Thursday, May 25, 2023

BFF Open House


Woo hoo! An uneventful week on the homefront and Happy Friday Eve. Should I mention it's seven months until Christmas? I know, right? Mr. Chocolate's foot is healing but he still can't fully bear weight on it even though he can bear some, and now the challenge is him not trying to do too much and letting it heal fully. 

No big Memorial Day plans beyond being thankful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the country. 

Let's take a look at some of the great ideas shared at last week's party!

Paper Seedlings shared this elegant and gorgeous Mother's Day card that would work equally as well for weddings or showers! I love the simplicity of the color combination which to me, makes it stand out. 

If you don't live near a beach or especially if you do, Master Pieces of My Life has a great way to bring the beach inside with this By the Sea Tray!

This Live Edge Wood Table from Saved From Salvage is perfect for DIYers! 

May the Fourth may have already come and gone but I imagine there will be lots of Summer viewings of Star Wars Movies and series. These Star Wars Cookies (complete with Blue Milk!) are a must serve. From A Homemaker's Heart

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Alright, thank you to everyone who linked up and let's see what you've been up to this week! Have a safe Memorial Day.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

BFF Open House


Dear May 2023,
I'm not sure what I did to you, but it was clearly something because for the third week now, "things haven't gone as planned". 

"Now what?" you might ask. Lemme tell you. I made my mom a very special Mother's Day dinner last Saturday night. Herbed filet-mignon, Dauphinoise potatoes, broccoli gratin and cheated and picked up two different cakes for dessert. I came home from dropping her back at her place only to find that Mr. Chocolate decided to climb up on a ladder while I was gone, and of course, he fell off. 

Landed HARD on his heel which we thought he fractured but "men" so did we go to the ER that night? No. The next day? "But it's Mother's Day"! He'd shopped for brunch, which I made because did I mention he couldn't stand? Monday: "Lets see how it goes". Finally, Tuesday we went. Whew. Wasn't fractured because we learned that if it had been, he'd have had to have spinal imaging since that would mean the force was strong enough to potentially damage the spine. Oh, and surgery for the heel. So again, "whew" that it wasn't but he's been using his desk chair to scoot around the house and it's a good thing we have tile floors and no carpet. He can't sneak up on me though because clackity clack, I hear you coming Oswald Cobblefoot! 

Needless to say, another week of not doing anything creative! I'm afraid to think what the last week in May might have in store. I hope everyone had a less eventful and fun Mother's Day weekend and let's see what you've been up to this week! 

Can you ever have too many reusable bags? Love this Repurposed Jeans Bag from Me and My Inklings! Perfect for Summer.

One of the best things I ever bought was a HUGE roll of Kraft Paper. Seriously, it's got to be 20 years old and I still have about 1/4 of it left and like Steph Creates, have used it for pretty wrapping projects. i love the combination here of rustic and floral. 

Like Bananas Foster? Then you will want to check out this Bananas Foster Cocktail from Cook Eat Go !

Finally, I too love Gooey Brownies. These from A Day of Small Things look PERFECT! 

Thanks to everyone who linked up and if this was your first time, Welcome! Now let's see what everyone's been up to this week.

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Thursday, May 11, 2023

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Happy Friday Eve and Mother's Day Weekend to everyone celebrating. I qualify that because one of the things I appreciate about getting older is learning that what is joyous for some, isn't always for all. And maybe I'm just in a contemplative mood. Didn't really create anything this past week and I try to keep things focused on the creative here but I also try to keep it real. I lost my favorite cousin who was more like an Aunt. We started losing her to dementia about 6 years ago but she entered hospice a week ago last Friday and then made her transition. 

I mention her here especially because she was a Creative! A lifelong seamstress who immigrated to the US from Trinidad and Tobago worked in the New York garment district, then for a Seattle-based company that for years made a lot of Nordstrom house brand clothing. She was one of those talents who could look at a piece of clothing and whip out a replica. She kept my mom, me, and other relatives in style!  She was also a great cook but like others of her generation, kept my favorite recipes of hers in her head, always promising to share them in a someday that was stolen by dementia. I will continue trying to crack the code to replicate them! 

She honored me by keeping every handmade card or piece of jewelry and encouraged my own creativity.

May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Carmen. 

OK let's see some of the creativity shared at last week's party. Do you have a special relative who inspired your creativity? 

I don't know why things look better elevated but they just do. This DIY Painted Wood Riser from Crazy Little Love Birds is just perfect for holding a candle, small plant, or vase. It's also just pretty! 

It's prime party season with graduations, weddings, Memorial Day and Fourth of July gatherings, birthdays, name it. And garlands just make everything seem more festive right? You'll want to check out these DIY Crepe Paper Garlands from Simple Joys. Color possibilities? Endless!

Got buttons? Fabric and craft stores or thrift stores often have bags of assorted colors and sizes and this idea from Artsy Karma to use them to create a fun Button Canvas Art project. 

Finally, doesn't this look delicious? Don't try to cut it though because it's...CAKE PANS! I shouldn't have spoiled it but I didn't want anyone looking for a Strawberry Cake recipe at Studio 27 by Jennifer Adams. It's a fabulous centerpiece for a party or kitchen decor. 

Thanks to everyone who linked up and as always, can't wait to see what you've been up to this week! 

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Thursday, May 4, 2023

BFF Open House


Happy May and Friday Eve! Whew, it's been a week. Came down with a sudden onset fever of 101-102 last weekend. I thought I was for sure headed to urgent care or the ER on Monday when thankfully, I woke up and it had broken. COVID tests were negative and didn't have other symptoms but it left me zapped of ANY energy for two days more. I'm not used to sitting around doing basically nothing but that's exactly the level of energy I've had. Back to about 30% yesterday and a bit more today but blech!

I hope you've all had a MUCH better week. May has definitely brought flowers to lots of the cacti in the desert. The blooms are amazing. And lots going on to start the month.Teacher Appreciation, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, Mother's Day next weekend.

Let's take a look at some inspirational ideas from last week's party! 

This is one to save for next year's "May the Fourth Be With You" fun but was too perfect not to share. Light Saber Cookies from Rose Bakes. What Jedi wouldn't love these?

Speaking of Cactus blooms, this Kissed Cactus card from Paper Seedlings couldn't be more timely or perfect. 

I'm not sure how many generations away we may be from these well work handwritten family recipes going the way of the dodo but while we still have some, this Vintage Recipe Art from Sum of Their Stories is a fabulous way to preserve them! 

Finally, perfect for this weekend since it's Kentucky Derby time, are these Mint Julep Mocktails (easily turned into an adult version with a splash of  Kentucky Borbon) from Me and My Inklings

And let's see what you've been up to this week! 

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