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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Cabinet Full of Pretties!

Hello Glitterinas!

Thank you for stopping by to visit all the re-arranging at Pink Glitter!

I was lucky enough to get a pretty little cabinet from Papaw.....he's down-sizing and was not going to use it anymore.

In several past posts I have shared other things about Papaw....he's a great guy!  He is my husband's dad....and he is the only parent we still have to love on.  

Speaking of love.....how much do you love this little cutie?


I was so anxious to get it dusted, polished and filled with pretties I didn't even stop to take a picture of it while it was empty.

I had decided that this spot of wall by the windows would be where it lived.  Sure enough, the fit was perfect!  I loved it right there!  

My sweet husband was pleasantly surprised that he didn't have to move it over here....no, how about over here.....hmmm, what would it look like over there?  :)

Each shelf of this little cabinet now holds some of my favorite treasures!

Here's the top shelf.....it holds some of my Mom's pink rose dishes that she collected from their travels.....it also holds a pink rose platter that served lots of delicious food at my Mother-in law's house.


On the middle shelf, I displayed some angels, some little Mary Engelbreit books, and across the back, some metal picnic plates that look vintage but are actually new.


The bottom shelf might be my favorite.....

It holds stacks of collected, gifted, and inherited linens.....table cloths of all sizes and sets of napkins.  I am lucky enough to have two sets of napkins and several Irish linen table cloths that were Grandparents' wedding gifts!  They are still beautiful and in marvelous shape. Isn't that amazing?

I love using them when I set the table.

The little bone plate is one of a set, the silver cross was a Christmas gift from my parents.....

and the crystal pitcher holds sterling spoons that I've collected here and there over the years.





My little cabinet of pretties also has a cute vignette on top.....you know me, I'll decorate anything that stands still!




The little burlap banner was a quick, craft project and the old license plates came out of Papaw's barn.  Do you wish you could visit the old barn with me to find treasures?




This little porcelain heart was a gift many, many years ago from my friend Mary Jane!


Thank you so much for looking through my little cabinet of pretties!

Which shelf do you like?

I am already thinking about changing what's on top.....that should be fun!

Until next time,
Tammy


















Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Take a Sniff....Take a Look!

Glitterinas, have I got a fun project to share with you?!

The bowl of lavender I harvested has dried out and is ready to be made
into something.

Just like Winnie the Pooh, I had to think, think, think.

There was so much of it, I decided to make something to share with friends.

Little lavender pot pourri bags would be perfect to share and enjoy myself!

Let's get started.....


I scooped..... 


....and filled small, organza bags with the dried lavender.


What a deliciously scented pile of cute, little bags!

These bags are available in many colors and can be found in the bridal section
at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or other craft supply stores.

I searched through my stash of ribbon and "smalls" looking for something to
decorate these little bags with.....

I decided on several types of lavender ribbon 
and some tiny, purple flowers with leaves and berries.


I tied the bows first and then hot glued little berries on some.....


......a flower and a leaf on some.


A few bags got two flowers.......these are turning out cute.....



I only hot glued my fingers once.....being a hot glue gun lover 
from way back, you'd think I could complete a project without getting
any on me.....ummm, nope!



These little pot pourri lovelies are certainly not an original
project but they sure are pretty!

I am going to enjoy sharing these......

I am happy with the way they turned out.

What do you think?


A lavender, lavender collection of loveliness.

Guess what??

I still have some lavender left.....that means I need to think of another project.

I wonder if I could make soap.....or lavender sugar.....oh, so many possibilities.

I am so glad you stopped by.....thank you so much!

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Until next time,
Tammy



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Monday, February 17, 2014

Smell the Lovely Lavender

Hello Gliterinas!

Even though we have had some very cold days here in central Texas I find myself
out in the backyard for a little bit each day.

Do you find yourself wanting to be outside?

The pansy plants are still blooming 
and some of the herbs have weathered these crazy freezy days and nights.

The lavender plant did not fair very well, though.


Lil Lavender is the sad, gray plant in the middle of this section of my flower "bed".


I pinched off one of the little, crunchy stems......

sniff, sniff.....hmmmm, that smells good!

I decided to harvest all of what was left of this little plant.



All of the cuttings filled my gathering basket!


I began trimming all of the small, very narrow leaves from the woody stems.

I really enjoy the scent of fresh lavender!

I was pleasantly surprised that the plant had so much scent left in it.


I started out working on the ottoman while watching television.....

hmmm, I might need to go back to kindergarten and work on my scissor skills.

The lavender pieces I was snipping were going everywhere!!

I moved to the kitchen table and paid closer attention to keeping the
lavender over the bowl.


There were just a few woody stems that had no scent....so they did not get
snipped into the bowl.


Even though I was being careful to get all of the snipped pieces into the bowl, there was 
one little escapee piece that found it's way into my coffee......good grief!?


I had a lovely bowl full of lavender.....it smelled sooo good.

I wanted to let it dry completely before I did anything with it.  

That gave me a little time to decide what I wanted to do with this
serendipitous harvest!

While the lavender begins to dry out, I'll wish you a lovely day.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out what's happening
here at Pink Glitter!

Next time, I'll share what becomes of my bowl of delicious scented lavender.

Ta Ta, my lovelies,
Tammy




Saturday, February 8, 2014

Cranberries, Jalapenos, Cha-Cha-Cha!

Cha cha cha, Glitterinas!

I am working in the kitchen today....
so the only dancing will be when something turns out yum-yum-yummy!

Thank you for stopping by Pink Glitter......I am so glad you are here to spend a little time with me.

I want to share some delicious yet simple recipes with you.

The first recipe we're whipping up in the food processor is my family's
Fresh Cranberry Relish.

My family enjoys this relish with poultry....so I make it for
Thanksgiving and again for Christmas.  It's a nice addition to a meal in February or July, too!  Just keep a bag of fresh cranberries in the freezer.

It's fresh, crisp, sweet and just a bit tangy.


I am starting with a large bag of cranberries today because I am making more than one type of cranberry relish.  My recipe calls for the small bag of fresh cranberries.

This recipe is fun to make because it always turns out great....
and it's simple and quick!


Whizzzzzz......whizzzzz.....and there it is!

Into a large canning jar and into the refrigerator....after husband and I have a little taste, of course!



Tammy’s Cranberry Relish

1 pkg. (the small one, the three pounder is crazy toooo much) fresh cranberries
1 jar orange marmalade (a cut up orange works,too, peel included)
1 or 2 granny smith apples, chopped
1/2 cup pecan pieces
splash of lemon juice
sugar, to taste

I give the cranberries a quick whirl in the food processor, then add all of the other ingredients, giving it a whirl after each addition.  Taste and adjust.  To me, this relish tastes best after it has been in the refrigerator for about 24 hours. Enjoy!

Now that our trusted cranberry relish is in the refrigerator.......I am going to make something with a little heat!

See the can of sliced jalapenos?  Half of the can is popped into the food processor next.....


I am using the cranberry relish recipe with the addition of about 14 oz. of sliced jalapenos.  

This large can holds 28 oz.......so, there's one more recipe after this.....yay!


Now this cranberry relish has a good ol' kick!

It goes into a canning jar, too and is kept cold until it's served.

Our sweet son in law loves "hot and spicy" so I am hoping he enjoys this new twist on an old stand by!

OK......last but not least....

we'll use the rest of the sliced jalapenos to create a yummy salsa.


Whizzzzz......whizzzzz......tah dah!

Sweet Jalapeno Pecan salsa!


This goes into the refrigerator, too!

I think I'll serve some of it over cream cheese and some in a bowl for dipping!

This sweet, jalapeno salsa is so good on eggs.

I am excited to have three different jars of yumminess all ready to serve.

Here's the recipe for you.....


Sweet Jalapeno Pecan Salsa

14 oz. sliced jalapenos
1 1/2 c. pecans
1 c. sugar
2 T. lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together and then pulse in the food processor until fairly smooth.  Refrigerate.

Now you have three new recipes to try!

I hope you and your family will try these and enjoy them!

Which one would you like to taste first? 

Ready to dance a bit, Glitterinas, these recipes turned out yummy, so a little fancy footwork around the kitchen is in order.....cha cha cha.....


Until next time,
Tammy




Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pencils, Cars, and Hearts!

Happy Almost Valentine's Day, Glitterinas!

I have been enjoying all the terrific Valentine ideas on Pinterest.

Do you pin?

There are some crazy crafty creative people out there in Pinterest-land!

I am so glad they share their wonderful ideas......I talked to the grand~darlings about some of these fun ideas for Valentines.

The girls decided they would like to give their buddies at school a pencil.  Our littlest decided he wanted to give cars to his classmates.

OK.....pencils and cars it is!

Now it's time for Gigi to get busy....I love having a project to work on.....and completing a project for the grands is triple FUN!

Let me share the pencil valentine project first......

From Pinterest, I picked the saying "You are WRITE for me!"

Isn't that just "write" for a pencil Valentine? hee hee

I designed and printed the greeting.....
each one got a cute little heart !


Slice, slice.....very thankful for my time saving paper cutter.



Next part....a larger rectangle of valentine paper.


Slice, slice......watch your fingers!



Now, this larger paper piece gets two slits, one at the top and 
one at the bottom, to hold the pencil.  I used my Dad's heavy duty x-acto knife.


Whew.....always glad to finish with that sharp bugger.....and get it put away!


All that's left to do now, is assemble the parts.....LOVE this part!



I found a tape runner and some refills at Hobby Lobby on the sale wall.....so I bought them and decided to break them open for this project.


Worked like a charm!

I glued the greeting on top of the valentine paper.

Fed the pencil through the slits....


and hot glued a puffy heart on to secure the pencil to the paper.


I was worried that the pencils might slip out.


Cute!  

I think the girls will like their valentines.

What do you think?




A nice, big, plastic zip bag would hold each girls' set of valentines.....
but you know, I could make a cute bag for them.

Ooooh, good idea....


These little handle bags will be easy for them to carry......
and they're kinda cute, too.....don't you think?

A twist of burlap ribbon, some crepe paper, some paper circles all glued onto a kraft paper bag......yep, I like 'em!


Pencil project.....check!

Let's move on to Hudson's car valentines!

Again, Pinterest to the rescue.....

Valentine, I "WHEELIE" like you!

Perfect!

These were crazy easy and fast to make.....yay!

Here we go.....vroooom, vrooooom.....

Again, I designed the greeting, printed them out, and cut them apart.

Gathered the little cars, the clear, plastic bags, my stapler,
and some little colored, foam heart stickers.


A little car and some colorful foam heart stickers were popped into
a bag....a car card was stapled on.....

VOILA!


I like the addition of the little foam hearts.....I am glad I picked those up.

So, do these rev up your heart?

A cute bag to carry these valentines in was next.....

I like this one, too!



 I'll be delivering their filled bags when the grand~darlings come over to make their valentine mail boxes to take to school!

I am looking forward to crafting with those three cuties.....the oldest is very creative, so I am really looking forward to seeing what she creates.

I have a basket of craft goodies all ready.....when they get here we'll dig through and inspect all the contents.....and let the creative juices flow.


I hope you have a chance to let your creative juices flow for Valentine's Day.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you've been up to......I'd love to hear
all about your Valentine creations.

Thank you so much for dropping by Pink Glitter and letting me share 
my quick and simple valentine projects with you.

Until next time,
Tammy




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