Friday, March 27, 2009

Earth Hour Tomorrow

While you won't find me hugging any trees things to help minimize our impact on the environment is always a good idea. I have to say that my kids will definitely have the lights out during this hour because they are usually asleep. Not sure if I can convince them to give up the night light, but it is at least an LED light. I did find a website that has more Earth Hour info and other activities for kids and teens. It's

And here is Earth Hour 2009 video:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Who I am NOT (The blogger quoted at SXSW).

I recently received a comment at my old blog address,  The comment mentioned a BBC article written about SXSW and a self proclaimed “geeky mom” named Kim who was quoted as saying "thankless, horrible, awful job that nobody should actually have to do for free - but we do. So blogging is our outlet."  I am not the person quoted in this article and it somewhat saddened at the fact that someone would actually feel this way about being a mother.  Perhaps she could learn a few things from Dr. Laura.  While I disagree with how Kim felt when intereviewed for that BBC article and I did agree with some of the things the comment on my blog said, I did figure one thing out.  Please make sure you are commenting on the right person’s blog before you say anything, especially if it’s a tad on the rant-ish side.  It just makes for good netiquette.

Also, I do believe moms are underappreciated a lot.  So take the time to say ‘thanks’ to your mom or the mother of your children, it’ll make any mom’s day!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Fun Friday

Since the weather in Atlanta is so great!  I thought I’d share some places for paper airplane tutorials and other wind powered outdoors things for the kids. Enjoy!

Paper Airplanes:

Other Fun Toys:

Kai-lan Paper Pinwheel at

Paper Gyrocopter at

Twirly Bug at

Butterfly Mobile at

Twirlers at

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Thoughts

Not much going on upstairs today.  Busy with taking my daughter to gymnastics/dance class and then the kids to the park after school today.  The weather in Atlanta is lovely today.  She’s outgrowing her no-sew tutu that I made.  I picked up some headbands at the dollar store (To use as waist bands instead of the plain white elastic from the craft store) so I could make her another.   I also think that I will use at least 3 yards of tulle, perhaps 3.5 to make it really poufy.  If you’d like to see how I made it, click here.


My no-sew tutorial was featured on Jan 29th, 2008 on Whip Up.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What am I up to? Trying to set up my studio.

The intended purpose of this room is to be my studio.  A place to work on my ClinkIts and my handmade items.  As you can see, it’s far from usable, but that’s not forever.  I’m going to spend several hours each week sorting and going through my mass of supplies.  I’m committed to donating some, destashing on Etsy, getting rid of the trash and organizing the rest.  My friend Julie is helping me too.  She and my other friend Melanie are exceptional organizers and I plan on having them help me.  I have to admit that right now I’m somewhat embarrassed to have anybody in this room.  Posting this before photo is quite painful for me.  However, I know that plenty of other people have rooms like this and perhaps my hard work will inspire them to do the same, or at the very least, feel less embarrassed about their own rooms!


Ok, phew, it’s over with.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday Mom Stuff – What is St. Patrick’s Day?


Several times I’ve been asked by in my In-Laws what exactly is St. Patrick’s Day is.  The first year I was a bit lost as to what to reply.  I knew some vague story about a guy (Saint Patrick), snakes and Ireland, but in all actuality, it really meant wearing green, eating green and adults drinking green.  My great grandparents on my mother’s side moved to America from Ireland shortly before 1905.  So this is something I should know. Many times growing up I was told that I had “the map of Ireland” on my face.  It wasn’t until I was older that I figured out that it meant I looked Irish.

St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday and feast in Ireland celebrated in March 17th. This day celebrates the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.  He lived around 385 to 461 AD.

Saint Patrick was credited with banishing snakes from Ireland.  It’s said that Ireland never had any snakes to begin with.  Nevertheless, Saint Patrick also helped teach many Irish people about religion and is remembered for converting many people to Christianity.

To read more about Saint Patrick and his day, visit Wikipedia’s article. Above Image Courtesy of

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DLTK’s Printable Worksheets for Saint Patrick’s Day.