Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Etsy...oh my!

I have been so bad about blogging since I decided to start posting creations on Etsy. Not only can I post my own items but I can see and buy items from other AMAZING artists......oh my......its out of control! So in addition to rubber stamping, and crochet, I have added beading/jewelry making, sea glass, and anything else I can put together. Hey, its much cheaper than therapy.....I think......no, maybe
not......but certainly is more FUN! Here are a FEW of my recent creations.....all of which are available here

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sea Glass Dream

My newest addiction.......sea glass! We took a trip last month to the Glass Beach in Fort Bragg off the California coastline and found the Glass Beach. HAD to go back last weekend to see more because I can't get enough! This area was an old dump site for the local residents back in the 1940's - they would take their old glass and pottery to the cliff and throw it over. Little did they know, their garbage would all wash out into the ocean and God would return it as absolutely beautiful polished sea glass.....what a treasure!

This is the view from sitting on the b

Glass covers the entire beach several inches deep........

Here is a pair of earrings I made out of some of the glass I collected......

Oh my gosh, I really didn't need another craft addiction! 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Search for a smile

Lately I've been a tad on the grumpy side (my husband might report slightly more than "a tad") and when I get like this I try to go looking for things that make me smile. To be honest, those things constantly surround me, but sometimes it just takes a closer look. God's creations are amazing......I found some in my own backyard.


Friday, July 1, 2011

Feelin' patriotic

Gotta work this 4th of July weekend (and birthday) so I got out my stash of beads and picked out some favorites and strung 'em up. As you can see, I don't like things even and symmetrical. lol
Except the earrings.....
Have a very happy Independence Day everyone!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Today's Treasures

I can't believe it!! I went to JoAnn's today looking for yarn for my next project and not only did I find my yarn, but I found the FIRST edition of MOLLIE MAKES magazine!! I had just subscribed to the magazine and was able to purchase the second edition online, but the first edition was gone......until I saw it when I was in the checkout line! Fortunately, I didn't have to run anyone over with my cart to get to it.
And not only that, but here are my other treasures: more fabric, two sizes of yo-yo makers (I have no clue how to use them or what I will make, but I had to have them), and a Handmade magazine to add more inspiration to my already spinning brain.
Sigh.....I still haven't done the dishes from the apple pies so I can't play yet.

Carry-on Apple Pies

It all started when I woke up yesterday to this recipe in the newspaper.....
I don't bake very often (because I don't like the mess) but I thought if I could do this, it might make a nice blog post similar to many I have seen and drooled over, so I gave it a try....

I even had the little star cutter on hand from previous craft projects....
I don't believe I have used my handy-dandy Pampere'd Chef crimper yet, so I dug it out of the back of the utensil drawer and presto!.....
A little sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar and ready to bake.....
 I think they turned out every bit as pretty as the ones in the newspaper.......totally excited!!

And since I had leftover dough, I opened a can of cherry pie filling......definitely messier and I found out the cherry limit is three! They were a little leaky after baking but still yummy! The cherry ones got a heart cut-out instead of the star....
And they made it past the taste test.........yessssssssss!
One last picture.....I couldn't throw away all those pie crust scraps to I made them into a mini pie......
Now off to do the dishes.........thanks for looking! If anyone is interested in the recipe, leave me a comment and I will post it.
Ok, here's the recipe:                  APPLE HAND PIES

2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon butter
3 small baking apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored, and diced (approx. 2 cups)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
Two 14.1oz packages refrigerated pie dough (each pkg has 2 rounds of dough)
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
In a small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
In a deep skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add apples and 1/3cup of the sugar mixture. Saute for 3 to 4 min. or until just tender.
In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch, lemon juice, and water, then add to the apples and stir. Cook until the juices thicken and bubble, about 1 min. Set the filling aside to cool.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
One at a time, on a lightly floured surface unroll each of the 4 rounds of pie dough. Using a 3-inch circular cutter, cut out 9 rounds from each piece of dough for a total of 36 rounds.
In a small bowl, beat together the egg and milk.
To assemble the pies, place 1 dough round in front of you. Lightly brush around the edges of the round with the egg mixture. Place 2 teaspoons of apple filling in the center of the dough. Top with a second round of dough. Gently press down so the tip round meets the edges of the bottom round. Use a fork to crimp and seal all around the edges. Brush top with more of the egg mixture and sprinkle with the reserved cinnamon and sugar. Use a paring knife to poke a hole in the top to vent steam. Repeat with the remaining dough rounds and filling. Place the hand pies on the baking sheets leaving 1 inch between them. Bake for 18 to 20 min. or until the crust is golden brown. Let cool for 5 min. then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
(I used my mini cookie cutter to cut the star or heart in the top round before placing it on top) Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Happy Birthday to my husband!

Tomorrow is my husband's 49th birthday so I stamped him up a card. Stamping is another one of my hobbies which has recently been a bit on the neglected side but I enjoy knowing I can pull out my stamps whenever I have the urge or need. I get almost all of my inspiration for stamping from Splitcoast Stampers. I advise you not to look unless you can resist starting another hobby........if its not too late! Happy Birthday Sweetheart!