Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #127

In this day and age, things seem to be so expensive.
It's unbelievable how much it costs to go see a movie.
Taking a family of four out to eat is no joke, and
I hate to tell you what my groceries cost every week. :)
But there's one place I can go with just a handful of coins or a couple of dollars
 and come out with some good stuff- the thrift store.
All of today's finds cost me a total of $2.35.

Isn't this a beautiful pattern?
I got this plate for a dollar.
It's for a friend. 
I've made several pillows lately and I always love adding trim to the edges- especially pom pom trim.
I got this bag of white and yellow pom pom trim for fifty cents.
This cork board with a nice frame was only fifty cents.
I'll probably hang it in my son's room.
The thrift store was having a sale on books.
I got these two hardbacks for ten cents!

It's hard to tell what this is, so I'll tell you.
Its a wooden base about 2 or 3 inches tall.
At this time, I can't think of anything that needs a base, but I'm sure that I'll come up with something.
I couldn't pass it by for a quarter!
None of these things are cool enough to knock your socks off, but still bought brand new, they would have cost way more.
If you've never shopped at a thrift store, give it a try. You may find something awesome.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.
Psalm 67:3
 This post is linked to Glitter, Glue, and Paint.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Lovelies That I Love

I always have been drawn to anything with little houses on it. 
Perhaps because it speaks to my domestic side?!?

Today I've got all sorts of  products with my favorite little houses.
I've branched out with more than just paper products- I've got wallpaper, fabric, and even a piece of jewelry to share with you!
How cute is this fabric? I love the little green houses!
Wouldn't this make a darling pillow or Ottoman cover?

This is wallpaper- can you believe it?
I love the hand drawn look of the houses.
You can find it here.

I can't even tell you how much I adore these house rings.
They're modeled after small towns in Germany.
Long ago, my hubby and I lived in Germany for several years.
I'm thinking that I might need one of these. . . you know, because of my history there:)

I can't just ignore my first crafty love of scrapbooking, so naturally, I've found a couple of paper products to share.
I totally love this happy looking paper by Bella Blvd.

This Washi tape is stinkin' awesome. I love the nighttime skyline.
That's it for tiny houses and cute products today.
I'm not affiliated with any of these companies, I'm just a fan of their stuff:)
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
2 Samuel 22:31
This post is linked to My Girlish Whims, It's Overflowing, and Ivy and Elephants

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recipe of the Week #128- Soft and Chewy Molasses Crinkles

Soft and Chewy Molasses Crinkles
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 cups flour
1 3/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt

Using an electric mixer, cream sugar and shortening together. Add the egg and beat until light and fluffy. Add molasses and mix until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture.
Chill dough for a few hours or overnight.

Mixture for coating dough balls
3/4 cup sugar
1-2 tsp cinnamon

Roll dough into balls and roll through cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place onto pan and slightly flatten the tops of the balls.
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Don't over bake them or they'll get hard.

These cookies are so great! I made them last week when we had company and they were a big hit. I think part of their deliciousness is the fact that they're covered in both cinnamon and sugar. My family loves any sort of gingerbread or molasses cookie, so I will definitely be making these again!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless

For You are my lamp, O Lord;
the Lord shall enlighten my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:29

This post is linked to Skip to My Lou, The Dedicated House, and Plucky's Second Thought.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Album Monday #34- Travel Themed Album

In June, I showed you how to make a mini album using a card for a cover.
You can go here to see the tutorial.
Today I'm going to show you that album completed with photos, journaling, and mementos.
The front and back covers are just a card that I cut in half.
I just love this card. I was given a set of these as a gift.
As soon as I saw them, I knew I'd have to use one for a mini album!

 This first small page is actually a Project Life journaling card.
I bought a set of travel themed Project Life cards for this project.
There are so many cute sets like this.
This page on the right has a pocket behind the photo.
I placed a receipt from my shopping in there.

I wanted to add more photos than I had pages for, so I placed two photos back to back and made them their own page (on the right).
The beige tag beneath the left photo is actually a tag that I cut off a t-shirt that I bought.

Most of the pages have some sort of tab hanging off the edge to make page turning easier.

The page on the right is another set of photos back to back.

The page on the right is a small envelope. I filled it with a photo and two journaling cards.
I added tickets to the edges of the journaling cards so they would be easy to pull out and read.

The page on the right has a small pocket at the bottom.
I placed a journaling card in it just in front of a photo.

The page on the right is another Project Life journaling card.
These add a cute element to any mini album.

Whenever I take a trip, I try to write down anecdotes throughout the stay so I can include them in my journaling. As I was making this album, I'm so glad I did this
or several stories would've been forgotten!

I added a few extra embellishments here and there.

The page on the right is an envelope.
I placed a pamphlet from our bed and breakfast in there.

Here's another Project Life card on the right.

Since I made this album ahead of time, after the trip, I just had to print off my photos and place them in the book. Easy peasy.

The final page is part of a pamphlet that I picked up on our trip.

That's it.
Small, but full, don't you think?
I just love completing an album.
Thanks so much for stopping by and God bless.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer
2 Samuel 22:2

Friday, July 18, 2014

Recipe Box DIY

I've had my current recipe box since I got married- which was 18 years ago.
It has been missing a lid for I don't know how long, and just recently one of the sides started coming loose. The box was barely holding itself together.
Needless to say, after 18 years, I've also collected quite a few recipes,
so I needed to get a recipe box that wasn't falling apart.
So I went to my friendly neighborhood Hobby Lobby.
Here's what I came up with for a solution.

I started with a chipboard recipe box
2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11" pattern paper
Mod Podge
and a foam brush.

Then I used a paper trimmer to trim the pattern paper to fit each side of the box.
I completely covered the back of each piece with Mod Podge making sure I thoroughly got the edges.

Then I carefully adhered each piece.
I smoothed each piece down with a paper towel and pressed hard along the edges.
I always hate it when I miss an edge of a project and my paper starts to peel away.

Once each side dried, I used a bit of sandpaper to sand along the edges. This helps them to adhere and gets rid of any excess that hangs over the edge.

This is what it looked like once I covered all the sides.
(Please forgive the coloring in some of my photos- there's something up with my camera.)

To add a little pizazz, I used some twine and red fiber and added some silverware charms.

Now I won't be losing any of my recipes!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
 Let the peoples praise You, O God;
let all the peoples praise You.
Psalm 67:5
This post is linked to My Repurposed Life, Tatertots and Jello, Be Different, Act Normal,
and Craft-O-Maniac.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thrifty Thursday #126

I have a beautiful find this week- a vintage Emerson fan.
It wasn't actually my find, though. A friend from church sometimes finds awesome stuff like this when he's working and brings his finds to me because he knows I like old stuff. He's given me gems like an old record player and a vintage film projector- and now a gorgeous vintage fan.
I totally love this. It doesn't work, but my hubby says he'll try to fix it for me.
I was looking through an antique store last weekend and saw a working fan like this
with a price tag of $175!
We have another old fan that I bought at a yard sale that does work and let me tell you, it really puts off some air! I'd love it if we could get this one working too. If not, I'll be searching Pinterest for ideas on what I can do with this fella. Have you got any ideas?
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
and govern the nations on earth.
Psalm 67:4

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Layout of the Week #91

I know that I throw the phrase "quick and easy" around quite a bit.
But today's layout couldn't be any easier.
There's only four steps to complete it.
If you've been hesitant to start scrapbooking or frustrated because it seems to take too long to complete a layout, you're going to want to try this one.
Check it out. . .
Here's the layout we'll be making.
Yours will look similar, but not exact as you'll be using products that you have on hand.

To create it, you'll need
one piece of 12"x 12" pattern paper- with a subdued pattern
one piece of 6"x 12" pattern paper
letter stickers for the title
journaling card (mine is a post it note)
paper trimmer
3-4 vertical photos

Adhere the 6"x 12" pattern paper to the top of the 12"x 12" pattern paper.

If you're using four photos, you'll want to trim them to 3 1/2"x 4 3/4" each.
If you're only using three 4"x 6" photos, they should fit.
Adhere them alternating each one up and down.
They should overlap each other a little.

Write journaling on the card and adhere the card in the lower left corner
slightly overlapping the photos.

Using your letter stickers, place your title along the bottom of the photos.
Really. We're all done.
Isn't it cute?
If you enjoyed this, stop by every other Wednesday for another tutorial.
 They aren't all this easy, but they are all fun.
Plus, imagine how many pages you'll be completing for your scrapbooks!
This is my 91st one for the blog.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless.
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Psalm 67:2