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Easy & Pretty Coffee Filter Flowers DIY

  In the spirit of upcycling and crafting with thrifty materials, I give you: Coffee Filter Flowers! I hear you, these guys are all over Pinterest. These coffee filter flowers range from super…

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Posted by on April 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

How Listening to Others Can Make You a Better Person

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I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

Ernest Hemingway

 What if I tell you that listening is much more important than speaking? Most people often forget that we have one mouth and two ears, which means we should listen twice as much as we speak. That way we will be able to connect with others on a spiritual level, not being driven by our egoistic instincts which make us speak without listening.

The world would be a better place if people listened to each other more. Thus communication will be real, everyone will say what they want and won’t keep it in their head, conflicts will lessen and people will refind their compassion.

Listening is an art, a way to other people’s heart, an effort requiring patience, sometimes a battle with yourself, and a skill you need to learn in…

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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

New Packaging for the Wood Mount Stamp Sets

New packaging for wood-mounted stamps – thanks, SU!

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Today is a two-post day.  I can’t help myself – when I stumble across exciting news, I can’t always wait to share. 

I just saw this video on Stampin’ Up!’s Youtube channel and had to share it with you.  It’s a sneak peek at the new packaging for wood mount sets – starting May 31.  Being the nerd that I am, I am beside myself with excitement over this storage solution.  It is perfect, and I can’t wait to get my hands on these cases!

While I still collect many wood mount sets, I’ve started buying a lot of clear mounts because they are easier to store and take up less space.  This new packaging will definitely make my clear mount / wood mount decision much more difficult when I am selecting sets.

I’m in love.  What do you think? 

Thanks for stopping by!

Brian

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Posted by on April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Great use for your Bind-It-All

I have got to give this calendar a shot!

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I’m in need of a 12 step program!  I am addicted to yet ANOTHER facebook game! *sigh*  I haven’t been doing much crafting lately, just playing that stupid game!  My crafty friends told me to snap to and and show them something pretty so here’s what I got…

Calendar 001I made this several weeks ago, I wanted a nice calendar for my desk… it would also make a pretty gift for someone 🙂

Calendar 002I totally love my Bind It All and I am always looking for reasons to use it.  It is the perfect tool to make these lovely calendars.  Also, you probably already know, if you follow my blog, I LOVE My Mind’s Eye papers!  especially the ones with the glitter!

Well I am off to take my brownies out of the oven….  We are snowed in today, in the middle of a blizzard so I felt Chocolate would be…

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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in handmade, holidays, papercrafts, Uncategorized

 

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Laughadaisy blog…

Such beautiful cards – great source of inspiration, too 🙂

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Wow!  For me, the year 2012 seemed to drop off a cliff in the last few weeks.  Illnesses, injuries, health issues, and other surprises – for me as well as the children – have really slowed me down, not to mention the way the Holidays seem to take on a life of their own, when they finally arrive.  Although we did have a good time and made some great memories with the children and with family and friends, I am really looking forward to a little ‘calm’ and recuperation in the first few weeks of the coming year.

In the spirit of wrapping up the year 2012, I’m posting my favorite cards from the year.  It has been a fun year of creativity for me, with some good hits and some obvious misses, but with definite improvement overall, I believe.

In fact, I keep a spreadsheet of all the cards I’ve created…

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Posted by on January 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Trying my hand…

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…at something new – Banana Nut bread!

As I was enjoying greatly my very first day of Christmas shutdown – a long overdue time away from work after 6 months of working 7 days a week – I have decided I should bake something. Now, baking cookies is just not something I do, as they always turn out either burned or slightly underbaked so I have decided on doing something I have never tried before – Banana Nut bread.
Ingredients:
8oz butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
3 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
1/4 cup milk
3 bananas, mashed
2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:
Preheat oven at 350F. Grease bottom of two loaf pans. Sift together the flours and salt. Cream the butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, mixing well before adding the next one. Add mashed bananas and nuts. Add dry ingredients, milk and vanilla extract. Pur the batter into loaf pans. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the center comes clean when a toothpick is inserted. Remove from oven, let the breads cool for about 10 minutes, then remove them from the pans. Let the banana bread cool off completely before slicing. Store them at room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap, then in aluminum wrap to maintain moisture.

My first try turned out delicious: not too sweet, not too banana-ey and the perfect amount of pecans for my taste (though Jim is not all that font of nuts…lol).

Yep, I can see myself making this recipe again, when time allows 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Lately, I have been in the mood of trying my hand again at some mini albums – and this one is one fantastic tutorial to start!

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than looking through old family photos. I have this wonderful cousin (Tammy), who for our past two family reunions has gone way overboard in bugging all of us for old family photos. She’ll call and say something like “I’m coming over tomorrow with my computer at 2 o’clock to scan photos so have them ready.” And, she doesn’t take ‘no’ or any other excuse! For someone like me, that’s most likely the only way she’d ever get those pictures. I’m glad she plays the drill sergeant in the family or we wouldn’t have access to all the wonderful old photos she’s managed to collect in just two years. She burns a stack of cds so we can all take one when we attend the reunion. I always scan mine in and peruse the photos as soon as I get home.

So when I found out

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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in Uncategorized