Monday, July 21, 2014

Terial Magic projects

Hello Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I've recently used ( and created a project or two) with a fun product I had never tried before. It's amazing stuff!  Whether you use fabric on your craft projects or your a quilter .. If you haven't tried Terial Magic, you defiantly should.  It is  a liquid stabilizer that is so easy to use. And makes working with fabric a dream.    Here is a little peek at one of my projects up on the  Terial Arts Blog today, but I please pop over there for my complete post..   There are lots of examples from other crafters also :)


You can find my blog post today here on the Terial Arts Blog

I always appreciate you stopping by!  Thanks!

Vicki

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"Whatevers" TWO July 2014

I have loved being a part of "Whatevers"!  I'm going to miss this mid month fun with these amazingly talented girls ...but I think we've decided we are going to wrap it up.  Remember tho.. there are many, many photos out there that need a story.... so ... carry on



I decided to make a little shadowbox with this months photo.  The minute I saw this photo I knew I was going to use the new Fancy Pants Collection "Everyday Circus"




More than a story... I think this shadowbox just creates a home for the little guy... who I have named
Jessy.  I think he's completely content with the outfit his mother has put on him as long as he has some balloons. So... of course,  I gave him some :)

As for the saying..... quite fitting for my house. lol



Here is this months photo.  For you to use if you would like to play long with us... which of course .. we would love!

You are defiantly going to want to see what the girls did this month.  Here are the links to their blogs.
 
Nat Kalbach
Catherine Scanlon
Carmen Sanchez
Martha Richardson

I love you girls!

Sending off "Whatevers" with a big hug and kiss!

Vicki


Friday, July 11, 2014

"Smile" card Fancy Pants Designs "As you Wish Collection"



You can always tell when it's Summer, but looking at how far apart my blog posts start becoming. lol  I'm sure this winter I'll be more willing to spend time inside in my studio, but right now, being outside just seems to be the thing to do.   As much as I love crafting I have been taking time these last few months to really get out and enjoy doing other things I love also.  Time seems to go  by so fast.. I don't want to miss anything.   Now that I'm not traveling as much, I'm really enjoying doing the things I used to do.... cooking, messing in my plants, gardening, and silly things like hanging my laundry on the line.  Yes.. you heard me right.... I love hanging laundry on the line.   I even made some of my moms cherry rhubarb jelly this Summer.  I used her big aqua Club pot to make it in and I totally enjoyed every minute. To tell you the truth, it wasn't even that much about the jelly (although it was pretty good :) it was just the process that I loved.  I really miss her.

Anyway.... I did make a simple card yesterday using the "As you Wish Collection" from Fancy Pants Designs.  I used to be good about having a stash of cards on hand for different occasions ( or just no specific occasions), but I need to work on getting that built up again.  It's great to be able to go over to the drawer and pick out a special hand made card to send isn't it?


Everyday photo for this week......
Wish it was a better photo,but just snapped it with my phone as I was  pulling out of the driveway.  Ditches this time of the Summer are all full of orange lilies.


#2 everyday photo....
Yep... I took a little time for myself yesterday, and got a pedi. What a treat!



I've been talking  a lot about taking time out of my studio to do some things I've really been wanting to get more involved in and this is one of them.   It's called Royal Family Kids Camp.    I've had my interview and will have my training next weekend.  Camp is the last week of the month.  Tonight is the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and Auction to raise money for camp.   If you live close... the public is welcome.  It's at Bluffs Trinity Lutheran  Church On the corner of  County Road 17 and Q.
It's an amazing program that I have always made up baskets for the fundraiser, but like I said, have always wanted to get more involved .  It's a camp that creates a very special week for kids that really deserve a little extra "good" in their lives. Kids that are in the foster care system.  I'm so looking forward to it all!  If you are on facebook.... please like their page. Royal Family Kids

Photo

Enough of my rambling for today. I hope each of you are taking time for yourselves and enjoying LIFE!


Thanks for stopping by!

Vicki

Monday, July 07, 2014

4th of July weekend recap

It's was a busy weekend... but so much fun!  We had company part of the weekend and were gone part of the weekend, so it seemed to go by so fast. Loved getting to spend time with family and friends!  Always hard to see it come to an end. (except for that nap yesterday afternoon.... that felt pretty good. ha!)


I  thought I'd show you a couple of ways I used my AccuCut dies for decor for my deck and porch.  This star die is Star #1 
Same star die was used here with Pennant Flags die  (also AccuCut)


Some days it's just amazing how much fun you can come up with , with a trip to the Dollar store. lol

Yeah... we are ridiculous



The 4th was such a nice day. We didn't even have the air conditioning on.  We spent a lot of time outside on the deck.  We actually chatted out on the deck until the wee hours of the morning.    Woke up late and had Muffins, fruit, juice and coffee for breakfast.  I had made Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry, and Banana Blueberry Muffins ahead of time.. so no standing in front of the stove for me that morning. lol


I got busy and forgot to take photos of all the YUMMY food!!  Oh my... so many good cooks!
 
Late that night we had a fire and  S'mores

Oh... festive...yes, we were all festive. lol

most of the time... too an extreme. lol  I love it! ( My sister Jan and brother in law Keith)


Brent, Diana, and Nathanial

Best 4th for July toothless smile :)




Deb and Jan

Round two at Woodcliff at Julie and Warrens.  What a fun time!  These two know how to entertain. I guess you get good at it when you live on a lake because you have company alot...but they have in down to a fine art.  What a nice day!


Again.. enough food for an army. Good food, Good company, boating , fun in the sun .. and then watching fireworks from the boat out on the lake. It was a great day/night
Dan must me telling Keith a "fish" story. lol

Now,.. to get back in the routine of a regular week and normal eating. lol  I hope all of you had a safe and happy forth also.  Thanks for letting me share a little bit of ours.

As always.... thanks so much for stopping by!

Vicki

Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Have a Wonderful Birthday"Card, Outdoor brunch and Breakfast casserole recipe

Well this week was my sister Jan's Birthday, so it called for a little celebration.  I had my sis, and our friends Deb and Julie over for a brunch on Tuesday.  It was so nice to get together, I love these girls. Some serious chatting when on. lol  Here is the card I made for my Sis.


It was a beautiful morning so I thought we would eat out on the deck. Deb, Jan and Julie.


I made a couple different kinds of muffins and a breakfast casserole. And we had fresh fruit.
This was a first time I had tried this breakfast casserole recipe.  I've made many different kinds in the past but this was a new one that I had run across on Pinterest.  It really was very cool.  I'm sure you could add different thing for variations. Use different veggies, cheeses ect.   I cant wait to try it with green chilies and jack cheese.
Below is the recipe I used. 



 Breakfast Casserole
  • 16-oz. pkg. shredded frozen hashbrowns, thawed and divided                               
     
  • 1 onion, chopped and divided                               
     
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage, browned and drained                               
     
  • 1 green pepper, chopped                               
     
  • 4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained   ( I used fresh)                            
     
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided                               
     
  • 1 doz. eggs, beaten                               
     
  • 1 1/2 cups milk                               
     
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: garlic salt to taste
Spread half of the hashbrowns in a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan. Layer ingredients as follows: half the onion, sausage, remaining onion, green pepper, mushrooms and half the cheese. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour egg mixture over casserole; top with remaining hashbrowns and remaining cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Im glad it was a nice day for Jan. She has a heart of gold and is always doing for  others. I loved making her feel special on her birthday.  Thanks Deb and Julie for making the day extra special!


Thanks for stopping by my friends!  Happy Summer days ahead for all! YAY Summer!

Vic

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hideaway Farm Saturday

Hi friends... I said I'd be back with some photos to share and wanted to do them in a separate post from my last post.  Still I couldn't bring myself to only show you the devastating photos from the tornados that went through the little town of Pilger here in Nebraska.  I have to share some happy photos of a get together we attended up the road at some friends farm yesterday.  
 
 
It was a Summer Solstice Party and a Party celebrating their Anniversary. They are the most fun loving, kind, giving couple ever. And boy do they know how to throw a shindig! :)
 
( oh and we are super excited to find out .. they are expecting their first little one!)
 

Everything that comes with a get together in the country. Enough homemade food to feed an army.  They had pool set up or the kids, lots of farm animals for them to look at ( including a new baby calf) and an awesome band.


Their home and yard, is the perfect country setting for a get together.
 
 
 

I wanted to give them a little something so I framed this photo of their farm, and added the name and date.  I took the actual photo yesterday to commemorate the day. Good thing they don't live far away... I took it . ..then drove home.. printed it and added it to the frame, before heading to the party :)

It was a great day!


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 A little over a week ago the small town of Pilger NE ( about 50 miles from us) was hit by twin tornados.  In the Midwest we are always aware of the threat of tornados and bad weather, but this was one of those times it became very real.. just how quickly bad weather can become very dangerous.

You can read more and see video HERE

( this photo is not mine. found on the internet with no photo credit)

Pilger is a town with a population around 350 people.  Two fatalities ( one a 6 year old little girl) and 16 Critically injured.  It's been just horrible seeing what this community has had to go through. The town as obviously been evacuated and volunteers have been being bused in to help with clean up efforts.   Jarad ( our youngest son), Kate, (our daughter in law) and I, went to volunteer on Tuesday.  Jarad is a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT so he worked with them.   It was a sobering day.  Although it felt good to be with so many amazing people who wanted to help.  Certainly restored my faith in humanity!  Seeing people pull together in times like this to help eachother..... amazing!!


This was laying at the end of main street.
People have been so good about bringing water, shovels, totes, trash bags ect.. 
Sending in monetary donations, on top of coming and physically helping with the clean up.   I'm really proud of my State.

Please keep the people of this little town in your prayers.  The mother of the little girl who lost her life is still in a comma in serious condition, the last I heard. 
I can tell you one thing, after many years of hearing tornado warnings and watches I think I was getting a bit to casual about it.  Not any more!  This has been a sad reminder to me, just what can happen.

Please also pray for the animals who were lost and injured in this tornado. Thanks to social media, there has been a facebook page set up to help reunite pets with their owners.  Also a foster home program for pets of those who lost their home. ( which you know I signed up for :)

Hugs to all of you!

Vicki

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cakes and lighted canvases... more wedding fun

Hey friends!  Thought I'd share some more wedding ideas while it's all still fresh in my mind.  There are so many in my files still to share.   It's been a busy week.  Some of you may have heard that hear in Nebraska we have had damaging storms and tornados this past week.  We are safe but unfortunately a small town about 50 miles from us was hit by not one but two tornados. It has been a sad and eye opening experience for many of us.  Please keep the people of Pilger in your prayers. I will share more about this but in another post since this is a happy "Wedding" post. I want to keep it that way.

Incase some of you are new to my blog, these photos are from my nieces wedding last month.  It was a fun, whimsy, happy wedding ... filling with personal touches everywhere.   Neely had so many adorable creative ideas ... I just have to share. One of the things she wanted was instead of one big wedding cake, was to ask family and friends to bake their favorite family recipe and bring it.  They were all displayed on my sisters amazing milk glass cake plate collection.

The sweet   little hand painted  bride and groom  was done by my cousin Paula ( the kitty is there little sweet Chachi) lol  Is that CUTE or what!  THANKS Paula!

My sis made the super cute "Just Married" banner.


My sis is so great with making things look so pretty.


Here are some photos of the cakes on the cake plates.  Neely had made the cute little flags for each cake, so that people could right on them what kind they are..    On the backs it said.. "We thank you for sharing your talent with us on our special day! Love, Alan and Neely"

I have never had such a hard time choosing what cake I wanted!!  The good thing is .. you served yourself.. :)  so you could take a little sliver of a couple different kinds.
I made my Aunt Viv's Carrot Cake.



My sis and I made the lighted canvases behind the cakes.  I'm so mad at myself because as I was organizing photos I must have accidentally deleted the photos I took of the steps as we were making those, as my plan was to give you a tutorial.   We found the tutorial on Pinterest .. so if you are interested just there.   We did 3 ..... 3x4 canvases and put them together on the back of the cake table, at the reception.

 
So thankful to my friend Cindy Van Koll who make this drawing I did into a chalkboard sign for us for the cake area at the reception.  She also did one for Dancing and for the Photo Booth.  Cindy ... you are amazing and such a great friend!
 
 

I thought this was such great idea .. and such a fun way to get people talking.  All around the railing where the cakes where , they had old photos of them in their childhood with family and friends who were at the wedding clipped up on twine with painted clothes pins.




So many sweet person touches.   In an up coming post I'll share some of the decorating DIY ideas.

I was so lucky to get to be part of the "putting together" of the fun stuff for this wedding with Neely and my sister Jan.  It was SO FUN!    It was like a creative whirlwind of ideas!  Watching it all come together on this gorgeous day.. while  witnessing the union of these to beautiful souls was just over the top amazing!!
Love them beyond words



Thanks for stopping by!

Vic