Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Good morning.

It seems like Christmas was last week and here we are starting Lent today. Time is flying.

This is not a post about Lent or Easter. We have to get through Valentines Day first.

Today I'm showing my banner. I love this frilly banner. It's been up for a few weeks but last week I added the finishing touch. A cute cupid's bow.

Both of these files are from SVGCuts.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Good morning!

Happy Monday! (still trying) Smiling, too. lol

I hope everyone has a wonderful start to this week and it just gets better.

Did you watch the Super Bowl? Hope you enjoyed it? I don't watch at all. Times like this I'm so glad for cable. Not stuck watching Super Bowl or World Series or any news conferences, speeches or award shows if I don't want to. lol

I watch reruns of old sitcoms, movies or the "biggie" play with paper and glue!

Anyway, I hope your team wins. As I'm writing this it's only 10:30 Sunday morning. (hours before the game starts)

The subject of this post is really Valentines. Usually when It's a week from the holiday, I am not still making things for that particular holiday. But . . . Leo, of Dreaming Tree, gave us another free file. This time it is the cutest little tea light holder. I made 2 of them right away. Who can resist free and easy?

Take a look:

This time I put pink tissue paper instead of vellum inside. Looks a little different but I like it.
What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Friday!

Well, how is everyone? I don't know about you but I'm so glad it's Friday.

Of course it's going to be a busy Saturday. Baseball has started. So tomorrow we start shopping for cleats, special undergarments, clothing for warmth, socks, belts etc. All to spend 2 - 8 hours a week freezing the first few weeks and smothering the last few weeks. lol  And I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Gabriel has moved up to little league from minor league so now we have 2 grandsons playing the late games. They do not start until 7:30 pm. So we are lucky if we are home by 10.
They are not on the same team so we could possibly be at the ball park for 4 nights a week.
That was hard to do 30 years ago. Needless to say during baseball I don't do much else.
But "gotta watch those grands"!

It may surprise you but this post has nothing to do with baseball. (I just got started rambling)

This post is about Valentines projects.

The treat box is a free file from Dreaming Tree, Mr. and Mrs. card is a freebie from SVGCuts and the rose is a free origami pattern from youtube.

It's so nice when companies give you a whole project for free. They are always cute and fit together perfectly. Makes you want to buy all of their designs. ( and I almost have)

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Back again!


I just want to say a big thank you to the loyal friends who visit and comment. (especially when I am not posting regularly) I really appreciate it.

Now . . . I do have something to show you. This particular file is from Dreaming Tree at
There were 3 projects in this kit and I loved them all.

This is the fan-shaped candy box. It even has the little dividers for each piece.

Love this. Take a look!

What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by. If any of you were caught in the blizzard or floods I hope you are all safe and sound.

Hugs and God bless.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One last winter project

Good morning, y'all.  How is the world treating you this week? Me - too soon to tell. lol

Getting back in the school groove pretty good. Just so much to remember. I'm really having trouble posting regularly. I'm crafting a little more, at least when my hands allow.

This is what I made after a 4 - 6 week stint of making nothing but cards. 

It's an SVGCuts file meant to hold Keurig coffee pods in place of the "coal" chunks on the snowman. I don't use that kind of coffee, so Mary, being the consummate pro that she is, gave us the option of using a flat front on the projects. Thank you, Mary.

So here is my cute snowman.

Isn't he cute? I gave him to my BFF because she loves snowmen.

Thanks for putting up with me.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, January 11, 2016

Besties Birthday

Good Monday morning!

So how was your weekend?  We had some crazy weather. Foggy all day Friday. Friday night it rained very hard and even hailed. Saturday it got really warm for a few hours then the temp started dropping. Sunday was pretty cold and today the high is in the high 40's to low 50's. So it was kind of crazy. We just stayed in. I got a little crafting done.

I now have my birthday cards done for January and half of February's done. I just forgot to take pics before I sealed them up. So I will show the photos I did get.

This card and treat box is for my bestie who just happens to live across the street.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Happy Sunday


Did everyone have a wonderful Christmas and New Years? I hope so.  Mine was nice but very stressful. It wasn't the nice relaxing time I was hoping for. Gabriel enjoyed it and that's what matters.

This past week I made the birthday cards I need for January.  It seems I never get finished making cards. lol

And a card is what I have to show you today. A very sweet niece's birthday was Dec. 21st
. This is her card.

See you tomorrow with a new card.
Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs and God bless,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A little more Christmas

Hi, all. Just a quick post.

Haven't been on the computer much, no time. Still getting things done for Christmas. So here is a little more décor to look at. I never got anything big done this year.

Have a blessed Christmas Eve.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, December 21, 2015

Sunday night

Well, it's Sunday night and I'm ready  for bed.  At the last minute my son came in from Florida for the holidays and I don't have much computer time. And no time to play.

My son had back surgery 3 months ago and is not cleared to play golf or much of anything. So no golf for them. Which means no play time for me. lol

So I'm going to show you a little more of Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are all ready for Christmas. I'm almost done.

Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Dec. 17, Thursday

Hi, Hope you are having a great week. I'm trying to get through with shopping. I hope to finish today.
I pray I finish today. lol

I just have a few gifts to buy. Really need to be finished. I have to think about food for the 3 Christmas celebrations we have next weekend, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Oh well, we'll get through it. I think everyone probably needs a good night's sleep.

 I have a couple of cards to show you. These I am using for décor.

These are bendi cards from Dreaming Tree

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, December 13, 2015

What you end up with-

Ok - I actually remembered to take pics of the "trash".

You may have gotten more than you bargained for. More than you ever wanted to know about Texas Trash."

This is all the different ingredients.

This is one bowl of the ingredients mixed in a 32 cup Tupperware bowl. I cook mine in an electric roaster. (just easier than bending over an oven) I also don't spill any inside my oven when I stir it. So it's the roaster for me. One bowlful, one roaster full.

This is the melted butter, worchestershire sauce and Tony's seasoning.
(I know, it looks like sludge) lol

Then pour the bowlful into the roaster. Stir until all of it is coated well. Cook at 250 degrees.  About every 20 minutes stir.
Do this for an hour and 15 min. to maybe 2 hours. You are toasting it and drying it out.

Once dried out pour onto paper bag or craft paper lined with newspaper, then topped with paper towels to cool.
Once cool, store in airtight container.
I started before 7 this morning. I cook 3 batches of this stuff. The last batch is in the roaster. It's 3 pm.
A long day. So basically, I did nothing but this today.
Sorry if I bored you out of your skulls!
Thanks for the visit.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Friday, December 11, 2015


Thought I would let you all in on what Texas Trash is - chex party mix on steroids! lol

This is what I put in mine:

corn, rice and wheat cjex
Cheetos                                          at least 2 cups of each ingredient stir all together
wheat thins
shoestring potatoes
Snyder's jalapeno pretzel bites
corn nuts
deluxe mixed nuts (no peanuts)
extra pecans


2 blocks of butter
1/2 cup of worchestershire sauce
4 heaping TBSP Tony Chacheres Cajun seasoning

melt butter in large pan/roaster and stir in worchestershire. and Tony's till all melted together .
Add cereals etc and stir to coat all of it. If it doesn't all fit in one pan you have to cook it twice or half the recipe. It's not exact, just use what you like.
You cook in oven at 250 degrees stirring every 20 minutes
I cook mine 1 - 1 1/2 hours usually. You are really drying it out. (you can use less butter and WS if you want. This is the way my family likes it.

When done, I pour it out onto craft paper lined with newspapers and topped with paper towels to cool. Let cool completely before putting into air tight containers.
And there you have it - Texas trash.
I have to set aside a whole day for this. I make more than one batch because we have to share with family and friends.
I'm planning to make mine this weekend. I'll try to post a pic.

Thanks for reading.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Thursday - 7 school days until Christmas vacation

Hello, hello, hello!

Are you having a good week? I am almost finished Christmas shopping. I can't wait to be finished. I need to make my "trash". They wait for this all year. I only make it at Christmas. It's expensive, I make a mess and it takes all day long!

Today I have a couple more cards to show you.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, December 7, 2015

Another Monday

Hi, and good morning.

How are y'all dealing with this Monday? I figure I will be back in the weekly school groove about the time we break for the Christmas holidays. lol

I have more Christmas décor to share with you.

SVGCuts - made to look like an antique book and has a drawer/box.

SVGCuts - This cute tree has a hinged top and the lid will actually stay shut if you lift it by the top.
I just love these files.
Thanks for the visit.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Happy Sunday

I hope you are all having a great weekend. Yesterday Gabe and I never left. He played outside for a while but that's about it.

I spent the day making miscellaneous items just for the heck of it while waiting and hoping for SVGCuts assembly tutorial to be released. It still hasn't been. You'd think after all the pieces I've done I wouldn't need the videos. But some designs really are very different and just the order you put pieces together makes a big difference. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

I like the way Mary works, I can understand what she is saying. Believe me that is a gift. I have bought some files that I couldn't make heads or tails of the instructions. It's like having a doctor explain things to you like you are a colleague instead of a lay person.

So that is one of the reasons SVGCuts is my favorite.

So today I'm posting some of the things I made to use for décor.

file from sil store

cute Santa box - SVGCuts

mitten box - SVGCuts
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Well, today was a long day. (first day back to school after a holiday is always hard for me) But Gabriel had a great day and that's what counts.

Today I'm going to show you the last of the cards I'll be sending out.

I do have lots of other cards to show but they are being used for décor.

Take a look:

Both of these are lever cards. They are such fun to make. (with Mary's files)

Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie

Monday, November 30, 2015

School again!


 How was your Thanksgiving? We had a wonderful day. We spent it with my sister family and all our kids and grandkids. This sister always has some new kind of crazy game.

This year it was a game called Tenzies. It is so crazy and we laughed so much. I haven't laughed that much in years.

(I ate too much) And I'm still eating rice dressing. lol

OK, I have a couple of cards to show you.
(Boy this is one disjointed post, isn't it?)

Thanks for the visit.
Hugs and God bless. Stephanie