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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Clouds come floating

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore

Spring, Storms and Snow

 Last Saturday a huge storm rolled in. Now I love rain, opening the porch windows to hear the rain falling on the shed's tin roof and the sound of thunder. I love it! long as I'm in the comfort of my home. ;)

But this storm was different.

Saturday it was hot like in the 80s hot and by Sunday night it was SNOWWINGGGG!!! We litteraly had four seasons in three days! My tweet says it all...
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If you were wondering, TaMera took the pictures (I was driving). I might make her into a photographer yet! haha
-'- Jewel

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Instagram Photo Album

 Today I'm going to show you a project that's easily adaptable for anybody. It's not really a tutorial...but kind of. It's more of a "Try This!", or "You ever thought of doing that?"! Kind of post. :) Anyhew... 

I found these three photo albums at a local thrift store $2.99 a piece. And immediately thought of printed instragram photos and my graduation coming up soon. Tiffany made a whole scrapbook for her party and Kimberly made some pages she hung around during hers. I'm not a scrapbook'er. (Not really a paper crafty sort person) But a photo album with the picture held in photo corners, with a little space in between for me to write a little about each photo? Now that's more me!

The first step was removing the photo corners. A lot were made to fit 3x3 and wallet size photos. The glue was old so some had already fallen between the pages and many just needed a little bit of a push. What I did was us my nail and slowly "saw" at the glue. (When you just grab under the corner and pull it tends to bend and start to rip the photo corner itself)

Oh look at all those vintage photo corners!
Just a tip: If you are looking for somewhere to buy vintage looking photo corners I would suggest looking at thrift stores for an album.

There's two different ways to organize and put your photo corners on.

Way 1: Pre-Done

Cut out two pieces of a heavy paper (card stock, etc.) to the dimensions of your photos (Mine are 4x4), put a photo corner on each corner, add some glue than firmly press onto the album. Place a book on top of the photo corners. Wait 3-5 minutes. Add photos and done!

Way 2: As You Go 

Take a photo. Place a photo corner onto each corner. Glue ONLY the photo corners, try not to get any on the photo. Firmly press the corners onto the album. Place a book on top of the photo. Wait 3-5 minutes. Done!

It's truly customizable! Arrange your photos anyway you want! You can mix photo sizes and media! Remember that the photo corners temporarily hold your photos they aren't fixed to the page. Meaning? You can mix it up anytime you want!

Here's some ways to fill in empty spaces:
Add a sticker,
Write a little something about the photo,
Use your Instagram caption,
A funny quote,
Or use a stamp!

My album is still a work in progress but honestly this is my favorite page so far!

Smiles! -'- Jewel

Monday, April 07, 2014

Pfaltzgraff Dishware

Usually when you are at a thrift store/antique mall or anywhere that has merchandise that is constantly changing you can't have much patience. It's a "do I want this, buy this" market. Which is why surprisingly I was able to watch  this set of dishware (117 pieces) go from $120 to $60 then to $30! Thirty dollars felt like a decent price a 16 year old (who most likely  won't have her own house for a while) could spend on dishes. $120 made each dish just a little over a dollar, but I came out with them for 24 cents each! Just may be my best deal to date!

The dishes are "Pfaltgraff" their popular 1970s "Village Design"


 I also found eight more cups and sauces at a thrift store for $6! Cups are what I break the most. :)

 Smiles! -'- Jewel

Friday, April 04, 2014

Bacon Macaroni & Cheese

I found this recipe in an issue of Midwest Living magazine. 
Naturally, I didn't have all the ingredients so I improvised.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to hot pan; cover to keep warm. Set aside.

In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. 
Drain bacon on paper towels, reserving bacon drippings in skillet. Crumble and set aside.

Cook onion and garlic in bacon drippings over medium heat for 30 seconds. 

Stir in flour, mustard, pepper and oregano.

Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly; reduce heat.

Add bacon, cheddar, swiss, and cream cheese; cook and stir until almost melted.

Pour cheese sauce over the cooked pasta. Transfer mixture to an ungreased to 2-quart rectangular baking dish; cover with foil. Bake in a 350˚ degrees oven for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a clean, large skillet. Stir in brown sugar; add pear slices. Cook, turning occasionally, until pears are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. 

Remove foil from the baking dish. Spoon the remaining pear slices atop macaroni and cheese. 
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.



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