Monday, September 28, 2009

Recycling green theme

I'm all for promoting this theme.

Here's a logo design I'm working on right now.

I'd love to work on a party done creatively with all green ideas
using recycled paper and organic materials and
previously-owned items that are given new life
and purpose.

UPDATE: Oct. 8
Here's another one I really liked.
Different colors....sage green and chocolate brown. Yum.
We've got new brown glitter and also a new sage green glitter. I love them both.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fat grams from Costco

So I'm shopping at Costco.
I put some heavy whipping cream in my cart for a decadently delicious cake I was making for our big Sunday family dinner with extra company.

Coming in the opposite direction down the aisle was a pretty blonde lady in a jogging suit.
She looked at the heavy cream in my cart. Then she looked straight at me. She looked me up and down. (I think she was checking my body fat level, I'm not sure.)

I wanted to say:
"'s just for Sunday dinner....really. I eat low fat almost all the time...even today for lunch I'm having celery and a half a peanut...honest....maybe one of these juicy peaches."

I rounded the corner quickly and there was a man who looked right at the heavy cream. But he didn't do the same "looking-at-me-thing". I think he was thinking to himself....mmm...I'd like that to be in my wife's cart.

But...whatever!....what's with the heavy cream looks? Now I know it was a large container but that's Costco, isn't it....all about the big.

Here's my cart from my next stop at Meijers. I'm glad the blonde lady wasn't in this Meijers.
What would she think of this.
Nobody thought anything of this cart.
No one even took a second look.

Oh's my cake and it was delicious.

I don't post recipes here but it was called Tres Leches and I found the recipe on a really fun blog by The Pioneer Woman who has loads of recipes that will kill 'ya.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Ocean City, Maryland/ Food Station Signs


All about the cool places in Ocean City, Maryland for a Bat Mitzvah Party.

We put easel backs on some of them to free stand on the table and
some had poles to elevate up a bit. All of the were about the size of an average Sign In Board....about 3ft. x 4ft. high.

Can't say I had a favorite one cuz I liked them all but maybe the crab with the sunglasses for Phillips takes a slight edge towards top favorite.

This was really a fun project for a very cool lady with lots of good input on getting the theme down. It made me want to take a trip there. Maybe next year.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No's just not right.

Some things just bug me.

This sign bugs me. It's just not right.

Some guy bought a vacant lot on our lake and put a dock on it and there he stores his boat.

So that's just fine. But what about that sign. Geesh....does he think someone is
going to step on his dock and wear it out?
Might someone fish off the dock and catch "his" fish that swim by his boat?

I think the lake should be enjoyed and shared. This is a very territorial sign. It say's "this is mine..I ain't sharing...go away." It makes me want to take that sign right out of the ground and throw it in the reeds along the shore....but I guess that would be trespassing, wouldn't it.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Gyrodon Merulioides....I think I'll call it a mushroom.

Would you look at this mushroom!

What a beauty.

My son-in-law Drew spotted this amazing flowery mushroom on his way home from work.

He knew I would appreciate it's beauty so we headed over there to take a picture.
That's me in the shadow and that's the very spot it was "blooming" in.

I also had brought along my handy dandy bear claw saw. And...yup....we did it.
We sawed it right off....nice and easy.

We came home and looked it up on Google and found out it's a Gyrodon Merulioides that grows by ash trees and it's edible!'re not eatin' it. I don't believe everything I read and I'm not that hungry for mushrooms.

I'm doing to hang it upside down and dry it and see what it turns into. I imagine it will shrink quite a bit. I hope it will harden instead of rotting and I can varnish it and put a fairy in it.

It did say online that you could dry it but not in the oven..not even on low...because it will cook it.

I'll post a picture later of what it turns into.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day Replacement Crew

Stacey left town.
She ran away Up North to Boyne Mountain for the weekend. (But I'm happy to announce she's baaaack!)

But while she was Missing In Action she was replaced by 3 people.
We brought in the big guns. Frank (88 years young) and Charlotte (a little younger than that) and Jim (even younger still).

Charlotte's task was setting up the placecard table and what a fine job she did.

Jim put all the lights in the sign and fixed any loose bulbs.
He's good with those tiny lights. He also got me the hotel's ladder so I didn't have to drag mine out of the van and all the way into the ball room. It's not that it's heavy but it's big.

Frank set up and jazzed up all the centerpieces. Another fine job well done.
(He's very fussy I'll have you know.)

I treat my "helpers" very well. I took them all to T.G.I.Fridays and we feasted.
That's my beer in the lower was yummy.

(When they're not my helpers, they are my Mom and Dad and Significant Other.)

Monday, September 7, 2009


September 7, 2009
Wolverine Lake

I took a kayak ride with some neighbors this morning to watch the sun rise slowly and peacefully on the lake.

It was cloudy and you couldn't see the sun at first. You could just perceive it getting lighter around you very gradually ....and then it rained very lightly. Big fish were jumping and the lake was dark dark dark....serene and seriously dark.

How did I never notice the name of the kayak before? What a cool name for a kayak.

There's something about "blogging" and also "taking pictures" (and "kayaking" too) that helps with perception. I guess that's why we do them.

I didn't understand that at the beginning.

Sky lanterns....what a fun idea!

Our kids loved these.
So did the adults.

I think cars driving by weren't sure what they were. One car just stopped in the middle of the road and sat there for awhile. I wonder if he thought it was a UFO?

I understand folks send them off in bulk for weddings and bar mitzvahs and other special events all over the country. What a beautiful sight that would be.

(You can Google "sky lanterns" or "wish lanterns" and find out more information and where to order them.) What a perfect summer fun thing.... especially for kids who love fire and being out side at night in the dark!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

MY FAVORITE THINGS: PART 6: Cardboard & Knives

Now who would leave such a mess?
And who would want to take a picture of it?

Would it be the same person?

All I know is.... the vacuum has gotta hit that floor before
all those little packing pieces get tracked over everywhere.

As a side note while we're talkin' about shipping things:
What a great knife! How did I not know that this quick-change blade was out there. Just press that little gold button and the blade pops right out to put a new one in.

This is definitely one of my favorite things.
It was $9 at Home Depot. Amazon has them for $3.99 but the shipping is $5 bucks so it's the same thing and there's instant gratification at Home Depot!

Friday, September 4, 2009

3 New Candle Lighting Centerpieces..asian, sports, stars

Candle Lighting Ceremony Centerpieces.

One for an Asian theme.
One for sports.
One with stars.

All have separate pieces on each end for the candles...
...although Elyssa's aren't in the picture....any amount of candles would work.

Eric's would work with baseballs, basketballs, tennis balls as well.
Could even have baseball bats on the sides or hockey sticks....lots of
possibilities. I love the photo of Eric with the rose in his teeth.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Asian Centerpieces...from start to finish.

Here's how it all starts out:
Pieces everywhere.
Hot glue gun ready with extra glue nearby.
Cell phone nearby.
Carry out drink left over from carry out lunch.
Scraps on the floor.

Then the beautiful finished project emerges:

These were the elevated and low on the table centerpieces for an
Asian-Inspired Party Theme.

I love the difference from the works-in-progress and the Voila! It's Finished~!

Stacey just knew I was going to have to post this picture on the
could I not?