Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A Mouse-Click Away

I hope everyone had a fabulously pecan pie filled Thanksgiving holiday.  We were gone for a couple of days visiting family.  I got back to town just in town to see Miracle on 34th Street on the big screen.  Our little local theatre shows a christmas movie every year to raise money for our Christmas Market.  I think it's so much fun to see one of my favorite movies on the big screen!
I've been busy the past two days getting Christmas set up around the house.  We have our tree but we are trying not to rush it this year and have put it in a bucket of water outside for a day or two.  Can't wait for it to fill the living room!  

Here is one of the little notebooks I just completed.  The colors seem to be a little off in the picture.  Sorry....I'm not all that good with the photoshopping.  Which would explain the fall banner I STILL have at the top of my blog.  It always takes me a couple of days to get it put together.  Anyway...back to the notebook.  I used a stamp from Stamping Bella.  This is the first time I've ever really used a stamp other than from Stampin' Up!  Feel like I'm cheating or something...but I bought a couple from Stamping Bella and they are so fun!    



More Stamping Bella to come!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving



What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets.  I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving?  ~Erma Bombeck, "No One Diets on Thanksgiving," 26 November 1981

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Grocery List Notepad

I really like making these Grocery List Notepads.  They are pretty easy to put together and make excellent last minute gifts.  


I had normal sized legal pads cut to size at Office Max.  The paper is from a random paper pack from Hobby Lobby.  The Original & Daily Note stamp are from Stampin' Up!'s Office Accoutrement set.  I really have got my money's worth out of this stamp set.



The cutest little bowl of cherries in the world is from Stampin' Up!'s It's the Thought set.



The cute little dragon fly is from the Cricut Songbird cartridge.


I attached a magnet to the back and these are ready for the fridge!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Handmade Giftbags

I wanted to share with you a fun and inexpensive way to jazz up gift bags.  


You can buy plain bags in brown or white at any craft store.  Then using one of the Stampin' Up wheel stamps you can quickly roll any design onto the bag.  This bag I used the snowflake wheel stamp in brocade blue.  I am all about the blue and brown!  I love the wheel stamps because it makes stamping SO EASY!

Just remember if anyone asks you spent a fortune on the bag and it took you a LONG time to make it.  


Friday, November 19, 2010

Snow Swirled Christmas Card

Another Christmas card I finished for the shop in town.  


I used the Stampin' Up! Snow Swirled stamp set to create this card.  Next week more notebooks!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Winter Post Christmas Cards


I've been working on some Christmas cards for a local shop.  I love love love the Winter Post stamp set and try to find a reason to use it every chance I get.


  • The paper is from a paper set I found at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  
  • I used a snowflake wheel to stamp the snowflake background pattern.  
  • I got out my Cricut Songbird cartridge again to make the tag-like shape.
  • Then using the Winter Post stamp set I finished the card off.  

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Cricut Love


Other than the DVR I swear the Cricut is the next best invention EVER (the toilet, dishwasher and washing machine are pretty good too but this is a craft post so I'll stick with talking about the Cricut).  

I used the Paper Dolls cartridge to create these super cute little notebooks.  



I think they might be fun little stocking stuffers for someone.  hmmm.....

Monday, November 15, 2010

Acorn filled jars & phobias


Remember these jars?  These are the same little jars that I filled with candy corn last month.  Decided these needed filled with something fall-like.  So, the last time I was at my parents, who live in the woods, I crawled around on my hands and knees picking up acorns and walnuts to fill the jars.  At one point my sister came out the back door and yelled, "Hey Martha supper is ready!"  LOL!  As if Martha would pick up her OWN acorns!



I filled each of the jars with acorns and walnuts and then I used the Cricut Stretch your Imagination cartridge to cut out a turkey, squirrel and a fall tree.


I think they turned out really fun but the whole time I'm doing this I'm thinking of my friend Nikki and how she HATES turkey's and squirrels.  She would be totally freaked out by these cute little guys in her house.  



The only one she would like would be the fall tree.


Oh well...we've all got something we are freaked out by.  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pumpkin from the inside out

I forgot to post pics of our pumpkin carving experience.  I was a bad mom and we didn't get to the pumpkin carving till the day after Halloween and then to be honest we never finished them.  We cleaned them out and there they sit on our porch.  There was just so much going on and the kids didn't really seem into this year.  



The scraped them clean and then they sorta lost interest.



I caught Bubby looking inside his pumpkin.  He is such a character!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Watch out Annie Oakley!

My dad has been taking defensive shooting classes for the last year and he LOVES it.  He has been passing on his love for the sport to the kids.    


Sissy has really taken to shooting.  My dad has been letting her use the BB gun and she is really good at it.  She stays within the target with almost every shot.  



Watch out Annie Oakley!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Helping Papa


Hauling logs with Papa....one of Bubby's favorite things to do.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Fall Colors


Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Feels like fall


Come sit by my fire and warm up for awhile.

Monday, November 1, 2010

My new babysitter

Check out my new babysitter.  


Isn't it great??  It keeps the kids safe and out of mischief.  Perfect addition to any family yard.


JUST KIDDING!    It's actually a new pen for all our new baby chicks we just purchased.  They finally came in a TINY little box on Friday morning.  The kids are so excited to see them.


Look at the size of that shipping box!  It's about the size of a Wheat Thin box.  Not much room for 25 chicks.  It'll be awhile before they are out in the big pen in the yard.


Right now we are down to 12 laying hens which is really not enough (can't believe I just said that!).  I've got a lot of people wanting eggs every week and it's been hard trying to accommodate them.  Ten of these new ones will be for laying and the rest for Sunday dinner.  Shhh...don't tell them.