Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend Snapshots

Like I said, in my previous, Friday Faves post, we finally had a weekend at home.  Woohoo!  The boys woke up, before the sun even rose, on Saturday morning, to make use of my hubby's trout fishing license.  Unfortunately, they only caught a couple of little bass, but it was the fun they had that really mattered.  Us girls tried to sleep in but found our minds busy with thoughts of the day ahead, which included turning those scrumptious apples we picked, back here, into loads and loads of yummy apple butter.  And here's how it all takes place in my teeny tiny kitchen.  These are my precious and invaluable, peeling and coring helpers...
and this is my prep space...
which lies right next to the stove top, where all the cooking and canning happens.  The jars you see here are awaiting their turn in the boiling water bath.
And here are the finished jars, waiting to be dressed up and gifted to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and passers-by this holiday season.
We made 41 pints in all, folks!
For those of you who immediately started counting ;), one jar, from our lot, went straight into our fridge, and another broke during the canning process.  That's what I get for trying to recycle!  Ugh!
Believe it or not, we still have all these beauties left for making pies or applesauce or just munching on or whatnot.
After eight hours of making apple butter, I still took a little time to whip up a yummy apple crisp to go with our dinner, before attempting to get the sticky off of everything, from dishes to floor, in my kitchen.  Mmmmm!
Needless to say, I didn't have energy left for anything, that night, other a funny movie and cuddle time with my hubby.  Oh!  And sometime, during the whole process, my little kiddo got a birthday gift from her Aunt Hannah and Uncle Johan.  Thanks, guys!  She LOVES it to pieces!
Sunday morning brought church again.  Then, we were home to attempt to clear the fridge of leftovers and make room for tonight's new groceries, before nap time and a leisurely stroll to the park for a little playtime and to end the weekend right.
Thanks so much for peeking in, ya'll!  We aren't much into celebrating Halloween for a number of reasons.  So, like I said before, we'll be making a trip to the grocery store and enjoying a beautiful, fall day; but to those of you who are, stay safe and be blessed!  Hugs!

Friday Faves

Hey, ya'll!  I trust you all had a wonderful weekend!  Ours was full and fun, and I'm so glad that we just stayed home for once.  I'll have pics later today, but with all the chaos of last week, I realized that I never shared my October Friday Faves.  So, without further ado, welcome!  It all begins with Noel Mignon's newest Hudson Valley kit.  Love, love, LOVE all the layers of fall goodness to which each little pic of this preview alludes!  Plus, I see a stampy journaling block, lots of kraft, yummy trims, and pumpkins, ya'll!  Need I say more?!
I absolutely adore the playful fonts, not to mention useful sentiments, in Paper Smooches' Chit Chat stamp set!
This week's sponsor over at The Play Date Cafe is Kraft Outlet, and while I was snooping around in their shop, I found this amazing, Jenni Bowlin Memo Note Book and immediately fell in love!  Just imagine all the layering and distressing and journaling and stamping possibilities, ya'll!  Yummy!
I also did a little perusing through Stampin' Up's Clearance Rack and found a couple of oldies but goodies that I really love, including their Build-A-Brad kit...
and these sweet, little, Fleurette Accents & Elements.
And finally, I didn't forget that I promised you all a parade of goodies from our stop, on our South Dakota Vacation, at the Lincoln, Nebraska, Art Festival.  The first thing that caught my eye were these amazing, wood pieces, from Sue Mersman Marquetry, totally created from the natural colors of different types of wood.  There's no staining involved, folks!
I completely fell for these whimsical, brass and gold, garden fountains by T's Pots of Gold!  A teacher of a gardening class, that I took, once said that no garden is complete without a water feature.  One of these would be the absolute perfect finishing touch to my garden, and I'd bet yours, too!
Speaking of gardens, why not try one of Bill Brackett's, of Oak-N-Iron, steel flowers on for size?  Let me tell you, too, that this mum was just my favorite at the show; but if you stop by his website, you'll find a boatload of other beauties from lilies and roses to irises and even venus fly traps!
And isn't this PLOOB (Plastic Layers of Old Bags) bag, from Just Plain Jane, just the cutest, not to mention a great way to recycle?!
Last but certainly not least, while we were souvenir shopping, in Keystone, South Dakota, we ran into Angela Olson's Silk Fudge Shop and were licking our fingers clean!  My favorite was this Mint Chocolate Fudge, but she's definitely got something for all you fudge lovers.  Her Most Popular Fudge Combo would make a delicious, Christmas gift!
Oh!  And Adina and I both came home with a pair of warm and comfortable Minnetonkas.  I got a pair of Taupe Suede Thunderbird II (5th from the left below)...
and Adina is loving her Hot Pink Suede Children's Thunderbird (2nd from the left below)!
That's all, for now, ya'll!  But I'll be back, in just a bit, with lots of pics from our weekend.  Until then, have a fantastic start to your work weeks!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Papercraft Star #68 & Color Throwdown #165

TGIF!  Today has been a long time coming for us!  It just seems like school this week, in particular, has been super tough for my big guy.  Maybe we're just ready for a break.  Fortunately, we only have a few weeks left before Thanksgiving Break.  Woohoo!  Can you believe it'll be November next week?!  I think that November has got to be my most favorite month of the year, and nothing, absolutely nothing, can stop me from wearing a smile all month through... Hopefully... Maybe... Is that possible :)?

Anyway, I tied many of the warm colors of fall into a bit of a springtime beauty, for you all, today.
I started this card by piecing lots of color-coordinating, patterned papers, from my scrap bin, onto a piece of computer paper; machine stitching, with white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, between all of their connections; adhering the prepped piece to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face; and finally, machine stitching, with more, white-threaded, zig-zag stitches, around the outside edges of the patterned, paper-pieced piece.  I then punched lots of cloud shapes from a piece of Baja Breeze cardstock, dry embossed it with the polka dot design, distressed its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks, and adhered it, near the center of the card face, with foam tape, before stamping the "just because..." sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, just under its bottom left corner.
Finally, I stamped the butterflies, in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie inks, on Whisper White cardstock; hand cut them out; glittered them; adhered them, just at their centers, in their respective locations; and anchored them with color-coordinating buttons, laced with hemp twine.
Inspiration for this card came from two, new challenges for me, including Papercraft Star's Challenge #68...
and Color Throwdown's Challenge #165.
Thanks so much for the inspiration, designers!  And thanks, to you all, for peeking in!  Have an extra terrific and super relaxing weekend, ya'll!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Flora & Fauna I - butterflies & Funky Foliage - sentiment (Wplus9) Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, yellow design, & olive stripe (SU); yellow floral & soft orange star (JBS); green flourish (Webster's Pages); yellow polka dot (Crate Paper); yellow pinwheel (Cosmo Cricket); multi-colored plaid (Paper Studio); aqua floral (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, & Daffodil Delight (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: white thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Cloud punch (Fiskars); foam tape (Scotch); polka dot embossing folder, Dazzling Diamonds, & orange buttons (SU); Big Shot (Sizzix); yellow button (New Phase); hemp twine (Amy & Laurie)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

PS SPARKS Challenge & CPS 241

Hey, guys!  Just popping back in here, as promised, with a sweet, little card I made for another friend in need.
I started this card by adhering a piece of green, gingham, patterned paper near the left edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock and machine stitching, with brown-threaded, straight stitches, around its edges, before doing the same with a slightly smaller, woodgrain, patterned paper, which was adhered inside the previous paper.  I then stamped the "hang in there" sentiment, in Chocolate Chip ink, vertically, along the bottom right edge of the woodgrain, patterned paper, before adhering the entire, prepped piece to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face and distressing its edges with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks.
A length of frayed, brown, floral fabric was then wrapped, vertically, just right of center, around the card face; tied, in a bow, near the card's top edge; and embellished with an orange, button blossom, laced with three, hemp twine bows.
The Crumb Cake, cardstock heart and its orange, argyle, patterned, paper frame were both cut with my Cricut; adhered together; dry embossed with the woodgrain pattern; and adhered, with foam tape, just below the embellished bow.  I then filled in the heart with the squirrel image hanging from the branch.  The images were stamped, in Jet Black ink, on Whisper White cardstock; colored in with Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, and Chocolate Chip inks and a blender pen; hand cut out; adhered, with foam tape, in their respective locations, and dressed up with stamped, in Garden Green ink, glittered, and hand cut, pine needles.
Inspiration for this card came from Paper Smooches' current SPARKS Challenge...
and Card Positioning Systems' Sketch #241.
Tomorrow's Friday, ya'll!  Woohoo!  Have a good one, and thanks so much for dropping by my little neck of the woods!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Hang Ups (Paper Smooches) Paper: Whisper White & Crumb Cake (SU); green gingham & orange argyle (Nikki Sivils); woodgrain (Paper Studio) Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pink Pirouette, Garden Green, & Chocolate Chip (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger); Jet Black (StazOn) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft); foam tape (Scotch); brown floral fabric (BJ's grandmother); Dazzling Diamonds & orange button blossom (SU); hemp twine (Amy & Laurie)

Dear Santa Winner & More

The winner of Dear Santa is Karen B., who said...
Fabulous card! I love that you've added the pin! And a fun game too, I saw details of the stamps that I fell in love with and now I think I need ALL of them! Here's my guess: Birds and the Bees, Guiding Light Sentiments, Hope Seed Co., Funky Foliage (Flowers seemed a bit too small, but they are pretty interchangeable!) then Spring Post, Damask Frames, Pile it On, Very Vintage Greetings, Woodgrain Silhouettes, Retro Girly Birthday!
Congratulations, girl!  I got your package sent off, to you, this morning.  Enjoy!  And I just love that Karen found a new appreciation for many of these gorgeous sets through this little challenge.  Thanks for sharing that with me, in our email exchanges, Karen!

I'll be back, later tonight, with a sweet, little card for a friend in need; but before that, I wanted to remind you all that we've got two, new sketches, Challenge #57 and Challenge #58, going on over at the Sketches in Thyme Blog, as well as a DT Call, where Tiffany is looking for your takes on this beauty.
All of the above ends this coming Monday, October 31, 2011, and we'd just LOVE to see what you can do with any or all of them.

Oh!  And I'd also be honored if you'd all run on over to the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker Blog, because I've got one of yesterday's creations featured there today.  Plus, you'll find an awful lot of fantastic projects, using Nikki's fun designs, to inspire you, too.  Anyway, woohoo!  Thanks so much, Julie and Nikki!  I'm thrilled!
And thanks, to you all, for stopping by!  I hope to see you all back here in just a bit!  Hugs!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

PDCC105 - Kraft Outlet

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe's Challenge #105!  You all wowed me with all your amazing creations last week, so much so, that I cannot wait to see what you've got up your sleeves for this week's kraft/taupe, flesh, and cadet blue color story!
Our sponsor for this week is Kraft Outlet.  So, please be sure to sure to stop by their link to check out all the fantastic goodies they have in store for you.  I found all kinds of surprises!
As soon as I saw this color story, I immediately new that I was going to put together a baby, inspiration card for you all.  Don't those colors just speak baby?!
I started this card by stamping the "thankful" text, in Brocade Blue ink, across a piece of blue, polka dot, patterned paper.
I then trimmed it, across its bottom edge, with a piece of striped, patterned paper and, down its left side, with a punched strip of Blush Blossom cardstock, before machine-stitching everything together with lots of brown-threaded, straight stitches and adhering it to the Crumb Cake, cardstock, card face.  A length of white, seam binding ribbon was then wrapped, vertically, around the card face, just to the right of the punched, cardstock edge; tied in a dressy bow; and embellished with a blue button, laced with hemp twine bows and a stamped, in Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue inks, on a Cricut-cut and ink distressed, Very Vanilla, cardstock tag, "Welcome BABY" sentiment.
The chipboard heart was painted with Ivory White, acrylic paint; distressed with Tea Dye and Antique Linen inks; glittered; and adhered, tucked under the sentiment tag, in the center of the card face.  The little, train image was stamped, in Jet Black ink, on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock; colored in with Brocade Blue, Crumb Cake, and Blush Blossom inks and a blender pen; hand cut out; ink distressed; and adhered, with foam tape, in its respective location, to complete the look.
Now, it's your turn!  You have until the close of the day EST, next Tuesday, November 1, 2011, to link up your takes over at the challenge link above.  And don't forget to use that link to find out what prize is up for grabs this week or to check out what the rest of the team has created with this amazing color story.  Thanks so much for stopping by, ya'll, and have a terrific rest of your weeks!

{Supplies & Tools}
Stamps: Kisses & Cuddles - train & sentiment & Defining Words - "thankful" text (Wplus9) Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, & Blush Blossom (SU); blue polka dot (American Crafts); stripe (My Mind's Eye) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Crumb Cake, & Blush Blossom (SU); Tea Dye & Antique Linen (Ranger) Other: brown thread (Coats & Clark); sewing machine (Janome); Scalloped Scallop punch (EK Success); foam tape (Scotch); chipboard heart & Dazzling Diamonds (SU); Ivory White acrylic paint (FolkArt); white seam binding ribbon (Zipper Stop); hemp twine (Amy & Laurie); blue button (Paper Studio); George & Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge & Cricut (Provo Craft)
 
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