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.

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!'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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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


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:

Monday, December 19, 2011

One last purse

Here's the last purse and clutch set I did for Christmas gifts this year.  I really like the brown paired with that shade of green and blue -- this might be my favorite one yet!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Food Gifts

It's been my tradition, each Christmas,  to make something homemade for all our church people. Since it's something I need to make a LOT of - it's not usually something huge - just a little something to say "Merry Christmas with Love."
This year I made up a homemade hot chocolate mix and paired it with mini oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies.  It's a lot more work than it appears to be, and it ended up taking me 1 whole day to get them all done!
For the 'Peppermint Hot Chocolate' I used a recipe from this website.
The batch I made for my husbands co-workers (and their families) included these yummy (and darling) Waffle Iron Cookies
 --- click here for the recipe from the Something Edible blog
Though it was fun - it was also a lot of work -- I'm glad to have one more "big" project checked off my list!

Here's a photo of mini pumpkin breads I did a few years ago for Christmas gifts --
I also have several things in my "Gift Ideas" folder on Pinterest like:
 These cute candy bar wraps from Kerry's Craft Blog
Snowman Popcorn Wrap from Paper Crafts Connection
Fudge in Cookie Cutters from Betty Crocker
Cinnamon Honey Butter from Tidy Mom
Snowman Kisses from Impressions
This post linked to:
Our Sheltering Tree