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New Card Fridays

Awhile back, I set a goal to use up scraps and make a new card each Friday.  Although there have been several card-less Fridays, I have had the opportunity to do a lot of creating so here is what I've been up to.

I love my Cuttlebug!  I also wanted to incorporate my newly acquired crochet skills onto my cards so here is an example of that.  I also did a double border punch for the side.

Here's where I jumped on the paint chip bandwagon.  I like how it turned out.  Again with the Cuttlebug, but I also used some glitter glue to jazz up the edges.  I find this form of glitter mildly acceptable because it is glue, and when it dries, the glitter does not come off.

More Paint Chip flowers.  I popped these up with foam, if you can't tell from the pic. I also found a great location to photograph my cards using daylight.  Yay!

At least I changed paint chip colors here.  I made the frame and the text with a free svg file and cut it on my cutting machine.

I wanted to try out the flower technique I learned here, and this was the result.  I love it, but I won't be able to mail it.  Actually, I don't think I can get it into an envelope either.

Here is a simple one using my crochet skills again.  I found this cute heart tutorial here and wanted to try it out.  So simple!

With Christmas just past and my birthday in 4 days, I have received / will probably get new crafting tools.  So fun!  If I get a craft store gift card, I'll use part of it to expand my Cuttlebug folder collection, since all of the embossed cards pictured use the same one!


I want to take this post and document some of the things Annique is doing now.  She is at a really fun stage and we love to watch her face light up and hear her little giggle.

Language:  Annique knows a mixture of 30-40 words/signs.  Heard most often around here is, "Peas. Mo."  She'll sign and say "please, more" a lot.  Unfortunately, it often doesn't connect to anything.  She says it when she wants something, and we get to guess what.  When we're in the bathroom and she says, "Peas. Teeth." I know she wants to brush her teeth.  "Peas. Mo. Crackie" refers to her desire for a cracker.  We particularly love how she wants more of something she has not had yet.

Reading:  Annique is a true fan.  She'll bring me book after book after book until I've read every one in sight!  She toddles over toting her book and just plops down in my lap.  I love it. She will also look at something with text on it and babble as if she is reading.

Identification of Animals: She knows a dog, cat, duck, bird, frog, cow, horse, and starting to learn fish.  She loves to sign dog, cat, and horse!  Annique can also tell you what most of those animals say.  Just not a cow.  "Annique, what does a cow say?"  "COW!"

Identification of Numbers: Although she can't count, she can identify 2, 3, 4, 5, and sometimes 6.  We attribute this to a game we play with the number rug my mom made for her.

Identification of Body Parts:  She can find her eyes, teeth, nose, ears, hair and bellybutton.  She can locate all of those on you too, just not the bellybutton.

Fine Motor Skills:  This girl can pick up one single strand of hair.  She can also stack 8+ blocks, which the physical therapist says is a 24-28 month skill.  She can feed herself with a spoon, a skill of which she is quite proud.

Gross Motor Skills: She is walking around like crazy and has even started dabbling in running.  She still stumbles a lot.  She wears orthopedic inserts in her tiny shoes to help keep her ankles straight.  She's a little pronator.

Other:  If you tell Annique to go hit a high note on the piano, she will.  If you tell her to hit a low note on the piano, she can do that too.  You shouldn't be too surprised as this is Dan's kid.

Loves: Being tickled, wearing a hat, graham crackers, reading, laying down on the floor to peek under the door if you're in the bathroom

Hates: Getting out of the crib after a nap/ in the morning, having her hair washed, hearing that she can't do something

Love this girl to pieces!  Even if she is the reason for my irregular blogging.  I have other posts floating around, so we'll see if I can get to them soon...


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