Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just Some Old Hedge Wood!

Thought you might find this interesting. My talented Craftsman was getting ready to turn a Pepper Mill Salt Shaker Combo and was looking around the shed deciding what wood to use.

He was trying to find just the right thing, had to be big enough square to turn on the lathe, but he didn't want to glue up a piece. There was plenty out there to choose from, Catalpa, Red Oak, White Oak, Walnut.

Then he noticed the piece of Osage Orange (Hedge) lying there on the floor. Low and behold, it was plenty big enough to turn the pepper mill from.

Problem was, it was a little too big to drag all the way into the shop. So, he gets his trusty chain saw and cut off a bite size piece!

After getting it all cut down, sized up, turned on the lathe, sanded and polished, this is what he ended up with!

 Beautiful wood!

Have a great day and God Bless!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

On A Cold Rainy Fall Day..

Well, we were sitting here in the kitchen since it's rainy and cold and my husband just happened to look out our back door, and there in what we call the barn lot was a pretty good size buck.  Now mind you, he is about 100' away but we had the idea to grab the camera and try to get a picture anyway.

We get a lot of nature out the back door, but it's not very often a buck passes thru. For the past few years we have had a doe and her twins in the barn lot and in the garden area, so we know what this big boy is looking for!

He stayed in the lot long enough to get a few pictures. Not the easiest thing to do thru the back window and almost maxed out on the zoom, but the pictures didn't turn out too bad.

Amazing! Beautiful!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Super Simple Pancake Recipe

I thought I would share with you the pancake recipe my Mother gave me years ago. Since am too cheap to buy the mix from the grocery store I use this since is super easy and the results are fantastic pancakes!

1 C all purpose flour
1 T sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 C buttermilk*

*(to make your own buttermilk, add 1T vinegar to 1 Cup of milk and let it sit for a few minutes.)

Make sure you use buttermilk, you can either buy it or make you own. It makes the pancakes much lighter and fluffier!!

Mix all ingredients pour on hot griddle and there you have it. Home made pancakes.

I usually get approx. 12 - 3" pancakes.


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 128

It has been sooooo hot here in Missouri I really haven't done much crafting. But thankfully, this week has been much cooler with rain so I finally sat down and made a couple of cards for card challenges.

Here is the card I made for Card Patterns Sketch 128

The Sketch:


White card stock
CTMH paper pack - Mayberry
CTMH Exclusive Inks - Garden Green
CTMH SOTM - August, Wicked
Spellbinders Nestabilities - Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Various embellishments - I don't remember.

Thanks for visiting

Monday, August 1, 2011

Card Patterns Sketch 126

I am getting seriously addicted to these card sketch challenges.

I am in no way as good and the other card makers, but is sure is fun to make these cards.
Here is my version of Card Patterns Sketch 126.

Card Stock and Patterned Paper - CTMH WOTG - Lucky -

Stamps - CTMH - Enjoy Life - G1018
Ink - CTMH Exclusive Ink - Outdoor Denim -

Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug - Scrollwork

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ESS Sketch #140

I am a little late getting this submitted, but I was waiting on my new Cuttlebug!

This is just the neatest little machine!

Here is my vision for ESS Sketch #140.


Paper - CTMH My Reflections Paper Pack - Lucky, card stock

Stamps - CTMH Enjoy Life - C1439, CTMH You & Me - D1495, Inkadinkado - Happy Everything - 95284

Ink - CTMH Exclusive Inks - Outdoor Denim

Thank you for visiting.

Please enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Something Wicked

This is my vision of the CardPatters Sketch 125

I have been dying to use CTMH August SOTM, so this is what I came up with.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Backyard Oasis

I just wanted to introduce you to another one of our hobbies.

We have a Koi pond off our deck out the back door. We started out with a pond in the front yard, but it really wasn't deep enough to keep fish. The ground out here is super rocky and it's hard to dig very deep. I loved the pond, tho.

Then we tried a small preformed pond, but it just wasn't big enough for fish and plants.

So, again, we hand dug this pond off the back deck, and it is still a work in progress.

Just wanted to share because we really enjoy our pond.

These are our Koi.

And this is our pond frozen a few winters ago!

Right now I would take a little of the cold weather. It's been too hot to sit outside and enjoy it.

Hope you enjoyed it as much as we do.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Sketch 123 @ CardPatterns

Oh, I think I could very easily get addicted to sketch challenges.

Here is my interpretation of CardPatterns Sketch 123

This is what I came up with!

Thank you for looking.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My Take on Mojo Monday Sketch

As you can see from my first post below, I just recently found this wonderful world of stamping and card making. Wow!

I finally worked up the nerve to enter a card on the Mojo Monday Challenge.

Now, in now way, shape or form do I think I am as good as these other card makers, but it will be fun to just enter.

So here is my interpretation of the Mojo Monday Challenge

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Learn Something New Everyday!

Well, I know I am slow, but good grief! I just recently discovered the world of scrapbooking and card making. I had no idea this existed when my boys were little. (They are now 25 and 23!) So, now I have 25-27 years of pictures in a box to try to scrapbook. Since that sounds so overwhelming, I think I will just start with making cards.

While I was cruising around the internet discovering this new world, I also discovered Close To My Heart and just fell in love with their papers, clear stamps and everything else they have. Just gorgeous! So, since this month, May, they were having a consultant sign up special, I just couldn't resist. The amount of goodies in the consultant starter kit is unbelievable. Seriously.

After receiving my kit, I immediately dove in and made a couple of cards. I thought there were pretty good for my first try, but no where near the artistic perfection I have seen out there. These ladies (and gentlemen) make the most beautiful cards I have ever seen. I don't think I will ever buy a card from a store again.

I have never been a "card sending" person, but that has changed! I made the 2 Father's Day cards and I am in the process of making a graduation card for my youngest son's girlfriend that just graduated from college. This is so much fun!