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I know when you came to visit this morning you took a double take, but this is the same site I just wanted to update the look for Spring.  I hope you like it and hey, let me know what you think.

Believe it or not we are approaching my website’s 1 year anniversary and I’m currently looking for things to put in a RAK for Talent is Optional’s (mad skills required) Birthday Party.

I’m looking forward to your comments so let me know what you think.


I must be getting old because I watched the Grammy’s and some of the stuff is just absolutely strange, entertaining to a point but strange.

Not much to post right now, Red will have his basil cell removed today and I think he is a little nervous.  Hopefully, after that is done I’ll be able to do some projects.

I’m going to make a grunge flower using a flower off of the Accent Essentials cart.  I need some modge podge for this project so I may have to make a quick trip to M’s or JoAnn’s.  Like I need an an excuse.

So stay tune, and I’ll show you some pictures on how to make the grunge flower.


This is just a paper flower but as the months roll along soon we will be seeing Spring burst forth.  I already have a bush that is blooming out.  I need to get a picture of that here in the middle of January.

Today it is suppose to get up to 72 and I’m ditching the inside to get outside.  It may just be working to clean out a garage and a little shed (which we call the “little house”) and leaves out of our gutters but it is outside in sunshine.

If I still have energy, tonight I will work on some decorations for our coffee bar at church.  I made another paper flower that I’ll post later.  I want to make several and then show you them all together.

So if it is sunny where you are today, get outside and soak up some Vitamin D.  The paper crafts will be there tomorrow, which by the way tomorrow it will be rainy…..a great day to create.

Discovering UTTE

I’m so excited!  What you are looking at in this picture are the things that Phyllis and I made using a melting pot, UTEE, Flex and some stamps.

Click on the picture and take a closer look at the embellishments.  This is so much fun.  So, it will probably take a couple of days to go through all the different things we discovered.



It starts out with this product called Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).  Now UTEE comes in various colors (black, gold, bronze, platinum, clear and something called interlocking blue).  There is also a product called Flex and this is added to the UTEE to make it more flexible.  More about how all of these work together later but these are some of the things you need to get started.



This is a melting pot, some plastic utensils and Teflon coated small cake pans.  The melting pot I found at M’s and used my 50% coupon.   These melting pots run about $39.95 each and they can be used for melting UTEE or candles or candy wafers.  I love getting things half off, so I got mine for around $20.00.  The utensils run around $6.00 and my suggestion would be just buy a small spatula because the spoon-tweezer combo is not that great, it is very flimsy.  A spatula is a very handy item to have to use with this project.

You can purchase additional melting pot trays (they’re around $6 each when you can find them).  I went to the cake decorating section and got 3 of these small cake pans for $5.  The only draw back is they slide around in the melting pot tray and they limit the size of the item you can dip in them.


We discovered that the $1 stamps from M’s work really well when making this type of embellishment.  You can use the stamps that are really simple or even the intricate ones.

When you look back at the first picture, you can see these are the stamps we used in making some of the embellishments.



Finally, for this post you need to us pigment ink or you can use color markers (like Zig).  The pigment ink is “wetter” and when you remove the UTEE off the stamp the ink adheres better to the UTEE.  When you use the color markers, paint the various items and then “huff” on the stamp before you dip it in the UTEE.  This will rehydrate the markers on the stamp and allow for a nice transfer of color.

It doesn’t matter the brand name of the pigment ink, the $3.99 ink pad worked just as good as the $7.99 ink pad.


So to recap quickly, you will need:  1) Extra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) you pick the color.  We started out with clear.  2) A melting pot of some sort.  3) Pigment ink or color markers.  4) Rubber Stamps, my suggestion is to use the red rubber stamps first.  5) A heat resistant craft mat.

We’ll explore more UTEE tomorrow, so stay tune. Oh and the cute little album in the first picture is a paper-bag album that Phyllis made.  Yes, I said paperbag album made out of regular brown paper lunch bags.  So, cute!!!!

It’s 3:00 AM Why Am I Still Awake

Yes, it even snows in Texas and this picture will document that we had a white Christmas in 2009.

Hmm, I don’t understand it but sometimes I can go to bed and go right to sleep, then other times I’m wide awake until all hours of the morning.

Sunday morning I was up until 3:00AM looking  for a dermatologist for my husband.  His only request is that it is close to home.  Luckily, the one I found I hear is suppose to be a really good one.

I worked on a project with my #2 Daughter for a friend’s daughter name Grace.  It was black and pink with glitter all over, so we know that she and her Dad is going to love what we did.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures before she got off with all the goods.  Maybe #2 Daughter will have a chance to take them when the rest of the room is done.  However, my #2 Daughter had glue strung from one end of the “Woman Cave” to the other end.  It took me an hour to clean up everything, whew what a mess…….but love ya sweetie and had fun creating together.

This week I working on UTEE stuff; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).  Watched a video on a sparkly flower but I must have not gotten enough glitter in the UTEE.  I didn’t care for how it came out.  This may require help from my BFF….Phyllis.  I’m also very interested in using something called flex with the UTEE and a rubber stamp to make an embellishment.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to have something to post after Monday.  I bought a $1 stamp at M’s to use and see if it works.  If it destroys the stamp no big lost.

Weather is suppose to be cold here the latter part of the week, another chance for snow.  I’m going to have plenty of time to start messing around with somethings.  I’ll try to get some pictures posted but I’m thinking I’ll be making a big pot of Stew and some cornbread for Thursday, it is supposed to be in the 30’s during the day and the teens during the night, brrrrr!

Cabin Fever

Well, it’s Saturday and sunshine so I’m going to get my Mother out so she can see the world in a different view.  When it’s cold outside she doesn’t get out much; however, she got a M’s gift card for Christmas and she is itching to spend it.

I’m also getting the itch to get back in the “Woman Cave” and start making something.  I have enough to do, I need to make some thank you cards.  Hopefully, over the next few days I’ll start posting regularly again.  Maybe that should be my New Year’s resolution!

I try not to make NY resolutions because then I feel so bad when I break them (silly to feel guilty over something you set that doesn’t matter to anyone else).  However, I’m not opposed to setting a goal for myself and I’m always open to what God wants to put into our take out of my life.  I’ve stopped trying to make my path go where I want it to go and sit back and see where the journey will lead.  I’m always pleasantly surprised when He is in control.

My goal is to eat healthier (not a diet) just eat healthier.  The 5 lbs I gained while laying around for my back to heal, already gone.  I’m also going to read the Bible through again this year.  This will be my 3rd of 4th time.  It’s a great read and I always learn something new, but I’m already behind.  I was taking a shower this morning when I felt impressed to read the Bible through again.

That means I’ll make me a nice cup of hot tea and sit in a cozy chair and catch up.  Nothing better, than sitting in the den with hubby watching sports and me reading unless it’s taking a nap while watching golf.

Whew! It is all Over

Hi everyone!  Thought I would add a post now that the paper has all settled and the gifts are all open.  Unfortunately, I have been on my back or standing for the last two weeks.  So I have been concentrating on getting over back issues.  This week has been the first time I could sit for longer than 10 minutes.  It’s a strange thing, it comes on you all of a sudden then it won’t leave.  Thanks to Dr. Ashby my Chiropractor I’m almost as good as new and yesterday was first day back to exercising.  I gained 5 pounds just having to lay around (no I didn’t stop eating) so I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Hopefully, I’ll get back in the creative mode and start showing some new things.  I got 3 new carts for Christmas and a hint of more coming for my Birthday.  Also, Phyllis has got me interested in a new technique she discoverd with Utee.

This is the first year I have left my Christmas decorations up past Christmas day.  I plan to start taking them down today.  Will have to see how my storage comes out since I made so many new ornaments for my tree.  I also can’t find the storage boxes I want, so I guess I should have bought them when I saw them.  Just my luck, no excess inventory this year.

Thanks for dropping by and I’m looking forward to the New Year!

Technical Difficulties

Just in case you noticed that the postings seem a little bit random, that is because we discovered that there was a wee little bit of a bug in my system.

We have gotten that fix and it is playing catch up on postings I did before Christmas.   Thanks for your patience as we work diligently to get things back to normal.

Wallet Stolen *&@!

Yesterday, while I was at Michaels’ my wallet was stolen.  Within an hour they had already filled their tank up with gas and spent over $180.00 at Best Buy.

Lucky, for me my bank was right across the street from Michaels’ and I immediately closed down my accounts and cards.  Now the rest of the work is on me to get my DL replace and make sure all of the things I had attached to my account get attached to my new account.

Here is my tip, make sure your wallet, credit cards, Driver’s License are in a secure place.  Unfortunately, my purse was open and they just reached right in and took it out.  Hard lesson learned but you better believe I got the message and it won’t happen again.

Had to dig out my Birth Certificate and now I get to go get a new DL and deal with all the inconvenience. 

Now the bright side of this, the charges are covered by fraud insurance on the cards and they did not get away with much and I started praying for God to give them nightmares, flat tires and engine trouble; but now I’m praying that God saves them.