Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Apple Dumplings~

This past Sunday my youngest son~Lance~ celebrated his twenty-fifth birthday...Stefanie gave him a surprise party Saturday night and then Sunday they came here for lunch. One of his favorite desserts is Apple Dumplings...this is a very easy and yummy recipe! It sounds a bit different but, I promise once you try'll like it! Promise!

Apple Dumplings

4 Granny Smith apples 1 cup sugar (I use about 3/4)
2 cans Crescent Rolls 1 T cinnamon
1 1/2 sticks butter 1 can Mountain Dew

Peel, core and cut apples into 16 slices. Use a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Roll 1 slice
apple in each crescent roll and place in casserole dish. Melt butter in sauce pan
and add sugar and cinnamon. Pour over rolls.

Pour Mountain Dew over mixture. Bake uncovered at 350 for about
45 minutes or until nice and brown...

Serve warm with a little ice cream or whipped topping! I know, this is not
a very healthy dessert, but it's for special occasions~Oh and if by chance
there are any leftovers, stick in the frig~ it's even better the next day! Thank you all sweet friends for stopping by to visit~
Have a Great Week~ God Bless!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friendship Swap~ Sandra

I received the most beautiful package in the mail from my swap partner and friend~Sandra. Sandra does not have a blog but can be found on Flickr..."SKBlanks" ...She has to be one of the nicest people on there! Well, I received my package from her and.. oh my, it was as sweet as she is!
Everything was sooo gorgeous! The package itself ~ amazing...I didn't want to open it but couldn't wait to either! (I did save the wrapping) First, look at this absolutely gorgeous cuff.

Just beautiful... the lace, the stitching~ everything impeccable! Handmade flower~love! I wear it all the time...

Now, look at this.....Is this not the most beautiful heart you've ever seen??? All handmade...

Look at the details, I wish you could see it in person! So pretty! See her pretty ribbon flowers?She makes those from ribbon...just lovely!

Now, just when you think there cannot be anything else... Look at this!
This was one of the first things I saw that Sandra had made...I fell in love with it! Now, I have one of my very own..Don't you love it too?

Soft~ sweet colors,and again...the details! Love this ribbon and lace....

Sandra tucked in lots of other pretties, beautiful ephemera~cards and the sweetest old book of poems, many of her ribbon flowers

and one of her tiny~tiny little covered boxes in this precious little dish...
too cute!

Sandra, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for such a beautiful swap! I will cherish each and everything forever! Love Ya!
Thank you all for visiting on this day, God Bless You All! Next week, I'll show you more pictures of my swaps..... Have a Great Week~

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Where I Create~

It's a tiny little room at the back of our house... I love this space, it's filled with all the things that make me happy...
I share my space with a washer and dryer...that's OK~ I like working to the hum of a load of clothes drying...something comforting about that sound...

There are lots of baskets, boxes, bins and bowls...

Not very big and not very quiet....
But, just right ......

Thank you for stopping by~

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Thankful Sunday~Swap with Lori~

Since I joined Flickr and started this blog, I have met the most amazing and creative girls ever! Everyone is sooo talented and there is such a sweet spirit among all of you! I've had the honor of swapping with some of the very best! My first swap was with Miss Carola of Boxwood Cottage...she is an absolute angel living in Germany! The second one was with the most adorable little fairy ever, Madai ~ Wren's, the absolute sweetest, kindred spirit,Sandra~ SKBlanks on Flickr and most recent, Miss Lori, the very, very talented and creative sweetie from My Faerie Window....since it's "Thankful Sunday" and I am so thankful for all these wonderful new friends here in blogland... I thought, I'd spend the next few Sundays showing these amazing swaps, I'll start with Lori, as I still have everything on my table from opening up. I had ordered one of Lori's precious powder puffs, she emailed and asked if I'd like to do a "mini-swap" of my pockets for the puff...well, it wasn't a mini at all...look at all these sweet things she sent!!! First the little puff is the most gorgeous thing ever! It's sooo cute all in cream and the tip end of it is all glittered like it's magic! I love that little detail. But wait.... next, is the most beautiful little doll all dressed in she cute or what? I love her!
Now, look at this little bunny Lori made! He is so tiny and sweet with his pink bow! Makes me smile everytime I look at him! Love those ears!

Don't you just love these little lavender bags Lori makes?... sooo pretty and it smells heavenly! And look at this gorgeous lace, she had it wrapped around this beautiful cabinet card and embellished so pretty....

Oh Lori, Thank You so Much for this wonderful swap, I love everything!!!, and I can't stop looking at all of it! Stop by and visit Lori at Thank you all for visiting today! Next Sunday, I'll show you another of these fabulous swaps! God Bless and Have a Great Week!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

White Wednesday~Collections

These weeks just fly by! It's time for another White Wednesday with Kathleen at "Faded Charm" First, this picture was SUPPOSE to be on the bottom(can Never get it right the first time!) but, it ended up on top! So, anyway...this is my newest pillow creation! Now, the collections....
This is a small collection of cake toppers I have, something about them I love...maybe I'm just a
romantic at heart...the photos in the back are from sweet Carola at Boxwood Cottage...we did a swap recently and she sent me these along with lots of other treasures from Germany...

One of these is the topper that was on my wedding cake many years ago! Have a Blessed,Romantic Day everyone!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thankful Sunday~

These vintage linens hanging on the line reminds me of a saying I heard a long time ago. I'm not sure who wrote it but it's so true
"If all our troubles were hung on a line,
You'd choose yours and I'd choose mine"
Isn't this so true? There's always someone with more problems than us.
This gorgeous Sunday, I am thankful...
Have a Wonderful week sweet friends....

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Project~

Don't you love it when something turns out pretty good??? I found this not so cute lamp at the local thrift shop...I think it was $2..I like it's little tiny size...brought it home,cleaned and sanded just a tad..a little paint and,he's a cutie...added some lace to an old shade and now it lights up a little dark spot....
My latest completed project...can you tell I really like lace? I loved this saying the first time I saw it....a sweet reminder that death is not the end and we will see those we love once again....

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Perfectly Imperfect~White Wednesday with Faded Charm

I love me it never goes out of style..always fits in..these are "nothing special" pieces..just a collection of old,worn,tired resting pieces..some full of chips,a few cracks,a little or a lot of browning....
Don't flip them over expecting a pedigree,most don't have it! All perfect...well, perfectly imperfect! Just the way I like them...

Have a Great week everyone~Thank you for visiting!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Paper Rose Tutorial~

I've had so many request for a tutorial on making these roses, so here you go! First, take a package of standard coffee stain them...I put the whole stack in a large bowl,pour hot coffee over all..Take apart and dry..I hang mine on a clothes line or you can heat your oven,TURN OFF and let them dry in there. Once they are dried,cut in half...then,cut in half again...making four pieces out of one filter. Next, trim edges of each, forming a petal. Take an old hymnal or any sheet music..using the petal from the coffee filter, cut several music petals....
Now, take a full page from the hymnal,roll from top of page to bottom forming a cigar shaped center bud...take a coffee filter petal...wrap around the bud,encasing it, add another,after about 5 or 6 more add a music petal, repeat, it will begin to tell you where it needs also helps to crimp the bottom, this helps hold it all in place....

When it's as big as you'd like,wrap string or any type ribbon, pulling tightly. After it's secured, take your finger and gently circle around each petal separating and fluffing...I drizzle a little thin glue down between the petal to secure it a wee bit more. You can then dip in dye to add color if you like...I kinda like the natural color!

Thank you all so much for visiting my blog!!! Have a Very Blessed Week!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

White Wednesday~

Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing

to us our appearance only.... Samuel Butler

I am joining Faded Charms White Wednesday again,

I Love old mirrors...bruised,cracked and full of