Thursday, September 25, 2008

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Recipe Card 2

I would love to be able to add some free graphics to these recipe cards but because of copyright rules I don't have any graphics suitable that I can share, so I'm making the recipe cards so that if anyone wants to add your own graphics you can do so. To download the recipe card without graphics click to enlarge, then right click and "save as" to your computer. I'll be showing my recipe card only as a sample.
graphics by CalroleeJones©pcCrafter





Saturday, September 20, 2008

Christmas Recipe Card 1

I will be adding more recipe cards as the days go by and hopefully I will have enough to make a small Christmas recipe album.
To save a copy click on the image to enlarge, then right click and choose "save as" and save a copy to your computer. The card is made at 300% but when printed out it will be a 4"x6" size.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hoot Owl Calendar

I found these owl graphics at Grandstand Graphics in the Feathers and Wings section. I did tweak some a bit by adding a hat, etc.
I can only share my blank calendar for anyone who wants to use it, but if you decide to use the Grandstand Graphics, before you enter please read the welcome introduction. This will tell you the rules to go by for using those graphics. They are for personal use only! No selling or making money from the use of these graphics. Please abide by these rules to keep this great graphic site free for everyone.
If you want my blank calendar to add your own graphics, right click to save a copy to your computer. The calendar is 8.50 x 11 inches and the resolution is at 100%.
As always, click on the image to enlarge.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Ghost Treat Bag

This bag is made from one piece of black felt, a ghostly shape cut from white felt, and a face made from the same directions as the little ghost pin that I posted earlier. You can see the directions here. I cut the handle from the length of the felt, one half inch wide. I glued the white ghost shape along with the face to the top portion of the bag which is to be the front. Fold that piece of felt and trim the corners to make it into a "U" shape as I did this one or leave it with square corners. You can make the bag as large or small as you want it. I zig zaged a stitch around the edge and at the same time, sewed the handle on. This one will hold several little treats to give. Any child will love it and it is another quick and easy craft.

Monday, September 8, 2008

A frog went a-courtin' and he did ride

A frog went a-courtin' and he did ride, M-hm, M-hm.
A frog went a-courtin' and he did ride.
I don't know about the courtin' thing but he surely did take a ride.

One day last week after a rainy couple of days I went to the supermarket and when I returned home to empty out my van, this is the little surprise I found lurking inside my van door. I'm not sure what you call that part of the van, but it is the part of the van that the rear of the sliding door slams onto when you close it. Poor froggy, I don' know how it survived there without being "squished". It was just clinging on looking pretty scared. I quickly made a b-line to my camera and snapped this picture.
With the help of a rolled up newspaper, I urged the little fellow down and onto the ground. It quickly hopped away and I knew it would be OK.

That brought back the memory of that folksy song I heard so long ago. I couldn't remember the words so I did a search and came up with many versions of the song. The version I remember is the one I've listed below. I do not know who the author is.
One web site I found that has researched the courtin' froggie tune is here at this link.

©jp2008 _________Click photos to enlarge.




A frog went a-courtin' and he did ride, M-hm, M-hm.
A frog went a-courtin' and he did ride,
Sword and pistol by his side, M-hm, M-hm.

He rode up to Miss Mousie's door, M-hm, M-hm,
He rode up to Miss Mousie's door,
Where he'd often been before, M-hm, M-hm.

He said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?" M-hm, M-hm,
He said, "Miss Mouse, are you within?"
"Yes, kind sir, I sit and spin." M-hm, M-hm.

He took Miss Mouse upon his knee, M-hm, M-hm,
He took Miss Mouse upon his knee
Said "Miss Mouse, will you marry me?" M-hm, M-hm.

"Without my Uncle Rat's consent, M-hm, M-hm,
Without my Uncle Rat's consent
I wouldn't marry the President." M-hm, M-hm.

Uncle Rat, he laughed and shook his fat sides, M-hm, M-hm,
Uncle Rat, he laughed and shook his fat sides
To think his niece would be a bride, M-hm, M-hm.

Then Uncle Rat rode off to town, M-hm, M-hm,
Then Uncle Rat rode off to town
To buy his niece a wedding gown, M-hm, M-hm.

"Oh, where will the wedding supper be?" M-hm, M-hm,
"Oh where will the wedding supper be?"
"Way down yonder in the hollow tree." M-hm, M-hm.

The first to come was the little white moth, M-hm, M-hm,
The first to come was the little white moth
She spread out the tablecloth, M-hm, M-hm.

The next to come was the bumblebee, M-hm, M-hm,
The next to come was the bumblebee
Played the fiddle upon his knee, M-hm, M-hm.

The next to come was a little flea, M-hm, M-hm,
The next to come was a little flea
Danced a jig with the bumblebee, M-hm, M-hm.

The next to come was Missus Cow, M-hm, M-hm,
The next to come was Missus Cow
Tried to dance but didn't know how, M-hm, M-hm.

Now Mister Frog was dressed in green, M-hm, M-hm,
Now Mister Frog was dressed in green
Sweet Miss Mouse looked like a queen, M-hm, M-hm.

In slowly walked the Parson Rook, M-hm, M-hm,
In slowly walked the Parson Rook
Under his arm he carried a book, M-hm, M-hm.

They all gathered round the lucky pair, M-hm, M-hm,
They all gathered round the lucky pair
Singing, dancing everywhere, M-hm, M-hm.

Then Frog and Mouse went off to France, M-hm, M-hm,
Then Frog and Mouse went off to France
That's the end of my romance, M-hm, M-hm.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ghost Pin

This is a crafty idea that I had and it turned into a cute little pin. I though I would share how I made these because they would be an easy and fun craft for the kiddies to make with a little adult help.
To make these, you need a white flat marble (found in craft stores), a black permanent felt tip marker, 2 tiny googly eyes, a 2 inch square of white cloth, glue (I use E6000), and a pin for the back.
I pulled a few strands of thread from the edges of the cloth to fringe it a bit. Fold it over from corner to corner to form a triangle. Add a small dot of glue between the inside of the triangle to hold it together.
To make the face, I use an emery board to scuff up the spot where the mouth and eyes will be so the ink and the glue will stick better. I just drew a round or oval shape for the mouth and glued on tiny googly eyes. You could just as well use the ink marker to make the eyes. Let the ink and glue dry. If you have a problem with the ink not sticking, you can spray a light coat of Krylon Fixative on to seal the ink.
Next, glue the head onto the cloth body and glue the pin to the back. That's it.
Instead of making the cloth triangle body, you can cut the body from white felt or white fun foam. Just cut it into a ghostly shape, as I did in the second picture below.






If you wanted to gift these, you could package them in a small zip bag and staple a topper such as the one I made below.