Wednesday, February 29, 2012

11 Random Things...


Happy Leap Day!!

Rachel, of Maybe Matilda, posted some fun responses to random questions about herself on her blog today...and, then shared some for others to answer.  So, of course, I thought, "Heck, why not?"

So, here you go...11 random things about me...I know you've been waiting on the edge of your seat for these insights, I'm sure.  :)

1. Go ahead and name one (or two, or three) of yours celebrity crushes: Christian Bale...Yes. This one began with Newsies...but I mean come on - LOOK at the man now.  Oy.  Nathan Fillion...he's so handsome and heroic as Mal Reynolds...and just cute and silly as Castle - gotta love that!  Hugh Jackman.  His Lipton Iced Tea commercials are priceless. All I can say:


2. What’s your favorite book?  My favorite non-scripture book changes a bit, every so often, but a book I can read at least once each year is Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.  Yeah.  I'm that girl.

3. What are your 5 favorite TV shows?  Currently: Sherlock, Avatar: the Last Airbender (all three seasons), Phineas and Ferb, Castle, and Firefly.
Have you seen Sherlock?!?!  Check it out HERE.
4. Guilty pleasure?  I love bread.  Really good bread.  Especially when it's dipped in olive oil and a fantastic balsamic vinegar.  Mmmmmm.  I'm not sure that counts as a guilty pleasure...but it's definitely a pleasure.  See below for a great recipe.  Just sayin'.
5 Minute Artisan Bread
5. Any goals you’re currently working on?  I'm trying to be a more attentive wife and mother.  I know it sounds a bit cliché...but with six other people in the house I sometimes turn into robot-mom (clean house, make dinner, fold laundry, bathe kids, sweep floor, etc, etc, etc), and I kinda forget about being a real person with my family.  I'm working on it.

6. A trend or style you’ve wanted to try, but been scared to?  I would love to dye my hair purple.  Like this:
My pin...
Isn't it so cool?  But I always feel like I couldn't pull it off...I guess I worry too much what other moms, teachers, neighbors, family members would think.  And I probably shouldn't...but I do.  I still secretly dream about doing it one day, though.

7. A skill you’d love to learn?  I really want to get the hang of knitting.  I'm PATHETIC at it.  Seriously.  You don't want to see how bad it really is.

8. If you had a day to yourself with unlimited money to spend and no obligations, what would you do?  Honestly I think I'd spend the day chillin' with the fam somehow.  I'm a bit of a homebody...and I don't like feeling stressed about having to meet a schedule.  Which is funny because I happen to be the scheduling queen.  You should see my Google calendar.  Ugh.

9. A person (living or dead) you’d love to meet?  I'd love to meet my hubby's mom.  She passed away when he was 13 years old, but she had such an amazing impact on so many lives.  She was beautiful, smart, talented, and loving.  I've always admired her.  The first time I saw a picture of her I got this feeling in my gut that she was really looking back at me, and that I knew her already!  I would love to meet her someday!
Isn't she lovely?  Look at that smile!
10. If you weren’t doing the career you’re doing now (being a stay-at-home mom counts as a career), what would you want to be doing instead?  A fine artist.  I think.  I love to draw and paint...and I have a degree in graphic design and illustration...but I've found that even though I enjoy occasional illustration jobs, what I really would like to do with that talent is just paint for fun!  Here's a pic of one of my paintings:  It's nothing spectacular.  But I like it. :)

11. What are the names you want/wanted to give your kids until your meanie-pants spouse vetoed them?  I've always liked old-fashioned names...and we've had five children...and each has a middle name...so my list of unused names has definitely decreased, but there are a few that got completely ruled out:  Hazel, Molly, Daniel, and Andrew.  Maybe I'll have to write a book...and those can be my characters...Hmmm.

So in the spirit of spreading the love, I'm posting 11 questions of my own here!

If you'd like to join in and answer 11 random questions about yourself, too, you can post these ones to your own blog!  Please come back and share a link in the comments here!  I'd love to get to know you better!  :)



1.  What is the scariest thing you've ever done?


2.  If you could be a character on a TV show, which show would you be on?


3.  What are your three favorite colors of fingernail polish?


4.  Who are your celebrity crushes?


5.  What are you really, really good at?


6.  A place you'd like to live?


7.  What do you really wish your name was?


8.  The silliest mistake you've ever made?


9.  If you could be any type of (real or imagined) animal, what would you be, and why?


10.  What part of yourself do you like the most?


11.  What is your most absolutely favorite thing to eat?




Monday, February 27, 2012

Make Something Monday Link Party #49!

Wow!  Can you believe that February is almost over?  Is anyone doing anything fun for Leap Day?  I'd love to hear what you have planned!

Oh!  And don't forget to enter my 1000 FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!  Woot!

Our most-viewed link last week was...
This adorable Crochet Sheep from Maarnietangrijs!  I want to make a whole little flock!!
I also really liked these...
This AWESOME 'Pin'spired Jar Shelf from By The Book Paper...FANTASTIC!!!
This gorgeous Paper Piecing Project from Love Laugh Sew!  I need to learn how to quilt!

If you've been featured feel free to grab a button from my button section to proudly display on your blog! ;)

Now onto this week!
Here's a little reminder of the 'rules!'
  • Become a follower of my blog!  (You can add my Make Something Button to your blog, too, if you wanna be extra nice! It's over in my buttons section! ;)
  • Please post to a specific blog post...not to your main page or shop!
  • Limit your links to three per week!
  • Be sure to spread the love and leave a nice comment on someone else's project!
Please know that I retain the right to delete any link which I feel violate the above conditions!

And just a reminder...be sure to check out my fantastic sponsors!!



Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Family Ever After
The Orange Windmill
I'm loving all of the fun projects you've all been sharing!  Thanks so much for joining me each week!

Feature Friday: FaveCraftsBlog.com

Somehow I missed getting this post up last week!  Sorry.  I know it's not Friday.  Anyway...

I've been following the FaveCrafts blog for quite some time!  It is such an awesome place to find ideas for ALL kinds of crafts!  Seriously.  Favecrafts is one of the sponsors of several sites that gather free craft tutorials...so they have a huge database!  They host awesome giveaways, too!

Just one warning, though:  There are a TON of ideas...so don't get overwhelmed!

Here are just a couple of ideas I came across this week, and have added to my never-ending things-to-try list!
Fun St. Patrick's Day crafts!
Pretty Felt Flowers to make!
Easter Crafts for kids!
Cute Puppets to play with!

If you get a chance, go check out FaveCraftsBlog.com!

Friday, February 24, 2012

1000 Follower GIVEAWAY!!!

I can't believe it!!  In just one year I've gone from having about 20 followers (who were mostly family members...) to over 1000!  WOWZA!

As a little thanks to you all...and to celebrate...I'm having a teensy little giveaway!

Since most of blog is centered around crochet crafts...here's what's up for grabs!!

One winner will take home THE GRAND PRIZE of:
A current January/February issue of Crochet Today! magazine
A Better Homes and Gardens Learn to Crochet booklet
A Red Heart Fashion Forward pattern booklet
A set of 18 Susan Bates heart shaped stitch markers
A set of 2 Susan Bates plastic yarn needles
A set of 6 Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet hooks (sizes F (3.75mm) to K (6.5mm))
A Hook & Needle Crochet Abbreviations pattern bookmark
A pair of SchoolWorks scissors
and a 3.5oz skein of Bernat Satin yarn, in Bordeaux!
Woot!

(Here are some close-ups of this fabulous prize!)



Pretty, huh???

TWO additional winners, call them RUNNERS' UP, if you will, get to choose any one of my patterns to be emailed to them FOR FREE!!


Here are some pics of patterns I currently have available:
Boho Headband
Flapper Hat with Button-On Flower 
Newsboy Hat with Layered Flower
Shell Stitch Beanie
Slouchy Boho Beanie
Embroidered Felt Matryoshka Doll
Wanna win one of these awesome prizes???   Of course you do!!!

So...

Here's what you need to do!

(You'll get one entry per comment you leave here - for up to a total of 6 entries!  Remember to LEAVE  SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY!)

1.  REQUIRED:  Leave a comment on this post telling me why you want to win!
2.  Follow my blog, using any of the methods to the left, and leave a comment on this post letting me know you follow!
3.  Like my Sarahndipities Facebook page, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!
4.  Follow me on Twitter, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!
5.  Follow me on Pinterest, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!
6.  Follow me on Google+, and leave a comment on this post letting me know!

Entries close at midnight on Thursday, March 2nd!  To be eligible for the GIVEAWAY, your comments must be posted no later than MIDNIGHT on Thursday, March 2nd!

THE WINNERS OF THE GIVEAWAY WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD!

P.S.  Don't forget that in honor of Punxatawney Phil I'm offering FREE SHIPPING in my shop until March 14th!!!  Use the code 6WEEKSFREE at checkout!

Good Luck!!  :D

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras Treats - Revisited!

Looking for something yummy to share with your family for Mardi Gras?  Check out these YUMMMMMMY Beignets!  You won't be sorry!

Things to Make: Beignets!
I whipped some up for the family yesterday...and there's nary a beignets left in sight!

Happy Fat Tuesday! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Make Something Monday Link Party #48!

Happy Presidents' Day!  If you're looking for a yummy treat to celebrate with, you can try our traditional Cherry-O Cream Pie recipe...you'll be glad you did! ;)

Our most-viewed link last week was...
The lovely Millie Blanket by Little Pear Studio...love the colors and the border!
I also really liked these...
This cute Zippered Heart Coin Purse by A Creative Princess!
This FANTASTIC Closet Reading Nook by Create Inspire Motivate...I soooo wanna do this!!
If you've been featured feel free to grab a button from my button section to proudly display on your blog! ;)

Now onto this week!
Here's a little reminder of the 'rules!'
  • Become a follower of my blog!  (You can add my Make Something Button to your blog, too, if you wanna be extra nice! It's over in my buttons section! ;)
  • Please post to a specific blog post...not to your main page or shop!
  • Limit your links to three per week!
  • Be sure to spread the love and leave a nice comment on someone else's project!
Please know that I retain the right to delete any link which I feel violate the above conditions!

And just a reminder...be sure to check out my fantastic sponsors!!

Shabby Apple
MyMemories.com
Family Ever After
The Orange Windmill
I'm loving all of the fun projects you've all been sharing!  Thanks so much for joining me each week!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Things to Make: A Snail Birthday!

As promised, here are a few pics of the Snail-themed Birthday Party I planned for my six-year-old daughter.

I know.

Snails.

Really.


Anyway...

We had a lot of fun playing some silly snail games like "Slug, Slug, Snail" (which is basically my made up version of "Duck, Duck, Goose," modified so that they have to go slowly...and crawl instead of run!).

We also had a "Snail Race!"  All of the kids colored their very own snail and wrote their name on the back.

You can find this cute little snail clipart HERE.
I set up a "path" for them to follow from the living room to the dining room, where a Snail Feast awaited them.  The path was made of green construction paper leaves, black paper rocks, and blue paper puddles taped to the floor.  Each child took turns rolling a dice, and moving along the path according to the number on the dice.  If they landed on a rock or puddle they had to wait another turn (because it's tricky for snails to get around rocks and puddles, you know).

After the party my daughter turned the rocks and leaves into a tree on the door! :)
When each snail reached the table they got a little Fruit by the Foot roll, and some "mud" - ie chocolate pudding - to dig in.  We also added some gummy snails to the mud to make it fun!

Sorry for the crumby picture...for some reason it was really hard to get a pic of the gummy snails in the mud! ;)
When everyone finally got to the table we ate our Snail Feast!

There were Snail Shell crackers:  These are just swirls of Easy Cheese on Ritz crackers!  A big hit! ;)


Sweet and Savory Snail Roll-ups:  The sweet ones are tortillas spread with peanut butter, cream cheese and apple-cinnamon jam.  The savory ones are tortillas spread with cream cheese, avocados, and deli turkey.  You just roll them up and cut them into little pinwheels!

Sweet Snail Roll-ups!
Savory Snail Roll-ups!
And finally Hot Snail Dogs:  These are hot Dog wrapped in Crescent Roll dough.  Then we added little chow mein noodle eye stem thingies.  The serving platter was drizzled with honey to make the "snail slime trails."  I got the idea for these on Pinterest, here.  Aren't they cute?  (And sort of disgusting?  There's no accounting for taste.)

Hot Snail Dogs! 
See the little snail trails? Tee hee!
After our meal we opened present and then it was time for cake!!

The dirt on the cake is made from crushed up chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), with the squishy white stuff removed.  (I saved that stuff for another part of the cake!)  The grass is made from coconut tinted green with food coloring.  Rocks and flowers are made from jumbo gumdrops...the flowers have lemon drop centers.


The snails are my favorite part!  Their bodies are made from the white Oreo filling...I just kinda rolled it into little snake/slug shapes!  The snails shells are made from Hershey's kisses with the tops chopped off...and then swirled with edible writing gel.  The little eye stems are those chow mein noodles again!

All in all it was a great party!  I'm just glad I was able to make a snail-themed party work!  I mean, whose kid ask for a snail-themed party?

Oh, right.

Mine.  :)



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