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Happy Birthday Marley!

Today my sweet baby girl turned 9 years old!  I can’t believe how fast she is growing up.  In honor of her silly self, this is – word for word – a voicemail that she left for me Sunday night when she was spending the night at my mom’s house.

Sunday night, February 20th at 8:20pm – from Marley to me:

(all in one breath) – “Hi Mommy I wanted to call you I’m about to watch Ghost Whisperer but you can even ask Mama because we went by a train and it had 106 cars in it right?”  (Mama in the background said, “Right!”) Marley continues, very excited now, “And that’s right because it’s TRUE!  106 FREAKIN’ CARS! (Calmer now…)”Call me back cuz I love you.  And I like pie.”



How to make a ribbon wreath (a.k.a. Mom’s birthday gift)

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So, I wanted to get something cool for mom’s birthday this year, but she’s hard to shop for.  Mom likes things that are practical (so do I), so I didn’t want to get her something just to get her something.  And I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, well, because I can’t, and she’s OK with that.  So I decided to get crafty.  And I’m SO glad I did! 

Mom decorated her home in pretty blues and chocolate browns, so I used those colors as my basis for this project.  I saw something similar to this on The Polka Dot Market’s site and thought, “I could make that!”  Well, guess what?  I did!  I had to give it to mom early for several reasons, and she loves it, so now I get to share – here it is:

I picked out A LOT of really beautiful grosgrain ribbon – 40 yards or so – in the color scheme that I chose for this project:

I also bought 3 yards of thick satin ribbon that I used to wrap the wreath.  I knew I didn’t have to cover every inch, because I would be covering it in loops of the grosgrain ribbon.  Here’s what that looked like:

Then, I started with one pattern at a time, cut 3″ strips, made a loop and used a straight pin to attach it to the wreath.  I did 20 or so strips of each pattern, randomly placing each strip on the wreath….


Then, voila!  It began to take shape!  I used a long strip of one pattern of ribbon to attach a loop to the back for hanging the wreath.  I’m so happy with how it turned out!  What do you think???



It’s my birt-day!  It’s my birt-day!  (That’s me doin’ my birthday dance)

The hubs bought me flowers and a super sweet card (got a little choked up when I read what he wrote), then he took me to dinner where I thoroughly enjoyed my Jumbo Margarita!  YUM!

By the way, the hubs took this with his new Droid phone 🙂