Monday, June 15, 2009

Miscellaneous Monday Musings

(Okay, a little too much with the alliteration ... especially since I'm actually writing this on Sunday afternoon.)

This photo shows the first strawberry that my son picked from his strawberry plants. He's been growing them in a strawberry jar on the patio, and he waited so patiently for this to ripen! He put quarters next to it, so you could see how big the berry is.

I installed the new SwagBucks widget on my blog, but it's too wide to fit in the sidebar. As a result, it's all the way at the bottom of the page. It has links to check for current Swag Codes, to search the Web, and to sign up. (In a few days we're going to have a special exclusive bonus code for new members, so check back then.) By the way, my SwagBucks balance reached 45 SB, so I traded them for an gift card. That's why the SwagBucks widget shows my SB balance as zero for now.

This is the birthday card I made for my mother-in-law:

It's hard to tell from the photo, but the pattern paper is a pale green. I wish I'd seen the photo of TammyLee's card before I made this one: I would have inked the edges of the pink paper before I attached it (with pop-up dots). The embossing on the bottom edge is done with the Cuttlebug, using a fun set of border-embossing folders. The name of the set escapes me, but if you're curious let me know and I'll look it up.

My mother-in-law is coming over on Sunday afternoon to celebrate her birthday, so I made the same chocolate-strawberry-whipped cream cake that I've been talking about all month. (This is the third one I've made! Baking for my mother-in-law can be stressful because she's an amazing baker and former Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist. But she appreciates a good cake and understands that recipes don't always turn out the way they should.) Afterward we're all meeting my parents at our church for a special musical event. I'm really looking forward to it!

What fun did you have this weekend?


  1. Tell that boy of yours I'm impressed with his strawberry! :) I bet he's proud as a peacock!! :)
    Love your handmade card! *sigh* I'm still only dreaming of doing things like that! LOL!

  2. That strawberry sure looks good!! Tell your son good growing! I like the card too. I wish I were crafty but for me to be crafty I have to have good instructions lol...

  3. What a beautiful strawberry! Your son has done a great job!

    I think handmade cards are so precious. I hope you had a lovely day.

    BTW, we go alliteration crazy at our house too, so alliterate away.

  4. Popped in from SITS! I LOVE your blog! My relatives give me Michael's gift cards every Christmas I nurse through the year so we don't go broke! :)

  5. Oh goodness, I love strawberries. I hope your son has a whole mess of 'em!!

    I like your card too. Very nice! I may have to look into a Cuttlebug, I like that border.

  6. I love your birthday card! So pretty! Your cake sounds delicious, and I'm sure it will impress even a Bake-Off finalist. (That is so cool, I've always wanted to enter that.)

    I had fun relaxing with my fiance this weekend and sending out invitations for a party I'm hosting. :)

  7. That strawberry looks delicious. Your son did a great job.


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