Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monday Make Itz


My goal was 5 beanies for each branch, 
total of 25. 
Excessive late summer heat and some health issues
kept me inside enjoying Hallmark Movies,
so I used this down time to double my goal. 
I'm very proud to update that I made 50 beanies!!!!!!
We will soon deliver these to the Veterans Home 
to these most deserving heros. I look forward 
to sharing my handiwork with the Vets. 

We needed more Army than any branch, so the pile grew to 20 Army hats. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Sayinz


Smokey and Pokey wish y'all a very happy Autumn Season!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Treatz


(from Jeannie at FCE Club, September Recipe Exchange was cookies)

1 Box Yellow-Butter Cake Mix
1/3 cup sugar
1 Stick butter--melted and cooled
1 egg beaten
2 cups chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients. 
Place on cookie sheets.
Bake 350 degrees  8-10 minutes

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Store it where you use it!

Try to store items that you use 
most often where you use them,
even if it seems counter-intuitive
to how you were taught to organize.
-For example--extra set of sheets 
where the beds are, not in a linen closet.
-If you have an extra drawer in the bathroom,
store clothes for showers. 
-If you enjoy crafting while watching
TV, dedicate a basket, drawer or 
cupboard close by for those supplies. 
-Keep cooking utensils close to the stove,
not across the room. 
-Have a dedicated area for card sending and bill paying 
 supplied with cards, pens, envelopes and stamps. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Resident agronomist was rather pleased with his first attempt at growing Pumpkins in Tennessee.  
We ended up with 4 ---one for each grand!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Saturdayz Sayinz


This was one of my Dad's favorite sayings.
He grew up during the depression, so nothing was wasted.
While not being wasteful is always a good idea,
this saying also became a rather comical comment
to situations during my childhood.

Needing a large jar of M&Ms for a club project,
I ordered one from Sam's Club.
Below is how the jar arrived via FedEx.
Now this jar was not shipped in a flimsy package,
it was double wrapped with foam along with
a cold pack to keep the "Melt In Your Mouth,
Not in Your Hands" candy from melting.
Someone had to work hard for this product to arrive
in this condition. What a sad waste of good candy.
I actually found the humor in what happened
and am happy to report a replacement is on its way.
Stay tuned.....

Monday, August 27, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Beanies for Vets---21 are made, need 4 more Navy to have 5 for each branch.

Pumpkins---the pumpkins are completely orange now. 

Pokey the Sloth Puppet Has a new Friend:
      The maker of the sloth puppets was back at a local craft fair, so Pokey now has a new friend--
welcome to Smokey the Sloth who thinks he is a Smoky Mountain Tennessee Black Bear.

Howdy Y'all!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday Sayingz

This is exactly how I feel about this blog technology!
The challenge continues with a chuckle along the way....!




Friday, August 24, 2018

Thursday Treatz

A loyal reader shared this:

Here's a variation I found on your microwave cake recipe:

French toast: rub a pat of butter on the bottom of a mug; fill it to the top with chopped bread. In a separate cup, mix one egg, three tablespoons of milk, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Pour the mixture into the mug & microwave for one minute.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Leave well enough alone!

I've been trying to make room on my blog for
the pictures I post. In doing so, I tried to move around
some info--which is now floating around somewhere in cyberspace.
Since I'm in the generation that still had a card catalog in college,
I know just enough about this technology to be 'dangerous.'
Technology is amazing, but  some days can be a pain.
So posts may be sporadic until I figure this all out!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Making a Jack-o-lantern

My one wish for the garden this year was for some fall
pumpkins and gourds!
Resident agronomist had a new area tilled and
planted gourds, 'sketti squash, butternut squash

It has been fun watching all of these new additions to the garden.
The pumpkins are already turning orange--so the challenge
will be to keep them from rotting before Halloween.
It will also be a challenge to keep the resident 'critters'
from enjoying these tasty treats. However...
I am happy with however these turn out--if the
deer want a treat, I am sure it will be enjoyed.
If they only last as fall decorations, that is fine too.
It has just been a joy watching them grow.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Freebeez


There have been some amazing free
happenings in the skies this summer--
you just have to take some time and
Look up!

Mars has been clearly visible 
all summer. Look for the reddish-orange
bright spot in the sky each evening. 

The meteor shower was a show in itself-
I watched over two evenings and saw
at least 25. Some were just a flash,
and others streaked across the sky.
Surprisingly, these came down in 
different colors!

Dust from the Sahara Desert was picked up in the jet streams
and made for hazy skies over much of the United States. This made for brighter sunrises and sunsets.

Here is the latest sky show from the Old Farmers Almanac:

"Mars remains blazingly brilliant in the night sky. The real draw now is that it’s part of a rare display above our heads. In mid-August, 2018, four planets and two famous stars have formed a rainbow of gemstones. Look for Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars in a line!"

August 2018 Planets

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

(I have posted this recipe before, but is always
  a good one to re-visit. Great for a quick treat
  on these last hot days of summer.)

1 stick margarine or butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
2-3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup peanut butter (I like smooth, but any type will do)
1-2 teaspoons vanilla
quick oatmeal--not the kind that has to be cooked

1. Put butter, sugar, cocoa and milk in large saucepan.
2. Cook on top of stove until boiling, stir often to
     keep from burning or sticking. Let boil until mixture starts to thicken,
     may need to cook awhile longer on high humidity days.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in PB and vanilla till well blended.
5. Begin stirring in oats until mixture is thick enough to drop on paper.
6. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper.
7. Let cool and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Back To School Printables 
( some are great for crafters, too!)

For all those 'back to schoolers':
whether teachers, students, or parents!

Kevin at Free Printable has 'ya covered!

click here for teacher printables

click here for paper

click here for worksheets

Monday, August 13, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


A loyal reader shared the following list:

Chop strawberries (and other soft fruit) with an egg slicer.
Quick frozen meat defrost: place meat in a plastic bag, then put it on top of an upside-down aluminum pot. Fill another pot with room-temperature water and set it on the meat. In five to ten minutes your meat will be defrosted (because the metal conducts the heat).
Use an apple cutter to slice potatoes to bake as wedges.
Pie crust: grate a stick of frozen butter then toss the shreds with the flour instead of cutting the butter into the flour.
Clean your blender: fill it one-third with warm water & add a few drops of dishwashing liquid, run for 10 seconds. Rinse and dry.
If your baked cake falls apart: make a trifle. Layer cake pieces with fresh whipped cream and fruit in a pretty glass bowl.
Cut corn off the cob by setting it upright on the hole of a Bundt pan and slicing downward along the side. The corn and juices collect in the pan.
Fill a turkey baster with pancake batter and squeeze out custom shapes on the griddle. Color your shapes by applying layers, such as: draw the outline of an autumn leaf, let it brown before filling the rest of the leaf with batter.

Monday Make Itz


I have now made a beanie to represent each Military organization. 
Eight beanies have been made so far, my goal is at least 20. 
Turn in date is before Oct. 5. 
I like all of the color combinations.
Which one is your favorite? 
(The LED lights make the gold and orange look yellow.)

Beanies for Vets

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Tennessee is finally getting some much needed rain. 
Here is a 'happy' free download from ColorIt to 
print and create on a dreary day!

click here

Colorful Flowers

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday Treatz


It's time again for the peppers and 'maters
in the garden.
That usually means at least one or two crock pots
full of Stuffed Peppers.
This recipe is from my Mom,
but I have tweaked it bit.
It smells like autumn when it is cooking!

Fresh green peppers
Fresh tomotoes
Fresh onion--if available, optional
Ground meat, any kind
Worcestershire sauce and Ketchup

1. Brown the meat with onion,
    chop and drain.
    Add Worcestershire sauce and ketchup to taste.
    (Mom used to make meat balls to fit into the peppers.
     Kind of like mini meatloafs.) To save time, I just
     chop up all the meat to fill the peppers.

2. Cut tops of peppers off, and scoop out seeds.
    This will make 'bowls' to fill with meat.

3. Skin the tomatoes, chop.
    (In the winter a quart of canned 'maters can be used.)

4. Place as many peppers that will fit in a lined crock pot.
    Fill with meat mixture.

5. Pour chopped tomatoes around and on top of peppers.
6. A small amount of water may need to be added to crock.

7. Cook on high for a few hours, then turn to low until peppers are tender.

8. Serve over rice or pasta.

9. Leftovers freezes well.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Joann Stores has introduced a neat new
yarn with loops. This is way to knit without needles.
At some point, I will probably try this,
but for now the cost is prohibitive,even with good coupons.
One skein is around ten dollars, and a small pillow pattern
takes 4 skeins.

To watch a video on this new product,
go to the following link:

click here:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


Does anyone know how to find the end of the yarn in a skein, so when it is pulled out to begin a project it doesn't make a knotted up mess?

I have a skein of yarn that is being very stubborn. 
I can 't find the end, it is 'hiding'. 

Thank you. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Make Itz


An Air Force Base is not far from my home. 
The local paper had an article about an individual
crocheting beanies for Vets. 
She created a pattern and found the correct colors for
all branches of the military. 
She was asking for help with this project for 
a Veteran's Appreciation Picnic in October, and
to send hats to the nearest VA nursing home. 
Since the military is near and dear to my heart,
I felt this would be a great project!
(My dad was in the Navy, my father-in-law in the Army,
 my husband in the Air Force, my son in the Air Force,
 my son-in-law in the Army, another son designs buildings for military bases,
 and my brother was in the Army.)
It is a simple pattern, and a beanie can be made in an evening of Hallmark Movies.
My biggest challenge was finding the correct colors of Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, 
but after checking in all the nearby Walmarts and Joanns, I am now stocked up. 

So far I have finished an Air Force, Army and Coast Guard. 
I'm working on a Marines and Navy.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday Sayingz

Life is Fragile, Handle with Prayer.

I truly believe we connect with people for a reason. Today at Aldi, I was patiently waiting for the lady next to me to put her few groceries into her car. She saw me waiting and apologized for taking so long--then she began to cry and told me that she had just received a phone call that her son had died. As I conveyed my sincere sympathies for her loss, she came over and hugged me. I asked her if I could call someone, take her home, or at least follow her to make sure she arrived safely. She assured me she had family nearby. 
She then told me that her son was 26 and had heart problems since childhood. I waited with her until she felt composed enough to drive. As she was backing out, she asked me to pray for her son, whose name was Brian. So please say a prayer for Brian, and his brokenhearted mother.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Happy Coloring Book Day! 
Here is a quick and easy salad to make ahead to enjoy
as you color away the day!
Perfect timing with all of the fresh garden veggies.

(Thanks to fellow FCE member Jeannie for this recipe.)

(add or subtract veggies per taste)

1 1/2 qts shredded lettuce
2 cups chopped tomatoes
2 cups mushroom slices
1 small package frozen peas, thawed and drained
4 oz shredded cheese, save some for the top
1 cup red onion rings
2 cups mayo or 'Miracle Whip' salad dressing
optional--chopped meats, peppers, celery, squash

In a 2 qt. serving bowl, layer ingredients.
Spread mayo on top, all the way to the edges.
Top with cheese and bacon if desired.
Cover and chill several hours, or overnight.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018



(They used to carry American Greeting. I guess Hallmark won the contract.
These are very nice cards printed on very nice cardstock.
 Some are 50cents, some are $1.00)
  Stock up!

Wednesday Websitz

Organized Home/Holiday Website

It's the time of the year that the Organized Home website begins 
to post some great ideas. 
Here is a link to the article about using Back to School supplies for the Holidays. 

click here


Don't forget that tomorrow is National Coloring Book Day.
Dover Publishing is having a sale to celebrate.
Here is the link:
click here

Monday, July 30, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Here are some more good tipz from the Color It newsletter:

For the entire month of July, we talked about reinvigorating our coloring practice. We shared tips on how we can best look after ourselves and shake off a creative slump. We also talked about the best food for boosting creativity, as well as the most common creativity killers to avoid. Now, we’re onto helping you rediscover the benefits of making art as adults:
😊 Coloring helps relieve stress.
💡 Coloring sparks brain activity.
🧘 Coloring lets you experience the benefits of meditation, like inner calm and self-realization.
🌄 Coloring encourages us to be present.
🤓 Coloring enhances focus and concentration. 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Most of Tennessee has what is a called a balanced school year.
The students get two months off in the summer, along with breaks
through out the year--almost like a college schedule.

To celebrate the kids going back to school this week--
here is a quick and fun craft from the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

Alphabet Pencil Jar

Alphabet Pencil Jar
The beginning of a new school year is a busy and exciting time! Create this adorable Alphabet Pencil Jar for your child's new teacher. Using one of Dollar Tree’s glass jars filled with puzzle-piece letters and freshly sharpened pencils, this gift will make for a cute and functional desk display.

Shop at Dollar Tree – Here's What You'll Need:

  • Glass Jar
  • Pack of Pencils
  • Alphabet Magnets
  • Ribbon or Twine

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Gather your supplies and then remove the foam letter pieces from the puzzle outline (see images below).
  2. Place the pencils with the lead end facing down inside the glass jar.
  3. Fill in the area between the pencils and the glass with the individual foam letters. Pack them tightly, but with enough room to still be able to remove pencils.
  4. Secure decorative ribbon or twine to the rim of the jar with an encouraging message for the new school year and watch a teacher's face light up after receiving this adorable gift!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Back to school items, clothes, computers are all tax free until Sunday at Midnight. 

Check to see if your state has a tax free weekend 
and stock up on crafting supplies!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Old-Fashioned Cucumber Salad

(This is a Hints from Hubby Recipe--his favorite summer salad.
  He adds a tad more sugar and sweet onions. Add or subtract
  ingredients to taste.)

2-3 medium cucumbers
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Wash and peel cucumbers--fresh out of the garden is best, or visit the farmer's market. 
2. Slice cucumbers into quarter inch slices. (Also slice onions if desired)
3. Place slices in deep bowl, sprinkle every few layers with salt. 
4. Cover cucumbers (and onions) with plate and weight down with heavy object. 
5. Let stand at room temp. for at least 2 hours. 
6. Drain slices and press out remaining liquid. 
7. Stir together above ingredients, pour over slices. 
8. Cover, refrigerate at least 4 hours. 
9. Serve, refrigerate leftovers. 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

National Coloring Book Day
August 2: A Day to Relax and Color

click here   for more information from Dover Publishing. 

Also check out the freebeez mini book to download. 

Monday, July 23, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Judging for the FCE Cultural Arts Fair
was held last Friday.
I was awarded 3 First places and 1 Second Place.
The recycled light fixture earned a Second--the project
that won First Place was a repurposed adult flannel nightgown
made into a child's set of PJ's. The nightgown was really sweet.

Here are pictures of my First Place Ribbon projects.

Sculpture from Parts from Recycled Light Fixture, not sure
why it looks like it is leaning. The keys tinkle when moved. 

Photograph Jewelry Set

Clock made with paper crafting materials. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Saturday Sayinz

Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Here is one of my dad's favorites---No good deed goes unpunished.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday Freebeez


Here is a fun picture to download and color from ColorIt. 

click here

10 Sample Drawing/Cats, Kittens and Wildcats

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday Tipz



1. Chill the Root Beer. 

 2. Make sure to take the ice cream out of the freezer
     to melt enough to be able to 'dip' it out of the carton. 
     Do this before time to make the floats. 
     (Trust me, too cold ice cream can be difficult to scoop!)
  3. Pour the root beer in the serving dish first, 
      then add the ice cream to the soda.    

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Here is another version of the Chocolate Crock Pot Dessert;
Credit goes to Marilyn at FCE club.
I have not tried this yet, but Marilyn says it is delicious!


1 pkg chocolate cake mix
1 small container (pint) sour cream
1 small pkg instant chocolate pudding
1 small bag chocolate chips
3/4 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup water

1. Spray crock pot with cooking spray, or
    use a liner.(good idea to spray the liner as          well.)
2. Mix all ingredients until smooth.
3. Pour into prepared crock pot. 
4. Cook on low 6-8 hours.
 Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


The most Wonderful time of the year has arrived!!!!

The school supplies are out!

Check the local big box and online stores for some great deals!
Stock up for upcoming projects!
At 25cents a box for crayons, try a new craft-
not a big investment for the experience. 
Glue sticks are as low as 10cents each. 

Purchase a few extra and donate to the local 
Stuff the Bus Campaign. 

Check the local dates for Back to School Tax Free Weeekend,
purchase new art supplies during that time. 
The savings could be significant. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

COLORING TIPZ for "Creative Drought"

---Try coloring the background first, it puts a new perspective on the main part
    of the picture. 

Here is this weeks tips from the ColorIt newsletter:

I’d like to think that creativity is just like the moon--it waxes and wanes. It’s totally normal to suffer from a creative drought, but luckily, you can do so many things to turn that around. Here’s how you can get back into the swing of things:
Clean up - Are you used to creating art amidst the chaos? Why not try the opposite? As they say, “a clear space equals a clear mind.”
Take a field trip - Dwelling on your creative dry spell isn’t going to help. The best way to restart your brain is by taking a break and going outside.
Treat yourself to new supplies - Sometimes all it takes to step back into the creative arena is the excitement of getting one’s hands on new coloring materials or tools. Go shopping, but of course, don’t break the bank!
Get inspired by your favorite spiritual verses - We can all use a little faith now and then, right? Our newest coloring book, Colorful Scriptures is packed with your favorite spiritual verses that will surely lift that creative block off of you.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Finally installed the newest update to the whimsical rock garden--
a Park/Campgroud type charcoal grill.
This has been on the Resident Agronomist's Wish List,
so it was this year's Father's Day Gift.

Burgers anyone?

The first 'maters from the Patio Tomato planted in a large pot
were picked and enjoyed today! YUM YUM

Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Interesting Printables~  Rulers!!!

Kevin at Free Printables has lots of different rulers to download and tape together.
"You Never Know" when this will come in handy!

cllick here

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Check out local fireworks shows, some communities
are celebrating the 4th this weekend.

Color It's Friday Free Download is from
their new book.
It's also an Eagle for the upcoming
4th of July Holiday!

click here

Colorful Scriptures

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Kevin from Free Printable has a Great New website
for Paper Sizes! Bookmark this site, it may come in handy.

Click on the purple words 'paper sizes'

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

The Unsung Hero

More great gel pen tips from this weeks ColorIt newsletter:

"Have you put our gel pen coloring tips to test yet? In our previous newsletters, we already covered gel pen care and storage tips, gel pen coloring techniques, and blending. Now it’s time to give you insider tips on how to amp up your art by using the unsung hero of every artist’s coloring arsenal--white gel pens! Check out a few tips below:
  • One of the most common uses for white gel pens is making final touches to a finished design. It helps in giving certain areas more dimension and makes the art pop.
  • If you’re using another coloring medium, such as markers or coloring pencils, it’s best to leave the white gel pen until the end as it may take a while to dry and may be difficult to color over.
  • Some colorists also use white gel pens for correcting their art when the white space they initially planned to leave out disappears.​​
  • Want to switch things up with your coloring practice? Invert your zentangle! Zentangle art is all about creating simple, abstract patterns using black ink on white paper. But why not grab a white gel pen and a black paper instead? This will definitely help you create more dramatic and striking designs!"

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Monday Make Itz


There is a category for sculptures at the FCE cultural arts fair.
Any materials can be used.

I had taken the top off of the re-purposed light fixture
and decided to just get creative with it.

Original light fixture before the top was removed for the sculpture project. 

Top of fixture was placed into concrete, 'seaglass' was added for interest.
A big thanks to the resident agronomist for help with this phase of the project. 

The concrete base had to dry a few days before the form could be taken off.
The project was cleaned and spray painted with glitter paint. 

Orphan un-usable keys were placed around the top. More 'bling' and texture will be added. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Freebeez


It's a stormy summer day here in the south,
the perfect weather to color!
For those who enjoy Mandalas, Color It has a free summer picture download!
click here

Mandalas To Color Vol 1 - Summer

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Another fast and easy recipe from the Dollar Tree Insiders Club. 

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos
Craving something savory for breakfast? Use delicious Dollar Tree ingredients and cooking supplies to whip up a flavor-filled burrito. Combine your favorite meats and toppings on a tortilla and enjoy a restaurant-worthy brunch at home! In a rush? These are fast to make and make for a great hand-held on-the-go breakfast.

Shop at Dollar Tree – Here’s What You’ll Need:

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Gather your ingredients (see image #1) and heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Lay the tortilla flat on a plate and set aside.
  3. Pour eggs into a non-stick pan, add a dash of salt and pepper, and cook until scrambled. Add the egg to the plated tortilla.
  4. Cook the breakfast sausage on the pan until browned on all sides. Place the sausage on the eggs.
  5. Add salsa and sprinkle shredded cheese (see image #2).
  6. Fold the edges of the tortilla, wrap, and roll the burrito (see images #3 and #4). Enjoy warm!

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