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One down, two to go . . .

on this chunky ATC swap.  And chunky it is!

Here's my offering for an on-line swap I'm in.  Finished the first one this morning:

Chunky 1


Chunky 2


Chunky 3


Chunky 4


Chunky 5


Chunky 6

Off to complete the other 2

then sending them off in the mail

and keeping my fingers crossed that they hold up!

Surfing again . . .


This is not my house.

Just surfin' the web and my fave blogs this morning

and ran across this incredible

little vignette.

Isn't it cozy?

Found it over at

"Just Something I Made"

with Cathe Holden,

another best friend whom I've never met or spoken to.

o o


Dontcha just love the web.

She doesn't know that I stalk her blog almost daily.

Anyway . . .

here's a link to her blog


where she has a great tutorial

and download

of how you can make your own wall art.

Why I love my Copic Markers . . .


How to fix furniture scratches.

We have a chair in the family room that we love - well, at least I love it.  The pattern, colors and style fit right in with what I'm trying to do with our family room.  Except for the fact that the pups (when they were puppies) decided that the wood at the bottom of the chair would make a perfect place to cut teeth.

With a small budget in mind and not enough money to have the wood refinished, I decided to put my Copics to use and *refinish* just the scratches.


Used my black and brown Copics
E47 + 100

Copic 1 

here's part of the before:

Copic 2 

I first colored in just a very small section of the exposed wood

with a brown Copic.

While the Copic was still wet,

I worked it into the wood with my fingers.

Then went back over some of the spots with my

black Copic

and did the same finger-thing.


Here's the after:

Copic 3 

ta da:

Copic 4 

Warning, you might not want to be quite as


as I was.

Use a rag if necessary.

Copic 5 

Fix your furniture with



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Favorite little table . . .

ruined . . .

by someone (boys) with a spilled drink . . .

that no one cleaned up until the next morning . . .

when it was too late.

I've had this sweet little Italianate table for 37 years.

from Carafiols.

remember them?

one of the first pieces I bought when we got married.

Table 1

until this happened . . .

Table 2

I know you're not supposed to cry over spilled drinks, but I almost did.

it was an accident so after my "oh my gosh what the heck happened here" moment

I set a plant on top of it.


Enter a new couch and chairs.

And my little table gets moved around a bit and that top keeps bothering me.

Plus I needed to get some red into the room

so decided to do this:

Table 3

Put a bar finish on top of that and it's ready to go . . .

for the next 37 years.


New Sketch Blog . . .

I follow several blogs and one of my faves is by a designer named Jana Eubanks.  Jana recently started her second blog - full of sketches!

Sketches are a scrapbookers life savers.  If you ever have something you'd like to scrapbook or a card you'd like to make and can't think of a good layout, rely on sketches.  And the best part is that there are talented people like Jana who think up these sketches for us.  All we need to do is copy how the papers and embellishments are laid out on a page and - poof - done!

Substitute papers, embellishments, anything and it will look completely different!

Here's one of Jana's layouts:

Jana eubank

Note: These adorable embellishments and papers are carried at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.


and here's her sketch blog:  http://janaeubanksketch.blogspot.com/

Told ya I'd forget something . . .

it never fails . . . and, yes, it is a pattern with me.  When I go through the project to put kits together, I then realize - oops - forgot something.

So if you're in my class tomorrow (Saturday) and you've already read the "bring it with you" list, please add these 2 things if you have them:

  • tiny attacher
  • decorative scissors (small scallop edge that looks like the edge of a stamp)

See you tomorrow!

New class on the books . . .

Easter Canvas

Wednesday, March 24

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Busy this morning working on this new class.  Still can't decide if I should hang it from ribbon or from wire.  But "here she is" anyway.  Hope you like it.

Easter 1A

Lots of vintage-look images


Copic Markers


Easter 2


stamping on canvas

Easter 1_edited-1

 teeny clothes pins




Easter 4 




fun to put together.


Easter 3

 Join my class by calling

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(314) 487-8131



Saturday's Class . . .

This Saturday, I will be teaching a signature portfolio using Cavallini folders and beautiful papers from Webster's Pages.  If you've signed up for the class, please bring your basic supplies plus:


  • paper piercer
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • large eyed needle for binding
  • detail scissors such as Cutterbees
  • corner rounder
  • and your lunch - this is an all day class!

That should do it.  Check back Saturday morning - right here - just in case I forgot something!

Otherwise, see you Saturday!  Class begins at 10:30 a.m.

Best chicken casserole recipe ever . . .

(in my opinion).

I've had such a taste for this chicken casserole that I just had to make it today for dinner.

The best part about this recipe is you can add as much or as little of the ingredients as you'd like.

Easy, easy and a perfect Sunday supper dish.

SS 1

Here's how it goes:

  • Figure 1/2 chicken breast per person + 1 or 2 more for the pot.

Honestly, that's what the recipe calls for.  However, at our house we do several more chicken breasts because (a) we love leftovers and (b) we love this recipe.  So do whatever you want.  I use the bone-in chicken breasts because then I use the broth for soup and chicken bones help give flavor to the broth.


SS 2


  • In a pot of boiling water, cook chicken breasts until cooked through.  Remove from liquid and cool slightly. Save broth for soup (recipe to follow).

  • Remove chicken meat from the bones and chop chicken into chunks (about 1" cubes) and place in a casserole.
  • Add the following ingredients to the casserole dish:

    • 8 oz sliced fresh mushrooms (not canned)
    • 1 can of sliced water chestnuts (drained)
    • sliced pimento
    • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (undiluted)

    Mix all together and top with shredded cheddar cheese and fried onions (canned are fine here).

    Bake for 30" in a 350 degree oven.

    Serve hot.

    SS 3


    Grandma's Soup:

    When we were younger, Sunday always meant dinner at Grandma's.  Dinner had to start by 11:30 a.m. because Grandpa always wanted to go to the Club to play cards.  The *Club* was the Spanish Society where, on any given Sunday afternoon, you could find the men playing cards or Rana (another Spanish thing).

    Anyway, at Grandma's, meals always started with homemade soup and this was one of my faves and possibly the easiest in the world to make.

    It calls for:

    • chicken broth seasoned with salt and saffron
    • garbanzo beans (canned is fine - just make sure you drain and rinse the canned type)
    • peeled and diced potatoes

    Get the broth going to a simmer.  Add the potatoes and cook until tender.  Add the garbanzo beans and simmer until warmed through. 



    See ya. Gotta go eat.