Sunday, March 24, 2019

Artist Trading Cards: Part 5

I worked on my set of  ATC's with index cards for the 5th and final time. My posts were I share my stack of cards are Artist Trading Cards: Part 1  Artist Trading Cards: Part 2, Artist Trading Cards: Part 3, and Artist Trading Cards: Part 4. This was my last 5 cards to do from my pack of index cards. It did take 5 yrs. and 3 months from start to finish of my original 2 cards. The bulk of them were created from April 2018 until these last ones, so 11 months. I hope to work on my next set of index cards a bit faster.

From left to right, Fantastic Pig, Dark Angel, and Egg Bunny.

Doin' the Turkey Dance and Easter Hat Chick.

Rocky Road Clusters

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.)semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a baking sheets with wax paper. Combine morsels and sweetened condensed milk in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on high (100%) power for 1 minute; stir. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Stir in marshmallows, nuts and vanilla extract. Drop by heaping tablespoon in mounds onto prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Lent: #16 of 40 Days of Projects

I cleaned up the basement a bit. I took the chalkboard puppet theater and highchair to the barn. I have them up for sale but if they don't sell soon they will be donated.


Friday, March 22, 2019

Lent: #15 of 40 Days of Projects

My daughter Nastasja took the hardware off of this desk to paint it for her bedroom when she was about 15 yrs. old. Well that was 12 yrs. ago and the harware never got put back on and has since been misplaced. We had loped cording in the holes to make it usable for many years.

I wanted to replace the hardware and had been looking in the thrift stores to find something that would work for a couple months. I finally found 5 handles for $5 at the New Uses store a couple days ago. 

I undid the cording and added the handles. I did have one leftover and will save it in my parts box to use for another project. I would like to repaint the desk at some point but that won't be happening until my daughter moves into her own place. It looks good.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lent: #14 of 40 Days of Projects

I bought this little bag at the thrift store to use for washing lingerie.  After getting it home I realized it had a hole in the side. I sewed it up and it's ready to use.

I bought this swimsuit thrifting a couple years ago and really like the colors and fit. The hook on the back broke last year but I couldn't find the part to fix it and I was worried about taking it apart. Well I decide it was time to fix it or toss it. I decide to fit it since I like it so much and it's hard to find swimsuits that I like. 

I went to the thrift store and bought a bikini top that had parts that I could reuse. I cut the parts off it. I needed 1 part but I'm saving the others in my parts box in casue I need another later.

I used a seem riper to take the seam apart, added the new part, and sewed it up. I hope my sewing hold up for a couple more years of use.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lent: #13 of 40 Days of Projects

I went through my Seasonal Notebooks. I sorted out papers that I don't need any longer, most were Christmas and Easter. I discard and add papers to each month while working in the current months section and then on the last Thursdays of the month I go through the current month again. I do sometime keep papers that I think I'll use and it doesn't happen for whatever reason. And that is why I go through my complete Notebook collection once a year to really do a deeper purge cause when we're not currently in that season I'm less likely to keep unneeded papers. This keeps my Notebooks fresh, up to-date, and usable without too many papers that don't get used.

I had a good time doing a bit of papercrafting in them too. I keep a green folder in the back of each of my Notebooks to hold papers that I haven't hole punched and added to a section in my Notebooks yet. Their aren't many but it happens sometimes. Sometimes I keep things like a papercraft project that I haven't done yet in the green folder too. I decided to decorated the green folders in the back of each of my Seasonal Notebooks.

My Toss pile from my Seasonal Notebooks.

My Christmas green folder at the back of my Christmas Notebook.


My green folder at the back of my Winter Notebook.

My green folder at the back of my Spring Notebook.

My green folder at the back of my Summer Notebook.

My green folder at the back of my Autumn Notebook.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lent: #12 of 40 Days of Projects

My husband and I have been trying to lose a bit of weight. On March 1st we got rid of all the unhealthy snacks and replaced them with nuts, cheese, lunch meat, yogurt, fruit, and veggies. For the next step I collected On-the-Go Meal idea for us and then I spent some time picking recipes from a Whole30 cookbook.

I made this recipe for dinner and we both liked it a lot. I did over cook the chicken a bit so the garlic burned. We had leftover pasta with it since we're not doing any special diet. Rosemary-Garlic Chicken with Bacon-Wrapped Cabbage from the Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook. 

I made this recipe Chicken and Mushroom Soup from the Whole30 Fast and Easy Cookbook too. 

It hasn't been too bad with meals. The cravings for all the unhealthy snacks is hard. We're trying to make healthier substitutes for snacks since we trashed the unhealthier ones on March 1st. I spent a bit of time this morning on Pinterest creating a On the Go Meals board to use for healthy snack ideas and lunches. I think part of our problem isn't that we don't know what we should eat but the presentation of making it look good or better than the junky snacks we're used to eating. We have to make it more convenient to grab and go the healthy.