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.


Yesterday Asher turned 3 and for months he's been asking for a helicopter cake.  I'm not so great with cake decorating, but here's what I came up with for him.


I took a big slice of the Costco chocolate cake we bought for my birthday that was Sunday and stirred it all up so the cake and frosting were mixed together.  Then I just scooped spoonfuls out on to a plate and smooshed and molded it into a helicopter shape.  I colored the tops of two popsicle sticks with black marker and glued one on top of the other.  When it dried I pressed them down gently on the top of the cake.  I was pretty sure my shaky hand would ruin the whole thing if I tried to draw windows or anything with frosting, so I just left it like this.  It passed--and he loved it!

Now that birthdays are done (a couple of weeks til the next one anyway) we'll move full force into Thanksgiving prep--just our little family at home this year.  

Then I'll spend several days setting up at the Festival of Nativities.
Here's a peek at a few things I made for decorations there.
I turned all these Goodwill vases into old world pottery.



I decorated a bunch of wine and olive oil bottles (don't worry, I didn't drink all--or any--of the wine from these) with spray paint and epsom salt.  You'll find a great tutorial there if you want to make some.  My added notes: primer works better than cheap white and they definitely need to be sealed with spray acrylic or the salt falls off when you so much as look at them.


I sure hope everything looks ok when I'm all done with my display!  I'll be sure to post pictures when it's complete, and then you can all be nice and tell me it looks wonderful.

And don't forget to come check it out in person if you're near the area at all.  Don't be afraid to bring your kids either as it's set up for whole families plus there are a couple of rooms with activities and displays just for them.


On a totally unrelated note, but keeping with the Christmas spirit of giving, check out my friend's Scentsy fundraiser to help one of our friends with cancer treatment bills.  If you love their items and might order some for yourself or Christmas gifts anyway, why not have part of it go to a good cause as well!

 
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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.)


Here's your supply list:
Glue gun
Felt (I used brown and tan)

Flowers--fall colors are nearly free at craft stores now because Christmas has moved in!
Optional:  Napkin rings and burlap, googly eyes, hair clip



First you'll need to separate your flowers.  The little plastic stem should pop right off and you can take each layer of petals off.  


Stack different colors of petals in a way you like them, with each layer being a little smaller than the one under it.


Glue layers together with hot glue.

Cut in half.


Cut a turkey shape out of brown felt and glue it to the flowers.  Add a tiny tan triangle for a beak.   I liked how they looked at this point--though if you wanted you could also add little googly eyes and a red wattle (thanks again Google!) they'd be really cute too.

To make the napkin rings I grabbed these little cardboard rings that I've had in a box for a couple of years (I knew I'd use them some day!)  


I cut a strip of burlap to fit around it and secured it with the hot glue.  


Next I put a ring of glue around the inside and tucked each end down in.  Your fingers will thank you if you've got a dual temp gun set at warm instead of hot :)


I also decided that these would be cute in my girls' hair so I attached a couple of them to clips.


If you make some of your own, I'd love to see them!



  

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.


Dressing
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!)




Salad
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




Supplies:
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**


  
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