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(click HERE to see how I made this patriotic plate)

Quote of the Day:
“Our hearts are broken, but they are beating, and they are beating stronger than ever.” -Rudolph Giuliani, New York City mayor.

It’s 4:39 am in the morning.

I am not quite sure why I am up right now. Maybe because I went to bed last night thinking looking at a note I have in my phone. It’s a note that I have been carrying over from phone to phone for many years now. It says:

9:55 am South tower falls
10:28 am North tower falls 

Everyone in the world has their own memory of that day. Their own feelings. I try not to think of the negative feelings I felt that day and how scary it was. Even thought I remember that morning down to the candle I had burning in my house. It’s too crisp. I had a printable ready to post this morning for you, (a cute one yeah) and about an hour ago when I woke up I felt the urge to post about this. So it am. It’s not a tutorial. Just a memory that I am offering to share with my awesome Jaderbugs.

Just like the memories I have of that horrible day I also have another AMAZING memory. It’s a day I could not have planned better. Dad and I. New York. Making memories. Twin Towers. BONDING. Yes. Me and my dad went to the memorial site. I will let the pictures do the talking. My dad was in the service a long time ago. I remember before we walked up to the spot where you enter the site, dad looked at me and patted me on my shoulder then hugged me. He told me that he never thought he would ever come to this spot. It was an emotional day, but a good one. I believe it healed us both a little. I can’t even explain the energy there. It’s so overwhelming.

This picture is at the actual memorial site. You can see they are slowly rebuilding, because that’s what we do. Nothing can ever break what is so strong.

Dad found out in New York that he loved to take pictures. I remember sitting on a bench right by the tower that is coming back up and teaching my dad what buttons to press. I think everyday he had my camera around his neck. Lemme tell you he is good! What you can’t see in the lawn picture is the ONE tree that survived. It has a metal ring around it so nobody can touch it. That was pretty cool to see. When we were leaving dad wanted to take my picture. He said the background was so pretty and he wanted to have a mental picture of me in that moment. (insert tear).  We stopped to get nuts and when we each ate one, they were hard as a rock. We just looked at each other and laughed. Oh, and they were around 13 bucks! haha

Later that day we went to the Empire state building. It was so different looking at New York from such a high place. Yep, dad had the camera the rest of the day. The city was in back of me and the building that has that big Y on top of it is the tower that is slowly going back up.

I hope you enjoyed coming to New York city with us! Make sure and come back tomorrow for a fun printable. You don’t want to miss it because it’s super cool!

See you in the next post Jaderbugs!


Howdy roo Jaderbugs! It’s Saturday and I have so much stuff to do my brain is like
“oh my lawdddddd who do you think I am”…
and I am like…
“hellooo your my brain your supposed to work overtime”…..
and then out of anger my brain is like….
” well how bout this.. “I’m off for the night, good luck finding a new brain”
There you have it. It’s going to be that kind of day!

But lemme tell you about this tutorial. So you know I love “MARTHA STEWART” (((really Jaderbomb,we know))). All of her punches are fabulous. I swear they punch out PERFECTLY and you would think they would go bad after um, 500 punches but NO! I think it actually get’s better! It’s springtime and I thought it was the right time to do a butterfly craft! This would look great in a little girl’s room. There is something whimsical and magical about a butterfly. I always seem to “relate” to them.
{{real or fake}}

Let’s get started.

Monarch Butterfly Large Double Punch
Scissor All Purpose

Do you see how perfect!!

Once you get them all punched out you need to bend them all in half. This will make them look like they are flying!

There you have it! You very own BURST of BUTTERFLIES!!!! The great thing about this project is that you can make all of the butterflies one certain color or you can use your favorite two colors. It’s all up to you! You can use glitter paper, paper with designs on them, or construction paper! This makes it very affordable.

 If you really want you can punch out of loose leaf paper and color them or use markers to add details! See, there are SO MANY things you can do with these magical babies!

Sending you butterflies from all over the world,


How to redu outdoor furniture

OK! So I just had to share this with all my jaderbugs because it is so fantastic!!! I totally had this old chair from my mom and this little dingy outdoor table from a friend and they have been “hidden” for quite some time because they were {not pretty to look at}.  I just could not figure out if I was ready to throw them or {{{spruce them up}}}.  I picked option #2!!!! Once you see the end result then you will see why I chose to keep them.  People, anyone could do this.  Seer-e-us-leee!!!!
All you need is different colors of paint.  I used some cheap acrylic paint from Michaels Arts & Crafts! I think they were like .99 cents! Fuh-Reel~
I just want to say that I went in no particular order while painting these! I just let myself go!
So next time you have something that looks dingy or boring just add some color to it and it will give it a whole new look!
OH! and don’t forget to add polyurethane to it when it is completely dry.  This will make the wood last a little longer and give it a great coating so the paint won’t chip off!
Happy Crafting 🙂
p.s. if you have a piece of furniture that already had paint on it make sure and sand it down just a little to get loose paint off then just paint right over!
p.s. seriously.  how cute is this!!!
p.s. if you know me then you know that i always have to add glitter into the mix! i bought a little bottle of black acrylic paint that already had paint in it!!! i put a coat on top when the paint dried.
p.s now couldn’t you see yourself drinking a nice cup of coffee on this chair!!! trust me, i think it makes the coffee better for some reason
Until next time:
peace, love, jaderbomb