Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday Funnyz

Funny Things Children Say:

Home is where the house is. Age 6

As you make your way through this hectic world of ours, set aside a few minutes each day.  At the end of the year, you'll have a couple of days saved up. Age 7

For centuries, people thought the moon was made of green cheese. Then the astronauts found that the moon is really a big hard rock. That's what happens to cheese when you leave it out.   Age 6

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thursday Treatz

It seems most of the United States is experiencing an early summer heat wave.
Even though it's not a good idea to have a campfire--
you can still make S'mores and eat them too!
The recipe calls for marshmallow cream,
but I think whipped cream in a can would be also be good! has a great indoor S'more recipe:

 S'mores in a Bag
by Nicole Blasenak Shapiro From FamilyFun Magazine
S'mores in a Bag
Brownie Troop 1169 of Scottsboro, Alabama, concocted s'mores in a fire-free (and mess-free) way by using ziplock bags and tinkering a bit with the usual recipe. In addition to being gooey and delicious, this variation on a classic snack comes with a lesson about resourcefulness and ingenuity. "The girls not only had fun, but they also learned that there's often more than one way to do something," says troop leader Martha Avans.
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallow crème
  • Chocolate chips
  1. To make one serving, place a graham cracker in a quart-size ziplock bag. Seal it and crush the cracker.
  2. Add 2 heaping spoonfuls of marshmallow crème and about 1/4 cup of chocolate chips. Reseal, then squeeze and knead the bag to mix the ingredients together.
  3. To eat, just snip off a corner of the bag and squeeze out the sweet treat.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

To continue the Duck Tape challenge, go to (click on link) for inspiration.

I found a nice selection of patterns and colors at Walmart.
Dollar General has a few patterns in stock. Look in either the car care or hardware aisles.
(Although I think it should have a prominent place in the craft aisle.)

Please share if you know of other sources for different patterns of duck tape.

I'm not sure how you can post a picture, so if you will email  a pix of your entry to, I will put all entries into a future post.
This lovely Craftin'withSuz tote bag is the prize!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Use purchased or handmade greeting cards as embellishments.

I found a card that had the perfect Bible verse for a memory book project.
Since most cards are probably not acid free,
just be sure not to directly attach it to a photograph.

Cut out part of the card, or perhaps leave it whole depending on the layout.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Make-Itz and a Give-a-way!

I'm on a tape roll that is.
I've discovered all kinds of awesome colors of duck tape at the local mass market stores.
So far I have made wallets--check out Friday Freebeez before
Father's day to get the instructions.
I also found an interesting pattern for a coin holder like the one
I got my dad on a trip to Maine.
I will post those instructions and how it turned out in another post.

I would love to hear and see what crafts you have made with duck tape.
Please leave a comment and/or pix!
I will chose one lucky winner to receive this awesome Craftin'withSuz canvas tote bag.
(A person can't have too many totebags.)

Can't wait to see your ideas!
Happy Craftin'!

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

"If you have melted chocolate all over your hands...
       you're eating it too slowly."

(from Dining on a Dime Cookbook)

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Funnyz and Updatez

The Toad at Wee Acres found his own personal shower--see if you can find him!
Hint-he's soaking up the water dripping out of the air conditioner pipes.

I also wanted to share some updates from an earlier post--
The peppers are from our little patio garden.

There are rumors of new neighbors in the field close to the house--
   the field was mowed and baled into hay.
Stay tuned---moo, mooo, moooooo...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Thursday Treatz

Ice Cream In A Bag
(Recipe from

This really works, but I did find the ice cream needs to be shaken longer
than the recipe time.
This is also a good recipe to do outside as the bags drip water from the ice.

For each serving:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salt (The bigger the granules, the better. Kosher or rock salt works best, but table salt is fine.)
  • Ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full)
  • 1 pint-size ziplock bag
  • 1 gallon-size ziplock bag
  1. Combine the sugar, half and half, and vanilla extract in the pint-size bag and seal it tightly.
  2. Place the salt and ice in the gallon-size bag, then place the sealed smaller bag inside as well. Seal the larger bag. Now shake the bags until the mixture hardens (about 5 minutes). Feel the small bag to determine when it's done.
  3. Take the smaller bag out of the larger one, add mix-ins, and eat the ice cream right out of the bag. Easy cleanup too! Serves 1.
Yum Yum
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

The summer soltice begins today at 6:09 pm  CDT here in the sunny south!
What better way to celebrate than with an all day HALF price shake at Sonic!!!
To continue the summer celebration--
   shakes are half price after 8pm everyday through the summer.
For more info go to: (click on link)

While you are sipping on your sweet treat,
        take some time to plan craft projects for the hot summer days.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

How to Freeze Chocolate Candy: 
(Thank you to the nice sales person at the local Russel Stover Store)

Put the box of chocolate in the original box/wrapper into the freezer until you need it.
(He said that many people purchase boxes of chocolate at the 75% off sale in summer,
 freeze it and make trays/gifts at Christmas.)

Plan a few days before you want to use or give the candy:
 Take the candy out of the freezer and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
 Take the candy out of the fridge and let slowly warm up to room temperature for 24 hours.

An easy way to remember is Freezer--24-24-Enjoy!

This way will keep the candy from 'sweating' in the box into a big mess.

 Enjoy--Yum Yum

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

For some summer fun, make a permanent marker tie-die t-shirt.
We made these each year I was the director of a 4H  day camp.
The kids (and adults) loved them!
I found these instructions on Martha Stewart's website, and instead of reinventing the wheel, so to say, I'm going post that info:

Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt 




Tools and Materials

  • White, 100 percent cotton T-shirt
  • Cardboard
  • Sharpie permanent markers
  • Baking pan (or glass or plastic container)
  • Binder clips (or rubber bands)
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (91 percent)
  • Eyedropper
  • Iron or clothes drier

Sharpie Tie-Dye T-Shirt How-To:

  1. Wash and dry T-shirt. Insert a piece of cardboard into T-shirt to prevent ink from bleeding through to other side.
  2. Using desired marker colors, make a preliminary design on T-shirt. (Note: For a flower pattern, make a large dot of ink in one color, then surround in many smaller dots of a complementary color.)
  3. Remove cardboard and stretch T-shirt over a baking pan, securing with binder clips. Be sure shirt is taut enough that it is not touching the bottom of the pan. (Tip: Individual sections of shirt can also be stretched over the mouth of a glass or plastic container and secured in place with a rubber band.)
  4. Using an eyedropper, slowly drip desired number of drops of rubbing alcohol into center of ink design. The more drops of alcohol used, the further the ink will spread and the larger the design will be. 
(Note: Avoid flooding design with alcohol all at once.)
  5. Once desired design is achieved, let T-shirt dry completely. Set color into shirt by applying a hot iron for 5 minutes or placing shirt in clothes drier on high for 15 minutes. (Tip: Be sure your iron is on the highest heat possible when setting the ink. Wash shirts separately on the delicate cycle and in cold water.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

It's amazing how a boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter
can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.

Any man can be a Father, it takes someone special to be a Daddy.

Happy Father's Day!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Freebeez

In honor of Duct Tape week and Father's Day, let's dig out the roll of duct tape
and make a wallet!
I made one out of silver, but I found denim colored tape I plan to use for a few more. It is light weight and has a cloth like feel. Right now I have coupons in it.

I found an easy set of instructions on the Family Fun Website:

Daddy Duct Dollars

A fun Father's Day gift idea.
Father's Day Craft Daddy Duct Dollars
Total Time Needed:
1 Hour
Dad will appreciate the thriftiness behind this Father's Day gift -- a wallet crafted out of duct tape. Simply follow the steps below, then, before presenting it to him, fill Dad's gift with extras: pretend money, a fun identification card, or coupons he can redeem later.
  • Duct tape
  • Clear plastic report cover
  1. Daddy Duct Dollars - Step 1 Lay a 10-inch strip of duct tape sticky-side up on your work surface. Place another 10-inch strip (sticky-side down) halfway down on top of the first strip.
  2. Fold down the top of the first strip over the second strip, then turn over the strips.
  3. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 3 Add another strip of tape to the second strip (sticky sides together), then flip over the strips again. Continue building your sheet until it is 6 inches long, then fold up the bottom edge of the last strip. Trim any uneven edges to get a 9- by 6-inch sheet.
  4. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 4 Fold the sheet in half, so that the bottom is 1/4 inch from the top. Crease the fold and secure the sides of the wallet together with narrow strips of tape.
  5. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 5 Repeat steps 1 through 3 to create a 9- by 5-inch sheet of duct tape, then cut this sheet into 4 rectangles, trimming them to 4 by 2 inches each. Tip: For smooth-edged pockets, be sure to leave one 4-inch side of each rectangle uncut.
  6. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 6 Set 1 rectangle aside and stack together the other 3 (smooth edges at the top), placing each one 1/4 inch lower than the one beneath it (A). Add strips of tape at the back and along the bottom and sides to secure the pieces together (B).
  7. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 7 Tape this assembly in place on the left half of the wallet, 1/4 inch in from the edge and 1/4 inch below the bill pocket. Repeat, placing the remaining duct tape rectangle on the right half of the wallet and taping the bottom and sides in place.
  8. Daddy Duct Dollars Step 8 For a photo or ID holder, fold a thin strip of tape over the top edge of a 4- by 2 1/4-inch rectangle cut from a clear plastic report cover. Set the plastic rectangle atop the duct tape rectangle and tape it in place, leaving the top open. Lastly, reinforce the wallet with strips of tape wherever needed.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday Treatz

"The Amazing One-Ingredient Ice Cream"
from July Ladies' Home Journal

Ingredients: ripe bananas

1. Peel bananas, cut into pieces and freeze until solid.

2. Blend in food processor until super smooth.

3. Refreeze processed bananas in an airtight container, then scoop just like real ice cream.

(Hot Fudge Sundae anyone? Yum Yum)

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wednesday Webstiz

Here is a neat website of projects made from 
resale shop and 'found' products:
(click on link below)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

If you have an electric die cutting machine 
that uses 'sticky' cutting mats, 
refresh the surface with an 'eraser' type sponge.
Dampen the sponge and wipe it over the mat surface
to remove bits of stuck on paper. Let dry before using.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

My guest artist today is my sister. Check out her website, click here: thewhimseyproject
She made May Baskets for friends and family. 
I have permission to share her idea and instructions with you. 
This  fun gift can be used for many occasions. 
Please share how you would use it! 

8 pack of peat pots, Northrup/King.  larger size than standard peatpots-
(can be found at Dollar General.)
Purchased shredded paper from a dollar store, 
 or make your own with a crimper

twine, glue dots, embellishments, paper, acrylic paint, water, brush.

dilute chosen color of paint.
paint peat pots.
let dry.
meantime, make "hello" to stick into the pot.
when pots are dry, wrap three rounds of twine at mid point of pot.
secure with glue dot.
fill pot with shredded paper.
add embellishment over glue dotted twine.
fill pot with whatever you wish to share.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

Sometimes the prayers 'unanswered'
     bring the most blessings.

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday Freebeez

A website called The Spotted Canary has  over 20  FREE
online craft classes. 
There are many papercrafting classes, but other crafts as well. 
Check it out!

click here:

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Check out the new 2012-2013 Idea Book/ Catalog at Stampin' Up!
It's full of great new ideas and fun products. 
Contact me to find out how to get your very own copy:


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

First let me send a great big HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my folks---married 64 years today! 

Tuesday Tipz:

Before your throw away the background that remains after you remove a sticker or sticky die cut, look at what's left on the page to see if it can be used in any of your projects.
Stampin Up had a neat card making kit with sticky die cuts embellishments.  What was left after the die cuts were removed was just as interesting as the main die cut.

 Sticker sheet after die cuts were removed.
 I cut out around the printed area that was left. Keep the backing on the sticker until you are ready to place it on your project. I also needed some round white sticky circles, so I punched circles out from the empty white space.
 Place your new embellishment on your project. Fill the inside empty space with glitter glue. I used Stampin' UP Dazzling Details.

Have fun looking at sticker sheets in a whole new way!

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