Little Cupcake


This one is for your POPS!

My dad told me that as much as he enjoys looking at my artsy-crafty projects what he really wants to see is SMILES on my blog!!  So here ya go Papa!


And dad do you recognize that spice tin? I think it’s from your house!  LOVE YOU!


Monster Mail!


Last year I made these MAKE-A-MONSTER kits for the kiddo’s classmates.  I loved the idea so much that I decided to make a couple big versions and send them out this year!


Make-a-monster kit ideas (I wrote this inside the lid to get their creativity going):

1.  Make a monster Halloween card

2.  Make a hand-print monster

3.  Make an abstract monster

4.  Make a pet monster

5.  Make a monster collage

Paper treat bags from Wisker Graphics!  

 I wonder what the postal workers might think if they checked inside this box! heheheh… they might not get my humor!

copyright-katherine-marie-093013bKit includes:

Monster treats– M-n-Ms of course!

Monster fur– crinkle paper

Monster fluff– pom poms

Monster paint & brushes

Monster cards—  kraft card stock

Monster hair– yarn  (I don’t know why this one makes me chuckle!)

Monster spots— buttons

Monster glue—  I almost forgot to put this in!!!


Can’t wait to see what kind of sweet monsters emerge from this box!



More happy mail!  copyright-katherine-marie-092313a

 Pink Goodies all packaged up on IG– here!

I call this one my “tickled-pink-to-have-a-friend-like-you” box!




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“What you are comes to you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


You decide every moment

of every day

who you are

and what you believe in.

You get a second chance

every second.


Now isn’t that awesome??!


“Every sunrise is proof that God is still in the miracle business.”   –Unknown

I might add…  every smile, every flower, every tender kiss, every baby…


“What did you do as a child that made the hours pass like minutes? Herein lies the key to your eathly pursuits.”

Carl Jung

Yes, I lined up my baby dolls and set them up “just so” I could take a “pretty” picture.


 “Every experience God gives us,

every person He puts in our lives 

is the perfect preparation 

for the future that only

He can see.”

Corrie Ten Boom


All my love to you on this long weekend!


P.S. The poetry book above (picture number three) is extraordinarily sweet and is one of my very favorites.

Pretty Little Sardines!


I have an amazing friend who, you’ll never believe this, loves SARDINES!!!  I wanted to send her a surprise in the mail so I searched and searched every local grocery store for those slimy little fish.  Those suckers are hard to find, so I added some non-fishy goodies to her package too.  Her heart is as big as the world we live in and I hope these packages bring her a dose of all the joy, kindness and encouragement she has given me!


 Happy Mail!  Happy Mail!  I love happy mail!!!  I have EVEN more boxes to share with you someday…  I’ve been a wrappin’ fool lately!

copyright-katherine-marie-083013b Instagram shots from Origrami (whom I absolutely love!) and vintage postage stamps.


I hope you have a beautiful day!

God Bless!



Life Lessons from Teddy


Lesson One:  You are never alone.  Not ever.  Not for day.  Not for a minute.

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 ESV


Lesson Two:  Childhood is magical.


Lesson Three:  Like your mama said, “God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt.”


Lesson Four:  It might feel hard to do the right thing.  Do it anyway.


Lesson Five:  Not everyone is going to like you.  And that’s perfectly okay.


Lesson Six:  “God writes the gospel not in the bible alone,

but also on the trees

and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”  Martin Luther


Love & Cupcakes in Chicago


 Last weekend Amanda from Oh My Little Dears & I had a girls weekend in Chicago! We had fun visiting all the traditional touristy spots, but the very best part was Sprinkles Cupcakes, brunch with A Pretty Cool Life and spreading a little love with some acts-of-kindness!


Smile for the Camera!  Would you take a picture if you saw this sign?!  I sure WOULD!


Iphone Pics:  1. Cupcake ATM   2.  You’d be amazed how many people passed over the two dollar bills we left on the sidewalk!  3.  We left chalk for folks to pretty up their street with.  These were the first two girls to stop and start drawing!   4.  Kindness Kits!  Chocolate bars for city workers and goodie bags for anyone that needed a smile.   5.  You can even get “frosting shots” at Sprinkles.  These are their sinfully delish cupcakes.   6.  Disposable Camera Installation   7.  Amanda!  Yes, she is just as kind, creative and brilliant as she is on her blog and IG!     8.  Chalk-for-you spot   9.  Me. Dorky.  Jumping!



We decorated this disposable camera with glittery & oh Hello Friend tape and then left it for people on the street to find.  Unfortunately we got lost and couldn’t find our way back to the camera to pick it up at the end of the day.  I was so bummed that we missed all the pictures that people took.  If you are in Lincoln Park and happen to come upon this camera let me know what’s on it!  I think the kids and I are going to set up some  “camera installations” around here before summer ends.

Wishing you lots of love and cupcakes today!




Silly Day!

Hooray for Silly Day!copyright-katherine-marie-061913d

[Super Silly Dress Up Contest]


The challenge was to create the silliest costume possible.  Blaise won most creative!  Frankie didn’t seem to think wearing a wig was a good idea.


[Silly String Fight]




Whooooo hooooo!


How bout a ride on the

“Silly Shaving Cream Slip-n- Slide?”

(Idea via the endlessly fun PlayCreateExplore blog, h/t Pinterest)


Seriously a blast.  I almost took a ride myself, but I had to protect my camera… hehehhe…


We had so much on our Silly Day to-do list that it actually turned into several crazy DAYS!  I’ll post pics of our silly slime and homemade Silly Putty soon.

Hope you are having a super summer!