With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 8/14/11 - 8/21/11

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Keri Jill is 8 Garden Themed Birthday Party & Chocolate Piped Butterfly Toppers

Preparing a sweet birthday party for little girls isn't hard with a fun garden theme. Invite friends and cousins and watch their delight to see chocolate butterflies perched on frosted cupcakes, fruit skewers in rainbow colors and mini blueberry muffin bouquet treats. Ending with a fresh flower ice-cream sundae craft that doubles as a take-home party favor.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Puppy Tale

A storybook
about and just for
Shaela Jamie
As our grandchildren started coming along, I made a special book for Keri, Ryan and Brenna with a story/poem written just for them and included photos of each child as part of the story.
I didn't expect that we would be getting so many grandchildren so quickly and since the books are very time/labor intensive, I decided I would not be making any more. 
Since both her brother and sister each had their own storybook by Mom-Mom, Jill asked if I would make one more for Shaela.
During their visit last August, Shaela dressed up in her cousins princess costume and I snapped a bunch of photos.  The story came quickly to me and I thought I would be able to complete the book for her birthday in November.
I began editing photos to illustrate the story but soon realized that one should write the story first and then gather photos that fit.
Shae's birthday passed and I shot for Christmas.
Christmas passed and I set my goal to finish by their Easter visit.
Little Shaela asked about her book during that visit and I was sad to tell her, Mom-mom hadn't finished it yet.
~*~ 
I had the photos in files that would be merged together for each page to be completed but I had only finished three and felt overwhelmed.
The book needed thirty-six pages plus a cover and title page.
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I turned to someone who I knew could do infinitely better on the illustrations...
Abbey
Bless her heart, she spent hours and hours and did a fantastic job creating page after page, illustrating my story and using my photos (and some she took) to complete the book.
She also created the cover and added all of the text to each page.
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So after the l-o-n-g wait and even after driving all the way here from New York and arriving after midnight, Shaela wanted to see her new book. 
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It blessed my heart to see her listen to her storybook where Princess Shaela was the main character (along with the castle puppy, Sir Raider von Wolfgang) and hear her giggle at the parts she found funny.
(Prince Ryan and Princess Brenna are also part of Princess Shaela's adventure)
Finally finished
(even with a few misspellings despite umpteen proof reading)

I was asked where I had the book printed.  In the past I have used the more common book makers such as Kodak and Snapfish.  This time Abbey did some research and wanted to try MyPublisher. We were very pleased with the quality of the book.  They also have a service available to make a dust jacket.  The book and jacket looked just like a book you would purchased from any leading book store.   We couldn't be more pleased!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ocean City with Family

Jill and Brad are spending the week in Ocean City, as leaders for a Youth for Christ retreat.
There are 75 people part of the group so they are very busy.
John and I met Erin on the beach and were later joined by Jill, Brad and kids for a really beautiful day.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hummers and Hummingbird Cake

We haven't been seeing the usual number of butterflies this year but there are lots of hummingbirds!
It doesn't matter if I look out to the front porch, the side door or the kitchen windows, I can usually see a hummer or two. It has been an exciting season for hummer spotting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Handmade Necklace Pendant

My super talented, super sweet niece, Eva gave me this beautiful pendant that she made for my birthday.
Here is what Eva says about her work:
Glass is my love, and in some ways, I would say it was one of my first loves.  It’s amazing, once you find something that truly moves you, what it can do for you to enhance your own personal life, encourage you to grow for yourself, and just plainly allow you to become needy for more.  Glass has been that for me, it has given me life and it has given me plenty of reasons to fight for myself. I can only imagine what else it can do for me as I continue to let it breath in my life. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Beautiful Eyes

Linking this photo to I Heart Faces Photo Challenge

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