Yes, another recycled craft–when will it end?

Wine bottles, leftover craft paint, and some yard sale candles.

Oh, and I didn’t write the heading for this post–Jabber did.  And the answer is:  NEVER.

(Idea from Pinterest)

The Laundry is DONE; On to Little Vegetables

And I’m the only one with the courage to share my ‘dirty laundry’?  Cowards!

Ok, enough of that topic.  It’s on to the next.  It’s the Thursday before Easter.  What else would I be doing but making little teeny, tiny vegetables?  I mean, what else do people do the Thursday before Easter?

These are for the Peter Rabbit cake I make every year.  Go here to see the recipe:

This year I used this to make the vegetables:

I was unable to locate the Marzipan, but this works very well.  One package made all the vegetables and some dough leftover.  I tinted it with food coloring.

So with the vegetables done, it was time to make the cake, which is cooling right now.  (The recipe and all the instructions can be found on the above referenced website.)  A trip to various stores to get in supplies, a few trips in and out of the house for Miss Poppy’s enjoyment, and that’s what I’ve done all day long.  How about you?

Meanwhile, the Poodlette is having a grand time now and again with her friends:

Above, entertaining Granddaughter

And, of course, TMWLH is back to his role as ‘dog walker extra-ordinaire” which makes him and the Poodlette very happy.


And  me too, by the way.

We are feeling more SECURE now as Miss Poppy has learned that if a strange person comes to the door, it is important to sound the alarm.  So she runs to the kitchen, far away from the front door, and barks.  Better than no alarm at all.  And, she’s not yet 5 months old.

Good Friday is tomorrow.  I do wish every one of you a very happy weekend and a Hoppy Easter.  I hope you spend your time with family and friends and that Mr. Rabbit delivers some Easter eggs and candy to your house.



Last Year’s Open House Invitations

I had promised to show you, then I think I got busy and forgot–so here they are with instructions.

The theme was Holiday Movies.  Since popcorn is one of the treats available at the movies, the invitations were popcorn boxes with faux popcorn and invitation tags.

Go to the internet and print out the popcorn boxes here:

Print out on heavier craft paper.  Cut out around the outside with an X-acto knife and then score all the places you will need to fold.  Using a glue stick, fold the tab and bottom portions, adding glue to adhere.  You will have a nice looking popcorn box!  Now, what do you do for the popcorn?

One idea is to use REAL popcorn and that would definitely work.  But I decided to use Styrofoam pellets and shape them into popcorn, secure them inside the container, and then lightly dab on some yellow craft paint as ‘butter.’  (Before you secure the popcorn, make sure that the ticket sleeves–see below!–will slip in and out of the popcorn box.  You will not want to glue the popcorn to one side of the box.)

“Popcorn” from Styrofoam peanut.

Box of Styrofoam peanuts–I made 50 invitations so I used up almost all of these.

I inserted some heavier cardboard in the bottom to hold the shape of the popcorn box so it would stand on its own.  Then, I stuffed in some newspaper and finally adhered the ‘popcorn’ in the top 1/3 of the box with white glue.  These take a while to dry, so I allowed them to sit overnight before dabbing on some yellow paint for the butter effect.

Popcorn box with drying ‘popcorn’

Be sure to leave one side of the box unglued so the sleeves will slip up and down into the box–see below!

Next, I made the tags I would attach with the invitation information.  I cut more craft paper into ‘cards’ about 4 by 5 inches, then strips of stripped paper to place across the tags.  I adhered these with a glue stick.

Next, I printed out small popcorn box ‘stickers’ and the actual invitation information on white paper.  (Each printed separately. You will want to adhere the white printed information onto a larger colorful piece and then onto the green 4 by 5 inch card.)  Finally, you will cut out and attach the popcorn box ‘stickers’ on the card for decoration.

Note the ‘tickets’ sticking out of the top of the popcorn box?

You can print out the ‘tickets’ which are blank from on line. Just look up movie ticket templates and you should be able to find them. I adhered them to heavier craft paper and cut them out together (I used craft scissors so they have a zig-zag edge). I included all the information for the invitation on these in the spaces provided. For the ticket sleeves, I measured the size of the tickets, then made them twice as wide and a little bit longer, folding them (and adhering them) with a glue stick. The tickets slipped inside the sleeves and I inserted them into the side of the popcorn boxes for a little more ‘reality.’

Popcorn boxes ready to be wrapped in cellophane. Note the ticket sleeves in each of the boxes.

Finally, wrap your boxes with clear cellophane,, secure at the top with a ribbon, and attach your tag invitation.  Hand deliver, of course!

For a little added ‘oomph’ to your Christmas Movie Trees decorations at the party, spray paint some old trophies gold and attach awards to each ‘Oscar.”

Here is one of the Oscars awarded last Holiday Season!

And, if you are really fortunate, you will locate a larger blow-up Oscar which you may place right next to your entryway!  (Mine was from a yard sale–where else?!)

Blow up Oscar!

Movie Themed Christmas Trees–Nutcracker Prince and Grinch


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The skirt to the Nutcracker Prince tree is a black crinoline edged with ribbon (crinoline found at a yard sale—where else?).


Christmas Movie Themed Trees–Frosty the Snowman and The Polar Express






In Which Yard Sale Treasures Are Named

Because I had to do something to make this post a little more interesting.  That’s why.

Here are some photos of yard sale finds (repeat the mantra, “You Can find ANYTHING at a yard sale.”)

Because my photos are such masterpieces, I have given them names.  You know, in case they wind up in some art gallery.  Somewhere.  On another planet.



This masterpiece is called “Yard Sale Seller with Large Head.”

The one below is called Urning for Coffee”—(get it?  “urning for coffee”?  Oh never mind.)


Actually, it’s a coffee server. It doesn’t actually make any coffee.  It holds the coffee.  Yours for only $10.  New!  Never used!  (There is a lesson here……)

Now, here is a find, a real treasure.  Or it will be when Racer Daughter gets through with it:



“Tool Box With Patina”

And, something for moi.  This will be hung over a small table on the deck.  Candles will be inserted and lit for ambience.  (Well, yes, it is nothing if it is not ambient.  I like big words.  What can I say?)



Two demitasse cups and saucers, Rose Minton pattern, $2 each.  Just so happens Racer Daughter has a set of Rose Minton.  These are very old dishes, from maybe the 1920’s or 1930’s.

  “Cups and Saucers”

(I am nothing if not creative.)

“You are not creative.”  Jabber interjected here.


Finally, a mystery find.  You WILL see her again at Holiday Time.  She cost $1.  And yes, she did have clothes, but I took them off.  She will have new clothes!


Isabella.  She will be playing the role of Natalie.

“Oh no,” Jabber groaned, “Another mannequin?  You haven’t even learned how to spell mannequin ‘cause auto correct always says your spelling is wrong.’

Yes.  This is true.  But I’ll continue to work on it.

Peter Rabbit Garden Cake this year

I made the carrot cake again this year and topped it with Marzipan vegetables and bunnies.  This year’s “Peter Rabbit” cake:






For directions, go here:

An Actual ‘how to’ post!

“Oh, alright, alright, alright already!  You guys just don’t stop, do you?  You want to know about some of the things I made for gifts this year, huh?  Well, not that many, but a few………” Jabber exclaimed, “So, I’ll show you one way to personalize a gift.  Maybe you can figure out how to use the idea for next year for somebody.  Or somebodies.  Or whatever……”

Racer Daughter and CCQ Daughter do a lot for their mother, the elderly 111 year old who pretends to write this bog blog.  And so does Son.  (No, not pretend to write THIS bog, Son has his own bog to write.  He doesn’t write this bog, he contributes at times, but doesn’t write it…….)  (Oh, and no, I’m not going back to cross out all the bogs and put in ‘blogs’ ‘cause I know you know what I mean.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t be weeding this, right?)  Okay, so……

I decided to personalize a couple of gifts.  For Daughters, but not Son who got, after all, the bestest gift ever of a lifetime with that beautiful dual Tiger clock which I KNOW he cherishes, so……..had to be even-handed here with the Daughters, you know………..

Very simple idea, but you’ve got to have something TO personalize.  Oh okay, no you don’t.

Racer Daughter loves all things country-ish and antique-ish.  She and her friend, Casey, have their own lil’ business called—take a look—and these items were right up her alley.  I found some metal display stands which tilt up to stand at an angle and once held spices.  The little canisters are round and the transparent lids are removable.


‘Course, I got them at a yard sale.  For not very much money, but they were fun and interesting and would hold any number of craft-type items from stickers to tacks.  The bottoms had a simple round magnet attached (which needed a bit of regluing for some of them). 

I printed some of these from the website:

image  and I cut them out.

Onto each one, I printed a ‘gift’—some funny, some sincere, all do-able within the next year (actually, I didn’t place a time limit on them).


I also included dinners, child transportation, etc. as ‘gifts’ as these are the things which Racer Daughter really needs.  I placed one ‘gift’ into several of the little canisters.


Into other canisters, I placed wine corks which she collects and displays in large apothecary-type jars in her kitchen.  (Note:  I am not sure how many bottles of wine Lil’ Baby has drunk, but suffice it to say, she contributed to the wine corks.  See previous post.)



A metal wire basket was also a yard sale find.  Along with it I placed a metal/copper ladle, an old hand beater (the type you crank), an old shoe ‘tree’ (just one) which are more or less artifacts or items of interest and I’ll bet she finds something interesting to do with them, too!  I stacked up the little canisters in the basket, placed the Saran-wrapped metal stands (to hold them in place) beneath it, and then wrapped it all up in cellophane.




The tag is, of course, a recycled card.  Security insisted I use it.

There.  Personalized gift!  You can do this with about anything and it makes a gift more special.

For CCQ Daughter, Granddaughter helped me with the purchase of baking items she needed.  These included cookie sheets, hand towels for the kitchen, cake pans, that sort of thing.  I added two old-fashioned glass containers (yard sale treasures!) and into one chocolate ‘kisses’ and coupons personalized for her with the package.  The other container had some gourmet coffee.  On top of both of the glass containers, I taped a label I’d printed and cut out (  Placing the cookie sheets on the bottom, I added the other items, covering them with the kitchen towels, and added the ‘coupons’ specially thought out for her.  This was all wrapped up with a large piece of cellophane and a big burlap bow. 



“I don’ mean to be MEAN or anythin’, but, you ARE 111 and the idea of takin’ up rappin’ on this blog is a lil’ peculiar for you, isn’t it?  I mean, you can’t even put together a rhyme affer you’ve worked on it all day, so how you gonna’ make up rhymes to music beats on –the-spot?” Jabber contemplated outloud, not so gently…..

She can be an idjit sometimes.

WRAPPING PACKAGES AND PRESENTS!  That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout here!  WRAPPING!

“Sorta’ waited to the last minute, didn’ you?”

No.  Didn’t.  Planning ahead, too……

You all know about wrapping packages with comic pages or newspaper pages, but there are other ideas on how to use items for wrapping you already have on hand.

Reminders:  If you HAVE to buy new paper and supplies each year, buy wrapping paper at the after Christmas sales.  Also stock up on ribbon and any other items you know you’ll be using next year. 

If you go to yard sales consistently, you will often find rolls of wrapping paper at very discounted prices.  I purchase wrapping paper at yard sales along with lots of ribbon.  And gift bags—stock up!  Once I purchased a huge box of unopened tags—the person had been in retail sales, evidently—and shared it with family and friends.  I have enough tags to use for the next ten years and so do they.  Cost?  $5  If you don’t believe the savings here, go price tags at the store!

Here are some fantastic ideas (not mine, I read about them so I’m passing them along to you):

After all that unwrapping is done, you can do this with your torn wrapping paper:



2.  Put it through your shredder!



3.  You now have a colorful pile of shredded paper which you can use at the bottom of baskets as ‘filler’ or you can use for packing delicate items or even, if you want, for packing up your Christmas ornaments which need special care.


Why didn’t I think of that?









If you have Grandkids old enough to do this (and not ruin your shredder), this is a good, short-term project for them!  You were only going to THROW IT AWAY WEREN’T YOU?  Yep!

Here are some more ideas, courtesy of TipHero which linked to these:

1.  How to make a gift bag out of magazine page

2.  How to make a gift bow out of a magazine page


Save the tissue paper, too, when you unwrap gifts.  I use it to pack up delicate Christmas ornaments.  If it is in good shape, I’ve been known to IRON out sheets of tissue paper, carefully fold and store and reuse for another gift.  This works exceptionally well with gift bags.

Ribbon:  It really goes without saying, save the ribbon if it is nice.  I reuse ribbon for years, organizing it according to color and storing it in baskets in my craft room.

Gift Bags:  Carefully fold and store.  Christmas comes every single year on December 25.  You’ll use them again and save a bundle.

Yeah, I know.  I’m a little bit OCD.  But in this case, you are saving yourself some big bucks on items which you’d otherwise throw out, have a variety of wrapping items to choose from in the future, and helping the environment.  Make an effort!   Get a tiny bit organized and tell your family and friends to save the wrapping and bows for you.  You really will be glad you did.

And if you have a bit of time, try making a bow out of a magazine page. 

Happy Wrapping!



“Southern Fried Patinas?” asked Jabberwocky—she isn’t ‘up’ on things. 

But I know YOU are!  (Or you will be, just very shortly….read on…..)

And so are these gals—‘up on things’!  Take a look at their website.  Then go visit their booth…it’s in Bellevue!

And, if you are planning a renovation of some sort for your home, these are the women who can make your dreams come true.  They’ll give you great advice, new ideas, a warm stylin’ for your home!  And they’ve got the expertise to make your decorating ideas become reality. 

With a dose of Southern charm.


You want to know who they are, don’t you?

Well….Jessica is my daughter.  Casey is her friend.

They really do have style, southern charm, and expertise.  And they really do have cute things they’ve repurposed, refreshed, remade.  They really HAVE redone rooms and restyled homes, and not just their own, neither!  And I’m not sayin’ that just ‘cause I’m her Momma!  I’m sayin’ it ‘cause sometimes Jabber DOES make sense!  And I know how you all listen to Jabber………….)

Go on, click on the link and take a look!

(Oh, yes, yes.  This announcement is an unsolicited, unpaid, but very sincere post.)

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