Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Treasure Spotters {Fresh Junk Finds} and the Dallas Farmers Market

Well a couple of weeks ago, we were at it again.
We went down to see what all new (old) things we could find at Treasure Spotters here in McKinney.
We didn't have much time, since we were also headed downtown to the Dallas Farmers Market (one of my favorite places) so we stopped by this really cool spot.
Check out all the wonderful junk this gal has:






Her booth's name is Salvage Junky
and you can find her on facebook here>>Facebook Page
I especially love this pink, chippy door!


It was only $75!!!
If I only had a little girl to put this in her room. {Sigh}
Check out these very cool rocker and chair set.
I really, really want them!!!



She has some awesome patio chairs too!


Every month their inventory changes so you'll want to keep checking in. You never know what treasure you will score :0









After this stop we decided to go downtown to the Dallas Farmers Market.
We hadn't been there in a loooong time. I just love shopping at Ruibal's nursery. 




Granted,this time I didn't buy anything, but in the past I have gotten some gorgeous begonias.
Come on Spring!
The fruit and veggies vendors were all out and have so many varieties to offer.
I particularly enjoyed this lady's stand. She had pickles pickled in so many different ways. 
From watermelon, to lemonaide, to red hot and spicy.
Now you know me, I had to get me a spicy pickle!
So fresh and crunchy and hot!!


I then went over to this stand -Thompson's produce-where they sell raw honey.
I love raw honey. And nuts.
And as you can see they have so many varieties.
I had to get me some cashews. 
Mmm. Mmm. Good.


After all this excitement we came home and got ready for a nice date.
We got a nice gift card from our AT&T U-verse which gives us all kinds of options to spend!
So we went to the movies and guess what we saw?!

 

It was an awesome movie! Red Tails is the story of the Tuskegee airmen, an all black fighter pilot, squad that fought in WWII. It is filled with action and adventure. I highly recommend it.Our weekend was fun filled and peaceful at the same time. Just the way we like it. Now we are trying to find some other ways to spend the rest of our gift card. Isn't it fun when you get these types of things?
I wasn't compensated in anyway from any of the vendors, or movies in this blog post. I just like 'em ;)

Have a great Wednesday!
Patty





Pondering a Summer Camp {Camp Huawni}

I've been asking a lot of people about their experiences at summer camp.
I never went to a summer camp as a child but always wished I could have gone. My main concern in sending my little guy to camp is him being homesick.
We've been looking into sending him to an awesome camp called Camp Huawni.
(It is located in beautiful part of East Texas.)



Camp road sign




Although after talking it over with my mom, she clued me into something I hadn't thought about.
She said "Are you sure it's not YOU who will be homesick for HIM?"
Hmmmm..in other words, are my feelings of overprotection being projected onto him (he seems a little apprehensive in going away to camp)? I had to think long and hard about this.
I feel that since he's the youngest, my baby, and that my older son will be gone as well, I may be afraid of being lonely without the two of them.
I've never been away from them for more than a week's time and even then it was hard on me.
When I asked my little guy how he feels when Dad and I are away for a weekend or mini vacation he said "I'ts great without you guys!!"

:(


He then proceeded to tell me about the fun he has with his big sister or grandma whenever we are away.
He also told me of the fun he has making new friends and playing with them.

:)


I guess, it's been me all this time being apprehensive about summer camp.
All it took was for me to mention it to my mother and the kid himself.
Go figure.


Patty








This post is part of a six month series on posts about summer camp, sponsored by Camp Huawni.

Camp Huawni is not compensating me for mentioning them but may provide product(s), services, in return for a blog mention. All opinions are my own and I am not influenced by them.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fun and EZ Valentine's Day Treat Bag-Bear Hugs




Happy Thursday! 
It's almost the weekend again! Hurray :)
This past weekend was beautiful here in the Dallas area and we took full advantage of it by being mostly outside.
I cannot believe it is almost February ((YIKES))
and with that fabulous month of love and friendship comes many CRAFTS!
Yay I have my mojo back!
I've been thinking of what to do for my little guy's Valentine's this year. Last year he and I dipped some Chinese fortune cookies in chocolate and sprinkles, put them in mini-take out boxes and he took them into his classmates.
So C-U-T-E and fun to make :)
This year I thought I'd make it even easier so both he and I can make them together. These are "Bear Hugs" treat bags.

Here's what you'll need:
Chocolate Teddy Grahams (cookies)
Cinnamon or Chocolaty Chip Teddy Grahams (cookies)
Bags of gummy bears
ziploc sandwich bags
cardstock
stapler





First you go to my link and download the free printable treat topper bag. I have made several different kinds. My little guy wanted as little pink as possible (understandably) and so I made his with a tan background. I also made some with pink and red backgrounds if you have girls. And I even took the friendship label off them if you prefer them to just read 
"Bear Hugs"
Get it? Teddy  (grahams) Bear Hugs?
Simply stuff some of the above ingredients into each baggie (you choose how much to give each kid) then zip it closed.
Take the printable you want. Print it onto cardstock (they print 2 to a sheet of 8.5 X 11), cut them out and fold in half.
Then simply staple the topper to the bag and that's it!
You can embellish with a pretty bow on the corner if you wish :) 



                                                                         The Back

Again, mine is a boy and he opted to NOT put anything "girlie on it please" (hee hee, he cracks me up)
So there you have it!
Simple, easy, inexpensive.
It sure beats giving them a bunch of candy ;)
Here are the links:

Have a great week!
Patty


Linking up to these fabulous parties:

Monday, January 23, 2012

What I've Been Up To

First off did you know that Google friend connect is going away? If you didn't then I'd suggest you start following this blog on my facebook page and subscribe to this blog via email so you don't miss out on any posts. I'm kinda in a panic mode because I follow A LOT of blogs and it's fun going to my reader page and perusing all of them and choosing the ones I want to read now and the ones I'd like to read later. I will have to be doing a lot of email subscribing pretty darn soon, I tell you what!

So anywho, I've been real busy with this photography business that my craftin' has taken kinda a back burner.
I am not happy about that. I have SO many projects that I have in mid air and many more that I need to complete before Valentine's Day.
I still need to finish off my son's bedroom that I started last year Part 1 Here

I also have to finish off my little guy's room 
and continue with the never ending saga of the game room!
Now this last one, maybe a little bit of a challenge because I have been thinking of converting the space into a home photo studio!
That's right! Crazy girl that I am, I want to put some of my equipment in there so I can do some of my photo shoots but at the same time be able to put it away (safely) so that it can be used by my family. 
Dilemmas, dilemmas. 
So stay tuned for that big job. 
And remember I do this all on a dime. 
I re-purpose and reuse and my hubby builds/refinishes most of our furniture.
But in the meantime, I leave you with a few photos I've taken of some of my clients



To see some more of my work and to subscribe to my photography blog go here>>Photo Blog
I will be posting some online classes on how to take a good picture with any camera this week.
You won't want to miss it!
Have a great week!
Patty

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