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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