Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday Cyber monday sale!!


Take this oppotunity to get the best deal in my shops available!!
For Friday Nov.28th through Cyber Monday Dec. 1st recieve 40% off!!
check out both shops:
http://zappyturtle.etsy.com for recycled treasures
http://organizethat.etsy.com for organization needs

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etsy :: CritterHabitat :: Friends Forever amigurumi Squirrrels

Etsy :: CritterHabitat :: Friends Forever amigurumi Squirrrels

The team challagne winner!!
WE had a team contest to come up with an item that fits the Theme Fall into Friendship.
She also has a second shop at hildeguardslair.etsy.com that sells chainmaille products. She is a wounderful seller and Friend. Congratulations!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

What I've been doing!





Well I've been talking about this display to my friends. I actually took pictures of this display so I thought I would share. The reverse of these was used for the summer display, they were waves. Now the waves on this side have been turned into Elves! I used spary paint for a majority of it, then painted the details in acrylic. It tooke me a few days but I got them done!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I did it! I made a sock Monkey


I just love Carol Duvall, I've always seen her sock monkey but never tried to make one. Well a Friend posted a link to a site that shoed how to do it. I have two kids who'd love them so I decided to try! It was easy. I used a knee high sock so his legs are really long.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Butternut Squash Casserole

Butternut Squash casserole
3 Cups Butternut squash, mashed
1/2 Cup Butter
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1/2 Cup Raisins, optional (I don't use)
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Nuts, chopped (I use pecans)
1/2 Cup Butter
1/3 Cup Flour
Directions:
Mix together the butternut squash, 1/2 cup butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and raisins and pour into a buttered casserole dish. Mix the brown sugar, nuts, butter, and flour in a seperate bowwl with a fork. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the squash and bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Or untill nice and golden brown on top

Okay just in case you've never baked a butternut squash here's how;
Peel the skin off the with a peeler. This takes a little time. Slice off each end. Cut in half. Scoop out pulp and seeds, this is similar to a pumpkin. Then chop ino cubes. Place in a pan and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 350* until tender about 30-45 mins.This is my way of baking sqash, and the butternut squash is great just like that as well with a little pepper.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Some of my troll friends

 

This is some of my trolls. This is what I spent my hard earn babysitting money on when i was a young teen=)
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

A great Little Givaway

Little Window shop is having a great contest! They are giving away a Mrs. Goodbee Dollhouse to a lucky winner and also donating one to Children’s Hospital. This is a great opportunity! They are also looking to get e-signatures to add to the card. Stop by http://littlewindowshoppe.com/help-giveback-and-enter-to-win-a-mrs-goodbee-dollhouse#comment-5651 to enter and get all the information!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

What is it?

 

Many don't know but I love taking photographs! If it's not of my kids, it's of Nature. I was scrolling through some pictures and thought it'd be fun to let people guess what this is. So lets see who gets it right=)

Please DO NOT use my photo without my permission.
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Thank You

 

This is a post for all those who helped make the Fall Festival A sucess!! I don't have the final numbers yet but I hope to soon!!
Thank you all
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What I've done

 
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Well I created some new items today, 30 to be exact!

Here is my project board. As I create my items they get hung on this board. After I'm finish creating then i creat the earring cards. As each pair is put on an earring card then they are re-hung on this board ready for thier pictures to be taken.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I got my stuff For the Fall Festival DONE!





I finally got these done for the cooking basket for my son's class. Now I can just make other things if I like. I made a matching Apron and Chef hat for an adult and child.

Here is the Pokemon Jacket!

 
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Well I forgot to post this earlier but this is the jacket I made for my son for bookcharacter day. THis is a Pokemon trainer jacket. Don't laugh but the pattern started out as a paper bag jacket, like we did in school for Thanksgiving! I adjusted it and freely cut the collar and sleeves. I am only dissappointed in the zipper but for doing this in just a few days I think it turned out wonderful! He loves it and that is what matters the most.

Monday, September 22, 2008

IT's Fall!! I'm celebrating with a Sale!

It's Fall, My favorite season of the year. I just love the colors and the cool air. My family always makes a trip to the apple houses and pumpkin patch this time of the year. As a celebration that Fall is finally here I'm haveing a sale!!

This week only Sept 22 - 27 All items in my shop is buy two get one of equal or lesser value for free!! All you have to do is buy your two items and then list in notes to seller the item you want free. No waiting for revised invoices and THe item is totally free you don't even pay shipping on it.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Final cake for the party

 

Well I have to say it didn't turn out just like my picture I drew. I planned on having round towers on each of the four corners. I made them out of rice crispy treats, and they fell apart =( I've learned over the years sometimes things don't work out as planned. So I modified it a bit and this is the result. I just hope the kids love it.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Advertisment Opportunity

My children’s school has a Fall Festival every year to raise money for the school. I am in charge of collecting donations for this year’s Fall Festival. We are looking for donations of prizes to be awarded at bingo. This was the most popular game last year among adults and children. Some of the prizes from last year included gift certificates from retail shops and restaurants, salon gift set, jewelry, tools and luggage. This year we hope to make it an even bigger event. All prizes were put into gift bags with the business card attached to the front from the business that donated the item. Also all businesses were listed on several posters that surrounded the stage of our basket auction. Also businesses will be recognized throughout the festival. This festival draws family and friends of the students as well as members of the local communities. The date of this years festival is October 17th.

In addition to the bingo game we also will have a basket auction. These baskets all have a different theme and you may wish to donate for that. Some themes for this year include:
Movies
Spa
Cooking
Barbie
Hot Wheels
Baby
Chocolate
Dog
Girls Sleepover
I love to Read
Office
Coffee
UGA (University of Ga)
Game Night
High School Musical
Hannah Montana
And more to come.

Anyone donating will receive a letter from the school with their letterhead that can be used for tax purposes. (Please check with your accountant to make sure this is appropriate for your state.)

Thanks, if you have any questions please feel free to convo me.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

THe winner!!



The winner of the First contest is STEPH!!!! from http://socalledmommy.etsy.com

All other participants if you wish to purchase something from my shop I will give you a discount. Please convo me for detail. Thanks to all who participated in my first blog give-a-way!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Applebutter Bread- Recipe

It's almost fall time and we are getting apples from our neighbor's tree. This is so good! I've also made it using pumpkinbutter instead of applebutter. I'd like to thank WaHa for this wonderful recipe!!

Applebutter Bread
Makes 1 loaf

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons soda
2 cups flour
1 cup apple butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon all spice
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup pecans

Directions:
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and beat well. Combine buttermilk and soda. Combine flour and spices. Add alternately with buttermilk beginning and ending with flour. Stir in apple butter and pecans. Pour into greased and floured 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 mins; remove to wire rack and cool completely.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Wanna Win??


http://zappyturtle.etsy.com
THis is my first give-a-way on my blog!
To qualify just comment on your favorite item in my shop! That's it, then you are entered into a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate to my shop! The contest will end on August 23rd. THe Winner will be posted on August 25. Please leave a way to contact you.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

MMMmmmmmmmmmmm......Blueberries

I share recipes with bakers all over the world and here is a few from the Baker Chicks


Blueberry Buckle

3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c veg. shortening
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
2 c. fresh or dry pack frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained

1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. soft margarine or butter

Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and milk until well blended. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg & cloves. Fold in blueberries. Spread batter in a greased 9" square pan. Combine last 4 ingredients & mix until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter. Bake at 375 for 45-50 min. or until top springs back when lightly touched. Serve warm, cut into squares.

blueberry cream pie

9" pie shell, baked and cooled

1/4 c. cold water
5 Tblsp. all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
4 c. fresh or dry pack frozen blueberries, rinsed and drained
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. water

Make a smooth paste of the cold water, flour and salt. Boil 1 cup of the blueberries w/sugar and 1/2 c. water. Add the flour paste and stir until it thickens. Remove from stove and cool. When cool, fold in the remaining blueberries and pour into pie shell. Refrigerate. When cold, top with sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.

Blueberry Banana Bread

2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter
5 medium bananas : mashed
4 eggs
4 cups of all purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in eggs; add bananas, then 2 cups of flour. Measure 2 cups more reserving 2 tablespoons to coat blueberries. Place remaining flour in sifter with other dry ingredients. Sift and fold into the banana mixture. Sprinkle 2 tbs. flour over the blueberries and coat well; then fold into batter. Divide the batter in to prepared loaf pans. Bake for approximately 50 minutes.

Blueberry-Pineapple Cream Cheese Salad

Salad:
1 (6 oz.) pkg. raspberry-flavored gelatin
2 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups blueberries
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained

Topping:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (8 oz.) container dairy sour cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Stir gelatin into boiling water until dissolved; stir in cold water.
Stir in blueberries and pineapple.
Pour into a 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish.
Chill until firmly set ( about 3 hours ).

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla
until smooth; spread evenly over set gelatin.
Sprinkle chopped pecans on top.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.
Makes 12 servings.

Friday, August 8, 2008

SHHH....! This is top Secret for my Blog readers.....

A contest is coming soon! Be sure to check back Tuesday Aug 12th for the anouncement!

Recycled Booty Bags- Trashion

What can ugly pants become?


Great Looking Bags!!

This artist gives unwanted pants a new life! The great bags can be used for a tote, reusable grocery bag, or even a book bag. She also has other wonderful items in her shop check her out! http://recycledbootybags.etsy.com

A bit from her profile:“I am a thrift store fiend. While shopping one day I found a really loud pair of pants. I thought why would anyone ever buy them-they were neon orange. Being a bit silly I felt bad for them cause they would never find a home. Kinda like the Humane Society meets the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. It was there that the inspiration hit me for my bags. I bought the homeless neon orange pants. I experimented with them and created my first booty bag. The rest is history. Now I regularly "adopt the unadoptable" of the horrible pants world.
Bad pants = COOL BAGS!”

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm terrible

Well here today is Trashion THursday and I forgot. However I hope to feature a Trashion artist tomorrow. Today my kids started back to school and I finally got that mountain of paperwork filled out!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

1.5 pounds ground beef
2 cups diced onions
1 (15- ounce ) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles
2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles
1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
Corn chips, for serving
Sour cream, Grated cheese, Chopped green onions, Pickled jalapenos, for garnish
Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours. To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and jalapenos.

I changed some ingredients original recipe can be found:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/paula_deen/0,1974,FOOD_11023,00.html

Monday, August 4, 2008

Treasury

WEll I finally got a treasury!
I made one for Trashion!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=20919

Come give it some love!!

A Great Idea- Recycled Tags


I needed some tags for some promos I was working on for a show. I wanted something recycled and sturdy. So I decided to try paper grocery bags. I cut the bag into sheets that were approximatly 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" and would fit into my printer. I created my tags in a program and printed out onto the bag sheets and they turned out great! Count on a few extras just in case. Be sure to turn any print on the bag away from the printing side.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Specialsuds- Feature Friday

So far Feature Friday has been a shop that I have made a recent purchase from and this week is no exception.



Tina and her three boys run this wonderful shop. I first found this shop in the promo thread. She was offering the cupcake samples. I bought a Lavander Vanilla and absolutely love it. They also make larger bars and Tubby paint! This is a great set of tubby paints and a paint brush for your kids to use in the tub. Come by and check out the shop, don’t see a scent you want? She is very Convo friendly!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13504818

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Trashion Thursday- Multi Artists Feature

I got such a reaction from my thread that I decided to feature more than one artist today. These are Trashion artist who turn trash into real Treasures. These are just a few of the Recycled Treasures I have found.


Jenellsrevenge
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5294054


Jen takes old plain purses and gives them new life. With some paint she turns plain old purses into a work of art. Stop by and see these and other wonderful creations she has in her shop.

IMOTIME-This Guy knows the Time
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=90650


Nothing is safe around this shop owner, he turns almost anything into a clock. If you want a unique clock for your home or office then this is the shop for you. Eric uses discarded items and makes them useful again. Come by and buy a few clocks they make wonderful gifts and every room can use a clock.

Lostandfoundobject2
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5179039


What do bike tires, soda cans, game pieces and forks all have in common? They are all made into jewelry. This shop owner makes jewelry out of whatever she finds. It playful and a conversation starter.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

15 Reasons Mr.Rogers was the best Neighbor ever

This article was sent to me in an e-mail and I felt Like I should share it with all.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/wayoflife/07/28/mf.mrrogers.neighbor/index.html

Recipe: BBQ Taters- Just in time for the Trade Game tomorrow

This is for all U tradeaholics who just love the Trade game. On WEd. I look forward to playing but the first game is at 5pm the time I start Dinner, so I make sure I've got a delicious dinner going in my crockpot so when I'm done, dinner's done:)

This week it's BBQ Taters with Homemade BBQ sauce, this sauce is so easy you'll never buy bottled again. I make the sauce the day before while making dinner for that night.
What is a BBQ tater? It's a bake potato topped with great BBQ....it's so delicious! I had these at a fair last year and fell in love with them.

Homemade BBQ sauce:
2- 15oz cans tomato sauce
1 1/2 tea. Garlic Powder
1 1/2 tea. Onion Powder
2 T. Liquid Smoke
1/2 tea. salt
1/2 c Brown sugar
2 1/2 T. Vinegar(I use white)
1/2 tea. Mustard powder
1 tea. honey

Pour tomato sauce into pot. Whisk in each ingredient one at a time or you'll get lumps. Put on med.-high heat and bring to a low boil. Stir constantly. After it comes to a boil remove from heat and cool. This allow the flavors to come together. Put into a sealed container unless using right away.

Meat:
Okay differnt people love differnt meats for bbq so use what you like; chicken, pork or beef. You can cook all three in a crockpot using the same method.

Add meat to crockpot, I add a little garlic and onion to my meat, then just cover meat with water. If you are going to let this cook all day do it on low. When you get home or after meat is done, drain broth. Save broth for another use. Debone meat if you need to. Add bbq sauce and allow to cook 1 hour longer on high. If you need faster than an hour after adding BBQ sauce then cook in pot on stove top. You will need to stir this alot so it doesn't stick. You want the sauce to thicken up a little on the meat.

Potatoes:
I bake my potatoes wrapped in foil for 2 hours. If you don't have this kind of time you can microwave your potatoes for 5-10 mins. Don't forget to pierce potatoes when putting them in the microwave or they can explode and make a potato mess all over the microwave. Then you can bake the potatoes for 45 mins to give them that baked flavor. If you are in a really big hurry just microwave them til done. That takes about 10 mins for small and med potatoes and 15 for large ones. Test by pushing a fork into them. If it's really easy thier done, if not then cook longer.

When everything is ready; Place potato on plate and open up. Top with a little dab of butter, let melt. Top with BBQ and then what ever else you like; Cheese, Jalepenos, Sour Cream, More BBQ sauce, onions, or tomatoes.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sale for the week- Seed Catchers or seed skirts

If you love sales then be sure to sign up for my new posts as I will mention all sales here first.







Seed catchers are 1/2 off this week- ends Aug. 2 Please note P27 in notes to seller.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New things coming!





There are new things coming to my shop next week. I've been working hard on new earrings and more. Check out my store for more to come!

Who doesn't love louffa?




Even the ants and bees love louffa
There are more little louffas appearing and the others are getting even bigger. I honestly expected it to have more by this time but I'm hopeful that more will appear.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Supanerdstef- Feature Friday

Supanerdstef



Wanted to share with you Supa Designs a great little shop that sells bows. This stay at home mom makes really great bows on alligator clips. I got some really cute clips from this shop for a gift for my nieces. They came nicely packaged and shipped fast.

She has so many wonderful ones to choose from it’s hard to make up your mind. She has crafted Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Butterflies, apples, flowers, ladybugs and caterpillars all out of ribbon and made into bows.

Visit her shop and find something for the princess in your life!






http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=82598

Thursday, July 24, 2008

What can you do with a bunch of old magazines?-Trashion Thursday



What can you do with a bunch of old National Geographic magazines?
Celtic Knot turns them into lucky stars!


These cute lucky stars are origami stars made from old National Geographic magazines. Some are made from pictures of water, skies, and lady bugs. You can use these as decorations or use them to make fun jewelry. You get a lot of little stars so you have plenty to do several projects.



Celtic Knot is attending college to become an English teacher. Besides having great grammar she also makes jewelry, wine charms, bookmarks and recycled lucky stars.
Check out her shop on Etsy!