Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Speaking of Ho's...LOL!

Yes, I am a ribbon ho... there I said it. I know it, I love it, I embrace it. I can't stay away from the $1 ribbon bins, the cut by the yard displays or the spools of holiday themed satins and grosgrain. I am not looking for a twelve set program to quit, but if anyone has a great twelve step program to organize it all put me in contact! Seriously, I do love the ribbon, but a lot of what I bought this round is for card crop goodie bags! (WINK! WINK!)
Some other irresistibles... those darn $1 acrylic stamps. They just keep jumping into my shopping basket and coming home with me. Pesky little things!
On the home front, there is hot water at the Homestead as of yesterday morning. Thank goodness! There is also a mountain of dishes to wash.... I haven't yet trained them to wash themselves.
Take care!

Something that I actually made!

I thought I would show you something that I actually made today instead of something that I bought to feed my crazy addiction! I put this in the mail today, with a stamp and a quarter and a note to my mail carrier, since I never seem to get enough postage on my lumpy handmade cards. He is a very nice guy, and usually the next day there is a U.O. Me envelope in my mailbox with the amount of extra postage it required. The other reason for sharing something that I made is because my DH reads the blog and he is probably having heart failure over my shopping spree from my weekend in Washington, PA!
I sent this out today to some very dear friends of ours from Florida. They are an older couple and he is starting his radiation/chemo treatments today. We are keeping them in our thoughts and prayer and hoping for the best!
The image is Stampin' Up from the Spring mini catty, I think the name of the set is For Father. Image is stamped with brown StazOn and then colored with watercolor pencils and blended with an aqua painter. Papers are most likely DCWV card stock stack, they were pulled from my scrap folder, so I can't be sure. Eyelets are Dollar tree and twine is Wal-mart hardware dept.
Saying Hi to Babs and Becky! Since you gals are keeping blogs now I am having to do better with posting regularly, so thanks for the kick in the pants!
Also saying Hi! to the Bedford Ladies (yes I know, I use "ladies" loosely!) I hear that there is a bag ho amongst you, but hey, I am not here to judge... (says the self proclaimed Ribbon Ho!) LOL! You ladies are soooo much fun and I can't wait to see you all again!
Take care!

Monday, April 28, 2008

New Sizzix

Even though I did become quite proficient with the Cricut the other weekend at Jody's house, I do still love my Sizzix and my Cuttlebug! These are some of the new dies I purchased recently. I am really LOVING the swirls and flourishes, can ya tell?
I am so glad that you all are liking the new look! I was so ready for a change!
It was a normal crazy Monday at Wallywork. On the home front we do have water again, but only cold, so we are still trekking to Mom's next door for showers. Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon the hot water will be back in business. The pipe burst just ABOVE the shut off valve and sprayed all over the breaker box for the hot water heater so we have to let it dry out super good before we can turn it back on. Thankfully it woke me and we turned the water off to the whole house and shut down the breaker. It is always something around here.
I am also searching for some summer sandals, so if anyone has any recommendations send them my way~ I tossed my old favorite sandals after 3 summers of wear, they weren't going to make it for a fourth summer.
I am also going to be at Wallywork on Saturday. We are having another Speaking of Women's Health event. I will have a table set up to do some card making. I am actually going to do a make and take Mother's Day card. Stop in and see me from 11 to 2! I also get to promote my Camp Harmony events!
Take care!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

So I got a make-over!

How do you like the new colors and Swirlies???

There are also a few new Blogs I Love! on the list to the right.

Take care!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Have you checked out Heart & Home??

This great magazine used to be called Homegrown Hospitality, but it got a make-over. It is full of cute and fun paper and crafty projects. It took me forever to find a copy of it, finally got it at JoAnn's in Greensburg. There are ideas for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, reunions and other special events. You can get the inside info on the next issue due to hit the stands in a few weeks at Homegrown Hospitality, Stephanie is the inspiration behind the magazine.
Above are some of the bargains I got over the weekend at Michael's in Washington, PA. Journals for altering for 50 cents a piece and note cards for 50 cents as well. The note cards were purchased primarily for the pretty colored envelopes. The note cards I may use as card bases, just because the envies are about 1/4 inch smaller than a standard invitation envelope so I would have to remember to make the cards smaller anyway and I hate to just throw them away. So 10 card bases with envelopes for 50 cents was a deal I couldn't pass up.
The latest crisis at the Holbrook Homestead is a leaking pipe above the hot water heater. Not the best or most fun thing to have happen. Hopefully we will be back in business by tomorrow. Dad, DH and baby Brother will be hard at work fixing it right up.
Just one other little detail... today was the start of Chicken BBQ season for us. The Hooversville 4-H club had theirs today. Next week is the Central City Boy Scout troop. I have to say that my Dad and Brother make some of the BEST chicken you will find in these parts. So if you want to give it a try just drop me a line and I will get you fixed up with some tickets. I am kind of bummed myself. I usually don't buy a ticket because there are usually extras available. Well, long story short, they sold out, so no chicken for me!
Until later, Take care!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sometimes it is all about the food...
Today I am sharing with you the recipe for the Baked Oatmeal that we serve for breakfast at the Camp Harmony Crop.
Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 pkg instant vanilla pudding (dry)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal (not instant or quick)
Mix applesauce, brown sugar, eggs and pudding mix. Combine with other ingredients and put into an eight or nine inch baking dish. We usually spray the dish with some PAM. Top with sliced apple, raisins or nuts. My mom also says that she does pour some extra milk on it since it is kind of dry, sorry I can't be specific about how much, just mess with it and see what works for you! Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serve hot with milk and brown sugar.
Now a couple of thoughts that I had... I wonder how it would be with banana pudding or butterscotch? Maybe some maple syrup in place of the brown sugar. I really like to take a recipe and play with it!
It was all about the food and the scrapbooking this past weekend. I spent the weekend helping my Chicksa Jody work on her daughter's scrapbook. We got a ton accomplished and we ate the entire time we worked on it. Some of my favorite scrapbooking goodies are cookies from The Pie Shoppe in Laughlintown . Specifically lady locks and fudge filled chocolate chip cookies. I also got my Krispie Kreme fix, had some delicious veggie lasagna, waffles and sausage with real homemade maple syrup, sweet tea... you get the idea right?
We also shopped our way from Somerset to Washington. We hit the WOW Outlet, Ollie's, Art Tech, JoAnn's, Crop Shop, and Michaels. I will have to post some pictures of some of my new purchases when I get a minute to photograph them. The added bonus of scrapping at Jody's is that we get to use the hot tub as well. I like scrapping at Chicksa's as much as any crop I have ever been to!
That is all for today! Take care!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Friends are the BEST!
I think I have finally recovered from the Camp Crop. We had a great turnout, 54 Women came to scrap with us and it was sooo much fun! We ate food all day, did some really cute make and takes, played games,shopped for new stuff, drank sweet tea that *might* be as good as McDonald's, and hopefully got lots of scrapbook pages done! Thank you ladies for making the event a success. I am not sure yet what our project is going to be for the money we made. Camp has several needs and we will have to check with them about what is most urgent.
Of course some of the door prize items we had ordered arrived UPS on Monday... so we have a head start on the Fall crop door prizes.
Now about my friends being sooooo wonderful.... these lovely items were given to me by my BS2, Sharon and my Chicksa, Jody. Sharon's (above) is a tent with HERSHEY KISSES in it! How cool is that! I just wonder how everyone knows about my chocolate addiction??? I think that they would make the most adorable favors for graduation or wedding or baby or Mother's day or Father's day or... are you getting my idea here??? LOL! Sharon did a make and take for the crop as well. She made her tea bag holder cards and her class filled up and overflowed! Thanks again Sharon!
Jody, my chicksa... she is my friend AND she introduced me to my DH, Ken. She altered this gift journal for me in my most favorite color of course! The inside is so neat too, there is a page for each person. You can list their birthdays, other special dates, things they like and dislike, sizes, gift ideas, and then on the opposite page you list the date, occasion and the gift that you gave to them. I just love it!
So now that I am recovered from the crop weekend, we are moving full speed ahead to this weekend. I am going to Jody's for the weekend to work on her daughter Jessie's scrapbook. The goal is to scrapbook like CRAZY and get her book done (birth to graduation) in time for her graduation party. Jody worked her butt off for me at the crop on Saturday. She was the sweet tea maker and the brownie baker this time! I am just happy to be able to return the favor!
Until next time, Take care!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Busy, busy, busy!

What I *really* would like is to sit and relax with some coffee or tea... however that ain't happening this week! Things are moving full speed ahead for the Spring Camp Crop! Registrations are in (about 60 of them!) and we have groceries to buy, food to cook, tables to set up, seating charts to work.... need I say more!
Can't wait to see you all there! Since I have been seriously slacking here, let me send you to my BS1's blog, she has been posting some really cute projects. Check her out here at Babbie Blogs.
Take care, see you at the crop!