Saturday, October 22, 2016

"They say it's your birthday!" Art play card and Accucut cupcake stand

Of course I think October is a great Birthday month ( wink) Not only is it my birthday month but I share it with so many others that I love dearly. My first born, my best friend, nephews, a brother in law.. ect  In honor of all October birthday, I thought I'd share a little birthday fun.  
I have been having so much fun with these Art Play images from ADORNit.
I never thought I'd enjoy it as much as I do.  I have always shied away from coloring stamps like I've said.  But these have thicker lines that are so forgiving.  Now that I quit putting so much presser on myself.. thinking I have to be an expert colored/and master at shading... and thinking I needed a hundred expensive markers.. .it's been so enjoyable!
I used this image to make a card for my brother in law, with a little matching cupcake stand, using my AccuCut cupcake stand die.   All the papers used are from the ADORNit Blender Basics Paper Pack.

I don't use any specific Marker  on my cards when I color. I use anything from watercolor pencils, Sharpies, Prisma, Crayola markers, Zig markers, watercolor paint to Chalk. Whatever I choose :)  And I mix on each thing.  No rules! That's what I like!  Even if my image doesn't turn out just the way I wanted , it's okay, because I totally enjoyed the process.  I am finding it so relaxing at night to just color while I'm watching TV.

These printable sheets come like this on a 12x12 sheet.. and the paper they are printed on is a dream to paint or color on.
By the way, pop on over the ADORNit Art Play on Facebook ... be inspired and share you creations also.
There are many sheets to choose from and also books!
You can find the sheet HERE
and the books HERE

You can find my cupcake die at AccuCut HERE

Crafty stuff aside and on to life!
My sis and Brother in law are celebrating their Grandson Tennessee's FIRST Birthday with him in CA today!!  Happy Birthday little man.  Aunt Vic loves you so much!!
They had asked me to go with them, but I had already told Amy and Wes we would keep Jep while they were on vacation. Of course Wes said they would work something else out, but I just couldn't do that to Jep.
The timing of them adopting Jep, wasn't the best because they new they would be living for CA where Amy is from for 9 days. They had to adopt him then if they wanted him, so he only had a little bit of time with them before the had to leave.  Poor boy has had  so much to have to adjust too in such a short time.  I feel better that he's with us and getting lots of love and attention until they get home.

The kids had some time with Amy's family and then off to do some sight seeing.  Here in Hollywood.

Sure seems like they are enjoying themselves. 
Wes's first time to the Pacific Ocean.

And lots of hiking.

Meanwhile we are holding down the fort and doing a little light reading. lol ( a book Wes had ordered) lol

And everyone is becoming the best of friends.

Jep has lots of energy so we are staying busy.  Don't let the above photo fool you. This was just a power

PS.   before I close.... if you are around on Sunday evening , ADORNit is hosting a virtual Party online on FB.  Lots of  great giveaways!

I hope your weekend is/was a great one!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I  appreciate  you all so much!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's a Christmas Tradition

It's rarely that you would stop by my blog and I would be sharing a "Paperless Post" lol  But today is one of those days.  I'm Collaborating with "Paperless Post" to do a blog post about Christmas Memories.  Paperless Post, has all kinds of great paper products.  Cards for all occasions, photo cards,  announcements, ect.      They are currently  partnering with the (RED) charity to create a special Christmas collection and ane donating part of each purchase in support of the fight against AIDS.
They have some super fun and creative things, so hop over and check them out if you can.

 It won't be long and Christmas will be here.  Time to pull out the boxes and decorations, get cards sent, and start the Christmas cookie baking.
Today I'm going to share a Christmas Tradition in our family, that involves just that. Baking..

In our family there is one special cookie that has stood the test of time and been shared at every Christmas for as long as I can remember ( I'm sure before I was even born). 
We always call them "Mom's Sour Cream cookies"   but the recipe was actually carried on by my mom from our dear Aunt ( Ede) Edith
Aunt Ede was the kindest sweetest most patience person you could ever meet.  She was my dads sister. She has been gone for 40 plus years not ,but we all loved her dearly, and have so many many fond memories of her.  She made these cookies often.. not just for Christmas.

After Aunt Ede passed ,mom started making these cookies for us each Christmas.  For those next generations who never had the joy of knowing Aunt Ede, the cookies suddenly became "Grandma Dunn's cookies".
Let me first let you know, ( if you aren't a regular reader and already know) I come from a large family.  I am the baby of 7.  I came along later in my parents lives as a bit of a surprise. lol Anyway, there are 7 of us kids, all of us have kids, some grand kids and some great grand kids.  We used to all gather at mom and dads for Holidays but as our family grew, it just became to many for one house. We talked about  having Christmas at home on Christmas with our own families and decided , that we still all wanted to be together no matter where is was we had Christmas.  Now we rent a place... and  we are TOGETHER.  It's not mom and dads but we are TOGETHER and that's what's important.  It took a while and it was odd at first, but now it's just "the norm",it's what we do on Christmas. It can be a bit of a zoo at times...but that's how we like it :)  It's part of being a big family.

That time always includes these cookies.

For years mom made many many batches of these cookies, and not only brought them to Christmas but also had containers filled with them for each family to take home with them.  She would start working on baking them in the weeks before Christmas and stick them in the freezer so they would be ready. She would take them out a day or two before Christmas and frost and decorate them.  As mom aged and arthritis took it's tole on her hands, it became hard for her to stir the dough for these multiple big batches, but she did not want to give it up, so I would drive into town and do the stirring part for her. ( our mom didn't let anything stop her :)

The last year of her life she was staying here at our house at Christmas time, so we baked together.  Her, my sis Jan , her daughter and my daughter in law.  I know my out of state sisters would have loved to be there with us.

This was a day that will be in my memories forever.  Mom showing us , teaching us.
Below is a photo of my sis and my mom. They are making another favorite cookie mom always made.  Date pinwheels.

One of us would do the mixing, one the rolling and cutting and the other the baking, and then we would switch.

This photo of my mom rolling dough is precious to me. She passed away just a month later,  after celebrating her 90th Birthday at the end of December.

It will be 5 years that mom has been gone.  We miss her so much and things are not the same with out her and Dad.  But we are carrying on the cookie tradition ( as well as many others).  We get together at my house and make batch after batch. 
In the photo below you can see, we have the photo of mom rolling out cookies taped up on the cupboard right where we are working.  It's the photo above of her standing in that same spot, her granddaughter stands now..... doing the same thing.

So... we know have our own tradition for getting together before Christmas to make "Moms Sour Cream Cookies".

Below is my Daughter in law Kate, frosting and decorating.

And my sis and niece decorating.

Pans and pans of frosted cookies ready to head to our get together Christmas Eve.

and join the table of other Baked Christmas goodies.

This is not even close to being the entire family but here are some of us.  It's hard to get everyone in one photo, because people are coming and going all evening. Some have to make it to their spouses family that night also.  You just gather them for a photo when you can. lol   Of course our sisters and their families out of state cant always be their that day with us..but they are always with us in our hearts, just as mom and dad are.
It's a fun crazy time that we wouldn't give up for anything.

Trust me, just trying to gather this bunch is a chore. lol

It's all about ... family.

I could type up this recipe nice and neat, but that just takes something away from it for me.   Here is moms original.   With her adjustments made, .. showing age and lots of love from being used  so many times.

*note*  if you want to make them ahead, they freeze well, just dont frost until you are ready to eat them, as the frosting tends to get sticky when frozen.  
The frosting mom used was just a mix of an egg white beat until fluffy with powdered sugar and a bit of vanilla.  It sets up  when it drys and makes it easy to stack the cookies. 

Thank you for letting me share my favorite Christmas Memory/Tradition with you!

I always find it so fun and interesting to hear others Holiday traditions, please share one in the comments.  I would love it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Framed layout - ADDORit Owl

These faces make my heart happy!   This is my niece Neely and her little Tennessee. I love this photo so much! Once I did this layout using these cute ADORNit papers, I decided I wanted to put it in this frame to give to my sis and brother in law.
I have to tell you I have this new found love for ADORNit papers.  I guess I had never really seen all the different papers and collections they have.  I just placed another order. lol    This Owl (Charcoal) collection is  one of my favorites..but it's hard to choose a favorite because I love so many of them.  Another favorite is the Timberland Critters Collection.  Oh.. so cute!  You can see it here if you are interested.

I've also been  having fun with the Paintable Art Play images.    I've never been much of a "colorer" when it came to stamping but this is so much easier for me.  I love the wider lines because they are so much more forgiving. I also always thought I had to have a hundred fancy/expensive markers and be a master at blending...but not true.  I never wanted to invest a lot in markers since I wasn't sure how much I'd do it.  I've been trying out some different markers to see which I like best .  I'll be doing a post about it soon.  I'd love your input on markers.  If you have a preference ... what you have experienced with different markers.

Here is Tenn with his Halloween card that came in the mail from Aunt Vicki :)
I cant believe he's going to be a year old this month!!

It's that time of the year :(   we have to watch the pretty pants and the garden  be taken by the first freeze. So sad.  Wes and Amy picked the last of the garden the other day, ( knowing it was going to freeze that night).  So I made stuffed peppers for Dinner.  I'm going to miss garden produce!!!
I couldn't let my deck plants go. I covered them the other night when it froze, knowing this week would be warmer.  I can enjoy them a few more days.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I spent  Monday in Lincoln with my sis , working on this mini album for Tennessee. We used the  Owl Collection and the Timberland Critters collections.

My sis has such beautiful eye for decor. I just snapped a few photos with my phone to share, but someday I will go back with my camera and give you the full tour. It's so pretty!

You can see in the photo below my sis collects milk glass cake plates.  I didn't begin to get all of them in a photo.  Here dinning room ( which I didn't get a photo of this time) is full of cake plates and other pretties.

 The next two photos are from the front room.

I think this dresser was one of the best deals we found on a junk'n trip. The patina is AMAZING!  I think it was like $15.  Bam... deal of the day for sure!

I was in Lincoln Monday anyway, as we were getting together to celebrate Wes's birthday.  We had planned to eat/drink at Blue Bloods Brewery, and then take the tour there of Robbers Cave.
It was a great night.  Cool place and the food was amazing!

The cave tour was SO interesting!  If you are ever near Lincoln, I highly recommend it!

Wow, this blog post got longer than I thought! lol  I'll close for now, but I'll be back soon.  Stop by Thursday when I'll be  collaborating with some favorite bloggers sharing Christmas family memories.

Until then! Enjoy life!

Thanks, as always for coming by!


Sunday, October 09, 2016

"Grandma's House" layout using Fancy Pants Designs

Do you every just wish you could go back in time and have a conversation  with someone who's now in heaven?  I think we all do. I look at photos of my Gram and think ... I wish I could talk to her now.  I mean, at my age, knowing what I know now.  She was still around when the boys were young, but I was a  young busy mom and although I loved all her stories and the time we got to spend with her, I wish I could just sit with her now and chat.   And if I'm going to dream, let it be sitting at the table in her pink kitchen with her,  chatting while we wait for the oven timer to go off, letting us know the homemade rolls are done.
The great thing about scrapbooking isn't just preserving the memories .... it's also about reminiscing about the people and places as you create the page.   I thought so much about all my wonderful memories of my grandparents when I was working on this.
Grandma and Grandpa where farmers, so the earlier memories were of the farm.  When they got older they moved to town, to this house. Unfortunately Grandpa passed many years before Grandma did. I remember Grandpa well, Dan and the boys never got to meet him, and I sure wish they could have because he was an amazing man.  Grandma stayed in this house until she was in her nineties.  Her house always smelled like some amazing home cooking. She  had the sweetest pink kitchen, and was always so proud of her windowbox of  geraniums.
This layout was fun to make and fun to remember as I worked on it.
I love the Millie & June collection from Fancy Pants.   They colors are totally my Gram!  And whats funny is I didn't even realize  until I was finished, just why I chose these colors.  They just felt right at the time.
Then I thought about it. I loved my grandmas pink kitchen and always remember being able to pick her house out from the hwy as we drove into town . (VERY small town lol)                           

This collection has so much cool coordinating things. Like the bows and Patterned Puffy alpha stickers.

LOVE the gold washi tape with this collecton!

 I've always loved this picture of my Grandma and her extension club.  They were obviously on a outing to a bigger town near by.

And here is Grandpa and Grandma!

This is a four generation picture with mom , Grandma , Great Grandma and I.

You now me , I just love photos so much , I had to share a few

I think I've already shared this card, but it's also made with the same collection.

Moving on with other things. I'm super excited!  I have a new Grandpup! His name is Jep!  Amy and Wes adopted him from Muddy Paws Adoption.   They are loving him!

We finally got to see meet him today. We met up at the park and walked the dogs together.  Trying to get them used to each other because Wes and Amy have a trip coming up and Jep will be coming to stay with us while they are gone.

Dan is still trying to recuperate from a bad cold.  I heard Jarad also had a bad cold, so I made a big batch of homemade chicken noodle soup , so I could send some to Jarad and Kate also.   Jarad said he really enjoyed it.

I made them some brownies for good measure.  Kate had been busy with play practice in the evenings after a full day of teaching, so I'm sure she was happy not to have to think about cooking after she got home. It's nice to be home more and not traveling so much so I have time to do things for the kids like this.  I love it!

Last night we went out with my sis and brother in law to celebrate Keiths and mine, October Birthdays.  We ate at a great place called "EAT" in Dodge.  What a fun place with amazing food. We will defiantly be going back often.   The restaurant  is run by Wyatt and Emmetts Grandma and Uncle.   It was so cute when I told Emmett where we were going for my birthday , he looked at me funny and said.. "MY DODGE" lol,   I guess he thinks he's the only one who can go there. lol

If your from around here anywhere near, I highly suggest it. 
    EAT restaurant in Dodge NE

and here is an article about them HERE

My sis brought that amazing Cake! Coconut.. my favorite!

It was a really nice night.

I'm hoping you all had a wonderful weekend also.

Tomorrow we celebrate Wes's birthday.   We are just party animals lately lol

Hugs all around!
Thanks for stopping by!