Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Funnyz

It's time to get some rest when after you wash your hair it feels like you smeared Crisco on it--
   then you realize that you picked up the bottle of body lotion at the motel instead of the hair conditioner! 

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thursday Treatz

My sister introduced me to homemade greek style yogurt--
complete with tutorials and a yogurt maker!
One day I had more milk that needed to be used than would fit into my yogurt maker.
I had heard that yogurt could be made in a crock pot, so I decided to give it a try!
The following are the instructions I followed, but there are many others on the web. 
This recipe is from:

 Make Yogurt in Your CrockPot!

The Ingredients.

--8 cups (half-gallon) of whole milk--pasteurized and homogenized is fine, but do NOT use ultra-pasteurized. (Debbie recommends starting with whole milk until you get the hang of yogurt-making)  I used 1 percent milk and it worked ok--Suz
--1/2 cup store-bought natural, live/active culture plain yogurt (you need to have a starter. Once you have made your own, you can use that as a starter)

--frozen/fresh fruit for flavoring

--thick bath towel

--slow cooker

The Directions.

This takes a while. Make your yogurt on a weekend day when you are home to monitor.

I used a 4 quart crockpot. This is so exciting. My fingers are shaking!

Plug in your crockpot and turn to low. Add an entire half gallon of milk. Cover and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours.

Unplug your crockpot. Leave the cover on, and let it sit for 3 hours.

When 3 hours have passed, scoop out 2 cups of the warmish milk and put it in a bowl. Whisk in 1/2 cup of store-bought live/active culture yogurt. Then dump the bowl contents back into the crockpot. Stir to combine.

Put the lid back on your crockpot. Keep it unplugged, and wrap a heavy bath towel all the way around the crock for insulation.

Go to bed, or let it sit for 8 hours.

In the morning, the yogurt will have thickened---it's not as thick as store-bought yogurt, but has the consistency of low-fat plain yogurt.

Blend in batches with your favorite fruit. I did mango, strawberry, and blueberry. When you blend in the fruit, bubbles will form and might bother you. They aren't a big deal, and will settle eventually.

Chill in a plastic container(s) in the refrigerator. Your fresh yogurt will last 7-10 days. Save 1/2 cup as a starter to make a new batch.

to achieve a Greek-style yogurt  line a colander with a coffee liner and let the liquid drip out. The remaining yogurt was as thick as sour cream.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

To make an interesting area on your project for a journal entry or sentiment,
'smooch' an ink pad onto your page.
Or, put it on another piece of paper and adhere that to your project.

Smooch a small or large ink pad  directly onto your page.
Make sure the ink isn't too dark so you can see your writing,
unless you use a dark pad and write with a white marker.

This makes a nice background area for a journal entry or card sentiment.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

We have returned from the Creating Keepsakes Convention
 at the Opry Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
My crafter friend Patt and I had a great time taking classes, working on our projects and shopping at the vender fair. We also took some time to walk around the 9 acre Opry Facility and the recently reopened Opry Mills Shopping Mall. Both were ruined in the 2010 flood. It was hard for us to imagine how high the water was inside the buildings. The facility is soooooo big that we often found ourselves walking in circles, until we found the magic elevator close to our room that took us directly to where we needed to be!

Here are a few of the projects I began at the convention.

Our Monday Make-Itz will be to finish a project that you have started but for some reason set aside.

Below are pictures of flowers and plants inside the atrium, a tropical paradise. 

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

Progess and great news: Dad was released from the hospital to skilled care,
and I got mom back to their home for some much needed rest.

I will now be able to attend the papercrafting convention planned many months ago.
(My family encouraged me to keep my reservations.)
I won't be able to post until I return. 

I will be attending classes, soaking up fresh ideas and rekindling my creative juices.

Take time to craft and create this week, it soothes the soul

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Make-Itz


Greetings loyal followers.

I'm taking a breather from the hospital to recharge.
We are hoping dad will be released to the skilled care facility, then rehab, then home!
The facility is closer to home so that will be easier on all. 

Being an educator, I often felt that the calendar year
should begin with September instead of January.
I begin my search for the perfect planner this time of year.
Since I have not been able to locate one,
I decided to make one with the help of a few great websites,
and a notebook purchased at the back to school sales.

Free planner printables (click here for pages for planner) (click here for month names clipart)
Organized Christmas  (click here for some great pages for you planner, especially  for the holidays.)

 Free Printables even has a scrapbook planning page to print.
I printed the pages on card stock, and plan to reinforce the holes.
I printed the names of the months onto sticker paper. I will just cut out and stick on pages!
I found a 3 hole punch that fits into a notebook, and added a pencil pouch.

Have fun personalizing your planner.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Tipz

Greetings Crafters,
   I won't be able to post this week due to my dad having surgery today. We aren't sure how long the hospital stay will be. Just keep us all in your prayers.
     Craftin with Suz

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Make-Itz

 These are just toooooooo cute, 

  from the current issue of Martha Stewart Living Mag. 

  You will need to go to 

  to download the free transfer patterns.


Trompe L'oeil Tote Bags and Pouch

Using our clip art printed onto fabric transfers, you can turn a plain tote into a witty style statement.

Fabric Transfer How-To

Tools and Materials

T-shirt transfer paper
Pouch or tote bag
Clutch Clip Art
Handbag Clip Art
Purse Clip Art
  1. Download clip art, and print on transfer paper. (Use dark-T-shirt transfer paper if ironing onto a colored fabric.)
  2. Cut out design. If printing on colored fabric transfer, trim as close to outline as possible.
  3. Position design on fabric as desired. (If making the above tote, cut out the components separately and place them on corresponding parts of the bag.)
  4. Following the manufacturer's instructions for the transfer paper, press design onto fabric.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Saturday Sayinz

"Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address."

Tom Hanks in the movie  You've Got Mail
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Funnyz

Senior Texting Codes
  Source Unknown

LOL: Living on Lipitor
LWO: Lawrence Welk is On
TTYL: Talk To You Louder
LMGA: Lost My Glasses Again
FWB: Friends With Beta Blockers
CBM: Covered By Medicare
BTW: Bring the Wheelchair
ROTL...CGU  Rolling On The Floor Laughing...And Can't Get Up
WAITT: Who Am I Talking To
WWNO: Walker Wheels Need Oil

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Make Itz

The youngest recently completed the course requirements
for his Master of Architectural studies.
He accepted a full time job as a project manager/draftsman at a construction company.
To celebrate his achievements, I made a Full Time Employment Survival Kit:

Items included: a new mug with his name on it along with a bag of coffee, a brown bag with his old elementary school thermas for lunches, pen, notebook, notepad, t-shirt, key chain, calculator, and chocolate for an afternoon pick me up. Many of the items were ordered personalized from

A 'survival kit' could be made for any occasion: new baby, off to college, birthday, anniversary, get well, thinking of you, or even just because.

Share your ideas!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Freebeez

Don't forget about  Tennessee's Back to School Tax Free Holiday.

Check last Friday's post for Stampin'Up products that Qualify.

email me at with your order before tomorrrow

Happy Tax Free Craftin'!

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday Treatz

It's back to school time in Tennessee! 
Celebrate with this fun cake from Family Fun magazine.

Pencil Cake

 From FamilyFun Magazine
Pencil Cake 

  • 8-inch square pan of brownies, uncut
  • 1 3/4 cups white frosting
  • Yellow and pink food coloring
  • 1/4 cup chocolate frosting
  • Sandwich bag
  1. Pencil Cake - Step 1 Turn the cooled pan of brownies upside down and tap on the bottom to remove the brownie square. Cut it as shown (A) and arrange the two largest pieces into a pencil shape (B).
  2. Pencil Cake - Step 2 Cover the pointed end with white frosting. Tint 1 cup of frosting yellow, then spread it over the middle of the cake.
  3. Next, tint 1/2 cup pink for the eraser. Pipe on a chocolate frosting zigzag and pencil point using a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off.
  4. For an added effect, set the pencil on a piece of foam core decorated to look like lined paper and pipe on a chocolate frosting message.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Websitz

I continue to organize....especially the Craftin'withsuz room.
If you need some inspiration, check out this site:
click here:

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