Friday, January 23, 2009

grandchildren steal your heart....

Valentines day is right around the corner and there are a couple of ideas to share. This is a very small heartpillow as you can see by my car keys, ....took a few minutes to stuff and sew on a bow made from a strip of fabric.

You will find the instructions here: heart-pillow
Stay focused..!! its a great website to get lost in.

I will post another idea in a few days. You will need red construction paper, one or 2 family photos and a ring (like the one you see above on the car key)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

your new friends...

Scales, stamps and packing supplies become your new best friends. For me, they need to be easily accessible and all in one place. Find out how much postage is for postcards, letters, flatrate envelopes and flat rate boxes. The last 2 items are available for free at a US post office and they can be used domestically or internationally.

If you have grandies in other countries, know the postage amounts and have a few stamps on hand.

I love I can print the stamps from my computer. If its a package, I print the label and then drive to the local post office. (Sometimes the mail van is in my neighborhood, and so I stop to give it to the mail man....saves stopping at the PO) If you have it all labeled you dont have to stand in line at my PO. Can you tell I try to avoid the PO? We have really nice workers at our Brea Post Office.

You can pack ALOT in the flat rate envelope, just as long as its under 4lbs and the envelope can be taped closed. ...! It only takes 2days to get places in the USA, and just a few more to get to other parts of the world. You wouldnt believe how much we squished into this Christmas package to New Zealand.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.

What does this have to do with grandies? Funny story. Last Spring in the US, I found little gardening tools and gumboots and butterfly nets and bugs at Target. Irresistible for young gardeners who love to help their dad. I bought a packet of the bright plastic bugs/beetles and packaged them up two at a time. They sat on my table stamped and ready to go and every week I put them in the post with the idea that Lucas would be excited enough to anticipate which bugs were coming the next week.

They didnt arrive and didnt arrive, but I still kept sending them. They eventually arrived in mass .....having gone through the scanner in NZ and been sent to the MAF (see title) to open and inspect. Yes I guess they may have looked like dead bugs...!!


Friday, January 2, 2009

what is important

The most important thing we can do for our grandchildren is pray for them...