Monday, December 19, 2011

Tee Shirt Scarves

My Art and Soul Group makes some sort of craft item a couple times a year but we are always looking for at least one gift we can make at Christmas time. This year Judi showed us how to make tee-shirt scarves.

I found that out of one X-large men's crew neck tee, without side seams, I could get 2 bracelets, 1 scarf and 8 circles (quart paint can size) for a flower.
If you have a rotary cutter it will make the job faster and easier.

Spread the tee out so that it is smooth and even. Cut about 1 inch apart thru one side of the tee but stop at least 1 inch from the other side. Do this for the body of the shirt and the sleeves see red lines.

Gently stretch each loop out it will turn into a string.

On one end choose 6 strings and cut one side only next to the top edge. Now you will have 6 long strings connected at the top. Separate by 2's and braid, when you reach the end leave about 8 inches of fringe and tie off the ends.

Now run your hand thru the middle of the uncut edge and gather together so you have one big circle and the single braid. Then grasp the end of the braid and loop it up making a shorter circle inside the large circle of strings.

You can then use the longest string of fringe from the braid to wind around the part gathered in your hand to bind it off. When you have covered the uncut edges then pull the end back thru to tie off.

You now have a tee shirt scarf!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winter Photo Session with Alice and Jason

View complete photos HERE.

It was a perfect winter afternoon to take photographs. It is a week before Christmas and the weather required only a light jacket, just enough sun was peeking thru the clouds to get some wonderful shots of this lovely couple. These are just a couple photos from their session. We later learned that there was a black bear and 2 cubs in the woods just above us. Too bad they didn't show up in any of the photos but I'm certainly glad they stayed away from us.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Christmas from the Penguins

On Sunday mornings, I stop at my friend Terena's house to pick up eggs. (They are the best tasting eggs in the world and supply is limited so I am not going to tell you where to find her, HA). When I got out of the car I was greeted by the cutest group of birds EVER! If you look closely you will be able to see where the chickens have visited the penguins and left a surprizing amount of feathers behind. I guess they were upset that these fine birds took over the yard.

Can you tell what she used to make them?
Here's a hint: old bottles, acrylic paint, cardboard, felt and I think the hats and scarves are from dolls or little socks. I bet they belong to her daughter, Morgan. hmmm I've got a bunch of little socks left over from making sock snowmen one year now I know what to do with them.

Kudo's to Terena for once again coming up with a novel idea that brought a smile to my face.

And thank you Terena for raising the bird house a little higher so I don't hit my head anymore!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sourdough Cranberry Walnut Bread

This is a no Knead Bread, easy to make and my husband's favorite breakfast bread. I have my own starter that I keep in the fridge. There are a couple of sites that I like for recipes and instructions. and You should be able to find instructions there about the stretch and fold method and starting your own starter.
This third picture is of the dough after it has raised the 1st time. I use a stoneware bowl that I cover with a large plastic bag. After the 2nd stretch and fold I cut the dough in half , putting each half in a parchment paper lined proofing basket. In this 2nd picture you can see the proofing basket and the clay baking pot that I soak in water while the oven is heating up. I then pick up the bread by the parchment paper and put in the clay baker. You can see the parchment paper still in the baking pot. I found this to be much easier for me as I did not like cleaning up with out the parchment paper.
Here is a close up of the baking pot with the loaf of bread now removed
from the parchment.

My Recipe
3 cups of whole wheat flour
2 cups of whole grain spelt flour
2 cups of water when using spelt without the spelt and using other flour only use 1 1/2 cups of water
3 Tablespoons of Honey
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of yeast
1/4 cup starter
1/2 cup cranraisins and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. (I'm guessing here on the fruit and nuts, as I don't measure, adjust to your taste)
Bake at 450 for 35 minutes with the lid on then another 10 minutes without the lid.

Add and stir all wet ingredients first then mix salt with flour and add to wet ingredients. Mix well. You should now have a wet, shaggy dough. Cover with a plastic bag and set in a warm, draft free area for 1 hour.

After 1 hour you are ready to do your first stretch and fold. To do this, separate dough from bowl with a dough scraper, add a little olive oil around the bowl so that dough does not stick to bowl, Then think of the dough having 4 sides. Grab the first side and pull up stretching the dough then fold it over to the other side of the bowl. Now rotate the bowl 1/4 turn and do the same maneuver until you have done all 4 sides. Now dust hands and bread with flour then cover again with the plastic bag. Do this a total of 3 times always recovering.
The last time divide dough and put into parchment covered proofing baskets. I only have one proofing basket so I found a corning ware dish about the same size of my other clay baking pot (not shown) and I use it as a proofing basket and it seems to work just fine.

Bake at 450 degrees in a preheated oven for a total of 45 minutes. 35 minutes with the lid on and 10 minutes without the lid.

After it has completely cooled on a wire rack, I store the bread in a ziplock bag with the parchment paper. Since we keep our bread in the refrigerator the paper seems to keep extra moisture from forming.

This recipe was adapted to fit our tastes. You would not normally add yeast to sourdough as the starter is your fermenting agent. The bread is very dense and moist. The cranberries add just the right amount of sweetness and the walnuts give it a lovely crunch. You can of course substitute fruit and nuts of your choice.

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Mother-in-law is a treasure!

I love surprises and my Dear Mother-in-Law, Elida is always coming up with some thoughtful little gift that makes me feel so special. On our visit to Michigan this summer for my husband's 40th high school class reunion I received this set of kitchen towels and dish cloths. In my kitchen I have double ovens and I like to decorate by hanging colorful towels for the season over the handles. So now I have a new set from my ovens and to make it even more special I took a piece of brown scrapbook paper and using a calligraphy marker wrote familia then from my ribbon collection I added a green bow and a large headed white pin to attach it to the towel. I now have a wonderful memory and decoration that will last all the way until time for Christmas decorations which are coming up this weekend.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Garden club, "Garden Path" and Art Club, "Art and Soul", recently in 2 seperate meetings got together and made these fabulous concrete dishes or bird feeders or bird baths (whatever you want to use them for).

Photo #1 shows three uncleaned bowls
Photo #2 shows a partially cleaned bowl
Photo # 3 shows a clean, unsealed bowl with 2 fall leaves posed on top, artsy :)
Photo # 4 shows a clean bowl and 2 uncleaned bowls
You are seeing unsealed bowls with the natural concrete color, this was my preference.

These were so much fun and really easy to do (because in each case we were fortunate to have one of our husbands mix the quickcrete) Thanks, Lester and David and Jason who did some clean up of the sand in the second batch! You guys so ROCK!

Here are some basic instructions in case you want to do this yourself and you can also google concrete leaf bird feeders.

You will need, leaves of the size dish you want to make, rubber gloves, play grade sand, quickcrete with gravel, and concrete dye if you want to tone your concrete. There are many colors available at your local hardware store where you can get all of these supplies but it is expensive in comparison to the other supplies. A wheelbarrow or big plastic tub to mix the crete in and a hoe to mix with. Water source. (right here is a good spot to find someone with muscles to mix the crete and clean up the tools after LOL).

I find being bent over to work is very hard on my back so having some sturdy folding tables to work on was great. Next make a domed pile of sand on your table, pat the pile firm, then keep checking to see if it is at least 4 inches of sand between the edge of your leaf and the table.

Place the leaf face down on the inverted bowl shaped sand. If the stem of your leaf sticks straight up and you do not want a drainage hole, clip it off at this point. Put on rubber gloves and scoop crete by the handfuls and smooth over your leaf. You want the crete to be a little over 1 inch thick. Keep adding concrete until your leaf is covered and has extend past the edges of the leaf about an inch. Smooth the concrete and add extra to make a base if you want. I did not add a base as my leaves were not that large but I did make sure that there was enough of a flat area built up so that my leaf would "sit" level.

Make as many as you have supplies for. Note - have all your sand mounds set up before you mix the concrete as you don't want it to set up before you are done. If you have done this outside (vs. your garage) then cover with trash bags or plastic and let sit for 48 hours. Rain was a real possibility and you don't want them to be rained on. After 48 hours you are ready to take the wire brush and clean them up, seal and or paint as you prefer.

Congratulations! You now have wonderful presents for your friends or special one-of-a-kind garden art. Now wasn't that easy?

more projects to come in the future so remember to check back in. Happy Fall!

Monday, October 24, 2011

You have reached station PamlaKlenczar, your 2nd stop on the Blog Train

You left the station and have reached the first stop on your journey. If at any time you get lost just head back to the station and find your way. You are going to find so much digi goodness along the way, so be sure and spread the word to all your friends. Not only are you going to find some wonderful freebies on our Blog Train but if you head over to you are going to have the opportunity to play games, and be eligible for some outstanding prizes. Then you can go on a treasure hunt and find a huge collaboration digi kit titled, Color Me Beautiful" by all the designers at NDISB and all totally free. You do not want to miss these wonderful gifts. So TOOT, TOOT, jump on the train and head on to the next train stop.

These links have expired, Thank you for joining us for our Birthday Celebration.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NDISB is turning 6!

We have a fun and prize packed week lined up for you starting on 24th October!

Mark your calendars, you DO NOT want to miss this!

So, what’s in store?

The first thing you need to do is visit my store and grab my Party Hat templates for FREE, yes that’s right, they are FREE from now until 31st October!

And what do you do with them then? Well you decorate your hat and dress up your avatar and wear it in the forum. The best one will get picked out for a prize!

A sale for starters,, 40% off my entire store and many other designers have sales of 30 and 40% off.

A Treasure Hunt, explore around our site to collect pieces of huge mega collection, created just for you by our design team.

A Blog Hop, many of our designers and CT have created fun little goodies, all you have to do is visit our blogs and grab them, each blog will link you up to the next one with instructions on what to do if you get lost.
Challenges – there wll be a fun challenge every day in our forum

Games – Fun games will be posted for you to play

Birthday Fairy – Visit our forum and tell us your birthday wishes (from our store) you never know, the birthday fairy might just make your wishes come true!

Participants in games and challenges will qualify for coupons and GC’s to our store but will also be entered in a Grand Prize Draw to win the following prizes.

A full copy of Paint Shop Pro X4, provided by COREL

Full yearly memberships to DigScrap Connect which include access to the monthly sponsor kits.

A 1 month, 2 month and 3 month membership to Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild

We also have some fab prizes lined up from Cassel of Creation Cassel, including lessons for the Scrapbook Campus

Special thanks to our sponsors for these fabulous prizes!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

Fixing Kaylee's Baby

My Mom made this soft doll many years ago and I've saved it along with a few others. I keep them in a toy box for Kaylee when she comes over so she has her own box of stuff to play with and her mama doesn't have to pack up the whole house. I'm not sure how she did it (but 2 yr olds are stronger than the normal person) she tore the poor baby's arms off while dressing and undressing her. So Grandma to the rescue, 1st I had to borrow an upholstery needle from a friend that was 12" long ( I still had to put my glasses on to thread the thing!) then I found my strongest spool of fishing line and put the baby's arms back on. I did feel a little weird poking that needle thru her body but I am now confident that the arms will stay on. Well I hope so anyway... 2 year olds are really, really strong.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Someone is getting ready to have a Birthday!

I've been busy getting ready for the big birthday celebration over at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking I'll keep you updated and I hope to see you there when it starts. We will be having lots of fun, games, challenges, prizes, a treasure hunt, Blog Train, YEAH it's going to be so much fun!!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Head over here to Natural Designs in Scrapbooking for the October 2011 Template Challenge. You can pick up this template FREE until October 15th. Papers and Elements are from the Seaside Collection of Designs by Marcie.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Layouts using Family Roots Digi Kit

You will find the links to this wonderful kit for all your layouts for the work you've been doing on Ancestry below along with previews of the complete kit. I used my own templates which will be coming out soon so watch my blog and facebook for the announcement.

Introducing Family Roots by Brown Eyed Susan at NDISB

find frames kit HERE
find elelments kit HERE
find Paper kit HERE
Find Alphabet kit HERE

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Water Baby

Can you tell who is my fav subject to scrap???? Water Baby is done using the digital kit titled Seaside from Designs by Marcie and found here
The page template is by yours truly and will be coming out soon at Natural Designs in Scrapbooking, with the Color Me Beautiful Birthday Collab.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Digital Kit by Casey Massey and Layouts by Me

You Can find your copy of the digital Scrapbooking kit by Casey Massey at this link just copy and paste the link info into your browser.

Bloom kit by Casey Massey
This is a dreamy kit to work with and if you haven't already gotten it head over to Natural Designs in Scrapbooking to pick it up.

Store link here

Kit view here:

This is the first of 3 layouts I am posting using this kit.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Digi Scrap Addicts - challenge 2

Yes, I'm doing another challenge, plus I'm working on 2 shows for my fine art so the next 5 weeks are going to be crazy. I'm sorry, until I can find a clickable link to digiscrapaddicts, you will need to copy and paste this address into your browser.
Once there you will find a download link if you want to download the papers.

I've reworked these papers a little so if you downloaded the previous version you may want to go back and download the improved version.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Last Challenge of the Race

The theme this time was food. All the elements were hand drawn by me then painted using photoshop. After all, drawing and painting is what I do for a living, so this one was fun for me.
You will be able to download this kit for 2 weeks free after that the link will expire. I hope you will pass my blog along to your friends and hit follow and like for me. This is the end of this race but I'm starting a new design challenge Sunday so keep watching.
These links have expired, please watch my blog for upcoming digi kit news. Big announcement coming soon.

Flowers, Ribbons, String, Oh My - Blog Train


Toot Toot, Allll AaaaBoard! I hope you have enjoyed all the wonderful freebies on the blog train and that you'll leave us a little love along the way. Please click follow on my blog and like on facebook over to your left and help me out, I'd like to see any layouts you create with the kit. You can reach me thru the TOU that is included. Hasn't this ride been a smorgasbord of talented Designers?

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