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Friday, June 29, 2012

* Tiny Tooth Fairy Package and Letter From Leafcutter Designs Review and Giveaway


We are BIG fans of all things TINY around here. 
We have a backyard filled with fairy gardens
and welcome regular visits from the Tooth Fairy. 


When my very talented, artist friends at Leafcutter Designs contacted me
about their World's Smallest Post Service, it was love at first site!
You can send tiny packages and tiny letters (even tiny invitations!) 
anywhere in the world.


The girls were delighted when our tiny package and letter arrived in the mail.


I took a photo with a dollar bill so you can get an idea of the scale.
The details are SO Adorable! 
Teeny Tiny stamps (love the snails) 
Tiny postage marks 
Little Labels and Stamps...
The attention to details is one of the things that makes this so fun
for Big and Little Kids. 

Click here to see their current line up of tiny packages!


Inside we found a note and a tiny compass from the tooth fairy.


Wrapped inside a tiny newspaper!


With tiny articles you can actually read if you have young eyes. 


Here's another view of the tiny Newspaper and tiny compass. 


Letters come packaged in a tiny glassine envelope with a wax seal
and a tiny magnifying glass (jeweler's loop) 
How cool would this be from your own tooth fairy? 
Their cards/letters come in 12 different designs and include your own custom message.
Did you see the tiny star confetti and wax seal on the envelope?! 


They make different packages and letters for various occasions.
And...they'll personalize it to say whatever you want.
I loved ours much, I ordered another package for my own
grandmother's upcoming 90th birthday next week! (shhh...don't tell her)

This is my very favorite product review I've ever done. 
I absolutely adore the attention to details by Lea and Devin!

Want some tiny mail of your own?
My generous friends at Leafcutter Designs are going to share their talent
and creativity with you in a giveaway.

Here's what you need to do: 
For your first entry
leave a comment 
on this post telling me your favorite package.

We'll pick three winners by random number generator.
They will send you a tiny package and a tiny letter. 
They ship internationally, so this giveaway is open to all!

For a second entry,
 leave a comment letting us know what kind of 
creative ideas you have for tiny objects and messages 
they should include in their new tooth fairy packages!

IMPORTANT: 
Make sure I have an email address for you in your comment
 so I can contact you if you're number is chosen, 
if I can't reach you, I'll have to pick someone else. 

Comments need to be left on this blog post (online), 
please don't send it to my email
or reply to me if you read this via subscription (RSS).

Three winners will be selected via random number generator 
and comments will be closed on 
Friday July 6, 2012 at 4pm EST

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama

FYI. All opinions expressed are my own. 
I did not receive any financial compensation to write this post. 
My family did receive an adorable, personalized teeny tiny package
 and a teeny tiny letter from Leaf Cutter Designs. 


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

* Summer Wish Flags (Summer To-Do List Modified)


The girls and I really enjoyed making our giant watercolor 
but wanted to make something different this year...

I was thinking about Tibetan Prayer flags during my meditation class.
I thought this project would be a fun and meaningful way for the girls 
to incorporate their summer hopes, wishes, and dreams 
into something beautiful and symbolic for our backyard. 

I'm not a fan of so-called "bucket lists" 
I feel they imply a "hurry up and cross everything off your list 
before you die" concept that is depressing to me
 and makes me feel like people are in too big of a rush
getting through the list to actually be living in the moment. 

I think this year in particular after losing my dear friend to cancer last month
and watching some other friends struggling with health issues, I wanted 
to go in a different direction with the girls and our Summer Fun list. 


First we brainstormed ideas for what our 
hopes, dreams, and wishes for this summer are...
"E" and I wrote everything down on a scrap of cardboard. 


We had this garden flag leftover in our craft room stash 
from making garden flags at our 
 (full instructions for our garden flag project is in my Backyard Fun ebook
Easy = muslin squares cut with pinking shears and stitched to a ribbon!


"E" wrote down the words from our list onto the flags, when 
she got tired of writing on fabric, she roped me into helping her. 
It ended up being a joint-project. 


To keep the permanent markers from bleeding all over the flags
and to help preserve the oil pastel drawings - we sprayed the flag
with a bit of clear sealant spray paint- it helps preserve the flags outdoors. 


The cardboard helps to protect the table from the permanent markers. 


Summer Wish Flags in progress...


"E" has awesome school teacher handwriting.
Love the dots on "F-U-N" I used to do that too when I was her age.


Our wish flags tied up on the side of our deck,
ready to carry our hopes and dreams for summer in a lovely summer breeze.



Happy Summer 
Wishing, Hoping, and Dreaming!




Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

I linked up and shared this post here. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

* Catching Fireflies Review and Giveaway!


Happy Tuesday My Artsy Friends! 
Today, I have a fun little summer giveaway for you and I think you're going to like it.
(Psst...I have another fun giveaway coming up on Friday this week too!) 



I'd like to introduce you to my newest and favorite kitchen goodie,
my turquoise blue gurgle pot! 
See him right up there on my kitchen shelf?  
He's over there between the cookie jar and my vintage blue Pyrex.
You want one too don't you? I'll tell you where you can get one in just a bit.

My lovely bloggy friend April has a fun little blog called
she recently featured my 4th of July sifted flour stars 
that is full of all kinds of cute (and easy) patriotic ideas.
She also has the world's cutest online gift shop!


I love to go browse there while the kiddos are in bed.
It's the perfect place to find that cute birthday present for your sister-in-law
or a clever little hostess gift when you go mooch off  stay with friends or family.

If you're in the Michigan (Detroit) area, you can go to their real store
for complimentary in-store pick up... 
I'll have to forgive them for the Michigan goodies since I'm a loyal Wisconsin girl (Go Badgers!)


And now back to my awesome fishy gurgle pot....
He's a fishy pitcher that makes hilarious gurgle noises when you pour him.
He's been quite a hit at the dinner table and
 we've been staying better hydrated thanks to him! 
My gurgle pot came from April's shop (he's only $39.95) 
and comes in other cute colors!

April is generously giving one of my US readers a $40 gift certificate 
for her Catching Fireflies online shop.

Comments will be closed and
 One reader will be chosen by random number generator on 
Friday July 6, 2012 at 4pm EST. 
(Make sure I have an email address to reach you!)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post saying 
one thing you'd like from catchingfireflies.com

For additional entries you can do any of these things and 
leave additional comments here letting me know what you did! 

* Share this giveaway post on facebook.
* Pin this giveaway post on Pinterest.

April is offering my readers a discount code at catchingfireflies.com
when you use coupon code: PINKANDGREEN for 20% off your purchases -
Expires August 1, 2012.


Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama
FYI. I did not receive any financial compensation to write this post. 
All opinions expressed are my own. 
I did receive a very cool fish gurgle pot, and I love it!


Monday, June 25, 2012

* Happy Birthday Eric Carle! Hungry Caterpillar Costume and Class Project


Today is Eric Carle's 84th Birthday!
He is one of our VERY favorite children's book author/illustrators. 
What better way to celebrate than to share "E"s Eric Carle biography project
with you from this past school year?!


This year, each student in E's third grade class, 
was asked to pick a famous person
to give a biography talk about, she picked Eric Carle.

"E" had to make a box to hold props for her talk.
So she took this shirt box and made patterned papers with do-a-dot markers and crayons.


She cut out this adorable hungry caterpillar and used a scrap book 
punch to make the circles.


Close up of her work -- so awesome!



Inside the box she had a homemade pom-pom hungry caterpillar
and a portrait of Eric Carle (she copied from a self portrait he made)
along with some books and her notes.


She also made this beautiful poster for her talk.


I LOVE the letters. She decorated the papers and cut the letters out
while I was cooking dinner. I was blown away when I came back into the art studio
and saw what she had been working on -- I think Mr. Carle should hire her as his assistant!


She decided to give the biography talk from the view point of the "Very Hungry Caterpillar"
and talk about her "creator" Eric Carle.
So we needed to make a costume for her to wear at school.


I whipped up this little polar fleece and felt hat for her to wear. 
And we sewed a bunch of green fabric pillows then stitched them together
and added shoulder straps (like a big pillow sleeping bag)


I went to school the day of her talk to take photos and watch her speech.
This is her "Mom, you're embarrassing me!" face 
as I'm photographing her in the hallway before her speech!


Giving her speech to her class.


"Johnny Appleseed", "Albert Einstein", 
"Juan Ponce de Leon", and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." 


Here's a link to my old post about our 


Happy Birthday Mr. Carle!
Here's to many more great books
 and creative endeavors!


Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama


Friday, June 22, 2012

* Mouse Painting With Cotton Balls and Q-Tips inspired by the book "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stohl Walsh


"C" and I recently read "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stohl Walsh.


We were inspired to try some "mouse painting" of our own!
I set up "C" at the easel. 
She dipped white mice (white cotton balls)
into a tray of red, yellow, and blue paint to experiment. 
I also gave her some Q-tips to try out.


At first I thought she was going to paint a rainbow...
I tried to keep my mouth shut and let her paint whatever she wanted.
She did not mix colors like I thought she would.


The golden arch, turned into a lady with golden hair.
Two blue eyes.
Two blue nostrils.
One red smile.
When she added the blue highlight she announced that it was me! : )
(I had a blue feather in my hair at the time)


Check out my fancy blue high heels to go with my blue hair feather. 
She wrote "Mom" with a Q-tip dipped in yellow/blue to make green.


You'll see the words "Mom" and "Boo!" at the top of the painting...
They're two of her favorite sight words that she can spell right now. 


It was a pretty fun way to spend an afternoon. 

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama

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