Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rosette necklace

Hello all!   Hope you're
December isn't as crazy as mine is!
Time just refuses to stop for me and I can't 
seem to get anything organized!  
But I did manage to finish a few projects and 
this is my newest rosette necklace

(I'm struggling to get accurate photos of my jewelry
but the colors in this one are pretty close.)

I am selling this one, 
but I don' t have my Etsy store set up just yet....
So if you have interest just email 
or leave a comment below :)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

An old door to fill in a "blank wall"

Yes I'm a little embarrassed to admit
I did get an old door out of the trash.
But it was the perfect size,  shape and color!
How often does exactly what you've been looking
for drop in your lap like that?
If you're anything like me your saying "never" .
So I looked around to make sure no one was looking 
and grabbed that door right up.
and when I say "grabbed" I actually mean "lugged
That thing was heavy!
And after a lot of scrubbing 
it was perfect...

Looking at this now I'm thinking the birdcage has 
got to go... but otherwise I'm loving
the shabby chic look

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Monday, December 12, 2011

3 Miles is getting easier!

Yes I have officially run a 5K !
and I could still breathe when I was done
Quite the accomplishment for me.
I guess I should say I jogged a 5k...
I don't think a 10 minute mile is considered running, 
Actually I might look that up.....

It was so much easier today and it felt so good!
I took a week off last week and I'm wondering if 
the people at the gas station and the playground missed me.
Ha ha  just kidding, but seriously people are starting
to wave as I go by now.  
Maybe I need to change my route a little bit.
O and I forgot to mention...
I got an early Christmas present that I am totally loving...
new running shoes!
I am a happy girl.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

I just found my old "art work"

I just found some art papers that I did YEARS ago.
It made me sad that I haven' t picked up a pencil and just 
sketched in so long.... I'm not even sure I can still do it!

I decided to take some pictures and share them with you all.
These are all pencil drawings from when I was about 14- 19 years old.
So many memories....

 I loved Precious Moments in those days....  

Can't remember which one of my sisters did the scribbles on this one .... but I DO remember I was not happy about it.

This one has a date of  9/11/95

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black and white photo letter art

Hello friends,
      Today I'm sharing a very special artwork project I have been working on for a few months now.
I love the photo letter art that I've seen a few places, 
and decided to make my own. 
It's finally finished and I love it!!

This is just a small sample of how much  EVERYTHING
I see reminds me of her.

The most time consuming, but fun ,  part of this was getting pictures
of the right letters.
I  wanted them to be naturally formed intoarchitecture,
but the options are endless!
I was surprised how easy this was.

Once I had all the photos
I just made a collage using the 'picture pile' setting in Picasa 3.

Picasa is a free software download from Google that helps you:
  • Locate and organize all your photos
  • Edit and add effects to your photos
  • Create galleries
  • Can update your Picasa web albums automatically

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weekend at the mountains in pictures

Me and my Mom


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I finally ran three miles!!

Well I finally made it....puff puff...  3 miles.
I wish I could say it was a breeze, but it WAS NOT.
I was jogging while in the mountains and let me tell you....
After 2 1/2  miles, I could hardly breathe.

 It makes me feel good to say that the 
air is thinner in the mountains and I'm not used 
to the steep hills and all that good stuff.... and I made it anyway,
but the reality is 
I'm just not quite there yet.
It was hard at the end, but it was enjoyable at the same time.
The lake was beautiful,

 the weather was warm and sunny, (just the way I like it)
 and I shared the road with some deer.
Annnddd  the calories I burned were just an added bonus!

Hope you all have a great day!!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

30 days of photography Day 3

Day 3
I am doing so good with this photo thing!
I am a little surprised at myself, I have a hard time with 30 days of anything... 
let alone specific random photos.
so hopefully I will keep it up
Today's photo is
I  took this photo
up the mountains last Sunday.  
 The weather was mild and gorgeous and we
were just hanging out with the family
and I was like....  perfect sun flare photo opportunity right there!! 
 I really like how it turned out.

My handsome husband :)

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving !!

 If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
"thank you," that would suffice. 
~Meister Eckhart
photo courtesy of   Cooking with Nyla
Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men;
but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. 
~E.P. Powell

Hope you are enjoying this holiday with 
friends, family
  good food and football :)
I sure am.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Best Rolls Ever Recipe

I make these rolls for holidays and when I 
am having a lot of people over.
We LOVE them!   They are soft, light and  yummy!

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 sticks  butter  cut into cubes
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 7 1/2 cups self-rising flour


  1. In microwavable bowl place 2 cups water and butter or margarine. Microwave about 2 minutes.
  2. In mixing bowl, blend 1 cup sugar and eggs.
  3. In a separate cup, microwave 1/2 cup water for 30 seconds. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and dissolve/stir yeast in this.     (let set for 3-5 minutes  if it foams up a lot , your yeast is working.)
  4. Mix butter water and sugar and eggs mixture together; add salt. Mix in yeast water. Stir in 7 to 7 1/2 cups flour. Mix well.  Dough will be sticky.   Put in lightly greased bowl and let rise in the refrigerator overnight, covered.  
  5. When ready to use, dump onto floured surface (DO NOT PUNCH DOWN!) and let warm to room temperature. LIGHTLY KNEAD! Only work in enough extra flour to handle.
  6. Shape into rolls and place on greased sheet(s). Let rest 30 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree F (205 degrees C) oven until tops are golden.  8- 10 minutes. (optional Brush with oil or butter immediately out of the oven
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