Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's resolution

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.

I'm making my usual resolution list...
spend less, save more, lose weight, exercise,
use tote bags instead of getting plastic bags from the store...
etc. etc. etc.!

Wishing you a Happy and Safe New Year!

Bring on 2011!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fun to wake up to...

Hope you had a wonderful holiday
...doesn't it go by way too fast???

this is what i woke up to on Xmas morn...

my drunken Paperwhites bloomed!

i watered them with a mixture of water and a splash of Vodka...
and they are tiny ~ the tallest bloom is 7 inches...
kind of scary to think that Vodka stunts their height
guess that's why ~ only fully grown adults should drink it!

here's something else i woke up to on Xmas morn...

my handsome hubby surprised me with these clock plates from Pottery Barn!

a few hints were dropped...
cuz i really don't need another bathrobe and fuzzy slippers!

I hope you woke up to wonderful surprises too on Xmas morn!!!

~ ~ ~

on my Random 100th post for 2010
 i made the comment...some of my closest peeps do not read my blog

well, i got served some legal papers...and hit with a stiff penalty...i'm happy Susan
reads my blog...and more than happy to pay up!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all

May your Holiday be filled with joy, happiness and love!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Random 100th

 This is my 100th post this year - and I have projects...nothing

I'm not finished with Xmas shopping either.

I did panic, someone ate all the chocolates from the Advent Calendar
I thought it was Christmas Eve...
what a relief, I have a few days left to shop!

What I will share are some Random pictures

I started blogging, so friends and family could see
what I'm doing (they always ask me)
Some read my blog, some have never stopped by.

This is for all the people who do stop by my blog...
pics of the people who don't! 
My hubby, he never stops by
this is the man of my dreams
we are saving up so he can visit a dentist
and a good eye doctor

my son, he likes having his picture taken with fake birds
he needs to learn how to shave
I'm going to buy him a razor for Xmas
he doesn't even know I have a blog.

 me and my MIL
we were at a wedding
we had a few Chardonnays under our Spanx
I love Sue, she never reads my blog
Sue borrowed that dress I'm wearing
she wore it to her company holiday party
she said she looked better in it than I did
Sue is 65 years old!

here's my friend Susan
she wanted her picture taken at the flea market
this was a little abandoned teddy bear sitting by himself
I think she used this picture for her Xmas card this year
Susan never reads my blog.

here's my friend Patty
she's extremely overweight
she likes going to the beach
she reads my blog once-in-awhile
not all the time
so if this pic is removed
it's because she's served me with some legal papers.

last, my little angel,
my granddaughter Chloe
she doesn't read my blog either!
I took this picture of her
went to get copies made...
when they were ready to be picked-up
they wanted the photographers release form
~thank you  photo processors
you made my day!
{they definitely do not read my blog}
~ ~ ~ ~
For those who stop by my blog ~
thank you, thank you, thank you!

 Hopefully, I won't be ordered to
remove the contents of this 100th posting!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Artichoke Dip

I'm getting ready to make & take my world famous artichoke dip!

It's a very simple recipe, I'm always asked to bring this one,
and asked for my world famous artichoke dip recipe

I'm always happy to share~

So, I made a permanent recipe for the hostess

I used a flour sack towel from Dollar Tree, typed up my recipe and added a artichoke image,
printed it out on a Wilton light fabric iron-on transfer (remembering to reverse the image!)
ironed it on the towel. 

It's all ready to accompany my world famous dip!

A fun way to share your recipes!

Friday, December 3, 2010

White December

I cannot believe it's December already!

i've only managed to do a little holiday decorating so far,
Simple and White is my theme

i found this lil' sled at the flea market and painted it white ~
i'm using stencils for decorations ~ backed with pages from
a Dollar Tree novel!

i got this 4ft white tree and now regret not just getting a taller one

i do decorate another tree in our family room ~
that will be the one Santa delivers too!

all decorated with the stencil ornaments, some others I made and
the rest are from Dollar Tree.

some shredded book pages - stuck in the trumpet!

i am in love with white tree's

Crown on top

a little white truck delivering some white Xmas trees!

my stairway is simple this year too ~ it's a clock face theme ~
Christmas Time!
i found some images from here and here
and did a Google search for the rest

a few small watch faces added in

i love clocks!

 i had to make sure to leave some space at the bottom
so my little furry kids can rest during the day!

Brighton and Conan
the only time they care about is feeding time!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

May the force be with you

Okay, i'm a little corny here ~

i'm forcing bulbs...Paperwhites to be exact!

I always forget to get bulbs for forcing inside,
so I marked on my calendar for bulbs

if you try going in December or later
they're gone for the season

i stocked up too!
i plan to stagger them in stages
so i'll have them blooming for several weeks
this winter

plant them in a container with some little rocks and water them!

 i'm trying this tip on how to keep
them from getting to tall and top heavy...a little vodka!
Drunken Paperwhites!

these bulbs were .60/each
a lot less costly, than one of those kits
that come with one bulb, rocks, and a ugly container

Paperwhites...a beautiful, sweet smelling
Spring reminder
in Winter!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Wish ticket

I've starting doing some Xmas crafting

i'm giving myself a little challenge this year

i'm going to do a tree with things
that i already have,
or that i make,
or i buy at the dollar store,
or i buy at Michael's

{i keep bending my rules...
originally i wasn't going to buy anything...
that's okay it's my little contest i'm participating in!}

 i'll give you a little ~sneak peak~ of what i have so far

i'm using one of The Graphics Fairy's images
for the ticket - and i used the Fontanesi font from dafont
to add WISH to the ticket

i got these glass ornaments at Michael's...
they're 50% off this week!
added some shredded sheet music, some glitter,
tinsel and a WISH...then added the silver key (already had!)

Next, this one was fun,
i used the Eiffel Tower from
printed it on cardstock, cut it out, glued it together
then used Mod Podge and sprinkled glitter
added a little coffee filter rosette...

I've got many, many more to make, a lot of glitter to clean up
hoping I'll be done by Xmas!

Friday, November 12, 2010

New horizons

I love taking pictures, and two years ago I got Photoshop Elements 7
(yep, the current version is Elements 9), installed it; however I couldn't figure it out...
I bought books, watched countless video's on You Tube
and I still couldn't figure it out. 


Then, I happened upon Kim Klassen at her Kim Klassen Cafe and my life has changed!

I've been taking Kim's Skinny-Mini ecourse and the world of Photoshop has just opened up for me 

Kim is so generous...this class is FREE!

Here's some of my completed homework projects...
yes, she's gives out homework assignments - but these are fun!

some textures i've been playing with...

compared to where i was a week ago -
i mean two years ago...
i've taken giant steps into the world of Photoshop!

pictures will never be the same for me now!

 my before shots

If Photoshop is something you'd like
to gain some insight on,
or learn some hot new tips & tricks 

 pay Kim a visit, she'll open up a whole new world for you!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

If Dorothy skated...

 She might have worn these!

 i've been wanting to
*sparkle* up some ice skates for the holiday season...

 i found these boy's figure skates at a sporting goods resale shop

it's best to buy them before the ice skating season starts...
they mark the prices up then!

these were $9.00

after some Cherry Red spray painting
i then used red glitter on the boot,
black glitter on the bottom and silver glitter on the blade
~brushed on Mod Podged then the glitter~

tied on some new laces (holiday ribbon)

added the marabou trim and pom-poms to the laces

Ruby Red Skates
perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Map quest

Who uses a map these days?

I do...well, sort of!

I got a travel size
Road Atlas at Dollar Tree

Nope, I'm not going anywhere

however, a map wreath was my destination!

I cut out each of the maps, rolled them up and
glued them all together.

and added the Air Mail graphic

Something for those world travelers on
your list!

Today I'm joining