Thursday, May 5, 2011

Colored flowers on candle

After trying this technique out in black and white I thought I would step it up a notch and try coloring on my image before doing the transfer. What do you think? I am so happy with how the colors came out!! :)

ABC DT Challenge - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Charisma Cardz - No cards allowed!
Crafty Calendar - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Crafty Sentiments - Flowers
Top Tip Tuesday - Open

I am getting ready to head out of town for the next few days with my mom and sister for Mother's Day weekend. Hope we don't get into too much trouble! LOL! Have a great weekend everyone!!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Backpacking Adventure! Photo Heavy!

Here are some pictures from our most recent backpacking trip. We hike in Hoosier National Forest near Bloomington. We park our car in a lot next to a lookout tower and then we take off from there into the mighty forest! The area where we go is approx. 13,000 acres....yes that is alot of trees!!

Here you can see our "bench" next to the firepit. Also our backpacks that we carry with everything we need inside them. Can you tell which one is mine? LOL! Even though it is small I think it still weighs around 35 pounds...hubbies is about twice the size of mine. Doesn't sound like much but try carrying it for hours going up and down hills! Starts feeling like a ton!

Since carrying everything can get pretty heavy a backpackers goal is to cut back on weight whenever possible so that is where this tiny tent comes in handy. It is barely big enough for both of us but it works.

The next morning we woke up to a temperature of 32 degrees F. Right at freezing and so glad I wore several layers including my long johns! I felt good as long as I kept moving! So we took off hiking in search of mushrooms (wild morels) and geocaches. For those of you that aren't aware of what geocaching is and would like to know please click HERE.

The geocache I found was under a rock.

The geocache hubby found was in a tree hole.

*Some people don't trade but I like to do that so we have a stash of goodies we bring along....this trip I was able to collect a nice lock with key AND a brand new pocket knife still in the packaging! SCORE!!! That is not typical though...we usually only find tiny trinkets like litte kids toys, keychains, bottlecaps....whatever we can find in our junk drawers! LOL!*

It was an excellent year for mushroom hunting!! We found over 350 in ONE DAY!! This is a picture of about 450 wild morels....YUM! And yes, I carried these bags in my hands for miles while hiking...I didn't want anything to happen to them. Very protective of my prized vittles! LMAO!

We were getting hungry and decided to stop for lunch. We found a nice big tree down that we used as a "table/kitchen".

And this is our lunch....thank goodness for dehydrated food!! Add hot water and your good to go! Plus we decided to enjoy some of our hard work and eat a few fresh mushrooms. Those took a bit more work but well worth the effort!

During our hike we found some tree sapling huts. Very interesting! Not exactly sure if they are used and get covered or if people make them to pass the time? Either way I thought they were pretty cool!

Bark falling off a tree....makes a neat picture doesn't it?

Here I am showing off two MONSTER sized mushrooms that I found....they were HUGE compared to what we normally find! This was on our way hiking out of the forest....time to head home.

This was one of the best trips EVER!! Peaceful, relaxing, fun and the perfect weather without bugs driving us nuts!! Hope you have enjoyed seeing some pics of our backpacking adventure!

The last of the graduation party scrap pages!!

I wish you could see some of the facial expressions....especially on the last scrap page! They were hilarious....just use your imagination! LOL!

Thanks for looking at all my scrap pages! I appreciate all the comments you leave for me...they really brighten my day! :)


Smarty Pants and Friends

A few of the younger kids having was being a complete smarty pants with her ATTITUDE!! LOL!

Here my nephew and I are just hanging out with his friends. I'm the "COOL" Aunt so I get the privilege of talking with the teens! :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Egg In The Hole!

Did that title get your attention? LMAO! Welcome back to another Tasty Tuesday!

This is a dish my friends mom used to make for us when I was younger. I stayed over at their house many of nights and almost every morning we would get these!

The recipe is simple! Butter a piece of bread on both sides and cut out a circle in the middle (I just turn a glass upside down, press and twist). Throw it in a hot skillet and then crack an egg to put in the hole. I break my yolks cause I don't like them runny but you can leave them whole too. Add a dash of salt and pepper. The top ones have more than a dash but those were for hubby...I don't like as much pepper as he does! Once the bottom is golden brown flip and cook the other side. I also use the little circles that I cut out and add a cinnamon/sugar mixture to them. Kind of a sweet morning treat!

Let me know if you make these and what you think! Good ole' southern comfort food....without the liquor! LOL!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

More Family Scrap Pages

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I wanted to thank all of you that sent me well wishes on my foot....I seem to be healing very quickly!

Some of you have asked how the booth sale went...I am sad to report neither of us sold very much. There were not very many shoppers. They said this is the slowest it has ever been and I do think the raising gas prices, the state of the economy and our weather has alot to do with it! But, even though my mom and I didn't get rich we still learned a bit about how these sales work and gained some experience!

Today I have a few more scrap pages to show you. This is still a continuation of the scrapbook I gave to my nephew in February. I feel odd blurring all the faces because I do not have their permission to post on the internet...kind of creepy looking if you ask me! LOL! These family members are on my brother in-laws side of the family. I only have about 5 more pages to share so hopefully I can get that done this week!

*On the bottom right of each page I stamped "Family" but it is very hard to see*