Hello from England!

Welcome to my blog!
We are a christian family living in the Sunshine state (before that we spent four years in England and two years in Turkey).

My posts are of everyday life and my love of crafting. I hope to inspire you in some way to share your talents too.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment.
Cheers and God's blessings to you and yours!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Catch Up

I can't say I have an excuse for not posting again sooner than last time...
Busyness?
Christmas?
Work?
Too much sleep?
Catching up on TV shows?
Forgetfulness?
Thinking about it when I'm in bed?
At the movies?
New postings on my Easy page?  (see to the right)

I'll go with ALL of them!  I always remind myself to update my blog when I'm doing other things.  That's how it all works, isn't it?

We had a great Christmas, very low key, and we didn't go anywhere.  We video chatted with family and had a ham dinner on Christmas Day.  God is good!

Here are some photos I made using real local sand and seashells I plucked myself.  They were gifts for our parents; since they visited us in June:


Here is the burlap wreath I made my in-laws:


Here is the burlap wreath I made my mother. I knew she had several holiday / seasonal wreaths already, and when I asked she didn't have spring. Spring is what she got:



When we visited family for Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law had a lovely hanging on her front door.  (This photo is for you, Annette).  I might try to replicate it next year:


Finally, here is my Christmas card I produced this year...50 of them!  If you want a tutorial, please comment below.  Thanks for taking time out of your holiday season to read my blog.  See you soon!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

El...what?

We're having quite warm weather even for the panhandle this time of year.  Christmas Day the temperatures are supposed to be in the high 70's.  The reason is being linked back to El Nino.  I have to be honest...I don't miss freezing, cold, midwest winters.  I don't miss ice storms, snow you have to shovel to get anywhere, and black ice.  We had a teaser of that driving back after visiting family in Kansas after Thanksgiving.  Our normal 14 hour drive took (drum roll...) 18 hours!  Talk about being ready to just GET HOME!  But it was worth it to see our family.
:)

Christmas is in the air, and I finished all my Christmas cards.  I've also put out all my decorations and received some lovely handmade cards too.  Here are just some of the photos I wanted to share:

from Samantha in Georgia

from Annette in Florida
 


And I couldn't go without posting some of my favorite European Christmas purchases:

Christmas pyramid

Incense burner 

I'll post more tomorrow!  Come back!




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Comfort

I think many of us associate our favorite holidays with the word "comfort."  Whether we're with someone that we hold dear to our heart, or we are eating a favorite food.  I find Christmas season to be filled with activities or things that bring me comfort:  My mom's Orange Balls, hot chocolate, a ham or turkey on the dinner table, your favorite cookies, a cup of hot tea.  
My sorority recently had a cookie exchange at my home.  It was fun seeing the various kinds of cookies and it was even more fun having a "sampler" of them all.  I made sugar cookies that were cut out with icing.  At our meetings, the hostess usually has a gift raffled off.  I recently made some mixes for family when we ventured to Kansas for Thanksgiving.  The recipes made large batches, so I definitely wanted to share the love.  I made a Christmas Tea mix as well as a "3-2-1 Cake in a Mug" mix too.  I originally made a yellow cake and a chocolate cake.  I wanted to share the recipes with you!
Christmas Tea (also known as Friendship Tea) instructions:


Here is the recipe:
2 cups instant dry tea
2 cups orange Tang
4 cups sugar
1 cup lemonade mix
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup cinnamon candies
Mix together in a large bowl and ladle into glass jars.

The serving instructions on the tag should read: Stir 2 heaping teaspoons into a mug of steaming hot water. Enjoy with a good book in front of a warm fire!


The 3-2-1 Cake Mix was SO easy!  I highly encourage you to try it, as it's a Weight Watchers recipe too.  My poor daughter had a slight tummy ache as her momma made her try about 4 samples of the cake in a mug flavors.  She was certainly "caked-out."  I guess you can have too much cake!


Here are those instructions: 


Basic 3-2-1 Cake: Combine 1 package of angel food cake mix with 1 package of regular cake mix (any flavor will do - chocolate, vanilla, spice, lemon, etc.). Store in an airtight container. When ready to serve add to a microwave safe dish sprayed with cooking spray. Stir in 2 tablespoons of water and microwave for 1 minute. Done.

Here is a link to print out lables:


Surround yourself this Christmas and holiday season with those you love and who bring you comfort.  If anything, it will calm your spirit and remind you of the true reason for the season.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Good, Not Bad, and Ugly

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, I had some photos I wanted to share from Thanksgiving.

Here is a lovely card my friend sent to me - look how GOOD it is!
Remember that Halloween collage I did and framed?  Well, I got smart when I made that one and went ahead and made one for Thanksgiving as well.  I love how it turned out - NOT BAD!


Have you seen the chalk craze lately?  Not only is blackboard chalk paint (which I hope to try soon) popular, now they have colored "chalk" colors.  Ok, this was much harder to work with than I thought it would be.  Below is my attempt.  Let's just say, I am not pleased with the results. U-G-L-Y (you ain't got no alibi...) It was difficult to do on a glass bell jar.  Streaky, watered down, ugh.  I contemplated not posting the below photo, but I finally gave in.  For those chalk - painting-lovers out there, where did I go wrong?!  I did 2 coats of paint too.  I did put in beans rather than rice to sit my votive on.  As my husband would say..."mer."