Cupcakes & Frosting

Apr 6, 2015

I have to share with you an amazing frosting that is so simple and so good. I’m all about simple when it comes to the kitchen. I love to cook and bake as long as a recipe does not involve ingredients that are hard to find or is one that keeps me in the kitchen forever. If this is the case well, count me out on cooking that recipe. Ingredients Needed: Lemon Cake Mix or mix of your choice plus eggs, Water & Oil, Lemon Curd, Wilton White Sparkling Sugar, Cupcake Liners, So here is a fabulous cupcake recipe that is simple and does not take long at all. First mix a lemon cake mix as instructed on the box. Fill a muffin pan with cupcake liners, place lemon cake mix inside each liner  then...

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Altered Drawstring Bag

Mar 30, 2015

I found this cute canvas linen drawstring bag in the dollar spot at Target. I loved it so much that I grabbed all they had knowing I could alter them throughout the year. This design was super easy to make and is perfect to fill with Easter candy. Supplies Used: Easter Elements Tim Holtz/Sizzix Die, Burlap, Trim, Seam Binding, Fabri Tac, Pearl Beads, Silver Blank Disk, Jump Rings, Head Pin Tools Needed: Die Cutting Machine, Scissors, Bench Block, Brass Hammer, Long Nose Pliers, Metal Stamps Metal Stamping Supplies can be found HERE at PJ Tool Jewelry & Craft Instructions:  Using the Easter Elements die and burlap, die cut the bunny. Using Fabri Tac attach the bunny to the front of the bag Using Fabri Tac attach trims all around the top section of the bag as...

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Her “Happily Ever After”

Mar 9, 2015

Early Saturday, morning we all piled into the car and drove to Houston for my niece Amanda’s wedding. Saturday, was certainly a day filled with lots of love, happiness and a few tears. It’s amazing how fast time does fly. Amanda was a beautiful bride and married the best guy. We are all so happy to have Steve join our family. He and Amanda are a wonderful couple and we all wish them the very best. The Chapel of the Church of Saint John the Divine ~ Houston, Texas Mr. & Mrs. Steven King Newton Congratulations, Amanda and Steve. I love you....

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Mom’s Sugar Cookies

Feb 23, 2015

Ingredients 1/2 Cup Butter, Softened 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Egg 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2-3 Tablespoon Milk Directions Preheat oven to 375 Degrees. Cream butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat until blended. Mix in vanilla. Add sifted mixture of flour, salt and baking powder alternately with milk; mix well. Chill dough until firm 15-30 min. Roll to a 1/4-inch thickness on floured surface. Cut with 4 to 5-inch cookie cutter. Arrange on greased cookie sheet or one that is lined with parchment paper. I prefer parchment paper. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Mom’s oven is 5 min. mine is 7 min. Cool cookies on cooling racks completely then add icing. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 Dozen Cookies....

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Dazzle-It Rings ~ Dotted Ring

Feb 20, 2015

I was asked by Carmi Cimicata if I would be interested in participating in an upcoming blog hop for Dazzle It. The blog hop starts Monday, February 23rd and has lots of really cool jewelry designers participating. Since I am always up for any creative challenge I jumped on the opportunity. After viewing the technique booklet she included along with the products needed I decided to give a try at making the Dotted Ring. The Dazzle-It Rings by Giovanna booklet has very easy to follow step by step instructions which pretty much guarantees a successful project every time. Supplies & Tools Used: Dazzle-It Rings by Giovanna Technique Book, #12 Beading Needle by Dazzle-It, Beadalon Wildfire Black .006in/0.15mm Weaving Thread, Dazzle-It Czech 22g Vial SeedBead Orange, Lemon Yellow, Opaque Royal Blue, Scissors Click on each name below...

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Scrap & Stamp Arts

Jan 27, 2015

I’m really happy to tell you that I am featured in the upcoming Feb/Mar issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine. On pages 36-39 I share lots of creative ideas for storing art supplies, tools and more in my home studio. The best part is these items can be found inexpensively in thrift shops and antique stores and will give your home studio a warm welcoming feeling to you and your guests. I hope you take a look and find some creative storage ideas that work perfectly for you in your...

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Fun Getting To Know You Christmas Questions

Dec 19, 2014

Here are some fun getting to know you Christmas questions you can share with friends and family at a family gathering or party. I always find it interesting in how others celebrate the holiday season. If you don’t celebrate Christmas you can easily change the questions to fit your holiday celebration. My sister and her family arrive late tonight and I cannot wait to have some fun with everyone. You know I’m on “best weekend ever” notice for Madelyn and Isabella. I LOVE being their aunt. I have a weekend of fun all planned out that includes lots of hot chocolate, s’mores, cookie baking, holiday light looking and presents. It’s going to be a fabulous weekend. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? This year it’s all about Gift Bags.  2. Real tree or artificial? We...

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Now Selling At The Crafty Scrapper

Dec 18, 2014

I’m so happy to tell you that I am now selling my handmade vintage tin necklaces at The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. Carolyn Ross moved her amazing store to a new building and she now has a boutique that offers unique handcrafted items. So, if you are looking for a little something special for a friend, co-worker or family member please go check out her store. All my necklace pendants are created from vintage tins and jewelry pieces and each piece is one of a kind. No two will ever be alike. Also, I still have a few Mystery Goody Boxes available. If you are interested in purchasing one, each box is a Medium Sized Flat Rate box filled with new and very gently used products from major manufactures like Ranger, Maya Road, Fiskars,...

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I believe…

Dec 17, 2014

Originally Posted December 12, 2011 and to this day it’s still one of my favorites. Just recently my 8 year old niece was asking if Santa was real. My mom asked Madelyn what she thought to which she replied, I think he is real. Mom left it at that and Madelyn went on her merry way. I remember when I found out about Santa and for a moment I was sad but then discovered since I had younger siblings I was in a special secret club… I got to be a secret elf and help with wrapping and shopping which I just loved. I found this part just as rewarding if not more on Christmas morning. Watching my brother and sister run down the stairs, through the hallway and into the living room staring in amazement...

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Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Dec 16, 2014

A few days ago, my sister found this Lemon Crinkle Cookie recipe and shared it on my Facebook page asking me to make them when she comes to visit this weekend. I’m not sure who originally created this recipe but my goodness am I ever so happy they did. These cookies are amazing and have been given two thumbs up from everyone that tries one. I highly recommend you make these this holiday season, your friends and family will love them and you! Ingredients: 1 Box Lemon Cake Mix 1 Egg 2 Cups Cool Whip, thawed ½ to 1 Cup Powdered Sugar Directions: In a large bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and Cool Whip. The batter will be sticky! Form dough into tablespoonfuls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in hot 350 oven...

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Weekend of Holiday Decorating

Dec 8, 2014

The Christmas tree is the first item to go up in our house during the holiday season. Ansley designed this “Peppermint” tree a few years ago and we’ve kept it since. It’s a fun tree that is easy to put up and take down and lets face it during the holidays easy is the key word. Once the tree is all set Ansley and I start to plan how we want to decorate the house. This year it is all about lights. In the den, we decided to hang three wreaths with white lights and some garland with red and white lights in the bay window. We added white lights on the fireplace mantel and I accented it with some of my favorite vintage mercury glass ornaments, garland and green depression glass. I say “I” accented...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 27, 2014

During this day of thanks, I want to thank you for supporting me in all my crafty endeavors. You have supported me as a loyal blog reader with comments of encouraging words. You have taken my online workshops and classes, purchased my books, kits, art and more. There truly aren’t enough words to describe my thanks. Because of you, I’m able to have a job I truly love. You are appreciated so very much. Thank...

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New Listings in My Etsy Shop

Sep 30, 2014

I really enjoy needle felting and as you can see I’ve been busy. I find creating something out of a rolled up piece of wool fun and rewarding. If you live in the DFW area and are wanting to learn needle felting Carolyn Ross (The Crafty Scrapper) and I are trying to figure out when I can teach a class. So be on the lookout. This needle felted cupcake or petit four holiday ornament is created from brown, beige, red and green wool. It measures approximately 1.75″ in width and 2″ in height. The cupcake sits in a vintage candy mold and can be found in my Etsy Shop.  Each acorn base is needle felted from wool in colors of Teal, Red, Orange, Gold, Green and Light Green then accented with a dried acorn cap. The...

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Drying Acorns

Sep 23, 2014

Drying acorns is a simple process and allows you to bring a little bit of nature inside your home. If you don’t dry them you can end up with some unwanted creepy crawlies and I to this I say, no thank you. First you need to wash the acorns in water and give them a light scrubbing with a soft bristle brush, washing removes the dirt and any tiny bugs. Once the acorns are washed, place them on a double layer of paper towels and allow them to air dry for an hour. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Place the acorns (single layer) on a cookie sheet or any lipped pan into the warm oven, leave the oven door cracked open just a bit to allow moisture to escape.  Every 30 minutes you need...

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Happy Fall Y’all

Sep 22, 2014

To celebrate the first day of autumn I picked at least a bushel of acorns from our red oak tree. I’m now in the process of removing lots of little acorn caps to add to the tops of some handmade felted acorns. I love making felted anything and find my felting inspiration seems to come more in autumn and winter. I’ll have a few sets of felted acorns in my Etsy shop soon. I plan on drying the remaining acorns and placing them around the house. It’s great being able to bring a little bit of nature inside our home and from the looks of our red oak tree this winter is not going to be pretty. The branches all the way to the tippy top are filled with 100’s and 100’s of big fat acorns....

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Ron Hinkle Glass ~ Buckhannon, WV

Sep 19, 2014

Going to see Ron Hinkle’s glass shop is one of Mom’s favorite things to do when visiting, Buckhannon. She has made a visit to see Ron’s work every year I’ve been driving them to West Virginia. She’s also left with a bag full of gorgeous glass to bring home too. If you are lucky, when you visit, Ron might be in town creating some of his amazing glass pieces. If he is out on the road selling his glass items his assistant Richard is just as nice and loves showing how he creates glass items of all kinds and answering any and all questions about hand blowing glass. Heidi takes care of the gift shop and is the sweetest. Ron Hinkle Glass is a wonderful place to visit filled with wonderful people. This visit, I...

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Create Mixed Media Art Retreat ~ Artists Faire

Sep 18, 2014

Tomorrow, Friday night, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. I’ll be participating in the 2014 Create Mixed Media Artists Faire at the Wyndham Garden North Hotel Dallas. The address to the hotel is 2645 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas. I’ll be in the Couture Ballroom sharing a table with Caroline Lau/Maya Road and will be selling handmade jewelry and fabulous vintage packs of assorted greeting cards, cabinet card photos, jello molds and more. These items are perfect for collage, embedding into resin jewelry and assemblage art. Caroline is selling all kinds of Maya Road goodies. She always has some amazing goody bags which sell out fast so get there early as you don’t want to miss out.   It will be a fun evening so stop by the table for a visit. I’d love to chat with...

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Tamarack ~ Beckley, WV

Sep 17, 2014

If you ever find yourself close to Beckley, WV you should really take the time to look around Tamarack. This retail shop is filled with wonderful West Virginia artisans of all kinds. We always stop on our way home and each time we visit they have new artists. You will see some gorgeous handmade quilts and tucked among artisans work are lots of jars filled with local honey, bbq sauces and for those with a sweet tooth, handmade candies. Mom and I instantly gravitate to the molded and hand blown glass. You will find glass everything there, vases, bowls, ornaments, glassware etc. Dad being a wood carver he gravitates to all the wood working items. They have handcarved sculptures, bowls, toys, utensils, holiday ornaments and more. They have some bronze statues and coffee tables...

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I’m a Nature Girl Living in The Burbs

Sep 16, 2014

I have always loved and appreciated nature. One of my favorite things we did as a family growing up was to go sailing near Pleasure Island hopping from island to island or spending the day at Crystal Beach or Sea Rim State Park. I was always looking on the ground for fiddler crabs and shells, in the trees for nests and birds or picking flowers along the sand dunes. I’m still like that and find natures beauty in the smallest of things. Even though I live in the suburbs I still try to find and enjoy all the nature around me. I get daily pleasure in watching blue jays, cardinals, mockingbirds and house sparrows visit bird baths I have strategically placed outside my studio and kitchen windows. I love looking at the red oak tree in...

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Home and Missing the Old Family Homestead

Sep 15, 2014

I just returned from my yearly visit to Buckhannon, WV with mom and dad. I always love driving them up to see family. We have the best time together sitting in the car for 19 plus hours and literally laugh until we cry. It’s always a wonderful adventure with these two. But once home I miss seeing them every day and miss enjoying the quietness of sitting on my aunt and uncle’s porch listening to birds as they fly by, listening to a turkey or two and watching the deer eat pears and apples from trees planted by my great great aunts and uncles many many years ago. I’m truly a nature girl stuck smack dab in the middle of the burbs. Since family history is so important to me I thought I would...

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DIY Sugar Body Scrub

Aug 27, 2014

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (solid jar form not liquid form) 1 1/2 Cups Sugar (I used Imperial Pure Cane Sugar but you can use Raw Sugar if you want a coarser scrub) 10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oi Directions: Place coconut oil into medium sized microwave safe bowl for 25-30 seconds to melt. Add essential oils to melted coconut oil and stir. Add sugar to coconut oil and stir until mixed well. This sugar scrub makes enough to fill a small mason jar and one large medicine bottle, I know odd choice but it’s all I could find to hold the excess sugar scrub. This sugar scrub is not overly oily which is how I like my sugar scrubs. If you prefer more oil in your body scrubs you can increase...

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