Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Month According To Doris Day

My Month According to Doris Day

“Move Over Darling,” here’s a little “Pillow Talk” for this cold morning...(Brrr... “Baby It’s Cold Outside”)

Maybe “Someone Like You” knows what I’m talking about so let’s take a “Sentimental Journey” and I will share some things that are on my “Young and Foolish Heart” over the past month. I know that “Everybody Loves a Lover,” but this I am not right now. I am having a cruddy month. Fortunately, this only happens “Once In Awhile”.

First, I have PMS big time. After having 3 children it’s gone from 0-100. You’d think I was Satan’s Spawn instead of a Child of God. Seriously. I am an emotional wreck. During my niece and nephews birthday party last night at Chuck-E-Cheese, my big brother who is on leave from Iraq, made me cry in front of everyone from an ill-timed and off the cuff statement. Seriously.

Secondly, my husband works at an architectural firm and due to this economy, everyone has received a hefty pay-cut/benefit cut which will take effect in April. This is a big Seriously. “A Guy is a Guy” and my guy will take care of me because he always has and I know he always will. This is why I am “Bewitched” with him. However, I know “It Takes Time” for the economy to pick up and soon enough we will be dining at our favorite Mexican restaurant eating and enjoying “Tacos, Enchiladas and Beans.”

Lastly, I feel like I have no direction with my work. There are a million roads to choose from and I have no idea which one to take.  Do I push this or that avenue and how will it effect my family?  I’m frustrated and tired with my lack of focus. It’s like I’m roaming and just “Singing in the Rain” and “Forever Blowing Bubbles” randomly. So to sum it up, I know this will pass and I just need to “Powder My Face With Sunshine,” take my problems and “Put’em in a Box, Tie It With A Ribbon” and ship them off to God and loudly sing... “Que Sera Sera~Whatever will be will be.”

I love you all “A Bushel and a Peck” and appreciate you stopping by to hear me vent for a moment. “You are my sunshine” and “Why don’t we do this more often?”

Have a Happy "Doris" Day!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Premium Whipped Cocoa Milk Bath

While trying to decide what to make for several Valentine's Day gifts, I decided to start experimenting with chocolate.  I love the idea of a chocolate bath.  Doesn't that just sound yummy?  Well, I tried several different recipes until I found one that I could really "sink my teeth into".  I used it as a facial mask tonight and I'm telling nose is still smelling it and my skin is oh so soft.  I ended with a mix of premium Ghirardelli chocolate and fortified milk with fresh vanilla bean.   I package it in this cute little pink chocolate box.  How appropriate? 

Speaking of Valentine's Day, this is a picture of two of my children before church.  Baby didn't want his picture taken!  Believe it or not, this was not a posed picture.  They were just loving on each other.  Let me assure you...this does not happen often.

{Garnet and Lollie}

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My Debut at Swapping!

I am so excited!  I have received my emails saying that I am officially signed up for not one, but two different swaps.  My first two that is!  That's why I am so excited.  I've seen swaps for all sorts of things from notecards to flip flops.  While flip flops are okay, I am more interested in flexing my creativity and seeing what other great creative minds come up with as well.  I am really, really nervous about my swap partners likeing what I've come up with.  I guess this is normal for testing the waters.

Let me tell you a little about each... 

The first one that I signed up for is being hosted by A Swap For All Seasons.  It is a May Day Tussie Mussie Swap.  They are only taking 100 swappers and I believe are already up to 80.  The sign up it until the 28th.


The second, is a swap that is for miniture Easter baskets hosted by  Miss Rhea.  They will be crafted from yogurt cups.  Aren't these lovely?  The closing date for sign-ups are on February 26. 


This is going to be so much fun and I am totally squealing with delight!  I think I just need to find out who my swap partners are when the swap sign ups are closed so I can get a feel for what they'd like.  Then off to the flea markets to find some little treasures to tuck inside each and a trip through my attic to gather some other treasures!

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Ultimate Easter Cake! Can you say Cut-Up?

When I was little my mom always used to make Cut-up Cakes.  Is anyone with me?  In 1959, Baker's Coconut came out with a little book that grandmas and moms for decades to come would use.  There was also a 1973 edition.  In fact, my first birthday cake was the full bodied bunny.  I believe the official title was the Baker's Coconut Animal Cut-up Cakes.  Last year I made one, but jazzed it up a bit for Easter.  I tinted the coconut light blue for the body and sticked with the soft pink for the ears and feet.  I then added a pink with white polka dotted grosgrain bow around the neck.  It was so stinkin' cute!  Unfortunately, I have no pictures of it.  My NEW external drive with all my pictures on it died and I need A LOT of money to get the photos restored for now, they are lost.  I thought I'd add the cut-up diagram for anyone interested in making their own this Easter.  Enjoy!

{this is the one i made this past easter}

If you're interested in obtaining a copy of this little booklet...expect to pay a pretty penny.  I belive they are running between $10-40 on eBay depending on their condition, if it is an original and how close it is to a holiday!  Amazon also has several starting at $27 and run up to $50.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Yummy Vintage Cupcake Picks and Wrappers

I love vintage Easter cards.  The reason...color of course!  The taffy sweet colors of pink, aqua, butter and mint.  Mmm...mouthwatering!  There are all sorts of Easter images that I love.  Fuzzy bunnies and chicks, crosses, empty tombs, dogwoods, lillys, roses, birds, churches, fancy hats and the list goes on and on. 

I love to come up with new crafts using these little things.  If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to know!

As you see, I've made cupcake picks and coordinating wrappers.  These are now available in my Etsy store.


Monday, February 15, 2010

~Mr. Not Too Shabby~

I couldn't resist sharing what my husband made me for Valentine's Day. I was utterly impressed with this beautiful bouquet and, tongue in cheek, think it should be featured in Romantic Homes craft section!

{A husband is a guy who tells you when you've got on too much lipstick and helps you with your girdle when your hips stick.}

He used chocolates dusted with fairy pink sprinkles and pink candy foils. Silver tinsel rods and ballet slipper pink paper to create the cone. Adorned with delicate tissue paper tag and cut glass green leaves.

{pictures do not do these cuties justice}

{take notice to the scalloped, delicate petals}

{goat card i made him~we have two goats instead of dogs}

{cards my kiddos made with daddy's help~purse even has a working buckle}

{from my sister~lilly pulitzer pencils and cookies}

Happy Monday all!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

~Cupid's Jig On My Heart~

{cliffs of mohr, ireland}

My husband and I have have been happily married for 12 years in April. He was my high school sweetheart since I was 16 for a total of 16 years together. That is officially half of my life. I think at some point we all ponder on the things that could have/should have done in life and think how we would change or improve them so that it would have had a better or different outcome. I would have finished college, all three times I started! I would have been nicer to my parents and not given them such a hard time as a young adult. There are things about me that I would change...I'm scattered to say the least. I procrastinate...constantly! I don't like to make commitments because that way I don't let people down when I don't fulfill them. Artistically, my mind runs in all different directions always thinking of ways to improve or change things just to make them more beautiful. Focusing is a huge issue for me. It drives my husband nuts because he is as square as a box!

All this being said, I have to say that there is one thing that I am utterly, undeniably, whole-heartily committed to and that's My Michael. Meeting and marrying him, was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. He's my rock when things are smooth and when they suck. He stabilizes me. Loves me. Holds me up. Respects and honors me. During these past 16 years we've camped and traveled, hiked around Ireland together, we discovered our favorite town named Lewes, laugh at each others oddities and just have fun together. We've experienced together the passing of 3 parents, 5 grandparents, a very much loved brother-in-law, seen the miracle of birth with 7 nieces and nephews and 3 wonderful children of our own. In 16 years, we've lived a lifetime, and I can honestly say that it has felt like a day.
At sixteen, I had no vision of what I wanted my life to look like except that I wanted it to include Michael. And it does. And it will until death do us part.

~Happy Valentine's Day~

I truly hope each and everyone of you have a wonderfully blessed day.


{added blessing one}
{added blessing two}
{added blessing three}

{from my michael}

{valentine treats for my friends: whipped cocoa milk bath and candies}

{homemade bon bons}

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowed In with Ava Rose

The Ava Rose collection is one of my favorite fabric lines. I received a quilt from my mother's friend, Kathy. I instantly fell in love! The soft hues of aqua and pink are my favorite color combination. So sweet~especially for St. Valentine's Day. After seeing a lovely post by One Ripe Peach, I had a spark of inspiration for a Valentine tribute of my own.

{first attempt at ruffle edges}

{one of my favorite Bible verses}

{the finer details}

{sweetly hanging above my couch}

This is crafted from paper, fabric, crepe paper, glitter, my printer, Singer and glue. It also features mica glitter dots and a vintage ear bauble under the verse.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

~Easter Parade~ Nostalgic Wreath

I am already starting to think about Easter. How bad is that? We're not even past Valentine's Day yet! I'm posting pictures of a wreath I made. I made one the other year to sell, so I thought I'd do another. These are so fun to do. I love collages and putting a little of this and a little of that together to create something beautiful.



Apron Appeal~Rockin' Ready to Cook

{Me hanging my wash...or not.}

I never thought much about aprons before. I've always seen them as dull, dark, fruit print covered. Navy, hunter, burgundy or worse~brown. Nothing says yummy like a big dirt ball blowing up in front of you and sticking all over your clothes~blah! Unless paired with another bright color, brown should be reserved for the dirt on the ground you walk on...not clothing! Anyways, I discovered a whole new realm of aprons.
A couple of years ago, as I was skimming through magazines it came to light that aprons (in my mind) have been given a bad rap. Now, I love to see a bright, cherry kitchen with splashes of color from an apron, old or new, hung somewhere in plain sight. Not only are they a fashion accessory, but they also represent to me home and mom. More specifically, a mother's love. Hence the saying, tied to a mother's apron string. Now that I have two boys of my own, I don't see this as necessarily a bad thing. Of course, they are only 1 and 5!
The snow is coming down as we speak, so to brighten up the afternoon, here are some textile fancies!

Monday, February 8, 2010

We all scream for Snow Cream!

Here is Southcentral PA, snow abounds everywhere~and there's more coming! The last time we had a decent snow year was in 1996. I know these things well. It was my senior year and graduation got pushed back to the end of June. This time around I have 3 little children, two old enough to want to go out. Luckily, my husband loves the snow and is more than happy to take them out. After 20 minutes of finding clothes in the right size (notice I didn't say matching), and 20 minutes of dressing everyone they clomp out for a whole of 30 minutes. Anyone with children know what I'm talking about! Well...since I am inside my 83 degree house, what to do? Snow cream time! We ate this for dinner two nights in a row now.
Snow Cream
Now there are a multitude of recipes for this. My favorite is this: 8-9 cups of snow (If I have to actually remind you to get nice clean snow, don't bother trying this recipe.), 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and a Kool Aid pack.
All I do is mix in a big tub the snow and sweetened condensed milk. I serve in small bowls and sprinkle with Kool Aid. My favorite is Tropical Punch. Not too much, or it will be bitter. Stir and it's a tropical paradise in your mouth! Sweet and creamy. Just like rich, homemade ice cream on a hot summers day!