Thankful for……..honeysuckle!

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My honeysuckle

We woke to no air conditioner this morning. The fan gave out some time yesterday but with most of the family here and three of them being hot little boys running in and out we didn’t notice the house being overly hot……until this morning.

So, hubs tells me he will fix it when he gets home tonight………….wait for it……….yes, I made a face that was not pleasing to see by my sweet, sweet man. He was doing the best he could at 5:30 in the morning. I said I was sorry and I understood he couldn’t fix it right now but the thought of being without all day got the best of me. Like I had to tell him this!

So my solution was to work in my front yard which was in the shade for the morning and it was much cooler outside then in. I knew after being outside sweating the house would feel cooler or so I hoped. I got a good start on some projects that I have been putting off for a week or so now. We have the greatest, oldest trees on our block and so the most leaves! All over the yard!

Like a lot of leaves…..all…..over…..the…..place!

As I was working I could smell my honeysuckle flowers and they smelled amazing. They are in full bloom and are in abundance. It is the biggest I have ever grown! I had a jasmine die over the cold winter and replaced it today with another honeysuckle. I am looking forward to it being as lush as it’s partner on the other side of the walk way.

What all this made me think about was finding something to be thankful for. I was a bit sour (and when I say a bit…well you probably already know) this morning realizing I would be without an air conditioner all day. I know some don’t have air conditioning and get by just fine but I am accustomed to a cooler house and I am a bit spoiled….so……yeah I want it now!

Okay, back to being thankful! I was thinking about working in the house and not having ac and being grumpy and so decided to go outside and work. I smelled the flowers and it made my day. Changed my whole outlook. I am grateful for the little things in my life. I am blessed beyond my imagination. I try hard every day to thank my Lord and Savior for the little things. I usually thank Him for our home and heat and cool air and electricity and running water and all the things we take for granted every day. I think I forgot to be thankful yesterday for cool air! Not gonna forget that again!

You have heard the story, take your troubles and put them in a bag and toss them in a room with everyone else’s and then pick a new one, you will be wanting your own trouble back pretty quick. I know for me this is true. I have no air conditioner today. My aunt buried one of her sons on Thursday. Another aunt buried her husband about 6 weeks ago. A friend buried her 22 year old daughter about 6 weeks ago. I can live without air conditioning for a day just to keep my own burdens.

Life is tough. No one ever said it would be easy. We have to make the best of what we have. Do the best with what we are given. Love life and live it to the fullest!

I hope you stop today and smell the flowers and are thankful for what you have been given.

 

Live thankful,

Sabrina

 

P.S. no baby, yet! Still waiting!

 

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Waitin’ on a woman (I hope)!

I sit here today waiting on my 4th grandchild to be born.

My daughter is not due today or even tomorrow.

She is not scheduled for a c-section so we don’t know when baby will appear.

She is actually having a home-birth ~ her second.

We don’t know what she is having ~ other than it’s a baby.

So I sit here waiting on the phone call to tell me “it’s time”.

I have realized recently and probably longer if I were completely honest with myself, I am not a very patient person. There are a few things that get to me rather quickly and my patients run thin (but that is for another post). I am sure you can relate. Don’t judge, we all have our issues.

But right now I am calmly waiting on that phone call! Okay, so I say calmly, but inside I am jumping up and down so anxious to hold a newborn baby! I really want it to be a girl, only because I already have three sweet grandsons and a fourth grandson due in June (my son’s wife). I think it is high time this family bought some pink frilly things!

So that is the reason for the title of this blog. I really hope we have been waiting on a woman! Or rather a baby girl!!

I remember when I had my first child, a girl. Then our second was also a girl. When I got pregnant with our third I was scared to have a boy at this point. I wasn’t sure what to do with a boy after six years of pink. But when we got our boy we figured it out. And bought blue!

Now, in my daughter’s family, they have some of the wildest, craziest, sweetest boys you will ever meet. The oldest, 6 and a half, is positive this baby is a girl. He is desperate for a sister. I think he will be the best big brother to a little girl the world has ever seen. The middle child, 5, says he wants a sister, too, but I don’t think he cares as much as his older brother. The current baby of the family, 2, does not understand what is happening. He kisses mommy’s belly and is so sweet but in a few days his world will be turned upside down, whether we get a boy or girl, he will no longer be the “baby”. I think he will adjust fine but it may be a bit tough on him. I guess Granna (that’s me!) will have to give him some extra lovin’! He is so sweet, I will enjoy that!

Irregardless of what this newest member to our family is, I want a healthy baby. Yes, I would love to continue (yes, I have been buying some pink) buying pink clothes.But a healthy baby and momma are more important than gender.

But for it to be a girl………………..

I can come out to the world and shout it from the roof tops!

{{I AM GRANNA TO A GIRL}}!!

But in the mean time………I am sitting around here………waiting on a woman (hopefully two, one to give birth and one to be born)!!

The following link is Jaclyn’s birth story for Everett. It was the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of. I hope you enjoy it, too. Would you ever have a home birth?

http://www.naturalmommainprogress.com/?s=birth+story

Live joyful,
Sabrina

How to “hide” veggies in their food!

Do you have trouble getting family members to eat their vegetables? Most moms do when it comes to their kids. While others have picky husbands. I know my husband would not pick up spinach or sweet peppers and eat them on his own. But in this recipe he asks me to add the sweet peppers!

SCORE!

It is really a very simple breakfast (or whenever meal) to make. It is what I would call a non-traditional omelet. I say it is non-traditional because it is not flat nor pretty like omelets I have been served in restaurants. I actually think it is better. I don’t add any grease to the skillet, you cook in the bacon grease. I like it best when the edges get crisp and crunchy.

What you will need:

skillet

spatula

*eggs (I use 2 eggs per person)

*bacon (I use 2-3 slices of bacon per person)

*spinach, sweet peppers or other veggies you have on hand (chopped)

salt and pepper

I start by cutting the bacon into bite size pieces and frying in the skillet. You need to cook it until it is done the way you like your bacon. I prefer a bit more crisp than my husband so I find a happy medium so we are both happy.

While it is cooking cut up your veggies and add to the skillet with the bacon. The veggies will cook up soft and have bacon flavor!

YA! for bacon flavor!

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I break the eggs into a bowl and scramble them with salt and pepper before pouring into the bacon and veggies.

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Once you get the bacon/veggies cooked to your liking, add the eggs.

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I let it flow into the bacon/veggies before I move it around.

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I use the spatula and mix it a bit to get it spread out into the skillet. Lift the edge of the “omelet” gently to let some of the egg flow under to cook evenly. Before I flip it in half I add any other ingredients here. My husband likes his spicy so (on his half) I add crushed red peppers. You can add cheese or any other toppings you would like.

I then fold it over to close it up and let it cook a few minutes longer. I press down on it so any uncooked egg squeezes out and cooks. I flip it once to make sure it is cooked good on both sides. I cut it in half while cooking to make it easier to handle.

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When you remove it lay it on a paper towel to absorb some of the grease.

Put on a plate add some fresh fruit, orange juice or milk and breakfast is served. It takes about 15 minutes start to finish.

I hope you will see your kids eat it as quick as my grandsons do. They love it!

Let me know what you try and what works for your kiddos.

Enjoy life,

Sabrina

 

*The bacon I use is uncured. I use organic vegetables and fruits. I use grass-fed meats whenever possible. I use organic free-range eggs. It is sometimes hard to find organic, grass-fed, and free-range anything but do your best to find the best. It is better for you and your family.

 

Make your own heart crayons Tutorial

Here I will introduce you to the “secret” world of shaped crayons.

Okay, okay….there is no secret world….just fun and coloring!

My grandsons thought these were pretty cool colors. I made them some for their Valentine’s Day goodies.

We don’t give candy so I had to get creative and give them things they could use. These fit the bill nicely.

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Supplies needed:

crayons ~ new or used

(this old bag was from when my children were little…I thought it was pretty cool to melt crayons for my grandsons from the crayons their mother, aunt and uncle used as children)

silicone mold (whatever shape you want)

baggies (for gift giving…optional)

oven (set at 350)

potholders

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I peeled the paper off all the crayons I planned to use. I will tell you for the second batch I bought large boxes of crayons at the Dollar store and the paper came off pretty easy. The old crayons….not so much!

Once you have them unwrapped you will need to break into pieces. I think the smaller the better but after awhile it started hurting my hands to break them. I tried to break each crayon 3-5 times. You don’t have to break them that much it just gives you more colors when they start to melt.

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I filled each cup about half way or a little more. You don’t want to go too shallow or the crayons will be too thin and break with first use. Just don’t fill to the top. About the middle works great.

After you fill your cups with a good mix of crayons carefully set the silicone mold in your preheated oven.

And get ready to smell melted crayons! They pretty much stink while melting.

Leave them in until all pieces are melted…about 20 minutes.

Once they are melted carefully take them out.

Use both hands and potholders! They are HOT!

Set them on top of your stove top and let them cool. It takes about 5-10 minutes to cool enough to remove without breaking them.

Once they are cool enough (you can tell by pushing one from the bottom and seeing if it is going to slide out easily) turn the mold upside down and gently push each crayon out of it’s cup. If they are stuck just keep gently pushing from the bottom and they will release.

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Done!

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I put them in these cute little zip lock baggies for gift giving.

Easy project. Kids can help with the peeling and breaking parts and the popping out of molds after they cool part.

A week after we mailed these to our grandsons, we got two letters in the mail from our oldest. He had colored two pages with them to show us how cool they were. He loved that they colored different colors in one crayon.

They will be a hit with the children in your life as well.

Get creative with the shapes. Make them for party favors in shapes that go along with the theme. I have seen stars, dinosaurs, and other great shapes.

I also, had a few crayons that had glitter in them. They are pretty cool to mix into them as well.

Glitter in star shapes for a little girls princess party. The star could be the top of the magic wand. Oh, wait I don’t have any granddaughters….silly me! I only know how to have boy themed parties!

Use your imagination and just have some fun! Let me know how it works for you and your sweet little ones.

 

Craft on,

Sabrina

 

 

Wooden Cross from old wood

ImageI love to use old wood and make something new. This wooden cross is from the paneling that was on the walls in our house. The house was built in 1988. The living/dining space was covered in paneling. It was actually done very nicely….for paneling. It was framed and layered and looked good for what it was. But all I saw was paneling! My hubs loved it and didn’t want to see it go. As you can see from this picture….it went!

I didn’t throw any of it out. I just made a large pile (when I say I, I mean, my hubs!…okay, I did help make the pile of wood, I am good at collecting…stuff!). I have been dipping into said pile of wood for many projects. This one I have been wanting to try for several months now and I finally got around to making it. I think it turned out pretty good for old paneling.

Looks good now!!!

Because it isn’t on my wall…..or at least not covering my wall!

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I gathered my supplies:

Scrap wood.

Ruler (to make sure my edges were equal).

Pen.

Sandpaper.

Paint.

Stain.

Polyurethane (sealer).

Paint brushes.

Jigsaw.

Clamps (to hold wood to table for cutting).

Metal saw tooth hanger for back.

Glue (craft goop, I like a thick glue).

Decorative crosses from local craft store.

Safety glasses.

I found a cross pattern I liked and cut it out for my pattern.

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Trace your pattern onto the wood. Make sure your lines are dark enough to see once you start cutting.

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Be sure to wear safety glasses!

Start cutting your design out. I used a jigsaw for this project.

I clamped my wood (because it is really thin) to my table saw so it didn’t move on me and it made it easier to cut out.

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After it is cut out, you will need to sand it smooth. I used a palm sander but you can do it by hand…it is a small project.

Paint it whatever color you wish.

I painted this one a teal with spots of a lighter blue to give it more interest. I mix colors for most of my projects. I collect paint and then mix together to get custom colors and that is what this one is!

The color in this picture is not true (closer in the last pic). But at least you get the idea it is painted. I then sanded it a bit more and used stain to distress it, to give it an aged look. Then use a poly sealer on it. Let it dry between coats of paint and stain and sealer.

If you don’t want to age your project, just paint it, you can seal it with something made to seal paint or not seal it (depending on where you hang it). Either way should work fine.

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Once it is completely dry I glued (the wood was too thin to use the nails that came with the hanger) the saw tooth hanger in the middle of the back (this is where the ruler comes in handy…center that hanger!)

Then I glued my decorative cross in the middle.

And it is finished! After it drys of course.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

If you have any questions, let me know.

Good luck with your own cross projects.

Craft on,

Sabrina

 

How to Tea-dye (age/antique) fabric

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I love the look of aged/antiqued fabrics. From pillows to headbands and all things between.

 

Who would like to rummage through their grandmother or great-grandmother’s old trunks or cabinets to see what you can find to re-purpose into something for the 21st Century? I know I would. If only I could go back in time and hang onto some of those old items. I think about all the chenille bedspreads I have seen over the years. The quilts from years gone by. I do have a few of those from the hands of my very own great-grandma. I won’t be parting with them any time soon.

The things I could put together today from things of the past! So fun to think about.

This blog is to introduce you to the simple process of tea-dying fabrics or what I like to call “aging” fabrics.

I forget not everyone is fluent in craft. I take for granted that I pick ideas up easily. I figure if I can do it…anyone can. Not necessarily true. So with that said, I think this is something easy to start off with. Following is a simple step by step how-to for tea dying your own fabrics for those lovely aged items you want to make.

Items you will need:

pan

water

tea bags 4-6 depending on how dark you are going for (I use the cheapest kind since I am just sticking fabric in it…none of my organic ones!)

white or light colored fabric or lace or whatever it is you want to age (cotton/cotton blends work best)

 

Start by boiling the tea bags in enough water to cover your fabric. Ahh smells so good!

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Once it is boiling turn it off and move off heat source so it stops boiling (I have an electric stove so it stays hot forever!).

Add your fabric (or lace doily as I am using here) and push it under the tea (use a spoon not your fingers).

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You will want to let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Longer if you want it darker. You can always put it back after you see how dark it is. Cotton fabrics turn best. Poly blends don’t turn as easy. Some fabrics may not turn much at all. Just test it if you are not sure (rinse under cold water to see how dark it is). Leave in longer and test again.

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Once you get the desired affect rinse it under cold water. Use a spoon here, again, don’t burn yourself! It can still be very hot until you get enough cold water on it.

Don’t pour out the tea until you are sure you are done dying fabric. Look around your house or craft room, you might have missed something that would look good aged.

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After I have rinsed it under cold water until the water runs clear, I squeeze it in a towel to dry it. Then lay it out flat to dry completely. If you need it for a project right away (which I usually do!) you can put it in the clothes dryer for a few minutes to finish drying it. I would make sure it is alone in the dryer just so it doesn’t get tea on something you don’t want tea on (just to be on the safe side).

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I think this doily turned out pretty neat. It has some poly (or other fabric, not sure what) in it and that would be why it is two different colors. I like the variation in the design. I may be using this in a picture frame as a back drop so the color will work perfectly.

 

Now go dye something and let me know how your first tea-dying job goes.

Then show me the project you made with it!

 

Craft on,

Sabrina

 

 

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