Tuesday, December 09, 2014

      It has been one week today that my sister Debra passed away. I still find it so very hard to believe she is gone, that I will never get to see her or hear her voice again.
My sister Donna, who is still here with me, and I were talking 2 nights ago about how we wish Deb could give us a sign that she was finally reunited with our mom and dad.
Yesterday, my daughter Carey  and her 2 children 5 yr. old Bella and 14 mo. old Rami stayed for dinner. After dinner, Rami got hold of his mommy's cell phone and held it up to his ear. The light came on and stayed on. He was 'babbling' into the phone for several minutes, like he was really having a conversation with someone. What was unusual was that he kept it to his ear, didn't push all the buttons like he normally does. He walked back and forth in the kitchen, to the dining room, and back to the kitchen again, 'talking'. Donna, Carey and I were surprised because he was so into this 'conversation'. Finally I said " Rami, who are you talking to honey?" Without a beat he very clearly said DEB.
We sat there with our mouths hanging open. We hadn't been talking about her, and Rami never met her.
I believe we got the sign we'd been waiting for. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
★Denise★
 It's been a very sad and heartbreaking two weeks.  My younger sister Debbie was admitted to the Hospital out in Las Vegas the week of Nov. 26th for severe dehydration.  It was found that her kidneys were only working at 10% capacity.  She had several dialysis treatments, that were bringing her blood pressure down to 80/30.  She was given medication to elevate the bp but each dialysis brought it back down again.  She was at stage 5 of renal failure.  While in the hosp. Xrays were done because she had been complaining of bad back pain.  They saw a mass in her stomach.  A CATScan was performed and the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and they also saw a spot on her lung.  Debbie was severely depressed anyway and upon hearing that news, she mentally shut down.  She wouldn't talk to anyone.  At one point she stopped breathing, but her heart didn't stop.  She was put on a ventilator.  Several times they tried to take her off but she couldn't breathe on her own.
Her 61st birthday was Nov. 29th.  I called her room to tell her that I loved her and was thinking of her.  She wouldn't answer the phone.  Or maybe she couldn't.  I'll never know, as 3 days later she passed away.  She must have been sick for a very long time and never told any of us siblings, nor her closest friend.  I have two other younger sisters and three younger brothers.  Both sisters and only one brother was able to travel here for our own private 'memorial' to our sister.  Debbie was cremated in Vegas and did not want a funeral/memorial.  Some people just don't understand that, but we went through the same thing with our mother 14 years ago.  She felt if people didn't want to visit or talk to her while she was still alive, don't bother when she's dead.
It's been one week today that Debbie passed.  It's still so hard to believe she is gone, that I will never talk to her on the phone again.   Fortunately, in May of 2012 all 7 of us siblings were able to reunite in Vegas for the first time since 1999.  I am so thankful I was able to go.  R.I.P. Debra.  You will always be in my heart.  I love you.

★Denise★

Thursday, November 20, 2014

YO YO TREES


 I've been busy working on some yo yo tree ornies for my Etsy Shoppe, family and a swap I'm involved in. I'm thinking I may also may a yo yo garland for Christmas.
What are you working on?
★Denise★

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2 NEW CREATIONS LISTED


 Olove Snowman - Frozen In Time
Design by Gracestone Village
Isn't Olove cute?!  He looks remarkably like his famous cousin who co-stars in a motion picture.
Olove is 12 1/2" tall and can be purchased in my Etsy Shoppe HERE.
This Snowman Star Ornie measures 9 1/2" long by 7" wide.
You can purchase him HERE 

I am NOW accepting credit card/debit card payments and Etsy Gift Cards if you prefer not to use Pay Pal!



LQQK! GIVE A GIFT, GET A GIFT CELEBRATION!


 The FolkArt and Primitives Etsy Team is having a Cyber Week Sale beginning Monday Dec. 1st-6th.  When you purchase an item from one of the Team's stores, a coupon will be included in your shipped package for a future purchase!
Several of the shoppes are currently running specials RIGHT NOW!  
To see which shoppes and the offers, visit the Folkart And Primitives Blog now!
My own Etsy Shoppe is having a $2 epattern SALE right now, through Dec. 6th.

HAPPY HOLIDAY SHOPPING!


★Denise★

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

DRYING PUMPKIN STEMS

 About 2 weeks ago, my youngest daughter and her boyfriend took a weekend trip to Lancaster, PA and brought me home a grocery bag half full with pumpkin stems for my future projects.  I put the bag in my crafts room and got busy filling a couple orders and then working on items to add to my Etsy shoppe.  This morning I saw the bag on the floor under the table and opened it to see what was in it.  The memory isn't what it used to be.  What greeted me upon opening the bag was a really bad smell and BLACK and WHITE lumps of something......  Apparently the pumpkin stems were wet when they were picked by daughter and boyfriend and left in a closed bag (by me) and they grew MOLD.  
 
Do I pitch them?  OH HECK NO!!  Not real pumpkin stems!!!!
 
I got out an old toothbrush and started scrubbing them and rinsing under warm water.  I did some googling to see the best way to dry them ( I planned on popping them in the oven on a cookie sheet but didn't know how long to keep them in there).
Someone said to spread them out on a cookie sheet and let them dry naturally for 8 weeks.
 I'm not that patient, so I preheated my oven to 200 degrees and popped those babies in there for 30 minutes.  They came out perfectly dried and ready to use.

★Denise★

Monday, November 03, 2014

STEAMPUNK INSPIRED SNOWMAN TOP HAT & SNOW GIRL DOLL

 I have a fascination with Steampunk items lately.  So I decided to make a steampunk inspired Snowman Top Hat for the Christmas season.
What's unusual is that this hat includes 2 pheasant feathers along with a skeleton key and some odds & ends that I found in my husband's tool box.  Gears are good for steampunk items, but I had none, and was too impatient to wait for a shipment so went with what I had on hand.  Top hat is made of felt and stuffed with polyester filling.
I added some filigree charms,  green beads, a small key charm, a red velvet ribbon, some faux pine greenery and berries and mica flakes.
I love how it turned out and if it doesn't sell, I will keep it for myself.  BUT if you are interested, I do have it listed in my selling blog and on Etsy.

I also listed a new SnowGirl doll made from a pattern by Hickety Pickety.  I made this one recently for one of my return customers
but wanted to try something a bit different with some Christmas fabric I recently purchased at Joanne Fabrics.  Same pattern, but made the head a bit smaller and didn't paint her white, different facial features.  Instead of a wreath around her head, I sewed on some small rusty bells. 
She is also listed for sale on my selling blog and Etsy.


★Denise★

Friday, October 31, 2014

NEW WINTER CREATIONS

 I've been busy all week trying to get some new creations listed in my selling blog/Etsy Shoppe.

 A whole week and that's all I got made :/  
I almost sold my Ginger, but the shipping to Canada was nearly twice as much as my asking price for the doll. So he is still available.
I hope to get started on some more snowmen this weekend.


★Denise★

BRODOSO ( ITALIAN BEAN SOUP)


 Recipe by Marlene McGaffic

Last month our Bunco was hosted by Marlene and she served this wonderful Italian soup with 3 different kinds of homemade breads.  I absolutely loved it and asked her for the recipe.  It's one of her mother's, who is 100% Italian, but Marlene has changed up the recipe some to suit her family's taste.
I changed it up just a little as I didn't have exactly the same ingredients that Marlene uses.
She uses chicken breast halves, skin & fat removed and I had a large family pack of chicken thighs.  I baked those for an hour, removed the skin and cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
Marlene's recipe calls for chicken broth, I had none but had beef broth and used that.  The only other thing I added differently was some thyme.
Marlene says you can even change up the chicken for  1/2# hot OR sweet Italian sausage with the casing removed.
This soup is really good, perfect for a cold autumn day!

Marlene's Brodoso Soup
2 chicken breast halves, skin & fat removed
1-2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lg. sweet onion, chopped
5 celery stalks, with leaves, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped fine or 1 tsp. powdered garlic
1 can cannellini beans ( white beans) drained and rinsed
1 small can diced tomatoes with juice ( I used a large can)
6 cups chicken broth ( I used 2 cartons beef broth)
4-5 fresh basil leaves or 1/2 tsp. dried basil
3-4 cups fresh spinach leaves or 1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out.
1/2 lb. ditalini soup pasta  ( I used 1 1/2 cups)
salt & pepper to taste ( I also added some thyme)
grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.

Cook chicken and cut into small pieces.  Set aside.
Saute onion, celery and garlic in olive oil in a large soup pot.  Do not omit sauteing in olive oil to save calories, as this is what gives this soup it's distinctive flavor.  Add beans, tomatoes, broth and basil to pot.  Season with salt & pepper to taste and simmer for 30 minutes.  Add chicken pieces and fresh spinach if using.  If using frozen spinach instead, defrost and squeeze all water then add to soup.  Simmer for another 15 minutes.
Cook ditalini noodles in another pot and drain.  Serve this in a separate bowl for people to add to their own soup.  Sprinkle top of individual servings with grated parmesan cheese.
( I added my ditalini noodles to the soup after they were cooked and drained).

Enjoy!

★Denise★