Monday, December 28, 2009

Crafter's Withdrawal

I am totally going through some crafter's withdrawal or something! Especially spray painter's withdrawal (must be the fumes)! lol Just Kidding.

I'm not able to spray paint because of the cold weather....I hate this time of year because of that! I can't wait until Spring, so I can spray paint until my heart's content!

This week I'll share with you some projects that I finished, but didn't blog about! I can't believe that I didn't blog about them! That's probably because I was busy trying to get things completed before the cold weather hit! I have so many other cool projects that I want to complete, but they will have to wait until Spring!

So I've been going crazy because I've been so pre-occupied with the Holidays that I haven't had a chance to create! A few weeks back I was participating in "Make Some Art Mondays" over at Chrissie Grace, but she stopped hosting them for the time being. Also, I take a painting class on Wednesdays but they've been postponed after the first of the year. So I'm absolutely going crazy since I haven't created anything lately!

Tonight I was tired and didn't feel like anything but surfing the Internet. That's when I came across "Design Sponge" and spent the last few hours looking at before and after projects! My favorite one is this dog bed that was created from an old tv! You can read about the project here! Isn't this dog bed amazing?! And the dog is absolutely adorable as well! I think that Allie may just need one of these in pink of course!
So tomorrow I have decided to create something! That's my goal! There are so many projects inside my head, that I'll probably decide sometime tomorrow what I want to create! I'll make sure to post a photo! Have a wonderful night!

What a Wonderful Christmas!

I had a wonderful Christmas! We decorated a gingerbread house, baked lots of cookies, and had such a wonderful Holiday!

I am very lucky to have a wonderful husband, two wonderful little boys, a great extended family, and many awesome friends!

I hope you had a fabulous Holiday as well!


Ruth Ann

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree!

Oh Christmas Tree! Oh Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are sparse and pink!
This is the small pink tree in my kitchen that I call my "sad little pink tree!" It's really my pink and girly Charlie Brown tree! It's just missing a little pink blanket wrapped around the base of it! I didn't really think it was really all that sad until Kristin commented on it!

As sad as it looks with it's puny little branches...I really love this tree! I think I got it at Big Lots or Hobby Lobby a few years ago, but I cannot remember. And this is like my third or fourth year with this tree and each time I pull it out it gets worse looking! lol

It came strung with a set of pink lights! The tree topper and pink ball ornaments came from Hobby Lobby on sale. The big light pink ornament towards the middle is a cupcake. This tree makes me so happy it may remain in my pink kitchen all year long! Although I'm not sure now that everyone is making fun of it! lol
I participated in an ornament exchange this year and this lovely pink glittery shoe ornament came from Kelly! Thank you soo much Kelly, it is perfect! And thank you Kristin for organizing the exchange!
And here is the other ornament that was given to me from Kelly. It's a pink bulb and just perfect for my pink tree!
So that's the story behind my sad little pink tree! I have a really big white tree that I decorate with all pink ornaments, but I didn't put it up this year. Just wondering, has anyone tried spray painting a Christmas tree before? I'm thinking of spray painting the big white tree pink! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! More Holiday photos to come!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I'm finally back to the blogging world! I hate being one of those bloggers, who doesn't blog regularly...but hopefully in the New Year I can blog on a regular basis! Plus, Santa is bringing me a laptop so that will help me blog more conveniently! Sometimes I find it too hard to get away from the kids and go upstairs to blog....they get into so much trouble when I leave them downstairs alone for even a few minutes(see photo evidence #5)!

Plus this month was super hectic and crazy! I got my purse stolen a few weeks ago, from my car outside of my house! It had my wallet, social security card, and driver's license, and not to mention many credit cards! Plus my wonderful pink camera that my husband bought me on my last birthday! I don't understand how people can be so mean...especially near the holidays! It's just been one of those months!

Also my baby, Alexander, turned 3-years-old on December 12th. Here's a photo of him listening while everyone sang to him! Don't let his innocent face fool you...again see photo evidence #5! lol
Early in December we got enough snow to build our first snowman! Ben slept through the fun, but Alexander had a great time! We had no carrots, so my husband substituted with a celery stick nose, and gravel eyes!
A few days ago the East Coast got pounded with snow! We probably got 6-8 inches. Here is my little dog Allie trying to walk across the yard! Poor thing, she's up to her belly in snow!
Benjamin had an Advent Program for his school the other night! Here is the whole school standing in front of the church. We got to the program late. We really weren't late, we were actually on time. The paper that was sent home said: "Do not bring your child before 6:45pm." The program started at 7. So I followed orders...we showed up at 6:45 and the church was packed! This is a very large Catholic Church...and we sat a few rows from the back! I was allowed to go up front to take photos when Ben sang. Here he is in the middle when he first saw me. He got a huge smile on his face and winked at me! My heart melted! He's growing up soo fast!
Here is photo evidence #5. Alexander, my 3-year-old, ruined two dozen cookies by sticking his finger into each one! I told him all morning not to touch the cookies. I went upstairs for a few minutes, only to find him missing when I returned. He was hiding under the kitchen table saying "I sorry...I sorry!" I wanted to scream! lol
And lastly, last week I found a package in my mailbox! My blogger friend Kristin sent me this plaque! She knew my love for cupcakes and she thought it would be perfect for me! Well she's's too perfect, and I love it! Thank you so much Kristin! Check out Kristin's amazing blog "The Goat!"
Tomorrow is Ben's Christmas Party at school. So I'm going to go and finish making chocolate covered pretzels for him to pass out to his friends! I'll post photos from the party tomorrow! Have a wonderful night!

Friday, November 20, 2009

West Virginia Trip- Part 3

This will be my last post from our trip to West Virginia. Although we have been home for 2 weeks, I spread out these posts because we are all recovering from being sick!

We're finally feeling better around here, hope it continues that way.

Here is a photo taken from our trip of my husband Chris and son Alexander. They were both feeling really sick and feel asleep on the couch!
A trip to WV is not complete without a trip to Larry's farm. Larry is my sister's fiance, and he owns 300 and some acres in the middle of nowhere! I'm serious when I mean nowhere. You drive up this dirt road up a steep mountain and at the very top is his farm! It was getting dark, so we didn't get to spend much time there. The views are spectacular! Here's a little sampling of a couple of the many cows he has there.
Here is an old church that has since been abandoned. Last year when I visited it was part of the pig enclosure! Remember this photo? It happens to be one of my favorites, and I took it last year when I visited the farm. See the little piggies that came running out from underneath the church! They are just so darn cute!
Here is me and Alex sitting in a huge John Deere tire!
Just me!
Here we are sitting up in the bucket (or whatever it's called) of the tractor! Oh how I love the country life! I think it would be great to live in the middle of nowhere on a farm! The only downside would be waking up early to do all that hard work! A farmer's work is never done!
Here was a view from my window as we were driving back home on the highway! I love particular bridge that we drive on....the view is sooo amazing! I would have liked a better shot, but this is the best you get when driving 65 miles per hour!
Hope you enjoyed the photos from our trip! We are looking very forward to going back to visit my sister in the upcoming Spring! I can't wait!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

West Virginia Trip- PART 2

This was a statue that was across the street from the fire station in Hinton West Virginia. I usually overlook war statues but it was brought to my attention as my husband laughed while reading the inscription. For some reason I didn't get a photo of the whole statue. I don't know where my head is other than I was sick. I'll use that as an excuse!
I tried to brighten the photo up a bit so you could read the print. But the last line was what made my husband laugh.
If you cannot read it it says:
"This monument erected in honor of American valor as displayed by the Confederate Soldiers from 1861 to 1865, and to perpetuate to remotest ages the patriotism and fidelity to principles of the heroes who fought and died for a LOST CAUSE."
I have never seen a memorial worded as that one! It made me laugh too!
Stay tuned, I have a couple more posts of my West Virginia trip left! Have a great week!

Friday, November 13, 2009

West Virginia Trip- PART 1

Last week I went on a trip to Hinton West Virginia to see my sister (cue the Dueling Banjos)!
She lives about 4 hours away in southern WV. I've only been to her house about 4 times, so each time I go I love to go to town and explore!

Last year I took my oldest son Benjamin. It was just a special trip that we both went on together. This time Ben stayed home with my parents because he had school, so it was me, my husband and Alexander.

We didn't get out much this time because we were all really sick, but we did get to make it to a couple of places.

Here we are visiting the local Fire Department. That's my sister Kim holding Alex, fireman Marky, and my husband Chris!
Here's Alex sitting up on the bumper of the truck with his lovely blanky (cloth diaper)!
Here's another shot of him on the truck.
He was too afraid to sit up on the seat of the firetruck! I guess he was afraid that the siren would go off and scare him. But I did get him to sit on the steps of the truck! See his uneasy expression!
Over the next week I will share with you the other parts of our trip to West Virginia! I have some other really cool things to show you!

On another note, we are still really sick here! I've been sick for over three weeks. First I had bronchitis, and now I have an ear infection and sinus infection! Ben has an ear infection and Alex has a sinus infection as well! A couple days ago Alex developed a high fever and they think that he may have the swine flu! He started taking tamiflu and is feeling much better! Please pray for our family! We all just want to feel better soon!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Make Some Art Monday

Today is week 2 of "Make Some Art Monday" over at Chrissie's blog: In His Grace.
Usually she has a weekly theme to go from. And this week I totally had an idea for the piece of art that I wanted to create. Unfortunately, I've been sick all week long and was unable to even start it!

I did however manage to make this simple little wall quilt for my sister's birthday. She lives out of state and loves "Americana" themed decor. So this is what I came up with. I used muslin for the center of the quilt, and mixed equal parts of acrylic paint with a textile medium for fabric. I then used a foam brush and brushed the paint on my boy's hands and pressed them to the muslin.

I really didn't have to use the textile medium because this probably will never need washed. But I used it anyway- just in case.
It is both machine and hand quilted. The only thing hand quilted is the stitching around the handprints and the binding is hand quilted as well using a blind stitch. This was a really quick project probably took no more than 4 hours total. It would have taken less time, but I totally forgot how to add the I had to add it once, take it off and then add it again!

It measures approximately 11"x13."

I used no pattern, I just freehanded's more fun that way! I have many more ideas for little wall quilts that I hope to share with you soon! This was soo fun! I forgot how fun it is to make a mini quilt!

I'm going to be busy over the next couple of days. So I will not post anything until at least Friday! Have a great week!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Still The One

6 years ago today....I married the man of my dreams! And no, I'm not talking about Richard Gere...I'm talking- BETTER! :)

Chris and I got married on November 1, 2003! It was a beautiful Fall day and the trees we just gorgeous in their blazing Fall colors!
I knew from the day I met Chris, he was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with!
He is the most caring, gentle, and sweet man! I cannot say enough great things about him!
I can only feel blessed that everyday is spent with him by my side! He is so supportive, and is the most amazing father!
He is one of those people that you feel lucky and blessed to just meet! And I'm the lucky one who is married to him! :)
The song "Still the One" by the Orleans really sums up our relationship! Everytime I hear that song I think of him! All the verses apply to the way I feel about him...but particularly these two:

"You're still the one I want to talk to in bed. Still the one that turns my head. We're still having fun, and you're still the one!"
"You're still the one that makes me laugh. Still the one that's my better half. We're still having fun, and you're still the one."

I love you Christopher! You are my soulmate and the most amazing person I have ever met! I am so blessed to be your wife! I fall more and more in love with you everyday!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pre-K Halloween Party

Wednesday was Ben's Pre-K Halloween Party at school! It was a very hectic day and to make matters worse I was feeling very sick! I had managed to dress up, I bought this Halloween costume a couple years ago and LOVE wearing it!

I figured that other parents would be dressed up....but guess what? I was the only one! Talk about embarrassing! But it was worth the gasps that I got from the kids as I walked into the room! It was special to them, and that's all that matters!

Don't you just love the shoes!
Here is a photo of me and my superheroes!
Since it was raining that day, they had their "parade" inside and walked through each classroom and received candy. Here they are lined up and ready! Alex isn't in school yet, but they let him participate in the parties and everything! That is really special to him!
Here is a group photo of the boys in his class! Ben and Alex are on the end! The two Darth Vadars make me laugh! They look identical and oh so cute!
Here is the whole group with the girls included.
These two costumes were my favorite, of course! Don't you just love that bumble bee costume and that cute little cupcake!?
Here's everyone in the cafeteria for their party! They had all kinds of good snacks and had a lot of fun!
I'm still feeling really sick. Tomorrow is Halloween and I at least plan to take the boys trick or treating around the block! Have a safe and Happy Halloween! And I'll post trick or treating photos tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Cookies and Treats Bags-OH MY!

Benjamin's Halloween party is tomorrow, so yesterday I volunteered to bake sugar cookies! Why I always volunteer to make something that is complicated is beyond me! I mean it may not be complicated to some people, but with two toddlers, and coming down with a virus myself, it was way too much for me to handle!

So after I dropped Ben off for school yesterday, I went to the store and bought my baking supplies. I proceeded to make the dough and then bake the cookies. I baked at least three dozen cookies and then I had to go pick Ben up from school. On my way to pick him up, it popped into my head that I didn't add the salt to the recipe! And I had used unsalted butter! When I came home ,I tasted them, and they tasted "ok" but left a weird after taste! Ben said they were good of course, but you know how kids are....they find sand and dirt delicious! lol

So I looked at the recipe, and I realized that I left out the baking powder too! Where is my mind?!! I blame it on the Nyquil that I had the night before, but my friend had referred to it as "mom haze!" So I threw that batch in the garbage and started over again! By this time I was feeling really sick! My throat was raw and my body ached! But I knew I had to continue, because I may feel worse the following day!

Finally at 11:45 last night I was finally finished decorating them! This is only my second time working with royal icing, so they're not perfect! But I'm sure any 4 year-old will love them!

Today I woke up feeling even more sick! I could barely talk, my throat is still raw, and I have a bad cough! I'm just praying that I don't get a fever so I could go to Ben's Halloween party tomorrow!

Today I put together his little treat bags for his classmates. I'm not really big into giving my kids candy, so I wanted a treat free alternative! I decided to give each child a container of playdoh and a Halloween cookie cutter! I wanted to personalize the playdoh, so I put our own label on each container! At first I tried putting one on top of the playdoh label, but it looked like crap! I then decided to peel off each label...which was a huge PAIN! But here is what they look like 24 containers later! :)

A huge stack of playdoh fun!
Here is what the treat bags looked like with the cookie cutter inside! I really think they turned out cute!
Tomorrow is his party and I will try to post the photos either tomorrow or on Thursday! I'm very excited! If I'm feeling better, I will be dressing up! But I'm not telling what I'm'll have to come back and see for yourself! Have a great night!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Make Some Art Monday

Today is "Make Some Art Monday" over at Chrissie Grace! Chrissie is a wonderful and inspirational artist! I just love her work! She decided to have an art blog party, and I just had to join in!

Unfortunately, I just found out about it a couple of days ago, so I had to brainstorm for an idea. The theme was "favorite quotes" and I knew if I was doing a mosaic...I needed a short quote. So I love the quote "Love is patient, Love is kind..." Here is what I came up with.
Please keep in mind that I need to grout in some areas again, plus I need to seal it and shine it up! I used a wooden cross that I had with an inset, part of a vintage rose plate, and some glass that I purchased from Youghiogheny Glass. I am very lucky that they make this wonderful glass right here in my town! If I'm ever in need of a certain color I drive on over, and get my choice of glass! It's great! This was soo fun to make! Hope you enjoy!
Here's a closeup of the saying! I used alphabet beads for the quote!
Have a wonderful Monday!
-Ruth Ann

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fun At The Pumpkin Patch

Today was Ben's field trip to Triple B Pumpkin Patch! It was such a beautiful Fall day here in South Western PA. It was in the 60's and very sunny! It was very special because my husband and other son Alex came along too! We all had a great time! Here's the little pumpkin patch where all the kids are given a bag, and are allowed to pick one pumpkin to take home! The adults were allowed too! What fun! It's hard to find that perfect pumpkin! Most kids chose an orange pumpkin....only a kid or two out of the group picked a green one!
And here are even more pumpkins! They had tons and tons! I just love the color orange!

Here is Alex and Ben at a fun little sign! Don't you just love these? I know I do! It was a very rushed day....if we the time, I would have loved to get each of our heads inside this sign! That would have been cute! Oh and they had tons of these signs! Each one was creative and cute! Not very kid friendly though. Toddlers and even bigger kids were too short to stick their heads through the sign...they needed an adult to hold them up from behind (notice my husband's head)! lol Isn't this little white goat precious? I just wanted to take her home with me!
These goats are trained to pull a rope attached to the pulley in order to get treats! I never knew goats were this smart! Poor things....even when the crowds left, they were still trying to pull the rope....I guess they aren't that smart afterall!
Here is Ben and Alex on a huge haystack!
They had this cute little playground area for the kids. They have this barn that the kids can play in with stairs. The stairs led to this cool little slide! All the kids seemed to love this!
They also had this tractor that the kids were allowed to climb on! It never sat empty! All the kids loved this as well! Here is Ben (on the right) with a bunch of other kids!
Here are my boys on the hayride!

Time to pick the perfect pumpkin! Here are their choices!
Here is a bunch of the boys in our group with their pumpkins! Ben is first in the photo, and Alex is second. It was very very hard to get everyone's attention at the pumpkin patch. There was way too much excitement going on!
They also had a Farm Market there as well! It had all kinds of goodies inside, like farm grown apples, homemade pies, sweets, and ciders. Yummy!
Look at this cool slide! Looks like a lot of fun! Unfortunately, we didn't get to ride this. Maybe next time! Actually....definitely next time!
Here's Ben (in the third window) after a long and exhausting day at the pumpkin patch! It was his first trip on a school bus, and he and all the kids were very excited!
Also, one of the coolest things on this farm is the huge displays that they have of popular kid's movies and nursery rhymes. There are way too many to include in my blog post, so I decided to upload a slideshow so it doesn't bog down your computer with photo overload! lol Enjoy! And if you put your cursor over each photo in the slideshow it will tell you the particular pumpkin display! They were very very creative with this! Enjoy!