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  • blueribbonfair 7:47 pm on January 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alone time, , , INFJ personality, , Self exploration, self help, taking care of youself, taking it easy   

    Hey folks, I apologize for being gone so long. All my health issues and balancing the holidays kept me away when I wanted to be here. I also have had family issues to deal with as well. When I get overwhelmed a heart pain with my INFJ personality type am and my heart breaks I retreat. It actually hurts physically from all the times it has been broken and I am having a need to be alone and cut things down to take care of myself. Music is my refuge right now. Self-learning help and understanding slowly to get these fears taken to a place to come back stronger. But it may take awhile. Please bear with me and I hope to be back. I appreciate you all. You all have made my life better and thank you for all your kindness and heart, patience and understanding. All of you are the greatest. I hope to see you all soon. I will likely come and read your blogs but just not post for a while until settled.

    • Shauna 8:10 pm on January 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Take as much time as you need to feel better!!! *hugs*

    • America On Coffee 2:51 am on January 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome back. Bless be your health for improving more and more this year. And, hang in there faithfully your new year will certainly takeoff to a wonderful start!! Cheers!

    • kutukamus 9:20 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      May things get better there.

    • Charlotte Hoather 3:24 pm on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I hope things have gotten better for you as the year has progressed and 2020 is a much better brighter year for you x

  • blueribbonfair 10:54 pm on December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , button crafts, clay rose, daughter's art, , , diy stamps for paper crafting, Envelope seals, , Halloween crow, , , kids crafts, owl with natural supplies, , wooden spool craft   

    Fall CraftsThis Year and Pasts 

    Fall Crafts Made this year. Large Pumpkins. Mine is the top.

    My daughter did the other one with Makeup. I sprayed them with a sealer for outdoors and since I am Doing Christmas (Winter now); I moved them outside.

    My 2 little-decorated pumpkins are actually gourds which were so inexpensive, though Green looked enough like little pumpkins I used them. Does anyone see through this? Maybe more bumpy? I love them. I sealed them also since I can usually keep them 2 seasons. Maybe it will not work as good with Ghords? I got the idea off Pinterest in painting them. (Always Pinterest for ideas if you read my past posts.)

    I also painted and glittered up acorns my daughter found for me and made an owl out of small stones I found somewhere and a cracked walnut 1/2.  This walnut piece actually looked so much like an owl face I had to do it. I also used leaves for the wings and black jewelry makings necklace cord leftover strips.

    Glue paint and glitter were used on all I made. Makeup on my daughter’s pumpkin. (She is a good artist.)



    These are stamps I made out of wooden spools I already have. I painted the spools with a base coat of white and then twice with blue-grey vintage looking paint I mixed up. Dried fast each time with a blow drier since I want to get it done since I am a chloric personality. LOL. I went through my grandmothers and her mother’s buttons I inherited and picked some out I thought would go on the ends and I would be able to use as stamps or seals. I used a glue gun to adhere them to the ends of the spools. I did both ends. I had the plastic pink round button not adhere to one of the bigger spools (These still had the thread on them so I did not paint them. I can still use the thread anyway and I wanted to use my bigger buttons I have not done anything for so long with.) fall off so I used my heavy duty E6000 glue. I have not had a chance to use them yet. (Holidays though I might use them on Christmas paper stuff.) I have already made cards last January for this year. I will try to get photos on here of them. I used old paint colored chip cards for them. (Pinterest again. I admit I am wondering where the site has been in my life before I discovered it was only by invite.



    Here are some things I made with my kids or made myself over the years I had out this Autumn: (Actually my kids did most of these after I looked them over. Thanks for staying until the end.























    • paranormalblogabook 4:13 pm on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Super cool! I never thought of making stamps out of old buttons! Awesome idea! Looks like my afternoon plans are going to be a bit tweaked. I have my grandma’s old button tin, and there are ones in there that would make great stamps!

      • blueribbonfair 8:47 pm on December 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That would be great if you were able to get some done. I have not tried them out yet, but they are pretty if you like to have lovely things out in your house. Mine have been out like this since I made them. Thank you for commenting. Have a nice weekend.

    • America On Coffee 4:11 am on December 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very cute and ingenious creations.

    • Charlotte Hoather 4:50 pm on January 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Loving the false eyelashes on the pumpkin. Great idea about the stamps, do you stamp into hot wax, tried that for the first time this year with my brother’s wedding invitations great fun. Happy New Year to you x

  • blueribbonfair 3:44 am on November 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , time restraint   

    Hey all of my beautiful followers and visitors I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. I wanted to post before Thanksgiving last week; But you may have experienced the time factor squeeze where it takes much longer to make your goodies. Well that is my excuse……..

    • America On Coffee 10:56 pm on January 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Best wishes. to you and your loved ones, for the new year and always. And thank you for being part of AOC’s journey. Cheers!

  • blueribbonfair 10:21 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , decorating with books, dolls, eclectic autumn decorations, , , Halloween DIY, hand made thanksgiving, handmade halloween, Thanks giving decoration, ,   

    Fall Home Decos1: Halloween, Thanksgiving 

    Here are some of my decorations for Fall this year,

    (Sorry, My photos are not the best; I am having to use an old camera waiting for a cord for my better one.)

    As you can see I use a lot of stuff even Fall looking album covers, jewelry I wear, cream pots, dolls, old photos, a wine bottle, and even a snare drum. Thank you for visiting.


































































  • blueribbonfair 9:45 pm on November 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 1800's halloween costumes, antique costume photos, costumes that you cannot unsee, creepy Victorian life, , Halloween history, Macabre costumes., melancholic and odd Halloween, nightmare costumes, nightmares and memories Oct. 31, scary costumes, terrifying old days Halloween photos, Victorian costumes, vintage halloween fright   

    So We thought Halloween costumes were bad in our decade? 

    Return to a continuation of my last post: “The Things Nightmares are Made Of.” 


    I wanted to show everyone my deco’s for Autumn and my Halloween crafts but we went to so many things and with my conditions, I was too worn out after getting home (And getting ready to go!) I also had my daughters birthday. I loved celebrating, but I hope I can relax awhile before The Thanksgiving week;

    So I changed course and decided to do something else. I hope my great readers will not mind if I follow this up with a later post of the Fall Deco’s and crafts did?

    Ready for the nightmares? Only these are strictly Halloween I think. (Maybe they used them for other things?)……………

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    To make you feel better about the pumpkins I decorated, they look nothing like the pumpkin heads here.  I also promise my Decorations will be lighter fare.

    Which is scarier the clown here than It? Wonder about his doings that night?

    No wonder some of these families left us Haunted Houses.

    What a sweet Rabbit we have here.

    And is that Shrek gone back in time?

    And is the Girl with the Braids Annabelle The haunted doll come to life destroying someone’s toys with a haunting? (If you do not know the story of the actual doll you can look it up. It is easy to find.)

    So stay away from opening the door to the dog boys and the “what is that thing” walking the street. The “black-eyed children” have nothing on these.

    Side note: I do not know if the black-eyed children are anything real or mere stories. But if you like campfire creepy stories you can look them up also.

    What is your favorite?

    You can find a couple of these photos pinned on my Pinterest board: Creepy, Dark, Melancholy, or Odd board.

    There is a diverse manner of posts and subjects on that board that some of you may be interested in.

  • blueribbonfair 2:02 am on October 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , female killers, filicide, , homocide, killer nurses, , poison deaths, vintage killers, woman killing family members, women murders, women serial killers   

    The Thing Nightmares are Made of 

    When people of serial killers what comes to mind are guys like Ted Bundy, Jeffery Dahmer, Dennis Radar (BTK), John Wayne Gacy or Gary Ridgeway (The Green River Killer). The Latter one was from my state and was in prison for some time in my hometown. 

    What you may not know is that there are female killers you do not hear much about. Though they kill in different manners and usually for different reasons, about 10% of these kinds of killers are women.

    So since it is the season and month of Halloween I thought to add a few of these creepy evil spooky women for October 31st.

    If you wish to learn more I will leave a link at the bottom of the post since I will give a short synopsis of the facts.

    Left to right first row then 2nd row:

    • Jane Toppan: A nurse who killed dozens on her watch who had a sexual motivation she stated. She was found insane. Doubt if that would pass for a reason of a not guilty today (Boston, Massachusetts, Crime started 1885 until caught in 1901.
    • Genene Jones: Another nurse who may have killed up to 90 children and infants but only one was confirmed. She injected them so they would get sick and got praise for saving them. Something went wrong and she ended up killing at least one.
    • Marianne Nolle: Life in Prison for 7 murders. (1993) She may May have killed up to 17 people they could not pin on her. (Cologne Germany and also a nurse)
    • Marybeth Tinning: (1972- 1985) So horrifying to find someone who killed their own children. She got 20 years for the murder of at least 2, confessed to 3  but may have killed up to 9 of her kids.
    • Anna Maria Zwanziger: Bavaria. A housekeeper who poisoned her employers with arsenic. She would nurse them back to health for attention. Making mistake she ended up killing 4 and was beheaded for this. (In the early 1800’s)
    • Bertha Gifford: Another arsenic poisoner who killed 2 dozen friends and relatives. Killings happened between late 19th century to early 20th century. She died in a mental institution.
    • Marianne Nolle: Life in Prison for 7 murders. (1993) She may May have killed up to 17 people they could not pin on her. (Cologne Germany and also a nurse)


    Female Serial Killers

    • de Wets Wild 2:31 am on October 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You’d certainly never guess what horrifying things these women were capable of by just looking at them!

    • slfinnell 6:46 pm on October 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, we don’t think of women much. Good to bring the attention to it. And great timing for Halloween!

    • America On Coffee 9:39 pm on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of these insane acts puts me into many ponders about the human mind and spirit.

      • blueribbonfair 8:28 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I know it. How on earth do they get so Jaded?

        • America On Coffee 1:17 am on November 13, 2018 Permalink

          I don’t know. Some people confess to murders and.crimes they did not commit. And I believe the green river suspected, convicted murderer is not the real killer. I believe the real takes to different forms of insane pleasures. He is not. molesting anymore and neither is he killing any more… but is comfortable in another crime (has moved on)

        • blueribbonfair 10:36 pm on November 13, 2018 Permalink

          I lived in the area it happened at the time with the green river killer. I still have family there. But I do know people confess to things they did not do. But there was piles of evidence with Gary Ridgeway tht could not be disproved. Evidence trumps confessions. Years of investugative work and so much used in the Trial.

    • Gypsy Bev 1:37 am on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They certainly don’t look like evil ladies. Guess you can’t tell a book by its cover.

      • blueribbonfair 9:25 pm on November 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, you cannot. I read and study crime a lot and some of them as far as men go extremely good looking; It is so hard to catch them also because the outside appearance and their charisma make people think they are wonderful. They do charity work to look as exemplary citizens. (John Wayne Gacy as an example in Chicago as far as charity goes.) Thank you for commenting.

      • blueribbonfair 3:52 am on November 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I am watching a show about one of them called Dark Angel on Amazon prime. Mary Cotton. There were many more listed where I got the info from. I cannot remember if I added her or not. Serial killers in the 1800’s so strange. She killed her own children sickening.

  • 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.


    Missouri Ghost towns blog htimes-beach-missouri-abandoned- ghost town blogmissouri building that was to be torn down2204847-L

  • 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.


    • de Wets Wild 2:35 am on September 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I also collected postcards as a child, and looking at them now brings back so many happy memories!

      • blueribbonfair 9:24 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Yes. People that collect things seem to have a rounded full life. Also a person seems to like learning many things their whole life.

      • blueribbonfair 9:25 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Oh also, Sorry I am so slow in answering. My issues acting up.

    • Shauna 10:11 pm on September 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, they look great! 🙂

    • indianeskitchen 4:34 pm on September 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea!

    • Miss A 8:44 am on October 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That’s such a nice thing to do. Save old postcards. Guess we don’t get that many to save anymore though..

      • blueribbonfair 1:44 am on October 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        We really don’t now that you mention it. We used to send and recieve them a lot. A long way back.

    • Sartenada 10:11 am on November 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      How lovely. I have collected our old, really old Christmas cards. Nowadays Christmas cards are different. I think that they represent old times gone with the wind. 🙂

      Here is the first post of two.

      Old Christmas 1

      Have a good day!

  • 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.

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