Thursday, January 31, 2013

Are You Ready For the Super Bowl?

What will you be doing during the Super Bowl? Watching the game?
Serving food? Partying? Taking a nap? Playing with your children or
grandchildren.

I will probably be sitting in front of the TV with my husband--half interested,
but either crafting or reading.

If you need a good chili recipe, don't forget about the one I shared with you
last January. You can find it HERE. It is so easy and delicious too!

For appetizers, you can't go wrong with the Jalepeno Cheese Boats or the
BLT Dip.

Deviled eggs are always a winner! Who doesn't love them? Go HERE for
the recipe I am always asked to share.

If you're making a batch of cupcakes, wow your guests by decorating them
with these Superbowl XLVII Cupcake Toppers!


 You can print them HERE.
 
The kids, big or little, will be entertained
by playing this version of Super Bowl Bingo.
 
 
You can print them HERE.
 
 
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday's Child Is Fair of Face

Yesterday our first born was thirty-nine years old! And she was born
on a Monday too. I remember it so well. One of the most special days
of my life. Anyone who has experieced motherhood knows the feeling.

Please indulge me for a moment while I introduce you
to this amazing lady.




This is Kristin celebrating her birthday yesterday
on the beach in Kawaii.
Not a bad place to be!
They are very fortunate to have good friends
 who reside there!
 



 
She and her husband, Jon,
are river guides in the Grand Canyon.
Here are two pictures taken of her there.
 
 

 
She is a botanist and a natural healer. 

 
She is a wife and soul mate.
Married May 9, 2009
in Gila Hot Springs, New Mexico
 
Kristin and Jon
 
 
 She is always up for an adventure.
(Showing her parents Bryce Canyon)



She is an artist
and an author.

She is a friend of the Hopi Indians
and writes grants for them
to help them preserve their native language.

She inspires me every time I am with her.
She is an inspiration to everyone she meets.

Monday's Child is Fair of Face.
Monday's Child is beautiful inside and out.

Do you know what day of the week you were born?
Click Here to find out!

Mondays' Child is fair of face,
Tuesday's Child is full of grace,
Wednesday's Child is full of woe,
Thursdays Child has far to go,
Friday's Child is loving and giving,
Saturday's Child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.

Friday, January 25, 2013

A Book Recommendation

Happy Friday! Blogger has been causing me a lot of problems lately and
yesterday was the first day I was able to publish a new post all week even
though I have tried every day.

I still cannot access my pictures files so I am unable to bring you any images
from other sources. I hope they will have it fixed soon but there is no one-on-
one-customer service, so you just have to hope that someone there receives your
complaint, and hope for the best! Very frustrating!

I do have a very good book recommendation for you today!
Sorry, no craft project finished, just a few in the works.
 
 
The Thirteenth Tale, by Dianae Setterfield
 
From Amazon.com:

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long. Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author's tale of gothic strangeness -- featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess,a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

In my opinion,
it's much better than it
sounds from this review.
 
So if you're not too thrilled by
the review,
think about reading it anyway!

Have a great week-end!




Thursday, January 24, 2013

Introducing My Vintage Book Snowman

Even though Christmas has come and gone, I am still seeing quite a few
snowman crafts being featured on many of the craft blogs. So I thought
I'd throw my little guy into the mix for good measure.

Are you getting the idea that I like to make things out of book pages?


Here's a little tutorial on how he came together:
 
1. I found a book at the thrift store--one with
a few hundred, yellowish pages.
 
2. I took off the front and back covers.
 
3. I drew a template of the right side of the
snowman on to card stock.  (Caution: Don't start with the head too
big. Remember, it is going to be double in width
when you finish. The first time the neck was too fat
and I had to re-cut the whole thing.)
 
4. I traced the template onto each page with a pencil and cut around it.
(Readjust to make sure the pages are not getting bigger and bigger.)
 
5. When I was all done, I fanned the book out all the way around--
then it was time to give him some personality!
 
6. The scarf was made with felt and I found felt snowflake
stickers in my Christmas stash just waiting to be dyed blue.
 
7. The sticks are held in place by enclosing the ends in a piece of
flat batting and adhering them between the pages.
 
8. I pondered over the hat the most--it had to be just right.
  But when I was cleaning out a
cabinet and came across a knit "warmer" for a wine bottle,
I knew this was it! I cut it down and gathered in the ends and
stuffed it with batting. The bottom is setting over a cardboard
coaster, and of course, the tassels were a natural finish,
glued down in the middle of the hat.
 
Call it a cross between a stocking cap and a stove top hat
for my vintage book snowman!
 
For other unique snowmen crafts and their tutorials,
 go to:
 
Scrunchy snowmen @ Crafts n' Coffee
Supersized snowman @ Styrofoam Crafts
Yarn snowman @Make It In A Day
Sweater snowman @ Crafts n' Coffee
Gumball snowmen favors @ Glorious Treats
 

Friday, January 18, 2013

How To Preserve Fresh Basil

We had a beautiful basil plant in our garden that just got killed by our
unusually cold Phoenix weather. In spite of the fact that all the plants
were covered with burlap, this is one that did not survive the freeze.

Fortunately, when the plant was at its best, I picked a bunch and will
share with you the two ways that I preserved it for later use. You can
only use so much fresh basil and it does not last that long in the fridge.





I began by rinsing it well and then laying it out on a towel to
get it completely dry.
 
 
I made small bundles with twine and
turned them upside down to dry in a cool, dark place.
I used a garden trellis that I had and put it in
a closet.
 
 
It did not take long before they looked like this.
 
 
I took all the basil off of the stems
and stored some of it in a jar.
 
 
 
With the other dried leaves, I added olive oil
 
and
 
 
put it in an ice cube tray.
 
After it freezes, it will look like this.
 
 
I popped them out and stored them in a Ziploc bag.
These I will use in salad dressings, roasted vegetables,
pesto, and pasta dishes.
 
 
And there you have it!
 
 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Have a Fabulous Birthday

Can't tell you who this birthday card is for because that person may be
reading this post, but here it is before it goes in the mail!


You may not be able to tell that there is
a piece of white layered on the white card base.
 
Here's another easy way to use up scraps--my
never-ending goal!
 
This Hero Arts stamp is one of my favorites--
I love when they combine fonts.
I think it makes for an interesting stamp.
 
Just a little sponging around the circle,
a Martha Stewart punch, and a little bling.
 
And there you have it.. 
 
 
The weather here in Phoenix is c-o-o-l-d!
All our plants are covered up and our
garden still froze last night.
 
But still not too much to complain about weather-wise
compared to other parts of the country.
Stay warm and cozy and be safe on the roads!

Friday, January 11, 2013

To A Brillant New Year

 
 
 
Most people don't expect to receive a New Year's card,
so I thought I'd send a few to some out-of-town folks.
 
When I saw this digi stamp on Create with TLC,
I thought it was just too clever not to use on a few
cards.
 
The yellow base is pre-made by DCWV, layered
on black glossy cardstock.
 
The designer paper is an oldie from my stash.
I hadn't planned to off-set it, but I liked it best
that way after experimenting with various layouts. 
 
 
Freebie Friday
 
Blogger is not allowing me to upload any pictures from
the web this week. I hope they get the problem fixed soon!
 
So I will just leave you with a list of
 
101 Free Valentine Printables
Sorry for no pictures of what they are, but this is
the best I can do today.
 
You can find it on
 
 
Kim has put together a fabulous list of everything you will need
for Valentine parties,
teacher gifts, banners,
decorating your home,
sending vintage and cute valentines,
and so much more.
 
Everything is handmade
and very easy!
You don't have to be
a real crafter to pull them off!
 
You may not have your Christmas decorations
put away yet, but it's already time to
think about the next holiday!
 
Get your FREE Valentine Printables today!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Recommendations

I have another book recommendation for you today.

Last week I told you about Cathedral of the Sea which I have since finished
and really enjoyed.


Last evening I just finished Mary, by Janis Cooke Newman, a fictional account


of Mrs. A. Lincoln, written in her words, during the time she was committed
to the insane asylum following her husband's assassination. It goes back and
forth between that time and well before she met Mr. Lincoln, as she refers to
him inthe book. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

 
From ReadingGroupGuides.com

 
Here's our annual list of our 25 new favorite book titles for book club discussions for 2012, gathered by the editors of ReadingGroupGuides.com. See if your group agrees with our choices, and make your own list of favorites!


























· Best of List: Ongoing Favorites

· 2012

· Here's our annual list of our 15 ongoing favorite book titles for book club discussions for 2012, gathered by the editors of ReadingGroupGuides.com. See if your group agrees with our choices, and make your own list of favorites!http://www.readinggroupguides.com/findaguide/best_of_ongoing.asp















 
How many of these books have you read?
(I've read 6 on the first list and 5 on the second.)
 
What is your favorite book?
 
 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Page Wreath with Lavender


Happy New Year to you and yours. I had a wonderful vacation with family
over the holidays and am just getting over a cold. Thus, I have been a little
slow in getting back into the swing of things.

I was going through some of the picture files on my computer and came
across the book page wreath that I made for the church boutique in November.
I actually donated it for the raffle rather than selling it and heard that it received
a lot of positive comments. So I may make one to sell this next year.

 

 
 
My inspiration in creating my book page wreath
was the excellent tutorial that
I found on Jones Design Company and can be
viewed HERE. 
 
Of course there were some variations, like using
gray paint on the edges of the pages.
 
 
There are many ways that the pages can be folded.
This is a close-up of how I folded mine.
The important thing to remember is that you
do not want creases in the folds or the edges bent. 
 
And then I chose to put small clusters of
lavender throughout the wreath.
 
I was pleased with what they added to the book page wreath.
 No to mention that the scent was divine!
 
I think it is a wreath that can be used throughout the year.
 
I hope that the 2013 has started out to be a
great year for you
and will continue that way! 
 
I'm taking this to the following parties:
 
 
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