Thursday, December 25, 2014

Candy Christmas Card

I made this crafty card for DH for Christmas using his 2 favorite candies. I had scoured the internet for ideas but didn't find anything I liked. Tapping into my crafty side, I came up with this.

 I covered a piece of foam board with scrap booking paper and glued everything else on there. Pretty cute!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Black Friday Poem

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the "incredible deals" online today, I wrote this poem.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Low Carb Diet

It's time to say farewell to my low carb diet. It has officially been one month and I am hoping that has been long enough to reset my body for its glucose tolerance issues.

Honestly, I have learned a lot. For example, I have crazy ass will power! lol I amazed myself by not cheating, not even once and by not drinking alcohol. It was such a hard transition from being a bean, tofu, fruit and veggie loving, no cheese eating, low fat eater to eating and drinking things I had sworn off years ago. I did make a few recipe's I will likely keep around. The flax crackers and the cauliflower tortillas and pizza were very good and I can see eating them again. I am going to leave this challenge with the knowledge that I probably do eat too many carbs without even realizing it. Also, I don't "need" a glass of wine each night as much as I just enjoy it.

I set out on this challenge knowing I didnt need to lose weight. I mean of course that would be nice, but  I just needed to totally re-boot my body.  I have been a healthy eater for so long now and haven't been on a diet for years. I have realized that maybe I took my healthy life style too seriously. I really think I may have been eating more fruit then my body could handle. With this challenge I also cut my soy intake. No tofu or veggie products for a month. I wanted to get everything I had in my system out of it. In regular life (pre low carb) I only cook tofu once a week. I wasn't terribly concerned with my consumption, it was just another thing I wanted to try.

I don't know how stopping this way of eating will be. I have read a lot of stories threatening complete bloat and weight gain after stopping. I have a plan, it's to go back to calorie counting for the first while and making sure I eat healthy. Hopefully I can find the lifestyle for my weight maintenance. I had to laugh at myself, for breakfast this morning (1st day off the diet) I ate scrambled eggs and 3 pieces of turkey bacon I had left over. lol not much of a transition yet! 

In honor of kissing this diet good-bye I wrote a farewell poem.

No more hot dogs,
No more cheese…
No more eating foods I displease.
No more cream cheese,
No more oil…
No more broccoli left to boil.
No more sticks of cheese,
No more pepperoni chips…
No more celery sticks slathered in ranch dip.
No more weigh ins,
No more jello…
No more missing mello yello.
No more ketosis,
No more peeing on sticks…
No more wondering if this is my fix.
No more whipped cream,
No more cauliflower…
No more wondering if I’ll have the will power.

I am saying good bye to you low-carb diet,
Although you were my choice, I am ending the fun…
I only lost 3 pounds, but I learned a ton.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Low-Carb BBQ Pork

Low-Carb BBQ Pork

Use 2-3 pounds of boneless ribs (beef or pork)

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Trim excess fat off of ribs. Cover baking sheet with foil and put ribs on sheet. Cook for ½ hour at 450 degrees then turn oven down to 350 degrees and cook for an additional ½. Put ribs in crock pot, cover with bbq sauce and simmer on low for 4 hours or until desired tenderness.

Low-Carb BBQ Sauce

1 cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoon Worcestershire
2 teaspoon brown sugar substitute
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
6 teaspoon white sugar substitute

Mix all ingredients and cook over low heat for 10 minutes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing to a Low Carb Diet

Over the past few months my life has felt in turmoil. I refuse to get into any details but the bottom line is my body has changed. I developed an insulin resistance to a healthy diet. This is not fun, when hard core food monitoring and calorie counting don't even budge the scale.

I have tried all I know how to do as far as dieting except one creature from my past. The Low-Carb Diet. I used this diet in my early 20's after my bout with my freshmen 50. It worked, I loved it, it was easy. It became my lifestyle for 5 years. Eleven years later I don't eat much meat, cheese, eggs, butter, cream, anything full fat. So as I  filled my shopping cart with these things for the first time in years, my stomach turned. It is the complete opposite of how I eat, but I am praying it works to reset my body to proper function.

Day Negative One: Grocery shopping begins. I began racking my brain, what on earth did I used to eat? I went the store and filled the cart with the following: salmon, tilapia, shrimp, chicken, bacon, cold cuts, cheese (what the heck!), eggs, nuts and club soda. I also picked up several bags of frozen broccoli and cauliflower.

Day One: Breakfast
It has been years since I had an omelet. I made an omelet with 2 eggs a sprinkle of cheese, ham and some dark greens. It was a beautiful omelet. As I ate it I felt full, however somewhat nauseated.
Lunch: I stuck with my usual lunch of a big salad full of veggies and half a can of albacore tuna. I added some feta cheese and some creamy dressing. It was hard to get through, too much richness!
Dinner: Non original chicken and lots of veggies.
Snacks: Cheese sticks and cold cuts, Chicken broth with veggies and an egg.

By the end of the day I felt so ill. Through the night I had hot sweats and got up to pee four times!

Day 2:  I couldn't bring myself to eat eggs.  I had eaten 3 the day before, I probably hadn't had 3 eggs in the last year. I wanted to gag. I made some turkey bacon with greens on the side. Much better.

I decided to become more experimental with the menu. I stuck to my salad for lunch but for dinner I made a spicy, shrimp soup. It was really good. I laid in bed most of the day on day 2. Just feeling so sick. I WANT FRUIT!  lol but I am the last one to cheat, especially on a diet. When you are only cheating yourself, it seems pretty stupid.

Day 3: I am feeling more human. I have over come any cravings and the awful nausea.  I am taking a new approach to this, I am going to be creative as much as I can in finding better ways to eat this low-carb food. Recipes and pictures will be coming soon!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Off To College He Went!

Well he did it. He went ahead and grew up, got wonderful grades and is entering his first year of college. My sweet nephew is amazing and I adore him.

I wanted to give him a little gift. Kind of a "you are on your own, first apartment gift".

This is what I came up with. A gift package of necessities. I included paper towels, paper plates, quick meal options, q-tips and of course toilet paper. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friend Graphic

I am working on a canvas print gift for a friend of mine. I made this graphic for it and thought I'd share it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Magazine Photo Transfer

I scoured the web and couldn't find anything about magazine transfers to canvas. This pushed me to figure it out myself. Here's my re-cap of transferring a magazine page to canvas.

First of all I found a photo of some pretty leafs I liked in a magazine. Then I cut the image to a similar shape as my canvas. 

Then I prepped my canvas. 

With my sponge brush, a slathered a good layer of medium.

Once it was as smooth as I could get it, I placed the magazine page face down on the canvas.

Then I used the back of a card to remove the bubbles and flatten the paper onto the canvas.

After several hours, the paper was dry and I started to remove it. I placed a wet wash cloth over the image and saturated the paper with water.

Then I started to remove the paper. 

Rub, rub, rub.

After removing as much as  I could, I let it dry. Once it was dry I wet it again and removed some more.

Once I was happy with my paper removal I decided to do a seal coat.

With my mixture of 50/50 water and glue, I coated the photo.

It dried nicely, I love the mildly distressed look.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Adventures in Photo Transferring

I have to admit, I am a sucker for any craft involving photos. I have experimented in photo transfer many times, trying all sorts of products. I came across a new way I hadn't tried and had to give it a whirl. The first thing I did was transfer a photo of my cat onto the back of my wallet. I am so happy with how easy it was and how great it turned out. 

For this project I used:
Gloss Gel Medium
One laser printed picture of my cat (printed on regular old 20lb white printer paper)
Sponge brush

I cut the picture to fit the back of my wallet.

Then using the sponge brush, I spread a good layer of the medium on the wallet. Then I placed the photo on the wallet.

I let it dry completely, a couple of hours. Then began the task of removing the paper. To do this I wet a washcloth very well and laid it on the image. After the paper was completely wet, I rubbed the paper off. I walked away and let it dry and then re-wet 3 times removing more paper each time.

I wanted to seal the wallet, so I applied a layer of homemade Modge Podge to give it a nice sheen.

I think she approves!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cats, Cats, Cats

What's the worst thing that could happen to a crazy cat lady?

 She got a new camera and now takes more pictures of her pretty cat. 


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Building A Family Tree

I bothered most of my family a little bit to get family pictures for this family tree. This will be displayed at my Grandma's 90th birthday party next month.

I was fortunate to find a giant piece of poster board for .75 at an outlet store. It worked perfect as my canvas. I gathered sticks from outside and family photos from Facebook and emails.

This is the end result. I think it will look very nice as a party decoration for my Grandma's party.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Magnet Party Favors

I decided to make magnet party favors for my Grandma's upcoming 90th birthday party. I started with 50 bottle caps (thanks DH). Then spray painted the backs. I made 1" circled photos for Grandma when she was younger and printed them on photo paper. I punched out the photos and let the fun in sue.

Painted bottle caps.

Put a good few squirts of hot glue in the cap.

Placed the photo in the cap.

Waited for them to dry and cool.

Then I Mod Podged the photo.

And waited for them to dry.

This is where a new fun adventure came along. I ran out of Mod Podge and decided to try a homemade version. Check that story out here.(coming soon)

My homemade Mod Podge caps weren't as shiny as I liked, so I added a coat of clear coat nail polish to them.


They dried nicely.

Then I glued  tiny magnets on their back.

Viola! Wonderful party favors.