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prayer box

I know this is the last day of school for lots of kids out there but we’re still going. Another week and a half to go. Yay! I’m so excited for summer! Alfredo and I are already planning all the fun days we’ll have. Mostly we are just so excited about hanging out together.

I wanted to show you this little teacher gift we are making for all of Alfredo’s teachers. I’m so excited about it. I got the idea from this.

praymore prayerbox


I’m so excited about this gift! And the best part about it is the cost. I bought the tins from here for about $1 and some change each. I printed the graphics onto watercolor paper (that’s one of my favorite tricks…the texture is amazing!) Then I cut watercolor paper into 2″ x 2.5″ rectangles. Added a golf pencil (you can buy them at Staples).

We’re going to give one each to all of his teachers, and the ladies in the office too!

Just in case you want to make your own, Feel free to use the graphics I made. You’ll just round the corners of both papers. I used my little Xyron to make them into stickers and Alfredo’s job is to stick them in place.


another Christmas countdown…

We’ve had so much fun with this already! This is another printable, this time from our friend Claudine. It’s a cute little cut-and-fold paper train. Claudine gave me the great idea to make 24 boxes and make it into an advent train. There are all sorts of treasures in those boxes, from pencil toppers to chocolate coins. I put the numbers on randomly after I filled the boxes so it’s a surprise to me each day, too! I think this one is Alfredo’s favorite.

get happy!

My Happy Go Lucky Stitchalong starts tomorrow over at Big Picture Classes and I’m so excited! I’m thrilled that so many of you have signed up. It’s going to be so much fun.

The class starts tomorrow and runs a week. But even if you’re not going to be around, you can still sign up and have access to all the materials forever. BUT you have to sign up before the workshop ends next week. Does that make sense?

Each day you’ll gain access to 4 videos of me stitching squares. I’ll tell you a little bit about the happy thing I’m stitching and then you’ll be able to view a sped up video set to music. There’s even one square where you’ll see little Alfredo help me make a few stitches!

There’s also a fun stop motion animation I made to inspire you to make your own happy list. It’s just a fun, silly thing but I think you’ll like it.

The class is still just $10 (half off the regular registration price) so hurry and grab your seat. And be sure to join me this Saturday for a live video chat!

See you there!

p.s. As a bonus, you’ll get free access to the latest issue of Inspired Ideas (Spring 2012)!


In about a month, we’ll join my family here for a relaxing week at Deep Creek Lake, a beautiful mountain lake in Maryland. Here’s the house we rented. Isn’t it lovely?

I can’t wait…

 The average temperature in mid-July there is about 80 degrees…perfect. And the nights are just chilly enough to warrant firing up that lovely fireplace. (We’re keeping our fingers crossed, anyway. The record highs in July are mid-90s so it might be a different story)

We’ve come to this lake many times with Rich’s family, mostly camping. But this will be the first time my sisters and brother and their families, and my parents, have traveled here. I’m hoping they love it.

Since this is my first time planning our family vacation, I wanted to do something special. I made swag bags for each family…

I found these great striped bags at…a steal at just over $6 each. I used Pam’s doodle bundle to whip up fabulous tags identifying each bag. (These doodles are my go-to art when I need to make tags, labels, etc.! I use them all the time!)

It’s always tricky filling multiple bags like this. Everything adds up quickly when it’s multiplied by 8, but you don’t want to make it all junk either, right? So I found this great great puzzle book and picked up one per family. I also had t-shirts and ball caps printed (cafepress) with a fun graphic. Oriental Trading is a great place to score cheap multiples, like water guns, fun pens, tiny flashlights, and flip-flop notepads. The dollar store had trial sizes of Colgate Optic White, so I threw those in too.
I picked up an assortment of peg games (a dozen for $14.50) there too…and put each one in a little muslin bag.

And since everyone in our family is a fabulous cook, I knew recipe cards would come in handy.

That way, when you want the recipe of some wonderful thing we had for dinner, you can just jot it down. (These super cute ones are from the dollar spot at Target, designed by Mary)

Alfredo helped me pack these up and we can’t wait until it’s time to go.

kidding around

The big question other pre-kindergarten mothers are asking is: What camps is Alfredo doing? And the answer I give? None. Zip. Nada.

And you want to know why? Here we are in the last summer before school and I just want to hang out with him, have fun, be silly, have playdates. Make stuff, go on little trips, hang out at the pool. Work on things like our fine motor skills, writing his name in initial cap only, reading…but in a fun, no pressure environment.

So when I saw the Kidding Around class over at Big Picture, I knew it would be just the thing for us to do this summer.

Alfredo is extra excited to have his very own Smash book to use as his art journal for the course. It’ll be a fun thing for us to do together and we can’t wait!

Before the course started, there was a pre-assignment to make a paper chain to countdown to the class’s start. Since we didn’t get a chance to do that (the workshop starts today and I’ve been busy getting ready for St. Louis) I adapted this idea to make a countdown to his first day of kindergarten. Alfredo is a little worried about it and suprises me with questions like “Am I going to kindergarten tomorrow?” He doesn’t seem to understand how long summer is. So what better way to show him than to make a paper chain, one link per day, 75 links in all until our big day. Every night we’ll cut off a link to make the extra long chain a bit shorter, until kindergarten.

To sign your guys up for Kidding Around 3 with Tami Morrison, click here. It’ll be fun to see you there!

Guess what! The folks over at Big Picture Classes offered that I could host a giveaway for a pair of classes so that you and friend can take the class together with your kiddos! How fun is that! Leave a comment below with your name, where you live, and your email address and you might just win! (I’ll pick a winner Friday June 15 at 5 PM EST)

Winner: Congratulations Lida M!