Wednesday, December 19


WOW! It didn't take some of you very long to respond to my "project plea!" Today we have a FABulous AltAred Art project by the U.S. winner of the Craft Stash, Angeleeenee. Those of you who do much of your scrapbooking and/or altAred art on the computer (or those of you who are bloggers, emailers, etc) realize how much time you can spend sitting at a desk staring at that little corner of your world. Well nothing is LESS inspirational than a bare, (in angeleenee's words ,) "Cheap, particle board desk." And day, on a whim, she began cutting out and laying down images...and then mod podging them to her desk! Look at the beautiful transformation!

There is nothing so motivating than being faced day by day with a storage debacle...Ang's bathroom (like so many) is (again in her words) "Too small to change your mind in" and lacks storage space. So in another moment of inspiration, she cut the ends out of several large coffee cans, stacked and glued them together, and then covered them with a beautiful, french blue wallpaper and stenciled the word "Toilette" on the side. Voila! Storage problem Angeleenee's words: "Holds two rolls nicely and looks pretty too!!! LOVE THAT!!!!" By all means DO spend some time over the holidays looking at the places in your home where you spend the most time. Where could you make some "AltArations" and create niches of inspiration? In one of my first blog posts, I showed you my craft an encore performance, here are a couple of photos...most of the art you see on the walls was taken from a fave book of mine, "Bird, Feather, Egg". The illustrations are gorgeous and I love having my "creative area" surrounded by birds, nests, etc. It's a fun way to bring the outdoors IN.

And then pictures of family, friends, and inspirational folks (some of YOUR pictures will end up on my doubt!) fill up the rest of the space. I used inexpensive, colorful frames (where I used them at all) or made frames from material or other found objects.

The walls may be too "busy" for the tastes of some, but I create better and function better if I am IMMERSED in inspiration...therefore, there is only a LITTLE empty wallspace left! (and my goal is to fill it as soon as possible...much to my husband's chagrin!)

And there you have it: two more quick and easy "projects" you can do a little at a time, and at your leisure (I'm sure you, like I am wondering, "Leisure? What's THAT??!?!?!")

And for those of you who have read THIS far (thanks for your diligence!) here is a BONUS quick and easy Christmas recipe (from Kraft) for you and the kids to do together:

Prep Time:
15 min

15 min
10 servings, 1/2 cup each
1 qt. (4 cups) cold milk
2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
20 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, crushed, divided
10 paper or plastic cups (6 to 7 oz.)
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
Assorted decorating gels

POUR milk into large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes or until well blended. Let stand 5 minutes. Gently stir in 1 cup of the crushed cookies.

SPOON remaining crushed cookies into bottoms of paper cups, adding about 2 tsp. crumbs to each cup; cover with pudding mixture.

DROP spoonfuls of the whipped topping onto desserts to resemble snowmen. Decorate with gels for the "eyes," "noses" and "scarves." Refrigerate until ready to serve. Store leftover desserts in refrigerator.

More tomorrow! Happy creating!

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