Thursday, May 27, 2010

Flip-Flop Card Tutorial Video

This flip=flop card is fun to make! I made this video a while back for a website and wanted to share it here, too (I retain rights to all of my video productions). I hope you enjoy the video! Happy card making!

Flip-Flop Card from Pattie Curran on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Benefit Concert for Shwachman-Diamond America

We had a great turn out for the Benefit concert.  We raised $282 for Shwachman-Diamond America

25 children performed!  Thanks to everyone who made thsi a success-- especially Margaret McDonald, Director of St. Mary's Music Academy.  Above is a picture of some of the performers.  Several students left before we could get the picture in. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bird Feeders from Old Christmas Ornaments!

Yesterday, we made bird feeders from some old Christmas ornaments!  We crushed egg shells (a good source fo cacium for birds!) and had raisins, peanuts, and sunflower seeds to use.  We made a few by spreading peanut butter around the ornament and them rolling them in our fruit, egg shell and nut mixture.  We also did a few by mixing peanut butter with shortening and spreading that on theornament before rolling it in the mixture.  I also posted pictures of my latest card creations here: Pattie's Cards

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Baseball season is in full swing.  It seems like it is filling up a lot of our time between practice and games and more practice!  Sean has been really excited about baseball.  I've taken a few good pictures of baseball this season.  I keep forgetting my camera!  This Wednesday, we are going to go out to watch teh Winston-Salem Dash play.  Matthew is a bat boy and we can't wait to see him work.   Come out and heckle him with us at the noon game on Wednesday, if you are able.

It is also that time of year-- CAT testing!  We just got the CAT this past week and the boys will do the testing tomorrow.  Sean exclaimed, "I love the California Achievement Test!  It is the easiest day of the year!"  We've got confirmation thsi week and we have scheduled NO appointments!   We've got quite a few in June, but nextweek, we're taking a break!

Here's a picture of Sean batting:

Sean coming around third:

Sean making it to home plate:

Sean throwing the ball from outfield:

Couldn't resist this shot!  The pitcher taking a break.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Greek Art

The boys were very excited to bring their finished projects home!  They made hte plates themselves with clay, then carved designs in them.  Followed by painting with an old Greek painting technique before glazing.  I have them hanging in my kitchen.  Nice work, boys! They all think their plates are "the best" and were arguing over it!  ~smile~  Boys!

Joseph's Plate:
Matthew's Plate:
Sean's Plate:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


We went on our yearly strawberry picking expedition. YUM.  We actually go a few times each season.  We're already searching for new strawberry recipes to try out.  This year for Mother's day, I received a copy of Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  Divine!  I made quiches the other day and tonight I am trying Chicken Fricassee -- with a strawberry dessert.  I think we'll try Strawberry Bavarian Cream!

We found out last week that J's IgG is still low.  We're up for our yearly insurance approval and once again, they wrote the wrong diagnosis, so it had to be appealed.  After 8 years, I know the drill! 

Here are a few pictures from strawberry picking today:

Cheaper by the Dozen Pictures