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Smokin’HotHubby has found the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything. Yep, it’s here. He’s now crossed over. 

Honey, I bribed begged some of the most wonderful gals on the internet to help me make this year’s birthday special for you, since we are of course not going scuba diving this year. Heh heh

Ohh Marvin

This is a The Answer is 42 blog hop so let’s get right to it!

First up we have the sweetest gal in New Hampshire {I’ve met her so I know this to be an absolute fact, so there} who made a creation that will blow your mind.

Start here > Terri’s Terrifical Treasures ~ leave some love too

Then you’ll hop to the dynamic Amy T’s blog {Amy being the world-renowned design team Mastah!} After you visit Terri, lickety split to Amy!

Next we have the incomparable Tina’s blog {Tina being the end-all, be-all maestro of the Cameo ~ the thing bows to her when she walks in the room}. Plus, her style speaks to me subliminally. Yes. Yes, it does.

And finally, I need ya’ll to come back tomorrow to view a wonderful creation that hails from the Old Dominion…Virginia! My sweet friend June{bug} has made a creation for this hop that will be here tomorrow. I’ll scan it, post it, revel in the beauty of it, brag about it, then give it to hubby. And, probably in that order too!

Oh, and happy World Cardmaking Day everyone! But most of all, happy birthday, my sweet punkin of 10 years!

Thank you, ladies, for making this even BETTER!

♥How I got to be this fortunate, I do not know.♥

♥ Tee ♥



♥ Bee ♥

I am going to be posting things that the kids do or say, and that I want/need to remember because they’re poignant, silly, sad, unexpected, what have ya. I’m tired of trying to rely on myself to get on the Alienware and type things like this into a Word document that I started eons ago.

Sooooooo, one thing I really want to remember is that when, for instance, a book is really good and evokes true emotions, son Bee says that it’s “heart touching.”

I love that: heart touching. What an awesome way to capture your impression of something in two words.

I hope that days with your awesome kids/family are the cutest!

Don’t they? I had never heard of a reading tub until I met Smokin’HotHubby, whose school in Greeley, Colorado, had a library with several repurposed old clawfoot tubs! They were filled with pillows, and kids could go into the library, hop into a reading tub, and have countless hours of comfortable reading.

When we lived in Castle Rock, Colorado, many years ago, we used to subscribe to something called FreeCycle ~ an email-type service that provided ways for people to recycle their “trash” into a treasure for someone else, and always free. Hubby managed to snag an extremely ugly, rundown, rusty, over-painted with vastly horrible paint, and left outside to rot bathtub from FreeCycle.

Hubby took weeks to scrape off the nasty that was all over the tub. Then we got to work on the transformation. We washed it down completely, Mod Podge’d a layer on the outside, placed hundreds of pages of a very old novel that the Castle Rock library gave away for free(!!!) onto the wet Mod Podge, let that dry; then Mod Podge’d another layer, let that dry; then Mod Podge’d another layer and let that dry. Hubby also took layer upon layer of gunk off the feet for the tub, which coincidentally have the letter B on them ~ B for Bill or B for son Bee?? Hmmmm.

Well, for the last two years this tub had to be in storage because we had NO leftover space to have it out…bummer. That has all changed with this new-to-us house! In fact, we were able to do exactly what we’d hoped: ensure that the living room {upstairs…family room is downstairs} focuses specifically on reading and providing space to do that. We own ONE LED television, and that’s all we’ll ever own because our focus is on time well spent instead of time TV spent.

I just love how the Reading Tub looks in almost the middle of the living room. You walk into the house and immediately realize that we are a family of readers rather than a family of watchers.


Here are the Mod Podge’d pages of the book that not even the library wanted anymore! Honestly, although we wanted to use a book on here that we both love and recognize, it seriously didn’t feel right to tear one apart, so we used a free one from the library.


Love the legs on this tub!


For underneath the rim we used pages from another book that the library gave us for free. These rim pieces aren’t typically seen, so we didn’t worry about the quality of the paper ~ but the pages are from yet another book that the library didn’t want.


We bought a bunch of fabric remnants and asked hubby’s sweet mom to make pillow cases for all sorts of pillow forms we got on sale. So this tub is filled with probably 17 different pillows, and the black one on top is the newest addition ~ it’s a very comfy pillow for when hubby used to have to wear the CPAP I blogged about yesterday.


If this doesn’t make you want to jump in and read some good pulp fiction, then maybe you should try a lake. Bwah hahahahahahahahahaha

Another trip back to Bee’s birthday. This time a good story! We ordered thee most gorgeous bear from Vermont Teddy Bear because we knew it was absolutely what Bee would have chosen for himself. Well, I lucked upon a LivingSocial voucher to The Vermont Teddy Bear Company {I’ll have to post pics of the Vermont Alien Teddy Bear that I received as a baby shower gift right before daughter Tee was born ~ it’s AWEsome!}, and along with ordering the bear, I decided to splurge on the individual birthday cake package that they sell.

It’s a little plastic container replete with everything one person would need to self-celebrate! Bee got to mix the batter in the bowl that the whole thing got shipped in, then put it in the micro for 5 minutes. The package comes with the bowl, cake mix, frosting mix, candle {lame, quite honestly}, balloon, spoon, directions, confetti, and sprinkles. Too cute.

Sorry for not getting pics of Bee mixing this stuff; it was a busy day!


Here it’s baking…pics of the micro but not of the kid?????!!

Whelp, can’t get it right all the time! I swore that I would remember to post both of son Bee’s teacher gifts in one post, but that remembering curve turned quickly into a forgetting curve! I think I need to change the batteries on my auto-pilot!

Along with daughter Tee, Bee gave his teacher the plastic cup gift with drink packets and faux ice cubes inside. I think you’d be unpleasantly surprised at just how expensive plastic cubes of faux ice are. I nearly fell over. Hubby was able to use one 40% off coupon while at Snobby Lobby, but still, one package of the faux cubes is a whopping $4.99!!!!!!! However, our teachers are worth it, and the cubes make the “cooooool” year punny-relevant!

Bee chose a delightfully green cup with a modern flair for his teacher gift.


My friend Tina, as I mentioned before, sent me these die cuts to do whatever I want, and boy am I using them!!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…this mom made more teacher gifts so that her son could give some to his teacher as well.  LOL

Here is yet another cashew can turned teacher gift. Good grief, it’s almost embarrassing how easy these were to alter, and part of that ease might actually be due to the lack of a handle. I didn’t have to account for nor compensate for anything related to handles on both sides. Too bad it would be cost prohibitive for me to send some of these cans to you, my scrappy/cardy friends, or I would!! But I do like the idea of creating my own handles on these because if I wanted to embrace creative handles, I could punch 3 holes or 4 holes and not be encumbered by the existing ones. KWIM?

On Bee’s teacher gifts I went with opposites ~ so Tee’s had a pencil on the front of the can, whereas Bee’s has an apple, then the same thing with the “card” that they each gave…pencil vs. apple.

Like I mentioned previously, the kids’ teachers this year have gargantuan names, so I just went with Mrs. U…LOL

And here are the little gifties that were in the can ~ I absolutely **swooooon** over 3D gifts and templates!!

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