MFT Camp Create – Day 3 Spectacular Shakers

July 24th, 2019 klwade Posted in MFT Camp Create | No Comments »

I struggled making this card. It took 3 tries to finally get a card. I orginally used the A2 shaker pouches but it would not stick to the paper. Maybe if I had enough time to get it dry.

There is nothing more disheartening than having glitter spill all over the place. Ugh.

This picture dcoes not do it justice. The background is a wonderful pine green with a smattering of Tonic Nuvo glitter from the Merry & Bright collection.

MFT Camp Create – Day 2 Remarkable Resist

July 24th, 2019 klwade Posted in MFT Camp Create, Uncategorized | No Comments »

For day 2 we were asked to do a remarkable resist card.

I decided that I wanted to use my Shimmer Powder over an embossed background stamped card.

I really like using the Tonic Nuvo shimmer powders. It is such a quick way to make a beautiful card.

My Favorite Things Summer 2019 Camp – Day One Wonderful Watercolors

July 24th, 2019 klwade Posted in Cardmaking, MFT Camp Create | No Comments »

When the outdoors gets too hot to hang outside and enjoy the day, you know it is summer. And when it is summer it is time for the MFT Summer camp card challenge.

This year is no different than the prior years. Great themes, great cards and a great challenge.

For Day 1 it is wonderful watercolor. There are so many options here as watercoloring is such a rich medium.

I decide to do some simple watercoloring to create cute coffee drinks.

To make the froth on the top of the drink I used the Brutus Monroe Marshmellow Puff embossing powder to make the whip cream look puffy and yummy.

The inside of the card is a gift card holder for your favorite coffee place. I am thinking Starbucks, cuz there is one on every corner.

I used my Prima Confections watercolors to make the coffee swirls. I made a mocha, a green tea and a pink specialty drink.

On the whip cream I used Brutus Monroe Marshmellow Puff embossing powder.

A few sequins and we have a finished project.

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge 446

July 22nd, 2019 klwade Posted in Sketch Challenge | No Comments »

Thought I would take on the Wednesday Sketch challenge from My Favorite things.

This week the sketch is this simple design

I had the Martini Time stamp set sitting on my desk for a while but thought I could make a simple but cute card.

Thank you for looking at my card.

Cheers!

Tackling the Kitchen

June 2nd, 2019 klwade Posted in Declutter Project | No Comments »

On my last post I stated that I plan on decluttering my home and stop having so much stuff.

I decided my kitchen really needed to be first.

I had already finished my corner under cabinet area and the lazy susan upper cabinet so there are no pictures of the before so the after was kinda useless. But it pretty much looked like my spice cabinet below.

Before picture of spice cabinet

This cabinet had spices and condiments that were as old as 2005. Some were more recent but looked unpleasant. I understand spices only last 1-4 years. So unless something was dated 2018 or later, it was tossed.

Before spice cabinet

I think I had that stash tea when I moved in here….pretty much 13 years ago

I am not sure when tea is no longer good, but you know what, I do not care… say goodbye.

Those Kirkland spices were bought when I was a member of Costco. And I have not been a member for YEARS…. say goodbye

Some I did not recognize at all

Spice Cabinet left

I know the Au Jus Gravy is new

Sprinkles….sprinkles…sprinkles….. I decided that I would hesitate to use any of them on cookies so I thanked them for their beauty in the world and tossed them. Say Goodbye

I know honey does not expire but I think those honey sticks looked kinda gross…. say goodbye

There was some canning wax….why who knows…. wait I think I got them to make the Martha Washington Candy which I probably wont make for a long time….say goodbye.

After I was brutal…. and I mean brutal….. here is my cupboard now.

I can see space.

I have some teas, some salts and one or two big containers of pepper. The Au Jus is now in one of my lock and lock containers that I love.

But pretty much I cleared everything out.

cleaned out spice cabinet

I even found my Longaberger tea caddy. Cute basket.

Spice Cabinet After

Anything left would be stuff I would use. Cupcake liners, coffee filters, vanilla (which does not go bad) and a few cooking utensils like a pastry cutter and cocoa sprinkler (which I never used but is cute so it can stay)

Thank you A Slob Comes Clean for the inspiration.

A Slob Comes Clean

June 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Declutter Project | No Comments »

I have started to listen to the podcast from Dana White called “A Slob Comes Clean”. She is a self proclaimed slob. It was her darkest secret. Now the world knows. I find her rather funny and also inspiring.

She also has books, book on tape and of course the podcast. There she is below, crazy but oh so inspiring.

Dana K White – A Slob Comes Clean

I would not call myself a slob…..I am an over clutterer. I have too much stuff. At times I feel that I am baby hoarder, you know, the first stages of hoarding. But I do not have those unnatural attachment to things, but I do hate to think of valuable things, many unused being given away.

I have finally come to the conclusion, I may never get to those projects I have been saving things for (I am a crafter and have tons of craft projects in a variety of stages _ quilt, I scrapbook, I make cards);. I cannot find homes for my items because I have too much stuff.

So it is time to let go some of this stuff. Give it a new home. Toss it away.

But there is just so much stuff I am almost paralyzed. I have no idea where to start. I started to watch videos about the Fly Lady and her method. A lot of it made sense. What I gathered from her was the following

  • doing just one thing is a step in the right direction
  • Dont beat yourself up, forgive yourself and keep moving
  • you did not make this mess in a day, you cannot clean it up in a day
  • establish small routines everyday to keep your house in order.

This was a great start but I struggled with her keeping the house in order. Having a clean sink when the entire kitchen was a mess just did not resonate with me. How do I get rid of clutter???

Then I started to listed to A Slob Comes Clean podcast. In the first podcast she said stuff that sounded just like me. Piles. No empty counter space, no place to put things, buying the item again because you can not find it in your house, hate having people over because of the mess.

Ugh this was me.

Although I have just started to listen to her, I have gained some insight on my dilemma

  • If one thing comes in (new shoes, new kitchen appliance, new sheets, an old one must leave, you cannot keep adding to the pile.
  • The concept of containers. She had a light bulb moment when she released the beauty of containers. No, not buying containers to hold your stuff, but every drawer, cupboard, closet is a container. Once the container is full, you get rid of the excess.

The container concept intrigued me. Yes, if my cupboard is filled with coffee mugs, there are mugs I do not use, or shoved in the back. Take all the mugs out and only put back the ones you really use and like. Seriously I cannot possibly like 80 mugs, I probably really really really like 10 of them.

So based on this new found knowledge, I am going to systematically go thru every drawer, every cabinet and get rid of stuff.

I am starting in my kitchen so I can finally have a clean counter.

Keep checking my blog to see the before and after pics and stories.

Postcrossing – More cards have arrived

June 1st, 2019 klwade Posted in Post Crossing, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Well I admit this is fun. I love when I find a card in the mail…so much better than bills or advertisements.

From Wuppertal, Germany

Arne mailed this from Wuppertal Germany near Colonge. He lives there with his family. He is a writer and hopes to one day be famous. He loves to read and write and even his children are both postcrossers. Maybe one day I will get a postcard from them.

Wuppertal is a city in western Germany. It’s known for its Schwebebahn, a suspension monorail dating from 1901. He was kind enough to send me a post card of their famous monorail.

It is also called the floating tram. Here is another picture of the tram but over the river. I would love to see this one day, if not, at least I get to see it via post card.

The Floating Tram
From the United Kingdom

Julie from the United Kingdom, Paignton on the South of England sent me this cute Coffee card. It is known for its pier, zoo and pudding riots. What the heck is a pudding riot!!!

Where Paignton is located.

So I did a little research, the pudding riots
(Story taken from imgur.com)

One summer’s day in 1859, in the idyllic town of Paignton which sits on the coast of the little toe like bit of England to the south a party of 850 locals and 300 railway workers gathered in Paignton for a feast to celebrate the extension of a line… Big on puddings, the locals made a Spotted Dick, that was 5ft tall, 13ft wide and weighed 1.5 tonnes.

Big on puddings, the locals made a Spotted Dick, that was 5ft tall, 13ft wide and weighed 1.5 tonnes to celebrate. A further 18,000 spectators turned out, and to keep those chaps entertained, 1,900 lbs of meat and bread and an unlimtied supply of the local Devonshire cider was provided

After a copious consumption of cider, these 18,000 or so guests decided it was a good idea to get the peace of the action …the people on the outside began to clamour for shares and, breaking down the fence, started forward to help themselves. The committee, worried by this turn of events, surrounded their charge and called on the five policemen present to assist them. The invited guests, feeling that they were being deprived of their rights, moved into the fray and in a moment committee, police, pudding and public were in one seething mass on the ground. By the time order was restored not a morsel of that delicious pudding remained…

From Arkansas, United States

The cute weinerdog card came from Arlett from Arkansas, United States.

I was her very first post card from Postcrossing! She has always wanted to visit California. She loves dogs and food! I think I like her.

From Taipei, Taiwan

This post card comes from Selina from Taipei, Taiwan. She loves photography and this card is actually one of her photos. She is entering collage in September and has always wanted a cat (her mom wont let her have one).

Her favorite drink is Bubble Milk Tea, which is quite yummy

She seems like a sweet young lady. I wish her the best in College.

From Australia

This was my first card from Australia. Irene loves to read. She has told me that the peoples poet of Australia is Henry Lawson. I have never heard of him, I need to check out his writing.

She also reads a lot, and collects framed paintings. She is a proud mama and “travels” thru all the post cards she gets thru Postcrossing.

From Russian girl who is in Peru

This cute Postcrossing post card came from Angelina from St Petersburg Russia. She just happens to be traveling in Peru and sent me this postcard.

She says if she could travel back in time she would like to go to ancient Greece. Too bad she did not tell me why.

Post Crossing – Bucket List Item

May 4th, 2019 klwade Posted in Bucket List, Post Crossing | No Comments »

I was reviewing my bucket list and discovered that I had added Post Crossing as a “easy to achieve” item. I doubt seeing the Northern Lights or lava is going to happen anytime soon, but I think this was one I could check off my list.

My original list said to send and a receive a postcard, I decided one was not enough. I have sent out 8 so far and have received 3.

My first card came from Dana, North Carolina, USA

My second card came from Dresden, Germany

and my third has come from Siberia, Russia

I am thinking there is a coffee theme happening here. I so look forward to seeing the other cards as they drift in.

If you have not checked out Post Crossings. Please do so here.

Christmas Meal – A failure in instructions – Sort of

January 13th, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Recipes | No Comments »

Since I was staying home on Christmas Day with my little dogs, I decided to make a nice meal for myself.

I thought I would start off with Trader Joe’s Cinnamon roll wreath and finish off with the Trader Joe’s Cranberry Pie.

For my main meal, i was planning on having turkey & stuffing en croute from Trader Joe’s. The guy at the store told me a lot of people liked it and it was a popular item during the holidays.

So Christmas morning I woke up and after opening gifts I thought I would make the cinnamon rolls.

To my horror I discovered that I needed to PROOF the rolls over night. Damn. I resorted to the Pillsbury Pop Up cinnamon rolls in a can. Oh well.

Then I looked at the instructions on the turkey! Egads, I did not realize I needed to defrost it in the fridge for 24 hours. TWENTY FOUR hours. What the heck.

I decided to just thaw it out on the counter. The house was cold but warmer than the fridge, plus it was sealed in the bag. I figured I would not get sick.

So after several hours of defrosting, I was ready to put into the oven.

It was a bit interesting but it felt thawed.

Fortunately it came out yummy.

Turkey wrapped in stuffing with a pastry shell around it. It was quite good and actually came with cranberry sauce on the side. A very good dinner considering my failure to read.

As far as what I got myself for Christmas, well, besides the instant pot, is my letterboard saying below.

Christmas Morning 2018

January 2nd, 2019 klwade Posted in Babbling and Observations, Dogs | No Comments »

Christmas morning was a nice lazy morning. Unlike children, the dogs do not care it is Christmas Morning….until they see the toys.

Miss Olive breaking into the plastic bag

Miss Olive heard the squeak of a toy and went crazy digging into the bag. I have long since given up on wrapping the dogs gifts. A) they don’t appreciate it B) saves me money.

Miss Olive received two toys. A squirrel log with three squeaky squirrels. And a hot cocoa mug with three squeaky marshmallows.

As of today, I have no clue where the toys ended up. Probably under the bed.

Miss Penny received a new fluffy bed and a new red blanket. I need to sneak the old ones away and toss in the traash. They are so old and dirty, even after many washings.

Chilling in the new bed.

Penny was not sure, but then she got into it and relaxed. Her little face says it all.

A little video of Christmas Morning