Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Favorite Nugget Box

Hi Everyone,
See those cute little nugget boxes. I made them for Christmas 2010.  They hold 3 Hershey nuggets perfectly. I made 50 of those boxes and never used them! Yup! I threw almost all of them out! So here is what happened ... Just before Christmas 2010, I got the flu and I landed in the hospital for six days.  Really from the flu! Well that is just what happened, it was horrible! Who knew the flu could take a person down like that! Well apparently hundreds of thousands of people knew and that is why they get their flu shot each year. Now I have joined them and get the shot every year as well. On a happier note I did give out some of them in early December prior to getting sick.  I was afraid to save the rest for fear I had contaminated the boxes! Well now two years down the line I thought I would remake these little guys because I liked them so much. Here is a picture of what the file looks like:
I have posted the .pdf file here:
And for all you MTC fans you can find the file here:
I hope you give this box a try as you can change it up as needed.  It also looks cute without the tree, adding a little embellishment in its place. I use Wilton gold candy foil to back the tree.  You can even do away with or change the window shape to your liking.  I use a corner rounder punch on the top corners for a bit more finished look and as you know I like to hand score.  The MTC file has the score lines on a separate layer so you can shut them off. Let me know if you have any folding questions.  Enjoy and have a great weekend.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Just A Quick Hello(ween)!

Hi Everyone,
Today is October 21! So that means 10 days left till HALLOWEEN! Today is a mellow Sunday.  We are all puttering around the house. I have had so much energy lately that it is SCARY!!! Yesterday I recovered the kitchen chair seats. They so needed it. The staple gun is an awesome invention. I put up our favorite slow cooker chicken and dumplings at about 11 a.m. this morning and the whole house smells great.  Laundry is happily washing away and QVC with David in the kitchen is blaring in the background.  I love Sundays! But wait, what is a Sunday without a quick craft? A Sunday without a craft is like a day without sunshine! Really. . . did I just say that? Sorry, that was my Mom channeling me from heaven. Next week I have a Board meeting and I needed just a little some'n, some'n to bring to the meeting. I had 2 bags of Ghirardelli caramel sitting behind me and above is a picture of what I came up with.  Won't these look cute sitting at everyone place at the meeting.  I make a lot of gift baskets and I like to put something sweet in them too. I even add a bit of candy to wrap gifts and cards. Here you see the Ghirardelli caramels wrapped. 2 pieces wrapped with a 1.75 X 5 inch strip of paper, stacked and tied with a bow and a bitty tag.  So simple!! The Board members will start their meeting with a smile. When you are in need of a quickie, think about re-wrapping packaged candy. I have to run because David Venable  is making pumpkin beignets and I have a can of pumpkin puree in the pantry. Yummmm! I know what dessert is tonight! Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for visiting,

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Last Of Halloween 2012

Hi Everyone,
Oh my, yet more Halloween crafty goodness.  I say it's the last but until the family steps in and puts a stop to the madness I will keep on crafting.  Sam came home from Walgreen's with this bag of Hershey kisses that are pumpkin spice.  She looked me right in my face and said "Mom, these taste just like your pumpkin chiffon pie"! Really, . . . I mean, do I need to add another favorite candy to my list, let alone to my hips!! Sure I do . . . What's that phrase? You only live once or something like that. So now that left me with a bag of these awesome kisses, which needed the perfect box.  and here it is:
and here is what the cut file looks like:
Once your get a handle on the fold they go together quickly and they don't require a lot of adhesive.
Here is the link to the .pdf
And for all of you MTC fans, I have that too! Here is the link:
Enjoy this file, you can change out the window shape or the handle.  You all know I like to hand score but I left the lines for those of you who use them.  This box would be awesome for the Christmas season as well as wedding favors. I add no notes to the files but if you are having trouble with the fold, leave me a comment and I will answer the best I can. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Cabbage - Part 2

Hi Everyone,
We did it! We ate the cabbage! Yummy cabbage goodness landed at dinner last night! I am not sure which was better, the cabbage or the fact that Rory grew it, took care of it, or cooked it.  So here is the end of the cabbage story.  So true to form I start looking at all these recipes for stuffed cabbage.  I wanted so bad to make stuffed cabbage.  I thought it would be a good thing to do. I'll say while the recipes seemed pretty basic, they all seemed a bit time consuming.  So as luck would have it, I was out to dinner with my friend Geri on Saturday night.  I told her all about Rory's cabbage and how I planned this whole stuffed cabbage thing.  I told her I was looking at recipes, I was going to take her to the store to get all the ingredients, and how we were going to spend the whole day doing the cabbage thing! Yup, pretty much from what Geri told me was we would be spending the WHOLE DAY! Now, Geri is of Polish decent and her hubby is Hungarian so right then and there you know this is a chick who knows her cabbage. Geri told me a better plan! Now you need to know I have been eating this woman's food for years, and just like her food, her advice was spot on.  Geri gave me a quick primer on Hungarian cabbage and noodles.  I know it has another name, I think some call it Haluski (not sure, I think some call it Haluska or Halusky) I think the Polish even have a different name. Whatever it is called it is A-1 in my book for sure.  Geri was right, it was quick and easy, it held Rory's attention and made for not just a fantastic experience of cooking with Rory, it made an awesome dish from the cabbage that Rory grew.  I did watch a few youtube videos before we started and I added a ham steak that I happened to have as I had no bacon in the house. Simple and easy and totally DELISH!!!! Just look at our pictures:
 Does that not look awesome good? It was! and to answer the question as to what was the best part of Rory's cabbage ... That's easy just look at these pictures:
For sure the best part of Rory's cabbage was spending time in the kitchen with her.  And a quick shout out of thanks to my friend Geri, the cabbage and noodles recipe was the perfect recipe to use.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to get one last Halloween post up in the next day or so.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Houston, We Have A Cabbage! Part 1

Hi Everyone,
So back in April the little girl comes home from school with this seedling from Bonnie plants and a application to enter for some scholarship prize money.  Really! Great concept but I don't even have a garden. I grow the same things every year (in containers no less). 1 rosemary plant, 1 basil plant. That's it.  On a good year I throw a few impatiences in the planter on the front steps.  Don't get me wrong, I like plants but they don't like me. I once heard a rumor that I am not allowed to visit winery's because as I walk through the grapes they fall from the vines! OK, so that's just something I made up in my head, but really my thumb is not green it is actually Stazon black from inking up some crafty goodness. But who could say no to face like that! So in lieu of my basil I gave Rory my second largest pot and a bag of soil.  I let her plant her seedling. Wow, it was worth it. She grew her awesome cabbage!  She really took the time to take care of it.  When she went away for summer vacation her Poppy was under strict orders to water it and talk to it.  He did a good job, You go Poppy!!!! This week Rory and I went outside and cut her cabbage.  I could not believe what a great job she did.  This Sunday if all goes well we are going to eat  it. Yup, as soon as I come up with some sort of recipe Rory and I are going to make something delish out of that cabbage! Ummmm . . . . . . cabbage (Sure it couldn't be an eggplant or a zucchini, something I understand) Stay tuned for part 2 I am sure you are all on the edge of your seat wondering what we are going to make with it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Breast Cancer Donation Basket Is Done!

Hi Everyone,
As you may know from past posts, my daughter Samantha works for an Oncology office.  As in the past I have mentioned how cancer is a large part of life for all the employees of the office.  I simply cannot sing their praises enough. Through out the year the office participates in numerous fund raising events as well as having some in office mood elevators (like luncheons and such).  During October each year the office donates a basket for auction at a local event.  Sam and I have been assembling the baskets for a few years now.  Here is a picture of this years:
  Look how awesome and big this years is!  The staff went all out! There is all kinds of good stuff in that bad boy!  Pants, shorts, shirts, candles, travel mug, note pads, handmade scarf . . .  I can't even list the goodies there is so much!  But you know what my favorite part of this basket is? 'come on you know . . .  it's my awesome butterfly! Yup, the same one that will be on the cupcakes for their luncheon.  Here is a close up:
Print and cut with my MTC of course. I just love it.  Would make a great t-shirt decal wouldn't it? Back over the summer I uploaded this butterfly over at the MTC forum.  I have tweaked it just a bit and you can grab it as a vector .pdf here:
This file will import into MTC so that you can alter it to suit your needs. I hope you will leave me a comment to let me know if you use it or if you have any questions. I did remove our Doctor's name so that you can add whatever you wish to the center.  Maybe even add other words or name that may mean something more personal to you.  I hope you like my butterfly and use it too.  I also hope you, I, and all of us enjoy days filled with good health!
Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

More Halloween Crafty Goodness

Hi Everyone,
The month is flying by, but I am still in Halloween mode! I saw a Christmas version of this Rocher candy holder on a Stampin 'Up blog and the minute I saw it I knew I had to make them.  I will make Christmas ones for sure.  Since all my Halloween papers are on my desk I thought I would give it a try. I put coconut Rochers in them . . . yummy! I am so glad I am getting use out of the EK Success spider and web garland punch that I bought last year. For the Christmas holiday I will most likely use craft paper and the gold Rochers hazelnut candy.
 Here is a vector .pdf of the file I used to create the treat holder. I know it looks a bit confusing but once cut you will see it goes together fairly quickly.  You may need to flip or manipulated it if patterns like words and such are on your paper so that the pattern faces correctly. I left in the score lines but true to form I have been hand scoring.  Let me know if you have questions.  Here is the link to the file:
 This .pdf should import to MTC sized at 7X7.5 inches.
We have been so busy this month with the house that I feel like I haven't spent much time in the craftspace. I have completed 25 of my little web nugget holders but I still need to make more!  I am off on Monday for Columbus Day so I hope to bang some out. I hope you like these little treat holders. They went together quickly.  Thanks for visiting,