Monthly Archives: July 2012

I’m 18 and I know it…


Today is my great niece’s Birthday!!  Yes, that’s right, I can not belive it either that I could have a great niece that is 18.  This is a big year for her. The tradition for the family is you get a present for your birthday untill you turn 18.  So this will be her last present. BOO…

I saw this card on “Pinterest” and thought it was a clever idea.

Stampin Up card


For my card I used:

Patio Party printed paper

Baker’s twine cherry cobbler

Pink Pirouette for the card

Loads of thoughts (stamp set)

You can order these supplies by clicking here

Of course MONEY

supplies for Stampin Up card

Supplies for Stampin Up card

Cut the background pieces  2 1/2 x 3″ and the second piece 3″ square.  The pieces used to wrap the money in are cut 1 1/2″ x 2″.

I make sure you only put the tape on the “wrap” and not on the money.

Me and Cassidy


Me and Cass….Im standing on a picnic bench…Yes, I really am that short…LOL



Aloha “repinned umberella wreath”


My baby sister, in my last post, is getting married next month Dave, a wonderful guy. Not only am I thrilled for her, but there an added  bonus,  he helps me with my computer issues.  He is taking my sister to Hawaii for their Honeymoon.  I loved the paper unbrella wreath that was on “Pinterest”,  so I decided to add a twist with a ribbon with the words “Aloha” and their wedding date “8-11-12”

You will need:

foam wreath

paper umbrella (I used @80)

shell necklace or other type of hanger

I used ribbon also…


foam wreath

I started with a wreath from Hobby Lobby

trim umbrella

I then trimmed the umbrella’s to make them easier to insert them in the wreath.

outside umbrella

I found it easier to put all the “outside” and “inside” umbrella’s in first.  The only reason mine are all the same color is because I used them for another project.

I trimmed a “shell” necklace for the hangar, but forgot to take a picture for this step.

Aloha paper umbrella wreath

I put the stickers on the ribbon for the words and date;

Please note:  It is VERY fragile…it would not hold up in any type of wind or weather, but it is so darn cute hanging in their kitchen.

Happy “25 times 2” Birthday Baby Sister “repinned bleach pen t-shirt”


25 times 2

Today is my baby sister’s birthday. I have been thinking about her reaching the big “50” and it reminded  me of my mom’s 6oth Birthday celebration.  We had a big party with 60 balloons and I asked her, “What does it feel like to be 60?” and her answer to me was, “You don’t feel like 60 on the inside”.  That got me to thinking….I guess you are never really happy with  your age.  When you are in grade school, you can not wait to get into Junior High (I am showing my age, now it’s Middle School).  When your reach High School, you can not wait to get your license.  After that for me it was “I can not wait  to turn 18.”  Why you may ask, well in the “day,” you could go to bars and drink 3.2% beer. ( If you know what I am talking about you are either my age or you have heard your parents tell you the story.) Now it’s the all important 21, that usually includes a “bar crawl”.  After you turn 30, you decide you want the clock to run the other way.

Now we would all rather be younger then our age, so that is why her shirt says “25 times 2”.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some perks that go with turning 50, but I think most of us would gladly give them all up to be 25 again…. we’re still not happy with our age are we?

So here’s how I made her T-Shirt!

You will need:

Bleach pen



stencil (mine was made with Cricut)

Shirt from Walmart for $4.48. How many times will you really wear it? LOL

I started with a pink shirt, cause she’s a Princess..(family joke)

stencil cut with Cricut -blade 6 pressure HI out of contact paper

I then went to my cricut to cut the image out of contact paper. For this shirt you don’t use these letters, you use the part that is peeled off. (the RONK at the bottom will be a later blog)

Put a piece of cardboard inside the shirt, so that the bleach doesn’t go through to the back.

Don’t forget to put in the centers of the letters on with CONTACT paper. Purple here so that you could see them!! Yes, that’s my big fat finger. I couldn’t figure out how to crop,

Peel the backing off the contact paper and position it where you want it on the shirt. Make sure to  save the little pieces that go inside the E and other spaces (shown in the picture above as PURPLE). Don’t forget to stick them on or you’ll just have a white blob instead of an E. Make sure all the edges are down TIGHT, so the bleach doesn’t run.

image with BLEACH on..

Color the stencil in with the small end of the bleach pen.

Let it set until you see the color changes. (@ 10 minutes for this color).  With the pink shirt the letters turned white, other colors of t-shirts will give you different results.

Then I panicked… how was I going to get the bleach washed out without it bleeding.  I rushed to the bathtub and turned on the cold water and ran it over the front of the shirt with the cardboard still inside.  I gently rubbed the image.

It’s a wrap…or rather…ready to wrap

Then I removed  the contact paper.  I rinsed the shirt again and threw it in the dryer…all by itself…just in case.

Pork Chops, Potatoes and Corn “repinned”


Crock Pot dinner

I don’t know about you, but I am getting darn tired of these hot days.  I live in Ohio and the temps here have been over 90 for a week.  So I went to my “food” pin board for today’s dinner. This original “pin” was from

You will need 3 pork chops (I used boneless and next time I will use bone in).  My biggest tip is to first put a ” liner” in your crock pot. Brown the  pork chops and put them in the bottom of  the crock pot and cover them with a can of cream of mushroom soup.  You can then add onions, mushrooms and garlic, that is only if you don’t live with my husband who would turn his nose up at any of those items. Therefore, I just added the soup.  Then wrap three baking potatoes in foil and put on top of the pork chops.  I then wrapped four fresh ears of corn in foil and placed them  on top of the potatoes.  Cook on low for 6 hours.  Here are my results.

My tips:  Use bone in pork chops and the “liner”  It was super easy to prepare and didn’t heat up the kitchen, which was a BIG plus.  My husband even said he would like to have it again.

Dinner’s Ready

Simple clean up using a crock pot liner

I know this picture looks sort of gross, but it is the only clean-up you will have if you use the liner!

Honoring a Vietnam Vet


Enjoy the smile when you give them their new pillowcase!

I guess I should start this blog by telling you a little more info about myself.  That 9-5 day job I will be leaving soon (the date has been moved from 7/31/12 to 8/31/12) is Postmaster of the village of Gratiot, Oh.  Since Gratiot is such a small village, every has to come to the Post Office to pick up their mail.  This is how I met “Moe”.  Moe is a Vietnam Veteran and more importantly a Marine.  He has graced me will stories of his time in the service and we have become friends.  When you meet Moe, there is not a doubt in your mind that he is proud to have served his country in the Marines.  He has three trucks and they are all green.  He once relayed a conservation that took place between one of his friend’s , Dennis, and Dennis’ mom.  It went something like this, “Dennis, there is something wrong with that Moe,  all he wears are green clothes.”  This is so true…army green is his color of choice.

Well in March I went to a quilt show and came across some “Marine” fabric and knew I just had to get some for Moe.  Then my dilemma was, what to make.  Well I had been given the instructions for an easy pillow case, so I rummaged through the mess I call my sewing room and believe it or not, I found those instructions.  I work better by seeing, than by reading, so I had to scratch my head a few times while I figured out the directions and then it was an easy pillow case with no raw edges, which I loved.  So fire up your machine and let’s make “Moe” a pillow case.

You will need:  (standard pillow )

1/4  yard for top of case

2″strip for accent piece (I didn’t read this part, so I had to dig in my stash…more on that in a later Post)

3/4 yd for main pillow case    all based on 44″ fabric yard piece of fabric

The fabrics

Step One

Unfold and press the 1/4 yard piece of fabric, place on working surface with RIGHT sided of fabric facing up.  Press the 2″ piece lengthwise with WRONG sides together.  Place on top of 1/4 yard piece, lining up raw edges.(trim so that main, accent and top pieces are all the same length.)

Step Two

Unfold and press the 3/4 yard piece of fabric.  Place on top of other pieces with WRONG side facing up toward you.  Line up raw edges on the top. Pin  the 3 layers of fabric in place.

Making the “roll”

Now comes the FUN part…(those are their was a head scratching experience for me…If I suffered from dandruff, it would have looked like a blizzard had hit!) Roll or fold the remaining length of the 3/4 yard piece up towards the top raw edges. (Note: the wrong side of the fabric should be facing you) Pin in place lining up with the raw edges.

The sewn “roll”