Friday, January 23, 2015

DAY 1 ART/DOLL CHALLENGE

 I was challenged on Face Book by Cindi Toth of Cozy Xpressions to post 3 photos a day for 5 days.  I decided to post 'past works'.
You can visit Cindi's Etsy Shoppe to view her current items for sale.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A FEW THINGS I'VE WORKED ON RECENTLY

 This isn't a very good photo, but these are my good friends/ next door neighbors and their two Shelties.  Every Christmas we exchange gifts which usually always involves a restaurant gift card and something more personal.  This year I wanted to make a pillow with a photo of the two Shelties on it but couldn't find one that was suitable.  I located this one with my friends on it and went with it.  I printed the photo on muslin and used a brown suede fabric for borders and the backside of pillow.  They loved it!

Another friend of theirs bought this chair, reupholstered it and then painted a sheltie on it for her Christmas gift to them.  My pillow found a new 'home' on the chair.


This is a Spring Bunny Shelf Sitter - it is for sale and available on my Selling Blog 

This adorable Blue Bunny Welcome Hare Door Greeter is also still available for sale in my Selling Blog or Etsy Shoppe.

This is a Angel I made as a special request for one of my favorite customers.  He and his wife collect snowmen but his children love angels and he wanted me to make this one for them. I'm working on another one to add to my shoppes plus 3 of my granddaughters also informed me they each want one as well.

★Denise★

Sunday, January 04, 2015

CHICKEN TORTELLINI SOUP

 This is a very easy soup to make and tastes DELIZIOSO!
I love soup, hot or cold weather.  Add a salad and a dinner roll and you have a nice meal!



3T olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 stalks celery, minced
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large onion, diced
10 oz. box frozen spinach ( unthawed)
2 cans cream of chicken soup & 2 cans water
32 oz. chicken broth
1 roasted chicken
family size pkg of cheese tortellini, half cooked
1 tsp. salt
pepper to taste
dash or two of thyme seasoning

  1. Put olive oil in bottom of large soup/stock pan
  2. Saute' garlic, celery, carrots and onions until tender
  3. Add frozen spinach.  Break up as you cook
  4. Continue to saute' until spinach thaws, and heats up
  5. Add cream of chicken soup and water
  6. Add chicken broth 
  7. Break apart chicken and add bite sized pieces
  8. Add seasonings
  9. Add partially cooked tortellini
  10. Simmer for 15-20 minutes

 Note: It's better to eat this soup a few hours after it's made so the broth soaks into the noodles.  Tastes even BETTER the next day!
★Denise★

Saturday, January 03, 2015

FEELING LIKE CREATING AGAIN ~ A COUPLE NEW LISTINGS

 Yesterday we said goodbye to our friend John.  It was so sad, but we are thankful for the memories we have.  John served in the navy in the 60's so he was buried in the 'new'  National Cemetery Of The Alleghenies which caters strictly to Veterans of all the armed forces and their spouses.  Very much like Arlington National Cemetery.  It is totally free.  Tom and I have decided that is where we will both be interred as well ( Tom was stationed in Korea in the late 60's)  The Navy provided a beautiful ceremony with a gun salute ( which really shook me) and Teddie was given the US flag that draped John's casket.  It was very emotional.
John was given 3-5 months to live after he was diagnosed with liver cancer.  God saw fit to take him sooner than 3 months and he and Teddie made the best of that time and spent it together and with family.  Tom and I had a discussion about 'would you like to know how much time you have left?'.  He does not.  But I do.  My priority has always been family first.  But, if I KNEW I only had 3-5 months left on this earth, I would  end my crafting 'career' and devote the time left to me with Tom and my daughters and grandchildren.  I wouldn't worry about the house being 'clean' or losing weight, or any other mundane so called priorities.  I would want my remaining time to be in the bosom of my loved ones.

Ok, enough of that!  I hadn't really felt like crafting the last month, but since I DON'T know how much time I have left, lol I am back to crafting.  TAKE THAT Angel of Death!
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This is a Penny Rug Tree Snowman.  I had seen something like it at an antique store while on our trip to Chicago in November, but I do not know who the designer is and didn't have a pattern for it, and it was much smaller.  If anyone knows who the original designer is, please let me know so I can give her credit.  The penny rug tree snowman I saw did not have a hat - so the hat is my own creation.
This is available on my Selling Blog or on Etsy.

This Spring / Easter Bunny & Carrot Door Greeter is a pattern design by 
Blue MooN BegiNNings.

It is also available on my Selling Blog or Etsy

★Denise★

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 This has been a very sad month.  I'm still grieving for my sister who passed away on the 2nd and Sunday night our very dear friend John passed away from liver cancer.  John worked with my husband Tom and he and his wife Teddie used to take winter trips with us to Atlantic City.  It became a traditional trip around Valentine's Day every year for 10 years.  The last 5 years they didn't go with us because when John retired, they became snow birds and spent their winters in Florida.  They had planned to leave for Florida after Thanksgiving, but John fell ill and had to be hospitalized.  While in the hosp. he was diagnosed with the liver cancer.  What we didn't know was that he had been on a liver transplant list for the past 4 years.  He was very private that way.  While I respect his desire for privacy, I wish we had known how little time we had left with him.  He called end of October to catch up with Tom, and mentioned that we should all go to this new restaurant he wanted to try, called the Tilted Kilt.  While we were on our trip to Chicago in November I reminded Tom to call John and set up a day/time to go out to dinner.  He said he would, but you know how that goes....you get busy, you have to finish up Christmas shopping.  It was on one of those shopping trips when I saw the Tilted Kilt and once again reminded Tom we needed to set up a date with John and Teddie.  He said he'd call them after the Holiday.  Now it's too late.  We will spend our very last hour with him tomorrow when he is laid out.  R.I.P. John, we love you friend.  Til we meet again. xxxooo

★Denise★

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!