Friday, December 30, 2011

Printable Music Tags - UPDATED

Made with free images - not to be copied or sold. 
Images courtesy of:


In answer to Christa's question: "How do you plan to use these?"
Use tags to:
1. Tie on gifts (like a loaf of quick bread, a plate of cookies etc.)
Like here and here and here and here and here
2. You can use them as the main focal point on a card
Like here and here and here and here
3. Use them to embellish a scrapbook page
Like here and here
4. Maybe as a journaling card
Like here and  here and here
5. Use them in your decor
Like here
6. Make a mini album with them
Like here and here and here
Really -- the sky's the limit!

This post linked to:
Whatever You Want Wednesday

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Handmade Christmas

I couldn't post this before Christmas because my mom reads my blog, and I didn't want her to see the purse and matching clutch I made for her as a Christmas present.
I really like how the black and white turned out looking rather classy. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge

This super easy fudge recipe is also very soft and creamy! My very favorite way to eat fudge!
Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
1 jar marshmallow cream
Bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil 3 minutes
Add peanut butter and marshmallow cream; mix well.
Pour into a buttered pan
Chill till set.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Russian Tea Cakes

These are my favorite "Christmas cookies" and I usually end up making at least a double batch or more before the season is over.
Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup softened butter or margarine
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup walnuts
2 1/4 c. flour
extra powdered sugar for rolling cookies in
In a lg. bowl combine first 4 ingredients with mixer. Stir in walnuts and flour. Roll dough into 1 inch balls; place 1 in. apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes until firm to touch but not brown. Do not over bake. While warm, roll in powdered sugar. Cool; re-roll in powdered sugar before serving.
Enjoy!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Vintage Postcards

I realize this is a little late for this year's Christmas -- but I just figured out how to layer and share them with you.  You'll want to click the image to bring it up full size, right click and copy, paste and re-size (if desired) in whatever program you use to print things like this.
As always -- these images are taken from various freebie sites -- not to be sold.  A full list of sites I found these images at will appear at the bottom of this post.









This one isn't a postcard -- but I love how it looks with the music paper behind it!

Images courtesy of: 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Recipe Cards to print

After posting my homemade postcards (here and here) Polly, from Backporch Graphics requested that I make some vintage recipe cards and post them for you all to print and enjoy! So....here's my attempt at making it work.  You should be able to click the image and pull it up in another window - right click to save it -- and then paste it in whatever program you use to print things - re-size (if desired) and print! 



All the images used on these cards came from sites that give away free vintage images.   I have read  and am abiding by their rules for usage --or I contacted them privately and obtained permission. These cards are for personal use only --- Please do not copy and sell any of them.
Images courtesy of:
  1. Graphics Fairy - The last two with their images and the image of the 3rd card
  2. Fashionalities (the index card used in the first four)
  3. The Workshop Window (images on the first two cards)
  4. J. Rae's Shabby Cottage (image on the fourth card)
 Stay tuned for some vintage layered postcards -- coming soon!
If you have a request - leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

"Gingerbread" Houses

On Monday, my daughter and I went to an all day cookie bake hosted by friends.  It was a lot of fun with 6 of us ladies talking, laughing, and baking all day......and a few guys dropping by to taste the wares from time to time.
Since my daughter's 3 friends are out of school for Christmas break, a friend and I went together and got stuff for them to make "gingerbread" houses out of graham crackers, icing, and CANDY!
They had SO MUCH fun and were quite creative with their houses.
Just getting started
The first time these kids had done one of these -- they LOVED it!
Even the 2 (almost 3) year old got in on the fun!
Check out that plate of candy......
All finished....
Have to love the funny face he's making for the camera
The little one ran off before I got her picture with her completed house and yard.  

Here's the recipe for the icing you use:
3 egg whites
1 lb. powder sugar
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Mix together and ice away!

My friend and I made up the houses and let them set for about 20 minutes (so the icing would harden and keep them together) - and then we let the kids at them. 
They enjoyed decorating both the house and yard -- making things they called:
trampolines
gardens
trees
the north pole
bushes with lights on them
and lots of other things!

It was a fun day with lots of memories made!
This post linked to: Our Sheltering Tree

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Clutches

I made two more little clutches for two special ladies at church.  These were made using the pattern on this blog - and now that I'm on to them I  can whip them up in about 30 minutes (from start to finish!!). 
The first one was a "go-along" gift - the second one is the gift so I filled it full of goodies.
These hold quite a bit of stuff, and I love the shape of them and how easy they are to "whip up."
Here's the tutorial I made for these clutches.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More Christmas postcards

A few more postcards for Christmas  -- like in this post
For this one I tried using a piece of music for the background -- I really like how it turned out.
I made a few few more than this - but gave them to a friend who ask me to make her some for "special" friends before I had a chance to photograph them.
Images came from:

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