Friday, September 26, 2014

Journal 52 favourite Foods art page

Good Afternoon dear readers,  I'm trying to catch up with some of journal 52's prompts.  This one is for the favourite foods prompt.  I've been noticing words and images in magazines more and more because of my art journaling.  The word Eats from Parade magazine came across my path and because I'm also a couponer I have several copies.  I buy multiple newspapers.  I've also started keeping a collage file of images just for my new hobby.  I'm impressed with some of the ladies on my groups who have file cabinets of images color coded just for collage.  Wow you guys rock.  I know what I'll be buying in the future.  Any ways I wanted to step out of my color comfort zone(blues, pinks and purples).  So I did this background in light tan, bright yellow and some red strippling  done on the page.  Next came my rubber stamps I used an unmounted circle stamp in red it still had some blue on it so came out interesting.  I put two rubber stamps in black of cupcakes.  Then I put blue ice cream cones all over the page.  Then I layered the food images and put Eats on the side.  I also put names of food on the page and it was really fun making this page can't wait to do more.  Enjoy and happy journaling.  You know it really does help with the stress.


Art Let's Dreams Come To Life art page

Good Afternoon dear readers, I've been working in my new art journal book.  I'm not ready for any 30 day challenges life gets in the way when it comes to being able to create.  I had a chance to look through my face book groups and was inspired to create this lovely piece.  I wanted it to look like a stained glass image. Since this was the beginning of my new book, it had to be about the art itself.  I did a purple and pinks acrylic paints for the background.  Then I took the flower stencil and did the raised technique with the gesso and painted it with oil pastels.  Here's where I did the stain glass look.
I cut and glue card stock to the page.  I went around the pieces with sky blue oil pastel crayon. Then took purple acrylic and lightly brush paint over the images.  I don't know why but I like doing that with the paint.  Then took new paint pens in black and wrote out the name.  I'm loving creating maybe soon will be able to get some painting done on a daily basis.  So here's the pictures enjoy

Monday, September 22, 2014

Coffee Feeling Good Made Easy art page

Good Morning dear readers,  I love this page I created.  I've been collecting images from magazines and newspapers.  I even thought about putting this picture on a canvass but ended up putting it in this page.  I used my favourite colors blues, purples and cranberry acrylics.  I also blended a sky blue oil pastel pencil in the piece.  I tried to use a stencil with a pink paint pen and in the corners rubber stamped the yin/yang symbol. Wal-mart has booklets of card stock.  I rubber stamped flowers on that and cut them out and glued them to the page and then wrote Coffee Made Easy to go with the saying on the girl Feeling Good.   Enjoy and happy painting.


I found him, I found him

Good Morning dear readers, I'm still trying to play catch up so there will several post today.  Those who are regulars know that last year I really wanted a little Turkey for my fall displays.  But for the life of me could not find one.  Well I hit up my favourite thrift shop and found actually several but I settled for this little guy. He fits real well with my cornucopia and monkey pod tray.  He will be in a more Halloween center display later.  So here he is and go check your thrift stores they are now putting out Halloween and fall decorations.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Frugal and Easy Candy Bark

Good Evening dear readers,  I'm playing catch up with posting this week.  I decided to make halloween candy this week.  Brachs candy makes it easy to make it different this year.  They've added different flavors this year i.e. Indian Corn, Maple and S'mores.  The Indian Corn is a little sweeter then the original so give it a try.  The good thing about this recipe you can add other items to it like m&m's and nuts conor didn't want to add them this time. So we just made the basic recipe.  Here's what you'll need.

Cookie sheet lined with tin foil
2-3 bags of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag of candy corn of your choice

Preheat oven to 200 degrees no hotter 
take your cookie sheet fill it with chocolate chips
then pour candy over chocolate 
Place in oven for no more then 10 minutes
Take out and use spatula to mix together
Then put in freezer for 30 minutes
Peel off tin foil and break candy into pieces 
Serve and Enjoy

Monday, September 15, 2014

German Hot Dish

Good Morning dear readers, yes, we are back to getting some recipes ready for fall.  Kyle wanted me to look for Asian lettuce wraps for this week but I found a lovely one dish deal on Mr. Food.  It reminded of my southern roots.  My parents were raised in the south and cooked a lot of recipes from the deep south.  This recipe contains a main ingredient found in the south black eyed peas. But your probably wondering why she's calling it German.  Well it also has a lot of ingredients found in German recipes and Conor wanted me to call it a German recipe.  So that's what I did.  Here's what you'll need and I've adapted the recipe to fit my families needs and tastes.

2 lbs ground beef
4 1/2 cups beef broth
3 (15.5 oz cans black eyed peas undrained)
3 potatoes peeled and chopped
1 sweet onion chopped
1 celery stalked chopped
1 cup of shredded carrots (buy in bag)
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
black pepper just to taste

First off, brown your meat in a large soup pot until no longer pink.  Then drain off the grease and add all of your other ingredients.  Set to boil on stove once boiling turn down to simmer and let cook 30-35 minutes or until a fork comes clean from the potatoes.  Voila bon appetite.


Friday, September 12, 2014

new art journal page-simpler times

Good evening dear readers, here's my latest fun page.  I found booklets of card stock at wal-mart and I just love these sheets of paper.  I took the page with old movie posters printed on it.  I cut them out and prepped them for my page.  I take back what I said about the Folsom Joanne's went in the other day and they finally had gesso.  So I'm ready to do a lot more painting.  I used bright green and my favourite cranberry acrylic paint as the background.  Then edged the page in black oil pastels.  Still working on getting it right with the stencils and the gesso.  Took the flower stencil and filled portion with gesso didn't quite come out as I wanted but good enough.  Then rubbed oil pastels over it and outlined with black oil pastels.  I glued the movie poster cutouts to the page and wrote in black oil pastels simpler times on the side.  These photos remind of the 1950's love vintage stuff.  Here's the photos sorry about the quality had some problems with camera today.

CVS trip saved 58% on B1G1F deals

Good morning dear readers,  I was able to get to CVS this week and pick up some deals.  They had a bunch of B1G1F deals at CVS this week.  If you have them always combine your coupons with the B1G1F deals.  This is a great way to boost your savings.  So here's what I got from CVS this week.

3-Bottles of Garnier Fructis Shampoo-used 3 of the $2 off coupons and had $1 ecb
2 Jack Links Beef Jerky B1G1F--also good on the spend $30 get $10 CVS gift card
2 Fruity Pebbles Cereal B1G1F
2 Hershey Bags of Candy B1G1F
3- 2 Liter Pepsi Bottles-good on the gift card deal

Did not make the $30 but this deal is going on next week I believe you can add to it to get the gift card deal.

Before coupons/sales total $52.98                     After coupons/sales  $22.47   Savings 58%

Sorry don't have pics of everything the boys ran off with the food.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Score at thrift store sale-craft supplies, clothes and videos

Good Afternoon dear readers,  sorry didn't get to post this sooner had tech problems plus appointments,  I went to my favourite thrift store for there monthly half off sale.  I think I did good. Everybody was in the store trying on clothes good place to find good deals, if you haven't got all your back to school deals.  The thing to find was of course my favourite craft supplies.  I found a box of Chinese zodiac rubber stamps for $4.40.  This will come in handy for a possible canvass piece involving a picture of a Chinese parade dragon.  I got some clothes for the boys-nice dress shirt for interviews for kyle.  We all so found some videos.  It turned out the video in the box was not what was on the cover but it was an enjoyable video.  So when shopping in thrift stores have them open up the videos to make sure they are what their suppose to be.

Chinese zodiac rubber stamps
2 shirts
2 shorts
1 Capri pants
some magazines for collage
3 videos

All for a grand total of  $15.  Check so thrift stores and consignment shops for monthly and weekly clearance sales.  They are now having Halloween stuff will be checking back with them.  Sorry not all photos turned out.

wordless wednesday-selfie time

Here he is with selfie time

Sunday, September 7, 2014

frankies corner-I'm helping mom with laundry

Morning dear readers, yes I know my post is a couple of days late.  Mom says the puter is misbehaving and its been difficult to get a lot done.  So I thought I'd help with this folding thingy.  I don't know how mom does this folding this towel thingy.  Humans why don't they just get out of the shower and shake all over like we do and have done with it.  Oh that's right they have to wear clothes.  Well its the thought that counts.  Meowy day and hug your fur balls today. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Weekend Food Ideas

Good Morning all,  It's back to school and if your like me you don't want to waste time with a lot of cooking on the weekends.  These are either quick or can be put in the crock pot while you take care of business.   I thought you might like this round up of some of my favourites.

So take it easy and spend some time with the kids. Bon appetite

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

journal 52 prompt making time

Ironically I've been trying to make time for my art for a while.  So when I saw this prompt I thought I had to do it.  I also felt the phrase from "Saving Mr. Banks" was appropriate for this piece (used a paint pen).  I watched the movie and the phrase "A leisurely stroll is a gift" resonated in me.  This is so true of our time now.  I put it this piece with gears and a watch fob to hopefully remind us to slow down.  I used my favourite color as of late cranberry for the gears.  For the background I used lavender sachet in acrylics.  The watch fob is part of a bigger rubber stamp which I always have problems with so I ended up only using the fob part.  Used a light blue acrylic paint on it.  I also rubber stamped butterflies and of course a cat in the corner.  Because as you know Frankie is my avatar.  So enjoy the piece and have a great day.  Please would love to you hear from you always love comments.

Why Chicken Soup?

Good Morning dear readers,  I thought it was time to do a health education post today. Your lying in bed sick thinking I want soup.  Soup will make me feel better.  What is this ingrained response to wanting soup.  Is it because when you were little your family gave you soup.  We are taught from a young age that certain thing make you feel better when your sick. My boys are no different they want soup when their sick.  Does it really help us feel better.  Yes, surprisingly it does.  It contains amino acids that thin out mucus membranes allowing you to breathe better.  The spices in the chicken soup help support the immune system and if your soup as the carrots--carrots fight off infection.  So sit back and enjoy your soup.  What else do we ask for when we're sick?  My kids also ask for these items.

gator aide-can restore electrolytes lost from being sick
7-up-mixed with gator aide makes it more palatable and settles stomach
honey-mixed in hot tea soothes the throat
peppermint-soothes a sore throat
popsicles-soothing the throat and added vitamin c

So what does your family do when your sick?  Any homeopathic remedies not listed that you want to share
plmk love hearing from my readers.