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Dragonfly lanterns

Dragonfly lanterns
I love these.  So I made one for me & one for a friend.  Since this was a Covid-19 quarantine project & I didn’t have any vellum (at least that I could find… we moved a few months ago & I still don’t know where everything is), I used 8 1/2 x 11 inch heat laminating sheets.  Tore them apart (so they were single la [...]

Christmas trees!!!

Christmas trees!!!
I had wanted to make this tree for the past few years.  But it looked like a labor intensive project & I always thought of making it in December… when I didn’t have that much time to spare.  So this became a perfect quarantine 2020 project.  I couldn’t decide whether to make a green one or a white one.  But hey, it’ [...]

Paprika Recipe Manager

Paprika Recipe Manager
As a self proclaimed software junkie, one application I’ve used for about 27 years is Mastercook recipe manager.  It was (and remains) a  great desktop app.  But when they ventured into the realm of cloud syncing so that the recipes sync between a desktop, tablet and phone, they failed miserably.  Since I’m a loyal customer, I str [...]

Password managers

Password managers
Having spent 39 years in IT, here are my suggestions regarding online passwords. First, do not use passwords that are comprised of family names, pet names, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  DO use strong, complex passwords.  (A password manger will make this VERY EASY.) Second, NEVER use the same password for multiple accounts.  (A password man [...]

Mother’s Birthday Luncheon 2018...

Mother’s Birthday Luncheon 2018!!!
The 7th Annual Mother’s Birthday luncheon is a wrap & I think one of the best ones!  (I think that every year, though!  And I’m finally getting around to posting about it!)  Fourteen guests and a “drive by” (Ashley’s daughter’s birthday is the same day (she was 15 this year!), so she stops by for a few minutes.) Another guest had t [...]

Baked Brie with Cranberries

Baked Brie with Cranberries
Baked Brie with Cranberries   (not my picture… I forgot to get a photo of mine) 1 can/tube of crescent rolls or crescent dough sheet 1 can cranberry sauce with whole cranberries 1 brie round or wheel segment Unroll the dough.  If using the rolls (rather than the dough sheet), pinch the perforations to seal them.  Place the bri [...]

Gala Champagne Punch

Gala Champagne Punch
Gala Champagne Punch 1 (1 qt) bottle chilled champagne 1 (1 qt) bottle of chilled Chardonnay 20 ounces chilled club soda 4 ounces brandy 3 ounces creme de cassis Combine all ingredients & serve!

DIY “cap” for beverage di...

DIY “cap” for beverage dispenser base!
I recently decided to decorate one of my beverage dispensers by placing fun stuff in the clear base.  But the design of the base made it difficult, since the dip of the ice compartment is shorter than the base.  That meant after placing items where I wanted them, then placing a flat item over it, everything would shift or even fall out, when [...]

Invitations for the 7th Annual Mother...

Invitations for the 7th Annual Mother’s Birthday Luncheon!
Invitations sent!  This year’s theme was polka dots (I LOVE polka dots!) & roses. Once again, I made the stickers for the envelope flaps to match the invitations (lower right in the photo below).  I’ve been making cards since 1996 and this is the first time I’ve ever lined the envelopes.  I got the idea from a Cricut page on [...]

Mother’s Day For Motherless Dau...

Mother’s Day For Motherless Daughters
This Sunday is Mother’s Day.  It can be a difficult day for many, including those of us whose mothers are no longer living.  One thing I’ve done each year since my mother passed (ok, I did forget one year…) is to send a Mother’s Day card to one of her best friends.  My mother & Kay traveled often together, including several cruises. [...]

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