Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Survived!

I survived all my house guests and not a single one of us went hungry!

This is how you cook a turkey in Texas. With a giant smoker! Husband is a cookin' master on the smoker so we enlisted him to cook the meat for Thursday. One turkey, two brisket, and meatloaf. Yep, smoked meatloaf(for sandwiches once we were all sick of turkey). After some prepping he started the fire around 8:00 Wednesday night, put the meat in around 11:00 that night. Then set his alarm for every two hours to check the temperature and stoke the fire. If your not familiar with smoking meat, it takes hours. It was an all-nighter!

Here is a photo of the beast on wheels. It's borrowed, we don't own this thing!
Smoked turkey that fell apart. Don't mind the fancy serving dish.

Brisket that was oh so good. Not your traditional Thanksgiving food but good food, is good food. We had so much food, everyone was full and happy.
My guests all left Saturday morning. I've had some time to reclaim the house and reclean, of course. I'm still working on the laundry.

Guess what we did today?!
The kids really did it. It's fun when you can hang out and watch the kids do the Christmas tree.
I hope all of you had great a great holiday. Now, onto the countdown to December 25th.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Calm Before The Storm

My holiday guests will begin arriving tomorrow. A few of these will be in order, I think.

What will you be doing to survive this holiday?! Share

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My 2 Cents On The Twilight Movie

It could have been better. It could have been sooooo much better. It was as if they were in a hurry to throw the movie together and didn't take the time to get it right. The parts of the movie that should have been tender, moving, and sweet were not. I went with two teenage girls that basically feel the same way I do but still love the movie and can't wait for the next one.

There were two actors in the movie that looked ridiculous. Not really believable at all. Not that a vampire movie is believable but I cringed a little each time these two were on the screen. So here are a couple of photos of those said two because I would like to help myself and others erase the images from the movie.

Jackson Rathbone plays Jasper.

Here he is looking like a person and not a vampire. Cute kid uh?

Peter Facinelli plays Carlisle Cullen.

Here he is at the premiere with his wife Jennie Garth. Love Jennie Garth, at least I did when 90210 was cool!
Here is another of Peter because wowza, he certainly did not look like this in the movie.
Go see the movie, form your own opinions, then report back to me. Seriously, what did you think of the movie?

Friday, November 21, 2008

This "How To" has Gone To The Dogs

I couldn't resist the goofy title. I'm not a cook, nor do I like to cook. Baking cookies for dogs is okay.
Pre heat your oven to 275 degrees.


1 1/2 cup flour

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup wheat germ

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup veggie oil

2 tablespoons honey

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup water

Mix thoroughly. I used a spoon for a bit but your hands do the best mixing.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. I rolled mine to about 1/4 inch. The recipe didn't specify.
Cookie cutter time! I used a dog bone but really you could use any shape. I doubt your dog would mind.
Cut, cut, cut.

Place on a cookie sheet. Some parchment paper would have came in handy here. They only stuck to the pan where the glaze touched so it wasn't a big deal.

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

Brush the glaze on your cookies.

Bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. Rotate pan and bake for another 30 minutes.

Now for the presentation. I bought canning jars at Michael's for cheap. Some fabric from the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby. I already had twine.
Here is Buster after a taste test. He said "yummy" then gave me a wink.

Finished product! I cut a square of my fabric out, placed it over the lid, screwed on the ring, and added some twine.
My mother-in-law will be bringing Penney and Mocha, her two incredibly spoiled poodles next week. These will be a little treat for them and her. These actually made the house smell like peanut butter and oatmeal cookies were baking. I think I fooled my neighbor into thinking I was baking!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Sweet Thursday & Some Great Gifts

It's Thursday folks! Tonight there will be midnight showings of Twilight delighting hardcore Twilighters across the map. Also, next week round about this time we will all be stuffed with Thanksgiving goodness, and getting tired of our extended families.

Hannah works at a sweet little flower and gift shop after school. She brought this home from the shop last night for a taste test. Dulce De Leche Sauce from Stonewall Kitchen . Oh mama! One of our friends likes to say "It will make you take back stuff you didn't steal." That saying could apply here. What a super gift this would be for a coffee lover, ice cream lover, teacher, or the person that has everything.
We dropped spoonfuls of it in our coffee this morning. Then we had a second cup.

Then my lovely mail lady dropped off a few packages for me. My order from Caramel Jubilee . Some more sweetness was just added to my Thursday. Big bites of caramel in vanilla and chocolate flavors. The vanilla is my favorite. These won't last long. Also a great gift for anyone on your list that is hard to buy for.
The other package was a crayon keeper that I won from Aprils Originals . Here is Mav with the crayon keeper that came stocked with crayons and a note pad. Yet another great gift.
I'm working on getting all the little chores on my "to do" list marked off. See my "lists" post below.
Happy Thursday kids. I hope it was a sweet one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lists, Treats, Kindness, & a Wee Bit of Vanity

I'm a list maker. They make me feel organized even if I'm not. All these folks making the trip to my house has caused a flurry of lists. I've got 2 grocery lists, a menu, and a stuff to get done list. Hey look, one of the items on my "stuff to get done" list is marked off! I always make my lists in pencil. Why? Well, because I write better in pencil.

Here are my lists. What am I forgetting?
Here is what I'll be doing as soon as I finish this post. We had an addition to our house that was completed in May. I have put off touching up the paint in the hall for this long. One good thing about hosting at your house is you get to mark things off your list that have been there for months!
Here is the treat part. Hannah came home with this ice cream the other night and I managed to sneak a few bites when she wasn't looking. Oh my, this stuff is yummy in my tummy. I love ice cream year round. I could eat ice cream every day and never get tired of the frozen goodness. Try Ben and Jerry's Cake Batter ice cream and report back to me.

Here is the vanity part. A photo of me. I'm so vain I needed to prove that sometimes I wear makeup and fix my hair. Ohhhh and what a sweet necklace I'm wearing.
Do you know who People's sexiest man alive is? Do you think he's vain?

Okay, thanks for sticking with me this far. This is the kindness part. I love doing sneaky nice things for peeps. It's fun. So I found this......Hand Made Movement . It's a sneak attack on an etsy seller that has little or no sales. They announce the store that will be attacked right before the determined attack time then you roll on over there and buy something. Yay! There is one scheduled for tonight at 7:00 Eastern. Go check it out and participate. I dare ya. Let me know if you do.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Two Twerds and a Little Purple Box

Today I went to the local theater and pre-purchased our Twilight tickets. I have never pre-purchased movie tickets. I'll let you know if it was worth it.
Here are Hannah and I looking as Twerdy as possible with our movie tickets.
Today my Little Purple Box arrived in the mail. Oh, the excitement. If your not familiar it's a box full of samples and freebies from etailers. Lots of stuff in there from etsy sellers. I bought mine but there are places that offer giveaways for them too. So this is my box spilling onto the table and there is still more! It was super hard to pick a few favorite items from the box but here it goes.............
This little felt brooch is the cutest thing! I have a black and white jacket that this will look super cute on for a bit of color. From Craftalicious .

A little pendant made of green sea glass. Compliments of Blue Box Studio . Cute, simple, and something I will totally wear.
These are little business sized envelopes made of the cutest paper. Love them! Crye's Creations included these and a couple little notepads. These envelopes make me smile.
I also have a vintage button ring on my finger that came from Mattie Reid Chicago . Cute!
The box was so fun to open and full of soap samples, 2 pair of earrings, even a candy bar.

Lastly, I finished up several pendants today. Yay! Here are my two favorites.
Your My Type

A Sweet Dino Necklace
I hope you all had a Super Monday.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday

I have been a busy beaver. Planning this Thanksgiving thing that's coming up. Keeping my shop stocked with pendants that people want. Plus just being the mom. I know lots of people just love the holidays but really they just stress me out. Oh, the pressure! I'll be alright though. I survive every year.
Okay on to fun stuff. This is me looking goofy and clean faced with a couple of my Etsy orders that came in the mail Friday. Yay! Packages in the mail = fun!

This is what was in package number one. Laksaware has a super cute little shop! The green thingy you see is a dish scrubbie. The other is a bath scrubbie. The soap fits inside and you scrub, scrub-a-dub with it. I mentioned to Bernie that these would make great stocking stuffers and she included little gift tags and bags with them! Her work is just lovely and I will never use another dish scrubber again.

Package number two is a gift so I'm not going to show a photo. Shop Shop Designs rocks! I was very happy with my purchase from him. I'm thinking of going back and getting something for myself.

I have been ever so lucky with Etsy folks being super dee duper nice. I was asked by Etsy Addicts if they could feature one of my goodies. Go check them out, for me and other great featured peeps.

Let's wrap this up with a little bit of my family's craftiness.
Mav, my 4 year old brought this home Friday from preschool. Don't you just love preschool art work? I do. I'm guessing this is a silent turkey since he doesn't have a beak and he looks a little frightened.

This is something my brother did recently. The bottom part of this was a fish tank stand they had hanging around. The fish and the tank are long gone. He was able to look at it and come up with an idea for a bookshelf for their sweet baby girl. He added a roof complete with dormers and windows. Then added a light feature and paint.

Check that out! How sweet is that? When the light feature is on the little windows light up.
Craftiness runs in the family, folks.
Next week I should have a couple of "How To" posts and maybe an awesome Etsy find. I found a shop I'm in love with and want to share. Of course, plenty of goofing off as well.
Happy Sunday to every one of ya, my favorite day of the week.

Friday, November 14, 2008

"How To" polish resin or at least how I do it

I did this little "How To" awhile back. Let's face it I'm a little bit better of a blogger now and though I'd revisit this info. Plus I flaked on the real "How To" I had planned for this week.

This is how I polish resin. I have no idea how other people polish their resin pieces. I came up with this all on my own after searching the net and coming up with basically nothing. Also by trying different methods that didn't work. This may be an off the wall way to do it, but it works for me. Also I use 2 part epoxy resin, this may not work on other resins. I haven't ever tried. If you do and it works let me know.

When I pop my resin pieces out of the molds they aren't very shiny. Some of them have a film like funk on them. I sand the edges of all my pieces to a nice rounded edge. Then buff and polish. This stuff works to get the surface nice and smooth. Yep, car polishing compound. I bought this at my local Wally World. It has a very fine grit and works like a champ. There is such a thing as jewelry polishing compound but this comes in a big tub for about three bucks at most stores. How can you beat that?

I do this all by hand, by choice. I have a dremmel but I like the control I have with my own little hands. So my dremmel collects dust in a cabinet somewhere.

So here is my polishing compound and a cloth. Any old cloth, this one is an old burp cloth.

I take my piece and run it around in there, get a fair amount of the compound. I have dampened my cloth. Then I'm going to buff away. Buff, buff, buff then take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the piece clean. If it's up to your standards, your done. If it's not smooth enough, do it again. I don't use much pressure at all. You can ruin the piece with to much pressure. Actually put tiny scratches in the resin.

Now your piece is smooth and most of the time already quite shiny. I do one more step and polish the piece with carnauba wax(that pink stuff). Get that in the car section as well. I use my finger and smear it on. Put it down and go take a break. Go shop on etsy for 10 minutes.

Let the wax haze over. Generally 10 minutes is plenty of time. More than that and it gets hard to buff off. It can be done but it's a pain.
Buff, buff, buff on your clean microfiber cloth. Remove the wax and buff a little more and your piece should be nice and shiny.

Taaaa daaaaa. Add a bail and you've got yourself a resin pendant that is nice and shiny.
Please forgive my funky fingernails in these photos. I did have a manicure with fashionable shiny navy blue nails last week. Now they are chipped and just plain ugly. It's been a trying week!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Attention Twilighters!

One week from today at the stroke of midnight there will be giddy girls(and their moms!) filling seats of theaters. All to swoon over everyone's favorite fictional vampire, Edward Cullen.

The popularity of the book and upcoming movie is undeniable. The soundtrack has already become a hit. The "Twilight" soundtrack sold 165,000 copies last week, becoming the third soundtrack of the year to go to No. 1. That's before the movie release! The soundtrack is pretty good in my opinion. I am in love with this song though.................

I'm not really a movie watcher but I will go see this one. Of course the book it always better but I can't ignore the hype. Share

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Another Random Day

Buster is feeling better. He's back to wiener doggie things like eating, chasing the kids, and barking. Here he is with his little paws on my knees looking for a bit of attention.

I woke this morning to a lovely convo on Etsy. I was included in a treasury. It blows my mind a little that people like things that I create with my little hands. It's such an honor. Makes me feel like a winner. Here it is if you would like to take a peek. It will expire Friday so check it out and click on it! Clicks make treasuries hot(front of the list)!

A blog and giveaway for you to check out. Sunday Baker is a great place for cool recipes and just general fun. Tanya is doing a giveaway this week for a sweet little clutch from a talented Etsy-ian of course. Hurry though, you only have until Thursday to comment and be entered! Guess who will be featured and doing a small giveaway next. Oh, come on just guess.

Brownie time. Don't brownies make everything right?! Oh yeah. Here I am looking a little disheveled but it's okay because I have brownie batter.

I'm still working on this weeks "How To". There has been a bit of a snag and I may have to push it to next week. I'll see how my Thursday goes.

Have a great night all!


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Random Tuesday Post

This is Buster the wiener dog. He hasn't been feeling well, so he's been attached to me like velcro. I can't take a step without my little short buddy.Here he is while I'm trying to walk.

Mmmmm, here he is again while I try to unload the dishwasher. Looking at me with those very sad eyes.
A run to the vet was in order this morning. So off we went, I won't share the gory details with you but he's on the mend now. Doctor Pat took good care of us and we'll be back to frolicking in the yard with wiener dog style very soon.

I won something! I never win anything! You can find these sweet earrings I won at Lilys Treasures . I can't wait until my prize arrives in the mail.
I can't believe how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching. I spent an hour on the phone yesterday with my Mother-in-law planning meals and getting a grocery list together for the event. We aren't just talking one dinner here folks. I'll have guests arriving on that Tuesday before Thanksgiving and staying through until the Sunday after. Holy cow, that's a load of food for 13 people over the course of 5 or so days! Oh, the terror! I am no cook. My ever trusty MIL will be here to see me though. Feel free to leave me with any words of encouragement. I'll love you forever.

Here is a bit of useful info for you Etsy sellers. The Etsy fee calculator can help you with your pricing. Lots of you probably know about this but for those of you stuggling with pricing check this out. On to more random Tuesday stuff.

So I'll leave you on this fine Tuesday with some ever so magnificent words from Adam Sandler..........

Turkey for the girls and turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pants are corduroys
Gobble gobble gee and gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving