Friday, December 25, 2009

Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings

These are a favorite of friends and family alike.

1 4lb bag of frozen Tyson boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
2 family size cans of Campbells Cream of Chicken Soup
1 regular can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup
2 cans of Hungry Jack Flakey Biscuits (not the grands kind)
1/4 tsp pepper
salt to taste
1/2 of the large soup can full of warm water
LARGE crockpot

Add everything to the crockpot except for the biscuits. Cook on high 2 hours, stir and turn to low for three hours. Stir and use to forks to shred the chicken into smaller pieces. Add more water if too thick. Turn back to high for 15 minutes. Take biscuit dough and pull apart then tear each biscuit into 4 pieces and drop into crock pot. Repeat until you have all biscuits into the broth, stir and place top back on. Let cook for 30-45 minutes stirring once more. Enjoy.

If you have the time to leave on all day put everything in the crockpot but biscuits on low for 8 hours, turn to high for 20 minutes then add the biscuits as above, cook on high 45 minutes.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monogram Unity Candles

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of this picture it truly shows the uniqueness of each couple and how they express it. I was working on these this weekend to ship on Monday when I realized I had a rainbow of colors and styles, from elegant to whimsical. I just had to take a photo and share it.

Friday, October 30, 2009


I worked all day on these for a craft show that is coming up. Each holds a package of cocoa, marshmallows and a candy cane stirring stick. Yummy or as Rachel Ray would say....Yum-O!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My latest Monogrammed Unity Candle Sets

Here is a slide show of the ones I have done over the last few weeks for my ETSY customers. Want one? Click on ETSY mini to the right and it will take you to my store.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Christman Chargers

It is cold, nasty and wet here. I decided to skip the Farmer's Market tomorrow because of the weather. Not ready to be sick again after last week! So I decided I needed a new project, something quick and easy. I decided to decorate some chargers I had on hand. These are 12" vinyl chargers. I added artwork to the centers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Stocking Stuffers and other goodies

This is an order for a customer. It contained a variety of small favors and stocking stuffers, mainly teacher gifts since she works at a school. If you are interested in also purchasing some you can email me at In the bag are 5 of the Snowman Soups with hats and scarves ($1.50 each). To the right of it is a candy cane hugger. It holds a large candy cane (6 for $5). Personalized notepads for teachers (several other styles but they are all $1 each. There are two packets - Witch's Brew is 4 of the all natural Mulling Spice Tea Bags from Olde Tradition and the other in Snowman Soup with hot chocolate/candy cane inside ($1 each). Last but not least is the Hot Buttered Snowflakes (microwave popcorn $1 each). I am happy to fix a box of goodies for you!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Front Porch

Yesterday was a miserable cold, wet day here in SOKY. I ended up getting sick from sitting outside at the farmer's market in it. Today is beautiful and sunny. I feel a little better and needed to put some witch's hats outside for customers to pick up. Decided to take a picture or two of the front porch decorated for fall.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Grapevine Witch Hat for Pumpkin Stacks

Here is one of the Grapevine Witch's Hats I will have at Farmer's Market on Saturdays during the remainder of October. You can also get them on Tuesday & Thursday in the Richmond's booth (big one under long tents) who will have them for sale for me. This one is $20 and is a deluxe. It stands 22" tall and 18" wide (pumpkins not included, lol)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Candles for Farmer's Market

Just a few of the couple of dozen holiday candles I will have at Farmer's Market tomorrow. You can even order them personalized! These are vanilla scented 3"x6" pillar candles. They are $8 each or two for $15. Great gifts!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Pumpkin Poo & other fragrant Harvest Blends

Cute as can be and smells great too, that is our Pumpkin Poo! Large (5"x7") bag with header is filled with orange putkas scented with pumpkin spice fragrance. Scatter them around a candle on a plate, put in a dish to scent a room. Bags are $3 each or buy six get one FREE. Also shown is my sampler size bags of Harvest Blend Rosehips. Each 3"x4" bag contains scented rosehips, cinnamon sticks, wax tarts. They are $1.25 each or buy six get one FREE. Email me at for shipping rates.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Christmas & Halloween Treats

You can click HERE for a link to my Christmas treats. I couldn't figure out how to bring to the top of the page without redoing them all.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Apple Beignets!

I needed a quick and simple apple receipe for my cooking demo on tv tomorrow. I am repping the farmer's market. My ex husband is from Lousiana and used to fix beignets for us. A beignets is basically a sweet dough, deep fried and rolled in powdered sugar, kinda like a donut. Well I decided to incorporate apples. This is what I came up with.

2 cups of Brownulated Sugar (this is a mix of sugar and brown sugar and is made by Domino) divided into two dishes
enough canola oil to cover bottom of pot with 1.5" of oil
2 tsp Brown Sugar Cinnamon mix
1 can Hungry Jack Flakey Biscuits not GRANDS, now called Grands JR
2 apples.

Put oil in pan and heat on medium. Pour 1 cp brownulated sugar in each flat dish or bowl . Open biscuits and seperate into 20 pieces. Peel apples and cut into bite size pieces. Dredge apple pieces in brown sugar and center a piece on biscuit. Fold biscuit dough over to encase the apple. Drop in hot oil. Cook for 1.5 minutes and flip over and cook same amount of time. Remove and roll in brown sugar mix, place on large plate. Sprink Brown Sugar Cinnamon Mix over it. Makes 20 apple beignets. The Brownulated Sugar gives a sweet crispy crunch. If you prefer you can roll in powdered sugar instead.

NEW!!!!! - Here is the link to the live segment I shot today cooking these for our midday news program. Segment is on right in viewer, you might have to move to find me. Apple Beignets is the topic.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Halloween Candle

Getting ready for farmer's market tomorrow and decided to take a break from wedding candles for a few hours. Here is my first Halloween Candle. It is a 3 x6" pillar scented with vanilla.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Monogrammed Unity Candle Mania

I have been working on a slide show of a couple of dozen different styles of candles I have made for brides lately. I still have a few to add and then I will get it uploaded for you to see.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Memorial Candle I just finished for a wedding

I really liked the way this one came out so I thought I would share it.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Offinger's Handcrafted Market - August 15, 2009

I will be there at the show in a different booth space but it will still be packed full of fall wreaths, swags, tablepieces, candlerings, grapevine angels, grapevine witch's hats, Santa's switches, garlands, grapevine knots, etc plus supplies for the DIY. I will have jeweled pumkins and squashes, cornacopias, baskets, etc. I can't wait to see you there and if you want to preorder anything please let me know. Thanks!!!
Show is August 15, 2009 9-4 at the Veterans Memorial Building in Columbus, OH. Hope to see you there.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Monogram Unity Candle Sets in my Etsy store

Make a personal statement at your wedding with one of my unity candle sets starting at $15.00. I can create your monogram or you can provide one digitally. Accent with your wedding colors. Check my etsy store and let me create a set for you. I also do the Memorial Candles.

Friday, July 24, 2009

May you dance with the joy of love, FOREVER

I laughed and cried when I watched this video clip. It is amazing and so celebrates the joy of joining two lives into one. May they continue to have that joy Forever.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Dazed by Damask - Are you as thrilled as I am?

The rage or theme that seems to be running through weddings lately is Damask, especially the black on white version. Unable to find artwork I loved I asked for help from the great artists over at Ammie Amsher. If you aren't familiar with them they are a group of phenomenal artists and designers that create all kinds of kits, page elements and printables. Lynnie Smith answered my call and created two awesome sets - Backgrounds & Papers and Clipart/Elements. Go buy them now and get started crafting with them. I will be posting a couple of things over the weekend I created with them. Let's see what you can do.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monogrammed & Personalized Unity Candles

From cake toppers to gift tags, from unity candles to the is all about branding your wedding with your monogram. I have been working with several brides lately that wanted monogrammed items for their weddings without the huge prices that you see at times. Here is a set of monogrammed unity candles I just finished for a bride. They are $15 for the set. It is two taper candles with the first initial of the bride on one and groom on the other. The unity candle has their last name initial, names and date on it. I coordinated the trim to their wedding colors which are fushia and black. These sets are available in my etsy store

Monday, July 6, 2009

Update on Tess

She was adopted yesterday. A family had lost their dog of many years and wanted a new one. The picked Tess and I have actually gotten to talk to Tess on the phone as well as the family she is with. God answered my prayer. I can go visit her as well if I like. I will as I miss her and love her. Thank you to those that also prayed for her to find a new home.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The hardest thing I have done in a great while

As many know we are moving. I thought I had found a new home for my beloved Tess. She has been a loyal companion for the last 8 years and we can't take her with us. It is breaking my heart. The new home didn't work out so I just came back from taking her to the humane society. OMG that was so hard. I just threw away my contacts from crying. I don't know how I made it home without wrecking the van. Please pray that someone will take one look at her and decide to adopt her. I have told them I will sponsor her for adoption. When I left they were leading her to a kennel outside. She is such an inside dog I am not sure she will even survive this heat. My heart is broken.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pew Bows with Monogram Tags

I have been creating these for local brides and decided to stick some in my etsy shop . The tags are 8-8.5" oval with Monogram, couple's names and wedding date. They are attached to tulle bows in a rainbow of colors that you can choose from. Tags alone are $1 each or the whole tag and bow combo are $5 each (minimum of 12). They come with attached ties that connect to pews, chair backs, door knobs, posts, etc for an elegant, personalized statement in your decor. To order check out the listings in my etsy mini to the left or email me at

Friday, June 19, 2009

Hair Flowers

I am working on adding more hair flowers to my Etsy store. Nothing says summer like a flower tucked behind the ear, on a ponytail or attached to a hat. I have so many flower heads that are perfect for this that I am trying to get them made into pieces and added to my store. I just finished an order for 6 (three fushia, three orange) blossoms for a wedding so I started with adding them. Check them out in my etsy mini to the right of the blogpage.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Day 2 - of empty nest

Well the last one I have at home has flown the nest for two weeks to a camp. Got off work last night and decided to treat myself to something to eat. It is just so quiet at home. Funny how I couldn't wait to have some quiet and now the quiet is too loud, lol. He seems to be having the same problem at camp. They changed dorms and the rooms are bigger. His roommate didn't show up for camp so he has the whole room to himself. First day he was excited about that. But last night he was begging me to drive over and bring him a tv/game or computer. He said it was too quiet in his room. LOL...hmmm I know that sound. I have to run to walmart and get him a pair of tennis shoes and mail to him this morning. His tennis shoes tore up ysterday and he only has sandels with him. His other buddy that was supposed to go with him to camp didn't so he isn't sounding as happy this time. Other thing is he said two of the pieces they are playing this time he had already played before in actual band this year at school for their final concert. Have feeling he won't be as anxious to go next year. None of friends from last year are there. But he makes friends easily so hopefully when he calls tonight he will be in better spirits. What did we do without sending cellphones to camp with kids before???? Anyway....very quiet at my house. Dog is depressed too. As soon as she sees the suitcases come out of the closet she starts getting depressed. Dustin went to JROTC camp a couple of weeks ago and at day 4 she finally decided she needed a replacement Dustin. She went a got a stuffed bunny of the shelf in my work room and took it to her bed and just guarded it lovingly. When he came home that next evening she was so happy. Next day she chewed the eyes, ears and limbs off the bunny....her Dustin was back, lol, she didn't need the bunny anymore!

If you get a chance stop by etsy and check out my new listings and the treasury I created. It is the first time I got to create a treasury and I went with the theme of "Nice Day for a Summer Wedding" (Billy Idol echoing through my head at moment). Treasury Link

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stupid Pet Owners

It is that time of year again when we get to see how stupid some people really are. I was at walmart this afternoon, upper 80's and sunny. Saw yet another dog locked into a car sitting in the parking lot, window barely cracked, engine off. Dog was panting like crazy. Seems to almost always be small dogs in newer model cars or SUV's. Most too small to reach that small bit of fresh air. Walmart will no longer page for owners, it discourages shopping I guess. So I called for a police officer with the vehicle description, license plate #. They sent an office right out and the officer opened the car door and retreived the animal. Took him back to his car and left a note for the owner. If the door hadn't been unlocked he wouldn't have been able to do anything he said but wait. That is so wrong. You must really be stupid to think that an animal will be ok in a hot car. Could you handle it for 15-20 minutes under the same circumstances? least you can sweat and don't have fur. I am on my soapbox I know but it is that time of the year. So I got home and dug through my old files and pulled out the postcards I used to do and leave on the cars. Check them out. I challenge you to the following if you see an animal closed up in a car:

1. Call the police department right away and give the description, location and vehicle #. Do not approach the owner yourself as you know they are already crazy.

2. Check with the store and see if they will page the owner of the car.

3. Place a note or postcard like the one shown on the driver's side window under the wipers.

4. Check to see what local ordiance and police say about opening the door (if unlocked).

Create your own cards or if you would like a set of 10 email me. I will be making a donation for each set to the local humane society as well as giving sets to their workers. I designed these to be hateful and offensive to the owner because nothing else short of a dead animal seems to get their attention.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Was that thunder or a bass drum????

Dustin, my 16 year old is playing in our community band. The first concert was tonight at the amphitheater here. It had been stormy most of last night and again today. We weren't sure if the concert would be held but went. They set up and about 5 minutes before the concert started dad called to tell me they were getting high winds at his house. I told him to keep me updated. Concert started and I noticed a voice mail on phone. I couldn't hear it. I kept looking back over the hill at the clouds. During a lull in the music I could have sworn I heard the cows (community outdoor warning system - tornado siren). My neighbor was sitting next to me and I elbowed her and said I think I hear the cows going off. She started listening and my phone lit up again. I walked over away from the crowd to answer and it was dad telling me a tornado warning had been issued. I walked quickly back over and said tornado warning, grabbed my chair, people were staring and started across the foot bridge, neighbor and her friend right behind me. I walked up to the guy running the sound system and told him what was going on. At that point I looked back and people were getting up and several had phones. Trail was forming coming across the bridge with people that realized something was up. The guy I told went up to the announcer and told him. At the end of the song he got the conductor's attention and announced that concert was over. At that point others could here the cows so they all knew. I told them to put me to work and helped load up the stands and chairs while watching the skies. Saw a couple of what appeared to be funnel clouds in the distance dipping and going back up. Sky was wild. We loaded up and headed home and the wind hit about the time we were trying to exit the park. I had a large mc'ds coke that was full. It fell over and dustin grabbed it. I said hand it to me as there is a trashcan at the exit. Rolled window down and went to pitch it. Mother Nature pitched it right back into me! It flew back and hit the edge of window and soaked me and the inside of the van. Boy do I have a mess to clean up tomorrow in the van. But we made it home. Mom called and they were at the High School for a meeting/concert/magic show. They had locked them all in and wouldn't allow anyone to leave. Waiting to hear about damages now. What an evening.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Congrats Michelle & Francie

You are the winners of the Father's Day giveaway. If you haven't gotten your email from me please email me at so I can get your plaques (your choice) completed and in the mail to you.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Glazed Fruit Salad

This recipe was shared by Darlene, a friend of mine. She brought it to a luncheon one time and it was awesome. Haley, my newly discovered neice, and I made it for her "Welcome to the Family" potluck. Her boyfriend loved it so much he went back for seconds and thirds.

Glazed Fruit Salad

1 can of madrian orange segments
1 can of pineapple juice
1 can of peach chunks
1/2 of grapes (optional)
3/4 cup of sliced strawberries
1 banana, sliced
1 box of instant vanilla pudding

Drain orange and peaches and pour into large bowl. Drain and RESERVE the pineapple juice. Add just the pineapples to the bowl along with the rest of the fruit. Mix well. In a seperate bowl mix the pudding mix and pineapple juice thoroughly. Pour over the top of the fruit mix. Stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to serve. GREAT ON HOT DAY!!!!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hand held fans

I remember being a little girl and sitting in church with mom and dad. It would be so hot in the summer time (no aircondition). Mom would take the Sunday Church Bulletin and fold it back and forth, pleating it into a fan. Then she would hand it to me so I could fan us both. Then flash forward a few years to Gerald Ford running for office. They passed out fans all over town that were ads for him. They had "fancy" wood handles. I remember seeing several that people had "altered" to be ads against him just so they got the fans, lol. Now days I make fans, mainly for summer weddings. But after corporate took control of our air conditioners at work we were about to pass out. It would hit 85 in there and for a bunch of middle age women that may as well be 100 degrees. So I made some for a few of the gals, then made these for the Farmer's Market to sell. Well I am headed to work. It is my really, really long day. Which fan should I take with me? Have a great, COOL DAY.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Personalized Doodlepads - Party Favors

I had a request for a personalized favor for a 6 yr old birthday party. It is a pirate/fairy princess party. The guests will be dressing as pirates or fairy princesses. Here is what I came up with for the favors. These are personalized doodle pads. They are 3"x5" in size and hold 14 sheets of paper. They come with a set of personalized crayons (4) in a clear bag with header. I didn't have the crayons so I couldn't show you the whole set yet. But here are the doodlepads I designed. If you need anything similar just ask as I can design pretty much any theme.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Farmer's Market

Many of you may have seen me at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays in front of Hobby Lobby. Yesterday I got the honor of going on air and doing a cooking demo for them to advertise the market. You can catch it here. Hope to see you for the giveaway on Saturday!!!

Garlic Roasted Onions and Potatoes

6-8 red potatoes scrubbed, leave skins on
1 stick of butter or margarine
1 sweet yellow onion, sliced medium
2 tablespoons Ms Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning

Preheat oven to 350. Place stick of butter in 8x8 baking dish and place in oven while preheating. Quarter potates. Remove baking dish from oven and add seasoning. Stir well. Add potatoes and onions, stir to coat with butter mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and place in oven. Bake 15 minutes and remove, stir well and return to oven uncovered until potates break easily with side of fork (about another 20-25 minutes), stir once more half way through time.

Grill version. Make 4 large packet of heavy duty foil. Add 1/4 stick of butter to each, sprinke in 1/2 tbsp of seasoning, add 2 potatoes, cut into bite size pieces. Fold packet shut and place on grill. Wait about 5 minutes and turn packet over. Cook 15-20 minutes turning once more.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

New wedding stuff in my etsy store

I have been busy working on stuff for my etsy store and answering requests for special items. I really like doing the special requests. I have a wedding in a couple of weeks and she had seen the shop signs I do and asked me if I could do something similar for their pew bows and car window. Check out what I came up with in my etsy store. Link is to the right. Let me know what you think.

Dustin is at JROTC Camp

I can't believe my youngest is old enough to go to JROTC camp. He is now 16!!!!! Can you hear me crying? Here is a picture I took of him in his uniform the day he left. He has called twice to let me know they are yelling alot, eating very little (soon as they sit down to eat they yell at them to get up). I told him it sounded like basic training lol. Please say a little prayer for his and his friend's safety as they are doing rapelling, climbing, canoeing, etc.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Father's Day Giveaway

Father's Day is approaching soon. I have always been daddy's "little girl". 14 years ago we nearly lost him to a massive heartattack. It took three shocks with the paddles to bring him back. He lay in CCU for 5 days in a coma with little chance for a normal recovery. It had been 7-9 minutes between the 911 phonecall and the restoration of a heartbeat. Brain damage seemed to almost be a guarantee. Those were 5 of the hardest days of my life. It was also the first time I was away from my youngest son because I stayed at the hospital night and day. We had just moved back to KY after I got out of the military and I was going to college. I had a wonderful teacher and several classmates that brought my work, notes to the hospital. The night of the fourth day in CCU there was a wonderful nurse named Scott on (same name as my son). At about midnight he came and woke me up and asked me to come see my dad he wanted to try something. He had just come on an hour before and when taking dad's vitals he thought dad expressed pain and moved. He had me walk into the room and start talking while moving around the room. Dad would arch his body and try and turn to follow my voice as I walked around the room. He never opened his eyes but his body followed me. That is when we realized he was becoming alert. Within 24 hours he was fully awake. He had some short term memory problems for awhile but overcame those. Two weeks later he left the hospital trying to decide if he should have the triple bypass. They hadn't done it because there seemed to be no hope at the time and he was too weak. The boys and I talked him into it and he had it. 15 years and a round with colon cancer, infection and diabetes and he is still here and my rock. No matter where in the world I was stationed dad would always come running to see us. Last week he finally got to meet his granddaughter (see other blog entry below) and that was a gift I was so happy to give him. He never thought he would have all three grandkids together. So he will tell you he has been given the best gifts of all....the love and memories of family and friends.

In his honor I am going to do TWO giveaways - You choose your prize.
Prize #1 - If your dad or spouse is military or veteran, you might want one of my military/veteran tribute plaques below.
Prize #2 - A ceramic plaque with my copyrighted poem "The Best Dad". I had written this in honor of my own dad a few years ago.

To enter you need to leave me a comment below telling me why your dad is special to you. Also you need to tell me which you want, just type "military" or "dad" below your post. I will give one of each away so TWO winners. This will stay open until June 7th at 8pm CST. At that time I will draw and email the winner. That should give me time to get your prize in the mail and you get for Father's Day.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Plaques

I have had several people ask if I would create a ceramic plaque using my poem. I will be happy to. There are $10 each which includes the shipping in the US. IF you will provide a jpg of your favorite veteran I will be happy to include it on the plaque along with their name, rank and unit if desired. Plaques are 8x10. You can choose from Veteran, God Bless the Soldier, Freedom's Scarlet Seal (WWII)

The veteran poem is in another thread below. Scroll down please

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I have a niece!!!!!

21 years ago my sister put a baby girl up for adoption. It was a hard decision for all involved but in the best interests of the baby. Flash forward 21 years to Dec. 15th 2008, which happened to be my parents 57th wedding anniversary. I got a call at work that she was looking for us. We made contact and have writted and talked since then. When my oldest son, Scott, was laid off from work back in March I gave him a plane ticket to go meet his cousin, Haley. Today her and her boyfriend made the journey here to meet us for the first time. It has been an emotional day for all but so wonderful to finally be able to hug her. Here are Haley, my boys and me after dinner tonight. I see some similarities between her and the boys. We stood outside comparing features (hands, ankles, wrists, eyes, ears) lol. She has a wonderful family back in Alabama that have raised a sweet, smart and AWESOME daughter. I am just so happy to finally know her.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Memorial Day is coming and I have a challenge for you

We are less than two weeks away from Memorial Day. On the upcoming Memorial Day I challenge you to print out the poem I have written below. Click on the picture to enlarge, then you can right click and save as a jpg. Insert into your photo editing software and resize to fit 4 to a page (postcard size). Print them out and attach to small US flags. You can take them to an American Legion or VFW group that places them on veterans graves or you could do so yourself. This is a great project for scout or church groups. If you want them to last a bit longer you can laminate. The poem and artwork are copyrighted so nothing can be created and sold with it.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you choose to do. Thank you.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Flower Pens

I have been making flower pens to sell at the Farmer's Market. I wanted some cute packaging for them so I put in cello bags with header. Each header has a message on front. On the back of the header is a "To/From" along with my website/# in small print. Anyone else love to make these pens?

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cutie Pie - Sweet Girl

I did this headband for a wedding last weekend. The flowergirl is so precious when I see her. She talks so much older than she is, smart as can be. Sweet too. It was an honor to make this and have her wear it.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Need a cute little gift to pass out to teachers?

These matchbook notepads are inexspensive at $12 for a dozen which includes the shipping. Each holds 20 sheets of 3"x3" paper.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Caution - Crazy Woman Spring Cleaning!!!

I decided to do some spring cleaning of my blog this morning as it was getting quite cluttered (like my studio). I removed all the spring wreaths and placed what was left in my Etsy store (link is in right column) but not much was left. I am in Wedding mode now as I am doing several weddings in May/June. I also uploaded wedding flowers there that are for sale along with lost of personalizable items. If you haven't checked out my etsy store please do so and if you like me mark as a favorite. Are you a handcrafter? It is a great place to meet and sell the items you make. You can also catch me locally at the farmer's market on Scottsville Road. As soon as Mother's Day is over I have to get busy for my big fall shows which kick off in OH in Mid August. I actually sold my first sunflower wreath of the season yesterday at the farmer's market!!! I took it just to have something else on hand and it was one of the first sold! If there is any clutter you bookmarked and want to see again just holler at me.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Memorial Day Flowers - Grapevine Angels

Losing a loved one is like losing a piece of yourself. They helped in some way to make us who we are today. Memorial Day is a time to honor those that we cherished. Many people choose to do that through floral tributes. I made traditional saddles and standing wreaths but something I created last year to honor them is my grapevine angels. These 22" grapevine angels have a full wing span of 16-18". They are fully made of grapevine and pip berries. Each clutches a bouquet of your choice of flowers/colors in her arms. She also has a laminated copy of a poem about the loved one tied into her houquet. A second copy is provided to you for a keepsake. She fits directly over the vases at the cemetery or can be placed either on the ground or on the headstone. I provide two stakes to help secure her if you want to wire her down. Here are some I made for people last year. Email me at for a list of poems. Each angel is $25 plus shipping. I only ship in the US. If wanting for memorial day please order at least two weeks before hand. You may also purchase angels through my etsy store. Link is in the right column of blog.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Wedding Bouquets

These are all handtied bouquets I did for my etsy shop. Most are $12.99 each so if you know someone getting married please pass this on to them. I love doing these. Etsy shop link is to the right.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Ready for Farmer's Market

In addition to wreaths, notecards, seed packets I will have Recipe Booklets and Dip Mixes at the market. The first two booklets are now available and are $2.50 each. An additional one or two will be available next week. Recipes include Parmesan Chicken Bake, Spicy Grilled Shrimp, Pork Chops with Tangy Honey Glaze, Spinach & Grape Chopped Salad, Corn & Broccoli Frittata, Asparagus & Red Pepper Pizza, plus many more. Pick up the fresh ingredients at the market and prepare a new family favorite that same night. Village Dips from Whistletop Farms are also available in my booth. Each dip mix is packaged in a "building" box. A cute gift idea. Three flavors are available to start. They are Lem'n & Dill, Roasted Red Pepper and Roasted Garlic & Herb. Mixes are $2.50 each and make 1-2 cups of dip for your favorite vegetables. See you at the market!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Country Cooking - Recipe Booklets

For those of you visiting the Farmer's Market held in front of Hobby Lobby, look for the new cookbooklets I will be selling there. Learn how to use the great fresh ingredients from vendors in wonderful new recipes. Have a favorite recipe to share? Send it to me and if I chose to use it I will send you a copy of the booklet yours appears in. Titles will include: Garden Delights I & II, Salads, Just Desserts, Social Suppers, Soups & Stews.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Teacher Gifts for end of school year

It's not to early to start planning on a special personalized gift for your favorite teacher. Shown is one of our 6"x8" ceramic plaques that contains the school name, teacher name, year, quote and list of students in the class. Also shown is a personalized quart can filled with candy. Plaques are $10 and that includes shipping anywhere in the US. Stand is not included. Candy cans are 7.50 shipped anywhere in the US. They are great for teacher's desk as the can be used to hold pen and pencils after the candy is eaten.

Shown to the left are personalized plaques with just the grade, designs and teacher name on them. They are $8 shipped anywhere in the US. Popcorns, notepads and keychains are available as well.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Cute Gift Ideas for Military Family Members

These soft sided photo albums hold 36 4"x6" prints in their vinyl pockets. Each has a cover and back design that showcases your pride in your loved one. Available designs include (wording changed on those shown): Proud Wife/Girlfriend/Mother/Grandmother/Family Member/Daughter, etc of an American Soldier or the Hero Daddy/Mommy one. The one for daddy is great to either hold pictures of the parent/child for the child to look at while their parent is deployed or for the soldier to place in their cargo pocket. Being softsided it is easy to carry with them overseas. Each photo album is 3.50 plus $1.50 shipping in the US. If you want multiples or personalization (names) done on them please contact me at

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gift Certificates now available on ETSY

Want to send a baby plaque to someone? Want to order one but the baby isn't born yet? Send a gift certificate instead. Gift certificates are available in my ETSY store. Each gift certificate is good for one plaque and the shipping anywhere in the US.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Samples of Personalized Baby Plaques

These 6"x8" ceramic plaques are fully personalized for your precious new baby. You may order directly from my blog by contacting me or purchase a gift certificate on etsy at $10 includes shipping anywhere in the US. Pick up locally for $8. A great gift idea for a new parent or grandparent. Also watch my etsy store because occassionaly you can pick up a specially priced gift certificate there. They can be made to hang or placed on easel as shown (not included). I love to do custom design work so email me your needs

Sweet Sweet Baby Giveaway

The winner is 99Beetle!!!!! Congrats!!!! She is happily awaiting the birth of her second grandbaby.

Spring Showcase

Here are just a few of my spring things.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mother or Grandmother Plaque

These 6x8" ceramic plaques feature poetry honoring either a mother or a grandmother. A great gift to let them know how much you love that they are in your life. Each plaque is $4.

Friendship or My Sweet Daughter Plaque

These 6x8" ceramic plaques feature poetry honoring either a friend or sweet daughter. A great gift to let them know how much you love that they are in your life. Each plaque is $4.