Sunday, April 29, 2007
Lucy decorated this cool clipboard for me! A fun notepad and notebook, linen sachet, and napkins.
Another goodies made by her - an awesome decorated "R" - I think I'm going to hang it next to my sewing machine. A decorated basket with polka dot fabric and embroidery floss, the cutest little teapot I have ever seen, a kitchen candle, candy...
Pink sprinkles, gorgeous buttons, paper, stickers and the little green tin is full of ribbon, trims and little ribbon flowers. She also included some candy for Miss S - thank you for thinking of her!!! This was such a fun swap and I was thrilled to be a part of it:)
Here's what I sent Lucy....
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Go to Google and type in "raesha needs" then just copy the silliest lines and respond:):) Of course, if you do it, replace "Raesha" with your first name:):)Well wouldn't you know that there were NO hits for "Raesha needs"
So I did a search for "Rae needs" since that's about the closest thing to my name that I could find a hit on:)
1. Rae NEEDS green hair. Raesha responds: OH NO!!! Hubby remarked that he really could see my grey yesterday, but I don't think he meant I should dye my hair green! I'm thinking maybe red:)
2. RAE needs to be seen in a long term perspective about the funding of research.
Raesha responds: I don't know how I'd like being seen in a perspective
3. Three Words Rae Needs to Say. "
4. Rae needs no introduction to professional trainers. Raesha responds: Hmmm....not sure what to say about that one:)
5. Rae needs stuff for her wall! Raesha responds: Most definitely! Especially when it's stuff made by all your sweet lovely ladies!
6. You wouldn't think Rae needs a boost in that area. Raesha responds: Let's just say I DID have a breast reduction, so I CERTAINLY did not need a boost in THAT area:)
7. What Rae needs is good home cooking, sponge baths and a session with the blues. Raesha responds: I can definitely go for some home cooking, and how about a sponge bath by David Duchovny...I can't think of any blues singers right this minute though, probably because I'm so distracted thinking about that sponge bath:):)
So there you have it:)
Monday, April 23, 2007
Now on to the thank yous. Almost nothing makes me happier than good mail:) Here's a few of the things that came this week. I try to stagger my swaps, but three arrived this week alone:)
This fabulous box is from Jodi and is for the Flick Seasonal Swap group I belong to. The theme was flowers and just look at all this beautiful floral goodness.
This little packet of goodies arrived from Em a while ago and I have been remiss at posting a thank you to her:) :) Some lovely beads, papers, envelopes and ATC card backs and other atc goodies. Thank you sweet em!!
My First Aid Kit Swap arrived from brand new swapper - Liz. Everything was beautifully wrapped and I love everything! Her theme was kind of a get well, feel good first aid kit:):) I love it:) Can you believe this was her very first swap?
She made a little first aid kit - with a felted cross on the front - and the inside was stuffed full of all sorts of goodies - these are the middle pages - the front page had bandaids and the last page had a little sewing kit. SO cute! It's going to work with me to live in my desk:)
Lastly, here's the inside of my 5 Senses Swap package that I teased you with a day or two ago. There was also an adorable stuffed bird that chirped (sound) that Miss S took off with as soon as I opened it. The rest is - scented soap (scent), lovely yarn (touch), boxed chocolates (taste), an amazing wired bird next with a delicate egg and feathers (sight). This is also going to work with me so I can look at it all day:) On the top of my work bookcase I have a lot of the little arts and crafts so many of you have made for me to keep me company:):) and to remember that I am loved when my boss makes my days really horrible.
They were the perfect, charming peeps for my tea....they didn't mind that I only talked about myself, or bat an eye that I dumped almost 1/2 cup of sugar in my tea:) The sweet Chickadee also joines us- she was made for me by my partner in the "swap" portion of the tea party - the fabulous Jennifer Conway from Canada. She was also as charming as could be. I tried one of the teas Jennifer sent - Tazo Wild Sweet Orange and BOY was it delicious! It was made all the more delicious by the little tea cup and saucer I bought specially for the tea party. It's a Homer Laughlin pattern and was thrifted for only $1.98. I wish I had time to have a little tea party like this everyday.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I have been a lover of papercrafts for about 20 years…cards, scrapbooks, tags – you name it, I love it. SO for this swap I want to celebrate my love for TAGS.
Here are the details:
Make/decorate 10 tags and get 10 different ones back (I'm hoping we have at least 10 players:)).
Minimum size of your tag should be 2 inches by 4 inches. You can make them larger if you want, but please no smaller than that.
You can purchase tags to decorate or make your own. As for me, I’m partial to the office supply shipping tags like this one pictured here.
Deadline for the tags to be mailed to me is
Please include a return address label and 3 first class stamps (be sure to send the new rate USPS stamps if you are in the
If you can think of a detail I’ve left out, PLEASE let me know. I want this to be a fun swap, and of course, all participants will receive a little extra something for participating.
In the next few days I’ll try to post links to various decorated tags for inspiration.
Email me at raeshadrz at yahoo dot com to sign up and for my address.
Friday, April 20, 2007
It has been a nice week - other than Monday - my heart and prayers go out to everyone at Virginia Tech. My week was nice mostly because my boss has been out of town all week so everyone's not on pins and needles at work. Secondly, because we have a new paralegal at work that is outrageously gay and he has added quite a bit of spice to work this week:) He really makes me laugh, which I haven't been doing much of at work lately.
SO here today are a few things that make me smile: (in no particular order)
1. My brother:) He just reenlisted for another four years and his tour in Iraq has been extended 90 days so he won't be coming home until November. I am so proud of him and his service to our country. I'm just sorry this picture is so pixilated (I have no idea if I spelled that right)
2. Yummy swap goodies...my 5 Senses Swap arrived from Brenda in OR - it was wrapped so lovely! I'm going to take pictures of all the goodies tomorrow when I have good light. My First Aid Kit Swap also arrived:):) It was EQUALLY delicious! I was truly spoiled this week with good mail. I hope to post pictures tomorrow of everything I received in both swaps.
3. Ice cold Dr. Pepper
4. New crafting supplies (I just ordered a whole bunch today from Oriental Trading Company's most recent scrapbooking catalog)
5. My Mary Jane crocs. I bought these last month when my Beaner was visiting from WA and I think I have neglected to show them off:) I can't wait to get another pair:):)
6. A three day weekend - Hubby and I took Monday off to go to the zoo with Miss S and her kindergarten class
7. This show - I kid you not, my dear friend from college, John, is the spitting image of Dwight and acts just like him too (well not really but more often than not)
So let's hear it...what it making you smile these days?
Monday, April 16, 2007
Sunday, April 15, 2007
And Mary Ann!!! Spoiler alert (read no further if you want to be surprised:))
I finally finished her fabric challenge projects and these really were a challenge. I had NO idea what I wanted to do with this fabric - it's a white stretchy type fabric with really faded flowers on it. I added the stripes of the floral fabric and ended up making a wall hanging organizer (each white trimmed pocket is divided into three sections), a little pillow and a pouch. I really like how the organizer turned out. I used bias tape to edge it all to add a little color to it. So Mary Ann, I hope to get this in the mail to you this week:)
Here's what I've finished so far:
My very first Scrappy Log Cabin Block for this group on Flickr. Please excuse the stained patio chair, but the light was perfect outside:) I literally randomly picked each piece from my scrap pile to see what I would come up with. It's very funky. For the next one I'll plan it a little more to see which style I like better.
I am ALMOST done with Mary Ann's fabric challenge goodies so I hope to have photos of those projects before the day is over. So until then, I hope you are having a lazy Sunday as well!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Sunday, April 08, 2007
We had a lovely, lovely day...and I hope you did too:) Here's Miss S and I all dolled up and ready to head off to church.
We watched Eragon this afternoon (a treat for hubby from the Easter bunny) and it was excellent - I highly recommend it. I crocheted (started AND finished) a scarf during the movie for a Christmas gift for and I think I am finally going to join the Christmas in Progress group:):)
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I loved the design so much that it inspired this tag...I made 5 of these)
then the tag inspired this collage....(I made two of these)
I wanted to do more but I could barely keep my eyes open. I am really quite happy with how all three turned out:) And I have finally decided on a swap that I would like to host...be on the lookout this week as I fine tune the details:)
I took Miss S to an Easter egg hunt at a neighborhood down the road today - imagine our surprise when we opened the garage door and it was SNOWING!!! I couldn't believe it. We normally have crappy weather for Easter, but we haven't had snow at Easter for years and years. Here's Miss S and her two little pals, Hannah and Noah, all ready for the hunt. It was a zoo (all the city ones are) and each of them only got one egg. My friend was clever enough to bring a few eggs filled with candy for each of them. Tomorrow we will our own little egg hunt with Miss S, Hannah and Noah, and their cousin. We have 80 eggs stuffed and ready to go so each of them will get 20 eggs:)
Miss S is such a poser...and yes, she dressed herself. I really don't mind having a Punky Brewster child as I'm usually entertained by the combinations that she chooses. She has on wedge sandals:)
Friday, April 06, 2007
Princess stickers, sidewalk chalk, peeps (I might have to sneak some of those when Miss S is not watching:)
And a beautiful smock apron and softie. Aren't these awesome! Amy said this was her first softie and she did an awesome job. A huge thanks to Amy and Phi for making this an awesome swap!!! Don't you just love Miss S's neon pink toes!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I've signed up for several more swaps in the month to come and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them!!
Also - I've finally added lots of links to my sidebar...I realized last night that some of my nearest and dearest friends were not featured! I you notice that I have your link wrong, please let me know. Have a great Wednesday!!!
Monday, April 02, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
I made these litte pages yesterday for a "color" themed chunky book swap I am participating in. I really like how they turned out...and you all know that green is one of my favorite colors:)
And look what I made with one of the fat quarters from Mary Ann. Miss S was invited, very last minute, to a birthday party (the mailed invitations went missing so her mom started wondering what was up when two days before the party no one had rsvp'd!!) so I whipped up this little marker holder. It was the first one I made so I know what to change next time. But the recipient loved it and that's all that matters:) I love that when this book is filled up you can move the marker holder to a new book:)
And lastly, I bought this little charm from one of the members of my local ATC group. I love it - it's a little scrabble charm. I added a chain to it and have worn it several times this week.
Check out what sweet Moki did with a charm I made her - it originally had a chain like the one you see here. AND welcome back to Moki...she started a new craft blog that is destined for greatness!!!
On the schedule today....make 4 little stuffed bunnies for Easter presents (and possibly more if they go together quickly). I'm using this fantastic tutorial from Missy - I'll make the pillow too probably for Miss S. Finish up a wall hanging quilt I am quilting for Miss S's Kindergarten class, laundry, vacuum, AND pedicures:) My friend's sister is coming over to the house to give me and Miss S pedicures in about 1/2 hour:) What's on your plate today?