Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I love the I HEART FACES website and every once in a while, if a theme captures my attention and reminds me of a photo I've taken, I'll play along. This week, the theme is Dramatic Black & White. They are looking for moody shots with a dramatic flare, which made me think of this shot I took of Peanut during our "official holiday card" photo shoot.

Peanut is captured having a "moment" - leaning up against the goal post with the score board in the backgroud. Her thoughtful, content expression makes me smile.

To see more moody black & white's from this week's challenge, just click on the heart!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I must have the LOVE art over this fireplace. MUST! Does anyone know where I can find it? Image from Better Homes & Gardens via twoellie.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Here's a little something to get you going this St. Patrick's Day morning - Boston style!

Monday, March 15, 2010


Check out what Charlotte at The Art of Quilling did with my St. Patrick's Day Lucky Penny printable! She quilled Shamrocks and laid them over the design. Aren't they amazing? Of course, this takes it out of the "quickest classroom handout you will ever do" category, but for those few special people - amazing!

Thanks so much for sharing this Charlotte. I absolutely love it!!! I'd love to see what the rest of you are doing with my printables. Be sure to comment or link up and let me know!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Living in the Boston area, St. Patrick's Day is a pretty big deal, so we always like to do a little something special to celebrate the day. An all-time favorite of ours since the preschool years (keep in mind that Pumpkin is now ten!) has been to hand out lucky pennies! This is honestly the simplest classroom handout you will ever do, but the kids get so excited that you would think you just handed them a nugget of gold.

The first step is to go to the bank and get some shiny new pennies. Over the years, my luck with the banks in my area have been mixed. Some years it's no problem at all, other years I have been told that they do not have any new pennies. No new pennies?!?!! How is this possible? I'm not sure, but if this happens to you as well, you can take the alternate route of cleaning some pennies yourself (go here for penny cleaning formula). If you clean them yourself, they will not be as shiny as if they were new, but the kids do not notice at all, so not to worry.

Once you have the pennies, you have already completed the most time-consuming part of this project! Simply download the design template here, print on the cardstock of your choice and cut as indicated. (Hint: the cards are 3X3 squares) Then attach the pennies to the cards using glue or double-sided tape and you're done! We usually put the cards in small glassine or cellophane envelopes to hand them out, but only because I tend to have those types of supplies on hand. The cards are perfectly fine to hand out as is.

Everyone can use a little extra luck now and again, so have fun with this quick and easy project and maybe as you're spreading some cheer, you'll find yourself a bit o' gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick's Day.

Oh, and no shenanigans! OK, maybe a little...

Friday, March 5, 2010


Just a warning: If you see crazy things happening on the blog today and throughout the weekend, I'm doing some updating.