Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday blog love and Gifties for my niece

(scroll down to the end of post for Monday blog love)

(I couldn't think of anywhere to hang the garland from
for a photo so I threw open the armoire and voila!)

Happy Monday morning to everyone!

It sure felt odd to not have been firmly planted in front of the computer screen as usual for a week and half.

I've been consumed with my nieces graduation gift and let me tell you, I could kick myself from here to Tierra del Fuego - I am so sick of myself and my procrastinating! ARGH!

Let's see - I only had MONTHS to work on her gift ... so what do I do???! Wait until five days before her baccalaureate event to begin. What a knucklehead I am.

Thankfully I can say, WHEW! It's done. Right down to the wire, but done. We all went out to dinner last night to celebrate Baccalaureate and at the end of the evening, I nervously handed over the bag with goodies for her and my anxiously wrought handiwork. I am listening for the phone to ring, hoping to hear she loved everything. Nothing yet (except for constant political calls - we vote tomorrow). I'm wondering if she's waiting until her actual graduation day on Thursday??? Certainly I will go nuts waiting, if that's the case.

If you're from California, you know that every occasion calls for See's Candies, so I got her the graduation hat box of candy - it came boxed in another box, with a cute diploma attached. (They taped it so I couldn't read See's good wishes for the Graduate - perhaps some subliminal message to buy lots of chocolate every day bwhahahahha!)

My niece is a major Twilight nut, so I begged hubby to run out and pick up the (just released Saturday morning) new Stephanie Meyer book for her too, while I continued to toil and stress away on her gifts.

And bringing up the rear, the two things I made for her were, a Congratulations garland and a quote book.

Free Rag Quilt Letters Pattern and Tutorial from Happy Together.
Congratulations garland inspiration from here.

Ay yi yi!

I started to type out every misstep and crazy thing that went on for you and then thankfully I came to my senses teehee.

Let's just say that I worked non-stop from Tuesday morning until Sunday afternoon, literally three hours before we had to leave to meet up with everyone for her baccalaureate celebration dinner.

Here's a few pages from the book I made ... thank you Leslie for the inspiration to include photos throughout her growing up years!

It's bare bones simple since this noodle head of an Auntie can't get her stuff together enough to allow ample time for a project. Sheesh! (hanging head in shame and kicking own patootie!)

Always Home
Beautiful Things To Share
C. Dianne Zweig
Celestial Charms
Gold Country Girls
J. Nichelle
Jolly Goode Gal
Meadowbrook Farm
min lilla veranda
Mom Wald's Place
Paper Art
Pringle Hill Studio
sew take a hike
Sunday Postcard Art
The English Kitchen
The Gahan Girls
The Pleasures of Homemaking
The Pleated Poppy
The Seventh Magpie
The Vintage Nest
whatever ...


  1. Sally! That quote book is WONDERFUL...lovingly personal and handmade, just perfect. I might just have to imitate you. And the banner is gorgeous. I am sure that your niece is very pleased with her treasures from a most talented and caring auntie. I love being an auntie, and I had some of the best in the biz to look too. Thank you for sharing your goodies and for inspiring us with kindness in general. Have a blessed week!!

  2. Sally,
    It doesn't matter that you waited until the last minute-You did a great job. I love the book!! Love the hearts and the words. Super job!
    Glad you're back. I know your niece will love it.Your banner is so cute too. You've been a busy girl.

  3. Sally, this is downright strange: I totally procrastinated on Beanie's banner too and started it Friday night at 10pm!!! Yours is awesome!

  4. Hi Sally! This list is ones I am mostly very familiar with! Gold Country Girls is one I've been reading everyday for at least two years. There are some very talented and inspiring ladies on your list today! Twyla

  5. Hi Jenny!
    So good to see you! :)
    You're a big sweetie, thank you so much for your kind words.
    Wishing you a lovely week!

  6. Hi Leslie!
    Thank you so much, that's so sweet of you! Speaking of busy, my gosh, you've been so industrious. Please send some of your painting mojo over my way, I'm miserable at it!
    Happy week to you!

  7. Hi Lori!
    Two procrastinators with banners on their minds! :) Thank you so much for your kind words. Coming over to visit to see yours.
    Happy week to you!

  8. Hi Twyla!
    Hey! You're always way ahead of me on the blog front. How do you do that?! It must be that two hour difference ahead of me. ;)
    Happy week to you!
    P.S. Woof woof to Barney! (hoping I remembered his name right???)