This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Psalm 118:24 - BGlad!

Friday, November 30, 2007

The Heart of Christmas

Boy, is it hard to keep in the forefront what Christmas is really celebrating!
We’re bombarded by ads & teasers about “Holiday” happenings beginning in October. It is nice to get caught up in the fun, but this season is about more than parties and presents. The heart of Christmas is Christ, God’s precious gift of love to each of us.


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Card Sentiments:
*May you keep Christmas in your heart all year long.
*Peace on earth begins within each heart.
*At Christmas & always may you be blessed by God’s gift of love.


May you feel the presence of God and His love throughout this busy holiday season.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Time to Build a Snowman

Well I did try to get some organizing done yesterday - but so far it has just resulted in a bigger mess (need to finish putting things away!) I'm able to put a couple sentences together to make (a little) sense today - so it must have helped. I found some forgotten fabric that I think will make some new curtains. I'll add that to my list of things to do (I've gotten quite a pile of alterations awaiting my attention once again too).

I also updated my purple berry wreath for the Christmas season. I removed the fall colored mums and leaves and added purple and cream poinsettias, a few pine cones and a purple velvet bow.
(Definitely not your traditional Christmas colors LOL). When I received it I didn't really think about how versatile the wreath could be.


Here's another 3-D cutout I've been playing with. You could tuck him in with a card, use him as a tree ornament, or place him in your 3-D forest. Have fun building your snowman!
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Snow Quotes:
'Snowman like my man!
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. ~ Carl Reiner
Snow = a blanket of beauty.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nothing to Say!

I have nothing to say today!!
Guess my mind is spinning in too many directions to
put together any real thoughts. Think I’ll go do some
sorting in my craft room – physical sorting seems to
help with the mental sorting. LOL


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Symbolism of the Wreath
The circular shape represents God’s unending love.
When placed on the door it is a sign of welcome.
Made from evergreen boughs it represents eternal life in Christ.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Troop of Turkeys

Wanted to share today this photo sent in by Debra. She made up quite a crew of turkeys this Thanksgiving – 19 to be exact!! Each one is perched on a wooden skewer. She has personalized them with a name written on their wings. Nice work - thanks for sharing!



I made this word art piece today. It could be used to embellish a Christmas card or even a package or gift bag.
Available at Cutters Market.

MMMM Titles:
*Merry Memories
*Mistletoe Magic
*Merry Mayhem
Happy Tuesday!

E-mail your requests and comments!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Evergreen Forest

If you ever have the urge to create your own little evergreen forest here’s your file!
This file will cut 3D stand-up trees all ready for a sprinkling of glitter or other decoration.
I’ve included 3 shapes, but you can shrink & stretch them to cut any size tree you can imagine.

We don’t usually put up our Christmas tree until sometime in December. Since we get a “real” tree, decorating one right after Thanksgiving would just result in a pile of dry needles by Christmas morning. LOL


As we were out shopping at a local store we saw a rather unique tree – it was bright yellow! Upon closer inspection I saw that it was decorated with little John Deere (green & gold) tractors and implements. That made a bit more sense, but a yellow tree was new to me! DD#2 found “her” tree it was a skinny 3’ tall pink metallic number - very girly!
With these trees in mind – don’t stop with cutting an evergreen forest – you can cut a forest to match every room of your house!! Have fun!


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Page Starters:


*Feeling Pine
*The Perfect Tree
*Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. ~ Larry Wilde

Friday, November 23, 2007

Secret Santa

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

My parents, grandmother and brother & his family were here. We had plenty of food, conversation and laughs. Watched the video of my nephew's (fifth grade) talent show performance. He and a friend sang and danced Soul Man as the Blues Brothers. They had some great moves and had the crowd eating from their hands! They won first place in their category so he was pretty pumped!

Guess I can't deny it any longer. The ground was covered in white this morning, the wintery season is definitely here.

The squirrels were pretty busy hopping through the tree branches and dashing across the snowy yard. I was able to snap a few pix. I love my camera! I took these without leaving the comfort of my living room!

I'm not sure if they were playing or panicking, but they were busy!

Time to get out those Christmas decorations!

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Secret Gift Quotes:
*This gift's for you - Can you guess from who?
*This present’s very special I’m sure that you’ll agree. Secret Santa left it here, It surely wasn’t me! ~ Janie Corliss

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Projects by LaurieD & Renee

LaurieD has shared this card she created using the Heart-y Happy Birthday file.

Looks great Laurie!
I love the papers you chose and the cute flower accents!

Here is a peek at what Renee has created using the Believe file and a cookie sheet!

Visit her blog to see the complete (and beautifully done) altered art project!
You're sure to be inspired!
I Love it Renee!


Thanks for sharing ladies!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My girls are on their way home from school today. We've got some shopping, cooking, cleaning and various other "getting ready" activities to do for our family "feast" on Thursday. (Including putting away, aka "hiding," my scrap supplies which are scattered all over my dining room LOL)
Although today it is 60+ degrees (amazing) it sounds like it will look & feel like winter by the weekend.

How about one more Thanksgiving file?

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Who knew a little piece of paper cutting machinery would lead to meeting so many neat people! Thank you blogger friends for visiting and allowing me to get acquainted with you! Just call me Blessed with a capital B!


**The 12 Days of Thanksgiving**
On the 1st day of Thanksgiving … We give thanks for the feast in front of us – fresh, hot turkey & dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, vegetables, salad, rolls & a card table full of cakes & pies.
On the 2nd day of Thanksgiving … we bless the cold turkey sandwiches, mixed vegetables, mixed salads, hard rolls & scraps of pie & cake.
On the 3rd day of Thanksgiving ... someone asks Mom what kind of pie she’s made. “Turkey pot pie,” she proudly replies. We give thanks…sort of.
On the 4th day of Thanksgiving … Mom pours a can of mushrooms over the turkey chunks & broth & crowns it, turkey a la king. We thank our forefathers for not promoting buffalo for Thanksgiving. If they had, we’d be eating buffalo a la kind – in April.
On the 5th day of Thanksgiving … Mom cubes some more bird, stirs in some cracker crumbs & cheese & puts it in a casserole dish. We pray for a glimpse of the turkey’s naked carcass.
On the 6th day of Thanksgiving … Mom throws cashew over turkey & calls it cashew turkey. We rue the day we took her to that fancy Chinese restaurant.
On the 7th day of Thanksgiving … Mom set her stew pot on the table. It’s swimming with turkey lumps & vegetables. We express our gratitude for the large box of crackers that cloaks the foul taste.
On the 8th day of Thanksgiving … Mom goes Italian & sets turkey pizza before us. We pluck the turkey nuggets from their mozzarella shroud & hide them in our napkins until the coast is clear.
On the 9th day of Thanksgiving … Mom spreads turkey tips over lettuce & calls it a chief salad in honor of old Squanto, who gave the pilgrims all those nice corn-planting & turkey-hunting tips.
On the 10th day of Thanksgiving … Mom threads turkey & veggies onto skewers & calls them turkey kabobs. We pray they’ll catch fire under the broiler & become flaming kabobs.
On the 11th day of Thanksgiving … Mom laces noodles with turkey & tomato sauce & boldly calls it turkey lasagna. We gobble it gratefully because the turkey’s rib cage is in sight.
On the 12th day of Thanksgiving … Mom apologizes for running out of turkey leftovers so soon.


Happy Turkey Days!!


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sale!!

Not sure how many files I will be able to design & cut this week - you are probably all pretty busy too . . . but if you get some time online you might want to check out my gallery at the Cutters Market.

Throughout this Thanksgiving week I'm offering all my food and food related files at Cutters Market for only $.99! This includes several files uploaded for sale before I started blogging - so take a look!

Type food99 in the search to locate all the included files.


Browse through my gallery and you may even find some new November freebies*!

A BIG THANKS to all my great blog readers!


Wishing you God's Greatest Blessings and a Happy Thanksgiving!


*Note - freebies won't show up in your search*


**I'm hoping to get at least a couple shares on SCRAPi sometime this week - we'll see how it goes**

Friday, November 16, 2007

Believe

I love how this file turned out! I was inspired by a piece of jewelry in a sale circular we received. I mixed two different fonts to get the look I wanted for the letters.

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Cut the word from vinyl and adhere to a Christmas ornament (or a mug) and you would have a great little gift! It would also look pretty on a mirror or on the glass of a photo frame. Or cut it large and mount it in a photo frame. Oooh – I’m going to have to play around with this one!

Happy weekend!


Quotes:
*It was from you I first learned to think, to feel, to imagine, to believe ~ John Sterling
*Those who don't believe in magic will never find it ~ Roald Dahl
*The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Hello, Hollie!

Here’s a fun file. It’s a Christmas Angel with holly leaf wings and an evergreen halo. Her name is Hollie, of course!
She’s got a layered face so there are no tiny pieces to glue on. You can cut her without wings for a fun paperdoll too! Hope you can think of lots of ways to use her for your holiday projects!
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Angel Quotes:
*To every joyous event comes a chorus of angels.
*Angels sent from up above, please protect the ones we love.

The plan for the rest of my day includes getting some pre-baking and pre-cleaning started in prep for Thanksgiving. How can it be only one week away already?! I've got some Monkey Bread mixing in the bread machine - this time I've added some healthy ground flax seed. I'll make a "normal" batch too, for my picky eaters who aren't impressed by health benefits. :)

Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Do you want sauce with that??

Our dinner was delayed a bit the other night. Hubby & I had just sat down to eat and had started filling our plates. He decided he wanted some sauce for his meat, went to the fridge and grabbed barbeque sauce. On his way back to the table he started to shake the bottle when the lid went flying – along with half the bottle of sauce! I can not believe how far that sauce splattered!! Of course, he stopped shaking the bottle as soon as he realized what had happened, but the damage was done!

There was sauce on the wall, the pantry door, the curtains, the chair pads, the microwave, the countertop, but mostly the carpet. He had definitely been shaking that bottle with gusto! Oooh noooo!

We grabbed a couple kitchen towels and started cleaning up the gloppy mess. Surprisingly, it cleaned up fairly easily. I sprayed carpet shampoo on the residue on the carpet before we sat back down to eat our (now rather cold) meal. After eating I grabbed the carpet cleaner and ran it over the remaining spots. (What are the odds – I had just cleaned the carpet the week before. LOL)

So, after our little unexpected pre-dinner workout, the rest of the evening was rather uneventful, although there was a lingering smoky/spicy aroma in the air. As I was cleaning up the last of the sauce I thought – I should have gotten a picture of that!! Somehow I think we’ll remember this, even without photos!

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Quote to note:
*In examining the potential of individuals, we must focus on their strengths and not just their mistakes. We cannot be limited by what they may have spilled in the kitchen. ~ William Pollard


Until next spill - er - time . . .

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More Microwaving

Living on a grain farm and raising a herd of cattle we ate a lot of ground beef.
Mom was always looking for new and creative ways to serve the “same old thing”.

This one was a real winner.
It was almost “exotic” to our meat and potatoes taste buds! LOL


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Snacks:
*Where’s the beef?
*Best way to get rid of kitchen odors: Eat out ~ Phyllis Diller
*I put instant coffee in a microwave oven and almost went back in time. ~ Stephen Wright

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Microwave Recipe

I completed a couple more recipe pages over the weekend.
Here’s one:



It tells the story of my mom’s first microwave (remember when they were a novelty?) and the cooking class she took to learn to use it! This page contains one of two recipes that our family enjoyed that came from Mom’s microwave cooking class.


I don’t think a meal goes by that I don’t use my microwave for something. I’ve even experimented with and converted many of my conventional recipes so that I can prepare them in my micro too. Today's share is a simple little microwave oven. If you cut the window from vellum you can put a little "treat" inside!


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Micro-quotes:
*Nuke-it!
*Got more time for misbehavin' since I started microwaving!
*My Family Eats From The 3 Basic Food Groups - Canned, Take Out and Microwaveable

Can't read the recipe? Click here.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Veterans Day

Veterans Day in the US is this Sunday, November 11. This is my tribute to all those who bravely put their lives on the line daily to preserve the freedoms that this country represents. Thank you!


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Thoughts:

*Freedom is not free
*All give some, Some give all.
*You must stand for something or you will fall for anything.



Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Monkey Bread

Here’s one of our favorite holiday bread recipes. Although I’ve seen recipes for a sweet version, our Monkey Bread is more like a dinner roll. My mom makes it in a bundt pan, so it comes out looking very pretty. I usually shape it into dinner rolls, pre-bake, then freeze so it doesn’t take long to brown them in the oven on turkey day. I’ve played around with this recipe a lot (much to DD’s dismay!) I found the dough works up wonderfully in my bread machine. My favorite experiment was adding fresh rosemary to the dough last year – yummy! I've also added whole grain flour, pumpkin, squash, garlic . . .



File available at Cutters Market.

Food for thought:
*If a messy kitchen is a happy kitchen, this kitchen is delirious.
*Open the oven, take a look; first to complain is next week's cook!
*Why do croutons come in airtight packages? It's just stale bread to begin with.



Can't read the recipe? Click here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Love House

Here’s the third in the Peace, Joy & Love Gift Tag set.
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I’ve also been working on creating cards with these shapes. I made up this little card with a matching envelope to enclose with a gift being presented to DD-2 at their Christmas party at college.


That’s about as far as my Christmas planning/shopping has gotten so far. I host our family’s Thanksgiving gathering so I usually don’t get too concerned about Christmas until after that.

I was successful yesterday – I missed seeing any snowflakes!! Guess there were a few at different times of the day, but I was looking the other way. LOL



Card Sentiments:
*May your home be filled with all the beauty the season can hold.
*Wishing you a home filled with love and happiness.
*May the warmth and love of Christmas fill your home this holiday season.


Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Joy Angel

Here’s another file you could use as a gift tag or ornament. I’ve used the same font, BickhamScriptFancy2.
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Card Sentiments:
*Wishing you joy in this season of wonder.
*Joy is in the air.
*A heartfelt wish for a joy-filled Christmas.

The weather forecasters are calling for us to get our first snowflakes of the season today. I'm trying not to look out the window - I don't want to see them!!
LOL
Honestly I shouldn't complain - we've had an extremely warm and beautiful fall so far. But what can I say - I'm a summer-loving girl!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Peace

Today’s share was inspired by a design I saw while browsing through my MIL’s magazines yesterday. These could be used as tree ornaments, gift tags or embellishments for cards or layouts.


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Card Sentiments:
*May the peace of the season be with you always.
*Wishing you a Christmas of bright moments and quiet splendor.
*Peace on earth begins within each heart.

Hope you have a peace-filled day.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Deviled Eggs

This entry title sounds a little of ghoulish so soon after Halloween, but I’m referring to a recipe page I completed for DD-1’s recipe album. LOL

We discovered that our deviled eggs are made from a SECRET RECIPE! Not because they have any secret ingredients, simply because no one ever uses a recipe, we just add pinches, dollops and squirts until they look and taste right! This may pose a problem for my sweet, logical everything-must-be-exactly-right daughter, though!!

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Food for Thought:
*Love and eggs are best when they are fresh - Russian Proverb
*A friend is someone who knows all your secrets.
*The real secret to success is enthusiasm ~ Walter Chrysler



Happy Weekend everyone!!


Can't read the recipe? Click here.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Christmas Cookies

I’ve enjoyed many hours in the kitchen baking cookies. At home that was my Saturday afternoon entertainment – finding a new cookie recipe to try or baking up one of the family’s favorites.
Through the years I still have liked to search for something new & tasty. But Christmas just seems to be the time for cutout cookies. DD’s favorites are soft sugar cookies, I go for crispy, spicy gingerbread. But the truth is, as long as they have frosting they are all good! LOL
For my blogger friends, however, I offer up this no-guilt, no-calorie version (and they even have frosting!) Feel free to decorate as desired! (DD-2 would add sprinkles!!)

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Page Starters:
*Batter Up!
*Happiness is licking the spoon
*C is for cookie. That's good enough for me! ~ Cookie Monster

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