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  • pizzaladie 8:40 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    I forgot to mention the egg attached to the ribbon on the wreath was covered with tissue paper and then I added a layer of Mod Podge.

  • pizzaladie 8:18 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Calm after the holiday 

    During the month or so leading up to Easter I had busied myself with projects to get ready for the holiday and now I find myself thinking “what do I do now?” I have several craft projects and home improvement projects to finish or begin, which ever the case may be, but I thought that I would take some time and document some of my completed Easter projects, more than anything because I want to remember how I did them, and what one’s I did so that I do not keep repeating the same projects every holiday.

    This is the wreath that I made and later decided that looked too plain so I added jelly beans to it and ended up giving it a new home on my mom’s front door.

    Supplies Needed:

    Straw wreath

    wash cloth-color of your choice

    plastic egg

    wiggly eyes-2 for each bunny

    pom poms – 2 medium sized and 1 tiny for each bunny

    floss or fishing line, or something to use for whiskers

    Lima beans-if you want to add jelly beans

    assorted colors of acrylic paint

    1 skein of yarn of your choice

    acrylic spray sealer or Mod-Podge


    hot glue gun and glue sticks


    Begin by gluing one end of the skein of yarn onto the wreath. Wrap the yarn around the wreath until the entire wreath is covered.If your wreath is going to have jelly beans, paint as many lima beans as you desire to add to the wreath and allow to dry. Coat with an acrylic spray finish or Mod-Podge to seal them, and attach around the wreath with the hot glue gun. Make a ribbon and attach at the top of the wreath and attach the wash cloth bunny in the center of the wreath. Attach a hanger and find a home for your wreath.

    Directions for the wash cloth bunny will follow in my next blog post tonight.

  • pizzaladie 4:11 am on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Have a Purr-fect Day Friends!

  • pizzaladie 3:44 am on April 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    A Furry Full House 

       I have had several people ask me how the kittens were doing so I thought I would share a little of the fur flying excitement here. They were born in the wee hour of the morning on March 6, 2011, one day before my granddaughter Aislyn’s 3rd birthday. Jypsy was first to enter the world and she woke me up. Yes, no more than maybe a minute old, and already she knew how to get attention.  Momma cat, Jaseby, somehow made it into our bed without me noticing and gave birth to the first kitten. I felt something rub against my leg and heard the whining of the new kitten and woke up. Immediately I grabbed the sheet from our bed with momma cat and kitten wrapped in it and brought them out into the living room. I prepared a cozy little bed for the family in a large tote and waited to see if she was going to give birth to more than one little fur ball. Approximately a half an hour later little Jersey was born.  Momma Jaseby took to mothering like a real natural and stayed with the kittens. She never tried to move them out of the tote, and even to this day she still mother’s them. I guess a mother’s work is never done!

    Both kittens are now eating kitten food, using the liter box like little professionals and running and jumping and playing until their little hearts are content! Jypsy is the feisty one, only allowing you to hold her for short periods of time before she wants down to go run around. Jersey is quite content being held and babied. From as far as we can tell they are both girls, if not…a cruel joke is being played on their manhood!

    Candi is quite curious about the kittens. She tries to mother them until Jaseby takes notice and then the fur starts flying! Jaseby wants no part of sharing her babies with a K-nine, especially Candi!

    Both kittens are just like the other furry family members that reside here, they are scared of the vacuum cleaner and will jump around and try to get away from it at all costs. It can get rather comical when they are in their cage and someone tries to vacuum the floor because they start jumping around and hit the top of the cage. They are both a bundle of joy and a great addition to our little family! Kitty daddy, stops in every day for a meal and then wants to go on his merry old way, but at least he is taking his father rights seriously and dropping in to say hi, that is whenever momma Jaseby will allow him to enter the room.

  • pizzaladie 9:03 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

    Amish Friendship Bread…Thanks Friendship Bread Kitchen! 

    It has been over a year since I have baked any type of friendship bread and after reading a blog called The Friendship Bread Kitchen I had the urge to start baking again. I did not have any starter so I had to make my own, which was easy.

    Starter Mix


    1 package of .25 ounce active dry yeast

    1/4 cup of warm water

    3 cups flour

    3 cups white sugar

    3 cups milk

    This process takes 1o days so here is the break down:

    Day 1

    Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let stand for 10 minutes.

    In a 2 quart container, *Not metal, combine 1 cup of the flour and 1 cup of the sugar.

    Mix thoroughly, otherwise the flour will clump when the milk is added.

    Slowly stir in 1 cup of milk and the dissolved yeast mixture.

    Cover loosely and let sit on the counter.

    Day 2 through Day 4

    Stir the mixture.

    Day 5

    Stir in a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of milk.

    Day 6 through 9

    Stir only.

    Day 10

    Stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup of milk.  Remove 1 cup of starter to bake your bread and divide the rest of the starter into 1 cup amounts to either pass onto friends or freeze for later use. Once you have the cup of starter, you can omit the steps from Day 1 and begin the process over if you like.

    After making the starter mix and feeding it and following the directions for 10 days, I was finally ready to bake my bread. I selected the basic Amish Friendship Bread recipe and decided to make a loaf for my cousin that recently had to undergo reconstructive breast surgery, and a loaf for my mother whom is a blessing to me.

    Basic Amish Friendship Bread Recipe


    1 cup of starter batter

    1 cup of oil

    1/2 cup of milk

    3 eggs

    1 tsp of vanilla

    2 cups flour

    1 cup of sugar

    1 1/2 tsp baking powder

    2 tsp of cinnamon

    1/2 tsp baking soda

    1 box of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 ounces)

    1/2 tsp salt

    1 cup of walnuts (or other type of nuts…optional)

    Combine starter, oil, eggs, milk and vanilla in bowl and set aside. In another bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the other mixture and mix well. Bake at 325 degrees for an hour in well greased loaf pans. Enjoy! Take the rest of the starter mix and divide it into one cup portions and either give it to a friend along with the bread or freeze it for later use.

    I packaged a loaf and got it off in the mail for my cousin and took the other loaf and a bag of the starter mix to my mother. We were playing cards at her house that very night, so we all got to enjoy the bread. Why not bake some for yourself and your friends, it is fun and easy to do!

    • maryanne 10:34 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t had this in years, but remember how delicious it is! unfortunately its not on my diet right now and too much of a temptation, but eventually I’ll make it again.
      enjoy 🙂

    • pizzaladie 11:00 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      It shouldn’t be on my diet either, but since I haven’t started much of one yet I will enjoy all of the treats I can, lol. I really need to get back into the exercise and diet routine, especially with swim suit season fastly approaching.

  • pizzaladie 2:24 am on January 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Resolutions vs Personal Challenges 

    1-1-11…Let a new year begin. How many of you have made New Years Resolutions? I guess the bigger question is how many of you actually follow through with the resolutions that you make?  From my own personal past experiences I very rarely follow through. That is why I have chosen not to make “New Years Resolutions”. Good intentions do not mean anything if you do not follow through. That is not to say that I do not have the desire to make changes in my life. There are several changes that I hope to make, I just do not want to jump on the “new year bandwagon” and short change myself.

    I have decided  to set personal challenges for myself for the upcoming year. These challenges, in my mind, are more likely to  be accomplished, than a resolution that I make on the first day of each year. What is the difference? A personal challenge, in my opinion, is the opportunity to prove to myself that I can make positive changes in my life, and resolutions are just words that I do not take seriously. They are said or written down, only to be forgotten in  a day, week, month or whatever the time frame may be.

    With this being said, I have a personal challenge that begins today, that I would like to share with all of my friends. “Tam’s 365 day crafting challenge”. I challenge myself to complete at least 1 craft project per day. These can be new projects or completing previously started projects.  This is a fun challenge for me, and if I don’t meet my goal every day, so be it, I’m still having fun and that is the main thing in life to me, having fun and living my life to the fullest.

    This customized piggy bank was completed on 1-1-11

    My husband had to work last night, so my daughter Abbey and I rang in the new year by working on craft projects and playing Wii games. This piggy bank was a kit that I found on the clearance rack at Wal-Mart and decided it would be a fun project to do. I completed it very early this morning, so I can officially consider this my first challenge complete. 364 more craft projects to go.


  • pizzaladie 11:23 pm on August 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Are You Kidding Me? 

         The Ohio Department of Natural Resources or whomever is responsible for posting the signs warning the public of the algae bloom in Grand Lake should be hiding their heads in shame! How many have you spotted? I recently made it my mission to find some of the signs, more out of curiousity than anything else, and what I found was unacceptable!  I checked out the area around the shelter house and over at the hot water hole and didn’t notice any warning signs at all. I drove further down Lake Shore Drive and only haphazardly found 2 small signs. They are located at Pulman Bay park,  one nailed to a bridge and one inside the small shelter area,  and with a good wind they will disappear! With a small sprinkle of rain they will be totally unreadable! The sign on the bridge is stapled to the end of it, requiring a person to walk across the bridge to see it. They are mear pieces of paper, protected only with a report sheet cover.

         I took a little cruse down West Bank Road, fully expecting to find more signs prominately displayed because of the boat launch area boy was I disappointed. At the boat launch area there are 3 signs. One is located on the bulletin board, one below a stop sign and one next to the launching area. These signs are a littl e better quality than the one’s on Lake Shore Drive, just a little.  Two of the three are printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper and lamenated. They are attached to a yellow plastic background. The third sign, believe it or not, is honestly a real metal sign! The disturbing thing about that sign is the simple fact that the “alcoholic beverages prohibited” sign and the “no fires” sign are significantly larger and more visable!

         I realize that the citizens of Celina and the surrounding areas know about the algae problem and the advisories against coming into contact with the potentially dangerous algae blooms, but what about the handful of tourists that might wander into town? Do they not deserve the courtesy of being made aware of the unsafe conditions of the lake? The risks of coming into contact with the lake water should be made available to everyone! These signs should be posted in several locations and they should capture the attention of everyone, instead of blending into the background. The safety of every human being should be enough of a concern to at least have highly visible signs!

         I’m curious to know if there are any signs posted on the south or east side of the lake, and if so, are they easy to spot? If you know, please comment me! Thank You!

  • pizzaladie 4:34 am on July 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Quickie Crafting Kit…Not Such a Quickie 

         While sorting through scrap supplies in the craft room I stumbled upon a very old, but unopened string art kit. You know, one of those little “happy hands projects” that you buy to keep older children occupied for a little while. This particular kit was for ages 10 and up. I must admit that I have never tried doing string art, and it is also fair to say that it was not on my so called “bucket list”.

         Out of boredom and curiosity, I removed the contents of the kit from the box and read the instructions. “Step one, glue the sheet of fabric to the top piece of wood and smooth out the edges, and hold in place until the glue dries”. Sounding easy enough, I decided to tackle this little kit. I grabbed the bottle of glue that was close by and started step one…or so I thought. All too soon I discovered that the glue absorbs into the fabric and does not adhere to the piece of wood included in the kit. It did however adhere very nicely to my finger tips. Not to be outsmarted by this little project I came up with my own solution…wash hands and lay fabric on wood piece and move on to step two.

         Step Two: Cut out pattern and lay on top of fabric covered wood piece. Secretly savoring the accomplishment of achieving step two without any difficulty I decided to continue on to step three.

         Step 3: This step requires hammering 200 mini nails on dots in the pattern, laying on top of the fabric covered piece of wood. After careful consideration, I decided it might be best to continue the project outside at the picnic table. Gathering up the kit, a hammer, and a small Styrofoam bowl, which held all of the mini nails, I went out the door and set up my work area at the picnic table. Continuing with step 3, the first couple of nails went into the wood block smoothly. Nail number 3 suddenly came to life. It just did not want to stay on the little dot in the pattern. After removing the nail from the board 4 times, I somehow managed to get it nailed into position. A few more nails were successfully added then the fun began. The positions for the nails on the pattern are too close together to hammer with ease. My fingers were sore from being hammered and my patience was wearing very thin. To add insult to my injuries, a big gust of wind blew up out of nowhere, and my styrofoam bowl of mini nails found their way into the dry summer grass under the picnic table. Determined to finish the project that I never really wanted to try in the first place, I got down on my hands and knees and started hunting the grass for the tiny nails. After about an hour of retrieving as many nails as I could find, I decided to continue with step 3. I hammered nails into the wooden block, occasionally hitting my fingers as I went, until there were no more nails. By this point, I was loosing day light, and there were 15 nails still missing in action. I had no choice but to call it a night! Josh being the sweetheart that he is, got his magnet on wheels out of the garage when he got home from work and was able to retrieve 21 nails. I’m happy to report that all of the nails are no securely hammered into place, and I am left with the decision of whether to finish this project or banish it to the ever growing pile of “projects to finish at a later date”. Call me stubborn, but I am feeling feisty. This “quickie” craft project will be complete before this weekend is over!!!

    • Bev Dziengelewski 5:23 pm on July 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Not only a crafty person you are a writer! Have done such a project while living in versailles Ohio as a teen. Very relaxing. Lol

      • pizzaladie 8:18 pm on July 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I tried to finish it last night but it annoyed the heck out of me. I think I would really enjoy it if it was on a bigger scale. I havc some ideas though on a future project. Abbey is helping me complete this one and she seems to be enjoying it.

  • pizzaladie 6:40 pm on April 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Diary of Our Planting Experience 

    We planted the following seeds on April 3, 2010: green beans and zuchinni. The first sprouts noticed on both was April 10, 2010, as of April 17, 2010 we have 71 green bean plants and 18 zuchinni plants.

    We planted the following seeds on April 7, 2010: carrots, roma tomatoes, cayanne peppers, green peppers, lettuce, red beets, jalapeno’s, broccoli, cucumbers, cantalope, spearmint, corn flowers, forget-me-n0ts, babys breath, bachelor buttons, and zinnias. The first sprouts from the cabbage, cucumbers, and zinnias were noticed on April 15, 2010. As of April 17, 2010 we have 11 cucumber sprouts, 7 roma tomatoes, which were first noticed today,  broccoli 1 sprout noticed today, bachelor buttons 6 sprouts first noticed today, and zinnias 9 sprouts.

    We have several more plants that have sprouted since I began this blog and are keeping a written diary. I’m excited to have cabbage sprouts actually growing in the hay bale, especially since this is the first time that I have ever taken on such an adventure. We have planted a few tomato plants here and there, but that has been about the extent of my actual gardening adventures until now.

    Notice the little cabbage sprouts

  • pizzaladie 12:38 am on April 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Dirty Fun 

    Abbey and I spent most of this afternoon and evening planting seeds. We have managed to fill almost every window sill in the house, just to see what will actually grow. We noticed some sprouts from a few of the plants that we started last week. It will be a learning experience and hopefully we will eventually become gardeners. We are now in the process of making plant pokes.

    Bunny Warning

    This is probably the funnest part for me. We have the laminating machine out and scrapbooking materials. Popcycle sticks are working great for the actual poke part too.

    This one is my favorite

    If anyone has any tips on how to transplant anything, and other gardening tips, please leave them because we are grasping at straws here. It is all in fun though and we are enjoying the time spent together so that is worth it, even if we don’t get very many lil sprouts.

    Artistic Abbey

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