Tuesday, October 30, 2012

For The Birds

Do you recognize this?  If you do, then you know that this photo alone could strike fear into the hearts of many a viewer.  I remember seeing this image on our small t.v. and would know that what followed would be scary and probably give me nightmares ... but I watched anyway. 

And my favorite Hitchcock movie??  THE BIRDS.  To this day, if I see a flock of birds on a telephone wire, I get goosebumps and immediately these image from the movie pops into my head ...

And here's today's version!

But seriously, if you haven't seen this classic, grab some popcorn and be prepared to be totally amazed by the magic of Hitchcock!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Live in the Moment

Time ... it whizzes by like a runaway locomotive.

I believe in finding joy in THIS moment.   In the here and the now.

Yesterday is behind us and cannot be changed.

Tomorrow is just a fleeting thought and can change in an instant.

So EMBRACE today ... hug your loved ones and spend time doing those things that make you happy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

I Love Mondays ...

I saw this photo and just HAD to share ... as I scrolled down ... not knowing what would appear ... what finally did appear was so unsuspecting and cute that I laughed out loud! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Daughter

Where does the time go to?  Just yesterday I was holding YOU in my arms and wondering what kind of woman you would grow up to be.  And here you are, having babes of your own - and the kind of mother ANY child would want to have as their own!  Love you sweetie.  Hope you have a fabulous birthday!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sew fun!

My daughter-in-law, Chrysty, has been collecting travel size sewing kits when she goes out of town on business.  Today I put together three altered sewing kits, two using match box holders and one using a the match book idea.  Still a work in progress, but these three samples were easy and quick to make.  These would make such lovely little hostess gifts for the holidays ahead! 
I found that using washi tapes were the easiest to wortk with. Wrapping the little match boxes, even in very thin papers, added extra layers and opening the boxes were a bit more difficult.  So now I just need to get a nice variety of washi tapes to experiment with! 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Day of Creativity

I've been on vacation this past week, loving the time off and enjoying myself immensely!  Today I got to spend the entire day in my craft room which is a good thing as I have a holiday order from a gal for 20 Christmas cards.  I haven't posted my card creations in a while so thought this would be a good time to do so!

And here's a few non holiday cards as well ...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Road Trip!

It's time for an annual event. One that I look forward to every year. Once a year in October, my two sisters, niece, two scrapbook friends and I all take a three hour road trip south to Kansas City for a weekend FILLED with giggles, crafting, munching, an occasional wrong turn and shopping!  In past years we've attended the CKC Convention where they have classes and vendors. But every year the event seems to get smaller and smaller, so this year we've opted to do an all day / all night class at one of our favorite scrapbook stores in Shawnee, Kansas.

This store is like nothing we have locally, and the gals are all so friendly and they have ALL of the newest products on everyone's wish list.  And during their crop they have giveaways every half hour, lots of munchies and also serve us dinner.  So all that is left for us to do is CRAFT and SHOP.  It's gonna be FUN!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pineberry Shortcake?

I love Pinterest.  I find the MOST unusual things!  Take pineberries, for example.  I had never heard of them before now. 


The pineberry is said to combine the shape and texture of a strawberry with a flavour and smell closer to that of a pineapple.

They are grown in glasshouses, pineberries start off green, gradually turning paler as they ripen.

When the fruit is sweet and juicy enough to eat, the flesh is almost totally white but studded with red seeds - the reverse of the usual variety.

Discovered wild in South America and rescued from extinction by Dutch farmers.  They are smaller than most commercially grown strawberries, measuring slightly less than an inch.  Their growing season is March/April. 

I haven't seen these in any of our local grocery stores, but might check Whole Foods next spring to see if they carry them.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Perfect Halloween Appetizer!

I saw these darling deviled eggs and just had to share with my blogging friends.  What a quick, delicious and PERFECT appetizer for those Halloween parties! 

~~***Thai-spiced Deviled Eggs***~~


6 Eggs

2 Tablespoons thick coconut milk, cold (not low fat) or mayonnaise

2 Teaspoons Thai Curry paste (we used the Thai Kitchen brand)

1 Teaspoon ketchup

½ Teaspoon paprika plus more to sprinkle

½ Teaspoon spicy mustard

¼ Teaspoon Sriracha or other red chilli sauce

Salt to taste

For the pumpkin look -

1 spring/green onion


Cover the eggs with an inch of cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for a minute, then cover and set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and then fill the pan with cold water. After 5 minutes, peel the eggs. Slice each egg length-wise and gently remove the yolks.

Place the yolks and all the other ingredients in a small bowl and mash until very smooth. Mound the yolk mixture into the egg whites or transfer it to a ziptop bag and pipe it out. Wet your finger and pat the surface of the filling smooth. Using a toothpick draw lines to make the 'pumpkin' indentations.

Sprinkle with paprika if desired. Cut up the green part of the onion to make tiny stems and add them to finish off the pumpkin look.

Perfect stuffed eggs from:  http://www.foodista.com/recipe/RBMZQ6CT/thai-spiced-deviled-eggs

Isn't She Crafty !!

Okay, I admit that my daughter has no desire to be any sort of artist  ...  or cook  ...  or designer.  She is always telling me that the only reason she has a kitchen is because it came with the house.  And it's not that she can't cook ... it's just that she chooses not to cook.  And even though I have one of her artistic creations from the fifth grade hanging up for all to see, I don't think she's picked up a bottle of Elmer's glue since that spectacular creation was made.

So when she called me last week and said ... "Hey, mom, do you have any popsicle sticks and some styrofoam I can use for a project?"  Well, I almost cried for joy ... the tables were turning. Maybe with the birth of her to gorgeous children and becoming a fabulous mom, some sort of dormant creative gene was coming to life after all.  So with a little bit of guidance, here's a project she created for an auction event they are having at her workplace.  I think she did a FINE job!!!