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I'm going to give this "blogging thing" a try. I'll not only be discussing crafting but I'll also be blogging about my experiences as an educator in an inner-city school district.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Elijah's First Birthday Party

Last year at this time, I worked on my niece, Jennifer's, baby shower decorations. This year we celebrated Elijah's very first birthday.

I used the Elmo's Birthday Party, Sesame Street Friends, and Ribbons and Rosettes Cricut cartridges.

This was all cut on the Cricut Mini, designed on my Gypsy, and I used Recollections paper from Michael's.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The FIRST EVER home-cooked steak that I REALLY liked.

Now that I'm retired, I'm able to cook daily because I'm not getting home tired and stressed from spending the day with 100 middle school student's throughout the day.

I marinated tenderloin steaks (bought at Sam's) for 24 hours. The marinade was 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup lime juice, two tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tsp salt and ground pepper. Cover the steaks in shallow dish with marinade and place in fridge.

When ready to cook, heat a cast iron skillet to VERY hot (you'll probably need to turn on the exhaust fan over the stove). Steaks need to be at room temperature, so take out the steaks and allow to stand for a while prior to cooking. Coat the steaks with olive oil, and douse them with salt, then place in heated pan, cook about 4 minutes on first side (watch closely and move the steak around a bit) and 3 minutes on other side or to desired "doneness."

Remove from heat and allow to rest for about 10 minutes. While the steak is resting, put about a half cup of beef broth in the pan and scrape the crunchy remnants around. Then throw a chunky sliced onion in and brown to taste.

I served this with penne pasta. After draining the pasta, toss in two heaping tablespoons of pesto, a tablespoon of olive oil, and a handful of grated mozzarella cheese. Stir and cover until ready to serve. This should be served pretty quickly after its made.

This REALLY came out good.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

14. Mother's Day Bouquet for my Mother-in-Law...

I am always a bit melancholy the weekend of Mother's Day. I lost my dearest mother on August 7, 2007. I can't believe I have lived 5 years without her. The first year, I used to call her phone number, hoping she would answer. I gave up crafting for a long time because Mom was my inspiration and she always loved anything I made for her. She kept cards and things I made from the time I was a little girl. I miss her so.

I made this bouquet for my mother-in-law who is a wonderful woman and I give her credit for raising an amazing son who has made me happy every day since I met him.

Happy Mother's Day EVERYONE!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

13. A graduation bouquet...

I made this bouquet at for a friends daughter who is graduating from Texas State University this weekend.

I used the following carts:

*Ribbons and Rosettes
*County Fair (Texas shape)
*Cake Basics (one of the mortarboards)
*Happy Graduation


*ATG Gun
*Glue Gun
*Shiskabob Skewers...which I COULD have covered with floral tape, but decided against it because their color went well with the other colors.
*Floral styrofoam
*Gift bag confetti
*Ms ribbon

*I should have probably cut the rosettes smaller, but my friend wanted them a big.
*The lollipop looking cuts are from the R & R cart medallion...I cut them at 4" and weaved the ribbon through.

I like for my bouquets to look finished all the way around, so I cut extra.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

12. My Favorite Place to Be...

I rearranged my craft space AGAIN. I sent my DH to Michael's to buy some paper for me. I didn't want to go myself because I'm WEAK and I knew I'd spend more than I should.

He came home with the Jetmax Deluxe Craft Center...I WAS TIGHT FOR SPACE AS IT IS!! He said he couldn't pass up the fact that the Jetmax products were on sale at 40% off and then with the extra 25% off coupon (even on sale items), he calculated the savings when he saw the regular price on the Craft Center.

So we spent most of yesterday redoing the space in our living room. I have to admit, I like being in the room with my DH while I'm crafting, so it's really not that bad...and my sisters want to come over to learn how to use my Cricuts, so the dining room table will come in handy...but I do believe,
I have enough...for now...LOL!
(I was asked about the three televisions...my sons were serious gamers when they were younger, so my husband rigged everything so one could be on the Wii, the other on the Play Station, and still be able to watch t.v.)

11. New Wreath in Progress...

I just started making a wreath using the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge on my Cricut Mini and I'm playing with textures on my Cuttlebug. Wreaths are one of my favorite things to make.

I'm sorta weird about keeping things neat while I'm working, so I clean up as I go along. I have a hand held Dirt Devil in my craft space to sweep up the mess. I keep jars nearby to place all of the cuts I want to save, in this case, the butterflies and dragonflies that are remnants of what gets stuck to the mat...I want to use them on my wreath later.

I love my Martha Stewart Score Board, but I use the boning tool that comes with the Cricut tool kit because it just works A LOT better for me than the one that comes with the board.

I'll post the finished product later!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012



That's how I felt when I heard the Tony Award Nominations. Jim Parsons is one of my FAVORITE actors. I love him as Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. but yesterday, I wanted to deck the guy.

In March, my son took our family to New York. We had a wonderful week of Broadway theater. Jesus Christ! Superstar!, Evita, Wit, Death of a Salesman, Book of Mormon (which was awesome except for those SMALL orchestra seats-we saw Spring Awakening in the mezz and those seats were so much more comfortable), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (I REALLY wanted to see Daniel, but had to settle for a JO-BRO-MEH!), GHOST (in its VERY FIRST North American preview), and Rent (the off Broadway production is really good, I believe Mr. Larson~RIP~would approve AND NEW WORLD STAGES IS AMAZING!) AND Godspell...

I have to say, that as a kid, my older brother had the concept album of Jesus Christ, Superstar! and at 11, I knew EVERY word to that show. I finally saw it as an adult and mother, and introduced my sons to Musical Theatre with this show when they were younger than 12...but, even though I have a deep love for JCS, I shake my head at it being nominated INSTEAD of Godspell!!

I'm in complete and total SHOCK that the "Broadway Establishment" (which I compare to the "establishment" of old fogies who hated Princess Diana) COMPLETELY SNUBBED GODSPELL!!! Hunter Parrish KILLED IT in that show, Telly Leung (who I loved in Rent-"honest living man!"), and Uzo Adube were AMAZING!! And the show WAS SNUBBED TOTALLY!! The staging at Circle in the Square was wonderful and this show DIDN'T GET EVEN ONE TONY NOMINATION!!

JCS was "good" but adding a few hip hop moves and copying the Jersey Boys staging made me regret bugging my son about seeing it. I've seen two very good tour productions, that were COMPLETELY different, and this new production had so many pointless moves, that seemed to be just thrown in there to catch attention, they caught THE WRONG kind of attention...that platform extension that Jesus walked out on over the audience was one of those, "WHY WAS THAT NECESSARY??" moments for me.

And EVITA?? The only thing that made me smile about the whole 2012 Tony Nomination Ceremony was that Ricky Martin and Elena Roger WERE NOT nominated.

I'm nauseated again just thinking about the Tony Noms yesterday, so I'm going to stop here. I will end by saying,