Thursday, May 31, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Even though the calendar says summer doesn't start until June, most of  the country has had record temps.
Make your own pudding or juice pops to stay cool! 
Mom had a set of plastic pop makers that we would fill with drink mix, usually a red flavor. 
That was quite a treat for us after swimming or playing outside in the Tennessee summers.
These can still be purchased, or look at your local thrift store for a set. 
Another idea:  use small waxed paper cups with a popsicle stick or plastic spoon inserted after partially frozen, peel cup away to serve.  
Just pour ingredients into cups and freeze.

Some ideas for pops:
Instant pudding
Fruit juices
yogurt, your favorite flavor, or add fruit to plain

This is a fun project to do with kids! 
Share your favorite pop recipe!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Remember  summer  camps, trips and vacations with simple books made with paper rings.
These simple and inexpensive paper holders can be found at all kinds of stores--big box, dollar,office supply, and probably even at the grocery (though I haven't checked there yet)
The following is from Martha Stewart (click to go to the website) to jump start a creative spark.

I especially like the idea of collecting post cards and joining with a ring. Journal on the back of each card. Don't forget to add names and dates!
For added strength where the hole is punched for the ring, add a donut shaped hole protector sticker.

Make a kit for your young travelers: use a pencil box or pouch--add a hole punch, rings, hole protectors, different colors of pens,stickers, and some money to buy post cards along the way.

Purchase the above supplies at the back to school sales to give as gifts throughout the year. 

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Ring-Bound Books

Kids can capture their favorite memories in a custom scrapbook. It's easy to turn a traditional scrapbook into a sweet showcase -- just remember to let them get creative with their collections.
Put together a scrapbook on the road with loose-leaf rings, and make the drive as much fun as the destination. Bring some supplies, such as a hole punch, along for the ride. Kids can draw vehicles they see on plain tags with prepunched holes and record the day's highlights on postcards from every stop, creating picture-perfect pages. Or tuck souvenirs from a multicity trip into envelopes color-coded by town: Have your child mark each city with a sticker on a map, and add a matching sticker to the envelope.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Trust that little voice in your head that says,
'Wouldn't it be interesting if...' and then do it. 

Duane Michals

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Friday Funnyz

Life is funny. 

As a child growing up in Tennessee,the only jobs I was allowed to do in the garden were to pick up rocks and pull weeds--mainly because I was 'closer to the ground.'
Maybe that is why 'plants come to my house to die' as the commercial goes.
Ironically, since my dad has had some health issues, I have been tending the garden.

I picked out healthy tomato plants, planted them in the garden, made sure they didn't freeze on cold mornings or get too thirsty. I even 'fed' them weekly.
My 'maters' are doing ok, but not like the Volunteer plants in the  COMPOST PILE! Huge!!!!!!
Next year, I'm just going to throw tomatoes and other veggies into the compost pile and let Mother Nature take care of it.
My attempt at tomato plants.

Mother Nature's tomato plants.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

If you have an object that won't work by itself in your crafting projects--- make a color copy of it.

For example, when my oldest got married, candy was printed with their names. 
The candy would decay and ruin if I tried to use it the memory books. It would also make the pages too thick.

I randomly placed the candy face down on the color copier, and placed a white sheet of paper over it before I closed the lid.  I used white card stock to print on. 
I then used this paper for background pages.
I also cut the 'trial' pages up as embellishments for other pages.

Almost any object can be copied for interesting pages and craft projects.
(A corsage from a special occasion could be ''preserved" with this technique.)

Since the candy did not cover the entire page, I used this one for embellishments.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Mychal's Prayer

Lord, take me where 
    You want me to go,
let me meet who You want me 
     to meet,
tell me what You want me to say, 
and keep me out of your way.

Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M.
(Father Mychal, 68, a Franciscan friar and chaplain of the New York Fire Department, was killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center while ministering to the victims and rescuers. Catholic Digest, Sept. 2011, page. 41. )

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Friday Funnyz

The Toad at Wee Acres:

One evening The Toad found his way into my garage.
The next morning I was going out to find something in the van and he was there just patiently waiting for me to open the big garage door so he could return to his toad family.
It was a bit of a shock to see a toad looking at me,  to say the least.
Today I was watering the plants and filling up the bird swimming pool, when I got to the Hen and Chicks  something jumped up like: "When did it start raining, the sun is out!"
The Toad had made his home in the flower pot.
He will be joining the birds pecking on my door asking for a cool drink with an umbrella and slice of lemon(as one of our loyal readers suggested!)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Easiest-Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

These four-ingredient cookies can’t be beat: They’re made entirely of pantry ingredients and contain no dairy or flour. If you like a little texture, opt for chunky peanut butter.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Total Fat2g
Saturated Fat0
Total Carbohydrate3g
Dietary Fiber0
Serves: 60 Edit
Total Time: 35 min
Prep Time: 25 min
U.S. Metric
  • 1 cup(s) chunky or creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup(s) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until fully incorporated.
  3. Drop level teaspoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 in. apart. Bake until the cookies are puffed and starting to lightly brown around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Only two more weeks to order retired Stamp Sets and products from Stampin' Up!

The new idea book catalogs are now available, all I can say is AWESOME!

check out the web

Leave a comment here, or email me at to: order,
 host a workshop or book party to earn lots of great FREEBEEZ,
 or to find out how to get a new 2012-2013 idea book.

Happy Craftin!

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Keep an open mind to interesting craft opportunities.
This recently happened with an instant bird bath.

I brought home a non-working concrete fountain from my folk's house.
It sat  as I 'pondered' what to do with it.
Finally I asked to have the base and the large concrete bowl put in the center of our crop circle a.k.a. the place where an above ground pool once lived.
I filled it with water hoping it didn't have a crack or a leak. No leaks!
I also added some cut hosta stems to attract more birds.
After a few days, I looked out to see a large robin doing the back stroke in the new birdie spa!

Of course, now I have one more daily chore--the silly (or smart) birds won't use the birdbath until it has been cleaned out and fresh water added! Before long, the birds will probably be pecking on my door ordering a cold drink with a little umbrella!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mom's Day

Wishing all kinds of mom's a wonderful day! 
I received the following as a forward, so not sure who to credit.
I hope it makes all Laugh Out Loud today. Enjoy!


Answers given by
2nd grade school children to the following questions:
Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?

1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?

1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?

1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?

1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?

1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She s ees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?

1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine..

What does your mom do in her spare time?

1. Mothers don't do spare time .
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?

1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?

1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

ET Phone Home! 

"Ten is the number of digits in your mother's phone number. A new study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior might entice you to call home more often: Researchers found that talking to MOM on the phone lowers stress levels, but chatting with her online does not. The theory is that it's the sound of her voice that's calming, not what she says (no need to worry Mom with that detail).
So give your mom a ring on Mother's Day--Sunday, May 13. 
Hearing from you will make her pretty happy too."

Real Simple Magazine, May 2012,the simple list page 8

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Friday Freebeez

If you haven't made it to the card shop to get that special card for mom, don't despair,
put your computer to work!
The following websites have free printable Mom's Day cards. Just click on the address:

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

There are many websites with great gift and card ideas for Mom's Day. 
Here are a few favorites, just click on the link:

Please share your favorite websites!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

If you need to mail a card to your mom, be sure to use the correct postage.

A very patient postal worker at my tiny local post office weighed and sized a stack of cards for me.
She explained when extra postage needs to be added:

If cards are embellished with products that 'pop up' above the paper(jewels, pearls, bows), the card can jam the sorting machinery.
An embellished card will need to be stamped or printed with 'Non-Machinable' across the front of the envelope. Extra postage will also need to be added, for example:  if the card is one first class stamp weight, then just add a second ounce 20cent stamp  45+20= 65 cents.
If the card goes beyond 1 first class stamp weight, then add 2 second ounce stamps 45+40= 85 cents. 

The size of the envelope also determines how much postage is needed. I was surprised at how large an envelope can be--6 by 11 inches. I was always putting extra postage on envelopes that I know now didn't need to be.  However, square envelopes aren't so lucky, they need to be put into a regular sized envelope or add extra postage due to the sorting machinery.

Of course, if you still aren't sure how much postage a card needs, just visit your local Post Office for help!

This card would need extra postage due to the bow and pearl embellishments--"Non-Machinable"

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

Sunday, May 13th is Mother's Day! 

If you  are blessed to have your mom, or someone who is like a mom, make a special card to show your appreciation. It can be purchased and embellished or hand made from the heart.
I usually go with whimsical or comical cards for my 86 year young mom,
but this year I took a class and decided to go with sentimental.

Never underestimate the power of a greeting card!

Don't worry, she won't see it before Sunday, she doesn't get near the computer!

Check in all week, I will be posting Mom's Day ideas!

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are:
      something to do,
      something to love,
      and something to hope for."

--Joseph Addison

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday Treatz

It isn't too early to start thinking about Mom's Day Treats!
Here is a pretty one from the Family Fun Magazine online Info.

Rose Cupcakes

 From FamilyFun Magazine

You don't need to have a green thumb -- or be a florist -- to share these beautiful blooms. They're made from spirals of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather centered on mini cupcakes. Here's how to arrange your own bouquet.
  • 12 mini cupcakes
  • White icing
  • Scissors
  • 6 rolls of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Cherry Rage or strawberry flavor
  • 1 roll of Fruit by the Foot fruit leather in Color by the Foot flavor
  1. Frost 12 mini cupcakes with white icing.
  2. To make a rose, unroll a piece of the cherry or strawberry fruit leather and divide it in half along the wavy perforated middle line. Take one of the halves and roll up about 5 inches to form the flower's center. Set the rolled strip wavy side up in the middle of a cupcake, as shown, and continue to loosely wrap the remaining fruit leather around the center at a slight angle until the flower is completed.
  3. Repeat this process for the remaining flowers. (You should be able to get 2 mini roses out of each roll of fruit leather.)
  4. Cut leaf shapes from the wavy edge of the Color by the Foot strip as shown, then tuck the leaves under the roses.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

The Tip Nut website has all kinds of neat ideas, tips and projects. 
Just be sure you have lots of time since you will want to read them all!


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

I learned a great tip from a free organizational online webinar from Tiffany Spalding :


Tip--Unless you are going to sell your craft materials to someone who speaks a foreign language, remove the instructions that are written in anything but English. For example, Cricut Cartridges have a small instruction booklet that includes many different languages. Remove all of those instructions except the English portion to save time locating information. 

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