Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Baby Pictures and Hand prints

After only living in our new home for two years, I decided it was time to
begin to place a few memories.
We had been gifted a lovely shelf with hooks to be used as a coat rack.
Since we could not place it near the door, I decided to make it a place
of honor for baby pictures and hand prints.
My sister had made lovely quilted samples of baby hand prints
and framed them in an embroidery hoop. This idea would make
a wonderful gift for a mom or grand mom.

Re-purposed coat hanger now used for baby pictures.

Quilted baby hand print.

Baby prints all in a row.

Aren't they cute? All grown up now!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday Treatz


Now sure what to make for dinner?
Parade magazine ( has an easy recipe to use what's in your pantry
and clean out your fridge.

Mix one up with whatever’s in your pantry using this simple formula. Scroll down for four more great frittata ideas.
1. Eggs
Beat 8 eggs in a large bowl. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Now whisk in …
2. Vegetables
Add up to 2 veggies (your favorites, or suggestions below) to eggs; use 1½ cups total.
•  Sautéed mushrooms
• Frozen corn
• Chopped tomatoes
• Roasted sliced potatoes
• Sautéed onions or leeks
• Roasted broccoli
• Roasted red peppers
3. Protein
Add 1; use ¾ cup.
• Chopped smoked salmon
• Cooked sausage crumbles
• Canned beans
• Diced ham or bacon
4. Cheese
Add 1 or 2; use up to 1 cup total (unless noted).
• Grated Parmesan
• Crumbled blue cheese or feta (use up to ½ cup)
• Grated cheddar
• Diced mozzarella
• Sour cream or ricotta
5. Herbs
Add 1; use up to ¾ cup, chopped. For stronger herbs, like rosemary or dill, use 2 Tbsp, chopped.
• Basil
• Chives
• Cilantro
• Tarragon
• Mint
6. Flavor Boost
Add 1; use 1 Tbsp.
• Dijon mustard
• Capers or tapenade
• Grated citrus zest
• Sriracha or pesto
Warm 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet. Add egg mixture and immediately pull set edges toward center to allow uncooked egg to run underneath. Cook until edges set again, 1 to 2 minutes, then bake in a preheated 350°F oven until top is just set, about 15 minutes; do not overcook. Let cool 5 minutes in pan before inverting onto a plate. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Also try these four great frittata variations:
Asparagus and Gruyère Frittata

Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Frittata
Frittata with Pancetta and Potatoes
Lidia Bastianich’s Tomato, Pepper, Bread & Ricotta Frittata

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday Websitz


Better Homes and Gardens website has Simple Fall Craft Ideas:

click here

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Tipz

Browse the ReSale Shops

Check out the local second-hand, resale and thrift stores for craft books and supplies.
Someone may have 'cleaned' out their craft closet
and donated exactly what is needed for a project!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday Make-Itz


When our home was full of growing children,
we used to go through a box of cereal and a gallon of milk a day.
Needless to say, we ended up with many empty boxes and milk jugs.

The milk jugs were cleaned, dried and hung up in the garage to make Christmas luminaries.
The oldest would line the driveway and sidewalk with the glistening lights.
All the jugs were recycled after the holidays.

The cereal boxes were used for many organizing and craft projects.
The cardboard was strong, but easy to cut.

The September 2013 Family Fun Magazine has some great ideas for
using cereal boxes. Three of the ideas include: post cards, magazine holders
along with drawer organizers.

General Mails
all photos by Aaron Dyer from Family Fun Magazine

Just In Cases
 Magazine and supply organizers

Order Up
Drawer Organizers

 Share your ideas to upcycle cereal boxes and milk jugs. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Freebeez


Paper Wishes Catalog is the resource for "Hot Off the Press" products.
Each week the website posts free card and layout designs along with instructions.
The following is a fall scrapbooking layout, but it could be changed
for other occasions. Click on link below for more information.

click here for link to instructions
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thursday Treatz


Fresh bags of Brach's Candy Corn are on the shelves at the local big box store.
New this year--Brach's has Candy Corn and Peanuts already mixed together.
It's also very easy to make your own--
just mix a bag of Brach's Candy Corn with a bag of peanuts.

Brach's Candy Corn & Peanuts Mix 9oz.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


Sometimes we need to set long and short term crafting goals.
For example, friend Patt had an album full of two page layouts without the photographs. 
She decided to set aside a weekend to fill the album with pictures and journaling. 
She was so excited to give the pictures a 'home'.

My long term goal is to have an album for each grandbaby. 
My short term goal is to bring the albums of the grandgirls up to date. 

Share your crafting goals!



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Monday, September 9, 2013

Monday Make Itz

Let's Make Memories!

I will be taking a posting break this week.
A dear friend from Illinois is bringing my sister to Tennessee for
our mom's 88th birthday on September 11.
It will be a week of celebrations and making memories!

While this will be a happy day for our family, please continue to keep all those
families touched by the tragedy of 9-11 in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next week....Happy Craftin'!


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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Sayinz

Never underestimate the power of a card, 
especially a handmade card.

Last week, Shelli Gardner,  the co-founder and CEO of Stampin'UP!,
was in a terrible horse accident. She and the horse will both be ok,
but it will be a long recovery/rehab for Shelli.

Her husband Sterling has been posting her progress

This is a quote from one of his updates:

"Second, several of you mentioned sending cards, and since Stampin’ Up! is a card-making company with tons of card-making people, that definitely makes sense. If you want to send a card, you can send it to Stampin’ Up!’s home office, and they’ll make sure Shelli receives it.
I did notice, however, that one commenter suggested sending cards not necessarily to Shelli but to someone else in your life who might need it (elderly, military, etc.). This suggestion stood out to me too, because I know the power of cards and know that many people don’t have the incredible support that Shelli has (thanks in large part to you). I think it would be a great idea to send a card to someone in your life who is in special need or someone who may be feeling lonely or alone. Just wanted to share that thought. . ."

Let's all take Sterling's suggestion and think of someone who may need a pick-me-up.
If everyone sent just one card, think what a difference that would make.

(My card was sent to a high school classmate who lost her husband 18 months ago. They were both dear friends. I hope the card brings a smile.)

Please join the 'card shower'.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Freebeez


Download these fun fall journaling cards from the Sept./Oct. Creating Keepsakes Magazine.

click here

These could also be used for other papercrafting projects.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday Treatz


When we were in California spoiling the GrandGirls and their parents,
we were treated to this delicious meal.
D-I-L Michelle shared her recipe for Vermicelli.
I made this last week, but tweeked it a bit by using fresh garden tomatoes
and cooking the sauce all day in the crock pot.
The leftovers are also yummy.
Bon Appetit!

Michelle's Vermicelli

Grocery list:
Diced tomatoes(I use the can with basil, oregano and olive oil)
Vermicelli noodles

1. Cook bacon(save bacon grease and set aside)
2. Put diced tomatoes in pan and simmer(the longer the better)
3. Once bacon grease has cooled a bit pour small amounts into the diced tomatoes( you can put it all in or just a bit, depends on your taste)
4. Cook pasta & garlic bread
5. Crumble up bacon on a seperate plate
6. Serve and enjoy!

"If you are short in time you can add a little flour/ water mixture to thicken up the sauce. I like to serve everything separately but you can mix everything together in a large bowl if you would like too. I usually add lots of extra basil."

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday Tipz


The set of shelves that holds the overflow from the pantry
was getting too much sun and dust from the outside door in the laundry room.
To cut down on sun and dust exposure, I created an 'Instant Closet'!
I purchased a nice cloth shower curtain and rings on sale at the
local discount store. There was already a shelf with a clothes rod above the
shelves, but a spring type rod could be used.
I attached the curtain to the rod and spread out the curtain.
This idea could be used in almost any area that needs an 'Instant Closet',
perhaps a way to keep a crafting area covered when not in use. 

Instant closet

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday Make Itz

UP DATZ--make your own stamp
(See Aug. 26th Monday Make Itz for more info.)

I made a Craftin' with Suz flamingo for my first attempt at making my own stamp.

It was fun to make, and I like how it turned out.

Here are some tips I discovered along the way:

1. Start with a very simple design for the first stamp.
2. Carve small areas of the rubber at a time--more can be taken off, but can't be put back on
   once removed.
3. More rubber needs to be carved out than what looks like should be.
4. After design is carved, ink it up and try it on paper before deciding if it is finished.
5. This type of rubber needs more ink than premade stamps.
6. Some designs may need to be reversed on the stamp, it didn't matter what direction the flamingo faced, but it would matter with words.

Flamingo printed from website, colored over with pencil.

Design transferred to rubber, rubber being carved out around it.

Deeply carve around design.

Stamp design on wood block, I used Stazon Ink.

Cut foam around design to attach to wood block.

Finished stamp! Be sure to use lots of ink and pressure when stamping.

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