Friday, June 13, 2008

Cool Stuff

About a month ago (maybe more, I'm sorry) Cookie and I received a wonderful surprise from my friend-blogger, Sonja of Wonder Years. She sent Cookie this fabulous book, Stories from Shakespeare. I am always looking for children's versions of Shakespeare to prepare my children for the real thing. Sadly I am often disappointed with them. They are usually boring or so dumbed down that they are intolerable. Well, not this one. Cookie has read it cover to cover and has gone back to read several of her favorites. It covers 11 plays and gives notes on some of the other plays in the back. The only thing I didn't like in it was Kate's ending speech in Taming of the Shrew, which they wrote in a way that most people interpret it, but I do not. But that is just me being picky about one of my favorites. =) Click on the photos if you want to see how you can buy one for yourself. I highly recommend this book, especially if you ever want to take your child to a Shakespearean play. It does a great job of making the scenes make sense.


Just a few days ago I received another surprise. Amber M. from The McIllece Spot sent me the patriotic pin I won in her giveaway and it looks so professional. She gives a great tutorial on how to make one yourself on her blog. BUT, she also threw in this ultra cute diaper pack (That she made! I'm so jealous of talent like this) for That Kid. It is perfect for the times when all you need are some diapers and wipes and it looks so cute I'd take it anywhere. In fact I'm already using it for Sweet Terror (who will hopefully be potty trained in time for her senior prom). And check out Amber's handwriting. This is handwriting to drool over. It looks like she used a computer font, it is so perfect, but that is her own handwriting. I'm so jealous.


I also had some fun yesterday painting another mural. After the ones I did for Cookie's Day camp I was asked to do one for a Father-Daughter sock hop activity as a photo backdrop. I really like how it turned out.

16 comments:

Cocoa said...

Surprises are so fun to get in the mail! The diaper pack is an excellent idea.

MiaKatia said...

That books looks fantastic. It is a bit advanced for my kids, but I am a kids book junkie so I will probably add it to my already growing "someday" pile.

Erika said...

Wow. I do love her handwriting. Jealous!

Michal said...

wow on the shakespeare book. i'll have to get on over to sonja's and get one for our own library. we love books and that looks like a fantastic one for introducing shakespeare.

Laura said...

My sisters and I did a sister-swap for a few months there. Every month, we would have a theme and we would send each sister something. In my case, I have 3 sisters, so I would simultaneously get 3 cool packages in the mail along that theme. It was so fun. We'll probably do it again some time. I'm liking the diaper pack too!

kay said...

first i LOVE the mural!!! excellent work

and thanks so much for sharing that book. i too am always looking for ways to introduce Shakespeare to my kids and am constantly disappointed in what i find. i'm so getting this book!!!

Amber M. said...

Lizzy, you are too sweet. I'm so glad you liked your little package. And I DID have a lady ask to make my handwriting into a font...I'll send it to you in an email later today.

Have a lovely weekend!

Shannon said...

The backdrop looks great! The diaper bag is ultra cute, too. I don't have any little ones anymore ) : but I'm always impressed with all the cool new baby stuff out there- especially the homemade stuff!

The Lazy Organizer said...

Wow you are talented! And I love the diaper tote.

Prudy said...

I wish I had your mural-we're having a 50's party on Tuesday for our family reunion. I'm leaving you a blog award-but it may not be up till Monday at the rate I'm going. I WILL buy that book.

Laurel said...

That diaper pack is awesome. I am so making one of those. Then I can keep diapers in the car clean instead of stuffed into the kangaroo pocket on the back of the drivers seat where my kids scrape the mud off of their feet.

Jeanette said...

The illustrations in the Shakespeare book look amazing! They sound like wonderful books.
I love the little diaper bag. So cute and so smart!
I wish I could write like that too! :-)

Sonja said...

I LOVE the diaper tote! And you're right, that is incredible (and very thoughtful) handwriting!

I'm so glad you and Cookie liked the book! :)

Cheri said...

Thanks! Shakespeare just in time for summer reading. I'm ordering it now.

I love Amber's printing. Wow. Artist.

Childlife said...

Thanks so much for the book tip, Liz! I'm always on the look-out for such gems :)

And your diaper pack is super cute! ;)

just jamie said...

Ooohhh, love that diaper tote. Almost makes me want another kind in diapers. Almost.