Wednesday, October 31, 2007
This one came from my good friend, Jennifer Bueck. They are paper mache letters that I altered and gave to one of my daughter's teachers today. I made three sets of "eek" words this year, and the others were much larger. Thanks, Jen!And we made these beauties at one of the parties today. Take a rubber glove, put candy corn in each fingertip to resemble a rotting fingernail (especially if you use the candy corn that is brown--not yellow), fill the glove with popcorn, and tie at the top. Add a spider ring, and there you have it! Too fun!
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback and ideas. I hope to keep offering more of this to you, and if you have a great idea you'd like to share, please feel free to email me at Turay413@gmail.com! I'd love to hear from you!
And my goodies arrived today (so look for sneaks of the December kits real soon!)...
Monday, October 29, 2007
And there are still 3 openings for the 40 Notecards class at my house next Sunday if you are interested! Please email me at Turay413@gmail.com if you are interested in coming (along with the names of 4 people for which you'll be creating cards...) Sorry guys, no kits on this class (way too many pieces parts to go around on this one and it would be too confusing.) I'll also be posting new crop dates sometime this week, once I get the dates confirmed!
Happy Monday to you!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Marlene wanted to know how I stored my mini books. (Some of them in there aren't so "mini"). I got this idea off Ali's blog, and it is now on my sofa table. I can't tell you how often people look through them when they're out in the open. I love that.
And Lisa wanted to know what the garland was hanging on. This gem was bought at Target a while back, but I believe they still carry them. The bottom lifts up (and I hide Christmas gifts there year round!). It is in our foyer, and this view is from my scrapbook room...
And last but not least, here is Diane's recipe that we spoke of last week at the crop. I have no photos yet, but trust me, this is surely going in my "tried & true" book...
Cake Mix Cookies
1 Package Cake Mix (Spice, Pumpkin & Lemon are our favs)
8oz. Cool Whip
Mix together. Batter will be sticky. Take a spoonful and coat in a bowl of powdered sugar, and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. These are DELISH! Thanks, Diane!
Enjoy your Saturday!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Thanks to all the lovely gals who came out to take classes and crop on Saturday. I haven't laughed that hard in quite some time--and I loved seeing all your fun projects in progress as well! Good to see you all--and I'll be scheduling more classes and posting them on the website soon...
Molly, this one's for you!One of the great things about doing a blog is that I get to share all these lovely good tidbits with you guys. And this is just what I'm talking about...
I have amazing crafty friends. I do not come up with all these ideas on my own--and I surround myself with great people, so it looks like I'm Martha (but if you saw the condition of my house right now, you'd understand...).
Last year around this time, my dear friend Jen Bueck created a masterpiece in the kitchen. Dinner in a pumpkin. Now, before you wonder--it is like a stuffed pepper (meat is cooked before it enters the vessel) and it is the most amazing thing ever! Not only does it smell heavenly, it tastes divine. And the presentation is amazing! Be sure to pick a pumpkin with a short stalk so it can enter the oven...
Or, do what Shelly did, and give each person their own individual pumpkin and serve it at a dinner party!
Dinner in a Pumpkin
- 1 small sugar pumpkin
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cups diced celery
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 5 pounds lean ground beef
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 (20 ounce) bottle ketchup
- 3 cloves crushed garlic
- 5 teaspoons salt
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 (4.5 ounce) can mushrooms, drained
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 Degrees C). Cut off top of pumpkin, scrape out seeds and pith.
- In a large deep skillet, saute vegetables in 1/4 cup shortening until soft. Add beef; cook and crumble until evenly brown. Add the pepper, ketchup, garlic, salt, Worcestershire sauce and tomato sauce. Simmer 15-20 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of the beef mixture, soy sauce, mushrooms, brown sugar, soup and rice. Mix well, pour into pumpkin and replace lid. Cover and freeze remaining beef mixture.
- Place filled pumpkin on a baking sheet and bake for one hour or until pumpkin is tender. As you serve dinner, be sure to scoop out a little of the cooked pumpkin too.
And this one was a total hit as well! I'm making this for a big bash we're throwing this weekend--and I can't wait to share it! (Sorry you have to eat it again this coming weekend, Jen!)
Swiss Vegetable Medley
2 packages of frozen broccoli/carrots/cauliflower (California Blend) veggies
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 C. sour cream
2 C. swiss cheese, divided
1 large container french fried onions, divided
Mix all ingredients except 1 C. cheese and half the onions. Put into a large greased 13x9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Add the remaining cheese & onions on top, and bake for an additional 15 minutes more.
(And for you folks who purchased the recipe book, these are not in there, so feel free to print these out and add them to your collection!)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Thankful Card (this is using the Sketch This Cards sketch from the amazing Janelle Richmond and is featured on the Sketch This Cards Blog):
This is your day! TAKE 5 because you need no REISEN
To celebrate and turning 40 is nothing to SNICKER about.
In fact, this is when you have BUTTERFINGERS
And your mind starts playing TWIX on you.
You’re WHATCHAMACALLIT isn’t working properly,
You’ll do things NOW & LATER
And forget them both.
You’ll even begin to swear on PAYDAYS that
You made 100 GRAND when in fact
It was only SKITTLES.
So when looking back on the days of your life,
Remembering all the SMARTIES and NERDS
And those AIRHEADS on
Think of the fun shared with your friends
And all the CHUCKLES you shared with your
3 MUSKATEERS and MR GOODBAR.
Because whether at the SNO CAPS or a SYMPHONY
You’ve been a LIFESAVER to so many.
Hope your birthday leaves you with
GOOD N PLENTY.
Monday, October 22, 2007
It is actually popcorn covered in white chocolate, with festive holiday m&m's thrown in for color. I got these cute bags at Michael's on clearance (Martha Stewart) and they were $2.00 for 15--and they came with the ribbon and orange insert. I warn you--this stuff is completely addictive! I had these at the crop this weekend, and they were a hit! You could also jazz them up and really personalize them, which I love.And I know it seems like I have a thing for mummies (okay, maybe I do...) but here is one more for you...
Here is what you'll need: Cheesecloth, double sided tape, small googlie eyes and wooden stick figures (www.darice.com or if you're in Ohio, you can get them at Catan's).
Simply cut strips of 1" cheesecloth and start wrapping. I did secure it with the tape to get started, so it held tight and didn't tend to unravel. When it was complete, I added the eyes. I plan on sticking them into little decorative paint cans that are filled with goodies to give to special neighbors for Halloween. I'll show you a finished project later. (And they'd also be great in cupcakes for a classroom treat too!)
Sorry--not the best finished photo--but you get the idea!
Enjoy your Monday!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
And a little side note...Just wanted to say a very special thank you to all the people who came out to take classes and crop yesterday here in Ohio. I truly appreciate your business, and enjoyed your company. As promised, I'll post photos of the crop and recipes soon--they are worth sharing! I'm not sure I can remember the last time I felt so relaxed and at ease with a group of fun-loving gals. My cheeks still hurt from laughing--and I can't wait to do it again! I will also post upcoming events soon on the website, I promise!
Enjoy your Sunday!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Enjoy the day!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here's the poem you put on a little card, on a bag of this yummy goodness!
Here's a frightful treat for you
A spooky, scary, witches' brew;
Made with ghost noses and bones from a bat,
And blended with claws from a black cat.
It's doused with ants as dark as night,
Sprinkled with blood to add a real fright;
Then cast with a spell that can't be seen,
To wish you a very happy,
(And if you didn't happen to get the recipe kit, here it is!)
1 bag of Chex mix
1 bag of Ritz crackers
1 bag of Doritos
1 bag of Cheetos
1 bag of Cheez itos
1 can of mixed nuts
Any bag of anything crunchy
2 sticks of melted butter
Lowery Season salt
1/4 C. Worchestershire sauce
Throw all of the snacks into a garbage bag. Pour the butter into the bag. Add the sauce and salt. Toss in bag until all the snack mix is saturated. You may need to add more butter and salt if needed. The mix will turn orange in color. Place onto trays in the oven at 250 for several hours. Store in Ziplocs for 6-8 WEEKS! Enjoy!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Not only did Janelle make sketches for the pages, but she also created a bang-up book that pops with color. Now, I have to tell you, I've made about 5-6 of these albums before, and never once did it ever occur to me that you could overlap the recipe on the photo! I love her take on things, and you will too. And if you haven't been over to Janelle's sketches blog, click on over to the right and you'll see the other wonderful creations she has over there. Thanks for all your hard work on this special edition project, Janelle! Look for more of her stuff coming soon...
Check these out!
I still have a few of these kits left if you are interested! As you can see from the photos, the possibilities are endless...
And for you other interested folks, I uploaded the Design Team's creations on the website yesterday. They did a great job with the November kit, and got really creative with the fabric and the felt. I love the range of talent on the design team, and I'm really excited every time one of them sends me an email with their work. Their take on things inspires me, and I know it will do the same for you!
BTW, the newsletter for the November kit will be sent out a bit early (because yes, I am ahead of schedule for once!) and I hope you'll love what I came up with too. And believe it or not, I actually topped my own record for pages created with one kit on this one. So far, I'm up to TWELVE layouts!
Have a great day!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
And for all of the customers --I sincerely appreciate your business. You have taken a leap of faith with me, and I am forever grateful! I'll do my very best to keep up the level of creativity you so deserve. I love getting your feedback, and your business has helped me become better at what I do. Thank you!!
I also want to acknowledge the best design team in the entire scrappy universe! I absolutely think the world of this bunch of gals, and I can't wait to get their input every time I get an idea. They are amazingly talented gals, and they keep me going. They're also good for a laugh...and I love that, too...
And on a special note--I want to publicly thank my family (Chris and our kiddos--but also my mom too!) and close friends (especially Jen, Val and Kristin) who keep me focused and grounded on the very best and the very worst of days. This review is as much yours as it is mine, and I want to thank you for your support and patience. I love you guys!
Okay, enough gushing for now. Take a peek at the review here...
(We're going out for an ice cream to celebrate!!!)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Here is a sneak of a layout I did last night using the November WIP kit. These layered flowers are so fun, and with the fabric and wool, I'm having a BLAST! Wait til you see the stuff the design team has put together--prepare to have your mind blown! Seriously--way more creative than even I got! Love those girls!And this is one more little Halloween goodie we gave to the bus driver yesterday. These mini jars are found at Michael's for a dollar--and the 7Gypsies 97% Complete stickers fit the jars perfectly. Add a bow and a tag, and you're set!
Off to an annual hayride this evening with a huge group of friends. I hope you're enjoying the season as well!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It took a long time to make all these dishes, photograph them and then match up the corresponding recipes to the photos, but I've done this as a class so many times, I know several of the recipes by heart! These are what I say they are--my tried and true favorites.
And as some of you who live nearby know, you have had many of these at my past crops or classes. Some of you have been kind enough to share yours with me as well--and I appreciate that too!
There are still a few of these kits available, and they come with 40 photographs and recipes, along with the paper used in these samples. Also not pictured are the 6 divider pages, separating the categories for the book (they will be in the newsletter for the kit which is set to be emailed to customers on October 15th.) And as a bonus, the lovely and talented Janelle Richmond is also going to be a guest designer for this kit! Can't wait to show you what she has come up with using this one!
These kits are currently shipping, so if you would like to order one, please email me at Turay413@gmail.com, or order directly on the site itself.
Have a great night!
A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. --e.e. cummings.
And leaf subsides to leaf,
As Eden sank to grief,
And dawn turns into day,
Nothing gold can stay.
Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
falling from the autumn tree.
By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
with summers best of weather
and autumn's best of cheer.
--helen hunt jackson
The greatest oak was once a little nut that simply held its ground.
No man can taste the fruits of autumn while he is delighting his scent with the flowers of spring.
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
It is the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the autumn.
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
Monday, October 8, 2007
The above tags and cards were either make & takes I attended or taught. My favorite is using Versamark ink and chalk with a dauber (the leaf card at the lower right of the picture.) Simple and quick!
Why not take a photograph and use them on cards? It is a fun way to incorporate your love of photography into play as well. Pumpkins, gourds, haystacks and cornstalks are among my favorites to photograph for good general season shots.
Don't forget about your handy dandy die cut machines. Try folding elements of the images for dimension, like the above bat.
The next two photos are of cards that were made entirely with punches or Quickutz. A bit of time is involved (along with a good glue and a pair of tweezers!), but if you have these on hand, why not make one for that special person in your life.
And this one opens from the middle--like a box you're folding. Fun!
Don't forget to use your rubber stamp stash either. Those are always fun to play with--especially if you get the kids involved!
Enjoy your Tuesday!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Go to your local grocery store and buy white or clear handsoap in the pump container. Be sure the label can be removed easily and that the plastic isn't embossed, but has a smooth front. Peel the front label off when you get home (and if some remains, clean the container with goo-gone). Use a holiday rub on for the front, and embellish with a simple ribbon and a tag with a small embellie on it. I love having these around during the holidays--and at Christmas it is fun to make extras for the people who stop by.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
First, take a decorative 12x12 sheet of paper and cut six 4x6 rectangles like so:Next, glue the short ends, to model a toilet paper roll. Use wet glue, but not too much so the paper doesn't warp. Let it dry.
Next, pinch one end and glue with wet glue together. I always put the seem in the middle.
Now, crimp the ends just 3-4 crimps, and then back out of it and release.
It should look like this:
Fill the container with candy (m&m's or candy corn is my favorite!) Do not overfill the containers--they'll bust open.
The container will naturally fold the opposite way of the bottom. Don't force it--it is supposed to work this way.
Now, pinch the top together and glue the inside just like the bottom.
Crimp the top just like the bottom.
And there you have it! I always punch a hole and add ribbon and a tag at the top for just a little something extra. The kids love them. Note: Don't use heavy cardstock or double sided paper--you want a lighter weight. They are great for any holiday--just use seasonal paper. Same thing holds true for showers as well.
Now get moving!