Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Candy Cane

I wish I took some pictures as I went along but I wanted to share with you something that I made a couple of weeks ago for a decoration outside this year.  This was a two-hour project.

In October, I bought to rolls of mesh ribbon.  One was white and the other red.  I can't visualize what I intended but I think I planned to use it above the windows . . . somewhere.  Perhaps on a wreath but I doubt that due to the size of my wreaths.  Due to the colors of the mesh, it seemed logical to make a candy cane.  I went to the store and bought some green ribbon for a bow, which I think needs to be a little lower on the candy cane but it will do for this year.

We had left over chicken wire from a science fair project last year.  I rolled it to make a cylinder shape, securing it with zip ties and then shaped it for a candy cane.  The hook of the cane wouldn't stay bent so I used some wire (silver floral wire) to connect the base of the hook to the side.  You can't even see it in the picture.  I then gathered the mesh every 10-12 inches and wrapped it with some wire and attached it to the base.  I used 21 ft. of red and 21 ft. of white mesh ribbon.

It looks nice with the sun on it because there is a shine/sparkle to the mesh so it glistens in the light.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pinterest CASEs

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I love Pinterest.  I go there for ideas before I look other places because it is easy to look through the images and open only what you are interested in.  I would say it's a time saver but we all know it isn't because there are too many great things to see there.

The first card is a direct CASE with the exception of the words (I didn't want to dig out the set and made do with what I had on my desk).  I love Connie Babbert's cards.  She is one talented lady.
Stamps:  Watercolor Winter, More Merry Messages
CS:  Baja Breeze, WW, Pink Pirouette, Twitterpated DP
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Misc.:  Lacy Brocade EF, Designer Frames EF, XL oval punch, Aqua Painter, Dimensionals

This next one I was happy to see on Pinterest because I still have this DP from last year and was happy to use more of it up.  I didn't actually pin the card but you can easily do a search and find it or go to Jen's blog.  I am a Post-It person and I jot things down and put on the wall until I get to it.  At least I reference the blog instead of saying "I don't remember where I saw this."  It's the little things.

When I was taking the picture, I could see the sparkle on top of the roof and on the ground, but not in the picture.  One of those cards you say "it looks better in person", which is true if you like sparkle.
Stamps:  Christmas Lodge, More Merry Messages
Inks:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
CS:  WW, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Frostwood Lodge DP
Misc.:  Scallop trim border punch, Dimensionals, 2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Crumb Cake seam binding, 2-1/2 Circle Punch, Nestabilities Scallop Punch

In the Spring I bought 20 yards of ribbon so I could make these necklaces for the moms in our Pack and Troop.  I finally finished enough for the Pack last month and then I finished off the ones for the Troop.   
They are nice when you go up and your son "pins" you with the pin of the rank he has been presented.  You don't have to plan ahead what you are wearing, worry about being poked and he doesn't have to feel awkward doing it.
What I still have left.  There are a handful that need to be distributed but I have some extras for boys that join the Pack or Troop.  Yay!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

French Foliage Thank You

As you know, I'm a procrastinator.  I've known for a bit that I needed to get 40 cards made to hand off so teachers and music leaders could be appreciated for what they do.  Due to it being fall (not that you can tell here in FL), I wanted to use one of my fall sets.  I just couldn't get into it.  I tried.  I'm pre-occupied with other projects and they are what I think of right now.  Some are fun and some . . . eh, not so much.  After looking for some inspiration for something easy, that wouldn't cost extra postage, that wasn't too labor intensive with cutting, I came across a card like this on Pinterest.  Ha!  Just what I needed.  I went to the blog but it didn't have colors other than a Kaleidacolor (?) and gray.  I don't have any of the Kaleidacolor stamp pads any more.  A friend kept them about 7 years ago and I really didn't care because I never really used them.

I made a mask with a sheet of paper and brayered So Saffron in the rectangle window.  I stamped the script in More Mustard.  The "thank you" is stamped in Soft Suede.  The circle "Paris" and splatters are done in Sahara Sand.  The leaves were stamped in first in More Mustard, then I rock and rolled in Cajun Craze and on two of the leaves, I sponged on some Old Olive.

Stamps:  French Foliage, Curly Cute
CS:  Confetti Cream
Ink:  So Saffron, More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
Misc.:  Sponge, brayer

Take a look at this fabric I picked up for my next quilt.  I can't wait to do get started on it, but first I have to finish cross-stitching a bib for a baby shower tomorrow night.  I need to get going on our Christmas cards too.  I'm thinking I'll be working on this quilt in December when the cards are mailed and the house is decorated.  I'm shooting to have it all done by the end of November.  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


I made moussaka for dinner last night.  The recipe comes from a dear friend who is quite the cook.  A lot of years ago, she taught several of us how to make spanakopita, tzatziki and she had prepared moussaka and shared the recipe with us.  I made it in ABQ but it wasn't a hit with my family.  I thought the kids have matured with their tastes and I would give it a go again.  My husband doesn't remember it the first time around and tells me he must have been TDY.  I have one kid that doesn't eat red meat, of the three left, the twins liked it and my son didn't give it a fair try.  A recipe I enjoy but it will sit and be dusted off again in a few years.


sliced potatoes, fried (enough for single layer)
2 large eggplants, peeled and cut into 1/2" slices
2 lbs. ground beef
1C chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3/4C dry red wine
2T snipped parsley (or 1T dried)
1t salt
1/4t dried oregano, crushed
1/4t cinnamon
1 beaten egg
1/4C butter or margarine
1/4C flour
1t salt
dash of pepper
2C milk
3 beaten eggs
1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
ground cinnamon

Bottom layer is sliced potatoes (you can use canned potatoes).  Fry them and then place in a single layer in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.

Bake the eggplant at 375 until soft and the water is out.  Layer it on top of the potatoes.  (Best to do this in the morning and then place a paper towel on them to absorb more water.)

Cook the ground beef, chopped onion and garlic until the meat is brown and the onion is tender; drain.  Stir in tomato sauce, dry red wine, parsley, salt, oregano and cinnamon.  Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Gradually stir the meat mixture into the beaten egg.  Layer on top of the eggplant.

In a saucepan, melt the butter; stir in the flour, salt and pepper.  Add milk all at once; cook until thick and bubbly.  Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more.  Gradually stir the milk mixture into the beaten eggs.  Pour the hot milk-egg mixture over all.  Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake at 325 for 40-45 minutes.  Top with additional parsley if desired.  Makes 8-10 servings.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Direction Party

The twins are turning 12 this week.  One of them loves One Direction.  She has many posters on her wall of them, group and single pictures.  She has a spot reserved for one that she wants but doesn't have.  Her sister, while she likes One Direction, is into Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 but she agreed to go with a One Direction theme for the party.  Yay!

Still working out some details of activities and I haven't given a thought to the cake but I thought I'd share the invite.  I found several through Google images.  I took what I like from at least 2, perhaps all 3 of the ticket style invitations and created one for them.  I hear their friends thought they were cool and one of the friends hung hers on the wall.  Off to a good start for this event. 

I'm making moussaka for dinner tonight and don't you know I'm out of potatoes.  I cooked the eggplant this morning to get as much water as possible out.  My wonderful husband is stopping by the store on his way home to get potatoes.  Dinner will be yummy but late.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

We Have a Winner

Congratulations Kathy!  I've already sent you an e-mail requesting your address!

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Wasn't sure if we leave the comment here or on yesterdays - so I'm covering my bases :) Thanks for the chance to win. 

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

OWH World Card Making Day Blog Hop

I hope you have seen many great things.  I'm glad you stopped by my blog!  


I was going to shoot for a winter theme with this hop but it was 90 degrees here today and that just isn't going to work for me.  I went with a Christmas card using one of the sentiments that you might win if you leave a comment.  See my post from Friday for details, or just leave a comment and you are automatically entered.

I used Sketch Challenge 128 from OWH for this card.  I flipped it around so I could use the ornament set.  I had to make the banner slightly larger (7/8") and cut off some of the swirly to make it fit.

Stamps:  Hand-Penned Holidays, Ornament Keepsakes
CS:  Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Candelight Christmas DP, VV
Ink:  Early Espresso
Markers:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Misc.:  Dimensionals, silver cording, 

Have fun hopping! Click OWH to get back to the hop.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Candy for World Card Making Day

Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.  I'm participating in a hop with Operation Write Home and will have a prize for a lucky commenter.  To enter, come visit tomorrow and leave me a comment.  I will use random.org to select a winner from the comments.  I will contact you via e-mail for your address on Monday and will post the winner here for all to see.

What is the prize you ask.  A very timely clear mounted stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Free Smiley Courtesy of www.millan.net

Hand-Penned Holidays

Come back tomorrow, leave a comment and check out the hop.  

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Honey Bunny

This little guy has had a rough couple of months.  First he ate some carpet or bedspread with the people that took care of him while we were away getting a mass in his stomach.  That required several medicines and about 6 weeks of trips to the vet for weigh-ins to be sure he was gaining weight.

Last week he had an abscess tooth.  They saved the tooth by filing it and removed the abscess.  Once again, he has an antibiotic.  He was dubbed a "honey bunny" at the vet when we went to pick him up from having the packing removed. We have to put honey into the opening once a day and let it drain.  Honey being a natural remedy for the bacteria to bring it out and not allow it to grow inside for infection.  I almost feel like he is a guinea pig for this procedure but this office has been so good and attentive with him I just have to trust they know what they are doing.  I'm surprised he can eat like he does.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Apple with Caramel Cream Cheese Dip

I found this gem of an idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect little thank you for all of the teachers and leaders that work with the kids in Primary at church.  I included Scout leaders and Activity Day Leaders, which meant that I needed 36. I set out on a hunt for these cute, little 4 oz. jars.  A couple of months ago I saw a lot of them but now it was hard to find it.  After several unsuccessful trips, I ended up going 30 minutes away to another store that showed they had enough cases in stock.  Super easy to make and well received.

For 8 jars, you will need:
     1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
     10 pkgs. (2 oz. ea.) caramel dipping sauce
     2 Skor bars or a bag of Heath toffee bits
     8 apples
     8 (1/2C or 4 oz.) Mason or Ball jars

Mix the cream cheese with 2 of the dips.  Divide it between the 8 jars.  Clean the rim after it you smoosh it down and smooth it.  Spread 1 pkg. of the caramel dip on the cream cheese layer in each jar.  Top with crushed Skor or toffee bits.  Put the lid on, add an apple and put it in a cellophane bag.  Tie it with a ribbon or raffia and you have a nice little gift.

I used my handy dandy medium-sized cookie scoop from Pampered Chef for the cream cheese.  I don't know that it is really called that but it worked beautifully for dividing out the cream cheese mixture evenly by rounding the scoop.  You essentially want half of the jar (below the rim) filled with cream cheese.  It took me a few tries to get it right but I made enough for 40 jars so my family could snack a little while I was preparing this.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Christmas Card Swap

You aren't going to believe, it, but my Christmas card I made for this swap won a prize.  Thanks to Hunter who liked it, I ended up getting a package of Snow Festival Designer Printed Tags.  I realize I should use them for cards or packages, but I'm thinking I want to use them as little notes throughout the month thanking people for what they've done/do.  Over the past year, I notice I have gotten better about recognizing things but I don't always take that time to acknowledge.  I'll carry these with me and I'll always have something to write on and I can pass it to them as I go about my day but still be able to say "Well done!", "Congratulations", "Thanks", etc.
 Bells & Boughs by Barb Baynard

 Winter Memories by Barb Furlong

 Ornament Keepsakes by Chris Occhipinti

 No Peeking by Heidi Sorg

 Evergreen by Kim Overholt

 Deck the Halls by Leanna Kerr

 Snow Much Fun by Mary Nunaley

 Sassy Salutations, Scentsational Season by Rhonda Nelson

 Delightful Dozen by Terri Butcher

by Unknown

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