Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Happy List: Being Creative, Healthy & a Recipe

I was excited to deliver my first custom Patty's Pretty Things order: 3 personalized banners for college students' dorms.

After that I was asked to make a Mr. & Mrs. banner for an outdoor rustic wedding.

I've enjoyed making these journals out of scrapbooking cardstock to not only write in, but to glue, stamp, staple - whatever. They are simple to make: Just cut a 12 x 12 inch piece of cardstock into 4 pieces of 6 x 6 inches, cut holes, add round binder rings and finish them off with a pretty ribbon. Extra pages can be added to these types of journals. I will be selling them at Art Squared on September 20 in Fountain Square, downtown Indianapolis.

I finally rode my bike at a local park after having the desire to do it all summer long! It was heavenly...

and Kimber at The Beauty Bar cut my hair. I like how she cut my bangs.

Dan and I have eaten some favorite foods lately: El Rodeo mexican food and my homemade skillet spaghetti.

This easy skillet spaghetti recipe is a family favorite. If you're interested, here's the recipe:

1 lb ground beef
3 tsp chili powder
1 1⁄2 tsp dried oregano, crushed 

1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1—6 oz can tomato paste
3 cups tomato juice
3 cups water
2 Tbsp instant minced onion 

1—7 oz pkg uncooked spaghetti 
grated parmesan cheese

In 12-inch skillet, brown ground beef; drain off excess fat. Stir in chili powder, oregano, sugar, and salt. Blend in tomato paste. Stir in tomato juice, water and onion. Bring to boiling. Carefully add spaghetti; stir to separate strands. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese and Italian bread. Makes 4-6 servings. 

What's on your happy list this week?


  1. You are doing great ! Congratulations on your special orders.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I have not made homemade spaghetti in some time. I need to make a large batch of sauce and freeze.

  2. Love the custom banners. I like how your hairdresser does your bangs! Very cute. Have a great day!

    Hugs, Dianne

  3. Love those banners! Love your darling hair! The spaghetti looks delish!! I am catching up with my blog friends tonight! Hope you have been well.
    xo Kris

  4. Hi Patty!
    Congratulations on your first banner order, they're so darling! Wishing you lots of sales on your charming journals too. Crafting is my happy place too - my head is full of ideas for a swap coming up - full to overflowing LOL. Can't wait for the reveal of projects at Kim's event next year :)
    Happy Thursday!

  5. Hello from Spain: you are very pretty with the new hairstyle. You're a lot like Lady Li. I adored Diana of Wales. I have many pictures of her. Your creations are beautiful. Custom banners are fabulous. Great job. My favorite food is spaghetti. Very appetizing. Keep in touch

  6. Love your banners and notebooks. Beautifully done, Patty! Congratulations on getting your craft business going. I know crafting gives you a great deal of pleasure. :) Love your haircut too - and your skin is perfection! Have a great week, Patty!


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