Karson the Giraffe is back!

Last March we took a trip to the Wild animal park in San Diego and my then four year old son was really fascinated by the giraffes and talked about them constantly and that inspired me to make Karson the Giraffe.

Karson is really friendly and soft because he is made of yellow fleece lightly stuffed with poly fill . His eyes and mouth are made of black embroidery floss to make it safe on small hands. Inside his tummy he has a round rattle so you can hear him when he is running around the house, his mane is sewn into his body and is made of synthetic suede.

Karson is 11.5” (29 cms) tall, 3.5” (9cms)the widest point of his belly and sideways 5.5” (14 cms).

Linving Green Thursday

We try to recycle, reuse, repurpose and use energy efficiently as much as we can but there is always something more we can do to help our planet and ourselves. By going green you benefit not only the environment but yourself too! think about it this way, if you chose organic produce you keep chemicals and pesticides out of your body but you also prevent them from entering the waterways.

Did you know that vinegar is a great cleanser?
By using vinegar you can disinfect and clean while avoiding harsh chemicals and it is cheaper too!
It is very effective in killing mold, bacteria and germs. Cleaning with vinegar is a good way to avoid chemicals.

To deodorize the garbage disposal. – Pour ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup hot white distilled vinegar, let it sit for 5 minutes then let the hot water run down the disposal.

To clean the microwave.- Mix ½ cup white distilled vinegar and ½ water in a microwave safe bowl. Bring it to a boil inside the microwave, wipe clean.

Another way to go green is to make your appliances more efficient.

Did you know that a full freezer is more efficient? Try to keep yours as packed as possible and when you start running low on food put reusable ice packs so it stays cooler and uses less energy.
Freeze Efficiently
A full freezer is an efficient freezer, so try to keep yours as packed as possible.
Running low on frozen food? Pop several reusable ice packs in the freezer and it will stay cooler and use less energy.

Disneyland Vintage Souvenirs Monday Post

On Mondays I am going to post about the wonderful world of Disneyland vintage Souvenirs!

Last week we took another trip down memory lane by looking at my husband’s childhood memory boxes. It is amazing how many things he kept from his annual family trip to Disneyland back in the 70’s.

To begin this series the souvenir that caught my attention this time is a very unique postcard / guide copyrighted in 1972.

It is a card stock map that serves two purposes:
1. Dial guide
2. Post card

On one side you can see a map with holes punched in the different points of interest, at the bottom a paper wheel with numbers. When you turn the paper wheel a pink dot appears inside the hole in the map and in the back another window gives you a description of the different attractions.

The right side of the back serves as a post card , which in my opinion is very smart.

I just love how clever and unique these souvenirs were!

Wonderful Ecofriendly Etsyblogger Nico Designs

The Etsyblogger of the month is Nico Designs. Where every item is created with design, style and functionality in mind.
They strive to create handbags that are eco friendly by utilizing a combination of new, repurposed, recycled or upcycled materials. This wonderful Etsy seller uses 100% cotton fabrics and not the earth and baby harming vinyl or PVC used in other diaper bags, plus they use scraps and remnants to keep them out of the landfills!

She has a great tutoral called upcycled sweater hat!!


January's Birthstone is Garnet

January's birthstone is garmet which is a deep red.
The garnet is the protective gem of journeyers.
Giving a garnet as a gift is thought to be a symbole of love and the desire for a loved one's safe travel and speedy homecoming.

Commonly known as a red gemstone but the garnet comes in a variety of other hues, including muted yellows, vibrant oranges, rosy pinks, lime greens, and violets.
Its brilliance and ultitude of colors make it

It might be January's birthstone, but this multicolored gem is great for nay season.

Y2K do you remeber it?

I found this picture of a little Y2K bug that We had at our 1999 New Year's Eve Dinner.
It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years already!