Monday, March 19, 2018

St. Patty's Decorating

I know I'm behind on this post since St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, but I look at it as being early for next year. 

I am loving sewing and paper crafting and meshing the two crafts to decorate. I'll start by showing my mantel and the paper crafts I made to decorate it.

The rainbow box, beer mug and clovers are from cutting files from SVG cuts. I used my Cricut cutting machine and my Silhoutte Cameo to make them.

The saying was printed off using my Canon color printer and then I glued it to a 12 x 12 inch piece of scrap book paper that I liked. I cut it down to look like I had framed the saying. 

The flowers aren't made of paper and came from the Dollar Tree. I bet if you hurry along, you'll be able to grab some at 50% off and have them on hand for next year.

Now on to my tables and table runners. 

I made a reversible table runner for my coffee table. I decided to do the simple table runner method and try batting. It worked out for the most part but is a little bulky where I sewed across the end points.

The machine embroidery saying I got from.

This other table mat (sounds better than table runner due to it's size) I used on my kitchen table. I got the St. Patrick's day machine embroidery design from

Now on to the food part of the day...

I made corned beef for a crowd as you can see below. I racked my brain on how to make three (yes, three) corned beefs weighing around 5 pounds each. My husband said use the roasting pan that I had bought at least six years ago and have never used. Great idea if you do it right.

I have lost the manual to the pan and thought I remembered how to use one. I was wrong. I put the meat in the pan, three beers and the rest was water. I picked up the over 15 pound pan and put it in the roaster and set it to high to heat up. I smelled something burning underneath so I grabbed and tugged and got the pan out of the roaster. I called to my husband in the bathroom and asked if I was suppose to have water in the bottom pan. He yelled back, "Yes." 

You know where this going, right? I put water in but wasn't for sure what were the fill lines. I thought the little marks halfway up the roasting pan were the marks even though that seemed like a lot of water. I filled it anyway, grabbed, tugged and lifted the over 15 pound top pan and let it drop in the bottom pan. Well have you ever seen a 6'2'', 300 pound man do a cannon ball in a pool? That's the way this looked. Water went flying everywhere! 

I yelled for my husband to get out here immediately. His break was over. As he entered the kitchen, there was water all over the counter and floor and under the stress mat. Lesson learned on those soft kitchen stress mats and water under them - it makes them float. I stepped on the darn thing and it hydroplaned across the floor and if it hadn't been for me grabbing the counter, I would have been on my butt.

My husband found the roaster manual on line, downloaded and we found out NO water in the very bottom pan. We cleaned up the mess and continued on our journey of cooking corned beef.

Here is the way I made it and it was the best corned beef I have ever made. It was tender and tasty.

*Wash the corned beef when you take it out of the package
*Place in roaster and spread seasoning packet on top
      **You'll need 1 stout beer per corned beef
*Cover corned beef with water and 1 beer trying to not wash off seasonings (I poured my beer and water on the side of the corned beef)
*Put cover on roasting pan and set on high
*When water is hot in pan, turn the temperature to 350 degrees 
*Let cook with cover on for three hours
*Check the tenderness of the meat by using a fork to break some off and try
      **If meat is still a little tough for your liking, continue cooking with cover on for another 30                    minutes at 350 degrees
*Remove meat from roaster when it's finished and wrap in tin foil and place to the side
*Add carrots, potatoes, onions and cabbage to the roaster in the beer/water from the corned beef and    cook until carrots and potatoes are tender - 30 to 45 minutes. Use a fork to stab potatoes and carrots    to check for tenderness. Our potatoes were done before the carrots.

Serve to your guests and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day and trapping Leprechauns


My daughter and I were talking about St. Patrick’s Day which is on Saturday, March 17th. We started reminiscing about when we use to live in Tucson, AZ and head downtown every year to their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and then close friends of ours, who are very Irish, would host a big St. Patty’s Day party in the evening.
Needless to say, we always decorated the house and the kids did crafts to help with the decorating. As my daughter and I were talking, she said the best thing we ever made was Leprechaun traps. These fun traps can be made out of many things from cereal boxes to shoe boxes and are great for letting children’s imaginations run wild. They also can make math and science more tangible when the children are figuring out which type of trap will work best.
Here are pictures of the Leprechaun houses we made way back in 2011.



The story behind Leprechaun traps is that children must believe Leprechauns are real to catch them. You design and make your trap and put something gold in it to get the Leprechaun's attention. Leprechauns love all things gold! When the Leprechaun comes to steal the gold, he gets trapped.  Parents get to play the Leprechaun, like the Tooth Fairy, and snatch the gold in the trap and leave a Leprechaun surprise for the children to find in the morning. Leprechauns are tricky fellows and always figure out how to get out of the trap with their reward before the children awaken. 😊

Here are some links to ideas of Leprechaun houses that you can share with your children.

This is a slide show of different Leprechaun houses to start the creative juices flowing.

Do you have a child that has the Martha Stewart creative bug? If so, here is a link to a trap from Marthastewart.com.

Some other fun St. Patrick’s Day activities I found on line.

This is a STEAM activity where your children make a Celtic knot design. The description and link to the printable curves is here: https://jdaniel4smom.com/2018/02/steam-activity-irish-designs-with-celtic-knots.html

Here is a whole list of St. Patrick’s Day activities from yummy food to free printables. https://www.momsandmunchkins.ca/st-patricks-day-activities/

You can print these cute little Leprechauns to make fun straw rockets. Have your children see how far their Leprechaun will sail! https://jdaniel4smom.com/2018/02/straw-rockets-with-leaping-leprechaun-pictures.html

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bridal Luncheon and Dreaming Tree

What a wonderful weekend it was! This past weekend my beautiful niece got married in one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been too.
They decided to hold the wedding outside of Dallas, Texas which meant most of the family either drove or flew in. I live in Austin so I drove the distance to enjoy the beautiful ceremony. I decided because of the situation with everyone coming in for the wedding, including the bride, I would host a bridal luncheon for the bride and bride's maids. The bride's mom was co-hostess but she was flying in late Thursday night so I said I would handle it. I love putting together parties as much as I love crafting and sewing.
The restaurant I chose for the luncheon is called Le Hacienda Rance in Colleyville, TX. There is a fun story I have to share about this restaurant. The owner was the inventor of the original frozen margarita machine and his first machine is in the Smithsonian Institute of History.  Needless to say, I had to have a frozen margarita to celebrate that bit of history.
I made decorations for the luncheon using cutting files from Dreaming Tree and my Cricut Explore Air. Thanks to the vases from the ABC Flowers SVG Bundle and the rose from the Cupid Crush SVG Bundle, I had beautiful centerpieces that went with her wedding colors of blue and grey.

It helps to watch the construction videos that Dreaming Tree makes. I ruined my first flower and was up all night putting these vases and flowers together. I wish I had taken a picture of that first rose to show you how bad it was. Once I watched the video, I knew exactly how to put the rose together and make it look beautiful.
The mother of the bride has a wonderful gift for making garlands using origami to make dresses and suits. She made a very special garland for her daughter and son-in-law.
Now that the wedding has come and gone, I am moving on to my Saint Patrick decorations. I hope to have my mantel decked out in green before the weekend has ended.

See ya soon. :)

Friday, October 20, 2017

October Hop - Waterfall Cards

Welcome to the

Welcome to A Year of Card Techniques Blog Hop where each month we feature a different card technique. We’ve assembled a team of card makers who range from new to advanced, so you’ll see a great variety of cards and ideas.
There’s just something about interactive cards!  And Waterfall Cards are among the best interactive card techniques.  They look intricate, though, so we’ll let you in on any hints we uncover along the way.   Hopefully, we’ll inspire you to try one for yourself.
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We really appreciate feedback, so please leave a comment on each of the blogs in the hop today.  The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 29, 2017, on A Piece of (my) Heart’s blog, so be sure to check her blog on Sunday.  If you would prefer to be notified if you win, please leave your email address in the comments and someone will contact you.  The winner will have until November 16, 2017, to claim their prize.
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I love making these cards and use to make them all the time. Once you figure out the measurements, they're not that hard. I have a friend visiting and I even put her to work making one. We plan on giving these to the local VA hospital during the holiday season.

We had videos to look at to make these or jog our memories in my case. I found the videos were hard for me to follow. I needed written directions which I found on Splitcoast Stampers and have included the link here: Waterfall Card Directions



These are the three I made.


This is the one my friend made.



This last one is special because it was made for me a few years ago by a good friend and her children. I love the torn tree shape. It shows how creative you can get with these and her children did most of the work on it.

Here is a quick (and I mean quick) video to show you what is on each panel of the cards we made. The last card in the video with animals, I used colored pencils to color the animals.


Now you’re off to visit with Lisa.. Hope you had fun and thanks for stopping by. See you next month with another technique!
Jearise AKA Lorby :)
Here’s the full line-up in case you get lost:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Chalk N Stock October Challenge

Good day, dear friends. Today begins another challenge at Chalk N Stock where anything goes all month/every month. We were a chalk use challenge group but not everyone uses chalk in their paper crafting so we are an anything goes group now, but loved our name so much that we have decided to keep it. Spread the word and let all your paper crafting friends know that we would love to see their creations!

For our October challenge, I used a beautiful window pane digital stamp from Bugaboo Stamps. They have beautiful stamps as well as cute, funny and cuddly. Check them out!


I used colored pencils to color the blue background, ladybugs and flower. The leaves are colored with alcohol markers in shades of green. This is a big square card that measures 6 inches by 6 inches. I'll have to make a custom envelope for it when it's time to go in the mail.

Enjoy your fall and all the beautiful shades of red, yellow, orange and brown.  Hmm, now I think I want to go make a Halloween card. Check back later this week and see if I did.

Happy days, Jearise AKA Lorby living a crafting world.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chalk N Stock September Challenge

Boy, have I got some great news to share today in regards to the Chalk N Stock monthly challenge.

Drum roll please... Chalk N Stock is now a ANYTHING GOES challenge and DON'T have to have chalk on your project to enter. That's right, anything you can create with or without chalk can be entered into the challenge.

The challenge date has been changed also and now the challenges will start on the 15th of each month and end on the 14th of the following month.

One last thing, we have new design team members who are excited to be on the team and show you what they have created in the hopes of inspiring you!

I have to show you our new design team button.

It took me some time to find a picture of myself to share but I eventually did. I'm usually the one behind the camera and not in front of it.

Now for my card, which still has a touch of chalk ink because I love using it to edge my cards.

I made this card for a dear friend whose birthday we were celebrating. I used pencils to color the digital file and the yellow around the saying "birthday girl" is chalk ink. I have found the washy tape is fun to use but I have to use to layers on cards with dark backgrounds like I did on this card.

Here is the inside of the card and the rest of the saying.
I couldn't figure out why I had a dark dot on all my photos and then realized I have a piece of fuzz on the inside of my camera lens. I hate when that happens. LOL

Now it's your turn to get creative and show us what you got at Chalk N Stock monthly challenge!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Trying this out

I've been playing with my background and found this groovy design that seems to fit my heading perfectly. Do you agree?