Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pick A Petal Easter Cards

What do you do when you don't have any Easter stamps?  You improvise!  I saw this technique years ago at a Stampin' Up! workshop and I was finally able to use it.  See..those workshops DO pay off!!  I used a flower petal from the Pick A Petal stamp set to make cute little Easter Bunny ears.  

 The flower petals look like cute little bunny ears sticking out of the card folder.

I wrapped the card in my new fun twine from The Twinery and the paper is from some old Creative Memories baby paper pack.  I'm cleaning out my stash this week.  I've listed tons of stuff on Ebay and the rest I've taken out of the packaging and decided it needs used.  Why am I buying new paper??  So, from now on if it's not a completely special order where I have NOTHING that will work then I will not be buying anymore paper.  Did I just put that in print??  Sigh.... I can still buy stamps, right??

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Truly Riveting Post

My friend Donna helped me out in a super huge major way this year.  As payment she requested a little sewing project which I promptly farmed out to my friend Haley cause we all know how me and sewing don't mix well.  

Then she requested some hand made cards.  That I could do!  

I used Garden Variety paper from Cosmo Cricket...which is turning out to be one of my favorites.  The Stampin' Up! stamp set is called Riveting.

I found this cute little clipboard idea over at Chic'n Scratch.  She covered a coaster with fun paper but I used chipboard and cut it to the shape I wanted.  I then covered it with Cosmo Cricket's Social Club paper.  Attach a post-it pad with a simple office binder-clip and voila!  How cute is that?!

Good neighbors are so hard to find.  Mine are the BEST!

Friday, March 25, 2011

The Chicken Whisperer

My friend Meagan is here today and she seems to have the touch....crowing on demand!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fun in Louisville, Kentucky

This past weekend, like I mentioned before, I traveled with my sister south to Kentucky.  We started our trip off right with Larry's House of Cakes cookies.  Anyone from Southern Illinois will know Larry's cookies.  I haven't had these for years and they were SO good.  Melt in your mouth goodness.  We had 4 cookies but one is in my mouth while I'm taking this picture.  

After driving all evening in high style in our new truck we arrived at our grand hotel downtown by the river.  We checked in and I tried to talk my way into a suite but the clerk wasn't having anything to do with it.  No suite but he did give us a room on the 14th floor.  Notice anything?  There isn't a 13th floor.  I find this weird.  Can you really trick the god's into thinking there is no 13th floor?  

Like I said, the day of the conference while my sister talked, I shopped.  ALL-BY-MYSELF.  I even lunched by myself.  I went into stores just cause I wanted to and then I left stores just cause I wanted to.  I didn't have to explain myself once.  I walked past the Disney store and nobody threw a fit and wanted to go in.  I walked up and down EVERY aisle in Archiver's.  That was so much fun!  I kinda did throw a fit when I had to leave there though...just kidding.  

While at Panara lunching I read a magazine article about Carmen's Cupcakes and thought they sounded like EXACTLY what I needed.  I typed the address into GPS and found it!  BEST dang cupcakes I've EVER had.  

If you are ever in Louisville Kentucky I highly recommend them.  My cupcakes are always so dry.  How do they make them so rich and yummy???  Maybe I should try to prefect the cupcake??

Before dinner my sister's friend, Ezanya, who lives in Louisville, showed us around.  We found the cutest little vintage clothing store with these fun sunglasses.  You think people actually wore these in the 50's?  This store had such fun clothing and accessories. I would love to have a place like this close so I could stop in every week and see what she has new.

For supper we ate at Lynn's Paradise Cafe.  How perfect is that?  Yummy food and so fun! Couldn't talk them into giving me my food for free either.  I guess talking people into doing what I want is not my thing.

We tested out some fried green tomatoes and stuffed ourselves silly on sweet potato fries.  So yummy!!

It was a good weekend.  Relaxing?  No.  But good to get away from the same ol' day to day stuff.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Facebooking the Old-Fashioned Way

This past weekend I traveled with my sister to Louisville, KY.  She was a guest speaker at a conference and I was a shopper of the stores.  We all have to stick with what we are good at.  

View from our Hotel

Since getting on Facebook a couple of years ago I've discovered my life can pretty much be summed up in multiple one-liners.  Lines and phrases that tell JUST enough of what is going on in your life but not TOO much.  (And then there are some who tell WAY too much on Facebook but that is a whole other post.)

When I'm away from the house I can't Facebook cause I don't have a fancy Iphone.  To me my phone LOOKS fancy cause it's pink but other than that it's JUST a phone.  I know...sad isn't it?

Little joke:  How do you tell if someone has an Iphone?  Oh don't worry....they will TELL you!  hahahahaha!  Sorry...I only tell that joke out of complete jealousy. that I've insulted everyone I know I'll get on with my post.  While driving down to Louisville we kept thinking up great one-line Facebook posts but since neither of us have an Iphone we couldn't post them.  So, I decided to write them all down on know paper...that stuff we used to use in grade school to write on.

So here goes......Things We Would Have Facebooked IF We Had Iphones:

  • You can tell how classy a radio station is by how often they 'HOWL' between songs.
  • It's SO small!  Maybe it's Canadian.
  • You realize we had to drive an hour NORTH to get to KY?
  • Why would you want to put your finger in it?
  • Flipflops on. Check. Driving a new truck. Check. Headed to the mall. Check.  hmmmm.....Hope I can find my way out of the parking garage.
  • While in CVS I was directed to aisle 'T&A'.  In Louisville, KY this translates to aisle 10-A.  I was so confused!
  • Nobody seems to be home anywhere.  They all must be out whooping it up at pizza restaurants WE can't find.  
  • Sorry ma'am....we are out of pizza.  
Now I realize most of these won't be funny cause you weren't in the truck with us driving through the night trying desperately to find a pizza place.  Who would think it would be THAT hard to find a pizza place in Southern Indiana but it is.  The GPS kept taking us to long lost forgotten places that closed 50 years ago.  When we finally found a place we had a 12 year old waiter who kept calling us ma'am and would ONLY let us order a large.  So strange.  

Our whole trip was like this....we would drive and drive to the 'perfect' place and then get there and it was ok.  But at least we had fun doing it...AND we looked good in a new Ford F-150 pickup.  That's all that matters.  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Unexpected Gift

Remember earlier this week when I said I broke my favorite pie plate?  What's the old saying...When God closes a door he opens a window??  Something like that....  

Anyway.....last Saturday, right after I broke my pie plate, my friend Kerri gave me a present....a new pie plate!!  

She said she has been carrying it around since Christmas and our schedules are so different that we could just never get together.  Just when I was feeling down and had broke something I really liked a friend walks in with a smile and gift.  How cool is that!?

Kerri and I are berry picking buddies.  We picked a lot of produce together last summer and burned up a lot of miles looking for interesting places to eat lunch.....usually some place totally off the beaten path.    What better gift for a berry picking buddy than a new pie plate.  I've never had one of these cute little pie birds before either.  How cute is he??

I went right home and made an apple pie.  It was so yummy and looked so cute with the new little pie bird sitting in the middle.

 Thanks Kerri!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patty's Day Teacher Gifts

Who doesn't like a little jar filled with gold wrapped chocolates??  

I thought the kid's teachers needed a little chocolate treat today.  I found the super cute labels over at eighteen25 and printed them out on cardstock.  I then mounted them on white cardstock and rounded the corners.  The lid needed a little something sparkly so I added the ribbon.  I could have used the green & white twine I just bought but I'm out already.  :/

Very simple little present that really you would use for any holiday or event....just change out the label.  Hope you are wearing green and have a happy St. Patty's Day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's all in who ya know

My kids are now at an age where they are pretty easy to handle.  Not that I am not needed anymore but they are way more self sufficient than they were at say...18 months.  My son was hard at 18months.  He was active...VERY active.

Getting into breadcrumbs January 2008
Many days I had him strapped to me in a sling while I made dinner cause he wanted to be in EVERYTHING.  My daughter was probably a handful too but she went to a babysitter at that age and sadly I only had to deal with her a couple hours a day...WAY different situation.

Over the years I have called my sister during the day and one or all of us would be crying or I would be in the car trying to tell her a story and there was crazy commotion going on in the background.  She would listen sympathetically and then say something like, 'Well I've got to go eat pizza or go watch a movie (UNINTERRUPTED!)  talk to ya later.'

Christmas 2010

So, last week I had to laugh when my sister went to nanny for a friend of hers.  My sister is great with kids and these children are no trouble but some of the little things that where happening made me laugh cause it was the SAME issues I've had for years.

Scenario #1:  Small children, time zone change, and pre-dawn phone calls make for VERY early mornings.  Apparently not early enough cause when I called her at 5:30am (her time) she was NOT happy with me...go figure.  One morning she had the kids strapped in their car seats and she was desperately trying to GPS a McD's so she could find some caffeine.  I've done this for YEARS while my sister (and all her co-workers) laughed at me.  Then they would all breeze off to their childless martini lunches.  

Scenario #2:  Rainy mornings mean no park time.  Since it's not her house or neighborhood and she doesn't have a built-in set of mommy friends I can imagine it can make for a very long day.  So, she used her head and did the next best thing...Target!  She let them play in the toy aisle and looked at all the pretty Target things.

Scenario #3:  After leaving Target the Nanny needs some more caffeine and the toddler insists on a hamburger.  Did you know you can't get a hamburger at 10am at a McD's?  My sister didn't.  I had to laugh as she said she wanted to crawl through the drive-thru window and strangle the woman for not getting 'her' little girl the ONE thing she will happily eat.  We've all been there haven't we?  You look at the clerk and want to say 'for the love of God can you please hurry up before my child self-distructs!!'

So, today Bubby was on his 3rd breakfast and wanted a cheeseburger at 10:10am.  I went through the drive-thru and talked him into an egg sandwich.  I got to the window and, of course, knew the girl (small town...we are even Facebook friends).  She happily told me she would get me a cheeseburger.  HA!  I had to call my sister and tell her 'It's all in who ya know.'

Update:  I just called my sister to tell her I blogged about her and she texted me back to say 'I'm in a restaurant and can't talk right you need something?'  So ironic!  haha!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What? You don't dust at 3am??

If you can't sleep then get up and do something instead of lying there and worrying.  It's the worry that gets you, not the loss of sleep.  --Dale Carnegie

It's now 4am and I've been up since 1:20am...not that I'm counting.  I decided since I can't sleep I might as well get up and do something.  So, I've cleaned the house, folded all the laundry, organized the pantry and got breakfast all but cooked.  I'll be so ahead tomorrow!...which will be great cause I'll be exhausted and need a nap.  

I've run out of quiet things to do so I thought I would blog a little.  This is a picture of my favorite pie plate I broke awhile back.  I don't have many cabinets in my kitchen so I have a lot of dishes stacked in a pie safe.  Well, the pie safe apparently isn't THAT safe cause I opened it and my pie plate slid out and broke.  What's aggravating is it's hand painted and can't be replaced.  

Sitting on top of the pie plates was my new favorite mixing bowl.  It matches my Christmas dishes pattern and I probably should have put it away a long time ago but it's the PERFECT size so I keep using it.  It has a handle and a spout for pouring which are great for making pancakes.  Luckily, unlike the pie plate, it can be replaced.  

While picking up and putting stuff away in the quiet hours of the morning I think I've come to the conclusion we have too much stuff.  The house we live in now is pretty large and we are spreading out a bit too much.  Trying to make room for new pie plates and ceramic bowls might be taking the focus away from what is really important.  So, tomorrow....if I have the energy I'm going to start purging a bit.  This time it won't be just the kid's toys it will be MY toys as well.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

More Surecutsalot Labels

I should title this post 'A whole post about a bucket' but that wouldn't get me as many Google hits.  Beware....this is a whole post about 2 buckets.  

I have to share with you another little project I did this week using my Surecutsalot and Cricut.  

As most of you know I cook most everything from scratch so I buy a lot of flour, sugar, and other baking supplies in bulk.  I always buy flour and sugar in 25lb bags cause not only do I bake a lot I also don't want to be running to town to buy a tiny bag of sugar every time I want to do something. I would love to have a fancy pretty container to store my bulk items in from somewhere like The Container Store but to be honest I have found them not to be big enough.  

A couple of years ago I discovered these 5 gallon buckets at the local farm supply store.  I think they are supposed to keep dog food fresh but right now they are keeping people food fresh.  I've had more strange looks when I haul these out but I've never had issues with bugs since I got them.  They are air tight!  


I decided to spray the bottom of the bucket white to cover up the wording and the lid red.  It didn't take but a few minutes and I had totally different bucket.  I stood back and I was all proud of myself for my little project when I realized I had just created a plain white bucket with a red lid.  Woohoo!  Nobody has EVER seen that in the feed store before! (sarcasm intended)   I probably could have bought plain buckets and it would have been way easier but I already had the bucket and had the paint.  Trying to be economical and use what I have people!

Using the Surecutsalot program I used the same label as I did with my small canisters and enlarged it.   (The buckets I keep in the pantry the canisters I keep on top of my pie safe).  It was a lot easier to cut out the bigger letters.  I'm learning that some fonts are not that easy to cut out.

Now my buckets don't look like they came from the farm supply store....well maybe they do but at least they have fun labels on them.

Monday, March 7, 2011

In Love With Surecutsalot & My Cricut

I have to share with you my new toy....Surecutsalot.  It's a program I downloaded to my laptop that works with my Cricut.  If you have a Cricut you HAVE to get this program.  You will never have to buy another cartridge again....unless you want to.  For less than $60 you can download a program that will allow you to cut and paste ANY image into the Surecutsalot program and then cut it out on your Cricut.  Seriously!  Any image!  

A friend of mine has been telling me about this program for awhile now but I thought it sounded too good to be true.  It took me a couple months of research and reading different reviews to finally take her word for it and make the plunge.  I know....I'm slow sometimes.  But that's ok.  It took me 10 years to finally convince this same friend to shop at Aldi's and I can't get her to use a coupon to save her life.  ;)  We are all a little slow sometimes. here is the rundown.  First, go to Cricut and download the latest firmware for your Cricut.  Right now it's free so get on it.  Second, go to Craft Edge and download the version of Surecutsalot you need. I downloaded to my laptop so I can take it with me.  Third, don't forget to look around for a coupon.  I was able to get 10% off so it only cost $53.  It downloads right to your computer and you are ready to cut!

I looked around for a label I liked to put on my canisters.  I copied and pasted it right into the program.    

screenprint from my laptop
After finding the label shape I wanted I typed in the word.  Don't worry about the color cause it's just going to cut it out on whatever paper you have.  

I chose black vinyl.  I cut out the labels and attached them to each of my jars in a matter of minutes!  Fun easy project.  Can't wait to do more.

I highly recommend this program.  The main thing I want it for is the fonts.  I hated having to buy a different cartridge for each font.

Disclaimer:  This is just a basic label.  It is not copyrighted.  But if you are going to use a copyrighted image please proceed at your own risk.  I for one would NEVER use something that is copyrighted...much less sell it.  

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Good Target Day

My total bill from Target was $14.92.  I don't have a picture of my receipt so you will just have to take my word for it.  BUT....if you take off the protein bars and the 3 dollar spot items I bought it brings my bill down to $5.26!  That's right...$5.26 for all this:

  • 2 packages Scot Brite sponges (4 sponges)
  • 2 jars of Miracle Whip
  • 2 jars of Newman's spaghetti sauce
  • 4 boxes of Excederin
  • 1 box of Ibuprofen 
  • 1 bottle of Tide Stain Release
  • 2 Clorox wipes
  • 1 package of yogurt
Not a bad Target run.  Haven't couponed a lot lately cause I really haven't needed anything.  There hasn't been a good group of deals lately that made it worth the drive but this week I had to go for some other things I decided to get my coupons organized and get a couple of things.  

Saturday, March 5, 2011

St. Patty's Day Cards and Twine

Happy Weekend!!  Cold, dreary and rainy today.  Perfect for a little crafting I think.  I found some super cute tags and I'm itching to get started on them.  I'll be posting this week.  

I had a special order for St. Patty's Cards this week and since I don't have any shamrock stamps I had to improvise a bit.  I searched around on Slipcoaststampers and found this idea using green paper.  I corner rounded the edges to create the flower and used a white button in the middle.  

I didn't have the green and white baker's twine or even green ribbon though.  After calling around I discovered I wasn't going to be able to drive and find it either.  Apparently it's a 'seasonal' item.  Go figure.  I could have gone to get the green ribbon but by this time my heart was set on the green baker's twine.  

I finally found exactly what I was looking for at The Twinery.  They have sampler packs so you check out all their colors before you purchase a large roll.  Look how cute these are?  Who knew I would be so into string!  

The upside to all this....other than finding cute I didn't have to drive anywhere and purchase it.  This is a good thing in my house cause if I have to drive further than 5 miles I have to hear about it from the The Hunter.  This way I make him happy.   I get the high from purchasing this online.  I get the high from it arriving in the mail.  I get the high from actually using it on the card and my friend gets cute cards.  Win win win for everybody involved.