June 2, 2013


It was definitely a weekend for Creating Happy -- in more ways than one! You see, it was a Stellie Weekend. Yes, my only grandchild, Stella (and her mom and dad, of course!) came for a visit.

Normally, my husband, Pat, and I are privileged to be able to Skype with Stella and her family every Sunday. As everyone knows, Skype is the next best thing to being there. So, most of the time that has to suffice.

But, this weekend was extra special. We got to see them all IN PERSON! Yayyy!!

Well, at five years old, Stella loves rainbows. Yesterday, while I was alone with her, she decided we should make a rainbow -- of ribbon. So, we went down to my crafting area and dug through my ribbon supply in search of ribbons that could be incorporated into a five-year-old's dream rainbow. Of course, Stella was much more imaginative and out of the box in her thinking than I was. But, hey, this was HER rainbow, so . . .

She decided we should build the scene from the ground up, that is, starting with grass. The grass was supposed to be in front of a lake, so we proceeded to my Big Shot to create "waves" using the Tasteful Trim die. Perfect.

What's a lake without inhabitants?? So I dug out some old dies, and went to the Big Shot again, creating seahorses, a crab, a few octopi and some fish. Not like any lakes around here in central Wisconsin! But, this is STELLA'S lake!

After we added the residents to Stella's Lake, we forged ahead with the ribbon rainbow. Gulp. This was truly a challenge in that she chose some sort of weird "ribbons" for the arches of her rainbow. Well, we did the very best we could.

She also needed butterflies fluttering around her rainbow. So, I retrieved two of my favorite Stampin' Up! punches, the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly, and punched out a bevy of butterflies, and Stella adhered them to the world we were creating.

And then, what's grass without little flowers scattered about?? So I grabbed my Boho Blossoms punch and the row of three little flowers punch, which is retired, and created some perky flowers that Stella planted in the grass.

It took us a couple hours, but we were both delighted with the "happy" we created together!

Here's a close-up of our happy scene:

I LOVE Stellie weekends!



  1. Don't you love creating with kids??? I have a 3yo at home and just love giving her a set of materials and a blank page... and seeing what she comes up with!

    1. Yes!! I love love love Stellie weekends! But they don't happen often enough. I miss my kiddos being little like yours to play with me. :>)

  2. Oh, and I forgot to say I found you from TitiCrafty's Linky Party - would for you to check out my site!

    I'm hosting my own little Linky Party celebrating all things handmade summer-y and I think this post would be great for it, too!

  3. That is so cute! Yay for Stella. Her idea is so cute, even if Grandma had to do some searching.

    1. Thanks, Christina! Yes, I love Stellie ideas! :>)

  4. Great project ~ the picture of the two of you is just precious - how cute is that?

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Have a wonderful week~
    Sharon and Denise!

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  5. Awww how sweet! Stellie is soo cute and your a fab Grandma for getting fun and crafty! Love your sweetness! :) Michelle

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I love YOUR sweetness too! :>)

  6. How adorable. I have MacKenzie weekends....so I totally understand what you're saying.
    Thanks for sharing this on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop.
    I've added the link to a personal list of great ideas for things to do with grandbabies!

    1. Well, thank you so much! Do you have MacKenzie weekends very often? :>)

  7. This is so cute!! I love it. :)

  8. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party. I can't wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Hugs! Cathy