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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Plate holder

I liked the way my black frames and shelf turned out so much I saw my plate holder and thought
hey, this could use some updating....Where's the black spray can?? Found it!!! I love the change!!

Sometimes things don't work out the way you think they should

Well, ok!! so my 'vision' wasn't quite what I thought it would be....try try
I like this much better!!

My vision!!

My Palette!! (My Wall)

My work area!! Let the project begin!! Black is good!

I have 4 grandsons that play foot ball. They range in age from 7 years old to 17 years old...
I had this vision of putting their pictures in frames and hanging them on my wall...Now that
I have them there I know I need something more...This is where you can help me. I'm not real
sure just what to put on my's 12"x24" I could use some ideas please...also, I feel I need something more on my wall~~~~~Maybe vinyl...some sort of saying...I just can't seem to come
up with one! HELP!!!!!!!

Eagle Pictures for our boys in our troop

It's heck being the wife of the Advancement Chairman in our Boy Scout Troop. My husband came up with the idea that when each of the boys' receive their Eagle Award I should make a picture for each of them. So this is my creation. I have lost count as to how many I have made.

Didn't think to make a list or to keep track...Didn't have a blog at the time...I've been making these for
the past 3 years at least...and yes, I do make these for others out side of our troop as requested. I'll do anything if the price is right!

These 4 Eagle pictures will be given this coming Sunday, the 31st at our Troop Eagle Court of Honor...
Project #2 done today!

Baby Blankets

Our first great-granddaughter, 'Emmy' is going to be born in a couple of months....So I felt she should have some nice receiving blankets to keep her warm...3 receiving blankets are double sided and then I sewed around them using the hem stitch and then crochet the edges....Then I used my surger and decorative thread and surgered around the little pad again double sided.....

Next I crochet a nice white afghan, and with my loom I made a new born hat...she may
not need the hat down in Florida where it's nice and warm...and then again she just might!!!

Love the flat rate boxes the post office now have...however, prices have gone up....but still worth
it...Package is off to the home awaiting the arrival of 'Emmy'!

All was received...and another project done!!!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

2 c. sugar 1 -1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 c. vegetable oil
1-3/4 c. All-purpose flour 1 tsp. salt 2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. Hershey's Cocoa 2 eggs 1 c boiling water
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 c. milk

(1) Heat oven to 350 degrees. (2) Grease and flour two 9 inch round baking pans.
(3) Combine dry ingredients in large bowl, add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on med. speed for
2 minutes. (4) stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour into pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or
until a tooth pick comes out clean. (5) let stand for 10 minutes. (6) remove from pans to wire and let cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Frosting. Note: cupcakes: fill muffin tins 1/2 full and bake for 20-25 minutes. 9x13 dish bake 30-35 minutes.

Perfect Chocolate Frosting

1 (1/2 c). stick butter 3 c. powder sugar 1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. Hershey's Cocoa 1/3 c. milk

(1) Melt butter (2) Alternately add powder sugar and milk, beating on med. speed to
spreading consistency. Add more milk in needed. Stir in vanilla. (About 2 cups of frosting)

You will never taste a better chocolate's SO good try it!!! I am linking this to for her Strut your stuff Thursday party go take a look.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Family: A journey into Eternity

My wall is complete now!

I sat across the room, looking at this wall feeling something was missing. I've now change it a couple of times. Still I've never felt I had the look I was really looking for. Change of sayings, and change of pictures...Still something was missing! Now that I have a new saying "Family" A journey into Eternity instead of " All because two people fall in love" looked a lot better...and this wall is my 'Family' should it not reflect my family. OK, so what's missing?? First I noticed I didn't have a picture of me and Paul. After all we started this eternal family. Second, I have no grand kids on this wall. I now know where I need to start.

I dug through my pictures (which lucky for me were all on the computer) I tried two different pictures and decided on one of our wedding pictures. Saying this, I still may go back and change it and put the first one back up (the first picture is in this picture). I added my saying "Family" A journey into Eternity above the mirror. Our picture to the left. I have our three kids and their spouses on their wedding day! But again something still missing! This year all three families had their family pictures taken. Yes, that's it~I need to put their family pictures on this wall! So back to my computer I found Becky's 2009 family picture that had been emailed to me~ so I printed it out! Next, I added the blank paper for two reasons. 1. to mark where I wanted the pictures to hang and 2. to show my other two kids I needed their family pictures too.

I called Margo and asked her to please email me her 2009 family picture. She swears she had already sent it. I couldn't find it on my computer, so she was kind enough to email it to me again, now I have two family pictures up on my wall....the picture I had of Erik's family was a vertical picture and I needed a horizon one. So I waited for Erik to get home from work and called him and asked for another 2009 family picture and asked him to send me a horizon family picture. Until I receive the picture I put stick figures on my wall! This could take awhile! I was on face book and noticed Erik was too~ I reminded him about my request for the picture and he immediately emailed the picture.

So today I completed my wall! I now sit across the room and smile as I see our wedding picture, the mirror, and our families! Yes, our 'Family' A journey into Eternity. I so love my wall!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Some of my vinyl projects

Give me my Cricut Expression, vinyl, and Sure Cuts Alot program and I go to, plates and tiles...I love them all!!! Only right that I should made somethings for myself too...
what better than the '12 reasons I love being a grandma'....So I am a happy camper....I have my Cricut Expression, Cartridges, Design Studio, and Sure Cuts Alot program...What more can a girl ask for?? I'll have to give that some thought.

Thanks to another scrapper I met in Michael's, she told me about a program called Sure Cuts Alot. I didn't do anything with this program for a year, until my daughter, Margo downloaded it and told me how wonderful it was... Of course I then needed to get it would let me use all the fonts I had on my computer WOW this could be fun.

My friend and her husband returned home from their mission and it was Christmas...this was a welcome home/Christmas tile gift for them...

I needed a wedding gift for a family member, so I made a Message Plate for them.
using the Tear Drop Cartridge, one of my favorite cartridges.