Saturday, July 16, 2016

Apple turnovers in wellies

Baking is in the family blood:) I occasionally find myself defending my cooking skills or rather my unwillingness to make cooking a priority. I DID cook everyday, most times twice a day when my children were growing up, but now find it tedious to come up with meals for 2 every day;-} If I really look back on my life it becomes clear that I never really loved to cook food, but rather LOVED to bake! This love of baking is showing up in my grandchildren and I am thrilled with their giggles and grins in the baking arena. Savannah is an especially happy girl and her mommy reported giggling all the way through this baking adventure wearing her wellies (that's British for rain boots) and a ruffly monogramed apron from Nannie (my mom). We love to bake so much that this layout becomes the first in my latest album idea... "Baking with the Crossley's"

Savannah's pink apron was the obvious inspiration for this layout design with circut design space providing the image for these cute aprons. I have a stash of "baking" paper and embellishments, but really can't resist those crochet hearts! The word delightful is perfect description of this little cutie:)

p.s. The apple turnover recipe is here on this adorable site "oh so delicioso" which has Savannah's Aunt Stephanie as a contributer.


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Butterflies & sunshine

Some days it seems the whole outside world is falling apart...and it worries me. You are probably wondering what that has to do with butterflies:)....well... creating is like a balm to my soul, an enjoyable activity that brings me joy, and best of all ends in cheerful seasonal decor like these butterflies!

This project began with my curiosity of "gelatos" by Faber Castell. I love blended color and these babies do just that! They are like a creamy crayon that can be blended into a beautiful watercolor feel. I did learn that you MUST blend immediately after application or the gelatos dry as you applied them. The blues of the Caribbean sea are my favorite!

I had a butterfly banner in mind for the mantle and although the gelato butterflies were pretty, I ramped them up with 2 layers of wings made with cardstock in bright and happy colors. Cricut design space makes finding and layering images so easy:)

The vases of summer flowers on my mantle were the inspiration for the colors of the butterflies. I made 7 large butterflies instead of a multitude of tiny the impact of BIG!

Viola... sunshine and butterflies for a cheerful summer mantle! I found the turquoise flower vases at "Tuesday Morning" for my summer floral arrangements and rounded up all of my other turquoise vases stashed here and there to create my summer mantle. The sunshine wooden word was in the Target dollar section:)

The summertime happiness of my mantle makes me smile every time I walk may be dark clouds "out there" but here in my house it's sunshine and butterflies!

Here is the link to the butterfly on cricut design space

Friday, June 24, 2016

A new porch for Flossy's!

I do love a good renovation! Any kind of re-do or make-over just makes me happy! Flossy's is now sporting a new roof as well as a new front porch, which every southerner knows is the best accessory for a cottage! 
Thanks to all of my retreaters for making this a possibility through your patronage:)
Flossy's was built in 1945 for Nellie's sister Flossy and family. I actually owned this cottage before I bought Nellie's. It was a rent house for 6 years before we did our first reno and made it part of Nellie's Cottage.
Flossy's is our sleeping cottage right next door to Nellie's and boasts 5 bedrooms with 16 beds, a full kitchen, and 2 full baths. Retreat groups that sleep at Flossy's have my largest room Kimberly's for project space. 

The before...I do love the after more... don't you?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Wearing my school board hat in San Antonio

   One of the hats I have been wearing for 5 years is that of a VISD School Board Trustee. A fun and education event we attend is the Summer Leadership Institute in San Antonio. I knew very little about school boards before I was elected. It is a volunteer pay! Seven members serve for 3 year terms with no limit on how many times one can run for re-election. Our local record for service is the wonderful Mr. Croak who served 27 years!
    The first time I ran for office, it was quite unsettling to see campaign signs around town with my picture staring back at me! Serving locally and attending these conferences keep my faith in humanity alive, seeing the multitudes of good people who want the best for children, education, communities, and the nation! My favorite classes are usually the ones about community involvement in our schools, creating strong families, and learning how to navigate and use social media for the benefit of schools.
The picture below includes five members of our board and our Superintendent (far left). The other two members are also women...thank goodness:)

The San Antonio Riverwalk is one of our favorite places in Texas! We never grow tired of the meandering sidewalks, unexpected fountains, and lush landscape. Michael and I especially enjoy the Riverwalk at Christmas time with millions of twinkling lights in the trees along the river. The perfect and romantic anniversary trip for people not smart enough to avoid a Christmas time wedding:)

   We obviously couldn't resist this chocolate shop! Michael takes ages and ages to choose his chocolate...a dark chocolate lemon bluberry truffle, and a dark toffee truffle. I love milk chocolate macadamia bear claws:) The cost was exorbitant but the taste was heavenly!

   One of the perks of attending this conference is a fabulous dinner at the top of the Tower of the Americas hosted by our school law firm. Caesar salad, citrus fried shrimp, tortilla crusted snapper, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and cheesecake delighted my taste buds:)
    I have a vague memory of being here as an 4 1/2 year old child with my parents at the World's HemisFair in 1968. This was a 6 month celebration of the 250th anniversary of San Antonio, the only worlds fair that year hosting 6.4 million visitors...we just don't do small in Texas:)

Thank you Summer Leadership Institute for once again inspiring me to make a difference in my community... and thank you San Antonio for reminding me of why I love Texas with all of my heart!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blueberry picking with the mini mob:)

Just when I thought our yearly blueberry picking tradition was getting predictable we had quite the adventure! One would think we wouldn't have high hopes for success with 6 children under the age of 5 in tow:) We had the most adults with buckets on the blueberry rows we have ever had and yet picked the least amount of berries in 5 years! 

Hindsight teaches us what we should have known...assign each adult one child. Instead we had mini mobs free range roaming, berries from buckets dumped in puddles, and the worst...a frantic and heart stopping search for our one grandson, two year old Ethan who apparently has the same "do his own thing, runaway without looking back, disappear under your nose parental nightmare" talent just like his dad.  

Ethan was found crying past the last row of blueberry bushes stuck in a bog by his mommy and the blueberry farmer. We were so incredibly grateful to find him safe especially since his dad had been racing around the big ponds on the farm fearing the worst. Whew.......
Quite the adventure we were NOT seeking! 
We packed up the mob and left the blueberries in peace:)

My One Event/One Design scrapbook style can be seen with the pages from this year's blueberry adventure:)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hydrangea dream tag

Tags are my go to "I must create something now or I will die" activity! I have a whole stack of giant Prima tags always waiting in the wings for such moments. It's the many details per square inch that captures my heart. Here's the run down... 
Layers of washi tape 
Anna Griffin layered hydrangea embellishment
Melissa Francis satin trim & glitter buttons
Butterfly & flourish rub-ons
Maya Road butterfly clip
Fancy fabric brad
Rub on words