“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Greetings

this week is Christmas Greetings...

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three Muses Challenge-Stars

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
 but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
-Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Monday in December!

I know it's late!
I had a bit of vertigo and it threw everything off for me yesterday and today.
But I'm better now and I don't want to miss posting.
I hope you had a very

I love October and November, but this month is truly special to me.
Not only do we have cooler weather and Christmas, but this is my birthday month!
I'm not one of those people that think" it's just another day" or they don't want to celebrate.
nope, not me!
I love it!
The mood, the cake, the gifts, the candles!!
Hell, I'd wear a tiara if I had one, lol.
I'm happy and grateful to spend another year with such lovely friends and my family!!
And you know how I like to celebrate every little thing..

Did you see the full moon last night?
It looked so gorgeous!
My friend Bernie took a picture of it for me, my phone just doesn't take 
pictures as good as his does.
It was 58 degrees and there was a breeze!

We made this cocoa the other night, 
Helena got it from the Great Pumpkin and we waited to try it.
It's very rich..

Since the night was chilly we made gingerbread to go with the cocoa.
They turned out okay..not like last year when I made sugar cookies for Santa.
I put them up on the fridge to cool & I bumped my arm, involuntarily jerked it back
and all the cookies flew to the four corners of the earth, much to the delight of the dog and cats!
It took forever to sweep up because we couldn't stop laughing.

We sprinkled these with pink sugar..

These are funfetti cupcakes Helena and my niece made yesterday.
We were going to decorate our stockings while they baked, but that's one of the times I got very dizzy.
The cupcakes were decorated while I took a nap. The stockings had to wait.

Remember all the neat stuff I got on black Friday at the thrift store?
Here's some of it...
sheet music to use in art projects for .75 cents
A one dollar frog made of what feels like cast iron, he's very heavy!

These hanging crystals..They were terribly tangled and after I spent half an hour untangling them
I hung them on this heart ornament I already had. Can't tell from the photo but they go all the way around the heart, it was a set of two but the other one had torn chains, so now I have a bunch of loose crystals to craft with. They were .25 cents

This desk organizer for $3.50

Old Christmas lights..I bought them to use in crafts..I'm too afraid to use vintage light strings.
.50 cents

I also found vintage cupcake liners and tart tins..
.25 cents each

I made this with one of the bulbs..

This is how she looks on the tree by my bed...

some of the other ornaments I've made recently...

I made this with an old ping pong ball and a light bulb bottle from Michael's.
I also used the vintage cupcake liners to create the little tree she's holding!
fold the liner in half...
roll it into a cone, add hot glue to keep it from unrolling, then decorate or paint them.

For this centerpiece project
We used clear plastic plates leftover from Thanksgiving..
covered them in glue & glitter and added cupcake liner trees.
that tiny Santa was .10 cents, I painted him pink and glued him down.
The house was a gift from Helena, two years ago
(she knows I LOVE gingerbread houses)
Isn't it cute?!

Here's a glimpse of my lovely assistant.. thinks he's helping when he gets on my lap and falls asleep while I try to craft:) He has purple glitter on his nose!

This is what Helena made for our abandoned art this week.
We left it on a bus bench..

Do you have any events or parties coming up?

I was fortunate enough to meet the most incredible person last February..
Her name is Christie Troxell, 
she's an amazing Designer, Artist and Brand Ambassador

" Ritzy Parties is a full service design and coordination firm offering luxury event products and services, professional styling and merchandising, fresh florals, interior d├ęcor consulting, and custom, commissioned art. We bring style to story, and dreams to life.

Ritzy Parties is headquartered in Southern California, and serves esteemed clients nationwide, 
providing meticulously planned, curated events that are creatively and uniquely conceptualized, 
and elegantly executed."

 Christie Troxell, CEO, Creative Director

I hope you get a chance to look at her website.
It's filled with eye candy and art projects too.

Well, thank you for stopping by this week.
Sorry it was SO late.
I'm going to leave you with this...

See you soon..

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Take a word challenge..Butterflies

When you feel that fluttering in your belly, take my advice....

This week's challenge

Monday, November 27, 2017

Merry Monday..Before December

How was your Thanksgiving?
We had a great time..
Lot's of cooking, lot's of eating..
We ate fairly early, I usually have the Turkey ready to eat by 2 or 3 pm 
Afterwards we went to Michael's craft store, 
it's open on Thanksgiving!
We don't go for the early bird sales or anything like that..
I like to go and walk around, get out of the warm kitchen
maybe get inspired..
There usually aren't too many people there either, which is nice.
On Friday afternoon
we went to a thrift store nearby.
They had a black Friday special 25% off your total purchase!
After that we stopped at a book store which sells new and used books.
I found this book, which I used to have. 
It was only 2 dollars!

That night we went to the movies and watched 

All in all we managed to avoid large crowds of people.
On Saturday I made enchiladas with the leftover turkey.
I don't roll them up, I layer them.
Corn tortillas, sauce covered turkey, cheese
over and over, like a lasagna.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 and it's ready.
Notice I don't have many photos of the food, haha! 

Sunday was a lazy day..
We baked chocolate chip cookies, made hot cocoa and went for a drive..
the evening was cool and I try and take advantage of that as much as possible.

I did not get much crafting done this week.
There are a few things that I started...
And there were two commissioned  paintings I had to finish up and send off..
other than that, cooking and spending time with these amazing girls was the focus of the week.

What did you do this week?
Are you ready for the Christmas frenzy?:

Here's my list of three

Monday, November 20, 2017

Merry Monday, Turkeys,Toast and Books

It's time for our third

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
We are..we got most of the shopping done for it last week, all we needed 
was the bread, the green onion and the celery, which, we bought today.
Do you have a special dish you make to go along with your dinner?
My mom always made the usual side dishes,
mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, cranberries,stuffing and rolls.
When she passed away, it was up to me to keep the tradition going
for my dad and my girls.
The first year was pretty difficult, I was dreading actually cooking it all, but I got the hang of it.
Now, it's a night we look forward to.
I start the night before, preparing the vegetables for the stuffing..
First we put on Christmas music..
Helena makes the toast..(as she always does)

 (2 years old)

(3years old)


I'd add more but I'll refrain:)
she has moved from toasting the bread to cutting up the vegtables though.

I usually put the turkey in the oven  at 5 am
then I go to sleep. I wake up and the whole house smells amazing!
It's ready by 1 or 2.
Something I really enjoy making is the green bean casserole.
I slice one small onion and fry it with some pieces of bacon
then I make the casserole according to the directions..
I add the onion and bacon pieces to the cream of mushroom soup before I bake.
It's fantastic!
On Thursday we went to our library's annual book sale.

 It's so cool, you can fill a grocery bag with books from their store for only 10 dollars!
We found so many really good ones,
I arrange them in the best possible way and we end up with at least 35.
This was one of the one's I was really excited to find..

Here's a few of the other ones...

I didn't even photograph the ones Helena chose!
We had a great time and even had a chance to go to the cafe and have some breakfast.

We made this garland out of felt for our dining room.

We also made some big felt turkeys but Peeves, our lovely craft assistant
decided to sneak into the room and
 lie on the freshly painted turkey faces.
I had to wash them off his belly.
Here he is drying off on the rest of the felt.

I looked everywhere for a turkey cookie cutter and just did not find one!
We ended up making some with a duck & flower cookie cutters..
This is regular sugar cookie dough.

Here are some made with the flower shape and hand rolled turkey bodies, lol
I wasn't impressed but it did induce many giggles from Helena.

I made some more ornaments.
These are made from
burnt out night light bulbs, Lisa Kettell Designs pixie doll heads,
pipe cleaners, glitter, ribbon, fishing line and tinsel.

you need hot glue to add ribbon the the top (metal) part of the bulb
add the pixie, hot glue fishing line (to display) then attach pipe cleaners to the back (for arms) 
wrap with a small amount of tinsel (skirt)
once this is done paint the hat with white glue and sprinkle with glitter.

This is what we created for our abandoned art project this week..
It's a felt leaf 'pocket'
it's securely glued all the way around and in the 'pocket' 
we put a couple of dollars.
There have been times when a dollar would've helped me so much..
I'm hoping someone can get themselves a water or a candy bar..whatever.
maybe it'll just make someone smile.
If you make this, you could add an inspirational quote instead of money.
or maybe a 5 dollar gift card to the 99cents store..
Helena asked me
what if someone that doesn't need it, finds it?
I told her maybe they will give it to someone who does.
I was able to get a picture of it..
We left it at a walking trail.

How chilly is it for everyone now?
We are getting some nice lows in the evening,low enough to make me crave a hot drink.
I've stopped drinking coffee for some reason.
I do that sometimes, 
But I never really get tired of tea.
I know of an incredibly awesome tea shop on etsy that has
a huge selection and guess what?
it's not ridiculously priced either!

Here's a few:

 'tame the tension'

it's a relaxing herbal tea

'Pixie Dust'

a tea to help you sleep.

'Not my mama's Merlot"
 It's wine flavored!!

She also sells essential oils, prepackaged tea bags or a monthly subscription box.
She is very sweet and will do all she can to get your 
order to you quickly and packaged beautifully.
There's a black Friday sale 50 % off, with just a $10 minimum purchase required.
Hope you go take a look, 
She even has one that is chocolate mint flavored and it's amazing!!

My daughter's recital went beautifully.
It was her senior recital, vocal performance.
We were all blown away.

This was immediately after
(Grace, Gabriella, and Helena)

She started singing at 18 months old
At 9 years old, she decided to sing opera
next month she is graduating from college 
Summa Cum Laude
We are very proud of her!

I hope everyone that is celebrating Thanksgiving this week 
has a beautiful, abundant time.
I count my blessings everyday
but I will definitely give extra thanks this year.

See you soon!!
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