Sunday, December 29, 2013

Making it my own...

   Ah, the smell of an old book. I just can't get enough of book page wreathes! They make a space or door pop with personality and you're up-cycling to boot!
    I made 2 book page wreathes this Christmas that were given as gifts. As I neared their completion, I felt this urge to make them truly unique.  It seemed that center needed something special, so I sketched a small bird on a branch. After I did that, I scanned my sketch into the computer and viola! I now had an image that I could use to add that special touch to my book page wreathes. 
   These wreathes turned out fabulous! Just look for yourself....

If you love this wreath and want to have a fabulous looking front door, 
you can purchase this wreath in my online ESTY shop! 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

More Book Page Wreathes

My sisters and I got together over Thanksgiving break and made 
Christmas book page wreathes! We had a wonderful time eating, visiting, 
and crafting.The inspiration for these wreathes came from the link below.

Christmas Decorating Christmas Wreath Old Book Pages

It takes about 4-5 hours to make one book page wreath, 
but I think it is time well spent!
We also ate pesto pizza and wedge salads. 
Yummy! Dunmore enjoyed the crust! I got a photo
 of the salad, but forgot the pizza. Darn!
For this wreath, we made lots and lots of cones 
from the pages of old books. We also did lots of
 measuring, stapling, gluing, and laughing! In the 
photo above you can see our cones. My sister's 
book was quite a bit older than mine, so her pages 
are a lot darker. Her cones were also a lot more
 fragile. Keep that in mind if you end up trying
 to make one of these. Anyway, I love both looks. 
Book page wreathes bring a certain character
 to your home that other wreathes don't have.
 Plus you are up-cycling something old.
In the background you can see the one that I 
made several years ago. It still looks great! 
AND would you look at how cute Lord Dunmore is! 
I sure do love that dog!
Happy crafting dear friends! 


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Oh Dear!!! Sweet 16 and 20 (no longer a teenager)!

It has been several weeks since we celebrated two of my kiddos birthdays. My daughter turned a sweet 16 and my oldest is no longer a teen. Talk about a sad momma!
Good thing birthdays lead to baking which makes me very happy. For both birthday cakes I opted to bake semi-homemade cakes. All in the name of saving time and energy. These days being a wife and mom while juggling a full time job when you have a chronic disease is the pits! Talk about being tired all the time! So semi-homemade is the way to go.
My sweet 16 girl requested a yummy chocolate cake and my now 20 year requested a red velvet cake. I used Ducan Hines Super Moist cake mixes. They baked up very moist!
These are the recipes that I used for the icing on my daughter's chocolate 2-layer cake and the icing that I used on my son's 2-layer red velvet cake.
Butter Cream Icing
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, room temperature (use vegetable shortening when pure white icing is needed)
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla or other desired flavoring
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
Combine all the ingredients in large mixing bowl and mix at slow speed until smooth. If stiffer icing is needed, or if the weather is very warm, add a little extra sugar. This recipe is enough to cover and fill a 9 by 13-inch sheet cake or 2 (9-inch) layers.

Cream Cheese Butter Cream Icing

1(8oz) package of cream cheese-room temp.
1 stick of unsalted butter-room temp.
1 lbs. of powered sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl until smooth.

These cakes turned out so good. I even had a lady tell me that everything looked beautiful. She then asked if I had bought my daughter's cake that morning from the local bakery or the day before because they were closed when she had gone earlier  to get cupcakes. I said, "No, ma'am. I baked this cake myself."

Here's to celebrating birthday's and eating CAKE!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Weekend Breakfast

   I love weekends. It is a time to unwind, enjoy family, and do a little cooking! Weekends mean I can gradually wake up, mosey into the kitchen, and fix a nice steaming cup of hot tea. Lord Dunmore also makes his way to his favorite spot. He lays on the rug that is between the kitchen and dining area. He likes to be able to see all activities. Especially cooking! 
   Last weekend end I made my version of an omelette. It doesn't look that pretty, but it was melt in your mouth good! 
Josie's Omelette
Beat 4 eggs with just a splash of milk in a bowl and then set it aside. 
Next, in a skillet, saute diced onions and green peppers with a little bit of butter. Once the onions are transparent and the green peppers are soft, add grape or cherry tomatoes that have been halved. Pour the egg mixture in the skillet. Let the egg cook a slightly before using a spatula to gently move it around like you do when you make scrambled eggs. Once your omelette is cooked sprinkle the top with a generous helping of shredded cheese. Cover the skillet with a lid so that the cheese gets really melty! 

Here are pictures of my omelette! Yummy and perfect with a cup of hot tea!


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

3 Ribbons for Our Family!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!

This past weekend was the Ironton Artist Association Art Show. Our family brought home 3 ribbons! My dad received a blue ribbon for the oil painting division and also received the "Best of Show" award. My son received 2nd in his division and I received 3rd in the drawing division.

Happy Painting

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Craft Paint Cans

Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted! I have been very busy with a full class of students at school and of course that takes every bit of my time! I don't even have time hardly for the most important part of my life and that's my family. I usually get to work at 7am and leave around 5 or 6pm, only to take a bunch of stuff home to work on!
That's enough about that though! I want to share with you a project that I completed this past August. A lady whose daughter was getting married asked me if I could paint some lids to several craft paint cans that she bought. The paint cans served as substitute gift bags for the bridesmaids. I thought that was pretty cool! She bought cute little draw string bags to put girly type gifts in and then put them down in the craft cans. The craft cans are clear so the fabric on the bags shows. I decided to paint the lids to match the fabric and to also include each girl's name on the lid. I have to say they turned out very CUTE!

HAHAHAHAHA!!! I see my toe in this picture!

Happy Painting!

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Just back from a fabulous vacation in Seattle! We visited the SAM and Chihuly! Any thing art I love. Well for the most part anyway! These are some of my favorite things that I saw. Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

2013 Picasso Kids Art Show by TIPA

We've made through another recital year and this marks our 2nd year to have an art show! It turned out really well. All of my students are are great little artists! Each student chose 5-8 pieces of art from this school year to display.

Have a great summer!!!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Art in the Park 2013

 Despite a little rain, my family and I had a fun time browsing through art today during the annual Art in the Park. The artists are all members of the Tri-State Arts Association. I hope you enjoy the photos that I took.


  Tools of an artist!

 My dad and kids!

 Hubby and Lord Dunmore!

My dad and me!