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OMG, we don’t have Ketchup!

After dealing with a sick little one for 5 days, I was so relieved when he finally started requesting food again! Interestingly it was Target popcorn and hot dogs with ketchup. So I bundled him up and headed to the nearest big red ball. I grab the popcorn from the cafe and quickly found hot dogs. All the while, he’s insisting we don’t have ketchup at home. My response “Of course we have ketchup, what household with small children would not have ketchup?”. Back at home, guess what, no ketchup. Enter my very first completely me recipe. After searching the internet and taking a look at several recipes, I decided to take a stab at conjuring up my own. It was so was easy and it was a hit with the picky sickie. I thought I’d share it here so here it is:



1 cup tomato sauce (I used Hunts)

1 1/2 TBSP white distilled vinegar

3 TBSP white table sugar

1 tiny dash of Allspice


In a small sauce pan over medium to medium high heat bring tomato sauce to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once at a boil, add other ingredients. Cook for 5-10 minutes to reduce and thicken. (Time varies according to how thick you want the final product). Pour into an airtight container and refrigerate. Enjoy!


This ketchup is not quite as smooth as store bought brands. If you put a stick blender to it before storing it will be smoother. I rather like the more “homemade” look so I left it as is.


Happy Wednesday!



Mail Call

After a long hiatus, I am finally back to scrapbooking. This past fall and winter were rough, getting used to living in a new state, in a new city, and with a new job. Unfortunately, sometimes when you are just surviving, hobbies often take a back seat. Hopefully now, as things start to stabilize, I can get back to posting to my poor. neglected blog more often.

This is my first layout that I have made in almost 4 months. I’m definitely a little rusty, but I have been scouting my favorite blog and galleries for inspiration. The inspiration for this layout comes from an adorable cut file from the May Studio Calico digital goodies (unfortunately, no longer available) and this page by Geralyn Sy . I had to create my ow similar file to get this look.




Supplies: Studio Calico Kits (Marks and CO) American Crafts Thickers (Lullaby Gray), Vintage Typewriter, Silhouette Cameo, EK Success scallop punch, 3M adhesive, Tombo monomulti glue


Here are a few close ups.

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Hope your fall, winter and early spring have been good. Hopefully you will be hearing from me again before the snow flies 😉

Happy Wednesday!



Learning Letters

It’s not often that I blog about personal issues. I’m a private person and I don’t like putting my business out there for the world to read. This, however, is a story that I want to record.  Our little guy, P is struggling in school. While M learned her letters with no issues, P has been working at it for two years now and before two weeks ago, he only know 6 letters. He can write his name (a huge source of pride for him and us) but he really has no idea what each of the letters are. He will even spell his name, but if you ask him a letter in the middle, he doesn’t have a clue. Recently we attended parent teacher conference, and as we already suspected, P is not ready to go to kindergarden in the fall. The teachers also expressed great concern that he may have ADHD, though a diagnosis before the age of 6 or 7 is really rare. We’re not ready to label him as anything other than our funny, bouncy little boy so we are waiting until the fall for an formal evaluation.

For now,  we are stepping up our teaching. Ed has taken the lead and works constantly with him. Every 30-45 minutes for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. In two weeks, we have added 5 new letters to his original 6. It’s truly incredible.  The best part is that he is now seeing letters on the TV, magazines, and when we are out and getting excited that he knows some of them. It’s really such an amazing thing to see your son’s eyes really open for the first time and see it starting to click. He also wants to learn. Last night, he went and got a magna doodle and started writing all the letters he knows. We spent a good 30 minutes talking about letters and what sounds they make. He also now knows that his name starts with P and ends with N and he can tell you that! I know it seems small, but for a little one that couldn’t do that a month ago, it’s huge.

We know that he will probably always struggle with school work, but we are making progress, and progress is something to be proud of. He’s such a sweet little guy and it pains me to see him struggle. I guess that is what loving your children is all about, pain in their struggles and joy in their triumphs. May he see many more triumphs than struggles and infinitely more joy than pain.

Leah Crowe - It sounds like the light-bulb has lit up for your sweet little guy.. great job mom & dad!! I bet he will surprise you over the next few weeks, as often our children are quick to do! Keep up the great work. :)

Having fun with Molding Paste

I’m back with some more fun created from all I have learned from Wilna Furstenberg’s Art Class and Art Class 2. Today I’m sharing my experiment with molding paste. I tinted it with just a bit of Studio Calico Boss Lady Mister Huey and I just love the result. Wilna provided the template to make the alphabets in class and it was so cute, I decided just to go with it. Here are the results.


Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basic Papers, Patterned Paper: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party (all patterns), Diecuts: America Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Stickers: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Pen: American Crafts Precision Pen .05, Thread: Coats and Clark, Sewing Machine: Singer, Molding Paste: Golden, Mist: Mister Huey Boss Lady, Tags: American Crafts Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party, Alphabets: Sassafras Lass (Blue Glitter), Studio Calico (Pink Chipboard), Twine: The Twinery, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Typewriter: Smith Corona.

Here are a few close ups showing the dimension on the letters, just gorgeous!

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Happy Friday!

Patricia - Oh I love those tiny alphas. This is so awesome! The kids look so little in this picture too!

Thank you, Missy, for stopping by my blog. Happy new year!

PaperHaus Winter Frolic Blog Hop Day 8.


 Welcome to Day 8 Winter Frolic 12 Days Of Christmas Blog Hop! You should be arriving here from Jennifer Grace’s Blog.  We are celebrating the release of the Winter Issue of PaperHaus Magazine but also inspiring you each day with wonderful holiday projects, giveaways and inspiration!

If you haven’t read the issue yet, and I highly recommend that you do, just click the photo below to be taken directly to the magazine.


Here is the layout that I created for this hop!


Supplies: Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (12 Days of Christmas, blue dot, Just Dreamy 2, dark brown), Basic Grey (Aspen Frost, white washed wood), Lily Bee Designs (Christmas Cheer, red dot), Diecut Cards: Pink Paislee City Sidewalks), Red Sequins: Unknown, Brad: Carta Bella Merry and Bright, Stickers: Echo Park Paper This and That Christmas, Cut Aparts: Chic Tags 25 Days, Adhesive: 3M, Glue Dots, Twine: My Mind’s Eye: Find your Wings and Fly, Buttons: Unknown, Alphabets: American Crafts (Thickers, red glitter, Simple Stories Sn@p, blue), Typewriter: Smith Corona.

Here are a few close ups.

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Your next stop is Georgia Heald’s blog.

Happy Sunday!

Our blog hop will run from December 1st to December 12th! Be sure to stop each day and leave a comment each day to win some fabulous prizes by our lovely sponsors! Don’t forget to check out the Winter Issue for additional inspiration, holiday cheer and some amazing projects from our contributing team!

Heaney - a very beautiful layout indeed! I like chevron patterned background paper and the adding of twine to it.

- this is too cute :)

barbara macaskill - What an adorable layout! TFS!

Sarah M - Those pictures are adorable! I love the doily border too!

Annie Claxton - This is such a fun festive page – and sych a cute little reindeer! :o)

Vicki Parker - What a cute little reindeer and a lovely layout. :)

Robin Delaney Hanning - LOVE your layout! I especially like the typed note.

Mommyx2 - I love your layout. So cute and wonderful pictures!

marylouh - It is so wonderful when they feel like being little “hams”. Cute pictures. Will be a great memory to look back on someday.

SiódmyAnioł - Wyjątkowo sympatyczny layout!

Astrid G - Soooo lovely this layout, i liked it.
Hugs Astrid

Stokely - I love that you wrote the journaling as a letter!

Cat Graves - Beautiful layout…I don’t scrapbook but am becoming more and more interested! Thanks for the chance to win!

Pam Ellis - What an adorable page! Cutest reindeer ever! Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season! :)

Laura G.Turcotte - What a great layout!

Helen - Love the layout, the little dude is very cute too xx

Kim MacLean - Very cute layout!!

Beachcomber - Cute layout. Love the use of colors and patterns.

Jeanann Cavalier - This is a fabulous layout. I love that you incorporated different poses on one page and the title and journaling are perfect! Love it.

butterfly - What adorable photos – and the vibrant layout lets them really shine. Love the vintage typeface on the kraft for the journalling – so cute!
Alison x

Carla Hundley - Cute layout. I like
the cutouts and the
striped paper line
on it.
Carla from Utah

kath White - Awwww, this is precious! Such a cutie.

Diana Fernandez - What adoreable pics!!! Your little reindeer is super cute!

Creative Tara - This layout is adorable! This is my first look at Paper Haus magazine and I love it… can’t wait to see more!

Julene Matthews - Gorgeous photos of Peyton and his Christmas jumper.lOve that layout too :)

Pam D. - What cute pic’s !! Made a great LO !

Dana N. - I love your layout! The colors but most especially the glitter letters.

Shari Czerwinski - Super cute layout!

Debbie L Gregory - Darling layout and like all the different layers of paper, diecuts and tags.

Beatrice Lawson - Your sweet pictures just shine, love this LO! Adorable reindeer!

Carmen - I really like those glitter letters!

Paula - Great layout :) what awesome inspiration!


Robin Buchholz - Pretty layout! I love the colors and the layering, thanks for sharing.

Frances - Love it all and especially love the sequins at the bottom.

karenladd - This layout is so fun! Love the colors you used and that bit of twine!

Lucy E. - Such an adorable layout! Those pictures are priceless!

Janetta Zeimetz - Adorable layout!

Eila Sandberg - I have to be a parrot and chime in with the previous ladies – this really is such an adorable page!! your little man certainly is the sweetest little reindeer! xoxo

chark - that is the cutest reindeer and reindeer layout too!

Beverly Jordan - His expressions on his face are priceless! Wonderful layout, too!

Denise Luscan - So adorable!

selena - une trs jolie page aux couleurs hivernales!

pooja - Its beautiful !

pooja - The sunburst Pattern looks fab and I loved the scallop circle banner too !

Monica Lowrance - So super cute!!!

Avonlea - Your layout is stunning! I love the design and the strip of photos and the typewriter journalling! So special!

Sarah Lynch - Yes Peyton is the cutest little reindeer!!

Marie M. - I love the doilies added to your cute layout.

Janis in ID - Totally adorable. What a moment to capture and treasure!!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Mary Brockway - Lovely LO. Thanks for the inspiration!

Christina L - So pretty so clean LO!!!!!Loved it!

Nicole Doiron - This is too precious!