Monday, December 29, 2008
I hope that you and Grandma are celebrating your birthday in perfect style - - it would be with that incredibly yummy german chocolate cake that only grandma could make…
Your little queenie bee wishes you a Happy Birthday my precious Grandpa. Many happy returns to the day of thy birth. May sunshine and gladness be given. And may the dear father prepare you on earth for a beautiful birthday in heaven!
Breakfast was fabulous ~ great job J’Amy!!! Then off in blizzard like conditions to the great northern reaches… All was going along fine at 65 mph in 14° ambient temperature, along with 40 mph wind gusts. All was just fine until . . .the VW buggie just stopped…quit…I had just enough time to cross over 4 lanes of traffic as the car came to a complete halt. I checked the ignition – nothing - - Fortunately, the kids were in another car and I called and they came back. And then… my knights in shining armor. . . my son-in-law and his precious dad… they came and rescued me. They sacrificed their Christmas morning to come help me get my little buggie off the side of the road and towed to the dealership.
My previous post signed off by saying “Endeavor to live in gratitude.”
I am so grateful to have such a precious son-in-law who loves me and would sacrifice whatever it took to help me. I am grateful that I have the resources to fix my car. I am grateful I have raised such good kids. I am grateful for Eric and his daddy Kim, who came to my rescue. There really are true knights in shining armor – and mine is a hero to not only this mother-in-law, but to his little baby girlie too!
Love you Eric!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Then I turned into a parent ~ and the whole thing started over with my children. Not to mention the precious granddaughter!
Now when I go to bed on Christmas Eve, I pray my secret prayer to my God in Heaven begging him to give warmth to those who can’t sleep at all because it is so cold. I ask him to give hope to those who seem to have lost it. And with a most humble and grateful heart, I thank him for his gift of the babe born in the manger.
Endeavor to live in gratitude.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
So have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Have you even started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you need to shop for Christmas or do you just want to shop for some really cool stuff?
Come and check out this darling boutique with a boatload of handmade items from children’s clothing, handmade candles, home décor, jewelry and gift baskets. Heck, who needs a holiday to shop?
AND, the website is hosting a give away - - niiiice…. Check it out here!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Woop Woop! Who doesn't like a sale?
My shops are right over there -------------------------------------------->
But here is a hyperlink as well:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
But dang, you have to admit she is about the cutest flower you have ever seen, isn’t see? Halloween was a ball this year. She woke up in the morning and the first thing she wanted to do was get in her costume. This is a much different scene than last year when J’Amy put in her in her ladybug costume. I think she still bawls at the site of that thing… Anyway, my office hosts a trick-or-treating event for employees’ kids, so she and J’Amy came in and we paraded our darling flower around the office for everyone to “Ooooo and awe” over. And so Maycie went around to everyone and smiled sweetly and tried to hand them candy. What a sweet little generous baby!
Anyway, feel free to Oooo and awe over my precious little flower - - -
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I am sure that Maycie will one day remember fondly of her naptimes, sleeping in the car with her baby, sun pouring in. Doesn’t she look angelic?
Muah Maycie Jean!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
It is a month splashed with pink - - from Campbell's Soup
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Gardening has always been something that I have loved. Whether it stemmed from planting a gorgeous flower bed or 50 gazillion patio pots ( please note in the attached pictures the LACK THEREOF) or my vegetable garden, I have always loved it! There is something absolutely healing about getting your hands in that dirt and getting your fingernails dirty!
Well this year was no exception to my gardening foray. Again - I really need to point out the lack of flowers on the patio. Okay, don't really look too terribly close at all those weeds in the garden either. And yes, that ten by whatever size board that borders the garden is pulling away, and no that isn't dog poop on the lawn. Okay, so it is. And that little round dead spot on the grass - yep, you guessed it Maggie. So the garden.... ya, that was what I was talking about....
A few weekends ago I had NOTHING to do (anyone who knows me knows that is NEVER the case) so I canned 32 pints of salsa. This isn't just any salsa - it is fabulous salsa. A little bit hotter this year than what I normally make, but it was wonderful! I even canned some half pints to give away for Christmas gifts.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
So, there you have it - this is what I have been up to in my new jewelry adventure. The items in this shop use a mix of silver plated, brass, antique gold plated and eventually some copper. It is really exciting and I hope that you will check it out!
If you are interested in purchasing something, you can use this code: LKO8 to receive a 15% discount. Mention this code in the note to seller box on Etsy and I will refund your discount through PayPal. I will also be posting an Etsy mini here on the blog!
Thanks all for your continued love and support!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Hmmmm where did the summer go?
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
For the entire month each single order will be shipped domestically for $1. That is to say if you order 1 bracelet - shipping is $1. If you order 10 pairs of earrings - shipping is $1. If you order something on Monday (shipping is $1) And if you get wild and crazy and order something on Thursday, shipping will be $1. See a pattern here?
International orders will be shipped for $2, same premise as above. Wow... what a great deal!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
1 Lemon Cake Mix
1 1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp. Poppy Seeds
Beat all ingredients on medium speed for 4 minutes. Grease and flour two 8" or 9" round pans. Pour batter in pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting
(2) 8oz. pkgs. softened cream cheese
1 small lemon
1/4 cup powdered sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip
Blend cream cheese, zest of lemon and juice of lemon until smooth. Add Cool Whip and blend. Add powder sugar. Spread frosting on one of the cooled cakes. Carefully place the second cake on top and frost with remaining frosting.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It is going to be hard to stay away from my jewelry Etsy shop and my bead Etsy shop ~ but I think I will survive... lordsy mercy it is addicting...
So maybe I can get an aircard for my laptop? hmmmmmm
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
You can make your own too. Here's how:
Monday, June 30, 2008
So, it was at that moment when I had several hanks of beads in my hands with that crazed look on my face that I came to the realization that it really isn't a problem...it is okay - - I could just open up another Etsy shop to destash. I mean you don't always use the whole strand of those perfect little twisted step cut amethyst gems do you? And why not share the love right?
So there you have it... I still can feed my addiction (it could be waaaay worse) and also share a little somethin somethin with all of you... So my new destash shop is HipChickeeBeads - - Way Cool Beads for Way Cool People... It really is me, dontchaknow....
By the way....there is another Gem Show in a few weeks...
Thursday, June 19, 2008
1. All the floods, tornadoes, wild fires, earthquakes.
2. All the jewelry lovin folk are on vacation in Tahiti with no Internet access.
3. Gas costs are too darn high and disposable income is limited.
I know that gas costs certainly have limited many folks. In my family, my son-in-law has started using public transportation and the savings have been amazing! My brother commutes well over an hour every day - each way - and they save money by having him do the grocery shopping while he is in town instead of his wife driving the same commute to accomplish the task.
The cost of gas absolutely makes a person think about what we can do to limit our addiction to fossil fuels, which leads to other thoughts about sustainability of the planet in general. May be silly, may be a minute help to the planet, but I found a pattern for reused, re-purposed grocery bags. I am going to try it! I will update you on my environmental efforts at a later point. No, I am not ready to join Green Peace yet, or believe like Al Gore does about global warming ~ but if I can help in my little corner of the world - woo hoo!
In the meantime, I hope the jewelry lovin' folk in Tahiti come home from vacation soon!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Julie from Pristine Green Cleaning came to my house a couple of days ago and it is sparkling!! Wow - - her attention to detail, and her environmentally green approach is fabulous. Who wants to clean a 16 year old boy's room? Ewwww.... They jumped right in, cleaned and organized. I was shocked when I walked in there - - besides cleaning his bathroom (can I just say another MAJOR ewwwwwww) to a level of clean that it hasn't seen in years...
Isn't a clean house a fine, fine thing? Not just a picked up house - - a clean house...niiiiice.
Thanks Julie =D
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
4 slices bacon, cooked till crisp, crumbled
5 cups fresh spinach torn to bite sized pieces
1/2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup thinly sliced red sweet onion
1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/2 fresh Mandarin orange or 1/2 small can Mandarin oranges
1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard
1 dash garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
1. In a salad bowl, toss together all salad ingredients (except sliced almonds.)
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the ketchup, water, olive oil, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and brown mustard. Season with garlic powder , salt, and pepper. Pour over the salad and top with almonds.
Strawberries and spinach are so yummy in the Summer, and tossed with other fresh ingredients, real bacon, and hard cooked eggs, they make a fab salad. A sweet, tangy oil & vinegar dressing puts the perfect "Bam" in this salad!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
I have had a few inquiries in my Etsy shop about listing more bright silver pieces. I think my preference is the oxidized look. But with as many questions as I am getting, I think it may not be a bad option to offer a wider variety of bright silver in my shop. What do you think? Vote now on the poll in the upper right, or leave a comment.
Thanks and Happy Memorial Day!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here is a sampling of what some folks wrote...
Mother's Day Thought: I am 48 years old, but I still sorely miss my mom(my). She's been gone now for over 15 years and, on the one hand, it seems like eons since she was here. On the other, I still remember her stroking my hair when I would hug her just like it was yesterday (and my mom stood 3" shorter than me!) Of all things, this is the absolute, strongest memory I think of when thinking of my mom and Mother's Day. I miss her so...
Hi. Here is a little note about Mother's Day. This is only my second Mother's Day and my first where my son is old enough to actually give hugs - the best present ever! As a mom, I finally get why my mom has always told me "You're my whole heart." I know my mom would be content with just a hug too - but garnets are her birthstone and I couldn't resist! Moms take the cake!
Hi! I know my order isn't enough to qualify for your Mother's Day discount, but I wanted to leave my thoughts about my mom anyway, if that's okay. :o) My mother is my best friend. I hear so many of the women around me, some of my friends even, complain about their mothers, and I feel so blessed to have this wonderful woman as my mother. Of course she's imperfect. Of course she has made mistakes. But that only means that she has experience to help me in my life. She knows what life is about and she loves me enough to be there to guide me when I need it. She loves my children just as she loves me and it gives me such joy to see her interact with them and be able to watch them grow. I love her so much.
I have great memories of my Mom :) She always had time for me, and taught me about antiques & plants.
My Mom is what motherhood is all about, she is 93 years old and still worries about all seven of her children, now ranging in age 46-65. She has been an inspiration to all who know her and love her.
Wow - - Thanks everyone for sharing!
Friday, May 2, 2008
As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to give you a little bit of insight into how I feel about my mom and bullet point some of her greatest qualities:
She is organized beyond belief
She can pull some sort of a baked good out of the freezer at any time
She has beautiful skin and she always smells good
She is always color coordinated
She has amazing faith
She is methodical
She has a tender, loving way with elderly people
She has a great memory
She has been a faithful and loving wife for 50 years
She is a chronic list maker
She is a great cook and likes to use a recipe
She loves my jewelry (was that a plug to my website? Shamefully, yes.)
She has the same friends that she has had since she was a young married woman
Growing up, my mom and I had a rough go of it. I can remember some pretty tough times as a teenager. They mostly centered around my quick tongue, my messy room (who cares – it was MY room), and the constant barrage of chores. I gasped at the thought of being like my mom when I “got old.” As I look back, I did have a disrespectful tone, my room was always a mess, and I begrudgingly and with constant reminding completed my tasks. I sure thought I had it all dialed in when I was a teenager, but you know what? I would have made a terrible mom. Thank goodness I had such a great role model! Thank goodness there was Marjorie Jean.
I once sent my mom a Thinking of You card, that pictured a Mother and Daughter on the front of the card. The daughter was dressed in stylish white capris, a turquoise tank top, strappy little sandals, a beautiful chain necklace with a pearl accent (another shameless plug) and a cute little haircut. Standing next to her was her mother dressed in white long pants, a turquoise tank top with a matching long sleeved sweater with pearl buttons, some sensible shoes, a strand of pearls, and an Up-do from the hairdresser. The caption read:
No matter what she (insert your name here) did, she was slowly turning into her mother.
You know what? I can’t wait to turn into my mother.
I love you Mom!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
2 lb. pork sirloin roast cut in 1" cubes
1 can chicken broth
black pepper to taste
1 medium to large yellow onion diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
1 red bell pepper diced
1 orange bell pepper diced
1 jalapeno (or whatever sort of hot pepper you want and if you want more heat use 2)
1/2 tsp. fresh minced garlic
(1) 12 oz. can LaCostena pickled green jalapeno peppers (I don't use the WHOLE can ~ but I am kind of whimpy that way)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
(3) 4 oz. cans of diced Ortega style chilies (anaheim peppers)
8 Tbsp. flour
8 Tbsp. milk
Cook the pork in the crockpot for 6 hours(ish) until it is tender. Add the next set of items and cook in the crock pot for another 6-8 hours. About 1 hour before serving make a reux with the flour and milk. Add to the chili verde and stir several times to incorporate.
Serve either as chili, topped with shredded cheese or as a chili verde sauce over bean burritos.
Typically I will cook the pork in the crock pot on low through the night, the day before I am going to serve. In the morning I add the vegetables before I go to work and finish up with the reux when I get home.
You can download a printable version by clicking here.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The mashed potatoes, roast, and green beans was just more than any little cupcake should have to endure... And yes, her bib does say "Cupcake"
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Revolution Money Exchange is a new payment processing service similar to PayPal. As the service is new, they are busily trying to attract users. Anyone who signs up for an RME account by May 15th will receive a $25 credit that can be used with any vendor who accepts RME payments.
I am now accepting RME in my Etsy shop, and am offering a great deal to anyone who pays for a purchase from my shop by RME by May 31st: you will receive free shipping. This is a great chance to purchase any of my jewelry you’ve had an eye on with no money out of your pocket!
Many other Etsy artists and crafters are accepting Revolution Money Exchange payments as well. Here is a list of some of them. To earn your $25 RME credit that can be redeemed at any of the shops below, follow the link below and sign up by May 15th. After signing up, just click “my account” and click “accept” to receive the $25 credit.
Shops that accept RME by category
JEWELRY AND MORE
KNITTING & CROCHET
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES (NON-JEWELRY)
BAGS & PURSES ONLY
BABY & KIDS
BABY & KIDS HAIR ACCESSORIES
BABY & KIDS TOYS
EDIBLE YUMMY STUFF
BATH, BODY, & CANDLES
BATH & BODY ONLY
Blue House Soaps
A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHIN, SOMETHIN
ART, PAINTING, ACEO
PAPER GOODS, CARDS
CERAMICS, GLASS, & FIBER ARTS
BOOKS, ACCESSORIES, AND ZINES
Friday, April 18, 2008
I headed over to J'Amy's house last night to pick up the little darlin - and low and behold - these days children come with instructions... at least children coming from J'Amy Nicole do.... three whole pages of instructions... the last thing on the list was "Tell Maycie every day that her mommie misses her and loves her." Check.
So today, the first day of our weekend adventure has been exciting so far... here's the run down...
We were standing in line in the Post Office - mailing off an international jewelry order and Maycie breaks wind like none other - - - which is followed by the loudest bowel movement I have ever heard a kid conceive.... then she laughs - and laughs - and laughs - - - so did everyone in line. I couldn't wait to get to the front of the line - at which time we get up there and the clerk proclaims - - "My, what a big job you did!" to which Maycie replied "WOW, whew, eeewww." Holy batman. After several folks in the post office encouraged her by saying "whew... whew..." we finally we arrived back in the snot rocket (the name my children have given to the green VW Beetle I drive.) I changed her lime green diaper (wow, it totally matched the snot rocket!) and it was off to the grocery store. We get into Dick's Market and are singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" together when suddenly from nowhere comes a large and loud - "Uh oh" followed by another episode of breaking wind that woulda made her daddy proud... She giggles. About now we are in the dairy section - - she spots the chocolate milk - - "mmmmm" she says. Grandma says "yes... you can have some of that chocolate milk we have at home!" I am thoroughly delighted with the fact that we will have a treat when we arrive back home. I continue to move toward the eggs... oh, no, she will have none of that!!! She points insistently to the chocolate milk.... I keep moving - - Here it comes - Full On Scream.... In an Olympian moment, I put that cart in reverse and picked up that chocolate milk. Okay, whew - - we are good for now... Moving on to the granola bars, sippy cups, baby wipes, and the white cranberry/peach juice. We only have like 5 more minutes and we can get back to the snot rocket and head east!! Another verse of the itsy bitsy spider... we are almost there.... Checkstand....home base... and then she spots them - - the pink bouncy balls... Why do they put those stupid things by the checkstand??? She points... she eyeballs me....it is a test.... who will win. Quick diversion, the store clerk says "My what a darling little girl! Can I have that chocolate milk?" Ummmm noooooo...what was she thinking with??? Then it starts - - the low pitch growl.... and in a split second the clerk flips into her Olympian moment, she scans the chocolate milk and hands it back...whew... We are so out of there - - off to the bug... one more verse of itsy bitsy spider while I strap her into the car seat... while she shakes her chocolate milk. Upon arrival home, Scooter the dachshund pup diligently licks Maycie's face with that tongue that he just can't control... Up in the high chair for lunch.... Turkey sandwich with dill pickles....ummm ummm ummm ummm ummm..... with a soft background of "La la la la, Elmo's World"... We finished up lunch without incident. We wiped off our faces, sang itsy bitsy spider again - - with a fine chorus of John Jacob Jingle-Heimer-Schmidt. Then off to bed with the sippy cup of crystal light and the zebra striped minky blanket. Me? I am sprawled on the couch....