Monday, December 27, 2010
First off grab yourself the tallest food can that you can find. I happened to have a tall one that had green beans in it that seemed to work just fine. Then place that down inside a large pot filled with water to make yourself a double boiler. Then for the can that I had, it took about 2 and a half boxes of Gulf paraffin wax that is placed down inside the can a couple at a time to melt. If your cutting your blocks in half for some reason we found that if you dip your knife in the hot water it cuts the wax or will shorten your taper candles easier cause it cuts through them like butter!
I have never attempted to make candles but let me tell you I wasn't the only one that had fun making these....my husband helped me and we had a blast doing it and plan on making more. Be sure to save your food can filled with paraffin wax cause it can be heated back up and reused over and over again.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do help in any way I can. Thanks again Brenda for sharing this idea!!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
This is just another view of the buffet and that concludes the "Christmas tour of my house" I hope that everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. God Bless each and every one of you and thank you for coming back and I look forward to having some more fun stuff to show you soon! So come on back...you hear???
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I guess you all thought that I had gone to the ends of the earth or just left the planet cause I haven't posted anything in a while. But I've been extremely busy working on getting my house decorated for Christmas plus I've been making some gifts and on top of all of that I even managed to go to a scrapbooking retreat a couple of weeks ago for 4 days. So I've been busy busy. But even with all that I'm still grateful that I was able to get well enough to get all that done as well as go on my trip that I had been looking forward to since this past summer.
But getting back to what all that I'm grateful for......
1. My health...although it's not that great most of the time..I do know that it could be worse.
2. My family!
3. My husband! If it weren't for him some days I don't know what I'd do, he's a huge blessing.
4. My son! I thank God daily for allowing me the priveledge to be his mom! He's awesome!
5. My grandparents...they may have passed on but I still stop and think of them cause they are what I feel like who helped me become the person that I am today.
6. My mother. I know I mentioned my family but I have to give more credit to my mom cause she's one of the strongest people I know. She's had cancer and it never got her down. She continues to fight and has taught me to do my best to do the same.
7. My Lord and Savior!
8. All my friends! Gosh how could I ever go through a list of blessings without thinking of them often! They keep me on track, lift me up when I'm down, encourage me in my adventures and push me when I need a good shove.
9. Necessities!!! A roof over my head, food in my mouth and clothes on my body
10. All of my blogger friends who inspire me on a daily basis. You all make me want to get up and go do something just so I can share it with you. It helps me mentally more than you all will ever know.
So what are you all grateful for???? I'd love to hear your list....that's just my top 10. I have soooo many more things that I'm grateful for.
Hope that you all have a WONDERFUL day of reflecting and enjoy some good food and great fellowship with your family and friends.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
I'm off to the doctors in the morning. As soon as I wake up I'm calling and begging for them to please get me in. I've taken all this mess that I can possibly tolerate.
So anyway, here's the recipe....hope you enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin (15oz can)
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 1/2 cups raisins
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (I used pecans)
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, melted butter, oil, eggs, pumpkin and water. Beat for 90 seconds or until well mixed.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices, stirring until no streaks remain.
Combine flour mixture and pumpkin mixture. Stir in nuts and raisins. Stirring only until all ingredients are mixed.
Cover batter and allow to stand at room temp for one hour.
Preheat oven at 400 degrees
Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 of the way full.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffin tops spring back after lightly touched.
Brush tops of muffins with melted butter while still warm and sprinkle lightly with sugar.
Now kick your heels up and ENJOY!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
I'm hoping that everyone is having a good weekend and I'll be seeing you soon....come on back ya'll!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
First off, just about everything in this album came from scrapbuck.com. I don't think that I shared my haul with you when I received all this great stuff several weeks ago. But just about everything in here came from their online store. I first used We R Memory Keepers Heebie Jeebies paper line along with some plain cardstock. The roof of my little haunted house was used cutting strips of black cardstock using the Fiskars sunflower scissors and then layered on top of one another so that it would look like shingles. I also used a Martha Stewart punch to make the top decorative piece...it was an edge punch but I don't remember the name of it. I'm thinking its something like gothic arches or something like that. After I did all of that I sprayed the roof of the house with glimmer mist (Diamond Dust) and it gave the roof a nice patina. Then of course I used the new Martha Stewart iron gate deep edge punch for the widow walk on the roof....that is what those are called right? There are little bats on the fence that I added some glitter too so that they would stand out. Now onto the body of the house. I haphazardly cut small strips of chipboard and laid them out so that they would form my windows. There are several layers to the windows...first off after I cut those chipboard pieces I used some charcoal ink to make them look old then I used some of the acetate packaging from some stickers I had used to make "glass" for the windows and added some coffee stained cheese cloth as my torn and tattered "curtains" then I added a sticker on top of the acetate but behind the "panes" so it looked as if you were peeping into the windows....or that someone was peeping out..whatever be the case. Then I used some glittered ghost stickers, an Enter at your own risk sticker above the door and then I used the Martha Stewart iron gate edge punch again at the bottom. I'll get to the door in a second...
I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday! As for me I'm headed back to the craft room to see what else I can get brewing in my cauldron and as always you all know that I'll be sharing with you what else I come up with......so come on back and visit soon.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Now these bags will be all ready for next month when I go to the scrapbooking retreat! I'm so excited to get to go to it again. Remember I went back in Feb or March of this year and had the time of my life! So I'm getting things ready to go again.
As far as my Halloween mini album....well I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I worked on it a bit more today but have been having some problems with my back so I can't sit for very long at all cause it irritates my back even more. So I'm just taking my time finishing that album up and babying my back. But I'll be sure to show it to you all just as soon as I get it done.
Hope that everyone is have a great start to the week and I'll be back soon, so come on back by........
Thursday, October 14, 2010
So I finished Debbie's little album then had been so busy doing other projects and such that I forgot to post pictures of the final outcome. On the front cover I used some Prima flowers, a butterfly that came from scrapbuck.com, some pretty pearl bling, a paper doily and some bling from scrapbuck.com. Then I also added a pretty pearl brad that I picked up at Michael's to use as my closure. The little white hairband wraps around it to keep it snug. It turned out quite "chunky" to say the least. Matter of fact....
Ok are you ready for the GRAND TOTAL of how many pictures I was able to get into this little mini album? ..... Drum roll please.......97 pictures!!! No, you aren't seeing things. I actually was able to get that many pictures in this one little album. I had the most fun making this little album. I laughed so hard as I was adding the pictures cause it took me back to when they were actually being taken and believe me if you can't have fun and enjoy yourself at Suzie's house then there is something seriously wrong with you. I can honestly say that this is by far my most favorite mini album that I've made so far. I just loved it and hope that Debbie gets many of good laughs out of it and enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it for her.
So what else have I been working on??? Well I have been working on a Halloween mini album. I just about have it all complete except for my pictures but as soon as I finish with the pages I'll go ahead and show it so you don't have to wait for me to get the pictures printed out and put in the album. I've also been working on blinging my my new scrapbook luggage that I got this past weekend at one of the crops. I've been wanting this piece of luggage forever cause it's so big! Plus it's Creative Memories stuff and if you've ever bought anything from them you know that it's good quality stuff that's built to last. So I'm working on personalizing it so that it will be all ready to go next month when I leave for the scrapbooking retreat. Looks like I'm going to have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby though before I can finish that project cause I'm out of rhinestones. I'll show you all that finished project once it's done as well.
Hope that everyone is having a wonderful week and I'll be seeing you real soon.....