One of the neatest parts of living in the country has been exposing the girls to things they never saw in the city. Sadie loves to chase the geese, and Bailey really tries to peek in the bird's nest to see the babies.
And just this week, Bailey discovered her very first frog. No, she didn't try to kiss it and turn it into a prince. But she did try to eat it. Well, she carried it around in her mouth anyway. We had to have a quick lesson in "Frogs Are Friends, Not Food."
So instead of snacking on it, she decided to follow it around the driveway. Apparently she scared it stiff, because it just sat there for long stretches watching her. Eventually she sat down next to it and just watched it back. Every now and then she would nudge it with her nose and it would hop a foot or two away. Then she'd get up, walk over to it and lay back down. She must have done this four times over the course of 10 minutes or so.
Then Danny came outside and she just had to show her daddy what she found. There went the frog back in her mouth. He rescued the poor little thing and released him into the grass. Bailey still wanted to follow it, so she waded through the grass after it, sniffing and tracking. Two days later she was still trying to find her little friend.
I just hope he survived his ordeal with the big, black dog. He's probably telling all his froggy friends about it to this day! And they just roll their eyes and tell him they've heard that one a hundred times now.
We're having so much fun putting together goodie bags and door prizes for our upcoming ladies retreat at the church. So many of our ladies have donated craft supplies, decorations, time and energy to treat our visitors to an amazing time. These keychains are just one of the gifts some of the attendees will find in their bags. All you need to make them are a variety of beads, some fairly thin yet sturdy cord and a jump ring. Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and string it through the jump ring. String matching beads on both sides. And tie it off with a double knot. So simple, yet so pretty. Here's another variation: Cut a length of cord, fold it in half and thread it through a jump ring. Tie one or two beads on one side and tie it off with a knot. Make the other side longer with additional letters and beads before tying it off. Make a variety of lengths, colors, patterns and phrases so no two are alike.
This card table recover project has been on my to-do list for months. I've been using it as my workspace in the craft room for quite some time, and it sees a lot of abuse. Here it is now, with a neutral cover on it so I can take better pictures for my tutorials. There were dents and dings in the old blue covering from metal tools. And yes, I've used my embossing heat tool on it several times, leaving pretty good scars. The padding underneath the blue cover also made it difficult to keep paper crafts flat when adhering them together, so it was time for something new. That's where a simple vinyl tablecloth comes in handy. The process to recover the table is pretty simple, but I learned a couple of lessons the hard way. I share them with you now. First, don't do this on any surface but a carpet. I tried it on the deck int he sunshine to get better pictures, but all it did was tear up the cover. Second, get a second pair of hands to help you kee
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