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  • blueribbonfair 8:19 pm on December 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Christmas: I used to Make These When my Kids were Small. 

    One of our holiday family traditions is to make a gingerbread house. We started this tradition over 10 years ago after my friend and neighbor introduced me to all the gingerbread possibilities at a display at Peddler’s Village. Over the years we’ve replicated our cabin in gingerbread, my parent’s cabin, the board game Candy Land, a […]

    via Our House (and more) in Gingerbread — Judy Matusky, RDN, LDN

     

    These are so awesome. If you are into gingerbread houses, Christmas, and decor or plain fun DIY, these are extraordinary. Go check out the blog post and support the author. There are about a dozen others on there. They look so real.

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  • blueribbonfair 11:28 pm on December 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Christmas git tags handmade, diy christmas, , holiday crafts, Kids christmas, kids holiday crafting, recycle christmas, snow globes, window shopping   

    Window Shopping Easy Christmas Ideas for Kids 

    Here are some photos of easy crafts to do in the last minutes. Great kids crafts and good for adults like me have a hard time doing detail work. LOL, I have even done the mitten one myself to give with gifts many years back. Easy snow globes are elegant. Simple but eye-catching tags. Inexpensive green paper plate tree. Merry Christmas:

     
  • blueribbonfair 8:14 pm on December 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Surviving the Holidays! 

    Great advice for Holidays.

    Purpose Filled Mommy with Minimarie

    The holiday season with all its wonder and almost magical allure of lights and decor is a beautiful time of the year!The holidays can also have many stressors and emotional triggers that are associated with the season that many struggle with. There are so many things going on here, there, and everywhere it seems during this time. There’s more pressure of expectations during Christmas through New Year’s then any other holiday I believe next to the official holiday season kickoff of Thanksgiving. Here are a few holiday emotional triggers with possible relief in handlingholiday stress.

    • We love our children and grandchildren. However regardless if it’s talking about our younger kiddos bouncy from the holiday break, our college kids visiting with”house guests,”or our adult children needing child care for the break it can get pretty overwhelming quickly. Try to take things day by day in stride. Plan activities…

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  • blueribbonfair 7:00 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: acorn crafts, , decorated pumpkins, , , luvapin holiday autumn board, Macaroni and cheese ideas, November, , pumpkin pies, sweet potates, , Thanksgiving Crafts, , Thanksgiving kid's crafts   

    Thanksgiving with Pinterest 

    Items below from my Thanksgiving, Halloween and Autumn Board over on Pinterest.  A lot more on there is interested:    luvapin autumn holidays board.

    Again a Happy Thanksgiving day to all. Thanks for visiting.

     

     

    Julie’s Eats and Treats

     

     

    blog corn and mac and cheese food yellow pinterest

    Looks so good. Corn and Macaroni and cheese made special.

     

    craft invaders

     

     

    blog autumn craft acorns acorn jewels pinterest

    What an awesome manner not to mention easy to do and inexpensive. Bring nature indoors.

     

    Crafting Morning

     

     

    blog Autumn tree with dish Brush craft pinterest fall colorful

    Since I no longer have crafty kids around, I am not ashamed to do this myself. I love “kid’s looking” art and have so much I kept of mine from years back.

     

    This is an anonymous Link.

     

     

    blog thanksgiving burlap words craft pinterest autumn

    The site this came from is not linked to the post, but what a simple and beautiful way to recycle tin cans. I also think the craft “How To’s” are easy enough to follow by using the photos.

     

    Pental

     

    blog colorful pumkins fall craft with markers pinterest pentel markers

    Bright pumpkins on the porch. Great to lighten up shorter and darker days. This site sells the oil pastels to use actually. I did not check the pricing and maybe other brands would work, but these appear to be a very good make on them. 

     

    A couple more recipes for your gathering together:

     

    chef in training

     

    blog pumkin casserole food autumn fall pinterest

    Almost a desert.

     

    Amy New Nostalgia

     

     

    blog retro vintage pumkin pie pinterest fall autumn

    A Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie? I do not think so.

     

     

     

     
  • blueribbonfair 9:59 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , blog followers, , fall leaves, give thanks, , , pumpkin, , , vintage cards   

    Giving thanks for my followers 

     

    It’s that time of year folks. Thank you for following , reading, commenting, visiting, and liking my blog and posts! 

     
    • Oliana 10:42 pm on November 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love that our thanksgiving is the 2nd Monday in October…it gives me almost two months of being thankful and being touched by so many. May I reblog this beautiful Thanksgiving wish…I love that you wish us blessings outnumbering the fallen leaves! Blessings to you too, Cheryl-Lynn

    • Oliana 11:29 am on November 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Traces of the Soul and commented:
      I love how this blogger expresses her thanks…”more blessings than fallen leaves”

    • Shauna 8:37 pm on November 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • blueribbonfair 6:34 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Catherine Burns, , In The Woods, , , mystery books, psychological suspense, , , Sarah Schmidt, See what I have done, Tana French, The visitors, thriller reads   

    Books in November 

    Here are the Books I am reading this month; I do not read as much as I used since I have so much to do……….

    book visitors blog beautiful cover Catherine Burns 2017

    My update on what I think of it: I’m on page 86 of 288 of The Visitors: This book is creepy because of the odd characters in it, rather slow to do anything.; But there is an undertone to the book and hopefully, it will hit what the jacket cover said more and at least at the 1/2 way mark.  

    Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.

    Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.

    As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

    See What I Did book black raven blog beautiful cover

    In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

    On the morning of August 4, 1892, Lizzie Borden calls out to her maid: Someone’s killed, Father. The brutal ax-murder of Andrew and Abby Borden in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts, leaves little evidence and many unanswered questions. While neighbors struggle to understand why anyone would want to harm the respected Bordens, those close to the family have a different tale to tell—of a father with an explosive temper; a spiteful stepmother; and two spinster sisters, with a bond even stronger than blood, desperate for their independence.

    As the police search for clues, Emma comforts an increasingly distraught Lizzie whose memories of that morning flash in scattered fragments. Had she been in the barn or the pear arbor to escape the stifling heat of the house? When did she last speak to her stepmother? Were they really gone and would everything be better now? Shifting among the perspectives of the unreliable Lizzie, her older sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, and the enigmatic stranger Benjamin, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling.

     

     

     

    Not a page turner, but good enough to keep me reading. I may add more book since I am close to finishing a couple of them.

     

     

    book in the woods tana french blog

     A gripping thriller and New York Times bestseller from the acclaimed author of Broken Harbor and The Secret Place

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
    Richly atmospheric and stunning in its complexity, In the Woods is utterly convincing and surprising to the end.

    Look for French’s new mystery, The Trespasser, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

    I am reading this one over again. Such a good story.

     

     

     

     
    • kathyscottage 9:33 pm on November 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Creepy.

    • aj vosse 7:33 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you find time to read and rate mine too… one day when you have a moment to spare. It will be easier than these three… mine is a collection of short stories, read one or two, put it to rest for a day or so and so on! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Good Reads? and by your name here?

        • aj vosse 8:08 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          No… the short story collection is available on Kindle… just click on the link in the right sidebar of my blog… the eye-catching mustard yellow… The Lucky Thirteen! Thanks!! 😉

        • blueribbonfair 7:36 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink

          Thanks.

    • RITU RAJ 9:14 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello,
      I am Khushboo. I am an upcoming writer. You probably know me through my blog. I recently launched my book on Amazon. The name of the book is COMPLICATED US. I was hoping if you could review it. Please contact me at khushbooranimahato2308@gmail.com and let me know if you can do a review. Eagerly waiting for your reply

      • blueribbonfair 7:14 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I only have a desktop. I used to have a kindle, but it was used so much it broke. I have not been able-though I want one-to get one at this time. And my phone? I just won a book on Goodreads and it was a kindle book They said I could put it on my phone, but gave up trying to figure it out when it kept saying we are having trouble getting this on your phone. I have to follow up on it contacting them soon. I cannot read on my desktop either because it hurts my eyes and Chronic pain if I sit too long. If I get the android going with the other book, I would do it. It sounds like a great book.

        • RITU RAJ 7:18 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink

          I understand that you are having some problems now. Word according to your convinence, no rush. If at all I can, I’ll try to provide you with a paperback.
          By the way, your blog is awesome, I love it. It is awesome complication of everything good.
          Yes I am on Goodreads. Name- KHUSHBOO

        • blueribbonfair 7:37 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink

          I will look you up when I get back on there.

      • blueribbonfair 7:16 pm on November 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Are you on Goodreads?

    • Christy B 11:26 pm on November 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      So much to read, so little time 🙂

      • blueribbonfair 2:14 am on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I know it. I used to read every book through even if I did not like the book. I now quit them and do not waste my time on them.

  • blueribbonfair 10:24 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , diy jewelry, , guitar necklace, handmade necklace, , , music note, necklace, rock music   

    Guitar “Jewelry” 

     

    Sparkle 100%

    A necklace I made a year ago or so. For the love of music. Also for Cee’s Fun Foto weekly challenge  This Week it is a word with “J” and at least 6 letters. 

     

     
  • blueribbonfair 10:56 pm on October 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    “Owl” make a fun card for you today! {Stamp School} 

    I love this lady’s craft ideas and ways to save money on making things.I thought I would share her Owl Halloween Card if you might want to try it. Go over and check out her blog or YouTube for more help and ideas.

    Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog

    Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how you can stamps as pattern for painting with acrylics. This is really useful because you can extend an image to fit a shape or in this case a die.

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    I had always loved this gothic arch die set that I got ages ago in the bargain bin at a stamp show but the challenge came in finding stamps that filled the space well. Nothing ever seemed to fit right and the shape looked awkward on a card. I thought this owl and castle stamp would be perfect with this theme so I decided to make it work and ll show you how in today’s video! BTW if you don’t have a gothic arch die simply fold a piece of paper in half and draw half an arch and cut it out, open it up and you have a template to…

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  • blueribbonfair 11:40 pm on October 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black and orange, diy hallowen dcorations, , halloween crafts, , halloween mason jar, halloween party, , kids holiday, mason jar craft, October 31st, pumpkins diy, spider   

    Halloween Party or None? 

    A few Pinterest ideas I saved to my Halloween Board of DIY Decorations for the home whether for a party or not.  

     

    halloween decorations blog monsters front door

    Monster door

    halooween orange black balloons decoration blog

    Black and Orange Around the room or entryway

     

     

    halloween kid crafts blog

    Have fun with the kids to make decorations. For some of us, these actually are adult crafts.

     

     

     

    halloween maon jar spider blog

    The single craft…..Spider and Web

     

     

    DIY-Pumpkin-Tutorials-at-the36thavenue.com- halloween blog diy

    Fancy Fun Pumpkins: Ideas for a Ladies get together or gifts 

     

    Links:

    Monster Door

    Black and Orange Balloon

    Kids Diy Halloween Decos

    Spider Mason Jar 

    Pretty Fancy Pumpkins

     
    • rothpoetry 1:49 am on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of great creative ideas!

    • aj vosse 7:42 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Rather like the simplicity and fun element of many of the ideas!
      I’m really not a hooloween person but as I’ve been designated to do the grand kids pumpkins I think I’ll take a few more of these ideas along next year! Thanks!

  • blueribbonfair 11:17 pm on September 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , burnished gold, , countryside, fields, , Old VA Hospitals, , , roads, rural, , , , , Wyoming   

    SC”E”N”E”RY Double E Word 

    I am not on here as often as I like and miss the days when I did at least one photo challenge from Cee’s Photography.

    So I am glad to participate for once. This week  we are doing Letter E : Needs to have 2 “E’s in the topic. To join in on this specific challenge check it out here:   Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

    A couple of photos I played around with that I labeled scenery:

     

    scenery blog golden brown field water clouds fence samsung

    Fields in late summer on the Eastern side of Wyoming.

    samsung photos scenery blog job corps building green red street

    Old VA hospitable near Burlington, WA 

     
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