Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Freebeez

Valentine Printables from Avery

Sample printable from Avery

click here

Click on above link, let it scroll through options until it gets to Valentines day, then click on that.
Different options will show up.
Chose, click and print.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday Treatz


Carrots, potatoes, yellow squash, flat iron steak, onions

Non Stick foil
Meat of choice
Veggies of Choice
Olive oil
Seasoning to taste
Plan on one packet for each serving

All add ingredients to large piece of foil on baking sheet.
Close and wrap tightly.
Bake 350-1 to 1.5 hours, depending on oven and thickness of ingredients.
Check at 45-to an hour, cook longer if needed.

Carefully unwrap foil to keep from being burned from steam. 


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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


The kids helped us open an Etsy shop.
This is exciting since the resident photographer has wanted
to market his pictures for years.
I make 'Grandma' necklaces (a brag book you wear)
which I hope one day to add to the shop.

Please stop by and say hello. check back often as
more products are added--

click here to shop


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Just Do It!

Beating the 'boredlys'--yes, this is a real word meaning to be bored,
but not really knowing why you are in a slump.

The dreary days of winter can make it
hard to get motivated to work on projects
or to organize the craft area.

I realized if I just go into the craft room,
even if it is to just sit and plan new projects,
it helps to get out of the Creative Twilight Zone.

Once I'm in my Happy Crafting Space,
I can usually find something that will
lift my spirits.  New craft products,
along with watching Netflix or Movie DVDs,
helps to remember that:

Spring is only 56 days away. 

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Make Itz


The resident agronomist built and set up bird feeders
outside the front porch/windows.
The birds quickly found the food making
it fun to watch their antics.
I have THREE pairs of cardinals enjoying the treats
along with a blue jay who thinks he is the boss.
Doves are strutting around when there is room.
This has brightened the long, dreary winter days--especially
during the recent rare southern snow/ice event.

While these feeders are rather fancy,
very simple feeders can be made from milk cartons and jugs.
Google simple bird feeders for many ideas.
Most stores, even the grocery stores, carry bird food.
We purchase large bags at the Tractor Supply Store,
which I am happy to say just opened in our small town.

Bird feeders taken from front door.

Bird feeder taken from inside through the window--look close to see the redbird. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Freebeez


Snow days are a great time to start
on your Valentines.
Here is a fun freebie download to get your started:

click here

You can print, cut apart,  and give as is,
or use these as the front cover of a handmade card.

Never underestimate the power of a greeting card, 
especially one that is handmade!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thursday Treatz

New Products

I had some high value coupons to try a few new products.

new products to try

The slow cooker sauce is delicious. 
A family favorite meal from my childhood was a dish
call 'Sauerbraten', which basically means marinated meat. 
It is a German dish served with gravy and potatoe pancakes. 
Since it is labor intensive, we only had this once or twice a year for very special occasions. 
The slow cooker sauce tastes very much like this dish, 
without all of the work. I put a beef roast along with cut up veggies in the crock pot, pour the sauce over all, and let it simmer away!
This can be found in the sauce aisle. 

The other product is a small cake for one or two people.
It doesn't come in many flavors yet, but since I like cream cheese frosting, I chose the red velvet cake. It comes with it's own pan. 
Perhaps this will be made for someone's 60th birthday? 


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday Websitz


Winter has found Tennessee today with ice, snow and a cold rain.
Many schools and businesses are closed.
Need something to do?
Here are snow day ideas:
 1.  Play an old fashioned game-- if you don't have one,these can be found at Kevin's to download and print for FREE!

click here:

  2. Get out the color book and crayons you received at Christmas. Kevin also has
      free adult color pages to print and color.
 click here:

  3. Make cookies and hot chocolate.

  4. Work on a craft project you have put away for awhile while you watch your favorite

  What is your favorite snow day activity?

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday Freebeez


January is the month to get organized.
Here is a link to instructions and free printables for
a Yearly Greeting Card Organizer using simple supplies.

click here for instructions
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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday Treatz

Tunnel of Fudge Cake

follow this link to an updated version of this recipe:
Updated Recipe

An oldie but goodie, was one of my favorite Birthday Cakes growing up.
(This is a very old recipe. The frosting mix is no longer available.)

1 1/2 cups butter
6 eggs (yes, 6)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups flour(Regular or self rising)
1 Package Two Layer Size Pillsbury Double Dutch Fudge Buttercream Frosting Mix
2 cups chopped walnuts

1 Bundt Cake Pan

Oven 350 degree oven

1.Cream Butter in large mixer at high speed.
2.Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.
3.Gradually add sugar.
5.Continue creaming at high speed until light and fluffy.
6.By hand, stir in flour, frosting mix and walnuts until well blended.
7.Pour into greased bundt pan.
8.Bake at 350 for 60-65 minutes.

Note: Nuts and Double Dutch Frosting Mix are essential to success of this unusual recipe.
Since cake has a soft fudgy interior,
test for doneness after 60 minutes by observing dry, shiny brownie-type crust.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

Country Woman Magazine
has a fun online newsletter with lots of project ideas.
Look for vintage teacups next time you are at a second hand store,
or 'shop' your cabinets.

Fairy Garden

Here is one to make on a snow day:

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Grown up Coloring Books

It's no secret I am a big fan of the adult coloring book craze.
However,  I have been a fan of coloring since I could hold a crayon.
Some of the books have intricate designs that could be overwhelming
when you first look at the page to color.
Remember that coloring is supposed to be a stress reliever, not
a stress maker.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Pick out one part of the design, shape or area to color.
    For example, if a flower flows throughout the design, color that flower first.
    Or, chose a corner of the page and work your way out.
    Once there is some color on the page, it isn't so confusing.

2. Don't be afraid to rotate or turn you pages around, even upside down.

3. For small details, use the finest point coloring tool you have. Sharpen  pencils often.

4. What to do with all the colored pages?
    a. Cut out designs to use as embellishments.
    b. Use full sheets as background pages for cards, scrapbook pages, or
        other papercrafting projects.
    c, Designate one book as a journal. The Whimsey Project blog uses journals
        in many projects.
    d. Date each page when you  finish.

Happy Coloring!

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Let's Make a Flamingo Out of a Gourd

My sister gifted me this amazing Flamingo made from a gourd!
Yes, it actually grows this way!
She found it at a local craft fair. The artist grew it and painted it to look like a flamingo!
It will now live in the flamingo room.

Eyes and beak painted to look a flamingo. The beak is the stem where it was attached to the plant. 

If you shake the back part, you can hear the seeds rattle! 

If you are interested in growing these amazing gourds, visit your local garden shop,
or check to order online.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

Stampin' UPs biggest sale of the year starts today:

go to click here

Check out the website for all the fun freebies--
one for each $50 ordered.

The new winter/spring catalog and the
Sale-A-Bration are also online.

Email with any orders!

Happy Shopping!

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tuesday Tipz


Before hanging your new 2016 Calendars, reinforce the hole
with either round paper reinforcers for notebook paper
 or a piece of strong tape.
(Mine always pull through the nail or hook if I don't reinforce the hole.)

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday Make Itz


(I'm using mine for my purse, but would be great for
crafting items or coloring tools)


freezer or regular baggie, any size--I used quart zip lock
Any pattern/type of duck tape
Non stick mat if you have one, but will
still work if you don't, just makes it easier to work with tape

Purse/Craft supply organizer

1. Flatten baggie and put on mat.
2. Cut strips of duck tape longer than across the baggie so it extends the sides
    Turn over and do the same to the other side.
3. Make sure duck tape is stuck to baggie, tape makes the bag very durable
4. Cut sides even, but leave an overhang of tape, stick tape together on sides to seal
5. The baggie is basically a pattern and underlayment
6. Trim being careful not to cut into baggie

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