Saturday, October 30, 2010
Happy Halloween, everyone! I am getting excited to see all the darling trick-or-treaters in a few hours. Right now it is raining here. Bummer for moms and little costumed treat beggars for sure! I swear it rained EVERY Halloween when my kiddos were little. I'm sure I am not experiencing selective memory. I think I stood on the street in the rain for hours every single year while my little ones filled their treat bags. Oh, the memories!
Today I am sharing a photo of an AMAZING Christmas tree. One of my team members, Kris Keys made and donated this tree full of handmade ornaments and a handstamped and quilted velvet tree skirt to the Operation Smile Auction at the Close To My Heart event last weekend. Close To My Heart has chosen Operation Smile as their charity. This tree was GORGEOUS. It was the highest bid on item there. In fact, we raised enough in that auction to pay for 4 new smiles (at approx. $240 each). AWESOME! As a sidenote: I was thrilled that just by asking my customers who would like to round up to the next $ amount on their orders last year, my customers alone paid for one full operation. BRAVO, ladies!
Feel free to click on the photo to see it larger and in more detail. Gorgeous, I tell you! Gorgeous! Did I mention it was gorgeous? Each ornament was handmade with love and care, and each of the squares in the tree skirt quilt were heat stamped on velvet using CTMH stamps. Kris, you are so talented and were so generous in making and donating this item. LOVE YA!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I love the angle of the pages. Holly got this page pattern right out of Close To My Heart's new "how-to" book called Magic. Trust me, it is! Every page I have made using this book has been magically delicious (even more than Lucky Charms)!
The right page is interactive. Both the top and bottom photo are made into little 'photo books' using Close To My Heart's Flip Flaps. Genius, Holly!
CTMH products Holly used: Magic (9034), Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack (X7129B), HingesDimensional Elements Simple Alpha Lower (Z1048), Dimensional Elements Stars, Sunset Stamp Pad (Z2191), Black Stamp Pad (Z2105), Gypsy Stamp Pad (Z2190), 4" x 6" Flip Flaps (Z4114), Designer Ribbon Rounds-Black Collection (Z1034).
Holly, you ROCK, my dear! I LOVE having you as a friend AND customer!
Remember, you can head to my website and shop 24/7...especially after heading to the pumpkin patch!
Have you had your fill of cute for today yet? Just in case you haven't, I thought I'd add an extra helping. Check out my 'grand-mouse', Minnie! Daci, you melt my heart!
Monday, October 25, 2010
This past weekend I attended a Close To My Heart sponsored event for consultants and had a blast! I even got to teach a Create and Take project to all of the attendees. It was a layout that is interactive in several different ways. I will be sharing that later this week. Today I thought I would share a timely Halloween card we made at the event. So darn cute! This darling card was designed by my friend, Sheri Rottler.
There are a couple really fun and trendy things about this card:
- Its ROUND! Have you noticed how many round cards are popping up all over? Well, CTMH is right on task with the trends and offers packages of white daisy or colonial white round cards and envelopes in packs of 12 of each. WOO HOO! (White Daisy: Z1353, Colonial White: Z1352)
- The darling paper ruffle across the border was fun and easy and they are ALL THE RAGE!
- Plus, you've got to admit that the little monster is cuter than cute! His silver topped antennas, the silver center of his flower, and the three black "pearls" around the top of the card are from the new and ever-so-versatile Licorice Opaques (Z1335). Love 'em!
Note: If you are interested in information about becoming a Close To My Heart Consultant on my team (and being able to attend AWESOME CTMH Consultant events), email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll get some info to you pronto! Or head to my website and click on "Your Opportunities". I LOVE what I do and so can you!
Close To My Heart products used: Party Animal Stamp Set (D1437), Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack (X7129B), 4 1/2" White Daisy Circle Cards and Envelopes (Z1353), Licorice Opaques (Z1335) Black Stamp Pad (Z2105), Pear Stamp Pad (Z2197), Gypsy Stamp Pad (Z2190), Lagoon Stamp Pad (Z2195), Waterbrush (1771), Round Sponge (Z697), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151).
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Friday, October 22, 2010
This card was inspired by my good friend, Tracey Mason, who made a similar card to this one for me a few months ago. I wasn't sure the 'elegant' look of the Damask Tiles (as you know, my current favorite stamp set) and the little ruffle would work with my Halloween theme, but I feel it turned out quite nicely. Thanks for the inspiration, TM! You can find a tutorial by Tracey on how to make these to die for paper roses here.
Close To My Heart products used: Damask Tiles Stamp Set (C1342), Creepy Cobwebs Stamp Set (D1319), Versamark Stamp Pad (Z891), Sunset Stamp Pad (Z2191), White Daisy Embossing Powder (Z63), Clear Detail Embossing Powder (Z821), Hooligans Level 2 Paper Pack (X7129B), Sunflower Cardstock (1242), Sunset Cardstock (X5758), Round Sponge (Z697), Licorice Opaques (Z1335).
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Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wow! Yesterday was one of the biggest emotional roller coasters I have ever been on. The good thing was I was prepared. After sending Easton on a mission, I knew how hard it was going to be to say good bye to Tannon for 2 years as well. Dan and I both cried like babies. Tan-Man, we know you are going to be a GREAT missionary. Look out, Malaga, Spain!
As many of you know, we had quite the party last weekend for Tannon. We fed over 200 people and the food turned out pretty great, if I do say so myself! I thought I'd share with you what we served and the recipes for the three main dishes.
We served Sweet Pork Barbacoa Salads. We did an 'assembly line' in this order:
1. Soft Flour Tortilla (this went on their plate and was the 'base' for their salad)
2. Lime/Cilantro Rice (recipe below)
3. Black Beans (cooked of course. lol)
4. Sweet Pork Barbacoa (recipe below)
5. Romaine Lettuce, chopped
6. Fresh Cilantro
7. Pico de Gaillo
9. Sour cream
10. Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing (recipe below)
11. Crushed Tortilla Chips
12. Parmesan Cheese
13. Slice of Lime
Lime Cilantro Rice (serves about 15)
1 lb. long grain rice (2 1/4 cups)
1 bunch fresh cilantro
juice of 2 limes
4 cloves of garlic
2 tbs. oil
4 c. water
Chop garlic and cilantro. Heat 2 tbs. oil in a skillet. Add rice and all chopped ingredients. Saute 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Put 4 C. water and lime juice in a rice cooker. Add rice mixture and cook according to the cooker's directions. If you don't have a rice cooker, combine rice mixture, water and lime juice in a 3 quart pot and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice (approx. 15 minutes)
Sweet Pork Barbacoa (serves about 15)
6 lbs. pork (if you shop at Costco, this is approximately one of the 4 packs of pork roasts they sell)
1-16 oz. bottle salsa (I puree mine)
1 can coke
2 c. brown sugar
Place pork in crock pot and fill it 1/2 the way up the pork with water. Cook on high for 5 hours. Drain off water. Cut pork into thirds. Mix together sauce ingredients and put on top of pork. Cook an additional 3 hours on high. Shred pork with 2 forks. Leave on low until ready to serve.
Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing (serves about 15)
1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Dressing
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. mayo
2 cloves garlic
1 c. fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Blend all ingredients in blender. Refrigerate.
YUM! The salads were a hit!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Today I thought I'd share a simple thank you card. I was inspired by a card I saw in "PaperCrafts" magazine this month and just kind of used that as a starting point that led to this. Simple, but I think bold and masculine. I wanted to make several thank you cards for Tannon before he leaves on his mission on Wednesday because there are so many people who have supported him in his quest to serve a mission, financially and otherwise. T wanted to write thank you notes to them before he leaves. This is one of the cards I came up with.
Close To My Heart products used: Magnifique Level 2 Paper Pack (X7127B), Connections Stamp Set (D1330), Say it in Style Stamp Set (D1283), Chocolate Stamp Pad (Z2114), Pacifica Stamp Pad (Z2192), Basic Brads Assortment (Z1218), Corner Rounder (Z578), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151)
Non-CTMH products used: Stampin' Up scallop circle punch
I also am filled with gratitude this week; gratitude to those who have impacted Tannon's life in positive ways, gratitude that he has chosen to dedicate the next two years to service for his Father in Heaven, gratitude for all the people who helped me get ready to feed an army on Sunday, gratitude for my wonderful family, gratitude for a husband who loves and supports me, gratitude for my business and Dan's job, gratitude for so many things.
So, in addition to the card that I pictured at the top of this message, I thought I'd share a few photos of the past week in the Pedersen home. Enjoy!
Thanks to my mom, dad and sister for all their help this week. Love you guys! Mom and Dad, I couldn't have done it without you!
Easton got to come home for the weekend. Thanks to his beautfiul fiance, Daysha.
She sang a beautiful rendition of "I Stand All Amazed".
Some of the crowd that came by for lunch after Tannon's farewell talk. We figure we fed around 200.
Whew! Thanks to EVERYONE who helped with food and everything else!
My SIL, Cindy (center) and her two girls, Paige and Katie. Many thanks to these ladies for their help with food and serving and cleaning up. LOVE them so much!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
As Tannon (top photo) prepares to leave on his 2-year LDS mission to Malaga, Spain one week from today, I am wrestling with so many mixed emotions; among them are happiness that he has chosen to serve this mission and heartache knowing that I will not see him for 2 years.
After having my older son, Easton (bottom photo) also serve a mission, I am acutely aware that those 2 years are not only spent in serving others, but through doing so, these 'boys' equip themselves with the experiences necessary to be the kind of 'men' they should be. I was reminded of this, and felt very comforted when Easton emailed me an essay he had written for his English class a few weeks ago. I thought I'd share it with you since so many of you have emailed me with questions about my family, and specifically about my boys' choices to serve missions. Maybe through reading this you will understand more how a mother and father can send their 19 year old son out into the 'big, bad world' for two years without even being able to see them during that time.
A Life Changing Experience: A Mission Not Impossible
by: Easton Daniel Pedersen
What is a ‘mission’ for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? A mission is two full years that change 19-26 year old boys into men. Before you go on thinking that I am being arrogant with that statement, allow me to explain how it’s really the contrary. The majority of the boys (including myself) that embark on this two-year adventure have little knowledge of the big world ahead and its entangling mysteries. As boys progress through these two years they come back men in a smaller world holding answers to their deep questions and understanding how to go through life and face its everyday battles.
A mission is something that 19-26 year old men and women can choose to do as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Each missionary is assigned to somewhere in the world and a language to speak in. Missionaries spend their two-year service strictly in the area they’ve been assigned to. Each missionary walks alongside another missionary just like them in a companionship. It is no exaggeration to say that these young men are working from sun up to sun down. A normal day for a missionary consists of 3 hours of study, preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to every creature and offering help to all those who stand in need.
A mission is so important because there are many people in this world searching for peace and happiness in one way or another who don’t know how or where to find it. This is why missionaries go on missions. They are there to be the means of being somebody’s angel, miracle, answer to a prayer or simply a helping hand.
In my own mission experience in Houston, Texas I met someone named Francisco. Francisco was a 32-year old alcoholic and drug addict with many other personal problems. He was looking for answers and help in his life. My companion and I felt very strongly the day we met Francisco that he was a special man with so much potential, if he’d simply give up some of the things holding him back from being happy. After two weeks of visiting with Francisco and teaching him the principles the Savior Jesus Christ taught, he had gone from 2 packs of cigarettes a day to 3 cigarettes per day. He was sober for two weeks straight and was working on some of his other personal problems. Eventually he overcame his problems and put them in his past. We were able to see a light in Francisco’s eyes that we had never seen before. He was happy and you could see the wrinkles on his face where his permanent smile had left them. To this day Francisco is still sober and hasn’t touched his cigarettes or drugs. In his words, “I no longer have to live in a feeling of misery and guilt. Now I know true happiness and what it means to reach my own potential.”
If there were no missionaries fewer people would have the happiness they have so long desired and sought after, not because they are supermen, but because they are there to offer a shoulder to lean on. A mission is so beneficial to many people; to the people being served because they feel love and understand what it means to give, and to the missionary because they learn that forgetting themselves and thinking about others truly does bring more happiness. This is what I meant from going from a boy to a man. Francisco not only learned from us and received our help, but he did so much more for us than we could possibly have done for him. He taught us how to attack a weakness and make it a strength. It is something I will never forget.
I had the blessing and opportunity myself to serve a mission. I was assigned to go to Houston, Texas to teach and serve the Hispanics, speaking the Spanish language. If anything, my mission taught me to love everyone and understand what their circumstances are and understand where they are coming from. I learned how to love and help strangers regardless of color, situation, native tongue and race. I learned that everybody is loved by a supreme being and I was nothing but a means of helping those I spoke to realize that. In return those people helped me see the vision of the man that I essentially want to be.
One incredible experience I had was teaching a woman named Cindy Navarro. My companion and I had run into her on a sidewalk in Houston one day walking. We asked her if she knew what the meaning of life was. She responded saying, “I have no idea, and I don’t feel like I have purpose or a direction. I am a single mother with two children and one on the way. I am struggling daily to hold on and provide for my family. I have not been happy for years and I don’t know how or where to find peace.” My companion and I knew at that moment that we were meant to meet Cindy and help her with her concerns and stresses of life. We made an appointment for the next day and sat down with her and her young children. We taught them about what we believed the purpose of life is as members of our church and told them that there is a God that absolutely loves and adores each one of them. We taught them that each of them has a purpose in this life and have each been given specific gifts and talents to be able to complete this purpose. We told them that one of our beliefs as members of the church was that families can be together forever and that it doesn’t just end at death. In that lesson I would dare say that Cindy, my companion and I probably all went through a whole box of tissues. There were so many tears of joy and relief on her part. She, to this day thanks my companion and I for being her ‘angels’.
While I was in Texas, Hurricane Ike hit the coast. There were many people killed, injured, devastated, separated from family, and many houses destroyed. We as missionaries were able to help people clean up the damage and give them aid. The gratitude of those served was overwhelmingly strong. I saw more lives change in two years than I ever could have even imagined would be touched.
This is the reason I chose to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I went because I wanted people to have what I have, to feel what I feel, and to be as happy as I am. A mission matured and changed me from a boy to a man in a mental, emotional and spiritual way. I have a different mental approach to my life than I did before I left. There isn’t one day that passes where I don’t think of the things I learned in my ‘life changing experience’. I loved my mission and know that it was the means of changing lives in a positive way, including mine.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The card I am sharing today is similar to one that I showed you a while back (here), but a tad bit different.
I am so in love with the tone-on-tone damask embossing that I used on this card and have been using it like CRAZY everywhere I turn. The cranberry paper is from the Creative Basics Mistletoe Collection and is a very subtle pattern. I used my Damask Tiles stamp set and stamped with our Cranberry Stamp Pad and quickly dusted with Clear Detail Embossing Powder, then heated with my Heat Gun. Voila!
This card is a standard sized card (5 1/2" x 4 1/4"). Did you know that you can get a package of 50 of these WITH ENVELOPES for only $14.95? It's true! Just click here for the Colonial White pack and here for White Daisy pack. I cut 1" off the front bottom edge. I then added a little scalloped edge that I cut from that strip and I adhered it from the back. The cute little 'black pearls' are from Close To My Heart's new Licorice Opaques. Delish!
Close To My Heart products used: Damask Tiles Stamp Set (C1342), Colonial White Cards and Envelopes (X1410), Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Pack (X7130B), Mistletoe Creative Basics CollectionLicorice Opaques (Z1335), Cranberry Stamp Pad (Z2116), Versamark Stamp PadClear Detail Embossing Powder (Z821), Black Embossing Powder (Z670), Foundry Bookplates (Z1147). (X5811), (Z891),
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
November may seem a while away, but NOW is the time to sign up for my November classes. Classes are pre-paid and there are always 4 dates and times to choose from. You are only required to purchase the Basic Kit to participate but are more than welcome to purchase the Better or Best Kits, or to pick and choose items from either of them to add to your Basic Kit. In the Kit Lists below I have made each product into a link so that if you click on it you will be able to see the actual product. I will need you to sign up and pre-pay for your November class no later than Monday, November 1. THANKS!
November Play Group Class Dates and Times to Choose From:
- Tuesday, November 9, 10 am - 1 pm
- Tuesday, November 9, 7 - 10 pm
- Wednesday, November 10, 10 am - 1 pm
- Wednesday, November 10, 7 - 10 pm
Olivia Level 2 Paper Packet (X7128B), $12.95
Olivia Level 2 MyStickease (X7128C), $4.95
Simple Alphabet Lowercase Dimensional Elements (Z1048), $6.95
Designer Shimmer Brads (Z1349), $4.95
1 extra sheet of Barn Red Cardstock, free from Karen!
1 extra sheet of Colonial White Cardstock, free from Karen!
Total with Shipping and Tax: $30.74
Better Kit = Basic Kit plus the following products:
Lagoon Mini-Medley (Z1340), $4.95
Round Sponge (Z697), $1.25
Barn Red Stamp Pad (Z2104), $5.25
Smoothie Stamp Pad (Z2196), $5.25
Sunset Stamp Pad (Z2191), $5.25
Pear Stamp Pad (Z2197), $5.25
Total with Shipping and Tax: $65.39
Best Kit = Basic and Better Kits plus the following products:
Sans Alphabet (C1304), $18.95
Irresistibles Lots of Dots Alphabet (Z1261), $4.95
Total with Shipping and Tax: $92.80
*at this level you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (D1443-Share the Magic) at 25% off ($17.21)
**at this level you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (D1443-Share the Magic) at 50% off ($11.48)
***at this level you qualify for the Stamp of the Month (D1443-Share the Magic) FREE
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Kori and Daci just left to go back home to Chicago. After shedding some big crocodile tears, I decided to 'get over it' and catch up on blogging. I have been a bad, bad blogger while the girls were here. I promise to do better this week in reading and commenting on all of your blogs, as well as adding regularly to mine.
Today I thought I'd share a wonderful recipe of Kori's (which I think she got from her mother-in-law and awesome cook, Penny R). It's called Salad de Maison. She makes it for us every time she is here for a meal, and has even agreed to make it for 150 people in December at Easton and Daysha's wedding lunch. Yum! It goes so well with almost any main dish. We had it with pot roast, carrots, potatoes, and rolls last night but we have also had it with several types of chicken, pork chops, etc.
After the recipe below, you can see some photos of the adventures we have had the past week with Kori and Daci. What fun and wonderful memories we created this week!
Salad de Maison (serves 8 as a side dish)
2 C. romaine lettuce, washed and torn
2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved
1 C. swiss cheese, cubed
1/3 C. parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 C. cooked bacon, crumbled
Dressing (Kori says she thinks the dressing is best if made the night before, but make it at least one hour before pouring on salad):
3 Tbs. lemon juice (fresh is best!)
1 Tsp. salt
1/2 olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp. pepper
Pour dressing on salad and toss just before serving.
We have had such a great week together. We all went down to the Southern Utah University football game in Cedar City last weekend. Easton is redshirting due to injuries. He currently has a torn labrum in his shoulder. Tannon also has a scholarship there for after his mission. It was fun to see both of those boys down on the sidelines together.
Kori and I loved having some girl-time shopping this week, scrapbooking, and just chillin'. We even had to buy another suitcase so she could get everything back to Chicago (Sorry, Rick!).
Easton came up for the weekend yesterday and we enjoyed an evening of family time last night with all of our kiddos, our beautiful granddaughter, my parents, and Easton's fiance, Daysha.
Preparing for dinner last night. Daci was my dessert helper. That white shirt was not so white when we were done with beater licking!:
My dad (LeRoy), Daci, Easton and Tannon, watching a football game and entertaining Daci while we got dinner on the table:
Dan-the-Man and I with our little Daci...proud grandparents:
Dawson and Daci. This kiddo has the sweetest way with his niece. She loves her 'Daw':
Daci with my mom (Nedra):
Daci, Dan-the-Man and Easton. Dan and Daci were into the football game, but Easton was more into Daci:
Daci LOVES her soon-to-be Aunt Daysha:
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
October is here. It just snuck right up on me! Happy October! Having Kori and Daci here has been such a treasure but as you can tell I am spending every spare moment with them and haven't done much blogging. I apologize that I haven't been reading and commenting on your blogs either. I promise to do better after Saturday when 'my girls' head back to Chicago.
Today I wanted to show the the oh-so-cute-and-cuddly October Stamp of the Month (D1443-Share the Magic) from Close To My Heart. It is available to you to purchase or earn FREE during the month of October only. It's GREAT for Christmas cards or tags (notice the 'to' and 'from' stamps included). Read below to find out how to get it!
* earn it FREE when you spend $100 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 75% off ($5.74) when you spend $75 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 50% off ($11.74) when you spend $50 or more (before shipping and tax)
* earn it for 25% off ($17.21) when you spend $25 or more (before shipping and tax)
* purchase it for full retail price ($22.95)
Here is what the set actually looks like. The actual size of the carrier sheet is 6" x 6". That will help you understand the approximate size of the images.
The artwork you see at the top of this post was made by me, but the standard size (rectangle) card was inspired by my talented friend, Vicki Wizniuk. She does such beautiful work! The other two cards were made using our 4 1/2" Clear Card Assortment. I have LOVED playing with these clear cards and discovering all kinds of ways to layer paper and accessories on them so that each panel has a little surprise!
CTMH products used on this artwork: October Stamp of the Month-Share the Magic (D1443), Black Stamp Pad (Z2105), Mistletoe Level 2 Paper Pack (X7130B), White Daisy Cardstock (1385), Black Cardstock (1386), 4 1/2" Clear Card Assortment (Z1309), Watercolor Pencils (3505), Grey Wool Marker (Z2325), Honey Marker (Z2362), Round Sponge, Designer Ribbon Rounds Black Collection (Z1034), Corner Rounder (Z578), Mistletoe Level 2 Assortment (Z1330), 3D Foam Tape (Z1151).
Stop by my website anytime to order these and many other quality products. You can shop 24/7...even in your jammies!