Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Card Gift Tags

Looking for something to do with your Christmas cards now that Christmas has passed? I like to recycle mine by making them into gift tags. I will show you how I do it with my die cut machine.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Grandma's Ham & Cheese Sandwiches

I used to love to visit my Grandma on Christmas Eve. I knew she would greet us with her ham and cheese sandwiches. Grandma died when Danny was a baby which has been almost 30 years ago, but her sandwiches still live on with us. We have them not only during the holidays but throughout the year as well. Here is her recipe right out of my cookbook.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

White Deer & a Happy Family

I have written before about our beautiful Indianapolis airport. While I waited to greet my husband at the gate after his long trip home from Singapore, I couldn't help but take some pictures of this beautiful sight.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Ace Wrapped Wreath

We decided we needed to spruce up the clinic a bit so we made a wreath out of Ace bandages. This wreath was made like one I made in a former posting here.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Craft Bazaar

I thought it was interesting how another blogger wrote about the types of items that were sold at a holiday craft bazaar in her area. So I decided to do the same thing. Here are some of the pretty things I saw at an Indiana holiday craft bazaar I recently attended. 

I love to see how jewelry sales people display their pieces. This model provided for a great conversation piece.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Great Holiday Ideas

The Ethan Allen furniture store near me had a holiday decorating event. We walked around the store to different rooms of tablescapes as designers shared their great holiday ideas. It was really fun. As you can see here, something as simple as blue ornaments can really jazz things up for the holidays. 


Monday, November 5, 2012

Painted Finials

I don't know what I was thinking when I purchased these sea foam green finials. I really liked them at the time of purchase but when I got them home, I couldn't find a place for them. They have sat in the basement storage for several years.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Museum Exhibit

We visited the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. I had a special interest in an exhibit there about polio for two reasons. One is because I am a school nurse and continually work with immunizations and the other is because my husband, Dan, contracted polio when he was 3 years old, right before the polio vaccine became available.  

The Indiana History Center is located along a beautiful canal where people love to walk.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Little Get-Away

As I was driving home from work last Friday afternoon, I had the desire to take a little trip. When I got home I found that it was fine with Dan, so we packed up our things and off we went to a small town in southeastern Michigan. Our goal was to attend a Fall festival, but the weather wasn't the best.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pioneer Days

Don't you just love the fall festivals? Today was such a beautiful day. Dan and I drove to the small town of Shelbyville to help celebrate Pioneer Days. I just got a new camera, so I couldn't imagine a better place to practice taking pictures. I played with the different effects. There was so much to see!

an early John Deere wagon


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunflowers Journal

When I posted a journal I made for Ricki Jill's SMASH Book Party a few weeks ago, one of my readers expressed how much she liked it and would love to have one. So I just completed one for her last night. The picture on the cover of her book was printed from her blog. She loves sunflowers.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Boxed Wedding Cake

Well, it's finally July, 2012. That means it is wedding month for our family, the month we have been planning and waiting for. Our son will be getting married in two weeks!

I have wanted to make a faux wedding cake for my dining room table since he got engaged last fall but it has taken me until this weekend to bring the ideas from my head to material form. Now that it is completed I can see that it was meant to take this long so it would be fresh for these last two weeks to enjoy. You know how sometimes we make things and are disappointed with the results? Well, this is a surprise because I am very happy with the way this cake turned out! This is the first time I have attempted to make anything like this.

27 inches high by 14 inches diameter at the bottom

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Red, White & Blue Jeans

My 4th of July table was put together with things I already had in the house. I was looking for a blue table runner when I remembered that Dan had recently gotten rid of a bunch of his clothes when we cleaned our master bedroom closet a few weeks ago.



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Petite Fleur Tablescape

I have had this Villeroy & Bach Petite Fleur china for many years. I was attracted to the teapot. Did you ever buy a set of china because of the teapot? I also love the little bowl and the cup and saucer. And the flowers are sweet too.


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Midwest Beach Table

This is what happens when I stop at World Market to browse. I wanted to join in on the beach tablescaping and fell in love with this.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Red & Gold Table

I found this table cloth with a pretty embroidered cut out pattern on sale the other day. I like how the beautiful wood of the table peeks out here.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tea Tags

I received these pretty tea tags in the mail the other day. When Marcia from The Shop Around the Corner told me I was a winner, I was so excited!


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Dinner Bling

I am so inspired by chandelier images on the web...

So I brought out my bling for the dining room table.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rehearsal Dinner Favors

I have seen packs of tic tacs decorated for different things (here and here), so I thought why not cover some for our son's rehearsal dinner? Their colors are light pink and black. This is what I came up with:


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Deck of Cards Love

Pinterest, I love you. Dan loves you too. He enjoyed the deck of cards I gave him tonight expressing 52 of the reasons I love him. There are some great examples of this project on the web here and  here. I chose to keep it simple because I just started putting it together today and felt rushed. Actually, I have spent the last couple of weeks thinking about how I wanted to proceed with it until last evening when I found the one that had labels on it. The labels worked great for me and I bound the cards together with my book binding tool.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Quick and Simple Wreath

I had been wanting to make this wreath


ever since I saw it here.

I used a black striped ribbon placing double sided tape every so often onto a 12" styrofoam wreath to help the ribbon to adhere. I had to practice the winding of the ribbon a few times to get it right because it bunched easily if it was pulled too tight. I used straight pins to hold the loop and bow in place.