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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Calypso Flowers Note Cards

I made a set of 8 cards for a co-worker's birthday this past week. I love the name of the inks: Calypso Coral & Pool Party.  It makes me want to take a dip in the pool and have a fruity drink with a little umbrella! 

I was happy to hear her say that she is always in need of these type of cards! 
To celebrate her birthday in our Department, we sang "Happy Birthday" and I made her favorite dessert from scratch: Peach Cobbler and served it with French Vanilla ice cream!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Simple Cards

I made 4 quick simple cards to have on hand jsut in case I needed one...and sure enough, I've used 3 so far!

If you notice, all 4 are based on the same sketch/theme.

Somethimes easy peasy cards take a lot of thought...

and it's a great way to use bits & pieces of left over ribbon.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Candy Corn

What a cute little jack-o-lantern candle!  Check out the price below!  Thanks Mercedes!


Now some fun facts about candy corn:
~October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.
~A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.
~Candy Corn was invented by George Renninger and produced by the Wunderlee Candy Company in the 1880's. In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company, now Jelly Belly Candy Company, started mass producing the candy, but, due to the lack of machinery, it was only made available seasonally from March to November. Its recipe has remained unchanged.

And these candy corn potholders are calorie free!

I found the right place to display them in the kitchen.

Just lovely!  Great treat Mercedes!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Listen Honey...

I think this is a fun card, and I just love Emerson Quillin's humor stamps!  This one is called Worth It!

Listen Honey-
God didn't promise it would be
Easy-
He just promised it would be
Worth it!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October

I am sharing with you today a little surprise I received in a swap I participated in.  Mercedes from All Things Pretty was Secret Swap Sister.  She tucked this little china plate amongst my many treats!  She's the best!


October's birth flower is the calendula.

On display for me to enjoy!

The Zodiac sign for those born in this month is either Libra or Scorpio, depending on which day you were born.


October's birthstone is the opal. It is said that the opal will crack if it is worn by someone who was not born in October.

Thank you Mercedes!  From you I've learn to start collecting pretty little special treasures for my next swap.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Homemade Pesto

I finally made it into the kitchen and made something from our very own garden...homemade pesto!

It's been several years now since I made a homemade batch of pesto!

I start with my very own basil harvest...

This is our basil plant after I chopped it up...maybe I might get one more crop before the cold gets here...

My favorite recipe for my homemade pesto...easy, simple and fresh.  I found the recipe from a cookbook that my sister-in-law Cheryl gave me for one Christmas.  It's a recipe from Betty Crocker's New Cookbook, Everything You Need to Know to Cook.

2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.  Cover & blend on medium speed about 3 minutes, stopping occasionally to scrap sides, until smooth.  One batch makes about 1 1/3 cups sauce.

The end result...3 batches!  Makes fresh tomato soup taste delicious, great on pizza, foccacia, grilled chicken, spread on sandwiches, mixed in salads, ...

Three containers to freeze for future use, and one for tonight's dinner: Pasta!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Something's Brewing" Halloween Swap

I participated in a Halloween swap called "Something's Brewing" hosted by Debi over at Bloggerrette Sorority Sisters. We were to decorate or make a Halloween goodie bag, and fill it up with lots of "Hall-o-weenie" goodies for our Secret Sister.

I came home to find a huge package wrapped in the most beautiful paper!!!  It was too pretty to open, but finally I carefully opened it and found amazing treasures! 
Take a look at the beautiful bag that my Secret Sister made for me...
Amazing...huh! 
My Secret Sorority Swap Sister is Mercedes from All Things Pretty!  She is amazing!  She put so much thought and work into everything she chose and made for me.  I am speechless and feel so blessed.

Isn't the other side of the bag beautiful too!  She's so talented.  I love all of the crotchet doilies and how she made those gorgeous gauze flowers!  

Take a look at the many things she packed into my beautiful bag!  I don't know what to touch, pick up, admire, look at, ...  It feels like Christmas!

I love this beautiful Jack-o-Lantern wooden basket/box...which was filled with the most yummy looking confections from Lunds/Beyerly's...my favorite grocery store in the Minneapolis area.

This is the paper that Mercedes used to wrap my package.  It's actually wallpaper!  Beautiful!  I am saving as much of it as I can.  I already have plans for it!
In the next several days I will post some more gifts that Mercedes made for me, so that you can admire her artwork.
I am so happy that I had the best Sister I could have ever wished for!  Thank you Mercedes!

Thank you Debi for such a wonderful and fun swap!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peach Parfait & Pool Party

I had a wonderful Sunday playing in my craft room!  I made these 2 cards for today's Featured Stamper challenge.  I chose this card by Dawn.  The technique is called embossing resist
I ended up making 2 cards using the same technique.

This card was my first try, and you can see all of my...hmm...mistakes...!!!  The background color is called Pool Party by Stampin' Up!  Isn't that a cool name?  I had been saving the velvet ribbon for a long time, and finally had an opportunity to use it.
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Less Is More

No, it's not Valentine's Day yet...LOL! 
I ran across Less Is More stamping challenge, and this challenge caught my eye...using hearts.  How easy can that be! 
I made a set of 8 "thank you" cards for a co-worker's upcoming birthday. 
Have a restful day!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Treat Yourself

Doesn't this card make you want to go and get some gumballs?  I do!
I used my Treat Yourself stamp set, and the balloon buttons which I had been saving for awhile.  This card was fun to make and easy! 



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Flower Layers & Thrifty Find

I swear this will be my last card using red gingham!  I just couldn't help myself!  I made this card for Queen for the Day Challenge, and the Queen for this week is Dawn Mercedes.  I chose this card to case.  Hers was a Christmas card, but I can't even think of Christmas yet!



Now for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays' find of the week:
I am always amazed what great finds Marty finds at Goodwill.  So last Sunday I decided to give GW another try, and I was not disappointed!  I found this teak wood tray for $2.99, minus 25% discount with my school ID.  I thought it was a steal, since I have been looking for a wooden tray just like this for the longest time.  I got home and immediately cleaned it and oiled it.  By the time I was done, it hit me that I had not taken a before picture.

I have to thank Marty for introducing me to Old English's scratch cover oil.  I love this stuff!
Now...what to do with this tray...  I have to find a home for it!
Please stop by Linda at Coastal Charm to visit others' Nifty Thrifty finds!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Autumn

I think it's going to be true that Autumn is finally here for us!!!  Yeah!  About stinking time I say!!!
Apple cider, baking cobblers, stews, bread baking....yummy...and fall stamping in rich warm colors!

Have a great week and stay crafty!