Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day today! I had a wonderful time at the July's today. Ton's of wonderful food and lot's of laughter. We played Apples to Apples and that was a lot of fun. There children are Alex 17, Steven 6, and Sophie who is 5. I fell in love with the kids and them with me. When we were playing the game, I touched Sophie's hair and she turned to me and looked at me with those big brown eye's and said to me "I wish I had hair like you. I would like my hair to be just like yours. I want to be your twin!" I thought that was just the sweetest thing. I took my Magic Story Tree Book with me that I received when I was 5 from my Aunt and Uncle and read them 3 stories out of it and they just loved it. Steven is just a little riot. He is giggling all the time. He thinks every thing is just a stitch. And Alex is so nice and polite, not your typical teenager at all. Any who, it was a very fun day...but I need to scoot to bed right now as Paul and I are headed to Tomah tomorrow. I am very blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life and I thank you for spending time with me here each day reading my blog! Thank you for blessing my life! Hugs! Elaine
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I made a Pumpkin Cheese Cake and a Pistachio dessert for tomorrow's Thanksgiving at Angela's. Paul and I will be going there and then we will go to my families celebration at Sarah's on Saturday.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving....enjoy this special time with your families! Hugs! Elaine
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I haven't been outside today but I have been just freezing inside of the house today. I don't know if it is just me or if the temperature outside really took a nose dive!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This card was made with Stampin' UP! window sheets. It was a fun, fast card to make and they are inexpensive to boot!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
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Friday, November 13, 2009
Not too much new here. I had people in and out picking up orders and Melissa came to visit for a few hours this afternoon. She dropped me off to pick up the van before she went home. I parked it over in the parking lot just in case they do decide to pave the road. They never tell you when you are going to be blocked in so it is best to be prepared!
I made the flower on this card with the Bloom's and Blossom's Die that came in my Big Shot starter kit. It is sitting on a Top Note Die that was also cut out with the Big Shot. A quick stamping with a stamp out of the Stampin' UP! Set "On Your Birthday", a quick addition of a few brads and pattern paper, and you have a quick and easy card! The colors are Rose Red, Barely Banana, and Certainly Celery.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I had planned on going to Milwaukee tomorrow and staying till Monday with Jenna but will not be able to go now. :-(
I had my oil changed, and blinker socket fixed. The radio has been out for 4 months and they checked that and that is shot so I need a new one. That will have to wait awhile. The bad news is that the rear right bearing is bad and needs to be fixed immediately so I am having that done tomorrow (hopefully). The other bad news is that the front bearings on both tires are loose too. He thinks I can hold off a little while on them. So I will be stuck in town until I save up to have that repaired. Fun Fun.
The good news is that Doug Renner put styrofoam in where the chimney was and caulked that up real good. He is going to put siding over it too. I am so thankful that I was able to get him to do the job as I was having problems getting a contractor to do it because it was such a small job. Thanks again Doug!!
I have been crafting away and got 3 Christmas gifts made today so I am happy about that. Only a zillion more to go!!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
I had stamp camp tonight and these are the cards that gals that participated in the card swap made. All I can say is WOW! The only requirements of the swap were that they do there best work, and use good quality materials. And they sure did that. The pictures don't do them justice. I quick snapped them before stamp camp started and the lightening wasn't the greatest but I hope that you enjoy them!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I just put the ingredients in my kitchen aid mixer to make an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie for tomorrow's stamp camp. The recipe is from the new Horse and Buggy cookbook that Paul bought for me. I forgot to lock down the mixer and it went flying all over the place! All over the counter and kitchen floor. Taffy of course had to come check it out right away and ate a little bit of the dry mixture off of the floor! It was such a mess and all over the rug that I decided the best way to clean it up was with the vaccum. Part of the reason it flew so much is that the butter was still frozen. I decided to throw it all in the mixer and stir it up later when the butter had on thawed. Well.....I was pushing the mixer further back on the counter and I hit the on control button unintentionally. That's about as much excitement that has happened around here today! The phone has been quiet except for one short call this morning. Sunday's are usually a good day for me to get some stamping done as it is the quietest day of the week around here. Oooops.....I did forget that Jen called while I was stamping . I always enjoy our visits. We are going to try and finish up some of the wedding preparations this week. It is creeping up too fast. Only a month and a half away now!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
My neighbor Sue was over this morning and wanted to know if I had good water pressure. She lives directly across the street from me. I told her mine was fine. I guess there water pressure is terrible since the hookup and so is the neighbor's on the corner. I asked her if she knew when they were going to black top the road and she said it is scheduled for next Friday. But they are going to the Village Hall to complain about the water pressure on Monday, so I suppose the black topping will get delayed. :-(
Do you remember this summer when I was telling you how I was spending time coloring digital images? Well this is one of them. I think this girl is so cute. I took a picture of the embellishments for you to see closer, as all the little details really make a great card!
My nephew/Godson Bobby took his SAT's today. I can hardly believe he is that old. I still have trouble wrapping my head around the idea that he is driving.
Have a great weekend! Me
Friday, November 6, 2009
Recipe: Petal Pizzaz & Teeny Tiny Wishes Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets, Scalloped Edge Punch, Modern Label Punch, DSP, Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Card Stock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze; Not quite Navy Brad.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Yesterday I went to Tomah with Paul to his appointment at the VA. We went out for Chinese first, then the appointment and then I took him over to the Burnstad's mall. He wanted to go for pie and coffee and they absolutely have the best over there. I had Peanut Butter Pie and he had French Silk and they were fabulous!! I just love peanut butter pie! YUM!!! I showed him the Amish store in there and we both enjoyed looking at things in there. He bought me the cookbook called Cooking with the Horse & Buggy People and I'll tell ya....the recipes in there just make you want to drool. Lots of fabulous dessert recipes. I was reading them to Di on the phone and she was ewing and ahhhing too! They will be fun to try out.
I have 2 stamp camps next week, the first one is Monday night starting at 6:00 pm and the second one is Tuesday at 1:00 pm. We would love to have you join us. Just give me a call and let me know you are coming so that I have enough supplies prepared.
Have a good night! Elaine
I love the versatility of ribbon when scrap booking. Ribbon can be used to draw focus or just add some embellishment and bling. Many of you may be looking for ways to use up all those ribbons you have stashed and I am hoping this article will give you an idea or two, to use ribbon in your scrap booking.
1. Tie a knot in a piece of ribbon, then trim the tails at an angle (to prevent them from fraying) and use a Mini Glue Dot™ to secure the knot at the corner of a photo.
2. Use the same method next to your journaling.
3. You can also wrap ribbon around a photo or around your page as a border, securing the ends of the ribbon to the backside of the photo or paper with tape, this will add an interesting corner to your photo or page.
4. You can also attach ribbon with brads (make a tiny hole through the ribbon before securing it) or even staples or clips for an artsy look.
5. Tie onto a tag, photo mat, border, or photo as an accent.
6. Use with a hole punch to make a booklet.
7. Use to secure a fold open photo frame.
8. Tie it to paper clips or other fancy clips to add interest to your design.
9. Staple on the edge of your photo, journal block or title.
10. Places strips of ribbon behind your photo to use as a mat.
11. Attach a ribbon charm and use as a long border.
12. Thread through eyelets and tie as an accent.
13. Tie onto a slide holder for a small picture frame.
14. Tie onto each end of a metal label holder.
15. Tie small bits of ribbon onto a larger piece for a unique border design.
16. Stamp words and sayings or even images onto your larger ribbons and use as a title.
17. Weave ribbons together like a basket to create interest and texture in your layout, use this a as a mat, a background, a border.
18. Tie many ribbons around a plain spiral notebook to create an interesting journal or scrapbook.
19. Use ribbon to secure several paper bags, envelopes or any other paper scraps together to create a small scrapbook.
20. Tie around jump rings of small, shaped scrapbooks to spice them up a little.
21. Fold and secure your ribbon with snail adhesive to make your ribbon form the letters of your scrapbook title.
22. Use ribbon and your paper scraps to create an interesting journaling tag for your layout.
23. Tie it to the bottom of your photo mat, to add interest and texture.
24. Make small bows for your girly scrapbook pages.
25. Fold thick ribbon diagonally to make your own photo corners.
26. Use ribbon to create stems and leaves for your stamped flowers on your layouts.
27. Place a decorative brad in the center of small ribbon strips to make a faux flower embellishment.
28. Use as a simple page border.
29. Use as color blocking borders.
30. Use small strips of ribbon to jazz up and add color to your chipboard shapes and letters.
31. Tie a small piece to a chipboard letter to add some bling.
32. Use ribbon scraps and rhinestones to create candles on birthday layout.
33. Use your re-inkers or chalks to add color to your plain white ribbon, you have virtually any color at your hands.
34. Stamp a decorative border onto the ribbon and use on your layout.
35. Use small letter stamps to add bits of journaling to your ribbon strips, such as dates, lists or just random words pertaining to your layout like (soccer - goalie - sports - determination, etc.).
36. Set eyelets or brads through the length of the ribbon to create a funky trim for your layout.
37. Use the eyelet punch to add an interesting border to your layout, mat or journal box and thread your ribbon through it to add a trim.
38. Tie ribbons through buttonholes and attach with glue dots.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Hello! Well, I am officially all packed up at the flea market and ready to go for Women's Night Out. Susie and Wayne Smith were so kind to come down and help me get all loaded. They loaded everything so neatly in the van. I am sure after Women's Night Out and we reload it....it will look like a tornado hit in there! LOL Hopefully a lot of it will be gone and we won't have as much to reload!
I came home and did some computer work, then made up a huge pot of hamburger/elk soup. It turned out yummy and I froze 9 large bowls of it, ate one for supper and kept one out in the frig for Lady Di who is coming to pick it up tomorrow after she gets done with quilting.
Before I started making the soup, I wiped out on the kitchen floor. Scraped up my arm. My back and leg were sore but seem to be okay now. I took some Excedrin back and body ache and went down for a nap after I got the soup done. I have been up since 3 and have been trying to work up some ambition to get something else done but so far it ain't happening....lol Jessie was suppose to come after school today to help me again but she has 2 exams, and a big packet of homework to do so I said we can do it another night. Right now we are thinking about Friday night. It will keep up there...out of sight...out of mind!
Recipe: Flight of the Butterfly Stampin' Up! Stamp set, Petal's a Plenty Embossing Folder, Ink: Whisper White Kraft and Basic Black, Card Stock: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Punches: Butterfly and Scalloped Edge
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Good Evening! I have been a busy girl since I wrote to you last night! I ended up staying up till 1 am working on stamp camp projects. I was on a roll so just kept working. One of the projects I had already designed and I did all the cutting and packaging of that. The other project, I designed and cut...and boy you are going to love both of them. One of them is an adorable Christmas card and the other one you will want to whip up tons of for gifts! It will make a great gift for all those people you want to remember but don't want to spend a lot of money on.
This morning after I got up, I designed and cut project #3. It is all still laying there though, waiting to be packaged up and I need to make a few changes on my sample. Jessie, my teenage friend that helps me, came over at 1 and we worked upstairs till 4:30. We got soo....much done! The shelves that Breezy put up for me are almost full. You would not believe how much fabric I have. Seeing it all on the shelves even amazes me. I had it in so many different rooms of the house that it didn't seem like that much. Well...that is not entirely truthful...I knew I had a lot, but having it all in one room really makes it look like a lot. I still have fabric in one other spot of the house that needs to be moved in there too. We have a few boxes left to do in there and then I think we will pretty much have all the current shelving filled up. I have one more partial wall left with out shelving on it and I think I will have Breezy do that wall too. Then it will be floor to ceiling on all four walls. When we get this room done. I will shoot you a picture. There was no way I was going to shoot a "before picture" or you all would be turning me into Clean House and they would be trying to get me to get rid of it!!!! LOL I said to Jessie today, "Have you ever seen this much fabric?". She said "Just in a store. When we get this done, you could sell out of here and have your own store! LOL She is definitely right about that but that is not the plan. I will be able to sew from my own store! And speaking of sewing, my niece Brooke asked me to make her clothes for her Webkinz for Christmas. Mom and I talked about it and she decided that she would buy one off of Brooke's wish list for Christmas. I ordered it on line from Jenna's website and had it shipped here so that I have one to try the clothes on and make sure they fit. I have not been able to find a pattern for this size doll or stuffed animal. I did order a new small dog pattern off Ebay but it has not arrived yet. This is the out fit I made tonight for her new plush kitty that she will be getting from Grandma. I am pretty proud of myself as I didn't have a pattern, didn't take any measurements, and it fits! I just cut it out free hand with the scissors and laid the cat down by it after wards to make sure I had the length of it about right. After I sewed it up, I took one look at it and thought this is never going to fit, how am I going to get this over the cat's head!?!?! But I didn't have any trouble getting it on it. Then I decided to sew button's down it's tummy to spruce it up a bit. Brooke had asked me also if I knit (NO) as she wanted a sweater. This fabric is kind of a nubby velour like sweat shirts and jacket's are made of so it is sort of sweaterish. I hope she likes it. When she asked me if I would make her some clothes for Christmas, she said you know Aunt Elaine, they cost like $30.00 an outfit. I don't even have 50 cents in this outfit. What a racket! Any whoo....I also wanted to mention that if you would like to go to Jenna's website this is the address for it: www.marketamerica.com/dominguez
It is pretty cool. They have over 3000 partner store's on it. If you want you can search for a product and it will tell you which store's have it and what the price is. I put in the Webkinz and it came up with 2 places that had it. Both were the same price in this case and I ordered it from ToysRus. Starting in November, if you sign up as a preferred customer on Jenna's website you can get 2% cash back on all your purchases. I also ordered ink cartridges from Inkgrabber about a month ago and it is the lowest price I have found. I can't get them refilled at Cartridge World cheaper. So check out the site when you have a minute, if you are a online shopper, like I am, you will love it!