Pinterest and YouTube


I have a Pinterest Account ( and use it all the time. I also really enjoy when others pin the items that I like and also start following me. It’s like a kindred spirits liking the same thing. So please follow me, pin my stuff, it will make me smile. Pinterest is great fun, an easy way to save good ideas, if you have a few minutes to just do a little something, pinterest is the site for you. Beware though, 2 minutes can turn into two hours. I also like this site because if you see something you want to share with someone (they need to have a pinterest account) you can send it in a message. Every so often I receive a message from my niece Fiona. The other day I received this, with no message just this picture. I wrote back and wondered if she wanted something similar to this, I have items I can use. I got a” Yes Please” back, being the polite girl that she is. I look forward getting her messages, they make me smile because I can see what she is interested in and also that she thinks of me, being the busy girl that she is.


Here is what I came up with. I made the shorter one first and ran out of room, so I made another and made it longer. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the birds in and used a shiny heavier cardstock. Maybe she will give the other to another friend that is into the Hunger Games. I am sorry that I didn’t stage the bookmarks very well, I wanted to get these into the mail so Fiona can use it while reading her books. Now looking at the shorter bookmark it has a mistake that I made, can you find it?


I bought this fabric last summer to recover chair pads and make a banner for my dining room window and also one for my Art Fair Booth. Notice I haven’t gotten to those projects yet. I will be making the Art Fair banner in a couple of days though, because March 11th I will be going to my first fair of the year. On You Tube I found a great tutorial on making a banner by the Missouri Star Quilt company. Click here to see it. It is demonstrating a very easy way to make this banner. On Pinterest I found I had saved a good tutorial for recovering chair pads. Click here to see it. YouTube can help you make things, fix things, entertain you and help you spend and save money. The person who invented it was so smart! This fabric will make a fantastic banner, fun and bright.


I used a YouTube video to help me paint this table. I wish I would have watched it first instead of when I decided I needed a question answered. It had many helpful tidbits for guidance. I am going to paint more pieces that I have so I will then be in the know. Click here to see the video

She has many, many videos.

¬†Thanks for stopping…have a fun weekend!


Recipe-Pepperoni Pizza Casserole


I found this recipe in my Taste of Home cookbook and it is very good and easy. Here is the recipe: 3 cups uncooked spiral pasta (I used whole grain kroger) 2 pounds ground beef, 1 can 15 ounce tomato sauce, 1 jar 14 ounce pizza sauce, 1 can 6 ounces tomato paste, 1/2 tsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. garlic, powder 11/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, 1 package sliced pepperoni, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta according to directions. In a dutch oven brown ground beef along with 1 tsp. onion powder. Cook until there is no pink. Drain if necessary….I use very lean ground beef. Stir in tomato sauce, pizza sauce, tomato paste, sugar and seasonings. Drain the pasta and stir it into the meat sauce. Spray a 9 X 13 dish with oil and pour in the meat sauce. Next spread out the 2 cups of mozzerella cheese. On top of the cheese put slices of pepperoni very close together and lastly put the 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes, remove foil and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes.


The crispy pepperonis are quite tasty. This can go well with a salad and bread sticks or texas toast. Hope you give it a try, it got thumbs up here. Enjoy!

HGTV Magazine


I picked up the March issue last week. I had to laugh when I read the 50 things you can toss, and not miss them. Just about every item I had somewhere in the house. I scanned it for your convenience so you too can clean out your “crap”.


Page Two of items that you have permission to throw away with no guilt.


I am all about color, I thrive on it. This is why I like this magazine, it is so colorful. This article I particularly liked. This woman featured in this article had no problem using bold colors in the house.


I love the outside of the home, with the brick and the black and white. As the article says, it doesn’t give a hint of the wonderful color scheme inside the house.


The light blue wall paint, the fuchsia lamps and the wonderful large art that brings it all together. Beautiful live flowers on the table also.


Look at this bold green room with the geometrical designs on the back of the bookshelves. The rug mimics the design too. I won’t go through all the pages but you get the idea.


This article was fun also and it gives, not run of the mill, ideas to decorate. They are very fun.


The point I wanted to highlight especially is in the box. I dare you to hang a giant piece of art on the wall instead of a bunch of small ones. I have been trying to do that in areas of the house and it makes a nice statement. I am doing larger art pieces for this also. I have noticed on house refabs that large pieces of art are being hung on the walls and it is very neat. I am an HGTV addict, I have it on in my studio all the time when I am painting. I can look briefly but listen the most. I love all of the shows on it. It kind of pushes me to keep the house clean and don’t you think it’s irritating that people who come from houses that look like they are hoarders complain about whether there is a fire hydrant in their yard or need to change the granite counter top to another color. Come on people! Thanks for stopping!


Only one day


This last Sunday we had unusually warm weather. It was a beautiful day of sunshine and 67 degrees. I understand that last year on this date it was 15 degrees, what a change. This is right outside of my studio window and is quite “not pretty” at this time of the year. I had also not gotten out to cut down the dead things before winter came.


I took advantage of the unusual temps and cleared out that patch. I planted tulip and crocus bulbs last fall and want to be able to see them pop up…at least I hope they do. This will now be much more pleasant to look at. I only had one day to do this, the temps are going back into the 30’s for the rest of the week.


I also took the time to set up my new square chip reader. It is wireless and also comes with the original square to be able to swipe the cards without a chip. I am impressed with square because it has a simple yet convenient inventory program. It will be easy to find and keep track of my inventory when a customer buys something, very nice. Hope your week is going well.




I discovered a recipe in our bar book that I am head over heels in love with. One reason is that is take all the flavors that I love and puts it into a drink that is not too sweet. Chocolate and butterscotch are ooh la la! Another reason I like it is that it only calls for milk, something I always have on hand, not cream, not half and half but plain ol milk. Here is the recipe for your pleasure.


Showing a little of our bar, Tom does have it nicely stocked, with the two main drink ingredients in front.


Here it is in my pretty martini glass before chocolate syrup. A pretty glass just makes it taste all the better.


A little bit of chocolate syrup goes a long way. I suggest you make a double recipe, because you will want it…trust me. Enjoy!