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Free Printables for Valentine Fun



Happy Valentine's Day, here are some sweets to tide you over until the 14th or the weekend after.




I made these Free Printables for you.

These new printables are letter sized sheets of One Inch Circles of acronyms plus Valentine sayings and images. Two different printables for the same holiday.





Some ideas for using these tags*

Stick on the bottom of foiled kisses
On the top of wrapped candies
Threaded on a party straw
Message on a frosted cake
Wrap a present
Cut into strips and encircle a beverage
Tuck into a Lunch bag
In an Art Project
As Confetti
As little happy reminders to yourself on a mirror

*For Personal Use









Free printable
Valentine Sayings and Acronyms on white background.

Click the link to open the file for a full page printing sized image.












Free printable
Valentine Sayings and Symbols on black background.

Click the link to open the file for a full page printing sized image.



If you make something, please leave a comment with a link, I'd love to see it.

Happy St. Valentine Day ...




This blog post was first published February 2016.

DIY Egg Cozies, Easy Egg Casserole, and Happy Easter Greetings

Happy Easter!



I like easy recipes, and this one is for fresh eggs as opposed to the hard boiled ones from Easter.  The weather here is very changeable, so one day it's 43F and the next it's 72F.  Which makes me want to use the oven on the cooler days.  Here is the recipe for the egg casserole.


If you have a couple of minutes to spare, you can make these egg cozies with fabric scraps, ribbons, or what you have handy.  Here is the post where they first appeared on the blog.




I hope you all have a very Happy Easter.
Gloria

2016 A Merry Christmas Wish



Before all the cookies are eaten and the tree decorations are wrapped in their boxes for next year...
Remember... Dream... Enjoy... Share.  That is all.  

Merry Christmas.  

Easy Put Together Leather Cord, Charm, and Large Bead Necklace

I saw my friend liked to wear large bead necklaces and her favored colors were neutrals and shades of brown.  So, in a pinch, I put together this leather cord, charm, and large bead necklace.


There is a wing charm with a star and I put small glass beads on the jump ring.

Everything can slide on or off the cord if she wants to switch things to a different order or add something she already has to the cord.

Totally customizable and quick to assemble.  

The acrylic and glass beads have a glow in person and the silver beads complement the wing.   

Quick Bacon Cooking Tip


Here's a quick tip for bacon on the go.  Bake it!

Whether it's standard bacon, turkey bacon, veggie bacon, or other varieties, you can get a nice crispy bacon by oven cooking.

If you like you may crisp it even further in a pan or microwave before serving, or cook to perfection in the oven alone.


  
Line baking sheets/pan with aluminum foil, arrange bacon slices, and put the pan in a COLD OVEN.

Turn oven to 400 or slightly higher.  Cook for about 17 minutes, may be a bit longer, just keep an eye on it.

Carefully remove pan and put strips on paper towels to pat dry.  After a minute or so, the bacon is cool enough to put in the storage container with paper towels to cover/between- your choice.

Wrap the foil in on itself or pour off bacon grease (not in your drain) and dispose.

Keep cooked bacon in the fridge.  

Oven cooked bacon has a good flavor and is convenient too.   That's my quick cooking tip, enjoy.

Mid Year Review and After the Clear Out the Freedom Room


See that date over on the bottom of the collage?  Yep, I am seriously late in posting that one.  Only by eight months, but who's counting?

Sometimes there are 3 things going at once!

After a major clear out from when the house move was supposed to happen, I have less "stuff" in the craft room. From paints, to glues, to things for upcycling, they've all gone to the charity shop or the trash.  That made me consider just what to do with what is left.

Embroidery hoops on a tension rod in the closet.

Do I want to focus on making Art?  Jewelry?  Crafty things?  Needlework?
Yes.  Yes.  Yes.  And Yes.  See, how easy that was?

Seriously, supplies multiply like rabbits and yet, there is usually one special piece missing or needed, so shopping commences!

Here and there I toss something that I know is not to my liking.  When I shop for supplies, I really do try to write down what I am looking for and be more discerning as to the quality and value of the items for purchase.

I shop in person.  Online shopping may have a better range, but I would be like a "kid in the candystore." One day I will try it, with a budget and a list.



It's tough being a tightwad, but it feels good to not hoard.  Freeing.



I started a little collection of interesting feathers from my travels or wherever I find them when out walking. They don't take up much room!


Pretty feather illustrated tin.

I even have a feather tin, bought for tea, but I put rubber/acrylic ink stamps inside.


Rearranged room, nice and tidy.

The furniture, craft carts, and bookcases have been rearranged.

At first I did not think it would be comfortable sitting in the middle of the room, with no window or wall at the front of the desk- you know, to hold up all the things crowding the desk.

This arrangement makes me keep less stuff on the desk and to move projects to the shelves and racks as needed.  It also helps to focus on one project without the others asking for atttention.

I took the curtains down to let in all the light, which is wonderful. This is the only room in the house with good sunlight for most of the day.   That light is very good for seeing what I am painting.



My smaller liquid paint collection after the clearout.


Watercolors, paint pens, and more.


The last thing I will show you is this newspaper clipping which I taped to one of the closet doors. I try to follow this advice, but do fall away from it with all things going on.