Sunday, November 29, 2015

From Thanksgiving to Christmas in a flash

Well, It's that crazy time..... it's the jump straight into the Christmas Season after Thanksgiving time. I'm usually pretty much about riding Fall out all the way through Thanksgiving before starting my Christmas decorating.  This year I jumped in head first the day after Thanksgiving. I know I have lots on the calendar in the next few weeks so I better get in gear :)
Over the Summer I found this white ( kind of cello) wreath at a sale for $1.  I knew just what I wanted to do with it. Today was the day. I pulled out my box of Vintage Shiny Brites and 10 minutes later... YAY! I love it! Shiny Brites just make me HAPPY, and this white background shows them off perfectly.  The only thing that makes this even sweeter is that it was a bargain!

Thanksgiving was a bit different this year.  Because of bad weather we couldn't get together like we usually do with all of the extended family. I was bummed, thinking Dan and I were going to be sitting here with two turkeys, 3 pumpkin pies and a crazy amount of potatoes, gravy, stuffing and green bean casserole with just us two. But as you can see from the photo below ... the kids made it here.  It was so nice!  The first time ever it's been just our family on a Holiday. I missed seeing all the rest of the family but we will see them all on Christmas Eve, so we'll be looking forward to that.
The guys are always giving me a bad time about taking photos .. so here is the the one photo I have of the day.... taken with my phone. Dans not smiling ... the photo is blurry... but it will commemorate the day lol.
Next time I'll have camera in hand no matter how much they complain. So there ( sticking my tongue out)

Wes and Amy had to work overnight, so they came straight here and slept about 3 1/2 hours before Jarad and Kate got here and we were ready for Dinner.  We were watching the weather and thought we better eat incase Jarad and Kate needed to head back home to beat the ice storm.    So it turned out we had a few really nice hours together before they needed to get on the road .
Amy's family are all from California so we were Thankful she could be here with us.
It was a tossed together day with a lot of last minute changes, but in the end we were together and that's all that matters.   This momma was happy.

We ate , and ate, and then had pie.  Then napped.

So pretty much a perfect day. lol

Hoping your Thanksgiving was a good one also.

Glad you stopped by. Thanks, Vicki

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giving Thanks..........dress it up

You still have time to make this yummy pumpkin bread before Thanksgiving.  I have been making this for years and it's my very favorite.  Super easy to make and freezes great!     If you have some special people you are thankful for and would like to give them a thoughtful gift this week, here is a fun way to dress up some little loaves using Fancy Pants Designs "True Friend" Collection.   Or they would be fun to dress up just to take were ever your going for Thanksgiving :)

For these little bands around the loaves I cut two borders and stitched them together.  I used Accucut Borders #4

The Fancy Pants "True Friend" Collection has so many darling pieces of coordinating ephemera , buttons, stickers ect... it's easy to put simple tags together in a flash.

Another tag. The bow on this one is my Accucut bow die BOWS VC106


Here is my recipe for Pumpkin bread/or Muffins

Pumpkin muffins/bread
3 cups sugar 
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 (15oz cans) pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinn
1 tsp nutmeg
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
Combine all ingredients and mix with electric mixer. Pour into muffin tins or loaf pans sprayed with non stick spray. Makes 3 large loaves or 3 dozen muffins.
Bake at 350
Bake loaves approx 60 minutes and muffins approx 30 minutes

Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving!!!


Monday, November 23, 2015

"Thankful and Bessed" Canvas

Hi everyone! Boy here we are the week of Thanksgiving here in the US and I still have two Thanksgiving posts to squeeze in before Thursday.  I better get busy.  It's going to be a busy week.   I've been meaning to share this simple canvas I made using a free printable from Eighteen 25
So generous of them to share this gorgeous printable for free
If you need a little something for last minute you go.  I had this old canvas in my "repurpose bin" that I used.

Super simple, I just printed it off on cardstock, matted it on some pretty papers, and embellished with ribbon and sequins.

It was very pretty without the sequins but I really love how it looks with them now also!

Of course you can print them any size.... so you have a lot of options :)


Friday we had our first real snow.  They kept talking about it and it just wasn't happening, so I decided I had time to run into Fremont ( about 20 miles one way) to get some of my Thanksgiving groceries out of the way.
Next time I need to just wait.  Because by the time I got back home I was driving in this.  Luckily home is just a left turn at that stop sign.   It wasn't fun.

But it didn't last long. Late afternoon it was over and this is all we got.   I took this photo with my phone while sitting on the couch.  This is looking out the front livingroom window.

I was really curious how Lily was going to deal with the snow and the wind, since this is our first winter with her.  She hates being cold so I was concerned we were going to have trouble getting her to go outside.  When the snow and wind whip our here they really whip!  They both went, but were back up at the door and ready to come in the minute they did their business.  I don't blame them lol

By yesterday all the snow was gone for the most part.   I ran over to your neighbors Andrew and Kates to snap a few family photos for them.  They are just the most darling little family ever.  Andrew and Wes met in College and have been friends for years.   It just so happened that they ended up buying a farm just up the road a ways from us.   

Kate, Andrew and baby Laya

Just another thing to be thankful for this week of Thanks.

I'll be back with another post tomorrow, so please stop back by.


I love that Nova ( the dog) had to be in the top photo... and one of the cats in this one.

I'm so impressed with how this young family gardens and  cans.   Andrew showed me some of what they did this Summer with their produce. WOW!    They shared Apple and Peach Butter with me and some farm fresh eggs for my Thanksgiving baking.  Lucky me!

That is quite a Bounty!
And doesn't it look pretty with the light shining on it?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

"Love the Here and Now" layout using Adornit Family Path Collection

Hey Everyone! Today I'm here to share a layout created with the Family Path Collection from Adornit.   If you aren't familiar with all all the amazing products Adornit offers these days, be sure to check out their website.  HERE     You can also see their blog HERE
I wish everyone who crafts could have the opportunity to meet Carolee McMullin and her girls. They are the most amazing group of kind, creative, talented, down to earth  ladies you could ever want to meet.  Amazing women who work together... setting trends in the craft, fabric and clothing industries. Between them, there is not much they can't do.
I've  know Carolee for years, and always enjoyed catching up with her at Wholesale and Retail shows. Through the years I've gotten to know her girls, and they are just as kind and personable as Carolee.
It's so nice to see a "family" working together to make a successful company in this industry.  I know how hard they work and the hours they put in ... traveling, working shows, deadlines, ect..all while raising families.. but they always smile and seem to look like they are having fun.  Always admire that about them.
Here is a video by Carolee that is interesting about how she began in the industry.

I'm loving this "Family Path" Collection, and I've been dying to do a layout with this new photo of Neely and Alan with sweet baby Tennessee.  Oh, I love these people!  I can not wait to hold that sweet baby boy!  I see a trip to CA in my future. lol

The background paper I used already had this as part of the paper :)   I added some paint using a stencil patterned behind the photo but  the elements of the bottom right of the page were part of the paper.   I added some Glossy Accents to the word "Love" and also to the heart that I added to the photo.

You can see that a little better here.       There are lots of great coordinating papers, stickers, wood pieces  and other elements that make creating with this collection super fun and easy.

My sis was here today and we worked on a little brag book album for her to show off photos of Tenn.  I invited her up today to do just that, because I told her she needed one going into the Holidays :)  She is loving being a grandma for the first time. LOVING IT!  It makes me SO happy to see her so happy!

Time to call it a night. Thank you for stopping by! You now I always appreciate you coming for a visit :)


Monday, November 16, 2015

My Tree Ornament for the Little Blue House 12 Days of Ornaments

Today was the second day of the 12 Days of Ornaments being shared over on The Little Blue House Blog.
If you are interested in making one of these little cuties .... you can get step by step instructions with photos,  and a supply list HERE in my post on the LBH blog.

Every day a new ornament is shared, along with the how to.  Also by stopping by each day and leaving a comment on the LBH blog, you have a chance to win the ornament of the day!    Here is the link to the blog


It was a pretty exciting weekend around here as you will be able to see from the photos below. lol
It was Dan's work weekend, and I have been having headaches A LOT ... so the dogs and I took it pretty easy.

It was icky and cloudy out today. A good day to stay in and make some soup. That was about the extent of my efforts today... but I'm glad I was tasty on a chilly day.

Oh yeah, then there was more of this.  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Here is to the start of a new week.  I'm hoping it's a good one for all of you.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

"So Very Blessed" Card Using the "Gather Together" Kit from The Little Blue House

I think I'm finally down to my last project to share from the projects I made with my "Gather Together" kit from the Little Blue House.   I still have paper left to work with , but this is what I have done so far.  Boy there is a lot of goodies in that kit!  You can see it all HERE
Loved this little owl.

Oh.. and if you want to see tons of other inspiration using this kit, check out the Little Blue House Blog


It feels like we hadn't seen my sis and brother in law for ages, since they had been away in CA meeting their first grand baby :)   While they were gone Keith had a birthday.   I would say a  grandchild is a pretty awesome birthday gift, so I knew we couldn't top that, but we wanted to celebrate with them anyway.  Wes and Amy were able to join us also.  It was really a nice evening.   We just went for a burger and then back to our house for cake.

I tried baking and decorating Keith a cake... lol  trust me it looked a lot nicer from the top.   Not perfect by a long shot but he liked it and that's all that matters :)

It's gotten CHILLY here all the sudden and the wind has been crazy!  Lilly and I are snuggling in on the couch, watching TV. Daisy is staying closer also :)  brrr  it's going to be a long winter with these two, because neither one likes to be cold.

I've got some other new projects to share so I'll be back  soon :)

Thanks for coming by!


Saturday, November 07, 2015

"Gather Together" kit projects from The Little Blue House

Hey everyone!  Here it is the weekend already.  Were did that week go? So much I wanted to get done, but just didn't seem to.  The weather is changing and for me that means more headaches than usual, so this week wasn't as productive as I had hoped.  But..... I did get up this morning and take everything thing down from the  soffet area above the kitchen cabinets to get it all wiped down. For some reason that is a job I dread, so I'm glad to have it DONE!   I started working on taking down all the light fixtures and cleaning them.  Taking a break before finishing.  I love living in the country, but the insects and the dust from living on the gravel road are a constant challenge. 

I still have a number of projects I created with my "Gather Together" Front Porch Kit from The Little Blue House to share with you, so I thought that's what I'd do today.

This was a challenge for me because I don't know when the last time was that I did a two page layout. I actually usually scrap 8 1/2 by 11 to begin with so a double 12x12  was a bit out of my comfort zone.  But... challenge it good for us all.  I'm glad to have these photos from the last Thanksgiving with mom documented and ready for the book.

This kit is packed with stuff!  I mean packed!! You can see it all HERE.

And you can see more inspiration from the other girls projects here on The Little Blue House Blog

Here is a simple little wrap idea for giving a loaf of bread. Everything I used it from the kit.

Inside is a loaf of pumpkin bread.  I have been using this recipe for years and have made it SO MANY times I couldn't count.  It's a good one!  ( and they freeze so well)  

Pumpkin Bread/Muffins

Well, here you go. If you get a chance... give em a whirl..they are pretty Yummy!
Pumpkin muffins/bread
3 cups sugar (I used less)
1 cup oil
4 eggs
2 (15oz cans) pumpkin
2/3 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinn
1 tsp nutmeg
3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
Combine all ingredients and mix with electric mixer. Pour into muffin tins or loaf pans sprayed with non stick spray. Makes 3 large loaves or 3 dozen muffins.
Bake at 350
Bake loaves approx 60 minutes and muffins approx 30 minute


Here is what the muffins look like.  So moist!!


This week forThowback Thursday and posted this photo of my Grandma B,  I sure miss her ....( and her sweet pink kitchen).  What I would do to sit and chat with her at that table now.
This is why I love photos SO much! In a flash they just take you right back to that time and place.  Oh... the precious  memories.

Speaking of photos. As if you need a reason to take photo.  There is still time to join in on the 30-Day Gratitude Photo Challenge.  You just follow along and take photos each day of things in your everyday life pertaining to the word of the day.  

5. Happiness
 These two little stinkers bring us so much joy and happiness it's crazy. We've talked about what it would be like without dogs, and we cant even imagine our home without them.

6. Words
Well, words are everywhere....but these I see often because they are on the self right above my work table.
7. Keepsake
I have many keepsakes. Things that just mean a lot to me. For someone else they might mean absolutely nothing.  But for me each one holds a memory of the person who gave it to me, and reminds me of them and how special they were, and how they touched my life.   This  cookie jar was given to me by Dans Grandma ,and I adore it.

hmmm.. I'm thinking I probably should not have taken my "little break" and stopped to write this blog post, because I'm finding myself  very unmotivated to get back to my cleaning :(     poo!  
Maybe I just need a little caffeine?  I guess I better give that a try. lol

Here is  to a Fabulous weekend ahead for you! Enjoy!
And as always.... I'm happy you stopped by!