Projects complete and in progress

I’m feeling accomplished today….I look around and see many projects coming together quite nicely.

Most of all with a painting I started a couple weeks ago.  Amidst the massive craft inventory effort I’ve been putting forth, I starting craving art for art sake. Not for anyone else…just me. An outlet. Apron on and fingers smudged with paint.

circle of influenceI’ve named it Circle of Influence.

Some of the other crafts occupying my time….craft collage

My first sale of the season is Nov. 1st. Can’t wait!!

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T Tuesday: jam edition

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Hey it’s Tuesday already….seems all I’m doing with my blog is T stands for Tuesday.  I’ve got to do something about that! Although I did finally finish and post my 2014 Summer Scavenger Hunt wrap-up…so I haven’t been completely lackadaisical with my blog.

tea and aloe

By the way, did anyone notice I changed the background of my blog? I’m thinking that a little more change is due but haven’t given it any brain cells yet.

See now I’m trying to justify things for you and me…silly girl. Anyway…on to the jam!


A while back I mentioned that I’d be making some Yellow Pear Tomato Jam with these babies… I’ve only made jam once before.

cooking jam

I was skeptical at this stage as to whether the jam would ever turn out. It seemed so juicy and not thick. It definitely cooked down though.


Ta-da…the finished product.  It’s a cross between a jam and a sauce in my opinion but that works just fine for pouring over Brie for a yummy appetizer.

This is the recipe I used: spicy yellow tomato jam.  I think I’d back off on the sugar a bit or add more jalapenos and maybe add pectin to thicken it a bit.

Just got back from a 3.5 mile walk with my friend….lost my favorite stocking hat with tassels. I’m going to have to retrace my steps.

What are you doing today?

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T Tuesday: busy bee edition

Good morning…It’s Tuesday already…time for another edition of T stands for Tuesday hosted by Elizabeth.

Once again I have been busy, busy. For starters…I made soap again last week.20141003_7103 20141005_7104
I used a new recipe so we’ll see how it turns out in a month.20141002_7087 20141007_7111

The days seem to be taken up with creating more Holiday inventory. I have lots of work-in-progress.  I get tired of working on the same thing over and over again so I switch off often. I think that’s part of my craft ADD self diagnosis.20141002_7090

There are always more cards to make. I’m obsessed. I love doing these mini collages.20141007_7109

This morning I met a friend for a walk at the arboretum.  It was a bit chilly, so I brought my mittens just in case. I hate having cold hands.

My other new obsession is my fitbit.20141007_7113

I’m working really hard to get my steps in each day. It’s nice to be just over 2000 from my goal by 9am.  It’s paying off according to the scale.

I’m going to help out my mom in a bit then do some more crafting. What are you doing today?

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September/October calendar pages

I’m only a couple days late this month. September got away from me at the end. September complete

We were very busy once again. I guess that is the new normal for us.october

Here we have October ready for all the activities to be entered.  I used Caran d’Ache watercolor crayons for the background. I tend to forget I have them but really enjoy the effect they give when used.

Now that the photo is posted I see that I neglected to actually write in the dates before photographing. Nobody’s perfect., right?!?!

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2014 Summer Scavenger Hunt wrap up

It’s time! Time to wrap up the 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

1. A sign welcoming people to your home town (or a nearby town)

This is a sign from a nearby town I took one morning…hey, this one could even work for #13 a sunrise. Kind of a crummy photo but what do you expect for a really old cell phone through a windshield.
2. A garden gnome

I didn’t need to go far for the gnomes since my neighbor collects them.

gnome collage
3. Birds on a wire

I wish I’d gotten a picture of a large power line that was just solid black with birds but I was driving…so you’ll have to be satisfied with these.
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4. A group of tourists

What a great day this was with the family.tourists
5. A rack of post cards

Wall Drug: Wall, SDpostcard rack
6. An urban street scene

Minneapolis, MNurban street scene
7. A rural landscape

Various MN locationsrural landscape 3 rural landscape 1 rural landscape 2
8. A tattoo on a persontatoo
9. A bakery  I’m going with Alternative B: A bird house

Another crummy cell phone picturebirdhouse
10. A photo bomb (someone found lurking in the background of photo; the lurker may have intended to disrupt the picture or may be doing it unintentionally, but the background lurker is a surprise to the photographer)

Gracie photobombing while I was trying to capture photos of giant bubbles photo bomb
11. A horn

I honestly could have had a whole collage of horns but I left it to this one photo.horn
12. A mascot

All taken during the 4th of July parade.mascot collage
13. A sunrise

This one was hard to get over summer since I didn’t have to get up quite so early. sunrise
14. A parade

Self explanatory.parade
15. A juggler

A little pre-parade entertainment.juggler
16. A sign in a language other than English

I took a liberty with this one. If I’m not mistaken those are Latin names for the flowers.FLcollage
17. A lamp post

I had never noticed all the unique lampposts around until this scavenger hunt. lamppost lamppost3 lamppost 2
18. A water fall

I really could have made 2 collages of waterfalls. I saw a lot of falling water. :) waterfall collage
19. A public garden

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20. A bus (not a car, truck, lorry, camper or RV) with a picture painted on its sides.

I thought this one would be difficult but I saw lots of painted buses, however, I only had my camera ready for 3.buscollage
21. A photograph of you with something representing the season (recognizing that the season will be Winter for our friends in the southern hemisphere).

This first photo I can be seen in the rearview mirror photographing the bison that tried to ram the van…seriously. It was almost a “State Farm moment”.

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I can be found under the yellow canopy waiting for the parade to start.
summer activity

Whew!! I did it! I’m a little bummed that I didn’t get a bakery. I saw one over summer but again was not prepared with a camera. I considered taking a photo at our local grocery store of the baked goods section but decided that was cheating.

I’m looking forward to playing along with this challenge again…. Thanks to Rinda @gallorganico  for this fun summer challenge.

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T Tuesday: catching up edition

Welcome to T stands for Tuesday.T stands for Tuesday_200

Do I dare say that I think our internet troubles are finally over?  We haven’t had a reboot in almost 3 days now.  Of course, we’ve hardly used the computer either since we’ve been so busy.  Where shall I start?

Apples….Phil and friends

We helped with the annual harvest at our neighbors house on Saturday. We brought home 6 grocery bags of apples to be processed…a fraction of the total haul from their 7 trees.

Later that evening I went to a new neighborhood edition of craft club, where I made these 4 cards as well as got my stamp on the backs of a huge stack of previously made cards. I was pretty tired from the day and didn’t really have my craft mojo going.

craft club cards

Sunday was spent with Little J in the garage processing through the apples.  They are organic so they have spots and holes so most need some trimming after being run through the peeler/corer/slicer. BIG JOB! So glad I had help this year. We ended up with about 15 gallons of apples ready for the next step.


So far I’ve made 7 quarts of sauce…

apple pie

One pie…dehyrator

An overstuffed quart bag of dried apple slices and three 8×8 apple crisps are in the freezer at the ready for future desserts. That was only about 1/2 the apples. More apple-ing today…

Last night I had a well deserved glass of wine.relaxing

Last week I finally got around to doing some creating…here’s a work-in-progress shot of a painting.


I’m a little late with my post today as I went for a walk with a friend around a local lake this morning. 4.25miles.  It was a little brisk at times but as long as you keep moving it helps keep you warm.

What are you doing today?

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T Tuesday: internet interuptus edition

I’m going to keep today’s edition of T stands for Tuesday very brief as I’m not sure when my cable modem will reboot again. Hopefully this issue will be resolved after the service tech comes out today.

Until then…I’m working around the house and drinking my green monster smoothie for a nutrient and protein punch this morning.


Hopefully I’ll be able to do some visiting later on today…

What are you up to?

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