Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubliee

Did you watch the special last night on 20/20 about Queen Elizabeth
and her family? I must say I have a greater appreciation for her and a
better understanding of the monarchy.

The Diamond Jubilee takes place from Saturday 2 June 
to Tuesday 5 June in celebration of the Queen's 60 years on the throne.
The five days will be filled with numerous celebratory activities.
Check CNN and ABC for TV coverage.

This is the official emblem that was designed by a 10 year old girl.
(A stodgy old queen would never have allowed this! 
It shows she has a fun side!)

If you are planning a celebration of your own,
here's a Diamond Jubilee Party Pack that you
can download to enhance your tablescape!

Cupcake toppers, sour cream gift pouches, paper chain, Union flags @

I know I promised pictures of my flowers today. My camera died and I am waiting
 for my husband to bring up my camera charger. It's just one other thing I
forgot to pack. I guess I should learn how to use my phone camera. It's on
my "to do" list.

Oh, and if you're wanting some official Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee China
 for your celebration, you can purchase it HERE.

It's only $150 per plate. 
(It may not get there in time, though.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What's in Bloom in Your Garden?

This is just another example of a very versatile
Penny Black stamp--I use it for many occasions.
This happens to be a birthday card for a 
special friend.
I stamped the sentiment first, then ran the
piece through the Cuttlebug, using the
Flower Greeting embossing folder.
The corner punch is one of my favorites,
and the bling in the center of the flowers is
silver glitter.
Baker's twine adds a touch of color when
you only have a minimum space as I did here.
Good thing they make it in every color under
the rainbow!

So what's blooming in your garden?
I'll show you my lovelies tomorrow
if I can get some good photos. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
I really appreciate your following and hope you'll
be back often!
I consider each and every one of you a special friend. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Time of Reflection

A day to honor those who served during all the wars from the 
American Revolution to the present time in Afghanistan.
We are grateful that you have fought for our country and given us our 
freedom that we so often take for granted.
Today we stop a moment to reflect upon that freedom and realize how truly
blessed we are.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

T-Shirt Necklace

There have been a lot of versions of T-shirt necklaces floating
around Pinterest for quite a while now and I finally got around
to making one. You might also think of them as a scarf, because
they actually do take the place of one. Either way, they can be
worn to dress up an outfit or tie two unrelated pieces of clothing
together so that you have a coordinated look.

1. I used a men's XL T-shirt without side seams. Lay it flat and cut off the bottom
hem, which you will not use.
2. Cut one inch horizontal strips. You do not have to be exact, though I took my time.
3. When I had seven strips, I took each one and stretched it as long as I could.
This will cause them to curl in a coil.
4. Double them over so now you have fourteen strands. I found this was the
thickness I liked. You can vary according to your preference.
5. You can either wear it as is, combine more than one color, or add a
flower or pin at the side, as I did.

The tutorial for the flower can be found HERE.

If you can't raid your husband's or son's closet for T-shirts, try Goodwill
on half price day. You can get two necklaces out of each T-shirt for $1.50.
And you still have the top part of the shirt to use for flowers!. I call that
frugal crafting, wouldn't you?

Are you into frugal? Crafting, grocery shopping, or any tip that you can
share with the rest of us? We'd love to hear from you!

Check out the party buttons on the sidebar to see where I am sharing
my T-shirt idea this week. .  

Friday, May 25, 2012

I Forgot My Bling!

I've been in the process of moving to our summer cabin for the past
 few days so am just getting back to a computer. Now it's time to try
to remember how everything works in this house again after being gone
for eight months.  I remember this computer is tempermental and is starting
out that way!

We'll see how well I do on limited craft supplies! I know I already
forgot my bling--my favorite embellishment! I can't believe it. I found
one lonely rhinestone brad that I left here to put on this card!

This card was made with scraps of Basic Grey paper
from a 6 x 6 retired designer pack.
The stamp is by PSX stamped on a Spellbinders
Labels 4.
I stamped it at the top so I could tuck it under the border,
 and lined it with the next largest size.

Freebie Friday

Daddyland Coupon Book @ Disney

Super Dad Cupcake Toppers @ Oopsey Daisey

Customizable Father's Day card @ Paisley Wallpaper

Fourth of July BBQ invitation and party accessories @

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dainty Rolo Cups

These dainty little dessert cups couldn't be easier to put together at the last

They are nice to use for a women's tea or any type of gathering
when you need a variety of goodies or just a little something.

  Just keep a box of ready to fill party cups on hand.

Place a Rolo candy in the center of each cup.
Put on a cookie sheet and place in a 325 oven
just until the candy melts and the caramel
begins to ooze out.
Mine took 10 minutes but you have to watch
them carefully!

As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle finely chopped
pecans on top.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Trying to Get Back on Track

Maybe I'm the only one who knows I've been missing in action. I fell
off the craft track for a few days there last week and I refuse to just throw
anything on my blog just for the sake of posting.

I've been experimenting with a few different ideas, trying to figure out
which crafts I'm going to pack up to take to our summer home. I always
panic at this time of the year, because invaribly I start a project during
the summer and need an item that I have forgotten to bring. I'm trying
to use up supplies, so I don't want to purchase more things unless absolutely
necessary. This is my last day to get organized--yikes!

I was getting ready to put this card in the mail but thought I'd show it
to you first. It is not all that special but the layout may be one you can
use if you make cards. I just eye-balled the placement of the circles,
using a ruler as my guide.

It is yet another way to use up your scraps.

The little birdie is from a free printable that I
found HERE.
There are some really pretty winter birds here.

I have to tell you a funny story.
Saturday night I was watching  my daughter's
best friend's little boys while Mom and Dad
went to dinner and a movie.
I knew it would be the last time a saw them in
a while.
Caleb, the three-year-old, noticed that my skin
"looked red."
He asked me why and I told him it was from
the sun because I had been out watering
the plants everyday while Don was gone.
He asked me why didn't I have sunscreen on?

A three-year-old!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I Just Have to Tell You About This!

This is a great deal, and the offer expires on May 23, 2012!

Get 6 issues of Martha Stewart Living and
10 issues of Whole Living for a
special rate of $10.

Click HERE for the link.
Bonus: Free tote!
(Who can't use another tote?)

That's a lot of good reading for a measly $10!

Unfortunately this offer is available for U.S. residents only.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I've Been Featured!

Remember my tutorial on How to Achieve Even Spaced Punches?
It was featured yesterday over at Craft Gossip.

You can see it HERE.

This is a fantastic website loaded with craft ideas
from A to Z. 
I subscribe to it via email because I don't want to
miss a single one!

Just peruse through it quickly and you'll
see what I mean.
You might just get hooked!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

You Made My Day

My son and daughter-in-law really went the extra mile this year to make
Mother's Day special for me and I wanted to send them a card to show
my appreciation. When I saw this sentiment on Create with TLC Happy Tuesday
I knew it would be just perfect. It just goes to show you that you don't need
stamps to make your own cards. Free digi stamps are all over the web and
this wonderful site is one great example of that.

I took 1/2" strips of paper scraps and adhered them
diagonally to a piece of cardstock.
I ran double-stick tape horizontally on the cardstock,
about four pieces, rather than having to adhere each strip individually.
Much easier!
When I knew the piece was large enough, I cut it down to
 5-1/2 x 2-1/4." By doing it this way, you are assured of
straight lines.

You have to look closely to see it, but I embossed the top and bottom of the
card base with a border embossing folder.

Then I adhered the colored piece in the middle.

I ran a piece of sheer lavender ribbon around the card twice for some
added interest, finishing in the front.
I printed the sentiment on my computer, then cut in out with a 
 Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three.
It seemed to have the same flourishes as on the embossing.

And there you have it!

"The ornament of a house
is the friends who frequent it."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, May 11, 2012

Keukenhof Gardens

Have you heard of it--The Keukenhof Gardens, in Lisse, Holland?

I had not until a good friend sent me these lovely pictures from there this week. 

The Keukenhof Gardens is the world's largest flower garden.
It was established on 15th century hunting grounds. The area also
provided herbs for Jacqueline, the Countess's castle kitchen.
Keukenhof means kitchen, and that's how the garden acquired
it's name when it was designed in 1949.

There are 4.5 million tulips in 100 varieties, some very ancient that
can hardly be found anymore.  Seven million new bulbs are planted
each year. 

   Along with tulips, there are crocus, anemones, and lilies.
The gardens are only open from late March until the middle of May,
attracting over 800,000 visitors each year. 

The idea behind the gardens was to present a flower exhibit
where flower growers from all over the Netherlands and Europe
could display threir beauties.
It would also help to promote the Dutch export industry,
as they are the world's largest flower exporter in the world.

And yes, there is a castle!

I had to take this picture from a website.

Freebie Friday

9 printable crown and tiara templates @

Vintage post cards @

Hot Mom and Grandma Clipart @

Mother's Day and Happy Birthday @

Chandelier digi stamps @

Have a wonderful week-end.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
It was a little change of pace.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Lavender Wreath

We have two lavender plants in our background,
and I thought it would be a shame if I didn't make
something out of the lovely blooms before it got
too hot.

I used a 10-inch double rail wire wreath and worked with
five sprigs at a time. I left about a three inch stem.
I started at the top of the frame--outermost wire--and tightly
wrapped the bunch to it, using a beading wire that I had on hand.
You have to wrap right up underneath the blooms,
because as they wilt they become limp and will just flop over. 

Taking the next bunch of five sprigs, I worked diagonally to
the middle of the wreath.
I am left-handed so I was turning my wreath clockwise--
working to my left each time.

The third sprig was wired to the innermost wire of the wreath--
diagonally to the left of the middle bunch.

Then I began the same sequence again, starting at the top.
The second bunch was placed to just cover the wire wrapping
from the bunch to the right of it.

Continue to work diagonally around the whole wreath.
Wire the stems along the way for reinforcement.

It takes a lot of lavender! 

This was created in several sessions, allowing the
lavender to dry in between times.

Caution:  Be careful not to rub your eyes when working
when lavender, it will irritate them!

Bay leaves were used for color and to fill in a few gaps.  

Linking to:
Sew Many Ways Crafting Party Week 65
I {Heart} Nap Time Sundae Scoop
Ladybird Lane Weekend Show-Off-Party
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party
Brassy Apple Make It Monday
C.R.A.F.T Making Monday Marvelous
Tip Junkie Tip Me Tuesday
Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday
Lil' Luna Lil' Luna Link Party 77

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother's Day Cards--Show Your Appreciation

I failed to give you freebies last Friday due to extenuating circumstances so here
are Mother's Day cards for you to to print and get in the mail pronto!

Every one of us has a special lady in our life who deserves a card this week,
even if she is not your mother.

3-D card @ Canon

You can customized this one!
Stuff Steph Does

You've got 12 choices here, so I hope you
can find something you can use.

Save yourself a little money and
print your own!

You can purchase an entire ream of cardstock
 at Walmart for just a few dollars.

Here's an idea---
 Use that money you saved and take
that special lady out to lunch and give her
that card in person!

Hope your week starts out in a wonderful way.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Spicy Chicken Entree

In Honor of Cinco de Mayo--May 5
If you like a little heat in your food,  here is a delicious dish---seriously.
My husband said he had never tasted a better chicken breast--score!

I adapted it from a recipe in the KAET Channel 8 Arizona State University
H is for Hot & Spicy cookbook. The recipe was sent in by T. J. Froggatt,
who just made it up from ingredients she hand on hand. Don't you think
that is how a lot of the best recipes come to be?

I switched it up some with what I had on hand and was thrilled with the results.
I would definitely serve this to company, that's how good it was.

Coco-Verde Chicken with Lemon Rice 

1 small lemon
2 cups rice (your choice--jasmine, basmati, or brown, which is what I used)
2 or more red peppers--sliced in thin strips 
2 jalepeno peppers--remove seeds--sliced in thin strips
1 large onion--sliced in thin rings
4 boneless chicken breasts
2 tsps. kosher or sea salt
2 tsps. pepper
1 tsp. hot paprika
1 tsp. each garlic powder and garlic clove (minced)
1-14 ounce can lite coconut milk
1-7 ounce can salsa verde
1 ounce vegetable oil

Juice the lemon. Prepare the rice, adding lemon juice to the water while
cooking.  While rice is cooking, saute the peppers and onion in vegetable
oil.. Rinse and dry chicken breasts. Combine salt, pepper, paprika, garlic
powder and garlic clove to make a rub. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with
rub, pressing it into the chicken with the back of a spoon or your fingers.

Cut the chicken in strips and saute in vegetable oil. Add the veggies. Add a
little water to the pan to scrape up all the brown goodness from the chicken.
Combine the coconut milk and salsa verde and add to the pan. Season to taste
and let all the flavors marry into a delicious dish. Don't let the chicken dry out.
Serve over a bed of rice.  

It may not look like much but it is delicious!

If you're looking for Sangria to serve tonight,
don't forget about THIS recipe.
It's been repinned 203 times!

I just found this morning
sounds like something you could
throw together in a matter of minutes.

Have a wonderful week-end!
Let us know if you're doing something special.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig

Once I got the front of this card done, I realized that I was not going to
have room for the Mother's Day sentiment.
I had planned to put the daisy on the left side and the sentiment next to it,
but the stamp was longer than I had remembered. I could have eliminated the largest
layer of the flower and there would have been room for both,
 but I really wanted to bring in the orange,
so I resorted to Plan B.
Move the flower to the center, and stamp the sentiment on the inside.

Now--I should have stamped the inside first in case I messed it up,
but I forgot.  So after I finished the front, I really wanted to get
the inside right! 

I got out my handy dandy stamp-a-ma-jig to insure that the
sentiment was going to get on there straight.

I should use it every time--it really 
saves the frustration of stamping something crooked!

Here's a quick review of how it works:

  Put the stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ) in the corner, any corner, of
a plastic sheet or piece of glass. I am left-handed so the upper right
is the best corner for me.
Ink the stamp and squarely put it straight down in that same corner.
Use dye ink so that you can wash it off and re-use the plastic or glass.

Now that you have it stamped on the glass, place it on
your paper where you want it to be.

Put the SAMJ squarely back into that same corner.

Carefully pull the glass away and holding onto the SAMJ so it does not move,
place the inked stamp squarely back into that corner.
Press to leave a good impression.

If you follow these steps and have not moved anything,
you will end up with a perfectly aligned sentiment.

The flower is a Sizzix daisy die.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

It Looks Better In Person!

You know it's said that some people just don't take good pictures, right?
Well, I'm here to say that some cards don't take good pictures either,
and this is one of them! 

To make this card,
I used Stampin' Up's 5-petal punch and
created a background on eggplant
The ribbon is a good match--then I punched a
2 -layered flower and put it on an orange scalloped circle
with a button center.
The tag hangs down on baker's twine and the
ink really is Adirondack Eggplant--honest--
even though it looks black in the photo.

It really does look better in person!
I'd throw it in the trash can if I was
embarrassed to send it,
but it's going in the mail today!

I hope you have a beautiful day, my friends!

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