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There's this wonderful little blog that I visit called Tollipop. Isn't that the most wonderful name?! Kirsten is the writer of Tollipop. She is the type of woman I would love to have a best friend. She writes, she tells lovely stories and she has three beautiful and talented daughters. In 2008, Kirsten started a project called "hundred dresses project". Her goal is to paint one hundred girls and write a story to go with each girl. Charming! She also has an Etsy shop where she sells prints of her paintings.

I had my eye on the above print for the longest. So, when it came time to make a wish list for Christmas, this was put at the very top! Shawn wanted to buy an original, but I told him that would probably be impossible since he waited until just a few weeks before Christmas to start his shopping. Of course, I was right. I was satisfied, though, with the print. I love it! There are two others that are still on my wish list, one of which is no longer listed.

Shawn told me when I opened this particular package {and yes, I did squeal when I saw what it was!} that he emailed Kirsten several times before he placed his order. He said she was very sweet and very helpful. He asked if she could write a little note to me....

and she did! Let me just say right now that I cherish this note just as much as I cherish my Tollipop print! She also wrote a little note on the back of the print, which, by the way, is titled "What page are you on?". My plan is to hang it over my bookshelf. Next step: find the perfect frame!

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Please do something for me today. Tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you. Hug those you love real tight {if you have children, hug them a little tighter}. Say "I love you" as often as you can. Don't let stupid things bother you because there a bigger things happening all around you.

Thank you...

Wooden Elephant...Take 3's the wooden elephant...finished! I saw this tutorial a while back. My sister is expecting a baby girl {Haven} in the next few weeks. We gave her a baby shower this past Saturday. When we started planning the shower, I knew I wanted to make this elephant. It made the cutest cake topper! Thanks to Dad for all his help! Now Baby Haven will have her own unique push toy when she gets older, and hopefully she will cherish it for what it is...a gift from the ♥!

Baby Shower pictures to come...!!!

Wooden Elephant...Take 2

Well, I'm not completely done with my wooden elephant project. It will definitely be done by Saturday. Right now, I'm waiting on my Dad to help me out with some drilling!

Stay tuned!


Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.

{Kindness Over Matter}

Star Shaped Crayons

What do you get when you take star shaped foil baking cups...

old crayons...

broken into small pieces & put into said baking cups...

and placed into an oven for a few minutes?!?


Well, star shaped crayons, of course!

And, YES! They really color!

Find the complete how-to here!

Wooden Elephant

I'm working on a project using this piece of paper...

this piece of paper...

and this wooden elephant my Dad cut out for me!

Stay tuned to see the finished product!
I should be done by the end of the week!

Another Goal...

I strive to be more creative this year!

Happy 2010!

Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new year.
May you continually celebrate the memories of the past,
the joys of today and the hopes of the future!