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Sunday, March 27, 2011

We're getting close!

We are getting close to the end of our Easter Basket Swap ladies! How is it going? We have a some already sent and received, and one on it's way! I know I have mine almost finished, and will be sending early this week.
Check out these cute banners that Donna made over at Tea Loving Lady. They are so cute, and definitely get me in the mood for a cheerful spring...even though it's currently overcast and rainy here on the Oregon coast.

Anyways, I am having fun seeing what all you ladies come up with! This swap is definitely more open ended, and I am enjoying using my creative juices to come up with fun ideas for my partner, hope you are too!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

GAK Attack!

As a kid, this was one of my favorite crafts! Who am I kidding?! It's still one of my favorite crafts. Tonight, Eric and I made GAK. What's Gak? Well, it's kind of like silly putty, and a little like play dough. It's main ingredient is glue, with a few other simple things that create this wonderfully cool chemical reaction.

     Dump 4 bottles (2 cups) of Elmer's Glue into a mixing bowl
                       Combine 1-1/2 cups of water with 2-4 drops of food coloring and add to glue.
                                                              Mix it up...with yours hands!
                                             Combine 1 cup of water with 3 teaspoons of Borax.
                                                  Slowly add the Borax water, 1/3rd at a time.
                         Mix it up with your hands! You will feel it instantly start to congeal, it's the coolest!

                                         Keeping smooshing together, as it continues to "stiffen"
                               It will be slimy at first, but you can tell its done reacting, when it doesn't feel          
                                            wet anymore. Squish it! Smoosh it! Play with it!
                                       Us mature adults, we like to make it make farting noises!
                        For a fun Easter twist, put a little Gak into plastic eggs! Kids (and adults)
                                          will love how it feel squishing between their fingers!
            FYI:  Gak is not to be eaten. Gak will not form shapes, like play dough. Gak is just fun and silly!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mumsie's Musings - Wrapping up some creativity!

For my fellow Easter Basket Swappin' Gals, check out the baskets over at Mary Lea's blog - Mumsie's Musings

I am so impressed with all of them! I remember making smaller, much more simple versions when I was kid with my mom. Oh, did you every make the coasters? Wow, what fun memories. OK -  back to reality. 

Thanks for sharing your craftiness when us Mary Lea, I am truly inspired, and kinda thinking about trying my hand at a basket! 

Well, I am off to Amazon to look for that It's a Wrap book.

Easter Swap Partners!

Well, Lovely Ladies! You should have your swap partner! Please let Paula or I know if you any issues with the information that was given to you, and we would be glad to clear it up for you! I am so excited, I can't wait to get started filling my basket!

In the meantime, TAKE A LOOK at these darling bags over at Connie's ! SEW cute! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weekly Scripture

For the last couple of weeks, a friend and I have been taking turns picking a scripture verse for the week. We start on Monday, and write or print it out, and have it where we see it often. I have mine taped to my computer at work...since I am staring into it for 75% of my day!

Last weeks verse was:

Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

This was such a good reminder. It's something we have heard since we were kids, but it seems like the whole conecpt is lost on us adults. Just because we are all "grown-up", doesn't mean we have the JUST MEANS to be MEAN. Another thing I would like to clear up, just because something "is true" - doesn't mean it can be, or should be, said. 

 Let's practice the taming of our tongues. As my dad constantly reminded me as a kid ( I wish he still did)
"Think before you speak."

Life here on Earth is too short to speak evil to others. I pray for a tame tongue that is quick to listen, and slow to speak. Can my tongue listen? It needs to.

This week's verse:    REVELATION 21:4

"He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Won't that be a glorious time?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

4 more days and counting...

I am getting pretty impatient. After going shopping this weekend with my mom, I am so anxious to get my partner! I found lots of cute ideas, but didn't pick up much because I wasn't sure if it would fit my partner's tastes! Oh well, at least the wheels are turning!

I definitely want to make my partner's Easter card, and I found some cute ideas over at good 'ol Martha Stewart.

Does it feel like spring where you are? My husband and I are at my folk's house for the weekend. Its so nice to hear the birds singing and chirping away, the horses neighing for their breakfast and the turkeys gobbling.  I miss living in the country....Awww, but someday  again  :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Easter Basket Swap: CLOSED

Well, the Easter Basket Swap is now officially closed for sign-ups. Thank you everyone who joined in! We can't wait to start sharing ideas and seeing pictures of what you all have going on. We will try to post often with different, hopefully inspiring, ideas for the baskets. 
I will update the participant list (to the left) as soon as possible, so we can start paroozing around eachother's sites and get to know everyone participating! 
Please let me or Paula know if you have something you want us to link to. Like, if you have made and gotten something you'd like to share! You know the drill :) 

Is it March 10th yet? I can't wait to get my partner! 

"...patience is a virtue" -  Whoever said that never did a swap before, CLEARLY! 

Have a great week!