Friday, December 31, 2010

Changes they are a comin'. . .

Happy New Year everyone! This past year has really flown by. My wish for all of my blogging friends is that in 2011 all your troubles be as short lived as your New Year's resolutions!!

2011 will bring many changes for me. Hubby and I plan on starting a kitchen renovation that may very well take us into 2012!! We are not doing any structural changes, just cosmetic ones mostly, but we are on a very tight budget and will have to do things a little at a time as money allows. I am very excited to get started and very excited to see the finished product as well. We are going for a french country sort of look in a tan, cream and red color scheme with black accents. I am really into roosters right now so I will be incorporating some of those in my redo as well. I've found lots of inspiration and ideas among my blogging friends and can't wait to share this journey with y'all! I find that my decorating tastes are changing somewhat and I am embracing it and just going for it! I really like the country look wih an emphasis on some primitive touches. I'm finding myself not drawn to the rustic primitive look as much as I thought I was last year. I am now discovering that I like a more simplified, country, cozy look. I don't know if that makes any sense or not! I just feel like your home should be a reflection of what makes you happy, not what is "in" right now. So with that in mind, I am just going to go for it and we will see what happens.

I hope to become more involved in blogging in 2011 as well. Sometimes I don't feel as talented as some of you wonderful crafters out there and I get down on myself so I don't share a lot of the things I create. In 2011, that will change. I figure I am blogging for myself anyways, so if no one else likes what I share, it really shouldn't matter, right???

I also plan to share more recipes as I really enjoy reading a lot of cooking blogs and getting some really great ideas for new dishes to try out. I have found a newly discovered love of cooking during the past couple of years and I want to expand on that.

Well, that's it for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful evening and a marvelous New Year!

Until next time. . .

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry CHRISTmas!!

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

Until next time. . .

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Made for Monday ~ Dishtowel Angels

My hubby and I were dining at Cracker Barrel a couple of weekends ago, and if you've ever been to one of their restaurants, you know they have an awesome country store attached to the restaurant. We always have to have a look around after we finish our wonderful meal and that day was no exception! I came across an angel made from a pot holder, a dish towel and a dish cloth that I just fell in love with. But at almost $18 for it, I had to pass it up. Too pricey for my budget! But hubby saw the wheels turning in my pea sized brain, and before I could speak, he says, "You could make that!" Does this man know me, or what?? LOL!! So on the way home, we made a stop by the Dollar Tree and I came home with $3 worth of supplies and I set to work. Here's my version of a Dishtowel Angel:

This literally took me all of five minutes to put together! I love it! Here's a how to so that you can make some yourself!

Supplies: one dish towel, one dish cloth, one potholder, some coordinating colored ribbon, embellishment of your choice.

Fist, take your potholder and fold it accordion style. Tie it in the middle with some ribbon.

Then cut a longer piece of ribbon and thread it under the ribbon you tied your potholder together with. This will be used to attach the potholder (angel's wings) to the angel's body.

Next, fold your towel accordion style and your dish cloth accordion style. It should look like this:

Next, take your towel and fold it in half length wise. The rounded part will be your angel's head and the bottom part, which will flare out when we are done, will be her skirt. Take your dish cloth and fold it over the rounded part of your towel as shown below:

Then take your potholder and position it behind the rounded part of your towel/cloth leaving enough of the rounded part to look like a head. Tie the potholder to the towel/cloth using the ribbon you threaded through the potholder. Trim excess ribbon as needed. It should look something like this:

Next, take smaller pieces of ribbon and tie off each "arm" of the dish cloth and also tie off the towel near the bottom. Flare out the skirt area below where your tie. Finish your angel by adding a bell, flower, or whatever to the tie around her neck. Here's my finished angel:

And a couple more I made. I found little flower buds in the ribbon aisle at Wal Mart which I just glued onto the ribbon around her neck. I also used a rusty bell on a couple of them for a more primitive look. I just tied these to the ribbon with some thread. I love these and what cute and inexpensive last minute Christmas gifts these would make for neighbors or co workers! To use them, all you have to do is untie the bows! Voila ~ a dish towel, dish cloth, and a pot holder! The color possibilities are endless! So, don't spend $18 on them at Cracker Barrel, just make them yourself!

I am linking up with these parties. Be sure to check out all the great ideas out there!

Until next time. . .

And the winners are. . .

Good Sunday morning! I have reached over 300 followers! Yay! You guys are awesome! So I am awarding two prizes in my giveaway! The first winner will receive the $25 Hobby Lobby gift card and the second winner will receive a $15 Hobby Lobby gift card. I had 45 qualified entries for this giveaway and I used to draw the winners.

So, my winners are:

First place goes to #24 which is ***Leslie Lemke***!!

Second place goes to #19 which is ***Gwendolyn Kay***!!

Congrats ladies and if you will send me your mailing addresses via e-mail, I will get your gift cards right out to you!

Thank you to all who entered. I appreciate each of you and wish I could give you all something. I plan to do another giveaway right after the first of the year, so if you didn't win this one, stay tuned!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Until next time. . .

Friday, December 10, 2010

I Won a Giveaway and Almost 300 Followers!

Happy Friday everyone! Boy, has it been a long week for me! This time of year just seems to get me down sometimes. Not really sure why. My life is great. I have a wonderful husband, an awesome son, a nice warm home and a job, that although gets on my last nerve sometimes, is a job none the less and one I'm grateful to have when there are so many among us who don't have one. So why do I seem to get the blues so bad??? Does anyone else feel this way?

I logged on to blogger this morning to "catch up" on some of my favorite blogs and discovered that I am the lucky winner of the Christmas stitchery pillow on the By Your Hands blog! Click here to visit this wonderful blog. That did a lot to help with the blues right now, let me tell ya! Here's a pic of my wonderful pillow:

Isn't it gorgeous?? I cannot wait to get it!

I also discovered that I am now at 299 followers! How awesome is that??!! I never thought when I started blogging that anybody would be interested in my crafts, recipes, or just general rambling so I am honored and awed that almost 300 of you are! In light of this accomplishment, if I reach 300 followers before the end of my giveaway (which is on Sunday), I will add a second winner! So stayed tuned for that cause I ain't telling what the second winner will get just yet.

The hubby and I had a little "date" night tonight. My son had a Christmas dance at school this evening so we took advantage of the opportunity to spend some quality time together. We had a nice dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant then went to a small drive thru Christmas light display set up at a local park. I took some pics but haven't gotten them down loaded to my computer yet. I'll share them as soon as I do. Tomorrow, he and I are taking off on a day trip to the Great Smoky Mountains to finish up our Christmas shopping. It's about a two and a half hour drive from where we live. I am really looking forward to getting away for a day with my sweetie. We are staying until dark so that we can see all the fabulous Christmas lights down there. I'll be sure to pack my camera and take lots of pictures to share with y'all.

Well, that's about it for now. I've got a great last minute Christmas gift craft to share with y'all that's great for a neighbor, coworker, or anyone that you need to whip up a quick gift for. It's so cute and it only takes about five minutes to make! My kind of craft! So be watching for that coming up in the next couple of days.

I almost forgot something. My Mom is having a total knee replacement done on Monday and I would like to ask those of you who pray, to please remember her in your prayers. She lives in Arkansas and it's killing me that I cannot be there with her for this. She is a bad diabetic and has some other health problems and I am worried out of my mind about her. My brother lives with her and he will be there to help take care of her but I wish I lived closer so that I could be there too. This is part of the reason for my blues this week I think. I just want this to be behind us. She will be in the hospital for about five days if she does well and then will have some rehab to do after that. So any and all prayers on her behalf are greatly appreceiated!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Until next time. . .

Sunday, December 5, 2010

It's Giveaway Time!!

Good Sunday morning! I was looking thru some of my older posts earlier and realized that December 3rd was my one year blogaversary!! Wow! I knew I was getting close to the one year mark, but didn't realize that it had already passed. I have really enjoyed this past year of blogging. I've "met" some truly awesome people and have learned so much about crafting and life in general! I hope and plan to continue blogging for many years to come.

I love the store Hobby Lobby. We don't have one in the town where I currently live. We did have one in the previous town I lived in and I really loved going there and getting lots of wonderful creative ideas. You know the old saying, you don't know what you have until it's gone? Well, that's my feelings on Hobby Lobby! I didn't appreciate having the store in my back yard until I moved! I was talking about missing it the other day and my hubby asked me if I had checked on line to see where the nearest store was located. Talk about a "duh" moment! So I jumped on line and lo and behold, there is a store located about an hour from us! I was so excited. So yesterday morning, we got up bright and early and headed out. It was heaven!!! We spent about two hours in that store just looking at everything! I came out of there almost a hundred dollars poorer! Hubby said it was probably a good thing that it is an hour away from us! But rest assured, I will be going back quite frequently. Only he doesn't know that yet!

While there, I was thinking of what I could buy or make for my giveaway. I was wanting to do a Christmas giveaway but then when I realized my one year blogaversary had just passed, I thought it would be better to do a giveaway for that. So I guess it's kind of a two in one givewaway. I couldn't decide what to buy or make, so as we were checking out, I saw the gift cards and a light bulb moment came to me! Why not just give a gift card?? That way the lucky winner could chose what they want! So that is what I am offering. A $25 gift card to Hobby Lobby!

Here are the rules:

1. You MUST be a follower of my blog. New followers are always welcome!

2. This giveaway is open to everyone, no matter what corner of this big ole Earth you call home. After all, it doesn't require a lot of postage to mail a gift card! All you have to do is comment on this post ONLY that you would like to be entered. Comments left on other posts will not be counted.

3. If you have a blog and list this on your side bar, I will give you an extra entry. You must let me know in your comment on this post if you do this step. And I will be checking to see if it is listed on your side bar before I give you a second entry. I feel like that is only fair to the ones who actually do take the time to list it on their blogs. If you don't have a blog, you can still enter, but you must leave me an e-mail addy so that I can contact you if you are the winner.

4. I will use to draw a winner on Sunday, December 12, 2010. That way the winner will be able to get their gift card in time to use for Christmas if they wish!

That's it! Pretty simple, huh? Good luck to everyone!

It started snowing here yesterday afternoon, and we awoke to about 10 inches this morning! Hubby is out on his tractor "playing" in the snow! He's so cute! Just like a little kid. I'm staying warm and cozy in my fuzzy p.j.'s, doing some laundry, working on some crafts and baking some Christmas cookies later on today.

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hot Apple Crisp

I was craving something sweet the other night (what else is new??!!) and didn't have anything made or ready to eat in the house. So I decided to scour the cabinets to see if I could find something to tame the beast otherwise known as my insatiable sweet tooth! The only thing I had on hand even remotely sweet was a can of apple pie filling. So I grabbed a favorite old church cookbook (aren't those the best??) and got to looking! Here's what I found:

Apple Crisp

1 can apple pie filling
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 stick margarine

Grease 9 X 9 baking dish. Mix sugar, flour, and egg to resemble crumbled texture. Pour pie filling into dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Crumble sugar, flour, and egg mixture over the top. Dot the top with the margarine. Bake at 400 degrees until brown (about 30 minutes or so).

Here it is, fresh from the oven:

Well, needless to say, I just couldn't wait for it to cool. So I scooped me some out and got ready to chow down!

The only bad thing about this apple crisp was the fact that I didn't have any vanilla bean ice cream to top it off with. Next time I will definitely be getting some of that! But it must of been o.k. even without the ice cream, because my 17 year old came back for seconds and he usually doesn't eat sweet treats! Hubby enjoyed it too, but he said next time he would rather have peach. That sounds good to me too!

I have been blog browsing a lot lately and I am so impressed and amazed at how beautifully decorated every one's homes are for Christmas! Sometimes I think I'm silly for posting some of the things that I create when I look at all the wonderful things everyone else creates. Now I know it's not a contest or anything like that and hubby loves the way I decorate our home, but I sometimes think I shouldn't even bother, that I have no talent compared to so many of you. Does anyone else ever think things like that or is it just me??

Well, I've got to get off here. I have a million things to do around the house this evening and some crafting I need to finish up for a swap I'm participating in over on the Prim Pals Forum. You know, when you work full time outside the home, there's never enough hours in the day to get the things you want and need to do, done. Add that to the fact that my Vitamin D levels are currently in the toilet, and you can imagine why I have absolutely no energy these days! Oh well, I guess I'll just keep plugging along! I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday tomorrow!

Until next time. . .

Monday, November 29, 2010

My Christmas trees

Yep, I said trees. As in plural. But, I only really have one Christmas tree. The other is a small primitive paper tree I made this weekend. I'll show you some pics of both of them.

Here's my small prim paper tree:

Isn't that cute??? I purchased a small cone shaped styrofoam base and used some brown packaging paper and a few pieces of cream colored paper that I cut into strips to make my "branches". I rolled them around a pencil to make them curl up on the ends. I then glued them on randomly all over my styrofoam base and then added some rusty bells and a rusty star on top as my decorations. A perfect tiny "tree" for my kitchen counter! Easy peasy! And the possiblities for this one are endless! Imagine tiny candy canes made from pipe cleaners or some teeny tiny salt dough ornies would be cute as well for decorations. Ooo, maybe some tiny little homespun bows. O.k., I'll stop now! But you get the idea!!

Now, here's my "real" Christmas tree. I am not extremely pleased with how it turned out. I think I should have added a few more strands of lights. I made the lights blink instead of burn solid and I couldn't get a good picture with the lights on because of this. I made about ninety percent of my ornaments this year. I made some dried orange slices and I really like how they turned out. When they are backlit by the blinking lights, they almost look like stained glass! I will definitely be making more of these next year!

I also did some cinnamon salt dough ornies. I did trees, gingerbread men, and stars. These turned out pretty good as well!

I had some plain jane red ball ornaments that I must have bought at an after Christmas sale in years past, because when I "discovered" them in my storage closet, I had no idea where they came from! I figured what the heck, and decided to cover them with strips of homespun fabric. They turned out pretty good, I must say! Looks almost like a rag ball, don't ya think??

I love a draped garland on a tree but couldn't find anything to buy that I liked. So I again used homespun fabric that I cut down into stips and hot glued the strips together to make a "chain" garland. I am tickled with it! Here's a pic that shows a little bit of it:

Finally, here's a picture of the entire tree. I tried to get one with it lit, but every one I took turned out blurry. So ya just have to see it not lit. I have a bow as a topper in this picture but have since changed it out for a wire angel that I bought at Big Lots. She was a glittery gold but a little bit of burgundy spray paint fixed her right up. I don't have a picture of her but will try to get one downloaded soon. I like her, but I really wanted a prim star topper so I can't say that I am one hundred percent satisified. I used two yards of a burgundy check homespun as my tree skirt. Just gathered it up around the base of the tree, and voila, instant tree skirt! Hey, don't laugh, it's supposed to be simple and primitive!!

Well, that's it for now. I hope everyone has a wonderful week! I'm off to make cookies since I've got a killer sweet tooth right now and nothing in the house to satisfy it!!

Until next time. . .

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!! myspace graphic comments

May your turkey be moist,
And your gravy lump free.
May your troubles be gone,
And your heart be happy!!

Until next time. . .

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Homemade Christmas Ornies

Happy Wednesday!! I am super excited because my Mom and brothers will be here tomorrow to celebrate an early Thanksgiving with us! They will be staying until Sunday. In anticipation of their arrival, I put my Christmas tree up this past Sunday. I usually don't put it up until the weekend after Thanksgiving but wanted it up for their visit. With the economy the way it is and money being tight this year, I made about 90% of the ornaments on my tree this year. I'm gonna share a few of them with y'all today. Please be gentle with me, this is the first time I've attempted homemade ornies!

The first one is my take on a homespun primitive candy cane. I purchased these candy canes from the Dollar Tree. They came six to a package.

Cute, but not very prim. So I decided to take some of the left over homespun strips that I used on my wreath I showed y'all on Monday and tie them onto the candy cane. I hot glued a strip to each end so that none of them would fall off. Then I took scissors and gave them a hair cut. I cut off all the excess fabric which left it looking like a fuzzy candy cane.

Ah, so much better don't ya think?

I also made some cinnamon stick Christmas trees. I took a cinnamon stick that was about six inches long and cut three graduated sizes of homespun strips (are you sensing a theme here??). I pleated each strip like an accordion and secured with a bit of brown floral wire. Then I hot glued these onto the cinnamon stick. I covered the wire with a rusty jingle bell. Then I hot glued a rusty star to the top. Voila, a perfectly prim Christmas tree ornie!

I also made a love knot ornie out of rope, some pip berries, a rusty star and a strip of homespun (of course!). They turned out really cute!

I also made some cinnamon salt dough ornies. I dipped some of them into wax and some I left plain. I think I like the plain ones better. To me they just look more prim. A first for me this year was dried orange slices. I love how these look on the tree, especially when they are back lit by the twinkling Christmas lights! I will post some pics of my tree later in the week so y'all can see how these ornies turned out.

I'm linking up to these parties this week:

Well, gotta run for now. I've got pumpkin rolls to make and laundry to fold. Hope y'all have a great day and thanks for checking in with me today!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Lemon Snowflake Cookies

Here's a quick and yummy recipe for cookies that would be a great alternative to the traditional cookies many make for Christmas cookie exchanges. I like this recipe because it only has four ingredients! Now, I will warn ya, it's VERY messy! But that just adds to the "yumminess" of this simple cookie.

Lemon Snowflake Cookies

1 box lemon cake mix (pudding in the mix kind works best)
1 egg
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
Powdered sugar

Combine cake mix, egg and Cool Whip in bowl. Beat with mixer until well blended. Dough will be VERY sticky. Put powdered sugar in smaller separate bowl. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful into powdered sugar. Roll to cover. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Do not flatten dough! The balls will flatten as they bake, leaving a "snowflake" design of powdered sugar on top of the cookies. Yield: 5 to 6 dozen cookies if ya make 'em small!

These are sooooo good!!! I'm not a big lemon fan, but even I like these. They are soft and chewy and the powdered sugar provides just the right amount of sweetness. They are delicious. I'm sure you could substitute any flavor of cake mix and they would be just as good. I can picture these used at baby showers or wedding showers as well. The possibilities are endless!

Well, that's gonna do it for me today. I hope everyone has a great day!

Until next time. . .

Monday, November 15, 2010

Made for Monday!

Hi all! Hope everyone has had a great Monday. Mine was good. Monday is usually my most hectic day during the work week, but today wasn't too bad. Thank goodness!

For today's Made for Monday, I am sharing a wreath I made out of a wire coat hanger. I'm sure most (if not all) of y'all have seen this done before, but I was tickled with the way it turned out so I thought I'd share my version with y'all.

The first thing I did was take a wire coat hanger and bend it into sort of a circle shape:

Then I took some homespun fabric and tore it into long strips which I then cut down to about 6 inch lengths:

Then I simply tied them onto my wire circle form:

I continued with tying the fabric strips on my wreath form until it was full. Then I took some cinnamon salt dough gingerbread men and hot glued them onto my wreath:

The last thing I did was to add a small strand of white lights and tied a pretty little bow out of ribbon and attached it to the top of my wreath. Here is my wreath all finished:

And here it is hanging on the wall, all lit up:

This was so simple and turned out really cute! I made one for a friend at work and added some rusty tin stars along with the gingerbread men to hers. She loved it! I'm sure I will be making a lot more of these. They would make perfect Christmas gifts for co-workers or neighbors.

I'm thinking of having another giveaway soon. I'm almost at 300 followers and that just tickles me to death! It hasn't been quite a year yet since I started blogging and even though I've let it fall by the wayside every now and then, I really enjoy doing it and I love having giveaways. I thinking of a Christmas giveaway and as soon as I decide what I'll be making to give away, I'll let y'all know. I want it to be the best one yet so I'll have to really think about what to make!

Well, that's it for me today. I'm tired and ready for bed! I hope everyone has a blessed Tuesday!

Until next time. . .

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Where have I been?????

Hi everyone! Is it just me or does time just seem to get away from everyone else at this time of the year too??? I didn't realize that it has been two weeks since I've posted!

My Mom and brothers are coming in this Thursday for an early Thanksgiving so I've been super busy trying to get ready for their visit. We are having our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday and then they will be going back home on Sunday. So I have a LOT of shopping and cooking to do in the next few days. Add to that all the house cleaning chores, working a full time job outside of the home, and trying to get my Christmas tree up and all my other decorations up in time for their visit, and you can understand why I've been absent for so long!

I am attempting to make most of the ornaments for my Christmas tree this year. I want a simple, primitive look and I am really excited to see how it's going to turn out. I will post some pics when I get it all done.

One of my best girlfriends and I enjoyed a "girl's day out" a couple of Saturdays ago. We went to a local Women's Expo which was nice but very crowded. Then we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Cracker Barrel and stopped by a few prim shops. I picked up some cute snowmen ornies, some wooden star ornies, and a cute little metal sign that I have hanging in my office at work to help me remember not to stress over the little things! Here's a pic:

Well, that's about it for today. I have an awesome cookie recipe I will be sharing with y'all this week. It's so simple and great for Christmas Cookie Exchanges. Also, I have a Christmas wreath I'll be sharing with y'all that I've made for a friend at work. It's made using a wire coat hanger and some scrap fabric. A nice, simple gift that's quick to make up and cute too! I'll also be sharing a couple of ornies I've made for my Christmas tree as well as some pics of the finished tree! I'm excited!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Don't forget to be thankful for all the little things!

Until next time. . .

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!!

Hope you have a hauntingly wonderful day!!

Until next time. . .

Friday, October 29, 2010

A "Monster" of a Good Day Today!

Happy Friday everyone!! We had dress up day at work today for Halloween. I didn't participate last year but decided at the last minute (like on Tuesday of this week) to give it a go this year. We also do a Spooky Snack Day with finger foods and I am always required to bring my Monster Cheeseball. I have shared this recipe with y'all in the past but I am going to post it again here so if you need a quick and tasty, not to mention way too cute, appetizer for this weekend, here ya go!!

Ranch Cheeseball

2 8 oz. packages cream cheese (I let mine soften on the counter for about 30 minutes before I make this. This makes the cheese easier to work with.)
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese (The amount is up to you. A little or a lot ~ both work just fine!)
1 package Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing mix

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. (I use my hands, it's much easier!)
Shape into a ball. Cover with shredded cheese, chopped dried beef, chives, or whatever you desire! Top with a cherry or green olive. Refrigerate. The longer this is refrigerated, the better the flavors meld. Serve with crackers.

To make my Monster, I made the basic recipe and then I spread whipped cream cheese all over it. I then took two Dorito chips and placed them on the sides for his ears. I used two small slices of a green pepper for his eye brows and two small triangles of red pepper for his eyes. I usually use green olives for his eyes, but I didn't have any so I improvised. For his nose, I used a pepperoncini and for his mouth I used another slice of the red pepper. For his hair, I used some of the shredded cheese that I mixed in to make my cheeseball. Shredded red cabbage or lettuce would work well for this too. Here's a pic of my monster friend:

I dressed as a Dalmatian puppy for work today. I took a white sweat suit and cut out different sizes of black felt "spots" and hot glued them all over the sweat suit. I used a regular plastic head band and made me some ears and hot glued them on. Then I painted my face with a black spotted eye, black puppy nose and mouth. I fixed my office up as a doghouse and I made peanut butter cookies which I cut out with a dog bone cookie cutter, striped them with some pale orange icing and topped with sprinkles. I individually wrapped each one and tied them up with orange curly ribbon and a dog bone tag that read: "Happy Halloween from Donna's Doghouse!" I put them in a real dog food bowl and handed them out to all the trick or treaters (co-workers) that stopped by my "doghouse". They were a big hit!

What made today even better was the fact that I won a $50 prize for the most creative costume! That was really exciting! All the employees got to vote for the most creative, ugliest costume, prettiest costume and best decorated department. It was a really fun day!

I'm super excited about tomorrow. A friend and I are going to have a "girl's day out". We are going to a Women's Expo and then to Cracker Barrel for lunch! I can't wait!! And now I have an extra $50 to spend. Woohoo!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a Happy Halloween!

Until next time. . .

Monday, October 25, 2010

Let It Snow!!

No, no, I promise I have not lost my mind! What little there is of it left, that is!! Hubby and I worked on more yard art over the weekend. If you remember, we did wooden pumpkin signs for the yard that were such a big hit this season. I've had several people ask me for a snowman as well, so we got to work! I drew out the pattern myself, hubby cut them out and I painted them. I am pleased with how he turned out:

We'll see how well these little guys do! They aren't the least bit "prim", but prim isn't in big demand in this neck of the woods, so I'm hoping these will be a big hit. I'll let y'all know how it goes.

I hope everyone has a great Monday! I'm off to work!

Until next time. . .

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I need some help!!

Good Sunday evening! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! Mine has been busy, but good. Got a lot of crafting and household stuff done! Yay!!

I need some help from y'all. I am trying to find some dried Sweet Annie to purchase and other than E-bay, I am having no luck finding any around here where I live. Since I don't do E-bay, I'm in a pickle!! Does anyone reading this sell Sweet Annie or know someone here in blogland who does, and if so, could you please direct me to them? Thanks in advance for all your help.

The hubby and I started on our wooden snowmen today. Our wooden lawn pumpkins were such a big hit, we decided to give a snowman a go! I have had several people where I work ask me about them so I bit the bullet and drew me out a pattern and off we went. I think they are going to turn out well. I will be sharing a pic of them with y'all later this week along with a couple of good recipes and some more crafts I've created over this weekend.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

Until next time. . .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tasty Tuesday ~ Gingersnap Dip!

Here's a quick and easy dip that would be great for an appetizer at your next family get together or for a fall bridal shower or baby shower.

Gingersnap Dip

1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together. Chill. Serve with gingersnap cookies and fresh apple slices.

That's it! Can't get much easier than that, right?

I hope everyone has a fantastic Tuesday!

Until next time. . .