Thursday, May 31, 2012


I need some feed back on this project.  I need to know if this would be something that would sell at a bazaar?  Should I spend the time to make more?  The over all size is 30" tall by 24" at the widest spot.   I know you will be honest with me.  Sometimes I just need someone elses opinion.  Would you do it in different colors?  If so, what colors?  Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.

This is the inspiration I found on  Pinterest.  I would LOVE to give credit to the person who made this but unfortunately the link was a dead end to an  I phone.
I even spent some time searching around the web looking for a good link which may have led to my being sidetracked for about 30 minutes.  Do you ever do that?  It happens to me all the time.

Sunday, May 27, 2012


After scanning through my old posts I found it interesting the number of times that particular posts have had page views of.  When you go to your dashboard and click on posts it tells you the number of comments for each post plus it tells you how many times each post has been viewed.  Wow, there are LOTS of people that read my blog that I don't even know about.  So few people leave comments that I thought I was posting all for nothing.

Here are the ten top most viewed posts for the last year and a half:

#10 (these first two were tied for tenth place)










This has been my highest viewed post and it happened to be about a project that I did that
just didn't quite turn out like I had planned.  Making black and white pumpkins wasn't one of my most clever creations.  I instead used some autumn paper napkins and decopouged them on the white pumpkins.  I was much happier with the fall-looking pumpkins.

Now I won't get so discouraged when I don't get many comments on my posts.  Some get lots and lots of views so at least I know a few people are stopping by to visit.

Friday, May 25, 2012


I have a project I am doing for the Fourth of July for my entryway but I thought I would share part of it now.  I found these flags at Michael's for only .50 each.  They are quite new and white looking however I wanted the ones that are a little more aged.  I thought about buying some tea and staining them but then remembered something I had at home.

Here is the new flag as it came from the store.

I bought this walnut ink awhile ago and just put it away and kind of forgot about it.  It worked great for this project.  I just spritzed it lightly over the entire flag and achieved the look I was going for.

Here it is after spraying it.

 Here is a side by side comparison.

And here they are in the glass cylinders I am going to display them in.
Another hint I have about this project is to buy the glass cylinders at the Dollar Store.  I priced them at both Michael's and Jo Ann's.  They were $3.99 and $4.99 respectively.   They measure 7" tall by 3" across.  The flags are about 25" tall.   Total price for this project: $9 ($6 for the flags and $3 for the vases).

I hope to get the whole project completed soon so I will be back for the final photo's.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


You know sometimes you just have to get together with friends and have a little girl time and that is exactly what I did last night.  For me personally, crafting is a passion and if I can talk people into sharing my passion with me, well all the better.  New friends, old friends and even a couple of girls I have seen grow up right before my eyes came to my house to make their own  "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" signs.

Debbie is busy cutting the paper for her sign.  Love her!

Carolyn was so enthusiastic that she decided to make two signs. Love her!
(She had to leave early before hers was finished but she will be back tomorrow to finish them.)

 Jonna (she was born the day after my oldest son, her mom and I were in the hospital at the same time) is getting a jump start on a couple of Christmas gifts for her daughters.  Love her!

Ami, (I used to babysit her when I was a teen and she is now a grandmother, that makes me feel pretty ancient) was the first to complete her project.  What an awesome crafter she is, you just point her in the right direction and she takes off.  Love her!

Kathy is one of my newest friends, she is such a hoot.  Love her!

Carol (Love her too!) and Debbie with their finished signs.
(The pictures of Carol working on her project all turned out blurry)

Kathy was pleased as punch with her finished project.

Ta Ta For Now!
Until next time...

Monday, May 21, 2012


I found this recipe on Pinterest and thought it sounded pretty good.
I made it and boy has it made my top list of pasta salads.

This is a great recipe to make on a hot summer day when you don't feel like heating the house up.  It is full of protein and enough other ingredients to make it a main dish.  The only thing I changed about it was I cooked up turkey bacon instead of real bacon and I used turkey breast instead of chicken breast.

Ingredients:1lb medium pasta shells
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked and shredded or diced)
½ cup tomatoes (seeded and diced)
½ cup green onions (sliced)
1 (8 ounce) block mozzarella cheese (diced)
1lb bacon (cooked until crispy and crumbled)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup ranch salad dressing
salt and pepper (to taste
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and rinse off with cold water until the pasta has cooled.
Step 2: In a large mixing bowl stir together mayonnaise and ranch dressing. Add tomatoes, green onion, chicken, and bacon. Stir to combine. Add the pasta and toss to coat. Stir in the cheese, Season with salt and pepper.
(Makes 6 Servings)

Thursday, May 17, 2012


As you may or may not know about me I rarely have an original idea.  I am usually inspired by something someone else has done and then try and replicate it using my own touch.  This project was no different. 
I happened to have an 8x10 black frame I wasn't using and just looked through my ever expanding scrap book paper supply for a simple paper to print the saying on.  As you can see by the original idea (below) I changed the font and added a ribbon to the top.  I really like the simplicity of this project.

This was the inspiration print that I found on ETSY. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Now that I have officially over 1600 things pinned on Pinterest I thought I should take a break and actually make something.  Ha!

I have a pin board called flowers where I have pinned many different flower tutorials with great plans to make some of them.  This particular one caught my eye and I just knew I had to make one or two.  I made a quick trip to JoAnn's for some fabric to add to some that  already had.

The first flower I made (the one on the hat above in the center) was made from some fabric I already had on hand
I thought the black, gray and yellow fabric that I found at JoAnn's would make pretty flowers.

You could put them on a hat or a purse.  Purse is shown below.

This is the inspiration flower I pinned came from Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  Go to her blog (click on the red chicken below) for a really great tutorial on exactly how this is made.

So what have you been making lately from Pinterest?  I would love to see what everyone else is doing.

I am linking up with the Strut Your Stuff Linky Party.  Click on icon to go browse what others have submitted.

Friday, May 4, 2012


I came across a very cute idea to put the lyrics of a song onto a board (I used an 8"x24"canvas) on ... guessed it, Pinterest.


Below is the inspiration piece.