Sunday, August 31, 2008

Mom's Birthday

On August 30th, Mom celebrated her ## birthday. We don't keep track of age because with Mom age is just a number. It defines how many years she's lived but it does not keep track of the age of her spirit. Mom will always be a young girl, cracking up at all types of jokes and hanging out with her kids, from all ages that is. See how happy she is with Baby Bear and Abrakadabra.

Cheeky kids aren't they all.

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008


My sis, JennyC-No.3 and I have been baking and decorating cakes and cookies for so many years now and we've made the move to officially start our own business!!! Sweet Symphonies. I'll have a better intro for our business soon and especially a link to our website very soon. The website is under construction as I'm trying to add as many fabulous pictures of our creations, which brings me to my post today. Reminicing. Once upon a time sister and I were the Bells of the baby shower. We had people calling us from everywhere to create a baby cake for them. Of all the cakes we created, this baby remains my favorite.
Isn't he just delicious. The mom-to-be had pooh themed shower. Our client, her lovely sister wanted a cute baby cake but future mommy was hoping for a pooh bear. Sister and I put our heads together and cake up with Little Mr. Cutie above, a baby dressed up as "Pooh Bear." Our design left everyone overjoyed and they loved his cute little saying "A Honey of a Baby." Not only are we cake designers, somethings we are problem solvers. We had so much fun making him and we can't wait for future babies, cakes that is.

Friday, August 15, 2008


Would you like to try something truly scrumptious? Wouldn't you like to try a delectable piece of apple pie at the office but would rather not have the huge mess or the calories? Then look no further and grab a box of these delicious fruit crisps. My mother gave me a sample of one of these delightful treats and hubby and I love them!!!
To look at them one would think, only 100 calories, can't be good and that certain someone would be wrong. Should you run into one of these so called disbelievers, snatch the crisps from them and gobble them yourself. They don't deserve them. I've only tried the Apple fruit crisps but I hear there is also Berry, which may prove to be elusive as I've yet to locate them. Hubby and I have just opened the box and I'm already placing it on our grocery list. If there was only one left I would feel compelled to hide it from Hubby. Sad but true; to keep myself on the straight and narrow I need to buy more.

Friday, August 8, 2008

The Twilight Saga bit me too

I love reading. Especially if I'm lucky to find a good book, I devour it in less than a day, provided I have little interruptions like work. Some books I'll find by accident, just stumbling across it in either the library or the book store. Other times it will be from word of mouth. This time I fell for the hype. Yes, I was bitten (pun intended) by the Twilight Saga book. Luckily, I only had just heard about them so I didn't have to wait years for them to come out. Rather, it was the comparison to Harry Potter, which is one of my favorites, that drew me to read Stephen Meyer's work.

Twilight, the first book, was a wonderful read. A great escape into her idea of the world of the vampire. The characters of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen were definitely intriguing. After reading up on the author I found out why. Stephen Meyers had included elements of Pride and Prejudice, my all time favorite book. Meyers stated in an interview on ( that she loosely based her characters, Bella and Edward on Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. There are definite elements in each of Meyer's characters that bear similarities to the classic and beloved characters of Austen. For this reason only I was hooked. I needed to know what happened to the characters. I need to see if Bella would indeed become a vampire and if Edward ever slept (in the book vampires don't need to sleep :)).


I read Twilight and it was a good read. Not as good as Harry Potter, but on its on level very good. I will definitely keep it in my collection and read it again from time to time. After Twilight I read the next, New Moon which expanded on Jacob's character. A good read as well but I was slightly disappointed in Bella. In Twilight, she was an independent girl, good at school and good alone. When Edward left her, she shrunk into herself, doing odd things just to hear his voice in her head. First love, true love doesn't necessarily mean obsession but that is what became of dear Bella. She lost her gumption. She was no longer Elizabeth Bennet in modern times but just Bella a teenager who had lost love. I could sympathize with her to an extent but it was a bit difficult to like her as much as I had in the first book. With Eclipse, further expansion on the characters came about and of them all I liked Jacob. Read it and you'll see. Bella gained some gumption back but never enough to satisfy the first book. The most interesting part of the entire book was Edward's marriage proposal to Bella. He would only make her a vampire if she married him. How sweet. No really very sweet. So why am I reading this if Bella was disappointing, I needed to know if she became a vampire. I won't spoil the book for anyone who hasn't read it, I realize its just out and I'd like to abide by Stephenie's wishes not to reveal anything so that they can experience it themselves. I will say this though, I liked Bella more at the end of the book, not as much as in Twilight but she came alive for me at the end, yet again pun intended. There were some hokey ideas that I could have done without but I'm glad I read it. I'm glad I found out what happened to Bella. Will I keep all of the books...nope..I'll just keep Twilight.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Mommy's Card

I know I have made promises to myself to craft and do something fun and although I haven’t kept up with the blog don’t worry I have been keeping up with doing something "good" each day. Honestly. I'm not just sitting around doing nothing, I’ve been making progress in my house, ripping out rugs and getting things organized which is a definite plus. Such good progress in fact that I was able to make a card for my mommy even though her birthday isn't until the end of the month!!!!! I thought my mom would definitely get a kick out of the vellum page quote "It's hard to raise a family especially in the morning." I mean wouldn't she know best. :)
The flowers were cut from paper I had left over from a layout and the ribbon was chosen to match her scrapbook page which featured her and her fave, Kermie, eyelets were punched into the vellum to secure it to the card and viola' we have a homemade card especially for Mom. One craft down and more lovely possibilities ahead.
I'm finding it easier to make cards then to make scrapbook pages and I've figured out why, my scrapbook page will live forever in my album whereas my card is given away and poof there goes my memory of it, but the page will live on in my home so if I don't get it right I'll agonize over it forever. Anyone else out there feel my pain or am I in this predicament alone?