Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Not Your Father's Root Beer Floats

 This is definitely Not Your Father's Root Beer...delicious with a little buzz afterwards!

 This summer I was introduced to a new icy cold beverage called Not Your Father's Root Beer, and I have to say it's so delicious and so very refreshing...especially on a warm day!!!
It does contain beer by the way...5.9%!
We have enjoyed this new beverage in Root Beer Floats.  Just scoop your favorite vanilla ice cream in a tall glass and pour this unique root beer, and enjoy!

There are other brands of these type of root beer, but this is the only we have tasted so far.  I think this would make a great dessert at a grown ups only get-together!!!
I hope you get a chance to try it!!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Crochet Edge Tags

First of all I would like to give credit for these fabulous tag ideas to Beca from Foxxy's Cottage.  I loved them so much that I made some for myself!!!
Thank you Beca!!!
This is my second set of crochet edge tags that I made a couple of weeks ago.  I used vintage greeting cards and some not so old, cut them to size and punched holes at the bottom for crochet edge.  The crochet patterns I simply made them up as I went along...sorry no written patterns.  It was a lot easier to crochet this time on heavy paper/cardstock...practice makes perfect!
Here are the three crochet edge tags I made for the first time!

On this particular tag after adding the crochet edge, I did not like how the holes looked (not too neat), so I covered them up with a piece of vintage ribbon.  For the strings, I simply crochet a long chain that was the right size for each tag.

These tags can actually be used for bookmarks, gift tags, or to use as a little quick note!

Cooking and Crafting with J&J ~ Julie's Lifestyle

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Thrifty Finds

Last Sunday I quickly stopped by my favorite thrift store, and headed straight to the crafts corner.  I came home a very happy camper!!!
I found a bundle of fabric for less than $4.  I liked the fabrics, but I actually picked it up because I loved the retro vintage pink flower one.  I might be working on some hexies soon!
~I apologized for the blurry photo~
I found a package with 8 strips of tumbling blocks ready to assemble quilt.  I imagine the quilter made extras or never got around to finishing it up.  It was less than $3.  I think it will make a great lap or crib quilt.

Of course, I just had to have these two tiny little china demi-tasses (I think that's what they are) for 79 cents each!  They have not one chip, but the gold trim around the brim is mostly faded.

The vintage glass jar was 49 cents, which included cobwebs and some dead little dried bugs inside it.  The seashells came in a little bag and they were also very cheap.  I stored most of them in the cleaned out glass jar, and added the extras to our glass cut bowl seashell collection! 

I also picked up a bag full of lace binding, ...
seam binding, and...
some never opened packages of bias seam tape, tiny rick rack, an extra piece of grosgrain ribbon, and a tag with wool thread and extra button!!!  I like to use these items in my altered art projects.
The grand total for my big purchases came to $10!!!

Pink Saturday ~ How Sweet the Sound

Friday, October 9, 2015

Birthday Parties and Minion Cookies

My niece Kristin made the cutest and most delicious Minion cookies, for her son's 2nd. birthday!!!  They were made the "semi-homemade way".  Sugar cookie dough from the store, and she mixed the icing with food coloring to design Minions...a la Sandra Lee!
Minions are very popular with children now a days!!!
Thank you God for the young ones to keep me up with the times!!!
It was so much fun spending time with the children and watching them play and interact with each other.
Happy Birthday Milo!!!
Don't they look so stinking cute with their Minion glasses on, but Milo wasn't having none of that!!! they have energy...I was so exhausted when I got home!!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Baby MN Onesie

A super cute MN onesie for this ...
Cutie Pie in AZ!!!
Julian, my sister's first grandson!

Onesie from Scout Vintage Collective

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tiny Crochet Pumpkins

I love pumpkins!!!
I don't know why, but I just do!!!
These cute pumpkins are so easy and a cinch to make.
I needed a couple of little embellishments and appliques to add to Pocket Letters and other fallish decor.  When I found this easy pumpkin crochet pattern here, I knew I had to give it a try.
I turned one into a little magnet.  I simply glued the pumpkin to a silk autumn leaf and added a small magnet to the back of it.
Here are some pumpkin altered paper clips.  I was just thinking these pumpkins can be turned into jack-o-lanterns as well.
 I have to thank Deb from Garage Sale Gal for encouraging me to make the crochet pumpkins.  Here's a little thank you gift for Deb.
Thank you Deb!!!
And they're absolutely perfect to add a little touch of fall to any package being mailed out during this fabulous season!!!

Share Your Cup Thursday ~ Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Sundays Down Under ~ Natasha in Oz

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shabby Vintage Pocket Letter

 First of all I apologize for the glare and bad lighting on these two pictures :-(

I made this Pocket Letter for Mikki, and included it in her tea cup exchange package.  She had stated that she enjoys making PLs, and this was a great excuse for me to make her one.
I'm not very good at creating shabby, but I gave it a go!
 This is the back of Mikki's PL.  I crochet the pink hearts and embellished a paper clip for her.  I also crochet the flower in the front pocket, the tiny crochet butterfly so that she can use anyway she wants, and I also added the small crochet bow paper clip holding my letter to her.
Mikki says she loved it, and she will be sending me one!
I can't wait to see what she creates!
To learn more about Pocket Letters you may go to Janette Lane's Pocket Letter
Roses of Inspiration ~ The Enchanting Rose

Monday, October 5, 2015

Maple Leaf Garland

When I saw Making Home Base's fall garland, I was inspired to make one myself...but with some tweaking!
I had a few Dollar Store's fall leaves on hand, and did not want to make a special trip to get more.  So this is where the "tweaking" comes in...
I also had some coffee stained book pages I had made, but never used.  I found a Maple Leaf template on Pinterest.  I cut out several leaves using the coffee stained book pages.  Stapled the leaves to a string of jutte, and covered the stapled stem with clear adhesive tape.
And last but not least...
to cover the stapled taped stems, I glued the Dollar Store's fall leaves to each!

Roses of Inspiration ~ The Enchanting Rose
Tweak it Tuesday ~ Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday ~ Kathe with an E

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pink Hat Scarecrow Lady

~continuing from Bachman's Fall Idea House post~
 Jan and I are at the Bachman's Fall Idea House backyard posing with this very attractive Pink Hat Lady!
The backyard is beautifully landscaped for fall!
The fireplace is absolutely stunning!
Jan and I fell in love with this garden shed turned into a cozy woman's getaway refuge!
The room was very rustic, but it was so romantically decorated.  I loved the hanging button strings, and Jan loved the little pink vase jars filled with flowers.  The floor was covered in gravel and had a nice outdoor rug in the center with an iron garden table on top of it.

This is the daybed at one end of the room covered with huge pillows and quilts, and soft little lights hanging from the ceiling wrapped in tulle.  We could have stayed there all afternoon drinking tea (since it was cool and rainy day).

  I say it's a woman's refuge because it has lots of pink and so very cozy!!!
Pink Saturday How Sweet the Sound

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tea Cup from Karren

Yesterday morning I woke up to super HAPPY MAIL and it absolutely made my day!!!

Karren from Oh My Heartsie Girl sent me the most beautiful tea cup!  I think it is so dainty and I love the beautiful blue, rose and white flowers.  It makes me feel very feminine drinking my tea from it.
Karren and I participated in Stephanie's 7th. Tea Cup Exchange Swap at The Enchanting Rose.  Karren was my "Swap Partner to send me" a tea cup.
She not only send me a tea cup, but tons of beautifully wrapped goodies all tied up in ribbon and tulle!!!
This is silly, but I get all excited about nicely wrapped gifts :-)
I honestly felt like it was Christmas morning!!!
She included this beautiful dainty doily/coaster, and these gorgeous handmade hat pins!!!
You can't have a tea cup without tea and biscuits!!!
I hid the shortbread from Hubby.  He can devour it in seconds...I promise I will share with him though.
I have already used the tube of shower gel, and I have to say that I smell really good!!!
 Karren also included this very pretty crochet rose flower!
I swear she was way too generous!!!  I'm saving the Marion Blackberry preserves and Maple Syrup for this coming Sunday.  I am going to make a very special breakfast!
I placed the candle in our bedroom and it smells heavenly!
Isn't the card just pretty!  I want a pair of shoes just like those...and I just think the pinkt cover on the jar of preserves is just so adorable.
Last by not least, I found this adorable little notebook/journal!  It's like she read my mind...I so needed one!

I just want you to know that I have been so blessed in having you as my swap partner.  I appreciate you taking the time in selecting my pretty tea cup and all of  the beautiful and thoughtful gifts for me! You have really been way too generous and kind.
You have made me realized that I don't pamper myself often enough.  You reminded me that I'm a woman that loves pretty feminine things. 
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart,

~Thank you Stephanie for hosting such a fun and beautiful swap!~

You can go here to see what I sent Mikki.

Friday Features Linky Party ~ Oh My Heartsie Girl
Tea Cup & Mug Exchange Reveal ~ The Enchanting Rose

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Welcome October & Turkeys

Free Fall Printable from At the Picket Fence
Last Friday, as my Hubby was ready to leave for his morning run, he spotted this wild turkey family in our next door neighbor's home...almost practically between our homes.  I thought this was so neat!  To me this is a sure sign of fall!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Simple Chalkboard Project

 I had been admiring several super cute DIY chalkboards out there in blogland, and had been wanting to make one myself. 
 Well, the opportunity presented itself when I was at Target ready to spend my $5 gift card I had won at a game playing miniature golf.
 I found this little bottle of chalkboard paint and box of chalk at Target's Dollar Spot for a $1 each.  Oh...and the wire pumpkin was also a $1 at the Spot
My next task was to find a piece of flat surface to start creating my chalkboard.  I went through our 2 barrels of scrap lumber, and I couldn't believe I couldn't find anything!!!  So I kept searching our basement, and came upon a set of 4 old metal trays, and Bingo...perfect!!!  I washed the tray and dried it; and then started painting it with the chalkboard paint and let it dry overnight.
It was enough paint and there's still some left in the bottle.
 The following day I checked my work and I was so happy with the result!  
I drew a very simple pumpkin and phrase...I'm not very artistic when it comes to drawing.  For a little bit of color I made a magnet out of a silk fall leaf and a tiny crochet pumpkin.
I think it looks so cute right here with the morning sunshine coming through the window...feels so fallish!
Three more trays to go...yeah!!!

Just a little funny story about the wire mesh pumpkin that I paid a $1 for.  That same afternoon I had purchased my pumpkin at Target, my sister-in-law and I popped in to this little antique store in Rosemount.  The store had several of these same pumpkins throughout the store selling them for $6 each!!!  I couldn't believe it!!!  They were exactly the same as mine...unbelievable!!!

Roses of Inspiration ~ The Enchanting Rose
Tweak it Tuesday ~ Cozy Little House
Sundays Down Under ~ Natasha in Oz

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bachman's Fall Idea House Tour

Last Thursday, Jan (sister-in-law) and I toured the Bachman's Fall Idea House, and it was decked in all it's autumn splendor!
Here are some pictures I would love to share of my favorite decor inspiration:
This picture is from the front door covered porch.  There is this gorgeous vine hanging display from the ceiling over the beautifully decorated fall table.
No lighting above the dining room table?  No problem.  How about a spray painted medallion over the round glass table, and use your imagination what you can hang from it!

Now...for my MOST FAVORITE ROOM of all!!!  
I need one in my house!!!

I also liked very much this picture wall vignette with a collection of eclectic frames.
This is the garage converted into an outdoor patio!!!
Jan sitting pretty and resting!

I highly recommend that if you're in the area, make a point of paying the Fall Idea House a visit; but if you're lucky enough to be in Minneapolis during the Christmas Holiday, it is a must to tour this house!!!  I hear it's spectacular!!!