apple crisp

My Favorite Apple Crisp

The fall signals apple-picking time to me, and we have some wonderful orchards here in the Midwest ripe with a variety of scrumptious baking fruit. My mom’s group has visited Schweizer’s Orchard near St. Joseph, Missouri, the last couple of years for some delicious apples; plus, the children love to start their morning with the apple tree book before a tour and love to end it with a picnic and time on the playground. If you live close, and want to pick some fresh fruit,  I recommend a visit. Okay, so you know where I pick my apples, but how about the… Continue reading »

tutu wreath

Black Tutu Easy Halloween Wreath

Recently I posted some great Halloween wreath ideas hoping to spark my own creativity in the matter, and I’m happy to report that I actually picked my poison (don’t mind my Halloween reference) and put together my new favorite (and only) Halloween wreath. I love this simple black tutu wreath with the pop of orange ribbon and discovered that it was super easy to complete. It only took three ingredients, a pair of scissors and a few hours in front of the TV to make this fun project, and I am super happy with the result. Materials: 9.8 inch wreath form (or similar… Continue reading »


When Your Child is Not Your Child

I absolutely love it when I catch a glimpse of my child. . . well, not being my child. It sounds harsh, but I bet you mamas know of what I speak. At home my six-year-old son burps at the table and laughs, he ignores instruction on a whim, “please” and” thank you” are apparently optional and an occasional meltdown for no apparent reason is deemed normal. So imagine my delight when his “other self” appears, usually in public, and he becomes the dearest, most considerate, polite and helpful child you have ever seen. What? It’s on these occasions that… Continue reading »

count down

Spooky Life Given to Christmas Countdown Calendar

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays of the year, running a close third behind Christmas and Easter. I love to decorate, get spooky and celebrate with tricks and treats! I know you’ll think I’m silly, but one of the best things about getting my Halloween on is that this spooky day comes at the very end of the month, which means I can start decorating on the first and enjoy the orange and black all month long. It has a definite beginning and an end, which suits my creative self just so. Since Halloween is a month-long celebration, it… Continue reading »

color throwdown

A Boo-tiful Color Throwdown Card

I’m playing along with the Color Throwdown card challenge again this week and decided to continue the Halloween groove I’ve been in lately with a cute little monster card. I used several shades of gray and added in the aqua and lime green for a nice color combination. The papers are from several different sources, as are the stamps; and as usual, I inked all the edges before adhering. I trimmed the front of the card short for an added bit of interest and added a dark gray sheet on the inside of the card. I also added some lime… Continue reading »

milk jar

Fill a Milk Jar for Pop of Kitchen Color

I love this milk jar turned Halloween treat, because it doubles as festive decoration and jar of yumminess perfect for your kitchen all month long. I swear I can’t keep my son’s hands out of it. Even if you don’t normally decorate your food prep place for this spooky holiday, it’s nice to add a pop of color to the room. I originally purchased this particular milk jar filled with red, white and blue gumballs just in time for the Fourth of July, so I can’t really take creative ownership of this snappy idea. Soon after summer vanished, I soaked off… Continue reading »

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Autumn Crisp Card

It was another day at home for my child on the mend and myself, but we did manage to get a bit creative about mid-morning. I used the Mojo Monday weekly challenge as my inspiration to create a fun fall card using the Autumn Crisp paper pad from American Crafts. I really liked the sketch this week and stayed pretty true to the design. I used four different patterned papers and inked all the edges. I also added some extra bling with some sequins and a leaf brad that I’ve had forever in a box. The fall sentiment came from my stash… Continue reading »



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