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!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Posts!


A loyal reader suggested I share tips from the resident agronomist.
The people he worked with always called him the walking encyclopedia!
So occasionally I will be sharing lawn, gardening, food preservation
and cooking HINTS FROM HUBBY!!!!


Ugh, bring in fruit/veggies from the garden or the store,
and the fruit flies tag along.
A natural way to collect these annoying critters
is to make a trap.
Take a short glass and place a piece of fruit inside.
Most fruit will work, but bananas seem to work the best.
Cover with plastic wrap. Most will cling to the glass, but use a rubber band if needed.
Poke two small holes in the wrap over the opening of the glass.
Place glass in area close to the fruit flies.
The fruit will lure the flies in and trap them inside the glass.
Empty glass and change fruit as needed.

Simple and Natural Fruit Fly Trap

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

“If you want a happy ending… that depends on where you stop your story.”
– Orson Welles


Color by number books are a great way to learn and practice how to shade. 
The work of figuring out the light/dark areas have been done for you. 
However, sometimes the numbers show through the lighter colors--
I recently read a tip--and I would give credit if I actually remembered where I read it-

Tip--chose a 'number' and go through the picture and white out the numbers in all the areas to be colored. Then color in those areas before moving on to the next color. 
       Most coloring utensils will color over white out, but try a sample on scrap paper first. 
       The numbers will 'disappear' and won't show through!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Here are some updated pictures of the light fixture project.
This would make a great large table decoration, 
or a decorating focal point for different celebrations. 
More flowers/greenery will be added. 
Even though this has been decorated for spring/summer, 
it would lend itself to Halloween or a Harry Potter themed celebration. 
After judging, solar lights may be added and placed in the whimsical garden. 
Another idea would be to put small flower pots where the lights are
for succulents, such as hen and chicks. 

Materials were less than $10.00. 
The battery candles were found at the Dollar Tree.
These flicker like real candles, without the fire. 
The flowers were found in the craft stash. 
The doily was crocheted by my mom.

The top part of the fixture has been removed and will
be reused for another project--stay tuned. 

Light fixture before altering. 

flowers, lights and  flowers added, more to come!
Battery Candles from the Dollar Tree. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Whew, it's not even summer and it is already hazy, hot and humid in the south!
It is too hot to cook or bake, so here is a great recipe from the Dollar Tree Website--Value Seekers Club.  Credit to Dollar Tree.

No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Pie

No Bake Peanut Butter Banana Pie
Cool and creamy desserts are a summertime must-have! This Peanut Butter Banana Pie recipe is delicious and so easy to make. No baking required, just let your pie chill in the freezer while you enjoy some time outdoors. By the time you're ready to come in, you can enjoy this smooth and silky treat, the perfect end to any summer day!

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

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Gather and measure out your ingredients (see image #1).
  2. In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, cream cheese, milk, and peanut butter with a mixer (see images #2 and #3). 
  3. Use a spatula to pour the mixture into the pie crust, splitting the filling between the two pies.
  4. Smooth out the tops with the spatula (see image #4).
  5. Add whipped topping over the pie filling, smoothing that layer with the spatula (see image #5).
  6. Place the pie in the freezer for two hours. 
  7. Slice bananas and layer them on top of the pie for a decorative, delicious touch (see image #6). Serve chilled and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

ColorIT Live Color Along on FB and YouTube:

"Hey, have you marked your calendars yet? Don’t forget to join us onWednesday, June 13th 9 PM EST/6 PM PST for a special ColorIt Live episode! Download the coloring page I personally picked and color along with me on our upcoming ColorIt Live show."


If you are still blessed to have your dad, get that printer warmed up--
here are some fun free printables:

click here

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

Gel Pen Coloring!
(ideas can also be used with other coloring utensils such as colored pencils)

Credit goes to the current issue of ColorIt's updated news letter. Be sure to sign up so
you don't miss any issues.

  • Hatching - Great for beginners, hatching is a technique for filling a space by drawing parallel lines. To achieve a darker, more filled-in effect, you can draw your lines closer together. If you want a bit of the background to show through, trying spacing your lines out.
  • Cross-hatching - Cross-hatching, on the other hand, is all about layering hatching lines over one another. This creates more texture adds extra dimension to your art. 
  • Stippling - This refers to the technique of using dots to create texture and fill in a space. By gradually changing the patterns and the density of the dots, you can achieve a gradient shading effect that will make your coloring pop.
  • Scribbling - Want to make unique art using your gel pens? Scribble! Scribbling is practically the easiest technique of all since you can experiment and let your pen run free.
  • Painting - Yes, you can paint with your gel pens, too! Simply pick your darkest gel pen, then get a slightly wet paintbrush to blend the area. This helps to blend the color slowly. (Quick tip: This technique is best used for coloring books with thick paper. Otherwise, the ink may bleed through the paper or cause it to buckle. ColorIt makes premium adult coloring books that feature thick, acid-free artist quality paper so your art is safe when you employ this technique!)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Lighting the Way and Landscaping Update

Needing to be in the bonus room--aka-the catch all junk area, 
I came upon a chandelier we had changed out for a  ceiling fan. 

The 'lightbulb' went off and I decided to re-purpose
this gem for a club project. 
I will be posting the progress. 

Before surgery. 

'Innerds' taken out

The landscaping project continues--an erosion blanket made of straw was placed over
 the dirt and grass seed. This helps to keep the moisture in so the seeds can sprout. 

Straw Blanket


Friday, June 8, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Father's Day is June 17.
Here is a cute free download from ColorIT to color and give!

click here

Wild Animals

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thursday Treatz

INSIDE S'MORES from the Dollar General Website

When the weather won't cooperate--
make this treat in the microwave.

Microwave S'mores
credited to Dollar General Recipes
  • 1 HONEY MAID Honey Grahams, broken in half (2 squares)
  • 1/2 of 1.55-oz. HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar
  • 1 JET-PUFFED Marshmallow
Place 1 graham square on microwaveable plate; top with chocolate and marshmallow.
Microwave on HIGH 10 sec. or until marshmallow is puffed.
Cover with remaining graham square; press together gently to secure.
Let stand 1 min. to allow chocolate to soften before serving.
CautionThe s'more will be hot. Adult supervision is required. 

For 4 ServingsPrepare recipe as directed, using 4 grahams, 2 chocolate bars and 4 marshmallows, and increasing the microwave time to 15 to 20 sec. or until marshmallows are puffed. 

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 210 calories, 8g total fat, 5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 20g sugars, 2g protein

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

Get ready---Color It is hosting a Color Along Wednesday June 13. 

check the link below for more info

click here

Donwload this free picture and color along!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tuesday Tipz

GLOW LIGHTS---can be purchased at the dollar stores--comes in sticks, bracelets, etc.

     For a fun night time activity--put glow lights in a kiddie pool.

     For indoor times--put the glow lights in the tub during bath time!

COLOR IT NEWSLETTER---now is a great time to sign up or revisit Color It's newsletter.
     The newsletter has been expanded and now includes coloring tips.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Monday Make Itz

A fun idea from Dollar Tree--join their insider club for more ideas!

Pool Noodle Luminaries

Pool Noodle Luminaries
It’s pool party season! Time to kick back, relax, and stock up on $1 supplies that can be used all summer by the pool. You can even make your own decorations using LED tealight candles and pool noodles. Set them on tables or float them in the pool and watch as the LED lights glow as the sun goes down.

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

Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

  1. Gather some LED tealight candles and a few pool noodles in your favorite colors (see image #1).
  2. Use a serrated knife to carefully cut through a pool noodle about 2-3 inches from one end. Use a back and forth motion and go slow (see image #2)!
  3. Cut out as many pool noodle sections as you want.
  4. Turn on and insert an LED tealight candle into the opening of the pool noodle piece and display!
Dollartree. com Ideas

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Freebeez

A fun download from Color IT.
This is one of my favs--a fishy and a kitty!

click here

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Monday Make Itz

Honoring all who have served and have gone before us--
the new Flag garden. 

Memorial Day 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday Treatz


(These are amazing served with mustard.)

Chunk of good quality bologna, 3-4 pounds
(Don't get sticker shock, good bologna is almost more than steak)
Smoker, if you have one, if not, these are still yum
Foreman type Grill, griddle, frying pan, or outside grill

Smoke the chunk of meat all the way through--about 4 hours
Cut the chunk o' bologna into 2 inch pieces
Arrange on grill or griddle , cook until heated through and grill marks appear
Slabs of bologna can also be grilled on an outside grill

Dip into favorite flavor of mustard.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wednesday Websitz

THE MIDDLE--An End of An Era

A long time ago, an underappreciated SitCom
founds it way to the ABC station line up.
It was a show about a family living in the middle of the country,
in the middle of life, with three kids, so there was a middle child.
There was also something with the family that most people could relate to.

Last evening was the last episode.
This was bittersweet, as it was time to let the characters move on,
but it was also like losing a beloved friend or family member,
or perhaps more like a Graduation.

The show is now in syndication and can be found
on the The Hallmark Channel,,  along with online streaming.
If you haven't met the Heck family, find time to binge watch some of
the seasons for an up and down emotional rollercoaster.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tusday Tipz

 “Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.”
– Art Buchwald 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Make Itz

(depending on the area of the country)

It's always amazing to look out and see that the lightning bugs 
have returned to Tennessee. 
There are thousands of the blinks 
in the darkness throughout the fields. 

This always catches me by surprise, 
and I never grow tired of the fabulous light show. 

There is an area in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park 
where the bugs flicker in unison. 
Even though attending is now chosen through a lottery,
it is still on my bucket to someday attend this show. 

So, make a memory with a new little person
who has never seen such wonder. 
Remember a memory and just sit in awe of nature.
Travel to an area to watch the bugs. 
Enjoy this fleeting moment now,
        until the bugs return next summer. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Do you like to work puzzles?
Kevin at Free Printable has a new site!
check it out and print for a great brain work out!

click here

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


1. Paper quality has an impact on how smooth different coloring utensils work.
    For example, I tried to use Sharpies in a coloring book without much success.
    Therefore, I  felt that these pens were inferior to color with.
    When I tried them in a book with quality paper such as ColorIt brand,
    the color lay down was much smoother.
    The ultra fine point pens work great in small areas.
    These pens are a great inexpensive way to add to your color collection.

2. Some pictures to color can be a bit confusing.
    It often helps to turn the picture upside down to figure out what a shape is.
    This also works on puzzle books such as find the object and find the differences.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Make Itz

How to Make Someone feel like a Million Bucks for a $1.00.

Send a card!
There is nothing like going to the mailbox 
and getting mail that isn't a bill or advertisement. 

The dollar stores have American Greeting
cards--some only 50cents.
Stick on a  50 cent stamp and you 
have a wonderful gift for a $1.00.

Add embellishments from your stash,
along with a handwritten note,
to make the card more personal. 
It's like a sending a hug through the mail!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Freebeez

Here is a cute cat picture download from ColorIt!
Great for Mom on her day off this Sunday!

click here

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thursday Treatz

Sausage Skillet Dinner

(This is a very versatile and quick meal. Use whatever veggies are in season.)

1 package smoked sausage, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup rice, cooked. (I like to use the brown rice mix)
1 green (or other color) pepper, diced or cut into strips
1 med. onion, cut into chunks--optional
1/2 cup dried tomato, or 1 small can tomato sauce, or a fresh 'mater
1 can chicken broth
1 cup broccoli
1 clove garlic, or garlic salt
cheese to sprinkle on top

1. Saute the onion and garlic in a small amount of olive oil in a large skillet
2. Add peppers and cook for a bit
3. Pour in chicken broth, bring to a boil
4. Add all other ingredients, turn down to simmer
5. Cook until heated through and the veggies are done to taste, some like the veggies crispier
6. Serve with cheese on top

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13.
If you still need a card or a gift,
many websitz are having sales.
Also check out Free Printable for downloadable cards, tags and certificates.

color it--15% off

Paper Wishes--20% off

Free Printables--put  Mother's Day in the search box

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday Tipz


When designing a garden, be sure to
add some fun and unexpected elements.
Pops of color and fun ornaments will
add interest to the different garden areas.

Yesterday I heard a knock on the front door:

My daughter and her family sent these interesting characters to live
in the updated rock garden--complete with pet flamingos!
These are my very first gnomes!
(I just hope they behave themselves and don't get into too much mischief,
especially since they are gnomes on vacation!)

It didn't take these fellas long to make themselves at home in the garden.
They found a perfect spot to party on!

Stay tuned for more whimsical additions to the garden!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday Make Itz


Progress continues with the backyard landscaping. 
The old  flower beds have been taken out.
The dirt has been leveled and grass seed has been sown. 
Stay tuned for tomorrow's post to meet some fun characters 
who now live in the rock garden. 


After--taken from a different direction

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday Freebeez


The Greatest Adventure

Here is a fun turtle coloring page from Color It!
Free to Download.

click here

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday Treatz


from Vickie at FCE club

1 can Eagle Brand Milk
1 8 oz cream cheese , softened
1 Cup Lime Juice
1 premade graham cracker crust

Put ingredients in blender, Mix.
Pour into crust.
When set, it's ready to serve

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday Websitz


Image may contain: outdoor
Credit goes to BrightVibes. 

click here  for RAK website.

With all the harshness in the world, let's add a little kindness each day.
It doesn't cost a dime to be kind.
Social media is forever and never totally anonymous, so be kind.

Here are some ideas!
Apologies for not being able to show all of the ideas, but
if I made the picture smaller, the print would not be large enough
to read. Check out the page on fb.

No automatic alt text available.
credit goes to RAK facebook page.

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