Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We Wish You a Merry♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ Christmas♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪We Wish You a Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♥ ♥ ♥We Wish You A Merry ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪Christmas ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪...And A Happy New Year!♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪... Copy and paste~keep the wave goin
Sunday, December 20, 2009
It rained and rained all day, non stop. For awhile it poured so hard I thought the roof was going to fall down on us! There were a few unhappy Vendors.
This normally is a big event with a great turnout. Last time I sold everything!
Like I said I did really good. I made back my costs..booth,supplies and had extra shopping money. I was happy with the final results. Even my 11 year old granddaughter did well, she sold a few of her handmade bracelets. She then went shopping (around the craft show) for christmas gifts and a few things for herself. She was happy. :)
I sold all but 3 of my wine bottle stoppers...I brought 12 with me. They went pretty quick. Sold almost all of my handpainted ornaments and large clothes pin clips.
I also have 7 orders, they were easy- peasy, got them done in time.
I was asked to attend two shows this spring. Hmmmm must think about that....... Shows are so.....you know.....aacckk!
Now I am sitting here with a sinus and gland infection and laryngitus! On antibiotics and hopefully will be better by Christmas Day! I sound like I swallowed a mouse.... squeek squeek!
Here is a recipe from Susans Scrapbook Shack on Facebook and her blog
Spicy Goldfish Snack
18 oz Pepperidge Farm Goldfish
1 cup vegetable oil
1 pkg Ranch dressing mix
1 Tbsp Dill Weed
8-10 sprinkles lemon pepper
8-10 sprinkles red pepper flakes
Mix all together well in large rectangle pan. Stir frequently, letting sit out overnight. Store in tin.
Recipe courtesy of Brandi Hagli~
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Now I am finally up and about but zapped of energy. Start something but cant seem to finish. It still lingers..you know sound stuffy occaisional cough, clear the throat kinda thing....ugh. Two weeks of this!
If you get hit with this ...just get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids and rest rest rest.....................
I got behind on my crafts, so frustrating when you know you have things to do but no energy to do it. Just slept the days away! I am usually like the energy bunny if I catch a cold I keep going and going...not this time!
My family was worried..mom doesnt stay in bed..she must really be sick!!
The last 2 days in bed I did get on the internet and watched a lot of crafting ideas on you tube. A lot of ideas and creativity out there. I have the Ranger Melting Pot and found a lot uses for it on you tube. Wow! ....Now to get the energy and try some of them.
Keep safe and warm.
until next time
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Happy Veteran's Day!
Thank you for your Service...past and present
Lets support our troops, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Vets, Veteran's Homes, to name a few. We should support,volunteer and donate to these causes that help our Veterans and their families. You can contact your local American Legion Post for information.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Thought I would share.
1 box frozen taquitos (beef or chicken)
1 medium can green enchalada sauce ( mild, medium or hot..your choice)
1 pkg shredded cheddar or monteray jack cheese (or shred your own)
cook taquitos in oven according to package directions.
after cooking pour (or ladle) green enchalada sauce over taquitos
spread the shredded cheese on top
place back in oven and cook until cheese has melted, about 3 minutes
great for a pot luck.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Now my craft room has unfinished projects.....oh well...nothing new!! I will get it done.
I did write down my ideas so when I do get back to these projects I will know what I am doing ( I hope!).
When I decided to just stop I went on the internet.
Ha...I went on Etsy and Artfire Forums just to read.....I learned soooo much!!
The forums are so helpful.
I learned how to shorten my username for my Facebook fan page. That really made me happy because I didnt like having all those letters and numbers.
I left my Homepage as is but I needed to adjust my Fan Page.
If you have a Fan Page and you are wanting to do the same, click here.
The question was asked by www.artgirlx.etsy.com
This answer came from http://www.perfectlypaper.etsy.com/
I also learned how to put a facebook widget here on my blog.
On Artfire you can import your etsy items to your shop..learned how to do that!
On Artfire I learned how to use my blog in my shop...need to get that started.
Like I said....I learned a lot!
Now I must enter ~~~the craftroom~~ ~ and see if I can finish what I started!!
Happy Friday everyone!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It is nice to help each other and promote our shops. This Crazy Train was started quite awhile ago and we have many riders. I think we have riders well into 2010. What is so nice about it is that everyone IS promoting. Either by blogging, tweeting, facebook, email, forums etc. You can tell by the increase in views. You know what? That is the way it should be. Helping each other.
It is on "a trust" thing but so far so good. Sometimes you cant promote for some reason or another aka: illness, vacation etc. but they(we) will come back. Some even make up for it by promoting more than one shop at a time to catch up.
Artfire Crazy Train was started by www.PicardCreative.artfire.com
I promote on my blog, email, craft forum and my Facebook page and I have a Facebook Business page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lompoc-CA/craftnique/67095135775?ref=nf
I dont have a Twitter account. I dont know why I dont! (LOL). If you have one is it easy to use? Is it better or the same as Facebook?
This social internet stuff is addicting!!!
Have a great day!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I enjoy painting for Fall and Christmas. Combination of the weather and the fact that I love snowmen!! Christmas! Santa!!! The entire idea of it all~~~~~~~~~
I added these coasters to my artfire shop.
I painted the background and pumpkins on plain cardboard coasters. I varnished to give them a glass like shine. I then cut and glued cork to the back. Cutting cork in a round shape isnt easy! Half way through I wondered what I got myself
into!! lol! Of course I could have used a circle
cutter ...hmmm maybe next time!!
I also painted the design on a large clothespin/memo clip to match.
I am a warm weather type person but I will admit to the fact that I do like the Fall colors!! and ...ok I kinda like the change (just not the cold
If you are living on the Central Coast California The Ride 2 Recovery riders are cycling from San Fransisco to Los angeles. Today they are riding from Pismo Beach to Solvang. Fri, Solvang to Ventura and on Sat Ventura to Los Angeles along hiwy 1. They are our wounded Veterans. If you can, stand along their route and cheer them on. Let them know we appreciate their service.
Everyone have a great day!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
~~~~~~~~~~~~...................Artfire Crazy Train.................~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Today our artfire crazy train artist is Catinalife. I think you can tell by her shop name she likes cats! lol
She has some beautiful jewelry in her shop. I especially like the Chain Mailli work. Awesome! What I like about her work is the variety of color. She doesnt just stick with gold or silver.
Browse on over to her shop and take a look, you will like what you see!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
It is slowly not working anymore and I am having a hard time parting with it. My husband keeps saying "get a new one"(probaby tired of hearing me complain about it LOL)
I had to have it fixed a few months ago,it was a recall and fixed for free.
Now the batteries wear down quickly. I have to take the batteries out as soon as I am finished using it. That means no sudden "gotta get that" picture. LOL by the time I get the batteries in the object is gone. Now its new thing is... I will get ready to take a picture and......it shuts down!!!
I did find a camera that I like, price is good, has more megapixels and zoom than my "old" camera. I should just go and buy it!!!
The funny thing is that the camera I like is the same brand as my old one (canon) but is smaller and cost less than my old camera did!
We are taking off for a few days and I will need a new camera...Ok..I will buy a new one..I can STILL take some pictures with the old one right??
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I sent her an email thanking her and letting her know her item was shipped. She responded right away with kind words and at the bottom were 2 links.
One to her artfire shop
Bonnie's Jewelry on Artfire which is run by her and her 2 sisters as she says in her bio:
"About our shop name: Barb, Elizabeth, and Bonnie (the one who answers any of the questions you might have.) = BEBs Treasures = Items that are cherished and/or deemed valuable BEBs Treasures = Cherished items from we 3 sisters."
They also have a shop on Etsy with the same name. I was looking at the items on Artfire ( I still have to go and look on Etsy!!). There are some beautiful items in their Artfire shop. They really do nice work.
Now getting back to unique talent, she signed her name "Bonnie the Balloon Lady"...What? Balloon Lady?? HMMM.....................
The second link was
Bonnie's Balloon Portfolio
Well..I had to click on that link and OMG!! Some amazing balloons. I have seen twisting and turning balloons into shapes but these are fantastic. YOU HAVE to go and look! She is a Professional.
I cant copy paste the pictures to show on my blog because of copyright. Besides, there are too many that I like....Mickey Mouse, Sponge Bob and more....many more. Oh and then there is face painting...awesome. Bonnie or Balloon Lady...entertains at family restaurants and family events. If you live in the Pocahontas Ar. area you can book her for an event or check her out in person. She lists where and when on her Portfolio site. Just take a look at her amazing work, let your kids and grandkids look too..they will love it.
Let me know what you think!
Have a great day!
Hermy ( Craftnique)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I have to figure out how to use the cd/dvd, pictures etc...Whew! It's like starting over!!!
The Flower Festival started today. The carnival, music and food booths. I live a block from the park, from certain rooms I can hear the music from the entertainers on the stage.
In my previous blog I forgot to mention that they take the flowers and make floats for the Parade. Some awesome looking floats. The Flower Fest. Queen and her Court ride the biggest float and it is completely decorated and designed by the prisoners from Lompoc Federal Prison. They do a beautiful job. All the Floats that enter the parade are voted on, 1st prize, 2nd etc. Also the bands and other entrants are voted on. I will be out taking pictures on Sat. Hopefully have some posted here for all to see.
In the meantime I am going to play with this new toy and try and figure out my way around. LOL
Have a great day!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Here are pictures of a field not too far from where I live.
For more information and photos click on these links.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Her tile pendents and rings are so nice I cant decide which one I like best!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
What an honor!!
I am doing the happy dance right now!!
I recieved this "One Lovely Blog" award from Creations With Heart
What a nice surprise and coming from a very nice , talented and helpful person that I "met" on the internet makes it even better!!
There are a few rules to follow that I need to share with you.
1. Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered.
3. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Unfortunately, I can't give it back to the person that gave it to me, but I do get to give it to 15 great bloggers1. The Skin You're In
2.Sea Glass Jewelry - Out Of The Blue Seaglass Jewelry
3.Nostalgic Nature Art
4. Pinkfink's Creations
5. New places to buy Alisun's ...
7. Christinas ramblings and cr...
9. My Paradise Moon by LuLu
10.Crazy K Bath and Body
12. Karena Bella Jewelry
13. marcie adary
14.Designs By Patricia
Please accept this award and pass it on to other lovely bloggers.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Artfire has given us options to set up our shop pages. It is nice. It is like creating your own web page or blog page.. I worked on it a little yesterday. I plan on changing my banner but it will do for now. I choose green for my background color but will probably change that too. LOL It even allows you to put widgets from your etsy or whatever other shops you may have. You can see what I am talking about on my homepage www.craftnique.artfire.com
Todays featured shop from Artfire is ChantillyLace. She has a lot of pretty items in her shop. Hair accesories, jewelry. She works with pearls, lace and fabrics. A lot of vintage items used in her work. you can click on the link to see her shop/items. If you cant click on the link try this one. I know you will enjoy looking around her shop. www.ChantillyLace.artfire.com
Have a great evening ! Until next time
Monday, May 25, 2009
The beach glass was smooth and frosty looking almost like a stone. It wasnt the warmest of days so they were wet and cold and in our excitement..we forgot to take a picture of the beach glass!!
Cant wait to go back!!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
We live near a few artichoke fields so when we buy from the local Farmers Market or Roadside Stand we get really big artichokes for a great price. I usually boil them ,then we dip the leaves in butter or mayonaisse then eat till nothing left except the fuzzy stuff and scraped leaves!
That is our favorite( and only) way to eat them. Very easy and delicious.
Before boiling... I wash them, cut off the top portion and then with scissors cut the points off the leaves all around then I cut off the stem and rinse them really well.
A few years ago a friend said she always stuffs them with macaroni and cheese, we tried it but went back to the boiled method.
I love cookbooks, collecting and sharing recipes. The other day I found a recipe to bake artichokes ..hmmm sounds good.... Nope... Awful. Not the same. Plus it was a lot of work!
My husband and I decided that we will stick to the boiled method!
Artfire Crazy Train is featuring http://debvandetdesigns.artfire.com. She has a nice variety of items in her shop from girly to gothic. Whatever suits your taste. I like the switch plate cover with roses, very girly and very pretty. Click on the link to see her items.
The sun is out so I am going to go outside and get some vitamin D!!!
until next time..............
Friday, May 15, 2009
So now, do I try again? Make it thicker? It really is a good idea. I think I will try making it again.
I did get a few other items done. Here is an Incense Burner. Back to the craft room to try again...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Ha.!!!. One appointment after another, then a few "mom can you" phone calls and its only Wednesday!!! Well maybe tomorrow I will not answer the phone (yeah right).
Over at Artfire the Crazy Train is chuggling along.
We have this cute crochet soapbag http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=179338
You will find more at her shop http://www.absolutelyamy.artfire.com
Then over on http://www.AlisunsToo.ArtFire.com
The artists says:
"Always Get Too For One. Buy an item. Shop for another item OR ITEMS that equal the purchase price. Pay the shipping price ONLY if it weighs more than 13 oz. That's it. Have fun shopping! This is where you will find all my destash, and stuff that doesn't fit in my Alisun's Custom Crafted Jewelry store (www.alisuns.artfire.com)."
At http://www.michiganmud.artfire.com you will find some pendants, rings, and other unique items made from polymer clay.
Here is an example http://www.artfire.com/modules.php?name=ViewListing&product_id=148152
Who knows?? Maybe you'll find that certain item you were looking for!!!
I think I will go and get some "me "time before the phone rings!! LOL
Until next time,
Hermy ( Craftnique)