Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wednesday before Thanksgiving

This is not a window photo but what is going on today before Thanksgiving in my house. We are having Thanksgiving at my Uncles and also at David's parents house this year. So I was able to set up a little early this year!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Giveaway

Yes, Christmas is here and Congratulations Jamie Lynn, for entering the contest for the fall. I decided to give another contest for December and since this is the time of giving; It will be a nice big gift.
HOW to ENTER: Please follow my blog, leave me a note below and follow me on Facebook. Once you have completed those three things you will be entered in to win a special Christmas Basket. Yes, a Basket. It will have some amazing goodies in it so you will not want to miss out. All are welcome to join in and hopefully you can win. Thank you all for helping me with my online shop, or just following me in my random thoughts and tidbits.

The contest ends December 19th, 2012 , so that you will hopefully get this basket before Christmas.
What do you have planned for this Christmas season?

Friday, November 16, 2012

November Tag

Tim Holtz has amazed me again. I learned so much about the way to transfer and resist just using embossing powder. You all should try this amazing technique. Have fun with it!I decided to not add words, it reminds me of the ground, and leaves as they just sit and decomposing  Maybe some leaves stuck in a fence. I just love how the tag seems so beautiful and water like!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Window Wednesday

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Window Wednesday

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Thanksgiving Giveaway!!!

 Christmas is quickly overshadowing our fall and Thanksgiving. So to keep this time of year from being almost completely forgotten; I am having a little Thanksgiving Giveaway. All you have to do is follow this blog, like my Facebook and write something you are thankful for below. That's it! The drawing will be Monday before Thanksgiving November 19, 2012. 
Around this time of year all the hustle and bustle gets swooshed together with all our life. Just take a moment and do not forget to make memories. Let us enjoy the Fall! 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Political Statement for 2012

My goodness! There is a reason that when you vote it is done in a booth and you do not have to disclose your reason or who you voted for. Voting is part of being American and making your voice (vote) heard. Do I think it is a important? Yes, I do. I also think jury duty is equally important, if your are given the task or opportunity. Boom! So make your vote count and vote for who you want as long as you go out and do it. I must say that every year around this time; I think of teachers like Mrs. Bavetta and Ms. Holli West. These teachers provided me the knowledge and understanding that we have these rights, and we need to use them. We cannot complain or change something, if we do not go out and vote. That is the end of my political soap box. GO VOTE. Hope your having a great day. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Say Hello to Gordon

We are the new owners of a goat and we call him Gordon the Goat. He is was born on the Fourth of July and and is a Nigerian Dwarf goat. Some say we bought him to help my hubby mow the lawn and they would be correct. Gordon makes a great addition to our home. We are looking to add to his little goat family but right now he is stag. We keep him company, and love to sit out in the back yard and feed him a few carrots, an apple, and an occasional  cracker. When we give him a cracker, he starts getting a little more excitable if he gets one, so it is a definite treat. He has found himself a few places to stand that I was unaware he would like, yet some how I knew a goat would find their way to my window. I am starting Window Wednesday photos and hopefully will be able to remember in November but what a way to kick them off by seeing Gordon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October Tag

I used the metal tag and the crumbled tissue
 paper background.
I also love the Stickles bright
 colors, so instead of making
my own glitter colors, I used what I had. 

Well, I finally sat down and did my Tim Holtz inspired tag for October. I could not just make one tag so the other one is on here too!  I also had to add just a little bit of what I learned in last months tag and incorporated it in.The riveted metal at the bottom just helped me get into the moment of tag making this month. 

 I cannot believe we are almost at the end of October. I have a few posts that will be following soon about goats, fall decor, bonfire parties and vending at craft fairs. So enjoy the tags and look for the upcoming posts. Happy Fall and have fun crafting!

I love this one. I ended up putting ink on a small piece
of bubble wrap and just had so much fun with the cool

Friday, September 14, 2012

Reusable and Recycle Friendly

I am hoping most of you know what pinterest is? If not you will be amazed. The way I see it is it is a large free virtual magazine. You can search for things, browse, post, and follow your friends or those who you are inspired by. This site truly opens the doors into the craft world, many blogs and the peoples voice. Pinterest can help you find ideas, inspire you , cause depression I have heard this from friends, or pass your day way (just keep pinning,pinning and pinning). I have made so many more things just because of pinterest. I like to try new things; from recipes and craft projects, to making crafty presents and party ideas. 
This is the reason I am blogging about a reusing and recycle project  . I found this online and then had to find the correct site to get the details to actually make it. I call the milk carton tote, but you can call it what ever you want. The basic idea had me, and so I waited for the perfect jug of milk to be gone. It was so easy and free except the cost of milk which we buy anyway and even the Velcro closures but I had some already.  My only problem was that as soon as I wanted to use that milk jug, no one wanted to drink milk that week so it took longer than I had hoped. 

As you can see from the photos a few cuts and some Velcro you have a d.i.y. sandwich tote, or snack case. Amazing, it wipes clean and you can wash in the top rack of dishwasher with out the heat on just because it can warp. But again, I am happy with it. Yes it will not hold soup but that is what mason jars are for.  I think if these would get lost in a school lunchroom its not that big of a deal the no sew Velcro dots come in packs of 24 for $3.00 dollars about the cost of some of the two piece Tupperware sets.
Cute and affordable. 
Reduce Reuse and Recycle 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gluten Free Recipe

Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Nibblers

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 large eggs ( helps keep together)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 of chopped tomato
  • 1 cup chopped pepperoni slices or any topping you prefer
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried crushed oregano
  • gluten free pizza sauce for dipping

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl.
3.  Distribute mix into a greased mini muffin tins, filling each cup to the top  and press down gently to compacted. You can make them into a pizza balls too by using  a dough like scooper pressing tightly before releasing and then when baked add a little flag style tooth pick for easy dipping. This makes about 36 in the tins or 40 balls. 
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

These are perfect for my gluten-free family members. I am so happy about the Appetizer style recipe.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pumpkin Season

Picking a Pumpkin in PA 2009
     Every year Pumpkin time nears I get so excited because you see every item pumpkin  flavored available. I know I do use pumpkin in the can but it is not the same as roasting a pumpkin yourself. Who am I kidding? The pumpkin from a can is so much easier when you cannot find pumpkin! Now I am talking 100% pumpkin not the pumpkin pie mix. My friends and I a couple years ago would find pumpkin in the store and buy a case at a time to split because it was so hard to find. So I stock up year round so I never run out, and have enough for the holidays; Thanksgiving, The Cookie Exchange, scrapping get togethers, Bon- fires, and Christmas.
     Here is a set of recipes I just made that you can add to your cookbook! It was actually inspired by two things. DD aka Dunkin Donuts and My Hubby. Since I love Pumpkin flavored coffee and I also I got an email telling me Pumpkin Coffee was now available; I had to make a coffee run. So David and I had errands to run so we made the stop. I was surprised that not only had DD come out with the coffee but all pumpkin inspired line. Coffee drinks, Ice Cream, Cream Cheese, Muffins and Donuts were all calling my name. I controlled myself and only ordered a few of these items. I had a mission to only buy the coffee, but the bagel with pumpkin smear called my name a little louder than all the others. As we headed to our next stop, I could not wait to try the bagel with Pumpkin cream cheese, right there in the car. Now I had it on a plain bagel toasted because I was not sure what it would taste like. It was better than I imagined and I was talking about how great it was and that David needed to try this right now! David does not cream cheese, sour cream, plain yogurt, ricotta cheese, yet his favorite food is lasagna and I do use it, or even cottage cheese. Any way I had him try it and he says " Babe, you could probably just make it. " I all the sudden was on cloud nine. Duh! Of course why couldn't I make it. I just had never considered making it. I felt excited and dumb all at the same time. After the errands I made one final stop to pick up half an half for the pumpkin coffee and cream cheese and a few extra cans of pumpkin.
My niece playing with the "pupmikin"seeds
2009 at Great Nana's House
     So this is what I came up with now the only reason I added sugar was because of my brother who also likes to add his tidbits of info as I am getting ready to start something said " You may want to add sugar or something...". So my original intention is to just add a 3/4 cup of pumpkin to one block of cream cheese and some pumpkin pie spice. BUT I decide to look up a recipe online. There was two one that wanted brown sugar and maple syrup...sounded too sweet. Another recipe that was calling for 1/4 cup of sugar... also too much sugar for my liking. So I came up with these two and both are equally awesome.

Pumpkin Pie Dip/Spread

1/2 cup of canned pumpkin
1 block of cream cheese room temp.
3/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp of vanilla
1/8 of  a cup sugar

I whipped it in the blender til all fluffy and lighter in color. This was great as a spread on bagels, used on cut up apples too. Much more of a dip.

Now this recipe is just a little different but gives a more savory style cream cheese taste and great on bagels.

Pumpkin Paste

1 cup of pumpkin
1 block of cream cheese
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp of cardamom
1/4 tsp of ginger
1 tbsp of dark brown sugar

AMAZINGLY great! This recipe I did not whip. I turned the mixer on and let the cream cheese mix a little to make sure it was not cold  and added the sugar to the cream cheese til it was mixed in. I mixed all the spices into the pumpkin first and then folded in the pumpkin and just mixed til all combined. It was richer in color and much more savory.

 Happy Pumpkin Season!

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Crafting

So I really have not blogged since after the Fourth of July and yet I am keeping busy with the craftiness. Some birthdays and some Etsy orders keep me busy too. Well if any of you know about Tim Holtz; you may follow his blog or know of his awesome tag challenge if you will. I challenge myself anyway. He changed from doing the 12 days of Christmas to doing one tag month.So you don't have to do all Christmas related tags. Even though it would still be a cool idea to do both but that is sooo many tags! I have been watching and saying "oh wow'" I have to try that out. Well This month I saw it, AND was like totally in need to do this. It was so easy and only one ban-aid through out the process, believe me this is normal for me. Here is a link to his blog and please use his step by step instructions.I try to incorporate some of the items he uses but then spin it to be more my style. Hence the reason my tag looks crazy bright! The instructional pictures are awesome.  September Tim Holtz Tag

You can make this alone or or if you lucky like me you can craft with a buddy! I now feel like this technique will help me in so many steam-punk style cards and ATCs(Artist Trading Cards). I am so excited to have another crafty way to make something. BEWARE... Do not try smoothing out the edge of aluminium tape that you just cut with scissors, using your fingers!  Have a blast. Oh and you may a see a few posts about pumpkin related items soon; you know because its that season. Tootles!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Putting National Pierogi Day on my Calender

Since the hubby is Polish,among other things. I decided to try and make pierogi's. David's Sister is the natural pierogi maker but I would say they turned out pretty well. Thank goodness David was there to help me. Don't forget National Pierogi Day is on OCTOBER 8th. The basic recipe is the same but its all on how you like to eat them. I prefer baked, and David prefers them fried. But always with Onions.                                                                                                  

Have fun and make memories!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fourth of July 2012

This is four blog posts in one!!!

I love red, white, and blue and just being able to spend time with family and friends. The Fourth of July is not just about celebrating the freedom we have but showing our support to our own countries patriotism. Now we may not have the same spirit as those who live in Bristol, Rhode Island, but uh I hope to enjoy my time just the same. With that I love searching for things to do for parties. Pinterest is great for finding ideas. I can always find unique things on how to celebrate or make cool crafty things for kids. I have a big family so we have lots of kids running around and I try to make the children happy and have lots for them to do. Most know if the kids are not having fun or enjoying themselves the parents are not happy and then it ends up being a very short lived party.

One of the projects that I found on Pinterest were confetti poppers that looked like firecrackers from a blog called alphamom I thought that was easy enough how about making them into individual pinatas. Well the project was interesting and am so glad I had a helpful friend who likes to get down and dirty when it comes to crafting! I hung them off of an eye sore in my back yard and was pleasantly surprised. We have half of an old laundry hanger it does absolutely nothing except it held these very nicely

 I also made a bubble juice station that was a big hit. This was super easy and lots of fun to watch the children play with at there own disposal. You definitely will not run out of bubbles. I used some material and twine to decorate the top so it had a nice fourth of July look to it. The kids did not care it was fun for them to use. I also posted some tips for for those you want to try it out.  I tried using a different recipe for bubble next time I will just use dawn soap  or I also heard using a bubble bath soap would work too. I did not want to use the recipe with Karo syrup found on la la daycare, because here in Florida just a little amount of stickiness will bring on the ants, so no sugar based play items for me.

  1.  Make sure the kids have a bucket to rinse their hands and wands in as they play- I inadvertently had one going on and did not realize til after the party, so it worked out.
  2. I wanted the bubble juice to be colored so added a little food coloring, not a big deal but next no food coloring.
  3. I made the cornstarch recipe bubbles and you let it dissolve - all it did was eventually settle at the bottom of the container next time a basic recipe will be fine.
  4. You can never have too many bubble utensils, silly straws worked great as bubble blowers.

Now this was an after thought. We always are picking up pallets for our burn pile. I personally love to decorate with them! David not so much, but I was thinking that I still did not have enough for the kids to play with except a back yard and some bubbles. So I whipped this little project up myself no I did not see this one on pinterest, but maybe now it will be! It was a super simple idea. I took a piece of plywood aka my hubby and he cut it  so it was a 2ft x 2ft square, then he filled in any little nooks and gave it a gentle sanding.  Then paint a primer on the wood so that you use save some of your chalkboard paint. I had a can of Chalkboard Spray Paint gave a quick coat. I checked it 15 minutes later and gave another coat and seriously  it was done and put together in an hour. After the chalkboard was dry you can just screw the corners in to the pallet. Done!!! You can dress this idea up by painting the pallet or just adding chalk board paint to the top slat. Maybe use magnetic paint instead of the chalkboard and what a cute way to display those wedding seating cards. That is all up to you. For the chalk, I just used a plant hanger and a bucket to hold the chalk in. You could add a little piece of wood at the bottom to hold the chalk if you want but since we just leaned this against a tree, not really a big deal. We just put it away after the party and pull it out when needed. It is a great score keeper when playing lawn games.

Speaking of lawn games, I also had this idea for a bean bag toss aka cornhole games. I make these cute chickens and thought that they would make the game more fun or child friendly. Plus I love chickens and I was able to find some cute material too. David made the two tossin in things the actual game parts, and I sewed the chickens. This game was for the kids and the adults.

This post was a long time coming and hope this makes up for the lack of posts in July. :)