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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween Greetings

Eat, drink and be scary!
~Author Unknown

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Altered Cigar Box

I wanted to share with you the cigar box I altered for my Bloggerette Sorority Sister Ann.
We both participated in Karen's Fall Findings Cigar Box Swap. We were to altered a cigar box and personalize it as close as possible to our Sister.

I love cigar boxes but can't bear to cover up its unique art. So I bought a plain wooden cigar box at Michael's and decoupaged it using fall designer paper. I used fall theme embellishments to decorate the lid, and made the paper flower using my border edge punch. Ann is from Kansas, so I thought that the flower would hopefully pass by as a sunflower...

I covered the inside and outside of the box. I noticed that Ann likes vintage ephemera and went to Cora's Clearly Vintage and searched for some great pictures.

I filled the inside with fall goodies and supplies for Ann to make tags. She creates great tags.

I used this sticker lace and applied it to go around the outside of the lid.
I really had so much fun participating in this amazing swap!
One thing I learned about making this box was that I love to decoupage! It's so much fun and so easy! This may sound sick, but I just love the smell of it too!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall Findings Swap


Reveal time for Fall Findings Swap at Bloggerette Sorority hosted by Karen from Some Days Are Diamonds!

Drum roll please...

My secret Bloggerette Sorority Sister is Ann from Tin and Sparkle!
The interesting thing is that she was my secret Sister!
So while I was visiting her blog to learn everything about her...you guessed it...she was doing the same thing with me!!!

She's very talented and amazing. I learned that she recently starting taking wood shop classes, and is learning to use very dangerous machines like electric saws!!! You should see her cutting board.

In my fall swap box that Ann decorated for me (see above pic), I found several neat fallish items.
Ann made me fallish handmade napkins with handmade napkin rings.

She knows I love to bake! I will definitely be using cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices in my upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.

Have you ever visited a Penzeys Spice store? The aroma is amazing!

Happy Halloween!
Tiny little cards made by Ann.
I also found a beautiful Kansas Sunflower hook which I already hung up in my kitchen. Silk fall leaves and small potpourri pumpkins!
I really enjoyed participating in this swap. I think I had more fun learning all about Ann and making her box. Even more fun was shopping for her and hoping she liked everything!
Thank you Karen for hosting a wonderful swap!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Knitting in the Round

Last month I finally learned to knit in the round or using 4 double-pointed needles! I am so proud of myself!

My very young teacher's name is Erin, strawberieblond at Ravelry. She picked a pattern called Fresh-Picked Baby Hat to teach us how to knit using multiple needles. It was rather awkward at first knitting with so many needles in the way, but by the end it got better.
I followed the new born instructions, but I think I ended up with a 12-18 month size baby hat...LOL!

Isn't the top cute?

I am working on my second new born baby hat, and this one is actually going to fit a new born!

My next knitting project is to make a wrap for myself!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Party

Pumpkin in the kitchen...

Pumpkin by the swing chair in the back patio...

Pumpkin at the front porch...
Pumpkins!
That is the theme for Beth's Pumpkin Party blog hop!


Autumn is one of my most favorite season's! Fresh crisp air, leaves turning colors, caramel apples, candy corn, and pumpkins!

So today I'm joining Beth at Food As Art blog hop Pumpkin Party! As soon as fall arrives it's now a tradition that I must have at least one pumpkin, and I think these year's are the best! I used to grow them at our old house...I miss those days...
If these pumpkins survive they will be turned into pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie or pumpkin pudding (Hubby's recipe).


Please stop by Food As Art and visit other bloggers' pumpkin entries. You never know what you may find...recipes, entertaining, decorating ideas,...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fresh Cut Fridays

Liz from Rose Vignettes has been hosting a wonderful party every first Friday of the month. It's called Fresh Cut Friday. This blog hop is intended to treat ourselves with fresh cut flowers whether it's from your garden, your favorite floral store or grocery store,...
I think this a neat concept...since how many of us ever buy ourselves flowers. I never do...it's usually for others. So treat yourself!
Please join on us on Friday, November 5th!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Sausage Bacon Roll Ups

Tonight hubby and I went to our neighborhood happy hour at Linda's. Every 2 to 3 weeks one of us hosts happy hour, and we all bring an appetizer to share.
Last month I participated in an appetizer recipe swap, and this was a good time to try one of the recipes.
I chose Sausage Bacon Roll Ups. Everyone loved them and I was so happy to come home with an empty platter! The recipe was submitted by Nikki1578 over at Splitcoaststampers.

Sausage Bacon Roll-Ups
1 lb. loaf white bread
1 lb. hot sausage (I used Italian hot)
2 lbs. bacon (cut slice in half)
1 pkg cream cheese, room temperature)
1 small chopped onion
Trim crust off of bread. Cut slices in half. Brown sausage with onion. Drain. Mix the cream cheese with sausage while still warm. Spread mixture on bread slices and roll up. Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks. Bake at 400* until bacon is brown and crispy.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Autumn

Fall is finally here! I just love autumn!

I made a set of 8 autumn cards for my Bloggerette Sorority Sister fall findings swap. She doesn't know these are on their way to her...big reveal is October 30th!
Shh...!

I used Chantilly lace ribbon, gold rhinestone stickers, assorted buttons, and a beautiful ribbon which I used to make bows.
The stamped sentiment comes from SU!'s Season by Season stamp set.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Boss's Day

I made this card for my Boss Tahlya. It's called an easel card. One of her favorite stores is White HouseBlack Market. I drew my color inspiration from her favorite store.

The stamp image is from Stampin' Up! called Elements of Style.

I used grey, black and silver card stock.

I used a punch called eyelet border.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Heart of the Home Party

I'm participating in Sheila's Heart of the Home Party. Sheila from Note Songs is hosting a Kitchen Party where we get to showcase our kitchens or the Heart of the our Homes.
Hubby and I moved to our new home a little over 3 years ago. Our new kitchen is tiny and doesn't have too much working space. Even though I am very happy with our new home, the kitchen could be a little bigger. I really miss my old huge country kitchen...

My oven is ready to welcome fall...

My most prized possession: my gorgeous handsome rooster!!!

Above the fridge I have arranged a vignette showcasing a few of my favorite things...

My little corner showcases shelves displaying some of my favorite things that I've collected over the years: a few of my white pitchers, my Longaberger ice bucket, my milk glass hen
At this time of year I place a few of my Halloween pumpkins/jack-o-lanterns to bring in some holiday spooky cheer.

Thank you so much for stopping by my itsy bitsy kitchen. Please stop by our hostess Sheila from Note Songs to visit her beautiful kitchen. Also you'll get to see many more beautiful kitchens everyone is sharing with opened welcoming doors.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Featured Stamper

This week's Featured Stamper at Splitcoast is jenndspencer, FS192. I chose this card to case Shabby Chic Flower.
I really didn't go too far with my interpretation of her card. I inked the silk flowers with Cameo Carmel ink and a little bit of Mellow Moss ink, which I used to embossed the edges of the crimped teared paper.
I love the ribbon, it's from Michael's dollar bin...I inked the edges with Close to Carmel. For the background I rolled one of my jumbo wheels.
This birthday card is going to a co-worker whose birthday is coming up!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Clean & Simple

I finally got my camera back! Talk about withdrawals!!!
I made this card for last week's Clean & Simple Cards over at Splitcoaststampers.
The challenge for CAS86 was a sketch by cookiebaker.
Thank you cookiebaker for the great sketch and beautiful card!

I made a very fallish card because finally here in the Phoenix Valley is below the 100's and it's starting to feel like fall...
For the leaves I used Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves ink pad. The button is from one of my dresses that I decided look better without buttons...recycle...recycle...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Christmas Bags

I think I am almost ready for Christmas! I am one to plan for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving...never before...
I made these bags for a Christmas bag swap hosted by Kate, aka celestial_stamper. I've always wanted to decorate my own bags.

I even made little tags for each bag. I embossed each corner using my Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder.


I used my Medallion background stamp from SU! inked in Handsome Hunter. The sentiment stamp is from SU! Lots of Thoughts stamp set. Once I had all put together I misted everything with White Frost shimmer ink.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Tag Swap

I was so excited to join my very first Christmas Tag Swap hosted by Kate, aka celestial_stamper, at Splitcoaststampers.

This is what I created using SU!'s Sketch It stamp set. With this stamp set you can create either a sunflower or some kind of wreath...obviously I chose to make a Christmas wreath. I used a variety of red buttons from my bottomless button jar.
For the background I inked my Tres Chic background stamp with VersaMark pad. I hope you can see it...
Last year I had bought SU!'s shimmer ink, which I mist all over the tag. The shimmer ink I used is called Champagne Mist. For the berries I used Cranberry Crisp and gold ink. I sponged the edge of the tag with Close to Cocoa ink. I tied the ribbon with hemp cord, and last but not least I punched the border with the Eyelet Border punch.
I think it gives it a sort of vintage look.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Red Wing, MN

This past summer Hubby and I drove to Red Wing, MN, to buy real coffee mugs from Red Wing Pottery.
We love drinking our coffee from real coffee mugs. His parents only drank out of cups & saucers/teacups. We need the big mugs for our morning java...LOL!
It was a great drive from the Twin Cities to Red Wing. You drive through so many farms and small quaint beautiful towns!

We finally made it and it was so hard to decide which mugs were worthy. We finally found them!

Here's my dear husband Tom posing with a Red Wing shoe! They had different size shoes decorated throughout the town. Don't you just love it!
...and here's me...squinting at the camera...I absolutely hate my pics!

The town's square...it was so beautiful!
We had a great time visiting and meeting new people.