Wednesday, December 7, 2011

More Unique Foodies...

I have never tried to made Pear Honey before so after conversing with friends on Facebook and having lots of very ripe pears, I attempted to make the pear honey.  It actually turned out more like pear jam, but seems to be a hit with everyone.  Next year I may try it again!

I also tried my hand at making these fun graduation caps.  It's amazing to me what a few chocolate bars and Mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups can create!

"Peeps" for my Peeps

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

More Sewing Frenzies...

If you follow me at all you  know that I like to dabble in all kinds of mediums.  Whether it be sewing, painting, scrapbooking or stamping... I enjoy creating and giving gifts!

Sewing Frenzy...

An Apron and a Tutu for Madison!

Diaper Cupcakes for Baby Shower Gifts...

This last year, I was included several baby showers.  I attended 4 or 5 showers and sent gifts to a few more that I couldn't go to.  I also put on a baby shower!  I thought instead of a baby cake, I would do cupcakes and fill them with baby socks, wash clothes, headbands (for girls) and of course diapers.

It was so fun to do something different.  I also made burp clothes and bibs for the new little ones as well.

For the decorations for the baby shower I put on the theme was Jungle Animals so this is what I came up with...

50th Wedding Anniversary!

In February 2011, My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary and I wanted to give them something special to remember the occasion.  My seven brothers and sisters and I were already sending them on a little trip, but nonetheless, I wanted them to have a family tree with all of us kids on it.  I gathered some supplies from my various MemoryExpress Kits and came up with a fun design and managed to get all of us on the tree.  This was done on canvas and I painted it first and then added the paper layering from there.

Glass Etching...

Do you every just want to learn how to make something and don't know how?  I rely on YouTube which is flooded with a wealth of info on how to create!

One of the mediums I wanted to try was glass etching so I went to my resource (YouTube) and figured it out.  I was excited on how it turned out and it was a lot easier than I thought.

Here is a peak at the MemoryWorks Express Kit - December 2011 - Vintage Findings

It's time to welcome the last MemoryWorks Express Kit of 2011 -Vintage Findings!

Delve into this shabby chic new kit! Cool colors and classic designs with just the right amount of old fashioned flair! What's old is new again with Vintage Findings!

December 2011 MemoryWorks Kit Contains:  

Patterned Paper
{1} 12x12 Sunday Dinner – Farmhouse (October Afternoon)
{1} 12x12 Clothesline – Farmhouse (October Afternoon)
{1} 12x12 Kitchen Cupboard – Farmhouse (October Afternoon)
{1} 12x12 Everywhere Correspond – Lost & Found 2 (My Minds Eye)
{1} 12x12 Lovely Plaid – Lost & Found 2 (My Minds Eye)
{1} 12x12 Blue Newsprint – Simple Basics (Simple Stories)

Solid Cardstock
{1} 12x12 Mustard (American Crafts)
{1} 12x 12 Coffee (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Surf (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Shadow (American Crafts)
{1} 12x12 Vanilla (American Crafts)

{1} 12x12 Farmhouse Shape Stickers (October Afternoon)
{1} 3x6 Lost & Found 2 Forever Label Stickers (My Minds Eye)
{1} 3x6 Stella Rose Remember Journal Card (My Minds Eye)
{1} Package Brown Calendar Journaling Sprouts (Jillibean Soup)
{3} Mini Wood Spools (Maya Road)
{1} Vintage Mini Wood Ruler (Maya Road)
{1} Die Cut Wood Doily – Assorted Styles (Maya Road)
{2} Velvet Resin Blossoms (Maya Road)
{3} Toggle Wood Buttons – Assorted Styles (Prima)
{1} Bonnet Blooms – Assorted Colors (Jenni Bowlin)
{1} ½ Yard Antique Gold Loop Edge Ribbon (May Arts)
{1} ½ Yard Brown & Cream Gingham Ribbon (May Arts)
{1} 12’” Cream Crochet Lace (May Arts)

{1} 6x6 Mustard (American Crafts)
{1} 6x6 Coffee (American Crafts)
{1} 6x6 Surf (American Crafts)
{1} 6x6 Shadow (American Crafts)
{1} 6x6 Vanilla (American Crafts)
{6} 3 ½ x 6 ½ Kraft Coin Envelopes
MW Express Kits are $29.95 per month with an additional charge for shipping & handling and sales tax.
Contact me today to get your kit!  Also be on the look out for more 
MemoryWorks Express Kits in 2012!

January 2011 MemoryWorks Kit Layout ...

I love getting the MemoryWorks kits each month which are full of fabulous products from some of my favorite companies.  In January I made cards, layouts and a pocket calendar using the kit and had plenty left over for even more projects if I wanted.  You don't need to try to match papers or embellishments, because MemoryWorks does it for you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Stocking Stuffer/Gift Ideas

I know... I have the new 4S so why do I need a pocket calendar?  I am a visual person so I need to sometimes see what's going on rather than flipping back and forth to see what's going on in my busy life.  I may not be the only person that feels this way so these would make perfect stocking stuffers or gift ideas for just the right person :)  I also put my checkbook in the back of mine so that I have everything all together.

Handmade Cards for Every Event!

My husband makes fun of me because I can't just go buy a card from the store, I need to make them.  What would everyone think if I just went and bought one?  Craziness I say... Here are a few of the cards I made over the past year.

MemoryWorks Retreat Thank You Albums

This past summer I had the honor of making thank you albums for the instructors from four different companies for the MemoryWorks Scrapbooking Retreat.  I stuck to one major design but used their products to make them each unique to them.  Everyone who attended the retreat wrote a little thank you in each album and then they were presented to the instructors.  We were certainly blessed to have these amazing people attend our retreat!
1) My Mind's Eye
2) Teresa Collins
3) Simple Stories 
4) We R Memory Keepers

Little Knit Hats

I had fun this past year making little knit hats for Christmas, birthday and baby shower gifts.  I tried to be creative so that none were duplicated and each unique for the person I made them for.  Flowers and a little bling certainly add a touch as well!

MemoryWorks Design Team for the 4th Year!

I am so excited to be once again chosen to be on the MemoryWorks Design Team.  What started out as a pastime has now become a true passion of mine and I am so honored to be included in this years team with some amazing talented women!  Thank you MemoryWorks for this opportunity

2012 is going to be another great year for MemoryWorks and our consultants, we have loads of new ideas inspiration, programs and promotions all ready to go for the new year!

Along with all of the new and exciting happenings here at MemoryWorks we are thrilled to bring to you a brand new Teamworks Team. This talented group of designers and business professionals will be there every step of the way, working together to promote, educate, and inspire MemoryWorks and our wonderful consultants...

After receiving and reviewing many wonderful applications from our talented consultants we are officially announcing the new 2012 members of TeamWorks...

2012 Team Leader
Lacey Igo

2012  Assistant Team Leader 
Sheri Feypel
2012 Team Members
  Jennifer Bidwell-Edwardson 
Lynn Darda 
  Kimberly Hill 
Sharon Hill
Kelly Holbrook
Catherine Hollins 
 Christy Musack
Christine Pennington 
 Carolyn Piercy
Janey Pumphrey
Roseann Santos-Elliot
Jody Spiegelhoff
Jade Wilson

We're thrilled to welcome these following individuals to the MemoryWorks TeamWorks team, who will be working together to provide a top-notch experience, ideas, and inspiration to our consultants!

Congratulations to our new team members...and a HUGE thank you to everyone who applied!  There were so many great's truly the hardest part of our job to weed through the applicants.  Thank you for sharing your talents and passion for MemoryWorks with us!!
stripe patter strip 2

It is so excited to be included.  I can't share what I did for my "audition projects" just yet, but I can share with you what I did last year :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Santa Sighting on Christmas Eve 2010...

I know... I'm really late getting this posted, but thought I'd reflect back to last year before I take a truck load of photos again this year.  Last year I helped Santa fill 18 stockings and wow was that a task, but I think it has to be one of my most favorite things at Christmas!  I even think the girls love it too because it's the one thing I can do that they have no idea what is in there :)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Remembering What You Made...

I don't know about you, but year after year I love to make something new for the family.  Last year I made these cup cozies for all of our kids and put money in each cup so they could go shopping and find a perfect gift!
Then for the Grandkids, I made each of them a chef hat to help me out in the kitchen.  For the girls... material with cupcakes and monkeys on them and for the boys... camouflage with little cupcakes along the brim.  They were a big hit so I have to make something to top that off this year!

Our Little Four Legged "Boys"

Dexter and Caesar are always good about posing for the camera.  Here they posed for last years Christmas photo!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Homemade Christmas Gifts...

Each Christmas Patty, Cindy, Julie and I exchange gifts.  Everyone knows I love to make things for others.  I always try to come up with something new. So I came up with cup cozies with everyone's names on them, photo pillows with our group photo and ornaments for their tree.  I was pretty happy with the results, hopefully they were too!  Julie made blocks with photos that she had downloaded of each of our families.  Patty gave us all garden spikes that were so amazing.  Cindy made did another watercolor and made them into note cards and brought us back scarves from Turkey.  We had a nice breakfast and visit.  I feel blessed to have these special ladies in my circle of friends!

Christmas Programs

Pop-Pop and Madi
Grammy and Madison
Hayden and Savanna
Pamela, Hayden and Madi

Of course the Christmas season is full of parties and Christmas programs.  This year was another school program for Hayden.  It was wonderful.  He did a great job and Madison loves cheering him on.  What a fun evening.