Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winter Break!!

Gotta love that school vacation...especially ME, since I get that time off too! We've had a wonderful winter break with friends and family. I've also had the time to organize closets and drawers. What a great feeling! The more junk I get rid of...the more room I have for new stuff!

I've been experimenting with beveled glass, since it is so much easier to get than regular glass. I can't wait until Ranger gets their Memory Glass in the stores again! I started stringing my soldered charms on beads from Michaels. I liked the way the small silver beads looked. I found all of the vintage buttons at the Quilt Festival in Houston. I never miss that show!


The images of the cowgirls to the right and cowgirl to the left were given to me by flickr friend Liz (Muffet). I just love the girls all dressedl up ready for the rodeo! Thanks again Liz!
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Another art friend, Tina (Paper Mojo) sent me this darling collage for my art studio. I was the winner on her blog! She is such a sweetie! Thank you thank you!
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Look at these cuties....they are my second cousins and I made this for their grandmother (my aunt) for her birthday this weekend.
Have a fun winter break!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

I'm Inspired!

I finally made a December Teresa McFayden calendar! As she says... "Except no substitutes!" I fell in love with hers and used her wonderful instructions to create one of my own! Thanks so much Teresa for the great tips!! I used magnets on everything, so I can interchange the months and days for year round fun!Check out her site and make one for yourself!! I even used the blue that she used because it was perfect for wintertime!
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I just got these beauties in the mail this week. Check out Anthropologie and Junk Gypsy...total inspiration for me!! Both so different, but both so much fun! And hey...hurray for a model without stick straight hair!

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My friend Deb Trotter has a new blog you MUST check out! She has a few cute photos free for creating. I used the one with the little farmer boy. He's so cute! Thanks Deb!

...and I bought this photo from ebay and had a fun playing with it! Gotta love these rodeo stars! Have a creative weekend!! :)mendy

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sweet Treats!

It's time for Jessi's Cookie Swap!!! Thanks for letting me participate!! Don't forget to check out her blog for more fab cookie recipes!!

Here is my recipe....
Mama's Sand Tarts

1/2 c. confectioners sugar
1 c. soft margarine
2 c. all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. chopped nuts
Large ziploc baggie

Preheat oven to 375. Cream butter and gradually add sugar until fluffy. Add other ingredients. Chill at least 15 minutes and then make small balls of mixture and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool and then roll balls into a ziploc baggie of confectioners sugar. Make a few recipes and freeze for up to 6 months!!
AND...speaking of sweet treats...take a look at these beauties I just recieved from a good friend today! Needless to say, they were gone in about 15 minutes. I only ate 4!!

Have a sweet day!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Holiday Treats!

I always like to make gifts for those I work with at school. I appreciate all that they do for me and for my class. I always try to think of something really unusual to give them. I stay away from the usual cookies, candies, etc., and try to do something really different.

This year I made a salt scrub for the ladies to use on their hands, face, and body. The scrub is a fresh smelling invigorating scrub that makes your skin feel like velvet! I tested it on myself, my husband, and boys. I digitally made the labels using one of my fav ArtChix girls. I made sure to have a warning on the label about staying away from eyes...salt, you know.
Here they are...
Want to know the "secret" recipe??? Here it is...shshshshshshshThat's right, only two ingredients. Coarse salt and fresh smelling green Aloe Vera Gel. That's it! Fill a large bowl with two boxes of the salt. Add 1 1/2 bottles of the Aloe Vera Gel and get your hands ready to start mixing!! Your entire kitchen will smell fresh and wonderful.
To decorate your mason jars, take the lids off of each jar. Paint with regular craft paints and use the heat gun to seal the paint. I added pink glitter to the wet paint before using the heat. When cooled, fill up each jar with the salt mixture and put lids back on tightly. Add a fun tag to each jar, naming your "product." Don't forget to give instructions and add your name! Add a piece of iridescent mesh ribbon and whalah! Hope they'll be a big hit!