Sunday, July 31, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

I was asked by my mother to make chocolate dipped strawberries this time around for her CAbi hostess preview party, so I set to work right away!

Don't the strawberries look so tasty and fresh? Yum-O! They are easily one of my favorite summer treats!


Only the best chocolate! Seroogy's chocolate has the best chocolate for melting and it is heavenly!


The white chocolate all melted and looking tasty... It's an action shot, because as you can see I'm stirring it rapidly trying to make sure every bit is melted before I start the dipping process.


Now not only are they dipped in this photo but they are drizzled too! Not quite finished yet! I still need to add the second chocolate drizzle and let them set.


Here's the finished product, Dark Chocolate Strawberry drizzled with milk and white chocolate. They are oh so de-lish!


I had one extra white chocolate strawberry so instead of drizzling it with chocolate I dipped either side in dark, then took my piping bag of chocolate (aka a ziploc bag with a hole snipped in it ;)) Put two little dots for buttons and a bowtie too!

Hope you enjoyed my weekend project! I'm kinda in the style mogul mood right now so I think I might do a fashion post soon :)

<3

Madeline

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Farmers Market

Yesterday I had my first ever adventure at a Farmers Market!
It was so much fun!

There was a Hulu Hoop stand and some of my friends decided to take advantage of the "Try Me!" Hula Hoops, I was the official purse holder/photographer as they enjoyed hula hooping to some top 40 hits :)


There was an antique store on the street where the farmers market was being held and I couldn't resist going in, there were so many amazing treasures waiting to be discovered inside! I stumbled upon this vintage scarf in a huge pile of stuff and just had to snatch it up! The print for being vintage is still very modern and has some great colors in it (it's more of a pink than a red, the lighting was funky when I took the photo) I'm sure I'll get lots of great use out of it for the rest of the summer and even going into Fall!


I also found this stunning vintage brooch which will make a great addition to my brooch collection! There's something "Glinda-esque" about it... It reminds me of her wand!



Most of the vendors had flowers for very low prices (this one was on the upper end but still ONLY 8 dollars!) but this bouquet was by far my favorite! The picture doesn't do it justice, there are lily's sun flowers, baby's breath, and tons of other flowers I can't name. I felt like Miss America walking around with this huge bouquet in my arms!

Cake pops, mmmm! Note that the other one I purchased isn't pictured... Because I already had eaten it at that point!
I wish I had taken more photos while at the farmers market, but I believe I'm going back next week so I'll have more opprotunities to take pictures!

<3

Madeline


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Snapshot - July 26th



The table top had a design I thought was kinda cool this evening while out to dinner with a friend :)

Rumor has it Breanna will be doing a "DC Experience" post soon! I can't wait!

<3

Madeline

Monday, July 25, 2011

Snapshot - July 25th


Here's a flower from my backyard. Enjoy! I'm hoping to somehow take atleast one photo a day.

<3

Madeline


Friday, July 22, 2011

Think Pink!

(Side Note: As I'm typing this I am googling "cleaning and organization tips" and being slightly distracted by my hot pink glittery nails.)
 Whoa! I finially caved and purchased one of those neat-o Sally Hansen nail sticker kits in Pink Sparkle (for the record it's #250 "Bling It On" but who's really paying attention ;) I applied them yesterday and hopefully they'll stick for the wedding I'm attending this weekend where I'll be wearing a hot pink polka dot dress!
Yes, this is the actual dress I'm wearing! It's from Delia's (one of my favorite stores) It's such a cute dress, the fabric is really nice and it has pockets! It's very Kate Spade don't you think?
Well, here's a very good cleaning tip. "Clean as if you were moving to another place, leave only the stuff you need." Okay... Well, old band concert program, I can toss that into the recycling bin... Water bottle, same fate as the band program... Sparkly tulle... Hmmm *Sets in the craft pile* Seriously, there's no way I'm getting rid of that! Random sock with no match. Garbage... Postcard, do I really need it? No? Okay, recycling bin. If it's really that simple why does it take me a year to clean my room? (Some exaggeration was used in that previous sentence)
But then I'm faced with an even more difficult problem. Books. I have so many books! I looooove reading and they pile up on my desk (because the actually book shelf where they belong is filled with other things) so having to put books away would require cleaning off the book shelf... Oy Vey. Looks like I'm in for a long day. I'm including a before shot of my desk... Ikik, it's horridly messy. Hopefully I can update the post with an "After" Picture...
 Hope all is well with you my friends!
Before

After
<3
Madeline (Gone Cleaning ;)


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Touch of WhiMSy!

Hello Blog Friends!
I am back from the best summer experience of my life! Kamp was wonderful, maybe I'll do a post on it soon!

A LOOOOONG time ago I came up with the idea of interviewing my sweet friend Nikki Mans of www.whimsy-girl.blogspot.com. I started reading her blog about 2 years ago and have been hooked ever since! She's an amazing Mommy of two adorable girls, blogger, writer, and has the unofficial title of "Queen of Crafting" I emailed her a while before Kamp and asked if she'd do an interview and she agreed. Sadly the email kinda got lost in the inbox shuffle and even though I received the email before I left for Kamp back in June I didn't have time to post it. But here's the interview! I hope you enjoy! Please check out her blog! I bet you'll like it as much as I do!

1) What was the first thing you remember crafting?
One of the first things I remember crafting was a pillowcase that was decorated with crayon drawings when I was about 6 & in Brownies. It's one of those things where you draw on white paper & then the image gets ironed onto the pillowcase. I had my name written on it, so of course it came out backwards when ironed on. It had stick people on it. And a house & a rainbow & clouds & those birds shaped like an "m". In fact, my girls (ages 6 & 8) made some pillowcases this week as Day #19 in our Summer Diary series. (We're doing something fun every day this summer & posting it on our blog!)

2) Have you specifically kept a craft you meant to add to your etsy shop because you fell in love with it?
My stash of vintage button rings is always growing because I make one & just can't give it up. Or else, I'll list it in the shop & if it doesn't sell after a week or two, it's mine!


(Nikki has generously offered to giveaway one of her super cute vintage button rings to one of our readers, so if you leave a comment telling us your favorite summer memory Breanna and I will pick a winner! Contest will end August 2nd)
3) What prompted you to start a blog?

In February of 2007, I was bouncing around the www, in search of something---some place somewhere to sell the things I made. I didn't really know what I was looking for. I stumbled onto a blog. I didn't even know what a blog was. Jessica of scrumdillydilly at http://scrumdillydilly.blogspot.com/ inspired me. She continues to be such a crafty blogger pal. Full of happy & full of creative! Her Etsy shop "jek in the box" was my first peek into Etsy. I was hooked. (She now resides at scrumdillydilly.etsy.com)
4) What inspired the name "WhiMSy Love"?
This is not a very exciting story. My mom & I had a little booth in one of those antique/crafty malls where we sold vintage as well as handmade things. We chose the name "WhiMSy". When I discovered Etsy, I set up my shop with the name "WhiMSy", but apparently that name was already taken or had recently been used. So, I quickly had to think of something else. So, I added the "love".

5) What are your favorite and least favorite thing about having a blog/blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is that it has become a journal of my crafty musings & times spent with my girls. I like to look back & remember. My least favorite thing about blogging is getting so few comments. I can't help it. I need affirmation. :0) (Side note by Maddie: SOOO true! Every blogger loves comments! Please leave one, or two, or as many as you want! We want to know what you think!)

6) Has there ever been a specific craft that "frightens" you? (For me, it's sewing a zippered pouch)Oh, yes, zippered pouches are a fright to me! I did decide to sit down one day & learn to make one though. It turned out OK actually! My number one crafty fear is....KNITTING! It has always intimidated me. I've been afraid to learn because it looks so hard. BUT, last December my friend taught me how to knit! Slowly, I'm tackling this crafty fear & it's not so intimidating anymore! It feels so good to be a crafty conquerer!
7) How do you get in the crafty mood?
I usually crank up pandora (a bit of Jack Johnson, Nora Jones, Billie Holiday...) or I put on a movie or TV on Netflix. I like to have some sort of noise in the background. I can't craft in silence. And I usually have a yummy drink beside me like tea. I love tea.

8) You moved a long way from where you once considered home last year, what was the hardest thing and the best thing about the move?



The hardest thing about moving was having to leave my extended family: My grandmother, mom, dad, sister, brother, nephew & nieces, & my best friend. But, it was also the best thing to leave them too. It forced me to get out of my comfort zone & make my own adventures.

9) What's your favorite item in your etsy shop right now?



I think my favorite items are my Vintage Button Rings. I love them so! I wear one almost every day. They are a fun little accessory & I love all the different color combos. I especially love creating custom rings for clients---or sending surprise rings every month as part of my Vintage Button Ring Club. (Check out Nikki's AHHHMAZING etsy shop HERE!)

10) For someone who is on the fence about opening an etsy shop, what piece of advice would you give them?

I would say to make sure you really love making stuff just for the sake of making it & nothing else. Don't expect to make lots of money or get super duper famous. I love creating & it makes me happy to be a part of handmade & I want to make others happy by making them things too.

11) Where do you find inspiration for your crafts?



My girls have always been a big ole giant wad of inspiration to me. They are full of funnies & sillies & wonder & awe. I always joke about, when my girls are older & moved out of the house, I'll have to borrow someone else's kids.

Most of the time inspiration hits me at random times. I've learned to carry around a notebook & pen at all times. I even sleep with these under my pillow because sometimes I'll wake up in the night with an idea--or even some thoughts for a future story or blog post. (I also write weekly for a newspaper.)
12) Did you watch the Royal Wedding?
I waited to watch the Royal Wedding until it was on the internet the next day. And then, I just fast forwarded to the kiss.


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A HUGE thank you to Nikki Mans for agreeing to do this interview! Please check out her blog at www.whimsy-girl.blogspot.com!
Want to visit her super awesome Etsy shop? Click HERE!

Well, it's time for me to sign off, thanks for reading! Hopefully I'll post again soon! Breanna left a message on my phone yesterday saying she LOVED Wicked the Musical! Yay! Maybe we'll have to do a collab post about Wicked!

<3
Madeline (The Kamper of the Year :)

P.s. The pictures have nothing to do with Nikki's blog I just thought they were "Whimsical"





Thursday, July 14, 2011

Just a Spoonful of Sugar...

... helps the medicine go down.
  

   I received a piece of news from Maddie yesterday and she said she's had a nasty cough ever since she went to camp. Would you pray for her? There has also been an outbreak of lice and pink eye, and she said her cabin is the only one where nobody has contracted the diseases. Pray for a hedge of protection around them so that it stays that way! They came up with a couple of cheers, though:

L-I-C-E!
Keep your head away from me!
and
Lice free! Lice free!
That's the way we like to be!

Maybe it's working after all...

=)

Breanna

P.S. Praise the Lord that Governor Dayton and the Republicans finally came to an agreement and today is the last day of the government shutdown in Minnesota!

P.P.S. Tomorrow my mom and I are leaving for Washington DC! Prayers are appreciated!

Get crackin'! There's a lot of praying to do!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Kamper of the Year Episode 2: The CHALLENGE!



Hey Blog Pals!
    Oh. My. Goodness! Since I've last written (and I've last typed) so much has happened! On Monday, my Kabin went on a trip to K-Wet which is where you go and spend two days and one night doing a challenge course, boating, wake boarding, water skiing, or doing the high ropes course. My whole Kabin was not very excited for the challenge course but were told we were going second. (Uh-oh.) After we spent the morning and early afternoon on the ski boats it was time to face our doom. (:-O) Our Kabin set the goal of finishing by dinner. ("Mom! I'm going to go physically challenge myself on an intense course!"  "Sure, Honey. But be home for dinner!) First up was the scaling wall. We quickly decided on the order we would go in. I was third to last with two girls to boost me over. They decided to lift me like a flyer in cheer, which is fine because I am one. I stepped into their hands and on the count of three they boosted me, but instead of boosting me they basically tossed me over since I'm so tiny. (Is that a fat joke? Way to rub it in.) Then we had the trust fall where you fall off a platform into the arms of your Kabin-mates which went very fast. After that we had to get every girl over a log suspended ten feet in the air. It was attached to wire so it swung back and forth! (Yikes!) The fourth event we had to get everyone over "The SPOOL" *cue echo*. It's like a giant spool (I knew it!) that you have to climb over but it's on a stand and it spins! Right away after that we went on a mile or two run while the whole cabin carried a big wooden cross. It was so cool! Then we had to arrange ourselves in a certain order without talking, then swim across the lake and back. We found out that not only did we break that summer's record, but we broke the all time record! (Well done, grasshopper.) We did the whole course in 36 minutes and 14 seconds!
    When we got back from the trip, tribal Karnival started! Tribes are something we have at Kamp where they split the girls who are here their first year into tribes. You're either a Kiowa or a Kickapoo, and I'm a Kiowa. You compete against each other in sporting events and Karnival. The Kiowa's theme this year was Kiowa Sportscenter. Remember that post I wrote about flash-mobs? (Now you do.) Well my dream has come true! (Great, I'm glad someone has fulfilled that dream. Not that I'm bitter or anything... humnahumna humna...) Not only was I in one, I planned it! It was to Waka Waka and it was so much fun! I think someone filmed it, so when I get home I'll ask my Kamp buds to e-mail it to me.
    Well, it's time for me to sign out! Miss y'all!

<3 [& =)]

Madeline [& Breanna]

P.S. I heard a rumor... that BREANNA'S BIRTHDAY is coming up on the 17th! (All lies. Lies, lies, lies.)
P.P.S. We both hope you had a wonderful 4th of July! Don't every forget the brave men and women who died for our freedom!

I think I speak for all of us, Maddie