Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Giveaway Winner! - $30 shop credit to mateo & tobias

Congratulations go out to Sam Conradsen, the winner of a $30 shop credit to mateo & tobias!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered. It was so wonderful to read each and every comment. My heart ♥ was so very happy.

A VERY special thank you to the wonderful Rebecca Cooper for hosting my giveaway on her absolutely wonderful site - simple as that. Thank you, Rebecca!

I had so much fun with this giveaway! Stay tuned for more in the future! :)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Inspiration Sunday - Teacher Appreciation DIY Gifts (Part 2)

Wow, I can't believe that it is the last Sunday in May. Three more days until June 1 and less than a month left of school!

Here are a few more fun do-it-yourself "Teacher Appreciation DIY Gifts (Part 2)". If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

Chalkboard Pot & Scrapbook Paper Seed Packets
This is so cute. I love the idea of chalkboard paint, not only because it is so schoolish (is that a word?), but because you can use some chalk to write the name of the plant/herb on the pot. Erase and do it again! So cool!


Monogram Bookmark
I love these ribbon bookmarks. With all the gorgeous ribbon that is available, you would be able to make some beautiful ones!


Milk + Cookie Favor Printables
This is so sweet! Who wouldn't want to find some homemade, delicious cookies in a milk carton? Yum! :)


Teacher's Apple
I love this homemade gift basket full of goodies. And I'm sure any teacher would appreciate it too.


Crayon Initial
This is altogether so fantastic! Who knew you could break up crayons and make a totally cool monogram? Wow!


and here too -


Coffee Cozies
I love these. So pretty for the coffee or tea drinker! The elastic makes it's perfect for adjustability.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Friday Etsy Favorites

Here are this weeks Friday Etsy Favorites featuring some fantastic items from some talented artists! ♥

1. Felt by Dew ► Set of Warmest Felted Love Slippers
2. Kissa Design ► Polish Star Urchin Cherry Blossom Ornament
3. Designs by ALY ► Necklace Aquamarine Swarovski Crystal
4. Wild Paper Flowers ► Set of 7 Green Paper Flowers
5. Sew Ecological► Upcycled Book Cover
6. Belle Coccinelle ► Organic Lavender Linen Sachets


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

GIVEAWAY!! - $30 shop credit to mateo & tobias


I am SO excited to be sponsoring a giveaway on Rebecca's fabulous blog - simple as that.

Enter to win a $30 credit to my Etsy shop, mateo & tobias!!

So head over to simple as that and ENTER today! :)

Giveaway closes Saturday May 28th at 10:00pm MST.

All the best!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Inspiration Sunday - Teacher Appreciation DIY Gifts (Part 1)

It's hard to believe that next month, school will be done for the year. And with the end of school comes teacher appreciation gifts.

Instead of store bought, I thought this year I would find some things that my son and I could make for his teacher. I scoured the internet for ideas (what did we do in the days before the internet?) and these ones caught my eye.

Sticky Notebooks
This is such a fantastic way to make using sticky notes so fun!


Magnetic Memo Boards
This is such a cool idea. Instead of spray painting (that was used), you could probably adhere fabric to cover the metal burner.


Fabric Bookmarks
These are lovely and I have a big stash of fabric I can choose from to use.


Embellished Hand Sanitizer
This is so pretty and I know my son's class uses hand sanitizer. One of the times when I volunteered to help out in his class, he happened to be special helper that day and I watched as he got to pump some sanitizer into each of his classmate's hands. That was one of the jobs of being special helper for the day! :)


Box of Teacher Goodies
I think this may be a definite project! I love this idea! Now to think of some fun things to fill the box with.



Fabric Covered Composition Book
This is so gorgeous! I may just have to make one for myself!


Teacher Treats Candy Bar Cover
Hmmm, who wouldn't love to unwrap this lovely holder to reveal a yummy treat?


Reversible Tote Bag
This would be so pretty and I think his teacher would think so too! :)


Stay tuned for more Teacher Appreciation DIY Gifts next week, on Inspiration Sunday.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Etsy Favorites

The sky is blue. The sun is shining. It's supposed to be a warm day. Featuring these beautiful, making me oh, so happy, items for this weeks Friday Etsy Favorites. It's going to be a great Friday! ♥

1. jQ Jewelry Designs ► Dichroic Glass and Silver Bracelet
2. the merriweather council ► Lets Go. Hand Embroidery
3. Lin Designs ► Hair Pins Flower
4. annalela ► Orange Gadget - Cell Phone Cozy
5. vintage green limited ► Party Cake Bunting
6. Galeaz Glass ► Fiery Red Stained Glass Jewelry Box


Monday, May 16, 2011

Giveaway WINNER! - She Believed She Could So She Did

We have a winner for the "She Believed She Could So She Did" set of four 5x7 prints!

Drumroll please...!!

Via random.org, the winner is comment #17.

Lets all give out a cheer to Alana Gillett! Congratulations Alana! Please contact me at mateoandtobias[at]gmail[dot]com so that I can get these prints shipped off to you!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! I loved reading each and every comment! So much fun!

Stay tuned...because I am going to be sponsoring a giveaway soon. Stay tuned for more details in about a week! It's going to be a really good one!! :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Inspiration Sunday - Playhouses

Last year we purchased a cedar playhouse for our backyard. The kids love it! Perfect for them to hide out in and take shelter from the sun on those hot summer days. Their home away from home! :) And I figure that when the kids outgrow it, it can be used as a tool shed. Just perfect.

I thought I would do an Inpsiration Sunday post on playhouses. It's amazing how elaborate some are. Like a real miniature house. Wow!

What little boy (or girl!) wouldn't love a pirate ship playhouse? So cool!

Red Beard's Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse

I can't believe this is a playhouse. It looks like a real house. I love the deck on the upper level and the little deck on the lower level complete with adirondack chair.

American Craftsman

How fun is this? To climb up a ladder to get to the house and then to be able to go down a slide to get down. Love it! I also think that it is so neat to have a sandbox underneath the house. Nice and shady for those warm summer days!

Little Squirt Playhouse

I love this cape cod style playhouse with the sundeck on the side and all the beautiful flowers decorating the front yard.

Cotton Candy Manor Playhouse

This playhouse looks like a getaway retreat at a ski resort. All we need is the snow! :) I love all the windows and shutters and the window boxes for putting flowers in. Flowers in bloom would look so beautiful!

Tudor House

This is quite the colonial style playhouse mansion. Pretty elaborate!

Grand Portico Mansion Wood Playhouse

I love the landscaping surrounding this gorgeous playhouse. I love the faux chimney or maybe it's real? I wonder if I would be able to fit in this playhouse? Kind of my home away from home? :)

American Craftsman

I also happened upon this site called Project Playhouse where when you purchase a playhouse for your family it helps build a home for someone else. The "Playhouse Gallery" is quite amazing. It gives you an 'inside' look at the playhouse. They are miniature houses! Very cool!

Friday, May 13, 2011

For Those Who Entered My Giveaway...

Blogger was doing some sort of site maintenance and for some reason some of the comments from the "She Believed She Could So She Did" Giveaway disappeared. :(

So if you entered and don't see your comment, please comment again (on the Giveaway post) - http://mateoandtobias.blogspot.com/2011/05/giveaway-she-believed-she-could-so-she_10.html

Thanks everyone and all the best in the "She Believed She Could So She Did" Giveaway!

Giveaway closes on Monday, May 16th, at 9:00PM PST.

Friday Etsy Favorites

Loving these weeks Friday Etsy Favorites! Beautiful! ♥

1. Blue Room Gems ► Asymmetrical Bracelet Honey Yellow Glass
2. alexandra ferguson ► Eat Your Veggies Felt Applique Pillow
3. ganbayo ► Tea Purple Circles Necklace
4. New Moon Studio ► Aqua In White Wheel Thrown Yarn Bowl
5. Dragonfly Expression ► The Peony - Handmade Paper Flower
6. Shadow Jewels ► Baby Blue Crackle Glass and Rhinestone Earrings


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GIVEAWAY! - She Believed She Could So She Did

Enter to win the following four 5x7 prints of my "She Believed She Could So She Did" (http://www.etsy.com/listing/69097558/she-believed-she-could-so-she-did-wall wall print.

You can keep one print for yourself and give the others as a fun gift for a friend!


Required Entry:
Go to my mateo & tobias Etsy shop and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item is.

Additional Ways to Enter:
(please leave a separate comment for each additional entry}

1. Join mateo & tobias on facebook.
2. Post about this giveaway on facebook or twitter with a link to this post.
3. Become a follower of mateo & tobias' blog.
4. Add mateo & tobias to your favorite shops on Etsy.

Giveaway closes on Monday, May 16th, at 9:00PM PST.
The winner will be chosen via random.org.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all Moms a wonderful Mother's Day today. May your day be filled with blessings of joy surrounded by the ones that you love!


Here are a few poems that I love.

M - O - T - H - E - R
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER"
A word that means the world to me.
Howard Johnson (c. 1915)

Mother's Love
Her love is like
an island in life's ocean,
vast and wide
A peaceful, quiet shelter
From the wind, the rain, the tide.
'Tis bound on the north by Hope,
By Patience on the West,
By tender Counsel on the South
And on the East by Rest.
Above it like a beacon light
Shine Faith, and Truth, and Prayer;
And thro' the changing scenes of life
I find a haven there.
Author Unknown

Before I was a Mom
Before I was a Mom -
I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday.
Before I was a Mom -
I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom -
I had never been puked on - Pooped on - Spit on - Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom -
I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests...or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom -
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life
so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom -
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important.
Before I was a Mom -
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

Wonderful Mother
God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.
Pat O'Reilly

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Etsy Favorites

Wow, can you believe that it is May? This year has gone by so fast already!
Here are this weeks Friday Etsy Favorites. I ♥ these new finds!

1. Frilly Chili ► Photography Chick Pendant
2. My Crochet Shop ► Crochet Fish - Set of 3
3. peace.love.N.polkadots ► Medium Gray Diaper Bag
4. Art by Lauren ► XOXO Heart Coasters
5. Wood Toy Shop ► Memory Matching Game - Robots
6. Blackbird Letterpress ► Birds On A Wire Letterpress Cards


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Caylin's Cure - A Fundraiser for Hope


At the end of April, Kristina, a mama of two, talented scrapbooker, and blog & graphic designer from www.one-happy-mama.com emailed to ask me if I would like to participate in a fundraiser in honor of her daughter, Caylin, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.


I am so honored and privileged to be a part of such a worthy cause. I am donating a $30 credit to my mateo & tobias Etsy shop.

There are SO many wonderful prizes to be won including an Apple iPad2 (wow!), the Original Baby Bullet, product from the Twinery, Ali Edwards, Amy Tangerine and much more!


Kristina created a website called Caylin's Cure which will tell you in detail all about the fundraiser. PLEASE head over to Caylin's Cure and BE a part of this fundraiser for hope!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Month in Photos - April

I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked to have in April. But the photos I did take, I absolutely love. They totally highlight the month. The weather was pretty cool with clouds and rain so we had to take advantage of the sunshine on the days that the sun actually came out.

I really love this month's layout with page 2 being totally filled with photos. I love the enlarged photo showing the boys so concentrated on searching for, eek, bugs. :)

Here is the whole layout side-by-side.


Here is a closer view of page one.


Here is a closer view of page two.


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