Sunday, April 19, 2009

Where did your legs go?

On Easter Sunday, I'm not sure what possessed me...something from my Pentecostal, dress-up-for-everything roots I suppose. But for some reason, I decided to wear hose with my dress. Black opaque hose of all things.

I can't remember the last time I put hose on.

Which was obvious when I walked out of my room and Tanner gave me a funny look.

"Mommy, where did your legs go?".

He slowly walked over, with the strangest look on his face, and reached out to touch them as he said, "I can't really see them".

Oh yeah, I think it is time to throw out the hose!

Easter Update

We had a great Easter weekend. I meant to post these several days ago, but here are some pictures from the festivities.

We colored eggs at Aunt Diane's house the Wednesday before Easter. This was the first year that I could just watch and take pictures without helping Tanner.

Cousin Rowdy on the other hand was a different story! First he had to taste the dye to make sure it passed inspection.

Then he had to see how well his fingers could be dyed. He WAS a blue and green Easter Egg by the time we were done!

Here is a sampling of the finished product...beautiful!

On Saturday, we had an Easter egg hunt at Meme's house. So much fun!!

Of course, the older cousins had to compare loot!

And then go through all their loot:

Finally, a picture of Meme with her "chickens".

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Grand Opening of Etsy Shop

I am proud to announce that my Etsy shop is now open for business!! I hope to continue adding new things, so keep watching.

I am just excited to finally list something.

I think I will probably scream if something sells!!

Check it out here.

ravenbrook card

Friday, April 10, 2009

Resurrection Cookies

I found this recipe on Mom2mom Cafe. I thought it would be a great way to tell Tanner the Easter story.

I will let you know next week how it goes. Have you ever tried this with your kids? If so, I would love to hear how it went!

Easter Resurrection Cookies

To be made the evening before Easter.

You need:

1c. whole pecans
1 tsp. vinegar
3 egg whites
pinch salt
1c. sugar
zipper baggie
wooden spoon
scotch tape

Preheat oven to 300 BEFORE BEGINNING.

Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces.
Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into 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. 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 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 c. sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.

Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.

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

Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF.

Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt.27:65-66.

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 and 22.

On Easter morning, open the oven 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

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Whew...that was exhausting!!

Well, Diane and I survived our first Wimberly Market Days!! It was EXHAUSTING but fun.

We were up until midnight last night recovering the last set of chairs, and then had quite the adventure trying to maneuver the U-haul trailer filled with our stuff. I don't think Diane will ever step within 20 feet of a trailer again!

I was certain a little old rancher was going to stumble across us last night after we had missed our turn and were stuck on this narrow, dark, out-in-the-middle of nowhere ranch road. There was no where to turn around so we had to do a 3 point turn - that turned into a 15 point turn. With me standing in the middle of the road yelling out instructions while Diane tried to back up. We eventually got out of there, only to repeat the same scene about 3 hours later as we missed yet another turn. This time it was 11 pm with me standing in the middle of the road yelling out instructions. I'm not sure if the lesson is to avoid trailers or use a GPS!

Oh yeah, fun times!!

But enough about the trailer, and onto Wimberley Market Days. We were #19 to get a booth assigned, and we got the first booth that we requested. YIPPEE!! It was a great setup but we later realized it wasn't the best location. I think we missed out on a lot of the traffic...but now we know!

Here is our booth:

I made some glass tile necklaces and the domestic diva gloves. (click on the pictures for a close up view)

Diane had some really cute furniture, vintage linens and fun knick-knacks from Europe.

And just to illustrate how brisk our sales were, here is Diane hard at work:

Overall, it was a great experience. We didn't sell as much as we wanted, but we did cover our costs with a little profit left over. And now that we know what we are doing and still have some inventory left over, we might try it again next month.

But without the trailer, thank you very much. We definitely learned that lesson the hard way!