Sunday, March 28, 2010

Oh NO, Locked Keys in Car...

Rut roh, you get out of your car, close your locked door, then you look down on your front seat and what do you see?  Your keys are laying there!

Besides using every *four* letter word known to mankind, *smile* What will you do now?

Have I got the perfect solution for you!

*First*... start by wiping the sweat from your brow.

*Second*... think! Do you have a remote attached to your keys that unlocks your doors? Of course you do!

*Third*... It occurs to you that your partner or friend has the matching remote. This is where it gets easy. Get busy calling your partner or friend. When they answer simply ask them to place the remote by their speaker on the phone, then have them click the unlock button. What did you just hear? Your doors unlocking!

This works wonderful, very much how On Star operates.  Hope you never have to use it, but just in case, I thought I would pass this tip on.

Have an awesome upcoming week!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Yo-Yo Rosettes a Small Bit of History

Recently I have become addicted to making Yo-Yo Rosettes and now making them into barrettes, hair clips and ponytail holders. So of course I just had to know where they originated. It has been so much fun reading their history.

The word Yo-Yo comes from the Filipino word for “come-come” or “return”, and that it was very popular in the 1930-40s.  In the 1920s a man named Pedro Flores brought a Filipino Yo-Yo to the United States. A businessman named Donald Duncan bought the Filipino Yo-Yo Company around 1928. In 1932 Mr. Duncan received a trademark for the word Yo-Yo.

Yo-Yos were popular because women could carry the little circles of fabric with them and make Yo-Yos whenever they had a free moment. 

I vision ladies sitting around in their wonderful Victorian chairs with gas lights or lanterns, chatting about their simple lives and using their scraps of fabric to create these lovelies.

How many hours do you suppose they spent cutting small circles of fabric, then hand stitching them to create beautiful quilts with their rosettes?

Maybe one day I will take up the challenge and create a wonderful quilt that can be handed down.

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Fling March 23rd to March 31st...

Spring is one of my favorite seasons and Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays.

This last week I have been hard at work creating fabric flower button hair clips and ponytail holders with spring colors.  Pinks, purples, yellows and greens.

I have my windows open and letting in all the wonderful weather from outside come inside while I am working.

Because I am feeling soooooo good, I have to pass it on to you.

Are you ready for this?

From March 23rd - March 31st midnight, shipping is included for any items in my Etsy shop.

Yes, you read that right, shipping is on me!  :)

Just mention at checkout "Spring Fling" in message to seller to receive a refund of your shipping fees.  **NOTE:  Offer is valid only when message to seller is left. 


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Incredible Rescue Today of a Stranded Horse Named...


Arizona has received quite a bit of rain in the last couple of weeks. A dry river bed in Buckeye, a suburb of Phoenix, was flooded because of the rain. The water current in the river bed was running fast!

Last Friday three horseback riders went into the river thinking it wasn't deep, they were looking for their dogs that had run off. Unfortunately the river bed was deeper than they thought.

One horse who had been injured while trying to escape the flooded river bed was put down because of the severity of his injuries. A second horse was pulled out of the river that evening. A third horse made it to a sand bar (it's sort of like an island) and has been stranded there since Friday. He spent four very long days on this island, until today.

A crew consisting of Equine Vets and helicopter pilots rescued the horse this morning. It was quite dramatic!

The picture below shows them preparing Colorado for liftoff. They have administered a tranquilizer to help keep him calm, the harness has been attached along with a blindfold over his head.

The following picture shows Colorado on liftoff, you can see the dirty brown water around the island...

Then incredibly he was in the AIR!

How awesome is this? Colorado had a soft, safe landing, YAY!

This story touched so many of us here in the Valley. Thanks to an anonymous donor who paid for the helicopter, Colorado is safe. :)

Wishing all of you a Wonderful day!

Monday, March 15, 2010

St. Patrick's Day and Food...

I wish I could bring you all into my kitchen right now, it is filled with the wonderful aroma of Corn Beef slow cooking in my Crock pot, lucky me I get to smell it ALL day long. YUM! :)

But since I can't bring the awesome aroma to you, I can do the next best thing, and that is to share a recipe with you.

Corn Beef Hash

Corn beef hash is one of my favorite meals to prepare and of course "eat". Prepare a great Sunday morning brunch and serve the hash with eggs, or create a wonderful quick, simple dinner served with a side of salad and garlic toast.

So for the recipe... (Compliments of Martha Stewart)


Serves 4
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 baking potatoes, (about 1 pound), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced corned beef, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Heat oil in a large (12-inch) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add potatoes; cook, turning often, until golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add onion; season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring often, until potatoes and onions are browned, 5 minutes.
  3. Add bell pepper, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook until peppers are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in corned beef and cream until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.
Soooooo.... take your left over Corn Beef this week and bring out the skillet and prepare this awesome dish.

Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hippity Hop Wednesday...

(photo courtesy of Google Images)

Hmmmm... what could this little guy be thinking about?
Such a serious look!

OK, so here is what I am thinking (which by the way could be dangerous when I think, HA!), Wednesday will be post a cutie day of animals found throughout the world.

And since Easter is approaching, how could I not post a bunny?

If you have a cutie living with you and you want to share, please don't hesitate to post in the comments. I would love to see your babies. :)

Have an awesome day everyone!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bridal Lovelies...

June is fast approaching and we all know that Brides love the month of June. The bride would look absolutely fabulous at her wedding wearing this gorgeous hair flower French barrette. White satin and lace, I can't imagine anything more beautiful adorning a bride's hair on her special day.

Maybe the bride needs a lovely small bag to carry her essentials, you know, girlie things like lipstick, blush or possibly a handmade handkerchief. Could this little corset pouch be it?

Both are perfect accessories or as a great gift for the bride, bridesmaid or the flower girls. You can see these lovelies up close and personal by clicking on the photos.

In the coming months I will be posting other lovely Bridal accessories from various Etsy shops. So if you know a bride to be, or "You" are a bride to be, be sure to check back often.

Take care,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Anyone for Lemonade?

First a true confession... I love, love, love lemonade. Addicted? Yup, proud to say I am. So when my husband asked me yesterday if I wanted to make lemonade my response was "heck yaaa!, but I don't have any lemons". Well, the dear husband he is, he had the no lemon situation covered. From behind his back he produced the largest lemon I had ever seen!

He actually brought four of these gigantic lemons home! Problem is, they are so big and awesome, I don't want to cut them. HA! The largest lemon measures 7" long and a 6" diameter. Is that just too unbelievable?!?! I have included in the picture a normal size lemon for comparison. Poor little guy looks lost between the BIG guys.

Well, being the kind of person who has to know the what, why, how etc, I did an internet search for these babies. Using "giant lemons" for a keyword search, I was able to find out just what these big guys are. They are Ponderosa Lemons.

Any suggestions what to do with these? I am leaning towards of course lemonade and maybe some lemon bars? Ok, so now I have made myself thirsty and hungry all in the span of five minutes. :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Feeling Like Summer...

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, could someone tell me when Winter ended and how I managed to miss Spring too? It's been ranging in the mid 70's this week in Phoenix. Oh, I wish we could have had a few more cooler days. It's too early. I actually had to turn my A/C on for a bit yesterday afternoon. Are you jealous? HA!

The tree in my backyard is so confused, poor baby lost his leaves mid-January and new leaves sprouted a week ago.

I have even found myself creating items in summer colors. Living in Arizona does give one reason to be confused.

Take my advice, if you cherish your sanity, don't move to Arizona. :)

Now you ask, why do I live here? I had no choice, being a Native of Arizona, there is no escape. I actually did try to move to Washington state a few years ago, sold my home, rented a moving truck, I was so ready. But it was not to happen. The BIG move landed me three miles down the road in a new home. I am doomed to be here, yuppers, do I sound resigned to that fact? Naw, nevvaa! *smile*

Maybe someday.... a girl can always dream!

Have an awesome day everyone...