"A Southern Mom, Daughter, Sister, Granny, Dog Lover, Crafter, Painter , Java Junkie Queen, and Friend".

Monday, December 30, 2013

Whoa, 2014 is almost here!


Greetings Everyone,

Wow, I can't believe it is almost 2014! Every year at this time,  always say, "this year has flown by", when really, it has still just been 364 days...the same amount every year. The end of this year has given me a lot of time to reflect, especially since I got sick AGAIN, just like at Thanksgiving....lol....which meant all 3 of my children stopped by Christmas morning....quickly did gifts and left...because they didn't want to get sick either. THEN, I was so sick I couldn't go to my Mom's for the annual holiday gathering. BUT, it was okay, because, even though I was sick, I still had my entire family....siblings, children, grandchildren, and my precious Mom and Daddy. As you know from previous post, my Daddy suffers from a rare brain disease called Pic's Disease/Normal pressure hydrocephalus. When he was diagnosed, the doctor's gave us 10 months to 2 years, and well, we have been more than blessed with more time....so, another year with my Daddy, has been a great year.

2014 will hold what I hope will be bigger and better things for my blog and my craft business. I've been thinking of what I want to accomplish on the blog such as a better layout....content.....give a ways....what I really want to try and work on.....whether it is painting more whimsical art....making jewelry.....or finding what I really want to do.

I'm not going to set resolutions such as losing weight that I know always gets broken...lol....I just  know that I want to keep being the best person I can be.....do the next right thing....always love my family and friends....and as far as my blog goes....to rely on all of you out there that do this so much better than me....to learn from all of you.....and to maybe, just maybe, be a better person.

Blessings,

Deborah

Thursday, December 19, 2013

No Sew DIY Fleece Scarf and Hat! Just in Time for Winter!


Guess What Ya'll? It is getting cold down here in South Georgia...Yep, we have even been having heavy frost of the car windows! That means it is time to pull out all my favorite winter coats, my Uggs, and....that is where I always remember that I didn't buy a new hat and scarf!

So, this year I decided to make my own! I went to several dollar stores, such as, Dollar General and Family Dollar, and our local Big Lots! All of these stores had great prices on cute, inexpensive fleece blankets.....so many designs...that I bought several ! I had searched all over "blog land to You Tube" and found a couple DIY No Sew ways to do this.....

Basically after cutting the tag off....I unfolded the blanket....length wise....realized that I could get about 3 scarves and had enough material to make 3 hats...
The is folded in half, cut length wise

Cut 5 inch strips in bottom and you have  scarf

This is square that I measured for my head and used fabric glue down the seam

Cut inch strips in one end..where I used  a piece of same material..


where I tied around the end...and I have a cute fleece hat!





Just in time for Christmas,

Blessings,

Deborah







Thursday, December 12, 2013

Pandora Style Bracelets!


Pandora bracelets are just beautiful...right? But,not everyone can afford a real Pandora bracelet...I know I couldn't buy one for my daughters and sisters and friends like I would like to, so, I discovered at Michael's Craft Store that they sell the bracelets and beads that look almost like the real thing.

I made some for the Christmas in the Cross craft show this past weekend, and had several left....I have listed them on local sites, but, I just had to share the pictures of them.

I hope you like them as much as I do.....I will probably end up keeping a few for myself!









Isn't that red one just a little "saucy and spicy" and just right for Christmas!


Blessings,

Deborah

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pneumonia and Christmas in the Cross Craft Show!


Happy Saturday Everyone!

Well, it has been way over a week since I posted anything....well, "what had happened was".....I had what I thought was the beginning of just a little head cold. But, the next thing I new,I was so sick....coughing, fever, chills....the whole nine yards!

After, several days of this, and much concern from my family, I finally went and saw my doctor. Pneumonia! So, while I knew I was really sick, I also knew I had to get finished with all my holiday crafts for a huge annual craft show held in Waycross every year.....Christmas in the Cross held at our beautiful and historical Okefenokee Heritage Center. One of my sisters came and helped me finalize everything and load up....and viola...off we went!

The show was alot of fun....greats vendors.....sales weren't the best, but, the fun and fellowship was awesome! I did realize about 2:00 this afternoon that I had probably overdone it, but, hey, I survived....so, I wanted to share some pictures that my sister made of my booth which features a little bit of everything I've been working on these past few months, from funny holiday signs to new purses to "red neck wine glasses"! I hope you enjoy....













"Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store.....Maybe Christmas means a little bit more--The Grinch".........

Blessings,

Deborah

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Being a Grandmother at Christmas!!!


Happy December 1st, 2013!!!

Wow, I LOVE Christmas....can you tell? Updated,  my blog with red, white, and green! Have a beautiful twinkling tree and a precious Christmas countdown clock! Yes, I do love Christmas. Some of my happiest memories growing up happened at Christmas....from the time of Santa bringing me Barbie's to the very special time that Santa FINALLY bought my Daddy a "shiny red Schwinn bike" that he had waited on since he was a little boy! I can still see my Daddy pushing it out the front door, hopping on and taking off down our street with his blue and white terry cloth bathrobe flying while showing off his "whitey-tighties"....lol!

When I became a Mother, the holiday took an even more special meaning seeing the holiday through the eyes of my children, but,now I'm a grandmother of two beautiful and wonderful grandchildren.....Kenzley who is two and a half, and Alan, who will be one on the 20th of December! My Heart swells so much just thinking of them and the pure unadulterated joy they bring to my life.

So, this morning , to kick off the wonderful month of December and approaching holiday, I thought I would share a few pictures of Kenzley and Alan:
Kenzley's 1st Christmas

Look how beautiful she is!

Alan's 1st Christmas

Look at his pure amazement!










Thank you for letting me share my grand's!

Blessings,
Deborah







Thursday, November 28, 2013

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

To each of you that have made me feel worth while as a "small time" blogger this past year....and to each of you, I wish you:






Blessings to each of you,

Deborah

Friday, November 22, 2013

I WAS FEATURED on the FINAL FEATURE!

So dang excited to be Featured on the LAST Feature Friday for this AWESOME blog party! Please take a chance to stop by and wish them luck while they take some time off and spend with family:

http://raising-reagan.com/2013/11/22/final-feature-friday/


Blessings,

Deborah


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Signs, Signs, Holiday Signs Everywhere!

Gosh, it is almost Thanksgiving and wonderful food and great family time! I can't wait! But, while waiting I've been working on holiday signs to sell at a very large holiday craft show coming up December 6th and 7th.....

So, without further adieu, I'm spreading the Christmas Spirit and humor:
A little pouting isn't that bad! LOL

Just love this one.

Yes, I live in the South!

YES!



These have been sprayed with their sealant spray, but I haven't put their bows and strings on yet,but, I think they turned out great! Working on more, as I type, can't wait to share them with ya'll! 

Happy Hump Day and Be Blessed,

Deborah

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I Just LOVE SNOWMEN!

 Greetings Everyone,

Last week I didn't really blog or post anything....I had the awesomeness of having my 2 year old grand daughter for the week! Lot's of fun, but, I forgot how tiring it was to have a toddler around!

But, this weekend, I had the chance to finish several projects I had been working on...one of which are my wooden snowmen. I made several snowmen families last year and had enough wood left to make 2 sets. I had seen them on Pinterest last year and my brother in law had given me a box of scrap wood and they were just perfect.

Assembling them was easy....I first decided which blocks would make the bodies....then sanded down all the rough edges. Second, I glued them together......let them dry completely so they would be easy to paint and work with. Then painted them and used buttons on some....material...beads, whatever I could find to accent them with. The ideas are endless. They turned out great and I hope you like them.

Mr. and Mrs. Yellow

Mr. Yellow

Mrs. Yellow

The Purple Family

Daddy Purple

Mama Purple


and Baby Purple




Are they not the cutest!

Blessings,

Deborah















Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall is in the air....Finally!


Good Monday Morning Everyone,

There was a little "crispness" in the air this morning when I went outside with that first cup of coffee this morning..and it felt wonderful! It felt so good that I had to stop on the sidewalk and do my "little happy dance" that I do...although, if one of my neighbors looked out at that particular time, it probably looked more like a shuffle because that is about all my left leg("Franken Ankle") with the metal in it can do! Hey, when you get my age and in my shape, you have to get your happiness when you can...lol!

So, with the coming of Fall to South Georgia, I completed two new burlap purses in my Squared Line, and I think they turned out fabulous. They both have all the colors of Fall....burnt orange...fiery red's....coffee with a little creamer brown.... some leafy green and blue sea turquoise because their still hanging on!

I will be designing a few more this week and will share those when completed, but here are the two new ones I finished this weekend:
Sunrise Surprise....this purse has a blue and brown cloth strap.

Back of Sunrise Surprise.

Sunset Surprise has a pink strap.






Blessings, 
Deborah













Friday, November 1, 2013

The Great Pumpkin Arrived Charlie Brown!!

Greetings Everyone this day after All Hallow's Eve,

Wow, did we ever have a BLAST last night at our Gobbler Hollow Yard Haunt! We estimate that we had close to 300 children and families stop by! It was so much fun seeing all the children in their costumes and the excitement of seeing all we had: from the amazing  Headless Horseman to the Pumpkin King sitting on his throne to Ula his broken hearted love.....to the cemetery filled with ghouls and finally to 7 foot tall Horace the Happy Harvest Pumpkin! Now, bear in mind that most of our display's were made from paper mache, wood, and by hand! Alot of work goes into our annual Minchew Halloween festival....takes about 2 weeks to set it up, but it is so worth it!


We even made the front page of our local newspaper! This year we did something different and asked those that could to bring a non-perishable food item that we are donating to one of our local food banks. Our parents always taught us to GIVE BACK to our community, and we still try to adhere to those principles and pass it on to our children. We had new features this year one of which  was "Madame Sarita" the "extraordinaire" Fortune Teller! Also, each child had the opportunity to have their pic made with Horace!

I could keep going on, but just want to go ahead and Share some pics:
Waycross Journal Herald

The Wyrd Sisters(my sisters and I..I'm in the middle)

Wyrd Sisters and "Madame Sarita"

Horace, the Happy Harvest Pumpkin( or as we call him, The Great Pumpkin)

And, finally, we made a Facebook page where people who came and took pics can add their own. 
https://www.facebook.com/GobblerHollow

So, tomorrow I will start on holidays crafts. Blessings to all,

Deborah

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Biscuit Pull-a-part Surprise! YUMMY!

Wow, I'm on a roll.....two post in two days! I'm bacccck....and I'm a cooking! 

First, I have to give a a Shout Out to Amy over at www.ohbiteit.com......while I was scrolling through blog post I had missed over the past couple weeks of my "down time", I discovered her blog....she has some wonderfully sounding recipes, and one caught my eye....

It is a very easy recipe using canned biscuits, cheese, and a little butter! I don't know about ya'll...but, down south, anything with butter is great!

Basically, you can use a cake pan, or as I used today, a small, glass, square dish....I pre-heated the oven to 350. I melted a half a stick of butter in the dish....just cut that stick of butter in half, drop it in the dish, slide it in the over, and let it melt.

I then took 2 cans of canned biscuits and opened them and set all the dough on my counter.  I cut a big chunk of cheese from my sharp cheddar block I had in fridge....and cut it into small pieces.



I then took each biscuit and folded it around a chunk of the cheese.....and yes, of course I ate some of the cheese!



So, after I had stuffed each biscuit and the butter had melted...I placed the cute little stuffed biscuits in the dish. I then placed in the pre-heated oven and cooked them until the tops were slightly brown. I then poured a little more melted butter on top....and then, just to take it up a notch, I sprinkled some Parmesan-Romano cheese on top....gosh, doesn't that sound wonderful?
I let the cheese get a little crunchy-toasty, and then took it out of the oven.


Can you see the steam wafting up out of the oven.....and the smell of the two cheeses.....and the butter is still sizzling around the bottom of the pan!! YUMMY.....I then fixed me a fresh cup of coffee.....cut me a couple pieces of this biscuit surprise.....and, Oh My, was it good....

I know that this will become another recipe when my children are home that will be requested!!! 

Blessings,

Deborah

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Whew!!!! The Great Pumpkin is Almost Here!

Greetings,

Wow, it has been over 3 weeks since I blogged, and, wow, what a 3 weeks it has been! First, I had my MRI on my neck I told you I was going to have. So, after sitting on pins and needles for a day, I found out that my C2and3, and C6and7, are still bulging(which I already knew), that my neck is showing extreme signs of Degenerative Bone Disease, and that my neck is FULL of arthritis!!

As, I have shared before, I have been having horrible pain and swelling in my hands, which has hindered my crafts....so, now I know why.....soooooo, my doctors are coming up with a treatment plan to take care of me. THEN, I was in a wedding for a very dear friend of mine...and the wedding and reception was held on  historic Jekyll Island, which is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia, and I had a wonderful and relaxing time. I also during this time got to spend some much needed time with my son and grand daughter.....

So, finally back home and trying to work on some holiday signs for a craft show coming up in November....I haven't done a lot this year for Halloween, but, I took a cute, cloth, country witch I had and adhered her to my front door....and bought a cute little broom sign from the dollar store and put over here.

I painted a wooden sign with one of my FAV sayings....I hope to share with you some more ideas over the next couple weeks....until then, I hope all is fine with you....


I just love her!

Broom Parking!

That's Right!!!!





Blessings to you,

Deborah