Sunday, November 7, 2010

7 on Sunday

1. Not a good weekend for my favorite NFL and NCAA football teams. Both lost games they should have won. Mizzou just looked horrible after the first quarter. Didn't get to watch the Chiefs, but from all I've read it was ugly all around.

2. Short week for us school wise this week. Friday is Parent/Teacher conferences so no school. However, I got lucky and our P/T is Thursday. Can't wait to hear what their teachers have to say.

3. Got to see my brother Friday night. The kids love having him around, so I'm really hoping he decides to go to Mizzou next year. Audrey cried and cried when he left Saturday morning. The 2 of them have a crazy bond, she thinks he walks on water and hung the moon and he pretty much feels the same about her.

4. I miss sewing. Haven't sewn much lately and thinking this week I'm dragging my machine out and doing some major sewing.

5. Finally got around to making a facebook page for Pink Owl Designs. Please go over and like my page. Hope to get lots more pictures up on it this week. Also have decided to just post the Handmade Gift Ideas on my Pink Owl Blog, so if you want to keep up on them, make sure you visit it.

6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this advent calendar idea from Ali Edwards. I am so going to do something like this.
We have an advent that you take a piece of candy off each day, one that you flip over a different piece each day and it makes a whole nativity scene. I also have one sitting under my desk ready to make that I think I'm going to make for myself of photos to take each day. Also my mom always gets something for the kids, Audrey usually gets a Littlest Pet Shop one and Dart until last year always got the Lego one. Now he's decided he is too big for Lego's, so last year my mom got him the "We wish you a Merry Christmas" game for the Wii that has something you can unlock each day. I think this year she is getting him a Charlie Brown Christmas board game. We love games and Snoopy so I can't wait. Also thought about wrapping 24 books to be opened each day ending with 'Twas the Night before Christmas. So many ideas, I need to get started NOW!

7. So thankful for that extra hour of sleep today. I needed it I guess since I didn't wake up until 10:45. Can't remember the last time I slept that late or anywhere near that late. Felt good though.

Hope everyone has a great week. Will be back tomorrow with Make it Monday. Also working on something new for Friday's.

Day 7 of 25 Handmade Gifts to Give

So today's is a bit different. The finished project can be handmade, but my gift today is pictures. As I said before I LOVE pictures, my husband is a video kind of guy, but me it's all about pictures. I am a huge believer in a picture is worth a thousand words. Having lost 3 VERY important people in my life, I love having pictures of them to look back on.

So what can you do with a picture or pictures aside from the basic album/scrapbook:
1. Make a video. I love putting pictures to music and making slide shows. I don't have a fancy Mac(it's on my someday list), but I have found using Movie Maker in Windows works fine for me.
2. T-shirts, I think most grandparents would love to have a shirt with their sweet angels on it.
3. Home Decor-canvases, frames, wall hangings, etc. I have 2 pieces done on canvases and another canvas to use. I decorated the base of the canvas with pattern paper, embellished just like I would a scrapbook page and added the pictures. One even has a doll on it, dressed like an angel for our angel.
4. Quilt. A few years ago we made a quilt for my grandparents with everyone's picture on it. It hangs above their stairs for everyone to see. It was not as complicated as you might think either.
5. Calendars. So many make your own calendar kits out there and so many photo printing sites offer calendars as well. Great for grandparents. 

With the changes in technology printing pictures to add to different mediums is easier than ever.

I am sure this picture of Audrey will be appearing in some gifts I am making this year.

Soup on Sunday

Yahoo, actually getting this done on Sunday. That extra hour is working in my favor today. Today's soup is one of my favorite soups, but one that is hard to find that is good. 

Hearty Minestrone Soup
Taste of Home Heartwarming Soups

1 pound bulk sausage
2 cups sliced celery
1 cup chopped onion
6 cups chopped zucchini
1 can(28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups chopped green pepper
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder

In large saucepan brown the sausage. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towel to drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings for 5 minutes.
Add sausage and remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

9 servings
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