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I am a work from home, home schooling Mom who loves her Kids...yep, I think my kids are great. You will find me: Knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and working with felt are things I enjoy for fun. I also love to decorate and find deep satisfaction in decorating my home with great finds and my handmade items.  Gardening is one of my great loves, it like decorating outside!

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Monday, June 9, 2014


Vegetarian Tortilla Soup


OK not the best photo...I should have put it in a smaller bowl, these bowls are huge so you cant really fill them up.  This is a yum-yum-yummy soup and very quick to put together. I like to use organic non GMO products but that's up to you.  The reason this is vegetarian and not vegan is that Quorn uses eggs in there meatless meat products.

INGREDIENTS
1 box of Organic Vegetable broth
1 can organic black beans
1 cup organic corn (Trader Joes has organic corn...very hard to find)
1 diced tomato peeled (or 1small can)
1 Bag of Quorn Chik'n Tenders
1/2 t zesty spice mix (Kroger had a good one or you can make your own)
1 T Lime juice
1 jalapeno diced very tiny
five shakes of hot sauce
Some organic Nacho chips

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Throw everything in the pot but the nachos.  Bring it to a boil if you want to kick up the heat taste wise GO FOR IT.  Turn it down to a simmer and let it cook about 10 minutes.  Serve up in bowls and toss the chips on at the last minute so they don't get all soggy.    If you want serve it with graded cheese and sour cream...but I enjoy it just as it is.

This recipe is tasty not hot and really good for a cold. 







Monday, June 2, 2014

Foe Stained Glass Rose Window


This has turned out to be one of the best windows I have done to date.  This window is all foe and the process is simple.
First The Room without the view, In fact its a nasty view.
Its hard to see all the trash but its there, imagine looking at that everyday.
The rotten fence is down and fast growing evergreens have been planted,
it still would take awhile for them to mature.  So I made my own view.
 
 
Now for the cover up.
 
 
From start to finish and working till my hands got tired (2-3 hours at a time)
It took me about three weeks.
(how do you like my polka-dot nails?)
 
 
Oh this view is much better, and I can take it with me.
I added teeth hangers to the back of the frame and
put nails in the window frame. It comes off east but is
very stable on the window.

 
I tried to leave some space for the cats to look out when they
are on their perch.  Surprising, they don't seem to mind...usually
they take every moment to point out their displeasure with humans.


OK What I needed to make this window
 
18 X 24 Frame with Glass
Black Sharpie (Tracing)
Color Markers to color in the pattern
Ruler
 1Gallery Glass Liquid Leading
Exacto knife
Gallery Glass Colors:
(2) #16022 Clear Frost
(1) #16008 Kelly Green 
(1) #16851 Green Shimmer
(1) 16007 Cocoa Brown
 
 
I purchased a cheap frame with glass.  (then I accidentally broke the glass and had to get new glass)
I took the liner in the frame...you know the paper that backs the glass and has the price and a picture of overly happy people.I flipped it over a drew a grid.  Make sure you can hang your frame without wires going across the back and it will be secure on the window.
 
I found a picture of inspiration online and printed it, then drew a grid over that.  NOTE:  You have to have the same number of squares on your inspiration picture you printed and the paper liner.  The squares will not be the same size you just have to have the same number of squares.
 
Once the grid was drawn out I then started drawing in the flowers, leaves, stems and such.  Taking each box at a time.  I did not do an identical copy I left something's out and added flowers, leaves and stems as I saw fit.  I colored in the leaves and flowers with colored markers as I went (do not use crayons they will stick to the back side of your glass)  The lines can get really jumbled to the eye and coloring it helps visualize the patter and make adjustments.  And its easier to follow when coloring with the liquid glass.
 
With that finished I put the paper and glass back in the frame facing the front with the glass on top.  This kept me from having to tape the paper onto the glass and kept it stable and easy to work with.  It also showed me where I had to stop at the edge.
 
Now I traced my black lines with the liquid leading.  If you make a blob DO NOT WIPE IT let it dry and continue on.  You can come back to your blobs and neaten them up with the exacto knife just cut out what you don't want.  You can peel this stuff off...so if you make a mistake just let it dry and peel it away.
 
Once the lives were traced I started coloring in...this was the fun part.  In the clear area I marbled clear frost and snow white,  I wanted it more opaque.  Then with my roses I did marbling on each leaf with two or more of snow white, Rosy Pink and Magenta rose.  The leaves were marbled with Kelly Green and Green Shimmer.  The stems were Cocoa Brown I made it thicker in some parts this gave the illusion of shading.
 
 NOTE: put it on thick and take it all the way to the leading.  If you feel its too thin you can put a second coat on.  BUBBLES: Don't go too fast you will have too many bubbles, you can pop the bubbles with the tip of the bottle or a tooth pick.
 
DRYING:  I laid it flat every night since I put it on so thick.  But if you are doing it directly on a window apply it thinner and add another coat to darken it up if you want. 
 
I think I covered everything if you have any questions please leave a comment or e-mail me.
 
There are several ways to purchase Gallery Glass first just order it on amazon by clicking the link below.  They way I did it...being frugal.. was use coupons or apps at Hobby lobby.  This meant I had to buy one at a time as you can only use one coupon per person per visit.  But to make it easier I took my kids handed each a coupon, bottle and some cash. 
 
In total for the frame and  8 Gallery Glass bottles ( not including the new glass and I already had the other supplies)  I spent $44.02.  To purchase from amazon would be $51.44 without shipping and without the frame.  The frame was 50% off, Hobby Lobby puts their frames on sale all the time.
 
 


Monday, March 24, 2014

Coupon Target Haul



OK I have a new friend that is showing me the ropes as a savings queen, I would say a coupon queen but its more than just clipping coupons.  Let me show you why.
At Target today I purchased 2 bags of Iams Original cat food, 1 Arm and Hammer Clump & Seal cat litter, 1 Party Mix cat treats and 14 cans for Iams wet cat food. My total before coupons $42.64. 

With manufacturer coupons
Store coupons
$10.00 off if I spend $40.00 or more in the pet department
Free with purchase items (2 cans of wet cat food and cat treat were free).

My total came to $15.96 
Awesome right...but it didn't end there, E-bates sent me a $10.00 Target gift card when I made my first purchase through them.
My end total
 $5.69

I want to stress something here, saving money like this is a part time job.  And I don't buy items I do not use.  I have certain stores that I shop at and I carry around a three ring binder and take it with me every time I leave the house.
I have allergies to all the garbage they put in food so I am very restricted to where I grocery shop at and what I buy.  So most of my food savings is few and far between, but I do find some. 
This savings at Target is a normal shopping trip for me.  The trick is to shop sales only.
My coupons came from the news paper, coupons.com and Target.com (target has there own coupons)  At certain stores like Target you can use a store coupon and a manufacturer for one item.  This is where the extra savings comes in.
If your family likes a certain brand and you buy it often check out that company on the web, if they don't have coupons listed write them a letter explain why you like it so much and could they send you coupons.  You wont believe what you might get.  I recently contacted one of the very few restaurants that I could eat at.  Not only did they UPS me $50.00 in gift cards, but they invited me and my children to the grand opening kick off party that is invite only.  WOO HOO!

I will share my other hauls as I do them, so you can get an idea's of how to do this for yourself. 
Good Luck and happy savings.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paper Rose Wreath


PINK ROSE ROOM DECORATION
Wanted to share more of my room

 
These are fun to make
 
 
They do take ALLOT of paper, but you can see
how it adds some style to my room
 
 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hevenly Light




Look at these beautiful and strange pictures in my room

Each is very different
 
And Wonderful
 

Trinity is in this one...it almost looks like smoke over her head

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Whats New In The Rose Room


Now that I "think" I finally have my Blog up and running again...I can start sharing.  And the first thing I want to start sharing is my Bedroom.  I have been working on my room for awhile and am very proud of it. 
So What's New in the Pink Rose room...

Here are some little trinket boxes I got from Hobby Lobby, they were at 50% off I think I wound up paying less than $4.00 for all of them.

They are just right to hold those little things.

Like: The pretty stitch markers my doughtier makes for me
          Hair Pins, I have to hide them from my Kitten she likes to carry them around
          And the left over screws from when I took apart my computer to clean the fan...oops!

 
Lucky Me, I got a $50.00 gift card for Hobby Lobby for Christmas, obviously someone knows I like the store.  So what did I spend it on?


I really like the shabby look of  the piece, but I must admit it was very cheaply made, the hangers in the back were all wonky, a hook is missing on the front (not sure what I am going to do about that) and overall it felt cheap.  But I liked the way it looked and it gave me a place to put those little gifts the kids give me.  Had it not been 50% off I would not have paid the $79.99 price tag.  But at $39.95 and my gift certificate...I thought it was worth it.



I am always working on something new for my room...I like the idea of having handmade items, I think it adds to the charm.  Right now I am working on some Embroidery pillow cases,  I work on them at the same time for several reasons, first they get done at the same time and second I don't usually use the recommended colors and I might forget...hey it happens.


As you can see they are almost done (sorry about the lighting) I will be showing them off in a later post.

With All That I am
Carrie