Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It has been a GORGEOUS Fall day here in NE Ohio and my dear husband and I have been busy (and enjoying) doing FALL types of things. For instance, my mother (and our) tomatoes are about finished for the year ... getting a little too cool to ripen properly so I decided to make (what we always called at home when growing up) "Picalilli".
If you look it up on the internet, most Picalilli recipes include cabbage and peppers along with the green tomatoes and onions and is chopped like a relish. But, the "old timers" recipe I'm using, (which is what my mom used), calls for sliced green tomatoes & sweet onions, along with pickling spice, mustard seed & tumeric. The internets name for what I just described is "Pickled Green Tomatoes". What ever you want to call it, it's just down right yummy next to a sandwich.
My fond memories of Picalilli were walking home from school, cutting a big chunk of Luger's bologna and opening a pint of mom's home canned picalilli. That was MY after school snack!!
Mom only had a half dozen plants and I only had 4 ... but we were able to get enough green tomatoes to make 13 1/2 pints of Picalilli. This is going to taste SO good this winter.
Since we already had the kitchen in "canning" mode, we decided to have a little more fun and make up some "corn relish" too. There happened to be a recipe in one of my books that caught my husband's attention. I made a quick run to the local market to get what was required and here is the result ... 7 pints yielded from the recipe ... more than enough for the two of us!!I forgot to mention that while we were having all this fun ... we had a smoked pork butt, cabbage, potatoes & carrots cooking in the crockpot!! What a wonderful feast we had for dinner after all the canning was completed!! YUM!!
Now it's time to head to the craftroom and see what magic I can make in that part of the house. Kitchen is all cleaned up and back in order . . . time to play!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Now ... on to today's OCC challenge. This week the girls have a guest designer, Michelle Rodgers of Stamper's Dream and she will be sponsoring a prize for this week's entry winner! Go to the OCC blog and check it out ... really cool stuff and also check out Stamper's Dream ... you won't be sorry!!
Today we are to make a card/project using colored stitching. You can either use your sewing machine, hand stitch, faux stitch ... but it has to be in color ... no white stitching allowed!!! I've made a very "simple" card using my The Rubber Cafe butterfly stamps. I chose to use faux stitching and I cut out and popped up the large butterfly for a little more dimension. The base card is actually "elegant eggplant" color and the butterflies were also stamped in elegant eggplant and I used a fuchsia ZIG marker to do a little hightlights on the large butterfly to match in with the faux stitching. Not my best work ... but it's late, I'm so behind on all my challenge stamping and just wanted to get one card submitted on time!
Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to comment! I always love hearing from you!!
Friday, September 26, 2008
I'm so excited ... I get to play along with the other girls on THE RUBBER CAFE design team!! How cool is that!! You just HAVE to check out their site ... what cute images they offer!! I can NOT wait to receive my rubber so I can really get my hands dirty and see what all I can come up with!! And when I do, of course I will be sharing it with all of you!!
But in the meantime, here is a card I made today using an existing the Rubber Cafe stamp I had in my stash. This "cat" is so cool ... this is a perfect card for my sister who loves animal print clothes and "lives on the wildside" (always has ... always will)!
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and all comments are appreciated! ! !
Thursday, September 25, 2008
My mom had surgery last week ... her home was without power for over a week ... she came home from the hospital and stayed with my aunt over night then she came here to our home for some recoup time. Each day she got stronger and started feeling much better. I think just the fact that she had someone to talk to helped tremendously (she lives alone).
Long story short ... I took her back to the doctors today to get her "staples" out and he said everything looks great. She's allowed to drive again ... her power is back on (had to totally restock the frig) ... and we even did a little fall decorating for her today! She's back in her own home ... my DH is feeling a little better after having chemo last week also!
There just was NO time to stamp but I plan on having some "ME" time tomorrow and will be back with the results!! Thanks so much to those of you who have sent well wishes not only to my DH but also my Mom and Brother (who, by the way, is doing great after having a double bypass 2 weeks ago.)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here is a card I made for today's challenge over on the CCEE Stampers blog. Carolyn King (Cammie) is the hostess and has designed a really cute stamp set through Gina K Designs called "Whimsical Autumn". All of Carolyn's proceeds for the sale of these stamps will go to the Alzheimer's Association in honor of her grandmother who passed away in July.
Everything on this card is done using this cute stamp set. We are to make a Thanksgiving card/Fall themed card using this set (if you have it) or whatever stamps you have that are fitting. The second part of the challenge is to send this card out to someone in your life to let them know you are thankful for him/her.
When I saw Carolyn's posting, I just had to make a purchase/contribution to this cause. My MIL is afflicted with this disease and it's so sad and difficult to witness what she goes through. Check out Carolyn's blog for more information. It is truly amazing how many companies are partaking in this giveaway and how much money has already been donated to the Alzeheimer's Association. ONE lucky winner will win over $1,000 worth of prizes!!! Another part of this contest/challenge is to send your card to the "caretakers" of these afflicted folks. My card will go to the facility where my MIL has residence: SUNRISE of Upper St. Clair, 500 Village Drive, Upper St. Clair, PA. These folks do a wonderful job and deserve recognition!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Here are a couple quick & easy Christmas cards I made today!
Many of my friends here and on SCS ask me if I'm OK! Of course, my answer is yes because I know that at the end of this journey my husband will be well again and we can pickup where we left off so many months ago and enjoy the rest of our lives together.
I have been so thrilled with the Get Well/Encouragement focus being on Mark that when I received a few cards of my own, it was even more special! I've posted them for you to see.ALBUM on my SCS gallery. What a great community of friends I have made over on SCS and throughout the stamping world ...
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who is keeping us in their thoughts and prayers! God Bless You ALL!!! (And to my local friends ... I don't know what I'd do without you!!)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Today's sketch challenge over on SCS is a perfect layout to use up "scraps". The only part of this card that was not a scrap was the actual base card. I think I might use this layout for several of my Christmas cards to send this year. It makes for a nice card and you can get some clean up done all at the same time!
The main image is from the new "A Cardinal Christmas" set offered in the Holiday Mini Catalog. Loving cardinals as I do, I just HAD to have this set! The holly image is from a vintage christmas set by Rubber Stampede.
Paper: older SU holiday dp, DCWV dp, Me & My Big Ideas dp Ink: Versafine black, SU old olive Other: Red Tombow marker, SU watercolor pencils, ZIG red marker, EK Success snowflake punch
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
All this week there has been a HUGE celebration going on over at Sharon Johnson's (notimetostamp) blog, celebrating her 1 year anniversary! Tons of prizes and give-aways ... some REALLY cool stuff too!! It has been quite the talk of the town!
WELL ... one of the prizes was a chance to be selected as the STAMP SIMPLE GUEST DESIGNER for the month of October and guess who won??? Yep .... ME!!! Is that cool or what!!! I am so excited! I just love Sharon's style of designing simple (sometimes difficult for me) and look forward to working with her and her design team!!
I've have been doing Sharon's weekly challenge for quite some time now and have enjoyed all of her inspirational ideas. The past few weeks she has been honoring her design team ladies and having us make a card using that person's style! Today is Tammy Hershberger (proud to say she is one of my personal friends)! Tammy has a real "home spun" style to her card making that I just love. You can check it all out on her blog Stamp Happy!
Well, gotta go and get my card made honoring Tammy's style!! Thanks for popping in and letting me ramble!!! YIPPEE!!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
It's time for another challenge over on the CRAFTY SECRETS forum at Splitcoaststampers.
Today it's my turn to be your hostess and for this challenge I thought using "angles" would be interesting. We, (LoriLynn, Pammyjo, Joanne [angelnorth] and myself) have started doing this "Monday Clue" portion to the challenge prior to actually posting the challenge on Tuesday. It has been a lot of fun trying to figure out with various clues what the hostess has in mind for the actual challenge.
Early on we discovered that LoriLynn and myself have the hardest time figuring these things out and some weeks it is quite hilarious ... we've become known as Lucy & Ethel on this thread ... can you guess which one I am??? Yep, you guessed it ... I'm Ethel!! WHAT FUN!!!
As you can see, I have various angles on this card ... from cutting the designer paper at a 30 degree angle, to the envelope, zig zag ribbon and photo corners. I used a little rafia to mimic the nesting material in the envelope. Thanks for stopping by and please come play the challenge ... we have so much fun ... you're missing out!!!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Love the new IN-Colors from Stampin' Up!!! This card was made using the new "Pink Pirouette" ... isn't it so soft and pretty looking!! I made this card for the Crayon Resist challenge over on the CCEE blog.
We live in the "suburbs" and in our housing complex, we are not allowed to have a full size garden ... BUT ... nothing was written in the rules about hiding a few tomato plants amongst the flowers in your landscaping!!!
I only planted 4 tomato plants (2 Early Girls & 2 Roma). Placed facing the sun in different directions just to see what the outcome would be! Well, there was a huge difference in the size of the tomatoes from one location to the other and I will keep that in mind for next years crop!!
This is obviously the "good side" and I don't think they are too well HIDDEN anymore! What nice sized, delicious tomotoes we've been getting! Nothing better this time of the year!!! Makes my mouth water just talking about them!!! This is an Early Girl plant and produces perfect sized tomatoes for sandwiches ... not too big/not too small!!
Here are my Roma tomatoes. This plant did so well and is just loaded with beautiful roma tomatoes!! I'm going to have to make some sauce or something with these beauties ... too many for just Mark & I to eat and I've already given some to all the neighbors!!
Sorry to go on ... and on ... about tomatoes ... but this time of the year they are just SO DARNED GOOD!!!! Nothing better than fresh garden veggies!!! Where do you think I could hide the corn????
Thanks for stopping by!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
My daughter Carolyn celebrated her birthday on Wednesday (not allowed to give out her age) and her son, Jonathan has a birthday today! Happy 11th Birthday Jon!!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Well, I had this beautiful black embossed floral paper [The Paper Co.] given to me by my friend, Linda Davis, (thanks Linda) several months ago!! I keep looking at it and putting it back ... wanting to make sure that when I did use it that it came out perfectly! (Don't want to disappoint you know!) When I saw the basis for today's challenge, I knew exactly which paper I would be using.
When you have such gorgeous paper, you certainly don't want to clutter it up so instead, I chose to use my [Outline Stickers by Anita's Art Stamps] "stencil images" (also a gift from Linda). Come to think of it, the [Around the Block] "lace frame tape" is also a gift. This time from my friend Tammy (Stampertammy). I DID buy the Martha Stewart butterfly punch used to make the pretty gold butterfly and the Anna Griffin designer paper myself!!
Thanks for stopping by ... please leave a comment ... I love hearing from you all!!! Have a glorious day!!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Hello All ... today was a VERY busy day. I had a morning hair appointment with my sister (my family is all at least 1 hour away) ... then since my daughter works a couple blocks away and today is her birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROLYN! I invited her to lunch then headed on back home. (Wanted to get my challenges done before DH needed dinner - am I addicted or what!) We will be visiting her family again tomorrow evening for cake & ice cream because our grandson, Jonathan has a birthday on Friday.
SO, here is today's card for both the SCS Sketch Challenge and the Color Throwdown Challenge. Today's color combination is using the new IN COLORS from SU ... Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze & and old favorite ... Regal Rose. Since I'm not a SU demo ... I haven't purchased all the new colors yet so I had to improvise on this card. I do, however, have a sample of each of the new colors which I used to match up my papers and get as close as possible.
For the "kiwi kiss", I found a designer paper by Crafty Secrets that matched perfectly and used for the bottom panel ... the "baja breeze", I found I had cardstock that was very close and of course, I had the "regal rose". I won some blog candy recently and within that goody pack was this lovely "regal rose" SU designer paper which I used for the top portion of the sketch. The ribbon is adhesive backed and by Darice. The spray of flowers is from the sheet of Anna Griffin designer paper that I've cut from through out this past week or so and used portions of it on two other cards (got my money's worth out of that 8x8 sheet ... LOL). Now the image ... isn't she adorable!! This is another image from my $6.99 Ebay purchase of a cd holding over 1000 images from CD Shack Media. It doesn't show up very well on the photo, but I added a touch of Diamond Stickles to the flowers on the spray to give it a little sparkle. Thanks so much for stopping by!!