Sunday, June 30, 2013


Friday again!  

Where did the week go?!   I have been busy but haven't accomplished much!  lol

On Fridays I post my 5 favorite things from the week.  These include a favorite pin and a favorite pic.  Also, if you know me, you know I love coffee.  Therefore, I have my "Coffee Love" post.

So! Onward....

1.  We bought new furniture!  Although I don't love leather, that's what we got.  Hoping it will last a few years!
2.  Got my vacation finalized to go visit and craft with my friend, +LaDenna Lawrence, who lives in Amarillo, Texas.   I go once a month, a week in July and a week before Christmas.   We do lots of shopping, crafting and laughing!
3.  And again this week, I got to keep my great granddaughter while MoM and DaD worked.  She is so much fun and is such a good baby! 
 Isn't this the sweetest little face?!  Baby Emma.
4.  My fave pin was a Mississippi Pot Roast.  I made this the first of the week and it was awesome!  I will be doing this one more!
5.  My fave pics are usually of my family.
 This is my son and grandson. My son and his family are stationed in South Korea.  This pic was taken at an amusement park there.  It makes me smile everytime I look at it!  lol
This is all three of them- Serena, Adam and Jayden. : )


That is it for this week!  
I wish I knew how to put a linky on here so everyone could post their week's fave.  I will learn-there is SO much to learn about the blogging world!

Shameless plug:
I am having an early summer clearance in my CRAFT CAFE SHOP!  My whole JEWELRY section is just $3!

Thank you all for taking time to visit and comment!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

CHALLENGE REVEAL-Stove Burner Covers

Better late than never!
This was our challenge from last week; but we both had life happen and just got to post last night.

The challenge was to use stove burner covers.  I had a large and a small one and wanted to use both in the same project.

 I decoupaged paper on the back. I cut the rings around the edge with deco scissors.  You can't tell it by the pics, but they are 2 dimensional. 

 I made the tags about a year ago and had them stuck in a box.  They turned out so pretty that I wanted to display them. I thought this would be a pretty display.

The Eiffel tower is a Cricut cut and I glittered it.

I like how this project turned out.  I now have it on my wall in my craft room!

Here is +LaDenna Lawrence's take on it.  Very clever since she's have a Luau party in a couple of weeks.  These will be table decorations!

 Look at all the tiny details!  

This is a magnetic message board.  Very pretty!

So there you have two totally different projects made from the same objects.  That's what is great about these challenges-to see what each of us comes up with.  We both see things differently most of the time; but sometimes we are on the same page and make similar things!  Always new and surprising!

Thanks for coming by to take a look at the reveal!
What would YOU have made? 

Thursday, June 27, 2013


 Do you ever have times when you don't want to do ANYTHING?  Not even things you love to do?  That's where I am right now. I have several projects that I NEED to do/finish;  and a lot that I WANT to do but don't really feel creative. 

Maybe its my work schedule the last coule of weeks. Plus I've been keeping my beautiful great granddaughter a couple days a week and I thoroughly enjoy it.  I just haven't been home much, therefore no time to work on projects.  But then, I'd much rather play with Emma as with a glue gun!! Lol

I've worked a little on my challenge from last week that neither of us completed. We are going to try to post results tomorrow night.

I've spent a lot of time on Pinterest.  I did find a recipe for a roast that I tried the first of the week.  It was awesome!  It had the richest flavor and just a hint of the pepper flavor.  It's one that I will definitely be cooking again! Here's the blog with the recipe I used.
Here's my roast and I forgot to take a pic after it was done.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to this week.  I AM going to finish up my challenge TONIGHT!   I will see you back here tomorrow night for the reveal. 

As always,  thank you so much for coming by!!

Monday, June 24, 2013

LOOKING BACK-at Altered Items

Monday morning!  Time to look back at past projects.
Today, I'm looking back at altered items.  I love taking something that would be thrown away and making something with it.  Most of the items shared today were made as gifts or to put in my ETSY  OR CRAFT CAFE shops. Out of all the projects in this post, I think I kept ONE of them for myself!  

Altered journals

This was made for my DIL.

This "IPhone" journal I made for my daughter.  She loved it!
 I made several matching sets for grandkids. The set includes a journal, photo holder and notepad.

I really like how this one turned out.  I like the closure on it.

 I made this cute holder instead of a stocking for my DIL.  It's made from a small drink holder. I've done a few of these and the sky's the limit as to what you can put in them or used them for!

 Scrap 2x4s made this fall decoration.  I use a LOT of scrap wood in my crafting.

 An old 33 LP turned into a clock. Graphic 45 paper line is one of my favorites.  I have this in my craft room.

 Dray erase frame for a gift. Her kitchen theme is coffee!

 Framed pin cushion.  I've made several of these-love them!  I have one on my craft desk that matches my decor. They are pretty-and functional.

I could do a week of posting altered items!  I think altered items and cards are my favorite things to do.  Maybe next week I will look back at some of the hundreds of cards I have made!  Until then, have a great and productive week!  

Thank you so much for coming by! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Happy Friday! 

Time again for my week's 5 favorite things!!

1.  Sunday, for Father's we had steak and lobster-two of my most favorite things to eat! Yummy!

2.  I talked to my Aunt Betty of Lamesa, Tx.  She's such a sweet lady and I've only seen her once in the last 15 yrs. : (

3. I made some new blogger friends and new friends on FACEBOOK

4.  Fave pin:
 I am obsessed with deco mesh wreaths.  I have made a few of them.  This one is gorgeous!  I found it HERE

5.  Fave pic:
In keeping with the the patriotic theme-is this the cutest or what?!  Makes me smile.  : )
Photo Credit

Coffee love♥
Anyone who knows me, knows I love me some coffee!
 Photo credit

That's it for this week!  Thank you for taking time out of your day to visit me!  : )   Oh! and don't we ALL love comments?!!  lol
Please continue to pray for Oklahoma tornado victims.  Ways to help: 

You can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “Red Cross” to 90999.  Remember every cent counts!

LIFE HAPPENED...... it sometimes does!

I won't be posting the challenge reveal today as there is nothing to post-YET!
Both +LaDenna Lawrence  had a very busy week with family emergencies and I had a crazy work week. Plus, I'm keeping my 2 month old great granddaughter for a few days. The latter has been the  highlight of my week!
I will be posting the reveal as usual next week-as my Granny used to say-"God willin and the crick don't rise!". Lol

I thought I'd bring attention to the Linky parties I try to take part in weekly.  They are listed on the right lower side of my blog.  
I haven't learned to put a linky button in my post yet. But if you would like to comment with 1-2 places you party/host- I will be there! I will also put the links on my FB page to help promote them.  ♥

Thanks for coming by!  Please join me tomorrow for my FRIDAY'S 5 FAVES. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

LIEBSTER Award!!! I got one!!

 I want to thank Bethany at BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER for nominating me for a LIEBSTER Award!  I'm sure she'd love a visit!

What IS the LIEBSTER Award?  I asked the same thing!  I had seen the button on a lot of blogs; but never inquired about it.
Simply put, it's an honor that gets passed around by bloggers with less than 200 followers. It's a great way for the newbie, like me, to network and meet others.
It's a way to 'Pay It Forward".  Liebe means LOVE in German!

"The real "gist" of the Liebster Award is that there is no real award. There are no judges, no special rules. No website with an official team to congratulate you and hold your hand. It's mostly what you want it to be. If you receive the award, you can 1) accept it and 2) pass it along. It's that easy."  Sopphey over at SOPPHEY SAYS 
Stop over and say HI!

And here are the rules:
  • Thank your nominator & include a link back to their blog!
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator
  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 {I’ve seen various numbers} other up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers for the award–no tag backs!
  • Come up with 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them so they too can pass on the Liebe!
 Here are my 11 questions Bethany asked me:

 1. If you could live in any century (or decade), which would it be?
1920's-I'd love to see the Flappers!
2. What one meal could you eat every day forever?
Surf & Turf and French fries 
3. Which TV show do you watch and re-watch, one that never seems to get old?
4. Which celebrity (dead or alive) do you want to have lunch with?
Elvis of course!
5. What’s the best vacation spot you’ve ever traveled to?
6. Do you prefer Michael Jackson or The Beatles?
Michael Jackson
7. What’s the last text message you received?
8. How do you like your tea/coffee?
1 sweetner in really STRONG coffee
9. Are you a morning, afternoon, or night person?
Morning & night, I fall asleep in the afternoons.
10. What’s your spirit animal? Just kidding…. but if you could be any animal, which would it be?
A very loved puppy.
11. What’s your favorite holiday?


1.  I have 4 kids, 6 grandkids, & 2 great grandones.
2.  I am a private caregiver for the elderly. 
3.  I love my job.
4.  My passion is crafting.
5.  I absolutely LOVE PINTEREST!
6.  I don't like to cook but I LOVE to eat!
7.  I love the smell of new scrapbooking paper.
8.  I could eat a large bag of M&M's everyday-but don't. Lol
9.  I have a son stationed in S Korea.
10. I LOVE coffee.
11.  I want to win the lottery. ( But you have to play it to win it. Lol)

Here are the bloggers I have nominated:

1.  Sarah at  CRAZY ABOUT CARDS!!
2.  Angela at 3 CRAZY MONKEYS
3.  Darlene at DARLENE NEMETH
4.  Nadja at  SCRAP DRAGON 
Please pay them a visit and congratulate them! 

Here are the questions they ^^^^^^ have to answer:

1.  What is your favorite craft?
2.  And  your favorite food?
3.  Dog or cat?
4.  I'm going on vacation, where would you recommend I go?
5.  Who would you love to meet (past or present)?
6.  What is your favorite song?
7.   If you won the lottery, what's the 1st thing you would buy?!
8.  Pepsi or Coke?
9.   Are you a morning or evening person?
10. Why did you start a blog?
11.  Black or white?

Thanks again to Bethany for the nomination! 
And to Sarah, Angela, Darlene, Nadja, & Theresa-pass on the Liebe!! :)  (You ladies are more than welcome to copy and paste this post and add YOUR info.  I think that will make it a little easier for you! : ))

Monday, June 17, 2013

LOOKING BACK at Gifts Given

Good Monday morning!
Thank you to all that visited my blog from hops over the weekend!  I appreciate and thank your for your  time!  

This Monday, I'm looking back at gifts I have made and given.  Most of these were given as Christmas gifts a couple of years ago.  
I made several of these cookie jars.  The bottom is an inverted clay pot, then a glass fish bowl, and topping it is an inverted clay saucer.  I painted them to match everyone's kitchens.  Now, to make myself one!  How many of you make and make for everyone else and never do for yourself?!!  lol

This was a gift to my son and DIL.  It's a 12x12" wall hanging of them and their children.  I love the way it turned out!

I made this one for my friend +LaDenna Lawrence .  The butterflies are 2 dimensional.  I, myself, would like one of these for my living room!

 My great grandson, Carson, was the recipient of this name plaque.  I did a ton of these!  He thought he was a little rock star, so that is the theme I went with.  It's made from a 1x4" piece of scrap lumber.  I decoupaged the paper on and added embellishments.

 These were not gifts.  I did make these for myself!  The altered journal I used for my orders and notes.  To see inside, click HERE.  The dress form was a paper mache one that my friend gave me.  I decorated it and made the hat a pin cushion to put some of my handmade stick pins in.  I absolutely love it!

I have made more gifts than I can count!  I've tried the last few years to get back to handmade for birthdays and Christmases.  And will continue this in the future.

I have SO many crafts to show off!  lol  It's hard to pick just a few each week!  lol

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by, look and comment!  I love comments!  But don't we all?!  lol
Have a great week; and I will see you back here for the challenge reveal on Thursday!
Please continue to pray for Oklahoma tornado victims.  Ways to help: 

You can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “Red Cross” to 90999.  Remember every cent counts!

Saturday, June 15, 2013


Better late than never!  Although I didn't get finished, we went ahead with the reveal.  When I visited last week with +LaDenna Lawrence  we started this challenge as a side by side one. Then I brought it home and we finished separately.  

The challenge was to use a block of Styrofoam (I wish I had a pic).  And we had to make a mini album to go with it.  
This is the front of the "book".  I glossy accented the butterflies and glittered the flowers.  Still have some work to do on it before it's done.

 We carved out a place to put the mini album.  I still have some embellishing to do throughout.
  This is the album inside.  Tonight was the first time I put the album inside and TRIED to close the book.  Epic fail!  It wouldn't close-the flower is too bulky.  So, back to the drawing board!  lol
This is the cover of the album.

The following are a few of the pages.  Like I said, still a lot of work to do on it.  I will post a follow-up when I complete it.

This week was also our monthly card challenge.  Since we do a month ahead, this month we did 4th of July cards.  I always make cards to send to my grandkids on all the holidays.  That's where these are going with a little surprise tucked inside.

 I do like how these turned out.  In the pics you can't see how sparkly they are.  I used Cricut cuts to embellish.

Next week's challenge (my choice) consists of using stove burner pans (1 and/or 2) and Cricut cuts to decorate them.
This will be interesting!  Join me back next Thursday for the reveal!  : )

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by.  It's always nice having visitors and comments!
Have a wonder weekend!

Please continue to pray for Oklahoma tornado victims.  Ways to help: 

You can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “Red Cross” to 90999.  Remember every cent counts!