Weekend Fun

Apr 7, 2014

Since Ter­ri and Laren live right in the heart of Deep Ellum, Sat­ur­day Alan and I head­ed down to see them, grand dog Lola AND go to the Deep Ellum Arts Fes­ti­val. Laren’s par­ents came down too so it was a super fun after­noon. First we walked over to Pepe’s & Mito’s to fill up on their awe­some Mex­i­can food. After we were all stuffed we start­ed walk­ing the streets. The fes­ti­val had some great bands play­ing and we had a won­der­ful time walk­ing, talk­ing, laugh­ing, dodg­ing rain drops and see­ing some amaz­ing art. I was so busy look­ing at art that the only pho­to I took was of this band. I can’t even tell you who they were but they were good. All the pho­tos of Lola were tak­en by Laren’s mom, Michelle. I was...

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Walk, Eat & Shop

Mar 5, 2014

To off­set all the calo­ries Alan and I have been con­sum­ing with just one meal a day Lola has been get­ting some nice walks when the sun decides to show its face. My gosh, Ter­ri and Laren live near so many amaz­ing places to eat.  Hon­est­ly, all we can eat is one meal and I can’t even fin­ish my entire meal. The food in Deep Ellum is so incred­i­ble. For Lunch/Dinner Alan and I went to All­go­od Cafe. He had their amaz­ing Chick­en Fried Steak and I had their OMGOSH lick your plate clean Truck Stop Hot Beef Sand­wich. This sand­wich was so darn incred­i­ble. Their mashed pota­toes are absolute­ly to die for too. I could only eat half of my sand­wich so Alan fin­ished it off for me. I have no idea how...

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Watching the Grand~Dog

Mar 4, 2014

While these two cuties enjoy a lit­tle vaca­tion in Cal­i­for­nia Alan and I are tak­ing care of our grand~dog Lola. Ter­ri and Laren live in the coolest loft in the coolest spot in Deep Ellum. So basi­cal­ly Alan and I cater to Lola’s each and every whim (treats, snug­gles, eat, pot­ty, and repeat) while we work dur­ing the day and then go walk to din­ner. Thank­ful­ly, Ter­ri and Laren come home tomor­row or Alan and I would need to pur­chase larg­er pants. Sat­ur­day, we walked to din­ner and ate at Pepe’s & Mito’s. It was super awe­some. We ate out­side and obvi­ous­ly this was before the cold front hit with sleet, ice and snow. I ate their Chick­en Chipo­tle Enchi­ladas and Alan ate their Rib Eye En Sal­sa Ranchera. We cleaned our plates. Sun­day,...

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Home For Christmas

Dec 27, 2013

This year, we seemed to cel­e­brat­ed Christ­mas a lit­tle bit at a time. We had a fam­i­ly get togeth­er with Ter­ri and Laren at their loft on the 23rd then a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion at our house Christ­mas Eve.  Christ­mas morn­ing, my nephew Brit­tain and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to see fam­i­ly and cel­e­brate Christ­mas with my par­ents. Alan and Ans­ley both had to work on the 26th so they could­n’t come along but when I return home they’ll have a small Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion with the gifts I bring back. We arrived at mom and dad’s house in the late after­noon and every­one was ready to exchange gifts. It’s always a flur­ry of excite­ment dur­ing Christ­mas at mom and dad’s. I’ve been very blessed to always have an amaz­ing Christ­mas. Mom and Dad...

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Chicken and Rice

Aug 26, 2013

This Chick­en and Rice recipe is so good I have to share it with you. My fam­i­ly loves it so much I’m going to need to start dou­bling the recipe. Ans­ley, Brit­tain and Alan are always sad there are nev­er any left­overs.  ...

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Nominate a Kid

Jul 19, 2013

Tomor­row, Alan and I go to pick up our youngest niece Bel­lie. It’s her turn to come and vis­it us for a week of fun and spoil­ing. This means all next week it will be Kids Week 2, on my blog and I’ll be post­ing all the fun crafty & arty things Bel­lie and I do in my stu­dio. I had a blast with Made­lyn dur­ing Kids Week 1. As I was get­ting all the arts and crafts sup­plies ready for Bel­lie I thought it would be fun for my blog­gers to nom­i­nate a child for a free “Kids Crafts” art box. If you know of a child between the ages of 6 and 10 that would love to receive a box of arts & crafts good­ies in the mail please nom­i­nate him or...

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Carrot Cake Pancakes

Mar 14, 2013

Today for lunch Kristy, Chris­tine and I had break­fast for lunch at First Watch. I decid­ed to try their Car­rot Cake pan­cakes because I LOVE a good car­rot cake and had to try it in pan­cake form. Well let me just tell ya, these pan­cakes were AMAZING!!! The kind of amaz­ing that you can­not stop think­ing about them and could eat them until you got sick AMAZING!!! But then when I looked at the Nutri­tion­al Facts for one pan­cake the sick amaz­ing quick­ly turned into sick amaz­ing guilt! Ugh… why do things that taste so incred­i­bly great have to be so incred­i­bly not so great for you? Even with nutri­tion­al facts guilt loom­ing over my shoul­der I’m on a mis­sion to find a super sim­ple car­rot cake pan­cake recipe that comes as close to the...

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EnviroTex Resin Key Chain

Jan 2, 2013

I cre­at­ed this key chain for my sis­ter, Belin­da. It was cre­at­ed in mem­o­ry of my broth­er, Richard who passed away from alco­holism, March 28, 2004. He loved the water and worked on a boat off the Gulf of Mex­i­co. I found this image of the anchor by doing a google search and the quote from Quote Gar­den. I had Alan resize the image for me to fit inside the bezel then print­ed it out on my laser print­er. Next, I applied Nunn Design Glue on the bezel and placed the image on top, press­ing the bub­bles out from under­neath the image as best I could using my fin­ger and paint brush for the cor­ners. Once I felt I got all the bub­bles out, using a paint brush I applied a lay­er of Nunn...

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Christmas Cookies

Dec 17, 2012

Over the week­end I baked sev­er­al of our favorite Christ­mas cook­ies. I dou­bled up on each cook­ie as one batch was for us and our local friends then made anoth­er batch for fam­i­ly in Beau­mont. Need­less to say our house smelled great all week­end. In case you want to try some or all of our favorite hol­i­day cook­ies I thought I’d share the recipes. This is a new cook­ie I cre­at­ed this year. Alan and I love them but Ans­ley not so much. They are a spice cake type cook­ie with white choco­late morsels mixed inside and are kin­da more like a brown­ie tex­tured cook­ie. I love spice cake as it brings back won­der­ful mem­o­ries of my grand­moth­er, so I thought I would try to hon­or her at Christ­mas with a spice cook­ie. Gram­my...

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Maya Road Linen Album

Jul 12, 2012

So hap­py to final­ly be able to share the Maya Road Cat­a­log for CHA-Sum­mer. They have some awe­some prod­ucts com­ing out this release and one of my favorite’s is their new 4″ Binder Linen Album that has 3 linen pages and 3 chip­board pages. I fin­ished my mini album using this album just in the knick of time too… I leave bright and ear­ly… no, wait it wont even be bright when I head to the air­port Sat­ur­day morn­ing, just ear­ly… ugh. I’m so not a morn­ing per­son… I just hope while I’m passed out in my seat on the plane I don’t drool. Okay enough of my trav­el­ing and on to my mini album… I had fun alter­ing this album with lots of amaz­ing new prod­uct. Notice the key in the cen­ter, it’s...

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Felted Flower

Apr 4, 2012

I have been hav­ing so much fun nee­dle felt­ing. Pret­ty much each night while Alan and I are watch­ing a movie or TV show I’m felt­ing. I find it very relax­ing. The flower shown in the pho­to above is going to be placed onto a tote bag I think. I post­ed a step by step tuto­r­i­al to recre­ate the flower in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop. If you are reg­is­tered for this work­shop make sure you check it out. If you are not reg­is­tered for this online work­shop it is nev­er too late. You can reg­is­ter any­time and have access to all the tuto­ri­als I’ve post­ed over the past sev­er­al years.  You can read more about this online work­shop HERE. To me it is so fun to take a piece of wool...

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Felting Bunnies

Mar 1, 2012

Late­ly, I have real­ly been inter­est­ed in the art of felt­ing. So the oth­er night while I was sit­ting with Alan watch­ing Amer­i­can Idol a few nights ago I  tried mak­ing a bun­ny. I can­not just sit and do noth­ing when watch­ing TV, it makes me a ner­vous wreck, so felt­ing is some­thing that works per­fect­ly for me.  THIS pic­ture TUTORIAL is what I used to make the bun­ny shown above. I thought instead of using yarn to make the head and body and felt to cre­ate the ears I could make them using wool rov­ing. This is an easy way to learn how to make adorable lit­tle bun­nies. Mine stands a lit­tle less than 3″ tall.   Last night, while watch­ing Amer­i­can Idol once again, I start­ed anoth­er bun­ny, but this time I’m going to...

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Memories made

Dec 27, 2011

The day I became an aunt was such an amaz­ing day. My sweet niece Aman­da was the first to come along and make me an aunt. She would come and stay with me and Alan for two weeks, each sum­mer. I would sit out­side on the patio and watch her as she poured water from a lit­tle pitch­er to a cup for HOURS straight or watch her play dress up, then as she got old­er show her how to put on make up and sur­prise her at a foot­ball game when she was cheer­ing as well as many oth­er spe­cial moments. Each time we were togeth­er we watched or talked about the movie Cin­derel­la. We’ve watched it so many times I can hon­est­ly say, I lost count. But since it is my favorite movie...

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The Garden Fairy

Oct 13, 2011

This lit­tle album is one that can be found in my book Delight In The Details. The inside of the album was not able to be shown so I thought I would share it with you. The pho­tos used are ones I took of my niece Made­lyn when she and her fam­i­ly were stay­ing with me and Alan dur­ing hur­ri­cane Rita, sev­er­al years ago. Made­lyn was hav­ing so much fun run­ning around the back­yard dressed up as a fairy. I just let her play while I snapped away catch­ing her each and every move. I print­ed each of the pho­tos in black and white onto a trans­paren­cy then used a sewing machine set to a straight stitch to attach each pho­to to the pat­terned paper. You need to real­ly pay atten­tion to where you...

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Vintage Finds for Classes…

Sep 13, 2011

While Alan and I were down sur­pris­ing my nephew this past week­end, I did some junk­ing and antiquing with mom and dad. I found some awe­some items to incor­po­rate in my class­es such as alu­minum jel­lo molds, milk bot­tle caps, sheet music, milk glass, vin­tage trims, lace, doilies and the best find of the day were these adorable vin­tage ceram­ic angels. They were made in Japan and are num­bered. I can­not wait to get home from ScrapFest next week and begin work­ing on some class sam­ples to teach at The Crafty Scrap­per. I was able to pur­chase 24 of these lit­tle cuties in pink and blue so the class will be lim­it­ed. If you are inter­est­ed you best sign up as soon as sign ups are avail­able because there will not be anoth­er class...

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Friday Night Lights

Sep 12, 2011

Thurs­day after­noon, Alan and I head­ed down to Beau­mont to sur­prise my nephew Brit­tain at his Home­com­ing game, Fri­day night. I love try­ing to sur­prise my niece’s and nephew although the old­er they get the hard­er it gets. But I did it this time and it was so fun. See­ing a sur­prised smil­ing face look­ing back at you while you hold a sign say­ing, I♥ #22, is the best feel­ing in the world. Warn­ing: This post is heavy on Fri­day Night Lights pho­tos. Brit­tain was part of the Home­com­ing Court and before the game they per­formed all the Home­com­ing fes­tiv­i­ties. Mom and Bel­lie wait­ing for the game to start. As you can see Bel­lie was ready to see some action. She had not warmed up to me quite yet. But once she did she...

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Back to Reality…

Aug 22, 2011

Today, sum­mer is over as Ans­ley start­ed back to school as a senior. My good­ness did these years pass by fast. I still can­not believe this is her last year in high school. I best enjoy her as much as pos­si­ble this year as I know she will be ready to fly the coup soon. Which brings me to ask this ques­tion… What in the world will Alan and I do with just the two of us at home? We have always had a child in the house as I mar­ried Alan when Ter­ri was 2 years old. I’m just going to put all this way deep in the back of my mind for now and share with you some pho­to col­lages from my trip to Buck­han­non, WV. It was an awe­some vis­it with...

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New things in the works…

Jun 20, 2011

This week­end, Alan and I worked on cre­at­ing a new busi­ness card, logo and web­site. I’m lov­ing my busi­ness card! It real­ly does rep­re­sent my style and love of all things vin­tage. What do you think? My logo will look sim­i­lar to the busi­ness card and are you ready for this… my new web­site is going to be black and white… I’m going with a crisp, sim­ple, ele­gant look. It’s almost ready so don’t be sur­prised when you come vis­it me one day soon and it looks total­ly dif­fer­ent. It’s going to be easy to nav­i­gate and you’re going to love it. I’ll cer­tain­ly have a “debut” give­away ready for some lucky win­ner when it launch­es. Alan is even includ­ing a forum. So PLEASE, please, please par­tic­i­pate with me. I plan on post­ing lots...

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Goofiest Dog Ever..

May 25, 2011

Chief is such a fun dog to have around. Alan and I have always been huge gold­en retriev­er fans… love, love, love this breed. Well, Chief came to us unex­pect­ed­ly and at first we just were not sure we want­ed anoth­er great big dog that was not a gold­en. Well, after one day with this big boy we fell in love with him and all his goofy ways. He is a huge softy and has the best per­son­al­i­ty. So need­less to say, he nev­er left our home. You would think all this dog does, as well as my hus­band Alan, is sleep on the couch. Hon­est­ly, Alan works all the time and Chiefie just loves to be the hard work­ing super­vi­sor as you can see from these pho­tos. When he is not super­vis­ing Alan...

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Cherry Soda

May 19, 2011

Yes­ter­day, felt like a play day… no work just play. I start­ed cre­at­ing a project using the June Kit ~ Cher­ry Soda by Cocoa Daisy. This kit and the add ons are so bright and fun I can’t put it down. As you know most of my work is done with lots of cream col­ors from old book pages and oth­er ephemera so this is quite a change. And a change I guess I need­ed at the moment. I’m hav­ing so much fun that I thought I’d share a tiny sneak peek with you. Just love the loads of sum­mer col­or. If you’re a Cocoa Daisy sub­scriber you can pur­chase the main kit and add ons start­ing, May 28th. Those that are not sub­scribers can make pur­chas­es, June 1st. But… this means you take...

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Another fun Blog Bounce

Mar 8, 2011

If you are com­ing here from Francine Clouden’s blog glad you’re here! If not, make sure you check out all those par­tic­i­pat­ing in this months blog bounce as it is so fun to see how every­one inter­pret­ed the theme “Favorite Treat”. And since spring is just around the cor­ner I thought I would share with you one of our fam­i­lies favorite spring treats. I’ve been mak­ing these “Bird Nest” cup­cakes since I was a lit­tle girl with my Mom. To me it just does not seem like spring if I don’t make them. I’ve made these with my girls each East­er and will most like­ly make them every East­er even when the girls no longer live at home. They are just a part of my child­hood I like to reflect on each year. Below is...

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