Friday, May 25, 2012

"Thank You" to those who have served!

 

Memorial Day is Monday & I thought it appropriate to honor those who have served! It is because of them that we have our freedoms! I'd like to give a shout out to my WONDERFUL husband! He is a Disabled Veteran. I didn't even know him when he was in the service so I wasn't apart of the time he served, the woman sitting at home waiting for her husband to return & wondering if he would! My husband served during the Grenada Invasion.  I've heard him talk of the time he served, see the damage that his body has taken, see whether people appreciate his service....! He, like many others of our Service Men & Women are humble & don't seek recognition! But, I HAVE TO say, we can NEVER tell them "Thank You" enough! So, to ALL Service Men & Women, "THANK YOU for your service to our Nation & to us personally! With out your service, we would not have the life we have!"                                                                  

Here is a card I made quite awhile back. It's never been published before. I made this card to be sent to our Service Men/Women as a Thank You for your service! It is made with a SU set that I hated to see go!( It is retired.) The verse inside is so TRUE & is a VERY BEAUTIFUL & SPIRITUAL verse  at the same time! It is, "What LOVE is to the HEART, LIBERTY is to the SOUL." The image was colored in with Dick Blick colored Pencils. I did a watermark on the card base--stars, not sure if you can see them. The punches on the front are SU & the verse on the front is SU-Short & Sweet. It's a simply made card. If you haven't told a Service Man or Woman "Thank You" lately, please be sure you do this weekend!

I haven't forgotten about the tea cup template for those of you that are wanting it! I am busy working on it to refine &  improve it for you! AND add some other goodies for you to go with it! Thank you for your patience! I think you'll be pleased when it finally makes it's grand appearance! :)  

Monday, May 21, 2012

TAKING THE PLUNGE!



I'm doing the thing I said I'd NEVER DO! Start a blog!!!! Somewhere along the path of visiting others blogs I was bitten! I live quietly in a place of beauty & wide open spaces! It's a place I know the Lord brought us to! Just like you, I look for a place to share & make friends. So here I am! The computer is a place out of my comfort zone, but sometimes, many times it's in those places we grow! So, I've taken the plunge! I thought the time was right to begin as something fun happened! I found a "Virtual Tea Party" over at Splitcoasters.com for last Saturday! I was ecstatic! Knowing I could find some friends there & do something I love! Papercrafts & Tea! What FUN! We were supposed to create something Tea themed for the party. So, I pulled something out of my head that I'd had tucked away! A Paper Tea Cup & Saucer! I am NO math wiz! Believe me!!!!! I didn't even have the proper tools for this, BUT I had a pencil & paper! (I guess this shows, where's there a will, there's a way!) I know there are others out there that can do this quicker & probably better! It took me DAYS to create the template! But, I had fun doing it! And I had such a positive response to them! I wanted to share with more people! I hope to share my template with you sometime in the future!  So, here's my first try!
My inspiration was Lomonosov china! I LOVE the blue & white & the gold just makes it look elegant!  I thought the handle looked a little wonky, so I reworked the handle & here is my second try!
I LOVE PINK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And of course, it had to have gold too! There's just SOMETHING about pink china! And lastly, I had to do another blue & white set!
Leaving a little more white showing...this one too is like Lomonosov china. If you're a Stampin Up lover, you'll notice the stamps I used! The first cup I used: Carte Postale (retired), the second cup (pink) I used Elements of Style, & lastly Fresh Vintage. I also used a gold Krylon Pen which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE & would recommend on any project that you want to be just a little elegant! Hope you like!

I thought since these little cups were the very thing that spurred me to take the plunge, I would add a Tea time recipe for you to enjoy! How about some Buttermilk Scones?
BUTTERMILK SCONES
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. cream of tartar
1/2 t. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 c. raisins (optional)
1/4 c.to 1/3 c. buttermilk
Egg Wash
Demerara Cane Sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, stir flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, & sugar together until well blended. Using a pastry cutter, blend in the pieces of butter till mix looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in the raisins & add buttermilk. Stirring in just until the mixture is moist enough to cling together. (Over blending & too much liquid will result in tough scones!)

Place ball of dough onto your baking sheet. (I like to use stoneware) And flatten out the dough, then cut the dough into equal wedges. (Dough should be about 1/2 inch thick.) Move the wedges about 1 inch apart. Brush with the egg wash ( 1 egg & 1 T. water mixed). Then sprinkle on the Demerara Sugar. Bake for 15-20 mins. or until golden brown. Serve warm. Can serve these with warm honey butter.
(Will make 10-12 scones)

This recipe is from Sharon O'Connor's Menus & Music
AFTERNOON TEA SERENADE

I think you'll think,  you've died & gone to heaven with one bite of these scones! Using real butter is the key! ENJOY! :)