Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom #9

...from a wonderful book and movie.  Aibileen was a life-saver for that child!  If you haven't read this book (The Help), you should!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Fort

In the summer of 1987, someone is abducting and killing young women. The police have no leads until three boys see him in the woods with his latest victim.  No one believes them when they go to the police and they end up in big trouble.  The boys know what they saw and also know if they don't do something, this young girl will not survive.  

I absolutely LOVED this book!  It was a real page turner and brought me back to a simpler time,  a time without cell phones and internet.  Good heavens, how did we ever survive?!

I highly recommend this book - you won't be able to put it down! 
Also, I think this book completes my "Books to Read" section of my Summer Bucket List!

Saturday, July 27, 2013


My Time To Craft has a new challenge for you. This time, it's Sympathy. 

We hope we'll never have to use them, but it's good to have them when needed.  This card was made with the For Always papers and embellishments from Close To My Heart.

Be sure to stop by My Time To Craft and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team has created, then create one of your own.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Piece of Cake!

Let me guess, you were expecting a new recipe, weren't you?  Even though the cake may look good enough to eat, you wouldn't be too happy once you took a bite because it's made of......
...a sponge!
I was so excited about this project that I forgot to take most of the pictures!  That's OK, though, I have a few and a link to help you out! Let's get started on the "how-to".

Since this was a large rectangular sponge, I cut in in half to make two squares.  Using a serrated knife, I cut each square diagonally to make the slices of "cake".  With a craft knife, I cut a center groove, leaving my slice to look like this:

You may notice that the edge is nice and even.  Yes, I trimmed it.  There were other pieces that didn't have a perfect edge:
I think this makes for a more realistic piece of cake, don't you?

Next, I spray painted the sponges. (Sorry, no pics)  The original tutorial doesn't tell you this, but you need to spray at all different angles in order to get all the nooks and crannies.  When they are dry, glue (I used E-6000) a piece of cardstock to one side.  This is very important, because YOU CAN SEND THESE THROUGH THE MAIL!  How cool is THAT?

Now, you need to frost your cake.  Grab a tube of caulk and have at it!  Here's what I used:
I used it right out of the tube.
I ran a line in the groove and then swirled some on the 2 edges that would normally be the top and side of the cake.  Be sure to wrap a little around the edge of the cardstock.  All that was left to do was let it dry.  

I gave 2 of these to friends and one was mailed (yes, it was a 'hit' at the post office!). Maybe they will comment and let us know what they thought of them!

I found the original post on Pinterest and you can see it HERE.  I like the sponge that she used better, but, I used what was available.  I hope you'll give this project a try, it really was a lot of fun!

And did I mention you can send them through the mail?!?!?!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Guilty Wives

Those of you who know me know it wouldn't be a summer of reading without James Patterson.  He is my favorite author and I found this book on a recent trip to Barnes & Noble.

I could not put this book down!  Isn't that true with all of Patterson's books?  

This book is the story of four best friends on an amazing vacation to Monte Carlo.  After a night of excessive partying, they find themselves accused of a double murder.  Instead of the vacation of a lifetime, they are now fighting for their lives!

A real page-turner - just read it
Annnd...I can add another book read for my Summer Bucket List!  

Friday, July 19, 2013

Coffee Cup Cozy

Pinterest has done it again!  I'm back with yet another pin that inspired me.  
Chances are, you, or someone you know is a coffee lover.  Here is the perfect project for you!  It was easy and took less than 30 minutes start to finish.

I used some scrap fabric from potholders I made last summer.  I just realized, I never wrote about those!  Note to self:  Write a potholder post!  Anyway, this is a great way to use your scraps.  The directions look like this:
Click on the picture for the download.

I love this little project!  The one improvement I would make is to enlarge the pattern.  The cozy that this pattern produces is for a small cup, not the large that most people drink!  
Give this one a try.  If I can do it, so can you!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The False Prince

Sage is a young orphan who is purchased, along with three others.  The boys are taken to an estate to be groomed as the next "Prince".  Only one of them can be chosen and the others will face a certain death.  
The characters and plot are very well done and I enjoyed reading this book. There are many twists and turns and I would highly recommend it.  I plan on telling my 4th and 5th grade teachers about a book that their boys AND girls will enjoy reading. 
I look forward to reading the next book in this trilogy!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Brown & Turquoise

It's summer and the challenges at My Time To Craft run every two weeks!  This one is the color combination of brown and turquoise.

This card uses Kraft for the base.  The stamped images are from the Life is Tweet stamp set from Close To My Heart.  The bird was colored with chalks.

I hope you'll join us in this challenge, be sure to stop by My Time To Craft to see more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!
Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Clean & Simple

A few months ago, I mentioned a Clean and Simple card that I didn't post. You can read what happened here
Well, it's time!
This card was almost entirely made from Close To My Heart products.  The cardstock, ink, and Baker's Twine is Laguna, and the stamp is from Word Balloons from the Cricut Artiste Collection.

I do like how this card turned out, so I'm going to share it at Whimsical Designs!

Take an Old Pair of Jeans - Take 2!

Welcome back!  The other day I shared my first project with you using an old pair of jeans. Now it's time for the second one:

I made this apron from one leg of the jeans.  The eyelet trim was from an old skirt that had been hanging around for too long!  Since there was no pattern, I "eye-balled" the shape of the apron and started adding the trim.  
My favorite part of this project is the flower:

I cut off the waistband from the skirt to make this flower.  I used a running stitch along one edge and gathered it together.  I decided to leave the raw edge and added a sparkly button to the center.
These aprons are all over Pinterest and I'm sure you have an old pair of jeans hanging around.  Now it's your turn to give it a try!

My apologies for the photos.  The Mt. Charleston wildfires are burning and casting an eerie glow over the valley.  Hopefully, the firefighters will be able to get them under control soon!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Take an Old Pair of Jeans...

I know you have an old pair of jeans lying around.  You know the ones.  The pair that you swear you're going to lose enough weight to be able to wear them again.  I decided to wave the white flag and turn them into something new!
I started with that old pair of jeans and a small pillow that's been hiding in my linen closet for far too long:

Since the process is so simple, I didn't take step-by-step pictures.  First, I cut off the legs - don't throw them out.  There's another project just for them!  Sew a seam along the bottom and stuff the pillow in.  Stitch the top closed and you have your pillow!  

My first thought was "this would be great for a teenager!"  I proceeded to put the remotes in the front pockets:

How can you lose them when they're in a pocket?  Right?

My husband thought it would be fun to pull down the zipper and hide something in there.  I assured him that I tried to keep this a G-rated blog.  He still thought it was a great idea. I'm still shaking my head...

I hope you enjoyed this idea, but please stop back later this week.  You'll want to see what I did with the rest of that pair of jeans...

Linking to  The Dedicated House.

And the Winner Is...

... Helen!  
Commenter #8

Congratulations, Helen.  You are the winner of this prize package!
Please contact me with your mailing information.

Thank you to everyone else who played along!  
Please stop back soon to see my next project. ;)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Best Read of the Summer - So Far!

I know what you're thinking.  Stephen King?  He's a horror writer - The Shining, Pet Cemetery...not so!  He actually is a wonderful story-teller and this book is a perfect example of it.

Joyland is a "coming of age" story set in the early 1970's.  The main character, Devin Jones lands a summer job at an amusement park that was the scene of a murder some years earlier.  It's a little bit ghost story/crime novel, mixed in with a little bit of romance. The mystery he solves and the friends he makes, change his life forever.  I finished this book in a day and a half.  I just couldn't put it down!  
If you're not usually a Stephen King fan, I encourage you to step out of that box and give this book a try.  You won't be disappointed!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see who is the lucky winner of my Blog Candy, and later in the week for some new projects!  I'm trying to keep up with that Summer Bucket List!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

4th of July Giveaway!

Happy 4th of July Everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your day - the way you want!

Since it's July 4th and I've recently hit the 400 followers mark, I decided it was time to have a giveaway here at November Rose.  This prize contains 4 items (are you sensing a theme here?):
A beautiful stamp set, a package of Adoorables, buttons, and a 1" acrylic block.
That's right, 4 goodies!

Now, here's how you enter:
  1. Comment on this post.
  2. Become a follower.  If you're already a follower, consider it done!
  3. Share my giveaway on your blog, facebook, etc.  Wherever you socialize.
  4. Take a moment to remember what this holiday is all about.
That's it!  To keep with the "4 Theme"  the chance to win will close in 4 days.  That's right, on Sunday night.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 8th.

Good Luck and have a Happy (and safe) 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Christmas Layouts - Done

Since it's summer and I have more time, the scrapbooking can get done!  Here are two layouts from Christmas:

You can click on the pic to see more details.  The "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" lifts up for journaling.  The papers are retired from Close To My Heart. I saved them because they were one of my favorites.  

This adds 2 more pages to my Summer Bucket List!  Since it's too dang hot to go outside (another 115 degree day today), I'm able to get all sorts of things done - stay tuned, there's more to come!!

Wednesday Wisdom #5

In honor of the extreme heat we've been experiencing...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Things Are Coming!

The Close To My Heart Annual Convention just ended and there are many wonderful things coming our way.  One of the most exciting is the new Cricut Cartridge - Artbooking:

There are tons of images in each of 15 layout themes.  Images include: accents, borders, titles, overlays, photo mats, and so much more.  You can also create 10 themed mini books, and let's not forget the coordinating stamp sets and Dimensional Elements.  Not a scrapbooker?  Not a problem.  Everything can be sized to fit your paper-crafting project!

Overall, this package boasts over 700 images; font, layouts and mini books.  3 - My Acrylics D-size stamp sets, and 3 - 12" x 9" Dimensional Elements in coordinating shapes - all for $99!  

Here's a peak at a project created with Artbooking:

There are so many other new things to share too.  Like Home Decor:


Crush Books:

And, of course, our beautiful stamps, papers, and accessories:

All of this, and more becomes available on August 1st.  Contact me - you don't want to miss out!

Two Books to Share

I've recently read two new books.  With the extreme heat we've been experiencing, staying inside is the only option.  The first book is Maids of Misfortune by M. Louisa Locke:
Maids of Misfortune (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery #1)

This is a Victorian-era mystery that was fairly predictable.  The main character, Annie, runs a boarding house in San Francisco and makes extra money by giving advice as a clairvoyant.  The mystery ensues when one of her clients dies suddenly.  This book was enjoyable, but, I don't think I will continue to read the series.

The next book, Look Again by Lisa Scottoline was an excellent read!  My friend, Becky at Scrappin' Becky B recommended it.
The story begins when the main character, Ellen, sees a missing child flyer with a picture that looks just like her adopted son.  She almost throws it away, but she can't shake the idea that the missing boy is actually her son.  She begins her own investigation and, well, I don't want to give it away!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it in 2 days.  I plan to read more of Lisa Scottoline's books - probably soon, since our heat-wave isn't showing signs of breaking!  This is one way to get through my Summer Bucket List!