Happy Spring!

Spring is finally here!  I've been inspired to create with beautiful, bright colors lately and the new Coloringz from Shimmerz are so bright, lively and gorgeous!  These sprays are all color with no shimmer.  You can order them directly from the Shimmerz website here.  Check them out!!

You add the shimmer of your choice over the top with these beautiful babies...

My favorite of the Shimmeringz is Goldie Lox!  I used it on these butterflies over the Coloringz on this card...
To make the clouds, I used a template, stipple brush and Under The Sea Blingz paint.
(I also used a little bit of the Under The Sea Blingz on the blue butterfly)
I've got lots of Shimmerz projects to post here (I'm playing catch up!) so check back soon!
Thanks for stopping by today.


Another pillow project...

My friend Wendy wanted to give her sister Shannon a special gift for her recent birthday. I mean really, what do you give the woman who has everything? ;) So... Wendy asked me to make Shan a pillow and here's the result...



I made the flowers on this pillow with ribbon as well. Shannon loved it and that makes me happy!

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Sewing project...

Hi there!  Recently I completed a couple of sewing projects.  Here is one of them that I made for my bestie Wendy, aka "Wonder Woman".  :)

I made the brown flowers out of brown satin ruffled ribbon.  I made the taupe and brown flowers by twisting a double sided ribbon.
Wendy really loves this photo pillow that I made for her for a birthday gift.  I love giving things that I make myself.  It means so much.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Valentines Day home decor project

Here is a Valentine's Day home decor project that I created using the new Coloringz from Shimmerz Paints called My Bleeding Heart.  It is my favorite new color, a gorgeous  bright red!
I used Goldie Lox Shimmeringz over the red.  I also used Goldie Lox Shimmeringz on the little heart in the middle.


I got the idea for this ruffled heart from a video that Rhonna Farrer but on her blog about a year ago.  She used some tan colored (unbleached) coffee filters and hot glued them into an empty heart shaped candy box.   I loved the project she made but thought it would look so hot in a bright red!  I used My Bleeding Heart Coloringz over the tan coffee filters and the coverage of this paint is so amazing!
Check out the Shimmerz Blog for a cool video and some more ideas for these fantastic new products!


A New Release from Shimmerz Paints!

Shimmerz Paints will be releasing NEW products tomorrow, January 20th!

Check out names of the new colors:

Mama Sings The Blues – a bright turquoise color
Mandrin My Tie – an orange / yellow color
My Bleeding Heart – deep bright red
Anchors Away – deep navy blue (I call this one Patriot Blue!)
Valentino – similar to the Pantone color of the year for 2011
Ivy League – an olive green with rust tones
Lime In Da Coconut – a bright lime green
Mon-Shari – a vibrant blue/purple
No Yolking – a super bright yellow
Pink Stiletto – a hot, hot pink
Tropical Tan Line – a vintage tan

Check back in tomorrow to see some projects that I created with some of these new colors!!


My Wicked Whisk...

Today I am launching my "foodie" blog dedicated to cooking, baking and all things food! I hope you'll check it out here and say hello!



Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!

I made these cupcakes yesterday a BSU Bronco party and they were a big hit.  So yummy!  

Ingredients for cupcakes:
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tsp grated orange zest
red and yellow food coloring

Ingredients for frosting:

2 8 oz bricks cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp orange juice
3 cups powdered sugar
Red and yellow food coloring


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 standard sized muffin cups with paper or foil liners.

Beat butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, orange juice and zest in a large bowl with mixer on high 3 minutes or until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. On low speed, beat in flour and milk, alternating in 2 additions, just until blended, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add a couple of drops of red and yellow food coloring until the batter is orange.  Spoon evenly in muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake 22 to 24 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcakes comes out clean and tops are golden. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from pans to rack to cool completely.
For the frosting, beat cream cheese, vanilla and juice in a bowl to blend. Add
powdered sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in a couple of drops of red and yellow food coloring until light orange. Refrigerate until firm enough to spread.

Recipe makes 24 wicked yummy cupcakes!!  Enjoy.  :)

Love and blessings,

Words to live by...

A friend sent me this via email and I love it.  Thought I'd share it with you...

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Its OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. Its OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.


Boo to you!

Here is a little Halloween banner that I created for Shimmerz Paints. I used Fiery Fiesta Vibez on the chipboard letters.


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How beautiful is my sweetgum tree? Oh, how I LOVE the fall colors!!



Back to basics...

Over the last few months, life has been crazy so I have not had the opportunity to get creative as often as I would like. I created some cards recently and figured I better get back to basics and start off simple... ease myself back into my creative groove! Last Spring I bought these beautiful papers and embellishments from The Girls Paperie. I have been dying to create with them. I grabbed my Baby's Breath Spritz and made the pretty floral paper even prettier and shimmery on these first two cards.

On this third card I used some of the latest and greatest colors from Shimmerz Paints. On the flower, I used Pop Art Pink Vibes mixed with a little Ruby Spritz to get just the shade of pink I was looking for. I used the new Peas Be Mine Pearlz on the leaves.

I guess it's time to put away the Spring and Summer papers and start creating with some warm fall ones! I suppose I'm in denial that the cold weather is coming because of this HOT weather we are having here in Idaho lately!

Happy Fall!


Seafood Chowder Recipe

Once in a while I am asked for one of my recipes that I don't have written down. I just wing it with chowder but my friend Mary Alice asked me to write it down for her. Thanks, Mary Alice! I really need to do this with many of my recipes but need a little kick in the ass. :)

This recipe makes a big ol' 8 quart pot full, which is probably about 18 to 20 generous servings.

Seafood Chowder


3-4 cups chopped clams (this would be about 10 pounds in the shell)
1 pound bay scallops
1 pound small shrimp (deveined and tails off)
1/2 pound bacon or pancetta, diced small.
1 stick unsalted butter
2 cups finely chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped celery
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
12 sprigs fresh thyme
3 bay leaves
3 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 quart heavy cream
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
3 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
hot sauce (optional)
8 bottles Snow's Clam Juice (8oz each)If using pre-shucked clams
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley


Normally I bring clams home from Washington already shucked and I freeze them. I chop them up while they are in a big brick just slightly thawed. I use the store bought clam juice when I don't have fresh whole clams.

If you are using fresh clams, transfer the clams to a large bowl or baking dish and strain the broth twice through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, being careful to strain out the sand. You should have about 8 cups of clam broth. If not, add enough water to bring the volume up to 8 cups. When the clams are cool, remove them from their shells and chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set the clams and broth aside.

Cook the bacon or pancetta (I prefer the non-smoky taste of pancetta) in a large heavy pot over medium heat until crisp and the fat is rendered. Pour off all of the bacon fat except 2 tablespoons. Add 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, onions, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the garlic, thyme, and bay leaves and cook until the vegetables are thoroughly wilted, about 3 minutes, being careful not to brown.

Add the potatoes and reserved clam broth or clam juice and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the broth thickens slightly and the potatoes are very tender, about 30 minutes.I like my chowder very thick so at this point I melt half a stick of butter then stir in half a cup of flour. Cook this down for a couple of minutes then add to pot of chowder and stir. It will get very thick!

Discard the thyme stems and bay leaves, stir in the cream. Bring temp up to simmer. Add seafood and simmer for about 7-8 minutes just long enough for seafood to cook. Add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

If you have the time, set the chowder aside for 1 hour, covered, to allow the flavors to marry. Place the pot over low heat and slowly reheat, being careful not to let boil as this will over cook the seafood. Garnish each bowl some chopped parsley.


Holy Smokes... three months??

How crazy is it that I've not blogged for three months?? It's not for lack of material, that's for sure! All three boys start school on Monday and Nate will be in first grade (ALL DAY!) so I'll be back to creating and blogging but also tackling my "I'll do that when the kids go back to school" list!

It's been a wonderful summer full of happy memories and I can't wait to recap and scrap it :)

Love and blessings to you!