Thursday, November 6, 2014

Powder Your MakeUp!

Always powder any Halloween or character makeup to keep it from smearing.  You can use regular baby powder.  For an extra long lasting make up setting trick.  Spritz your face with water as the last step.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Homecoming Mums

Well, this year I planned to make a mum for both my son's to give to their dates, make both of them garters, and a mum for myself since I'm now teaching at the middle school.  But, life happens.  I got one mum made.  I still used my frugal techniques from last year.  Read all about it here.

*Edit:  So, tonight after the Homecoming Parade, I decided to go home and make myself a mum.  I've added those pictures at the bottom. 

I still had leftover ribbon from last year and I buy ribbon whenever I see it on sale throughout the year.  I found a few unusual ribbons in the clearance section at my craft store that give the mum a one of a kind look.  I also re-used a few ribbons from my son's garter from last year.

I'm just going to add some details with the pictures.  Please comment if you have any questions.

I like using a variety of plain loops and "awareness loops" around the flower.  My plain loops are purple with gold curling ribbon.  The awareness ones have 3 ribbons, purple white, and gold curling ribbon.

The black "Marble Falls Mustangs" was recycled from the son's last year garter.  The feather boa is half a boa that I found at Dollar Tree.

I just bought a few trinkets.  This guy is attached to a military braid.

Make loops and staple to a ribbon for the fancy chain on the right.  The mesh yellow ribbon is one of my clearance bin finds.

I used old scrapbooking stickers to add the names.

Scrapbooking stickers for the school name, too.

Several "church bells" on curling ribbon.  (Don't buy the expensive cow bells in the mum department.  Look around your store for bells in other areas.  I bought a dozen "church bells" last year for the price of 1 cow bell.

The purple beads were a child's necklace that came in a pack of 3 from Dollar Tree.

My son requested just a plain flower this year.  I kinda think it needs more but it does have a beautiful simplicity.

And now, for my mum.  Since I'm a teacher, I decided to only put 18 inch ribbons on my mum vs. the 36 inch ribbons that the high school girls have on their mums.
Here it is!

I went with a purple flower.  I have both standard loops and awareness loops,  You will notice some of my standard loops are gold with purple and some are white with purple and gold.  This is because I was running out of white ribbon so I alternated.  I think it turned out really nice and even more custom looking.

My loop chain was made from leftover gold mesh from gift wrapping mixed with purple and gold.

I swear this is the easiest chain to make.  I learned how to make it in elementary school with paper.  It stretches out real easily so I looped it back up to the top.

I actually made this chain a week or so ago and not tonight back when I thought I would be making more mums.

I love the tiger striped ribbon and I added a trinket with hot glue.

Here you can barely see the purple mesh ribbon but you get a better view of the yellow mesh ribbon. 

Glued another trinket on.  I love that wired polka dot ribbon; the back side is purple stripes.

I used these stars on wire from the party store around my flower for that special bling.

Close up


Son's date's mum.  I hope she likes it.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Crockpot Freezer Cooking

 With summer winding to an end, a new job teaching a new subject and grade level, and in the middle of a bathroom remodel.  I realized I need to stock up now on healthy dinners before I'm totally worn out.
I went to the store to just buy these ingredients for my freezer crockpot meals.  (Okay, yes, I also bought frozen pizza for dinner that night.)

I spent quite a bit of time planning.  So, if you want, you may use my plans and save yourself a lot of time, please do.  Then, I went to the store to buy just the ingredients for my meals, and then came home and put them all in zipper bags.  Now, I have 6 healthy chicken dinners waiting for my crockpot.

I wrote the name of the meal, any needed ingredients to add, and the directions on the bags before filling.
I found stole most of my recipes on the internet, tweaked them a tad and here they are.  Also, instead of using cans of cream of chicken soup, I use Cream of Something Soup that I have already made up and write on the bag to add water.  My recipe is at the end.
My bags are ready for the freezer to pull out on a busy day in the crockpot.

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
 3 chicken breasts, chicken broth, pkg chicken gravy. Cook on low 6-8 hrs. Serve over potatoes or rice.-nice n easy meal.  
*I put all ingredients including cut up potatoes in a zipper bag.

Crockpot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
3 chicken breasts, still frozen 1 can Rotel tomatoes 1 can corn kernels, 2 cans black beans (drained), 1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix, 1 T cumin, 1 t chili powder, 1 t onion powde, 1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese: Put the chicken in the crock pot. Top with the corn, drained and rinsed beans, ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders, stir to combine then top with the cream cheese. Cook on low for 6-8... 
 *I put everything in my zipper bag.  This is really good over some cornbread.

Crockpot Italian Chicken:
4 chicken breasts, 1 packet Italian dressing seasoning, 1 8 oz. cream cheese (softened), 2 cans cream of chicken soup, 1 t crushed red peppers.  Cook on low for 4 hours. If sauce is too thick, add a little milk. Serve over pasta.
*I put all ingredients into my zipper bag.  I will have to make the pasta that night.

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 onion, finely diced
carrots, peas, or mixed veggies
2 (10 ounce) packages refrigerated biscuit dough, torn into pieces (Or bisquick dough)
Place the chicken, butter, soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and fill with enough water to cover. Cover, and cook for 5 to 6 hours on High. About 30 minutes before serving, place the torn biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Cook until the dough is no longer raw in the center. 
*I put all ingredients in the zipper bag except the biscuits.

Crockpot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
3 Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless), 2 - 8 oz. Packages of Cream Cheese, 1
Pouch of Italian Dressing Mix, 2 - 10 oz Cans Cream of Chicken Soup, 1 1/2 cans water
(2 Packages of Fettuccine Noodles, Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Put ingredients in crockpot, cook, shred chicken, serve over fettuccine noodles. 
*I put all in zipper bag except soup, water, and cream cheese.  I can add that in the morning.  You will need to boil the fettuccine that night.

Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
5 pounds russet potatoes, washed but NOT peeled. Diced into 1/2 inch(ish) cubes, 1 medium/large diced yellow onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 64 ounces (8 cups) chicken stock or broth, package of crumbled bacon, (16 oz cream cheese, softened (I use low fat), 1 tablespoon seasoned salt)  optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions
    1.    Add potatoes, onion, garlic, seasoning, bacon and chicken stock to slow cooker.
    2.    Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
    3.    Add the softened cream cheese and puree soup with an immersion blender until the cheese is incorporated and about half the soup is blended.
    4.    Stir well, top with your choice of garnishes & enjoy!
*I put all but the water and cream cheese in my zipper bag. 

Shopping List for all above:
  •  Pkg of gallon size zipper bags
  •  Bag of frozen chicken (17 breasts)
  •  Bag of potatoes
  •  pkg. of bacon bits
  •  garlic
  •  1 can chicken broth
  •  pkg chicken gravy
  •  1 can rotel tomatoes
  •  1 can corn
  •  2 can black beans
  •  1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  •  4 pkg. cream cheese
  •  1 pkg. zesty Italian seasoning
  •  1 pkg. Italian seasoning
  •  6 cans cream of chicken soup
  •  butter
  •  diced onion
  •  mixed veggies
  •  2 cans refrigerated biscuit dough
  •  potatoes
  •  pasta
  •  fettuccine noodles
  •  Seasonings

Cream of "something" soup recipe
1 cup non-fat dried milk
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup bouillon (if you have cubes you have to smash them up)
  You can use whatever kind you like (ie, beef, veggie)
4 Tablespoons freeze dried minced onions (I used the minced onions from Sam's Club)
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme (I couldn't find the thyme so I used dried parsley instead)
1 teaspoon pepper
(For the equivalent of one can of condensed cream soup, mix 1/3 cup dry mix with 1 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

4th of July Card

Here's a quick idea for a 4th of July, Independence Day Card.  If you don't have the embossing folders, you could cut out stars or stamp stars or something.

Inspiration for Cards

Sometimes you want to craft but your mojo is gone and you don't know what to do.

Sometimes you just want to add some cards to your stock and need ideas.

Here is a video with some sources of inspiration to get you going.

You could use some of the ideas for other types of crafts as well.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cleaning Rubber Stamps

Here's a quick tip to cleaning your rubber stamps using a painting pad.

When the paint pad starts to get dirty, just run it under the faucet to clean the pad.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Teacher of the Year!!! Flower Door and More

Whoo-hoo!  I won the Picayune/Tribune Locals Love Us Teacher of the Year for Marble Falls 2014!  I am so honored and excited.  I have no idea who all nominated/voted for me.  To all who did, a great big heart felt thank you.

 I didn't want to come back to school after spring break.  I had a bad attitude that Monday and it wasn't the best of days.  So, on Tuesday, I decided to give myself an attitude check and do something creative, artsy, and inspiring.  So, I decorated my door. 

My classroom door decorated for spring.
Each flower is different and 3D.  The tallest flower encircles the window on my door.  The bright pink flower with the yellow center is strips stapled into loops.  The other bright pink was made from extra strips held together with a brad in the center and then curled around a pencil.  The purple flower was made by fringing the edges.  My students told me I had to add a Texas Bluebonnet.  The purple rose near the bottom was made by one of my student M.  The bright yellow flower on the right was made by student W. 

It did the trick!  I am back and ready for school.  In fact, I've been inspired.  My class in the past 2 weeks has gone on 2 field trips (eye doctor and police department), we've had guest (2 policemen), we've dipped candles, had a tea party and several other memorable activities that I believe will help them to retain the things that they are learning.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Scrapbooking for Spring Break

Yea!  It's Spring Break!  The time all teachers are thankful to be out of the classroom and get a little rest and relaxation.  It's been awhile since I've worked on my scrapbooks so I decided this would be a perfect time to give it a go.

My scrapbook pages are different from most of the examples you find on the internet and on books.  Those focus mainly on the decorations.  Years and years ago, I was a Creative Memories consultant and one thing we taught was simplicity and to put the focus on the pictures.  Also, when I started scrapbooking, I was on a really tight budget and I would always try to get as many pictures as possible on a page to help save money.  My style of scrapbooking does keep evolving but I find I'm always trying to place the most focus on the pictures and place lots of pictures on the page. 

Here are four pages that I have completed so far.  All my albums are just in chronological order and I'm a about four years behind.  On this first page, I went a bit fancier and more girly and tried out a "new to me" technique that I saw Heidi Swapp do on MyCraftChannel on YouTube (Sorry, I don't remember which video it was to post the link.)  The new thing is the folded paper in the bottom right hand corner.  I just messily accordion folded paper (not card stock) and stuck it down.  Her video also mentioned using more of your own handwriting, even for titles so I did the title myself.

On my second page, I had one picture that was a little dark and I wanted to draw attention to my son in the picture.  So, I cut out an oval of my son, then a slightly larger oval to draw your eye to him.  I stamped the bikini at the bottom and added texture to it's mat card.  The title is handwritten and if you look closely, I went back and added little dots all the way around each letter.  But, truth be told, I only posted this page because I can't believe I actually fit into a bikini back then.  

This next page was super simple.  I just used pre-cut borders and added my title and journaling box.  This time I stamped the title.  


And finally, this last page was fun but took a bit longer.  I handcut the teeth, mouth, etc.  I wrote out the title and added a bit of inking to give it texture.  I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

I should probably go back and do some more journaling.  I mean telling the story, that's what it's all about.   Well, I have more pages to scrap, so I'll sign off my blog.  Happy Spring Break, everyone!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Inking the Edges in When Making Cards

I thought everyone making cards knew this but when I did a quick search on YouTube, I didn't find any.  So, enjoy learning how to ink the edges of your cardstock for use in card making and scrapbooking.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Phone Book Flowers

Special thanks to my son for his help in making my first vlog.  I hope you enjoy learning how to make cute paper flowers from your phone book.