Friday, July 31, 2015

The Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop

Happy Saturday and Welcome to... The Lazy Days of Summer Blog Hop.

Please start at the beginning of the hop with our Hostess, Robin Lane from Create-A-Latte. We would not want you to miss any of these wonderful projects. As summer is starting to wine down and kids are getting ready to head back to school, we thought we would share some summer projects with you. So, grab yourself a Latte', sit back and hop along with us as we share our projects with you. Now, for some candy.

This month we will be giving one lucky person one Becky Higgins Project Life Themed Kits, Summer . For your chance to win this amazing blog candy you must hop through each one of our talented crafters blogs, be sure to leave everyone a little blog lovin', and if you are not already a follower please become one to each of ladies so that you do not miss a single project that they make.

I decorated my mantel for the 4th of July and I wanted to share it with you.  I used toilet paper rolls to make the firecrackers on both sides of the picture. I designed and used my Silhouette to make the red and blue paper lanterns.

The red glass bottle was on clearance awhile back from Michael's. I bought it after Valentine's day a year ago and look, I get to use it again with blue and white flowers I bought for a Boy Scout's Blue and Gold celebration.

I have to brag  a little about the picture frame. My mother in law gave me an old wooden picture frame and said I could do as I like with it. I painted all the wooden areas using blue chalky paint and left the black painted as it was. I started going through my Fourth of July paper pads and found the page that I used in the frame. It even had the words, "America the Beautiful" on it. How cool is that!

Your next stop will be with...Angela

If you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project. And don't forget to leave everyone a little blog lovin' and become a follower for your chance to win some blog candy.
1. Robin -
2. Denise -
3. Melissa -
4. Theresa -
5. Kim -
6. Eva Scraps -
7. Sarah -
8. Jearise -
9. Angela -
10. Nana's Scrap Spot -
11. Sharon -
12. Jessica -
13. Lisa -
14. Tami -

 Thank you for hoping along with us today. I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chalk N Stock July Challenge

Hi from Texas.

Well it's time for the July challenge over at Chalk N Stock and I hope you can join us.

I made this birthday card for my youngest son's friend using a Bugaboo digital stamp and chalk to color the blue sky and green grass around the boy and his dog. I also used some chalk ink to ink the edges of the digital stamp.

Oh BTW, I was in an early 4th of July mood so my color scheme of red, white and blue was on purpose. :)

I have entered this card in the Card Mania July challenge - anything goes.

Thanks for coming by today and please join us this month at Chalk N Stock.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Blog Hop


We are so excited to bring you this fun blog hop featuring some Derby Themed projects. Especially to one of our Hosts... Rhonda, because this event takes place in her hometown!!

We hope you will enjoy your time as you hop and that you feel
inspired to create some Derby Fun!

The Kentucky Derby, which first ran in 1875, is best known for the Horses, Kentucky Bourbon and the beautiful Derby Hats that are worn and takes place every year, the first Saturday in MAY. It is a two week long event... Imagine Mardi Gras to New Orleans if you will! It all starts with a kick off... THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE, the biggest firework show in North America. In those two weeks there are many events that take place and many STARS visit and attend these events... a lot are fund raising events for some great charities. In addition to DERBY PARTIES folks here have at home!

I took the part about derby hats and ran with it. I used the cutting file "Leprechaun mini bowler hat box"from Snapdragon Snippets and turned it into my Run for the Roses Derby hat. As you can see this cute hat is also a box to store some yummy goodies in.

Thanks for stopping and looking and continue reading for a chance to win some goodies and to find the line up.

Now... if you'd like to be a LUCKY Winner of some goodies... please visit each designers blog and become a follower, leave a comment! Winner will be chosen and announced May 9th!

The complete line up is below and again THANKS for joining us!!!...


Flowers & More By Rhonda -

Tammy Smith -

Jearise Havenga - <--You are here...

Next to go to ...Tina Teasdale

Daisy Collins -

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Fining people who go out and feed the homeless is not the answer to ending homelessness. More and more cities are passing laws or cracking down on people and groups who take the effort and do what humans are suppose to do - take care of each other. The reasons that cities are so called "cracking down" is because they say that if you feed the homeless, you encourage them to stay homeless. 

Where all of a sudden has this come from? Some states/cities have adopted this idea that since the overall population of homelessness has been decreasing since 2007, that we (our nation) can do away with homelessness altogether. The reality is we can't until some other criteria is met: more drug rehab places, more VA hospitals and more help for those with disabilities. Most families that were displaced during the recession now have some type of housing due to groups like HUD and Habitat for Humanity but there are still a significant number of homeless people on the streets or in shelters any given night.

Cities should reach out to these people that go out and feed the homeless and use them to find out what the homeless need and how to meet those needs. Then we can start getting the rest of the homeless off the streets.  The majority that are still homeless are lost and need someone else to help them find their way. Saying NO to feeding them and gaining their friendship and trust is not the answer.  

We will never wipe out homelessness totally but we can bring the numbers way down if we embrace those that are willing to help the homeless instead of slapping them on the wrists.

Some Facts as of January 2014:

About 15 percent of the homeless population – 84,291 - are considered "chronically homeless” individuals (A person who has been on street at least a year or more, or has been homeless at least four times within three years and has a disability.) 

About 9 percent of homeless people- 49,933 - are veterans

As of January 2014, nearly a quarter of all homeless people were children under the age of 18.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Girl Scout Mystery Swap Pins

The Girl Scouts, my daughter included and me, are going camping this coming week and the Girl Scouts are famous for their "swap pins."

Last year I joined Girl Scouts and went on my first camp out. The girls have this fun ritual of making and exchanging pins. This is called a pin swap. The pins can either be about the theme for the campout or something they decide on. You make 12 or more of the pins in the style your troop decides on and then you take them with you and swap with other girls from other troops. It ends up being a lot of fun for all the girls.

This year our camp theme is MYSTERY so I went looking on line to see what I could find and I found a few mystery themed swap pins and decided to make this one. There is a kit you are suppose to be able to buy to make this but I couldn't find it on the site so I had to come up with my own.

Here is what you need.

I drew up and printed out the cards. They are 2 inches by 1.5 inches. I used cardstock and had the girls glue the green to the white so they would be extra strong. The yarn was cut about 5 inches long.

You'll need scissors to cut out the front and backs and glue to glue them together, some type of ink pad  and a small hole puncher if available.

Write your troop number on the back side of the card and use an ink pad to put your fingerprint on the side that says CLUES.

Glue the front and back together and use the small hole punch or something sharp to punch a hole through the upper right hand corner of the side that says CLUES. Push your yarn through like above.
Lay the magnifying glass on top of the fingerprint and start wrapping the yarn back and forth around the smallest part of the handle, about three or four times. 

Pull the yarn taut and tie in a double knot on the back side of the card.

Attach your safety pin through the hole in the top of the magnifying glass and you're done.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Just an Easter Card

I did it again. I made cards to send out for another holiday and then never got around to sending them out. That seems to be the story of my life. I thought I would go ahead and share them with you just the same. I guess sharing them here is like sending them out but without the stamped and addressed envelope and walk to and from the mailbox. Gee, I'm lazy. :)

This card doesn't open up. You write your message on the back. The bottom folds up when you cut it out and it's the grass at the bottom of the card. I wanted a card with my own touch but also easy to put together and still cute. I think this works but that's my humble opinion. 

Have a wonderful Monday! 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Lamb

I want to start by wishing everyone a blessed Easter! Amen. Amen. He has risen. Amen.

When I was a child I would see what were called "Lamb cakes" in magazines and I always wanted to make one. A few years back I stumbled across a lamb cake mold at Good Will and I decided that the time so four years later I dug the pan out of my cupboard Easter eve and set to work.

Before I go into my tale, let me enlighten you with some background surrounding this cake. The lamb cake is an eastern european tradition. The lamb is the official symbol of Easter for Poland due to Christ being called the Lamb of God. The lamb cake is a dessert which is called agnuszek or baranek wielkanocny in Polish.

Now on to my tale...I wanted my lamb cake to be as traditional as possible so I headed to You Tube to watch videos. I realized everyone makes it differently: one lady used store bought pound cake mixes, another used just a yellow cake recipe and the other said to just use a pound cake recipe.

I went to my dear friend Betty Crocker and asked her what to use and she had the recipe I needed - a pound cake. I have never made a pound cake before and couldn't believe how much butter and eggs you use in the recipe hence the name "pound cake" right?. I oiled and floured my lamb halves and started pouring. I realized after awhile that not all the batter was going to fit in one half the lamb and you're not suppose to put it in the other side so we got an extra small pound cake.

I figured since I was only using 2/3 of the batter that I should leave my cake in about 50 to 60 minutes instead of the 60 to 80 minutes. I took it out after about 70 minutes and inserted a toothpick in the steam release hole and the toothpick came out clean so I took off the top of the lamp. The body, which is denser, didn't look done so I inserted the toothpick in that part and it wasn't done so back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

I opened the oven after the timer went off and my cake was missing! That's when I realized I had placed the cake back into the wrong oven. I placed the cake back into the right oven and continued to bake it another 20 minutes. I figured this would be the failure part but to my pleasant surprise the cake came out and had finished baking through and through.

I was all proud of myself and so excited that I didn't follow You Tube directions of waiting five minutes before dumping the cake on a cooling rack. Since the cake was still hot, I basically decapitated my lamb.

The cake tastes yummy even if my lamb is in pieces so at least the recipe worked. I'll try it again - next year.

Have a wonderful Easter day.

Jearise :)