Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Fun

I got a new camera.

Now I can do this.

If you notice in the background, there is my "Happy New Year" banner.

So, I know you can't read the banner, but it says "Happy New Year", each pennant has been stamped with ink  the same color as the paper, to create soft background pattern. Then I put an ivory circle on top of the pennant, which I stamped a brown letter on and sponged with brown ink.

I made the pennants out of an 8 1/2'' by 11'' piece of paper, which I cut into fourths. Then I made a mark on  the paper width wise, at the half way mark (2 1/8''). To cut the triangle, cut on the diagonal line from this center mark, to the upper corner. 

It was simple, it was fun... and addicting. This is one of three banners I've made. 

Happy New Years Eve!!!!!!

Lots of ♥,


Friday, December 30, 2011

Warm and Cozy

yesterday was cleaning day...

Taking down the tree?

It was much more fun to put it up.

Just saying:)

But on the bright side, I learned how to do this-

I know it doesn't look like much, but it smelled really good.

This is how you do it-

Take a small sauce pan, put in 1 cinnamon stick, a few cloves, three or four basil leaves, and some orange peels. Cover with water, and let simmer on you back burner at a low heat, watch to make sure your water doesn't completely evaporate.

Lots of ♥,


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Dog Tag Summer

These dog tags mean something. Tracie knows that. And although she doesn't know how, she knows she is connected to them somehow.

Tracie is the daughter of a Vietnamese women and and American GI, like many other children born during  the Vietnamese war in Vietnam. And although she now leads a comfortable, safe life in the United States with her adoptive family, she has questions about her past. Lots of them.

This story was very unique and interesting. Although I've read lots of historical fiction, I'd never read a book on the Vietnam war. I appreciated all the facts the author put in back of the book to answer any questions you as the reader might have.

It was also a short read. I started it at 10:00pm one night, and finished at 5:30 pm the next day.

I guess the really shows how much I loved it.

Lots of ♥,


Friday, December 23, 2011

The Penderwicks

Meet the Penderwicks. Four enchanting sisters, and their lovable dog Hound who can't help but get into trouble wherever they go.

Rosalind, the oldest has her hands full filling in for their mother, who passed away when Batty was small.
Falling in love for the first time only complicates things more.

Skye, the only sister with blue eyes, loves her soccer ball more than anything, except for maybe math, and definitely science.

Then there's Jane, the writer, with her slightly dramatic flare.

And don't forget Batty. Its not hard to tell her apart form the others. She's the small one wearing butterfly wings.

This summer will be different for the girls. Rather than their typical summer get away, they find themselves at Arundel. Maybe it was fate, maybe it was and accident. All they know, is they'll never forget this summer.

This is my all time favorite book. Pascal and I read it together not to long ago, and he definitely agreed.

Its hard to explain why I liked it so much, but I'll give it a try.

 Its a feel good book.

I relate to the characters, and see myself in each sister.

The adventure's are things I'd love to do.

And who doesn't want to read about summer?


Lots of  ♥,


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Day 7

A warm glass of hot chocolate is one of the nicest things in the world.

You'll all agree. I'm sure.

So why not have a whole party revolving around hot chocolate? 

Its quite simple really.

Here's what to do:

Invite some friends. It doesn't  matter it its two or twenty. Just get some friends.

Get hot chocolate.

Now, here is the really fun part.

Get all those yummy things that might be good in hot chocolate. Marshmallows, peppermint candies, white chocolate chips, peppermint ice cream, coffee creamer. Anything. 

Put it in a relish tray, so its pretty.


Lots of ♥,



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Day 6

Angel on Eleventh Avenue.

 I've Lost track of how many times I've read this one.

I loved it each and every one.

It it an amazing story about a young girl going through terrible things and the journey to coping her mother makes.

So worth reading.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Day 5

Little Women!!!

This is SERIOUSLY one of the best holiday movies. EVER.

I love it with all my heart.

I always have, and always will.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Day 4

Nothing is better than a Christmas story you read year and year again...

Here is a super good one. 

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Day 3

Christmas Music Time!!!

Rapunzel's Top Favorites
1.All the Forgotten Carols- Micheal McLean ( I couldn't pick!)
2. I just knew- Cherie Call
3. Christmas Must Be Something More- Taylor Swift
4.Silent Night
5. Christmas Eve Song- Peter Breinholt

Jingle all the way!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Day 2

Cookies :)

Christmas defiantly needs cookies.

And candy cane kisses, you need those too.

I love this recipe, because it has BOTH!!!

Although I haven't made this particular recipe , I do love these kinds of cookies.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas Day 1

My favorite Christmas special is Arthur's Perfect Christmas.

Always and forever, this will never change.


I don't exactly know.

I just do:)

I guess maybe its because I love people, I love reading books about others and their lives.

The whole plot of this special revolves around the lives of Arthur and his friends.

So watch it, and enjoy.

Get some Christmas Spirit ♥