The Beginning Of The End

Since this is the first day of the new year, I wanted to publish my very first post of a few photos taken towards the end of 2013.

I baked a delicious Almond Cake from David Lebotivz-living the sweet life in Paris for Christmas. Before I could make it pretty by dusting it with confectioner’s sugar, we sliced right into it.

With or without the dusting, this cake was heavenly!

almond cake

I made a couple of little banners using simple cuts from my Cricut Mini Machine.

One banner I hung on a shelf-

noel banner

-and the other on the tree.

joy banner

And, on another shelf, I hung three little crocheted snowflakes that I made from fishing line. Hanging from the fishing line they look as if they are just floating in air, but the camera picked up the line.  Darn!

These are three of the seven I made a few weeks ago. As I had mentioned, I stiffened them with liquid fabric stiffener then sprinkled them with glitter.

I love how the one sparkles when it hits the light.

snowflake sparkle

I also hung the other ones on fishing line then dangled them from the faux Tiffany light fixture over the kitchen table. They sparkled and shined by candlelight.

One year, many years ago, Carrie bought Tom a Christmas train set. Every year, on Christmas night, Tom sets it up for us to enjoy. It also has a little station that plays Christmas music.

The set has more cars than the three showing in these pictures.

I don’t know why I chose to shoot only three.

christmas train

christmas train

These two pictures (below) have no rhyme or reason.

The other day I was changing the setting on my camera and used the rag doll, that I made a while back, and the corner of my craft table to test the setting.

craft room

rag doll



I still can’t get the setting right on my camera.

I will keep working on it though.

Today, for our New Year’s supper, I made Tourtière (Canadian Pork Pie), and for dessert I made Whoopie Pies.

whoopie pies

I don’t like to make new year’s resolution.  I have yet to follow through with any that I have made in the past.   However, I did make a couple this year.  I resolve to look at life in a positive way, do better for myself and for my family, and just be happy to be alive.

 All in all, it was a quiet Christmas and New Year for us.  We ate good and everyone is healthy.

What more can one ask?

Happy New Year!  

snowman (1)

Enough With The Crocheted Items, Already!

I had forgotten that last year I crocheted snowflakes and some other little ornaments for our tree. Before we put up our tree, I crocheted more little ornaments. I do this mostly because I am bored and can’t decide what to crochet.

I found the direction for this little heart…

Heart tree ornament

…and this little heart online over at Aristo Hats.

Tree Ornament Heart

Then I crocheted these circles I made up as I went along.

tree ornaments

I took a break from crocheting and made a little felt chicken hanging on some gold jewelry wire.  I found the pattern online, but I don’t have the link.



The 2013 collections of Christmas ornaments!

crochet ornaments


Now what!

Oh, yeah!   A few weeks ago I crocheted some apple coaster without a net pattern.

Apple Coasters

And, I crocheted this sunflower without a net pattern for no particular reason.


Frankly, I don’t know what else to crochet. I did manage to knit a dishcloth the other night and frogged (rip it, rip it) the other one I was working on.

As Christmas is closing in and the new year is near, I am hoping to make some changes in my life.

Notice, I said hope.



Autumn Banner

Looking forward to cooler weather, while getting a little ahead of myself, I made a banner to celebrate my favorite season-Autumn.

autumn banner

I made the design template using my psp7 program.

I printed the template using light-weight card stock, cut them out then I laminated each and cut around the pattern. I could have laminated the whole sheet after I printed, but I didn’t want to waste laminate-it is so expensive. Of course, lamination is optional.

autum banner template

If you like this idea, I have the templates for download. It is in a .pdf format. You can download it here or click on the instructions below.  You will need Adobe Reader to view and to download these templates.

If you don’t have Adobe Reader you can download it here for free.


Enjoy and Happy-early-Autumn!


And Many, Many, More

Yesterday was my grandson Brian’s 13th birthday.

B's Birthday

For cake, I made a cherry cheesecake at his request. Since frosting one wouldn’t do for decorations, I made some banners using specialty (scrapping) paper, straws, and baker’s twine.   You gotta love baker’s twine!

Cherry "Birthday" Cheesecake

He also asked me to make him some candied ginger. This time, I saved the ginger syrup. This syrup is good for iced or hot tea.

candied ginger and syrup

I have made candied ginger before. The recipe can be found here.

candied ginger

It seems  like  yesterday that this boy, at his 1st birthday,…


is this boy today.


Happy Birthday, Brian!

We are very proud of all of your accomplishments.


I Arise Today

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation.

“May God give you…For every storm a rainbow, for every tear a smile, for every care a promise and a blessing in each trial.For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share, for every sigh a sweet song and an answer for each prayer.”


Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Thank A Veteran

November 11-

Happy Veteran’s Day to all our brave men and women today and everyday.  

Thank you for our freedoms.

veterans day

Elizabeth’s 1st Birthday

Elizabeth's 1st Birthday

Elizabeth's 1st taste of Cake

My daughter and grandchildren-Elizabeth 1st B-day

*Frames by Luminicity
*Scrapping by (I lost the link to the scrap page. If you know who these belong to, let me know so that I can give credit to the rightful owner).