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AForestFrolic
The Forests of the Washington DC Metro area
Mum to 4 girls & wifey that loves handmade, Etsy, paper & all things Vintage! I'm an artsy girl & Craft addict that loves lace, baubles, frills & glitter; amateur photographer & photoshop editor; nature lover who's obsessed with geocaching; & a night owl who stays up late to run her Etsy shop, Blog & Frolic in the Forest
Interests: music, art, friends, geocaching, scrap booking, tea, halloween, altered art, tattoos, lollipops, glitter, my mum, stamps, paper, twilight, handmade items, being inspired, making cards, frogs, clay, sand, reading, photography, the beach, candles, birds, sublime, family, traveling, owls, flowers, fabric, crafting, baubles, volleyball, learning new things, trees, pink, buttons, astrology, feathers, christmas, stampin' up!, pearls, paint, gardens, etsy, terrariums, bright colors, valentine's day, polka dots, embellishments, trolls, ink, gnomes, amy butler, mushrooms, crowns, missy elliot, black eyes peas, gremlins, ric rac, mod podge, anything pretty & vintage, frills, tiffany blue, artful blogging, tea cups, lace, somerset studio, crepe paper, my bloggy pals, chenille stems, fairy's, inspiring someone, watching my girls frolic and giggle, hanging with my man, my pup, (in no particular order)
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Love the art sneak peek and those precious pups! Miss you V...so much going on, I don't get to visit as much as I'd like. Big hugs from the East Coast...where we have gotten snow twice this week. Can't wait for spring and some yummy weather ;) Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Water + Color at A Fanciful Twist
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I had so much to do today, but the winter weather kept the kids home from school and this is what we did instead: We played in the snow... I finished a painting that I started yesterday (while outside in the nice warm sun, I might add)... Baby Face-timed her big sisters friends... I made some Super-Hero cupcake toppers for a friend... We made Perler bead projects... The kids started to drive me crazy with their constant need to be entertained and the bickering, so I had some stress relief... We made chocolate chip pancakes (and I did NOT eat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
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I wanted to share a few Etsy Treasuries with you, that I've put together so far in 2014! I'm having so much find scouring Etsy for unique handmade items...I just can't stop (this could be bad, but oh so good ;) Just click on the Treasury to be taken to the real deal, where you can click on each individual item to heart, drool over, share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter. Have fun now...and don't let that Christmas cash burn a hole in your pocket!! Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at A Forest Frolic
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Do you want a fun, festive and delicious little project idea...as if you don't have enough to do before Christmas next week ;) I can't believe Christmas is in 6 days, whaaaat! Anywho, I went to a cookie party last night and had good intentions on making these really delicious and complicated cookies I found on Pinterest. Yeah...that didn't pan out, so this is what I made up... ...we'll call them, 'Bedazzled Mallows,' because that's what one of my friends named them when the best I could come up with was, 'Marshmallow dips,' bwhahahaha. To make them, gather your SUPPLIES:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Love the card Vanessa! Nice to put a face to Loveee, tee heeeeee ;) ;) Your boys are so cuddly and sweet, I can imagine!! Merry Christmas to you too...I can't believe it's almost here!! Hugs my dear friend, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Dec 19, 2013 on Holiday Season Madness! at A Fanciful Twist
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We have so much fun with our advent calendar every December and this year is no different! I found this adorable set of woodland creature ornaments and today, it was time to bring out the fox! This morning before the girls left for school, I blasted 'What does the Fox say' on the stereo and we had a dance session as the girls met their new friend... I'm sure you've already seen this, but if you need a good chuckle, watch this silly video. My kids favorite part it the end... 'Whaaat is yoooour sooound...wiiiill we ever knooooww?' Bwahahahah... Jamie... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Happy Happy Happy belated Thanksgiving Vanessa!! Love the fairy tale pumpkins...oh your pies look amazing!! And that orange color is wonderful. Your boys are quite handsome, even if they didn't want to pose ;) ;) Love the art, tee hee. Miss ya mucho lady. Hugs, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Dec 1, 2013 on Happy Thanksgiving ♥ at A Fanciful Twist
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I don't know where the time goes...but I know we are having fun! I can't believe our baby was born a whole year ago! It amazes me...the stuff she learns everyday, from us, from her awesome sisters. The milestones just pile up so quickly at this stage and I'm eating up every minute of it...cupcakes and all ;) Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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I thought this was a really neat little clip of a fellow Etsy shop owner at work... Shopping handmade with local, small businesses is one of my favorite things to do...especially during the holiday season. There is something really special about giving or receiving a handmade gift, whether it be made by you, or by a local artisan. There is always a story behind each piece and I love knowing that no one else will have the exact same item! Speaking of handmade items, I'm having a wee little GIVEAWAY! A set of 'Snowy Snowman & cup o' joe' Cupcake... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
What a sweet pin cushion and gift idea! I may just have to make a few for some sewing friends! I have so many little crafty/vintage things...many came from my Me-maw! My favorite thing though, might be a wooden ruler that I remember always playing with when I was in her sewing room with her when I was little. It's red, blue, and yellow and folds into three's. I just love it and use it frequently now. Thanks for the inspirations V, you're the best! Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Nov 19, 2013 on Princess Pincushion {a tutorial} at A Fanciful Twist
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She's almost ONE!! I can't believe it...my, how her first year has flown by. This is a glimpse of her birthday invite... {mustache-Gentleman clip art, GraphicMarket; crown-Hoopla kit, Glitz Design; cake-retro cut-outs:birthday, Sahlin Studio} I was searching around Etsy last night for ideas and inspiration and decided to create a Treasury... All great, adorable ideas and I can't wait for the shirt to arrive! We've make cupcake toppers (of course ;), melted mustache crayons for favors and have scratch-off stickers for a game...so many sweet ideas. But do we have time for them all?! ;) Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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Just made these super cool Octopus Moleskine pocket journals and popped them in my Etsy shop... I think it'd make a perfect stocking stuffer! I can't believe I'm already in Christmas mode. I love Thanksgiving, but don't do much for decorating for it. We go 'all out,' for Halloween & Christmas, but I need to find a good way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Other than a few pumpkins and gourds here and there, I just don't have any ideas. I don't really want a bunch of turkey's around the house...ya know, since I already have quite a few of those... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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My Facebook status from this morning is below (under the picture). After having a few rough weeks and a bad morning with my now 13 year old, there is a thread full of tips, prayer wishes, and encouragement going and it really helps...it does! We are not alone in this. We need to support each other...as parents, as Moms, as humans. Life is hard...being a parent is hard. There is no instruction manual. But if we stick together, support each other, encourage each other, try to inspire and be inspired, we can make it. We can do this! Teenagers are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Oh your pups are just darling!! Love that jar with the eyeball too...grooooosss!! Thanks for having me. Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2013 on Haunted Halloween Tea Party at Spiritdog Studios
I don't know if I could have been as brave as you, and sit down to have a 'Big Hunk' with that scary dude, Ms. V ;) I loved your party...so glad I could be a part and that you made it happen this year with all you've had going on. Hope you are doing well and healing nicely. Happy Happy Happy Halloweeeeeeeen.... http://aforestfrolic.typepad.com/a-forest-frolic/2013/10/halloween-is-upon-us.html Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Oct 26, 2013 on Halloween Party 2013! at A Fanciful Twist
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Pull up a seat... ...and have a cupcake... ...or a piece of cake, if that's what your heart desires... I prefer candy myself, but sometimes I get a little carried away ;) And for the really naughty little ghouls and goblins, this is for you... Feel free to hang out as long as you'd like, (bwahahahahaha)... ...because there's gonna be a... ...pumpkin carving... ...and a carousel ride too... Hope you all had a nice visit & have a wonderfully spooky Halloween. We really enjoyed your company too!! What's your favorite thing about Halloween!?! (To join in on some more fun,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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I'm in...woot!! Loooove you parties V. Jamie :)
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New Cupcake Toppers, just listed in my 'A Forest Frolic' Etsy shop, with many more on their way! Pastel Feathers These feathers are super cool with all their neat designs and pastel goodness! They'd be perfect for a birthday bash or any kind of get together. Fishy & Friends These sea creatures are soooooo cute and love a good party! Happily Ever After Happily Ever After, Congratulations, Here Comes the bride with rings, champagne flutes, a cake, presents, wedding bells and some flowers...what a perfect set for a bridal shower! Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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I'm still having a fruit/veggie smoothie almost every morning for breakfast. I LOVE my Vitamix. I can't say enough about that. Every now and then I'll post a #ed pic on my Instagram and Facebook page to give a little inspiration. I'm AForestFrolic on Instagram too, so follow me for updates, since I can't seem to blog more than a few times/month nowadays ;) Here are just a few recent delicious smoothie concoctions... (chia seeds in the pink bowl) (flaxseed in the orange bowl) Hope everyone is doing well and keeping healthy! Much love, Jamie :) Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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One of our favorite little trips over the summer, was to see my folks, family, and best friend in the whole wide world. She's been my buddie since 2nd grade, but we won't say how many years that's been ;) The girls painted sea-shells and made necklaces with them... They picked lavendar from one of Mimi's gardens... We played Bingo with my Grandpa and his wife. That was a lot of fun... And we got to see my Mum's Day Lilly's in their prime. How gorgeous... I love visiting my family! We are always sad leaving though, because we can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
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Today was my birthday! Baby girl woke up to nurse at 2am, then proceeded to sleep until 8am...so that meant I got to sleep 'til 8am, wooo hoooo (the other 3 woke up early to fix me breakfast in bed :) WITH NO HELP. Like, I didn't even know they were cooking! Eggs in the waffle maker. Scary, right? But totally genius at the same time... You know what I did on my birthday? I went geocaching. Again! Because when I can't find one, it DRIVES ME NUTS! I finally found this one I was searching for, with the help... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Love to ya Ms. V. All kinds of support coming from my way ;) Miss ya tons!! Love the pumpkins and those pups too. Hugs, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2013 on Of Change & Acceptance... at A Fanciful Twist
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It's not very often that we get a day where we can chill or take an unplanned adventure. These girls keep us busy busy with their sports and activities, so when we get a chance, we take full advantage! This past weekend, we got that chance, and we had beautiful weather, so we chose to go geocaching, visit some friends at a winery, and try out a local ice-cream/eatery. Ya gotta love these kinds of caches where you climb all over, look under, poke, turn and pull every little thing, but you still can't find it! I'm glad I looked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at A Forest Frolic
Oh mister miley Miles...what a doll baby with that look ;) The sky is so beautiful too! Wishing you some rain soon too. Hugs, Jamie :)
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2013 on It's not Halloween Yet... at A Fanciful Twist
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I can't believe it's August. There are only a few short weeks left, for the kiddos to enjoy summer. It's exciting...but a little of a bummer at the same time. I feel like they just got out of school, like yesterday! I know everyone always says this, but time really does fly! We have a little girl that's thrilled to be able to get on 'the big cheese' for the first time. We're going to have a 7th grader, a 3rd grader and a Kindergardner this year...with only the baby left at home. Boo! Thought I'd share just a few... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at A Forest Frolic