With the help of the awesome random number generator, we've got a winner of the wrist pincushion.

freshly picked

Cassandra of Dandelion Bones!

Thank you for all your lovely comments - it was truly a pleasure to read about the Billy Vance's in your lives. In fact, my mom and I were chatting on the phone about some of the comments the other day. We both loved Rhea's comment about humans being like hens, our mouths like beaks. Having watched a lot of people and a lot of hens, I concur.

When I pulled the carrot seen above, I couldn't help but think of the comment from ... : "if you let the baby stand up like that he'll be bull-legged".

I stumbled upon some beautiful ribbon the other day and plan to make several more wrist pincushions. I haven't done the whole Etsy thing for a while, but I'm considering setting up a little shop with a few handmade items. We'll see how much I can accomplish this weekend.

I found a great post from MooMama (thanks to her comment on yesterday's paper crane post) about 100 Fun, Frugal Things To Do With The Kids. So many great ideas! I was inspired to do something new, fun and frugal with the three girls at my house today.

making maple sugar

We made maple sugar. Avery has been asking me for weeks to buy maple sugar from the spice lady at the farmer's market, but with cherries, berries and stone fruits in season, I'm hesitant to blow a chunk of my budget on a small jar of maple sugar. But with a surprisingly small amount of maple syrup, we were able to make our own jar of maple sugar while having fun in the kitchen with friends.

clean the pot
lick the whisk
maple sugar

I'm sure this activity will be remembered long after we run out of maple sugar.

I have many more fun and frugal summer activities to share with you next week. I plan on starting a new list on the sidebar of all the fun things we do, complete with links to the instructions when available.

I wish you all a safe, fun (and hopefully frugal) holiday weekend!


  1. I've been wanting to try making maple sugar... now I'm gonna have to!! Looks like you ladies had fun. :)

  2. AnonymousJuly 03, 2009

    I love seeing young girls at the stove. Looking forward to that sidebar : )

  3. sounds scrumptious! thanks for sharing. and love the new header... so delightful.

  4. I've never had maple sugar. guess I'll have to make some! thanks for the eoncouragement to try something new!

  5. AnonymousJuly 04, 2009

    I also love the new header and the carrot picture is great too!

  6. i had never even heard of maple sugar! that sounds too cool!

  7. Hi Molly :)
    Thanks so much for visiting today ! I missed blogging so much, but my blog will be neglected one more week as we won't be home most of next week.
    Ooooh these photos are all eye candy (literally !) The girls seemed to have fun & they all have such gorgeous hair !! :) Busy hands keep minds happy !
    I hope you're all doing fine & having a great 4th of July !! oxoxo Have a great weekend !

  8. Oooh! This is fantastic! So happy you linked to the recipe! We were super excited early Spring to actually get out and do some maple sugaring with our friends who have a sugar shack and sell the syrup. We were talking about making the maple sugar candy and just never did, I was feeling a little intimidated by the whole thing... so this looks great, thanks!
    Gorgeous banner, mama! : )

  9. YUM! Most years we end up making maple sugar instead of syrup all by accident -- but it's a happy accident : )

  10. Ooh, we'll definitely have to try making some maple sugar of our own!

    Thanks for mentioning MooMama! I'm glad you enjoyed the summer list!

    We can't wait to see your other frugal ideas for the summer!

  11. Yeah for fun, frugal ideas! I'd love to see them in your sidebar. Kids have more fun doing real things than watching today's world of pre-produced entertainment.


  12. Oh, it's my lucky lucky day! I didn't even realize I was entering a contest to win..I was just really excited to share my special someone!


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