Sunday, February 26, 2012

Love For Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

On February 18th we hosted our annual Scrapbooking/Craft Love Crop For a Cure to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Thirty wonderful ladies spent the day scrapping and crafting! This year we raised $846.66, which is almost $300.00 more than last year's Love Crop!
It is always fun to see the creativity each person brings to what they are making. There is so much talent in one room.Thanks to Target, Food Lion, Giant, and Tastefully Simple, we had a delicious lunch and yummy snacks. Of course, a Love Crop wouldn't be complete without some "lovely" cupcakes.
This year two vendors joined us: Creative Memories and Thirty-One. Thanks Ally and Courtney for your contribution to a successful event!
It is always such joy to meet new crop attendees! This year we welcomed seven new scrapbookers to our Love Crop!
We are always grateful to welcome back scrapbookers who have been coming to both our Love Crop and our Fall Crop For a Cure.
Congratulations to our door prize winners!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


I love any excuse to make cupcakes and decorate the house, so with Valentine's Day approaching I thought it would be fun to plan a little party for the four grandkids who live close by. Their moms and dads would get a night out kid-free! I spent a few weeks planning the menu, the evening activities, and decorating. I loved reading some of my favorite blogs for ideas. This morning I made red velvet cupcakes, one of my favorite flavors!
Last week, Sasha, Clara, Dixon, and Emme made the adorable hearts that we turned into a sparkly banner behind the table. This was one of the blog ideas! Then I found these cute drink bottles along with the paper plates and napkins at The Dollar Tree - what a great place to get fun party gear so cheap!
Dinner was Tastefully Simple Vidalia Onion Crispy Chicken, veggies, and a melt-in-your mouth stovetop macaroni and cheese from a favorite blogger - Brown Eyed Baker. It was so good! I actually substituted gluten free elbow macaroni and the kiddos went for seconds!
We did two craft projects - bookmarks and wooden cupcake ornaments.
Then it was cupcake tasting time! I loved the way these cupcakes turned out!
Dixon was definitely focused on the cupcake! The kids wanted seconds of these, but I knew the parents would not appreciate kids on a sugar high! I sent some home with them!
It was unanimous that this is going to be an new annual tradition! We had so much fun!
I found all of these wonderful candies in pinks and reds, and white and each of the grandkids got to take a small bag and fill it with their choice of goodies.
Their little Valentine present bags contained a variety of goodies - books, art pencils, hair bows, and matchbox cars. On Valentine's Day - Tuesday night - Jim and I get to have our own date night. We are going to the Luhrs Center to see Fiddler on the Roof. Going to the theater is a wonderful way to spend Valentine's Day! I hope you enjoy the day!