Sunday, December 30, 2012

Almost a New Year!

It's almost 2013!  I can't believe how time flies!  I am currently waiting for my certification to come in the mail for The Spotted Canary School!!  I will be a Certified Spotted Canary Instructor in 2013!!  I'm very excited about it!!  The Spotted Canary school is an art school.  I will be certified to teach Jewelry Making, Scrapbooking, Needle Felting, just all kinds of different classes offered by the Spotted Canary website at local locations.  Soon my projects will be up.  I will also be teaching cooking classes with Wildtree!  They are a newer company who is for healthier food choices.  I will be teaching starting in January/February with them.  They have a lot of easy dinners that are good for you.  I didn't think that my family would really eat any of it at first, but I tried serving it and they love it!!  I love serving healthier choices that they love to eat!!  As for right now, I'm just enjoying the time with my family.  They are currently sick but that's part of life.  I am looking forward to the New Year!  I hope you are too!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas to all!!  May you enjoy the day with your family and remember the real reason for the season!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Here's a thought for Christmas...

A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Household Fixes

I saw these and thought what clever ideas.  So I thoought I'd share them.

Furniture Scratches:   Open a fresh walnut and rub the meat directly onto the spot; the oil masks marks on various types of wood

Smudges on Painted Walls:  Add a splash of white vinegar to warm water, then rub out marks with a soft cloth

Slow Moving Drains and Garbage Disposals:  Pour in 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar, let sit for 2 hours.  Run warm water, or turn on the disposal for a few seconds

Peeling Wallpaper:  Use an angled artist's paintbrush to apply wallpaper-seam adhesive (sold at hardware stores) to the underside of the paper, then press flat with a paint roller

Less-Than Fresh Fridge:  Add a few drops of vanilla extract to a wet cloth, then wipe down drawers and shelves.  For dried-on spills, mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle, spritz, let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe

Scuff Marks on Dishes:  Mix cream of tartar and water to buff out marks.  For tea and coffee stains on mugs, rub with a 50-50 combination of salt and lemon juice

Dusty Leaves:  Use a clean, wide soft-bristle paintbrush to sweep dust from large-leafed plants.  For smaller plants, use a blush brush

Bottom Gunk in Narrow Vases:  Fill with warm water and drop in 2 denture tablets (you can break them first)  Swish the solution around, let sit for 1 hour and rinse

Dirty Tops of Pillar Candles:  Wipe with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, it's a day early but I'll be so busy the rest of today and all of tomorrow, so I wanted to be able to add that now.

My nephew dog has arrived for his Thanksgiving stay with us!!  He has already made himself right at home,  and visited with my cats to announce that he is here!  My cats are used to him, so they don't mind him at all. 

Today I have to bake two loaves of bread, pumpkin pie bars, brownies and a red velvet cake.  Tomorrow, I'll be making the turkey, potatoes, and green bean cassarole.  My mom and sister are bringing the rest of the fixings for dinner.  There will be 11 of us total tomorrow.  Our house will be full but there is always plenty to be thankful for.

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember all the things to be thankful for.
Have a blessed day!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

As Thanksgiving approaches

Here is a Thanksgiving thought that was sent to me via email.

Somewhere between the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie
we should take the time to count our blessings.
Health, wealth, and happiness is the wish for all of us.
We're all home, snug with our families.
Let us give thanks today for the many things we have.
Why am I thankful?  IN so many ways, Lord.
The smile of a child, sparkling eyes of the old.
For each new day, as joy and troubles unfold.
The service of many, as we do our best.
The day that you gave us that we might rest.
Why am I thankful? Because you are near.

By:  Jean Brown 
       November 1989

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Squeeze Punch

I used the 'Leaf Me Alone' squeeze punch by Fiskars to make flowers.  I tried to show the punch, the actual leaf shape it makes, I cut off the stem of the red leaf and manipulated the paper to make it curved.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More Anniversary makings


This was the main center piece!  The two people in the middle were the actual cake topper figures from my parent wedding 50 years ago.  The turquiose was their color.  This is actually a combined work of art.  My niece, my son, my mom and I all worked on it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

50 Years of Photos




These are just afew of the pages from my parents 50th Anniversary scrapbook that I did.


Sorry about the sideways photo.  I couldn't get it to turn.  This is the cake that we had made.  We also had a smaller cake made that my parents could freeze for next year.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ornament

This is one of the ornaments that I made for my parents 50th Anniversary party!  Their original wedding color was turquoise, so I made them in turquoise.  They are made from the new StampinUp Christmas set and matching dies. 

This is the back side of the ornaments.  I put my parents picture from 50 years ago on the back.

I did alot of scrapbooking and made the main center piece too.  I'll add photos of those later.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Couldn't resist!

These are my 2 boys!  I just happened to walk past and they were sitting on the steps so cute.  I just had to take their picture!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Tuesday TLC

Even though my friend Angela Daniels didn't win Craft Wars, it was still a great episode!  Angela was in the final Craft Competition and Halloween Pirate Ship was so cool!!  She had it all done in black with lots of scary 'dolls' she made out of styrofoam, bats out of black garbage bags, etc.  It was fantastic!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Craft Wars!

Be sure to watch Craft Wars tomorrow evening.  (Tuesday)  It's on TLC at 7pm central time.  My friend, Angela Daniels, is going to be on it tomorrow!!  Angela is an amazing crafter and Legend Fiskateer!

Monday, July 16, 2012

An incredible lady!

A blog I read frequently posted about a lady named Barb today.  In the post, it explained how Barb is building an orphanage and already has a well for children she didn't know before this.  Barb's website is  http://jaajabarbshomeofangels.blogspot.com/

She is such an inspiring lady. 

Matthew 25:35-40
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothed you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"

Please consider helping Barb financially or just by spreading the word to help build the much needed wall around the orphanage.

Friday, July 13, 2012

My book!

This is the cover of the book I created during the E-course I took that was offered by Jeanne Oliver.  Her website is:  http://creativelymade.kajabi.com/   She is an amazing lady!!

I took an old book from the thrift store and cut the cover and back off of it.  I then cut two shapes out of the front cover with an craft blade.  I stamped, used micro beads, and added little embellishments.  The 'new' binding on the book is done with string and five holes. 

The chair I took this picture on, is a little childs recliner that my son loved as a child.  Now it's well loved by our fur-children.  One of our cats just loves to lay there and watch TV!  Our dog used to love to sit there too.

I took an E-course!!






These are pages from the book I created while taking an e-course offered by Jeanne Oliver.  I really enjoyed the class!  One of my favorite quotes she used is, 'Training is the opposite of Hoping'  I thought that said a lot.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My canvas

I created this on a 14 x 18 canvas.  I die cut the letters, stamped, colored and cut out the flowers, the three birds are from a punch and the sun is a circle cut to fit.  I used lots of Mod Dodge over everything.  I found the saying online and really liked it.

'Treat people the wa you want to be treated.  Talk to people the way you want to be talked to.  Respect is earned not given.'

I want to frame this and put it outside on my shed.

Monday, July 09, 2012

card for a friend

I created this card for a friend of mine.  I used clear microbeads over the image and a Fiskars limited edition (Jenni Bowlin) punch for the bird on the right.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Purse of Duct Tape

I wove Duct Tape together to create this little purse.  I added a Duct Tape flower and glitter to the center of it.  The flower is hard to see because I did it in black.  It's in the right corner.

Friday, July 06, 2012

My pin

This is the pin I made and wore on the 4th of July.  I made it with my Fuse by Fiskars.  Alittle hand sewing and quick as can be I had a pin to wear!  Tami Bayer at Fiskateers.com made one that I copied.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Happy 4th!!

I hope everybody has a safe and happy 4th of July!!  We will be going to the park for camel rides this afternnon!  It's something new for this year at the park, so we're going to check it out.  We'll be at the fire works are later tonight.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Attitudes

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes; even more important than what other people may think or say or do.  It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company...a church...a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past.  We cannot changes the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.
                                                                                                                      -Anonymous-

I find this to be very true!!  How often do we let our attitude drag us down?!  Or let the attitudes of others drag us down. 

I was asked last weekend by a girl we see often who works at Culver's how we manage to be happy everytime she sees us.  I told her that it's a choice to be happy and why not do it!!  Sure, we all have our bad days and days we'd like to strangle our spouse but thru it all, we are very blessed, we just need to get over our frustration.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Funny quote!

Today, on facebook I saw the funniest quote.  It said, "Attention Husbands!  Never laugh at your wifes choices because you were one of them!"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Been missing my camera!

This semester, my son had photography class, so my camera has been going to school everyday.  I'm glad to have it back now!  I'll have to photograph the different things I've been working on.

This is just a small part of what I've been doing lately.  I'll add more later.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My fur-children





They are such a spoiled little group!  They are so loved!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, even more important than what other people may think or say or do.  It is more important than appearances, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company....a church...a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past.  We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitude.

Anonymous

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Idea from a store bought card

The general idea was copied from a store bought card.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Thoughts on Birthdays

With another birthday quickly sneeking up on me, here are some reflections on age. There will be lots more to come!

The hardest years in life are those between 10 and 70. Helen Hayes (at 73)

Inside every older person is a younger person - wondering what happened! Cora Harvey Armstrong

Old age ain't no place for sissies. Bette Davis

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. Jennifer Unlimited

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Another New Year is upon us! I hope yours was a safe and happy one. With that being said, here's alittle thought...

THE WOODPECKER MIGHT HAVE TO GO!
Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark...
One: Don't miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safely's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Most important: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.