Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Craftin' Suz will be taking some time off 
to celebrate the Holidays. 
Wishing you and yours the Merriest Christmas 
and blessings for the New Year. 



Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Freebeez and Recipe update

check your favorite online stores to see if it is offering
free shipping. 

Cheesecake Bar update:

A loyal reader asked if chocolate could be added to this recipe. 
I think chocolate chips could be added to the cream cheese filling,
and chocolate glaze could be used on top. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday Treatz

(from a fellow FCE club member)

(These are super easy and super YUMMY!)

2 tubes of any brand of CRESCENT rolls (I got the lowfat and it worked just fine)

2 8oz. bricks of cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup sugar

Icing-I used a can of pre-made cream cheese frosting or can make your own glaze

1. Pat one tube of crescent rolls in the bottom of a baking pan, no real need to butter 
    or grease pan, but parchment paper could be used. 

2. Mix sugar and cream cheese till creamy

3. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of patted out rolls.

4. Put the other tube of rolls on top of this. 

5. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, I checked mine at about 20 minutes, needs to be golden brown

6. Take out, while still warm, spread either pre-made frosting all over and let it melt or
    use the following glaze recipe: 1 cup powered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and enough milk
    to make a glaze. 

Let cool, cut into small bars since this is a very rich dessert. 
This would also be good with strawberries, blueberries or other fruit on top. 

Keep in refrigerator. 


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


I read this great tip, I plan to start using it!

Don't remember if you turned off an appliance 
or closed the garage door after you have left the house?
If your phone takes pictures, snap one of whatever it is
you always worry about. 
Just the act of taking the picture, along with 
having a reference after you leave will be a good way 
to remember--"Did I turn off the coffee pot?"

Craftin With Suz has a new address. 
Please begin using now: 


Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Christmas Cookie Recipe Boo

 A few years ago mom and I decided to gather her cookie recipes
that were scattered about in different places. 
The plan was to make a book of her favorite cookies that family 
enjoyed through the years. 
While we started on this project, it had to be put aside due to 
unforeseen circumstances, mainly her health. 

Mom died Sept. 17,2017, after a blessed long life of 92 years. 
I decided it was time to finish this project to share with all. 

Remember the post about the purple binders I found on sale? 
That was part of this project, but I couldn't share the secret at that time. 

I also found a stash of Christmas printer paper that dad used 
for his Holiday Newsletters. I used this stash to copy the recipes. 

I made copies of her recipes, many in her own handwriting,
then put each in a page protector. 
I had ten recipes that mom had picked out. If a favorite wasn't included, 
I would do my best to find it if requested. 
I placed all the recipes in the binders. 

While this project took many hours and much effort, 
I hope that it will become a cherished memory book. 

Consider making a recipe memory book. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday Treatz


Here is an oldie but goodie!
You probably have all of the ingredients!
Credit goes to Afternoon Baking with Grandma

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Let's revisit a favorite holiday organizational website. 
This not only covers the Christmas holidays, but those throughout the year. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


I have been experimenting with the casserole crock pot.
I decided to try a batch of Chex Snack Mix.
With a few adjustments to the recipe, it worked great!

1, Place a full stick of butter/margarine in the crock. Turn on to high to melt.
2. Add either a seasoning packet or use the recipe on the cereal boxes.
3. Add cereal, nuts, etc.
4. Mix well.
5 PLACE PAPER TOWELS over mixture before covering to soak up the moisture.
6. Leave on high for awhile, stir.
7. Continue to stir and check for about 2 hours, making sure it doesn't stick or burn.
    If gets too warm, turn to low.
8. Take lid and paper towels off, turn to low, let finish crisping up for about half an hour.
9. Let cool, place in container.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Christmas Countdown Charger Plate

Here is a neat quick countdown calendar idea from the Dollar Tree Blog:

click here

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Freebeez


Organized Christmas is a great resource to check out. 
Good ideas for free activities or low cost ideas. 

click here

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday Treatz


Here is a fun way to bake  a container of cinnamon rolls.
My s-i-l commented that there is never enough icing, so you might
want to add some--either from a simple recipe or canned icing. 

click here

Credit goes to the Pinning Mama blog.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


Just a quick video review how to sharpen coloring pencils
for all of the Holiday pictures to color!

click here

Monday Make Itz


credit--Designed imrovised


Dig out the bags of bows bought at  90% off
from last year's after Christmas clearance sales.
Use an old wreath form, or get one at the dollar store.
This would be a great project for kids--just use a kid friendly glue,
NOT a glue gun.
Credit goes to the Community Table newspaper magazine,
along with the above website.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

COLOR IT--click here

Lots of freebies---all types of Holiday FREE downloads, when you order be sure to add the two free sets of pictures printed on their great paper--
one pack is Christmas!

And---starting today take 15% total order, use code HOLIDAY15

FREE SHIPPING  with all orders of $30 or more. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Make Itz memorable. 

Wishing all a Happy Thanksgiving. 
Gobble Gobble

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Freebeez


Family Fun Magazine has a fun handmade calendar 
to download, print, color and give as a gift.

Once on the site, scroll down to Draw In Calendar link. 
Download onto good quality paper or card stock. 
Fill in and color the pictures. 
Use a large paper clamp or a clip board to secure the pages together. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday Treatz


I am the crock pot queen. 
I use mine 2 to 3 times a week. 
(Crock pot liners have changed my life.)

My daughter got a casserole crock pot last Christmas and 
encouraged me to get one. 

I was able to get one this week at Aldi!
So this was my treatz to my self this week. 

Ambiano 3.5-Quart Casserole Slow Cooker

I used it for the first time today and it is amazing!
It will cook foods that I won't have to heat the large oven for!
I can see a pan of lasagna in my future. 
It also has a lock down lid in case I want to take a dish to share!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

National Clean Out Fridge Day!

Check out this website to get ready for the upcoming holidays!

click here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


A loyal reader sent this neat idea for a Lego cord holder.

"Read this in the paper: Use Lego people to hold your charging cables when not in use. Their hands are the perfect size to hold cords, and you can stick the figures to a small Lego base that's secured to whatever is convenient (table edge, nightstand, a wall)."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Monday Make Itz

Turkey Day Table Decoration Treats

These Thanksgiving candy turkey treats are so much fun to make with the kids. Perfect for class treats or the Thanksgiving table!
credit goes to clean and scensible blog

Here is a  fun turkey to make for Thanksgiving:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday Treatz


This is an 'oldie but goodie' recipe
from my mom--one of my favs.
It is more like a fudge than
a brownie. This is a great recipe to
make ahead of the holidays--just be sure to
keep refrigerated.
The ingredients for this recipe should be
readily available and may be on sale!

No Bake Brownies

3 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups marshmallows
12 oz choc chips
1 cup condensed  milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

1. Melt choc chips, milk and vanilla. Reserve one cup for icing.
2. Mix crumbs, marshmallows, salt and nuts in remaining 
    choc. mixture.This will be a bit dry and may be hard to stir.
3. Spread and press cookie mixture into a non stick or buttered pan. Could use parchment paper to cover pan with enough left over  on the sides to lift out. 
4. Spread icing over mixture in pan. 

Refrigerate until time to serve.
Cut into small squares, this is very rich so 
small portions are best. 
Keep uneaten portion refrigerated. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Let's revisit Ms. Cheap!

Even though Ms. Cheap writes about local 
freebies in and around Nashville, she still has 
some great tips and tricks to save money. 
Now that the holiday season is just around the corner,
check out her ideas. 

click here

I scored a Ms. Cheap today--I'm working on a  
'secret' project for the family--I needed 1 inch binders.
Since this is a big project, I needed 
to bargain shop for the supplies. 
On a whim, I stopped at Office Max--
low and behold, the exact number of binders 
in the exact size I needed were in the clearance area--
normally $8.00 each, marked down to 74cents!!!!
I truly believe my bargain shopping angel 
aka as Mom guided me to this store, especially
since the binders were purple--one of her favorite colors. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


The stores are full of baking and crafting supplies 
for the upcoming Holidays. 
Many of these products are on sale and/or have coupons. 
Stock up now while these are plentiful because many products are seasonal. 

Also--don't forget to get a few cartons of shelf stable milk-
(Dollar Tree has these for a $1.00).
These are a good insurance policy when winter returns---
may save a trip to the grocery out in the snow!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Make Itz

TURKEYS!!!! gobble gobble

Here is a fun craft to make with Dixie Cups. 
I remember making turkeys out of the little milk cartons 
from school lunches. 

click here

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Friday Freebeez

Celebrate FALL with this pretty free download from Color It!

click here

Blissful Scenes

Thursday Treatz


(Hot as in temperature, not spicy)

The club hostess for November brought this to share at our FCE meeting yesterday.
This could be used as a main dish, or as an appetizer. 
Canned chicken or leftover roasted chicken from the grocery could be substituted for the cooked chicken. 

click here

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Color It has 12 free Christmas downloads
to print and color while the Hallmark Holiday Movies are on!
Check out their other fun products--
another free 10 pictures printed on their
great paper. 

click here

Monday, October 30, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Don't Throw Away the Pumpkin Seeds!

After making a Jack-O-Lantern out of a pumpkin,
save the seeds for a great snack. 
Clean and roast the seeds!

click below for the recipe from RADA cutlery


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


I purchased a color by number 
book on sale just to try. 
Having someone else decide on the colors
made this book a no stress project.

The pictures are of flowers, 
and I found that following the 
numbered colors, it helped to see
how to shade the flowers. 
So the book is kind of like
a mini art lesson. 

Helpful hints:
--Look at the numbers to check the size. 
   One book had numbers so small I could not read them. 
--See how intricate the pictures are--simpler may be better
   to start with. 
--Make a color copy of the color key to use to match 
   the coloring tool to the key. Make a color swatch next
   to each color. 
--Don't worry if the numbers show through the lighter colors.
   Hard to see the numbers from afar. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Monday Make Itz

A week until Halloween!

If you still need some 'decoration inspiration'
check out these fun inexpensive ideas:

click here

(My fav is the ghost globe!)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday Tipz Two


I went to the local Dollar General to purchase a 
flower pot, since of course we didn't have the size we needed. 
Going into the store was a shopping cart full of flower pots--90% off!!!!!!
Remembering the wise words of my bargain shopper mom--purchase a bargain when you 
see it, and buy one in every color---I stocked up!
This also brought up another mom saying--"You were meant to be here!"
What was even more comical than cleaning out the shopping cart, was that 
the workers kept thanking me for buying them! They needed the shelf
space for Hallo-Thanks-Mass! 

So my haul included 32 flower pots in various shapes, sizes and colors
for under $5.00!!!!
These will be used for my hen and chix along with a few other cuttings. 

Flower Pot Haul!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Here is a thought provoking quote:

 "Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." - John W. Gardner

Sort of like doing a crossword puzzle in ink!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday Make Itz

Witches Brew Spooky Halloween Drink Mix

Here is a fun little gift to make to give to
friends, family, co-workers, at Halloween parties, etc.
There is even a printable gift tag.
This is from the Organized Christmas website.

click here

Ingredients for Witches Brew in a Caldron
Credit to Organized Christmas

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Freebeez

www.kroger.com--click here

If you have a Kroger grocery store close by,
sign up for the loyalty card for the Friday Freebeez. 
Every Friday there is a free product digital download 
to the loyalty card, 
then you have two weeks to use the digital coupon. 

Today's digital download is a free small size bag of M&M's!

Here are some of the previous free products:
   Full Size Hormel shelf stable dinner
   Annie's Mac and Cheese
   Oui Yogurt in a glass jar
   Oreo Candy Bar

It's fun to see what the product will be each Friday!

So let's go 'krogering, a better way to shop!'

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Holiday Potpourri for a Holiday House

Get out that small crock pot that 
is gathering dust and fill it with 
this great smelling potpourri.
Individualize scents by adding or subtracting ingredients. 

4 cups of water or more as needed
4 T Vanilla
3 T Cinnamon and or cinnamon sticks
Few whole cloves (or a teaspoon of cloves )
(a few teaspoons of pie spice could also be used)
Dried orange peels (or orange spice tea bag)
Lemon peels
Dried apples or apple peels 

Place all in crock pot. 
Turn on high for awhile until mixture gets heated through,
then turn to warm. 
Check periodically to make sure mixture hasn't cooked dry. 
Keep plenty of water in the crock pot. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Revisit the Crayola website.
Lots of free downloads, craft ideas and new products!

click here

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Making a List
(C Stuff)

I come from a long line of list makers,
we often laughed that we made lists of our lists.
For example, we had given Dad a bread maker when those were
popular. He kept a notebook of each loaf of bread he made--
the information was amazing--he could reference what breads worked
the best, and which recipes were favorites.

I find my day is more grounded and productive
if I have a daily project list along with a long term project list.
It is very rewarding to see projects completed and a
a check mark next to that item.
If something isn't finished,
it goes onto tomorrow list to be continued.

One day an answer to a question about what I was doing
ended up with "C" words--
Cooking, Cleaning, Coloring, Crocheting--
not necessarily in that order.
I will soon be adding 'Christmas'
to my C list as I am working on a project
for the family in memory of our Mom/Granny.

If you have not tried organizing your projects
with lists, make one and see if this will work for you!
There is no right or wrong way--just whatever is best for your life!

(Now that my blog entry is done, I can
scratch that one off my list!)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Lots of possibilities for these easy felt bowls,
change the color of the felt for different holidays!
Instructions from Parents magazine website. 

Darling Dish

of 10
Darling Dish
Burcu Avsar

Darling Dish

These clever catchalls can be used to store anything from trinkets to treats.
What You'll Need
Felt, round objects, scissors, pencil, felt glue, binder clips
Make It
1. Use a round bowl or plate as a guide to cut out a circle of felt. The larger the circle, the bigger your felt dish will be.
2. Draw a smaller circle in the exact center and cut 8 evenly spaced slits from the outer edge of the felt circle to the edge of the penciled circle.
3. Glue the slit edges together, holding them in place with binder clips. Let dry.
4. From a contrasting color of felt, cut a circle slightly smaller than the inner circle of the bowl. Glue circle to bottom of bowl. Remove clips.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Freebeez


There are many fun fall activities with no (or very little) cost.
Seek out an apple orchard or pumpkin patch.

However, if it is going to rain part of the weekend like it
will here in Tennessee from Hurricane Nate, then download
a freebee picture to color.

Sign up for at dover.com for their free coloring pages.

Also check out ColorIt.com, most Fridays they  have a free download.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday Make Itz

Fall Treats

Fall Treats

I wanted to make quick and easy fall table treats
for the October FCE meeting.
I die cut pillow boxes from pumpkin color card stock.
The leaves are die cut from green card stock.
After constructing the boxes, I placed a
snack size M&Ms inside.
I secured the ends with washi tape.
The leaf was attached.
Happy Fall Y'all will be stamped on the leaf.
(I should have stamped first! haha!)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Freebeez

COLOR IT has a fun fishy mandala
to download and print out for weekend coloring.

click here
Colors of the Ocean

click here

Thursday Treatz


This is yummy!
I made it with chicken, my s-i-l  made it with ham!

click here

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday Make Itz

It's officially FALL in Tennessee, 
even though the temperatures have been in the 90's 
the past week. 

It's time to start planning 
Fall Holiday Decorations. 

Here are fun pumpkin projects from Crayola!

click here

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Freebeez

Color It has a New book and freebie download

Our newest coloring book, Colors of Inspiration is now available for pre-order!
 This coloring book is filled with 50 motivational coloring pages illustrated by Virginia Falkinburg, who also illustrated Wild Doodles, Colorful Flowers, and Calming Doodles. Each beautiful design features an inspirational word or saying to let our ColorIt Community know we always have their backs! The best part? For each Colors of Inspiration book sold, ColorIt will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen San Diego to help the fight against breast cancerTalk about coloring for a cause! Click the button below to learn more about Colors of Inspiration, download a free drawing, and pre-order you copy today!

Thursday Treatz

Big Al's Salsa #2

3 cups chopped tomatoes (seeds removed)
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup diced onion, can substitute green onions
2 ears/cups sweet corn, cooked and cut off cob
1/3 cup chopped cucumber--optional
2 to 4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup  minced fresh cilantro or 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon  salt (kosher or canning salt recommended)
1 teaspoon black pepper

combine all ingredients in stainless bowl and mix thoroughly, Best if refrigerated
and allowed to chill overnight.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Here are some great tips from Scotch Brand products (think tape,laminating,etc.)

click here

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Make Itz

Mom/Granny Fran

Here is a tribute to my mom who 
gifted me the love for crafting. 
The house was always full of numerous projects in various stages.
She shared her love of all kinds of handiwork 
with so many people. 
She patiently taught whoever wanted to learn. 

Rest in Peace--Sept. 11,1925-Sept.17,2017

4 Children
7 Grandchildren
7 Great Grands
A testament to a life well lived. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Dover Publishing, makers of Creative Haven coloring
books has a neat website/store. 
Sign up for the newsletter for freebie downloads 
and special deals. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

National Treasures

Autumn is an amazing season to explore this great nation.
Take some time and seek out somewhere close by to explore.
It will spark the creative juices!

Here are some incredible statistics from Motel 6:

--32 Million Americans have NEVER been to a major U.S. City.

--1 in 4 of us have NEVER been to a national park or landmark.

--25 Million Americans have NEVER seen the ocean.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday Treatz


3 cups Chopped Tomatoes (Seeds removed)
1/2 Cup Chopped Green Bell Pepper
1 Cup Diced onion--can substitute green onions
2 to 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
1/3 Cup Chopped Cucumber--Optional
1/4 Cup Minced Fresh Cilantro--or 1/2 teaspoon Dried Cilantro
2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Teaspoon Salt (Kosher Recommended)
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients in stainless steel bowl.
Mix thoroughly.
Best if refrigerated and allowed to chill overnight.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

"Tis the Season

It's fair and festival season in Tennessee!

If you gift for any of the fall/winter holidays,
or if that special someone has a birthday,
consider shopping at a local craft fair, festival
or even a county fair.

Not only will this help the local artisan and economy,
but most gifts are one of a kind.
I especially enjoy the handmade soaps.
Along with my super scrubbies, these
make excellent gifts.

Also try the local food!
Some food can only be enjoyed this time of year.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Monday Make Itz


So the color by number completed pages were piling up.
I didn't want to just trash all my 'masterpieces', so I had an 'aha' moment.
My almost 92 year old mom is currently in a long term care facility.
Visiting with her, it occurred to me that some residents
do not get many visitors, and/or cards or pictures to brighten their rooms.
I decided to adhere the finished pictures to colorful paper, then laminate.
This is a win-win project:
    I get to color, then papercraft!
    I can use this project as service hours for my club.
       But best of all:
             The residents get nice pictures for their rooms.

Finished coloring pages

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Freebeez

from Color It for the long holiday weekend. 

click here

Here is the fun pix to color from their upcoming new book of quilt pictures.

Colorful Quilts

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Thursday Treatz


The resident agronomist has been hard at work in his
garden--along with canning and drying the fruits of his labor.
Here is a just-add-liquid soup I plan to try
when the cold winds blow this winter.
Of course I plan to use my trusty crock pot!
Remember that dehydrated food flavors are super concentrated
since the water has been removed. For example: onions are stronger
and tomatoes are sweeter.
This is a basic recipe, add and subtract ingredients to your taste
and what is available.

For a great gift--layer dried ingredients and beef gravy mix in a
pretty jar. Attach a label with other ingredients and instructions.

1 cup dried sliced or cubed potatoes
1/8 cup or less dried onions
1/2 cup dried tomatoes
1/2 cup dried corn
1/2 cup dried carrots
1/2 cup dried green beans
1 pound cooked  and drained ground meat
1 package beef gravy mix
1 can beef broth
1 quart canned tomatoes
Add any beans--optional
Add water if needed to cover all of the above.

Mix together in a large pot, simmer on stove
or put in a crock pot to simmer all day.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Freebeez

In celebration of the most amazing Solar Eclipse,
here is a free download from Color It!

click here

Mandalas Volume 2

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Thursday Treatz


Time for 'Payday' treats--peanuts and candy corn mixed together!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Make Itz



Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Treatz


So what snacks do you serve on Eclipse Day?

Moon Pies and Sundrop Soda of course!!!!!!

Something homemade?

Eclipse Cookies

Try eclipse cookies from Community Table:
click here

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


NASA has a list of guidelines to safely view the eclipse:

click here

Here is another idea from NASA to view the eclipse without
looking directly at the sun:

"An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection(link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you'll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves."

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday Make Itz


Tennessee is in the path of 
a once in a lifetime Solar Eclipse Event!
On Monday, August 21, 2017, 
the sky will go dark when the moon 
comes between the sun and the earth.

To SAFELY view this epic event,
NASA has instructions how to make
a viewer out of a cereal box.
click link below: 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Firday Freebeez

This week's ColorIt free download is one of my favorites.
Lots of different ways to color this picture:
metallic pencils, gel pens, color pencils, pastels,
or a combo of all. 

click here

Blissful Scenes

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Hand Fatigue Prevention

Here is a good article about preventing
hand fatigue while coloring. 

click here

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Quote of the day: "Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task."
– William James

Sometimes crafts or projects just don't 
work out as planned. There is nothing 
wrong with not finishing a project--but 
be sure to have some closure so it isn't
sitting there taking up creative space.
If the project materials can be salvaged,
donate to a worthy cause.
Sometimes it is just better to dispose of.
But don't feel as if you have failed,
the enjoyment was in the process. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Make Itz


DIY Back to School Supply Cake Tutorial

Need a back to school gift for a teacher
or someone who just loves back to school supplies?
Here is a fun 'cake' made with all the fun school goodies.
This is from the Dollar Tree Blog.
Look through your supplies first, then get the rest at your local Dollar Tree.

click here

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Freebeez


Mandalas To Color
It's going to be a stormy day in middle Tennessee.
Good day to download  and color ColorIts free mandala picture.
Also check out their new travel Mandala book!
This is exciting as many of us colorists have been
asking for more travel books.

click here

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Chicken and Rice

Here is a go-to recipe for busy days. 
My oldest updated the recipe from his childhood.
Here is his version:
He puts it in the oven, but we decided it could 
also be a crock pot meal--
just be sure to use a liner. 

One can cream of celery
One can cream of Mushroom
One can water
One box Uncle Ben's long grain rice original recipe
Mix all in a bowl and pour into glass baking dish. 
Set raw chicken thighs(with skin)on top of rice mixture. 
Cover with foil and bake 350degrees for 2.5 hours. 
(Longer in the crock pot start out on high, turn to low.)

yum yum

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday Websitz

Happy National Coloring Day!!!!!

Need a new book?
Click below for specials at Dover Publishing!

click here

Take time to relax and color!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tipz


More reasons to love sending and receiving snail mail!
(Be sure to look at last Tuesday's post for a video of another grand opening mail!)

Grand girls with their back to school cards!

Thank you Oma!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Monday Make itz


Here is 'an oldie but a goodie.'
Attach silk flowers to a pen to make a practical and pretty bouquet!
There will always be a pen handy!
Some businesses make these so their pens don't ''walk away'! 

Dollar store Silk Roses, usually at least 6 flowers on each stems
Stick pens (can get for practically free with coupons and tax free weekend, or pick up at $ store)
Washi tape--look in your papercrafting stash. (This is updated from when floral tape was used.)
Wire cutters and scissors.

Gather materials. 

Use pen as a measure to snip off stem. Be sure to make it short enough to use the cap. 

Place flower beyond the top of the pen, using the washi tape, attach the rose to the pen with going around both. Start at the top and go down. Secure tape as go down. 

Go back and make sure the tape is firmly in place. 

Add the cap if desired.  Place all together in a vase or pretty container.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Friday Freebeez

Lots of Freebeez this week:

Tennessee has tax free weekend starting today--
art supplies are tax free.

Free coloring downloads from museums-
(thank you to my sister for sharing this link.)

click here

ColorIT has another free download:

click here

Colorful Expressions

Thursday Treatz

Summer Garden Fajitas
Garden Fajitas

Bell Peppers, any color
Squash, any type
Any other type of veggies from the garden
Meat--anything in the fridge- cooked beef, chicken, pork, smoked sausage
1/2 cup salsa, any kind
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
seasonings to taste
olive oil
sour cream
shredded cheese
chips or soft taco shells

Sprinkle some olive oil into pan
Slice the veggies in strips to fill up the frying pan.
Add meat
Stir in salsa, garlic, seasonings
Cook on medium high heat until onions are clear and veggies are cooked
to taste--some like the veggies soft, some like crunchy
Stir often to keep from burning.

Serve over chips or shells.
Top with sour cream and shredded cheese

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


In this electronic age, it is still fun to
send and receive snail mail, especially to the Grands.
This is why I love sending snail mail to the grands:
click here

Postcrossing Post Cards

My sister gifted me global stamps to
send my postcards all over the world.
I have sent 3 so far, with 2 being delivered:
I have received 1 from Arizona.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Coloring Comfort Zone

Don't hesitate to try new coloring techniques,
especially if books are on sale or clearance. 

I picked up color by number
and a grayscale coloring books just to try.
I like the color by number when I don't
feel like planning the colors, but I still want to color.
The jury is still out on grayscale.
I'm trying different coloring products
and techniques--perhaps I will find one I like.
If I don't;however, it was fun trying something new.

Don't forget to look through the back to school aisle
for great bargains on coloring supplies.
Tennessee has a tax weekend starting this Friday-
that is like a 10% discount.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday MakeItz


FCE (Family Community Education clubs through the UT Extension Program)
recently held a cultural arts fair.
I entered three projects:
Crocheted Cactus Garden
Fall/Winter Two sided decoration
Coloring Tote made with recycled materials

First Place (blue ribbon) for the crochet!
Second Place(red ribbon) for the decoration!
Did not place for the tote, but received many compliments
from other entrants.

The first and second placed projects will move onto Regionals in September.
I may also enter these into the local county fair.
It was fun to see all the projects from members across the county.

FCE projects

Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday Freebeez


Here is a fun free download from Color-It
to while 'away' the hottest days of the summer.

click here

Colors of the Ocean

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Pepperoni Rolls

Credit goes to my sister in law Steph who is an AMAZING cook!
I did have to tweek her recipe a bit since I do not own a bread maker.

-frozen bread dough type rolls (such as Rhodes Brand)
-Pepperoni Slices
-different types of cubed or chunk cheeses slices
-Velveeta type cheese
-Pizza sauce for dipping ( Contadina brand squirt bottle works great)

1. Decide how many rolls to make, then take that many frozen rolls out to defrost.
    (Place them on parchment or non stick foil to thaw out.)
2. When pliable, flatten to a 3 inch circle.
3. Make about a one inch stack of cheese and pepperoni slices as follow: 2 slices pepperoni, chunk of velveeta,  the other cheeses, then 2 slices of pepperoni. (Kind of making a pepperoni sandwich)
4. Place this on the flattened bread dough. Bring the dough up around the goodies, pinch to seal.
    Put seam on side. Place on sprayed pan, or use the parchment paper or non stick foil.
5. Let rise till doubled.
6. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown usually 12-15 minutes.
7. Can brush melted butter over top.
8. Dip in pizza sauce, ranch dressing or eat as is!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Camp Wee Acres took a field trip to the
Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
This is a must see for any visit to the Great State of Tennessee.

click here to view the website

Interesting exhibit!
Blooming Lily Pads

Just chillin' with the fishies. This is the way to tour the aquarium!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Camp Wee Acres

Grand Finale Celebration Days!

Lots of fun activities happened on the last days of Camp Wee Acres:

One of the campers celebrated a birthday!(Lots of presents and a Big Cookie 'cake')

A yummy meal was made with fresh garden veggies!

A new recipe called Pepperoni Rolls was baked and will be shared on Thursday Treatz. 

Treats of red/white/blue M&M's along with a giant brownie.

And last but not least--FIREWORKS and GLOW STICKS!!!!

Garden Goodies!

Red White Blue Brownie

Glow Sticks!

Close up pix of glow sticks. 

                                                             Celebration Fireworks!

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