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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


When Henry was a little boy I did the whole Advent Calendar with the fun little toys, money, candy and whatever else I could stuff into those little doors! But then he turned into a little ass about it (I didn't want more candy, I already have this car . . .) It left me feeling sad and defeated! And Henry was missing the point of the season.

Along came Cleo and I didn't even start with the little doors. I went the storybook route instead. Thank you to whomever came up with this great idea! She LOVES it! We cycle through some of the same books every year, but I also try and add some new ones every year too! Our collection includes some Christian based stories, classics and popular characters. Garage sales are the prefect place to get Christmas books. And this year I found some fun ones at Home Goods! You can find them at Amazon too!

White Snow, Bright Snow
Little House Christmas Treasury 
The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold
How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas

I try and wrap them a bit differently every year. This year I used butcher paper (I have a HUGE roll from a restaurant supply store) and I created these fun tags from artwork I purchased here.  You can download the tags for FREE!

I think they could be used for all sorts of Advent ideas . . .  write notes to friends and family (#snailmailrules), list a different service project on each tag, porch fairy  . . . Be creative!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Happy Fall

Found an adorable, vintage poetry book at Cleo's school library . . . and it was FREE! I grabbed it and and scanned some of my favorite pages.  Here's a perfect one for fall. (I added the quote) You can download it here!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Splish Splash Pool Party

It was a splish splash pool party that Cleo and I started planning before school even ended! Lots of giggles and cannon balls and a big water balloon fight too! The unicorn and swan were the guests of honor!
I added the invite to my Etsy Shop



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Shine Your Light

Every day, before Cleo would jump out of the car for school, I would say to her SHINE YOUR LIGHT, girlie!! SHINE YOUR LIGHT! And the idea was born for this t-shirt! A huge thank you to my friend, Lesley Zellers for the adorable lettering/illustrations.

SHINE YOUR LIGHT in your own way, your own unique style & only as you can do! while you're rocking this shirt, smile at the fact that a percentage of the sales are going to help a kid attend camp Icaghowan, a YMCA camp in northern Wisconsin. So they can shine their light! In their own way, their own unique style and only as they can do. 

Find the SHINE YOUR LIGHT t-shirts here! And if you live near Hudson, Wisconsin you can find them at the adorable, Purple Tree!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

I put together a quick and easy hostess gift this past weekend! A garage sale jar filled with some fun summer goodies . . . napkins, beach balls, water balloons, citronella candles, napkins, pink flamingo stir sticks, sunburn spray . . . found everything at our local grocery store!

I have to tell you about my new stamp kit too! It's the bees knees! I have used it several times since I bought it! Check it out next time you are in Paper Source!

Monday, June 27, 2016

This is what happens when three friends decide to throw a party . . . CAMP SUMMER!  I love what my good friend, Becky, came up with for the description:

Come join us for a night at Camp Summer that is anything but roughing it!

In lieu of tinfoil dinners, s'mores and tents ... Camp Summer provides shopping (where you will surely find old & new treasures), small eats, refreshing drinks, giggles and girl talk in our own made up camp.

It's our first (and hopefully annual!) sale and you will not want to miss out.

Gather a partner (or three) and ink those calendars! Tell the kids that Mom is heading to camp for the night and give yourself the night off.

See you there?

Yours truly ...
The counselors at Camp Summer

I am going to be selling t-shirts, stationery and lots of vintage goodness! I have been hitting estate sales like no one's business! It sort of becomes an obsession! I can't wait to share photos after Thursday!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Couldn't Be Prouder

Hey Wisconsin friends! Just listed these fun t-shirts in my Etsy shop! Couldn't be Prouder of your Wisconsin roots . . . this is the t for you! Outtake #582 from our photo shoot! Why is it so hard to get ONE decent picture of yourself!?