Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SRM Blog!

Good morning! Just popping in to tell you I have a Halloween project on the SRM blog today! Here is a little sneak peek of my project! Head on over there for full details!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, September 29, 2014


This past weekend I had my camera in tow everywhere we went. Cortney had a professional shoot with a Chicago photographer, Jeff from Rebirth Photo. I took pictures of him taking pictures of Cort. Totally makes sense right? We had done the photo shoot at Lincoln Park Zoo. I hadn't been there for years, and I have to say it is a truly beautiful zoo. I seriously had my camera in front of my face the entire time. This lion...amazing right? We walked the Lincoln Park area and I took a few photos of the historic Brownstones. Brian snapped a quick photo of me on our walk. We went to a trendy restaurant on Halsted street called, Summer House. The food was amazing!

Cortney had received a gorgeous one of a kind coat from a sweet lady, Ellen. She is owner of Kaleidoscope Wear. She makes each one of a kind coat with so much love and thought to detail. I loved the coat so much that I am getting one too! So I guess when mine is done, we may have to do a mother daughter session! ;)
It is almost time for of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dress up my pups! They are always willing models for the crazy lady with the camera!  My husband told me he was disappointed in the photos I took.  He stated that no one is going to know what they are dressed as.  Maybe he is right....but I am hoping with the stripes and little pom poms that people will figure it out! ;)  Maybe I will have to take a few photos from behind.

We went apple picking yesterday....but I was too tired to upload and edit the photos. So those will be coming at a later date. So this is why I have nothing crafty to share. I've been spending my time on my photography skills. Time with my family. Creating memories. My youngest is going to college in less than a year. I need to enjoy these days...they are fleeting. Thank you for humoring me.....and letting me share other passions in my life! HAve a great day!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Birthday Wishes

I couldn't be any happier that it's Friday! It's been a long challenging week and I am looking forward to a bit of R and R with the family.  
Cortney has a photo shoot tomorrow in downtown Chicago and Sunday we are going on our annual apple picking adventure. 
Today's card is a hodge podge of pieces I had laying around my craft desk.  A left over flower from another project, leaves I had stamped, embossed, and water colored using a JustRite stamp (Modern Lattice Cling), also a reject from another project. A half piece of doily.  
I added some splatters of green paint, epoxy dots, an SRM sticker, and some fun silver thread.
It's a bit wild, messy, free form.....whatever you want to call it.  ;)
Thank you for stopping by! I am once again writing this before heading out to another short and sweet post!
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Penny Black Blog Hop!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Penny Black have teamed up for a fun blog hop this week!
They are giving away some fun prizes, so you need to make sure you visit both of their blogs!
I love this Penny Black stamp called, Deco Tree. It is so whimsical and fun!
I used pops of purple and silver accents.  I used Stickles for a bit of glitz on the tree.  
For more information on how I created my card, as well as your chance to enter to win some great prizes, be sure to pop over to both the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and the Penny Black blog! 
Thank you all for stopping by!
Your visits are the highlight of my day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Witching Hour

Fall is officially here so I am already starting to get into the Halloween spirit. I am not a fan of "scary" Halloween.  I definitely prefer the cuter side of this holiday.  I love this image from Crafty Secret's Halloween Creative Scraps. I wanted to glam it up a bit, so I added black Stickles to the perimeter of the image.  I added clock hands, rhinestones, and a few sequins. 
I had this polka dot tissue paper left over from my birthday so  I created a double ruffle to slip under the image.  I also added seam binding, twine, and a couple of rusty jingle bells.  
I am getting ready to head out to school in a bit, so my post is going to be short and sweet today!
Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

French Onion Soup

With fall arriving early this year my family and I had a hankering for soup. They love French Onion and I wanted a recipe that would taste as good as a restaurant's. So the search began.

I found a delicious recipe from Allrecipes.comI love that it can be made in the slow cooker too.

6 tablespoons butter
 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
 4 large yellow onions, sliced and separated into rings
 1 bay leaf
 1 tablespoon white sugar
 8 slices of french bread
 2 cloves garlic, minced
 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup cooking sherry
 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
 7 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
 1 teaspoon sea salt to taste

 1. Heat butter in large pot over medium-high. Cook and stir onions until they become translucent, about 10 min. Sprinkle onions with sugar; reduce heat to medium. Cook stirring constantly, until onions are soft and browned, at least 30 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute.

 2. Stir in sherry (I didn't have sherry and used red cooking wine as a substitute) into onion mixture and scrape bottom of pot to dissolve small bits of browned food from the pot. Transfer onions into a slow cooker and pour in beef broth. Season to taste with salt, stir in thyme and bay leaf. Cover cooker. Set on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

 3. About 10 min. before serving, set oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source and preheat oven't broiler. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet.

 4. Broil bread slices until toasted. 1-2 min. per side

 5. Combine cheeses in a bowl. Fill oven-safe soup crocks 3/4 full with soup and float bread slice on top. Top with cheese mixture.

 6. Place filled bowls onto a baking sheet and broil until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. About 2 minutes.

My family really enjoyed this recipe and it truly was a comfort food! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

100 Days Til Christmas! Yikes!

Yep 100 days. Until. Christmas.
Where oh where does the time go?
So I say that it is never too early to get those Christmas cards and gifts created! 
 (Don't slap me) ;)
I was challenged by Favecrafts to create a Christmas project using a fun paper kit by Docrafts.
The kit contains die cuts, stamps, craft tape, 12×12 papers, and a collection of stunning 3D pop-up Christmas cards, the 12 Days of Christmas collection is inspired by the popular holiday tune of the same name, with the motif running through all products in this collection. This kit was a lot of fun to work with because everything coordinated! 

In addition to the 12 Days of Christmas paper pack, I also used my Silhouette, some colorful ribbon, mini jingle bells, string, and ink to create my gift bags.  They are perfect for stocking stuffers or to create your very own 12 Days of Christmas advent calendar.  
Want to learn more about how you can win this awesome paper pack?
All you need to do is head on over to the giveaway page and register to win!  You have until September 30th to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome paper pack!  Good luck!
Have a great day!!