This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Some new sketches and stuff..............

Some new things for me, I collected a load of beach stones last summer and some were very flat and smooth. I thought I would try to paint a few and when I get good maybe some jewelry.
Like that will happen haha.
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I am partial to the bee, but his yellow is not quite good enough yet. I have bought so many products this winter and yet, never quite the one I need haha.
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On the back it says Bee happy.
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Meanwhile from my sketch book ideas I have made a few cards. Not quite perfected that yet.
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Then from my sketch book I have been using some of my new products. The glitter and silver and gold. On the Unicorn white puffy paint
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Some still need working out and some have yet to have colour added
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These are ideas I am working on.
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Here are a few sketchbook pages.
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I have to think that the things I am drawing now is a far cry from the first few books that I did.
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I am colouring with various things from watercolour to pencils. Still figuring out what works best.
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Just a few things anyway...........so that's it for now. I have asked Ann from Annsdoodles for ideas for products and she has been very helpful. I admire her work so much and would love to get some of the same results. Ah well keep on trying.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A few old recipe's.....................

These 4 recipe's are out on this blog somewhere, but I could not find them. So here they are to share again.
FIRECRACKERS...........
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When I got this recipe from Barb Gurn it was made by putting all the ingredients in a large "barrel" shaped jar (I used ice cream container) with a lid. It required turning it every so often to coat.......well I then found the same recipe that can be baked, so now I go with that one. If you need better instructions PM me but basically you mix everything in a bowl and then put in the Saltines and cover them with the mix. Bake about 15 mins or 20 at about 250
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These are great with cheese but I love them with Chili

OYSTER CRACKER SNACK

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These are sooooo good you have to do at least a double batch. Great as a snack but wonderful with soup.
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PARMESAN RANCH RITZ CRACKERS

Not a lot to this one but is a great snack.

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Toss crackers in the mixed up ingredients and bake 300 for 15 mins. Cool.

And for your sweet side if you have never tried this then it is a must do and you will make them over and over

SALTINE TOFFEE CRACKERS

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ENJOY

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas snacks...........................

I tend to not like sweet stuff as much as I do savoury. Each Christmas I make Cheeseballs.
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This is one I made for Edna
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This year I made two batches, I forgot that I really don't need as many as I usually make so we will have some for another time I guess. I used to give to Nancy and Barb and Laura and anyone else who wanted one. Bud next door always gets a big one because he has been known to come over and ask for another one. So now I make his extra large. So this year it looks like I may have leftovers.
I have to get something to put with that for Edna, she is my only one that I am gifting. It seems like it's become a dying thing. No one wants to bother any more. I usually make jam. The friends like my Berry jam that I make and also the Jalapeno jam. Gerry won't eat either one so I am giving that one a miss this year.
I made my fire crackers, so good with Chili, we had some last night. They will go with the Christmas cheeses. They are hot but I make my chili mild for now because Gabby does not like the hot stuff. These spice it up for the rest of us.
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Coopers favourites are his "Nanny crackers" that's what he calls them. They are oyster crackers baked in a mix with dill and dry ranch dressing and garlic. They are awesome, again great with soup or with cheese. I love them with Tomato soup.
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This year I decided to make Cinnamon sugar Pecans and some Butter pecans one is baked the other not baked but done on the stove top. I am not sure what one like best. I love the butter taste of the stove top ones but the crunchy sugar ones are great too
(crunchy sugar pecans)
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These are the butter ones
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I used up some walnuts making some Toffee walnuts but I am not impressed with those. They taste OK but prefer Pecans so that one will get crossed off the list. They would be good for a topping on Ice cream. I am going to make some Caramel topping tomorrow. That I can give to Edna as well because it would be great on anything. Pictures when I am done.
The last thing to show is a very easy Rice crispy treat. Simply melted chocolate with Rice Crispies mixed in and set. Ooooh boy, that is always popular. So chocolaty so buy the best chocolote to make these, they won't last long.
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I collect pretty plates from Thrift stores or garage sales. These I use to give away my treats. Bud usually brings the plate back hoping for more haha. Anyway, I have quite a few plates now and as I won't be giving so many away I may as well stop collecting them right? Nah.........Can't see that happening.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Front porch Christmas...................

Autumn is all packed away. Time to decorate for the Season. Christmas is around the corner and so that's what comes next. Well............I don't like my front porch the way it is now. When and if we get around to working on it I will have railings around to define it. Now with no vines around it, it's very open. Still we have to do what we can with what we have. One big problem is all the Christmas stuff is put away. I did get it all in one place but...........since Gabby moved in we can't get to that closet without much disruption. So a compromise. I won't be putting up the tree and decorating the house. So I decorated the porch.
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I had to make a quick trip to the dollar store and get some lights for the alley. Back again today to get more and some decorations for the porch because someone packed a bunch of stuff in the garage on TOP of the Christmas stuff.
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I found two really cute little critters at Rite Aid. The rest I got at the Dollar Store.
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So the elf and Santa were 1/2 off so about 9 bucks for both. A cheap box of balls for their basket. I left the red quilt and the cushions for now. At least they are the right colour. Maybe once I get my sewing machine out I can make some new ones. Don't hold ya breath.
I did manage to get Gerry to buy the wreath and the trees for the porch because I whined enough about not being able to decorate and with Cooper in the house it was only fair to at least do the outside. I got Tony to put the lights on the garage. I liked those lights so picked up another set for the porch or deck. Have not decided yet.
Little touches here and there
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It looks really pretty at night but this is it during the day
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I need something for the Rocking chair. I have to go over to decorate Alex so maybe the Dollar store over there has more variety.I do need another wreath. This store only had one and I bought that for the deck. I should be able to find a stuffy to sit on the chair. I am not at all ready for snow but will admit every thing will look better once it comes.
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We went for a walk up the Alley so Cooper could see the lights
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So after that walk I decided we needed to put new lights up. Gerry didn't think we needed to. I said we are the only ones in the whole alley with no lights. He said we don't need to keep up with the Jones's. I don't know what he's talking about, we don't have any neighbours named Jones Sheesh. So new lights are up and we are glittering. Now what else can I find?
He's lucky I didn't ask for an elephant
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That man just does not have any Christmas spirit.