“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Monday, December 11, 2017

Merry Monday, Birthdays and Strays

Welcome back to Merry Monday.
How was your weekend?
I had a great one..
On Friday we went to A Christmas light display in Mesa, which is about 20 minutes away from us.
It's gorgeous! and it was cold..cold enough for us to need cups of hot cocoa to keep warm.

Have you ever made cake batter cookies?
I made some on Saturday, before we decorated our stockings.
It's so simple!
You need a box of cake mix
1/2 cup of oil
2 eggs
mix everything together
drop by tablespoon into a bowl of powdered sugar
roll into balls then set on a baking sheet
 10-14 minutes at 350 and you get soft amazing cookies!
and there's an abundance of flavors to choose from.
I made chocolate fudge..

 And Grinch hearts..(it's just vanilla flavored with green food color)


So, it was very cold ..39 degrees is heavy coat weather here in Tempe..
our summer highs are sometimes 120 degrees, so we are chilly when it goes anywhere under 50.
Well, I took out the trash and found a cat trying to get into the laundry room.
I had to bring it in..
I'd already noticed it wandering around earlier in the day.
My niece posted the cat onto some websites .
We also made 'found' posters and set them around.
While we were taping them up we read a note on the mailboxes
stating that someone else had found this cat a few days ago but
didn't want to keep it for long because it was fighting with their cats.
This person just opened their door and let it out..
knowing the temperature was going to dip very low this week!
What's worse is that I think it belonged to a family that moved recently..
So she (I'm pretty sure it's a she) was left here to fend for herself!!
No one has claimed her 😞
We have not decided on a name yet..LOL
Isn't she adorable!

As you may know, from last week's post..
Yesterday was my birthday.

 It was the best!
I always start my birthday watching Stephen King movies..and Hellboy.
Then after that, birthday doughnuts.
We made dinner here at home..
Then we drove to a beautiful place called Tempe Town Lake, 
the breeze coming off the water was absolutely delicious!
afterwards, we stopped at a drive thru coffee shop called Dutch Bros,
The drink is free when it's your birthday

I told everyone that I didn't need anything this year..But they got me gifts anyway...
Back in July I honestly thought I wasn't going to be around to celebrate this birthday.
I had large masses in my abdomen which turned out to be cysts..massive cysts on my ovaries.
I was pretty much shut out of my regular ob/gyn because 
she was unhappy with my tumor markers and potassium levels..
 so she sent me to a oncologist.
It was a frightening and painful time for all of us.
But, here we are...
celebrating another birthday and I am more grateful than I can express. 

(Rigby photo-bomb)

I really enjoy watching 'Stranger Things'
so everyone knew exactly what to get me:)

And something King-ish of course

 I also received gift cards and books
Everyone spoiled me!

Oh! this was in the fridge:)

We ended the evening by watching 

I really had an amazing time, everything was just perfect.

Our crafts this week were all very small..
A wand I made by adding extra garland to a star pick:

A tart tin ornament

& my favorite..salt dough ornaments..
We actually  painted and glittered a bunch,
but I thought these two would be enough to show,
The candy cane is the one we left at the lake..it has an 'believe in your dreams' 
sticker on the back, plus we added a silver ribbon to hang it.

Thank you for visiting, I really appreciate you.
I hope you have a magical week and remember..

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Greetings

this week is Christmas Greetings...

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Three Muses Challenge-Stars

For my part I know nothing with any certainty,
 but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
-Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry Monday in December!

I know it's late!
I had a bit of vertigo and it threw everything off for me yesterday and today.
But I'm better now and I don't want to miss posting.
I hope you had a very

I love October and November, but this month is truly special to me.
Not only do we have cooler weather and Christmas, but this is my birthday month!
I'm not one of those people that think" it's just another day" or they don't want to celebrate.
nope, not me!
I love it!
The mood, the cake, the gifts, the candles!!
Hell, I'd wear a tiara if I had one, lol.
I'm happy and grateful to spend another year with such lovely friends and my family!!
And you know how I like to celebrate every little thing..

Did you see the full moon last night?
It looked so gorgeous!
My friend Bernie took a picture of it for me, my phone just doesn't take 
pictures as good as his does.
It was 58 degrees and there was a breeze!

We made this cocoa the other night, 
Helena got it from the Great Pumpkin and we waited to try it.
It's very rich..

Since the night was chilly we made gingerbread to go with the cocoa.
They turned out okay..not like last year when I made sugar cookies for Santa.
I put them up on the fridge to cool & I bumped my arm, involuntarily jerked it back
and all the cookies flew to the four corners of the earth, much to the delight of the dog and cats!
It took forever to sweep up because we couldn't stop laughing.

We sprinkled these with pink sugar..

These are funfetti cupcakes Helena and my niece made yesterday.
We were going to decorate our stockings while they baked, but that's one of the times I got very dizzy.
The cupcakes were decorated while I took a nap. The stockings had to wait.

Remember all the neat stuff I got on black Friday at the thrift store?
Here's some of it...
sheet music to use in art projects for .75 cents
A one dollar frog made of what feels like cast iron, he's very heavy!

These hanging crystals..They were terribly tangled and after I spent half an hour untangling them
I hung them on this heart ornament I already had. Can't tell from the photo but they go all the way around the heart, it was a set of two but the other one had torn chains, so now I have a bunch of loose crystals to craft with. They were .25 cents

This desk organizer for $3.50

Old Christmas lights..I bought them to use in crafts..I'm too afraid to use vintage light strings.
.50 cents

I also found vintage cupcake liners and tart tins..
.25 cents each

I made this with one of the bulbs..

This is how she looks on the tree by my bed...

some of the other ornaments I've made recently...

I made this with an old ping pong ball and a light bulb bottle from Michael's.
I also used the vintage cupcake liners to create the little tree she's holding!
fold the liner in half...
roll it into a cone, add hot glue to keep it from unrolling, then decorate or paint them.

For this centerpiece project
We used clear plastic plates leftover from Thanksgiving..
covered them in glue & glitter and added cupcake liner trees.
that tiny Santa was .10 cents, I painted him pink and glued him down.
The house was a gift from Helena, two years ago
(she knows I LOVE gingerbread houses)
Isn't it cute?!

Here's a glimpse of my lovely assistant.. thinks he's helping when he gets on my lap and falls asleep while I try to craft:) He has purple glitter on his nose!

This is what Helena made for our abandoned art this week.
We left it on a bus bench..

Do you have any events or parties coming up?

I was fortunate enough to meet the most incredible person last February..
Her name is Christie Troxell, 
she's an amazing Designer, Artist and Brand Ambassador

" Ritzy Parties is a full service design and coordination firm offering luxury event products and services, professional styling and merchandising, fresh florals, interior décor consulting, and custom, commissioned art. We bring style to story, and dreams to life.

Ritzy Parties is headquartered in Southern California, and serves esteemed clients nationwide, 
providing meticulously planned, curated events that are creatively and uniquely conceptualized, 
and elegantly executed."

 Christie Troxell, CEO, Creative Director

I hope you get a chance to look at her website.
It's filled with eye candy and art projects too.

Well, thank you for stopping by this week.
Sorry it was SO late.
I'm going to leave you with this...

See you soon..

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