Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kelli's Krafts - O Christmas Tree and A Recipe

I rhymed!  I wanted to share with you the card that the guests made at my most recent workshop.  Since it was in November, I decided to have everyone make a Christmas card.  Here's what I came up with:

I used Garden Green and Real Red card stock as well as Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series PaperI used Garden Green as the base of my card and then lined it with a piece of Real Read (the measurements of the GG are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and the measurements for the RR are 5 1/4 x 4).  Along the bottom I adhered a piece of the DSP (approx measurements are 2 1/2 x 4).  I used Paisley Prints for my image (love this set, found in SU's Holiday Mini catalog) and Teeny Tiny Wishes for my sentiment.  I stamped the image and sentiment on Whisper White card stock (approx measurements 2x3) and framed it with a piece of Garden Green card stock (approx measurements 2 1/4 x 3 1/4).

Here's a close up of the image...I love the details.

There you have a quick and easy way to say Merry Christmas.  It really is not too late to make Christmas cards...or New Years cards :)
Now...here's the recipe for the cake I pictured here yesterday.

5-Flavor Pound Cake

2 sticks butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups sugar
1 cup milk
5 eggs, well beaten
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp each...vanilla, lemon, almond, rum & coconut

Beat butter, shortening & sugar
Add eggs, milk & baking powder, stir
Gradually add flour
Add flavors, stir
Grease bundt pan & lightly shower with flour
Pour batter into pan

Bake at 325 for 1 1/4 hours (checking every 5 minutes during the last 15 minutes).  You know the cake is done when you poke it with a toothpick and the toothpick comes out clean.
Remove cake from pan and cool on plate.

For Glaze

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tsp each...vanilla, lemon, almond, rum & coconut

In saucepan combine ingredients & bring to boil
Stir until sugar is melted
Poke holes in cake with toothpick & pour glaze on top (Rondell likes to do this while the cake is still warm).

Enjoy (and be prepared for your family to ask you to make it again)!!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  One week!...I can't believe it's been an entire week since I've posted.  I'm also a little behind in reading blogs...I plan on catching up today.

2.  You can eat cake...Look at what Rondell made to take to Thanksgiving dinner:

He made a 5-flavor pound cake...yum (don't be fooled because it doesn't look like the cover of Martha Stewart...it is delicious!).  He's the baker in our house...I love that about him.  My mom gave him the recipe years ago and my Granita gave it to her.  It is a hit at every family function.  This year we came home with an empty cake holder :)

**Note:  I thought I had the recipe electronically to share with you, but I don't.  I'll look it up and post it later :)

3.  You know you're getting older when...So, the kids and I drove up to Cleveland to hang out with my family while Rondell was managing the crowds at Best Buy (he had to be at work at 4:30!).  While we were there I got to see two of my good friends, Melanie and Shonda.  Everything was going just fine until....

Melanie (to my brother who is 19):  ...insert random question here...

Evan (to Melanie):  "Yes, ma'am"

MA'AM!!!  He called her ma'am...let's just say it was a sad moment for us, but also a good laugh.

4.  Out with Fall...I started taking down some of my Fall items in preparation for putting up our Christmas tree and decorations.  I sure will miss this little guy:
(This also made me realize that I need to clean my windows!)

Monday, November 22, 2010

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  It's baaack!  Next to Coca Cola this is one of my favorite drinks and it only comes out this time of year (I've tried to get my local store to order it at other times with no luck).  If you haven't tried it you must.

2.  My future list maker...this weekend Rondell and I were making our grocery list and Jamison decided that she wanted to help.  I love her concentration and how she organized the list into groups.  I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree because I love lists!  Note: Canada Dry is on the list...I love it!

3.  Monday Funny...have you guys seen the new show on CBS called Mike & Molly?  I started watching it at the beginning of the season and it cracks me up every time.  I now have Rondell sucked into it and we've been watching every Monday after I get home from Bible Study.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanking God on Friday!

1.  I am thankful that it is Friday!  I am very much ready for a productive weekend and some fun family time.  I have plans to hug on my babies (although Caleb informed me last night that he is not my baby...sniff), hang out with my hubby, make some cards and clean some bathrooms!

2.  I am thankful that I'll get to see one of my best friends next week.  My friend Melanie will be in Cleveland for Thanksgiving and the kids and I are going to drive up and see her the day after (you know, while the world is shopping).  She lives in New Jersey so we don't get to see her that often.  I would love to be able to see another best too, but I think she'll be shopping (hint, hint Kristina).

3.  I am thankful that it's almost time for turkey...I love turkey.

4.  I am thankful that I was finally able to find this devotional.  So far I love it and it's small enough to fit right in my purse.  God's timing is truly amazing as the last few days have been messages that I've really needed to meditate on...including simplifying!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

To Do Thursday...

...will return December 2!  I hope to share some great tips and before/afters with you :)

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kelli's Krafts - What a Deal!!!

Stampin' Up! just announced an amazing offer (now through November 30)...its Demonstrator starter kit for 50% off (click the image above for more information).  So, for $87.50 you can get $310 worth of product.  You really can't beat this offer if you've been thinking of becoming a demonstrator, whether it be to meet new people and teach them all about the wonderful world of stamping or you want to get in on the discount that is offered.  

Here's what's inside the kit (you can choose the starter kit or start + digital):
If you want to sign up, simply go to my website (here) and get started by clicking on 'Start Your Own Business.' 

Monday, November 15, 2010

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.   Homemade pizza help...last night Rondell and I attempted to make homemade pizza once again.  It is my goal to learn how to master homemade pizza because 1. I love pizza and 2. I think it would be fun to have pizza night at our house where we all make our own pizzas.  It didn't turn out as well as we would have liked...the crust was a little too crusty, we need to find a different sauce, and it took much longer than we anticipated because the dough took forever to rise.  So, I'm calling on the big dogs (that would be you)...do you have a good dough/sauce recipe so that I can live out my dream of making pizza?  Please...I need you!

2.  Blast from the past (some things never change)...yesterday Rondell found a grocery list in his pocket that I emailed to him in 2008.  As he was reading it we realized that it sounds just like the lists we make today...we are still buying the same stuff.  BORING!  We decided that it really is time to revamp our menu...spice it up a little.

3.  A little something special...I ordered something for myself for my birthday this year, something that I rarely do.  I ordered one of these...my necklace says 'be still.'  You must check out Becky's shop and her blog...you must, right after you finish reading this post.

4.  Simplify...this is my new word to go along with my other word for 2010 (focus).  As I'm walking around my house I'm realizing that we have too much stuff (no wonder I'm getting frustrated with my organizing...I have too much stuff to organize), my desk area at work has too much stuff...I need to simply.  I need to eliminate the clutter in my life so that I can relax and focus on the important things that need my attention (the Word, my family, revamping our menu, making fun things for Christmas, etc).  So, I'm grabbing a bunch trash bags and I'm throwing stuff away.  And If I have less stuff I'll have less to clean :)

5.  Are you ready?  Thanksgiving is next week...just sayin'.  What are you looking forward to most?  Me...turkey and dressing!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanking God on Friday!

~  I am thankful for all of the wonderful birthday wishes.  So many people commented on my blog, or FB, or by text, or a phone call and I loved each and every one.

~  I am thankful for beautiful weather this week.  We have had blue skies and temps in the 60's all week and I've been loving every minute.  I stood outside for a bit last night looking up at the stars and just realizing how glorious God's creation is.

~  I am thankful (and a little nervous) that there is going to be a great turn out tonight for a workshop I have scheduled.  This will be my first workshop with people I have never met before (besides the hostess).  I'm excited to meet new people and show them the fabulous world of stamping.

~  I am thankful for a wonderful report from Jamison's teacher yesterday.  Overall her teacher said that she's a joy to have, responsible, smart, and confident.  It is so nice to know that she's adjusting well to 2nd grade.  Also...to toot her horn, the teacher informed us that Jamison is the only student who has gotten all of the spelling words correct on all of the spelling tests!!!  GO Jamison :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Because I Love This Face!

For more WW visit my blog friend Tanya!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kelli's Krafts - Let's Talk Christmas Cards

Yes Friends, it is that time to really be thinking of Christmas cards, especially if you're going to make them.  "Make my Christmas cards...what Kelli, are you crazy?"  Well maybe a little, but I still think you can make Christmas cards without being overwhelmed.  I thought I'd give you a few tips on how to make Christmas card making simple and smooth.

Here's the card I made last year (and please excuse the terrible picture) and I'll use it as the example as I go over the tips:
  •  Plan your card...make a sketch or find a card that you want to CASE (Copy And Share Everything).  There are places where you can find sketches of cards as wells as samples of cards you can CASE.  Or if you find a Stampin Up! stamp set that you really like, look in the Stampin Up! catalog or the SU website for examples.
  • Once you know what card you are going to make figure out your measurements and write them down.  This will help you create the card step-by-step over time.  For example, in the above card I knew the measurements for the snowflake paper so I was able to cut out as many as I needed at one time.
  • Which leads me to doing your cards step-by-step.  Over a few days just take a little bit of time and prepare each piece of your card.  For the above card I took one night to cut the base of the card (which is taking a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock and cutting it in half to make two bases for a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card).  Another night I cut out the next layer and another night I stamped the sentiment, punched it out and layered it.  Finally, you put all of the pieces together and that's it...in just a few evenings you're done!  No, seriously.
  • One major tip is to make sure you have plenty of adhesive.  I make sure I have plenty of Snail before I start.
  • Remember to have a system to keep all of your pieces together...I talked about that a little here last year along with pictures of some of my step-by-step process. 
  • Turn on some Christmas music and have your favorite drink while you work (though you may not want to have the drink too close to your work because that could be a disaster waiting to happen...or am I the only clumsy one?).
  • Enjoy!!!
Here's the stamp set I'm using this year (well, the tree from the set) and I can't wait to start building :)  I'll keep you posted.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 8, 2010

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  So...today is the day...MY BIRTHDAY!!!!  My name is Kelli and I LOVE my birthday...always have, always will.  I really started celebrating on Friday when Rondell brought me my favorite calzone for dinner.  Saturday my mom came over for dinner and we had steak on the grill with salad and baked potato...with apple crisp for dessert.  My mom bought me these flowers:

 Sunflowers, my favorite...they are such a happy flower :)

I also got some charms for my Pandora bracelet...the first one is a tulip (a gift I received from my friend Kristina a few months ago).  Then my mom gave me the smiling sunflower (I am always amazed at how well she knows me and what I will like), and Rondell gave me the dolphin and the yellow glass bead.  I love them all...they are each perfect in every way.

Jamison made me a few signs for my day...I will say she is my biggest birthday supporter (probably because she inherited the "I LOVE my birthday" gene).
She wanted me to have an egg and cheese sandwich and a Coke for breakfast (we didn't get a chance to do that since we have to leave so early in the morning, but the thought is just as special).  But do you also see that in the top right-hand corner...yes, that is a 100 dollar bill.  Oh how I love her.

This is my place setting.

And to celebrate me today...I want you all to have a joyful day...do something you enjoy!  You have to, because it's my day...and I said so :)
2.  There's nothing like mail...not email, not FB mail...real mail.  Last week I received some real mail from my blog friend Kate.  She made these cute little banners and she was giving one away on her blog and I WON!  I hung in on our mantel so that we would have a constant reminder to be thankful...it fits perfectly.

3.  Another great thing that I did over my birthday weekend was go to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people.  My friend Lyndsey agreed to take pictures of Caleb and Jamison and we decided to go to use OSU as our setting.  Being on The Oval in front of the Mail Library rekindled my love for The Ohio State University...the place where I grew as a person, where I met my husband, where I met a life-long friend, where I earned my degree.  It was a joy to see my children running around the grassy areas that I used to cross going to and from class...taking pictures of them in front of one of the oldest buildings on campus.  I can't wait to see how the pictures turned out...priceless, I'm sure.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

To Do Thursday - The Hiatus

...is on hiatus.  Not because I didn't get anything done, but because I want to make some changes with this post.  I want you all to benefit from this journey just as much as I benefit.  See, I enjoy reading blogs like this one and this one and this one because along with talking about organizing or making a house a home...they show you.  So, I need to reorganize my reorganization to make it interesting and hip and trendy :)  See you next week!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

miscellany monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1.  I am without a camera at the moment because I left it at a friend's house.  I'm going to pick it up today and then I can share Halloween pictures with you (maybe for WW).  We had a great Halloween weekend with fun trick to treating and then a fun Halloween party for the kids with some of my friends (that's when I left the camera).  Last night we ate candy corn rice crispy treats and watched It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Which, have you seen that...they were pretty mean to one another.  OK, so I've rambled about 3 things under this 1 number...how's that for random :)

2.  I have a question about Facebook...do you ever get friended (yes, I made up a word), accept the friend request and then that person never "talks" to you?  This happens to me often where someone will friend me but then they never say anything like "hey, how have you been" or "haven't talked to you in a while"...so it makes me wonder why they friend me.  Is it to see my beautiful children (wink, wink), or see if I married that guy from college (yes, for 8 years), or just to see what I'm doing in my life?  I just wonder.

3.  It's November...NOVEMBER!!!  My birthday is just one week away...you know, in case you forgot :)

4.  Don't forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night before going to bed...hopefully we'll all be able to get an extra hour of sleep!