think green recipe swap

For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider,
every green tree is far more glorious
than if it were made of gold and silver.
~Martin Luther

Catered Crop Recipe Swap Button

With Earth Day on April 22 and National Arbor Day on April 25, it’s the perfect time to Think Green. Just make a project that includes the color green and come join our party. And, of course, be sure to recycle your scraps.

  • Include a link to us at Catered Crop or add our button, which you can grab on our sidebar or at our {button gallery}.
  • Link up and link often, but be sure you link up by 8:00 PM EST on Saturday, April 26.
  • Keep the party hopping by visiting the other players and leaving comments.
  • Check back with us on April 27 to see if you’ve won an opportunity to be a guest designer.

Green Mosaic

Our fabulous designers will be back on Sunday, April 20, with their creations. Until then I’ve curated some projects to jump start your creative juices in this Pinterest board: Green where you can find the links to all these projects and more.

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put a bird on it recipe swap winners

Did you have as much fun with the “put a bird on it” challenge as I did? That Portlandia sketch is hilarious, but it turns out there is a nugget of truth – putting birds on things really does magically transforms them. The entries to our challenge were beautiful and sweet, and it was tough to narrow it down to just three winners.

Congratulations to Lyndal, Samantha and Lisa. Just click on the pictures of these beauties to go to the original blog posts.




You’re invited to join our designers in next Sunday’s Quickfire and grab the Winning Recipe button. Just contact me for all the details.

I’ll be back with our next challenge later today, or, I’m afraid to say, possibly Monday. I’m helping my daughter remodel a fixer-upper and move this week and we’re down to the final stages with movers arriving on Monday. Today . . . I installed a wood floor in her studio, cleaned the shed, painted a door and window trim, and, if there was anything else I’m just too body and brain dead to remember. As soon as I recover even just a little bit, I’ll get our next challenge up and running. Here’s a preview: Think Green.

If you don’t hear from me soon, call Adult Protective Services and Save Me from this slave labor!

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The Future is Bright

The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades!
~ Lyrics by Timbuk3 (one hit wonder in 1986)

Love Glasses

This week I’ve been painting walls, power washing a deck, planting flowers, laying down wood floors, and just generally feeling like I’m on a home makeover reality show. I’m exhausted. And, we’re not done. But, I’m so crazy proud of my daughter for buying her first home and taking on such an ambitious remodeling project. She’s brave and fearless and smart and . . . and I’m just in awe. Her future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

Was it just coincidence or fate? Who knows, but the name of this amazing set of papers and embellishments by Simple Stories is DIY Boutique - just as we’re taking on the biggest DIY project of our ever-lovin’ lives. When the universe aligns so perfectly, well, you gotta make a sequin-filled shaker box, right?!

Simple Stories DIY

I’m honored today to be a guest designer for day five of the blog hop with Perfect Paper Crafting and Simple Stories. Oh, and my dears, there are prizes. Just visit the Simple Stories blog and Perfect Paper Crafting blog for all the juicy details. And, remember, as always, enter the code catered5% when you shop at Perfect Paper Crafting to get the special Catered Crop Discount.

Blog Hop

Here’s the inside of the card with a little space for a personal sentiment. I used the new Perfect Layers Mini (my favorite new tool) with the Simple Stories card foundations and just added the sticker and chipboard flower as embellishments – super duper easy.


Here are links to the rest of the ingredients.

Tomorrow Laura Lynn will finish our blog hop where it all started, back at the Perfect Paper Crafting Blog, so be sure to hop over there again tomorrow.

Thanks for hanging out with me at Catered Crop, and here’s hoping all your futures are bright!


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