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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crooked Tail

My oldest pup has a very peculiar little quirk. When it's becoming stormy outside she gets very stressed. I know this isn't really unheard of, but somehow she shows shows her emotions through her tail. It becomes crinkled and bent right in the center. The first time it happen I thought she somehow had broke her tail, scared me so bad. Over the years I've come to learn that her tail is fine she is just very stressed and needs extra cuddles (and sometimes a little hand built fort to hide in). 

Her condition however, has become a very common saying among my family and friends. It is not unheard of to hear one of us say, "my tail is so crooked right now".

So in keeping up with tradition...
My tail has been crooked for the past couple of days, gah
I'm not found of having a bent tail.

Right in mid illustration my inking pen died. It's a bummer but not really a huge deal. I drove up to the local craft store to buy another. Sold out... okay I'll just call around to see where else I can find one. No luck what so ever. 

I decided to purchase one off Amazon and paid a little extra for next day shipping. By 9pm the following day, still no illustration pen. I checked the tracking number that morning and it was in my city, so where is it? I checked the tracking again. It's in Indiana... I live in Missouri. There's a little side note. Delivery delayed, package put on wrong truck. Well mistakes happen, what's one more day now anyways.

The following day I'm practically chomping at the bit waiting for the mail carrier. When I saw his truck, I was jumping up to meet him at the door. The moment he handed me the box I knew something wasn't right. The box was much to heavy.  What on earth did they send me?

I pop it open and inside find not 1 pen but a whole variety pack. I inspect the item and find that store label is miss-marked as a single pen even though it is clearly multiples. Okay, I'll just call them and tell them they sent me more than I paid for and see what they want me to do. Hours later, I still can't find an actual phone number for amazon customer service.

After waiting days for a pen, wasting money on fast shipping which didn't show, and now not finding any support to explain that I got more than I paid for; my tail is starting to get a major bend in it. I just want to finish my picture, but I'm not willing to steal something that was mistakenly stent to me.

I finally sent them an email. Fingers crossed that it made sense. I did get my pen but if I take it out of the pack it will ruin the pack and make it unsellable. Can I just buy the pack? How much is it? ( I don't honestly know if I could even afford it, so that might not be an option.) Send it back? How long will it take to get another single pen? 

I heading out today to find a similar pen of a different brand. Creating always makes me feel better and I need some joy right now. 

The lesson I've learned; if it's important to your craft keep multiples, lol.

Stock photo of what they sent
 

I'll work it out and have a new digi soon :)
Hugs,
Anna

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



        
      

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I think I have a thing for edible roses.  Last Valentine's day I learned how to make chocolate covered strawberries that look like roses and this year I learned how to make a rose out of Hershey's kisses.  I pinned this idea for strawberry roses on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try.  Unfortunately, it's one of those pins that's a dead end when you click through, but luckily there was enough information in the image to give me a basic idea of what to do.  And after making a few of these strawberry roses, I can give you a few pointers and tips that worked for me.




To create this, I made a Raspberry-Cherry sauce and then layered it with MΓΌller® Ice Cream Inspired Vanilla Bean Yogurt. The sauce was made by combining raspberries and cherries with a little bit of water, and then cooking it down to release the liquid.

This strata showcases tomatoes, zucchini, bacon, and feta. Best of all? You don’t have to prep it the night before! By using a delicate, flaky croissant, the eggs and milk soak in quickly and perfectly.



My purse all too often becomes a catch all for the junk I encounter while out of the house.
It’s just too easy to toss something in my purse and deal with it later. Unfortunately, later can sometimes take a while to roll around. Receipts, old notes, and lots of lip products usually make up most of my purse clutter, but that changed yesterday because I decluttered my purse.


One thing we can be thankful for is God’s wisdom, which in turn makes us wise when we follow him. Serving these cute wise owl cupcakes will help us remember to be thankful, and it gives kids an added lesson in wisdom as well! 



Shane and I both love to go to antique stores and auctions.
Many times we are looking for something with a purpose and we enjoy the hunt.
I also enjoy the bargaining process. 

We went shopping that day with the measurements wrote down that would fit the space we were shopping for.
Handy Hubby had his tape measure and we both had the vision in our heads.
We also had a price point that we would not go over.

We were searching for something to re-purpose into a coffee station.



Sewing is a timeless and highly useful skill. You can sew items for yourself, your friends, your pets, or your home. But if you’re a beginner, it may be hard to narrow down all the pattern possibilities and find a project that you’ll actually understand, and better yet, actually finish! So if you’re a total beginner or have a little more experience, check out these quick and easy sewing projects below!


Our new and innovative mix of the perfect ingredients will give you Dramatically Radiant & Youthful Eyes by: 
• Eliminating Dark circles, Puffiness, Dryness and Sagging around the eyes.
• Increasing elasticity and plumps the skin around eyes.
• Providing a youthful texture around the eyes.
• Moisturizing the delicate eye area to prevent premature aging.
• Useful for the entire face. Can be applied all over the face for an enhanced glow and a more radiant looking face. 





Here is a delicious recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Guinness Chocolate Donuts with Baileys Glaze, yes and they are delicious. What is your favorite St. Patty’s Day Recipe? Since there is nothing to do because its so cold….yes 25 below zero is just crazy. I’ve been wanting to try these so I figured why not now! Do you have a Guinness fan or Baileys lover? I’m not big on beer but these were amazing!



I’m going to admit that I’ve wanted to a do a post like this for quite some time, essentially ‘A Day in the Life’ sort of bit, and for a few reasons. First and foremost is the pure self-indulgence of the process. Second, however, is to give a small glimpse into the sites day to day for those who may be unfamiliar with the process.



As I was skimming through my photo library, 
I remembered how "ab-fab" that mansion was,
so even though it's been a few months, I'm bringing it back. 
I am determined to finish showing you the entire home!


Joyce Meyer is one of my favourite Bible Teachers. The way she teaches has inspired me, challenged me and encouraged me. When she shares her testimonies and the struggles she has overcome with her temper and patterns of thoughts etc, I can totally relate to her, and I'm encouraged to see how God has used her and transformed her through His word.





 White rice with quinoa
Broccoli and Carrots
Egg
Chicken with Tofu



“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.” ~Malachi 3:17~
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.


We went strawberry picking the day before Valentine’s Day, so I made a few jars of my grandmother’s strawberry jam. I thought it would be artsy to use Valentine crochet canning jar covers on the jars I gave as gifts. A couple of weeks ago while strolling through Hobby Lobby, I picked up a few skeins of I Love This Cotton Yarn along with two or three packages of Valentine craft ribbon and one package of Valentine heart colored buttons. I had no idea what I was going to do with the buttons, but they were just too cute to resist. I probably should have picked up more than one package.


I decided I would share this CopyCat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich Recipe with you today. With warmer weather on the way, sandwich recipes are a great idea for lunches and quick and easy dinners. I shared our CopyCat Starbucks Egg Salad with you as well as our CopyCat Panera Tuna Salad Sandwich. All of these sandwiches are great and will allow you to whip up a quick meal.



So today I'm excited to finally show you my Laundry room. I was contacted by Danielle at Blissful and Domestic to do a You Tube Collaboration about a space in our home that we have decorated on a budget. My laundry room definitely fits that bill, its a DIYers dream. There were several projects I did in the laundry room that not only were cheap but came out beautifully. I hope you enjoy the video tour below! Don't forget to check out the other 8 collaborators videos as well. 



Irish Colcannon Soup – Lenten Recipes
Upstate Ramblings


Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage.  This recipe combines the same flavors, but the potatoes are used to make a creamy soup and mixed with cabbage for a hearty vegetarian soup.



MEAL PLANNING FOR BUSY FAMILIES
Written Reality

Do you wish you had more time to spend with your family and less time in the kitchen?

Or does the thought of cooking after a long day make you just want to order takeout?

So many busy families struggle with getting dinner on the table every night. But dinner doesn’t have to be stressful.



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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party



        
      

 week #56

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These paper flowers, as well as sculpted blooms, were what my Etsy shop was made of.  I love making them, especially for special days like weddings, but I just couldn't keep up with demand.  Now I only make special order bouquets, boutonnieres and gifts. 


Hey guys who is ready for another easy fabulous Valentine’s recipe for the last week of our Valentine’s Series?
At this time in my life Valentine’s is a little different, instead of a romantic candle lit dinner for two, we now have a dinner for three with heart shaped pizza and little Valentine’s sealed with lego stickers.  We don’t mind it one bit, I still get my get chocolates and roses so I’m happy lol!


Crafting is a favorite family activity in our house. Boys, girls, kids, adults…crafting is fun for everyone! One of the crafts that our whole family has been enjoying recently is handprint crafts.They are easy, fun, and inexpensive. There are so many different ways to do handprint crafts that boys will love. This collection includes an alligator, a pirate, a lobster, an elephant, a duck, a chicken, leaves, a lion, an octopus, a monkey, a whale, a dinosaur, a penguin, fire fighters, and Frankenstein!


We spend hundreds of dollars a year on special lotions and creams to make our skin look and feel better, but how about making something at home for a fraction of the cost that is even better for you?  This Easy Homemade Body Butter is a great way to quench your thirsty skin as well as an excellent gift item to give for Mother’s Day, Teachers Appreciation Gifts or just because!


How to Make a Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Have you seen those nifty mason jar soap dispensers in gift shops and boutiques? It’s true you can buy your own, but the cost of one may not be in your budget. The good news is, you can make your own mason jar soap dispenser in less than 30 minutes and for 1/4 of the cost. Here is how you can get started making your own mason jar soap dispenser, perfect for bathrooms and kitchens.



I made these pot pies for a special occasion dinner party, and they were a hit with kids and adults alike. Hot-out-of-the-oven little pies, filled with hearty, savory filling and surrounded by crisp, flaky crust...what could be better on a cold evening? The individual crusts take a few extra minutes to prepare, but the results are worth it.  



Grow Your Own Bean Sprouts in Just a Few Days




How to Sew a Ruffle pillow with Ruffle Fabric

I have had a couple requests lately to make some ruffle pillows.  The one pictured above is a standard size pillow sham.  I used 1 inch ruffle fabric.

Here's how to do it. 
1. decide the size you want your pillow
2. You will need to cut a total of 3 pieces of fabric.  For a Euro pillow sham I cut the front piece 27 inches square, 1 back piece I cut 27x13 inches, and the other I cut 27x20 inches.  That way you can have an envelope type place to stuff your pillow into.

continued.......


Organised Baking Station!

If you are like me and love to bake...then having everything you need at arm's reach is the way to go. Baking tins, muffin pans, graters, measuring cups, bowls of different sizes and a array of different utensils, can be tricky to store and especially, to find. 
If you have a second drawer like mine then searching for that little lemon zester can be a pain, especially when it always underneath everything else.
 So I decided to get organised (DIY on a budget) and put all my baking needs in one spot.I had an old Ikea Expedit bookcase that was collecting dust and wasn't really being put to good use. 
It needed an overhaul!






Makeup Monday - Discontinued Makeup





From the time I awoke that morning, I knew my focus was off. The ‘Liar’s Committee’ in my head was reminding me of past hurts, little perceived snubs, the mundane routine, fewer dates, that particular warmth that was missing, and it overwhelmed anything good that was out there. I had doubts about my salvation (how could I really feel these things if I loved Jesus?), doubts about my marriage relationship, doubts about my parenting, missing my mother…doubts, doubts, doubts.


I love jalapenos, and I am constantly pushing them on my friends.  So many people are scared to try these delicious little peppers because of their ( well deserved) reputation.  The thing is, its the seeds that hold most of the heat, and if you prepare them right, jalapenos can be downright mild.
Just don’t eat a seed, even on a dare.


Spring is just around the corner, but we still have quite a few cold and damp days left. The kind of days where you want a nice bowl of soup and this cheeseburger soup is a perfect hearty comfort food that will warm you to your toes.
This soup really only takes a few minutes to throw together and only about 20 minutes to cook once it is boiling. It’s really a very easy quick soup recipe as long as you already have all the ingredients on hand!

Straw Painted Rainbow Craft

The Keeper of the Cheerios

Materials: Canvas, Straw, liquid watercolor or really watered down paint (watercolor, tempera or acrylic), Glue, cotton balls or pom poms, and gems or gold paint. 


Weekends at our house are filled with athletic activities. If it isn’t an all-day volleyball tournament, we love to hike and ski, and I’ve even been persuaded to do a few mountain biking excursions.
These energy balls provide both quick energy from the carbs and sustaining energy from the protein.
Might I add –  they taste a heck of a lot better than anything you buy at the store!





We are getting ready to hit the road on another trip, and I’m facing the dilemma of keeping the kids occupied without having to tow a trailer of all their “stuff” with us. One of the things I know will keep my girls occupied for hours is coloring. They can color all day long, however, I do not have the best track record of traveling with crayons. Either they end up broken at the bottom of my purse, or I end up toting a large plastic container of some kind, yes, the crayons are safe and intact but I look like a crazy person pulling a gallon sized container out of my purse at a restaurant.



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