Thursday, 31 May 2012

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway

I am so excited to be doing my very first giveaway. 

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Liz Gardner at My Memories asking me to try out My Memories software and then I was given an extra one to give away to one of my readers.  I mean who wouldn't like that.  

I gave it a try and it is such a simple program to use.  The software comes with lots of choices for templates, backgrounds and embellishments.   You can also check out their website which has numerous pages of free digital scrapbooking kits.  Plus they have a ton of affordable kits you can purchase with a number of designs and themes. 


Okay so here is the deal to win the My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software ($40.00 Value)

- Please visit My Memories and pick out your favorite digital scrapbooking kit

Additional Entries: 

- Follow Creative Raisins (leave a comment on how you follow GFC, Bloglovin, etc)
- Follow My Memories 

The contest will end June 7

I will randomly choose a winner and announce them here on Friday June 8th
Anyone can enter.
Good Luck. 

Coupon Code

If you don't want to wait to enter the giveaway, you can use this code to receive $10.00 of your own copy of My Memories Suite at checkout: STMMMS27637

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Planter Box

 I am sorry I have been a little MIA lately but wow the past couple of weeks have been a little crazy.  We have been on a hunt for some new property, headed out for our first camping trip of the year, had a year end concert, and started our first season of football spring training.  Man I think I am just tired writing it, lol. 

So thank you all for sticking around and being patient.  

Today I figured I should get going on some projects, I have a few on the go but can't post some of them just yet.  

This was an easy one to do.  I used 6x6 boards cut to size and then with a little glue, nail gun and some good old paint. A simple and easy planter box filled with pretty flowers.

Just wanted to share with you a little snippet of my busy week.  Keegan decided to give football this year, he was a little bit worried about getting hit.  But after 5 practices he has come home after each tackling day and says he loves it the most, go figure. 

Also tomorrow I am going to be having my first ever give away so keep an eye out for that.

Monday, 21 May 2012

What A Great Long Weekend

While many were packing up their trailers and heading out for a weekend of camping we like to hang around home for May long weekend and avoid the crazyness of everyone going out.  

May Long for me means visiting the greenhouses, planting flowers and getting the yard ready for the season. 

I am loving how it is starting to look so far but have only got about half of the flowers planted, so maybe one more trip back to the greenhouse and we should be set.  

This week my Favorite finds has feature my Gardening Tool Boxes which always makes me smile when someone likes my projects.


I hope everyone had a great weekend as well

Monday, 14 May 2012

How About A Little Gardening

I hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day.  My boys spoiled me with breakfast in bed, awesome home-made gifts and a day of relaxing.  What could be better. 
Last weekend we set to work building these raised garden boxes and this weekend we finally got dirt for them so we were able to set out and plant our garden. 

Makai was so patiently waiting for his turn to plant something. 

With all of this extra space for our garden we decided we would plant some strawberry plants.  My husband figures the kids will eat them before they make their way inside.  

Chase got busy planting our herbs

 When all the garden was planted we had to have some garden stakes so we set out to make these, it was fun having the kids try to figure out what went where.  

With the garden all planted, next on the list is hitting up the green house and filling up our planters with a bunch of pretty flowers, I can't wait.  

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Gardening Tool Box

For every good Birthday Party you have to have a good party favor bag

Every year I try to come up with something a little different, something that the kids can use and personalize them.

This year for my sons buggy party I decided to make these fun Gardening tool Boxes.  Each tool box included a gardening shovel, bag of dirt, a pot and a package of seeds.

For this I got all the kids involved helping me.  Makai helped get me the wood to cut, then we would pass them over to Keegan who would sand all the edges and last we would hand them off to Chase where he would stand them up together and let me know how many more pieces we needed.

If you want to make your own here is what we did.

We used 
1x6 cut at 12" for the bottom
2 - 1x6 cut at 9" for the side.  I then measured 2" down and cut on a 45' 
2 - 1x4 cut at 12" for the sides
1 - 5/8" dowel cut to fit I believe this worked out to 13.5" long.  

Once I had all the pieces it was just a little wood glue and an air nailer to put it all together. 

Each one of the boxes were painted.  I decided on Brown for the boys and Pink for the girls and then finished off with their names stenciled on the front. 

The next day my kids got right to work putting their seeds into the pots and are waiting for them to grow. 

Monday, 7 May 2012

A Birthday Celebration

Good Monday Morning Everyone.

I hope you all had as good of a weekend as I did.  This weekend my youngest son turned 3 years old.  Each birthday I ask the kids what kind of a cake do you want and then run from there with their theme.  He told me he wanted a flower cake.  So not wanting to make a cake to girly I decided to combine that with one of his favorite things BUGS.  

I made this tree stump cake which was actually pretty easy to make.  I used a chocolate butter cream for the outside of the tree stump to give it a darker chocolate brown, this worked out perfect because this type of butter cream has a thicker consistency and was easy to make rough.  Makai helped me with this part we just used the back of a fork and pulled the icing until we got the look we wanted. 

For the top of the cake I used a regular butter cream icing in two colors that I piped on and then spread out with a knife.

The rest of the figures were made out of fondant, my favorite had to be the little mushrooms and the ladybugs. 

I would have to say my favorite part of making cakes is when the kids get up the next morning and the first thing they have to do is go and look at the finished cake and the excitement on their faces makes it all worth the while.