Saturday, June 30, 2012

Summer Travel Tips -- Part Two

Today I have some fun things to print off if you are traveling
with children and need things to pass the time in the car.

License plate travel game @The Dating Divas

Look and Find game @ Ziggity Zoom

Here's some practical travel uses for everyday items you
may not have thought of:

Use a shower cap to pack your shoes to prevent other items
 in your suitcase from getting dirty.

Use a hard soap box to pack your camera
for your carry-on.

Use a vitamin holder for jewelry 
to hold spices if you are going to be

Thread the chain of your necklace through a
straw to prevent it from getting tangled. 
Cut it off if it is too long.

Ways to Memorize Your Trip Using Maps

 Map scrapbook @ Martha Stewart

Hand stitch your route and frame @
Martha Stewart

 Punch butterflies of places you have been and frame


Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Travel Tips -- Part One

It does not seem possible that we will be celebrating the Fourth of July next week
already! Where oh where is the summer going?

I know a lot of you are taking summer trips so today I am sharing with you some
of the great information I have found recently pertaining to travel.

Travel Photo Tips @ Scrapbooks Etc.
Better Beach Photography @ Digital Photography School
50 Road Trip Ideas of Kids @ Six Sisters' Stuff
2012 Tips for Disneyland @ No Biggie
50 Ways to Entertain a Kid on a Plane @
10 Days in a Carry-On @ The Everyday Minimalist

Easy Ways to Serve Food in the Car

sour cream container and baby food jar

32 oz. yogurt container and single serving Yoplait
All from Choose to Thrive

My computer keeps locking up so I am going to
sign off now and continue with more travel
ideas tomorrow!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

More Book Talk

Yesterday was a busy day with two real estate renewal classes so I did not blog
as I said I would. I was a realtor for 25 years and although I do not actively sell
real estate at the present time, I do keep my license current, which means
accumulating 24 renewal hours every two years.

So those of you who love to read--did you find a book or two on Monday's list
that you might like to read? Here are my favorites--Sarah's  Key, Cutting for
Stone, Half Broke Horses, The Help, and One Thousand White Women. But  I 
was surprised that one of my all-time favorite books was not on the list, and that is:

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job 
of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, 
which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless 
and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to 
be illuminated with images. 
When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of 
tiny artifacts in its ancient binding—
an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair—
she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an 
exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past,
 tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation. 

For Monday's Book Club, I lead the discussion for:

 Midwives by Chris Bohjailian

The time is 1981, and Sibyl Danforth has been a dedicated midwife 
in the  rural Vermont, for fifteen years. But one treacherous 
winter night, in a house isolated by icy roads and failed 
telephone lines, Sibyl takes desperate measures to save a baby's life. She 
performs an emergency Caesarean section on its mother, who appears to have 
died in labor. But what if--as Sibyl's assistant later charges--the patient wasn't
 already dead, and it was Sibyl who inadvertently killed her?

You can only imagine what happens next! The book is written in the voice of 
Sibyl's adult daughter, who was fourteen at the time. Most interesting is that the 
author is a man. Whether you like the book or not, you have to agree he
does an excellent job writing from a female perspective.

The book takes some interesting twists and turns!
I enjoyed it.

Happy reading!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Book Recommendations

Our book club is meeting later today and I thought I would bring
along a list of books that was recommended by various book clubs 
on the ReadingGroupGuides website.

If you are a book lover, perhaps this will be of interest to you. If there
is an asterisk after the author's name, it was recommended by more than
one group.

An Invisible Thread—Laura Schroff & Alex Tresniowski *
The Art of Racing in the Rain—Garth Stein
The Help—Kathryn Stockett
The Guerney Literary & Potato Peel Society—Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff—Christoper Moore
   City of Thieves—David Benioff
               The Girl in the Red Coat—Roma Ligocka
Half Broke Horses—Jeannette Walls
Only Time Will Tell—Jeffrey Archer
One Day—David Nicholls
Room—Emma Donoghue
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo—Steig Larsson
Wish You Well—David Baldacci
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—Jamie Ford *
The Cello Suites—Eric Siblin
The Republic of Wine—Mo Yen
Await Your Reply—Dan Choen
Spooner—Pete Dexter
Freedom—Jonathan Franzen
Joining Up—John Jack McGuire
Losing Charlotte—Heather Clay
A Walk in the Woods—Bill Bryson
Sh*t My Dad Says—Justin Halpern
Unspoken—Angela Hurt
Columbine—Dave Cullen
Choosing to SEE—Mary Beth Chapman
Cutting for Stone—Abraham Verghese *
One Thousand White Women—Jim Fergus *
Same Kind of Different as Me—Ron Hall & Denver More
The Elegance of the Hedgehog—Muriel Barbery
The Imperfectionists—Tom Rachman
Sarah’s Key—Tahtiana de Rosnay
Julius Winsome—Gerard Donovan
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle—David Wroblewski
Maine—J. Courtney Sullivan
March—Geraldine Brooks
The Sense of Ending—Julian Barnes
South of Broad—Pat Conroy
Look Again—Lisa Scottoline
Room—Emma Donoghue
A Dog’s Purpose—W. Bruce Cameron
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks—Rebecca Skloot
Bliss, Remembered—Frank Deford
The Bucolic Plague—Josh Kilmer
Still Alice—Lisa Genova
               Unbroken—Laura Hillenbrand

Is your favorite book on this list? 
If not, what book would you add to the list? 

I'll tell you my thoughts tomorrow.

Happy reading!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

New Blooms and Visitors in the Garden

There is new color in the garden along with what I have already shared
with you HERE.

I planted some new varieties of daylilies in 2008
and although they have not gotten big and bloomed profusely 
like the large orange ones I already have,
this one blooms every year--I think it is
the Bitsy--a 2002 winner. 
Due to wide zone adaptability, the Bitsy can be grown
just about anywhere. It is great combined with
ornamental grass.

I saw this spiky-flower long before I had a garden and 
always admired it because it makes such a bold statement.
I planted four of these in 2008, but the spikes are not as 
colorful this year. I will have to read up on them.
It is a Flamenco, or better known as a Red Hot Poker. 
They require full sun and get 18-24" tall.
The spikes do not last very long so you have to enjoy
them while they are there. 
Mine seem to bloom one after another so that is nice. 

We also have lots of hummingbirds and I managed
to snap one. See him there on the left?
The feeder is really active around dinner time.
Lots of diving bombing and noise!
They are fun to watch.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Hope your summer is going great.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CAS Birthday Card

This is a clean and simple birthday card that will go out in the mail
today to a special aunt who is nearing 100 years old. She is a fine
example of someone who has never let adversity get in the way of
living an active life, which I am sure has a lot to do with why she is
still with us today. She even still lives in her own home!

 The stamp is called Tiny Teacup by Stampin' Up.
It came as a single stamp and I think it will be
very versatile. 
I stamped it three times, cut them out, and then
stacked them. I thought that would be
easier than masking, but you could do 
that also. 
The designer paper is from the June Bug collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Most Pinteresting

I thought I'd link you to some of the features that have sparked a lot of
interest on some of my Pinterest boards. I only pin things that I find
interesting, useful, fun, or in the recipe categories, something that looks
delicious and doable.

So sit back and relax and see if there's anything here you might like.

Red, White and Blue

United Shakes of America @ Posa Cosa

How To's

How to Paint Trim Like the Pros @

Storage and Organization

Jewelry holder from spice rack @ Better After

Party Ideas and Tablescape

Nothing is nearly as popular as
these lifesaver napkins with 1065 repins!
They were originally made for a
nautical baby shower over at
Party Frosting,
but everyone loves the idea for
a pool party.
So even though I've told you about them
before, I thought you might like to
keep them in mind this summer.

Copycat Recipes

Copycat Olive Garden Italian Salad Dressing @
Because Barenaked Chef Said So

If you like this blog post idea, please leave me a comment.
I try to mix things up so that you never get bored and
everyone will find something interesting and want to
come back.
Thanks so much for visiting me today!
Give yourself a hug.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Thrifty Crafting

The wreath on my front porch was look pretty shabby, so I decided it was time for
a change. There was a lot of red, white and blue at the dollar store last week, so
with $8.00, this is what I came up with.

12" willow wreath--$1.00
1 garland strand--$1.00
3 strings of beads--$3.00
3 star clappers--$3.00
(pull off the stars and throw
away the handles)
Flags--from my stash

And there you have it!

Linking to:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Oh Baby Baby!

I take no credit for the design of this card. 
My friend, Rita, let me borrow this stamp and this 
is how she had used it.
I saw no reason to try and come up with something new 
when her card was so darn cute,
so I just used a different sentiment which I
think is pretty funny!

I love stamps that you don't have to color,
don't you?
Looking at it here, I just realized that paper piecing
the diaper would be adorable.
I really like that technique and
haven't done it in a while. 

I think I'll have to make some more.

The stamp is by Clear Art.

What is your favorite stamping technique?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Father's Day is Coming

Here's a super simple card from the Martha Stewart collection
that I will give you the link to. You could do it with your kids or
grand kids in a short amount of time.

If you don't have a Father's Day stamp, no problem.
Do what I did and computer generate a 
I don't know why it is so blurry here.

It is a big card--5-12 x 8."
Once you have the coat done you just 
adhere it to a white card.
I folded my handkerchief differently 
than Martha, and she used fabric,
while mine is paper.

Here's the link to the collection of
Father's Day cards.

Here's the link to the collection of
Handmade Father's Day gifts.
It's Martha's collection of  
32 easy crafts including
clip art and templates.

There's no better way to show
your love for that special someone
than to make him something with your hands.

 Have a wonderful week-end, my friends.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Leather and Pearl Wrap Bracelet

There's a bundle of wrap bracelets floating around the craft blogs
and Etsy these days. When it became time to finally make my first one,
it seemed like I was not satisfied until I studied every video out there
and read all the tutorials. You know how it is--some make more sense to
you than others. Everyone learns differently.

I had several false starts and ripped out the threads a number of times
as I just wasn't satisfied until I had it looking just right. I'm pretty particular
that way.

I know it doesn't look like it, but this is a double-wrap bracelet.
(I have a small wrist.)
If I were making it for someone else,
I would make it larger.

I found THIS tutorial to be very helpful.
THIS also explained the process very well.
 HERE'S another I liked.
THIS tutorial probably helped the most.

Here's some problems I ran into and some tips that may help you:

1.  I used Fireline for my carrier thread and it tangled very easily.
I ran it through some beeswax and this helped enormously!

2. There are several ways to attach the carrier thread at the beginning.
Because I did not like the way the figure 8 looked,
I buried the thread in the knot tied under the loop and use Hypo-cement
to secure it, then tied it to one strand of the leather.
Someone also suggested using a crimp bead.

3.  I used a smaller pearl for my first two beads so that I could
get them up near the knot. If you don't, be careful not to push your
first beads too far up as to put a lot of strain on your cords.

4.  Don't skimp on your measurements. It is better to use too
much cord and thread than to run short.
The last tutorial I mentioned gives you some guidelines.

5. Using a magnifying light made a big difference.
It made for a much better bracelet!

I am definitely going to making some more. It was fun and the
second one shouldn't take me nearly as long now that
I have some of the kinks worked out.

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by.

Linking up to parties over at:
Ladybird Lane 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Ok, ok, I admit it. I've been spending more time on Pinterest than I have
on my crafts. So I'm a litttle behind and have nothing exciting to share
with you today that I have made.

Well, I do, but it involves a little tutorial and I am rushed for time because
 I am playing mah jongg in two hours. Yeah, I love the game. Anyone else?

So, I thought I would show you a few of the most interesting tidbits that I
repinned this morning. Perhaps there will be something here that will grab
your interest.

Supposed to be the best ever.

When camping, put a head lamp around a gallon jug 
of water to use as a night light. 

Lay three Jolly Rancher candies
on aluminum foil and put in
the oven at 200 degrees 
for five minutes.
As they begin to melt, insert 
a lollipop stick for a 
triple color sucker.

Buy a big container of nuts at
Costco or Sam's Club.
Print off the free printable for
Daddy or Papa HERE.
What a cute Father's Day Treat!

Now, I'm not a camper and I don't know
who I would make the suckers for since
I have no grandchildren (sniff, sniff),
but it's still Pinteresting!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Another Masculine Birthday Card

Back in March I created THIS birthday card for my brother-in-law.

Remember--My best tip is to lay your scor-tape horizontally across 
the paper--top, middle and near the bottom edge of the shortest strip, 
rather than having to tape each strip individually.

Today's card is a take-off of that one where I cut the bottom of the strips to
look like a man's tie.

These strips are 3/4 inches wide and the paper
is by Stampin' Up.
Now aren't you impressed that I got the design centered
on the rust one?
Really, more luck than anything--I admit!

Our son turns 37 on June 7th--think he'll like it?

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Advantages of Growing Perennials

My garden still needs a lot of work and I am by no means a master gardener,
but thank goodness for perennials. They are the only way to go! If you are
going to spend the money on plants, why not spend a little more and have
something that is going to come back every year? As they fill out, often times
they can be separated and then you have twice as many plants. Another
advantage is that many of them flower early so that you begin the spring
and summer with color in your garden.
Here's what I have so far.

The purple iris are early bloomers.
They are just about done.

 This is a Goblin Blanket Flower, or a Mexican Hat.
It is a low maintenance perennial and will bloom all summer
if you cut off the dead blooms.

Dianthus bloom all summer and a 6-pack of these does not
cost any more than annuals.
When I first put them in, I did not realize that they were perennials,
so it was a pleasant surprise next spring when I saw them!

Columbine--graceful, with lacy leaves, and
beautiful 2-tone color combinations.
One of my favorites.

  Caradonna Meadow Sage--This was getting
leggy, so I cut it back and am enjoying them inside.

My garden mascot that I bought at Beall's a 
few years ago for $3.00.
I love him even though my husband doesn't!

Freebie Friday

Printable bookmarks @ Call Me Victorian

Printable music tags @ Shoregirl's Creations

Vintage post cards @ Websters Home

Flower Basket Invitation @ Red Brolly
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