noun: a small piece or amount of something, esp. one that is left over after the greater part has been used.
synonyms: noun: fragment - piece - bit - shred

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hammin' It Up...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome back to the Farm!!!!  I know, I know, it's been two months since I've been here.  Believe me, there ARE reasons.  Notice the plural there?  Mhm, if anyone can have reasons in the plural to not keep up with her blog, it would be me.  So many issues, so little patience.  Isn't that how the saying goes? And, since I've been gone a while, I do believe I owe you an explanationS.  That wasn't a typo peeps; that was a plural explanation with a capital S.  LOL!  Oh gosh, where to begin...

Let's see, the weekend after my last blog post, I and my seester-in-law, Christi, went on a little weekend road trip to visit with our other seester-in-law, Tori (whom you have seen pics of in my Take Me Out to the Thrift Store post).  Although I had every intention of posting when I got back, I sort of took a wrong turn and didn't get home until very late.  -Sigh- 

The next weekend I was going to post and couldn't because my camera was STILL at my daughter's house (in another town) on top of her refrigerator.  Seriously, sometimes I could just bip Mr. Scrappin upside the head.  Who in the heck puts a camera on top of someone's fridge (did I put this on another post before - it sounds a little deja vu to me) when it should stay in my bag WHERE I HAD IT!!!  So yes, all of my projects to that date were on the camera.  -Sigh-

Weekend after that?  Veteran's Day weekend, which I ALWAYS like to post about, but didn't get to.  While I took Thursday and Friday off the week before so that I could lengthen the three day weekend that I was visiting my daughter, I didn't get to post because the stinkin' vertigo came rearing it's ugly head and left me just about decapitated (or incapacitated, whichever).  I had gone down that Thursday to help her paint her living room, make curtains to add some cuteness to her windows, make some really super cool crafty stuffs to decorate with and I can't even remember what else.  Believe me, she had a list.  A BIG LIST.  After treating ourselves to Tiki Teriyaki, a place I cannot leave behind when I'm visiting there, we decided to go shopping for the fabric to make the curtains.  Somehow we ended up with the fabric and nine pillows.  Interesting.  The next day, she took off from work and we painted her living room.  A lot.  And when I say a lot, it's because the paint color was much lighter than we believed by looking at the chip AND the paint splotch on the top of the bucket, so we painted over the same spots about a million times because we couldn't see where we'd already painted.  For cryin' out loud in the dark!  It wouldn't have been so bad, but since we didn't have the curtains on the windows and because of the position of her windows, the light almost completely canceled out the ability to see where we had put the paint.  After several laughing fits, Sarah sat on the floor and pronounced in the voice she used to use as a little girl that she HATED painting. I see.  We did prevail and it looked so darn cute.  Now for the trim.  And by trim, I mean the baseboard, the windows, and the freakin' door that has about a thousand windows in it (well, actually only about 16, but it felt like a thousand - ask me, I painted it).  I THOUGHT that I had taken some really great photos because I really wanted to blog what we had done, but I was wrong.  And then...the next day...the vertigo set in and that was it for me.  Crapola.  I seriously hate vertigo.  I suffer from it pretty consistently, but most of the time it's pretty manageable.  Not this time. But, I digress, and her living room turned out so darn cute!  I'm proud of us!  And just why did we do all this, you ask?  Because Sarah had just purchased her very own, not borrowed or been given to, not hand me down, but her very own first set of furniture that she got to go out and buy on her own.  Great explanation, huh?  So of course she had to have cuteness to put that new furniture in.  I completely agreed. Except that I was going back down for Thanksgiving and she wanted to know if we could do the kitchen then.  -Sigh-

Oh wait, I forgot the most important part...while I was down visiting my paint hating daughter, apparently something happened to our water here at the farm.  As in there was no water.  Anywhere, at all, for anything.  No showering, no washing dishes, etc.  Greatttttttt.  Now, being a city girl through and through, I did not take this news in the same calm fashion as Mr. Scrappin when he informed me of this little "issue" as he called it.  I freaked.  He assured me it would be fixed the next day. Which it was.  EXCEPT, it wasn't.  It worked for a little while and then blurped out again.  Hmmm.  Mr. Scrappin replaced the breaker to the well pump and good as new.  EXCEPT, it wasn't.  As I was coming into the house after being gone all weekend, he once more ran out of water.  Ok, now I'm totally freaking.  I'm weak and I admit it.  I like my luxuries.  Water, power, food: I like them.  So, the next day as I'm at the doctor's office, hubby informs me that he had finally found the real source of the problem.  A FREAKING GOPHER ATE THROUGH THE WATER LINE. Seriously?  And then...a really super cool power surge went right through the house and completely fried my computer.  As in dead, kaput, finito, obsoletion to the max. Unfixable.  FREAKING GOPHER NEEDS TO DIEEEEEEE!  -Sigh-

So after that, my excuse is that I had not only illness going on, but no computer.  Oh, I had my laptop that my daughter had given to me earlier this year but no wireless access at home to use it.  No email, no posting, no checking out my fave blogs or even Pinterest.  NOOOOOOOOOO!  What kind of life is this?  Good grief, I don't know which will kill me first, being sick for so long or no pinning!  I cannot take this! So, I ordered a wireless router, which I had hoped would solve the problem.  Uh, no. Some IDIOT in our house (and let me just say that it WAS NOT Mr. Scrappin) couldn't get it to work. Although I followed every direction given, the connection just would not come.  Frustration set in and I just gave up.  Tried again in a couple of days and the same result.  Hmmmmm.  Everyone I called said the same thing, which was exactly what I had done.  And I was getting ready to box the stupid router back up, I found a separate plug in on my desk and couldn't figure out what it went to.  It wasn't in the box of the router so I looked and looked to try and figure out where it went.  Well, it went to the router, silly!  It obviously WAS in the box, but apparently came out attached to something so I didn't see it.  Yay, I fixed it. EXCEPT, it wasn't.  It worked that night and the next morning and then...nothing. What the stinkin' heck?  Seriously, have I not suffered enough over the last weeks? So I undid everything and tried again the next day.  AND WE ARE NOW IN BUSINESS PEEPS!  OH MY HELL, DOES EVERYTHING HAVE TO BE THIS DIFFICULT? -Sigh-

After scoring, into the crock pot, on low.
So, fast forward to my Christmas projects that I thought I'd share, but won't because I didn't do them.  Yeah, you guessed it.  Still sick.  And sick of being sick. Nor did I get to go visit my kids at Christmas like I had planned. Grrr. Tried for this weekend but that didn't work out so well considering that I finally went back to work Thursday and ended up going home after only half a day Friday.  REALLY?  I felt so much  better on Thursday.  Not so lucky the next day.  And yes, I'm still sick today. I'm pretty sure I should get a prize for this!  I will attempt to go back to work tomorrow and IT HAD BETTER LAST!  -Sigh-

And we are today, where I decided that I was going to do a blog post it if killed me...and it just may.  In the event that you never hear from me again, please remember I love you all.  :)  Seriously, I think these meds are finally going to be the ones that work, but I'll admit I'm getting a little more than frustrated at this point. So...without further ado, here is my post for today...ham.  Yes, that's right, I said ham.

The glaze will foam up due to the cola content, but this will
not hurt anything.  Underneath the foam is a nice, caramel
colored bowl of beauty.
Why ham, you ask?  Well, because we didn't really get to have a holiday dinner and it just seemed like we needed one today.  Hubby had to work Christmas night and will have to work New Year's so today was a good day to do it. Normally, I make a really yummy glaze to go with the ham; however, since someone here (cough me cough) hasn't been keeping up on the grocery shopping duties, I am out of almost everything.  And we ALL know what that means - I'm going to have to improvise. Correction - I'm going to try to have to improvise based on what's actually alive in the pantry.  Pretty sure the beets aren't gonna be included, nor are the tomatoes. This could get interesting.  I'll start praying right now.  Hopefully something will come to me.  I'm not a huge fan of ham; I don't mind it but it's never my first choice. But when I do have it, I WANT MY GLAZE.  Pardon the outburst, I think I'm starting to panic now.  Seriously, we are down to the bare bones of just about everything and this can't be good!  If I was ever creative, let it be now!  Here goes nothing!

Simmering in the glaze in the crock pot.  Yum.
I always put my ham in the oven, but this time I just felt lazy.  I didn't feel like having to clean up the mess when it was done.  So I decided to take a chance and put it in the crock pot. Never having done a ham in there before, but having done a ton of other things (my crock pot and I are besties), I figured it couldn't really hurt it, right?  We'll see. Hmmm...different glaze and crock pot cooking...will this actually work?  And if not, what the heck will we have for dinner tonight?  Even if it does work, will it be good? These are questions that need to be answered.  

After careful perusement (is that actually a word?) of the ingredients in my kitchen, I came up with what I thought would be a good glaze.  I'm still working on what to name it, because I'm pretty sure that "Ellen's Whatever is Left in the Kitchen After Not Shopping for Two Months Glaze" is going to scare most people off.  Seriously, if you found that on Google, would you try it?  Didn't think so!  Neither would I! Well, this is what I came up with and, I must say, it looked a little weird:

1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup honey mustard
8 ounces Pepsi 
2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Microwave for two minutes, stirring after the first minute and at the end of cooking.  This helps to break up the mustard and the marmalade.  

Now I know that those ingredients sound a little strange in combination with each other, and they sort of looked interesting when mixed up, but I have to say it did SMELL good.  Hopefully that was a good sign.  We all know that sometimes that doesn't really mean anything.

I scored my ham, more in squares than in diamonds because that's just how untalented I am, and placed
So pretty! See the bits of orange from the marmalade?
it in my crock pot.  For some odd reason, it actually fit; I'm not sure how that happened but I wasn't going to fight it.  I then poured the heated glaze over the ham and turned the crock pot on low.  On went the lid and voila...I let it go for a while. My ham was almost six pounds, and this was quite a bit of glaze for that size; but I always like to use the leftovers for ham and bean soup, glaze and all.  It adds quite a nice extra oomph of flavor.  Mr. Scrappin just looked at me as usual.  LOL!  I think he's afraid now that he knows I sometimes (most of the time) ad lib my meals.  Poor man, all he wanted was a normal, loving wife and look what he got...BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHAH!  I say he got what he many of you have husbands that walk around KNOWING that their gym shorts are on inside out?  Yeah, I thought so.  Just me. He says that's so I can't take his wallet but I'm not buying it.  I think he's just weird.

Now I know that we're not supposed to take the cover off the crock pot when it's actually being used because we lose cooking time, but I wanted to make sure the top stayed moist and had some glaze on it besides the initial pouring on.  I didn't start basting until after the first hour and then only about every 45 minutes after that, really quickly.  My only other concern besides the possible drying out of the ham was how the glaze would really work in the crock pot.  Would it caramelize like in the oven?  I can tell you right now that the answer was no.  BUT, having said that, it still came out very pretty and with a beautiful sheen.  

Beautifully moist and tender.
The overall consensus of ham in the crock pot is this: Pretty darn good! The glaze did caramelize just a little on the ham, making it beautiful.  And once I took it out, it was so tender to cut, and juicy to look at. Hubby had three pieces, which made me feel really good.  I felt like it was a success.  The sweetness of the glaze really complimented the saltiness of the ham and had a nice, light taste.  Not over sweetened like some glazes can be. While I did not thicken my glaze at the end of the cooking time since I like to use the leftovers for soup, it would be super simple to add a little cornstarch to the crock pot to make it a little thicker for a more gravy-like texture.  

Although I was a little skeptical about putting my ham in the crock pot and would probably not do it every single time, I'm glad I tried it because it definitely works. Talk about making it easy!  So...even though I've been absent for a while due to some interesting circumstances, I'm glad I made it back today.  I've enjoyed hammin' it up with you!  

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Leibster Award Nominees Unite!...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! Someone, anyone, please tell me that your week has gone much better than mine. Even if you're lying, please tell me!  It's been real, and I don't mind saying that it's been extremely frustrating as well. Our payroll direct deposit was late, and I don't mean late on the same day; I had a flat tire; our building is going to have no restroom facilities due to an under the building leak; and I had to once again fight with the credit union that holds our mortgage because they can't seem to figure out how to post the flipping payment.  And by flipping, you all know exactly what I mean.  I'm sure of it.  I did have a really bright moment though when I received an email saying that I was nominated for the Leibster Award. Yay, something GOOD! Although I found out today that my Red Sox are going to the World Series so I'm happy about that!

As I was sitting in the back seat of my friend and co-worker's car (we carpool), on the way to our necessary weekly Monday morning Starbucks visit, I was checking my texts and emails when I opened up the fun one!  Sure, the texts from my daughter are always my favorites, but this email was rad!  Do we still say that?  It was from Cindy at DIY Beautify and it said I was nominated for the Liebster Award! Now, having a teensy weensy blog following, I am thrilled by any and all visitors that come through to visit, whether they end up following or not.  In this case, I noticed that she followed me as well.  Yay!  She left me the nicest comments telling me what it was she enjoyed about my blog and it totally made my day!  On a Monday even! Can't get any better!

My first thought was, "Is this woman crazy?  She's nominated me for a mop?  What the heck is THAT all about?  How the heck did she get into my house to see my floors?"  Then I remembered that the mop brand name was Lieberman, not Liebster.  Oh thank heavens!  Small scare there since we all know (and if you don't know I'm telling you now) I HATE to mop the floor.  Whew, got out of that one safely.  But then I was thinking, "Is she going to send me some lobster?  Why?  She doesn't even know me and I'm not a huge fan of lobster.  What the heck is THAT all about?"  But I stopped my idiot self from that one and reasoned that if she was sending me lobster, she would have said that.  Suffice it to say that at that point I figured it might just be a good idea to actually READ the email, rather than glimpse it over.  So I did.  And that's when my whole entire week was made, because after that it all went downhill.  THANK YOU SO MUCH, CINDY, FOR MAKING MY WEEK!!!!

I know you're all asking what I did then, so I'll tell you.  I bragged to Leslie and Liz. Yep.  Right in the Starbucks drive-through.  And I was ok with it.  I hate braggarts, so that's saying a lot, but I did it - I bragged and I read the comments out loud that Cindy had written.  It was awesome.  And then I got my soy Chai tea, extra hot, no water, and went on my merry way.  It was a good day.  :D  And then, since I really needed to know something about Cindy, I went straight to her blog.  Chai in hand, I started reading and I have absolutely no idea what we talked about on the rest of the way to work because I wasn't paying a bit of attention. Sorry L&L!  I had priorities! First of all, the name of her blog won me over because it's so simply defining of her posts.  DIY Beautify is a great blog for homey projects, tips for your budget and just about anything else you want to look for.  It's very comfortable, meaning one can spend a llooonng time reading the posts and admiring the projects. You've GOT to visit Cindy there; you'll be sorry if you don't.

So... I am supposed to answer 11 questions that my nominator has chosen, and I'll do that first before I give you my nominees and questions for them, as well as the rules for participation.  And I hope everyone does participate; there is NOTHING, and I mean nothing, more humble than being nominated by a fellow blogger.  It's what we're all hoping for - that one of our favorite bloggers has noticed us!  After all, I aspire to be as creative, or funny, or as good a cook, or as worldly as some of the ones I follow and it makes me smile that someone has noticed little old me.  :)

Alrighty then, without further ado, here are the questions Cindy has set out for me and my responses.  Hold onto your hats!

1. What post are you most proud of?
I think the post I'm most proud of is the one about my brother, Viva La Veterans. This was my way of saluting not only my big brother, but also the many veterans in all areas of our military who have fought for our freedoms and our privileges, some offering the ultimate sacrifice. Too often they are forgotten or just thought of as an extension of our rights and they are much more important than that.

2. What is your favorite color?
That's super easy - green! And any of the earth colors come a very close second.

3. Heels or flats?
Well, since I'm a super klutz, more often than not it's flats, but I do like small heels, about 1 to 1-2 inches.

4. Would you rather bake or cook? Or get take-out??
Actually, I would rather bake and/or cook when I have the time because I love to do it. But if you're offering me Aloha Island Grill, then it's take-out all the way!

5. For your dream vacation, would you rather go to the beach, the mountains or camping?
Um, with this one I'm going to have to say the beach. We all know I'd start a forest fire or something if I were camping and if I were in the mountains I'd fall off a cliff. Beach it is so I can stay away from the danger and still enjoy.

6. What is your least favorite household chore?
This one's easy too! DUSTING. I hate dusting. Hate it, hate it, hate it!!!!!

7. What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
Hmmm, this one's a little difficult. I have several favorite things, depending on which family member and where we are. But I'd have to say just hanging out and talking about some of the funny things we've done, or rehashing old stories of holidays. There are some really entertaining and poignant memories both and I love to keep those alive and make new ones. Example? You got it - my daughter had broken her arm for the third time (she was a super tomboy and had no fear) and when we got to the emergency room she bet the doctor $25 that it was broken. Not believing her because she wasn't crying and carrying on, he took the bet and told her they'd have to wait for the x-rays. Yep, he paid her $25 in green. LOL! She was in the third grade that time.

8. What has been the most difficult thing to learn for your blog? (ie: how to add a pin it button, how to increase SEO, figure out CSS, etc)
Uh, exactly what are those things you just mentioned? LOL! I think the most difficult thing has been how to add buttons from other blogs. Sometimes it works fine, but other times it just doesn't seem to want to go the way I think it should, even with the directions as clear as day. That's why you only see links and not buttons.

9. What is your most embarrassing moment that you can publicly share, lol?
Oh boy, I don't think I will EVER forget this one as long as I live, even if I have Alzheimer's! I was about 19 and working in a nursing home and it was my day off. I was poor, trust me, POOR, and I did not have a car or a phone. Luckily I lived only three blocks from where I worked. Well, my shift was 4:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. I woke up thinking someone was at my door and, yep, there was. Someone had called in and they needed me to cover. Needing the money, I of course said yes and threw on my uniform really quickly and went to work. All day long I kept getting funny looks and snickers and I couldn't figure out why. I figured it was my bed hair since I just kind of threw a ponytail in it. Nope, when I got home that afternoon and undressed to take a shower, I realized that I had on these BRIGHT FUCHSIA PINK underwear that everyone could see through my white uniform pants. Oh my gosh! I was so embarrassed!!!!!!

10. Who is the first boy you kissed?
Oh gosh, I really can't remember this one! Crud! Am I lame or what? I have visions of Andy Herd when I was in the fifth grade, but I know I never kissed him. Does that mean I still have a crush?

11. What is your favorite restaurant?
I have two. One is Casa Mia in Kennewick, Washington and the other is Mamma Mia in Spokane, Washington. Are you getting the hint that I like Italian? These are both homemade, like my grandmother used to make, not frozen and reheated for the customers.

Apparently, I'm also supposed to give you 11 random facts about myself, but I don't know if I have 11 random facts about myself. Hmmmm. Let's see if I can come up with that:

1. I live on a farm where my hubby raises cows, pigs, wheat, hay and barley. I am actually a city girl, from Sacramento. LOL!

2. I used to be in the roller derby. 

3. I love eggplant.

4. I'm a super wimp, having no strength at all. I can hurt myself without even trying.

5. I can fall over anything, even if there isn't anything there. Just sayin'.

6. I hate winter - that's not so random. Anyone who reads this blog knows that.

7. I have two dogs that think they are human. I'm beginning to think so too. Baxter talks.

8. Even though I almost despise tv, I do love the old tv shows like Lucy.

9. I have two brothers and a sister.

10. I'm on my third Hyundai and, laugh if you will, but I LOVE them!

11. I hate drinking water. Always have, always will. I just don't like it. Weird, I know.

Well, wasn't that enlightening?  I'm boring and I'm sorry.  I just don't know what to tell you that's random about me.  The rules didn't say to give you a history of all the stupid things I've done so I'm not going to.  hahahaha  And, speaking of rules, here they are!  Hang on a minute though, Mr. Scrappin thinks I need to help him make breakfast because apparently his arms are broken.  Back in a flash!

Alright, here we go, rules please!

1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you.
2. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers.
5. Come up with 11 questions for your nominees.
6. Notify the bloggers whom you have nominated (Note: you cannot nominate the person who nominated you).

While I'm busy trying to think of questions for my nominees, I will name my choices for the nominees of the Liebster Award.  Not lobster, mops or anything else.  Just so that's clear.  :)

1. Annalea @ MiGi...The Blog
2. Bre @ Average...But Inspired
3. Cathy @ Cathy's Craft Corner
4. Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff
5. Helle @ A Spoonful of Crafts
6. Jeanette @ Always in Training
7. Katie @ Smile Like You Mean It
8. Mandi @ Mandi Being Crafty
9. Michelle @ Green Acres Hobby Farm
10. Mindi @ My Love 2 Create
11. Selina @ Pretty Purple Treasures

Believe me, you NEED to check out these bloggers.  They have awesome ideas that are just endless!  I don't mind saying that I've drooled over at least a couple of things that each one of them has presented.  You're really missing out if you don't visit!

And now, for the questions my nominees will get to answer.  Oh, those lucky ducks. Hee hee hee  Oh, alright, I'll be nice, even though I'm pretty sure it's going to kill me.

1.  Do you blog for income or recreation?
2.  What is your favorite blogging memory?
3.  Thrifter or new item?
4.  What is the weirdest thing that has happened to you?
5.  Ireland or Italy?
6.  What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
7.  Have you ever gotten a "freebie" on the side of the road?
8.  What is the temperature where you live right now?
9.  What is your favorite crafting supply?
10. Do you have a favorite craft store or do you prefer the big box stores?
11. Who do you admire most?

Ok folks, that's it for now!  I hope you'll stop in and visit Cindy at DIY Beautify, as well as the other nominees I've named.  I know without a doubt that you will enjoy each and every one of their blogs and the great ideas they've shared.  


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tray Cool...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I hope everyone's past week was a good one.  Mine was not.  Just...NOT.  And I am sooooo thankful it's over and we're on to another week; one that just HAS to be better.  Besides going to work, I don't think I actually accomplished one thing that was on my agenda.  Not one.  I'm so disappointed in myself, not to mention my house still looks like a few hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis came through, one right after another.  Before you go laughing and thinking that I'm exaggerating, let me just tell IS possible for that to happen.  Really, it is!

I had grand plans of going through all the extra things in the laundry room that I've had high on the shelves just in case they'd be used.  Well, I did that when I moved here six years ago and it's all hubby's stuff up there.  With the exception of my Kitchen-Aid mixer attachments, that is.  THOSE get used.  I just wanted to get that room back in order since it seems like things just like to end up in there.  I also wanted to get my craft room cleaned up and reorganized, which did not happen.  It still holds the mess from December, which seems to be getting worse.  Not sure how that's happening.  hee hee hee

My grand plan of cleaning out our bedroom closet, which really just needs a few things gotten rid of, didn't happen.  Nor did my taking apart the baker's rack or placing my collection of flour sifters and graters on the top of the cabinets where they would look really cool.  Nope,  none of that happened.  So...what DID happen? Well, nothing.  I basically came home and fell into a chair or the couch and vegged the entire week.  I guess I was still feeling pretty tired after not feeling well and having a hard week on top of it.  Hey, wait...I DID do the dishes a couple of times! That counts for something, right?  Right?  And I made dinner a couple of times too.  I think.  Honestly, I can't remember.  LOL!

In honor of doing nothing this last week, I am sharing a project I did for my mother-in-law on her first Mother's Day after Mr. Scrappin and I were married. She wanted some wedding pictures but, as we are not the professional photo type of people, we had some really different pictures and I couldn't decide which ones to give her.  And I didn't think she actually wanted a wall full of a thousand framed pictures of us.  Or did she?  Well, I didn't actually ask, but I was guessing on that one.  LOL!  After looking through and finding my favorites, I decided I'd present her with a fun little wedding picture tray that she could enjoy.  Now remember, this was done in 2009, since hubby and i got married in 2008.  I felt, and still do feel, like those pictures on her tray were true portrayals of us and our quirky, fun, emotional, serious and happy personalities.  Have I pumped us up enough? Hahahahaha!  It's just that we are, well, just plain goofy.  

This was actually a really fun project since i was putting my heart and soul in this for my mother-in-law.  I think I'm one of those lucky people that truly loves their mother-in-law and has one that loves me back.  Too bad we can't go out in public together very often without escorts.  Why, oh why, does everyone think we do nothing but get in trouble?  History only shows that six out of seven times something happens with us.  And we usually find it funny because we're so much alike.  Now, THAT'S scary!

All I did was buy a frame, place some scrapbook paper in it for a background, place my pictures and a few embellishments and leave it for a little bit to make sure I was happy enough with it to present to her.  I had hubby drill a couple of holes in each end of the frame and then I placed drawer handles that I'd bought in there so she could use this for a coffee tray, or maybe a tray to put her bible on while she was doing her studies.  She ended up choosing to put it on the wall because she was afraid it would get broken, but I was sure to let her know that if it made it from me to her that it was safe forever.  LOL!  We all know what I klutz I am!

This type of project could be used for anything; a birthday, a gift for a teacher with a class picture inside, or just drawings of one (or more) of your children.  Basically, just a showcase of whatever you want it to be.  In my case, I wanted it to be tray cool for my mother-in-law so she could continue to enjoy that day with us by just looking at her gift.

Frame from Michaels; Patterned Cardstock from Club Scrap; Embellishments from Making Memories; Drawer Pulls from Home Depot.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spotlight on Me at The Dedicated House...

Hello, Happy Wednesday (thank you heavens!!!) and Welcome to the Farm!  I received a great surprise today and wanted to share it all with you! 

Katherine, of The Dedicated House, one of my favorite blogs to follow, is spotlighting me today!!!!  How exciting is that?  My very first feature and I am thrilled to pieces!  Not only is Katherine's blog a great blog to follow on it's own, but she also has some really fun link parties for you to attend while you're there.  On Mondays, she has a "Make it Pretty Monday" link party where you can link up all of your beautiful creations for everyone to see.  When Friday rolls around, she hosts an "Anything Blue" link party where you'll want to post your favorite blog post that has anything to do with the color blue.  It's really been fun seeing all of the different "blue" interpretations from all of us out there in Blogland.  

So we've got link parties on Monday and Friday, but what about the middle of the week?  She's got something for that too!  Wednesdays are when Katherine hosts her seriously awesome "Before and After" post where she showcases a before and after project from some very talented followers.  And this week, she showcased ME!!!! How totally cool is that!!!!  Once I received her email to me letting me know, I was just waiting for this day to get over so I could get home and do a little bragging.  I know, I know, it's not really like me, but...MY FIRST EVER FEATURE AND IT'S ON HER BLOG!   It just can't get any better than that.

Take a minute or two and check out MY CABINET MAKEOVER that she has so graciously spotlighted.  And please, please, please, while you're there, DO NOT let yourself get away without going through a few (or more) of her posts.  I guarantee you are going to love her blog.

Oh, and did I mention...I'M SO EXCITED?  Take a look!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Paint Can Melody...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I hope this past week was wonderful for all of you.  Mine was "eh."  The new work week was starting and things were fine.  Then I started feeling really weird.  One minute I'd be freezing and the next minute I'd be completely burning up.  People kept telling me I was on the "hot flash track" to menopause (I just turned 50 a couple of weeks ago) and, while this may be true, this WASN'T the "hot flash track."  I just didn't feel well. Made it through Wednesday and was feeling pretty good on Thursday...or so I thought.  There I was, rockin' my work day and then it hit me.  I was sick.  Plain and simple...I was sick.  Great.  Home I went where, here it is Sunday, and I am still not feeling well.  I think I feel better because I can get up and around a little, but not for long.  Pretty sure that grocery shopping is out of the question.  

As we all know, not feeling well and having to watch every little move you make so you don't get sick any more than you have to does not mean valuable crafting time. Sucky!  Which translates to the fact that all those little fun projects I have lined up are still in line.  And they're fighting for who gets to the be the hall monitor, which is stupid considering I don't technically have a hall.  It's more of a "space."  LOL!  To be fair, I'm pretty sure projects really don't know any better so I'm just letting them fight it out on their own.  Meanwhile, I was lucky enough to remember one of my favorite projects from a while back (and, by a while back, I mean four years) that I really enjoyed doing.  It's one of the ones that I was really pleased with, which doesn't happen that often.  I see all this beautiful crafting all around the blogosphere and really wish I had that kind of talent, but I don't.  This particular one left me feeling like maybe at some point in time I would be blessed with it!

When this project was done, it was at the "paint can high" of crafting. Everyone was getting paint cans to either fill for weddings or birthdays, paint and embellish, or just plain get crafty with. On one of my trips to my favorite scrapbook store which, sadly, is no longer in existence, I found this beautiful paper and knew I had to have it.  Whaddya mean what for?  Are you crazy?  WHO has to have a reason?  It was prettiful and that's all I really needed to know.  I knew at some point I would find the perfect project for it so of course it somehow made it's way to my little basket.  I NEEEEEEDED IT!!!  From there, every time I wanted to use it, I couldn't bring myself to do it because then it would be gone and I wouldn't have any left.  Come on, quit judging my lack of logic - I know you feel the same way!  It was just one of those that I  had to have THE perfect project for.  Scrapbooking would have had it covered up some and I just couldn't bear that.  So I waited...and waited...and waited.

Then I moved here, away from all my family and friends and favorite no-longer-existing scrapbook store, which I would visit each and every time I went back until my son so rudely informed me that it was out of business.  I cried.  Literally.  Not only was it my favorite scrapbook store, but my friend owned it and I had spent many, many cropping hours there having so much fun and getting some really awesome ideas from the talented ladies that were there.  Oh, they did some beautiful work with their layouts.  Someday I really do want to achieve that level of creativity.  Anyhoo, I digress.  I moved here.  And I lived here for about a year and a half before I decided to return.  Except it didn't quite go the way I planned and then I returned here.  Are you confused yet?  Because I SURE AM!!!

So, I move back here and get a position where I am working with the most wonderful of ladies.  And I truly mean that.  There is just no one like them. Loving, kind, accepting, caring...what more could you ask for?  If I was going to be in this place without my family and friends, I was lucky enough to have these awesome peeps in my work place.  Although I've since moved positions (in the same department) these are still my favorite co-workers of all time.  They still care and they still ask me about my life (former and present).  Now, one of these ladies just happens to have the most beautiful daughter (next to mine, of course!) who has the biggest heart that I have ever seen.  At the time I made this gift, it was for  her 18th birthday; she's now 22.  Whew, where did the time go?  

So...this pretty girl that was about to turn 18 at the time just happened to love music.  She was in band and she played the oboe.  Beautifully, I might add.  When I got to know her a little and realized just what a beautiful person, inside and out, that she was, I knew the time had come to use that paper I'd been hanging on to for dear life.  Enter Ashley's music can.  I'd love to give you a more exciting and ear-catching name, but I don't have one.  Now, before you go getting all hot and bothered that I don't have a really cool name, just remember I'm still unwell.  The fact that I've had four years to come up with a name is irrelevant.

So I found this paint can at my fave scrapbook store when I went back on one of my visits and knew that I'd be using this fab paper on it.  The question was how?  I didn't want to mangle the paper; I really wanted the warmness of it to shine as the main focus.  Pooh thot and thot...oh wait, that's another story...I thought and thought and came up with the idea you see here.  Not only was this my first paint can project, but it was also my first mod podge project, which had me scared to pieces.  I could just see this globbed up can turning out so disgustingly icky.  But I was patient which, for those of you who know me in person, know is EXTREMELY rare. And by extremely, I mean once I was patient and this might have been that once. Yeah, I just am not known for that particular quality.  

Before I started, I made sure to wipe all the outside of the paint can, as well as the lid.  I did that mainly because I know how I am when I see something; I've got to pick it up and check it out and, since this was my first mod podge project, I really didn't know whether there would be an adhesion problem or not.  I am so naive when it comes to that kind of thing.  I measured and cut and mod podged my little heart out and worked diligently to make a beautiful project for Ashley's birthday. To finish off the look, I trimmed a piece of card stock and attached it at the bottom and the top rims, more for a covering up of any raw spots than anything.  But the pop of color it added really surprised me and I think it really brought out the beautiful warmth of the pattern paper.  I even managed to make a card that I actually liked too!  I was on a roll that week!  Woot!

After I had adhered everything with the mod podge and let it dry, I went back over it to seal the paper.  I didn't want any ends to start popping up and coming undone.  Once everything was dried thoroughly and sealed, I grabbed some ribbon from my stash and started going to town on the handle.  That was kind of fun in itself, I must say.  I'd never done anything so random and I was really enjoying it.  I ended up using several of my leftover odds and ends so not only did I love the look of what I was doing to the handles, but I used up some stash, enabling me to get more stash.  Hee hee hee.  I KNOW you all know what I'm talking about...getting more stash is important to our daily lives.  We NEED it. 

This is the one and only paint can project I've ever done, mainly because I just don't think I can duplicate the feeling this one has.  While you all know I'm not one to toot my own horn loudly, I am really proud of this project and I feel it turned out so beautifully.  

Music Pattern Paper by Creative Imaginations; Jewels by Doodlebug Design; Card Stock (Terra Cotta) by Close to My Heart; Mod Podge Matte-Mat by Plaid Enterprises; Wooden Mini-Frame by unknown source.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Let Them Eat Cake...

Just out of the oven.  This will look
 better when the cake
is leveled correctly.
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! How was everyone's week? Hopefully it was a really good one!  Mine was busy and went fairly quick so that was a plus! Can't complain about that, right? RIGHT!!!  Usually four-day work weeks are pretty slow because you're off your game, but I'm so glad this one wasn't.  I had a lot to do!

Crumb coated and ready for filling
and frosting.

Remember in my last post that I mentioned I was working on the cake for my stepson's wedding reception?  Well, that's kind of an understatement. Actually, I worked steadily for two weeks on it (every evening) to make sure I could have it done the way it should be. Yes, there were a couple of snafus on the way that made me seriously think about shooting my eyeballs out but, thankfully, that didn't happen!  What was scary was that I had never made a wedding cake before.  Of course I've made cakes and cupcakes and desserts, and when my kids were little, I did tons of those shaped cakes.  Those types of things were easy.  Even the shaped ones, because I always did the star shape for the frosting since that's all I knew.  No one cared though, because I had different colors and there were bunnies, balls, trucks, etc.  And they were fun.  Even though the only shape for the frosting was using that star tip, they were just plain fun.

The start of the Bavarian Cream.
Flash forward to now, when the last cake I actually star-tip decorated was for my 26-year old's eighth birthday.  Um, yes, it's been just a little bit of time in between.  Holy cake eating, Batman!  So, for two weeks straight I've been in that kitchen (which now looks like a cyclone came through several times) baking, freezing, and picking up broken cake pieces.  Yeah, there were a few of those.  For example, the FIRST one. I decided to bake the largest layers first to get them out of the way, but the very first one didn't exactly come out of the pan in good condition.  And by that, I mean it swooshed out all over the counter and broke into what seemed like a bazillion pieces.  Which, of course, upset me.  And then I laughed because, seriously, this is WHAT HAPPENS TO ME.  Every time.  It's like a curse.  I just took those pieces and shoved them into my lasagna pan so hubby could eat it.  Good thing the kids chose white cake, cuz that's his favorite and I knew there would be no problem with it disappearing.  He loves cake and it doesn't have to be in one piece!  Yay for hubby!  LOL!  

Cooling of Bavarian Cream before
adding final heavy whipping
Now, never having done a wedding cake before, I wanted it to be as perfect as I could get it.  I researched several recipes and websites, blogs and books so that I would at least have an appearance of knowing what the heck I was doing.  The more I read, the more it scared me. What is this crumb coating thing? Who the heck uses dowels in their cakes? WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS FROSTING IS BETTER "SUITED" THAN THIS ONE?  Oh my gosh, who thought it would be that complex? Not me, that's for sure.  But I had committed and I was not backing out.  Some say that's brave; I say it's stupid. STOOPID, do you hear me?  What in batter's name was I thinking?  All I can say is that I'm so very glad that I had the presence of mind to research.  I truly did not know that there were "inside" steps to making the end result beautiful.  But, I want you to know, I followed those suggestions and there is no denying that they made all the difference. I'll never look at cake making the same.  

1-1/2 cups sugar and 6 egg whites; the
beginning of
Wedding Cake Meringue.
I started out with baking all of the cakes so that I could get them in the freezer and have the peace of mind knowing they were ready for me to start decorating. There is a great comfort in knowing that, I've found. Just the thought of realizing they are finished, with no more accidents of falling out of the pan, cracking (which happened to a couple of them) and that I don't have to try and hurry because I shirked my duty and wasted my time thinking it would all be ok in the end.  That, my friends, was a huge relief.  After the first cracked cake, I went back to figure out how I could possibly avoid that.  I wondered if I had used a  bad recipe or if I had somehow done something wrong. Turns out I did neither, but there is a trick or two to be had.  First of all, ALWAYS use parchment on the bottom of your pan.  Once I did that, the cakes came out so beautifully, and I mean by both coming out of the pan wonderfully and with a beautifully light brown color. Secondly, "thunk" your batter-filled pan on the counter once or twice before you actually put it in the oven.  Why, you ask?  So did I.  The answer to that is that it helps to settle your batter a little more evenly and eliminate any air bubbles that might be lurking below the surface to cause those cracks.  Once I started "thunking" I never had another cracked cake.  My way of "thunking" was to pick up the filled pan and then drop it onto the counter from about an inch or two.  

After heating, you gotta
Once my cakes were baked and in the freezer, I baked another set of the smallest tier for the bride and groom to taste-test.  I had already researched the filling (they wanted Bavarian Cream) and the frostings that I was going to use.  We all agreed that the filling needed just a  bit more vanilla, and I made two different icings for them to try.  I frosted one half of the cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and the other half with a Wedding Cake Meringue.  In what was a truly monumental moment of "I've totally got to sit down for this one," Seth and Sadie agreed on the frosting. HOW did that happen?  I was stunned, and so was Mr. Scrappin.  Of course the soon-to-be newlyweds just laughed.  Best of all, they both loved the cake and thought it was nice and moist and that the filling would be perfect once I added that extra bit of vanilla. Hooray, the decisions were made and the rest of the caking (is that a word) would be easy sailing.  Hopefully.

Since they got married on September 7th, which was yesterday, by the way, I took Friday afternoon off from work to start the finaling of the cake.  Cakes were removed from the freezer and allowed to thaw a little bit.  The crumb coating was done and, let me tell you, this really IS an important step!  Basically, crumb coating is where a thin layer of icing is applied to the top and sides of the cake so that that icing traps the crumbs.  After the crumb coating is done, the cake is then refrigerated for about half an hour so that the icing adheres well.  Once that's done, it's actually pretty smooth sailing for the rest of the process.  If this step is done correctly, the final layer of icing will be crumb-free and beautiful.  Although I've never done that step before, I will never NOT do it again.  It was so amazing to me to realize how much of a difference it really does make.

Filled with Bavarian Cream and
second layer added.
Now that all the crumb coating was finished and the cakes were in the refrigerator (the largest ones were in the freezer because I hadn't yet cleaned out the fridge), I made the filling.  The recipe I found was astonishingly simple and so yummy.  The Bavarian Cream came out silky and tasty; the only alteration I made was to add an extra teaspoon of vanilla. I'm thinking that the reason it needed more was because the actual recipe called for vanilla bean, which I didn't have and that the vanilla extract just wasn't as potent.  But the recipe itself, which I found at Joe Pastry, was fantastic.  Everyone that tasted the cake loved it, as did the wedding reception guests.  That made me feel really good!  I will definitely use this as my go to recipe! Once the Bavarian Cream was made and cooled, I started filling the cake, leaving about one-half inch along the sides so the filling would not seep out.  That, too, is something I read in my research.  When I was reading it, I wondered what the point of that would be, but as I was actually putting it into practice, it became very obvious - when you put that second layer on, it's heavy enough to spread the filling out a little.  DUH.  DOUBLE DUH!  You would think I'd have figured that out on my own, right?  Nope.

Cakes filled, frosted and ready for boxing
and transport.
With the filling on and the additional layers added to each bottom, it was time to frost the cake.  Now, I really have to know, is there a difference between frosting and icing? Because I use them interchangeably all the time and I truly do not know if one term is more proper than the other. Help me here, peeps!  You know how I rely on you all!  Frosting the cake was kind of an interesting process for me.  Since I was doing the meringue icing that Seth and Sadie had chosen, there was a fine line of not letting it be in the refrigerator for too long and not leaving it out too long.  I think I did fairly well, but there was much trial and error and THANK GOODNESS I had done this trial and error on the test cakes or this could have been a disaster! That being said, it was still a little tricky getting the final product to look the way I wanted it to, and I didn't quite accomplish that the way I was hoping.  I did the best I could, but I couldn't get it to be completely and professionally smooth.  It ended up being a sort of combination of rough and smooth at the same time.  Only me, folks, only me!

Ribbon and flowers for the cake.
A lovely combination.
Sadie had given me an idea of what she wanted her cake to look like, so I tried to stay as close as possible to the simplicity of it, but I didn't want to copy-cat someone else's cake. I think that wedding cakes are a greatly personal thing and I think every bride should have an original one, not a clone of someone else's.  With that, I got some ribbon and some silk flowers and began to make my plan.  A very simple plan, since neither Seth nor Sadie wanted something fancy.  Their color scheme was purple and yellow, and I was able to find what I thought was a good combination of the flowers and ribbon.  Before transporting, I did attach the ribbon to the layers it was going on, but I did not do the flowers until AFTER transporting. I was really afraid of the transporting process anyway, and I just had this nightmare vision of globby cakes everywhere with sticky, ugly, mangled flowers.  It scared the frosting right out of me!

The cake all put together.  You can actually
see the groom on the topper in this picture. 
Saturday came and it was time to transport the cake.  Oh, holy cake topper, was I scared to death!  There were four tiers to be transported and, during my research, I read several sites on how to transport the cake, but I just could not bring myself to do it like that. I cannot even begin to tell you the terror I felt here.  I am nowhere near a professional baker and this was my first ever wedding cake.  I made several errors throughout the process and thankfully fixed them, but the transport really bothered me.  For that to even make any sense to you, you would have to realize that in addition to the nervousness of wanting it to be beautiful and edible for them, our driveway is NOT conducive to transporting something so fragile.  We have a gully in the bottom that you get stuck in when it snows and it really does go uphill both ways, with a double winding near the top.  And with the several (and by several I mean five) lightning and rain storms we've had over the last month, it was even more washed out than it was before. Scary.  I could just picture the tiers sliding all over.  Even though I had boxed them up, I was scared out of my mind. Mr. Scrappin drove down the driveway at a snail's pace and we finally made it to the road.  Then he drove the away-from-the middle of town way and it took us what seemed like forever.  But, when we arrived and I opened the trunk, I was so happy!  It was still the way it was supposed to be! HALLELUJAH!

Although the picture is crooked, the cake
really is upright and straight!
Now, let's get it from the trunk to the house in the rain.  Oh yeah, that was fun.  Fortunately, Mr. Scrappin   did that part too, and as he brought each tier in, he stacked it for me.  I had already done all the doweling before we packed the cakes so that all I would have to do is layer, do a little touch-up and add the flowers and topper.  Oh happy day that it all turned out alright! I did have a little bit of an attack when the bride's little brother plopped down right at the table the cake was sitting on and the entire cake shook.  I just knew it was going to go tumbling down.  After about three plops, he realized I was turning a little green and asked me if I was ok.  LOL!  Intuitive little guy.

Seth & Sadie cutting the cake. Thank goodness
 it  didn't fall over!
As the reception got underway, we had a lot of fun visiting, eating, and taking pictures.  Of course the pictures are a requirement, right?  After a while, Sadie came over and asked if we could bring the cake out of the house and put it onto a table outside. PANIC CITY!  I really was not sure that it would survive the trip outside at this point.  Mr. Scrappin and I both declined to attempt the move, so her grandfather and her mother brought it out. The table they set it on was already sinking into a muddy spot (remember, it was raining when we first arrived) and was leaning.  Great; my vision was going to come true.  When they set it down, you could see that it was starting to lean and I was praying to myself that it wouldn't topple over onto Sadie's beautiful dress.  Oh heck, I could so see that happening!  The angels were still with me because that didn't happen.  

Seth and Sadie cut the cake, with the usual smearing of it onto each other and then it was time to serve it.  I did get a lot of compliments, which I greatly appreciated since it is by no means professional looking, but all I could really think at that point was, THANK GOD IT'S OVER and LET THEM EAT CAKE!!!!

Cake Pans by Wilton; Cake boards and boxes by Sunny Side Up Bakery; Silk Flowers and Ribbon by Michael's Stores; Cake Topper by Wilton.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bejuls Is Good...

This one, Poppa.
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! This last week of summer has been a wild one here, what with the cooler weather coming in at night and it being so warm during the day.  Now you know me; I LOVE the warm but am really rather miffed with the cool.  And here it is back already. Didn't it just leave? Seriously folks!!!!  I have never been able to figure out what I did to Mother Nature to make her despise me so.

You hafta reach high.
In the midst of all this weather cooling and allergy enabling weather, I have been wracking my brain trying to decide which post to do next.  A couple of the really cool ideas (well, to me at least) I've had are still waiting ever so patiently for me to get to them.  Why? Because at the moment I am in the midst of preparing a wedding cake for my stepson's upcoming wedding reception.  More about that later, IF said cake actually comes out looking like it should.  Since I haven't gotten to my projects, I can either show you an old project (that hasn't been shared yet, of course) OR some lovely pics of little Ms. Addisyn and HER garden.  Guess which one I choose?

It goes in the bucket to eat.
Peaches...and a ladybug!

Now, I know that you're wondering how an almost two-and-a-half year old can have her own garden, but let me just say this:  BECAUSE SHE SAID SO.  Yes, Momma and Daddy do the work and, yes, Momma and Daddy do the cooking and everything else with the yummy produce they've grown, but...Addisyn says it's hers.  LOL!  Of course it is.  Who's else would it be?  Really?  Does everyone not know SHE IS THE BOSS? I've got to admit that she is pretty darn enthusiastic about her "bejuls" (vegetables to those of us who are over two and/ or can actually pronounce that word).  Seems like she has planted quite the variety of things to enjoy.

Addin' this cucumber to
my stash, Daddy!
My carrots!
While we were on vacation, Poppa (aka Mr. Scrappin) and I went to visit the kids, who all live in the same area, which is where I moved here from.  Thank goodness they're near each other! And, of course, we had to have us some Addie time. Cuz that's the rule. Addie time is very important. Since we don't get to see her often, Addisyn takes a little time to warm back up to us but, when she does, she goes full bore!  It is TOTALLY hilarious!  The stories I could tell you!  We laugh so hard when we get to visit with her.

It's right in there, Daddy!
Momma & Addie
The first day we were there, she showed Poppa how to pick the peaches off the trees.  Obviously, in his old age, Poppa could not figure this out on his own. Good thing she was there with the instruction!  At least until the ladybug appeared and yep, then Poppa was on his own.  The ladybug was much more important.  Addie and Poppa got a bucket full of peaches and marched right into the kitchen with it, where it was extremely imperative that one be cut up and eaten NOW.  As in RIGHT. THIS. MINUTE. POPPA.  Right after her little handful of M&Ms that she got out of her machine with a quarter (a quarter which neither Gramma or Poppa had so Momma had to front us).  Smart girl, knowing the chocolate comes first!

After that, Daddy got home from work and he and Momma went out to the garden to pick some veggies and do a little weeding.  Or a lot. It's a nice size garden.  Of course Addisyn had to supervise and make sure they did it right. Can't have a messy garden, you know. So...what exactly is in Addie's garden, you ask? Lots!  There's keeni, torn, cummers, madoes, carrots and I forget what else.  Oh, and waddermemon.  Yummo!  The little rascal certainly knows her bejuls!  I saw the corn stalks at the end and asked her, "Addisyn, what is that?"  She just gave me this look that said, "Seriously?  I'm only two and I know what that is so what's wrong with you?" Along with the look, she said in the most ridiculously sarcastic voice EVER, "torN." LOL!  It was hysterical.  If you could have seen that face.  I cracked up!  She was obviously not impressed with my lack of bejul knowledge.  Sorry Addie.  Gramma's a little old to be remembering all this stuff.

I need more, Daddy.
Following Momma and Daddy out to the garden, Addie made sure they did everything the right way.  She even held on to Daddy's pants loop so he wouldn't get lost in there.  Good girl!  She's definitely got it going on!  They picked, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots (and I forgot what else) and we had some cut up to eat with dinner.  Uncle Dale arrived and helped eat some of the sliced cucumbers that Addie had added some (a lot lot lot) of salt to. Wish I could have gotten a picture of THAT face! Hahahahaha!  Big brother Daniel made the best zucchini fries I've ever tasted (also the ONLY zucchini fries I've ever tasted).  I had seconds.  I really wanted thirds but I was too busy laughing at Addisyn stealing her Momma's hot dog and admitting to doing so "only once." Apparently there's a one-time free pass for that.  

You hafta dip it in ranch...
Cheese, Uncle Dale!
And then, we got some news - ADDIE IS GOING TO BE A BIG SISTER!!! Yep, Adam and Keri (aka Daddy and Momma) just found out that there's another one on the way.  Oh happy day!  I never thought I'd get even one grandchild, so two is just an over the moon thing for me!  I'm thrilled!  And I know that Addisyn will be able to teach baby brother or sister how to get the bejuls from the garden when the time is right. Because, according to Addisyn, "Bejuls is good."

Sunday, August 25, 2013

What Found Me At The Thrift Store...A Sequel...

Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm!  I hope your last week has been as wonderful as mine has!  A long-awaited vacation, getting to visit with my children and little Addisyn; exciting news; preparation for a wedding; relaxation and fun. Couldn't have been better unless it were longer.  Yes, longer is good!!!  Oh, and I had a birthday.  Turned the big 5-0.  Time to call Alex Trebec and get my old lady policy lined up.  Oh yeah, baby!!

The cutest metal basket ever.
You may recall that in last week's post, we (and by we, I mean THEM) caused a commotion at my favorite thrift store.  During that visit, I (meaning me) found a couple of cute little buys, which I mentioned in that same post.  What I didn't tell you was what I ended up doing with those lovely treasures of mine.  Thank the lucky stars I made it out of that store alive and out of handcuffs without having to return them to the shelves!! Can you imagine the horror?  Someone ELSE possibly getting their grimy hands on MY selections?  Oh no, that would have broken my heart.  I know you all know how I feel; how could you possibly even THINK about putting something back once you've chosen it to love? Oh, the pity we feel when that happens.

Just big enough to hold a
zucchini.  LOL!
Now that I am (almost) over the trauma created by Mr. Scrappin and the gang, I feel able to share my tiny little projects with you.  Actually, it's more the buys themselves that I'm sharing since I only actually transformed one of the three things I bought. BUT, you will love what I did with one of them, even though hubby did not see eye to eye with me on it.  Sis-in-law agreed with me, which is why we are (still) waiting with baited breath for our very own reality thrift shopping show.  Tori had the best name for it - Thrifty Sisters - and I think she should have a little extra of the proceeds for coming up with it.  It's brilliant!

A beautiful motorcycle spring!
Now, I know you will all be laughing at me when you see what I did with the motorcycle spring, but I tell you, it was GENIUS!.  I don't have many of those moments so I totally expect a lot of "oohing" and "aahing" over this, ok?  And, just so you know, I am not above begging for my kudos.  Really, I'm not.  In fact, I can probably do it very well if you really must know.  But yes, I turned that motorcycle spring into a cutting board holder.  Why not?  It's funky, fun, unusual and totally rad (if I do say so myself).  When I first laid eyes on that lovely thing, the first thing out of my mouth was that it would be a cool cutting board holder.  Hubby just looked at me and said no.  At which time I turned to sis-in-law and asked what she thought.  She said she could see the vision, so there ya go. It was perfect, really.  I didn't even have to do a single thing to it except run it through the dishwasher to get the dust and grime off of it.  It sits proudly on my counter and I love looking at it.  Yeah, it's weird, but that's just me.  I love being different and not having the same things as everyone else.  Who really wants a cookie cutter home? Unless there is an actual cookie involved with the cutter, it isn't for me.  

Voila!  A beautiful cutting board holder!  I love it!
Then there were these little trays that were just the cutest ever.  But I need another Christmas tray like I need more hay in the field to make me sneeze. Just sayin...don't need 'em. However, they were the absolute perfect size for two particular little dudes I know and I envisioned two tiny chalkboards.  Oh yeah, now we're talkin'!  What better than a little chalkboard of their very own to write on?  Personally, I thought it was pretty brilliant.  Mr. Scrappin just gave me another one of those looks.  Mhm, I tell ya, he DOES NOT have the gene for visionary transformation when it comes to this kind of thing. Other things, he most certainly does, but little tiny things like this, not so much. Doesn't matter; I took them home anyway.  They were calling to me and you KNOW how that goes.  

Christmas trays cute on their own...
And the little metal basket? I don't know why I need it...I just do.  You know when something just jumps into your hand and you don't even know how it got there, but all of a sudden there it is?  That's exactly what happened here.  I did pick it up at one time and then put it back.  Then after all of the hubbub going on in my normally quiet store, it somehow was in my hands at the checkout.  I couldn't bear to put it back if it was desperate enough to want to go home to MY house.  Seriously, have you BEEN to my house? I assure you, it's not the safest of places, nor is it the sanest.  It's kind of scary.  But this little basket is adorable!  It's metal and it's obviously been weathered a little bit. Hubby just shook his head and laughed at me and told me it was a golf ball bucket. So? Does that make it any less a bucket than any other?  I think not.  And does it really matter?  It was cute, lonely, needing a home and (did I already mention) cute. It NEEDED me.  Apparently I am the only one that understands this.  And I don't care because I truly *heart* it.  It's perfect on my counter or possibly on the table holding napkins or condiment packages.  So take that all you non-believers!  BOO YAH!

I'm sure that all of you thrifters agree - it's not about spending tons of money to make a beautiful home - it's
But even better as mini-chalkboards for the little dudes!
about making your home beautiful by putting your personality into it.  And who says everything has to be brand new or in today's style?  Not me.  I love being quirky and different. That's just who I am.  So show your quirkiness and go thrifting!  When you see something you like, just ask yourself, "what can I do with this?"  You just never know!