Thursday, September 30, 2010

You are going to FREAK OUT when you see the cuteness of PUMPKIN BABY DESIGNS. Seriously, you're gonna freak...

Please STOP what you are doing...Once you look at this webpage you will forget about all of the crappy things that have ticked you off all week...pass this website along, please (page also available on Facebook)...
I would have loved to have been the one to discover this on my own but have to give props to The Giver's Log (again!) for featuring and designs property of Pumpkin Baby Designs.

Dear Pumpkin Baby Designs,
I think you could make a living selling this Advice Onesie alone!
Hope you start shipping to Canada soon! 

Martha's 1 Bowl Chocolate Cake

October is Birthday Central in our family...I'll be making Martha Stewart's 1 Bowl Chocolate Cake for sure because it's reliable and delish! I used this recipe for my 1st fondant's dense enough to hold up the fondant - yum! Get Martha's recipe here.

Photo of my 1st fondant cake - notice the teeth I modeled after my daughters 1st 4 chicklets!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy 4th Year Anniversary to Us!

September 23 was our 4th wedding anniversary. My husband and I celebrate by ordering pizza and relaxing with our toddler over the course of the evening. It was perfect!

I was going through an old photoshop magazine when I came across this concept: Trash the Dress. It's where brides have their wedding photos taken in various environments where it's guaranteed that their wedding dress will either get dirty or ruined! I love this concept!
Could I have trashed my wedding dress four years ago? Probably not. Next year will be our fifth wedding anniversary, hmmm it could be fun - stay tuned! 

"Why trash the dress? "Why? Why not? You've made your commitment to your one true love, so why let something so beautiful go the way of the slow rot in the closet? just trash it! Especially if you can have a blast and get some fantastic images out of it at the same time." Mark Eric (photographer), paraphrased by Matt Adcock

" (otherwise known as is a collection of images from photographers across the globe featuring brides, and grooms, not afraid to get their attire a little dirty.The initial response from brides when they come across ‘trashing the dress’ is – why would I want to destroy something I spent tons of money on? Our response is – what would you rather have, your dress sitting in your attic for the rest of its life or mind blowing images that you can hang proudly on your wall? Besides. 90 percent of brides who ‘trash their dress’ leave with their dress perfectly intact. A little dirty maybe but not trashed. The dry cleaner is your friend.In summary. Lets not focus on destruction but on the art of creation. Lets not trash our dress but flaunt it proudly!"

Jennifer’s grandparents lived near a green murky bayou. We knew the contrast of the white dress against the green swampy waters could create some very interesting art. Mark Eric

Monday, September 27, 2010

On-the-Go Napkin Bib Clip - From Giver's Log

I am totally making this for my next friends baby shower! 
Beats trying to remember to pack a bib - thanks Giver's Log!

On-the-Go Napkin Bib Clip:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Apartment Therapy - One of My All Time FAVORITE websites

APARTMENT THERAPY - the best resource for things you just won't find in typical drugstore magazines. Featured spaces, projects and ideas are by everyday faboo (fabulous) people.

Be sure to check out all of the tabs on the top left hand corner [Home Design  Technology  Children  Green  Cooking]. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Make A Reusable Container from Your 4L Milk Jugs

If you know a child like mine who LOVES milk, then chances are you'll have a never ending source of 4L milk jugs!

The Disney Family Fun website has a great way to turn these everyday items into reusable and food friendly opaque containers. Another craft with a purpose - use it as a lunch/snack container, organize your gift wrapping station a la, as a little greenhouse when starting seeds indoors in the spring or as gift boxes.

Don't feel if you don't get it right on the 1st try, I didn't!

Reusable containers:

Ribbon Organizer:
Simplifying & Organizing Gift Wrap

Monday, September 20, 2010

Headband Holder

I love the idea of simple crafting with a purpose - especially when it comes to home organization!

I like Sugar Bee's Headband Holder - it's basically a wood board mod podged with pretty paper paper (I think you could alternately use fabric, wallpaper samples from Home Depot or leave the wood au natural), a handle + knob drilled into the board and the word Headbands written in black marker - CuTe!

You could also make a more sophisticated one for yourself to hold necklaces & bracelets.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Citrus Quinoa Salad

This is a delicious recipe from a friend of a friend - and my new favorite way to eat quinoa!

Prepare Quinoa:
Rinse and drain 1 cup quinoa.
Bring quinoa to boil in 2 cups salted water in medium saucepan.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for +/- 15 minutes (water should be absorbed and quinoa tender).
Remove from heat, fluff w/ fork – cool to room temp and transfer to large bowl or container.

½ sweet red pepper, finely chopped
1 orange, cut into segments
1 grapefruit, cut into segments
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled/cubed
¼ red onion, thinly sliced
Handful of fresh chopped cilantro
¼ cup lightly toasted pistachios/slivered almonds/pine nuts

Add Dressing:
1 Tbsp olive oil/ apple cidar vinegar is very flavourful
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp rice vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste.
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Add chopped apple and curry powder

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Blogging about Popcorn and Stage 3 Breast Cancer - All with a smile...

Did you know you can actually make your own microwaved popcorn? Why this astounds me I have no idea. I would have never thought to do this until I read Amy Bowman's Blog New Nostalgia.

Amy has a wonderful and inspiring homemaking site. She has recently been diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. Still, she manages to update her blog and is even brave enough to post a photo of herself, smiling, while undergoing her first chemo treatment.

I'm so grateful I happened upon her blog. You can find Amy here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Easy Painting Craft for Your Little One(s)

I once read that if you'd like your child to be intelligent you should give them intelligent things to do. I like the simplicity of this as a mantra. It makes sense.

I have a daughter who will be two years old in October. She's loved drawing since she first held a crayon in her hand. This makes me ecstatic because I too love to draw. In fact, my daughter loves drawing so much that she's done so on any available: piece of paper, fridge, wall or body part (hers or otherwise). You get the picture ;)  It doesn't bother me now that I've figured out you can google your way to cleaning just about anything. As for the blue crayon swirls on the fridge, they're staying because I love them.

We've recently added painting to our crafty repitoire. She's made a few masterpieces including a medium sized canvas that I'll be hanging on our wall. I stumbled upon this easy painting craft from the Disney Family Fun website called My First Monoprint. The photo is pretty self explanatory but you can find the full article here

Save your child's prints for wrapping paper or to frame as artwork to place around your house. I'm willing to bet more than one person will say, "Fabulous piece, where ever did you get it?"

My First Monoprints
My Fist Monoprint - Disney Family Fun Website

Monday, September 13, 2010

Gifts from the Heart at Giver's Log

I love this blog

Amberlee’s About Me profile goes like this:

I used to edit books near the city, now I mother children in the country. GiversLog is my place to catalog ideas for life's shared moments. I write about handmade giving, thoughtful gestures, pretty packaging, happy mail, happy birthdays, big surprises, food to make and share, gifts that aren’t stuff, and about the things you make and give. I hope you'll find something to inspire you and hope you'll say hello when you drop by.

Don’t you just love her already?

Amberlee has fabulous ideas where the phrase “it’s the thought that counts” measures up to fabulous memorable gifts. Personally, I love her Gift Inspiration Boards where her chart of photos is actually the links to websites to DIY gift projects.

Christmas is only 100 Days, 7 Hours and 25 Minutes away – Amberlee’s site provides a great alternative to mall shopping or just a fun and pretty site to check out when you’re ready to take a breather. You can find her link in my Homemaking Blog List in the left margin.

I’ll be trying the pesto recipe complete with free printable pesto jar lables.

Who wouldn't love homemade pesto as a gift?

Friday, September 10, 2010

We Dream In Colour

A year ago I stumbled across Jade Gedeon's jewellery collection We Dream In Colour. I loved it. It was the original inspiration for this blog, her work is just that beautiful to me. I mean, copper jewellery meant to patina?! Be still my beating heart. From here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Welcome to Diary52

Diary52 is about what happens around our place, #52. It's my way of sharing great homemaking ideas and happy life finds that I love.  

As mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, wives, sisters and friends we have the ability to enrich the lives of the people around us. Through our hard work we make our homes comfortable, relaxing and even smell good! Can you imagine Christmas, Thanksgiving or birthdays without the loving touch of a woman? We are wonderful, smart, creative and beautiful - and don't you forget it!

I hope you find inspiration in my creative writing, photos and ideas as well as from all the other people profiled who have had the energy, love and desire to share them.

All the best & happy reading!
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