Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hello new day!

Sharing a new project done with Fancy Pants Designs "The Good Life" paper line.  I actually have a tutorial up on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  Crafty Power Blog here if you'd like to see it.
I love the saying "Hello New Day".   It is the name of one of my favorite songs, from my favorite singer from my favorite band. lol   Can you guess?

"Hello New Day"  by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.

Since I'm on a "music" theme, I'll show you these cool cupcake plates my sister made from LP's (records) to take to the Tilly's when we went to the show the night before Thanksgiving. Aren't they cute!!

Just in case there is someone out there that I "haven't" told .... My niece Neely is in the Band... "Tilly and the Wall". lol   And I'm ridiculously proud of her :)

The Holidays aren't even in full swing yet and I'm tired. Not good. lol   I did get the tree up yesterday, but made a huge mess in the process. Need to work on that more tomorrow.  Between being tired and it snowing a little bit yesterday, I was half tempted to crawl back under the covers like Daisy pup did.

Oh.. trust me.. it's just a power nap.. she'll be up and into something in just a few minutes. lol

Thanks for stopping by sweet friends!



Friday, November 23, 2012

Giving Thanks

 ***NOTE***   I wanted to make a note to remember to tell you that Crafty Secrets is  offering FREE SHIPPING until Monday (Nov 26th) at midnight! http://www.etsy.com/shop/craftysecretsetsy

I hope those you who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday are recovering from your turkey and pie comma as we are today. lol   It was a great day! We loved getting together with the family.  I'll share some photos of the busy past few days, down below in this post.
First I'll share a new project.   I have a step by step tutorial of this project up HERE on the Miss Fancy Pants Blog if your interested.   They can be made for any holiday of course,.. so they would make great Christmas gifts.

Like I said, It's been a busy few days.  Wed night my nieces band "Tilly and the Wall", played in Omaha at the Slowdown, so a bunch of us (family and friends) went to watch them perform.  It was such an amazing show! So much FUN!

I'm always just amazed at the way the crowd gets so into the show.  They had spots reserved for the family in the front of the balcony so we had a perfect view. Its so fun to watch the audience.

And there she is... my sweet niece Neely.  All the kids in the band are just really special to us.
This has just been such an amazing experience for them all.  

It was a late night ...but so worth it!   The next morning was an early one...because the turkeys were waiting. lol I need to get them cooking. My side of the family still gets together with all the brothers and sisters, their kids and grandkids, so there are quite a few of us.  We always rent this place for our get togethers  so we have plenty of room.  Easy for me because it's just up the road :)   I went over the day before to do the decorating so that was done.  I love to have old photos of previous family holidays out for everyone to look at.  This year I hung them up on the fall garland above the food island.   You really should try it some time, if you haven't before.  It's so fun for people to reminisce and talk about the photos.  We really get some laughs at times.

I didn't get to snap a photo when everyone was sitting down, but here we are getting started.

the rest are still lining up to get their plates filled.

We always spend the day and into the evening there visiting, so sometimes I bring games or things for the kids to make. This year I brought a craft project for us girls to work on. THEN.. as you can see below..the kids did a little cutting and pasting also. lol

 I was so excited to show the girls the new Crafty Secrets Christmas stuff that I put together things for us all to make these banners.
Ryan and Erin worked together on a Christmas banner for their new place. We were so thankful to have them make it here from Colorado.    

Here is what Addy made!   She is quite the little "cutter".  
Griffin is 7 now..and has grown so much. I so wanted to get some photos of him and Haley, but Haley was sick so they didn't make it out yesterday.
I was so caught up in chatting with everyone I kept forgetting to take pictures of all the kids :(
But here is the newest addition to the family.  Baby Zachary.   My brother Dans newest grandbabe.
Camera and Samantha are his mommy and daddy.

So, you know how I LOVE photos. Well this one of the cousins laying in the grass at moms years ago, has always been a family favorite.  It was one of the photos I brought yesterday.  So.. Christopher ( in the middle) said, "one of these days we need to go a another one , so we have a NOW and THEN photo".   Oh man , I was  all over that idea!  How fun! So I drug them all outside before the sun went down.
Check it out  ( Neely was a sport and even put her hair in the same "side pony tail" lol.

left to right  Neely , Christopher and Ryan.    Neely and Ryan are my sister Jan's kids and Christopher is my brother Rays son.

They were great sports for doing this.  We got some good laughs :) Where has the time gone?

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Thanks for coming by!!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas lighted jars

I've been so excited to share more of the Christmas papers and images from Crafty Secrets. They are fantastic!   You can read all about them in Sandy's post, HERE  to see lots more peeks and projects and get in on the giveaway!
I'm am so hooked on making these lighted jars.  I've done them before with printed transparencies set inside ( lining the inside of the jar), but I also wondered what it would look like lit with a beautiful image printed on regular printed paper set inside.  I was more than pleasantly surprised! OH my... it is gorgeous lit! The light of the little battery operated tea light shining threw the image is so beautiful!
I wish I could have gotten a good photo of it lit in the dark so you could see it :(

Easy to add the wire and then just embellish with ribbon, sprigs and bells.  Then drop the little tea light in the bottom.

Like I said you and see and read more about them on the Heartwarming Vintage Blog, but there are to different sets for download , "Vintage Christmas"

and "Retro Christmas"

Okay... so I have to share some of the other jars with you , while I'm at it.  Over the weekend I had a get together here with some very dear friends.  A group of 5 of us who have been friends for near 20 years now. We use to work together, and just became life time friends from there.  We have been there for each other through life's joys and sorrows. All of it!  These girls mean the world to me. I am SO blessed to have them in my life!   It was a super fun weekend .... good friends, good food and lots of chatting!
We have made this pact to always plan to have a get together the weekend before Thanksgiving every year..... just for fun.   We used to go out of town for the weekend, shopping ect.. but we've found just getting together at one of our houses and spending time sharing photos and catching up is just the best!
We usually do a little gift giving in the process. lol  Anyway.... here's the jars I made for them.

These have a piece of patterned transparency in them.

I used these printable Crafty Secrets Christmas tags on them also.

again.... battery operated tea light in the bottoms.

I might as well make this one  long post at this point since this next week is a busy one for alot of us with is being Thanksgiving.
Here is a banner I made with papers and bingo cards from the Retro downloads.  OH... this kit is SO fun :)

So you know me, I always have to share some photos after I share projects.   Here are my dear friends, Pam , Daun, Liz and Julie.

I was determined to get a photo of all of us so I set up the tri pod and set the timer on my camera..... looks like I better move quicker next time... lol   ( but then again, cutting off the backside is always good for me). lol


yummy stuff

I think I may have shared this recipe before but ..... if you didnt catch it then, here it is again. '
So easy and so good!
Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is a new one I tried and it is also super easy and really yummy!
Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

We celebrated all our birthdays with this amazing Coconut Cake.   ( My sister got one of  these coconut  cakes at Sams a while back and we thought we had died and gone to heaven. So she got another for me to have for this gathering ) It's Delicious!

Not actually a good "dieting" weekend..but .....

...... drum roll please......lol

TWO weeks without......

This is serious!   And the good news is.. no one was maimed or wounded. lol

Okay, enough silliness for now. 

I'm sure everyone's week will be a busy one, so I'll tell you all Happy Thanksgiving Now.
We have so much to be thankful for.   We will be spending Thanksgiving as we usually do , with our big family gathering. Although it will be our first Holiday without mom and that will be hard, I know it will be so good for us all to be together.  It always is :)  I cant wait to see everyone!

I'm also excited because I'm going to see Tilly and the Wall this week!! yay!

I am thankful for all of you! Thankyou for taking time in your busy lives to stop by and say hello.  I appreciate it more than you can know :)


Thursday, November 15, 2012

November "Whatevers"

Here it is mid November already.  "Whatevers" day, once again :)
Such a fun photo to work with this month!

 Flora and Olive grew up watching their father fly.  When they were small their mother Isabel would sit on the beach with them and they would wave as father tipped the wing as he flew over.   As they grew older they shared his passion for taking to the skies.  And as the years went by and they got a a bit older they no longer had to sit on the ground as he flew over, father often took them with him for rides. They were always so excited for those weekends.  They never missed a chance to be at their father’s side as he prepped the plane for flight. Watching and learning.   They were not like many of the other girls of their time, needlework, and cooking did not interest them in the least.  They knew they were going to fly on their own someday, and learning all they could about aviation consumed any spare time they might have.   By the time they were in their early twenties they could do just that. Fly… on their own.  Always thankful for their encouraging mother who taught them to be strong and confident young women.  They always wore  their beautiful dresses for photos before they changed in to their flying entire as she would request.   

I'm really enjoying these "Whatevers" projects each month.  It seems each month I feel like doing something a little different.  Maybe something not normally my style....  and  I LIKE it!  It's always fun to step out of your comfort zone and  just play :)

Be sure to check out what Nathalie and Catherine created this month and read their stories.


Here is how it works if you want to play along:
  • Nat, Cat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th – each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us andshow us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page
 Here is this months photo

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Thanks for coming by.. and remember we'd love to have you play along with us!

Have a great day! 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Well, I have been entertaining myself with this new Barber Shop kit from Crafty Secrets today.   I knew I'd have some "Mustache" photos to work with, with these guys of mine.   One year I got Wes this Mustache kit with different mustaches in it for Christmas.  I started going back threw photo files to find the one below.. and that just opened a whole can of worms.  I can get so lost looking threw photos:).  I just love looking back at them.  Anyway I did a layout with one of the photos using the Barber shop papers and ephemera.  This kit is so fun!

Oh..... Wes and his mustache.   I guess it was just meant to be. lol

I told you I was digging back in the photo archives. lol  Oh man, I can even believe I'm sharing this one..but it's too funny not to.  Check out my 80's glasses. gezzzzz

I was getting some serious laughs looking at photos today!

Above you can see some of what's in the download.

I think this guys is a hoot!

This ornament isn't from the CD...but I saw it on Pinterest and thought is was pretty cute, so I had to share it.

Oh boy, my silliness must come to an end for now.   It's getting late.
 I'm hoping your week is going well so far!
 I'm always happy when you stop by... THANKS!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Blanket Stitching tutorial/ Vintage paper image baskets/bowls

Hello!!  I'm here :)  I didn't forget my blog yet, just a super busy week. Even tho I didn't  get as much done around "here" this week, my heart is full, because the time was spent doing things that make me feel good. Helping friends.  It was kind of a "pay it forward" kind of week.  I'm trying to remind myself daily, to prioritize, and remember whats really important. Amazing how helping someone else out who's really needing a hand, ends up making "you" feel good.  And... also makes you realize the little things you find yourself complaining about  are nothing, compared to what some have. (this is something I need to remind myself of more often).   I haven't talked about "pay it forward" here on my blog for quite awhile..but give it a try this week, even if it's just in a small way.  I think we all try to do it every chance we get, like letting someone go in front of us in line, or holding a door for someone, but take is a step further this week, and just see how great it makes you feel.

Okay... on with the pretties!  A few days ago I showed you these Printables - a Retro Christmas and Christmas Kids Bowl/Pockets    new from Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage.    I love the idea of these. I remember my mom and Grandma both having these made from vintage Christmas cards, and crocheted. Like I said in my first post, I don't know how to crochet. ( but someone mentioned there are good "how to" videos on YouTube.  I will check that out soon.   What "I" did was blanket stitch around the edges. I  love to blanket stitch, I find it so relaxing.  That is one things I "can" show you how to do, if you don't know how, or just haven't don't in a while and need a refresher.
Here are the two baskets you can create with the downloads.

This is what they look like when you print them out.  Print on white cardstock.

Then your going to flip your paper over and print any pattern on the backside. The paper I used is also new from Crafty Secrets.  ( if you want, you can certainly leave the backside plain. The inside of you bowl will be white)

There will be another sheet you will print off, with a piece you can use for a pattern for where to punch your holes, if will also have the base for your basket on this sheet.   If you choose to, you can also print on the backside of this sheet, but can also just leave it white.  ( so that your base will match your sides).

Use this piece as your template for where to punch your holes.   This was the first basket I made. After this one , I found a punch that was even smaller, that I used on the other.  The smaller the punch you have, the better.   (Unless you are using thick yarn , then you might want them a bit larger). If you used yarn, and a yard darning needle, it would be a fun project to do with the kids. 

I used embroidery floss and blanket stitched around the edges of mine.

If you havent blanket stitched  before, it's really easy.    I'll show you some close ups.  Just seeing it, it's pretty easy to figure out.
I start by tying off a little knot in the back ( which will end up being the inside of your basket).

Once you have it tied off in the back, take your first stitch just like shown below.  It helps to keep in mind... Your goal is to have the floss make a edge, running all the way around the top of your paper.

I've left the floss loose in the photo below so you can see what it will look like before you pull it tight.

Do the same on the corners :)

The photo below shows you what I mean about it making an edge all the way around.
To the same with all the side and with the bottom piece to your basket.

Here is a little hint I found helpful for stitching them together.  I laid them out the way I wanted them, and then used two small safety pins ( one in the top hole and one in the bottom) of each piece to hold them together, while I stitch.

I'm sure there are many ways to can stitch them together.  I just started at the bottom and worked my way to the top of each piece.   The way I did it , you will see a diagonal stitch on the inside. The straight across stitch will show on the outside of the basket.  But on one of the other baskets, I did it opposite and it looked cute also. So which ever you prefer.

I did all my sides first and then added the bottom of the basket last.

The fun part is , you can make these cute little pockets from the template also.  All you have to do, is
leave two of the image pieces connected together when you are cutting them out, punch your holes and stitch away! I added either wire, or twig handles and added some Christmas Greenery to the top one, a gift card in the second and money in the third.
They can be ornaments, or money/gift card holders, ect.

***In another post soon, I'll show you a no-stitch way to make these little pockets also :)


While I'm talking "Christmas", I have to show you my estate sale find...........
check out this little trunk filled with boxes of "Shiny Brites"!! whoo hooo
All... including the little trunk for $15.  Score!     Happy me!

Hope your day is fantastic!
The sun is shinning here, but it sounds like that is going to change.
Well, it is November after all. I keep forgetting.