Monthly Archives: November 2012

Candles…use caution



This past weekend I started redecorating my bedroom.  I have been busy painting and cleaning out items that have been in the room for years.  The above candle was something that had to go.  I went from green walls to cream and grey.  I thought I could still use the base since it was black.  Inside this holder was a candle in a glass jar.  I decided to burn the candle to help get rid of the paint smell in the room.  My sister came over to see the results and we were going to dinner and she said, “Oh, don’t forget to blow out the candle.”

Off we went to dinner.  When we returned home I worked in the room for a while and lit the candle again.  My husband was “down on the farm” deer hunting, so a bubble bath sounded like a great idea.  I grabbed my “More” magazine and hit the tub.  As I am  soaking in the tub I heard a pop.  I thought, “what the heck?”  I must be hearing things.  The bathroom door was ajar and soon I began to smell something like “a burnt out candle.”  I quickly got out of the tub and ran into the room.

broken candle

Broken Candle

Notice that there is a dresser scarf under the candle base.  How lucky was I!!!!!

broken candle

Broken candle

This was the pop I heard while soaking in the tub.  I always thought if a candle was in a jar it would be safe.  I have learned a valuable lesson.  Thank heavens this is all that happen.  All I could think of was …  What if?  I was so glad that we had blown out the candle before we left for dinner.  So happy that I had the candle on the base and not just on the dresser.  We could have had a real disaster.

What have I learned…never trust a candle…just saying!

Ashley and Tim’s Wedding…Save the Date


As promised in the anniversary post, I am going to do a series of posts on the journey to the big date…Nov 5, 2011, when I gained a new son-in-law.  I hope this will give some of you ideas if you are planning a wedding or maybe just a party.  My job was to be the “minion” for the journey.  I had to rent the movie “Despicable Me”, to see what my daughter was talking about the first time she used this term.  If you haven’t a clue…rent the movie…this was the going joke between us while my daughter was planning her wedding.  Don’t get me wrong, I was very happy to be a minion.  Like every Mom, I wanted my daughter’s wedding to be perfect and if I could play a small part in this perfection, I was happy to!

Ahhhhhhhhhh :D

Before we can send out the “Save the Date”, we had to have the proposal.  That goes back to their first date.  On their first date they went to a Chinese restaurant and of course they got fortune cookies.  When they broke open their cookies, the had the same fortune it read, “Sing and Rejoice, fortune is smiling upon you.”  Tim is a great cook and while Ashley was back in Ohio on a visit, Tim made the fortune cookies pictured above and put in the fortune, “Sing and Rejoice, fortune is smiling upon us.” He had the cookies and a bottle of wine sitting on the table when they arrived home from dinner.

The first task was to choose the colors for the wedding.  Ashley choose a “blue, sand and coral”.  She sent me paint chips of the colors and I had to find the Stampin Up cardstock colors that bested matched her choices.  We settled on “Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Poppy Parade.”  She was going to use a “Beach Theme” so we choose to use images from the “Life’s a Beach”, Cricut Cartridge.  We tossed around ideas and decided the save the date should be a “message in a bottle.”  I would make up a mock bottle and I would mail it from Oh to FL to see how  it would arrive.  I tried an empty Coke bottle and an empty water bottle.  Tim didn’t like the looks of either of these, so we started looking on the internet.  The decision was made to use these “spice” jars that Ashley ordered from the Pottery Barn.
We traveled to FL for Christmas and visited the venue and I collected sand on St Pete’s beach to use in the bottle.  (The sand was put in a ziplock bag and packed in my checked luggage and I did not think about what it must have looked like to security, so I had a little sand in my clothes where they must have opened the bag to make sure it was just sand)

save the date items wedding

Save the date Wedding items

We used :  a shell necklace for the small shells in the bottle, a paper drink umbrella, ribbon from Michael’s that said “Eat, Drink and Be Married”, wedding rings, sand and spice jars.  I made the tags by cutting 3 1/4 x 1 1/2 inch out of blue and used the “ticket corner” punch on the ends.  I typed the wording on the computer out of Whisper White and also punched the corners of the tag. (the one pictured had a different punch)

wedding save the date tag

Wedding Save the Date tag

The corral was cut using the “Life’s a Beach” Cricut Cartridge.

wedding save the date tag

Wedding Save the Date tag

wedding save the date

Wedding Save The Date

We use these little gift boxes to send the bottles.  I had really wanted them to just get the loose bottle in the mail, but by using glass bottles that would not have been possible.

wedding save the date box

Wedding Save the Date Box

Not your Mama’s Tupperware Party – Cricut Christmas Card

Cricut Cartridge

Cricut Cartridge

This may seem like a strange title for the post of a Christmas Card, but again I am giving you the opportunity to grab that last piece of Thanksgiving pie and enjoy it while I relay a little know story about the sisterhood of women.  This theory may not be a proven fact, but it is the theory of my good friend Tammy.  She is a quilter and has worked in quilt shop and this may be where she gained the “Tupperware Party” theory.  We have traveled to many quilt shops together, as a matter of fact she belongs to the “Travel Group” of quilties that I mentioned in an earlier post.  Here’s how the story started …

Tammy and I along with many quilties were on a bus trip and we stopped at a quilt shop.  Well, I also love to cross-stitch and there happened to be a cross-stitch store right next to the quilt shop, so I persuaded Tammy to go to the shop with me.  She had never cross-stitched and had no desire to cross-stitch, but she came out of that stop with the pattern, floss, hoop, needle and fabric to complete a cross-stitch project.  What, you now ask, does that have to do with Tupperware?  Here’s her theory,  you get a bunch of ladies together and the excitement of a good find rubs off on the whole group and before you know it everyone in the group is buying the fabric, signing up for the class, ordering the stamps, the cooking items, the make-up or the “Tupperware”.  Get it, now it is the group “feeding frenzy”.

This story came to mind when I fell prey to the “Tupperware Party”  purchase at Joann’s on Wed.  I walked into that store to get some batting.  What was I thinking …Doorbuster…only had two and sold out the minute they opened.  I would have been OK, but standing by the cutting counter was my good friend Teresa (from the decorations post).  She was helping some ladies pick out Cricut Cartridges. No, she doesn’t work there, but she is very helpful and she helped me spend $53.00 and I didn’t get any batting.  What I did come home with were the three items above (among other goodies).  The thing I needed the least and had no intention of buying was the Cricut Cartridge, but Teresa was getting one (Tupperware Party) and she showed me this really cute  “Winter Frolic” that I just had to have now that someone pointed out all the wonderful cuts.

Remember in my post yesterday (if you read the post and didn’t just look at the pictures) I told you there was a card addiction in regards to Laura.  I am the guilty party in that “Tupperware Party” for her.  We were visiting for the weekend and the girls again slipped away while the men cooked and talked over “men things”.  She knew I liked to scrapbook and had heard there was a new scrapbook store that had opened in town.  She told me she thought she was safe taking me there because she didn’t scrapbook or make cards, so she could just watch me shop.  As you can tell from the Blessings post…she fell prey to the “Tupperware Party” and she now scrapbooks and make cards.  Sorry Laura, but I do love the cards you make me!! (by the way the new store was ” Archivers”, no wonder she got hooked)

Cricut Christmas Card

Cricut Christmas Card

This is one of the cards I have made with my new Cricut Cartridge, Winter Frolics.  No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you there are different size images on the cards.  If you use your Cricut much you know that sometimes it is hard to figure out how long an image will cut out when you chose the size.  I used 2 3/4, 3 1/4 and settled on 3 1/2 to fill the card front.(the two cards on the left)  I have shown you the layers.  Usually, I only use Stampin Up card stock for at least my card base.  I do love their colors and it is the only cardstock I feel is thick enough for the base. In the case of these cards I used DCWV printed cards with envelopes.  Many times if I am out of envelopes, I will use a coupon to buy these boxes.  The box pictured above happens to be “Christmas”, but I used some of their” Winter” cards  from last years clearance for the base of these cards. I do think it is thick enough for my card.

I am still cutting images with this cartridge, so stay tuned for more Christmas cards.

Blessings in the form of Friendships and Quilting

Thanksgiving card

Thanksgiving card

It’s 9:00 on Thanksgiving morning and I have been up since @4.  I know this should be a post about food, since this is the day for Thanks, Food and Football! (and now early Black Friday shopping)But  I got up early to check on the progress of my dinner rolls.  (another post in the future) They were ready to pop in the oven, so I though, why not get the paper and see if there is anything worth fighting over in the Black Friday Ads.  I opened the front door and felt like a 4 year old on Christmas morning who thought the were getting coal in their stocking and Santa had decided to give them one last try at being good for the rest of the year.

surprise package

Surprise Package

I am sorry I didn’t get a picture of the package before it was opened, but I knew from the distinct packaging that it was from my friend Laura (from the Thanksgiving decorations post).  Now this is going to be a long and involved post, so grab a piece of leftover pie and a cup of tea (or Joe if you prefer) and settle down for a tale of friendship that has taken me on travel all over the country.  (or you can just look at the pictures)

Laura is my “To Sir, with Love” kind of friend.  She has “taken me from crayons to perfume”.  Well kinda, that is what the song says, but we have more went from newlyweds ourselves to traveling from FL to Tx  to each  watch  both  our “first born’s” tie the knot last year.  It has been a long and at most times a long distance friendship. Laura and her family have lived in several states and we have traveled to visit them in each location.  We became friends through our husbands’, but we are couple friends.  I mean the ones that we BOTH love to see!!!  I could go on and on about our friendship, but I do have @ 20 people arriving @ 1:00 so on to the rest of the story.

Laura of course made the card. (how cute is that…that addiction will be addressed in a later post)  The package contained wool and two wool kits. She is downsizing her craft room and thought that since I am retired, I may have a better chance of completing the kits than she would.  My how do I condense this story….

I could tell by the price tag on one of the kits that it had been purchased on a trip we made one summer in Cleveland.  She was living near Cleveland and my husband and I went up for a weekend visit.  Well since we are such good friends, we always leave the men to cook dinner and talk over “men things”, while we usually go out shopping and have lunch. On this visit, Laura’s friend Mary had told her about a “kinda estate, craft and garage sale” she thought we might be interested in visiting.  This was either the second or third weekend for the sale and she still thought it would be fun.  I was thinking to myself…second or third weekend…what could be left.  Thank heavens, I kept those thoughts to myself.  The day now becomes a blur to me.  Think of yourself as having this wonderful dream where you are ready to step through the pearly and into and the alarm rings and you have to go to work.  Well, let me tell you, that didn’t happen that way.  The “I am in Heaven” part happened, but no alarm went off, I didn’t have to go to work…none of that!  We parked the car and walked up the driveway and we were in every crafter’s dream.

I met a wonderful man named, Jim, and yes, we were on a first name basis before I left that sale.  This man’s wife has passed away and she was an avid quilter, cross-stitcher, wool crafter and book collector.  She was me!  The best thing about the day was the feeling I got from Jim about how much he cared for his wife, Julia.  I can not imagine how absolute crazy he thought I was that day.  Everything she had, was something I would have picked out myself to make.  This garage and driveway was still packed with craft items and I was like a kid and a candy store who had just found a $10 bill on the sidewalk outside.  I think Laura just looked at books,(I really have no idea I was so zoned out) while I could not believe my luck.  I did purchase many things that day and talked with Jim.  I don’t even know how long we were there, but soon Jim started showing me some of Julia’s projects he thought I might be interested in buying. Maybe he was thinking, I need to get this crazy person focused and get her on her way, but he lead me to a project that had many finished blocks with acorns, a squirrel  and a LOT of leaves.  I loved it and the work was wonderful, but in the back of my mine I was thinking,  “What will I do with it?” I could see him remembering watching Julia work on those blocks, so of course I purchased them.  Again, I could go on and on about the purchases I made that day,  but instead maybe this will inspire me to complete some of them.

What is the really strange thing about this, is last night I was scrolling through old emails getting ready to do some wedding posts and I came across an email I had saved from Jim.  He was having another sale(remember this was several years ago and so was the email) and was letting me know in case I wanted to attend.  I had a trip planned to FL that weekend, so I didn’t get to go to the sale.  I so glad I still have his email address and I am going to try to email him a link to this post because I am sure he will be happy to see Julia’s completed quilt.

You may ask, “How did you complete Julia’s quilt when you only had blocks and no instructions?”  At the end of that “wonderful” day, we went back to Laura’s house and started looking at our purchases and I could not believe my eyes when I opened one of the books Laura had purchased and there was Julia’s quilt!!!!!!

And here it is Jim.  Thank you for one of the best days of my life. I think of your wife often and can only hope that my family speaks of me and my love for quilting like you did that day of Julia.  I felt like I knew her when I left your house.

Need'l Love fall quilt

Need’l Love fall quilt

squirrel block

Squirrel block

Julia made the block, but notice how I quilted the tail.

Yo Yo Acorn block

Yo Yo Acorn block

One of my favorite blocks…yes she had it finished.  Her hand work was wonderful.

acorn and leaves block

Acorn and Leaves block

These are just a few of my favorite blocks!


Leaf quilting from the back

This is the border of the quilt from the back.  Julia had cut out @ 30 leaves for the border, but I knew I would never finish the quilt if I did all those, so I just put the acorn and two leaves in each corner and quilted the other ones (took the easy way out)

acorn corner

Acorn corner

I put the blocks together and added these to the border.  The center blocks were all completed and the acorns and leaves were all cut out and marked.  Thank you Jim and Julia for one of my favorite quilts.  I hope I made you proud.


leaves cut out and marked

I thought about adding them to the back like they were falling off the tree, but that will probably never happen.

Happy Thanksgiving…

I am thankful for my friend Laura and the wonderful day we spent in “Heaven” at Jim’s sale.  That is a day I will never forget and Julia is a lady I think of often while working on projects I purchased that day.  I said to Laura when we returned home,” wasn’t that a great sale, didn’t we get some bargains” and her reply was…”it’s only a bargain if you finish it”  Well even if I never finish another project, this quilt was worth every penny I spent that day.

Oh no…did you notice my ironing board in the background of that quilt picture.  I’ll have to be more careful when taking pictures.

Note: this quilt was from the “Need’l Love” series books and of course I can not find the one it was in right now.  I will post if when I do!

Give Thanks Button Up Quilt

Give Thanks Button Up Quilt

Give thanks button up quilt

Another day closer to Turkey Day!  This is my November Button Up quilt.  It is the second in my monthly panels.  The background hangs year round and you just “button up” the panel each month.  It is a pattern by Joined at the Hip.  I have the pattern for most months of the year and I have even completed many of them. These post will inspire me to get the rest of them finished.

Remember to give thanks this Holiday Season and enjoy your friends and family.  I did get to Dr. Z’s today and hope that I will quickly be on the road to recovery.  I have missed way to many fun events this month.  The family (minus my children and son-in-law they will be here for Christmas) are going to be here at 1:00 on Thursday so I really need to get back on my feet.

Happy Thanksgiving to you an your family!

Happy Thanksgiving Stampin Up and Cricut Card

thanksgiving stampin up cricut card

Thanksgiving Stampin Up Cricut Card

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  I am having the family in for Thanksgiving and I really need to get rid of this cold and cough I have been plagued with for the 4 weeks.  I have many things to be thankful for this year. Most of all I am thankful for the love and support of my family and friends as I transition into a new chapter of my life.

I hope you enjoy this card.  I wanted to show you that if you have a Cricut, you can layer by cutting the same shape out and changing the size by 1/4.  I have been busy organizing my scrapbook room and I now can not find this card to get you the exact measurements, but I will give you a list of the cartridges and Stampin Up colors that I used.  Stampin up items can be ordered by clicking here.

You will need:

Stampin Up paper,  Natural white, Perfect Plum, Rose Red and More Mustard.

Stampin Up set  : Country Blessings

Cricut Cartridges:  Doodle Charms (leaf)  Mini Monograms ( scalloped square)

ribbon (from Hobby Lobby this was how I chose my colors)

4  silver brads

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

I have just finished reading “The Time Keeper” and the character Dor (who is Father Time) states, ” We all yearn for what we have lost.  But sometimes, we forget what we have.”

I think each and every one of us is guilty of not being able to live in the moment.  Be thankful each day for the gift of life and  rejoice in the friendship and family that surrounds us all.

Toffee Brownie Trifle

Toffee Brownie Trifle

Toffee Brownie Trifle

I guess I should have posted this recipe in Oct.  I had forgotten that I had taken the picture with my Halloween decorations.  No matter what season you fix this dessert, you will be the hit of the party.  It is really easy to fix and I can assure you there will not be any leftovers.

You will need:

1 package of brownie mix ( 13 x 9 pan size)

2 1/2 cups cold milk

1    3.4 oz package of instant cheesecake or vanilla pudding mix

1    3.3 oz package instant white chocolate pudding mix

1   8 oz carton of Cool Whip

2 to 3 Heath candy bars ( 1.4 oz chopped)

Prepare the brownies according to package directions.  Cool completely.

In a mixing bowl , beat the milk and pudding mixes on low speed for 2 minutes.  Fold in whipped topping.  Cut the brownies into 1 inch cubes, place half in a 3 qt glass trifle bowl

or serving dish.  Cover with half of the pudding.  Repeat layers.  Sprinkle with chopped candy bars.  Refrigerate leftovers (if you have any)  15 servings

Toffee Brownie Trifle

Toffee Brownie Trifle

As you can see from this picture, I bought the Heath Chips i the baking isle.  There is no chocolate.  I swirled some caramel and chocolate over the top.  Enjoy!

Happy November Quilt and Decorations

november quilt

November Quilt and Decorations

The air is crisp and Thanksgiving is a little over a week away.  I can not believe how fast Fall is moving into Winter.  Fall and Spring are my two favorite times of the year.  As promised in my October post, I am once again posting a view of the dresser in my downstairs hallway.  Yes, it is VERY wide and there is space for a dresser, which I use to store seasonal decorations and it reminds me of my mom and my Grandma Stotts, so it warms my heart each day as I pass.

The Turkey quilt is another of the mini quilt from The Wooden Bear.  I just love these quilts and they are only 12″ x 12″, so they are fast to make and easy to store.  I did them all on the machine with a blanket stitch and Wonder Under Light.

thanksgiving turkey quilt

Thanksgiving Turkey Quilt

The scarecrow was a present from my good friend, Teresa.  I have had it several years, but I don’t have any information on the pattern.  Sorry! Isn’t he just the cutest thing!


Handmade scarecrow

There is the Fall table runner she made me.  I use it until I put out my Christmas decorations.

fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Notice the glass handles on the dresser.  They are my favorite thing about this dresser, except for the fact that it was my Grandmother’s.  If you look closely on the shelf, you will see ceramic pilgrims and a turkey.  I made these for my mother in the 70’s and have placed them in her honor.  There is also an awesome card my friend Laura made for me several years ago.  Yes, I am a pack-rat and can not part with homemade cards.  The candle was made by my friend Val.  Thanks to all my crafty friends for the decorations.





Fabric Organization – part 2

Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus

I know the title of this post is fabric organization, but I couldn’t resist posting a picture of my Christmas cactus.  I was given a start for this plant from a former customer when I worked for the Post Office.  I learned that there are two types of Christmas cactus’.  One actually blooms at Christmas, but this one blooms two times a year, around Thanksgiving and around Easter.  Isn’t it beautiful.  The flowers don’t last long, so enjoy.

Fabric organization

Fabric organization

In an earlier post I showed you an under the bed fabric organization.  Those containers house the less than one yard pieces of fabric.  This is my solution for the fabric over one yard.  I was lucky enough to already have a closet that has been divided into @ 12 inch sections.  I now have the neatly fabric folded and divided by yardage.  1 to 2 yard pieces, 2 to 3 yard pieces and pieces large enough for  backing.

fabric organization

fabric organization

I then took it one step further and recorded the measurements in a photo album.

fabric measurement

fabric measurement

measurement album

measurement album



The album is stored here.  The next organization post with let you know what is in the box pictured here…

Happy First Anniversary Card for Ashley and Tim


One year ago today we stood on the beach and witnessed my daughter become the bride of Tim Fialkowski.  That was one of the happiest days of my life.  When your children are born I think we all have the same wish …that they are happy and healthy.   I have always told my children that family comes first.  I believe that with my whole heart.  So I feel blessed that my daughter found her “prince charming” and had a fairy tale wedding in front of a big pink castle.
As I reflected upon this happy occasion, I looked back on the reason I started this blog.  It was to showcase my creative journey.  This journey has been ongoing, but it was my daughter whom talked me into this blog.  So over the next few weeks I will be having a wedding post once a week where I showcase some of the creative projects we did for her fairy tale wedding.

You also need to understand that this wedding was so unlike my own.  We were married at St Nicholas Church with the reception at the local Knights of Columbus Hall, which is still about the only place to be married in our small town.  I think we only had cake and I am sure a couple of kegs of beer.  No cocktail hour or spa day for us.  No one did my nails and I am sure I even did my own hair. A” Plain Jane” wedding with homemade dotted swiss bride’s maid dresses.  So when I stepped into the lobby of this grand hotel, I felt like I had  stepped  into someone else’s life.  I still can not believe that is me in the picture.  It is remarkable what a day at the spa can do for a person!!

Happy anniversary stampin up card

Happy First Anniversary Stampin Up Card

This is the card I made for their first anniversary.

You will need:

Stampin Up products:  You can order them by clicking here!

Paper: Shimmer White, Marina Mist

Punches:  Word window Modern Label

Stamp Set: embellished Events

Pearl Basic Jewels

Organza Ribbon

Poppy Parade marker (retired)

Non Stampin Up item  –  Metal Forever tag and Pilot Silver marker ( not a real good idea–used it to stamp the glasses and it was hard to get off the stamp)