Sunday, September 26, 2010

Let Them Be Kids....

I had a wonderful day yesterday with my grandson. A few weeks ago my grandson asked me if I would help with the building of a playground at his school. Of course I agreed. He loves for me to take him to these things as I allow him more freedom.

I had to take a vacation day from work so waited til Friday before requesting it as it was forcasting rain. The event was going forward if there was only showers. I got up at 7am to be ready to be there for 8am and it was raining here...not a good start but phoned grandson and he said no rain here Grammie!

Off we went, boy was I surprised, lots were there already working away. It was daunting when we were told what was going to happen for the day! Not only was the new jungle gym to be finished(the men had worked on it for a few days as there was welding involved and kids could not be there) but old jungle gyM was repainted -

2 green spaces was just a of hard work there:

existing swings, baskeball hoops, soccer nets were all painted:

There was lots of tree trimming going on too...the front of the grounds was all thinned out and hauled away, the back of the lot was thinned out and some trails were made wider for skiing in the winter...I did not make it that far to get pictures.

At 11am they ran out of name tags for the volunteers....300 were ordered!!! It was amazing to see students, parents, teachers, principles and lots from the community to come together to make this happen.

It was a dream of a former teacher who was very active in the Home and School Program, LauraLee Crawford Walsh! Lauralee died of cancer a few years ago but her dream was never forgotten...the park was named in her honour and this is only Phase 1!

After some speeches, thank yous LauraLees family unveiled the sign and opened the playground to the kids...

The Home and School Committee could not believe what had been accomplished...we were there for about 6 hours! There were lots of donations of food, drinks and snacks... we all ate well and had fun along with accomplishing so much for the kids of the community!!!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Preparing for the Harvest

The fall or as some call it autumn is the most beautiful time of year. There are so many great colors with the leaves changing, the crops getting ripe for harvest and the late flowers.

I love it, it is nice to be outdoors working in the gardens or even getting the wood ready to put in for the winter.

Strolling through the shops of Etsy I was able to find lots of neat items that represent harvest and the fall.

Here is an adorable apron featuring pumpkins and squash by Boojiboo:

I love the smell of pumpkins and cinnamon and Sycamoreboutique has that covered all year around with these great soya candles:

I will help you with your decor for the harvest with these beautiful placemats:

Craftsbycarer will help you stay neat and tidy with this apron while you prepare the harvest preserves:

Gourmetplayfood has a neat card representing fall and harvest...send it off to a friend and invite them over to enjoy some of your vegetables and fruits:

Wildlifer will dress you up for the visit with these cute pumpkin earrings:

This is just a couple of neat fall items, live me a link to something in your shop and I will include you in my next blog post.

Be sure to pass this link along the more that reads our posts the better the chance of getting more into our shops.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

What I can get from Etsy Sellers to Prepare for Hurricane Earl

I live on Prince Edward Island and our weather is pretty predictable. Hot in the summer for a few weeks, August we have our annual Old Home Week then it turns cooler right after and we get ready for the winter. Winters can be long but not too bad... some years we get more snow than others.

But hurricanes do not come to our area very often. The last on was Juan about 5 years ago now they are talking about us getting Earl. So I was checking my list of supplies and I thought I wonder what I could get on Etsy if I was looking for things to help me lets see what I found!

First off candles...

Smokeymountainscents have a great deal on their soya candles!

More beautiful candles from SummerWilson8:

Now we need something to hold the longer candles in...lets check out Bloomroompottery for gorgeous candle holders:

Now we need something for the children to do... Games!

NewEnglandQuilter has cute Memory Games:

Aracne For Kids has neat finger puppets:

and how about this neat wooden puzzle by Usnavyretiredvet:

We will need to keep warm if we are in an area that is colder....we will check out blankets...

Craftsbycarer has cute ones:

Arrivingangels has gorgeous soft ones too:

Lets have some snacks....

Nikid has delicious choclate:

Brownbagbakery has carmels:

Well, that is a start for Hurricane Earl...but there are many many more things on Etsy for you!

Stay safe and hope that Hurricane Earl passes you by!

Wonderful Quotes to live by!

"Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you."

~ William Arthur Ward