Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Just putting up a short post to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. We are planning to celebrate with friends tomorrow. Should be fun.

I thought I would share my husband's masterpiece. He loves decorating for Christmas. We have several hundred ornaments, including 24 Carousel animals, 96 Disney ornaments (16 are Tinkerbell), enough hand blown glass and painted tin ornaments to do themed trees for each. Yep we have fun decorating the inside of our house.

OK, so here is his newest tree. Hubby has wanted to have an upside down tree, hanging from our ceiling. That way ornaments would hang outside the branches, giving them more visibility. Earlier this year we saw a commercial with a decorating idea, that gave us a possible way to make it happen. Here is a picture we took of the TV screen.

This is his final version of this idea, complete with hand blown glass ornaments.


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas. May you all be celebrating with friends and family, making wonderful new memories.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Etsy Shop Open for Business

I have finally taken the plunge. I opened a shop on Etsy, This Frog Quilts. I have placed several of my quilted lunch bags on the site, with more on the way. I also have pillow cases and checkbook covers cut and ready to sew. Please pass on my name to those who might be looking for a little something extra to stuff in someones stocking.

Here are a few of the bags.


I should have Pillowcases and Checkbook Covers up next week. Please visit often.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

So Many Interests...So Little Time to Post

I have been busy pursuing various interests this past month, but am having a hard time getting anything posted. So sorry. I am having a lot of fun. I am just not sharing it with you very often. Thank you for being patient with me.

Instead of rambling on and on like I usually do, I think I will just make this a photo essay of sorts. I will focus on my Lovely Letter activity (the project is now at an end, but I hope that our correspondence will continue.) As I mentioned before, my Lovely Letter partner was from Norway.

Our first task was a letter of introduction. Here is TMF's letter to me. I will not make it very legible as I am not sure I have permission to tell her life story on the Internet. But I do have to comment on her beautiful penmanship. It is incredibly consistent and well formed. I used it as a lesson with my students as what they should strive for.

Task 2: Ask 10 questions.

Well, poor T. After I shared her intro letter with my students, they had questions for her. So, she ended up playing "20 Questions" with me and not 10. T. was gracious enough to answer all of them even though I gave her the option of picking a few from my kids' list.

My students' questions:

My questions, each in a separate card that had some connection to the question I asked. I wrote a small blip about the card picture & connection to the question, as well as the question itself.

Answers to the questions was Task #3:

And finally, A last letter with a Post Card. (oops no picture to share.)

This has been a really fun activity. We had also signed up for a gift exchange. I had picked up some fun items for T. (my initial gift exchange partner) and then my partner was changes. I am still sending T. the goodies I got for her. ----I can't show you yet as she hasn't received it. Don't want to spoil the fun.