Friday, April 29, 2011

what's behind door no. 1? + a surprise

have you ever wondered what's behind "door no. 1" in my blog header?

would you like to know?

it's my craft room
the creative arcade :)

next week my "door"
will be "labeled", my thought bubble might have a
different thought, and i have a big surprise for you...

all next week
i am featuring

wonderfully sweet fellow bloggers everyday!

they will be sharing what their mothers taught them
with you right here on lollipops, squeee!

i am so excited to host some of my favorite ladies,
i know you are going to love it!

have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

hello thursday

i just wanted to give you a quick update, or
well, ahem, let you know that
i am rather up to my eyeballs in papery-goodness 

 i have been hard at work...
preparing for the stitch market and
yee-haw! i hope to see you at one or the other,
or better yet -both!

thankful for this right about now ;P

i will be updating my shop after Queen Bee
with lots of new goodies!


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

what i love wednesday linky party {No. 14}!!

i love typography.

Modern Block Lettering -1957
Caratteri Letraset Instant Lettering -1970
and Eight:48 -a current periodical publication from the UK

this stuff makes my butter melt ;P

what are you loving this wednesday?
i can't wait to see!



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

yummy egg recipe!

tired of all those hard boiled eggs already?

i have a recipe that will knock your socks off, or bunny slippers, or whatever.
this is a family favorite.
we actually run out of eggs so fast from making these that we end up boiling more!

ok first please note that the butter and the oregano are very important - if not used, you my as well throw your eggs in the garbage. ok, now that we've got that out of the way...

i have no idea what to call these - so i just call them egg muffins :}

for one serving or two kid's servings of this recipe you will need

  • 1 english muffin - we like Thomas's
  • a pat of room temp. butter
  • 1 small "on the vine" tomato
  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1-2 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • sprinkle of pepper
  • sprinkle of oregano
  • a toaster oven and a love for good food

split your english muffin in half and spread butter on
add tomato slices
slice your egg and add to muffins
add cheese
sprinkle pepper and oregano
pop into the toaster oven. i set mine for medium dark.

the cheese melts and the muffin is crispy and it is pure deliciousness :)

i usually load up the toaster oven with 6 of these puppies at a time, 
they go like hot cakes!
and yay, a delicious healthy breakfast, brunch, or lunch for you!


Monday, April 25, 2011

The Hunt

renew. life. beautiful. messy. cracked. imperfect. begin.
words that describe what we CAN see.
only He is perfect. 

He has Promised.
this we can't always see.
 so we hunt.
we gather what we can.
 His beauty and gifts surround us.
 gorgeous hills, beautiful trees, happy children, friends, (fill in your words)
all the Promises await... love, life, joy, peace, perfectly beautiful, renewed beginning.

what are you hunting for?

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter!

we just wanted to say Happy Easter.

and have a great weekend!


Bibeez Baby Giveaway Winner!

Katie's Nesting Spot 

who said...

The IT'S A HOOT fabric by Moda, Quilted Patchwork Diaper Bag/ToteFrom BibeezBaby is my favorite item in her store because I love patchwork and those colors!

congratulations Katie! 
shoot me a quick email with your address :)
krystina [at] lollipopscards [dot] com

Thursday, April 21, 2011

the letter writing project

a few weeks ago i introduced you to Gretchen.
i gave you an assignment to write her.
please do, she could really use some words of encouragement right now.
if you haven't already done so, read her story 
and take a moment to send her a letter.
what joy you will bring as she receives your kind words i can't even fathom.

for her protection please send your letters
in care of:

have you been writing lately?
who do you send letters to?
do you have a pen pal?
i love sending & receiving mail,
and i love giving little notes to my daughters :)

what a simple way to brighten someone's day.

do you know anyone who could use a pick-me-up?
anyone you would like to share with the letter writing project?
please let me know at
krystina [at] lollipopscards [dot] com
and we will have more wonderful people to spread joy to!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

what i love wednesday linky party {No. 13}!!

i am loving all these balloons!!!
how sweet!
find all of these and more on my pinterest balloons pin board!

what are you loving today??
i can't wait to see!

happy wednesday lovelies!
and don't forget about this week's giveaway!



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sponsor Love + Giveaway - Bibeez Baby

Meet Frances of Bibeez Baby..
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the biz of sewing.

My name is Frances, and I am an Air Force wife to Russ and a Stay at Home mom to my 11 month old son, Nate. I learned to sew at a young age, while home but never really stuck to it for any length of time. My grandmother (Mimi) makes the most beautiful quilts, and I have admired them for so long and even attempted to make a couple. The problem is- I never had the patience (or attention span for that matter) to complete one. After having my son I started to sew again in order to have a little time for myself. My projects started out as bibs with snaps because my son would pull the "velcro" ones off the moment I put one on him. Then, I added in some patchwork diaper bags and clutches which made my little hobby grow quite rapidly into what Bibeez Baby is now. In case you are wondering- I still can't make a full sized quilt.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from?

I am inspired by so many things! For starters, I am inspired my my little boy! Without that little booger I wouldn't be here! My husband inspires me because he is full of incredible ideas, things that I could NEVER think of. I am inspired by the women who have gone before me and a few who are going with me. I have some lovely family role models, who've taught me how to balance home, work and creativity. And a few encouraging cousins and friends never hurt anything :-) To sum it all up- I am inspired by what God has given me. My Husband and son, my family and friends, my circumstances; all inspirational and all from Him.
3. What does a typical workday look like? -this includes family ;)

 My day starts whenever Natee wakes up. While he is having breakfast I have a quick date with the treadmill. Russ heads to work and Nate and I play til his nap time. His 1st nap of the day is when I do the "computer part" of my business. You know, writing my blog posts, reading other blogs, ordering supplies etc. Then when nap time is over we play again and have lunch. Then we play some more! Now that Spring has finally arrived we can start spending more time outside which we are THRILLED about. If I have to run any errands around town, this is the best time to do it. Then it's time for the 2nd nap of the day. THIS IS WHEN I SEW :-D Russ usually arrives home sometime after the Little One wakes up and then we have dinner. Dinner is followed by a little more play time. Then if Russ is home he does the whole bedtime routine (bath, storytime, etc.) I use this time to sew as well. After Nate is asleep the rest of the night is spent watching our favorite T.V. shows, sewing, tidying up the house, things like that. Then I SLEEP!

4.  If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

If I could travel anywhere it would be Crete. Let me tell you why. My husband and I used to live in Oklahoma. One of my greatest friends also lived in Oklahoma and as her "Bachelorette Party" her mother and I took her to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a relaxing weekend. It was quiet, quaint, and just what we needed. While we were there we went to a cute little spa where we met the most unique woman EVER! She had just gotten back from Taiwan where she was studying and developing her own method of massage therapy. Anyhow, in all her travels she said the most glorious place she had ever been was the island of Crete. I have wanted to go ever since.

5.  What is your favorite dessert?

Without a doubt- my Mimi's cheesecake. It is unlike any cheesecake you have ever had. Mmmmmmm :-)

I love Frances's shop! Don't you love her style?!! Perfect for my baby and the perfect place to shop for gifts for those new arrivals!

Frances is giving away an adorable Diaper Clutch, the perfect size for the necessities!
Holds several diapers, a travel size wipe case, and even a diaper cream!
Patchwork quilted, envelope style diaper clutch.
Made with all sorts of plaids and stripes. It is lined with "quilter's tweed" which is a smooth, durable cotton that has the look of tweed. It has a snap closure with a decorative large wood button on the outside flap. Wristlet strap to make carrying convenient, made of a sturdy cotton webbing.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment here of your favorite item from her shop.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment for each:
1. Follow @bibeezbaby and @lollipopscards on twitter
2. Like bibeez baby and lollipops on facebook
3. Blog, facebook, or tweet about this giveaway (make sure to include @lollipopscards and @bibeezbaby in your tweet) and include the link to this giveaway. (one entry each)

Feel free to use this tweet:
@bibeezbaby is giving away an adorable diaper clutch on @lollipopscards! #GIVEAWAY

Giveaway winner will be announced friday morning!

happy day!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Hidden Treats Easter Eggs DIY

just in time for Easter. 
a perfect goodie to make in the kitchen with the kiddos!
m&m's, jelly beans, skittles, what will you put inside?
here's the how to:

3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
- OR -
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal
1/2 cup M&M's® Easter colored chocolate candies
Canned frosting or decorating gel (optional)
12 plastic snap-apart 3 x 2-in Easter eggs

1. Clean, then coat inside of plastic eggs with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
3. Add Kellogg's® Rice Krispies® cereal. Stir until well coated.
4. Using greased hands, firmly press 1/4 cup of Rice Krispies® mixture into both halves of each plastic egg. Use fingers to make hollow center in each half. Remove from molds. Place on wax paper. Cool slightly.
5. Place about 6 M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies in one half of each egg. Gently press two halves of each egg together until they stick. Cool completely.
6. Decorate with frosting and additional M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Candies (if desired). Best if served the same day. Serving size is 1 egg.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Follow step 1 above. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 3 through 6 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container.

courtesy of

happy monday!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Photography Friday: {instagram}

i am linking up with Jeannett for insta friday!

ship building and race at school medieval fundraiser

horse pulling event

cold mom waiting for said events to be over.
it was very fun. but cold.

 Brockman and his buddy Brady on the big slide

a walk in Avila Beach

oooo, color inspiring lollipops!

a nice quote

we have the most delicious lemons!

time for lemonade!

bright aisle at Michaels

a late night of handmade paper goodness

a nice dinner i made tuesday night

my little guy fell asleep behind his bench and curtains, under the
window, with bear. so sweet.

happy weekend!