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Saturday, November 26, 2011

My Scrapbook Philosophy

Since it was my birthday last weekend, I gave myself some time off from dishes and cleaning and sat down to do a few scrapbook pages.  It's probably my longest running hobby, but it's been a little neglected lately.  I don't let myself get stressed out about it though because hobbies are supposed to be fun!

I'm currently working on pictures from around September 2010 (so a little over a year ago--not too bad)  And the way I've always done it is one running album for the whole family.  I work on 8.5 x 11 pages and put them in page protectors in regular 3 ring binders.  When one gets filled up I just keep going in a new one.  When I started scrapbooking 9 years ago, I was pretty sure I wouldn't  be able to keep up a book for each kid (even though then we didn't have any kids yet!)

"This year we have Emily in 1st grade and Meagan is starting preschool.  They are both very excited of course and I'm looking forward to a bit of quiet time in the afternoon while Asher is taking a nap."

The way I figure, I'm doing all this as a record for me, and if any of the kids are dying to have some pictures of their own to keep later on, we can make copies or scan digital versions.
"Meagan was so disappointed when we finished painting the house and it wasn't yellow.  I asked her if she thought it looked like chocolate.  She said "No, brown is like dirt and dirt is gross!"

So, how many other paper-scrapbooks are out there?  Have you switched to digital instead?  Or do all your photos live on your hard drive (I certainly have plenty there too!)

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Helicopter Cake and More

So, I'm sure you've heard of this little thing called Thanksgiving that's happening soon.

Hope you all have a great one!

I'm going to show you a little of what's been going on, and what's coming up.

I sent the girls to school today with turkey clips in their hair, and they were so excited that I added googly eyes.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Birthday

......to me!  

Yesterday I was treated to a massage at a spa and dinner out with the family.  I also got a couple of accessories for my cutter, and some extra combs so I stop stealing the one that belongs to my husband.

Today I was showered with pictures from the girls that they'd colored for me.  They've been working on the collection for a week. 

Among other things, Emily made me an activity poster--I get to finish coloring my family and draw my own hair.

One of Meagan's pictures was the box front of one of her favorite cereals, complete with box top and expiration date.

Plus, through the magic of Facebook, friends who I haven't talked to in years still remember to tell me happy birthday.

Festivities continue tomorrow as Asher turns 3! (poor kid's been confused all weekend about whose birthday it is and what's really going on :)

I hope everyone else is having a wonderful day too!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Flower Turkey

Stock up on fall flowers now so you can create these simple and adorable turkeys!

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These are my little flower turkeys and I'm going to show you how to whip up a rafter of your own.  (That's the right word for a group of turkeys, I checked on Google.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pumpkin Butter

How did I not know until this fall that you could make amazing fruit butters right in the crock pot?  Well, it's true, and I'm addicted.

Last week I made apple butter (blended apples in the blender, added sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice and let it cook down almost a full day)  So yummy!

Up next, pumpkin butter.  

This is a couple of different recipes morphed into one.

1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup apple juice 
1/2 cup water
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger

Combine thoroughly and pour into crock pot.
Cook uncovered on low for about 7 hours (uncovered), stirring periodically, until it's nice and thick.  Package in containers (I got about 2 cups of pumpkin butter from this recipe) and store in the fridge or freezer.

Then, put in on just about anything: bread, toast, muffins, french toast, pancakes, and...dare I say...pumpkin bread.

And as a final note, having tried to photograph a couple of recipes in the last week or so, I have a new respect for all food bloggers.  It is not easy getting food to look decent on camera, let alone want to reach through the computer screen and gobble it all up right now because it looks so tasty!
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Necklace Onesie

I attended a baby shower last weekend for a friend from high school (though we now live 700 miles away from our home town)

This is what I put together as a gift.

The flower is attached to a safety pin so it can be removed for washing.  Plus, my friend's baby will be so cute that no one will notice any spots where the paint snuck under the freezer paper just a teeny bit! 

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Maple Apple Chicken Salad

A few weeks ago when I wrote about creating a monthly menu in my calendar, I got some requests for the salad recipe shown in one of my pictures.  

We had it for dinner recently so I thought I'd snap a couple of pictures and share it with all of you.

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 TBS dijon mustard
1 clove chopped garlic
1/4 tsp pepper

Whisk all together.

Maple Glazed Walnuts
1 TBS butter
1 TBS maple syrup
1 TBS sugar
a few shakes of black pepper
1 cup walnuts

Combine all in pan on med-hi heat until butter melts and nuts are coated.  Lower heat to med and cook for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Spread on a plate to cool.  (Then eat a few, because they're so good on their own too!)

1 bag of salad greens...whatever kind you prefer
1 or 2 apples...again, your preference...chunked  (leave in a bowl with the juice of one lemon or lime and 1/2 cup cold water to prevent browning, drain before adding to salad)
1 or 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup feta cheese

Toss it all up in a bowl, drizzle some dressing on it, and enjoy!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I Get Around

Today you can find me in a couple of really amazing places.  (Unfortunately neither of them tropical)

My poinsettia pillow was featured on Knock Off Decor--a great site for getting all kinds of inspiration from great projects made for a fraction of their mail-order counterparts.

Also, I'm guest posting at Sugar Bee Crafts (one of the first blogs I started following.)   So head on over to see how I made these super easy flower turkey napkin rings

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Poinsettia Pillow

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Don't get me wrong--I'm not trying to skip over any holidays here.  I love November because it has Thanksgiving AND my birthday!  But while browsing the Pottery Barn website the other day I came across this pillow and knew I had to recreate it in my Christmas colors.  

Pottery barn original, which is no longer for sale

Felt (I used white, and used about 7 sheets)
Embroidery thread or crochet thread (I used crochet)
Pillow form or stuffing
Fabric for pillow
Coordinating thread for sewing pillow
Jingle bells (or buttons, or whatever you want to use in the middle)

I cut out 15 petals from the felt.  Five each of 6 inches tall, 9 inches and 12 inches.  After I cut these I changed the shape of the bottom a little, so that they were a little narrower.

I stitched lines down the middle of each petal using a longer top stitch and shorter bottom stitch.  To give each petal a bit of dimension I pulled on the thread a little before I knotted it so the felt scrunched up.

Make the pillow.  I had a pillow that I was just going to recover, so I measured it out and sewed a sleeve to fit around it.  I used pillow cover instructions from Madigan Made.  I also sewed a rounded edge for the corners.

Next it's time to build the poinsettia.  Lay the pieces out on top of the pillow to get the arrangement you like.  The large petals go down first.  The medium ones go in each of the spaces, and the smallest 5 go on top, lining up with the bottom 5.  To make it easier on myself, I used hot glue to attach the petals to each other as I built each layer. (But don't glue it to the pillow yet!)

Sew the bells into the center of the flower.

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Attach flower to the pillow.  Here you can do whatever you're most comfortable with--stitching or gluing.  I chose glue!  Since it's a decorative pillow, it won't get much use, and the jingle bells will certainly discourage any napping on it.

Now, go make your own pillow to match your Christmas theme--and then I'd love to see it!  Have fun!

**Lindsay at Country Girl Home just sent me a link to the one she made.  It's beautiful...check it out!**
**So did Mary from Sweetwater Style**
**Michelle from The Gluten Free Wife made several for a gift exchange**


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Super Saturday

A couple of weekends ago we had a big craft day at church and it was tons of fun.  I had a lot of help from some amazing ladies and everyone who came had a great time.

I wanted to just show off the things I helped with.

Some cards in the card kit

Potholder clutch (idea from eighteen25)

Christmas soaps

With that activity out of the way, I've been focusing my attention on a big nativities display I'm helping with, planning a Christmas activity for the young women at church as well as putting together little gifts for them, wrapping up some of those started-but-not-finished projects, and of course there's the ongoing keep the house running and people fed gig, PTO secretary, getting ready for the 3 birthdays in our house that happen before Christmas, and then Christmas.  And compared to what some of you are up to every day, that probably sounds like nothing :)

I'm excited to show you some of the things I've been working on, so hopefully I get to them sooner rather than later!

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Hair

Before and After pictures today are of yours truly.  And I'm addressing my irrational phobia of posting pictures of myself.  My friend cut my hair for me and I'm giving you the results.  There's the picture in the sidebar of course, and then another one for you from the side.  It was definitely time.

Old Hair

Here's what I'm playing with these days.

When I woke up this morning:

After I ran my large curling iron through it and added some sticky stuff.

Thanks a bunch W! 

This also means I play with fun hairstyles on Meagan instead (at least until it gets long enough and she's able to donate like she wants to)

Which version of my cut works best?  Anyone else with short hair have some favorite accessory ideas to share?

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