Homemade Hand & Body Scrubs

Jun 29, 2012

Each day while Made­lyn is vis­it­ing I’m doing some kind of fun craft or project with her. Yes­ter­day, she made some awe­some yum­my body and hand scrubs with prod­ucts I already had at home. Made­lyn had lots of fun and made 4 batch­es of each scrub. The pho­tos above show how she made her “Vanil­la Body Scrub”. Sup­plies Need­ed: Brown Sug­ar, Sug­ar in the Raw, Vanil­la Extract and Canola Oil, 1/2 mea­sur­ing cup, table­spoon, mix­ing bowl, mix­ing spoon, con­tain­er you will use for your body scrub Instruc­tions for ONE batch: Pour 1/2 cup brown sug­ar and 1/2 cup sug­ar in the raw into your mix­ing bowl and mix togeth­er. Place sug­ar mix­ture into the con­tain­er you will use to store your body scrub in then add 2 table­spoons of vanil­la extract. Mix the sug­ar...

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A Birthday Luncheon Surprise

Jun 28, 2012

Made­lyn had a super spe­cial day, yes­ter­day. In this pho­to she had no clue what fun was head­ed her way. Before com­ing to see us this week, she dis­cov­ered there was an Amer­i­can Girl store in Dal­las. Made­lyn LOVES her Amer­i­can Girl My Twin and want­ed so bad­ly to go and get her dolls ears pierced. So me being me could not just set­tle for that know­ing her 9th birth­day was so close… July 2nd. Before she arrived I called and made reser­va­tions for a sur­prise birth­day lun­cheon in her hon­or. Ans­ley and Ter­ri were able to come cel­e­brate with us and my mom and dad and her mom and Mal­colm made sure to send her mon­ey (unknow­ing­ly to her it was tucked inside her suit­case) so Made­lyn could pur­chase her beloved McKen­na doll. The...

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Rose Shaped Crayons

Jun 27, 2012

Made­lyn had such a fun time cre­at­ing these rose shaped crayons. All you need is crayons and gosh do I ever have a stash of crayons (I always saved those left over from Ter­ri and Ans­ley’s school days) and a sil­i­cone rose muf­fin pan. I found mine at Hob­by Lob­by in the cake sec­tion. I have seen sil­i­cone ice cube trays in the $1 sec­tion at Tar­get in dif­fer­ent themes so look there too. I saw hearts, stars and luau themes, just yes­ter­day. All you need to do is take the paper off of each cray­on, break each cray­on into 4 pieces, place into molds until the crayons fill each mold, place into pre­heat­ed oven and bake at 350 degrees for 10 — 13 min., remove from oven and let cool com­plete­ly. Once the...

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Craft Day with Madelyn

Jun 26, 2012

Made­lyn, niece #2 is vis­it­ing this week. Each day we have a craft day so yes­ter­day, we made a birth­day ban­ner and par­ty hat for her My Twin doll. She had a blast with this craft since her 9th birth­day is next week. Sup­plies Need­ed: Pat­terned Paper, Bak­er’s Twine, Alpha­bet Stick­ers, Dia­mond, Fruit Punch and Lime Green Stick­les, White Boa, Yel­low Seam Bind­ing, Adhe­sive Tools Used: Fiskars Large Scal­loped Heart Punch, Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, Scis­sors, Scal­lop Scis­sors, Sewing Nee­dle, Hot Glue Gun Instruc­tions: My Twin Hap­py Birth­day Ban­ner Using the Fiskars Large Heart Punch and the Martha Stew­art But­ter­fly Punch, punch 13 hearts and 13 but­ter­flies out of two dif­fer­ent pat­terned papers. Attach one alpha­bet stick­er in the cen­ter of each punched but­ter­fly to spell “Hap­py Birth­day” Apply adhe­sive to the back of...

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My Mom’s Birthday…

Jun 25, 2012

Today, marks my mom’s 70th birth­day!!! Or maybe I should say, today marks the 35th anniver­sary of her 35th birth­day? If you have my book “Delight in the Sea­son Craft­ing a Year of Mem­o­rable Hol­i­days and Cel­e­bra­tions” you know she and I have cre­at­ed all my life. So in hon­or of mom’s birthday/anniversary cel­e­bra­tion, how about a book give­away? All you have to do is leave mom a birth­day wish in this blog post, then when we hit 70 wish­es I’ll have her pick a win­ner for a signed copy of “Delight In The Sea­sons.” This is one of my favorite lay­outs in “Delight In The Sea­sons” of my mom and her moth­er. It real­ly cap­tures both of them so well. Vin­tage inspired pat­terned papers, fab­ric cab­bage ros­es, leaf pins, but­ter­fly and lots of...

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Style, Discovery and Friendship a Free Online Webinar

Jun 20, 2012

Ron­da Palaz­zari and I are up to some­thing… and tomor­row is the day to find out! We are host­ing a FREE ONLINE WEBINAR titled STYLE, DISCOVERY AND FRIENDSHIP It’s an Online Mixed Media and Paper­craft­ing Meet Up Thurs­day, June 21, 2012 1:00 P.M. East­ern Time Reg­is­ter by click­ing HERE  A Per­son­al Style. We all have it. That artis­tic ten­den­cy, say, toward a spe­cif­ic col­or palette, or maybe a pre­ferred sub­ject mat­ter, or per­haps we favor cer­tain sup­plies and mate­ri­als to the exclu­sion of all oth­ers. We sim­ply refuse to budge. We are com­fort­able. These things we know. Maybe we are even a lit­tle bit intim­i­dat­ed by the mere idea of step­ping a toe out of the box. But what if you had a best friend to take you by the hand and show you the...

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Bellie Comes to Visit

Jun 19, 2012

Oh how I LOVE being an Aunt!!! Bel­lie, my youngest niece is vis­it­ing this week. This is her first time to come and stay for a week all by her­self. Alan and I have been wait­ing for this moment for a very long time. Although in the pho­to below that was tak­en on the way back to our house, she informed us she is not Bel­lie… she is a wal­rus. How could we make such a mis­take? As you can see from the col­lage there is some seri­ous spoil­ing going on. But this is our job and Alan and I take our work very seri­ous­ly.  Just a typ­i­cal day with Uncle Alan and Beasie (my old­est niece Aman­da gave me this name years ago and it stuck) Play­ing at the park after eat­ing ice cream from...

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Scrapbook Retreat in Italy ~ Sneak Peeks

Jun 18, 2012

I’m going to be teach­ing 2 class­es at the Scrap­book Retreat in Italy, this Sep­tem­ber. The 1st class is a SHADOW BOX and it has all kinds of beau­ti­ful lit­tle trin­kets, vin­tage items and even room for your OWN memen­tos from the trip! I’m so hap­py I get to final­ly share a lit­tle SNEAK Peek. These are 3 ran­dom pho­to’s of the shad­ow­box. The 2nd class I’m teach­ing is a neck­lace and cuff set!  It’s SO pret­ty!!  Both have VINTAGE lace, but­tons and all kinds of “pret­ties” on it!!  Here’s a lit­tle SNEAK Peek of the cuff. Lau­ra will share SNEAKS from the oth­er teach­ers HERE, next week to keep the EXCITEMENT going!! For those of you who won’t be able to join us this Sep­tem­ber… There IS going to be ANOTHER “A Kiss...

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FREE Webinar: Style, Discovery and Friendship

Jun 7, 2012

Ron­da Palaz­zari and I are up to some­thing… We are host­ing a FREE ONLINE WEBINAR titled STYLE, DISCOVERY AND FRIENDSHIP It’s an Online Mixed Media and Paper­craft­ing Meet Up Thurs­day, June 21, 2012 1:00 P.M. East­ern Time Reg­is­ter by click­ing HERE  A Per­son­al Style. We all have it. That artis­tic ten­den­cy, say, toward a spe­cif­ic col­or palette, or maybe a pre­ferred sub­ject mat­ter, or per­haps we favor cer­tain sup­plies and mate­ri­als to the exclu­sion of all oth­ers. We sim­ply refuse to budge. We are com­fort­able. These things we know. Maybe we are even a lit­tle bit intim­i­dat­ed by the mere idea of step­ping a toe out of the box. But what if you had a best friend to take you by the hand and show you the pos­si­bil­i­ties, to encour­age you test the waters, and...

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They did it!!!

Jun 5, 2012

Yes THEY, as my nephew Brit­tain grad­u­at­ed high school the night before Ans­ley. So my mom and dad get the grand­par­en­t’s award for sure. They went to Brit­tain’s grad­u­a­tion in Kountze, Texas Fri­day evening, then drove straight to Frisco to attend Ans­ley’s grad­u­a­tion, Sat­ur­day morn­ing. They arrived at our place at 2:00 a.m. Sat­ur­day morn­ing, slept a few hours and then bam it was grad­u­a­tion time all over again. Ans­ley and Brit­tain have wor­ried about Mom Mom and Paw Paw attend­ing their grad­u­a­tions since they were in the 6th grade. My mom and dad always told them they would get there one way or anoth­er and they stayed true to their promise. Brit­tain’s Grad­u­a­tion ~ Kountze High School ~ Kountze, Texas June 1, 2012 ~ 7:00 o’clock in the evening Ans­ley’s Grad­u­a­tion ~ Cen­ten­ni­al High...

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