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Thursday, February 26, 2009

How to donate to Locks of Love

Every two years I donate my hair to Locks of Love. I can't think of a more worthy cause than helping children to feel more self confident. I want to share my experience and a little tutorial to show you how easy it is.

You need:


  • Fill out the form
  • Place the hair in the ziplock bag
  • Mail in the form and hair in the padded envelope. 

  • There are some guidelines for the hair. There's even a video that shows how easy it is to donate. So, if you are thinking about getting a haircut soon, consider making a hair donation to Locks of Love. If you do, I'd love to see before and after pictures.

Now, some before and after pictures


My hair was layered so the longest piece was over 14 inches, but most of the ponytail hair was in the 12 inch range. In the past 4 1/2 years, I've donated about 35 inches of hair to Locks of Love.

I'm not that great at selfies but I think you get the point. :)
Here's another before and after with some more tips from me. 
Thank you for visiting We Grow By Our Dreams. I have lots more projects and tutorials on my other blog, The Vintage Sheet Blog. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How to have a great birthday

Monday was my birthday and I went with my mum, sister and niece to Disneyland, for free. We started the day at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel Storytellers Cafe.
First, I made some new friends.

Then, I had an amazing buffet breakfast. I was happy about all the healthy choices. Then, came my birthday dessert, sure it was only 9:30 a.m. but it was an amazing chocolate mousse covered in chocolate ganache.

Then, on to Disneyland where we rode a gazillion rides.

And, we made more friends.
Our one day ride total:
Jungle Cruise
Indiana Jones
Astro Blasters
Space Mountain (twice)
Honey I shrunk the Audience
Teacups (twice)
It's a small world
Big Thunder Mountain
Winnie the Pooh
The Haunted Mansion
Pirates of the Carribean
And, I got a pass to come to California Adventure for free within 30 days. woo hoo!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I have a few treats to share with you today.
This is a brownie baked in a heart shaped muffin pan. The frosting is chocolate ganache poured on top. I made the flower with chocolate clay. I haven't chosen a recipient yet. I had lots of Heidi Grace Love Blossoms goodies leftover so I used the flocked paper to cover Target mailboxes and the tops of the candy packages. The mailboxes were super easy with the Paper Garden template.
I make pink candy every year. I don't use a recipe. It's just melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes spread thin onto parchment paper. I have a bunting addiction. I made a 10 inch heart template and cut several different red and white fabrics and white felt. I zigzagged stitched the patterned fabrics to the felt. Then, I used my new Fiskars scalloped pinking shears to cut the edges and finished it off by straight stitching red seam binding on the back. It's hanging over my kitchen windows.
Have a lovely day. Oh, and I'm part of the Craft Critique Valentine's Day Carnival of ideas today.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Thrifty Crafter Frame

Rebecca from Fiskars gave me a challenge. I was sent a big box of Heidi Grace goodies from the Love Blossoms line and an inexpensive wooden picture frame and challenged to make something.

The tough part was that there was so much gorgeous stuff to choose from.

Wooden Provocraft Fame
Super thick Die Cuts (I used the "C", "H", "O", 2 blank squares and 3 little hearts and 2 circles)

Plastic Shapes

Ribbon (I used the pink one, 4th from top)

Die Cuts

Rub ons (I used the "l" and the "e")

Cardstock Stickers
Here are some close ups. I painted the front, back and sides with light pink paint. I distressed the heck out of all the paper and embellishments. I didn't think the L or the E matched so I made my own with rub ons. This frame was inspired by a frame made by Stephanie from Homegrown Hospitality as seen on Fiskars TV.

I made the frame for baby Chloe. I also made her a pink and green baby bunting. Isn't she gorgeous? (Ash, don't show Chloe, it's a suprise.)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weekend Happenings

Our Super Bowl spread complete with cheesy football and veggies, apple pie, chili and cornbread, sugar-free rootbeer, white cheddar popcorn and helmet jell-o jigglers.

My niece and I went for a walk along the wetlands at sunset yesterday. She took the picture of me. Be kind, I was makeup-free yesterday. Lost a front tooth.
Sitting by a big tree.
Looking toward the beach. The hills in the distance are actually Long Beach, it's beach faces ours.
Thanks for stopping by.


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