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
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