I Love You Frame

Feb 13, 2015

This spark­ly chip­board frame is going to be added to the front cov­er of a mini album. I plan to cov­er the album with vin­tage sheet music and ledger paper than add pho­tos of Ter­ri and Ans­ley. If you want to make this chip­board frame it’s super sim­ple and here’s the tuto­r­i­al. Sup­plies Need­ed: 2 Maya Road Chip­board Frames, Maya Road Glit­ter ~ Red & Sil­ver, Red & Sil­ver Acrylic Paint, Vin­tage Sheet Music, Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter, Vin­tage Glass Vial, Flocked Flow­ers, White Seam Bind­ing, Dia­mond Glaze, Glue Stick, Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue, Dina Wak­ley Gel Medi­um, Book Page Words “I LOVE YOU”, Adhe­sive Foam Squares Tools Used: Scis­sors, Paint­brush, Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Tweez­ers Instruc­tions: Using a glue stick type adhe­sive, cov­er the front of one chip­board frame with vin­tage sheet...

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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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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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DART Rail & The Dallas World Aquarium

Jul 31, 2014

Tues­day, Ans­ley and I rode the DART rail into Dal­las to take Bel­lie to vis­it the Dal­las World Aquar­i­um. The ride into Dal­las was made super fun because we sat in our seat so that we were going back­wards. When your 7 that’s awe­some. Once we arrived it was absolute amaze­ment. I’m a firm believ­er that if you real­ly want to enjoy some­thing like this com­plete­ly take a child. Their won­der and excite­ment is price­less. We got to the sloth exhib­it at the per­fect time as it was climb­ing up and down the trees ever so slow­ly. This is my third time to vis­it the aquar­i­um and the first time to ever see the sloth move. Usu­al­ly, it’s sleep­ing and not mov­ing a mus­cle. I thought Bel­lie’s eyes were going to pop right out...

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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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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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Awesome Cookie Recipes

Dec 24, 2013

With just the switch of two ingre­di­ents you too can bake these two amaz­ing cook­ies. I love any baked item that con­tains lemon and these Lemon cook­ies are AMAZING!!! You have been warned. You will NOT be able to eat JUST ONE!!! Lord help my hips and thighs. Now if you sub­sti­tute the Lemon Cake Mix and White Choco­late Morsels for a Dev­ils Food Cake Mix and a reg­u­lar sized bag of Semi-Sweet Choco­late Morsels you get these AMAZING choco­late cook­ies. My daugh­ter Ans­ley and her friends LOVE these and can devour a sin­gle batch in no time flat! Hap­py Bak­ing! I hope you enjoy these cook­ies as much as me and my...

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Hot Chocolate Recipe

Dec 10, 2013

Dur­ing our iced in long week­end I made sev­er­al pots of this hot choco­late. One batch for the fam­i­ly and a sur­prise batch for the neigh­bor­hood kids so they could warm up as they played out­side. They had so much fun all week­end sled­ding down our dri­ve­way and ice skat­ing in the street. And when you are between the ages of 6 & 10 years old there’s noth­ing bet­ter than hav­ing some­one bring out a crock pot filled with Free Hot Choco­late, a Bag of Marsh­mal­lows and Dix­ie Cups then sit­ting every­thing on the porch telling you to drink all you want. Oh and I got a great laugh as I over­heard one lit­tle boy telling his friend, “This is actu­al­ly real­ly good hot choco­late.” These kids real­ly reaped the rewards of me ter­ri­bly...

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Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Dec 2, 2013

I hope you and your fam­i­ly had a won­der­ful Thanks­giv­ing. I know I have a few added pounds from mom’s awe­some turkey, stuff­ing and desserts. After din­ner every­one was stuffed and all us adults need­ed naps except Made­lyn and Bel­lie, they were run­ning around like the ener­giz­er bun­ny and were glued to Ans­ley’s hip. Made­lyn and Bel­lie LOVE Ans­ley. After 50 years, mom and dad final­ly have a table to sit the entire fam­i­ly. This has been one of mom’s wish­es for years and I’m so glad it final­ly came true. Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was a won­der­ful way to break it in too.  From left to right are Mom, Laren (son-in-law), Ter­ri (daugh­ter), Aman­da (niece), Steve (Aman­da’s boyfriend), Dad (San­ta), Brit­tain (nephew), Bel­lie (niece), Ans­ley (daugh­ter), Me and Made­lyn (niece). Today, through Dec. 16th I’m...

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Chicken Spaghetti

Sep 3, 2013

Here is an awe­some chick­en spaghet­ti recipe I got from my niece, Aman­da. It’s amaz­ing and was gone before I knew it… seri­ous­ly, Ans­ley and Brit­tain ate an entire 9″ x 13″ pan of it in less than 24 hours! This recipe is super sim­ple with near­ly no clean up need­ed. Talk about my kind of cook­ing. It is a bit spicy with the can of Rotel, if you don’t like real spicy food make sure you use the Mild...

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Melt Art Mania

May 30, 2013

      This give­away is now CLOSED and the win­ner has been announced HERE. Thank you all for the won­der­ful com­ments. I was thrilled when Ranger asked me to par­tic­i­pate in their Melt Art Mania event. All they asked was that I cre­ate a project using their melt­ing pot and any oth­er Melt Art prod­ucts. If this is the first you’ve heard about their Melt Art Mania event go check out their blog. Start­ing May 15th, Ranger has fea­tured some of the most amaz­ing projects and tuto­ri­als cre­at­ed by artists from all over using prod­ucts from their Melt Art line. I decid­ed to fea­ture their Melt­ing Pot, Tex­ture Treads, Bees Wax and Ultra Thick Emboss­ing Enam­el ~ UTEE. I love the feel and col­or of Nat­ur­al Bees Wax and had my mind set on cre­at­ing...

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Stained Glass Boiled Eggs

Apr 1, 2013

Ans­ley and I had so much fun mak­ing these eggs, last night. She heard about this stained glass tech­nique for boiled eggs and want­ed to give it a try. After she explained it to me I had to see if it real­ly worked so off to the store we went to get some eggs and neon col­ored food col­or­ing because well that is how Ans­ley rolls. No vin­tage col­ors for this girl. It’s bright neon or noth­ing for her. I can’t believe I birthed two daugh­ters that want noth­ing to do with any­thing vin­tage. How did this hap­pen? To make your stained glass eggs you will need the fol­low­ing: boiled eggs, food col­or­ing, vine­gar & Ziploc sand­wich bags First boil as many eggs as you want to make and let them cool. We ran cold...

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DIY Super Easy Bead Charm

Mar 7, 2013

Mak­ing a charm real­ly can­not get much eas­i­er than this one. I recent­ly pur­chased Mar­got Pot­ter’s 1 Pound Lux­u­ry Bead Soup Mix and as soon as Ans­ley saw the neon beads she instant­ly claimed them as hers. This bead mix is filled with all kinds of awe­some beads. When I poured all the beads onto my work table I was thrilled with the wide assort­ment. Ans­ley decid­ed she want­ed a dou­ble sided charm so I placed the small­er of the neon beads on one side and once the Dia­mond Glaze is ful­ly dried I will fill the back side of this charm with the larg­er neon beads shown above. To cre­ate this charm I used Dia­mond Glaze, Neon Beads, a sprin­kle of Iri­des­cent Glit­ter and a My Jew­el­ry Shoppe 3/4″ Cir­cle Dou­ble Sided Bezel...

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Happy New Year ~ 2013

Jan 1, 2013

Thank you all for such an awe­some year. Through­out the year, I’ve cel­e­brat­ed with you the birth of our niece Olivia and Ans­ley turn­ing 18. I intro­duced you to my love of nee­dle felt­ing, shared in my excite­ment of attend­ing Ranger Uni­ver­si­ty and announced my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Spring Release. I got to do a super fun Free Webi­nar with my friend Ron­da Palaz­zari, had a blast at CHA‑S and tour­ing down­town. I was asked to do a demo & book sign­ing for the Grand Open­ing of Jo-Ann Fab­rics & Crafts in Sher­man, Texas and got to teach class­es at ScrapFest in MN. Car­o­line and I trav­eled to Bel­la­gio, Italy where I taught at A Kiss on the Chic’s Cre­ative Retreat. I dis­cov­ered the art of resin and filled my online store and Etsy store with lots of fun stuff. I loved watch­ing my nieces with the 25...

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Family is Everything

Dec 26, 2012

This is the can­vas I cre­at­ed for Mom. I made her a fam­i­ly tree sor­ta can­vas. You will see me at the top as I’m the old­est, then I placed my two daugh­ters Ter­ri and Ans­ley under­neath me. Next is my broth­er Richard, then my sis­ter Belin­da and her kids Aman­da, Brit­tain, Made­lyn and Isabel­la (Bel­lie). I cre­at­ed this can­vas using the Maya Road Por­trait Chip­board pieces, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Acrylic Paint Char­coal Black, Tra­di­tion­al Tan and Blank Can­vas. I accent­ed the sides using the Heart sten­cil by Dina Wak­ley as the hearts were the per­fect size for this piece. I traced mine onto the sides using a pen­cil then using a paint brush filled them in with black paint and white accents. I paint­ed each por­trait chip­board piece using black paint. Once dry...

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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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So much countdown fun

Dec 14, 2012

I’ve real­ly enjoyed get­ting night­ly pho­tos of my nieces Made­lyn and Bel­lie enjoy­ing their 25 Day Count­down to Christ­mas activ­i­ty. They are lov­ing every­thing I’ve includ­ed so far. Each night is a sur­prise for all me and them as I don’t know the order in which Belin­da has them doing their activ­i­ty. Warn­ing… this is a very heavy pho­to blog post but I real­ly want to share their fun with far away fam­i­ly so I hope you don’t mind it not being crafty today. Made­lyn and Bel­lie were mak­ing their Christ­mas cards, this night. I can only imag­ine how they dec­o­rat­ed them because both love any­thing that has to do with art. Here they had a blast mak­ing paper chain gar­lands. This is such a fun, sim­ple old fash­ioned dec­o­ra­tion to make that brings...

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Blast from the Past 2

Aug 3, 2012

Here is a lay­out I did in 2005 doc­u­ment­ing Ans­ley going to her first “Dad­dy Daugh­ter Dance.” This lay­out actu­al­ly got picked up for pub­li­ca­tion and can be found in the JoAnn ScrapEssen­tials Idea Book Vol. 2. If you have this idea book this lay­out is fea­tured on page 51. You can see I still love to use glossy accents and iri­des­cent glit­ter. That is what I used to accent the jour­nal­ing strips. Still love the jour­nal­ing strip look. I still accent the edges of my paper with brown ink. Still love to use rib­bon, but­tons and rhine­stones. Don’t use brads all that much any­more. Still love to cre­ate my own embell­ish­ments. Love using silk flow­ers but now would dis­tress them with ink or paint and cov­er them in crys­tal coarse glit­ter. I cre­at­ed...

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Look who is 5 months…

Jul 5, 2012

My gosh, I can­not believe Olivia is already five months. She is grow­ing so fast and it makes me sad. A baby does not stay a baby near long enough. Although, when you’re deep in the mid­dle of baby mode you feel like it will nev­er end and your life will be like this for­ev­er. But when your youngest just grad­u­at­ed high school like Ans­ley just did when I look at baby pho­tos of my niece Olivia it real­ly seems as though Ans­ley should be around 2 or 3 not 18. I think the best advice I would give to first time par­ents if asked is first accept your child for who he or she is and enjoy each and every sec­ond of each and every day and doc­u­ment, doc­u­ment, doc­u­ment. Doc­u­ment­ing does­n’t have...

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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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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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