Me + You = Crabby: Altered Box and Pinterest Picks


The Box

I used a recycled box that previously held a collection of small baby books. PA Hot Pick stamps embellish the lid along with lots of texture. You can see the whole process on the PaperArtsy Blog at Part 1 and Part 2.

Pinterest Picks

I thought I would share a few inspirational boxes. Links to the original artwork are below the photo.


Jack & Cat Curio for Ice Resin


Linda Cain Designs


Stephanie Rubiano


Kindred Chemistry by Rod Lathim


Old Curiosity Shop By Melanie Forbes


Time Travelers Apothecary Kit By Azirca

Healing Bone Broth Recipe

The Gut Healer

A lot sources I have read recommend bone broth to heal the damaged lining of the gut which occurs in many autoimmune disorders. I have mentioned before that I suffer from autoimmune hypothyroid disease called Hashimoto’s. Bone broth, made from the bones of chicken helps to seal the gut and aid in proper digestion thanks to essential amino acids, minerals and  gelatin found in chicken bones. The gelatin acts like a thickening agent and attracts liquids and digestive juices  and holds them in place to ‘seal’ the gut. Cool, huh? I have been incorporating this broth into my weekly regime of healing foods. It is easy to make and has enormous health benefits including immune boosting properties. I hope that you will give it a try.


My Bone Broth Recipe

  • Chicken Bones from a whole chicken
  • 8 cups of filtered water
  • 1 piece Astragalus Root (immune boosting; aids in lung and heart function)
  • half of onion
  • a few baby carrots (or whatever MILD flavored veggies you have on hand)



Veggies and Astragalus Root

Combine all ingredients in crockpot on low 6 hours or over night. Mash chicken bones with masher and allow broth to cool to room temperature. Strain solids using an old clean t-shirt or fine mesh strainer. Squeeze to extract all the liquid. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


Ready to Cook: Veggies, Chicken Bones and Water

I make bone broth every week. On Sunday’s  I roast a whole chicken for dinner while we are at church.After we eat, I throw the bones in the crockpot with the remaining ingredients.

Ideas for Cooking with Bone Broth

  • Use it in recipes as a substitute for chicken or beef broth (I use it in Shepard’s Pie, Beef Stew and Rice Pilaf)
  • Make soup with it (I use it as the base for Spinach Egg Drop Soup YUM!!!)
  • Drink it in a mug
  • Don’t forget to drink the film / skin on top. It is full of nutrients.


Butterflies and Swirls


Netflix and Blogging

My little’s are all in bed sleeping soundly while I sit here on the couch blogging and watching Netflix. We live in the mountains so there is not a lot of choices for TV. In fact, to get any channels at all we have to have basic cable. We are literally in the middle of nowhere! Since hubby and I are trying to become Debt Free via Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, we don’t have any money to waste on cable packages. Netflix is cheap and there are no commercials! Right now we are in the middle of watching the TV series Arrow and Hawaii Five-O. We are also waiting for the new seasons of Reign, Person of Interest, Supernatural, Leverage and Once Upon a Time. What TV series are you watching?

Altered Photo Frame

I didn’t place a photo in this frame box but I had a lot of fun decorating it. Beautiful stamps, watercolors and texture paste made this a fun make. My step-by-step tutorial is here.Thank for having a look.


Textured Bloom: Mixed Media Card & Some Current Reads


The Card

I am not a card maker but to date this is one of my favorite. I made this for Paper Artsy and you can find the step-by-step process HERE.

Current Reads

Here are a few books that I am currently reading.


Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. It is so relevant as everyone has a boundary issue somewhere or with someone in their life. I would highly recommend this book if you have children or problems with friends or family members taking advantage of you.


Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart. This book is for creative moms that are having to put their creative endeavors aside for a season while raising a family or while dealing with other time consuming issues.


The Big Book of Kombucha by Hannah Krum and Alex LaGory.  I have enjoyed flipping through this book until I have the time to dedicate to reading.


It’s Mayhem!


Vintage Circus Altered Book

I just loved the idea of doing a Altered book centered around the Vintage Circus Theme. My very first layout in the book was this one, created for PaperArtsy, using Lynne Perrella stamps. Her images have the perfect amount of vintage and quirky to fit with this theme. Have you ever seen the circus scene in the Phantom of the Opera movie? It is all color, sparkle, and mystery. Everything I envisioned the vintage circus to be. I had so much fun creating this altered book that I  sent it in for publication and was published in the 2016 Summer Issue of Art Journaling by Stampington and Co.



My step by step tutorial for the creation of this layout can be found here. I will be sharing the rest of this altered book in future posts so be looking for that if you enjoyed this post.


I enjoyed all of your feedback from the recent poll that I posted. In case you didn’t notice, I have started to implement those ideas into my weekly blog schedule. I am having fun writing about other topics that interest me. Someone asked why I didn’t include mixed media and scrapbooking on my poll. To answer that, I will continue to include those types of projects as that was the initial inspiration for starting my blog.


Recent Knitting Makes


Knit Cable Stocking

I have been attempting to make knit stockings for my family for the last 4 years. In all that time I started one, messed up one and completed one, all from two different patterns. My husband has a crochet stocking from when he was little but they are sporting the traditional Christmas colors, which I can not bring myself to display in my house. I detest red and green together at Christmas. My husband will not let me get rid of the stocking because it stretches and you can fit a TON of loot inside. To remedy this I will have to replace it with something else that stretches. He is requesting a knit camouflage stocking…

This stocking was just made for my oldest son. I finished another one in opposite colors (green sock, blue cuff and pom poms) for my youngest son Christmas Eve. Just in the nick of time! That is 3 down and 2 to go. Lets hope a year is enough time to complete the other two.

You can find the free pattern for this stocking HERE.


Harbor Knit Baby Blanket

I made this for my sweet baby girl because I wanted her to have something handmade by me. I spent so much time before she was born making blankets for all my friend’s babies that I barely had the time and energy left to make something for my own.


I really love to cable when I knit. It is relatively easy but the outcome appears complex. This blanket is made using a scarf pattern. I obviously wanted to make it wider since I was making a blanket and not a scarf so I added on more stitches. Because it was my first time modifying a pattern, I didn’t account for the cables and I came up quite short. To remedy that I added on two panels the width of the scarf, one on each side, and I took off the border closest to the inside edge. I am very pleased with the result.  It is the perfect size for a crib blanket and it is a great weight for the summer air conditioning and the chilly winter nights.

You can find the free pattern HERE.


Cabled Cradle Spread

Another of my favorite patterns using a cable. A cradle throw is the PERFECT size for a newborn. I have used this for my daughter’s entire first year. I love having it around while nursing her or just throwing over her for short naps or a trip into the cold air. As you can see this blanket has seen a lot of love.

I have been unable to get on the blog where I found this pattern but I will link to it anyway to give credit.  You can find it HERE.

What are you knitting? I would love to see some projects, links etc.. I am always looking for ideas to add to my “Wishlist to Make.”

Book Review: The New Bohemians


Bring Boho Style to Your Home

I have had this book on my Amazon wish list for several years. This Christmas I got smart and moved the priority of this book to high. My hubby always gets me gifts based on how I prioritize them. Global decor specifically centering around Asian, Moroccan and Indian elements has been a interest of mine for a while so this book appeared to be right up my alley based on the cover picture and description.


The  Beautiful Back Cover

 The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes By Justina Blakeney is a book about Bohemian decor, which includes a lot of bold color, texture, and patterns (do you see why I like this?) with natural elements such as house plants, wood accents and natural fibers. I Loved the amount of photos included and that many of them were a full page. The author takes several inspirational living spaces, interviews the decorator/home owner and zeros in on details about the space. She chooses 5-7 elements from each space and wraps up the section by giving the reader ideas on incorporating them into their space. There are even a handful of DIY projects with photographs and written directions.

 I was so pleased with this book that I walked away from it teeming with new ideas. If you like Bohemian decor or inspirational decorating books this one is for you!


My Man Loves Flowers


Fun Facts about Me

Ok. So I thought I would let you know a few things about me so you can get to know me better. I always love when the writer reveals information about themselves as it seems a bit more personal. Here goes…

  • I love Vanilla Custard Gerber Baby Food (I know, some of you are grossed out right about now)
  • I tap my teeth when I am nervous
  • Jane Austin is one of my favorite authors
  • My favorite color is purple, turquoise come in as a close second
  • I have a thing for Egyptian history, culture and art
  • I HATE being pregnant but I LOVE having babies
  • I dislike going to the beach for vacation (I end up looking like a lobster, broiled and baked)
  • I am a very cautious spender
  • I am not a risk taker

Art Journal Cover

I love taking dollar finds and turning them into a piece of art. My art journal cover was one of those things from the dollar bin. Using stamps and paint from PaperArtsy I made an fun journal cover that inspires me to house some new art journal pages. My step-by-step tutorial is here. Please stop by and take a look.



Fermented Saurkraut: Trader Joe’s Style


My Version of Trader Joe’s Sauerkraut and Blueberry Kombucha

Sauerkraut and Kombucha

I don’t know if any of you are sauerkraut fans but this kind sold by Trader Joe’s is AMAZING! I can’t seem to get enough of it but for 5 dollars a container it will break my bank. My problem is I can’t stop at one teaspoon. I could literally eat the whole container in one sitting. So, I am making my own version and crossing my finger that this works. Aside from making Kombucha (fermented tea) every week, this will be my first ferment.

  If you have never made Kombucha or tried it, RUN to the store and get some. It has a  wonderful tart/ sweet flavor with fizzy soda-like qualities. Totally addicting and here is the kicker…it’s healthy! My husband and kids (okay, only one kid) love it. But seriously, it is a miracle that my husband is on board. He goes through a few boxes of movie theater candy a week. That is anywhere from 100-150 boxes of candy a year! He has a major sweet tooth!!


DAY 3: Look at those bubbles!! Bubbles equal fermentation.

Probiotics and Gut Health

  My Dr. has recommended I ‘eat’ my Probiotics instead of supplementing them. Fermented foods are an amazing way to build good gut health and fill your gut with healthy bacteria. Those healthy bacteria get bred during the process of fermentation. Not only do they aid in digestion, those little buggers also help build immunity. By eating only a tablespoon each of different strains of probiotics per day, I can  protect myself the same way, if not better, as if I was taking a store bought probiotic supplement.

My Probiotic Journey

I have autoimmune hypothyroid disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.I have battled with years of stomach and gastrointestinal problems (IBS), among a few other issues. I am a registered nurse and have seen the way pharmaceuticals have wreaked havoc on the health of our current society. I am convinced that going back to the old-fashioned way of preparing food and treating minor illnesses could alleviate obesity, many autoimmune disorders as well as the overuse of antibiotics that we are now experiencing. My personal goal is to lower my antibodies to where I can become drug-free and restore my gut health. I intend to share my journey with you and hopefully at the same time encourage you to implement some of these amazing foods into your daily lifestyle.


DAY 2: Homemade Sauerkraut: Cabbage, Garlic and Cucumbers

Lynne Perrella Tag



Just Chit Chat…

I forgot how much I missed blogging. Football season is the perfect excuse to hop on the computer while hubby is busy. I don’t much prefer football so I find it the best time for crafting or catching up on other things.

This week I am focusing on making personal lists. Since I am all about lists I am working on creating a bunch of ‘TO DO’ lists for my art goals. I love the new year because it gives me the chance to start over on all those uncompleted projects. Of course that means I am a year older this time around but that can’t be helped.

The Tag

So, on to the project. Lynne Perrella is one of my favorite stamp artists. She never disappoints when it comes to her new releases over at PA. I made this tag for PaperArtsy using a beautiful Lynne Perrella stamp and a few other goodies from PA. I have a step by step Tutorial over on the PA blog.

If you didn’t answer my topic poll. I would love to hear your opinion. It is in my last post. Take a sec to fill it out so I can start implementing a few more interesting topics into my posts.


A Journal Page and a Poll

Lynne Perrella Art Journal Page

My art journal page today is one that has been a favorite because I went out of my comfort zone and cut an image in half. I know, really? How lame is it that cutting a stamped image in half is uncomfortable. I guess “comfort” is a different place for all of us. Again, you can view the step by step Tutorial for this page over at the PaperArtsy Blog. Stop by and have a look.

I Made a Poll!

I have been thinking a lot lately about the direction of my blog.  I frequently find my time limited when it comes to paper crafting. On the days I don’t have time to sit at my table and make a project, I spend a lot of time doing other “crafty” things. I am contemplating sharing them here on the blog and am curious if any of you have interest in these topics. So please take a minute to answer the poll. Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions not in the poll but of interest to you. Who knows, I may decide to take up a new hobby based on your suggestions.



Paper Doll Shadowbox


Hello! I can’t believe it has been 6 months since my last post. Time just seems to get away from me. My little one is almost 1 year! She consumes so many hours of my day but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being a mommy is the greatest job! I am so thankful to God for the opportunity. How about a picture of my cutie. This is her a month ago. She is still adorable but just has a little more hair.


So, as many of you know I am a Guest Designer for PaperArtsy.I write for them a few times a year. At the moment that fits my busy schedule as wife and mommy have to come first. I figured I needed a boost to get back into blogging mode so I am going to share my PA projects from a few years ago. I was only able to share sneak peeks at the time but I think it is ok to share the full project now that a lot of time has lapsed.I will still link to the complete tutorial over on the PA Blog.

So, here is my first project. A paper doll style shadowbox. My favorite details of this project are the texture on the frame and the doll dress. I had a lot of fun dressing her up. Of course, now i have a real doll to dress up and let me tell you…I am having a blast.

Take a peek over at my tutorial over on the PaperArtsy blog and I would love to hear any comments you may have. I have some great pictures of details to get you inspired.

Here is to a new year of projects and consistent blogging(well, maybe)



Art Journaling



Hello! I really am still alive despite being gone for months. My little is now 4 months and growing like a weed. I am enjoying every precious moment I have with her, knowing it will be my last time to experience all the ‘firsts’ with a baby.

I was recently published in the Summer 2016 edition of Art Journaling by Stampington and Co. I have two articles in this magazine.One features my Grief Journal from my previous miscarriage and the second article features my Vintage Circus themed  altered book. If you get a chance to read them I would love to hear what you think. (Don’t mind the skull mug. The nurse in me finds it exciting. Not to mention it is  the perfect size for those large cups of tea!)


I thank you all for your sweet comments on the birth of our baby girl. She is taking a lot of my time up and now that her brothers are home for the summer my mommy time has diminished to a big, fat, whopping ZERO. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am hoping to get back on the creative wagon in the next few months.Perhaps then I shall have more to share. For now I will try to be content dreaming up projects in my head!


Baby is Here!


My little sweetie arrived February 23rd, 3 weeks early after a very difficult pregnancy. We are so thankful and blessed to have her! It has been a while since we have had a baby around here but her big brothers are in love with her.


Here is a banner I made for her room. It has a paper doll theme. I used some Prima doll stamps that have been sitting around for 2 years.



And another picture of my little because I am in love!


As you can imagine we are busy so I am going to try and stop by my blog every now and then to update.

Go Team!


Today I am sharing my very last post for Artistic Outpost. I just love these amazing stamps and wish that I could continue working with this very talented team,but life continues to get busier and I must put family first! I know I will still be crafting with my Artistic Outpost stamps when I get time in between diaper changes and feeding!

My card today uses the new Go Team stamp set. Perfect for all the little and mature men in your life. My background is strips of paper washed with gesso. I then sprayed a few colors of ink, stamped and added my sentiment and Go Team banner embellishments.