Friday, August 21, 2015

Curiosity and the Grocery Store

Good Morning, dear Blogging Friends! 

This is a "whatever helps you get things done" post LOL


I am curious!

My questions are directed mostly for my well-traveled friends and my wonderful international blogging buddies! But everyone can share!

Do your grocery stores carry more "prepared" (or boxed/canned) meals? Or whole foods (like fresh produce, meats, fish, dairy).

Jack does most of our shopping these days, but very occasionally I'm well enough to accompany him. With each visit, I marvel at the amount of baking mixes, frozen mixes, frozen prepared meals or dishes, boxed meals where you just need meat and everything else is there.

How about in the butcher/meat department? I see the normal seafood, meats, poultry, and there are also butcher's-quality prepared and seasoned meals! One just places them in a baking dish for the oven, and they are done! I see all sorts of prepared items in the Bakery and Deli portions of the stores. And in the Dairy/Egg section where already-hard-boiled eggs, ready to be peeled, and even pre-made deviled eggs - all neatly packaged to put on the table.

In our fantastically-mega-sized Grocery Store here is only one aisle of canned vegetables (like from my mom's era). This includes soups (canned, boxed and ready-for-the-microwave).

Potatoes, rice and pasta can be purchased fresh or traditionally packaged. They are also available partially or fully cooked in a pouch for the microwave or to boil in water!

The produce section is small, but this also includes prepared salads and salad mixes, prepared fruits and fruit bowls, fresh squeezed juices and homogenized juices (canned or other packaging).

The dairy section is L shaped - it has all kinds of milks (flavored, soy, almond, organic, and more). There are eggs, cottage cheese, cheeses galore, yogurts and specialty items! I've never even had string cheese (does that make me deprived? LOL). The packaging, styles and flavors of cottage cheese and yogurts are amazing! I just buy plain, organic, unflavored Greek Yogurt. After tasting one of my husband's fruit packed yogurts I declared it a dessert! LOL

There were more aisles containing cleaning goods, personal soap/hygiene items, household goods, and paper goods than the fresh produce, dairy, and meat aisles combined! If I wanted to choose plain old frozen vegetables without sauces and seasonings, the selection was actually quite small, compared to buying these same veggies in their rich sauces.

It's fun walking through the Bakery and seeing all the yummies.


My son always enjoyed being part of the food preparations, especially when there was baking to be done! From the time he could sit on the counter, and stand on a stool, he was "helping".

I was wondering if my other friends experience the Grocery Store in the same way. 
It's great for the people who need prepared foods to keep their time table working well - 
and I marvel at the company employees who come up with these ideas. 

Me? 

When I was working, I did take advantage of some prepared type foods, especially the ones my son enjoyed.

But primarily, I'm a person who enjoyed doing most of our cooking and baking from scratch. My co-workers always enjoyed the yummy treats and meals. These days my husband does most of the cooking, but he is even more of a "scratch" person than I!

There is nothing wrong with using prepared foods. It doesn't make us less of a person. I'm sure my Grandmother, or women in the early 1900s would have loved the convenience! It was a dream come true when Bisquick hit the market, way-back-when, and Campbells Soup brought out their line of condensed canned soups.

So how about your grocery stores? I'd love hearing if Asian, South American, European, African stores are anything like North American stores! LOL

love,






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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pockets and Tags

Welcome, Beloved Blogging Buddies! That's BBB for short! Thanks for visiting today. 

I hope those in the southern hemisphere are staying warm,
and those in northern hemisphere are staying cool.

We only have one river at flood stage now, still have had intermittent power outages,
but the storms are nothing more than nuisance for us at our home. 
Sure wish we could share our rain with those who need it!

a pocket of some sort with a tag. 
To enter the challenge follow the theme and use any die brand that Scrapy Land sells.

My creation accommodates the new Spellbinders Diamondessence die cut set.



AND... 
    Scrapy Land has a new Pinterest Account
            Just click this button to visit it!

(Scrapy Land dies shown below with their links)

The large Diamondessence circle is 4.5" in diameter, 
and easily slides in and out of the pocket with room to spare.

Two of the smaller Diamondessence circles cover the seam
and feature the Stampin Up! sentiment.


Nana Connie's blog inspired me to use some Bugaboo images.
This adorable little Winter's Fairy is happy and festive! 


The sides of the pocket are folded like a gate-fold card. 
Only the bottom of the pocket requires adhesive.

The back of the tag sports a Sue Wilson Italian Collection Decorative Frames
(Love LOVE this set! Fun, Beautiful and Versatile!)


Wanna be a...

If you'd like to be a guest designer for Scrapy Land, then follow these simple steps (no previous design team experience required):
  1. Participate in both of the August challenges, following the challenge rules.
  2.  Add GDT after your name on the thumbnail photo you submit for the challenge. 
  3. You must have a Blog and a Facebook account (We have a private FB group and this is how we correspond with one another.)
  • This will be for a 3 month term and will begin with the October 7 Challenge #27 and end at the close of the December 16 Challenge #32.
  • You will need to participate in both challenges each month, as well as comment on specific challenge entires.  Applicants invited to join the team as a guest designer will be given compensation information at the time of acceptance.
  • Applicants invited to join the team will be notified by September 2, 2015 


Products Used:

  • Dies: Spellbinders Diamondessence (diamond shaped decorative round layers), Spellbinders Classic/Petite Circles, Sue Wilson Italian Collection Decorative Frames (ornate round on back), Wild Rose Snow Frame
  • Stamps: Bugaboo Winter's Fairy digi image, SU sentiments from 2 sets (old)
  • Inks: VersaMark Pearl Dazzle, Cloudy Blue dye base ink
  • Other: Glitter around Fairy, Copic Markers, pearls, ribbon, embossing folder,


Participating in the following Challenges:
  1. Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas - August - Anything Goes 9/1
  2. Sparkles Christmas Challenge #55 "No Designer Papers" 8/30
  3. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #93 "Monochromatic" 8/21
  4. Holly Jolly Christmas #54 Snowflakes and Glitter (snowflake border around the edges of the blue card, Snowflake embossing folder, and glitter around the fairy
  5. Paper Take Weekly (Aug 18W) "To Die For" (used several die cuts) 8/24
  6. Artistic Inspirations #138 Anything Goes 8/29 
  7. Christmas Cards All Year Long Aug - Snowflakes (Snowflake border around the blue card, snowflake embossing folder, and snowflakes on the ribbon) 9/1
  8. Hiding in My Craft Room #212d (anniversary challenge!) USE DIE CUTS! 8/22
  9. ABC Christmas Challenge (Q is for Quantum) I am using two of your past challenges: D - Die Cuts  AND  E - Edging Punch or Die. I hope you enjoyed how these dies were used as edges!
  10. Crafting by Designs (Aug 19) Get Ready for Christmas 8/26

Special Hugs to you!


Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Frilly Christmas Fairy

Welcome, blogging friends! 
I'm back as an Alumni Designer for the Scrapy Land ANYTHING GOES challenge, with this flat, easy-to-mail sweetheart of a card. The die cuts are "mix-and-match" in a sort of "create-a-build" die with Sue Wilson and Spellbinders combination. They work very well together.


The inner portion of the "second ring" is from two sets - Sue Wilson's Italian Decorative Frame set and the Spellbinders Stately Circles on the outside of the circle. They went through the die cut machine at the same time to create a custom design. It is popped up on the card so that the outer frame and the image frame are lower than the 2nd ring, creating a little dimension.
Colored with Copic Markers, the cute Bugaboo Winter's Fairy image is embellished with a little SNS Sparkle N Soft for more texture.

(Scrapy Land dies shown below with their links)

To enter the challenge just use any die brand that Scrapy Land sells.


Die-Namite's Pine Wreath, paired with Cheery Lynn's Holly Lace Flourish, is cut apart and used for bursts of greenery around the card, top and bottom.

Sue Wilson's Umbria die really dresses up the bottom of the easel card.


Bugaboo's Winter's Fairy image comes with one bird on her mittened hand, 
     but...
          I added lots more because
               my fairy is enjoying a bird party! 
                    They are so tweet - I couldn't resist!

The lace and rhinestones are a perfect stop for this frilly card,
without adding too much bulk.


Wanna be a...

If you'd like to be a guest designer for Scrapy Land, then follow these simple steps (no previous design team experience required):
  1. Participate in both of the August challenges, following the challenge rules.
  2.  Add GDT after your name on the thumbnail photo you submit for the challenge. 
  3. You must have a Blog and a Facebook account (We have a private FB group and this is how we correspond with one another.)
  • This will be for a 3 month term and will begin with the October 7 Challenge #27 and end at the close of the December 16 Challenge #32.
  • You will need to participate in both challenges each month, as well as comment on specific challenge entires.  Applicants invited to join the team as a guest designer will be given compensation information at the time of acceptance.
  • Applicants invited to join the team will be notified by September 2, 2015 

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At Path of Positivity Challenge this month, the theme is Opportunity.
Being aware of the earth's fragility, and how vulnerable all living creatures are regarding climate change, we are mindful to help Mother Nature. My card reflects a fairy caring for her bird friends. Many of us enjoy having areas in our yards to nurture Nature.

Our mini-farm sports a watering-hole that many animals use, especially during times of drought. A variety of birds build nests in our oak hammock, and we keep the bird feeders stocked with black-oil sunflower seeds purchased from our local Wal-Mart.

Hummingbirds are kept happy with their feeders as well, with our home-brewed "nectar".
It may not be much, but our pets and wild animals with whom we share this land, are well-cared for. The native animals on surrounding acreage pass through safely, to and from the forest. 

There are diverse flowers, herbs and vegetables for the bees and wasps to pollenate, helping them keep healthy immune systems.

Opportunity knocks wherever we live. It may appear in the smallest of ways. Often it is the little, seemingly inconsequential things, that we are being given the Opportunity to make a Difference.

We all experience new opportunities everyday, be it at our Employment, at home or in the store, during an excursion, pursuing a dream, helping someone else realize their dream, volunteering, taking care of a sick person, or just being there for God's Creatures.

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Products Used:
Die Cuts:

Image: Bugaboo's Winter's Fairy
Flocking: Sparkle N Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds Sparkle N Soft product.

Participating in the following Challenges:
  1. Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge July 31-Aug 6, #CPC073115, Anything Goes with Christmas Twist (colored with Copics)
  2. Crafting With Friends #3 Anything Goes 8/11
  3. Crafty Hazel Nut's Christmas - August - Anything Goes 9/1
  4. Sparkles Christmas Challenge #55 "No Designer Papers" 8/30
  5. Creative Craft Cottage #44 - Anything Goes 8/7
  6. The Crazy Challenge #203 Fairies (used Bugaboo's Winter's Fairy image)
  7. Path of Positivity Challenge (please see writeup above) #29 Opportunity 9/1
  8. Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge Aug 4 (duplicated Bugaboo's birds all over the card) 8/17

Lots of Hugs!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Friendship Heart - Special Place


Greetings Blogging Friends, 
and special welcome to new follower Jacee.
I've been visiting your blogs via an iPhone, hence the shortened comments.
Today I'm able to sit at the computer for a bit, so would like to share another card using Becky's beautiful "Special Place" heart and her sentiment "Miles Apart":


Becky Parton owns a wonderful little shop called My Paper Moon
She has her own line of eclectic rubber stamps. 
  • To receive 10% off your entire order, just use the code DE10 at checkout. 
  • Or if you prefer free shipping, use the code DESHIP.


My card features this darling rubber stamp:

Butterflies with Flocking
Peek at the inside
Microfine Glitter is adhered to the back of the banner with double-sided Tear-ific Tape by Sparkle N Sprinkle.
The image is stamped with Memento Plum and colored with copic markers.

The interior image is also frome Becky's My Paper Moon.
#232H-07 Note...Miles Apart (please click on link and scroll down)


I hope you will enjoy browsing Becky's shop My Paper Moon.

products used:

  • Stamp: Special Place  and Note...Miles Apart (please scroll down the page to the thumbnails)
  • Die Cuts: LifeStyle Nesting Hearts and Nesting Scallop Hearts, Darice Scallop Hearts, Cheery Lynn Butterflies, Memory Box Heart Flourish
  • Copic Markers
  • Inks: Memento in Plum; Brilliance in Sky Pearlescence, VersaMark (for distress embossing powder), Old Paper Distress Ink (for edges of distressed card front)
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White, SU DPs, Pale Pink, White
  • Adhesives: Quick Dry Tacky Glue,  1/2" Tear-ific Tape by Sparkle N Sprinkle to adhere glitter to the banner
  • Glitter: Elizabeth Craft #17 Vintage Pink Silk Glitter
  • Embossing Powders: Stampendous Fran-tage Chunky White and Shabby White
  • Flocking: Sparkle N Sprinkle Pink Spirit "Sparkle N Soft" (used on some of the butterfly elements)
Challenges my card is submitted to:
  1. Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challege: GCC072715 "Anything Goes" 8/2
  2. Crafting from the Heart  #70 "Anything Goes" 8/1
  3. Craft Your Passion #272 Anything Goes 8/1
  4. Use Your Stuff #200 Anything Goes 9/7 (Old printed paper, lace and EP from my stash)
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - July - Anything Goes with Patterned papers (used 4 different patterned papers) 8/1
  6. Creative Craft Cottage #44 "Anything Goes" 9/7
  7. Avenue 613 #134 Anything Goes with Shabby Chic 8/7
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #14 - Anything Goes 7/31
  9. Brown Sugar #156 - Anything Goes 7/29
  10. Crafting with Friends Challenge - #2 Anything Goes 7/31
Loving Hugs to each of you,


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