Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Products, Projects, and an Easy Wired Ribbon Flower Tutorial

FEELING CRAFTYI was feeling a little crafty this week so here are a few of the things I made.

In all honesty I am not a huge fan of yellow but I have a grip of this left over from a church activity and couldn't bear to see it just sit there.  

Using about a yard wired ribbon, pull the wire all the way through until one side is it totally gathered. Bend the ends of the wires back and forth so it doesn't come undone. It won't show.

Cut out a round piece of felt. Using hot glue start gluing the gathered side of the ribbon to the felt going around and around the circle.

Keep going until all the felt is covered. In this example I ran out of ribbon. I just cut another piece, gathered it again and started gluing it down again.


I sewed a little pearl in the middle.

So cute on a cardigan with some jeans!

I have been wanting to make one of these tassels for awhile now.
I used the tutorial found HERE. I am loving it and it was way easy!

I finished up my NOEL banner for Christmas. You can still order the iron on lettering. Check out the post HERE. Scroll down until you see the Fall Banner too!

I am pretty excited about my new releases at TheDigiChick this week. I have been playing with my cricut more and decided to release some designs that are also saved as .svg files!

Each DigiCuts file includes the image saved as a .svg, .png., and a .bmp

The are all CU OK No credit and value priced!

All have been tested in SCAL

Check them out HERE!

Have a great night!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Texas Caviar for Sissies and the sweetest 3rd grader ever!

I didn't even cry once. You would have been so proud of me!

My baby boy on his first day of school.

Ryan and one of his best buddies Nicholas. Ryan was so excited that they were in the same class.

When I was at my Aunt and Uncles last weekend my cousin Tricia had made Texas Caviar...and it was really good!

I went home to find the recipe online but could only find recipes with jalapeƱos and tons of chopped onion. Not my favorites. Well, actually I ate jalapeƱos like they were jelly beans when I was pregnant, but that's a different story.

I found several versions of the recipe and sort of combined them into one that suited me!

It was perfect if you like it a little more mild and I thought I would share it with you.

5 Roma tomatoes chopped
2 avocados cut into chunks (maybe even three avacados if they are small)
2 cans summer crisp corn drained
2 cans black eyed beans drained
2 green onions diced into small piece
1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped into small pieces
6T olive oil
6T red wine vinegar
1/2t salt
1/2t pepper
1.5T ground cumin
1/2t garlic powder
1T  oregano

Mix the first 6 items in a large bowl
In a separate bowl combine the last 7 items
Mix the dressing in with the large bowl

It was a very good dish. You can serve it with corn chips but I think the next time I make it I will serve it over fish. Enjoy!

I received this very sweet t-shirt from Leda who is still trying to raise funds to being home her adopted daughter from China.

The shirt says "I helped bring Faith home." I cried when I got it. So sweet.

Please visit their blog and make a donation. They are just $3925 away from bringing Faith Home!

These were just released at my store at TheDigiChick

You can pick up Collage It here!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lying makes your lips curl, getting ready for school, and a REALLY cute wreath!

I feel so much better. I crafted this week, spent time with family, and we are pretty much ready for Ryan to start the third grade!

This past weekend I went to a BBQ on the Rohn side of our family. I don't see them very often as they live in a far away place called Scottsdale. I need to haul my cookies up there way more often though because we had a BLAST!

Traci told us about a conversation that she had with her friends about how funny it would be if every time a person lied their lip curled up and under. Of course we sat around telling each other lies until we looked like this!

My cousins Traci, Tami, Tricia and I.

Tricia's sons, Matt and MJ. Such sweet guys!

Lots of cousins!

Ryan has not been all that jazzed about school starting. Neither have I. I like having my kids home with me. We headed off to Meet the Teacher night...and that is where everything changed.

Ryan realized his favorite friend Nicholas was going to be in his class this year and now he cannot wait for school to start!

Mama and Ry heading into Meet the Teacher. 
This picture is a reminder to me to always wear face powder. Holy Freckles Bat Man.

Ryan and his new teacher Mrs. Smith. Darn blinds!

I have been going through lot of old pictures an attempt to sort the bajillions we have and I found this one:

I remember this day like it was yesterday. I was deliriously happy to be welcoming this baby.

I can't believe that almost eight years have almost passed and my sweet babe is starting the 3rd grade!

I love you Ry. I know you will be the best 3rd grader ever. You always make me so proud.

So I was window shopping at etsy the other day and found this:

I wanted it bad...real bad. But alas, the crafter wanted $75 bucks for that mutha.

I decided with a little searching through my own craft stash I could make my own.
I had everything but the yarn which I bought for about $4. Everything else was in my crafting stash.

Do you LOVE it?
I LOVE it!

Here are some shots of my process. Not a full tut but you know...a little something to get you started.

Basically wrap the wreath (straw would have been better) with bunting.

Then choose yarn to wrap it with. I choose the fun thick brown yarn and then went over it with strands of black yarn.

Take out your stash of felt. Then go online and google tutorials and templates for fabric and felt flowers. There are tons. Pick the ones you like and make them.

Make lots of felt leaves and stitch them in a variety of designs.

Arrange your flowers and attach with hot glue.

I love my new wreath and it was therapeutic to craft a little too!

I released this new template at TheDigiChick last week.

Head on over to TheDigiChick to pick it up.

Also, my retirement sale is still going on...dozens of soon to be retired products for just $1!

Check out this inexpensive and cute way to start the school year!

A quick and easy craft. Pick up a 12x12 tile from the Home Improvement store for about $1.

Order the vinyl decal here for just $8 and that includes your shipping!

Hope all is well with you and yours...have a great week!

MS - just an FYI. We know you come on the blog regularly.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Today Granny and Bammer are together again

Grandpa Bammer passed this afternoon.

We love you Grandpa. So excited for you to be with Granny again.
Give Courtney a big hug for me.
I know she was there to greet you with a smile.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A Bittersweet Week

This week was a bittersweet week. Lots of love and laughs and some tears too. Let me tell you about it.

On August 1st Mark and I celebrated our 12th anniversary! 

My mom made us a yummy dinner and Grandma and Aunt Jo came over to celebrate with us. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wresh

Mom and some very weird lighting.

Fixing dinner with Mom, Grandma, and Aunt Jo. 
She is making that face because she refuses to smile for pictures.
Sorry Jo - I can't photoshop a smile! :)

I love a table full of family!

Dinner was Grilled Teriyaki Chicken with cheese, chives, and tomatoes on top. We also had rice and salad with avocado...thanks mom!

Aunt Jo made this Lemon Angel Food Cake with Whipped Cream. 
She doesn't horse around folks. She even made the lemon filling from fresh lemons off of Grandma's tree. 
On the top she had tried to write "Happy 12th Anniversary" with red icing. It kind of melted and slid down the side of the cake. I totally tried to take a picture of it but she would not let me. I mean I really tried. We were actually wrestling in the kitchen. She might be small but she is feisty. I didn't get the picture. Drat.

Baby Margie thought that since we were having cake we should have candle too so she could "phew" out the candle! So she got a candle and she sang Happy Birthday to me! LOVE HER!

After dinner Margie gave me some snuggles...

...and Aunt Jo helped me hang up more pictures (she has a knack).

A dear friend of my sisters son passed away this last week. 

Mom, Margie, and I went to the services to represent Courtney. She would have been there for her. So went to show her all the love that Courtney would have. 

Her son was only 15. It is so very sad. I am glad that she is a woman of faith. I cannot imagine getting through the kind of sorrow I know she is going to face without our Savior.

After the services with Courtney's best friend Lis and her fiance Kevin (who is sooo darling!)

Margie and Elisabeth. Courtney loved Lissy so much that Margie's middle name is Elisabeth. 
Lissy was the most loyal friend that Courtney had her whole life...and continues to be...even after her death.
Love you so much Buff.

I cannot believe that Joel is a senior. What I cannot believe even more is that for the first time ever ever ever I did not get a picture of Joel before school on the first day of the year. I was distraught.

I did get this shot of him when he got home and came into my bedroom to tell me about his day. I told him to smile or "do something" so I could take a cute picture. He decided he was going to go for smoldering.

I have to post this picture of Joel's friend (who happens to be gorgeous) Sierra. She is doing a little modeling and this is one of the shots. I think she is just so adorable!

Cute, cute, cute!

Maybe by Halloween I will be done organizing this house. Maybe. 

I did organize this cute space in the loft with some of my crafting and scrapping supplies.

Loving it! Some of Mr. Wresh's discarded peg board and I have a mini-scrap store!

Lance was Courtney's boyfriend before she passed away. They met just before she left for Florida and talked everyday that she was there. He even flew down to Florida to see her. I remember Courtney being on the phone with Lance when we were there for Christmas. She would laugh and laugh. He sent her presents and love letters...and for treating her like a princess for the last year of her life...I will be forever grateful. 

We had Lance over for dinner this week. There were lots of tears while we remembered Courtney. He told me that Courtney told him one of the things she missed the most about Arizona was being near me. Hearing that was bliss. He had saved some of her voice messages and played them for me. Oh how I loved hearing her voice.
I miss my sister so much. I only learn how to be a better faker every day and to put on the smile on my face that everyone wants to see so that they don't have to feel uncomfortable. I am sick with grief. I miss our family so much...the way it used to be.

Lance and I after dinner and lots of tears.

Mom and Margie have been here visiting and it has been wonderful. I am so sad that their trip is being cut short. My grandfather "Bammer" is under hospice care and is not expected to live more than a few more days. Mom and Margie are returning to Florida early to be with our family down south. 

Here are some fun pictures from this last week.

Watching a movie with the kids

Such cutie pies all ready for church. When I saw Margies new church dress I whipped up a new bow to match it!

Playing on the fort in the backyard

All ready to head over to Great Grandma and Jo Jo's house for the day!

What do you mean you don't have a bow to match that outfit? Here...let Aunt Kimmy make you one right quick!

This is Margie's new favorite goofy face...and yes. I took her to Wal Mart in her bathing suit! We have been swimming a lot! 

Speaking of swimming...this little girl is such a fish! When she saw Joel go off the diving board she had to do it too! Then she did it over and over and over get the idea. 


All summer long I have been trying to get Matty to swim. When mom came down she said, "Oh, that's OK. I will teach him today when we go swimming." 

I was all, "Whatev moms..." 

And then she did teach him to swim. That same day.