Banana Butter Bread Recipe

Nov 15, 2013

If you want an awesome Banana Bread recipe this is one you need to try. When I was down visiting mom and dad last week, mom had two loaves waiting on the counter so we could as she says, have something to nibble on, but it was really more like devour. Oh my goodness is this bread GOOD! Needless to say, by the time I left there were no longer two loaves. Which is the reason there is no beautiful photo of the loaves sitting on the counter, but at least I did think to photograph the recipe and share it with you. This way you can have the actual loaves sitting on your counter. This recipe is awesome, I...

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Noel Miniature Wreath

Nov 8, 2013

This is the latest mini kit added to my Etsy shop. Once completed this miniature wreath measures approximately 7″ and will certainly add a sparkly festive feel to any area of your home or holiday tree. Since I ship Flat Rate if purchasing more than one kit please contact me so I can create a reserve listing for you with the correct shipping charge. Noel Miniature Wreath Kit Contents 1 Yard Champagne Tinsel 1 Yard Brown & White Twine 24” Tan Seam Binding 7 Chipboard Snowflakes 6 Self Adhesive Pearls 2 Wooden Birds 1 Large Chandelier Bead 1 Medium Chandelier Bead Chipboard Letters ~ Noel 2 – 2” x 3” Sheet Music Patterned Paper Step by Step Instructions with Color Photo Kit does NOT include: Martha Stewart Crystal Coarse Glitter, Folk Art Vintage White Acrylic Paint,...

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Deerfield Fair

Oct 14, 2013

While on the epic road trip with my mom and dad, one day we, along with other family members attended the Deerfield Fair. This was the fair my dad, his siblings and parents went to every year. Even though it has grown quite a bit since dad was a kid the feel and events were still the same. I truly enjoyed the entire experience as it still had that old fashioned non-commercialized feel and dad got to relive a part of his childhood all over again. As we entered you could feel all the excitement from people young and old. They had vintage tractor displays, log splitting machines from the very early 1900’s that were running and making music for the old timers, Fried Dough was the first thing Mom purchased and mine was...

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Stitching Some Time Away

Oct 9, 2013

Before leaving on my epic road trip with mom and dad I started this embroidery piece. I thought it would be a fun project to work on when there was a little bit of down time. Well, I finished it last night and could not wait to show you the results. The aprons remind me of the kind my great great aunts would have worn while cooking in the kitchen of the old homestead. I’m such a vintage girl at heart. And if the aprons look familiar well they are my Antiquated Collection Stamp Set ~ Misses’ Apron. I just lightly stamped the images onto natural muslin using Coffee Archival ink then started stitching...

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My Life In A Dinghy ~ Brenda Richards

Oct 2, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy”, featured artist, Brenda Richards. I bet you are wondering how you’ve missed this artist. Well, Brenda Richards is my Aunt! While driving my mom and dad up to West Virginia, New Hampshire  and Maine we stopped in Delaware for a night to pick her up and bring her along. As I was walking in her house what did I see sitting on a shelf, but a little dinghy she created as a surprise after reading about this fun blog feature. Is she so awesome or what!? I love that Aunt Brenda took the time to make her own little dinghy but then she’s always taken the time to do for and surprise me all my life. Aunt Brenda’s, Life In A Dinghy Sailing over the ocean blue by the...

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My Life In A Dingy ~ Stephenie Hamen

Sep 26, 2013

“My Life In A Dinghy” featured artist, Stephenie Hamen. Stephenie is a creative type person that fell in love with art at an early age. She has never met a set of crayons, a sheet of paper, or a bottle of glitter that she didn’t immediately fall in love with. She really got into crafting and creating with scrapbooking, which lead to other crafts and creative endeavors. While she still scrapbooks and dabbles in other various art projects, her current love is mixed media canvas art. Stephenie spends a significant amount of time in her craft room (aka the furnace room in her basement), creating, playing, and making a mess. When she isn’t covered in ink and paint, she is a wife and mother to two boys, as well as a full time employee for...

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Kids Week 2 Day 5

Jul 26, 2013

Simple summer fun is what this day was all about. I made Bellie a watering can out of an empty Simply Orange container. This container is the perfect size for young kids to hold when filled with water. I used a drill to drill holes in the lid, filled it with water, put the lid back on and we are talking hours of fun. While I sat under an umbrella she filled and emptied her “Watering Can” over and over again with a garden hose. Bellie loved spraying the water in the air to make rainbows and of course helped keep me cool by spraying my feet. It was a fun afternoon sitting outside eating Nilla Wafers, sipping on lemonade and listening to her laugh.   Once Bellie was finished playing outside in the water...

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50 Years

Jun 4, 2013

Today, my mom and dad celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Please join me in wishing them all the best on this very special day. June 4, 1963 ~ June 4, 2013 Happy Anniversary, mom and dad. We love...

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Mother’s Day Projects

Apr 25, 2013

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I thought I would share a few project ideas from my book “Delight In The Seasons” that would make wonderful gifts for any mom on Mother’s Day. You can create a beautiful mini album just for mom sharing stories and photos from special times and moments spent together. This project is featured in the Spring Chapter on pages 46 – 49. I show you how to create the beautiful flower accenting the front cover of this album. If you prefer to create projects, this piece can be found in the Spring Chapter on pages 50 – 54. I show you how to create this beautiful felt message banner.  You can hand stitch any special sentiment you wish for your mom. My mom has this project sitting in her...

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Imperfect is Perfect to me….

Mar 29, 2013

When I found this beat up old utility cart at Frisco Mercantile I could not get my hands on it fast enough. I had been walking up and down each and every aisle looking for something to put in this very spot. I knew I needed it to be a certain width and height, wanted it to be an open piece so it would not close off the room too much, look nice and it had to be large enough to hold all the items seen. Well when I stumbled onto this cart and saw that the price was $18.00 it was sold. Yes it is scratched, yes it leans a bit to one side (but it’s still level) and yes it squeaks when the wheels roll but I think it’s imperfections are what makes it...

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Studio Makeover ~ Part 2

Mar 27, 2013

I am so close to being finished with my studio makeover. I just need to hang the curtains over the shelving unit to the left, find a small piece for additional storage to put up on the shelves along the wall on the far left then hang some vintage photos I have and bam… it’s done. I’m really loving the mix of all the things I love with my supplies. To me, personal touches are what make a room warm and inviting.  So let me give you a close up tour and show you how I combined personal treasures and vintage finds among my crafty products. This is what I see when sitting at my work table. I’m using a berry basket to hold my adhesives, a mini pie tin works perfectly for my...

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Queen Bee EnviroTex Resin Charms

Jan 7, 2013

This year, Aunt Brenda spent Christmas with our family. This is the first Christmas I can remember having her with us at Christmas since I was a very little girl, somewhere around the age of 3 or 4 years old. It was fun and she made my mom and dad the best heirloom ever, which I will share on another blog post. It’s amazing! I decided to create two different styled charms for her this Christmas. Aunt Brenda sews a lot and has created some beautiful quilts and remember, she is the one who made my “Traveling Apron“. You can read about it in my “Everything Has A Story” blog post. So I thought I would create her a textile style charm using a Maya Road mini canvas tag for the base and hand...

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EnviroTex Memento Key Chain

Jan 4, 2013

Here is another keychain I created as a gift for Christmas. This one was for my mom. I started by cutting a piece of wallpaper from the old homestead that mom and I peeled off the wall one summer. I then placed the wallpaper piece inside the heart bezel. Using a paintbrush I covered the wallpaper with three coats of Nunn Designs Glue allowing the glue to dry thoroughly between coats. I then mixed a small batch of EnviroTex Resin and filled the bezel halfway. I set this aside and let it cure for 12 hours. Remember there is no need to waste any of your resin. If you don’t have another charm you want to create, create resin paper by placing the paper onto wax paper or foil and brush the leftover resin onto the papers...

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Felted Pin Cushions

Dec 28, 2012

These are I think the cutest pin cushions ever. I made these for my mom and aunt Brenda who came down for Christmas. They both sew, so I thought having a small pin cushion to keep on their end table would be cute. The flower petals, centers and leaves are felted from wool roving then attached to the top of vintage spools I’ve had using fabric adhesive. I accented the center of one of the flowers using one of Jenni Bowlin’s adorable pins. The measuring tape around the spool is Maya Road’s Vintage Tape Measure Trim in Pink and Yellow. I just wrapped it around the spool a few times and secured it in place with a strong adhesive. The end of the measuring tape trim is cut using scallop decorative scissors. These little...

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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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25 Day Countdown to Christmas

Nov 23, 2012

Today, I’m making a 25 day Countdown to Christmas project with my nieces Madelyn and Bellie. As you can see from the photo they are loving their new matching jammies. New flannel jammies are the best especially when you find matching ones like my mom did with a monkey print design. Ok sorry, back to the project. Both little sweet peas will decorate 12 standard sized card envelopes using stickers, self adhesive gems, then stamp the numbers needed on each of their bags. Madelyn will stamp the odd numbers and Bellie the even numbers. I will decorate envelope 25 for them to either use as a sample or for inspiration. Once all the envelopes are decorated I’ll fill each one with 2 pieces of candy and a printed strip of paper that has one...

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I’m Home…

Aug 27, 2012

I had a wonderful 10 day creative break and now it’s back to deadlines, workshops and traveling. I love doing what I do but must admit this short break was nice and just what I needed. I pretty much work 7 days a week and sometimes feel like my head will explode. Driving with mom and dad to West Virginia was as fun as driving 21 hours can be, we had lots of laughs and enjoyed a little antique shopping along the way. I found some true vintage treasures for sure and cannot wait to share photos my finds. One thing I was really happy about getting to do on our way home was stop and visit “The Scrapbook Page” in Barboursville, WV. Maxine Hodges has a wonderful store. If you are near or...

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Back to Reality

Aug 22, 2012

This morning was the last morning to look out Aunt Wilda’s kitchen window to see  deer grazing on clover and I’m going to miss it something terrible. I’ll miss watching the sun set on the old homestead. It still amazes me that the house was rolled up over the hill from across the street. They had it sitting on top of logs pulled by horses and placed in its spot by my great great grandfather Enoch Childers in 1900. I’ll miss digging for treasures with my cousin Connie. She is the best digger ever. We were outside talking and before I knew it she put a rake in my hand, had one in her’s and off we went raking out from underneath the old smokehouse. Some of these treasures will be found in creations...

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The little cousins

Aug 17, 2012

Mom, dad and I have been staying with mom’s sister “Aunt Wilda” and brother-in-law “Uncle Jim” since we arrived in West Virginia. Yesterday, my cousin “Angie” brought her three boys (Patrick 7 yrs., Michael 5 yrs., Nicholas 3 yrs.) to see us and boy did they keep us entertained.  As you will see by the photos Nicholas was the major source of entertainment. Love that he still calls me his “little skunk” Makes the best jello salad ever! Nicholas blowing bubble after bubble after bubble. While looking around in an antique shop dad found some pieces from an old pipe organ for only $3.00 and had to buy them. Mom thought they were $3.00 to much. Nicholas on the other hand had fun making sound come out and thought it was the best $3.00...

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Hand Blown Glass & Quilts

Aug 16, 2012

One thing I love is glassware. Mom passed this gene right on down to me. She and I love to hunt for glass pieces in antique stores and thrift shops. I like to collect milk glass and green depression glass. Mom likes hand cut glass. Hand blow glass is another love of ours and getting to watch Ron Hinkle demo how he makes some of his items was a true treat. We’ve visited his shop in Buckhannon, WV 4 years straight and he’s always been no the road but this time we hit our visit just right. He is such a wonderful guy and creates some of the most amazing pieces of art. It’s sad to me that hand blown glass is a fading art. It was wonderful getting to watch him create beautiful...

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On the Road with Mom and Dad

Aug 13, 2012

I’m on my yearly drive to Buckhannon, WV with mom and dad to see family at the old homestead. We left early, Sunday morning… so early we watched the sunrise… this is not something dad and I see all that often if ever… now mom most likely every single morning, dad and I, well we are more of the sunset kinda people. After about three hours of driving we stopped to eat breakfast. I left a little piece of Art Abandonment at a Cracker Barrel, as we left. This is so fun to do… if you haven’t done this before you really should. There is a wonderful Facebook Group called Art Abandonment that you really should join. Click HERE to check out the group. It’s always nice looking at the different types of landscaping...

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