Saturday, September 9, 2017

String Art and Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Link Party September 9 2017

Welcome to Snickerdoodle Link Party for September 9, 2017!  I hope and pray that everyone is safe who might be in Hurricane Irma's path, those who suffered through Harvey, those out West who are in are the areas of fire, and those who suffered loss of loved ones or homes from the earthquake in Mexico.  So much heartache!  

Ali Rose started her Senior year of high school this year and this week she shares a tutorial for a String Art project that she made here.   She is quite a pleasure to have in our family!

I also have to share a photo of my granddog, Chief--he got his Halloween costume early.  So cute!

Now onto the party!

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The Reno Balloon Races are in full swing this weekend. I guess that is why my eye was attracted to this cute balloon garland by Suzer Space.  
Hot air balloon garland assembled balloons | suzerspace

Halloween is still over a month away but it's never to early to plan or make Halloween Snack Mix.  The Country Chic Cottage has a great one!
Make this Halloween snack mix for fall! A quick and easy recipe idea!
Such a cute crocheted cardigan!  By Kiku Corner.

Crochet Moss Stitch Cardigan by Annelies Baes
Most Clicked:
Repurpose and Upcycle  has tips for striping furniture of paint, stain, etc.
stripping furniture the easy way

Special Feature:
Patrick at Looney for Food has a delicious avocado and chickpea salad recipe that looks so tasty!
Avocado Chickpea Salad 

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Funtastic Friday 143 and String Art

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Welcome to Funtastic Friday! So much to worry about going on--fires out West, floods and such in Texas, and now Hurricane Irma.  Staci has an evacuation plan in place in North Carolina but her husband Jon will stay behind as part of the Coast Guard.  Yikes!  Praying for those affected by these disasters.
Please join us in welcoming our newest party host, Cristy of the Happy Family Blog. We're so happy to have her join the Funtastic Friday party bunch. Cristy Harfmann with Happy Family Blog

Daughter Ali Rose has a new post on the blog--a tutorial for String Art.   Hope you will give it a look!


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stripping furniture the easy way
Sherry and Donna's favorites Sherry's favorite - Halloween Recipes Witches @ Embellishments Donna's favorite - Fabriquer un coeur en bois en décoration murale @ Rêver en Couleur Lacie and Angie's favorites Lacie's favorite - Caramel Apple Cookies Recipe @ Typically Simple Angie's favorite - Our New DIY Outdoor Table @ welsh design studio Heidi and Debra's favorites Heidi's favorite - Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins @ Delightful E Made Debra's favorite - {Skinny} White Chocolate Pumpkin Nog @ The Kitchen is My Playground Liz and Cristy's favorites Liz's favorite - Sweet & Sour Meatballs @ Simply Stacie Cristy's favorite - DIY Gold Leaf Pumpkins @ Run to Radiance

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

String Art Heart

Hello blog friends!

It's been awhile since I've made a post, but I'm back & would like to be more consistent with posting.

So, this post is kind of fun because it's a fairly simple, cute craft that even I, who is as un-crafty as they come, can do. I found this craft while looking for a craft idea to make for my sweetheart. Here's the original video that I followed for the craft here.   If you watch the video you can tell some obvious differences between hers & mine, which makes it fun! This is a craft that you can substitute on & make personal.


  • A wooden board; I bought mine at Michael's & it was an inch thick 
  • Nails; I bought mine at Ace. They're Electro Galvanized roofing nails 3/4 in length.
  • Yarn; I bought my yarn at Walmart. It's Red-Heart Super-Saver jumbo in different shades of blues. (Choose whatever color attracts your eye, this is the creative part.)
Other supplies: 
  • Ruler (to measure distance between nails)
  • Pencil (to mark where you want each nail)
  • Hammer (for nails)
  • Power tool (optional, but using one to put holes in the wood before nailing the nails in makes its so much easier.)
  • Wood stain (I didn't do this, but if you do, make sure that your wood is completely dry before beginning.)

Step 1: Print out a heart shape, tape it to the wood & measure the distance you want between each nail, mark each spot with your pencil. Found the heart pattern here.

Step 2: Use the power tool to drill holes into the wood (optional) on the designated spots, nail in the nails. 

Step 3: Remove the template. Using your yarn, make a knot around the bottom nail, begin to go around the nails, up & down, side to side, with the yarn. 

Step 4: When you're happy with how your yarn looks, go around the outside of the nails with the yarn to outline in (you may want to refer to the video to get a better visual of this).

Step 5: Go under the yarn with the yarn & back around the bottom nail making a knot again & cut the yarn. (Another good time to refer to the video.).

And there you have it! You're finished. This is a great gift for really anyone and anytime, really. Hope you enjoyed this post. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Party in Your Pjs 173

Wow, we have had a busy 2 weeks!  Daughter Staci and her little one Parker were here, we went to Utah for 3 days, and just kept busy (Parker made sure of that).  This past weekend we took Staci and Parker back to the airport and they headed home.  Larry and I went camping with our son Aaron, his girlfriend Marissa, and with his daughter Kate.  It was actually very nice and the campsites were very nice--we got one of only 2 left.  We stayed at Washoe Lake State Park between Reno and Carson City, Nevada.  We had a beautiful view from our campsite:

Foil dinners and smores around the campfire--pretty darn nice.

Okay, time to party!  Please visit each host's blog for Features--we each choose our own and you don't want to miss out!  Please follow us on social media, too.

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Blueberry cake by Aging Like a Fine Wine looks so yummy! 
Check out this recipe!

Blueberry Cake

Our Unschooling Journey shares a pattern to make a Toothless the Dragon card and it is clever and cute!

This Autoimmune Life has seasonal planner stickers, just perfect for Fall!  I can't believe it's already September!

September 2017 Planner Stickers 

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