Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fabric Covered Notebook tutorial

I love journals and especially homemade journals. Check out this great tutorial from Adventures in Dressmaking. Please note, the picture is NOT mine, it is from Adventures in Dressmaking. Great blog!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Silly Bands Necklace Tutorial

Silly bands are all the rage these days with kids of all ages. Here is a fun tutorial to sit down and craft with your kids or grandkids. Please note the picture is not mine but that of Cut Out and Keep. click here for tutorial

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Impossibly Easy French Apple Dessert Squares

From Bisquick - Looks mighty good. Thinking to make this when the boys come over soon.

Impossibly Easy French Apple Dessert Squares

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1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup chopped nuts
Fruit Mixture
6 cups sliced peeled tart apples (6 medium)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
4 eggs, beaten

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix 1 cup Bisquick mix and the brown sugar. Cut in 1/4 cup butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until crumbly. Stir in nuts; set aside.
2. In large bowl, mix apples, cinnamon and nutmeg; spoon into pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture over apples. Sprinkle with streusel.
3. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Cool 30 minutes or until set before cutting into squares. Store in refrigerator.

Makes 15 servings

Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial

Another totally adorable craft from Centsible Saving! Picture is hers not mine. Check out the tutorial!

Coffee Filter Wreath

This is another great inexpensive and gorgeous craft! Thank you to Centsible Savings. This is her picture and here is her blog to find the tutorial: Centsible Savings; Coffee Filter Wreath

Halloween Cupcake Topiary Tutorial

This is absolutely adorable! Not just Halloween, but could adapt for any holiday! The picture is NOT mine, it is from Please check out her blog for this darling and easy craft!!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Taking A Weekly Planning & Prayer Retreat

photo by renmeleon

Taking A Weekly Planning & Prayer Retreat

I was very impressed with this blog post.... something that I need to work on.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010




81You may have already begun receiving those beautiful little catalogs jam-packed with holiday trinkets, toys, decor, and anything else you might want or need for the holidays. You are hereby granted and encouraged to do Christmas window shopping – from home!

100countdownThe Countdown to Christmas Challenge for today is to leaf through your Christmas planner to the gift budget you created. Now scour your catalogs for ideas for the remainder of your gift-buying, while staying within the confines of your budgetary limits. If you’ve opted out of catalog mailings, then make a list of your favorite places to shop and begin to browse their websites.

My favorite guide for shopping for my family is the following poem*:

Something They Want,
Something They Need,
Something to Wear,
And Something to Read.

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Magic of Dandelions!

I have to say, that I have forgotten what it is like to be a child. Too many times I have had to be the grown up. I mean after all, I am only 1 month and 7 days away from turning 60! (Please, I don't even want to THINK about that!) I have had the privilege of having my 4 1/2 year old granddaughter this past week. She helped me remember the magic of childhood!

Isn't there something about when we see a dandelion seed flying thru the sky it means a fairy has been set free?

Is there any doubt looking at this face that God has placed magic in the seeded dandelion?

"For YOU, Grammy!"

Oh... and look... we even painted our nails this week. First time, I have painted mine anything but the "normal" reds and pinks. lol May just have to make this a regular thing to paint on the wild side for my grandchildren! :)

Ah, Lord, you have given us so many blessings and joys around us. Through the eyes of little ones, we see the beauty of the simplest thing! Help us to remember that! You are an awesome God!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sew Much Ado: Tutorial: Sleeved Toddler Bib

Sew Much Ado: Tutorial: Sleeved Toddler Bib: "If you're coming over from Inspire to Create at Sew Chic and Unique, welcome! I'm excited to be a part of such a fun event! I've literal..."

I love this bib!!! :) :)