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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Thank You Card

I am loving the beautiful Teresa Collins papers and elements.
For this card, I used a reversible (light blue check/black floral) paper from Teresa Collins Welcome Home collection. The frame is a Teresa Collins chipboard piece from the same collection. It was in a package of really fun elements given to me by Stephanie as a prize at her class on Saturday. Thanks Stephanie. <3

The sentiment is a Stampin Up stamp on a scrap of DCWV paper. I added sparkle to the flowers with aqua and wheatfields Glimmer Mist and finished them off with turquoise brads.

Thanks for stopping by today. And, welcome new visitors. :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Some Fun Cards

I woke up early on my birthday and started making cards. When my mum got up she joked, "are you making your own birthday card?" Funny. Here are 2 of the cards I made (you will just have to trust me that they look better in person).For both cards I used Bo Bunny and DCWV papers. For the first card I used my odd bird planet scallop circle and Hero Arts sentiment. The heart was punched with my Fiskars scalloped heart punch. Vintage ribbon.The next card uses CHF sentiment and tree stamp. The hearts are Stamps by Judith. I used my Fiskars border bunch and ribbon from the stash.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm going to Sacramento tomorrow but I have at least one post to share while I'm gone. Okay, gotta pack.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Home Book

I was so excited to see on Stephanie Ackerman's blog, Homegrown Hospitality that she was teaching a class in my town. We made a gorgeous book using Teresa Collins Welcome Home products.
Stephanie showed us how to make our own embellishments including paper roses. Stephanie is taking it upon herself to bring letter stickers back. I have faith that she can do it. She taught us how to change the color of the stickers to fit our project and to make them dimensional. I added several photos that were on my laptop. I used picnik to make my photos black and white with a touch of color. This is only half of the pages. I'm not done yet. I'm going to add journaling and maybe some doodles. It will be all about my home and family. Also, since I took the pictures, I added sparkles to the cover and tabs.
It was a fun class. It was also a Fiskateer reunion.  And those are always fun!
Thanks for stopping by today. I have lots of things to show you this week before I go away for my birthday. ;)

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Latest on the Birthdays Project

I feel so blessed and overwhelmed by the amount of help that is coming in for my Birthdays Project. So far, I've collected and received emails from ladies all over the U.S. and Canada willing to help me collect items for poor infants. If you would like to help, there are still many things needed including:

20 bars of Ivory soap
40 flat fold diapers (these are sold in packs of 12 at Walmart)
10 pairs of baby socks or booties (storebought or homemade) 

For more information on what this project is all about, go to my original post. You can either email me ( h_mcewen at hotmail dot com ) or leave a comment here with questions or to volunteer to help me collect infant items for my birthday. Thanks so much.

Monday, February 15, 2010

A little Love

I was inspired by the this week's Sunflowers and Dragonflies challenge to make a card with red, pink, and cream. I used a pink sparkly card base then stamped the hearts and love with red ink onto cream cardstock. I made a little ruffle out of an old sewing pattern and added brown satin ribbon, a red flower and a metal rimmed canvas tag. I know Valentine's Day is over but I think my boyfriend will still like his "love card."

stamps used: Rubber Stampede, Co-Motion, and two unknown stamps
I'm also working on a little sewing project. There may even be a tutorial involved. Here's the teaser:
Thanks for stopping by today. And, thank you to everyone who has offered to help with my Birthdays Project.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Pink Candy Tutorial

I make pink candy every year for Valentine's Day. There are a million different ways to make it but I'll share how I do it.
Pink Candy
You'll need:
About 8 candy canes
1 bag of white chocolate chips or white baking bar
Unwrap the candy canes, break into thirds, and place inside a freezer zip bag or two regular zip bags.
Using the side of a mallet or a rolling pin, crush the candy canes. You should still see some stripes.
Place white chocolate chips in a medium glass bowl. Melt in a double boiler or in the microwave for about 2 minutes at 50% power stirring every 30 seconds.
It's okay if it isn't completely melted. Just keep stirring.
Add your crushed candy canes and stir. Also, you can add a couple drops of red or pink coloring if you want your pink candy more pink.
Spread mixture out onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, silpat, or even a clean stone counter if your kitchen is cool.
Wait for it to cool. If your kitchen is warm, you may need to pop it into the fridge for a few minutes. Then, break it apart. The easiest way is to peel it off the sheet and then break it apart.
Now, pack it up and make it look cute. It's really yummy and addicting. I buy my candy canes after Christmas for really cheap and then use them up in February. Otherwise, you can use round peppermint candies.
Thanks for coming by my blog today. I'm still accepting donations for my Birthdays Project. Let me know if you can help.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Birthdays Project (UPDATED)

Last year a fellow blogger, Kelly McCaleb from My Happy Little Life started a great service project for her birthday. She collected (and made) items for newborn kits to be sent to LDS Humanitarian Services for distribution to families in third world countries and other areas affected by disasters. She continued the birthday tradition this year and I asked her if she would mind if I borrowed her idea for my birthday this month. She offered her blessing and some great advice. Thanks Kelly.:)

My goal is to put together 10 kits in the next few weeks. I need some help from my friends to gather some of the supplies. Here is a list of the kit contents that are packed in a 2 gallon zip bag:

4 single thickness cloth diapers
4 diaper safety pins
1 pair booties or baby socks
2 bars of Ivory soap 3.5-5 ounces each
*1 receiving blanket
1 layette gown

The Humanitarian Center is very specific about some of the items in the kit. I could use your help collecting these items. Since I would like to put together 10 kits, this is what I will need:
  • 40 flat-fold single thickness cloth diapers (Approximately 25" Birdseye Cloth or diaper flannel, 100% cotton.) Please, no pre-fold or disposable diapers.
  • 40 diaper safety pins
  • 10 pairs booties or baby socks (this would be a great project for a knitter or crocheter)
  • 20 bars of soap 3.5-5 ounces each (Ivory or other non-allergenic brand)
  • 10   layette gowns (Newborn to 6 months, Fabric: cotton knit.) Please, No footed sleepers, buttons, zippers or strings. This could be store-bought or, you can use the pattern here.
  • *10 receiving blanket (36x36 – 45x45 inches) (see instructions below) This need has been filled.
  • 10-2 gallon size heavy ziplock bags
How can you help? Please email me ( h_mcewen at hotmail dot com) and let me know what and how much of the needs you would like to donate. Or, you can leave a comment here. I'll email you my address where you can send items. Then, I'll assemble the kits, filling any holes if necessary. I'll then deliver the kits to the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. From there the kits will be sent to orphanages, hospitals, or anywhere they are needed in developing countries or places affected by disaster.

Any help would be appreciated. Email me if you have any questions. I'll keep you posted on my blog with updated totals of what is still needed to complete the kits.

Thank you so much.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Spread

Super Bowl Sunday is a holiday at the Grow home. I collect foot-ball themed treasures all year long at garage sales and thrift stores. This year I was thrilled to find the NFL tablecloth and the little football bowl with a football spreader.
This year's menu:
Antipasti platter including olives, peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, mozzarella balls, kosher pickles and spicy jack cheese

Crackers and Brazil nuts (don't they look a little like footballs?)
Cheese fondue with green apples, broccoli, carrots, and Panera bread cubes
For dessert: Jell-O jigglers in Saints gold (sf lemon) and Colts blue (raspberry)
Not pictured: Turkey Sausage Chili and Vegetarian Chilli
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope your team wins. Please say, "hi" if you have the time. :)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Super Bowl Prep

I made another 2 NFL (American football team) pennants tonight. And, I decided to string them up on a laundry line so I can adjust them every year as I add more. Actually, I'll probably need two strings because I have 5 more pennants not pictured here (maybe AFC and NFC?).
The big game is this Sunday. Our menu:
  • Antipasti platter featuring olives, pickles, roasted peppers, mushrooms and baby mozzerella balls
  • Cheese fondue with bread cubes, green apples, carrots and broccolli
  • Chili (turkey and veggie versions)
  • Jell-O helmets in blue and black (orange+grape=black)
  • and for dessert we are tentatively planning on chocolate fondue
We'll probably do some chips and guacamole and some chex mix too. I'll post pictures.
Oh, and my football pennants are featured this week on the modern eve blog along with some really yummy looking football cupcakes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'd love to hear your Super Bowl traditions. And, if you are from outside the USA, I'd love to hear about your sports traditions.


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