29 March 2012

random mabes videos

Yesterday morning the girlie climbed in bed with me and wanted to cuddle.  After a few minutes she asked if I would take a video of her telling me jokes.  I hear these type of "jokes" all of the time.  Unfortunately, the only person who finds them funny is Mabes.

 
Then she wanted to take videos of herself telling me all about the dreams that she had the night before.  I am pretty sure the big draw was watching herself on the screen of my iPhone as I took the video.  I love the little expressions on her face as she tells her stories.

random mabes videos

Yesterday morning the girlie climbed in bed with me and wanted to cuddle.  After a few minutes she asked if I would take a video of her telling me jokes.  I hear these type of "jokes" all of the time.  Unfortunately, the only person who finds them funny is Mabes.

 
Then she wanted to take videos of herself telling me all about the dreams that she had the night before.  I am pretty sure the big draw was watching herself on the screen of my iPhone as I took the video.  I love the little expressions on her face as she tells her stories.

28 March 2012

diy earring holder

I know that I haven't been on here much lately. I haven't had much to say. Unless of course you would like daily break downs of what messes I have had to clean, piles I have had to sort through and put away and errands run. Quite frankly I can't think of a more boring post.  "Today I woke up and threw in the first load of laundry before making breakfast..." However, I also don't like not getting on here to post. I feel like this is my little area to come and talk about whatever is on my mind and I tend to miss it when I am away for too long. Anyhow, I'm back now and that is all that matters.

Today I thought I would share with you a very quick and easy DIY project. For awhile now I have been wanting to create something for my earrings that went along with the necklace holders I had made last summer. Finally today I came up with a plan and was able to execute it for under $5.
photo 3
 First I went to Lowes and picked up a piece of 1 x 3 x 8 soft pine board and three packages of small eye screws (10 per pack).

Next I came home and cut the board into the lengths I needed.  I was rather specific on my sizes because I wanted it to be the same as some of the necklace boards I already had, but you can cut them to whatever you want.

Then I sanded down the edges and stained the boards.  Again, to match the necklace holders I used two different stains.
photo 1
Once the stain was dry I took a tiny drill bit and made holes down the center of each of the boards.  I did not measure the distance between the holes, I just eyed everything and ended up doing two different spacing styles on the boards. (Notice the larger gap between groups on the darker board in the photo below.)
photo 4
photo 5
Then I attached four medium eye screws we already had to the tops of the boards (two on each board) and this I did measure so that it would hang level on the wall.
photo-1
After that it was as simple as hammering a few nails into the wall and hanging up the earrings.  One pair of earrings easily fits in one screw.
photo 2
*The boards are so light weight that you could probably get away with hanging it up with 3M strips if you wanted to rather than nails and the larger eye screws.

diy earring holder

I know that I haven't been on here much lately. I haven't had much to say. Unless of course you would like daily break downs of what messes I have had to clean, piles I have had to sort through and put away and errands run. Quite frankly I can't think of a more boring post.  "Today I woke up and threw in the first load of laundry before making breakfast..." However, I also don't like not getting on here to post. I feel like this is my little area to come and talk about whatever is on my mind and I tend to miss it when I am away for too long. Anyhow, I'm back now and that is all that matters.

Today I thought I would share with you a very quick and easy DIY project. For awhile now I have been wanting to create something for my earrings that went along with the necklace holders I had made last summer. Finally today I came up with a plan and was able to execute it for under $5.
photo 3
 First I went to Lowes and picked up a piece of 1 x 3 x 8 soft pine board and three packages of small eye screws (10 per pack).

Next I came home and cut the board into the lengths I needed.  I was rather specific on my sizes because I wanted it to be the same as some of the necklace boards I already had, but you can cut them to whatever you want.

Then I sanded down the edges and stained the boards.  Again, to match the necklace holders I used two different stains.
photo 1
Once the stain was dry I took a tiny drill bit and made holes down the center of each of the boards.  I did not measure the distance between the holes, I just eyed everything and ended up doing two different spacing styles on the boards. (Notice the larger gap between groups on the darker board in the photo below.)
photo 4
photo 5
Then I attached four medium eye screws we already had to the tops of the boards (two on each board) and this I did measure so that it would hang level on the wall.
photo-1
After that it was as simple as hammering a few nails into the wall and hanging up the earrings.  One pair of earrings easily fits in one screw.
photo 2
*The boards are so light weight that you could probably get away with hanging it up with 3M strips if you wanted to rather than nails and the larger eye screws.

22 March 2012

two things that have really brightened my week

Bible Study

1.  A group of women from church have started the Beth Moore Bible study, A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place.  I have managed to carve out a quiet and peaceful bit of time each day to work on this and I'm so glad that I have.
Flowers from Dana, Jason and Norah

2.  Being surprised in the afternoon by a flower delivery and a sweet note from good friends.

two things that have really brightened my week

Bible Study

1.  A group of women from church have started the Beth Moore Bible study, A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place.  I have managed to carve out a quiet and peaceful bit of time each day to work on this and I'm so glad that I have.
Flowers from Dana, Jason and Norah

2.  Being surprised in the afternoon by a flower delivery and a sweet note from good friends.

21 March 2012

happy birthday gamma, and giveaway

Today is my Mom's birthday.  In honor of her birthday she is hosting a giveaway on her blog.  Stop over and check it out.

Oh and one last thing,

happy birthday gamma, and giveaway

Today is my Mom's birthday.  In honor of her birthday she is hosting a giveaway on her blog.  Stop over and check it out.

Oh and one last thing,

secret world of imagination

About a month ago Mabes and I went to see the movie, The Secret World of Arrietty. While not the biggest fan of the movie, I loved how excited Mabes was about Borrowers. She was constantly talking about them and how much she hoped to see one someday. She also started to invent games where she was a Borrower who would crawl around the house and find sugar cubes (or in our case mini marshmallows) that I had hidden all over the living room, kitchen and dining area.

One of my roommates in college used to tell me stories about the things her mom would tell her when she was little. Things like pink milk coming from bunnies and spaghetti noodles growing in fields and being cut by tiny tractors. It wasn't until she was older that she realized that it wasn't true. She wasn't mad, her Mom just let her imagination run wild and didn't hold her back.

I always thought that was awesome and vowed that when I became a mama I would try and cultivate my kids' imaginations too. I want the creativity to continue to flow through our girlie's veins like rocket fuel.  Someday when her Daddy and I set her free I hope that she goes out and uses that creativity to set the world on fire.

On Pinterest I had seen several different versions of tooth fairy doors. Once when I was in Hobby Lobby I picked up a dollhouse door and knob to make for our house. I figured I would save it until Mabes had her first loose tooth (something she is desperately hoping for). Then all of this Borrower stuff came along and started making me think that this door had other possibilities. Mabes sealed the deal after her visit with my parents last week when she brought home the tops of acorns and brought them home with her. They were hats for fairies she informed me as she piled them on the bookshelf she had in her room. She was sure that a fairy or Borrower would come in and take them.
Hats
A little purple and white paint, some super glue and 3M strips later and I had myself a Borrower/Fairy door. While she was out sleeping I snuck into her room and set up the door, half hiding it behind the curtain. I figured that Borrowers would want the door to be at least partially hidden. Then I moved some of the acorns down by the door, as if they had to rush back through the door and dropped a few.
Fairy Door
After that I waited.  And waited.  And waited.

I wanted Mabes to find the door on her own and she didn't notice it for days. It actually took her so long that when she finally did I had no idea what she was talking about.

We were in her room and I was making her bed while she dressed and told me about the crazy dream she had when she stopped mid-sentence. "Uh, Mama," she dropped onto her hands and knees and slowly crawled over to the curtain and pulled it back and whispered, "A door. Look!"
Knocking
I convinced her to get dressed while we speculated on who built the door and who lived in the wall. I also took some video while she attempted to knock on the door and listen to see if she could hear anyone walking around on the other side.
 
 In case any of you are wondering, her conclusion is that it is Borrowers.

This morning I heard her in her room telling the door that even though she was a "human bean" she is really a nice girl and won't trap them. The only things she puts in jars are fireflies, she assured them. Then decided to rephrase that to she would put fireflies in a jar if she ever caught one, but hadn't been able to yet.

I love the imagination of a four-year-old.

secret world of imagination

About a month ago Mabes and I went to see the movie, The Secret World of Arrietty. While not the biggest fan of the movie, I loved how excited Mabes was about Borrowers. She was constantly talking about them and how much she hoped to see one someday. She also started to invent games where she was a Borrower who would crawl around the house and find sugar cubes (or in our case mini marshmallows) that I had hidden all over the living room, kitchen and dining area.

One of my roommates in college used to tell me stories about the things her mom would tell her when she was little. Things like pink milk coming from bunnies and spaghetti noodles growing in fields and being cut by tiny tractors. It wasn't until she was older that she realized that it wasn't true. She wasn't mad, her Mom just let her imagination run wild and didn't hold her back.

I always thought that was awesome and vowed that when I became a mama I would try and cultivate my kids' imaginations too. I want the creativity to continue to flow through our girlie's veins like rocket fuel.  Someday when her Daddy and I set her free I hope that she goes out and uses that creativity to set the world on fire.

On Pinterest I had seen several different versions of tooth fairy doors. Once when I was in Hobby Lobby I picked up a dollhouse door and knob to make for our house. I figured I would save it until Mabes had her first loose tooth (something she is desperately hoping for). Then all of this Borrower stuff came along and started making me think that this door had other possibilities. Mabes sealed the deal after her visit with my parents last week when she brought home the tops of acorns and brought them home with her. They were hats for fairies she informed me as she piled them on the bookshelf she had in her room. She was sure that a fairy or Borrower would come in and take them.
Hats
A little purple and white paint, some super glue and 3M strips later and I had myself a Borrower/Fairy door. While she was out sleeping I snuck into her room and set up the door, half hiding it behind the curtain. I figured that Borrowers would want the door to be at least partially hidden. Then I moved some of the acorns down by the door, as if they had to rush back through the door and dropped a few.
Fairy Door
After that I waited.  And waited.  And waited.

I wanted Mabes to find the door on her own and she didn't notice it for days. It actually took her so long that when she finally did I had no idea what she was talking about.

We were in her room and I was making her bed while she dressed and told me about the crazy dream she had when she stopped mid-sentence. "Uh, Mama," she dropped onto her hands and knees and slowly crawled over to the curtain and pulled it back and whispered, "A door. Look!"
Knocking
I convinced her to get dressed while we speculated on who built the door and who lived in the wall. I also took some video while she attempted to knock on the door and listen to see if she could hear anyone walking around on the other side.
 
 In case any of you are wondering, her conclusion is that it is Borrowers.

This morning I heard her in her room telling the door that even though she was a "human bean" she is really a nice girl and won't trap them. The only things she puts in jars are fireflies, she assured them. Then decided to rephrase that to she would put fireflies in a jar if she ever caught one, but hadn't been able to yet.

I love the imagination of a four-year-old.

16 March 2012

a little of this and a little of that

Woo hoo for Friday!  I am looking forward to this weekend.  I am also looking forward to the slightly cooler temperatures that are headed this way.  Please, oh please, let the weatherman be accurate in his prediction because 86 degrees in the middle of March is just not fun.  

Mabes is having a sleepover with Baby Norah and so I don't want to spend too long upstairs on the computer just in case one of them decides that they need me.  So rather than type out the post I had planned, I am going to share some of the many links and other fun stuff I have been collecting to share with you, my beloved Internets.

So without further ado....

I'm not sayin', but I'm just sayin':

Least Helpful

Pixar Posters :: These are amazing and I want them all for the playroom.

Siri, I'm Crying  ::  I have a feeling that Siri and I would be best friends if she was in my life.

You're Totally Welcome

Clients from Hell

Stumbled across this tweet and I thought it was awesome:


I have been spending way too much time playing a new game, Draw Something, I found the other day.  I made Dan download it too and he and I have spent too much time playing this game with each other sitting at opposite ends of the couch.  I thought I would share a few of our finer artistic renderings:
Draw Something

Last but not least, I thought I would share a couple of photos from the sleepover the girls are having tonight.
Besties Sleep Over
Sleeping in the toy room amongst your entourage of stuffed animals, watching Lady and the Tramp, spending time with your best friend in the world...life couldn't possibly get any sweeter.

Enjoy your weekend!

a little of this and a little of that

Woo hoo for Friday!  I am looking forward to this weekend.  I am also looking forward to the slightly cooler temperatures that are headed this way.  Please, oh please, let the weatherman be accurate in his prediction because 86 degrees in the middle of March is just not fun.  

Mabes is having a sleepover with Baby Norah and so I don't want to spend too long upstairs on the computer just in case one of them decides that they need me.  So rather than type out the post I had planned, I am going to share some of the many links and other fun stuff I have been collecting to share with you, my beloved Internets.

So without further ado....

I'm not sayin', but I'm just sayin':

Least Helpful

Pixar Posters :: These are amazing and I want them all for the playroom.

Siri, I'm Crying  ::  I have a feeling that Siri and I would be best friends if she was in my life.

You're Totally Welcome

Clients from Hell

Stumbled across this tweet and I thought it was awesome:


I have been spending way too much time playing a new game, Draw Something, I found the other day.  I made Dan download it too and he and I have spent too much time playing this game with each other sitting at opposite ends of the couch.  I thought I would share a few of our finer artistic renderings:
Draw Something

Last but not least, I thought I would share a couple of photos from the sleepover the girls are having tonight.
Besties Sleep Over
Sleeping in the toy room amongst your entourage of stuffed animals, watching Lady and the Tramp, spending time with your best friend in the world...life couldn't possibly get any sweeter.

Enjoy your weekend!

13 March 2012

taking care of business

Currently I am knee deep in a whole bunch of little projects and various chores and lists that are threatening to pull me under and drown me.  I woke up this morning determined to sort through and finish and clean out as much as I could before the end of the day.  Basically what it amounts to is Mabes and I need to start operating our days on some sort of a routine and I need to get better organized.

Anyhow, there are a few very important orders of business that need to be addressed here.

1.  Today is our cousin Katy's fifth birthday.  When I told Mabes what day it was she said, "Oh Mama! I have to make her a video and send her a kiss!"  Katy we hope you are having a fantastic day and we hope that this video makes it just a little more special:
2.  I bet you probably thought that I had forgotten all about the giveaway that I held at the end of last week/through the weekend.  I promise I didn't, however since I didn't announce the winner yesterday I thought I would go ahead and pick two people.  So congratulations Aubrey and Sandy!
3.  Last thing for today, I have had several people leave me comments or send emails regarding different things I have in my house (furniture, artwork, etc.) would you all be interested in a house tour series one week where I take you room by room?

taking care of business

Currently I am knee deep in a whole bunch of little projects and various chores and lists that are threatening to pull me under and drown me.  I woke up this morning determined to sort through and finish and clean out as much as I could before the end of the day.  Basically what it amounts to is Mabes and I need to start operating our days on some sort of a routine and I need to get better organized.

Anyhow, there are a few very important orders of business that need to be addressed here.

1.  Today is our cousin Katy's fifth birthday.  When I told Mabes what day it was she said, "Oh Mama! I have to make her a video and send her a kiss!"  Katy we hope you are having a fantastic day and we hope that this video makes it just a little more special:
2.  I bet you probably thought that I had forgotten all about the giveaway that I held at the end of last week/through the weekend.  I promise I didn't, however since I didn't announce the winner yesterday I thought I would go ahead and pick two people.  So congratulations Aubrey and Sandy!
3.  Last thing for today, I have had several people leave me comments or send emails regarding different things I have in my house (furniture, artwork, etc.) would you all be interested in a house tour series one week where I take you room by room?

12 March 2012

my happy little hobo

Spin
This weekend Dan and I drove down to Atlanta to visit my parents and to pick up Mabes, who had spent the last week with her Gamma.  The trip was rather uneventful, which was exactly what we were hoping for.  Mainly a lot of upgrading computers to new operating systems, trying to take photos of little wiener dogs (which is almost as easy as nailing jello to a wall), and cutting down huge bushes and gathering up trailer loads of branches into large burn piles.  We also taught Dan the card game, Hand and Foot.  This just made me miss my own Grandma and game nights.  Seriously, life needs more game nights.

Sunday morning we all went to church.  Mabes dressed herself and the look was nothing short of homeless chic.  I tried to explain that not a single thing matched, but she didn't care and so neither did I.  Her wild hair was the cherry on top of the ensemble.  A week away from being constantly documented by Mama and her camera had spun Mabes into some sort of withdrawal.  As soon as she saw me pull out the camera to take the dogs' pictures she was trying to get in the shot.  She was elated when I took her out on the deck and let her spin around for a few pictures.

We even talked Gamma into getting in on the action.  Well not the spinning, but at least she smiled when I aimed the camera in her direction.
Gamma and Mabes Blog
We are now back home and ready to catch up on life.  I have some online classes that are at the top of the list to be finished this week.  I also have a massive DVD collection that needs to be reorganized and moved.  There is also a pile of fabrics just waiting to be sewn into cute pillowcase dresses and pillows that I am hoping to get to by the end of the week.  I'm sure if I sat here for a few minutes I could come up with a rather sizable to do list.  Isn't it funny how some weeks there seems to be nothing to do and other weeks you can't catch up to save yourself?  Pacing and not stressing about it all is the motto to get me to Friday.

my happy little hobo

Spin
This weekend Dan and I drove down to Atlanta to visit my parents and to pick up Mabes, who had spent the last week with her Gamma.  The trip was rather uneventful, which was exactly what we were hoping for.  Mainly a lot of upgrading computers to new operating systems, trying to take photos of little wiener dogs (which is almost as easy as nailing jello to a wall), and cutting down huge bushes and gathering up trailer loads of branches into large burn piles.  We also taught Dan the card game, Hand and Foot.  This just made me miss my own Grandma and game nights.  Seriously, life needs more game nights.

Sunday morning we all went to church.  Mabes dressed herself and the look was nothing short of homeless chic.  I tried to explain that not a single thing matched, but she didn't care and so neither did I.  Her wild hair was the cherry on top of the ensemble.  A week away from being constantly documented by Mama and her camera had spun Mabes into some sort of withdrawal.  As soon as she saw me pull out the camera to take the dogs' pictures she was trying to get in the shot.  She was elated when I took her out on the deck and let her spin around for a few pictures.

We even talked Gamma into getting in on the action.  Well not the spinning, but at least she smiled when I aimed the camera in her direction.
Gamma and Mabes Blog
We are now back home and ready to catch up on life.  I have some online classes that are at the top of the list to be finished this week.  I also have a massive DVD collection that needs to be reorganized and moved.  There is also a pile of fabrics just waiting to be sewn into cute pillowcase dresses and pillows that I am hoping to get to by the end of the week.  I'm sure if I sat here for a few minutes I could come up with a rather sizable to do list.  Isn't it funny how some weeks there seems to be nothing to do and other weeks you can't catch up to save yourself?  Pacing and not stressing about it all is the motto to get me to Friday.

09 March 2012

random acts of kindness

Inspired by a blog post I had recently come across (thank you, Pinterest)  where a woman wrote about doing 35 random acts of kindness on her 35th birthday, Mabes and I set out to do 30 acts of kindness in honor of my birthday.

Here is a list of what we did throughout the week:
1.  Signing up to [hopefully] be a part of the oplove program.  (For all of you photographers or military families out there---great program!)
2.  Writing a note of thanks and appreciation for our mail carrier and leaving it and a box of cookies in the mailbox for her.
Kindness
Kindness
3.  Mabes helped her Gamma tend to her dogs when they were visiting.
4.  Everywhere we went we would hold open doors for people.
5.  Letting someone cut me in line at the store because her son was on the verge of a meltdown and they needed to leave.
6.  Picked up litter.
7.  Donating my time to be the leader of the Family Readiness Group for Dan's company.
8.  Offering to babysit/entertain kids so that friends could have a date night.
9.  Finding something kind and positive to say about one another each morning as we ate breakfast.
10.  Paying for the person behind me in the drive thru at Starbucks.
Kindness
11.  Surprising Mabes with her favorite treat, a cake pop.
Kindness
12.  Mabes colored photos for both Dan and I and gave them to us as gifts.
13.  Mabes helped in the kitchen, even making my birthday cake all on her own (minus using the oven) and helping her Gamma make cookies.
14.  All week we tried to smile at everyone we passed and wish people a good day.
15.  Put away shopping carts in the parking lot.
16.  I had to have the oil changed in my car and when we went into the VW dealership to drop it off we also dropped off some cookies and a handmade card thanking them for always having the best customer service.  They seemed shocked that someone would do that and kept thanking us and saying that it made their day.
17.  Mabes helped fold laundry and would offer to try and do other things around the house, like dust.
18.  Hiding dollar bills near the Icee machines for someone else to find and buy themselves a treat on these unnaturally hot days we have been experiencing.
Kindness

19.  Coloring a picture and giving it to the checkout lady at the grocery store.
20.  Donating clothing and furniture to those in need.
21.,22.,23.  Color pictures and cards to send to far away friends and family to let them know how much they mean to us.
24.  While out and about one day Mabes tried to make a baby in another cart laugh after she saw he was crying.
25.  Gave up a front parking spot to someone else.
26.  Leaving a note and some cookies for friends of ours telling them we are glad they are in our lives.
Kindness
27.  Helped an elderly woman load her groceries into her car and then took her cart to the return.
28.  Took my mom's dogs for a walk when they visited.  (The dogs and I aren't exactly best friends.)
29.  Mabes tried to share whatever she had all week whether it was with me, Dan, my parents or random strangers.
30.  Hosting a giveaway right here and now for one of you lucky readers.  I am going to be putting together a box of random {awesome} little things to hopefully brighten the winner's day.  Someone will be drawn at random on Monday March 12 at 12:01AM.  To enter just answer the question in the Rafflecopter widget below.  (Give it a second to load if you don't see it.)  Comments left on this post will not be counted, you must use the Rafflecopter.  For extra entries, feel free to do any of the bonus options listed on the Rafflecopter as well.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
We had a lot of fun doing things for others.  It was awesome to see Mabes get excited to help out and to give.  I especially enjoyed our brainstorming session at the beginning of the week when we came up with a list of possible things to do for others.

I think we may have just started a new birthday tradition around here.

random acts of kindness

Inspired by a blog post I had recently come across (thank you, Pinterest)  where a woman wrote about doing 35 random acts of kindness on her 35th birthday, Mabes and I set out to do 30 acts of kindness in honor of my birthday.

Here is a list of what we did throughout the week:
1.  Signing up to [hopefully] be a part of the oplove program.  (For all of you photographers or military families out there---great program!)
2.  Writing a note of thanks and appreciation for our mail carrier and leaving it and a box of cookies in the mailbox for her.
Kindness
Kindness
3.  Mabes helped her Gamma tend to her dogs when they were visiting.
4.  Everywhere we went we would hold open doors for people.
5.  Letting someone cut me in line at the store because her son was on the verge of a meltdown and they needed to leave.
6.  Picked up litter.
7.  Donating my time to be the leader of the Family Readiness Group for Dan's company.
8.  Offering to babysit/entertain kids so that friends could have a date night.
9.  Finding something kind and positive to say about one another each morning as we ate breakfast.
10.  Paying for the person behind me in the drive thru at Starbucks.
Kindness
11.  Surprising Mabes with her favorite treat, a cake pop.
Kindness
12.  Mabes colored photos for both Dan and I and gave them to us as gifts.
13.  Mabes helped in the kitchen, even making my birthday cake all on her own (minus using the oven) and helping her Gamma make cookies.
14.  All week we tried to smile at everyone we passed and wish people a good day.
15.  Put away shopping carts in the parking lot.
16.  I had to have the oil changed in my car and when we went into the VW dealership to drop it off we also dropped off some cookies and a handmade card thanking them for always having the best customer service.  They seemed shocked that someone would do that and kept thanking us and saying that it made their day.
17.  Mabes helped fold laundry and would offer to try and do other things around the house, like dust.
18.  Hiding dollar bills near the Icee machines for someone else to find and buy themselves a treat on these unnaturally hot days we have been experiencing.
Kindness

19.  Coloring a picture and giving it to the checkout lady at the grocery store.
20.  Donating clothing and furniture to those in need.
21.,22.,23.  Color pictures and cards to send to far away friends and family to let them know how much they mean to us.
24.  While out and about one day Mabes tried to make a baby in another cart laugh after she saw he was crying.
25.  Gave up a front parking spot to someone else.
26.  Leaving a note and some cookies for friends of ours telling them we are glad they are in our lives.
Kindness
27.  Helped an elderly woman load her groceries into her car and then took her cart to the return.
28.  Took my mom's dogs for a walk when they visited.  (The dogs and I aren't exactly best friends.)
29.  Mabes tried to share whatever she had all week whether it was with me, Dan, my parents or random strangers.
30.  Hosting a giveaway right here and now for one of you lucky readers.  I am going to be putting together a box of random {awesome} little things to hopefully brighten the winner's day.  Someone will be drawn at random on Monday March 12 at 12:01AM.  To enter just answer the question in the Rafflecopter widget below.  (Give it a second to load if you don't see it.)  Comments left on this post will not be counted, you must use the Rafflecopter.  For extra entries, feel free to do any of the bonus options listed on the Rafflecopter as well.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
We had a lot of fun doing things for others.  It was awesome to see Mabes get excited to help out and to give.  I especially enjoyed our brainstorming session at the beginning of the week when we came up with a list of possible things to do for others.

I think we may have just started a new birthday tradition around here.

08 March 2012

the photo booth

The week before my birthday Craigslist provided me with a miracle in the form of an old school overhead projector for $20.  Internets, you have no idea how long I have wanted one of these bad boys and just how hard they are to find.  I can't even begin to tell you about the list of projects that I have rolling around in my brain just waiting to be brought to life by the projector.

This post isn't about those projects.  It is about the photo booth at the party.  The projector just made it much, much easier to put together my backdrop.  I found a silhouette of Peter, Wendy, John, Michael and Tinkerbell flying towards the second star on the right and combined that with another image of Big Ben in Photoshop.  Next, I traced the outlines of the images onto a page protector since I didn't have any transparencies on hand.  From there it was really easy to project and trace my image onto a roll of brown wrapping paper and then color it in with a black crayon.

A few days ago I shared a family photo taken in the photo booth.  Here are some of my other favorites.  I love how some people really got into it.  I wish I had thought to encourage the photo booth more, there were some guests who didn't take their picture.  Next time I will be sure to because I think the photo booth is also going to become a party staple.
Photo Booth #1
Photo Booth #2
Photo Booth #3
My favorite photo of all:
Photo Booth #4
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