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A belated Christmas Gift

Published December 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

I have this awesome neighbor who is gracious enough to help watch the lil miss on her school breaks.

In addition to going to parks and hikes, they frequent a thrift store that allows kids to get free books.  In a recent trip there, my daughter picked up this book for me as a belated Christmas gift.

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What the lil miss didn’t know, was when I was in my late teens and early 20s, I loved Better Homes and Gardens.  They had the best recipes.

This book may be a bit before my time, but it is like a trip through culinary history.  Inside the cover were these recipe clippings. 

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They are mini treasures from a time when you didn’t have to count every calorie.  Just a good old-fashioned dessert to be enjoyed with family.

It was a delightful surprise!

“Collecting Bright Ideas”

Published April 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

A package arrived at my job today. It was primarily for the lil miss. She had traded a painting of hers for a friend’s piece (not pictured).  You can learn more on how this exchange cam about in a previous post:  My Budding Artist.

Inside the package was a 4″ X 6″ slip of paper. A heart – felt note penned on the back.

I remember when I first saw this piece. I thought, “How Harry Potterish” as well as, “those would be the coolest lamps ever!!!”

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“Collecting Bright Ideas” by Daniel Angeles

Needless to say it brought me to tears because it made me think of Kathi (my sister – see “About” page). I will put it in a frame tonight and then it will sit on my desk at work; right next to the pic of the lil miss.

When I can afford to custom order one of Daniel Angeles’ paintings, I will need to take a day off when it’s delivered. I have a feeling, the larger the painting, the larger the breakdown.

Funny how someone you only met online, could have such a profound influence on your life. Kathi left me a remarkable gift in Dan’s friendship.

An Eggcelent idea!

Published March 31, 2015 by lynn k scott

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A while back, I made some message eggs.  These are really a fun and unique way to deliver a message to someone.

The process is somewhat simple.   You need a hole in both ends of the egg.  One will be slightly larger, as this is where the tiny rolled slip of paper will enter the egg.  Once you have made the holes, blow out the contents of the eggs.  You can blow them into a bowl or down the sink; the choice is yours.

This is a really good way to get the kids to be quiet, even if it’s for a few minutes.  I mean, why not put all that hot air to work?  Ok, I know that sounds horrible.  My daughter is at the stage that silence is a sin.  I look forward to bedtime, A LOT lately! I suppose technically you could even make a mini-science lesson out of this project.

Once the yolk and egg white have been removed, gently run water through the egg to wash out any remaining egg.  Then let dry at least 24 hours.

Now you’re ready to paint.  I found using wooden food skewers work inserted into the egg works really well.  You can put either end of the skewer over a small bowl without the egg coming into contact with anything.  This is great for allowing the paint to dry.

There are a variety of ways to get the paint on the eggs.  I’ll let you experiment and have fun with that.  No two people will paint the same way anyhow.  Plus that’s a really fun part of this process.  Let your creativity shine through. Once painted, I let the eggs dry.  I keep mine on the skewer during the drying process.  I try to let them dry overnight, if possible.

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I admit, I’m not the most talented painter.  I stick to easy designs but I try to differentiate them a bit.  The only real limitation is your imagination.  This is another area that kids can join in the creative fun.   Let their minds wander and see what they come up with.

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I had a lot of fun making these.  These would be great for Easter, to announce a pregnancy, perhaps surprising a sports fan with an egg colored in the team colors and the note announcing tickets to a game.  No matter what the purpose you choose, painted eggs truly make an eggcelent way to communicate a surprise!

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Just a little glitter

Published January 24, 2015 by lynn k scott

We have a birthday party to attend this afternoon for a little girl.  She’s under 5, so I thought I would personalize the gift bag I am using.  I save all the gift bags and a lot of the tissue paper that we receive as gifts.  There is no sense in throwing away perfectly good, reusable bags.

First, I made sure the gift bag would hold the presents I had purchased.  It does, so onto the next step.

Next, gather your supplies:  gift bag, liquid (white) glue, newspapers, glitter

Layout a large piece of newspaper on a flat surface.  Place your gift bag on the paper.  Write the name in glue and then sprinkle glitter over glue.

20150124_084450-1  Wait about 5 minutes and lift bag and lightly shake off excess glue onto the newspaper.  Set the bag somewhere safe so the glue can dry completely.  You don’t have to write perfectly to make this unique addition work.  It will be different than what everyone else will bring.  You will have personalized it and that alone will create a memory.

A spin on this would be to get a large, sparkly letter that you can tie or glue to the bag.  Someone did that years ago to one of my daughter’s gifts.  They used a brown paper bag that had twine handles. They used the first letter of her name and added that to the bag by tying it the handle and it hung down over the top of the bag.  As a parent, I loved it and have remembered this simple gesture years later.

So use what you have and enjoy creating something extraordinary from everyday items.

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