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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Recycle Mailing Envelopes

 Are you a shopaholic on Ebay like me.  I get in items for my jewelry and things that I make and then sell the finished product.  Well the tiny Manilla envies that they come in can not be reused.  OR can they??
I had bought a roll of wall paper (wrapping paper is to thin) from a garage several years back.  Only paid like $1.00 and bought several rolls.  So I had this light bulb go off in my head.  Why not cover the packages with it.  Now these are tiny packages because some of them come from overseas and in the USA we can not mail packages that are this small.  So I measured out what we needed.

 I laid them out on my cut piece and folded down one end 1/4 inch.  Ok this one is 1/2 but 1/4th works better.  You might have to roll your paper opposite way due to it will keep rolling up on you.

Glue the edge down
Fold it over one more time but DO NOT glue it this time.

This tim fold the rest of the cut piece over until it rests on the fold you just did.  Flatten and crease.
  Now open it back up if the cut is not even.  Take a ruler and trace your straight line and trim that off.

Next Trim off the flat edges of your padded envelopes you are going to recycle.  You just need the bubble wrap part.

Fold your bottom or side (whatever you want to call it).  The longest side 2 times like you did the other side.  BUT DO NOT glue any of it.  You just want it so that you can put your padded  envelopes up against it to figure out how you want to lay them out.   Trim your envies and lay them out to fit like a puzzle on your right half of the folded wallpaper.  Only placing them up to the 2nd fold of the side and bottom folds.  Hope this makes since.  grin

 To make this easier I took my Elmer's glue and poured it into a plastic jar I had saved. 

Now I could dip my paint brush in making the next step easier.

Paint your glue on one side and lay the envelopes out to fit the entire area of the size you have chosen for your padded envelope.

Once you cover the top layer with painted on Elmer's Glue then fold over the remaining lose wallpaper up to the folded line we made before. Glue the 2nd fold of the right side down covering your folded over piece of wallpaper.

Use clamps to hold it folded over while it is drying.  In about 5 to 10 minutes take clips off and do the same to the bottom edge.

Ooops forgot to take one pic.  Will add that soon.  Trim each side of your flap in a diagonal line to make a neat look to your fold.  I also measured in some and cut off the inside layer where the folded piece would fold over.  Here are my finished envies that I recycled.  I also covered just the front of an 11 x 14 envelope so I could reuse it.  Hope my tutorial was done well enough for you to understand.  Have fun playing.

Postal Service messed up

I am so mad.  

I sent off a package on 11 Jun to a customer.  She still has not received it.  So i went in with her tracking number to check out the situation.  They are suppose to scan them at every destination.  Well it show it is still sitting at our post office.  So i made a phone call.  They said it left there building at 2am on the 12th of Jun.  So where is it???  The Post Master said it could be in the bottom of a bag. Meaning that when they shook out the mail it stayed in the bag and they assumed bag was empty.  Seems for her to tell me this it must of happened before so why don't they shake the bag open each time to see if anything else is in the bottom.  I can't file a claim for 30 days day one starting on the day of mail pickup.  So now I have to send out the order all over again.  

Has anyone else had this happen?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oven Roasted Sausages, Potatoes and Peppers

Oven-Roasted Sausages, Potatoes, and Peppers

I got this recipe off of Pinterest, and made it.  I did go to the original site lilasapron  and put a link to the title above for the original site and recipe.  I made a few changes to the recipe below to resemble what I did to ours.  EVERYONE loved it.   And it is so fast and EASY.

this recipe will serve 3-4 adults
1 package (at least 1 lb) of your favorite sausage links
(Johnsonville, Eckridge Generic or whatever you like. I used 2 packs of Polish Sausages that contain 4 to a pack. My family loves meat and some won't eat potatoes)

4-5 decent sized Potatoes (I used Red Potatoes leaving the Red skins on)

1 or 2 Bell Peppers, sliced ( I used Red and Orange)

1 Lg. Onion Sliced in long strips (I used 1 1/2 Sweet Vidalia Onions)

3 Tbsps. Olive Oil (yes she says it has to be Olive Oil)

Salt & Pepper

.................................Making It.........................

Spray a large baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Making sure it has a side to it.  I used a glass baking dish with a 2 inch side so I could pile it full... grinning )
Slice sausages into thin rounds I did mine 1/2 inch thick
Cut potatoes also into 1/2 inch chunks
Slice your Onions and Peppers into strips.
Place all ingredients into your baking pan.  
Mix your Olive Oil with 1/8th tsp of Salt and 1/8 tsp of Pepper (you can add more before cooking if you and your family prefer more)  Drizzle this mixture over everything.  You can use your hands to toss everything together if you want.

Bake in Oven at 400 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

We have also made this and sprinkled shredded cheese over it, then placed back in the over for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese.

You will love this.  If you try it let me know what you think in the comments below.  Did everyone in your family like it?

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Clip Art Places to Find Them

Well i just posted a whole list of Clip Art sites but before I could hit save everything froze up then wiped out clean.  Geesh that is so frustrating.  So lets try this again.  

Here is a list I have started from other sites and those I have found on my own.

Diehard Images - Click Here or copy n paste

Alice Smith's Clipart 4 Resale -  Click Here or copy n paste

Primsy Doodle Designs - Click Here or copy n paste

*Clipart & Printables - Click Here or copy n paste

Diddy Bag Graphics - Click Here or copy n paste

Resale Clipart -Click Here or copy n paste

Digi Web Studio -Click Here or copy n paste

Dollar Graphics - Click Here or copy n paste

The Speckled Goose - Click Here or copy n paste 


Kristi W Designs CU 4 CU License - Click here or copy n paste 
License # MP0278                                         

Scrappy ClipArt Central - Click Here or copy n paste 

Cheryls Seslar Designs - Click Here or copy n paste

Friday, June 6, 2014

Curtains and How to Shorten them

Ok this is going to be written step by step today while I am doing the second curtain because I forgot to take pics as I was doing the first one.

See we bought a house a year ago.  The curtains are those LONG LONG ones that drag the floor and are all bunched up because they are still to long.

Now the problem here is mine are even to long to be on the windows because my vents for air and heat are below my windows in the master bedroom.  Sooo the delima   do I cut them off a tad and leave them long or cut them off short to the bottom of window sill. Well I have thought about this for over a year now.  Finally today I was done looking at the long bundled up mess.  

This is what they looked like before I touched them.  The lighting is not the greatest because the drapes cut out the light in the room.

This is what you will need to do the job.

Now this is what I did next.   I figured what length I wanted my curtain to hang and put a pin woven into the material before taking my curtain off the rod.  So I grabbed a box (I'm to short to reach the curtain rod.) and pushed up on curtain rod until it gave way.

 I laid the curtain out on the bed.  Back side up....Took my LONG 60 inch sewing cloth like Tape Measure.  

And Measured to where I had put a pin in my curtain.  It so happens it came to 59 inches, so I went with 60.  At 60 inches I put a pin.  Try not to pin to your own comforter or bedspread.  Just don't panic if you do.  Take another pin and work in a 2nd one that is NOT attached to your comforter and pull out first pin.  I had to do this several times.  LOL  I lined my tape measure up with each pleat that way I know I had it straight.  

Pic to be added

After I had pins all the way across from one side to the other.

Pic to be added

I needed a Yard stick, but couldn't find it.  So I improvised and used a Tinker Bell Picture.  I laid it down putting the edge on each Pin.  And used my BLUE sewing marking pencil to make a line all the way across the curtain.  I'm not sure if it was because my curtain was kind silky, but I had to keep licking the pencil to make it draw a darker line.

Pic to be added

Next once your line is drawn measure from that blue line 9 more inches.  Pin the same as you did up above.  All the way across.

Pic to be added

Once you get that done draw a line across just like you did your first line.  Then cut on that line.  Save the cut off material.

Pic to be added

Now take the smaller sewing measure stick.  Fold over the edge toward the back side (1) inch and pin on the outside.  Once you have measured all the way across and pinned all the way across go to the next step.

Pic to be added

Now fold the edge up to your FIRST drawn line.  That will make your fold (4) inches.  Pin down the fold and you are now ready to sew across.

Note====I made sure my pins were facing so that the point will face away from me when I start sewing.  And the biggest part of the curtain material will be off to my left.  Much easier that bunching it all up under your sewing machine.

Pic to be added

Easy Peasy.  Ready to do the next panel.   I will add the other pics once I get back to my second panel as I forgot take pics on the first one.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cut Files

Just a short note to tell you to go back to my post with subject line Paper Piecing.

3/19/2014    Paper Piecing

Click above then scroll down to 3rd post.  If it don't take you there then go to the archives for.    3/19/2014   I am working very hard on updating it even more with information UP TO DATE Information that is on companies / sites where you can purchase Cut Files.

And which ones offer FREEBIEs.  

I also updated my page titled

BOOK BINDING.  Lots of awesome information.  Go check it out.  See you later, I'm on my way back to Paper Piecing page to put even more information there for you.


Oh and when you get done with all of this...................

Check out my website I am building.

Creative Crafts and Supplies    this site is old.  
You can still go there. and read tips and other information.  

Creative Craft Supplyz
Click the site above and click HOME if you want to go to our home page once you get there.  Have fun seeing what all we have posted.

Introducing my NEW Store and Website.  Find items for sale, gifts that are handmade for sale. Techniques, ATC's for Trade and examples.  Oh and my pets.  LOL
This new site is at they let you have as many pages as you want for free.

Just click the link above.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book Binding

Well I see I never did anything with this page.  So sorry, guess I got lost somewhere in la la land and never finished.  ORRRR it might have been when I couldn't get into my blog no matter what I tried.  Sooo now I am in and want to share this link. 

This is from one of my many board on Pinterest.  I'm just starting it to build this board with Book Making. Links are below each picture.              The next link below this has even more.

Just click above and go to my link.  If it don't take you there well I'm sorry but you will have to do it the slowwwwww way.  Looking me up on Pinterest.

Mickey Corbin

Check out my many boards.  I've heard I have some awesome pins.  

One of the stitches I have learned to do that is really neat and fun is the Coptic Stitch.  Click words below pic for Tutorial.

Click to check out these YouTube Tutorials.  Sorry Pics are blurry I just saved images.

Coptic Stitch binding demo part 1

Coptic Stitch binding demo part 2

This Pinterest board has some awesome examples of the Coptic Stitch

Lora Kinberger Coptic Stitch Pinterest Board

How about some other stitches. 
Book binding Tutorial for Long Stitch Binding
I can't wait to try this.  These are just pictures then the Tutorial


Ok found a great link for the Book above.

Donna Meyers Daily Journal Challenge to make a book a day.  Day 365

For a great book to purchase to teach you some of the techniques

Well hope some of these links teach you something new.

Creative Crafts Supplyz

I've been working on a website to show off some of the things hubby is selling for me on Etsy.

To give ideas on how to use Washi Tape.

To show off cards I have made.

To show ATC's I have made

To show my birds.

And lots more.  

Want to check it out.  Just click on the link below.  I don't have shopping carts yet, working on
everything takes so much time.  I can put in 10 hours and only have 1/2 a page built.  Did you know it takes that much time?  Well why didn't you tell me.  Geesh.

Creative Crafts and Supplyz

if the link above doesn't work, try this. Click on

This is not just a site to sell things on.

Here are cards I made from a Gift Bag.

Our pets

I'm really having fun putting this site together.  It looks better than any I have ever put together before.  So take a peek then come back here and let me know what you think with what I have done so far.

Creative Crafts and Supplyz

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Wow I got it working.

Finally, I downloaded a new browser and now I am able to actually blog again.  So now I can start working on my site again.  Hope someone follows me and likes my blog.  I'm hoping to put lots of information out there for others.  So for now have a great Sunday.