Santa in the Park

December 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

I’ve been volunteering on the Springvale Park Playground Committee to rejuvenate and renovate the park and playground in the historic center of Inman Park. It’s involved a lot of meetings, work and fundraising. We have a long way to go but hope to have the project complete by spring of 2013.

We had our second fundraiser a week ago – Santa in the Park. We had a professional photographer, Santa and a pretty cool back drop for the photos. It was a lot of work but the event was a HUGE success and puts us that much closer to our goal.

Anyhow, here’s a peak of the other things I’ve had going on in my little world.

We covered large boxes with pretty paper and bows, had candy canes, poinsettias, a recliner that we covered in a fine wale green corduroy, and of course, Santa and the kids! The tree behind the setting is a Winter King Hawthorne and has beautiful red berries. Sadly, you can’t see that in the photo but we did hang red and gold ornaments and gold covered pine cones. The scene was pretty darn fabulous!

Kids were everywhere and I’ve never seen the playground as busy, except during Festival. We hope to make this an annual event so the park can be a bit more self-sustaining. I think next year we’ll have Santa visit for more than three hours, but wow! It was a great three hours.

And yes, to toot my own horn, this was my idea and I’m pleased as EVER that it went so well. woot!

Someone’s in the Kitchen with MaMa

December 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Little Mister and I do a lot of baking; I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned that before. It’s a great afternoon activity, keeps him from watching too much tv and we end up with a yummy treat in the house. I haven’t decided what he likes best – dumping ingredients into the mixer, cracking the eggs or licking the beater.

We made the always classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies. I added an extra egg since half of an egg was sacrificed on the counter, and I used unsalted butter. Holy cow! The cookies are light and delicious! I think I have a new twist on my baked goods. Hey! Paula Deen suggests using an extra egg and I think she’s onto something.

Sadly, the cookies didn’t last long. Guess we’ll make some more tomorrow.

Lil’ Slugger

December 9, 2011 § 1 Comment

I recently finished this quilt. I made it using my All Squared Up pattern but I started with smaller squares since this is a baby quilt.

The gal I made it for had me cut up her bridesmaid’s dress to put in the quilt. It’s for her nephew. Is that a great idea or what? I think a few bridesmaid’s dresses in my closet are calling me to do the same. I mean, they’re just gathering dust.

Several of the fabrics on the front, and subsequently the back, are coordinating pieces from baby’s bedding set.  We threw in some other fabrics for color and variety, too.

I think the quilt is adorable and I’d certainly cuddle up with it on a cold day!

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