Favorite Wilde Quotes

~I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.~

~Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.~

~I love talking about nothing. It is the only thing I know
anything about.~

~Oscar Wilde





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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Holiday Sweet Swap


{holiday sweet swap} is starting
THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 1st and lasting all the way through December!! Official party time is October 1st - December 31st, plenty of time to showcase your finest sweet treats. Our fabulous hostess is Keri, over at Pressed Down, Shaken Together.
This is a low-calorie way to enjoy the rest of 2011. :)  Really, I probably won't try any of the recipes.  Just look...

Keri has several Hostesses, and I will be one of them!  I am hosting for the month of November.  Maybe, just maybe, some of those pumpkins I planted will be ready.  A girl can dream.

Add your seasonal holiday treats -old and new posts are welcome!
You can join the party fun now.. get ready to hang out in the kitchen!

Sweet Swap Linky Party



    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Free Fall Recipe Cards

    Do you write or type out your recipes?  Like to give them as gifts?  Set them out on a stand like Martha Stewart while you are creating your masterpiece?  You never know when someone will stop by in the middle of your preparation, and admire your kitchen recipe decor.

    HP (Hewlett-Packard) is here to help you out.   Each project, uses their software backgrounds, your words and photos.  Adding a photo is not required.  Some projects high lighted are:  Fall Inspired Recipe Cards; Autumn Word Scramble (use view to enlarge and check it out); Family Newsletter (not really a Fall theme); and, Creative Studio for the Home to see ALL of their choices.  You can sort by Project Type, Project By Brand, Themes and Occasions and Tips, Learn & Share.

    This is what MS does in her spare time... Martha Stewart Egg Cozies!

    I tried out the Fall recipe card.  Really simple, since I already had this recipe in a word doc.  I just used cut-n-paste, easy-peasy.  And since I did not have a tempting aromatic cup of cocoa to enjoy a photo shoot with, I relied on Google and found a photo here.  Mine would have looked just as tempting -don't you think?

    I think the Fall colors go perfectly with a steaming cup of Mexican Hot Cocoa... Yum!


    Tell me about your creations, what did you come up with?  To see my other HP projects go HERE.

    Linking up to:  Somewhat Simple, Crafty, Scrappy, Happy, Gluesticks, Fireflies & Jellybeans, While He Was Napping, Polly Want A Crafter, Tales From Bloggeritaville, Delightful Order, Finding Fabulous, Creation Corner, Fun To Craft, French Country Cottage, Stuff and Nonsense, Fingerprints on the Fridge


    Enjoy!
    ~Shelly

    Thursday, September 15, 2011

    October Is On It's Way~ Let's make some cards!

    Since I haven't done anything Fall-ish around the house... yet, I dug out the ole card making supplies and came up with a couple of  Halloween themed cards.


    After I cut and scored the cardstock,  I punched out a circle for the moon in orange and colored it with a yellow chalk marker.  I placed the front of the card in the embossing folder, gently closing it and moving the moon around until I decided where I liked it best and lightly glued it to the front. Some beginners might not realize... what to do with that pesky back side of the card when you are embossing?  Just fold it around the back side of the folder, and slide it on through your machine. Really.  I used to be a beginner, I should know.

    Inking up the raised/embossed tree, makes the moon look like it is behind it. Magic.  My original idea, I am sure of it.


    I had intended to use my spider web embossing folder, like this one...
    however, it has gone missing -jumped right out of my binder.  Hence the tree!


    Some close ups of my first try~





    You get extra points if you noticed the piece of lint on my owl.  How on earth did that get there?






    Just a tiny peak of the inside too.  I should probably add a sentiment. 



    Supplies used:
    Stampin Up!:  Dark and Dreary cling stamp set (2010) and Crumb Cake cardstock
    Sycamore embossing folder, Craft Concepts
    Chalk Ink, Wet Wipe marker, yellow (color name not specified on marker)   
    Ribbon from Michael's Crafts
    Circle punch, 1.25 inch; Xyron -Create-a-Sticker; Crop-A-Dile corner rounder; Score Pal
    Ink:  Memories Chalk Ink, Creamy Coffee
            Brilliance, Graphite Black
            Versafine, Vintage Sepia


    And this is what I came up with on my second try:


    Supplies used:
    Stampin Up!: Howl-o-ween Creeps & Spooky Bingo Bits cling Stamp sets (2011); Crumb Cake cardstock
    Sycamore embossing folder, Craft Concepts
    Chalk Ink -Wet Wipe marker, yellow (color name not specified on marker)
    Ribbon from Michael's Crafts
    Circle punch, 1.5 inch; Xyron -Create-a-Sticker; Crop-A-Dile corner rounder; Scor-Pal
    Ink:  Memories Chalk Ink, Creamy Coffee
            Brillance, Graphite Black
            Versafine, Vintage Sepia



    If you would like one of these cards -just send me your address and I will pop it (mailing envelope included) in the mail to you -just let me know which one you would like.  I only made 2, so supplies are scary! (You know I mean scarce, right? :)

    Thanks for stoppin' by!
    ~Shelly

    Thursday, September 8, 2011

    Last Summery Post


    I admit it!!!  It is a bit late for this post....  I had a ton of pictures to choose from of the After, but kept forgetting to get the details taken care of.   Oh, well.  Some of you still have a ton of light to carry you deep into February.

    We happen to have numerous steps leading up to our front door, without flower beds aka "dirt" to add solar lights.  These happen to be tiny bulbs, so they are more like "glow" lights, but they glow oh so beautifully!

    Supplies needed:
    -smallest size clay pot
    -ORB (oil rubbed bronze) spray paint or, any color you choose
    -drill
    -masonry drill bit the same size, or slightly smaller, as the base or your solar lights
    -solar lights purchased from the garden center of your favorite store

    Your bit will look something like this one from Bosch


    Now all you need to do is take out the stake that is tucked inside the solar light tube.


    Turn the clay pot upside down, center the tube on the drainage hole and trace the end onto the pot.  Not all of my circles were centered, and were used more of as a guideline.  (I skipped this step and just guessed.)  Note:  The enlarged hole you are making for the stake should be smaller than your tracing mark.  The stake needs to fit snugly, or it will tilt.  I know, because I over-widened the hole on a couple of the pots!  Learn from my mistakes. :)
     Choose a drill bit that is just slightly smaller than your traced circle.  (My bit was a lot smaller, but still worked.  It just took me longer, as I had to move the bit up and down along the edges of the hole until the stake fit snugly.)


    From the inside, your pot should look like this


    And here is the finished product!







    Again, here is what they look like during the day



    And here is what they look like at night!

    This was a fast, fun and easy project!  I bet some of you more brave at heart can come up with a rainbow of clay pot colors and it will look fabulous.  Be sure to share!

    ~Shelly
    ~Linking up to~


    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    A Refreshing Partnership


    Want to put a smile on your face?  Be inspired by elegance and indescribable talent?  Well, then you have come to the right place!  In this clip are the fabulous  Fred Astaire & Ginger Rodgers, staring in the 1936 RKO musical comedy -Swing Time. They are so light on their feet, the tippity tappity just makes you giddy!  Mr. Astaire is impeccably dressed down to the minutest detail.  Miss Rogers' dress is gorgeous as it flows with every movement, and when she lifts it up to show a flash of leg..... WOW!  They are perfection right up until the moment of their spectacular exit!   Pop on over and take a look, Swing Time.

     Enjoy~
    ~Shelly

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