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... where fellow crafters and lovers of crafts come together to share, explore and learn about the world of art.

AND THE WINNER IS ........................

This week's (February 20, 2009) Fabulous Friday Freebie winner is ..... Ta Da ... KittsKrafts. Here is her blog KittsKrafts if you want to check her out! Congratulations ... I know you will love the Clutch Purse Card that Robin has offered from her Etsy shop Robin's Arts & Crafts. ... You lucky gal!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

HERE WE GO ... FABULOUS FRIDAY FREEBIE NUMBER TWO!!!

This week's Fabulous Friday Freebie is from the Etsy shop of Joan ... Inspirations In Clay




Her work is absolutely beautiful!! I purchased several necklaces from her for Christmas presents ... her work is indeed unique ... and stunning. Most of Joan's work is made with polymer clay which she creates individually then crafts into outstanding pieces of jewelery. Joan is a very sweet gal and a pleasure to work with, a good kind hearted person .. her personality certainly overflows into her work and reflects the love she puts into each piece.




This is how the giveaway works ... roll into her shop ... check things out ... I'd even do some shopping while there (wink-wink) then come back here, post a comment about your favorite item in her shop ... then you're in! I'll put your name in the drawing for a gorgeous pair of earrings Joan has reserved for this giveaway. I'd love to hear all the wonderful things you have to say about Joan's work ... I'm sure you'll feel as I do that it is certainly a one-of-a-kind beautiful place to do some shopping :-)



Visit Joan's Blog at http://inspirationsinclay.blogspot.com/ ... once again, you'll love as I do learning more about her work and life as she puts her heart and soul into her creations. Thank you Joan for offering a sample of your beautiful work for our Give-Away!!

OUR FIRST FABULOUS FRIDAY FREEBIE WINNER !!!

Thank you all for entering our first contest. The winner of our first Fabulous Friday Freebie is Melissa ... Congrats Melissa, I'm sure you will LOVE your new bookmark. Heather does beautiful work and this Pheasant Bookmark is truly a gorgeous piece of her fantastic work! Melissa, if you'll send me your email address to magnoliablossomart@gmail.com, I'll forward it to Heather and she'll get your gift out to you ... ENJOY!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

TIME FOR ANOTHER RECIPE OF THE DAY ... GET YOUR TASTE BUDS READY!!!

This one is an entry from my youngest son's wife. She makes the most delicious Blonde Brownies. They are a favorite dessert every Christmas Eve. This year, or any other year as far as that goes, I won't be able to eat them, but I do want to share them with you. I have never made them, but she swears they are so easy to make ... so here it goes. NOW ... DON'T FORGET THE RULES ..... PICK A RECIPE, MAKE IT, TASTE IT, BLOG HERE ABOUT IT AND YOUR NAME GOES IN THE POT FOR THE DRAWING FOR THE AMAZING RELAY FOR LIFE COOKBOOK "RECIPES FROM THE HEART".
BLONDE BROWNIES
1 stick plus 3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 box light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups flour
2teaspoons vanilla
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup nuts
Mix all ingredients together. Do not over mix. Do not mix with electric mixer. Must mix by hand. Pour into greased 9" by 13" pan. Bake in 350 oven for 40 - 45 minutes.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

FABULOUS FRIDAY FREEBIE

Here it is ... my first Friday Giveaway! This week's Artisan is Heather who owns jinx1764. Heather creates jewelry, items and original art inspired by feathers. They are truly FABULOUS!!! Check her beautiful works of art
out at her shop ... jinx1764


I'm sure after you take a look you'll agree that JINX1764 has the most beautiful work using feathers, leather and other materials for unique and absolutely gorgeous works of art. This is how it works ... fly into her shop, JINX1764, look around, feel free to do some shopping!! ... then come back here and post a comment about your favorite item. Next Friday I'll take all the names of those that posted a comment and randomly pick one winner. After the winner gives me their address, I'll forward it on to Heather who will get your beautiful Pheasant and Leather Bookmark on it's way to you. Wanta play ... join in ... the more that play the more fun it will be!!!


GOOD LUCK!!!


COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!


PICK ONE OF THE RECIPES FROM THE COOKBOOK THAT I POST HERE ... MAKE IT ... TRY IT ... POST A COMMENT ABOUT HOW YOU LIKED IT. I'LL PUT THE NAMES IN THE "POT" AND PICK RANDOMLY A WINNER WHO WILL WIN THIS COOKBOOK CROCKED FULL OF HUNDREDS OF DELICIOUS RECIPES !!! HURRY ... GET YOUR NAME IN THE POT!!!


RECIPE OF THE DAY ....

This one if for the kids ... they can make it themselves (with some help) for an afternoon snack ... it's perfect for the upcoming holidays!!

AFTER SCHOOL PARTY MIX
4 cups crispy corn and rice cereal
2 cups miniature pretzel twists
1 cup fish-shaped cheddar cheese crackers
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 small garlic clove, pressed
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmesan cheese
1 package (0.4 ounce) buttermilk recipe ranch salad dressing mix
1 package (3-3.5 ounces) microwave popcorn

Preheat oven to 350. In a bowl gently mix together cereal, pretzels & crackers. Melt butter in microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds or until melted. Mix garlic in with butter. Pour butter, cheese & Rance dressing mix over cereal mixture and stir to coat evenly. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven, prepare popcorn according to package directions. Carefully stir popcorn into warm cereal mixture. Let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Recipe Of The Day

BRAINSTORM IDEA ... I tend to have them from time to time and it usually means ... WATCH OUT!!! Anyway ... I thought I'd post a recipe every day or so from our Relay For Life Cookbook and on December 15th ... in honor of my mother's birthday who is a breast cancer survivor ... I'll have a drawing for a Free Cookbook!!! So this is what you do ... pick one of the recipes I post, make or mix, whatever, give it a try and post a comment on how you liked it. Remember to post AFTER you make and try the recipe!!! I'll put your name in the pot (lol) for the cookbook giveaway ... yesterday was my granddaddy's spoonbread and today a used to be favorite of mine. I only had 2 maybe 3 drinks a year, but not anymore since surgery ... anyway it's FABLOUS!!!


PINEAPPLE UPSIDE DOWN MARTINI
1ounce Absolute Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce Armereta
2 ounces Pineapple Juice
1 splash Coconut Rum
1 slice Pineapple
1 Cherry with stem

Place slice of pineapple in bottom of martini glass. Mix all vodka, armereta, pineapple juice & rum in shaker with ice. Shake and add to glass. Place the cherry in the center of the pineapple.

REMEMBER TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY!!!

Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Recipe Of The Day ... From the cookbook

GRANDADDY'S SPOON BREAD
1 cup corn meal
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salad oil or melted shortening
1 cup milk
3 eggs, separated

Cook cornmeal and 2 cups milk till the consistency of mush. Remove from heat; add salt, baking powder, oil and 1 cup milk. Add 3 well-beaten egg yolks; fold in 3 stiff-beaten egg whites. Bake in greased 2 quart casserole in slow oven (325) about 1 hour. Spoon into warm dishes; top with butter. Makes 6 servings.

$5.00 CHRISTMAS GIFT!!!

If you make a minimum donation of $5.00 to my Relay For Life Team "ForAbie" I'll send you a "Recipes from the Heart" Relay For Life Team for Abie Cook Book. It is stocked full of 100's of recipies from our team members. All money goes directly to the American Cancer Society, but the donation needs to be made through our team, For Abie in order to recieve the cookbook. They make GREAT gifts!! Click on the book below and it will take you right to my page for our team, follow the instructions to make a donation and leave me a comment that you did so ... as soon as the donation appears on my site, I'll ask you for your mailing address and I'll ship out your book ... that easy ... and for a good cause ... best of both worlds!!!


SALE ... ALL CHRISTMAS ITEMS!!

Get your order in for Christmas. All gift tags and gift bags are 25% off now till Christmas. Must place order by December 15th to insure it arrives before Christmas. Check it out on my Etsy Shop ... hurry quanities limited!!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cyber Monday ... BIG SALE ... Last Day of Holiday EtsyFest ... Purse and Crochet Day !!!


I have 7 orders for the wonderful Crazy Quilt Purses ... they are so unique and adorable. I love the detail of the variuos stitches. Mother/Daughter matching sets are a favorite for Christmas Presents this year. I made one of the black, white and red ones for my duaghter-in-law ... friends, family and strangers have gone crazy over it!!












This black scarf has to be the most soft and snuggly scarf I have ever made!! I can't wait to make one for myself :-)


Thursday, November 27, 2008

BIG SALE ON JEWELERY BLACK FRIDAY!!


Friday, November 28: All jewelery in my shop will be 30%OFF !! Stop in and check it out. In addition ... EVERYTHING ELSE IN MY SHOP WILL BE 15% OFF!!!

HOLIDAY ETSYFEST IS HERE!!!

Have you checked it out yet?? Now through Monday, December 1st almost 200 Etsy Artisans are participating ... click the link above and check out the SALES!!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

39 MINUTES .my time to Holiday EtsyFest!!

Hope you're as excited as I am. What a great time to do some shopping at some fantastic Etsy shops, and we can save some money too ... bonus!! I have my eye on a thing or two ... do you???

Tomorrow I'll be drawing for the Gift Card Give-Away ... you still have some time to post what you are thankful for ... I've already sold a set of these gift tags, so get your post in quick!!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day and good luck in the EtsyFest sale days :-)

One More Day To Turkey Day!!!

This will be my first BIG holiday since my by-pass surgery in June. I'm so glad I'm at the point I have more of a variety of foods I can eat. I think I'll just have a bite of everything ... with no sugar that is!! This is such a wonderful day for all ... we have so much to be thankful for and I love to get together with all the family to celebrate our lives, our families, our friends, the country we live in, and our Lord for all He has given us. I don't to have to do any cooking this year ... except for putting together the squash casserole ... everything is at our daughter's house and we take everything that goes in the oven around there ... this means I can sew, sew, sew today!! I'm making more Christmas Gift Bags today ... hope to put on Etsy in a bit ... will post when I do!

I want to do more give-aways and would love to have some items from some other than my shop to offer. Anyone interested either post or email me.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New Items ... Christmas Gift Bags

These are fun to make ... I thought what a perfect idea ... make some fabric Christmas bags that will hold a bag of brownie mix. You just add a tag that has the baking instructions and there's a fast, easy gift. I'm off to make more designs!!













































Monday, November 24, 2008

Here's What You Win!

These adorable Christmas Tags :-) Just post on this blog what you are thanikful for and on Thanksgiving Day I'll pick a winner from a random drawing. This Thanksgiving we should all take some time to remember the important things in our lives ... let's be thankful together ... join the Thankfulness Thoughts Blog!!

Thankfulness Thoughts Give Away

This year has been a tough one for many, but we still are all blessed in many ways. We have much to be thankful for ... what are you Thankful for? I have so much to be thankful for and I wanted to share some thoughts with you ... and offer the same opportunity to you. If you'd like to share some thankfulness thoughts ... feel free! I'll be offering a set of Christmas Tags to the winner of the Thankfulness Thoughts Contest. Enter your thoughts of what you are thankful for this year here on my blog and on Thursday I'll announce who won the contest. The names of those that posted will be entered in the drawing and one will be picked randomly. In order to receive your gift tags, you must email me at magnoliablossomart@gmail.com so that I can communicate with you and get your information to mail your gift to you. If I do not have your email address, I'll pick the next random name. Thank you for sharing and I wish you the best this Thanksgiving!
Why I'm Thankful ...
First of all, I'm thankful that the Lord has offered His Grace and has blessed me in so many ways.
My mother who has taught me how to be amazingly brave and thankful.
I'm thankful for my husband who for 38 years has loved me and been incredibly patient and constant.
My daughter and my two sons, my son-in-law and my two daughter-in-laws who have all taught me how to love more, to stand strong and to look within myself for the strength that has always been there.
I am thankful for my five grandsons, my step-granddaughter and step-grandson who all in their own special ways have taught me how to sit back and enjoy life, to open my heart more than I ever thought I could and to laugh!
I'm thankful for my friends, my “girls” Maggie and Blossom, my church, my home and especially for my family.








































































Friday, November 21, 2008

TGIF!!

Today I'm sewing up some grocery bags to deliver Thanksgiving meals to about a dozen or more needy families in the community from our church. Last minute idea, like usual for me :-) I'm also gearing up for the big Holiday EtsyFest begining Thanksgiving Day!

















It's snowing!!! We get so excited about any flakes around here, we don't see much of it.

As you see, our "Artic" dog is totally uneffected by the snow .. she's like ... what's the big deal!!
Lovin the cold weather around here ... me ... jury's still out on that one!!! But I did get excited about the few flakes :-)








Hope to post some new items on Etsy this weekend or first of the week. We're dedicated to three of the five grandsons tonight then our little one's First Birthday tomorrow ... woohoo!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weekend's Coming ... WooHoo!

This has been a busy, long week. Thought I'd be able to relax a bit from last weekend's Fall Fest and Spaghetti Dinner for our Relay For Life team .... WRONG!! Here it is Thursday and haven't done any crafting ... withdrawls ... boohoo!

Our little Christopher is coming over today to stay the night, two nights actually ... yeah! We are taking him and Jakeb to see Madagascar tomorrow night ... can't wait!!

On top of being so busy, it's really cold here this week .. but the upside of that is Maggie and Blossom are LOVIN' it ... those Artic dogs!!

Going to get a bit of cleaning done ... yuck ... but the place is a RECK ... then my hopes are to start on crazy quilt orders. They are so fun to do .. each one is original and the color combinations are fun to create. I did sell another scarf yesterday so in my down time I have another one I need to finish ... crocheting is so relaxing, I love to do it while watching TV.

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is coming to town in December ... my daughter and Iare taking my mom for her Birthday ... never been but it looks like so much fun. That's exciting!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Okay ... done all I can here for a while. WOW, for the older not so technical generation, this is a task!
I still have some updating to do on Etsy, but I really need to get to work sewing some crazy quilt purses!! I'm getting excited about the Holiday EtsyFest. I hope it helps all sellers and buyers! My shop is relatively new, so any boost will be a blessing.
The weather is SO cold here!! Don't stay as warm as I used to since gastric-bypass in June and my 100 pound loss ... BURRRR!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Still working on organizing this blog ... trying to figure some of it out! Did have time to list a few more things on Etsy today and take some new pics and relist a few items. Am getting excited about the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale ... Etsy Holiday Fest!!


Have our 3 year old grandson with us today ... just love those grandkids!! How cute is he!!


It's COLD today and they are actually calling for snow :-)


I'm on my way to a Relay for Life Committee Meeting tonight. I hope to get info on here about our local Relay event. Our team "For Abie" had our annual Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction this weekend with great success ... our first official fundraiser for the new year ... we raised $1566.00 ... WHOO HOO!!!!!

Gonna be a busy day ...

Today is full ... need to update web, blog, myspace, twitter ... take new pics for Etsy and relist some items ... will be putting up my promo for the Big Holiday Sale for next weekend!
Have 6 crazy quilt orders I need to get started on ... busy ... busy ... busy ... you know what they say about idle hands!!

I'll post again with some updated pics ...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Etsy Holiday Fest
November 27 - December 1
Check it out and get in on some fantistic sales!!

My first post ...

This is new ... this is fun ... almost as fun as creating art!! Here at Magnolia Blossom Art I am continually creating different things. My art ranges from crochet items to painted items to sewn items. All are carefully created with love and care. Look for upcoming Holiday Sales!! During the Thanksgiving weekend I will be offering 10% off ALL items! Take a look, browse around and do some early Christmas shopping.

Catchin' Waves

Catchin' Waves
For two days they didn't want anything to do with the beach ... then ... wala ... what fun is this!!!

Thumbprint Notecards

Thumbprint Notecards
Sure to make anyone smile. Come with envelopes in sets of five.

Maggie & Blossom

Maggie & Blossom
Lovin' some time in the waves at Nags Head !! What fun they are.

Girl's Jumper

Girl's Jumper
Precious brown jumper with hot pink polk-a-dots

Christopher and Blossom

Christopher and Blossom
She loves a cowboy and he loves a horse ... what a perfect match!! Grandson # 4 with our "Little" girl Blossom.

Croched Cell Phone Case

Croched Cell Phone Case
Any colors ... any size ... great when matched with a Crazy Quilt Purse!

Eat ... sleep ... and be merry!!

Eat ... sleep ... and be merry!!
So what's better than fillling up on spaghetti and then taking a snooze ... that makes for a very merry little fellow. Grandson # 5 ... Benjamin ... how cute is that!

Pink Crazy Quilt Purse

Pink Crazy Quilt Purse
So fun ... my crazy quilted purses are eye catchers ... great as mother/daughter sets ... larger for mom and smaller for daughter ... how cute are they!!!

Just a day at the beach ...

Just a day at the beach ...
Nick, Maggie & Blossom trying to catch some waves ... the girls wanted to try their hands (paws) at skimboarding ... give it a try gals!

Warm and Cozy Scarf

Warm and Cozy Scarf
Soft and Warm ... what a combination .. and beautiful to boot!!