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 wreathartist@aol.com

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


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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? Imagine...at 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 wreathartist@aol.com 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!!!


http://www.wbko.com/midday


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.