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Remember this post? Come on now, it wasn’t THAT long ago!

Anywho. I commented at the end how I loved the posters that were created for Cars2 and that I had a crafty idea for them. This one was relatively easy to crank out. There was some lively discussion about the appropriate way to affix the end result to the wall, but in the end, I think it turned out just great.

Oy. There’s a lot going on in this photo (say hi to Holly there on the bed if you can find her). The Cars2 art is there over the head of the bed. Here’s a detail construction shot.

I simply resized the photos to 5×7, made a stop by Michaels (where frames were on sale AND I had a 20% off coupon) for 15 cheap, non-matted 5×7 frames, and set them up in the order I liked. Josh cut a piece of wood to the same size as the frames and spray painted the edges black (ooo! Spray paint! Isn’t that all the rage right now?). Then I glued the frames down on the board. Josh added a couple sawtooth hangars to the back, and up it went. Quick, easy, cheap and most important…

The Boy loves it. He talks about the characters, he talks about the races, he talks about the places, and he talks about how fun it was to go to the movies. That’s my boy!

Last Friday I completed one more trip around the sun. For those of you keeping count, this was #37. Thank you so much for all the emails, phone calls, and cards. I love you guys!

Of course the grand occasion of a birthday can mean only one thing. Cake? Nah. A party? Nah (okay, yes, but that’s another post). New art for the frames!

First up, a quote from one of my favorite sports characters:

Before I had access to Netflix streaming videos, I would watch Mike & Mike every morning while running to nowhere on my treadmill. If you haven’t read his book Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot, you should. It’s hilarious. Whether you’re a sports fan or not. And if you’re married to, engaged to, dating, or just drooling over a sports nut, then consider this your guidebook. I found an image like this on Pinterest, but it was small and I couldn’t find the original so I recreated it.

This one I also found on Pinterest, original source here. Cupacake! Sparklers! Perfect for a July birthday!

And lastly…

Inspired by another I found at Etsy, but customized for ME. I’m envisioning using it for the other birthdays in our household, with an appropriate amount of candles at the top. (Uh, yeah, I left off the 30 and kept the 7. Seemed prudent.) If you want one, say so in the comments and I’ll email the big image to you.

My family, as usual, spoiled me rotten for my birthday. The kids smothered me in hugs and kisses and happy birthdays along with hand made cards. My mom bought me the bike basket I’ve been wanting (photos later) along with a cool Frank Lloyd Wright frame, and a FLW notepad. My hubby spoiled me with the rocking chairs I’ve been begging for for the front porch (photos…later). And my sister-in-law spoiled me with the birth of a brand new nephew to share my birthday.

I’ve quite a few updates waiting to be posted. Craftiness. Craziness. Cuteness. Just keep your pants on, they’re coming as quickly as I can. It’s summer! Who wants to spend the evening on the computer writing blog posts? We’d much rather be swinging, biking, and swatting mosquitoes. So yeah…they’re coming, slowly but surely.

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your day off with family and friends, relaxing in the sun, eating yummy foods, and lighting sparklers and those weird snakes. Me? In my office dungeon at Rushmore. So I’m rebelling and taking a few minutes to put up this blog post.

I have always loved the 4th. Mainly? Fireworks. (Also? Prelude to my birthday. Woo-hoo!) For the first 8 years of my existence in South Dakota, I spent the 3rd up to my eyeballs in patriotism and celebration. (And getting paid for it. Perk!) Mt. Rushmore used to put on quite an awesome Independence Day Celebration, always held on the 3rd so as not to interfere with local communities on the 4th. Unfortunately, the fireworks have been put on hold indefinitely. (They’re blaming the pine beetle infestation…) The NPS still tries to provide a variety of entertainment on the 3rd, but without the fireworks it doesn’t have the same draw. People used to line up to get into the park at 5 am. Seriously. And they wouldn’t leave until midnight after the fireworks. But now the 3rd is just another day and while I’m not required to work it, it also means no big-league CNN-airing celebration in the area. The 4th, either way, is not a paid holiday for us, so here I be. This evening we’ll head over to Custer to hang out with friends and watch the fireworks. It will be a much more low key affair, but that’s okay too. I shall try again for some awesome firework photos. And likely fail miserably what with the contributions of little hands to the attempt.

‘Round the house, I swapped the frames again…


First one is my own creation – photo shop and a free fireworks brush. Middle one is an image I think I found on Flickr eons ago. It’s been hanging out on my computer and I can’t find it anymore.. The 3rd one is from here. Found via Pinterest.

I also spruced up the entertainment center.

Stuck a couple pinwheels in the orchid (actually, stuck one on the stake for the flower stalks, the other on a dead flower stalk I hadn’t trimmed back, hence the wonky angles). The small USA tryptich is made from a couple sheets of scrapbook paper and some stick-on embroidered letters. You know, the ones you used to have on your letterman’s jacket. Instant cheap art! The red frame art is found here. Love this blog. So full of fun ideas! Much to my husbands perturbation, I also put up her Candaian version for a few days. Did you know I used to be able to sing the entire Canandian National Anthem? Call it a hazard of attending a major hockey school who happened to import a large number of Canucks. So a nod to our northern neighbors.

What’s everyone else doing to celebrate our birthday? Somebody, please go watch the Chicago fireworks over the lake for me…