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!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Camp Wee Acres

Pool Day!!!

Lazy hazy dayz of summer are great for a dip in the pool!

"Grand" time in the Wee Acres Pool!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Camp Wee Acres

Inclement Weather Activities

Due to heat, humidity and rain, activities for Saturday had to be moved inside.

Handprints in Clay
Parachute cord Bracelets

Coloring in the evening to relax

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Camp Wee Acres

Craft Day! Tie Dye!

Stylin'--pix is blurry due to a very active toddler!

Fun with T shirts!

Another design!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thursday Treatz


(I have not tried this yet, but have baked corn on the cob.)

There are a few different ways to crockpot corn.
1.Wrap in foil.
2. Put cleaned corn in crock with about 1/3 cup water.

I would probably try the foiled corn first since
I could put butter on the corn before wrapping.
Another yummy way to fix it is to spread mayo and
sprinkle Parmesan cheese before wrapping.

Cook on high for 2-3 hours.
On low for 4.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Here is a link that will show you the Nashville 2017 4th Of July Fireworks
show in a less than a minute.

(Even though it says facebook, it should come up even if you aren't on FB.)
click here

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Friday Freebeez (just a few days late!)

4th of July Coloring Page 

Colors of Nature Freebie

Color It is sharing a great Eagle Pictures for the Holiday.
Download, print it off and enjoy!

click here

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Time for Snow Cones!

Here is a simple syrup from the  HoosierHomemade.com


Homemade Snow Cones: 3 Ingredient Syrup Recipe

4.5 from 8 reviews
Simple 3 ingredient Snow Cone Syrup makes a fun treat for the kids and adults alike. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 packet (0.16 oz) Kool Aid
  • Ice


  • Snow Cone Maker or Food Processor
  • Bottles for Syrup
  • Funnel
  • Snow Cone Cups


  1. In a medium pan, combine sugar and water, bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
  2. Reduce heat and let simmer 3 minutes
  3. Remove from heat and sprinkle Kool Aid packet in – be sure to sprinkle and not dump, it will combine better
  4. Stir for 1-2 minutes to dissolve completely
  5. Using a funnel, VERY carefully pour the syrup into a bottle – depending on the size of the bottle, you made need 2 batches to fill the bottle
  6. Place in fridge to chill

snow cones

  1. Crush ice in Snow Cone Maker or Food Processor
  2. Fill snow cone cups, add syrup


Store in fridge up to 1 month

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday Websitz


Paper Wishes has a full week of stamp camp webisodes. 

click here

The above link is for today's episode. 
Monday and Tuesday's is on a link to right that says Archived Webisodes. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday Tipz

Bargain Hunting

--Start checking the school supply aisle at the big box stores for coloring supplies.
   I found that some of the art supplies are already on sale, even though there isn't
   a Back-to-School aisle set up yet. Tennessee schools start back in early August,
   so the supplies will be out soon after the 4th of July!

--Ollies Bargain Outlet is having customer appreciation this week:
  15% off everything in the store through July 1, 2017.
  I found some really nice coloring books for $1.69, retail price almost $10.00 each.

--If you shop on Amazon, check out the lightening deals each day.

--The tax free weekend in Tennessee for 2017 is July 28-30.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Make Itz


The plastic shopping bags from local stores
have always been like little 'gremlins' in my life.
They take on a life of their own and seem to multiply
when I'm not looking.
I finally found a bag holder at Aldi's that was recently hung up
in the laundry room:

If you want to go the recycle route,
here is a Utube on making a holder from a Pringles Can.

click here

My goal is to keep only enough bags to fill this holder. 
I plan to recycle the leftovers. 
Maybe I can keep the 'gremlins' at bay!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Freebeez

Need a fun color sheet for the rainy weekend?
Color It has a free download from their new book--Colors of the Decades. 
(I have my copy pre-ordered. Fun pix from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s.)

Colors of the Decades

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Treatz

Katie's Creamiest Yummiest Baconiest Ranchiest Pasta Salad

1/2  cup mayo
1/2  cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons ranch dressing powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Tri color Spiral pasta cooked-1 package (or whatever kind pasta in pantry)
Bacon Bits to taste
Shredded Cheese

(cut up chicken could be added as well)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Make Itz

Pool Noodle Organizers
credit goes to ColoringPagesBliss

Pool Noodle Hacks

Need a quick, easy and inexpensive coloring organizer?
Click on the link for some great ideas. 
The noodle and clipboard can be made for $2.00!

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