Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I'm here, I'm here!
I love that so many of you have checked on me to make sure things are ok. I promise I'm fine! Thank you SO much. I've just been busy with school functions, we went on vacation to Disneyworld, and now I'm trying to get caught up on life since we got back. I would think about blogging every day, but geez...just didn't know who would want to read about errands, school events, and my hurriedness. :) So we are home...things are settling down...and I'm giddy that I have lots of crafty time coming up this summer!

To start, isn't this photo pretty? I took this at Epcot Center in Disneyworld. Right now they have the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival going on and there are thousands of flowers everywhere. They had hundreds of these roses, my absolute favorite. Just look how they are bursting with layers and layers of petals. I can't tell you how much I wanted to cut a bunch and take them back to the hotel with me. :)

School is over next week and I'm so thrilled about it. Ready for our schedule to settle down a bit. Ready to have longer periods of time to craft and create. I have three events coming up this summer - yay! First - Paper Cowgirl in Waxahachie, TX in June. I'm teaching a vintage patriotic banner class and will also have a vendor night booth set up, full of fun vintage pretties. So excited about the event! Cindy is making it first class all the way! Second - I'll be attending Kaitlyn's Crop in Houston, July 16-17th. Sweet Cheri Vallery hosts this weekend event each year to raise scholarship money for a student at her daughter's high school. Her precious Kaitlyn passed away in 2006. I'll be there as a vendor and am ordering WAY too much stuff to have at my booth. Cheri has given me all the space I need and I'm taking it, ha. I'll have 3 huge tables full of goodies from Tim Holtz, October Afternoon, Smooch, Maya Road, Melissa Frances, Jenni Bowlin....as well as fun things like glass glitter tubes and chandelier crystals. Third - the Heart of TX Scrapbook Club's end of summer retreat in Temple, TX in August. I'll have a vendor table there as well, full of fun scrapbooking supplies! So three opportunities to hang out with crafty people this summer. I can't wait!

Let me share a few recipes for things I've made in the last few weeks. I haven't cooked as much as I've liked, but will get back on the wagon now that life is settling down. :)

Chocolate Lover's Favorite Cake YUM. I made this for Noah's birthday and also for my mom's birthday. So, so good. (I used vanilla extract instead of almond)

Trisha Yearwood's Hot Corn Dip I made this as an appetizer when the family got together for Noah's birthday. I had seen her on The View and they were just raving about how good this was, so I thought we'd try it. It's great! (but filling) If you like corn, green chiles, and cheese, you'll love it.

Homemade Fruit Ice Cream with Soda I make this every year using strawberries and strawberry soda. It's SO good, easy, and has a nice little fizziness to it from the soda. There are LOTS of soda/fruit ice cream recipes on this page, including one with cream soda and bananas. I think that sounds so good!

It's good to be back on the blog. :) Stay tuned for craftiness soon and let me know if you'll be at one of these summer events!

(I love this quote)
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. ~George Bernard Shaw


Sarah said...

So glad to see you back on here. I so wish I could attend one of your events this summer! I know they will be wonderful! And, I am going to for sure try the chocolate cake and corn dip. They sound fabulous! Can't wait to see pics of your craftiness.

texcinlulu said...

I enjoy reading about all your adventures and upcoming events. Wish you would have something local for all us gals that can't travel for crafting. I would love it.Pretty please!

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back - I've missed your posts. You never cease to inspire me to get into my scraproom & the kitchen. Enjoy your summer with Noah, I always loved the freedom of summer when my girls were younger.

Sara said...

Happy to see a new post from you.
Lovely picture today. Sounds like a great vacation. Thanks for the new recipes. Yum!

Anne-Liesse said...

So glad to see you're back! I can't wait to hear about the Cowgirl event--that name is so great!

cindy said...

I'm so glad you are back, but I'm glad you had a great time (I love Epcot!) and are refreshed and relaxed for PC. Ohhhhh, are you gonna bring some of that cool stuff for PC? I can't wait to see! Looking forward to it!

yapping cat

ginny said...

So glad you're back & thanks for the recipes. Haven't had a chance to try them yet, but they sound delicious. I have a question about your sampler(still working on mine) How are you going to display it? I'm not sure how it would look in a frame.

katecreate said...

I would love to try the Fruit Ice Cream with Soda. It sounds really interesting!

Pearl Maple said...

Sounds like you have a fabulous time vacationing at Disneyland. You must be counting down the minutes and days till Paper Cowgirl, what a wildy creative theme.

tnscrapper said...


Missed you girl!!!! Glad you are back and everything is okay. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for the new recipes, will give them a try soon. Wish I was closer to attend one of your workshops. Maybe one day. :)

Marilyn C. (in TN)

Courtney Walsh said...

yay! you're back! :) Glad you had a good break, but I've missed your blog!

Anne-Liesse said...

I made that Chocolate Cake this weekend and you were soooo right! Yummy!!!
Thanks for the recipes!

Jennifer Stewart said...

I'm so sorry, I just now saw your comment...good grief! I still haven't displayed my sampler. Sad, huh? I was thinking of just using a pants-style hanger to "grab" it from the top or I'd just put it in a frame with no glass. Not sure yet. I hope you see this. So sorry for the slow response! :) I couldn't email you directly as blogger doesn't link to email addresses in comments.