Monday, March 28, 2011

Making Birthdays Happen

signThe first thing is this:  Birthdays happen!  Birthdays will come and go...yearly, whether we want them or not! 

      Birthdays happen!

(me on my birthday last year!)

Let's kick up our heels and make them happen with happiness.  With style.  With fun.  With a bang!  It takes just a little planning to help someone celebrate their own special day, but it will be remembered always!  Do it!  Even if it's just sending a card or making a phone call! It's still March and we born in March need to support each other.  It's still feeling like a wet winter month here on the Oregon coast, and I know many others in the country are also feeling winter may not ever end. But a March birthday brings reason to make a party out of winter.  My birthday was March 2, and I think I've been celebrating the whole month so far. I have other family members with March birthdays, too.  My oldest sister, Sue, celebrated her birthday Friday.  And our oldest grandchild, John Mark turned 5 last week. 

I made up some party favor bags for the kids that included a set of water-color paints.  The kids used those right at the pizza parlor!  We all helped John Mark celebrate at a local pizza parlor on Saturday night.  It was so much fun!  He wanted a Thomas the Train party so Melissa made Thomas the Train cake!  It was cute, and very yummy (homemade cake always is!).  

After researching online the best toy for a 5 year old boy we ordered the "Stomp Rocket Junior Kit" (glows in the dark).  

Afterr he opened it we tried it out right there in the pizza parlor.  This was an immediate hit with the kids, I highly recommend it! Did I mention that parlor was wild and super busy that night?  There were several other birthdays going on and our table was close to the door. Every time someone walked in with a present John Mark thought they were bringing them for him!  It was cute!

A week ago Monday was sweet Amy Power's birthday! Her blog, InspireCo is the very first blog I ever read!  And what an uncoming online publication do you think she's about to publish?  Yes,  birthday issue!  Can't wait for the day she announces it's ready for viewing!

I think I'm about finished painting signs for Jessica's friend's wedding, this is the final "Thank You" sign:

I've run out of pre-painted old blue barn boards!  Does anyone near me have any old boards like that--I'll take them off your hands, pick them up, too!  Thanks!

Have a beautiful SPRING day!  ~Heidi

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Seeing Red ~ Redensday

Today I'm venturing out in our truck, with the trailer attached. On that trailer is our 4-wheeler.  This is going to be a first for me, I've never driven the truck with the trailer myself!  I need to take the ATV to the shop, the clutch needs some fixing!  This ATV is used almost daily here. 

In the picture there is a RED ice chest which usually holds....nope, not food, but my tools!  (Mole trapping stuff, cutters, my chainsaw oil, etc.)  During the recent storms we actually had two big trees blow down.  We had barely cleaned up the first one, when the second, even larger, went down across one of our creeks.  If you've ever cleared a down tree on a creek you now what I'm talking about when I say:  this is hard work!

Anyway, we need the ATV to pull the branches and logs out.  So off to the repair shop I go, hoping to only drive straight (no backups, or weird turns)...wish me luck!

Red-venture?  Adventure?  It's all's a wonderful life, rain or shine!

Blessings, Heidi

LINKED to Rednesday at "It's a Cherry World"

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Doggie Chips and Salsa

This is Project Number 5 in my "Scottie Dog Cookie Cutter" series.  I'm using my cute little vintage Scottie Dog cookie cutter because he's just so dog-gone cute.  But you can use your favorite cookie cutter, or a variety of cutters for any of my projects.

Scottie Dog Baked Corn Chips
I love chips and salsa but often run out of chips before salsa.  So I decided to make a batch of my own.  Luckily we usually buy the large quantity of corn tortillas, so I had those on hand.

Just cut out as many chips as you'd like to eat:

Experiment some by cutting a stack at once, trimming around your cookie cutter to cut a large batch at once.

Coat with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 375 degrees for about 5 minutes.  Turn them over and bake an additional 3 minutes or until crunchy just the way you like them.

Serve on a vintage glass snack {dessert} plate, adding a good heaping of guacamole sauce and your favorite salsa.

A fun and yummy snack, kids and adults both will enjoy!

Happy Spring!

(Linked to Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday here, and

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sweet Dreams

Have you ever had a nightmare that is vivid and seems real?  The next morning you wake up and remember the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the horror?  The people in my dream were sort of mixed up, but I sure didn't like what happened!  (It was an accident.) I usually attribute wild dreams to having eaten spicy food!  I'm not sure if that's true for all people, but it's true for me.  I think before I go to bed I need to read from my Bible...
"...He gives His beloved sleep..."  Psalm 127:2

And then talk to the Shepherd before falling asleep!  He is going to be up all night anyway.  One of my favorite books is "God Works the Night Shift", by Ron Mehl. 

God Works the Night Shift: Acts of Love Your Father Performs Even While You Sleep

Here's a sign I painted a couple years ago, "Sweet Dreams".  I made it to go with a pretty soft baby blanket as a baby shower gift:

The recent tragedies in Japan and the people there weigh heavy on my mind.  First a outrageous earthquake, then the tsunami, and now the nuclear plant meltdown.  Mark and I are praying for the people in Japan.

In the wee hours of the morning (one week ago) the tsunami actually affected our coastal area as well.  The tsunami warning sirens rang up and down the coast here in Oregon and the west coast.  The great distance the tsunami traveled dispersed the waters enough that the damage here was minimal.  But the scare was not minimal for many people living on the low lands near the ocean.  They were all told to "move to higher ground".  Many didn't sleep at all. 

(I took this photo)

(I took this photo, it's hard to see but it says, "TSUNAMI WARNING")

Knowing God is still in control gives me comfort, and I should sleep in peace. 

Sweet dreams, my friends, sweet dreams....

(Linked to Romantic Home's Show & Tell Friday)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3:16 is as easy as 1-2-3

It's as easy as 1-2-3...

Let's mix up some similar numbers now....
The bug-chewed daffodils remind me of myself: imperfect.  Yet, Jesus, who was the Perfect Lamb, died on the cross for me.  His death, burial and resurrection (on Easter) and my acceptance to Him is the reason I have hope.  Hope, as in a sure thing. Not, "I hope this chair doesn't break!"  

The "hope" I'm talking about is this:  "Hope= The absolute expectation of coming good!"  That coming good is eternity with Christ Jesus!  He made my bug-chewed life like new again!

This is clearly spelled out as today's date!  3:16 

"For God so loved the world {you} that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."   John 3:16

Pretty simple to understand, right?  Questions?  Ask me! Or find your Bible and go to this verse and keep reading!

Here's a sign I recently painted:

If you die today, or you know where you will spend eternity? 

You have two choices, heaven or hell.  By not choosing heaven, you've made your decision for hell.

Come to Jesus today!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Souvenier Spring 2011 FREE Online Publication by Heather Bullard

A wonderful new online publication was just "published" yesterday!  It's called "Souvenir" and is put out by the talented Heather Bullard.  It is a seasonal lifestyle gazette loaded with outoutanding photography, arts, crafts, a recipe and so much more.  You will love this, I am sure of that. Sign up here, and it will be delivered to your email address.  I'm loving every pager, with many of our favorite blog friends included!

I've been working on a number of projects.  My birthday (yes, I continue to draw out the celebrating!) and birthdays in general are at the top of the list.  There sure are a lot of spring birthdays.
             Birthdays:  a good thing!

When I begin working on a project I love to just start piling up items to use...

I love to buy inexpensive bags of costume jewelry at our yearly flea market.  Yes, we only have one flea market a year here!  So I really appreciate birthday gifts like one I got, the magazine "Flea Market Style".

Just one more thing....the daffodils are blooming here!

Have a blessed weekend!
(linked to Cindy's My Romantic Home's "Show and Tell Friday")

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

C-ing things: Claira, Cranberry COOKIES, Cheeseburgers & Chalkboards

In my cake picture (in my last post) I see my photograph of Ellie, Claira and I was when Claira was in the middle of a outfit change!  I wanted you to see her in her pretty party clothes.  Here she is (held by Jessica):

Notice the cookies she's reaching for, which we didn't let her have!  These are such yummy cookies, I'll share my recipe with you.  When I made these, or regular chocolate chip cookies, I can't eat more than 3 even if I want to.  If I do, I wake up with a bad headache, from the sugar I guess.  Does that happen to any of you?  

Here's the recipe:

Heidi’s Cranberry Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

1 cup butter -- softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs -- beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups quick cooking oat meal
1 cup craisins
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°. Blend together butter, sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Mix in 2 beaten eggs. Gradually add all remaining ingredients. Drop by rounded teaspoon 2" apart on to ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.   Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Our two girls planned the party, Melissa was in charge of grilling the cheeseburgers:
  They were so good, in fact, so good I ate two!  And I never eat more than one! Jessica made sweet potato oven french fries, and there was a macaroni salad.  (Check out for sweet potato french fries.)

A few more things to say about chalkboards:  Did you know you can make your own chalkboard paint?  Neither did I until recently.  One of my daily stops if CresendoH, and today one of the blogs Jenny Doh pointed out was  The Idea Room Blog, which pointed me to Martha Stewarts craft website which told how to make homemade chalkboard paint! (Did you follow all that?)

Looks simple to me, watch for what I come up with!  You know I love painting chalkboards, walls, tables, frames, menu boards, and anything that doesn't move!  Here's a set I hung on our guest room wall:
(Still one more to add, I like sets of 3 or 5 better!)

Blessings, Heidi

(Linked to Today's Creative Blog's "Get Your Craft On",  Sugar & Dot's "What I Whipped Up Wednesday, and Someday Craf's Whatever Goes Wednesday",

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sew Somerset Tweet Birthday Card

Okay, I'll confess....I am a year older than when I last posted.  Yes, I had a birthday.  But, oh, was it a fantastic birthday, as it fell on a Wednesday.  You do know the rule for a Wednesday birthday, right?  It means celebrating both the weekend before and the weekend after, as well as the week of the birthday.  That's exactly what I did.  Loads of fun, lots of ice cream, Boston cream pie, ice cream cake, a wonderful White Chocolate cake (homemade by our daughter Jessica), and top all that off with more Rocky Road ice cream.  Melissa cooked cheeseburgers for everyone, and I even ate two!  (She made them taste so good!)Now I remember why I do, in fact, love birthdays.  They make me feel special, no matter what the age, as if I were a little girl again.

One of the birthday gifts I received was the "Sew Somerset" pulication.  It's "the art of creative sewing with mixed-media".  (Any Somerset publication is always on my wish list!)  I was inspired by the "Beloved Birds" project made by Colette Copland ( A Bird in Hand blog).  I used her bird idea for birthday cards....

Here's a sweet little sign I painted for a special friend of mine...

My friend loves being a grandmother as much as I do!  There's a special sort of love you feel in your heart for grandchildren.  I'm so thankful for the joy our grandchildren bring....and plenty of laughter too!
(Linked to Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday.)

Blessings!  Heidi