Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wishing for...

yep... you guessed it .. SUMMER!   Is winter over yet?  I know I have a while to go, so I better not start counting the days until summer yet. poo  But ... doing a "summery" layout did help.  ( now if I could just wear my flip flops, all would be good :)
Maybe I should just do "summery" layouts for the rest of winter huh? lol
This layout was done with papers from the new "Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD" from Crafty Secrets and also with their "Artsy Banners" Stamp set.

I love this stamp set soo much!

I used the banners at the top of the layout and  the book print stamp to create this background.  I also used   one of the borders along the bottom of the patterned paper ( under the flowers).

I love mixing patterns and  using this banner stamp is a great will to use up a bunch of paper scraps in different small  prints.      Oh.. and I had a little fun stitching too:)

You can check out everything over on The Heartwarming Vintage Blog  but I wanted to post this so you would know about the sale.   You can get all the info HERE

 I also wanted to tell you about this, so you could check out the gorgeous samples the girls over at "The Shabby Tea Room"     Wow.. they have made some amazing projects!

I keep forgetting to share these with you.. and since it's NOT flip flop weather here... these are a good thing. lol   I made a number of these this year for little gifts.  I saw them on Pinterest and thought they were so cute.  ( oh and  you know I love to do blanket stitch:). The are just hear shapes cut from felt ( I found at Hobby Lobby) and  they are filled with rice. You  put them in the microwave before you head out, then when they are warmed, you can stick them in mittens or into your pocket.. .. if that's were your hands will be.    

My family would laugh at this because of my known obsession with my rice sock.  ( if you don't know what a rice sock/or bag is , it's just a sock with 2-3 cups of regular rice in it, and tied shut, that you can stick in the microwave to heat to use sort of like a heating pad).  Well, I can not live without  mine!!  I have migraines and it's seriously SO HELPFUL to me.   I also heat one up for mom numerous times a day for her hands, knees, lower back.. where ever he arthritis is acting up most.  As you can image I have more than ONE in the house... because you never know who will need one.  More like 4.        They are so easy and so inexpensive to make .. if you haven't tried it before.. give it a whirl.  If it helps one person as much as it has me .. it's worth be giving the "rice sock spiel" once again.   NOTE:  if you made these little hand warmers, I found 20 seconds in the microwave was about right.   If you are making a rice sock,  I just use a new white tube sock, fill it with 3 cups of regular rice, tie it shut with a piece of ribbon, then microwave it 90 seconds. ( this may very with the difference in microwaves).  but whatever you do... DON'T leave it in the microwave too long. Check it often the first time.. because if you scorch the rice...  it's just like burning popcorn.. Stinky!... AND you have to start over.  Once you scorch it, you have to dump it.  As long as you don't scorch it.. you can use it over and over and over.  Trust me.. mine has been microwaved hundreds of times.   If you want to wash your sock.. rice is cheap enough.. just untie, dump the rice, wash the sock, and then refill with new rice.
You will be surprised how long they stay warm!

Okay,  I'll close now so you can go make one :)   Trust me on this... they are great!

Have I told you lately, how much I appreciate  you coming  by?  Well... I DO! 
Have a fantastic day my friends!                                                    Vic

Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone!   Hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas!   I'm just popping in to share a little bit of ours with out.

Well, this isnt everyone by any means..Grandmas Grandkids(with their spouses) and the Great Grandkiddos... being silly with props. lol

It was a fun time as usual.  We played games......

did a little gift giving....

and enjoyed good  food. 
 I wish I would have taken more photo of the food.. oh.. there was yummy stuff!   Soups and Appetizers.  Chili, Sausage Kale soup, Potato soup, Clam Chowder ect...   and more Appetizers and goodies that you can imagine.   We are just working on getting it all put out in this photo.

   Here is  the recipe for something new I tried this year. It was yummy.   ( I added a package of dry ranch mix to the Cream Cheese/Sour cream mixture, and didnt add the celery.   IT was YUMMY!  Appetizer Wreath         

NERDS! lol   I know! But too funny not to share! hahah
  ( I do love my apron Gabby made me tho!  It's so cute. 

I loved my apron so much, I had her make my sister one for Christmas also.   Below is the one I had Gabby make for Jan..  Neely's wearing it :)

It seems like it was silly hat year.  Everyone was showing off their new head ware. ha.

The little ones entertained us with their new Christmas gifts.

Rock'n it with a barbie guitar and Justin Bieber microphone. Oh boy.. did they! :)

And the boys got plenty of toys also..but here they are sporting their new coats.

I was excited to give my Brother-in-law Keith this gift.  He is an amazing photographer, so when I saw this thermos cup that looked like a camera lens I HAD to get it for him.  It was awesome! I ordered it from Photojo. I cant tell you how REAL it looks.  ( even the auto focus switch moves:)

If you know someone who is a "camera freak" or if you are ... this is awesome!
Like I said... I ordered it from Photojo, and I have to say I was not only impressed with the mug..but totally impressed with their customer service! I love great customer service and they were top notch!  I will defiantly be ordering from them again.  ( which will be easy because they have about a hundred other photo related things I want!)

Check out this ohhh so cool, vintage scrapbook I got .

So if Christmas Eve wasn't enough we got back up and did Christmas again Christmas morning , with the the kids.  Ah.. this is my favorite time. I love having the kids home, and it was extra special this year because we had mom here with us.

I would probably be too embarrassed to show you what the living room really looked like while it was going on.  Plates, cups, wrapping paper, boxes, gifts, dogs and people laying everyone.... PERFECT  really ..but I'll spare you.. lol
But this photo pretty much sums it up.   ( sorry Wes ,but I HAD to post it)
( you'll have to visualize the rest ..but it went kind of like this....laying on the floor in a mass of boxes and wrapping paper, unshaven, sweat pants, flannel shirt, wearing his new gloves and hat, blocking the camera with is new guitar shaped spatula.  Yep..that's our boy :)

Thanks for letting me share!
Hope your Christmas was wonderful also!