Fall Leaf Cookies Tray

Fall Leaf Cookies

I’ve said it before but I just love Fall! and I love fall leaves. I love to recreate them in any way possible. I know in just one short month we will be celebrating Christmas but I hate to let go of Autumn. While there’s still a bit of time to squeeze into my schedule, I wanted to make these cookies. I made them several years ago and loved how they turned out and actually forgot about them! So glad I did remember, as they are easier than coloring the actual dough (which is what I always used to do.) Baking cookies I think part of the beauty of these cookies is the shape of the leaf. Can’t remember where … Continue reading

Queen For A Day

Queen for a Day Crown Cookies

With a good part of 2015 in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start thinking about the remainder of the year. It’s holidays, family gatherings, sports themed food indulgences and changing weather. My journey took a bit of a detour; well, hit a brick wall is more like it. But we mustn’t forget the joy creativity brings us, even in trying days. Force ourselves if we have to, to get into the craft studio, kitchen or garden. To feed our souls as well as brightening someone else’s day. Queen for a Day Crown Cookies Don’t you just love birthday parties? There’s nothing like them! We recently celebrated a loved one’s birthday who doesn’t care for cake. Since I am a … Continue reading

Mother’s Day Lace Frame

Mother Lace Frame

After going to a recent trade show, I fell in love with this new (to me) craft called Hasty Lace. Such a relaxing craft. Can be done almost anywhere including watching TV. Pity I found this at the end of this dreadfully long, cold Winter. None the less, the sample shown were amazing! I just had to give them a try. Since Mother’s Day is coming up, I thought it would be nice to do something to show my appreciation that was more than just a card. You basically have two options. The main technique is using a very tiny ball tool with the stencil. You can attach it to a light box and just start poking. If you want … Continue reading

Snow Day Frame

Snow Day Frame

Wow, it’s been quite awhile since I sat down to write a post. Every time I’d start something, I’d get distracted, (or do more shoveling…) and I just didn’t feel like it. Finally had an afternoon to myself so play I did. Loving these clear frames from Deflecto. Because the back is clear, you can play around with the different layers sandwiching things in the middle, attached to the back or adding dimension right on the front. What better theme than a snow day! There are so many great paper punches to use and a tried using several different papers, glossy, vellum and even a few covered in translucent glitter. Sure hope the cold doesn’t last much longer. Who’s ready … Continue reading

Magnetic Tic Tac Toe Gift

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Well, Autumn has actually arrived. It’s been quite a month of drama, a crisis or two, and packing my youngest off to college (sniff) Nothing like some craft therapy to throw yourself into in times like this. I’m having so much fun with the magnetic sheets from Delfecto. So easy to punch, cut with diecuts or regular scissors (they are great for storing your dies too) Magnetic Tic Tac Toe Continuing in a series of handmade gift ideas, This tic tac toe could make a great gift for a male teacher (especially hard to get for) a co worker, just about anyone and simple to make! The metal storage tin can be purchased at a craft store on online shop. The … Continue reading

Stamped Wooden Box

Stamped Wooden Box image

I’d like to kick off Fall with a series of handmade gift ideas, but let’s see how I do. Not sure I’m ready to give up summer yet and I have been outside more than in my craft studio lately. That being said, I do realize how important it is to get a jump on the holiday gift giving season so here goes (and as always, please forgive my persistent lack of photography skills….) Stamped Wooden Box I picked up a set of 2 wooden boxes for less than 5 bucks but I think I will check out the different stores to see how the quality may vary. It was nice that it had the smaller square already cut into … Continue reading

How to Dry herbs

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I just love having an herb garden! With little effort, nature produces tons of free herbs that last the entire year. It amazes me every spring to see the barren dead ground come alive and provide lush fresh herbs to be used in cooking, homemade scent blends, aromatherapy and more. Some of the herbs in my garden are mint, chives, sage, lemon balm, catnip, and oregano. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can have herbs, even tender perennials, inside on windowsill. You can also get herbs in season at the local farmers market and dry them yourself. I’ve found the best place to dry them is in the attic. The heat and dry air work wonderfully. If you … Continue reading

Garden Tile Card

Garden Tile Card image

  I really think that July is my favorite month. Seems to be the only month on the calendar where there are no major events to plan, deadlines, back to school, holiday prep (well, fourth of July is an easy one) There seems to be less cars on the road, everyone seems a bit more laid back, Things are growing, the corn is sweet, The days are sunny and the water is refreshing. So on one of these lazy days I wondered off into the craft studio. Garden Tile Card It is a pity this time of year is so brief, The flowers leave too soon. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy making flower themed cards, It lets me hold on to … Continue reading

Craft Storage Flea Market Find

Craft Storage Flea Market Find Image

Summer pastimes One of Summer’s many pleasures that I enjoy is finding treasures and unusual things at tag sales and flea markets.  I think adding some one of a kind or refurbished pieces to your home gives depth and a rich character. They store memories of where you found them, what you were doing that day, or even how little your kids were at the time. Craft storage flea market find Believe it or not, when I laid my eyes on this, I didn’t even see the white cabinet sitting underneath the colored blue and pink little cabinet. There was so much stuff around it, and I was amazed that anybody would take such a cute piece and write on it with what … Continue reading

Yeast Recipes Made Easy

Yeast Recipes Made Easy

I just love to bake! Any warm sweet treats in the oven have my family running to the kitchen. Whether it’s cookies, muffins cakes or pies. No wonder recipes are the number one search on Pinterest! When scouring recipes, I often come across breads and baked goods requiring yeast. I was especially intrigued with the Pizza recipes. I loved the idea of making pizza dough in batches to freeze. But, you know what happens when working with a recipe that requires yeast, you need to heat the water to an optimum temperature of between 110-120 degrees. (check package directions as brands differ)  So…..  you turn on the faucet until the water feels warm, test it and find it’s not quite … Continue reading

Summer Blog Hop

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What’s more fun in the summer than having a party? I am joining Randi Sowders this week from Sowdering About In Seattle along with a great group of co hosts for the Awesome Things Tuesday Blog Hop!!  Come check it out! It’s a great place to meet bloggers, and see some terrific projects to make (or pin for later) Feel free to connect and explore the hosts and participants, and if you’re a blogger, add your projects too!   PARTY TIME! Welcome back to another week of Awesome Things Tuesday! We have some really exciting features today and a few new faces have joined our party! This week’s features! Amanda’s Pick: Patriotic Tote Bag from My Paper Craze Jenny’s Pick: Ice … Continue reading

Dad Scrapbook Layout

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Our Dad Although my dad has been gone many years now, I wanted to make this page in honor of Father’s Day. These are a few of my favorite pictures of him and I wanted to keep the page simple as to not distract from the photos. I especially love the one of my mom and dad together. That was their engagement picture. I remember it beautifully framed on the mantle of my grandmother’s house and just staring at it. Such a glamorous shot. They looked like movie stars. It’s amazing to think of it but my dad and all three of his brothers were in the war at the same time. All my grandparents had to hold onto was … Continue reading