Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Fancy Pants Designs Valentine Heart for the door

Hello!  Well, you know what comes next.... Valentines Day!  I just had to make something new  for my front door.  It's a pretty easy project.  I picked up the wood heart shape and the wood "Happy Valentines Day" at Hobby Lobby the other day, ( really inexpensive).  I didn't really have a certain idea in mind at the time, but really if you have those things, the rest is cake right?  I just broke out some sweet Valentine papers from the Fancy Pants Designs  "Love Story" Collection.
Other than that all you need is just some, felt, wire and ribbon, Mod Podge . (oh,, and a square punch).  I used the punch to just punch out squares fromrandom papers from this collection. I used Mod Podge and added them to the heart in a patchwork sort of look.  Then I Mod Podged over it all, before adding the wood letters, felt pieces ect.

There are LOTS of videos on you  tube on how to make these easy felt roses!

I painted my letters and then added them to the heart .

Easy peasey  project and something new for the door!


So , what else have I been up to?  Well, I love taking meals to the kids every once in a while, so with it being so cold outside this week, I thought making soups sounded like a good idea.
I know the kids have such busy lives with work and all the things they are involved in, that I  know if it was me, I'd be thrilled not to have to cook when I got home from work, a night or two.
I had potatoes to use up, so.... Loaded Potato Bacon soup solved that problem.

They guys all love chili.  Dan included. I cant go wrong with that.

Bananas to use up?  No problem, Banana Nut Muffins.
I make muffins so often that I hardly have to look at the recipes anymore.
Quick, easy and freeze well.

Only one problem.   I was planning on taking food to Amy  and Wes tonight when Jan and I went to Amy's
J'Bloom Party.  (they live about a hour from here).   Well, we woke up to icy roads this morning . Schools and businesses closed. It's nasty out  Jan and I neither one are ones for taking chances when the roads are bad, so we decided it best not to go. Plan B.  Where Wes worksis about 35 minutes from here, so tomorrow I guess I will deliver food there.   Sad to miss Amy's party, but I placed my order, and I'm excited about it.  I'll share when it comes.
I love this company because it's cute stuff , and the fact that much of it can be personalized.   For Christmas I got my sis a cool necklace.  It is silver and the shape of the United States.  I personalized it with hearts in the places where their kids live.  She loved it.

Amy has decided to be a Consultant for J Bloom.    If you are interested in looking or ordering anything, here is her site.   Amy Moore JBloom online

 Be for a wrap things up I also want to reply to a couple of reader comments from my last post by some my friend Jane and Rosebudlady.
By the way... I love hearing from readers, so please anytime!  You can comment or email me anytime.

Jane asked what were they doing with the straws in the family game pictures from Christmas that I shared HERE in my last post.  The game was a relay race where your had to move the M&M to the finish line by blowing with a straw.   Luckily we have a lot of people full of "hot air" lol  in our family, so it went over well.

Rosebudlady, thank you so much for your kind words.  She thanked me for the time and effort I put into blog posts, and that means a lot to me.  Blogging takes time. Typing , sizing photos ect.  And honestly from time to time I've wondered if it's work the effort.  I start to think that no one is reading or looking since Face Book and Instgram have become so popular.   Then I take a look at my traffic stats and I know people are coming, but to have someone say thank you for doing it... is, well.... SO NICE!
She also asked if I'm a night owl, because my posts are often very late at night. YES, I am.  I have always kind of been a night owl. Especially when I was traveling and teaching more, and defiantly more since Dan started working overnights.  Since we don't have any kids at home and it's just us and the dogs, it's easy to just roll with his schedule.  He work days vary back and forth every two weeks, so it's kind of crazy town around here with the hours we keep.

Ok kids, thanks for stopping by.  I hope your week is going great!


Thursday, January 05, 2017

What to do with Christmas card photos? Here you go..

Wow! Where did that time go?  Sorry I have been MIA for a bit. Just taking time to enjoy time with the family over the Holidays.  Which were awesome by the way.  Busy but fun!  I'll share photos at the bottom of this post of our celebrations over Christmas but first... some creativity.
I have posted this book and what I've done with it, just after Christmas, probably for at least  the last four years.  I was so happy to finally find a way to save, and enjoy all my photo Christmas cards I receive ( once they have had there time on the fridge of course :)   We all get photo cards at Christmas right? What do you do with yours?  I used to just file mine way in a photo box, like I do all my photos.  This is a fun way to have those photos out for enjoyment all year.  This makes a great coffee table conversion book.   A great place to share your photos and your creativity.

All you need is an old book with a good sturdy binding.   Drill two holes and add rings.  (  make sure your rings are big enough to allow for adding pages).  If your like me and you like to add a lot it will be a chunky book.    You can also tear out some pages if you want to add more room.

You can do as little or as much altering to your pages as you wish.  I used sprays, stamps , stickers, papers, Washi tape,  embellishments ect.   Some pages more than other.  depending on the size of the pages in your book, the photo cards might take up a lot of the page.  If so , if you want just leave the  opposite page open for you to alter.

This is a great way to use some of your Washi tapes.
I love seeing the new additions from year to year.

Speaking of "new additions" ... this was an EXCITING card to get this year.  Because.....

 I flipped it over to see this.   It was fun to see, although Ryan (my nephew) had called me a couple of weeks before to share his and Erins exciting news. ( which made this Auntie feel pretty special :)      I'm so excited for my sis Jan to get to be a grammy for the second time.

It's cards like this that have a front and back that you will want to be able to see, that are the once that I just punch holes in and do not glue down.  

This is Wyatt and Emmett family  photo on their card this year.
And here is their photo in the book a few Christmas's ago.   Oh... look how they have grown!
As you can see with the pages, you can put them in "as is" or you can get more creative with it like the pages below.

I hope that inspires you to want to make a fun book with your Christmas card photos.


I will  never apologize for sharing  my family photos because they are such a huge important part of my life. "Family" is the reason I started scrapooking/memory keeping in the first place, and that is originally why I started this blog.  Now, although I share all kinds of crafty things here, once thing has not changed... Family is still most important .   
I figure those of you who are here for crafty inspiration will check that out in the first part of the blog post,  and those of you who want to share in a personal/family  part of my  life can continue on right?
There, you have been warned. lol Here comes Holiday photo overload.

We started out Christmas Eve with our big get together with the Dunn family at the place we rent.  We do soups, snacks and goodies.  Oh, there is always SO much!

And of course I make sure they have to play ridiculous games. ha!   They are good sports and agree to play.  It's always good for a few laughs.

This was the decorate a Grandpa game.   It was fun having Neely and Alan here from CA, with baby Tennessee. He needed a little help from his mommy and daddy to get his Grandpa decorated, but boy did this do a great job!  I think Tennessee was like "What is going on"?  So many people .. so much crazy! lol

I laughed so hard while they were playing this game that most of the photos I tried to take were so blurry that you couldn't see what was going on.   I was a relay.  You had to put a potato between your legs and then run down to the bucket, squat down and let to drop in.  OMGOSH... so funny!

We got home late Christmas Eve, put things away, and prepared for the next day.  On Christmas day Wes and Amy both had to work that night so we had planned to have our Christmas with them and Jarad and Kate at our house on Monday.  Amy's mom was here from CA for a visit so they wanted to do a meal on Christmas Day, and they invited us. (lucky us).  Amy's mom made such a nice meal.  It was wonderful.
In their basement Wes has made one wall a TV screen. In case you were wondering about that HUGE fireplace. lol  It was on TV.  There place is so cozy and comfortable.  I hated to get back in the cold car and drive home  at the end of the day.

Monday was Christmas at our house, with Wes, Amy, Kate , Jarad, Amy's mom and us.  As a mom there is nothing I love more than having the kids all home. I love them to be laying around relaxing with really full bellies :)
It was perfect.

You can only imagine that the 4 legged loved ones in our family don't go without on Christmas either. I always want the kids to bring the dogs on Christmas, but this year they left Jep and Amy's moms dog home together (since we were with them the day before).   Jarad and Kates pups, Riley and Cloey were with us.  Cloey is getting up in years and going down hill which makes us all sad, as we love her so much. We wanted to make this Christmas special for her.  We spoiled her with attention.
As you can see from the stocking below.. there is no animal forgotten. I had a stocking for Amy's moms dog also so, 6 dog stocking and 2 cats.    Yes .. we love animals. ha
In the upper left corner of the photo below you can see what Kate and Jarad gave Daisy. lol   I think I will wait until Wyatt and Emmett come to visit next to make this.  They will think it's so fun!

This  photo just pretty much sums up how we were feeling by the time all the festivities had wound down.

Always so great to be together, eat good food and Celebrate the birth of Jesus.

and then good to rest.lol

I hope it was a wonderful Christmas for all of you as well.

Hugs, Vicki

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Merry & Bright"

Hi Everyone!  I'm squeezing in one more post this week, to share a Christmas themed project and to be able to wish  you all a Merry Christmas. I'm sure everyone is busy, busy, busy about now, so I will keep my rambling to a minimum. lol
This silly little owl ( who looks like he's been dipping in the egg nog) is hanging on my kitchen window right above my sink now.  I think he's funny. And he reminds me to stay light and don't let the stress of the holiday hustle and bustle keep me from enjoying what's important. ( and I guess, if nothing else.. drink the egg nog) lol 

He was made using the 2016 Christmas Collection from Fancy Pants, Merry & Bright.
I LOVE these new acrylic titles!  Love the font , the convenience and just the entire look of them.

The wood shape I used for my base is from ADORNit.   They have lots of fun shapes HERE

So, I finished up the last of the baking and picked up the key for the place we rent for Christmas Eve. (it's get'n real).  I'm so excited to see everyone!

I am always the one talking about the importance of photos  I cant even imagine the number of layouts I've done in my life to preserve the memories of my family. I cherish photos.   BUT.... ugh... I do not like being in them.    I used to think, "oh, I'll be better about it when I loose some weight". ect ect..    Then I realized I better quit waiting for that :/  This is now. This is who I am now. No one is guaranteed tomorrow.
   I  am way more comfortable being behind the camera than in front of it.  As moms I think a lot of us (consciously or unconsciously) tend to do that.   So I challenge you to be in the pictures more.
 It's important.

These are my people.

I adore these photos of my kids.  Who doesn't love photos of their kids.. no matter how old they are.
It was SO hard to try to find a time that would work for all of us.  Some work  days, some nights, all with different days off, and all living in different directions. ( although all within an hour).    At one point I thought I had it all figured out and then hours changed and it fell thru.  I was disappointed and had just put the idea to the side, thinking .. maybe next year we'll get a family picture.    But because I have an awesome Daughter in Law, she got everyone's schedules , figured out a time that would work for everyone and coordinated that with Gabby ( who took the photo).  Thank you Kate!       I was thrilled! The guys were doing their general grumbling about having to do pictures and it was FREEZING out.. .but we did it!
Gabby came, we ran out to the side yard, she snapped away .. and wahhhh laaa!

I am so thankful for these pictures.

So... from our house to yours... Merry Christmas!


Saturday, December 17, 2016

It's time for baking!

Yes, it's that time of year, when most of us do more baking than we do any other time during the year. So this post is dedicated to your sweet tooth lol.
I do love to bake. I've cut back a lot over the years. I used to make many different kids.  Our boys ( along with Dan) just aren't sweet eaters. I, on the other hand AM!  If it's in the house I don't leave it a lone.( and just because it's in the freezer doesn't  mean it's safe). lol   It is still fun to bake tho, and I love giving baked goodies as gifts as well as taking it to our big family gathering Christmas Eve.
Here is a idea for individual cookie bags.  I used Kraft bags from Fancy Pants Designs and the new Merry & Bright Collection make them festive!

There are so many super cute pieces in the Ephemera Pack with this collection.
This collection is beautiful! Great patterns and colors!  I punched a couple of different sizes of circles out of my papers scraps to create the garland.  I just machine stitched them together.

These fun little bags didn't take any time at all to put together, and I really like the way they turned out.

If you would like to read more about these, you can see my entire post on the Fancy Pants Designs Blog HERE


 Since I'm talking about baking, I wanted to mention a bit to you about the "Pie Turtle" I told you about in my last post HERE
It's a new endeavor my friend Julies' daughter Michelle has started.  It's quite clever!

Well, they have officially begun their Kickstarter Campaign!
This video will tell you all about what   Don't let your pie slide

Here you can see all the pans that will fit in the Pie Turtle.

It's pretty amazing.


As long as I'm talking about baking, I should share a couple of photos from today.  I watched  Emmett at his house today and we made cookies and decorated them.  He was pretty excited about it.  I had quite an assortment of sprinkles, and trust me... he put them to good use. lol 
I was busy cleaning up a bit when he was decorating his last cookie, so when he said, "I'm just going to add a few more sprinkles to mine ok"?   I just keep cleaning up and said. "ok".    When I turned around he was sitting there with this sightly nervous look on his face, then grinned. My eyes were quickly drawn down to  his cookie.  There is was in all its glory.... with sprinkles seriously piled an inch high.   I convinced him we needed to tip some of those sprinkles off on to a few other cookies..  He agreed that would be fine. ( hey you cant fault the kid for trying) lol
The cookie he's eating in the photo below is after we dumped off what we could of the big pile right in the center.  

He seriously cracks me up.

It was bitterly cold today with freezing rain and snow.  Emmett and I were just oblivious to it all.  Just busy in the kitchen baking cookies.

We don't have any grandbabies yet, but I'm lucky to have some pretty special wee ones around to keep me smiling.
Speaking of smiling.  I am so excited for my sis Jan ( and brother in law Keith).  Their little grandson Tennessee and his mommy and daddy will be back in NE for Christmas.   Tennessee just turned one in October so this is going to be a fun Christmas for all of them.  Oh, and did I mention... I CAN NOT WAIT to see them!!

The count down is really on now. Christmas is coming fast.  You'll be hearing from me again soon because I have some Christmas projects I need to post this week.

It's a busy time of year.  But I keep telling myself to remember too slooooooooow down and just enjoy it!
It's so easy to just get focused on all that needs to get done.  I try to remind myself that it will be okay even if it  doesn't all get done.  ( I'm usually the only one who notices if something doesn't get done anyway).   We put too much pressure on ourselves.  I say let the dusting wait.  Put your feet up, light a candle and relax with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, watch an old black and white Christmas movie, .. or just enjoy the lights of your tree. It's all over so quckly....    so enjoy it

My dad will have been gone 30 years come Thursday and my mom 4 years just into January.  I miss them so much always, but especially this time of year.  Doing things like making moms cookies  with my sis or taking a drive to look at Christmas lights one night , are the traditions a really cherish . Those things are the things I will always make time for. So I'm telling myself, ... do whats important, what makes my heart happy at Christmas , and anything else that gets done is just a bonus. 

I'll be back with a couple for things to post this week before Christmas.  Thanks for taking time to stop by.


Sunday, December 11, 2016

"Christmas in the Air" layout using ADORNit

Hello friends! Can you believe we are about to hit the midway point of December? This month always seems to go by fast but exceptionally so this year for some reason.    I've worked ahead to get this months assignments done so that I could take time to just enjoy the holiday season.   I finished up 40 more layouts for the albums I'm working on for hire. Now I'm taking a break from that also.... until after the first of the year.  It's very gratifying to see them all stacked up and ready to go into the albums :)
Today I thought I'd share a layout I did with ADORNit papers and stickers. These photos of Lyla are from last year.  Hard for me to believe she has just celebrated her 2nd birthday now.

My sis Jan was here the other day for our annual baking day , when we make our moms Sour Cream cut out cookies.  I love getting together with her and keeping this tradition a live.  We made dozens of moms sour cream cooking and then continued on with a few more different kinds.  We commented many times on how much quicker things move along when there are two of us working on it.  We make a pretty good team.

I thought I'd share with you some photos of our get together at Julies house this past week.  Julie's daughter and son in law have a new endeavor that will be kicking off very soon.   It's a pie carrier called Turtle Pie.

Here is a bit about it:

Get your pie to the party in one piece! Pie Turtle is a non-slide pie carrier that prevents your beautifully baked pie from sliding around your car.
 Pie Turtle is a non-slide pie carrier for your car that prevents your beautifull
y baked pie from sliding around the cargo area in your car or SUV. Pie Turtle is designed to survive sharp turns on your way to the party.
No matter how you drive, Pie Turtle will keep your pie exactly where you put it, protecting your perfect golden crust.
Shaped as a turtle, it holds your pie tightly on it's back while rubber cleats on its feet hold it firmly in place while you drive, preventing movement no matter how sharp the turn.
Convenient, cute, and the solution to an age-old problem, Pie Turtle is great for everyone from the experienced baker to the busy mother.

So, Julie had a get together at her house for us girls to share the excitement with us...... and it was all in the cutest TURTLE theme.

Check out these adorable cookies make to look just like the Turtle Pie logo!

And , just because she is the queen of theme parties, we also had TURTLE pie!  It was delicious!

She also had Aronia Berry pie.  The first time any of us had ever had it.

Even her table was set in the TURTLE theme.  Every little detail.

Because Julie's life has been devoted to Early Childhood Education, she had these fun interactive book kits all ready for us to put together. The other girls have grandchildren to make their books for .... and luckily I have my Emmett :) buddy.  Julie thought the book might be a little young for him, but he LOVED it!  We made them to have pieces they would have to match into the pages of the book. ( Attached by velcro).
It was such a cute idea.

I also gave him my santa turtle, which he also loved.

Any day spent with these girls is a good day!  I am so blessed to have their friendship.  We support each other and each others kids 100%.
I'll be telling you more about Michelle and Reeces new endeavor as they begin their kick starter program, but in the meantime please support them by liking their page on Facebook.   "Turtle Pie"

And you can find out more about Turtle Pie here at TURTLE PIE

I hope your week ahead is a good one. 
I'm so thankful for each of you.  Thank you for letting me be part of your life.
So happy that you stop by!