Monthly Archives: July 2007

How to Make Roses from Maple Leaves

“” I thought this was such a novel idea, a tutorial on making roses from maple leaves. I’ve attached it here for you and for future use for me. I may give it a try this week while I’m on vacation.

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Custom Made Bridal Party Necklace

Bridal Party Necklace(s) 

I custom made 5 wedding party necklaces for an August Wedding.  The beads were black with clear swarovski crystals.  The beads were crimped to a beading wire and created a look of floating when worn.  The wedding attendants will look stunning in black gowns and each wearing a necklace.  I have 2 more to finish up for the 2 children in the wedding party. 

 All 5 necklaces x 2 strands each hanging together…

In this picture I hung all 5 necklaces with their 2 strands each and I think they look like a really lovely necklace in one.  Don’t you?  I often make custom jewellery and enjoy doing that. 

A couple of years ago I made a necklace , bracelet and earrings for a bride’s mother using the slipper shoe she was going to wear to help choose the jewellery colours.   Often times I’ll remake a piece of jewellery that has been tucked away and not worn…or repaired jewellery from a bag of beads that had broken years ago.  Its fun to create knowing you have all the colours and beads that will make up a piece of jewellery and you get to choose the way it turns out…in most cases.  :o)  Fun….


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Inviting Bakery Window

Yesterday my mother and I went to Niagara-on-the-Lake which is a quaint, beautiful town of shops and restaurants and tourists and parks and beautiful flowers everywhere. Its only about 15 minutes from Niagara Falls another lovely spot. We shopped and walked and had a hard time trying to decide where we would have our lunch…and it was especially difficult to choose when passing a window such as this one….

NOTL is such a busy place everyday in the summer but especially during the long weekends throughout the summer and certain times like peach picking times. You can pick your own peaches and cherries and nectarines from the trees and they are so fresh and juicy. They hold a Peach Festival in August and serve up “tons” of ice cream with “tons” of fresh, sliced peaches. Yum. You can take a ride along the streets in a horse and buggy. Horse and Buggy Ride

The flowers and planters were beautiful. Everything is ahead in growth in that area as well.

beautiful yellow flowers…Red Begonias…


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Crafting New Ideas…

tn_makeupbag1.jpgDo you ever start making one thing and end up with something else? Thats what happened to me tonight. I have had this little Notebook and I’ve wanted to make a nice fabric cover for it. I had “Plan A” it all planned in my head I thought and I measured and remeasured and added more inches to it.


I found myself outline the flower prints with a machine outline…..and I sewed on some beads…and I sewed on a little silver ladybug. After ALL of them I realized it just wasn’t wide enough to take in the thick rings of this Notebook.

So on to “Plan B” and after I’d taken apart the seams and rearranged the little pocket inside and sewed it together again I ended up with a little pouch for makeup, or travel goods. I rather like it! Now I have a plan in my head again, this time for how my next makeup or travel pouch will the meantime I’ll keep thinking about exactly how I will cover the Notebook. I think I’ll put on a little strap.



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Dear Lord…



So far today, am I doing all right.

I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or self-indulgent. I have not whined, complained, cursed, or eaten any chocolate. I have charged nothing on my credit card.

But I will be getting out of bed in a minute, and I think that I will really need your help then.

Live Life One Day at a Time, But Live It!

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Great ebay Purchases & Drumstick Cake

ebay Purchases

Making Vintage Bags



You can get lost in there as you find all the next things you’d like to order and get a good deal as well. I found an interesting book “Making Vintage Bags” at Chapters/Indigo for $35.97 (+ 7% tax) Cdn funds yesterday. I was also interested in the book “Simple Gifts to Sew” I read about in She said it was a fabulous book. Today I purchased both books on ebay and including the shipping I ended up with 2 books for the price of one! I saw one of the books even cheaper than that on ebay but I wanted to combine the shipping costs so it was better for me to get the one I did. Now I’ll be like a little kid waiting for Christmas to arrive. :o)

DRUMSTICK CAKE (Make the cake…send me a picture to use…and your critique and I’ll send you a gift – check August post)

I like to share recipes that I’ve tried first myself so I can tell you all about them. However this came from a lady who has made it and raves about it. I know I won’t get a chance to try it for a while but it sounded tooooo good to not give you the chance to try. Someone commented this is probably better than the BaskinRobbin’s cake. If you try the recipe and send me a picture of it…I’ll send you a gift!! how’s that?

9 x 13 greased pan


1-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers

½ cup chopped nuts (I usually leave this out)

¼ melted margarine

3 tablespoons peanut butter

Mix above all together Use 1 cup for the base and the rest for the top


1 package Philadelphia cream cheese

½ cup sugar

½ peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

1 large Coolwhip

Blend together first 5 ingredients and then add Coolwhip and pour on top of base.

Drizzle ½ cup of hot fudge sauce (sundae topping) over top. (I use at least 1 cup)

Swirl through with knife

Sprinkle with remaining crumbs. Freeze. This is one of those great recipes you can make, freeze and take out when you need it!


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Jesse Cook – Exotic Spanish Music

Well, I dashed out today during my lunch break to Chapters/Indigo to look for a book on decoupage. This wonderful spanish type guitar music filled the store and I found myself singing and humming along though I hadn’t heard the music before…it was just that kind of music. I didn’t find the book I was looking for but did find an interesting one called “Making Vintage Bags” but I decided I’ll check ebay for it. Then with just seconds to spare before I knew I was going to be late returning to work I found myself at the counter asking about the music they were playing. They showed me the CD and I bought it.

Now needless to say I’m listening to it at work right now. Have you heard it? Its by a Canadian artist Jesse Cook, and the CD is called “frontiers”. Its wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the same time. Three of the songs are with vocals. Now I wish I could speak Spanish – or at least maybe I can google the words so I could sing along. Its a nice CD. That might be my next project, learning Spanish I thought …I can just add it to the list.

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Stairway to the Urban Hideaway


My “little” brother lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada map of B.C.and I never see him enough and years pass between our visits. This year he was here twice, the first time in April when he landscaped my parent’s front and back flower gardens. Three times people stopped to ask for his business card which was a great honour actually since he isn’t a landscaper and “only” plays around with it because he loves doing it.

Actually he and his significant other run a B&B in B.C. called the Urban Hideaway and the website is Its a busy spot.  They have met so many interesting people from around the world who have stayed at their Inn and enjoyed the wonderful place, location and hospitality.  He isn’t a carpenter either but looking at the pictures of his place with the wood floors and staircases and ALL the rest of the renovations he’s done you would wonder about that too!  I think there may be some Finnish influence in the house as well. 

The B&B is an 1800s Traveller’s Inn in B.C. amongst all the skyscrapers in downtown Vancouver. He built a large balcony at the back and his gardening skills and green thumb show an abandance of flowers and plants that you can’t imagine could grow like they do. Its like a wonderful, magical place. It is only a 15 minute walk from Stanley Park on the ocean. If you ever go that way…stop and stay a while and tell him hello from his “big” sister.


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Two thoughts “I” wanted to share..

  they aren’t my originals…

“Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind”.

“You can’t change the past but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future”. 

 So true?


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Woven Labels

CranberryBlossom Woven Labels

I looked all over the web for a company that made woven labels because I wanted to have Cranberry Blossom on them to sew on my totes and bags. I came across Charm Woven Labels , placed my order and was so happy to receive them so quickly. Their prices are very competitive and the ordering process and service is very user friendly. If you are looking for labels check out their great selection. Let me know how you made out if you do.

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