Monday, February 21

Fall Wedding – Handmade with Love

This post is long overdue but when I made these wedding invitations my blog was not up & running yet. I decided to go ahead and share a few of the handmade items that I did for my son’s wedding this past October. They wanted a very simple and quaint family gathering at one of their favorite outdoor spots. We had a wonderful time, beautiful weather and all of the wedding decorations turned out awesome. It was a true family affair! 

I had fun with the vintage buttons (see below) and added them to a photo collage that hung like a clothesline with clothes pins at the gift area. We also decorated the picnic tables with dark brown Burlap (with fun centerpieces and fresh flowers). Hay bales were used for the gift area and for seating under the big Pine Trees. Here is a sampling of some of the items that I made (please remember I am terrible with a camera).

                             Invitations                                                         Announcement Handouts  

Invitation Recipe: My Mind’s Eye – A. Victoria Collection Floral Stripes, DCWV textured cardstock cream and milk chocolate,  Natural Raffia, Card & Envelope set from Hobby Lobby, Flap of Envelope stamped with "J" with Memento Ink - Rich Cocoa.

Inside: My Mind’s Eye – Wild Asparagus Collection/Orange

Handouts: My Mind’s Eye – A. Victoria Collection Floral Stripes, Vintage buttons neutral colors

                Favors                                                               Champagne Glasses                            

Favors: Cellophane bags (Hobby Lobby – fall decoration sale), orange raffia for the tie and filled with Carmel Popcorn.

And here is the Happy Family!


I might post more pictures when I get my copy of the Wedding disc....

Wednesday, February 16

Hooray… My First Blog Award

Oh My Goodness… My first Blog Award! How exciting… I am popping wheelies in my wheelchair and doing a happy spin!! (YAY!!)
First, I want to Thank DEBICAN for passing this wonderful award on to me. I am very flattered that she would even consider my blog. She has a great blog and is a very talented lady! I encourage you to visit her blog and give her some blog love.(

This was my very first project posting and aside from the terrible photos; I was very pleased with how it turned out. I had a fun time making this project and am so thrilled that ya’ll like it!

Now, tradition has it that you pass on this award to other Blogs who deserve recognition. The rules are easy, share this award with 3-5 other blogs and lets show them our love and support!
Here are my Faves…

1. Greenbean's Crafterole – This is where I got my inspiration for this V-day project. This blog is so crazy good and she is one talented lady!

2. Always Crafting – Stephanie is so sweet and a super talented!  Her blog is full of awesome projects and inspiration.

3.  Ladybug Lair – Linda is my newest Scrapping friend and her blog is wonderful. She has so many great projects and is such a sweet lady.

Please take a few minutes to visit these amazing Blogs – I promise you won’t be disappointed! Thanks to everyone for the support and inspiration. I hope my blog continues to inspire others and I get more followers to share my crafting fun.

Saturday, February 12

Valentine’s Project - Lots of Love

Love is…. Fortune Cookies, Chocolate covered Peanut butter Balls and a Triple Chocolate Decadent Cake – Cheesecake - Cake. Well, at least in my warped little world…Love spells Yummy!! 

We have been busy this week making several projects for the Valentine’s Dinner at Church. My wonderful side-kick (daughter-in-law Amanda), steps in and helps me out due to my health limitations, and together we have made a couple of really fun Valentine’s goodies.

Couple of quick side notes: 1) Please do not judge me by the terrible photographs – I have a lot to learn when it comes to capturing a good project photo!  2) Please take a moment to visit Carrie’s post over at Everyday Cricut (she posted a great tutorial) or at her blog Greenbean's Crafterole to check out her other projects! 3) This is a really long post heavy with pictures – but I  didn’t want to leave anything out. Smile 

First project… Bible Verse Fortune Cookies.
Okay, so the inspiration for this project came from Carrie at Greenbean's Crafterole. Last week, she was a guest designer at Everyday Cricut (one of my fav’s) and she posted the cutest project called lovey dovey fortune cookies.  Well, the squeaky wheels in my head start thinking… what if I put a scripture that references “love” as the fortune and tuck a Hersey’s Kiss inside as a treat… Hmm (squeak, squeak)!!

This was such a fun and super easy project – just cut a 4 1/2 circle (I used New Arrival cart), roll, fold and glue dot to hold. I printed the bible verses out (using Word) then cut into 1/2 in strip about 3 in long (tutorial here). So here’s how my fortune cookies turned out…   

And here is Carrie’s (Greenbean's Crafterole) lovey dovey fortune cookies (she takes better pictures than I do!)… 

The fortune cookies were displayed in a wicker tray that was filled with homemade Chocolate covered Peanut butter Balls nested in cute paper tins that had pink and red hearts on them also put candy Red-hots in a few paper tins. It really turned out so cute…. take a look!

Tray4         Tray Goodies

I did a little taste testing… Oh my goodness!                                                    Are you drooling yet??

*I will try and post the Peanut butter ball recipe tomorrow.

One last goodie that we made was our Triple Chocolate Decadent Cake – Cheesecake – Cake. We developed this recipe by combining a few of our favorites and this is the final result. I know the name is lame and we will eventually find a more appropriate one. Real homemade Cheesecake is a weakness of mine and I love trying out new recipes and then making my own version. I will have to post the recipe another time but if you are interested in the recipe just leave me a comment along with your email address and I will send it to you.

Cheesecake5  Cake Inside Layers
* The cut cake was a test cake we made last week… it was sooooo good!

The chocolate cake is the new Duncan Hines Decadent Cake line… It is the best boxed cake EVER!

For those of you who hung around to the end… Thank you! We had a lot of fun crafting and baking and I have enjoyed sharing it with you. Until next time…

Sunday, February 6

Crazy Good Blog Hop

I just finished this Blog Hop and folks let me tell you... these are some talented ladies!! Sandra with 365 Days of Cricut is hosting the Hop and she has lined up some of the best Scrappers out there.

If you are looking for some inspiration for Valentine's Day cards and/or layouts you have got to check out this hop! You need to hurry because I think it ends tonight so head over to her blog and get started!

Blog Hop