Thursday, July 14, 2011

Poem ~ My friend

My Friend

Author: Patience Allison Hartbauer

 Thank you....for bring sunshine
 To my grey and gloomy days,
 For being there when needed,
 And for your caring,loving ways.
 Thank you...for encourgement
 When I was weary and distraught,
 For words of consolation,
 And for all the joy you brought.
 Thank you...for all of your prayers
 That where made in my behalf,
 For helping to ease the tears
 And replace them with a laugh.
 I can face a new tomorrow,
 For I know I can depend...
 On God..who sent an angel,
 And it is precious friend.

Card Making ~ Handmade Stamped Friendship Card for a Friend

Handmade Friendship Card

This card I made using a flower rubber stamp that I stamped twice together (I flipped the single flower stamp and stamped the stem end together to create a mirror image like on opposite side.) Colored in the stamoed images with colored pencils.
 The corners were punched with a decorative corner punch. I chalked with pink and blue. Then added green hand drawn spirals and those three tiny dots I use alot in my scrapbooking and card making. Then I took purple ink and inked the edges. Added a Butterfly sticker and the card was ready to give a friend. =)

Card Making ~ Handmade Thank You Card

Thank You Card

Supplies used:

Silk Flower
Ribbon: Vine, Polka Dot
Brads - 4 small gold
Ink Pad - Blue
Mini Sewing Machine to Stitch with white thread around "Thank You"
"Thank You" printed in Word and printed on printed paper.

Card Making ~ Handmade Birthday Card

Front of Card

Inside of Card

Supplies used:
Sayings; Outside - "Happy Birthday to You"; Inside -  "May Your World Sparkle with a Million Little Reasons to Smile" "Happy Birthday"
Flower Daisy Punch
Stickles Glitter Glue
Ribbon "Happy Birthday" (This ribbon was actually package wrapping ribbon that was part of a gift wrapping package.)
Cardstock - White, Blue, Yellow
Rhinestones (6)
Silk Flower
Glue Dots
Ink Pad - Blue; Black
Pen - Black Broad Tip (To dot around the punched out flowers.)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Another Kumihimo Braiding Video

I had several ask how to do kumihimo braiding and wanted to share another link besides one I had shared previously. This video shows how kumihimo braiding is actually done with a step by step instruction. I did not do the video, but found it on you tube and hope it helps those of you searching on this techneque. This person explains it step by step and slow enough for you to try it at the same time. Good luck to all of those attempting this for the first time. WARNING...Once you get the motions, you may become addicted to this techneque! ;)

Happy Braiding!

Fruit Pizza

It is that time of year when fresh and tasty fruit is available and usually on sale. This dessert is a favorite of my husbands, which he requests as one of his front runner desserts.

Fruit Pizza

1 pkg. of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese
½ cup sugar
2 tsps. vanilla extract
Fresh fruit, such as, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, manderin oranges and bananas.
(I like to place the sliced bananas in lemon juice before adding to the fruit pizza to prevent the bananas from turning brown. You can also use orange juice or lime juice.)

Roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough onto ungreased pizza pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, or untill crust is lightly browned.


Mix together cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla untill creamy.
Spread on cooled crust
Arrange fruit onto frosted crust and chill.

Slice with a pizza cutter and serve.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Wire Wrapping Earrings

My attempt at a techneque of wrapping wire over and over to create sort of a yarn ball effect.

A Beaded Kumihimo

This was one of my first kumihimo with beads that I made when I just started learning kumihimo (which has only been since this past October) and tried my hand at adding beads. Now I seem to be hooked on beaded kumihimo braiding. I love the different looks you get with how you place the beads. And look... it is complete with end caps and a toggle! =)

Coil Wire Wrapped Bracelet

I now ventured into wire wrapping and have tried a few different techneques.
This bracelet was made using the coil techneque and was my first attempt.

Some more wire wrapping with beads added...

Flower Watch

When my watch battery died in my everyday watch, I decided to go into my bead stash and used this flower watch that I found at Jo Ann's Craft store and also used some of the beads that I purchased at the recent bead show. And guess what... my watch battery started working on my everyday watch just as I was ready to go have it replaced. LOL!

Rainbow of Color Kumihimo Necklace & Bracelet Set

I have been kumi-ing (if that's the word for it) away for the past few months. Now I need to make time to add end caps and toggles.

This rainbow pieces below is one of the latest Kumihimo necklace and bracelet sets I made that I actually finished the ends. It is a favorite of mine and was already given to my mother in law this past week. She loved it and wore it right away. Now I need to make another! I will have to start stringing the beads to see if I have enough to make another.  This is a nice color combo that allows you to wear this with many things.

Here is a photo up closer...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Blessed With Happiness

May your troubles be less,
Your blessings more,
And may  nothing but happiness
Come through your door.

I recieved this quote in an email from a friend and really liked it enough to want to save it as a favorite and to share here.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Vidalia Onion Dip served at my Bunco

This recipe was a big hit at my Bunco get together with the neighborhood gals last month. Sorry there is no photo as it was taken out of the oven when everyone arrived and we started dipping in with nachos and spreading it on French bread. Makes me want to make this right now just thinking about it. Yum! 

Vidalia Onion Dip served at my Bunco

2 ½-3 very large sweet onions - finely thin sliced (approx. 4 cups)
2 cups mayonnaise
2 cups grated Swiss cheese (pkg from store only had  1½  cups, substituted ½ cup with shredded gruyere)
1/4-1/2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce or Sraracha hot sauce.
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
·        Note: This was how the dip was made for Bunco. First…Caramelize onions in a skillet with a little butter if desired before mixing with other ingredients. If using sweet onions and not Vidalia onions, you may want to add a touch of sugar. The dip at Bunco had a little turmeric sugar added since I did not have Vidalias.
(The actual recipe did not call for caramelizing.)

Actual directions below.
Mix onions, mayonnaise, Swiss cheese and Tabasco sauce. Spread into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with paprika to taste.

Bake for 30 minutes.
Serve just warm with crackers or Small slices of French Bread.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Apache Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of
your life.

Today we are enjoying the day off. And I am counting my blessings. Never take the day for granted. Sadly a neighbor friend of ours decided to stop chemo. It is a reminder not to take for granted that we have forever.

Make the extra effort and time for those you care about. Leave behind wonderful memories.