Thursday, April 22, 2010

THREE bags in one day!

A THIRD Loribelle Bag finished! Woo-hoo! Tomorrow I'll load them onto Etsy! Check out this one HERE. When my 11 year old saw this one semi-assembled she said, "Who is this one for? Whoever gets this one is so lucky!" LOL! (I'm sure this would have been followed by, "But we don't believe in luck" had her big sister been around). So, it has 11 year old approval.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

ANOTHER bag on Loribelle Bags Blog!

Check out my Pretty in Pink Paisley Purse! Click HERE.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

New Loribelle Bag!

Check out my latest Loribelle Bag! Click HERE.

Autism Awareness Month

April is autism awareness month. Every day is autism awareness day at our house. Our 13 year old has Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning autism. Today we had Girl Scouts (where we have 3 girl "Aspies"; I've dubbed them the 3 Aspieteers), then some of us went to eat ice cream. At one point I looked up to see one of the Aspie girls standing just outside the window & my Aspie girl inside. The one on the outside was pretending to climb the window & mine was inside mimicking her movements. Such fun. LOL!

That girl's mom sent me a link to some funny t-shirts. If you know someone with autism, you might enjoy seeing these, too.

That one just cracks me up!

One I would not wear, but have thought on occasion:
And my all time favorite, but I want it to say "Autistic" instead of special needs:
If you want to see a small scrapbook page I did with autism awareness you can visit my craft blog HERE.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cricut CAKE!

Have you ever seen a crafting product that made your jaw drop? That's a silly question for crafters! We've probably seen a LOT of those! I was going through my Google Reader with blogs listed and clicked on "Everyday Cricut." The funny thing about me even clicking on it is that I don't own a cricut. It's one of those pricey items that never made it into the "I could use this for my business" (thus justifying the price) list. I have a dear friend who lives near me who has told me I can go use hers, but I have yet to do it. I think I'm afraid I might like it too much.

Back to my clicking. I saw the words "Cricut Cake" and thought, "Oh, ANOTHER version of the Cricut. This one must have some kind of cute little feature that makes it called a "Cake." You know how crafters are. Everything must have a cute little name. Then I noticed they were giving one away. For free. Yep! That got my attention! I clicked on the link to find out more about this "yet another" Cricut. That's when I found out when they said CAKE, they meant CAKE.

If you haven't heard about it, let me share this link with you: CRICUT CAKE GIVEAWAY. Why is it called cake? Turns out, it can cut shapes out of food items to put on CAKE! I'm thinking fondant or gum paste must be what it primarily cuts. Can you imagine? How many overnight Chef Duffs will we have?

I posted on Facebook that I have this random desire to be a cake decorator (I bought a Wilton "yearbook" in the 70's in junior high & started teaching myself how to make icing flowers & such). I've never had official classes. I want to do that. Again, one of those that hasn't made it on the list. It's way cheaper than a Cricut! LOL! I think the whole gluten free issue makes it not so much fun to take classes icing cakes I can't even TASTE. It's one reason Pampered Chef became so hard for me. I had to cook & serve food I could not taste to be sure it was made right. I mean, I trust PC recipes, but I couldn't tell guests anything about some of the food. So, my OTHER part of the desire to decorate cakes is to learn to make REALLY tasty and NOT DRY gluten free cake. I have found a way to make most foods taste decent in a GF formula. I've still not made a crescent roll, but that's another story for another day. I would love to be able to make DELICIOUS GF cakes AND decorate them.

I told my daughters this the other day & they both said, "I want to help you!" THey thought the idea of a Cricut Cake was amazing. Natalie would help bake, I know. Bethany would help decorate. I have not decorated a birthday cake in several years b/c she does them all. Actually, they both do. B. is on a GF diet now, too (hoping she'll gain weight), so I'd like her to learn to cook & bake GF. She likes to make food concoctions without recipes. Some are, well, interesting, to say the least. Natalie loves to bake and cook. Here's the only issue I have with the idea of a "bakery:" I don't do mornings. Not well anyway. So we could only REALLY do cakes. The kind you make the day before & they pick up sometime AFTER noon. LOL!

I suspect this Cricut Cake will cost much more than the other Cricuts, so it's not really on my justifiable list either. But if I win the contest, well, I'll start baking cakes faster than you can blink an eyelash!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Beautiful Blossoms

If you live in Texas or know people in Texas, you may know that it is a law that you must take pictures of your kids in the Bluebonnets. I've broken the law for several years as we really didn't have great fields of our beloved state flower. This year, with a cold winter and lots of rain, God has blessed us with fields of waving blue flowers dotted with assorted other beauties.

We stopped at a field (along with a few other families) near my mother-in-law's house on the way home from Easter church service on Sunday. The wind was blowing and the sun was bright, so catching both of our blossoms with open eyes wasn't easy. We did get a few shots, though, and wanted to share these with you.

I cannot remember the fields of flowers having a scent, but WOW, was there ever a sweet smell in the air. Sandi Patty's song "Was it a Morning Like This?" asks about the morning Jesus rose from the grave, "Did the grass sing? Did the earth rejoice to feel You again?" I have to wonder if the bluebonnets were rejoicing with us with their sweet scent that Jesus is Risen!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I'm alive!

Just a quick post for anyone who might be checking into my blog. My mom just told me my last blog post was on 2/19. We've been busy with life, homeschool, trying to get more items made for my Loribelle Bags Business, etc.

I'll try to post a better update soon!