Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter !

To all my friends and family, I wish you a happy day full of love and goodies! 
Hope you get the chance to spend the day with the people most important to you and
the time to reflect on just how lucky we are to be here right now.

P.S. Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Coming up fast . . .

The fact that Easter is at the end of March this year has really caught me 'on the hop ',
even though , as Wikipedia explains, it is a 'movable feast ' and can be anywhere from the
22nd of March to the 25th of April. I really should be more organised!
This weekend I have pulled out the egg tree I made a few years ago and also the garland
I made last year and created a couple of vignettes around the house.
You might notice my new additions for this year  . . . 
So very sweet.
I also made some printable tags to use on Easter gifts this year. I made 5 different colourways,
so that each gift would be individual. Feel free to use them for your own projects if you like.
 (I created them in the ' Ribbet ' photo editing program, in case you're wondering.) Just right-click
and save them to your computer for printing.
I used two of them for the primary school kids' teachers - one male and one female.
 I sorted through my scrapbbok paper to find something that matched well, in terms of
colour and simplicity. I chose a different stripe for each.
I mounted the paper tag on some plain white card (to create a border and make it stiff),
though if I'd had any large pieces of card I would have printed directly on to that.
I used small acrylic craft pails to make the gifts (I bought a whole stack of these on sale
ages ago, but you can get them from craft shops or online), with a strip of paper cut to
size to line the inside of pail.
Once the pails were filled with some eggs (mini candy-coated speckled ones in pastel colors
 for Mrs N and hazelnut praline chocolate ones for Mr M), I punched a matching scallop for
each and glued it to the lid.
The kids added their Easter wishes to the back of the tags and I attached them to the
 handle with some co-ordinating ribbon. All ready for Thursday.
Now I just need to get the rest of the things for family and friends ready . . .
6 days to go. Yikes!

P.S. "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." Charles M. Schulz

Friday, March 8, 2013

IWD 2013 . . .

                    As we celebrate International Women's Day today ,
I thought these quotes were appropriate. . . 
"I measure the progress of a community by the 
degree of progress which women have achieved." 
B. R. Ambedkar, Indian jurist, political leader, 
philosopher, anthropologist.
"I've yet to be on a campus where most women 
weren't worrying about some aspect of combining 
marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find 
one where many men were worrying about the same 
thing." Gloria Steinem, American feminist, 
journalist, and social and political activist  
“You educate a man; you educate a man. 
You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” 
Brigham Young (though I think he was a nutjob, 
still a great quote)

To think on, today and going forward . . .
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” 
Nora Ephron, journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, 
novelist, producer and director.
"After all those years as a woman hearing 'not thin
enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, not this
enough, not that enough,' almost overnight I woke up
one morning and thought, 'I'm enough.' " Anna Quindlen,
author, journalist, and opinion columnist.

And for a giggle . . .
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
Timothy Leary, psychologist and writer.
"You see alot of smart guys with dumb women, but you
hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy."
Erica Jong, author and teacher.
"I hate women because they always know where
things are." Voltaire, French Enlightenment writer,
historian and philosopher. 




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