Feb 22 2012

Selling cookies and buying calendars while working
on the Child Labor Badge.

What a celebration was Valentine’s Day, 2012. Cupid’s friend arrows were flying, dinner plans were being made and cozy evenings at home were chosen to replace high priced restaurant fare. But, the biggest thing all day for me, this Girl Scout from the 1960s, was earning another badge for my virtual badge sash.

As a Girl Scout, we worked and worked on earning a series of decorative embroidered patches, fulfilling sequential requirements as we went along. Don’t tell anybody, but all my Girl Scouting was many years ago. Habit and training die hard, however, and I still have a Pavlov’s dog response to the mention of a badge to be earned.

So, imagine my delight when a badge award was announced on BlogHer by Laine “Crazy Eyeris” Griffin. I was all over reading that post, like a chicken on a June bug. I couldn’t have been happier when I saw my blog and web site named. The green square of a Versatile Blogger Award, the one I have often gazed upon on Laine’s web site, Laine’s List, was now mine. I patted myself on the back and yelled, “Yippy Ya HOO!” while doing a happy dance.

It turns out, by going to the Versatile Blogger web site, that when one receives the award, one then has to give it away. Laine had received it from MJ Monaghan and was honor bound to re-award the award, carrying it’s influence into ever widening circles.

With award night being Valentine’s Day and so much happening all at once, my attentions were spread thin.  I am just now thanking Laine for the sweet honor of the beautiful spring green, Versatile Blogger Award. I can’t wait to see it on the right hand side of Sunbonnet Smart and I can’t wait until all of BlogHer starts kissing up to me, hoping, praying, that I will choose each of them for my round of Versatile Blogger Award bestowal.

So, get the comments started ladies and Souschef. Wine me. Dine me. Dazzle me and frazzle me with all of your ingratiating appeals. Ring my royal ear and fairy dust my Sparkles. I can’t wait to see you grovel.

BTW, ElaineR.N., don’t worry! You’re in!

And! If you want to make your own badges to inspire, motivate and control your friends, go to this really cool web site that seems to have all the information one needs to set up your own badges!

Alright! Now we don’t HAVE to be nice to people to win one of their badges. We can make our own!

Oh wait…I shouldn’t have included that link….

Too late now….

NaBloPoMo February 2012

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Dec 17 2010

What a surprise to come to the table and see these GIANT eggs.

It’s lots of fun to surprise your family and friends with these big “dinosaur” eggs. Although they really do look like eggs sunny side up, they are actually two organic canned peach halves on beds of organic whipped cream. Try this bit of fun on those you love and watch their expressions when they come to the table. It’ll be a hit!

If you have an interest in recipes that children
love to cook, bake and eat, hover your mouse over
the link below:

Williams-Sonoma Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food

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Dec 07 2010

Santa’s getting ready for you! You’d better plan for Santa!

It’s that time of year. The time to set out the cookies and milk on Christmas Eve is almost here. And the time to have Christmas fun is now beginning. So, try going to these web sites not only to keep track of Santa and all that he will be doing this holiday season, but also to enjoy lots of good times.

NORAD will be tracking Santa’s flight around the world from the time he leaves the North Pole until he visits your home. so to get in the know about the Jolly Old Elf, click here.  For lots of Christmas games and puzzles, go here.

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Oct 25 2010

Just in time for Halloween fun!
Meet Benjamin and Emma Bushytail.

Soon leaves on trees will be a memory, the frost will be on the pumpkin and we’ll be headed toward winter. Squirrels will be trying to remember where they have buried all of their nuts so they have enough food to make it through the winter. Some squirrels have been in school since September, such as Benjamin and Emma Bushytail.

Now Emma and Benjamin are putting down their studies to plan their Halloween costumes so they can go Trick or Treating at the tree homes in their neighborhood. Benjamin has decided to be a skeleton and Emma is going to be a witch. Both are going to carry pumpkin baskets that Momma Squirrel bought to hold their candy.

Do you like paper Dolls? I do. They were always my favorite when I was little because I could make new outfits, any color I wanted, with just a sheet of paper, a pencil and some crayons.

The Bushytails were drawn by a very famous paper doll artist, Kathy Lawrence, in 1992. Ms. Lawrence grew up around paints and brushes because her mother, Queen Holden, was also an artist. Kathy Lawrence has designed many fun paper dolls that you can order from The Shackman Store found here. You will find the Bushytails with outfits for a wedding, a set of Oliver and Olivia Owl paper dolls and a set of rabbit paper dolls called the Hopper Family.

Kathy Lawrence lives in Texas and still designs lots of interesting and fun things for children. She is a famous illustrator for greeting cards and collector plates as well as soft, beautiful religious paintings.

If you would like to download this FREE pdf of The Bushytail paper dolls, click here or click the image below:

Designed by Kathy Lawrence in 1992 for B. Shakman, these Bushytail family girl and boy, Benjamin and Emma, would love to come live at your house. Download this pdf file onto strong 24 pound card by clicking on the thumbnail above. Cut out with sharp scissors while being careful not to cut off the tabs that will hold the clothes on to the figures. When you are done playing, try storing Benjamin, Emma and their clothes in an envelope so you won’t lose all the pieces.

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Sep 20 2010

This baby rabbit munching on a dandelion is so happy to be alive and well loved. There seems to be nothing better than a dandelion flower held by a helping hand. We have rabbits in our yard and every spring we are treated to a sweet visit from little baby rabbits who like to snack on our clovers. Do you like rabbit babies?  Then you will like this post!

This baby rabbit thinks a dandelion is YUMMY!

Lots of rabbits are born every year, and sometimes, they don’t have homes. There are organizations run by people who love rabbits and take care of them until each rabbit finds a home of its own. Rabbit lovers are very enthusiastic about rabbits!

Here is a web site, House Rabbit Network, run by rabbit lovers for rabbit lovers. They have lots of fun pages with entries of rabbit facts and photos. There is even a page of photographs of mother rabbits cuddling with their babies. Go here to the mother/baby photo page, because you can click on a mother rabbit and she will tell a story.

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Sep 10 2010

This just in from the Great State of Minnesota!

The City of Eden Prairie is looking forward to Sunbonnet Day, an autumn festival.

Sunbonnet Day this Saturday

September 10, 2010 – 11:22am


Mikaylie Sosnowski poses next to the Dorenkemper House during last year’s Sunbonnet Day. Tours of the house will be offered again during this year’s Sunbonnet Day, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Riley-Jacques Farmstead, 9100 Riley Lake Road.

The event features music, pony rides and barnyard animals, spinning demonstrations, storytelling, games, a farmer’s market, horse drawn wagon rides and more.
– Photo by Karla Wennerstrom


What a nice day Saturday, September 11, 2010, will be in Eden Prairie, MN

And isn’t that name just lovely? Eden Prairie? I feel so calm…

The City of Eden Priairie, MN has been recognized as a great place to live and raise a family and is currently listed as one of MONEY Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in America. Eden Prairie is home to the Minnesota Vikings. If this slant on fresh air, good living and football appeals to you, go here to find more information.

UPDATE: If you didn’t make it over to the Dorenkemper House for Saturday’s Sunbonnet Day, click play:

What a fun, sunny day to enjoy history and heritage.
This video made me want to hitch up the wagon
and head west!

Easy to wear prairie dresses allow plenty of room for play.

If you know of a special someone who would love to dress in a prairie dress and sunbonnet, here are some pleasing options that can be previewed by hovering your mouse over Child’s Prairie Dress & Pinafore Pattern.

A BIG, “Hello!” to Eden Prairie, Minnesota from SunbonnetSmart.com


Minnesota is the North Star State.

State Capital is St. Paul

State Flower is the Pink & White Lady’s Slipper
State Tree is the Norway Pine
State Bird is the Common Loon
For books on Minnesota QUILTS click this link.
For information on Minnesota QUILT GUILDS click here.

For Tourist Information, call (800) 657-3700 or (800) 328-1461

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Sep 06 2010

Sea Otters float on their backs and crack open clams on their tummies to get their dinners.

Sea Otters live on the Pacific Coast of the United States and along the Pacific Coasts of Russia and China. A German scientist named Georg Wilhelm Steller lived in the early 1700’s and was a biologist, meaning he studied both animals and plants. He wrote the first description of the Sea Otter in his field notebooks of 1751.

Sea Otters are furry animals that are awake for most of their activities during the day and sleep at night just like most people do. Sometimes if a mother Sea Otter has babies to feed she will get up at night to find food to feed them, but usually Sea Otters are active during the day.

Being long and skinny, Sea Otters are shaped sort of like ferrets, but they have webbed feet for swimming, in fact, if they had to, a Sea Otter could spend their whole lives in water, never going on land.

Sea Otters are very social, loving little creatures. They enjoy spending time together and even like to float around in the water holding hands so they can stay close to each other.

To learn more about Sea Otters, go here.


To keep from drifting apart, sea otters may sleep holding paws.

To watch a video with Sea Otters holding paws click the play button below:


Sea Otters are found on the Pacific Ocean coasts of Asia and North America.


Sunbonnet Smart has a Sea Otter Page for you to color!

The Monterey Bay aquarium has a Sea Otter Can where you can watch Sea Otters playing and having fun.  This is what their web page says:

Meet our otters!

You’ll often see our otters on the move in this exhibit. Our aquarists put food in toys to stimulate the otters’ natural behavior of pounding and working to get food out of shells. They also teach the otters behaviors, like holding a target with their paws, or walking onto a scale or into a kennel. Training keeps our otters mentally and physically stimulated; it also makes working with the otters safer for us and less stressful for them. To enjoy the Sea Otter Cam go here.

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Jun 06 2010

For engaging wildlife photos go to this web site.

The Red Fox is a mammal that is loved for its beauty and cunning. Fox have beautiful fur and they are very smart. They are also very graceful when they run. Fox are shy and avoid humans if possible. Just our footsteps on the ground can scare them into moving away from us when we walk near one of their hiding places.

A famous American Artist, Winslow Homer, used to paint in his studio in Maine that was out in the country near the ocean. He was able to observe many birds and animals in their natural surroundings. Here is a painting showing a fox in winter who is being chased by some crows. Winslow Homer never taught in schools or privately as he worked alone in his studio. Even without that exposure to students, he has influenced generations of American Artists. He was known for his direct observation and depiction of nature.

Winslow Homer once said, “Look at nature, work independently, and solve your own problems.” That sounds like good advice to me. If you would like to learn more about Winslow Homer, refer to the entry found here.

From Wiki-pedia: Winslow Homer. The Fox Hunt, 1893.
Oil on canvas, 96.5 × 174 cm (38 × 68½ in).
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

If you live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or if you take a trip there, you can go to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and stand in front of this painting to enjoy the effects of light and color. Does The Fox Hunt make you feel cold to look at it? I think Winslow Homer did a fine job of making anyone who looks at this painting feel like they are looking at a cold day in a northern winter in Maine.

Here is a heartwarming video about a man who saved a fox named “Cropper” that was injured in an accident:

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