Saturday, December 31, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

Creative adventure

These beautiful colored "scraps" are what is left from the making of saris. I bought a skein, unraveled it, and have been having a ball creating. I used a blank cuff bracelet, using double stick tape to start the fabric on the inside. Because the strip is so narrow, it wraps easily around the bracelet. I stitched it at the end, and then glued little mirrors and gems on here and there. I may also make a necklace of some kind. Does anyone have any ideas for using these strips? I guess you could knit or crochet with them also; haven't tried that yet.
Does anyone out there in blog land remember the blouses we crocheted with strips of fabric, tying little tags of fabric here and there? I wish I still had mine. I would love to see a picture if someone still has one. I probably made mine 30 or 40 years ago. I loved it, but I remember that it did not stretch much so you had to have a correct fit. Let me know your creative ideas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

More goodies

These are the peanut butter balls. I sprinkled powdered sugar
on them for more sweetness. The other ones are "Potato Chip" cookies.
They may have another name, but that is what we call them; very crunchy.
Has anyone heard of Potato Chip cookies, or is that our  family name for them??
It is basically a short bread recipe with potato chips.
I would like to wish everyone a Blessed Christmas. Enjoy family, friends, and good food.

Precious moment

This is what the holidays are all about.
When the grand daughter and the new puppy climb
up on Papa T's lap; there is nothing better.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Three generations

Three generations making Christmas cookies.
These wreaths were so easy, especially using the microwave.
All you need is 1 stick of butter; add 2 cups of mini marshmallows.
Put in microwave about 2 minutes or until the butter and marshmallows are melted.
Stir in a couple drops of green food coloring, 1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp almond extract, and enough corn flakes to hold it all together.
Put cookies on plate and add 3 red hots (candy) to the top, pushing a little so that they will stick.
Looks  so pretty and taste really good too. The kids love to help with these.
We also made peanut butter balls. I used this recipe; 1 cup of powdered milk, 1 cup of peanut butter, and 1/2 cup of honey. Mix well and roll into balls and then in toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy with your family and friends.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Road Trip

We visited a home with lots of beautiful folk art. These are a few of the pieces.
The wooden structures are especially interesting; they each have their own unique story.
I could spend all day going from room to room visiting the folk art.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Road Trip

I have been on a Holiday road trip. I have seen some unusual sights, especially this deer head with sun glasses and a Santa hat; it hangs above my grandson's bed. My granddaughter's room is filled with beautiful patterned pillows. This came in handy because I have been studying patterns for a class; The Art of Surface Pattern Design, featuring  Rachael Taylor. You can read more about it at

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Does anyone still have a really old Monopoly game? I sure wish I had kept mine;
the new ones just aren't the same. I saw this idea on the home tour this year.
Really is a good way to preserve all the little pieces, as well as show it off.
The other game is Parcheesi, and I've never heard of the 3rd one.
The framed games were lined up on the wall, and looked pretty smart.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


What's on Your Work desk Wednesday??
These totes are what I have been doing.
Just got them finished so my desk is clear, for now.
Trying to clean up for the Holidays. We will be celebrating
with the youngest grand daughter that still "believes".
They grow up too fast.
These totes are about 12X12 and can be used
to carry anything around in style!
Go here to see what everyone else is doing today.
or click the WOYWW button to the right.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rit Dye

They are giving it away over here.
All you have to do is enter and answer a few questions.
I sure could have used this dye when I was going through my
dying stage a few weeks ago. The colors are beautiful, and there is a chart for 
mixing colors to get just the right shade. I also went to the Rit site and there
are tons of ideas. I feel a new project coming on !

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Home tour

Today the weather was crispy cool; just right for the Historic Home Tour.
We saw 5 incredible homes. All of them very old, but very beautiful.
It is fun to see the creative ways that home owners have made upgrades
and improvements. Most all were decorated for Christmas which made it extra nice.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Christmas

This is the "coca cola" room in the home we saw yesterday.
The tree is decorated with all kinds of coke cans and everything in the room is coke related.
The bar and the floor are beautiful black and white tiles.
I don't think the pictures do it justice, but it was sure wonderful.
Sue is a very generous and caring person who likes to share what she has
with kids and adults alike. She loves to visit with everyone, and even has a small
gift to give; something she has made.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Believe it or not!!!

I am still having trouble believing what I saw today. A house FULL of Christmas; every room, every corner of every room,  full of Christmas, nutcrackers, trees, dolls,Santas, etc. etc. Sue Smith lives in Georgetown and decorates her home every year for the shear pleasure of it. She allows anyone to come to visit. She said," Please call first and I will put the coffee on." We enjoyed a tour of her huge home, every room with a different theme. Her "coca cola room was especially fun to see. I could probably go back every day and see something new that I had not seen before.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Songs

Remember this song book from way back? I used the little girl's image for a photo transfer and embellished with fabric collage. Finished piece is approximately 9X13 and only cost $45.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Reason for the Season

This is one of the fabric collage that I hung at the Library yesterday.
It is made from vintage fabric and laces, with a photo transfer of the
Holy Family. It is especially nice if you don't have a lot of room 
for Christmas decorations, or if you just want something a little special.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Four Friends

The Library looks great; we four friends hung our art today. The show will be there all month.
There is a variety of media, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil, and fabric collage.
We will host a reception and sale on Sunday, Dec. 11th from 12-3 o'clock. Plenty of coffee and pastries available. The Library is such a beautiful place to show art. There are also several sculptures to see and 4 or 5 colorful mobiles hanging from the high ceiling. The Library will be open for business also, in case you need a good book to read, or you would like to check out a movie. We would love to see everyone there, so you can see what keeps us busy.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Blue Monday

Used the blue plate for the heart shaped waffles.
Grandee and I made these on her Thanksgiving visit.
We got the idea from Jean's blog Sweet Nothings.
You just use biscuits in a can (Grands or somethings similar).
They were very tasty and so easy for the young ones.
The blue and white plates got quite a work out for the big dinner.
See what else is blue at Smiling Sally's blog