Summertime’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Cass and Tina

Oh where has the summer gone? Our last Cheep Trill was in April and our most recent Chirp was June’s Crafting for a Cause.  As is probably the case for many of you, summertime has been busy! Between having the kids home from college, vacations, visits to and from friends and family, etc… these days of summer are just flying by. Now we are in the midst of packing the kids up to head back to school again! But we’re taking a moment to breathe, and celebrate ten favorite things from the past few months…

Favorite Book

Our favorite book for the summer was The Great Alone by Kristen Hannah. Set in the 1970s in the wilderness of Alaska, this book could put a chill down your spine on the hottest summer day. We loved the descriptions of living off the grid, surviving the dark, cruel Alaskan winters, and a community that pulls together to help each other in times of trouble. More disturbing were the family’s constant battles with the father’s violent temper and PTSD from his days as a Vietnam POW. The writing beautifully captured Alaska in all its fearsome glory – as Continue reading

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April’s Cheep Trills

Chirped by Tina and Cass

Spring has finally sprung here in PA, along with all the flowers, pollen, rain and allergies. Despite Cass’s current stuffy head, and Tina’s cold from a couple of weeks ago, we’re focusing on all the positives! Here are some favorites from last month…

Spring Blooms

Tina’s forsythia bushes really popped in April – and just in time for the big Easter party! In Cass’s backyard, Medusa (the wisteria vine enveloping her pergola), is strutting her stuff as well.

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Painted Keepsake Eggs for Easter

Chirped by Cass and Tina

Peter Cottontail will soon be hopping down the bunny trail, so it’s time to get creative with some Easter crafts before the pre-party crunch! Tina and her husband are hosting the big extended-family gathering for the first time this year, with a current headcount of 26. She wants to make personalized eggs for all the kids attending the big event – to use as place cards, then hide with the hard-boiled eggs they will decorate, and finally to give the kids to keep after all the festivities are over. So, at our craft get together this week, she brought out wooden eggs, paints, and paint markers and we all got in on the fun. Continue reading

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Interactive, Upcycled, DIY To-Do Board

Chirped by Tina

Tina’s 2019 To-Do Board

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Cass’s Inspiration Board

My husband calls me a “rule-follower”. As if that’s a bad quality to have?? c(-; But when it comes to crafting, I definitely like to meander outside the lines and do my own thing. You might have noticed that tendency play out on my vision boards from the last two years. For the 2018 party, I took my cue from the picture of Cass’s inspiration board that came with her invitation – a pretty array of the sorts of things we might want to focus on for our own boards. She had drawn it out on a chalkboard, and it looked terrific. (She has beautiful penmanship!) The night of the party, I brought my own chalkboard and chalk pens so I could design a reusable board that would be easy to change from year to year. Continue reading

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