky N Munky
3. Princess Tiffany's Creations
4. JuJu Bean Boutique Bows
5. Ribbon Wands

Once you've been selected, please follow these guidelines and pay it forward:

1) Choose 5 blogs that you consider deserving of this award based on creativity, design, interesting material, and overall contribution to the blogger community, regardless of the language.
2) Post the name of the author and a link to his or her blog by so everyone can view it.
3) Each award-winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award.
4) The award-winner and the presenter should post the link of the "Arte y pico"blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) Please post these rules!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Next Survivor Series

This was an e-mail that was forwarded to me from a friend and I laughed so hard. I just had to put it up on the blog to share it with you all. Go ahead and laugh. I did.


Six married men will be dropped on an island with one car and 3 kids each for six weeks.
Each kid will play two sports and either take music or dance classes. There is no fast food. Each man must take care of his 3 kids; keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, and complete science projects, cook, do laundry, and pay a list of 'pretend' bills with not enough money.

In addition, each man will have to budget in money for groceries each week. Each man must remember the birthdays of all their friends and relatives, and send cards out on time--no emailing. Each man must also take each child to a doctor's appointment, a dentist appointment and a haircut appointment.

He must make one unscheduled and inconvenient visit per child to the Urgent Care. He must also make cookies or cupcakes for a social function. Each man will be responsible for decorating his own assigned house, planting flowers outside and keeping it presentable at all times. The men will only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. The men must shave their legs, wear makeup daily, adorn himself with jewelry, wear uncomfortable yet stylish shoes, keep fingernails polished and eyebrows groomed.

During one of the six weeks, the men will have to endure severe abdominal cramps, back aches, and have extreme, unexplained mood swings but never once complain or slow down from other duties.

They must attend weekly school meetings, church, and find time at least once to spend the afternoon at the park or a similar setting. They will need to read a book to the kids each night and in the morning, feed them, dress them, brush their teeth and comb their hair by 7:00 am.

A test will be given at the end of the six weeks, and each father will be required to know all of the following information:
each child's birthday, height, weight, shoe size, clothes size and doctor's name.
Also the child's weight at birth, length, time of birth, and length of labor, each child's favorite color, middle name, favorite snack, favorite song, favorite drink, favorite toy, biggest fear and what they want to be when they grow up.

The kids vote them off the island based on performance. The last man wins only if...he still has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment's notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over and over again for the next 18-25 years eventually earning the right To be called Mother!

After you get done laughing, send this to as many females as you think will get a kick out of it and as many men as you think can handle it. Just don't send it back to me.... I'm going to bed.