Saturday, February 27, 2010

Craft Ideas

I found something adorable online the other day while surfing blogs. It was one of those afternoons where I sat down to look something up and somehow ended up wasting a couple of hours in the world of "link-a-links," jumping from one craft blog to another admiring and imagining all the cute stuff I could make.

I got really excited in particular about this adorable valentine tree some other crafty Mom(most likely a Utah resident) made. It was just the perfect idea for my dining room table to add that whimsical touch of romance for our valentines dinner.

Here's the problem- I went back the next day to see the photo again and start my project- but I could not find it anywhere! I forgot to bookmark it and since I arrived at the blog through the before mentioned "link-a-link" method I had no idea where I saw it. I was so bummed!

To solve this problem I have now decide that whenever I see something I love, and that I want to make, copy, purchase, or just continue to covet, I am going to post it here. This way I can always find it again- and the few people who actually keep up with my family's simple life will benefit as well!

With that in mind, I found silhouette pendants, designed by Whitney Phippen today! I love, love them. Wouldn't my neck look gorgeous with these? It's like having one of those Victorian cameos- only cuter because it has your own kids silhouettes!
You can purchase them here. They are a little pricey- maybe I can come up with a way to make myself a knock-off version? Or drop a few hints for Mother's Day?

Also- I think I will need a few more kids to get the full effect here. It looks adorable with six and I'm afraid my mere three children would make a necklace that was much too sparse!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A Morning Boost



This morning I woke up to music and it was great! I always wake up to the radio- but it's usually set to NPR and I drag myself out of bed to the drone of some British voice talking about Afghanistan, the latest from Obama, the state of the economy- or other equally depressing stuff.

But not today.... Somehow my clock had gotten switch to a music station and it became a major boost to my day!They were playing the song above by Train titled "Hey Soul Sister." I love it! It puts a smile on my face and makes me want to dance- and I firmly believe that dancing is the best way to start any good day!

So, with such a positive morning, why don't I always have my clock set to awaken me with music? Simple--my past experience with morning DJ's is this: They are all disgusting! They are crude and vulgar and full of themselves and I hate listening to them.

Why do radio producers think we want to wake up to, or commute to work listening to, a bunch of jerks telling crude jokes and laughing at themselves? If they would all shut-up and just play music then I would tune in, but they don't! They blab on and on offending me right and left and so I avoid them at all costs.

I have to believe that a huge portion of America would agree with me on this because I also believe that most of America is still made of decent, moral, family-going folk and NOT the select group of trashy a-moral losers that get themselves videoed on various reality shows! And if my suspicious are indeed correct- radio hosts should figure it out and stop with the nasty potty talk!!!

OK- I have said my peace. Back to the music...

I have learned a good lesson today, and I'm going out to get a clock that I can hook up to my IPOD, thus ensuring me many more smiley, upbeat, music-filled mornings in the future! (Because honestly people- I couldn't care less about what Obama said or didn't say this week! He makes my skin crawl!)

I love the new song by Train, but it is not alone in my list of happy, pick me-up songs. I'm sure you each have your own, but in case you want some ideas here are a few of mine. (I put links with some of them so you can have a taste!) Enjoy!

"When The Night Hears My Song" by Bedouin Soundclash
"The Sweet Escape" by Gwen Stefani (clean version!!!)
"Party in the USA" by Miley Cyrus **my kids and I can rock the kitchen with this one!
"Mardy bum"by Arctic Monkeys- not a big dancer but still makes me happy
" Sk8er Boi" by Avril Lavigne
"Dancing with Myself" by Billy Idol try the Glee version here!
(this will always make me think of my older brother dancing in the family room and jumping all over the furniture- about 25 years ago! It's still a good one!)

"Shot Through the Heart," and "Livin on a Prayer" by BonJovi (They never get old!)
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins
"Cowboy Casanova" by Carrie Underwood
"Young Blood" song from musical "Smokey Joe's Cafe"
"Good people" Jack Johnson (again not a big dancer- but i still love it.)
"Pata Pata" - an African folk dance song. So fun for kitchen dancing!

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