Friday, December 31, 2010
My recipe for chili is pretty easy
I use two to one Laredo chili and refried beans and 1 lb of lean ground hamburger or turkey
For this meeting I doubled the recipe
Easy Cornbread mix I use Firenza
It makes a nice 8 x 8 pan of moist cornbread
Okay, I am off to create some new tins for my shop.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I start my day with a yummy chocolate Isagenix shake blended with a banana and ice, my liquid vitamins and a glass of water.
Oh and numerous pills...I hate taking pills . I can't swallow them without a water bottle. I think it is a mental block every since my neck surgery when I had lots of trouble swallowing. They consist of glucosamine for my joints, fish oil for my heart, aleve for my arthritis, yes I have arthritis in my wrists and hands, a baby aspirin for my heart and my cholesterol medication to keep plaque from building in my arteries, Isagenix fat burner and instaflush...guess what that does?
I have lost 40 lbs and most of it came off in the first 8 months. I am on a plateau and have been for over a year with only 5 more lbs to lose but I am maintaining. Now if I could just get my rear to walk on the Tread Climber I spent mucho money on I would probably lose that and more. I need some one to push me over to it and then turn it on...ha ha.
How many of you work out or walk at least three times a week?
Well we got a little sun break today after three days and nights of steady rain it is is hailing (did I spell that correctly?) right now and 42 degrees. More rain expected tonight. Our Coquille River has a flood warning for tonight. Our neighbors down by the slue literally have a lake in their field. Our spring that runs down from our higher property is rushing with water. You can hear it like a river flowing. Please, oh please let there be sunshine in CA next week when I get there.
Large Lima Beans and the remainder of a spiral ham from Christmas dinner including the bone
I have lima beans and ham in the slow cooker for dinner. 6 hours on high. Added a little pepper and corn starch to thicken it.Pretty easy meal right?
We are warm and cozy unlike the poor people in NY and NJ. They are buried in snow!
Tomorrow is our regular Etsy Team coffee meeting but instead of coffee downtown the girls are coming to my house for Chili and Cornbread. Should be fun.
Have you seen this before? Yep, it's a shake weight. I am sure you have seen them on TV. I have been using it for 2 weeks now to try to get my flabby arms back in shape. 6 minutes a day. I am gonna need it after all the calories in the lima bean and ham soup! That and a walk or two on my Tread Climber.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
I have decided to share more about the way I create my collages, tins, jars and cigar boxes as well as what my life is like here in Coos Bay. I feel it is time to step it up a bit and be a little more interesting.
As you all must know by now since I have mentioned it enough times, I have opened a new Etsy Shop. I wasn't having much luck selling my collages so I decided to put them on tins, jars, cigar boxes and see if that made a difference. IT DID! I sold 7 tins in the first two weeks it was open . It might have been a fluke with the holiday shoppers and all but it sure felt good !!
My dear sweet husband just happened to have some cigar boxes in various sizes in his shop so he presented them to me when he found out I was going to altered them and put them in my Etsy Shop.
So our Etsy Team Challenge for Jan is to create something we are passionate about, so I thought I would take one of the smaller boxes and alter it to be used for ATC's since that is one of the things I am passionate about. I took the box and applied glue to all sides as I went adding onion skin paper. This paper is real easy to work with....except when it gets jammed in your printer !
I covered over the onion paper with glue and then printed out the image I wanted to use and wrapped it over the seam where the lid opens just to give it added support.
Next I selected a emphemera paper to use as a liner on the inside of the box. Covered the area with glue and added my paper to the inside lid.
This is the point where I seal the entire box. I use Mod Podge to seal my work.
Finally the finishing touch was to add antique lace trim all the way around the box. It not only accents it but it helps cover any imperfections along the seams of your paper.
I also added a gold button and some more of the satin ribbon creating a little latch to keep the box closed.
This box can be used to store your ATC cards or whatever you want to use it for. The possibilities are endless. Photos, jewelry, trinkets, money, keepsakes, cards, etc., etc.
You not only have a beautiful box but you have a nice piece of art to add to your home decor.
The bonus is that this box comes with an ATC kit inside. Includes everything you need to create at least 4 ATC cards. This box and ATC Kit are for sale in my Etsy Shop.
Friday, December 24, 2010
A tiny piece of art from an ATC Swapper
This has been a very difficult year for me personally but God has helped me once again through heartache and worry.
I hope to start this new year with a new blog face, a new Etsy shop and more blogging !
I love you all and wish you the best holiday season ever.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I promise as soon as I get a photo of her without the pacifier, I will share it with all of you.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Today I received this hand painted piece of art from my dear friend Bevie Sams.
Go check out her blog. Dreams of Pure Love
She has so many neat things on there including her art and much more. Dreams of Pure Love for sure
She is so talented in everything she paints. We have swapped ATC's over the past few years but this year she really surprised me with this cute little painting of a snowman and the children that made him.
Thanks Bevie...just when I was feeling down this made me smile.
God Bless You
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I sold 7 tins since the opening of my new Etsy Shop!
Also Digital Whisper has started an ATC Swap group and the theme for this month is Angels
My partner is Jan De Bellis.I found her blog too.
She is one talented lady and has been published in Somerset Magazine.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
16 years ago I met and fell in love with a wonderful man I married 14 years ago.
Patricia Marie and Alan Lee
December 14th, 1996
In the Christmas rush we planned our wedding.
We made our own invitations, bought 2 dozen wine glasses and hand painted them with our name and date and made tine little wedding rings and tied them to the stem with antique lace, we shopped at antique stores for just the right red and blue antique crystal wine glasses for the bride and groom, picked up a guest book, flowers for the chapel, ordered the wedding cake, reserved the chapel at Treasure Island in Vegas, reserved the dinning room there for our reception and chose the food that would be served, bought my Victorian wedding dress and Victorian boots with lace and his country gentleman dark blue suite with ruffled shirt and dark blue western tie and steel gray snake skin cowboy boots, planned and reserved a rental car for our honeymoon to Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon by train and Palm Springs.
After all these years, you are still the one darlin'
I LOVE YOU
Monday, December 13, 2010