Giveaway Time!

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My oldest son is on Spring break this week so I am taking a break from posting so that I can spend time having fun with him. I will still be visiting blogs because let's face it; I'm hopelessly hooked on blog browsing! I thought this would be the perfect time to have a GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate Spring's arrival the giveaway has a birds and butterflies theme. So here's the loot......

A mercury glass bird.

Twig and butterfly spreaders.

I love the detail on these!

A lovely butterfly soap in a nest.

Here's a close up of the soap.

A bird tote bag.

Here's another close up.

Sing praises bird ornament.

Bird and butterfly votive candles.

Vintage bird plaque.

Some of the birds and flowers on the plaque pop out, which I think is pretty cool.

And finally this bird card. It does not come with an envelope, but you can frame it or craft with it or whatever you like!

So here are the "rules".
To enter leave a comment.
If you do not have a blog please leave an email address so I can contact you.
If you want to....leave me your favorite bible verse.
That's it! I will announce the winner on April 4th.

Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies
To be made the evening before Easter with your kids
1 c. pecans
1 ts. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1 c. sugar
ziplock bag
wooden spoon or rolling pin

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important-don't wait until you're half done with the recipe)

Place pecans in ziplock bag and let your children beat them with a wooden spoon or rolling pin to break the pecans into small pieces~Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by Roman soldiers.
Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 ts. into a mixing bowl.~Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar to drink.
Read John 19:28-30.

Add egg whites to vinegar. The eggs represent life.~Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.
Read John 10:10-11.

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest of it into the bowl.~Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin.
Read Luke 23:27.

So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.~Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know that we belong to Him.
Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12-15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.~Explain the white color represents-in God's eyes-the purity of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
Read Isaiah 1:18.

Fold in the broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet.~Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read Matthew 27:57-60.

Put the cookie sheet in the oven and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape to seal the oven door.~Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed.
Read Matt. 27:65-66.

Go to bed! ~Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed.
Read John 16:20, 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven door and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow!! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Read Matt. 28:1-9

 Happy Easter!

The hollow cookie (we made these last year)

Linked up to: Foodie Friday @ Designs by Gollum
and Friday Feast @ Mom Trends

Dollar Store Challenge entry 3

Here is my third and final entry for Living with Lindsay's Spring Dollar Store Challenge. It really stretched my creativity to come up with something cute when I only had $5.00 to spend. But I loved it!

The mama bird gets the big nest and baby bird (to be) gets the little nest.

Here's what I got at the dollar store: A tan ceramic bird, a pack of "rattan" balls, a package of malted candy eggs, a bag of moss (not shown in this photo) and a white metal planter box.

I spray painted the bird using Heirloom White. I then used blue craft paint to highlight the raised detail on the wing and painted some of the tail feathers. I painted the birds eye and beak brown. Finally I covered the whole thing with smoke glaze and then applied some spray poly.

The metal planter box started out white but had orange and green on it as well (ick!). So I sprayed it with the Heirloom White and then added glaze on it as well.

For the nest I cut the top off the rattan ball and then stretched it into the shape of a nest. I then filled it with moss and added the candy egg.

I filled the box with crumpled paper towels so my moss had something to sit on. I very lightly spritzed all of the moss with some flat white spray paint to tone down the bright green color.I then placed the moss inside the box forming it into a nest shape and nestled the bird into her nest.

This project started out as something totally different and that project was a disaster. So I had to start from scratch coming up with a new idea for these supplies and what do ya know; this ended up being my favorite project. Don't you love it when that happens!

By the way I hope you all have noticed something very important. I only used ONE piece of candy in the project. That means you get to EAT the rest!!!! yeah!

Dollar Store Challenge entry 2

I had so much fun creating things for Living with Lindsay's Spring Dollar Store Challenge!

A pastel candy topiary. I think Willy Wonka would approve!

Here's my loot from the dollar store: A mug that served as my pot, a package of marshmallow candy, a strofoam cone, a votive holder and candles. It turns out there was already a candle inside the votive holder so I didn't need to buy the package of candles after all.

I stretched the candy out a bit so it went from the top of the cone to the under side of the bottom and held it in place with stick pins. I only did three at a time letting them harden (go stale) before adding more candy. I used a stick from my yard for the "tree trunk" part of the topiary.

I cut a scrap of scrapbook paper I had into skinny strips and crumpled it and placed it inside the mug. The glass votive holder is so pretty. Just goes to show you never know what you're going to find at the dollar store!

Dollar Store Challenge entry 1

Living with Lindsay is have another Dollar Store Challenge on March 25th! You create Spring decor using only $5.00 worth of stuff from the dollar store. I had so much fun with this challenge that I created three different looks. Here's the first......

My dollar store goodies: a really cool shaped vinegar jar (that I used as a vase), candy eggs, a silk flower, and a wood birdhouse.

I only wanted the blue and white eggs to fill my "vase" and so I spray painted(!) the rest of the eggs. I had to give my kids stern warnings NOT to sneak and eat any of this candy!

I painted the house blue and white. Once the paint was dry I sanded some of it off, for an aged look. I then added a coat of glaze to age it even more.

I lightly spritzed the stems of the silk flower white because I felt the green was too bright. The greenery in the picture is weeds from my yard! So they were free!

Happy Easter Sign

Well, I decided I'd made enough white and taupe Easter decorations, it was time for a little color! Pink and green are the colors of Spring. So I whipped up this Happy Easter sign using supplies I already had.

I started by spray painting a blue frame I was no longer using with Heirloom White paint. I then hot glued a piece of fabric to the back of the frame.

I then started layering. White tags on the bottom, pink tags on top and Martha Stewart sticker letters on top of that. I hot glued the bright green buttons on that look like they are holding up the tags.

I cut the white tags varying sizes and used scalloped scissors on the bottom. I then dry brushed some hot pink paint around the edges using a foam brush.

Then the fun part.....decorating the fireplace mantle.

I placed some pink, cream, and green eggs in a candy jar.

I also used these egg cups I bought last year at JoAnne fabrics. (I love these!)

I am linked up to:
Met Monday @ Betweenteen Naps On The Porch 
Make It For Monday @ Cottage Instincts
Easter Roundup @ Craftaholics Anonymous


I made these sweet, little, nests all by myself and now you can too!!

For this nest I soaked twine in fabric stiffener and then squeezed off the excess and wrapped it around half of a balloon. Learn from my mistakes and cover your drinking glass with something so fabric stiffener doesn't drip all over it!

As you see, for this nest I used some frilly trim from the fabric store. I let this my nests sit all day until the "fabric" is nice and stiff and hard. Then pop the balloon and take it out of your nest.

While my nests were drying I took a 99 cent candlestick holder from the thrift store and a cardboard pot from the craft store and painted them.

I also painted these large eggs.

I painted everything with these three colors. Making some parts darker and some lighter.

Here's the twine nest. I know it looks kind of wonky at this point.

Here is the frilly trim nest. It's not looking so hot either, but never fear....

When you fill them with moss they look ever so much better! I also added some sweet allysum I had growing in my garden.

A close up of the twine nest (my favorite). Wonky no more!

A close up of the frilly trim nest.

Here's the whole thing pulled together.

I am very happy with the way these turned out because at times I had my doubts that it would all come together and "work".

Please let me know if you make some of these. I'd love to see them!

I'm linked up to Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Easter Roundup @ Craftaholics Anonymous and
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home