Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sharpie and alcohol on T-shirt material part 3

Remember when I wrote about using Sharpie Markers and alcohol to make a T-shirt swatch look more like water color than just marker on a shirt.  One of the quesitons the original site had, was would it wash out in the laundry.
I washed one of the swatches this past weekend and Nope, it didn't run.

Billie C.

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Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"

3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 Eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups Salad Oil
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
1 8 oz can Crushed Pineapple, drained
1 cup chopped Nuts
2 cups chopped Bananas
Mix by hand. Combine dry ingredients, add eggs and salad oil, stir until well mixed. Add vanilla, pineapple, bananas and nuts. Spoon batter into large greased and floured sheet pan. Bake at 350 F for 40-50 minutes
1 box confections Sugar (1 lb)
1/2 cup Margarine
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Sprinkle 1 cup chopped Nuts on top of icing.

Billie C.

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Howdy April 30

Howdy.... And good afternoon, We had fun yesterday morning after Jerry got rained out. We drove to Burlington, NC to find Best Buy. They didn't have what we were looking for. I found a "Michael's" though and bought a few things. I think the local Hobby Lobby has a better selection, and was a bit disappointed. It was a nice drive though the country side from here to there and that made the trip nice. I am looking for a PDA.. something I can keep a list on and carry with me from place to place. So if I pick up material I can make a note why I picked it up and what I intend to make with it. Or a shopping list. I just can't seem to remember everything I put on a list as well as I use to. I know, I can use a note pad and pen, but my hand writing is not getting any better with age.
yesterday was very dark at times but after 10 am there was very little rain, Today, is just as dark and just as dreary but no rain (yet)
The dogs ended up spending a lot of time in the Kennels and I had a time of it with them when I took them out for the evening. They played and pee' d then wanted back in the camper and Jerry put them back into the kennels (again) I took them back out and took them outside (again) They had a lot of fun playing together and getting all that pent up energy out of their systems. The cats are in and out all the time.
From the kitchen... Dinner will be Salad, Forman Grilled Pork Chops, and noodles.
A Recipe
Magic Bullet Vegetable Lunch (today's lunch)
You put in to the cup how much you want. No measurements (aka Rachael Ray style)
In the tall cup place:
shredded carrots
Broccoli florets (I used two, trimmed and cut smaller)
Baby spinach leaf
Green Pepper
Put on steamer top and then Microwave for 2 minutes, Remove and pour in V8 juice to the bottom of the threads of the top. Replace steamer lid and Microwave for 3 more minutes. I put a 1/2 cup of frozen rice in the microwave to thaw while this is cooking for 3 more minutes. Remove cup, check rice to see if it's hot, if not microwave 1 to 2 more minutes.
Put rice in bowl and mound up in the middle. Whirl the vegetables with the cross blade for a few seconds. Until all is blended. Pour over rice and serve. Make one large bowl of something good for lunch. You could share this by using 1 cup of rice divided between two bowls and still both bowls will be full.
I am hearing... Of Course, the T. V. dogs barking, birds flying around outside.Beth on the Phone
I am wearing... Gray Sweat pants and a spray dyed T-shirt.
I am reading... Emails and Kindle free books
A few plans for today... I still need to finish cleaning the kitchen. Then make the beds and clean the bathroom. (I'm really slow on doing things today)
A few plans for the rest of the week... Clean up the camper and keep it clean. Take a few walks, hope to make a craft or two, take a couple of pictures with my camera.

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There is a lot of moss growing around here. I love this picture I took at the first of the month showing the moss by a tree that is on our walk around the drive way in B section.
April 2013 Organizing Checklist
by Maria Gracia

Taco Tuesday! Your dinner for tonight can be
tacos or a taco bar. Invite suggestions for favorite foods
to build your own tacos. Maybe this can be a tradition for
Tuesday night dinners? What other consistent foods or
ingredients would your household enjoy looking forward to
on specific days of the week?

Billie C.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Howdy... April 25

Howdy.... I hope you have been having a good day. It's a very pleasent day here in Virginia. There is only a slight breeze and the tempature is just perfect. Although we had a few clouds in the sky yesterday, today is clean. I would love a few more days just like today. Of course we need rain, but over night rains would be perfect. My walk today included Macon. The campground owner's boy and his cousin (almost the same age) were pushing a lawnmower up here in our area and I asked them to stop and let me let Macon check it out. Macon tried to stay behind me. He finally came around and got close to it but would not touch it or let either of the boys touch him. When a lady with her three yappy dogs came out it was too much for Macon so we moved on away from the lawnmower and the yappy dogs down to the lake. I let Macon sniff around when I saw another lady with two dogs, closer to his size comeing down the hill. I asker her (Loudly) which direction she wanted to go. She wanted to go to the right, and I told her I would go left, and that I didn't trust Macon around dogs the size of hers and she said her lab mix has the same problem. So now I am wondering if it's a "Lab" thing or not. Anyway. we walked down to the first park bench. where I rested for a little while before going on down to the second bench and rested again. Macon left me a "gift" which I bagged up in a bag, then bagged into another bag and tied to his collar. He wasn't happy with having to carry it but he soon accepted that he was going to carry it on his collar. Barney was barking while we were walking back and I sat outside until he finally stopped barking and was quiet for a little while. Barney seems to have problems when Macon is not around. He does better when I take Rocky for a walk. The cats were all waiting for me to feed them this afternoon. They were even pushing my hands, trying to make me open the cans faster.
From the kitchen... Hamburgers, Salad and Fries. Not sure what, if anything we will have for dessert.
I am hearing... I have been watching old "Person of Intrest" shows all day long. I have to catch up with a few shows, to make room for more shows. Jerry thought he saw that "The Good Wite" was ending and told me. I think he mis read the note as it's the season ending not seires ending show.
I am wearing... Dark Grey sweat pants and a blue printed top.
I am reading... The Bible (one chapter ,Numbers 9) and Emails
I am thinking... How nice it will be for Jerry to have Sunday off this week. Of course we will have lots to get done but I hope he can get some rest in the afternoon.
I am thankful for... wonderful weather and well behavied dogs.
I am hoping... to remember to walk every day. I skipped yesterday's walk and found I couldn't go further than I did two days ago. I need to do better than this every day.
I am creating... A card to send to Beth. I cut everything out two days ago, but then mis-placed it until I did some cleaning in the living room area. After I send this off, I'll glue it all together and have it ready to send out tomorrow.
One of my favorite things... sitting by the lake, just enjoying the day.
A few plans for the rest of today... finish the card for Beth. Make dinner. Take the dogs out one more time.
A few plans for the rest of the week... Shopping, laundry, walking, cooking, list making
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Barney sure loves to play with his ball.


Billie C.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the cleaner we should see through it ~ Jean Paul

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Howdy.. April 23

Howdy....  I meant to write a note yesterday, then plum forgot about it.  This mooring was not as cool as it was yesterday morning, Thank goodness.  I didn't need to use the oven to help warm things up in here. It helps that I remembered where one of our heaters was stored. I found the one that Hubby was looking for, when I went to find my mixer. Go figure. I finally found my mixer, not where I usually put it.  Now I have got to find a better place to keep it.  I made an Oreo Cookie no-bake dessert for us for tonight. I added just a bit of mint flavoring and a bit of green tint to it, turning it into a Grasshopper pie. Hubby loves Grasshopper pie.  Here in a bit, I'll have to take the dogs out, then go for my walk. I need to take my camera with me. I'm thinking I'll go the other direction, just to change things up a bit. I think I'll take Barney with me on this walk.
Outside my door ...  The trees are finally Green !!. and the slight breeze is just want we need today.  I am seeing a golden glow on all the trucks and cars around here. They are covered in pollen.
The Dogs ...  have been sleeping on the beds. Barney played ball this morning, dropping the ball on my foot, over and over. He finally got tired of doing that. Rocky and Macon had a good ol Wrestlin match when I had them out this morning so everyone is now sleeping (recharging their batteries) and will be ready for round two here in a bit.
The Cats ... are wondering when I'll be feeding them. Each one has come up and looked in the door at me. I guess they think that will make me get up and take care of them faster.
From the kitchen...  I have some chicken strips marinating in Zesty Italian Dressing and will grill them for dinner, and I'll made some noodles to serve them over. Of course we will have salad and the dessert I just made up.
I am hearing... Of course I have the T. V. on. It's always on. I'm hearing a crow "calling" outside, and the breeze in the trees. 
I am wearing... light gray cut off sweat short, red and blue splattered T-shirt. I think I'll be changing into something warmer before Hubby gets home, though.
I am reading...  I'm "between" book at the moment. I did read Numbers 7 from the Bible today. Reading how much each of the 12 tribes gave to the service of the moveable temple and the Ark of the Covenants. One tribe per day for 12 days.  (yeah, boring)
I am thankful for...  Being able to open the door and vents and let the camper air out for a bit. 
I am hoping... That there are no more changes made to Hubby's hours.  He's back to working 10 hour days, starting at 6:30 in the morning and will have Sunday off.. at least until they change their minds again, anyway.
I am creating... I made a card to send to my Grand daughter in Tennessee to give to some one,  two days ago. I'm working on a card to send to my younger daughter. I hope to finish that up after I take my walk this afternoon (here in a few minutes)
One of my favorite things... making dessert. I know we don't "Need" dessert, but it's nice to have from time to time.
A few plans for today... finish up a card I cut the elements for, yesterday. Walk to the park bench and back. Sit outside with the dogs for a little bit.
A few plans for the rest of the week...  I want to make more cards this week.  I have yet to start a top I have been wanting to cut out for some time, now. I am working on doing more around the camper before I start reading my emails. I need to get house work done before I read emails or I get caught up in reading them and forget to get it all done before it's time to make our dinner in the afternoon.  The computer can really be a big time stealer, for me.
Apr 23 Keeping track of all our appointments and
events can be difficult especially with many family
members. The best method is to use one large yearlong
calendar where all activities are written down. A different
color pen can be used for each member of the household.

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Billie C.
"Old age is the most unexpected of things that can happen to a man."
-- Leon Trotsky

Eclair Cake

Eclair Cake
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"
1 pound box Graham Crackers
2 small boxes Instant French Vanilla Pudding
3 1/2 cups Milk
1 (9 oz) container Cool Whip
1 can Chocolate Frosting
Butter bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Line with whole Graham Crackers. Mix pudding with milk. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes Blend in Cool Whip. Pour half of the mixture over the Graham Crackers. Put another layer of Graham Crackers over the pudding. Pour remaining pudding over and then cover with more Graham Crackers. Chill for 2 hours before Frosting.

Billie C.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Easy Pound Cake

Easy Pound Cake
"From Our Home to Yours"
Ozark First Church of the Nazarene"
1 pound Butter
3 Cups Sugar
10 Eggs
3 Cups Sifted Flour
Cream Butter and Sugar thoroughly. Add eggsalternately with flour, beating well after each addition. Pour into well greased and floured tube cake pan. Bake approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes at 325F.

Billie C.
Don't let the shadows of yesterday spoil the sunshine of tomorrow ~ live for today ~ unk

Saturday, April 20, 2013

About Easy ‘Tie Dye’ the Kids can do!

I saw this idea and posted it in my crafts newsletter back in March.  Today I thought I would experiment with some material and a few pens I have on hand. This is what I found, and below that, my results
Easy 'Tie Dye' the Kids can do!


After the kids have finished up their artwork on the t-shirts you will then take rubbing alcohol and lightly pour the alcohol over the drawing. It is easiest to do this in a bottle with an applicator tip. But if you don't have one that is okay as well…


The rubbing alcohol will then let the colors bleed out making if kind of a fun tie dye effect the kids will love! – Next let dry!


First, I did a few random marks and instead of using alcohol, I used mouthwash, (funny right, It's what I have in a spray bottle) here are my results.


Hum.. some bled like they should have, but some didn't. So next I did it again using the alcohol, and here are the results of that try.


OH KAY... so which brands will and which ones will not bleed..

I took one of each type of blue plus one black and made a mark taking a picture after each mark so I could keep up with what pen made what mark in order

1 My "Blank" slate so to speak. A piece of old T-shirt stretched out over a small Sour Cream container

2 The first make Tulip Fabric Markers

3. Second Mark Sharpie Mini Marker

4 Third Mark with Sharpie Farbic Marker

and 5 with black Sharpie
Here are the marks, still dry
And what I poured over the marks. I didn't measure how much I used.
I used Just enough to dampen the material
As you can see,  The Sharpie Markers bled very well.
the next few pictures are over the next few minutes. 5 minutes over all and the resulting spread of the color.
So, if your going to do this, don't use the markers for fabric, but only the regular Sharpie Markers
My next experiment will be to see how well the bleeding stands up to washing.

Billie C.
Let us have faith that right makes might;
and in that faith let us dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Howdy....April 18

Howdy.... and Good After noon. Well. Jerry was told to expect to work 12 hours a day, 7 days a week until Memorial Day.. I doubt he'll work each and every day of that. He's just going to get so tired that he will have to take a day off even now and then. I thought there was a law about but he said not in Virginia. I may just have to check on that to be sure though.
After asking Jerry to buy his breakfast out yesterday, I went to bed early enough that I could get up and make his breakfast this morning and take the dogs out. Changing everything by just 1/2 a hour sure does throw out my timing.
It's been a very pleasant morning and I have had the dogs out for a bit. Soon it's time to take them out again .I think I'll take out my Kindle and read while they are doing what ever it is that dogs do. (sniff, snap at flying bugs, play with each other ect.) I'll feed the cats at the same time as I take the dogs out, I've already put some dry food out this morning for them. We have a good change of storms this evening so I'll not refill their bowl until after the rain and storms go away.
I've been keeping the camper a bit cleaner than I did over winter. With the door open It just feels fresher in here. It's easier to make the beds first thing after I get up and know I'm going to stay up for the rest of the day. I do go back to bed after Jerry leaves for work for a couple of hours.
From the kitchen...
Lunch. Magic Bullet Speedy Guacamole on crackers
Dinner. I have a Tenderloin I need to roast. I' hate to start the oven in the afternoon when it's hot but this is thawed and I need to take care of it today. Hum.. what all goes on a Philly Sandwich?

I am hearing... The T. V. , the fan blowing, People talking a few lots from us. (they are new) and a few birds are about.
I am wearing... Shorts and a light blue top
I am reading... Bible (Numbers 3), I need to pick out a book to read while I have the dogs outside here in a bit
I am thinking...
I am thankful for...
I am hoping... That those who set the hours of this job, rethink and change them back to 10 hours a day.. I'm sure they are looking at a bonus that they get if the job is done before it's due (and they don't ever seem to share that money with those who do the work) but more and more of the workers are leaving to go to other jobs because the other jobs are offering more money and not pushing for so many hours per week. Over time should not be Mandatory, but at this job, it is.
____ Apr 18 Scrub your kitchen sink today. Be sure to use a
type of cleaner that will sanitize and remove stains. Take
out your drainer and scrub it also, or put it in the
dishwasher. Use a handled brush to scrub the rims of your
sink drain.

Billie C.
Life is short, so live it
Love is rare, so grab it
Fear controls you, so face it
Memories are precious, so cherish them
We only get one life, so live it!

Spring Welcome Mat

Spring Welcome Mat

Crafts 'n things Craft of the Day

What better way to greet guests than with a smile? This easy-to-paint, smiling flower welcome mat is a great way to add a touch of spring to your outdoor d├ęcor.


  • Green doormat, 18"x24"
  • DecoArt Patio Paints: Cloud White, Sprout Green, Petunia Purple, Wrought Iron Black, Citrus Green, Fuchsia, Pansy Purple


  • Round scrubber paintbrushes: sizes #0, #4, #6, #14
  • Poster board, 18"x24"

Basic Supplies




For stencil, print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word "patterns" is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) Fold poster board in half. Trace patterns onto poster board; cut out.


For flower, center stencil on mat, aligning bottom edges. Use #6 to stencil petal edges Petunia Purple. Use circular scrubbing motion to force paint into grooves in mat. Remove template. Use #14 to fill in petals with Petunia Purple. While still wet, use #14 to paint Cloud White along petal edges and Pansy Purple along flower head edges. Use #6 to paint flower head Fuchsia. While still wet, use #6 to paint flower head edges Cloud White.


Use #14 to paint cheeks and nose Pansy Purple and to add Cloud White highlights. Use #0 to paint eyes, smile, and border Wrought Iron Black.


For border, position leaf stencil as desired. Use #4 to stencil edges Citrus Green. Paint leaves Sprout Green and veins Wrought Iron Black. Add Fuchsia and Petunia Purple mini-flowers and dots around border as desired.

by Annie Lang


Billie C.
Life is short, so live it
Love is rare, so grab it
Fear controls you, so face it
Memories are precious, so cherish them
We only get one life, so live it!