One announcement Two

First of all, how is it almost April? Good grief. This year is so getting away from me. I am in planning mode for a party next month, plus I wanted to share some news with y’all. So far I’ve come up with Red Wedding Cupcakes for the Game of Thrones station :D

Ok, onto the news: I’m happy to tell you guys that I am a new Stella & Dot stylist! WOOT!!! I am super excited about this new venture. I love putting looks together and playing with sparkly pretties, so hey, I am already having a lot of fun with this.

Some of you who know me a little bit more will remember that I used to make jewelry. I had a pretty successful business back in the ’00s and still play around with beads and things. However, and I guess this is kind of an announcement in the sense that I haven’t talked about it before, but mostly it’s because I just don’t keep much to myself. I’ve mentioned my youngest son’s autism, my hysterectomy, etc. I don’t think I’ve mentioned that I take Paxil, but ha, I just did. I am super happy and love my life — there’s always that pesky 5% of the time when I want to throw someone out the window — but I have accepted that my brain needs some extra goodness in order not to be on a continuous emotional rollercoaster. Nothing wrong with that. However, what I actually wanted to mention today is that I was making some jewelry last weekend after going through my craft tower, and it’s just become a fact that arthritis is taking its toll on my hands. Which is why I haven’t crocheted in a while, and why I am glad that project is an afghan for the FALL. Both my parents had/have it pretty badly, my darling dad had to have surgery on his knee because the arthritis was making his life miserable with severe pain, and my mom has constant pain on her limbs. I do plan on seeing my doctor to see what they can do for me, as well as adapting my diet.

Point is, I don’t think I can make jewelry on a constant basis in order to make it a business, but I CAN sell beautiful, on trend, colorful jewelry that can make an outfit. Like so:

Aren’t they gorgeous???

Anyway, you’ll probably see me sporting some of the Stella & Dot beauties around town and I’m wishing for a lot of fun and some good opportunities! Hope Monday treated you well!

Star Wars at the Tech!

We are super happy that the Tech Museum exhibition on Star Wars was extended because we have been so busy that we would have missed it otherwise.

There were lots of props and costumes used in the actual films:




My three men:

Something that caught my little ones’ attention was the interactive sound/visual stations. You moved your fingers across a small screen and your movements became bright patterns of color and sound.

It caught my attention as well, because I have something called synaesthesia. I’ve always perceived that letters have specific colors, that pain has not only color but taste as well, and that something too bright can leave me feeling like I’m deaf. In plain English, it’s a condition where all your senses run together and, for example, instead of perceiving something visual just with your sense of sight, you perceive it with one or more of your other senses as well.

The highlight of our museum trip for our oldest was the robot-building area:


Lastly, the boys had fun figuring out where we live :D

It was a super fun trip, and it’s only on for sic more days, so if you’re a local and have wanted to see this, this is your chance!

Chester road trip

Recently, my mom had eye surgery and I decided to visit her. She lives in Chester, about 5 hours from me, not too bad of a drive. I told her I’d get there on Friday and leave Sunday morning. What I did not tell her was that I was bringing the boys with me ;D My sister and her husband live in the same apartment building, and they were all super surprised to see the three of us arrive.

Chester is a very small town that supports the local tourism (to Lassen volcano) and although I did bring some technology for the boys, I wanted them to also enjoy the outdoors and hang out with the family.

Of course, the highlight of the trip was that my sister baked a cake. They were not able to make it to Aidan’s birthday, and will probably not make it to Alexander’s birthday in July, so they chose to celebrate both boys while we were all together – isn’t that sweet?

My boys are vanilla/vanilla fanatics – vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, so the cake was decorated half for them and half for the ones of us who like chocolate frosting:

Then it was Happy Birthday singing time!

The size of the slices was the subject of a lot of negotiation.

My youngest also had a lot of fun drawing and coloring, something he’s really into right now, bringing stories to life. It was a lovely, albeit brief visit, and we were blessed with outstanding weather both in Chester and back home.

We do have another, longer, road trip planned in a few months, but we have a lot of good memories to last us until the next time we visit Chester!

Nomad Flower collection at World Market

I was recently lucky enough to win a $50 card from World Market. I took a couple of days to browse before choosing what to buy, and in the end I was charmed by their new Nomad Flower collection.

Isn’t it lovely? I have wanted to purchase a cake stand for a while but I am glad I waited. The colors are beautiful, bold and vibrant, and the collection also includes mugs and bowls.


I also picked up two of the mugs, the ones with olive green and teal handles, and a set of oasis green buffet napkins. The green goes very well with the greens in the Nomad Flower collection, and I had wanted a set of olive green napkins for a while.

My boys love plain vanilla flavored cake. They don’t even need frosting :D I made some cake for them today and my oldest, who is not into home decorating at all, told me how pretty the pedestal was. I agree. It will come in handy all spring and summer, for Mother’s Day, even Christmas since it has reds and greens, Valentines Day, etc. I’m so glad I had the chance to get these pieces for my home.

Aidan’s Skylanders Birthday Party

Tomorrow is our oldest’s birthday, he is turning nine and we couldn’t be prouder of what a wonderful boy he is. He requested a Skylanders party, and he asked that it be on his birth month, so we held the party last Sunday. We were lucky to have wonderful weather that day so most of the festivities took place in our backyard.

Games:
We decided to have a couple of games that would appeal to a variety of ages – we chose darts and a ball toss. Steve (of course) created the game boards:

I had purchased a set of decals specifically for the ball toss board, which ended up looking like this:

The darts board:

Set up in the backyard

And with balloons:

Piñata:
Aidan requested villain Kaos as the piñata and Steve obliged:



I helped a bit with the black robe but most of it was Steve’s work.

Cake:
Aidan chose the Skylanders portal of power as his cake design. It was Steve’s first time working with fondant, and he knocked it out of the park with the detailing:



Aside from the cake, we also had sheep and water cupcakes :D

Kids could earn coins from games and the piñata loot, and then buy various items from “Portal Master Aidan’s Trading Post”:

The items corresponded to the elements in the game, i.e. candy eggs and LifeSavers for Life, gummy worms for Undead, Pop Rocks for Magic, bubbles and whistles for Air, etc.

Kids big and small had a great time and even some grown-ups ended up trying the games later on.

Steve says goodbye to his creation :D


Our boy had a great time playing with friends and family, and so did we. As tired as we are the day of (I got one hour of sleep the night before) and after, we truly love throwing parties and having people over. Steve did a great job on everything and we were both happy how the party turned out. Of course, we’re planning the next thing already, but we’ll take a couple of days to enjoy the “party afterglow”.

Visit thecsiproject.com

The Idea Room

Weekend Bloggy Reading
Skip To My LouThursday favorite things

Lazytown

No, not the show. More like, our lives.

My husband, bless his heart, has been working long, hard hours at his new job. The boys and I have been sick, on-and-off, for the past 3 weeks. We’ve decided to spend Saturday as a family, not going anywhere, not “accomplishing” anything other than good times spent together, which to me is the greatest accomplishment we can have.

Plans are flexible but include:

- Finishing the chocolate chip cookies I made last night. I blame my best friend for this new addiction!
- Dumping ALL the Legos on a blanket in the middle of the living room and building whatever we want.
- Making pretzels and experimenting with toppings and dipping sauces.
- Starting a new crochet project (thanks, Lisa!!!)
- Catching up on Supernatural (I’m about midway through season 2)

Or we may do none of this and just lay on the couch and pet Foxy all day long. She’d like that.