Thursday, March 21, 2013

Little Bird House Makeover - Apple and Pear

I have a little bird house makeover. I forgot to photograph the before photos of the Pear Birdhouse, but I did remember to photograph the apple bird house so I have before and and after photos. 

I bought these bird houses a few years ago and they have become quite weathered. So I decided to brighten them up with some paint. Steve thought they looked good with the rustic look, but me not so much......  

Look how lovely the apple is, well I dropped it and broke it......I think I can glue it back together again, but it made me sad after I made it look so fresh and pretty again.

Have a wonderful day!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day March 17, Food, Crafts, Shamrock Symbolism

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

My family is Scottish, Irish and English, so yes we celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, do you? we eat cornbeef, cabbage, carrots and red potatoes and Irish Soda Bread, recipe at the bottom of this page. We will also have Watergate Salad just because it so delicious and green.

Follow the ways of your annestors. -Old Irish proverb 

"The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace." Psalms 29:11

I made cookies for Saint Patrick's Day Here is the Recipe

Pistachio Shamrock Cookies
Makes about 18 cookies
The pistachio nuts give these shortbread-like cookies a delicate light green hue. If you’re of the mind that when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, greener is better, you can add a dab of green food coloring to the dough. Ice these cookies with tinted royal icing, dust with confectioners’ sugar, or simply eat plain.

Place in a food processor and pulse until finely ground:
- 1 cup pistachio nuts (unsalted)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Beat with an electric mixer until light:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
Add and beat thoroughly:
- Nut mixture from above
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Green food coloring (optional)
Whisk together, then add and beat to incorporate:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill until firm. Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Roll dough out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4-inch thickness and cut with your favorite Ann Clark cookie cutters, then transfer cookies onto cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper or silicone liners. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until just barely browned around the edges. Let cookies cool slightly on cookie sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

I got this recipe from Make More Cookies

Shamrock Symbolism
Symbolic shamrock meaning got its most popular reputation in Ireland around the fifth century. During this time Saint Patrick was going about the business of introducing and establishing Christianity among the people.

Nature has a way of revealing deep symbolism on a simplified level. How so? Well, in my experience, I've found nature is composed of a pure consciousness, so that means the messages we receive from nature are also pure and refreshingly simple.
St. Patrick must have understood this as legend indicates he utilized the three
Leafed clover as an illustration of the Christian holy trinity. St. Patrick tuned
into the natural triad of the shamrock, and as clover was so prevalent on the
Irish hillsides, the shamrock seemed a natural, logical visual-aid for making
his point. Patrick was passionate about sharing his faith with the people of
Ireland, and cleverly found associated each leaf of the clover with an aspect of
the Holy Trinity. These are as follows:
The Shamrock Represents the Trinity Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Read More at What's Your Sign she has a lot of interesting things on her site.

I made a card for Saint Patrick's Day

I found this great set of Hero Arts Fancy Dies Alphabet set perfect size, I was going to use them on my card but then found little clips of words from some lovely paper called Graphic 45.  I cut them out and attached them to the card. I used cute clovers from the Lucky Leaves dies by Memory Box. I used Swarovski Crystals in the center of my Shamrocks.

They are called Lucky Leaves by Memory Box.

Hero Arts  Even though I ended up not using them this time they are the perfect size for card making, not to big and not to small I love them. They were reasonably priced as well.  

Last Year I tried these cupcakes by Gooseberry Patch
 I have them posted in a past post

Dessert from yesterday Emerald Isle Cupcakes, they are very good made with pistachio
pudding mix and cream cheese frosting.
The recipe was found at the gooseberry patch blog it's from their 101 cupcakes, cookies and brownie recipe book.
Here is the recipe in case that one gets deleted I will post it here.
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
3 4 oz package of instant pudding mix
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

I made homemade cream cheese frosting but the recipe says 16 oz container of cream cheese frosting
Green sprinkles or other candy sprinkles
In your kitchenaid combine flour, sugar, dry pudding mix, baking powder and salt. In another bowl beat in eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, add to flour mixture and mix well until throughly blended. Fill in Saint Patrick Day decorated paper liners and bake at 375 degrees fro 20 minutes or so until toothpick comes out clean.
Eat up Yum!

Favorite Soda Bread

4 cups white flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 cups sour milk

Preheat oven to 400 F. Sift dry ingredients together. Make a well in the center. Add sour milk and stir together with a wooden spoon. The dough should be thick but not too wet. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and form with hands into a round loaf. Place the loaf into a cast iron frying pan or heavy round casserole dish that has been greased with butter. Score the top in the form of a cross with a wet knife. Bake for 40 minutes. Bread should cool for an hour before serving.

Note: Soda bread is a daily fare in Ireland, made fresh for breakfast and tea. If the loaf is made with whole-meal wheat flour, it is known as brown bread; if made with unbleached white flour, it is Irish Soda bread and is made with sour milk, not butter milk, or soured by adding vinegar or lemon juice. To sour milk, simply leave it out overnight.

Crochet Headbands

I crochet a few headbands this one I gave to Kirsten because her hair is dark, they have little Swarovski Crystals in the center of the 4 leaf clovers.

I made the dark one for my hair because it is light, you can't see it very well in the photo, but it is cute on.
This is a Red Heart Free Pattern it is called Shamrock Headband but it is a actually a Four Leaf 

ha ha I'm green!

Colcannon is very popular in Ireland as well, but I don't fix it.

Recipes are always best with photos....

So those are some things I did this week.

Yes I am always crafting one mentioned to me, that is because crafting is therapy for me now that I am older and have many pain issues.
I have always been this way since I was a teenager. Not as much as now just a wee bit back then I was a bit more into sports as a teenager, swimming and hiking the Sierra Mountains, Snow Sports with friends, Youth Church actives and Youth Church Choir where we traveled from one church to another singing on the weekends and being guest in families homes while we were guest in their churches, it was a lot of fun and it kept me grounded and I was able to learn a lot about the bible. I am very happy I a had the opportunity to be involved in that. But that was when I was more of a social butterfly, these days my life is with a few friends and mostly family. I do occasionally get more involved in the church activities but then it is for a short spell, I have just not been able to commit to much these days. Perhaps later I will get back to it.     

What did you do this week?

Happy Sunday! ~Kat

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lovely Aster Paper Flower

What a ............lovely aster die by memory box. I made my flower petals curled up, but I see it made both ways. I am going to put them in the vase for spring decoration, that is why I put them on these stems. I added Swarovski crystals in the center. Here is a link to real Aster Flowers. I should have made the centers yellow, I think I like the petals more fanned out then all curled up. I am not perfectly happy with these. I took these photos with my smart phone.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Rainy Days Card - Reminds me of the song Rainy Days and Mondays - Karen Carpenter

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down, the Karen Carpenter.....I love this song, I remember where I was the day she died, I loved her so much. I was behind JCP at the Sunrise Mall in Citrus Height CA. The kids were at school and I had to hurry and get my shopping done before they got out of school that day. I had quite a ways to drive to get back home in time to get them. I was getting ready to get out of the car when the news came on and announced her death. I was shocked and so very sad, I cried. 

 This was the only card I made this week, it was a bit rainy a few days. The stamp is from My  Favorite Things and Rainbow Die from Die-Namics. I can't remember about the zigzag border. the scallop oval die is from Sizzix.

The card didn't turn out the way I wanted but well it was fun to make.

aw the dress in yellow, the cameo at the top of her dress at the collar, yes that was the style in the 70's and I loved it. Those were the days... she was my favorite female vocalist and very talented drummer.

I love to think back to the 70' was not that long ago was it?? LOL!

Have a great Sunday.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

European Style Large Hole Crystal Bracelets - Krystal Kat's

I finished all my themes now for the new Swarovski Crystal Large Hole European Bracelets I have been working on. These beads also fit Pandora bracelets as well as many other popular bracelets. These beads are so beautiful in person. It really is hard to capture the beauty of them in a photo. 

These are pre-made I like that because you can have a theme to go with your wardrobe or favorite color. The beads come off and you can change them around or add them to your other bracelets that fit with the large hole beads. This one is my purple theme Large Hole European Bracelet

I did both European beads and hand stamped a few cute charms, a flower and bird, bird house.  

this one is a bit different than the other large hole beaded bracelets in that I put it on regular beading wire. So now the beads cannot be taken off this and put onto a large hole bracelet because the holes were filled with beads that inset into the bead so you can run a thin regular beading wire through it. I like the way it looks.

More Christian Bracelets

I had moved away from selling to many bracelets the past year, but I am back into it again. Tell me what you think of them?

This is just a few of my new themes.

Have a wonderful Saturday! 


Friday, March 8, 2013

Lovely Spring Earrings by Krystal Kat's

Spring is coming! here is a few earrings for this upcoming season. 

Darling Pink Twist Swarovski Crystal Earrings

Peridot Green Twist Swarovski Crystal Earrings   

Dragonfly Czech Crystal Earrings

Sterling Silver Bows with Swarovski Crystal Peach Pearl Earrings

Spring Pearl Earrings, Comes in the following colors, 
White, Gold, Silver, Lavender, Blue, Dark and Light, Green, Cream, Bird Egg Blue and more. Photo coming soon.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these earrings I have not posted them online to my shops yet.

Happy Friday!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Spring Card Grand Madison Poppy Stamps House Card - Window Card

Wow March sure got here fast.........

We leave for our trip to Canada and then on the way home we will drive down Hwy 1 to return home. We've been up to Oregon on Hwy 1 but never from Washington State. It should be really fun, Steve and I look forward to it.

Today I am going shopping for some white cropped pants. I had bought some blue jeans with polka dots but they don't seem to go with anything except white tops, so I took them back. Last year I wore white tops all summer long, this summer I am in my colorful mood. I lost about 8 lbs, which is a lot for me because I am not a big person, 5'4" tall and small boned. I am going for three more lbs. I went on the diet at the end of January. I went on the diet because I didn't want to trash my size 6 pants and go get size 8. I feel better now that I can fit into my jeans without pouring myself into them. Yay!!!

Here is a fun card I made it's 3-D.

I bought a craft die, Poppy Stamps Grand Madison House, so cute but I used a inset frame die to make it 3-D, make the background of the window to set back instead of being flat and the little kitty sitting in the window is adorable, love the cats and dachshund puppy as well. I took the Grand Madison French door and made a window with it, a double window that opens. I actually thought it was a window, until I read the envelope it came in. LOL! 

I used various other dies from Poppy Stamps, Memory Box and Die-Namics.  

Have a wonderful Tuesday!