Monday, August 30, 2010

A Little History

(Independence Hall)

Having been born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA I grew up learning a lot of early American history.  Having moved from the area about 10 years ago my children have not had the chance to visit the historic landmarks in Philadelphia and neither had I.  While home this past July we took the time to finally visit the new Constitution Center and the new pavilion for the Liberty bell. 

(Madison reading the x-ray of the liberty bell)

(Kaitlyn debates with a fore father)

(Ryan deep in thought)

(Ben Franklin says "Time to wrap up this blog post!")

It was so cool to visit and the kids actually had a blast "learning" while on summer vacation! Who da thunk?  

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sew, sew, sew

Working on some new pillows....

getting my sewing mojo back....

lay old pillow cover on new fabric and "measure" ;-)

Hoping for 4 pillow covers....

Sew, sew, sew....

Trim the corners, turn right side out....

Stuff the old pillow insert into new pillow cover.....

Very happy!

(will share the finish project soon)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Happy Friday and my first "linky" party!

I'm linking up to my first party!

Kimba at A Soft Place to Land 

is hosting a DIY Beach Decor Party, my kind of party!

Please click on the link below (I can't get the "button" to work!) and check out my post (#125) and all the other fabulous and creative bloggers!

(Just realized I spelled coastal "costal" when I linked up, Grrrr!)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Getting inspired....

Some "goodies" I picked up while on vacation....

Fabric, flowers and baskets....oh my

Can't wait to pull out the sewing machine & paint brush...

Time to get my creative mojo back!

Monday, August 9, 2010

I'm Back!

Hi there! It's been a very long time since I've been around! Summer is in full swing here at This Charming Life!  The past few weeks we have been on vacation visiting friends and family in PA, NJ, and DE!  I also celebrated a BIG birthday......

The Big....


Yes, that big birthday came on July 22.  I used that day as a day of reflection on the past and the future....I was not sad or upset but rather excited!  I made some promises to myself and will share them with you soon. Big goals for the Big 40!

Anyway, on our way to PA my husband surprised me with a stop here....

That's right, the home of The Cake Boss!!!!
(remember my obsession with TLC!)

Here are a few pictures of the bakery...

(love the quote on the box!)

The line was huge! 2 blocks long! We had a "golden ticket" to enter without the long 2 hour wait....aka the "pick-up" ticket!  My husband & his co-worker (who lives in Hoboken, NJ) pre-ordered the cake. Very Smart!

all I can say is....


So worth the stop!!! My husband is the BEST!