Friday, October 24, 2014

I'm so glad I took the time

to pull together our Halloween Mantle 
before we went on our fall vacation a couple of weeks ago -
[more on that when I can get the photos together -]
When Halloween is over, I'll  take down the wicked witch,
the vintage pumpkin/cat art, and the Halloween subway art,
and put up something for Thanksgiving
I've been out / town working a couple of different times since then -
... soooooo, that's seven  + nights for fun [so far] and four nights [so far] for work -
just this month - whew!
I love Halloween and it's fun to come home to a sweet pumpkin-filled mantle!
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A few weeks ago

I shared on FB / Instagram a photo of the baked pumpkin doughnuts I made with the recipe from King Arthur Flour [it's on my pinterest board for fall] - DELISH
 They are soft and moist - so very good.!
So I wanted to try some other muffin recipes and see how they would do in
My thoughts IMMEDIATELY went to a favorite muffin recipe that I would make during high school after  sleep-overs at my house -
FRENCH BREAKFAST PUFFS
 I got the recipe from an old Betty Crocker Recipe Book - 
Light and fluffy with buttery sugar coating.
Oh. My.
GO GET A DOUGHNUT PAN.
[I mean, just LOOK at them --]
ha.
Note: I use extra nutmeg - and don't put cinnamon in the sugar coating...
Next up - spice cake doughnuts with maple frosting...
I'm sure I'll be sharing on FB --

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

[and yes, I know it's not Friday -- 
But I haven't had an opportunity to post on my blog until now --]

-- We had a great time traveling these past few days -- 
Savannah - Ormond Beach -- and, 
DISNEY!
It was so fun to have some time with our boys and their gals - 
and visiting with some great friends too!
[Thanks so much for taking this photo!!]
But I've gotta say --  
I've been to Disney MANY times 
and this is the first time I've come home
COVERED in mosquito bites.
Seriously.
I'll share more of our week soon ---

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

It's been a year

and I still feel this way sometimes ---
I did this art journal page soon after my mama passed on - 
I love how the overlapping words show how this thought 
was constantly swirling through my head 
-- to the point of not being able to think clearly about other things --
It perfectly represents that time in my life...

... all scrambled up in my brain...

And there are moments, or days... 
when I still can't believe she's never coming back to me... 

Process: I opened the page in my [old spiral recipe] book and took a marker and just wrote this phrase over and over and over [and over] again - overlapping and on top of each other and all jumbled up just like it was in my head.... 
and I left it like that for months...
Then I created a text box on the computer that clearly stated 
what had been
swirling around in my head... 
stuck it down. 
This is art journaling to me --

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sometimes



... I just want to crawl back into my dreams 
and have a little more time with my Mama  --- 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Some of you know that there's a

precious, tiny, newborn in our family.
Meet Hank -
and his parents, Jacob and Jaime Hatcher.
[Their photo - 
We've not had the opportunity to get up North to see him for ourselves -] 
NOTE: HANK IS HAVING HEART SURGERY THIS MORNING!!
PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM, HIS PARENTS, GRAND PARENTS, ETC.
THE DOCTORS AND ALL WHO WILL CARE FOR HIM!!
Hank was born at 27 weeks, weighing  a whopping 2 pounds, 12 ounces.
He's got a struggle ahead of him - so prayers are much appreciated!
Here's the deal, I CAN sew, I know HOW to sew, 
but I don't LOVE sewing - 
But we know how much this little family LOVES Alabama football - 
so we wanted to do something special for them, 
to bring a little 'happy' into their day-to-day struggle with a baby this tiny -
I found this tiny jersey and cap and decided I could alter it  a bit so that it could go on around all the medical stuff he needs right now. [It was originally a pull-over...]
I bought some soft fabric and made plackets [?] on each side of my cut up the middle, then I sewed down some velcro for a closure. 
[I'm not a professional and it's not perfect, but it IS CUTE.]
Then, I thought - he needs a diaper cover like the ones my mom made for our boys. I found the pattern on the internets and stitched one up out of the same fabric. 
The cap was left just like it was purchased [about three inches across, laying flat above]
I think they liked it - 
[Their photo of his and daddy's 'matching caps'.]
But, oh my goodness - he's still gotta grow into it!
 
[Again - their photo - ]
Praying for sweet improvements everyday!!
Won't you join me?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hey y'all - I was tagged

 in the scrap booking blog hop fun that's making the rounds on the internets...
 Here goes!

1. What am I working on right now? Seriously - I've been dissecting albums and putting the pages in NEW [American Crafts] albums that are centered on people we love, things we do, places we go, and all about us, naturally [a - la Stacy Julian and Library of Memories -] It is SO MUCH easier to find a photo this way - MUCH easier than trying to remember what year it was taken ---
2. How long does it take me to create a project? A layout? I can do that in as little as 15 minutes or I may take as long as several days - just depends... but I'm mostly a quick scrapper - I use kits that have everything coordinated for me to use -- 
 
3. What are my favorite things to create with at the moment? My kits from Noel Mignon, hands down. [Take a look at her stuff HERE -]
4. How does my writing/creating process work? I almost always start with photos - usually more than I will use in the finished layout - I crop and combine them into a sensible [to me!] pattern and then add the patterned paper and embellishments around them -
5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired? I enjoy seeing other people's layouts - but, honestly, most of mine are based on magazine advertisements [I like that clean, graphic style -]
6. What is my signature style? I notice trends in my stuff from time to time - I had a 'circle' period where I used GIANT circles on just about every page... and I've had a 'multiple tag' period where I'd gather a bunch of tags together and journal over all of them... currently, I think I'm in a  banner period - I just can't get enough of banners - all shapes and sizes... I love to use patterned paper as my background paper, and I'm loving these giant instagrm prints from costco --  But mostly, I think my pages are pretty clean with graphic lines that let the photos shine -- 

Now to tag some friends - Viji - Kathy - and Cindy - come on, girls - get your blogs updated and show us what you've been working on!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's FINALLY beginning to feel like fall

here in North Alabama -- 
My favorite time of year -- We LOVE camping in the fall - 
and hanging around a campfire 
making s'mores
[yum!!]
We still have warm days [in the 80*s,] 
but we're beginning to have some awesome cooler nights ---
 
 I enjoyed doing Bible Study by the light of a lantern 
while Craig was watching a ball game.
[Hey! I never said we 'roughed' it!]
 And we love cooking hobo meals 
in foil packets placed in the coals of hot [HOT!!] fire -
These photos are from a couple of weeks ago [have I shared them already?!]
We camped at one of our favorite campgrounds [DavID Crockett] and just enjoyed a relaxing time together - had a quick visit with a sweet cousin of mine who has recently fully embraced the camping lifestyle - wish I'd realized we were in the same place sooner!
[See, I told you --- no roughing it here -
Our little RV - just big enough for the two of us -]
This weekend we camped a little closer to home - 
at a great campground up on Monte Sano!
It was fun to get away with friends and 
enjoy dinner together on Friday evening - 
[Thanks for the photo Doris -
but we should have got one with ALL of us in it!!]
More friends joined us for hobo meals 
[we love them, what can I say?!?] on Saturday night.
We should have taken a  photo then too!!!
Great place to camp, with wonderful trails to hike, etc.
But there was a problem -
The cell service was sketchy -- 
As in, run-the-battery-down-hunting-for-a-signal sketchy -
And sad to say... we've just got to be connected --
Soooo - I'm not sure if we'll be back, 
even if it is just 20 minutes or so from our house...

Monday, September 22, 2014

We still have lots of tomatoes -

I actually froze a batch or two last week before they spoiled...
But we know it's winding down.
Our local farmer's market will only be open for a few more weeks...
 
During a recent visit we bought a cantaloupe [still not good --],  a butternut squash [? - I obviously over-cooked it], green beans, okra, and of course those delicious cinnamon rolls.
But since Craig only eats one , it's really better all 'round if we just buy two individually -- 
 So one evening I got busy prepping the okra - I just give it a good rinse and slice it directly into a pie plate of corn meal, give it a good toss 
and then pan fry it in batches on top of the stove.
Before I got started on that I prepared a macaroni and cheese from the family cookbook 
[I'm thinking I need to scan this in for the younger generations!]
and popped it into the oven, and had the green beans cooking with some bacon...
 We served it up with fresh tomatoes from the garden
[I have LOVED having the tomato plants right outside the back door!!]
And I've really enjoyed cooking a meal or two each week that is 
fresh / local with no preservatives -
Good stuff.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorite Photo Friday

Celebrating our 31st anniversary with a doughnut dinner at Krispy Kreme - 
- because we're crazy like that - 
We don't eat them regularly 
[so sweet - oh my!]
And I still cannot walk into the place without thinking of my 8 year old self 
[maybe ten?] 
going in with Uncle Elton after church one evening 
and thinking I was in doughnut heaven - 
HA.
[Still looks just the same - ]