Archive for February, 2010

Ariel Bag


I just completed this awesome new bag   

Ariel Bag

Ariel Bag, notice the two clips


 it has lots of pockets and two clips on the front to attach a cellphone, keys or maybe even a bag of pacifiers.,I am not sure what to do with it this bag. It is a little large for a purse. It might work well for a beach bag for one. I am open to suggestion from anyone.

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Valentines Dinner – Creamy Leek Chicken

Ceamy Crockpot Chicken

Creamy Crockpot Chicken


For Valentines this year mary and I cooked for the guys w made a Creamy Leek Chicken in the crockpot and served it with mashed red potatoes and steamed brocoli. This recipe is  amazingly good and the sauce is super over potatoes or rice. 

Two large boneless chicken breasts sliced. 

4 TBS butter melted 

2 packages Knorr’s Leek Soup mix 

2 Cups Milk 

1 1/2 cups sour cream 

Sliced mushrooms 

Brown the chicken on the stove then place into the crockpot with the mushrooms. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over chicken and mushrooms cook on low for 3 to 5 hours. 


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Palm Springs Air Muesum

What a cool plane

What a cool plane, I think Mary is pretty cool too!

On President the kids and I meet Shawna at the Palm Springs Air Museum, what a treat this turned out to be. There were several displays from WWII and some things the kids could climb up on. The docents were wonderful many had served in the military and were filled with information they shared.

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40 Days of Donations


Library Corner

Library Corner



1/2 Way There! Today I have hit the half way point on my journey through 40 days of donations. I have been attempting to clean house by donating all usable items I have that we do not use or need. This is an attempt to not only clear out my clutter but to begin to focus on what we need and a chance to help others with all the additional things we have accumulated. As of today I would estimate I have given away through freecycle 50 groups of things including fabric, a serger and multiple collections of kids craft items. We have donated three boxes of books an a bag of VHS tapes to the library as well as 4 boxes of books to the school book drive. I large stack of magazines went to the hospital. Not only have I felt good about clearing out space so e can live more comfortably in our house it has been great to use these items to help other.   

While I am not finished with my project we are seeing many happy returns already. I have established a library area for the kids in the backroom and we have cleared clutter and excess furniture for both Marc and Mary’s bedrooms.   

I am feeling good about my progress and looking forward to seeing hoe much more we can get rid on in the next 20 days.   

This has nothing to do with crafting or cooking and is not something I really enjoy but I am taking the next 40 days to de-clutter my house and life. I have finally come to realize that I (and my family) have accumulated way, way to much stuff. I have enough craft supplies to keep a school busy for a year. Along with this I have a garage full of fabric and toys no longer used and we even have games that have never been played.   

So effective last night I have begun to clear things out. I will freecycle and donate everything that is usable and I will trash what is not. My goal is to remove 40 bags(or boxes of stuff during the next 40 days.   

I began with a boom yesterday I gave 4 bags away on freecycle and donating 2 bags of shoes to Marc and Mary’s Good News Club, these shoes are headed to Haiti,  and this morning I will be donating a stack of magazines to the hospital and I have already filled a bag with trash. I hope that I am able to keep this up.   

I am feeling drained by all of this clutter and trying to maintain it is depressing aside from that what message am I giving to Marc and Mary? Is it that stuff has value?   


Update day 5 and I have donated  14 bags of stuff, 4 stacks of books and filled a 30 gallon trash can. So far so good, but I am finding that separating items into like groups is time consuming however doing this allows me to freecycle items before taking them to the AmVet thrift store. I have decided that it is worth my time so that individuals and groups can get items that are useful to them thru freecycle. Te trash can was filled if paper trash from the garage and  from plastic storage containers taht are missing either the top or bottom.   

I will spend this morning going through things I have brought in from the garage, my home is to have the backroom organized enough by the end of the weekend that I can set up a sewing and crafting station.   

Wish me luck as I continue this project, which seems overwhelming.

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Valentine Hearts


Peppermint Hearts

Peppermint Hearts

Marc is giving his classmates peppermint chocolate hearts for Valentine’s Day. This is a very easy project I learned while teaching a class with Aunt Shawna. I bought the candy canes after Christmas so the price was great.

You set two candy canes together to form a heart and fill with melted candy bark when the cool they all stick together and form a heart.

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Blankets for a cause

Blankets for the Binky Patrol


I have completed 8 blankets for the Upland Binky Patrol, this is an organization that provides blankets to Homeless, Foster children, and patients in need of comfort. This organization provided a blanket to my Mother-in-Law when she was under going chemo. The family selected this as our Disney give a day get a day project. 

Before this I had not attempted the fleece blankets preferring to sew, I found the fleece blankets very easy although somewhat monotonous with all the cutting and tying. I have made 6 fleece blankets and sewn two baby quilt which will more than meet our obligation, however I am getting into this so I will probably make a few more blankets it is for a good cause and I have more fabric then I need. I have decided that she who dies with the most fabric does not win, the winner is she who does the most good with her fabric so I am seeking our ways to help others with the resources and skills I have. 

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Fleece Dolls

After taking time off on concentrate of birthday parties I am back and crafting.   

 Just in time for Valentines day my Aliens  and Monster Fleece dolls. The green fleece alien, “Green Bean” is for a love that is out of this world. He is 19″  tall with loopy black hair and green antennas. His friend “Flame” is 12″ and made of  soft red  fleece with red and yellow hair let him be the new flame in your life. The yellow alien “Star Bright” is here to help your wishes come true.   

Green Bean is being shipped to Nicholas from Karen and the other dolls have moved to my ETSY site.   



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Mom’s Meatloaf

Mom's Meatloaf

Mom's Meatloaf

Last night I made meatloaf for dinner one of the dishes my mom made while we were growing up. This was a favorite for all of us and now it is a favorite in my house. I always try to make enough to have leftover because I like a meatloaf sandwich almost as much as the meatloaf.


1 1/2 pound of lean ground beef

1/2 pound ground sausage

1/2 onion finely diced

1/2 cup bread crumbs ( seasoned or plain)

salt and pepper

Mix all the above ingredients together by hand and form into a loaf. Place in a baking dish. Open a small can of tomato sauce and pour over the meatloaf.

Bake at 350 for 1 1/2 hour.

If you want to sweeten up the meatloaf omit the tomato sauce add 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce to the meatloaf before mixing and pour barbecue sauce over the meatloaf before baking.

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Star Hair Clips

Star Hair Baretts

Star Hair Clip

As a Valentine gift for Mary’s friends she decide she wanted me to make hair clips for the group of girls she plays with at school, There are four girls in her group and the are all horse crazy a few weeks ago they decided to form a club based on the idea of the “Saddle Club”. The call their club “The Star Club” and the girls all have imaginary horses, easier to keep than real horses. One the birthday invitations for these girls Mary insisted I add a star to symbolize the club and for Valentine’ s  she wanted stars on a clip so here we are. 

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Valentine’s Day Butterflies

Mary's Valentine Butterflies

Mary's Valentine Butterflies


Mary has chosen to give her classmates Valentine butterflies we saw in the Family Fun Magazine, We made our own template then cut the butterflies from scrapbook paper after cutting the shape out we made four slits in the center of the butterfly and threaded a pencil through each butterfly. We than added googly eyes , everything is cuter with the googly eyes. I think this is a great idea the kids are always losing their pencils and the last thing they need is another piece of candy.

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