20 March 2012

Children's Books for Spring

Happy first day of Spring!

It's hard to believe that, only a few weeks ago, my kiddos at school were wearing coats, hats and gloves at recess and today they ran around in short sleeves and sandals! While this somewhat eerie reminder of global warming concerns me, I certainly welcome the warmer weather this Spring. My class has been suffering some major cabin/classroom fever and it's great to be able to finally take nature walks and play outside.

Today and tomorrow Trevor is out of town filming his documentary in NJ. So tonight, not sure what to do with myself, I went to Barnes and Noble to hang out and check out some new children's books. I always leave feeling so inspired and energized after reading picture books that I've decided to begin a monthly children's book post to share some of my current favorites. So for March, here are some lovely Spring children's books...

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While browsing the craft book section I also came across this book, which I bought last year and forgot about. (I know. How could I have forgotten about it?) I'm excited to pick it back up and hopefully find some helpful tips to get my craft business going!

Well, I hope everyone, wherever you are, is enjoying the arrival of Spring. Have a great rest of the week!

P.S. What are you reading these days?

18 March 2012

On a Sunday Afternoon...

What a relaxing, beautiful, and productive Sunday! Trevor and I took advantage of the awesome weather and had a picnic at Lincoln Woods State Park.

Back home, I got into gear and updated my Etsy shop. Not only did I add the new green clutch (I decided to keep the blue one for myself ;) but I also decided to put up a few of these little ladies.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and wish you a fantastic work week!

17 March 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks to my Great-Grandmother, I am Irish, making today a holiday my family loves. Last year I went to a pub and drank a tall green beer. This year Trevor and I are enjoying a relaxing weekend at home. To celebrate, I baked a family recipe passed down from my Great-Grandmother. Commonly known as Irish soda bread, my family has always called it Irish scon. My mom has been making it every Christmas and St. Pat's day of my life and this week I made it on my own for the very first time. I made it first on Thursday night to bring to my class on Friday. The kids loved it, the other teachers loved it, so I decided to make another batch today.

In other news, I have a lot of sewing to do. I received an order to make 8 clutches! I headed to Joann's today to get more clasps and found this great striped fabric on sale. The bright stripes reminded me of Kate Spade, so naturally I needed to sew it into clutches.

The weather is warming up, tulips are out and about, and Spring is upon us. Pesto is enjoying the open windows and fresh air.

I wish everyone a fun St. Patty's day and a relaxing weekend!

New Clutches

A couple weekends ago I got the sewing spark back and finally made a new clutch. I wasn't completely pleased with how it turned out so I've been feeling iffy about putting it in my Etsy shop. Also, I'd made this other one a few months ago with some fabric from Ikea and liked it so much that wanted to keep it for myself. But maybe both should go in the shop? I don't know. Should I?