Monthly Archives: October 2012

I’ve watched over the past year or so as some of my favorite blogs hosted and participated in a “Pinterest Challenge” – but have never gotten off my butt to make anything.  I’ve had good intentions, but just never get around to making my craft in the week allotted.  The Pinterest Challenge was created by Katie Bower and Sherry Petersik to inspire readers to take some of those cool/crafty/inspiring images that we’ve pinned and actually DO one of them.  So this time when I read Pinterest Challenge had rolled around, I decided I had to hop on board.

I looked through one of my Crafty Ideas boards on Pinterest to see what a) inspired me b) was something I needed and c) wasn’t too time consuming.  I came across this picture that I had pinned ages ago


Source: Ashley Ann Photography

I loved the colorful birds, and I think that’s why I originally pinned the image, but I started thinking about all the other things I could do with this concept.  I have tons of scrapbook paper and I actually had an extra 16×20 art canvas that I picked up on sale, knowing I would do something with it.  I decided to do something for a wall in Claire’s room.

I thought about doing some butterflies on it to go with her room, but there’s a limit on “Theme-iness” – and we’re reaching it.  So I decided to do a book quote from a book called “You are my I Love You”.  It was a gift when Claire was born.

So, I grabbed my canvas, chose some scrapbook paper, hooked up my cricut, dug out the modge podge, and got to work. I just chose some subtle patterned paper from my stash that I thought went well together, cut out the letters on my cricut machine (4 inch size) and then used modge podge to glue them to the canvas.










And here’s the finished product!

It’s not perfect, but I love the handmade quality and the quote. The line in the book reads “I am your dandelion – you are my first wish”. Love that.

Have a great week, everyone!


September 27

So I’m a little late on this one…and pretty much have been neglecting the blog….I’m trying to get better about that….

But I wanted to stop in with some pictures from September 27, a very special day around here.  We celebrate it as a second birthday for Claire.  She was born on July 21, but spent 10 weeks in the NICU and finally came home on, you guessed it – September 27.  So since her first year, we’ve tried to mark the day by doing something special just with our family.  This year we took Claire to Build-A-Bear.  I have to say, she wasn’t as thrilled about the bear as we thought she would be.  In fact, the fuzzy purple bear has been laying in our office since we came home, ditched in favor of her new favorite toy – a stuffed chameleon named Pascal.  Oh well.  We had a great night and loved spending a little quality time with our special little girl.

Picking out her purple bear…

Watching the purple bear get stuffed by the machine…

And now for some September 27 flashbacks…

September 27, 2009

September 27, 2010

September 27, 2012

Oh how far we’ve come! And since I was doing flashbacks, how’s this one?! Taken at the same spot at the zoo – circa 2010 and just last weekend:

Columbus Zoo – October 2010

Columbus Zoo – October 2012