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  • blueribbonfair 12:19 am on September 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ghost towns,   

    Missouri Ghost Town Images 

    Some images of Ghost Towns in MO. Love to visit these spots. Haunting, sad and beautiful. From Pinterest.


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  • blueribbonfair 1:48 am on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Child vacation souvenirs, childhood memories, Coastal Indians, creativity crafts, DIY gifts, , , Native American Art, painted twine, paper crafting, Recycle postcards   

    Recycled Postcards From my Childhood 


    These were old postcards I bought with my money my mom gave to spend when we visited a village of Coastal Native Americans. I am pleased how these different subject and design tags turned out. ( More story below.)



    We were visiting my Aunt who lived between Seattle and Everette WA. State. We took the ferry over there and saw how they had lived in history as well as the log dwellings they built. So I found these old Postcards packed away at my moms and thought of a use for them that would be so fun. So out came the scissors, glue, card stock, jute twine, red paint, hole punch and of course the postcards.  So I painted the twine red, cut the paper and my postcards (Which hurt a little since I have had them for years.) Glued the postcard parts on the backgrounds. Let dry as I painted the twine and let dry. then Hole Punched and threaded them.


  • blueribbonfair 8:23 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , no tags or categorizes to do post with, ,   

    Tags, Tags and Categories? Where are they? I did a post today and no tag or category box on there. I also had trouble deleting photos I no longer need. That round black thing with the bars would go in front of the trash button like I was warned, ” “This is Illegal.” At least I am happy the post went well and I completed it and saved it. So when I come back I am looking forward to posting the one I accomplished today. Annoying since I have to really take time to do a post with extras thrown in my life.

  • blueribbonfair 10:56 pm on July 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: August Picnics, banana cold summer recipes, DIY Fruit Leather, diy popcycles, easy kids make with mom treats, Easy Summer Desserts, , healthy summer treats, Ice Cream and Shakes, , picnic treats, , Watermelon recipes   

    So Long Summer 

    I am feeling Fall. I know we are not even in August yet, but my teenager goes back to school in mid-August and all she can talk about is she cannot wait to wear sweats again. The fair has past and I did not get to the carnival this year was a bummer. My son that usually took me has moved about 6 hours away to be with his fiancee. He actually met her online and it seems to be working out great. It is way cooler also today; My air has even kept up. Maybe it and the cloudiness just are making me feel the next season?

    Eating cold treats have been big for me this year. Also lite fare.

    So I thought I would share summer treats and food ideas to try before we say, “So long to summer.” 


    21-Easy-Healthy-Summer-Dessert-Recipes_long blog treats goodies light desserts blog

    If you want more health easy summer sweet treats, These are great with a lot of variety. links listed in order below:

    Top Desserts:

    Healthy Simmer Treats


    Collage: (Left to right with smaller images then a link for the luscious fruit salad.

    Fudge Pops

    Banana Shakes

    Banana Split Bites

    fresh fruit popsicles

    The above seems healthy also.

    Home Made Lemon Ice Cream

    Orange Dream Jello

    Cheesecake Fruit Salad

    3 I missed in the list above”


    Links top to bottom left then right:

    Easy Watermelon Sorbet

    Pop Slurpee

    Easy Watermelon Fruit Leather

    A couple of these above are also healthy recipes I think.





    • America On Coffee 2:03 pm on July 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Food looks absolutely delish! Rest well. Summer can be hot and distressing. Fall may be a better season. But your feeling the Mom experiences. ❤❤❤❤

      • blueribbonfair 6:09 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Summer used to be my favorite season but as I got older Fall became my favorite.

        • America On Coffee 8:56 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink

          Summer has become too hot in many places, seemingly as a result of the changing weather patterns. Fall and Spring can be a bit more comforting than the harshness of Summer and Winter. Stay cool! Enjoy your day!

        • blueribbonfair 10:55 pm on August 16, 2018 Permalink

          We are finally down from low 90’s now from 100 improvement.

        • America On Coffee 11:19 pm on August 16, 2018 Permalink

          I would say so. I remember too Summer being my favorite season. This has been the hottest Summer I have ever felt in my life. What is even scarier, the temperatures over the past few years have been increasing.

    • MyStoriesWithMusic 9:39 pm on July 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Looks tasty 🙂

    • aj vosse 9:57 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Diabetics delight!
      😉 🙂 😉

    • Shauna 10:40 pm on August 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It’s funny, but people at work were saying “Fall was in the air” a few days ago too!

    • Linda Arthur Tejera 12:22 am on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, my, everything looks so scrumptious! I am having a difficult time realizing that we’re well into August. Where do the days go! 😁
      Have a wonderful week!

    • AmyRose🌹 2:34 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Summer went by way too fast this year! I too feel Fall in the air. I have no idea what to expect this year. Love these pictures of Summer. How I wish Summer was still really here.

    • Tina Schell 7:48 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am so sad to see summer go—definitely my favorite season. Fall is beautiful here but I can’t forget that it’s followed by winter!! Treats look yummy

      • blueribbonfair 12:10 am on September 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I am so slow in answering. My issues acting up. Thank you and in spite of it hope your winter goes well.

  • blueribbonfair 8:37 pm on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bird frame, crafts my kids did, , kids crafts for summer, Miniature Mary Jane shoes diy, old books decor idea for 4th of July, , Stars for 4th of July., Summer Celebration, summer holiday   

    Happy 4th All 

    Here are this years (2018)

    2018 Home Decorations. Some handmade (by my kids mainly.) Mine are the Metal Stars, Bird Frame (which somewhat does not fit, but I had it hanging up already for Spring), Mary Jane miniature shoes, red white and blue softball and baseballs painted by me way back so they are slightly faded, so bear with me. My Red stamped valentine art in the background at the bottom. Other things I just bring out of storage with Correct colors.

    • kelleysdiy 8:29 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful crafting!

      • blueribbonfair 8:37 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Did you see my stars from pop cans on there? May be you will not know what I am talking about. (You wanted to see them last year. I had taken a picture of them last year, but my camera was messed up with my pictures and I had to fix it. By then my stuff was put away for fall decorations. Lost pictures.

    • kelleysdiy 2:16 pm on July 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I just love those stars!! So cute! All of your crafts are so cute. I see the kids made some stars too! Memories..isn’t it wonderful creating them with your kids. Love your bird picture frame too!

      • blueribbonfair 9:27 pm on July 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. When My kids were young we made stuff all the time. They are still all creative but in different ways but not doing home deco stuff. (Fixing engines. Humor stories, Drawing, etc.)

    • Christy B 5:44 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Look at these delightful creations!

  • blueribbonfair 10:03 pm on June 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , diy necklace, fix jewelry, , magnet necklaces, make jewelry, , , , vintage necklaces   

    Up-cycle Broken Necklaces 

    This weekend I took 3 broken necklaces I have had for quite awhile to fix. I also went through all my small craft jewelry pieces grabbed some glue and a couple other things I had on hand; Now I have 2 makeover necklaces I did not have to trash.  


    Both of these are magnetized necklaces. The one had a glossy clam shell pendant which lost a corner; I covered it up with a broken Indian Piece from another necklace my son and family gave me when the chain broke. With both necklaces I filled in missing gems with what I had in my stash and a couple small striped beads  on the fan pendant piece. Then I used paint on the beads worn off above the pendants.  Pretty happy since I love distinct non-conforming jewelry.


    • Shauna 9:21 pm on July 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very pretty! 🙂

    • NikeChillemi 2:19 pm on July 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Luv this. I’m getting into diy. I just redid an outside high table for a plant that was rusting. I also watch the DIY TV cable network a lot.

      • blueribbonfair 9:18 pm on July 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I used to do so much of it, but now in a smaller house I do smaller things. Your tables sounds great. Maybe you will do a post with it’s picture someday?

    • aj vosse 10:23 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      And you had fun while having fun! 😉

    • innervoice28 8:51 pm on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They look so wonderful …Marvellous and creative creations 💓✨

    • caroleparkes 7:34 am on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What a great idea for transforming all our broken jewelry. What woman doesn’t have a box of that stuff? I’ve loved all your other posts here too. In fact, I was that interested, I let my coffee go cold.

      • blueribbonfair 9:21 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I am so slow in answering. My issues acting up. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and thank you.

    • Aria Bella 3:20 am on September 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They are gorgeous! So glad you were able to make them ‘new’ again

  • blueribbonfair 5:42 pm on June 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ocean, owl, , sea shore, , thank you to blog followers,   

    On the Road Again: Vacation 

    Hey to all my followers. Thank you for sticking with me, reading and subscribing to my blog. You are some of the best people on earth. I am leaving for vacation for the rest of June; WE have a heavy schedule and so much to do, I most likely will be away for awhile. I am looking forward to starting up again next month.

    beach frame

    Cute little owl asleep on the beach.




  • blueribbonfair 1:05 am on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: card crafting Father's Day, Dad Cards, Dad's Day Ideas, Easy Diy Father's Day Cards, , Father's Day Cards, Guys Cards, Handmade Father's Day, make cards with kids   

    Father’s Day Easy DIY Cards 

    Found these ideas on the sites I usually look for handmade ideas, Pinterest. Here they are linked to their original posts: 



    Below are the links from left to right top line then bottom:

    1. Easy Fishing Father’s Day Card
    2. Wallet Card for Dad
    3. Tractor Card for Dad
    4. Popsicle Card for Dad
    5. Shirt and Tie Card for Dad
    6. Ideas For Dad Cards Mug tools superhero
    7. Grilling Barbecue Dad Card Hand-print







  • blueribbonfair 2:00 am on May 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    Odd Ball Lemon Bright Display 

    Have not done and Cee’s Photo Challenges for awhile so I thought I would slip in quickly here to have post for Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge . Beautiful Sunny Lemon Display in a store where you need a huge house and a lot of money to buy all the stuff you like. This is only some of the yellow items.

  • blueribbonfair 1:31 am on April 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anne Perry, book reviews, , , Debbie Howells, , Gothic Classics, Jane Harper, Jean Claude Murder of family, mysteries, , mystery genre books, , Shirley Jackson 1960's, Stuart McBride, suspense books review, Tiffany King, true crime   

    Too Many on My TBR Pile 

    Confession Moment:

    Confession Time: “Shh, I have over 1000 books on my Good Reads “Too Read” pile……..

    Not enough time and too many books…

    I could go on Good Reads and spend the whole day adding books because it seems and especially with self publishing now there are piles of books in the genre I like added daily.

    I used to read many genres. ( I never liked Sci Fi though.) These days , though I do read some others, I have found myself reading fictional mysteries and suspense centered book 95% of the time. I do read a “true crime” volume also about every 3 months or so. I wish I could read books like “The Thorn Birds which I read way back. Or Family series sagas. I try to stay clear of reads like the latter since I get so deep into some characters if the book is like a 10 star read for me, I grieve and get depressed if something devastating happens at the end of the book. Takes me time to recover since I can so identify with people even if fictional; I am so prone to depression unlike I was not a long way back. I have also had so much Drama in my life dealing with family, I do not read about other dysfunctional lives like I could when I had not had so much experience with the same.


      1. book cover blog Broken Skin Stuart McBride

        If you like police procedural and single investigators you may like this series set in Glasgow Scotland. I love the protagonist. The books in this series are dark, but light hearted at moments. I also like the “stand alones” of this author. This is # 3 in the Logan McCrae series.  It includes a story line you do not read much in many stories: “A knife wielding 8 year old. The main story is Logan racing to catch a serial rapist before he strikes again amidst all the discord at the office.


      2. book cover blog An Echo of Murder Anne Perry

        I have read more books by this author than probably any other. She has been doing this series and others for years. This is #23 in her “William Monk Series.” This is an historical mystery series set during Victorian times. This one is about someone murdering Hungarian immigrants and as usual his wife, Hester helps out. Interesting fact about her is she worked as a battlefield nurse before meeting him.


      3. book cover blog The Adversary Emmanuel Carrere

        For “True Crime” I have this on my shelf. Synopsis:   On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting…
        With these chilling first words, acclaimed master of psychological suspense Emmanuel Carrère begins his exploration of the double life of a respectable doctor, 18 years of lies, five murders and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.


        Book cover blog We have always Lived in the Castle Shirley Jackson

        I had never heard of this classic Gothic mystery from 1962, but the Gothic story line and cover sound and look creepy. This one centers around poison which is an interest subject to me. As a friend stated in her view which really sums up what my feelings may be if I ever read it:      “WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is a Gothic fiction classic by Shirley Jackson, first published in 1962. Something I love about Jackson’s writing is that I’m never sure if there are paranormal forces at work or not. You get an eerie feeling that something unnatural must be going on – things are just too weird – or maybe not?” Intriguing… Here is the link to the person behind the review:    Book of Secrets Good Reads Review  


        book cover blog want to read Losing Leah Tiffinay King

        One of my favorite sub genres  of fiction is psychological twisted mystery/suspense. Here we have another eerie cover. This is actually a Young Adult book, but some of them are good enough to read as an adult, Synopsis:  Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.
        Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.
        As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized. 




        book cover blog The Bones of You Debbie Howells

        Mixed reviews from my friends on Good Reads, but “Bones” in the title and a house like this on the cover grabs my attention. Another psychological mind bender thriller. What is it about:    Children who don’t die before their parents.      When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.
        Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.    



        book cover blog The Dry Jane Harper

        I think this was at the top or close to that for 2017 last years Good Reads Choice awards in the mystery category. For a debut novel it is and was a big deal in 2017 and still is. Somewhat like the popularity for the author: Paula Hawkins and her first book: “The Girl on the Train.” This book is so popular that after I put it on hold with our library to go in the state I checked the line for it to become available and unless some return it early or some do not actually check it out, you are looking at a year or more even with 4 copies to get it.

        Read about the summary of this book here:   Book “The Dry” on Good Reads


    • Charlotte Hoather 8:13 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I know what you mean by a book pile, I’m spending so much time learning music I haven’t had time for books, reading on trains makes me feel travel sick, but I’ve discovered audio books and enjoyed listening to Mansfield Park on a recent long journey. Happy reading.

      • blueribbonfair 1:02 am on April 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Audio books are great. I am sure it is hard to fit a lot of extras in. Riding on trains would be fun but I imagine it get tedious and long if you do it a lot.

        • Charlotte Hoather 4:18 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          The first two hours are fine and pass quickly but the next three hours it seems longer and longer without a film to watch on my iPad or music studying and listening or an audio book if I need brain rest 😂

        • blueribbonfair 11:25 pm on April 26, 2018 Permalink

          That is a rather long time for sure.

    • veronicahaunanifitzhugh 10:37 pm on April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      i know what you mean about falling in love with the people in our pages. 🙂

    • Shauna 1:18 am on May 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t really looked at my tbr list on Goodreads….I’m more concerned about all the books I have in my home that still need to be read! I keep adding things onto Goodreads so I don’t run out and buy more! 😉

      • blueribbonfair 2:17 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Hope you can get to some of them. You really have a lot on your plate.

        • Shauna 1:40 am on May 13, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you. Good luck with your books as well! 🙂

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