Tiny Eden

Friday, March 30, 2012

Pinterest Project Week 2 of 52: Yarn and Strawberries

Week one was a success!  I sold 3 of my dry erase boards and I am putting that money towards my Great Strides fundraising.  As of right now, I should be on week 3, but I was on vacation in NY celebrating my grandfather's 90th birthday and my nephew's first birthday, which are actually both today.  When I am on vacation, my Pinterest Project is on vacation as well.  NY was a blast.  I got to spend time with my family as well as see Kathleen and Julie.  They always take the time to see me when I am home and I am so grateful for that.  My mom and I went to the city on Saturday to the Dooney and Bourke store and to Bloomie's.  Later that nite, I went to dinner with Kathleen and Julie.  I also ventured to Valentino's, the chocolate place, got a burger and fries at a diner, and had a fantastic roast beef dinner to have an early celebration for Grampy's birthday.

When I was home, I spent some time just admiring my Gramps.  It is hard to believe he is 90.  When I got to my house, he was sitting in the back yard with Stina, feeding the birds.  He saw me when I got to the gate and recognized me instantly.  We had a long conversation about gardening and the weather.  He showed me all of the pots that he filled with soil and the area in the yard where he climbed onto a 3 foot wall and dug all the holes and planted seeds for his cucumbers and peppers.  He pulled out the hose and watered the plants then rolled the hose back up again.  He put the chairs that were in the yard back into his shed and then walked swiftly to the side door where he walked up the steps and into his house.  Once we were inside, he made himself dinner, checked his blood sugar and gave himself his insulin as well as took out all of his pills and took them.  When we were at dinner, I watched as he ate, still being able to use his utensils with ease.  While my mom and sister cleared the table, I took one of his hands in both of mine and told him what great hands he has - not a wrinkle and callous free, which is surprising for someone who has worked in a garden his whole life.  His nails were nicely manicured and his hands were tan.  The only signs of aging were only about 4 or 5 little age spots.  When I was spending the afternoon with him, he dropped a twist tie on the floor and he bent down with ease and picked it up and stood right back up again without a problem.  He is AMAZING!!!!  90 has never looked better.  I only hope that I look that good when I get to be half his age. 

On to my Week 2 projects.  The first project I tried was cheesecake stuffed strawberries.  They were so easy to make that I have made them twice in the matter of a week and a half.  Plus, they were so yummy, my sister is going to make them for Easter.  I found the recipe on this yummy blog!  I used a paring knife and a wooden skewer to take the insides out of the strawberries and I used my brand new pastry gun that I purchased several months ago but was too intimidated to use.  I had a 50% off coupon from Hobby Lobby so that is what I used it on but opened the box and got scared.  Not only was it easy to use but it made the strawberries look spectacular.  Sam brought them to work and they disappeared in a short amount of time.  Here are pictures of the finished products.
My second project were yarn balls that we are now using in a vase in our entryway.  I could not figure out what to put in it for the longest time and when I saw them, I knew they would be great.  As always, I did not read the instructions prior to trying this, so I am sure that it would have been a whole lot easier if I had done it the way it is supposed to be done.  I used cotton twine, Elmer's glue, and water.  In order to get them another color, I tinted the water and glue mixture with some gold paint and some brown paint.  The next time I do these, I will use the colored yarn that the blogger recommends.  Also, the blogger made hers in the shape of Easter eggs in order to make garland.  I used water balloons and only blew them up large enough so they would form a perfect circle (well, almost perfect).  The blogger blew the balloons up so that they would form an egg shape.  I found this project on this crafty blog here!  Here is a photo of my lovely yarn balls in our entryway!  If you are interested in them, let me know!  I can whip some up for you for only 5 for $7! 
Please remember that 15% of the profits goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to help find a cure for this nasty, stinky, awful disease!  Stay tuned for Week 3 of my Pinterest Project. 

“Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.” ~Author Unknown

“Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.” ~Jack Benny

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