Please read my Rantings from a Crazy Person

So as most of you know my hubba has been gone : ( This I must say is sad, and amazing : ) First I'll say I love my husband he allows me to have some time to myself without the kids and sometimes when I do get the urge to clean (which in itself is a miracle) he takes the kids OUT of the house so I can do just that. BUT MAN it's been sooo nice having no where near as much laundry to do, no where near as much dirty dishes and the house stays relatively cleaner...until last week....you may all remember my closet madness, well I'm delighted to say (BAHAHA yeah right) it's still not done! And now because I didn't finish that I decided to pull off another project. I must say at times I'm pretty "unintelligent". NOW my sons birthday is tomorrow my house is completly ripped apart...and I have to stay up all night to clean it. YAY ME...boooooooo.

Terry please come home......

So there that was my sad story and no he's not coming home for those of you who are wondering. He is coming for a visit on the weekend before returning back to the "take your spouse away to learn stupid stuff course" for another 2 weeks....but thanks for nothing that's two days too late!

On a plus note I got two wonderful packages in the mail today. One from my US swap buddy full off tons of US catalogue and one from my printing company (also US).
Note to you US followers....it's no wonder you all have such amazing things on your blogs. Apart from being totally creative you also have AMAZING inspiration cataloges PB, Ballard, Hanna Anderrson, CW kids, I could go on and on. I was buried for hours in them. My creative juices are flowing like crazy. Can't wait until this week is over with the Birthday and Halloween out of the way I'm bound to have time to whip some inspirational stuff up!

Keep your Eyes Peeled!



I've been sick and lazy this week so my posts and my goals have been put on the back burner.
SPEAKING OF BACK BURNERS though...I made something Yummy today !

E.D Smith Pumpkin Muffins stuffed with Cream Cheese Icing...mmmmmmm
I want to share the recipe with you as well as how I made them.

NOW keep in mind this was an after thought when I woke up this morning so my photos won't look exactly like I describe in the recipe (in other words: no pumpkin seeds)

To start you will need....

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (also known to me as - 1 tsp of cinnamon 1/2 nutmeg & 1/2 ginger)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup Veg oil
1/2 cup buttermilk



Icing Stuffing:
1/2 pkg (8oz./250 g) cream cheese, softened
1/2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup icing sugar

Next follow these instructions:

preheat oven to 375 F

Next add all of your dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Leave enough pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on top of the muffins once they are in the muffin tray.

If you only have enough to sprinkle on top SAVE THEM

Then whisk your eggs in a smaller bowl and add the wet ingredients to that.

Finally combine and mix.

Fill paper cups until they are almost at the top (I did not use cups, I don't like the waste of paper unless it's for something special)

Sprinkle remaining pumpkin seeds on top of the batter

Bake for 25 Mins or until cake stick tells you they are read...I use tooth picks!

Finally while they are baking prepare your Icing. To do this you add all ingredients together and fill an icing bag with it. When muffins come out...while they are still a bit warm, stick the icing bag tip into the muffin and squeeze slowly pull it out until the icing peeks at the top...

*if you don't have buttermilk add 1 tsp of lemon juice in a measuring cup and then continue to poor milk in until it hits the 1/2 c. mark. Let it sit for 5 - 10 mins, give a quick stir and WAHLA!*


Have a great day everyone!


Light at the End of a Tunnel

If you folks don't hear from me in a while it's because I've gotten lost inside my mess of a closet.

I'm serious...and even though I'm embarrassed to show you it, I'm going to anyway...why?
In the end when it's all nice and clean...or something like it, I will be proud to show you just how hard I worked!
This is actually a picture of AFTER I cleaned out the floor a bit...and the back shelves..oooh this is so very shameful.

This is some of the stuff I pulled off the floor of the closet!

I did do some more laundry today like my tasking said, but didn't get it quite put away. I'll do that before bed tonight.

Tomorrow....More closet and possibly some shopping for material.


My Competed Tasks Are:

So today I took out all the winter / fall jackets and clothes and put away all the spring and summer clothes that will still fit them next year...then I put the rest in a bag to donate (which I will deliver tomorrow)

though this is not my actually house this is what it looked like at the time of the event

I did two loads of laundry and folded them YUCK...

I went to the Dollar Store and bought needless Halloween decorations, and then bought bright orange yarn at Michaels to knit hunting mitts for the hubba for when he gets home off course.


I did go to the ReStore and no molding, no paint and no rollar shades.
so all in all my day went great NOT and I got lots done NOT but tomorrow will be a better day! YOT.
aaaaanndddd I mowed the lawn!

I also got a surprise gift card for my PartyLite! wahhhhoooo!
What will I buy???


More Laundry
Beginning to clean out Master Closet (this in it's own should be a month long process)


Totally Slack...

So yes it's true...I have been totally slacking on my blog posts. It's only because I've been so busy with my photography these days. This is the worst time of year for me to get anything done because people are requesting me left and right....However my blog posts are not the only thing I've been neglecting. I haven't done much around the house these days either to get ready for the colder weather or craft wise...I need to get on the ball....Soo....since my photo session madness has come to a slow down, I'm giving myself challenges every day to complete. YOU my friends will be my motivation to finish them.

From day to day I will have to alter or |remake| my list, only because I'm on my own these days with the hubba away on course and with kids nothing is a sure thing.
Here's a list of things I hope to achieve (weather and money permitting)

- Clean out dressers from summer clothes to fall/winter
- Find curtains or material and make curtains for dining room (fall/winter weight)
- Buy baseboard heater for living room and dining room
- Buy baseboard molding for living room
- Buy semigloss white paint for trim
- Buy top molding for Living Room
- Buy two rollar shades for Living Room
- Make a few Mercury Glass vases or holders
- Mow Grass and Rake Lawn
- Price facia for around house
- Install new to us patio door
- create 3 prints to order for dining room
- Hang up Sticker in Craft Room
- Clean out Craft room

Ok I think that's a long enough list for now...NOW challenge starts tomorrow I will keep you all posted and updated with photos...feel free to do the same and join me on this journey! Each day I will do my post of what I did that day and each day I will let you know what my following days job will be.

Tomorrows journey includes:

Cleaning out all the closets and drawers to fill them with fall / winter clothes
& if there is time going browsing at the Re store for some molding, roller blinds & / or cheap paint!


Fall Photo Licious...and how tos

These First bit of Photos are from my Entryway: With a little inexpensive way to dazzle!

The vase close up was decorated with acorns that I picked off a tree and the park...shhhhh cause I don't think I am suppose to have them....And the pine cones I got there too. The candle is a coffee candle from the dollar store and the reed diffuser and vase holder are from Party Lite....ahhhhh Party Lite...how I love everything you have! Although I'm just noticing from the photo it might be a little full cause the top isn't level...guess I'll have to smush it more. So since I already had the diffuser and the vase holder...and you can use other things you have around your house to get this similar effect...my total cost was 0.00 for this lil diddy.

What's this?

This is an arrangement that cost me....you guessed it 0.00. I went outside into my side ditch...you can find the same stuff just where ever on the side of the road, in your ditch, neighbours ditches (hehee) Bring a pair of scissors and cut the hay/tall grass at one of the joints...yes they have joints (or at least that's what I call them)...get a bunch...a whole bunch...I would have liked more but ran out of my supply, until I can raid the ditch of someone else...shhhhhh. Then I got some extra ribbon from my stash and this is what you get when you put them together.

Just Lovely isn't it? I think so too...just don't look at the side wall not done yet and omit the mess of shoes I need to side up and de-clutter and it looks like a magazine. Bahahaahaaa.

Next up we have some more Dollar Store Craftiness. Did you know Craftiness IS a real word...seriously it didn't put red lines under my spell checker...just thought you'd like to know.
Of course you've all seen my Dollar Store Wire Pumpkins...they were featured on an amazing Craft Site...you can check out the tute on how to do them HERE and the site they were featured on HERE.

And my Candle Stick Hurricane Candle Holders ... the tute for these can be found HERE...and yes I am aware one of my candle sticks is missing a ribbon...you can talk to my son about that.
Also tied into the mix are some party lite tea lights, and a white PL oil burner with Pinecones and bows decorated on it and a bowl of scented STUFF (pinecones, etc.) Glass balls I got on sale at Walmart after Christmas last year for 75% off I think they cost me 1.50 Mercury Vots. and a glass mercury ball I ALSO got on sale after Christmas at Home Hardware and lastly a table runner I made with scrap material.

A really Simple yet stunning table top Decor...there's a brown ball missing from my son who again you can talk to about stealing my stuff.
The Balls were from the dollar store the large one I think was 1.50 I got it in the summer. I got the other three (2) from a friend because they came in packs of two for a dollar so I got the extra of each color! WHOOHOOO for free stuff!. I tied raffia around an old yardsale candle...which was also in an older post from the summer and stuck some FREE cause they are off my front yard...leaves into the raffia. I think it looks just so sweet.

And though it is in the lower photo these pumpkins are not staying on my coffee table. I have seen some VERY cute topiaries around blog land that I am trying to recreate with these that I bought years ago at Walmart. I'm showing you this photo because I wanted to show you my new wall hangings...yes they are done being painted and are hung up nicely I think....what do you think? Not bad for 5.00. And look...there's mr Banjo lying on the couch...aweee

This sits on my table at the far end of my sofa. Pinecones...free orange berries...1.00 at the...you guessed it....dollar store. There's even a small wasp nest my hubba found outside the other day.
And the tray also 1.00 at the DS I just roughly painted it white...surprised? Really though, what other color would I use.

And this piece below....PARTY LITE...hehee...but really though folks...this piece I LOVE and...it's a host special this month if you book a show...there's a set of three...I just have the one :( The photo doesn't quite do it justice...but with my dark walls it was hard to get a real good photo...well that's just an excuse...I was just lazy.

Well Folks that's it...but I will leave you with one more photo...we went picking pumpkins the other day and I just HAD to take a photo of just a PART of the pumpkin patch...because I was sooo blown away but the THOUSANDS of pumpkins.

Look at em all! the wrapped all around the parking lot and around the large gazebo that I'm standing beside to take the photo, on all sides, and then across to the other side of the parking lot...it was amazing! My daughter's head looks so small in this photo she's become one of the pumpkins in the patch