I am so excited to have two books that have been in the works FINALLY in the Amazon Bookstore😀 As a busy mom it has been quite the task carving out time to work on this little writer’s dream of mine, but I truly enjoy the process!
About the books…
#1 First up is a short tale inspired by the classic children’s book and my life growing up as a country girl. Three Cajun Pigs were brothers and neighbors who had eachother’s backs when Dawolf pursued them one day. Enjoy getting to know the characters and having a chuckle with the whole family.
#2 Well it’s no secret people down south have a love for food and family. One of the best feelings is having loved ones gathered at the table enjoying one of my recipes. Fueling the Cape Cookbook is an excellent choice for inexperienced cooks or busy parents. The title was inspired by my little ones of course. They love playing super heroes and well that takes fuel.
Would you look at all of these awesome blocks that I picked up from Dollar Tree! I did not include these in the price of the tray because you may already have Legos. My kids had some Duplo blocks, but none of what I call big kid blocks. So I was very stoked to find this at an affordable price.
My last post mentioned that we just got back from a quickation. Even though the stay was short the drive was not especially for our toddler. These trays really helped keep the kids occupied. The best part is the cost was under $20 for 2 trays. Here is you Dollar Tree shopping list
-container w/ a lid
-printed duct tape
Wipe down and dry trays.
Plan design for strips and use glue to secure them in place. Make sure the strips line up precisely. At first, I glued the container into the tray. After traveling though I learned that with two trays it was not space saving. So I unglued the containers and will add strips to the rest of the tray that way we can stack them and place both containers inside on our next trip.
Now tape the outside and inside of trays so that little blocks don’t escape through the holes. Plus it adds stylish character to the tray don’t you think?
If you are not a D.I.Y. person or just don’t have the extra time then check out this super convenient My Brik Case by ModFamily. It has pretty good reviews and is priced decent. So, it is up to you if you would rather play around with a custom look or simply click for an equally neat one shipped right to your door. Either way, your kid is sure to enjoy traveling with their beloved blocks.
Simple touches like an outdoor mat, a monogram wreath, and a welcome sign make for a more inviting entryway to your home. Flowers/plants on a stand work great as well, but as you can see there isn’t much space for that here so I have some just before.
I don’t know about you, but I love this large semi-circle mat for our front door. I bought it from Costco for only $10! My mom loved it so much I went back and bought her one as a gift. It is thick and durable which makes the price unbelievable.
Moving on to the sign. It is actually hanging from a fleur de lis wreath stand that I purchased half off after Christmas-score! The sign is just pressed board from the craft store.
I then used acrylic paint in the colors white, arbor blue, and black to create an ombré vibe. Brush a couple strokes of just white onto your sign. Then in your palette mix some white with blue and brush a few strokes of that mixture. Next, a few strokes of just the arbor. Followed by a mixture of the arbor with a touch of black to darken then bottom a bit.
Chose your lettering style and draw it with a pencil very lightly. Then I used a gold paint pen over it. Using jewelry wire and a hot glue gun, I made a handle for the sign to hang on the stand.
As you can see I used the same ombré effect on my monogram letter attached to the wreath. Below is the tutorial by The Shabby Creek Cottage that originally inspired me to create such a wreath.
My daughter, K.C., is five-years-old. These were painted over a year ago for a local kid’s competition. She still paints, but has been more into crafting because of all of the glitter glue involved. I mean who doesn’t love glitter glue right? I don’t know about you, but I am really excited to see what kind of art this naturally talented child produces in the future…of course, I may be a bit bias😄
These are my most recent works. I am somewhat of an amateur, but really enjoy painting and drawing so it doesn’t stop me. I wish I would have taken art electives in school, but took all home economics courses instead. I suppose that has been pretty helpful with adulting/homemaking. It’s how I learned my way around the kitchen and sparked my interest in cooking. Which by the way, I will be sharing more of my recipes soon. Enough about me…last, but not least is my mother and her artwork.
She is an extremely talented artist that has produced beautiful works for decades. The picture above features several of her charcoal drawings. She also paints with watercolors, acrylics, and oils. I think it’s neat how we can kind of inherit passions like that from our relatives. We are actually blessed enough to have 4 generations living in our family right now. My grandmother was not much of an artist, though she was a superb seamstress back in the day.
Do you have a generational story? Please share, I would love to read about it! Until next time…