Chocolate Box with your Cricut

Head on over to the "All things crafty and delicious blog" to get your adorable free cut file for an adorable treat box file to use with your SCAL software and Cricut.

Here is the little box I made. I used some double sided Scenic Route paper to cut the box using my Cricut. I have the small Cricut so my box measures - 4 1/2 X 1 3/4 and 3/8th of an inch thick.
I think they would hold thin chocolates or even loose candies well.

I used a heavy page protector cut to size to fill the window. And then added Twill ribbon and a Fancy pants heart pin. I am not sure who makes the thank you sticker. The label inside is for writing a message and I am not sure who it is by either. Just something from my stash.

I think made in Halloween colors they could make cute favors or even place cards for Thanksgiving with after dinner mints inside. Have fun!


A Slice of Summer

These photos are from a few years ago but I just recently made this little album of them. I am so happy with how it turned out. The journaling is about how we always have a watermelon for 4th of July and how I don't eat it cause well watermelon is yucky. But the children sure do enjoy it.


Picnic at Conoco

This is our family's verses for today -
Psalm 9:1-2

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; 
       I will tell of all your wonders.

 2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; 
       I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

 Today did not go as we had planned. We got up a little late, got everyone dressed and made a picnic lunch. We told the kids little hints about where we were going but did not give it away. Got in the car and stopped at the gas station. After filling up and putting ice in the cooler bag we got ready to set out.  But the car only clicked when we put in the Key - oh no - try again - OH NO.  SO we call for a tow. This click sound sounded bad.  The tow truck was going to take a bit so we all piled out of the car and decided to eat our picnic right there in the grass under a tree at the Conoco gas station!  Dwight and I were pretty downcast. Making plans for getting everyone home and trying to think of who could take over our duties at Church Tomorrow. We also had to let the kids know the special outing (which was the Zoo) was off.  But then well the mood changed - Thanks to Sammi, our 10 year old daughter.  She said lets think of our blessings and count them, that might help.  What a smart girl ;)   

Here was some of the list-

 - We have road side assistance with our insurance so the tow would be free
 - There was a shady place for us to wait
 - there was a nice breeze
 - we had a picnic lunch to enjoy
 -  we were together
 - We had cold drinks
 - We were close enough to home the kids and I could walk home.
 and more

  this little exercise in remembering all God had blessed us with even in a rough time changed our whole families attitudes. We joked and played as we waited. When the road side assistance arrived he discovered one of our battery posts had corroded on the inside and it snapped off as he was looking at it. But he jumped started us and we where able to go to Auto Zone where they helped us install a new one. It was now too late to go to the Zoo as our oldest had to babysit later. So we went to Dairy Queen and got Dilly bars then spent about an hour at the library.  In the car Josephine our 7 yr old said - "This was the best day ever!"  and you know Dwight and I felt like it was a pretty great day.  Even with all the car issues and worries - taking those few minutes to adjust our attitudes and listening to Sammi's wonderful idea lifted our hearts and  minds to the things that matter.  We thank God that Sammi's heart was soft towards Him and that He gave us the wisdom to listen.  Thanks to God that our car repairs were minor and he gaves us this wonderful day and Picnic at Conoco.


Miss Molly has a new dress

I have been in a sewing mood lately. This week I created this set for Sammi's Molly. A little 40's dress and and Apron.  The Apron pattern came from www.youcanmakethis.com I altered it slightly to have button holes and buttons under the arms rather than tacking them together. The lining of the apron is white with small blue paisley. You can reverse the apron so the paisley side is out - but it does not have the pockets.

When I was creating Sammi's Easter dress for Molly I thought of this idea with the 2 color bodice and white piping.  I think it really turned out pretty. It looks like the military inspired fashioned popular in Molly's historical time - 1944.  The little cupcake she is holding is made from sculpey - My boys, Tim and Seth made a set of 6 of them for the girls for Christmas. in person they have glittery sprinkles on them.

Up next is a new dress for Jo's doll Kirsten.


Just a quick post to share some dresses I made for my girls dolls for Easter.

For Molly I made a cute 1940's dress with a sweet feedsack reproduction print. She had just returned from the doll hospital with a new wig and refreshed face paint.

For Kirsten I made a spring prarie dress perfect for a pioneer girl in Minnesota. Soft pink rose buds on a cream background, a light muslin wrap and a new bonnet.  She is ready for school or church.


Great Depression Cooking....

 This evening I stumbled across an amazing video on youtube. In it you are introduced to Clara - a woman who is sharing her recipes for wonderful simple hearty and inexpensive meals she learned as a teen during the Great Depression. Her stories and recipes all are very interesting and I plan on trying several of them.  There is also a link to her website and looks like she has a dvd coming out soon and perhaps a cook book! 
 My 7 yr old Josephine came up and snuggled with me and we watched her youtube videos together. Jo kept saying - "lets watch the next one" and saying how sad some of the comments made her as well as asked lots of questions about the Great Depression. As a history lover I can not think of a better way to spend a friday evening than that.  Of all my children Josephine seems to have the keenest interest in History. I am glad I can share that love with her.

Go here to see the videos - Great Depression Cooking on youtube


Your Daisies Say You're Very Resilient

You have a spirt of pure optimism. Your view of the world is eternally cheerful.

You are bold and vibrant. Incredibly striking, you always stand out in a crowd.

You are adaptable and flexible. You can thrive in almost any situation.

You are often under estimated. Your critics and enemies are in for a surprise.


Birthday Bonks - 

Did you know that in Ireland....

The birthday child is lifted by hands and feet, and "bumped" on the floor for good luck. The number of bumps given is the age of the child, plus one for luck!


Birthday Memories

My youngest Daughter has a birthday coming up next week - she will be 7 yrs old! Where did the time go? So this already had me thinking of birthdays then the Sweet shoppe blog gave a challenge to post about a birthday memory on your blog. Perfect timing! So a birthday that really stands out in my mind is one form my early childhood I was 5 yrs old and we had a huge party in our backyard. All the relatives came and I remember being hot in my long polyester dress. But that year I got soo many gifts and most of them revolved around baby dolls and house keeping play. I got a highchair and a cradle, a dustpan and broom set, some toy dishes. I was in heaven! I know we played on the big wood teeter totter we had in our yard and that I stayed up past dark - which in June can be pretty late for a 5 yr old. I also remember clearly that my Dad was there. Something that rarely happened. It is such a lovely memory. I feel blessed to have it!.


Updated my slide show to the right with some new and some older layouts that Iove. hope you enjoy them!


Are you ready for some football?

SuperBowl Sunday is just a few days away. Will you be watching the game? My family treats it like a holiday, but it is the only sports we watch all year!
Here are some layouts from past years of my family and I.


Cupcakes - YUM

DO you like cupcakes? I love them. they are just the right size to give you a nice sugar rush and they are so darn cute as well.
My very favorite cupcakes are Vanilla with white vanilla frosting - not buttercream but the really white shortening frosting. With fine colored sugar crystals sprinkled over the top. MMMMM yummy What is your favorite?