Sunday, January 31, 2010

Robotic Warrior Apron



My grandson just loves the Transformers, but of course most children love super heros. But he has several heros in his family from his father who is an army solider, an uncle who is a airforce soldier to his grandpa who is a LEO. It just runs in the family. So in honor of our super heros everywhere, here is an apron for daddy's little work helper or momma's kitchen helper.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Child Apron Barcode Kitties



I just made this darling pastel apron. When I got the fabric I didn't even know it was called Barcode Kitties. Its just adorable and would be great for any little girl who helps in the kitchen or who likes to play house in her pretend kitche.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Retro Polka Dot Fun!



Just listed this cute Retro, vintage inspired sweetheart apron. I just love polka dots. It's so retro. I also love lace and flirty kitchen fun. This would be a great asset to your kitchen attire whether its just you and hubby or entertaining for your next party. I wouldn't pass up this number as it won't last long.

Also all my items can be custom made with different print fabrics and trims.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Valentine Handbag Giveaway




Check out this blog: fuchstbags.blogspot.com for the directions on how to win this lovely bag called Juliet!

It will make the perfect gift for any stylish woman on Valentine’s Day.

Also check out her lovely web site too full of bags and shawls: fuchstbags.etsy.com

I just love this bag and hope I win it, but hey we all can't win everything so go ahead and enter too, maybe YOU will be the lucky winner.

Sloppy Joes - 4 pt servings



1 pound lean ground round

1 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup reduced-calorie ketchup

2 tablespoons unprocessed oat bran

1 tablespoon low-sodium Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 (8-ounce) can no-salt added tomato sauce

6 reduced-calorie hamburger buns, split and toasted


1. Cook ground round and onion in a large nonstick skillet over
medium-high heat until meat is browned, stirring until meat crumbles. Drain and return to skillet.

2. Stir ketchup and next 5 ingredients into meat mixture; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring often. Spoon mixture evenly over bottom halves of buns; cover with bun tops.

6-7 Servings, 4pts each
Adapted from: weightwatchers-recipes.net


(You can also replace the ground beef with ground turkey, and subsitute the ketsup with a low calorie BBQ sauce, I use Head Country BBQ sauce, low cal. 45, low sugar 5)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Internet Safety Tips for Parents



I just went to an internet safety class last night although my children and now grown I have grandchildren who need to be safe. So I have done research to share with my readers about internet safety.

As a parent you must absolutely play a very active role in your child's education when introducing them to the Internet, and more importantly and use it safely.

Today one of the most perilous threats to your child's online safety are online sexual predators.

The Federal Bureau of investigations recently estimated that with over one million pedophiles online on any given day at any given time, your child has a one in four chance of being approached in an online chat room or through an instant message.

Worse still, if your child has a my space.com account, where they have posted pictures of themselves, the chances of such a contact go up dramatically.

Long gone are the days when parents could allow the computer to be an unsupervised activity. But as a parent, it's not always easy to know the best way to handle certain situations or what guidelines you should lay down for your child to follow. When they are surfing the Internet.

To protect your children, here are some simple guidelines that are easy to follow by both parent and child alike. We call these the top 10 Internet safety tips that you can and should share with your child.

Top Ten Internet Safety Tips

1. .First educate yourself, then your child.
Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your child on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt; from not posting personal information to a site to understanding that people they are talking to may not actually be who they are. If the parents know the dangers themselves, this sets an example to the child to understand them as well.

2. Teach children the obvious identity rules.
Tell your children NOT to put photos of themselves on the Internet or to give out their names, addresses, phone numbers, schools, or other personal information online.

3. Install an Internet filter or family safety software.
Family safety software is becoming extremely advanced and an effective way to filter dangerous content. Additionally, this software usually comes with tools like time management, remote monitoring and reporting, and keystroke recognition, giving families greater peace of mind and manageability.

4. Know the dangers associated with sites your children frequent. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Whether it's MySpace, Facebook or another social networking site, by knowing what people are doing on your children's favorite sites that could put them in harm's way, parents can educate their children and show them the warning signs of potentially dangerous situations.

5. Teach children what to do if they encounter pornography on a home or public computer, such as at a school or a library. In a similar fashion to the fire warning of "stop, drop and roll," you can teach children to quickly turn off power to the computer monitor and go to get an adult. This can prevent a child from attempting to stop the situation by clicking more buttons (and thereby spreading the attack and being exposed to more porn).

6. Manage your children's time on the Internet. Scheduling times when a child can be on the Internet and the amount they can be online ensures that you know when they are on the Internet and how long. By not allowing them to have free reign reduces their chances of being exposed to inappropriate content.

7. Set specific Internet guidelines for your children to live by and consistently enforce consequences, if they are not being followed. Giving your children specific guidelines to follow will ensure they know where they stand when it comes to how they use the Internet as well as the consequences when they breach the rules. If a parent enforces consequences consistently, their children will be more likely to follow the rules.

8. Keep computers out of children's bedrooms and in open areas. With PCs in the open, children will be less inclined to view and access material that may not be acceptable.

9. Create a relationship with your children that is conducive to open communication. Open communication and trust is extremely valuable. By letting children know what is expected from them and that their safety is a top priority, they will feel that if something happens --whether they are approached by a cyber stranger or bully or receive an inappropriate e-mail - they can approach a parent to resolve the issue without feeling they are in trouble.

10. Understand Internet Privacy Policies as they apply to your child. According to the FTC (http://www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html), parents should be aware of the following as it pertains to protecting their childrens' privacy on the web:

What Website Operators Must Do:
Post their privacy policy.
Websites directed to children or that knowingly collect information from kids under 13 must post a notice of their information collection practices that includes:
•types of personal information they collect from kids-for example, name, home address, email address or hobbies.
•how the site will use the information-for example, to market to the child who supplied the information, to notify contest winners or to make the information available through a child's participation in a chat room.
•whether personal information is forwarded to advertisers or other third parties.
•a contact at the site.

Get parental consent.
In many cases, a site must obtain parental consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information about a child.

Consent is not required when a site is collecting an email address to:

•respond to a one-time request from the child.
•provide notice to the parent.
•ensure the safety of the child on the site.
•send a newsletter or other information on a regular basis as long as the site notifies a parent and gives them a chance to say no to the arrangement.

What Parents Should Do:
Look for a privacy policy on any website directed to children.
The policy must be available through a link on the website's homepage and at each area where personal information is collected from kids. Websites for general audiences that have a children's section must post the notice on the homepages of the section for kids.

Read the policy closely to learn the kinds of personal information being collected, how it will be used, and whether it will be passed on to third parties. If you find a website that doesn't post basic protections for children's personal information, ask for details about their information collection practices.

Decide whether to give consent.
Giving consent authorizes the website to collect personal information from your child. You can give consent and still say no to having your child's information passed along to a third party.

Your consent isn't necessary if the website is collecting your child's email address simply to respond to a one-time request for information.

My information is adapted from: Netnanny.com and PC Tatletale.com

More information: Internet Safety

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tuesday's Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. You may also include your blog address if you have one. The next 5 items and shops will be picked randomly from the "Raffle King." Next posting of Top 5 will be next Tuesday! All comments are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.


Winner #1: Cobalt Blue Rhinestone Choker by Paleorama
Shop: paleorama.etsy.com


Winner #2: Brown & Teal Wedding Garters Set by XOXO Bridal Boutique
Shop: XOXOBridalBoutique.etsy.com
Shop:alliebugboutique.etsy.com


Winner #3: Embroidered Quilter's Picture Saying by Busy Bee Worker
Shop: busybeeworker.etsy.com


Winner #4:Pink Country Wooden Hearts by PA Country Crafts
Shop: PACountryCrafts.etsy.com
Blog: pacountrycrafts.blogspot.com


Winner #5: Personalities clips by Wispers
Shop: Wispers.etsy.com

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pineapple Angel Food Cake-Weight Watchers



1 20 oz. can pineapple in it's own juice

1 1-step angel food cake mix



Mix together just these two items with a mixer for time on box. Pour into a 9x12" UNGREASED pan and bake at 350ยบ for 30-35 min. or until golden brown. Be sure to let it get a nice dark brown or it will fall out of the pan. Turn upside down with a can under each corner until cool. 1/12 of cake = 3pts. with cool whip = 4pts.

Peach Angel-food Cake

Also can substitute 1 cup of peach puree (puree a can of peaches in light syrup, the Del Monte raspberry peaches are wonderful!) for the can of crushed pineapple. Since you only use 1 cup of the puree, I use the remaining as a sauce to pour over top. The points are still the same!

Servings: 12

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

P 31


This morning as I read the Word I came across the ideal woman that so many of us need to look up too. I too fall very short of this but will work diligently to aspire to be this lovely devoted woman. This year along with getting fit physically I'm going to work on getting fit mentally too.


The Ideal Woman :

Her Character as a Wife

10. An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
"rare, precious"

11. The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
"trustworthy"

12. She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
"kind"

Her Devotion as a Homemaker

13. She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
"works joyfully"


14. She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
"goes extra mile to get choicest goods"

15. She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
"disciplined"

16. She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
"enterprising, prudent with money"

17. She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
"energetic"

18. She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
"good steward"

19. She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
"diligent"

as a Neighbor

20. She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
"compassionate, generous Her Generosity"

Her Devotion as a Homemaker

21. She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
"provident"

22. She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
"elegant"

23. Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
"influential"

24. She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
'industrious"

Her Influence as a Teacher

25. Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
"poised"

26. She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
"wise"

Her Effectiveness as a Mother

27. She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
"manages her home"

28. Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
"praiseworthy"

29. Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.
"distinguished"

Her Excellence as a Person

30. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
"God-fearing"

31. Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
"honored"

~ Proverbs 31:10-31
Adapted from proverbs31woman.com

Free tote giveaway!


There is a free tote giveaway going on a cool blog. It's free to enter and what a way to get your shop noticed and win a tote too.

Go over and check it out. It's going on at Blue Jeans Blankets Plus blog.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tuesday's Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. You may also include your blog address if you have one. The next 5 items and shops will be picked randomly from the "Raffle King." Next posting of Top 5 will be next Tuesday! All comments are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.


Winner #1: Crystal Pink Rhinestone Necklace by Sparkle Beast Designs
Shop: Natalie52688.etsy.com



Winner #2: Green and Gold Twist by Penrose Designs
Shop: tmpenrose.etsy.com



Winner #3: Victorian Pedestal Trinket Dish by Shabbby N Chic
Shop: ShabbyNChic.etsy.com



Winner #4: Family of Quacks Bag by Honor Crowned Crafts
shop: HonorCrownedCrafts.etsy.com


Winner #5: Edwardian Men Photos Gift Tags by Carolina Kudzu
shop: CarolinaKudzu.etsy.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Grams needs prayer

My mother-in-law Genny is in the hospital. Its really serious, she has diabetes and a black left toe and a major infection called MRSA in the toe and she has cellulitis on her foot and leg.



cellutitis on leg


Foot and toe infected, on second day. On day 3 the toe is now blacker.


MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterium that can cause serious infections. It is resistant to numerous antibiotics of the beta-lactam family, including methicillin and penicillin. This is treatable but complications arise when cellutitis is involved.

This is a highly contagious infection and we are not allowed to touch her or her things and if we do we must wear gloves and wash immediately after touching anything that she came in contact with. We also learned that once over MRCA infection that the person will always be a carrier and at any time this could arise again.

Cellulitis is caused by a type of bacteria entering the skin, usually by way of a cut, abrasion, or break in the skin. This break does not need to be visible.
Cellulitis can develop in as little as 24 hours or can take days to develop. In many cases, cellulitis takes less than a week to disappear with antibiotic therapy. However, it can take months to resolve completely in more serious cases and can result in severe debility or even death if untreated. If it is not properly treated, it may appear to improve but can resurface months or even years later.

This infection and cellutitis has came on rapidly and still is progressing. The leg looks better today, day 4 but the toe looks worst and is blacker. Grams is a diabetic so this makes things worst too. They are doing everything possible to save her foot. We are praying for a miracle.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Whoo Hoo!


Just wanted to toot my own horn. I started this get fit in 2010 just 12 days ago and lost 2# already. I'm so excited! Now I know I have 11# more to go but hey its a start. I eat 6 small meals day. I always have a protein, and a fruit or vegie. I do Zumba for 60 minutes 3 times a week and 3 days a week I do 20 minutes of work out training with my Wii Active and 45 min. of Wii Dancing with the Stars game. I eat smaller portions, no seconds for me! And hey its paying off! Whoo Hoo!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Crockpot Picante Chicken



Weight Watchers Recipe

2 Points Per Serving

12 ounces skinless boneless chicken breast

1 jar picante sauce -- small


Put in crock pot and simmer all day (approx 8 hours).

Serving Size : 4

Serving Ideas : Serve with rice

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Thirft store finds

Yesterday I went thrifty shopping in the local thrift store and found these wonderful items. Great clothes just for me. Most items were even 1/2 off. What I blessing. I got all this for only $10!








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I even found some great lace and crochet eyelet for my business too.



Someday Isle


Someday Isle by Dennis Waitley

There is an island fantasy
A “Someday I’ll” never see

When recession stops, inflation ceases
Our Mortgage is paid, our pay increases

That Someday is where problems end
Where every piece of mail is from a friend

Where the children are sweet, already grown
Where all the nations can go it alone

Where we all retire at forty-one
Playing Football in the island sun

Most unhappy people look to tomorrow
To erase this day’s hardship and sorrow

They put happiness on lay-away
And struggle through a blue today

But happiness cannot be sought
It can’t be earned, it can’t be bought

Life’s most important revelation
It’s the journey that means as much as the
destination

Happiness is where you are right now,
Pushing a pencil or pushing a plow

It’s knocking on doors and making your calls
It’s getting back up after your falls

It’s going to school or standing in line
Tasting defeat, tasting the wine

If you live in the past you become senile
If you live in the future your on Someday I’ll

The fear of results is procrastination
The joy of today is a celebration

You can save, you can slave, trudging mile after mile
But you’ll never set foot on your “Someday I’ll”

When you’ve paid all your dues and put in your time
Out of nowhere comes another Mt. Everest to climb

I have decided Today to make it my Vow
To take Someday I’ll and make it NOW




This is a very good poem I came across while reading the book THE SEVEN SECRETS Unlocking Genuine Greatness. Its a must read book. It's very inspiring.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tuesday's Top 5 Treasures

Today's Top 5 treasures found are listed below. If you would like to have your shop featured here on my blog you will need to pick your favorite and list it in the comments along with your shop address. You may also include your blog address if you have one. The next 5 items and shops will be picked randomly from the "Raffle King." Next posting of Top 5 will be next Tuesday! All comments are welcomed but please note that unless your shop is opened you can not be considered as a contestant. Also all shops must have viable items for sale.

Be sure to invite your friends to be featured here and to check out the other shops great items.


Winner #1: Red Heart with Pocket by Sewn Inspirations
Shop: SewnInspirations.etsy.com


Winner #2: Evergreen and Peppermint Earrings by Clarikay
shop: Clarikay.etsy.com



Winner #3: Roma Red Scarf by Delighted Hands Thirty-one Thirteen
Shop: DelightedHands3113.etsy.com



Winner #4: Red Cross Earrings by Haru Creations
shop: HaruCreations.etsy.com



Winner #5: Maroon and Navy Tie tote by Shari Hamliton
Shop: sharihamilton.etsy.com

Monday, January 11, 2010

Getting fit in 2010!


I've got a major resolution for this new year. It get fit and loose this belly fat. Argh! Over the last two Christmases I've put on needless belly fat and weight, over 13# which is way too much for me. I hate to sit and see that stomach roll of mine. So I've decided to eat healthier and workout more. I know I could go to the gym 6 days a week but I choose not to. So I go to the gym for Zumba three days a week and try to get the other workouts at home.



So here's my solution, I got the Wii EA Active personal trainer and I have the Wii Dancing with the stars so hopefully these will help me get into shape. The salesman at the mall said that is wife lost 15# doing the Wii active in the 90 challenge and he lost 6#, so I hope it works for me.





If anyone has done this challenge be share with me because I would love to hear your results. Need a little encouragement here!

New items for craft show!

I've been working on some smaller items for an up coming ladies craft show and encouragement seminar.

Here's the latest items:



Rounded flower barrettes



Small and large petal flower barrettes

Many of these are made with vintage buttons too. They will be such a steal. Can't wait to see how it all goes.
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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness


Lately, there has been a lot of Breast Cancer awareness, even though it is not the national breast cancer awareness month which is in October.

Some one on facebook started a game where only women play and state what their bra color was and posted it to their wall as the featured statement of the day. My son got into the act and posted the color of his underware too. Too funny. I guess it could be for prostate cancer awareness. There is a problem with that too.

The pink, lavender, red, black, pink, blue, white, butterflied, cheetah printed, nude & clear bra colors made the channel 4 SLC news the other night. Facebook doesn't know who started it going but the Susan B Kolman foundation says it was a great way to raise awareness for breast cancer. Way to go!



I created this blanket in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness too!
It's in my shop: heartandsowdesigns.etsy.com

Then today someone posted this video with the pink glove dance all for Breast Cancer Awareness.




I just love it! It's just too cute! Way to go people!

Featured Seller

I just found out that I was the featured seller on a forum on friday. I worked on Friday so I didn't notice that I was featured.

As a featured seller other members of the CAC team, Christian Artists and Crafters, on etsy.com, will visit your web shop and pick their favorite item. Sometimes they even state what are their favorite items.

Here are a few of the favorite picks: