Friday, November 20, 2015

More Prizes for the Cookie Exchange.

Made an ornament as a give-away.

These are kind of addicting.  I really like making them.  
Also made this calendar cover.  I like having these little books in my purse.  I know, everyone uses their phones nowadays and probably don't carry paper calendars anymore -- but they aren't as cute!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Cookie Exchange!

I have always wanted to host a cookie exchange and it looks like this is the year.  Around 8 ladies will be coming so I'm pretty excited.  I thought it would be fun if we played a few games to make it all that much more festive.  Of course, if you have games, you have to have prizes.  Here are just a few...
I wanted to provide an album to hold their cookie recipes in and ended up making these out of paper bags.  Not real happy with them, as I was trying to hold down costs by using the paper I already have on hand.  If I were to do it over again, I would either pick Christmas papers or foodie papers.

I was at a friend's house this week and she had the prettiest soap pump in her kitchen.  I bought the jar, the pump guts, burlap trim, and fancy button at Hobby Lobby.  I spray painted the ring and metal top and crocheted the blue flower.

I've made these before, and they are really handy as make up bags or crochet hook holders, etc.  The key fobs are just a little extra.  Also have some hot pads for the holidays and will make more gifts as I go.  

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's Autumn Time!

I saw a 3 tiered stand on Pinterest, and while Marta was here (too briefly) she spotted this pretty one at Home Goods.  I turned the 2 bottom ones upside down so they became trays with sides making them perfect to hold fun stuff.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mint Chocolate Goodness

I found this recipe on All and it is wonderful!  Very Very rich, but you only live once -right?


1 pkg chocolate fudge cake mix with pudding
1/ 2 c. butter softened
3 -8oz pkgs softened cream cheese
1-16 oz can cream cheese frosting
3 eggs
6 or more drops green food coloring (I used 10)
1 tsp. peppermint extract (or drops of creme de minthe)
1 pkg. semi sweet morsels
1 4.67 oz box of Andes mints


1.       Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.       Beat cake mix and butter with an electric mixer on low speed in a bowl until crumbly, 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside 1 cup for topping.

3.      Press remaining crumb mixture into bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.

4.       Place in preheated oven and bake until edges begin to crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool slightly.

5.       Beat cream cheese and frosting with an electric mixer on medium speed in a bowl until smooth, 3 to 5 minutes.

6.      Pour in 6 drops green food coloring, (or more for a darker color -I used 10) beat until color is blended, about 2 minutes.

7.       Beat in peppermint extract until thoroughly blended, about 2 minutes. Taste and add more flavoring if needed. (I used 1 ½ tsp.)

8.       Drop eggs one at a time into the cream cheese mixture and beat until blended, 2 to 3 minutes

9.      Pour batter over the chocolate crust in the 9x13 pan.

10.   Sprinkle 1 cup reserved crumb mixture over cheesecake batter.

11.  Top with 1 cup chocolate chips- reserve remaining morsels for finishing touches.

12.   Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake until set, 42 to 45 minutes.

13.   Remove pan from oven and cool completely.

14.   Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.

15.   Pour reserved chocolate chips into a small microwave-safe measuring cup with a spout. Microwave morsels in 45 second intervals; stir until completely melted and smooth. Add a spoonful of shortening to thin, if needed.

16.   Pour melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag. (Hint:  place a Ziploc sandwich baggie over a jar and secure with a rubberband –then you can pour the chocolate easily)

17.   Clip a small bottom corner of the bag. Gently squeezing the bag, drizzle melted chocolate over the cooled cake through the clipped corner.

18.  Cut cake into bars to serve.

These are really, really rich, so cut them small, but they are delicious!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Project Number Two

I was going to label this post "Final Project"  But who am I kidding??? I can already think of other things I 'need' to paint for the big move.  But they will have to wait until we're in the new house.  It's only 3 days now and I'm excited.

So here's the latest in the milk paint saga...

Curio Cabinet BEFORE.  It is beautiful, but I wanted it to reflect my cottage sensibilities.

I decided not to paint the inside.  It has lots of mirrors, and glass shelving so that I thought the wood finish might make my glassware show off more.  I'll know for sure if I'm right after I get it filled.  (most of my 'stuff' is milk glass.

Friday, March 27, 2015


I haven't posted anything in such a long time but it used to be fun.  Maybe I'll get in 'the mood' again and once again, think it's fun.  Anyway, we are moving after 26 years being rooted in this house, neighborhood and little town.  The thing I am dreading most is the town we are leaving.  I will make friends in the next house, and a house is a house, but the town... that's something else.

I thought I would be a good girl and not buy a new dining set.  The table is in great shape, but the chairs were dated.  I bought new chairs on Overstock (still in boxes) I'll post them when they are put together -2 weeks tops! yeah right.

So here are pictures of the remake on the table.  I am pretty happy with the results but not ecstatic.
Original table.  I think everyone in the world has had a version of this claw foot table with pressed back chairs at one time or another.

First coat of Milk Paint

2nd coat - isn't it pretty?  Such a smooth finish.

Well, this is the table with the glaze on it.  This picture really doesn't show just how ugly it came out.  I wish I had never heard of glaze.  Anyway, it was just too brown looking.

A closeup of the pedestal with the brown glaze.

I took about 45 minutes and sanded the whole thing down.  I like it much better.  I may purchase some wax to rub on it and give it a pretty sheen - since my sanding pretty much eliminated it.  A word to the wise=if you use the milk paint and glaze combo, just be sparse on the glaze if you want it more white than brown.