Time for Good Deed Cookin’

February 17, 2010
Food

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For the past 10 summers, I have volunteered a week in August to Birch Family Camp, a residential camp program that brings New York City families living with HIV/AIDS to the woods for a week. It is seven real days of respite for these families that live everyday with the realities of illness, poverty, and many of life's devastating trials.

Over the last 6 months, we collected recipes from the camp families and volunteers to put together our version of a family cookbook, S'more to Love. It is full of anecdotes, smiling faces, and of course, delicious recipes from all over the world. 

We are a teeny program that really and truly improves the lives and spirits of our campers. We struggle each year to meet our budget so that our campers can shine with glitter and drink bug juice for one more year. $40, the cost of the book, can feed a whole group of campers for a full day. That's nothing, right? Nothing, but everything.

Special thanks to Blurb.com for their generous donation and professional printing.


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Time for Balloons

February 17, 2010
DIY Home, Everyday Crafts

I must begin with a confession: I don't like balloons. But honestly, these photos might make me change my mind. Really, they might.

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As Color Me Katie says, "Every morning should start with a colorful bunch of balloons!"

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The more the merrier was most definitely the intention behind this balloon party. Found via Oh Happy Day!

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A French chateau with balloons spilling out? Nothing better. Found via Party Perfect Blog.

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Leave it to Martha to dress 'em up like sweet 'lil animals. 

I take it back. Balloons have won me over.


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Time for Colored Pencils

February 15, 2010
Everyday Crafts, Gifts

Why is it that a new box of colored pencils thrills at any age? I always hate to ruin the shiny points that line up perfectly in a fresh set. It's definitely a universal feeling, as proven by these amazing examples below…

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Helsinki based artist Jonna Pohjalainen was inspiried to make this pencil sculpture during a summer Environmental Art workshop at the Open Air Art Museum in Pedvale, Latvia. Found via The Jealous Curator.

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If you are crazy about Jonna's sculpture, you can buy a mini Colored Twig Pencil Set at A Toy Garden. Via Ohdeedoh.

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And if you are really obsessed with colored pencils, you can subscribe to 500 Colored Pencils. You'll receive 25 pencils for 20 months.  I love this quote describing it: It's about enjoying an unhurried creative process and the artist, that over time, you become.  The names of the colors are amazing, like Tea with Milk, Autumn Fog, Miss Muffet, Pretty Polly, and 496 more!


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Time for Last Minute Valentine

February 13, 2010
Everyday Crafts, Gifts, Holidays, Valentine's Day

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As an individual, I don't celebrate Valentine's Day traditionally. But as a crafter, I simply can't avoid it. It is a holiday ripe with creative possibility! And, I'm a bit of a sap, so one small gesture per year is allowed.

If you are in need a last minute Valentine for the significant other in your life, this one packs a big punch. Last year, I made a numbered list of each day that I had known Michael. I know, it sounds daunting, but with auto-type on Word, it's super easy. I figured out important dates (like when we were in Argentina, I wrote in Spanish) and described them accordingly. To make it easier on myself, I often copied the same sentence over and over to complete the list. I rolled the scroll and tied it with twine.

So for this Valentine, you just have to have patience and math skills.

(Love to you all.)


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