Friday, October 19, 2018

Danger Zone Blog Hop

Welcome to the Danger Zone Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by the creepy, scary creatures of Halloween!

Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this "danger" filled hop! You should have arrived from Cindy's blog but if not please start at the beginning.

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday at 10 p.m. to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have an awesome sponsor for this hop!!
Miss Kate Cuttables
One lucky winner is going to win their choice of 3 files!!
What do you need to do to win? Easy... become a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 p.m. Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 10/24/18 at Connie Can Crop.

Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

I love, love, love Halloween so I had a blast getting ready for this hop.

Zombie treat boxes

I'll start out with my "zombie" themed creations. I used my Cricut cutter and some of the Halloween cartridges to make these zombie boxes.  I used the Happy Hauntings cartridge for the tombstone box, the 3 Birds - Life's a Party for the R.I.P. tombstone and the Pumpkin Carving cartridge for the Zombie hand.

I layered the tombstone and hand on top of the box, grouped them and sized them to 11.50 inches. I used some dark red ink to give a bloody look to the hands and I sprayed the hand, tombstone and grass with Tattered Angels glimmer mist to add a little sparkle. 

Thank you for stopping by here today and now be sure to head over to Sue's blog

Here's our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Join Us...

Our next blog hop is on October 20th and you're invited to join us and see what scary things we have up our sleeves.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Winner of Generations of Love Blog Hop

I used to help with the winning number and it picked number 5 - Miranda from Crafting with Miranda. Congratulations Miranda.

I want to take this time to thank you those who joined our hop and those who took the time to hop through an leave comments. Without all of you, there wouldn't be a hop.

Until next month...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Generations of Love Blog Hop

This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by our family tree and our Grandparents in honor of National Grandparents Day.

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9th.

This is a weekend hop, but you have until Monday at midnight to finish hopping.

Lorby's World is the blog to start at and she is offering a special prize to one lucky person. All you have to do is hop through all the participants in the blog hop and leave a comment on each of the their blogs. Lorby's World will pick a winner to be announced on Wednesday, September 12th.

Here's a peak at what you could win just for hopping and commenting on each blog.

Now on with the hop and celebrating all things family.

This picture of my father and son was taken back in 2007. My son, who was 8 at the time, wanted to take a picture of his Papa and himself with his Papa's Polaroid Camera to give to us. This was a selfie before anyone knew what a selfie was.

It's wonderful to have this picture along with my son's handwriting. My son is 19 now and my father passed away a year after this picture was taken.

Products for project:

Paper from the DCWV called "The French Country Stack"
I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and the flowers.
Letters from the cartridge: Batman
Flowers from the cartridge: Simply Charmed

Thank you for joining us today and please continue on to KIM.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Kitchen cuteness, sewing, straight stitches

If you're a beginner seamstress, the best way to work on those straight lines is to spruce up your kitchen. Things as aprons, mugrugs, and napkins work with a straight stitch so you can practice and make something adorable for your kitchen all at the same time. put together 9 different things to sew for your kitchen and this game me the idea of working on straight line sewing. 

I love to make potholders but they were a bugger at first because of the rounded corners and I couldn't even sew a straight straight stitch. I thought of this as I put this post together so I went and found some potholders that work with the square corner.

Radiant Home Studio has a simple square pot holder with a pocket. I like that idea. You get to work with bias tape when making this potholder but it is a square shape so no rounded corners.

If you're still not for sure about using binding, I found this simplest of simple potholders on Renee L Carr blog - NO binding. You can opt in or out for the hook too. 

Join my Facebook Group, Lorby's World, where I add weekly tutorials I find while surfing the web. 

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. It's been a few years since I made it so I don't know the link where I got it from. Sorry.

The flowers aren't made of paper and came from the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree is my go to place for inspiration and to fill in areas when I'm in a hurry.

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.

This other table mat (sounds better than table runner due to it's size) I used on my kitchen table. 

I took a rectangle and then cut about three inches across off of each corner. No patter required.

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

I made corned beef for a crowd. 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 had 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'', 250 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

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:

Here is a whole list of St. Patrick’s Day activities from yummy food to free printables.

You can print these cute little Leprechauns to make fun straw rockets. Have your children see how far their Leprechaun will sail!