And Bis is resting comfortably nestled beneath the tree (and dining room table, didn't notice until now). What a wonderful gift already under the tree!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I am presently working on a Family Recipe book and am thoroughly enjoying it. There are some very very good cooks in my family. I love the recipes that have been handed down, and especially the handwritten ones. I hope to pass this book on down the line of generations. SO thankful for family and for the opportunities to share.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
These great "Christmas Gift Ideas" came from the Better Homes & Gardens "Food gifts" magazine. We made them today at the "Creative Play"/Crop from recycled items. Egg cartons, plastic produce containers, jars, cans, etc. and with simple, inexpensive household things. Just add your baked goods, rubs, dip mixes, homemade preserves and jams, homemade dog treats, and Merry CHRISTmas! So fun and easy....and so inexpensive!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Hosted a "Creative Play"/Crop again this weekend and had a wonderful time with a great bunch of ladies (12 in attendance). It is open to all arts/crafts. Great food, (each bringing a salad for the "salad bar") everything from Bluegrass Salad to Oriental Slaw. Had some great dessert salads( Congealed, Grape, and Apple Salads). Even had a couple of ladies bring breakfast (Breakfast Casserole and homemade Applesauce w/ homemade Biscuits). Each time, the money(fee) above the cost of having it, goes to a Charity/Foundation/good cause. We have been able to give to the MS Foundation, and the proceeds from this time will go to our local Humane Society. So much fun and so much creativity in one place. Some truly talented artists in this group of women.
These trees are made using bead garlands of varying colors and bead sizes and shapes. I made 3 trees of varying heights and they sit on the mantle at Christmas time, 2 on one end and 1 on the other. They are very easy to make, just take a little time and a few burned fingers from hot glue (ouch!)
For this book project, I used a file folder template to make the pages. The cover is made from a transparency sheet atop a patterned paper. Patterned papers were added throughout the pages. Added the ribbons and the lettering(chipboard, bling, stickers, rub-ons, etc.) to the cover. Inside are photos and journaling of things we do during the Christmas holidays to prepare like, decorating, shopping, baking, gift wrapping, family photo in front of the tree, sending Christmas cards, watching Christmas movies, etc.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This book w/handles is a "family" album that I made a while back. The book is by 7 Gypsies and I used papers from Scenic Route. I am happy and not really lucky, more like blessed to have a wonderful family. I love the time we spend together, like tonight, dinner out together. And glad my boys are not only brothers but friends as well. Close in age (14 months apart) and close in friendship. My 3 men and my 2 dogs....my happiness!