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Cupcakes & Summer Escapes Refreshing Summer Recipes!

Where will you escape?

Pick that Perfect Watermelon Make Homemade Rose Oil

Plan the Perfect Block Party! Delightful Summer Poetry

Real Strawberry Frosting 1 cup fresh strawberries 1 cup butter 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted, divided puree Strawberries in a blender. Pour strawberry puree to a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil, stirring often, until puree is reduced by at least half, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Beat butter with an electric mixer in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat 1 cup confectioners’ sugar into butter until just blended. Beat 2 tablespoons strawberry puree and vanilla extract into butter mixture until just blended. Repeat with 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, followed by 2 tablespoons strawberry puree two more times. Beat last 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar into mixture until just blended.

Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons butter, softened 1 1/2 cups white sugar 2 eggs 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup milk Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill paper lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in 350 degree preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Editor’s Note..... Summer is here and goes by so quickly! Plan your escape now, even if it is just a few hours at a park. Take time to getaway! Thank you for allowing us to come into your home and share our stories and our Do It Yourself projects. We enjoy what we do! Take time this year to spend more time with your friends and family. Enjoy the simple things in life, and slow down a bit. We had a fantastic 2012, with our magazine on the newsstand and with our subscribers. Thanks so much to all of our subscribers! We love hearing from you. Thanks so much for the kind notes that you send in, letting us know that you love our magazine. This magazine would not be possible without our newsstand customers, our subscribers, contributors, sponsors, dealers, and our advertisers. Thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2011 & 2012! Please visit all of our advertisers, contributors, and sponsors, as they work very hard to put the magazine together for you. Heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to this lovely, Late Summer issue! We hope you all are inspired by the newness of spring and enjoy your spring and summer months! We will see you soon in our summer issue! Catherine Monceaux Editor & Publisher Summer Escapes 2013

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Summer Escapes Contents

Wonderful Recipes

2 Delicious Strawberry Chocolate Cupcake Recipes Italian Cream Cake by Kathleen Green Yummy Burgers by Cherie Perry Summer Fruit Muffins 55 Refreshing Strawberry Tea

“Do it Yourself” Features

Shabby & Chic Clothespin by Char Peterson Homemade Rose Oil by Debbi Oeltjen Thyme in the Garden by Debbi Oeltjen Reflections of Light by Regina Pocopanni Charming Clothespin Dress Bag by Regina Pocopanni Simple Fold Over Toss Pillow by Patty McCoy Fun and Easy to Make Headbands by Gail Caldwell

Delightful Poetry

Summer Poetry by Earlene Grey

Feature Articles

Summer Escapes by Catherine Monceaux How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon Summer Fun with a Block Party by Cherie Perry History of Cupcakes by Cindy Houot Treasured Vintage Linens Live On by Patty McCoy Hanging out Memories by Regina Pocopanni Wining with Cindy by Cindy Houot Featured Artist In Loving Memory Mimi’s Armchair Adventures by Marie Rodgers The Colors of Summer by Martha Cook Transition the Seasons in Style by Julie Stevenson

Cupcakes & Summer Escapes Why cupcakes & Summer Escapes? Cupcakes are just fun! Summer escapes are a great way to get the family together and do something fun! How will you “escape” this summer? Will it be an actual vacation to a beach? Mountains? Or, will it be a quick escape to a state park or even a local park for the day? What ever your plans, prepare at least 1 “escape” this summer, to get away from the day to day routine. Reward yourself for working hard, as we all do, whether we work from home or away from home. Plan your escape today! Even if it is a virtual escape, visiting travel websites and taking in the beauty of other areas, cultures and food. We hope you enjoy our cupcake recipes in this issue. Cupcakes are a fun treat and perfect for summer! Enjoy your summer!

Catherine Monceaux Shabby Lane Shops


History of Cupcakes Who doesn’t love a cupcake? The term “cupcake” was first mentioned in 1828, in Eliza Leslie Receipts cookbook. In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name “cup cake” or “cupcake.” In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has persisted, and the name of “cupcake” is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. The name “fairy cake” is a fanciful description of its size, which would be appropriate for a party of diminutive fairies to share. The other kind of “cup cake” referred to a cake whose ingredients were measured by volume, using a standard-sized cup, instead of being weighed. Recipes whose ingredients were measured using a standard-sized cup could also be baked in cups; however, they were more commonly baked in tins as layers or loaves. In later years, when the use of volume measurements was firmly established in home kitchens, these recipes became known as 1234 cakes or quarter cakes, so called because they are made up of four ingredients: one cup of butter, two cups of sugar, three cups of flour, and four eggs. They are plain yellow cakes, somewhat less rich and less expensive than pound cake, due to using about half as much butter and eggs compared to pound cake. The names of these two major classes of cakes were intended to signal the method to the baker; “cup cake” uses a volume measurement, and “pound cake” uses a weight measurement. There are all kinds of cupcakes. Regular cupcakes, Gluten free cupcakes, sugar free cupcakes, even a cupcake television show! They make you smile, they make children happy, and they simply taste delicious. Cupcakes have been the ongoing trend for the past 5 years and longer. A favorite of mine is Gigi’s cupcakes. Her story is heartfelt and sweet. You can read about her struggle to success at She started out with 1 store and now has 84 stores nationwide! Gigi’s Cupcakes were also chosen the Official Cupcake of the 2013 ACM Awards! The cupcake craze has opened up many doors for people wanting to follow their dream of opening a bakery and bake delicious cups of cake in a cone form. Cupcakes are served at weddings, parties, showers of all kinds, group events and more. There are 100’s of different flavors and ideas out there. To appeal to everyone, they do come a tad healthy if that’s what you want too. I like to support small businesses that is why I will purchase a cupcake when planning an event. Varieties are endless, and what’s a couple of extra calories once in a while! My motto- Keep Life Sweet..enjoy your next cupcake!

Cindy Houot

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Plan Some Summer Fun with a Block Party Isn’t it a shame, in this age of computers and social networks, how life has become so, well.....impersonal? How many of us don’t even know our own next door neighbors? Well no more. Summer is the perfect time to remedy this problem by way of a neighborhood block party. Now don’t despair - I realize party planning is something most of us don’t have the time or energy to take on, so with that thought in mind, we will make this party as simple and easy as they come. Nothing fancy or difficult. Let’s keep it small scale - just a fun time and a chance to make new friends. That said, even the simplest of parties needs a plan. The easiest way to start is by printing out a simple flyer that can be distributed to all the homes on your block. The flyer should give a date and time for a small, informal meeting to be held in your backyard, patio, etc. for all those interested in the party. At this meeting you will decide on the date for the party, the location, the food, and any entertainment you wish to have such as games for the kids. You may wish to also pick a rain date in case the party should need to be canceled due to inclement weather. It can be helpful to have someone in charge - a go-to person for anyone who has questions or needs information during the days prior to the actual event, someone who will act as coordinator. Another option would be to set up a private Facebook page for the event - a neighborhood page where everyone can check in for updates, add their thoughts , ideas, etc. This would be a great way to keep in touch with everyone after the party as well. Keep the page going and use it as a way to share news and information with your neighbors. Make sure you print up another flyer with the party date and details to be distributed around the block for those who do not use the internet. Block parties can be huge events which require blocking off an entire street. This requires much planning, contacting your city for permits, etc. In the interest of keeping it simple, I would recommend avoiding that by keeping the party located to a large backyard. If no one has enough space to accommodate everyone comfortably, then consider holding the party in a park. Just because it’s a block party doesn’t mean it has to be held within the block - it’s about the people, not the location. Once you’ve got your date and location, next comes the food. The simplest option here is potluck of course. To make sure the menu is varied and all bases are covered make a simple signup sheet - list the basic foods, such as meats, salads, veggies, desserts, and have your attendees sign up for whichever item they plan to bring. Make sure to divide up the larger items such as meats in order to keep it fair. Or have some fun with it - take up a collection for the meat and have a hamburger cook-off for those who have a favorite recipe they wish to share. As far as beverages, keep that simple as well by having each family bring their own favorite drinks. You will need tables, enough grills to prepare the meats, and coolers to keep the food stored safely. Since most everyone typically has one or more of these items simply coordinate amongst you who will bring what. When it comes to chairs it’s easiest if each family brings their own. Another thing to consider is keeping the kids entertained and happy. This is easily done by setting up different games, some for each age group, such as badminton, ring toss, etc. It can be helpful to put one of the older children in charge of organizing games for the younger set, such as tag or hide-and-seek. Last but not least is cleanup which doesn’t require any advance planning other than making sure someone brings trash bags. If everyone pitches in and gathers up their own items the cleanup will basically take care of itself. So there you have it, a no-fuss, and no-stress way to add some fun to summer and maybe even make some new friends. I’m betting everyone will have such a good time that your block party will become an annual event. Enjoy! Cherie Perry

Here are a couple recipes to take your Block Party Burgers from bland to fantastic!

Amazingly Good Burger Recipe Burgers: 1 1/2 lbs Ground beef 1/2 cup of grated Monterrey Jack cheese 1/4 cup BBQ sauce Seasoned salt to taste Cracked black pepper Pinch of onion powder Combine the ground beef, grated cheese, BBQ sauce, and seasonings, make into six 1” patties. Create a 1/2” indent in the center of each patty (keeps patty from becoming dome-shaped). Grill until cooked through. Sauce: 3/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup ketchup 1/4 cup relish 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce seasoned salt Whisk ingredients together until well-blended. Serve burgers on sesame seed buns topped with Sauce and any other garnishes desired. Yummy Stuffed Burgers 1 lb ground beef ½ lb. ground pork 1 egg ½ cup bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. McCormick Montreal Steak Spice ½ Tbsp. Seasoning salt 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce Stuffing: 1 finely chopped pickle 5 strips bacon, cooked but not crispy ⅓ cup shredded mozzarella cheese Combine stuffing ingredients. Mix hamburger ingredients in a bowl. Divide hamburger mixture into 6 portions and then divide each portion in half. On plastic wrap make two even patties with each half. Place 2-3 tsp. of the stuffing in the middle of each burger and top with the second patty using the plastic wrap to help lift up the burger. Pinch edges together to seal. Repeat for remaining 5 burgers. Grill on medium heat until cooked through. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

Cherie Perry

Shabby & Chic Clothes Pin Materials needed: Clothes pin Cardstock paper Mod Podge Paint brush or sponge Scissors Paint (any craft paint of choice) Decorations Sandpaper For this tutorial, I used a giant sized, wooden clothes pin that I bought at Hobby Lobby. You can use any size clothes pin that you prefer. Lightly sand the wooden pin to make sure that there are no rough spots. Brush off any dust. With the paint color of your choice, apply the first coat and let dry. A second coat may be needed; it depends on the color and the look you want. Hint: for this tutorial, I only painted the back, sides and inside. The front will be covered with paper, so there is no need to paint it. Taking the Mod Podge, apply a coat to the front of the pin and then lay your paper on top. Press out any air bubbles to insure a smooth surface. Turning the clothes pin over, use your scissors to cut the paper around the outside of the pin. I like to go over the edges with a very light rubbing of the sandpaper to insure there are no fibers left from the paper. No rough edges either. Give the Mod Podge a chance to dry and then apply more all over the clothes pin, sealing in the paint. Using ribbons, charms, flowers etc, decorate the front of your pin anyway you like. I hope you will try this project; it’s fun and easy too. You can apply magnets using a hot glue gun to the back of the pin to hang off a board or refrigerator.

Charlotte Peterson

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Hanging out Memories I love being able to hang out our sheets and some our clothes. But when I was little, the only thing worse than hanging out clothes was folding them! As a family of six, we had 4 lines. On wash days (which seemed to be every other day), Mom, my sister and I would fill the lines as soon as the washer finished spinning. Mom was the Commander of the Clothesline. She decided when and where items would be hung. She was adamant about her system: Socks were hung first, followed by Dad’s hankies, then the boys’ underwear (most of the outside pictures I have from childhood have my brothers’ underwear hanging in the background), Dad’s “shorts,” T-shirts, shirts, jeans, and then our “girlie” things and dresses. Finally, the washcloths and towels were hung. Sheets and linens were washed and hung on different days. Mom also decided when the clothes were dry and ready to be taken in. I didn’t mind too much taking in the clothes, except when only part of the lines were dry and we had to pick a few, leave a few. That took longer. Or when it started raining. Hoo boy, I never saw my mom move so fast as when the first drop of rain fell from the sky. She’d holler, “Get the clothes!” as she grabbed the basket and raced out the back door, tearing down half the clothes before the screen door slammed shut! Usually, we would have to re-hang the clothes on chairs, in the bathroom, and on the wooden racks set up in the kitchen. Often, when the rain stopped, out we’d go to re-hang the damp clothes. Through the years the lines began to sag under the weight of wet clothes. My dad split 2 X 4’s down the middle and carved out grooves in the ends. After hanging the clothes, we placed the sticks about midway down the lines, catching the lines in the grooves and hoisting them up so that nothing touched the ground. When we finally got the dried clothes off the line for good, then came the folding and ironing. My sister and I were assigned the task of folding and putting away the socks, underwear, hankies, jeans, towels and washcloths. While we worked, Mom got busy “sprinkling” the shirts, trousers, and dresses. Then she would very carefully fold and roll each piece and place them in the freezer! Now, for the life of me, I never understood the purpose of freezing clothes! If any of you out there ever had a mother like mine and know the why of that ritual, please let me know! I’m guessing it had something to do with ironing. After several hours in the freezer, Mom would carefully remove one of the frozen garments. Next, came the ironing. The old wooden ironing board was set up in the kitchen, dividing the cooking area from the eating area. Mom would unroll the frozen garment, sprinkle it a little more with water from the sprinkle-capped Pepsi bottle, and begin ironing it with gusto, I guess to make sure it was dead. I would watch her in amazement, just waiting for a frozen sleeve or collar to break off in her hand. She was a pro though. Nothing was ever scorched or broken. We continued to wash, dry, fold, and iron our clothes in this way until my sister and I were in high school. My sister got a “real paying job,” and I saved up my birthday and Christmas money. We pooled our money together (mostly my sister’s money), and yep, you guessed it, we bought Mom a clothes dryer! Nowadays, my preferences seem to have reversed. When I was little, hanging out clothes was a chore; now it is a special pleasure. On weekends, when the weather is nice, I get to hang the clothes on the line in the fresh air and sunshine. I think being able to dry my clothes on the line does save electricity and they do smell nice, but probably the main reason I now enjoy the “chore” of hanging out clothes is the wonderful memories that this simple ritual brings to my mind.

Regina Pocopanni

Charming Clothespin Dress Bag For those of you who enjoy your solar dryers, you know the importance of having a bag to hold your clothespins. Bags can be purchased at most department stores, and there are a ton of cute patterns out there for those of you who sew. A very simple and inexpensive bag can be made in a matter of minutes while adding a bit of whimsy to your clothesline. All you need is a child’s dress that has buttons in the back, approximately size 2-2T. You can use one of your own children’s dresses or find one at a yard sale. You will also need a child-size hanger. Just turn the dress inside out and sew across the hem about ½” from the edge. Sew again next to the first stitching for extra security. Turn the dress right side out and slip it on the hanger. Button the top button in the back but leave the rest unbuttoned. This will be the opening to your bag. Fill it with your clothespins and you are ready to go to go to work. The little dress I found in an vintage mall had a slip attached under the dress. I sewed the slip across the bottom to use as the bag, but left the dress open. You could also use a little boy’s shirt and follow the same procedure for a cute boy bag. These bags are fun to make and have many other uses. Hang a “clothes” bag in the children’s bathroom for their dirty socks (or clean socks for that matter). Small toys can also be stored in one of these cute little bags.

Regina Pocopanni

Reflections of Light Summertime is the time to enjoy the warm weather and bright sunshine. Whether you are sitting on the front porch sipping a tall, cold glass of iced tea, or gazing out your kitchen window at the beauty this time of year affords us, you can add a little extra sparkle and shine with an easy to make Light Reflector String. The supplies for this project can be found at most any craft and hobby store. You will need a 1” to 1 ½” split key ring, 10 to 12 one-inch round mirrors, a handful of crystal or glass beads in clear or colors of your choice, a crystal tear drop or vintage pendant, glue, and about three yards of fishing line (I raided my husband’s tackle box and found some 14 lb. test line). To begin, fold the 3 yards of fishing line in half and tie it to the key ring. You will be stringing everything on the doubled line. Next, lay out your crystal beads and mirrors in the design of your choice. Thread three beads onto the doubled line about an inch from the key ring. Tie a knot after the third bead so they won’t slide down. Apply glue to the backs of two mirrors and press them together, back to back, with the fishing line in between. You can determine how far from the beads to put the mirrors. Continue adding beads and “mirror sandwiches” until you have the design you want. Last, tie on a crystal tear drop or a vintage pendant for weight. You could also add a few flat back crystal rhinestones to a painted key to use for the weight instead of the tear drop. Your Light Reflector String is ready to hang on your front porch or kitchen window or any place you would like a little extra sunshine this summer.

Regina Pocopanni

A Feminine Phenomenon Somewhere between maturity And senility is a great deal of wisdom. It is after the children have gone, after She has learned to cook well. After the men have quit Struggling. It is before she is so different That people no longer take heed. During that time, a precious few years, She knows a lot. The smart ones tell other women. The smart ones do not hesitate to speak. The smart few do not hesitate to listen.

Earlene Grey

The Virtue of Standing It is your standing that gives you Credibility in the community. It is standing up that gives you capacity. Standing tall, transforms the energy. Standing with, merits a friend. Standing for, ensures civility. Standing in, maintains integrity. Standing in the gap Becomes the recovery.

Earlene Grey The Truth

Not a Total Loss Each of us has the ability To help Humanity grow. This is true because Every once in a while We do things right. Every once in a while We take in a stray. Love the wretched. Care for the weak. Give a little grace. Every once in awhile, We bend a bit lower To raise the bar Just a little higher. Every once in awhile, We get things right.

Earlene Grey

I am not fond of summer. The air is hot and The sun is bright. It is impossible to sleep at night. Were I so bold, and The truth be told, Summer is only right when It is you and me and Brandied tea at twilight.

Earlene Grey About the author, Earlene Grey..... Earlene Grey is the pen name for Susan Patterson. Ms. Patterson is the author of two volumes of poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea, Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime and her most recent work, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950s. For more information and samples of her work, including listening to her read, please go to

In Memory

This is part of my story...Mary and Joseph. I met him in church in June of 1975 I was nineteen years old and the jet black hair, killer smile, gentle heart won me over. Even after our first introduction to each other it was clear we both recognized our other half. This outgoing twenty two year old man named Joe had an intense determination to live his life to the fullest! On November first 1975 just about six months later we were married. One year later we welcomed our first child Daniel. His brothers Benjamin, Charles, Joseph and Michael arrived at approximately two year intervals. Needless to say, I was a busy Mom caring for our children sand supporting Joe as a senior pastor in a church in Northern Illinois. We watched ours sons grow, marry and were thrilled to welcome our eleven grandchildren into the world. Stepping into the role of Poppa Joe and Gran Mary’s fit like a glove. Poppa Joe’s enthusiasm for bike rides, water gun fights, snow forts and adventure made visits at our home memorable. Days became months and months was good....In thirty three years we had not only became the very best of friends but going through the hard times had burned away the dross in our relationship and revealed the gold. I didn’t know where he ended and I begin, we were just one and through it all had grown into the best of friends. My heart was full. I begin to help Joe get ready to attend a conference in Uganda, his long awaited dream to spend two weeks with other ministers in Africa. He arrived back home so excited to share everything he had heard and seen. His welcome home was cut short for in two days he buckled over in pain holding his head... we rushed him to the E.R. A flurry of phone calls and friends all wanted information each asking “How is Joe” As a result a face-book page was birthed following his recovery. The first entry was by my son Daniel followed by Joe and mine. The face book page eventually begin the dairy of the next three years of our life. A note from our Son: “On February 9th, 2010 at 4:35 PM my brother Chuck called with dire news from the emergency room with my mother and father. Dad had had an apparent stroke. He could hardly walk, barely talk, or make much sense of his surroundings. The world stopped moving, but my mind kept spinning. That day’s work , the evening’s plans, and tomorrow’s concerns evaporated as a numb chill descended. When the denial, anger, and anguish began to rise I sought my Lord for peace and strength. A flurry of phone calls followed and by 7:30 PM, with family in tow, I was headed to the hospital. The cat scan would reveal the culprit of my father’s condition was an egg size growth on his left temporal lobe, not a stroke. “ March 2010 Another day....learning to really value every moment...I suppose I thought we lived this way before but having had cancer really puts each day in perspective...Today I want to be more grateful...less critical...kind...simple...let go of what I have no control of anyway! Rest in the promises made 2000 years ago...I won’t get today back...and tomorrow isn’t mine yet...cancer didn’t know that our family would become didn’t know we would make soooo many new friends and connect with old didn’t know we would love more deeply...I am so thankful for today!. There is something being written on our hearts through this experience...I am not entirely sure what it is... but what I do know is true is that the Lord loves us so much more than we comprehend...I can’t describe how at different moments His presence is so intense...Love being downloaded...

The next two and one half years Joe beat the six month deadline the Dr. gave him to live. At one point the cancer appeared to be in remission. His perspective on life made everyday a gift. There wasn’t a day that went by that He did not share what a great hope we each can have in our hearts by knowing Jesus personally. Joe preached his Sunday messages up to the last five months of his life and loved more deeply each of those close to him. By Christmas of 2012 we knew that unless their was a miracle this would likely be Joe’s last Christmas with us. In July of 2012 I noticed some changes. Joe was falling. He would have days he could not read or write and could not find the right words when trying to have a conversation. In the following months we would find out the devastating news that the tumor had regrown. This was followed by a stroke that bound him to a wheel chair and bed. Several life threatening nose bleeds that required two surgeries, eleven 911 calls, one septic hospitalization, pneumonia and seizures. He was conscious and aware of his surrounding to his very last breath. As I held him I saw within his eyes such love it literally moved through me. In his last moment I knew I saw his heaven eyes. February 16, 2013 Joseph Charles Manahan 8-6-1953 to 2-16-2013 Joe entered Heavens gates at 3:00 A.M.....this morning. He left us filled with peace and died in my arms....We thank God for the welcome he received....He carried my heart with him... My last update to our friends and family on his condition was Face book Entry February 19, 2013 “Joe - He is smiling Dancing TALKING Did I mention talking???? Laughing his big happy laugh He is chasing down Moses, Elijiah, David, Paul to sit down and have a talk He is filled with a Peace that passes understanding He is singing new songs He is GLAD SHOUTING He is ROCKING OUT Heaven!!!! Seeing things only met for Heavens eyes Getting the mansion (cabin/farmhouse) ready for when I arrive Worshiping with saints and angels Seeing untold mysteries that only heaven knows He is hearing “Well done good and faithful Servant” He is sooooo Happy.... He is loving us each deeply from Glory.... “

Mary Manahan

Feat ured Art ist

All of my life, Art has played such a huge influence. When I was very tiny, before school age, my Grandmother encouraged me to embroider and gave me pieces of floral fabric to embellish. As I learned the stitches, her capable hands stitched quilts together in colorful patterns such as Grandmother’s Flower Garden and the Dresden Plate. My mother was equally talented and enjoyed making mother and daughter ensembles for me, my sister, and our dolls to coordinate with hers. My mother’s close friend and neighbor was a talented painter and every year we looked forward to a Christmas sale she hosted in her home. It would have been difficult to grow up in this environment and not possess a love for beautiful and hand crafted items. School brought many art classes which were enhanced with learning at the Evansville Indiana Museum of Fine Art with additional opportunities to sketch, paint, and create among some of the powerful masterpieces that the museum curated. Following high school, I married but continued an education which included training in interior and environmental design. I worked at interior design firms and retail floral stores, always making some time to continue my painting and crafting in my leisure time. At one point, I taught classes on painting to others, and began to be known for the pieces of furniture designed and painted for clients. I was founding president of the Evansville Indiana National Society of Decorative Artists during this time. Wanting to make a doll for my mother for Mother’s Day, I took instruction from a local doll shop and created my first all porcelain doll, “Hillary.” Since my mother’s passing, I have kept that first baby. She may not be the best, but I think it important to recognize the love that was put into her, and that is what I see when I look at her and all the other great memories of a fine woman I was privileged to call “Mother.” I continued on with the porcelain doll making at a friend’s studio, Twila’s Doll Shoppe, in Sturgis, Kentucky. Twila brought important porcelain artists and hosted teachers of the time to that lovely part of Kentucky and I was fortunate to attend many. There I learned a great deal on how to make a “good” doll including French and German Antique reproductions. During this time, I also was able to take china painting instruction, and that was a true love. I have studied under some of the great teachers in that field and enjoy doing that to this day when time permits. In the last decade, following a move to Tennessee to the beautiful Upper Cumberland area, my husband, Howard and I have opened the Blue Heron Studio. We have been able to host some incredible seminars on our property and share some of our passion for fine art as well as fine art crafting. Our time here has inspired us to appreciate the beauty in our physical world that is the result of so many talented and creative individuals. I can’t imagine, nor would I want to live in a world without this beauty! The Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail, The Upper Cumberland Arts Alliance, and the Cumberland Art Society have all become an important part of our outlook. I have been privileged to have work shown twice in the Nashville Arts at the Airport exhibits and was delighted to be chosen to represent our county last year in an ornament for Governor and Mrs. Haslam and their Christmas Tree at the Tennessee Residence. All of these many paths attest to the importance of art in my life and what it has brought to me to be able to participate in such an adventure. The Blue Heron Studio is currently producing many items of furniture, which are available in the middle Tennessee area in stores in Gallatin and Gainesboro, and we are currently in the process of selecting another site in the Nashville area. We distribute and stock paint for Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint which we carry in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, at the Carpenter’s Corner. Our newest line of paint, Paint Couture, is scheduled to be in stock and online by early June 2013 as well as the Tennessee and Georgia locations. We are very excited about this newest addition and encourage any artists using chalk paint products to give this newest product a try. Colors are based on the great and classic designs of the fashion world such as Chanel, Dior, and Lagerfeld. Metallic glazes can be used to create a “Wow!” piece of furniture art. We love the concept of taking items that might not be used, and repurposing them to be as beautiful and individual as the person creating them! I so appreciate being able to “share” the story of how art impacted my life. It has not always “paid” the bills, but it has always “fed” the soul for me. For that I am grateful and humbled. For those of you who may not think it possible, just keep taking baby steps and stay engaged with the groups and people that support and encourage your talents. You will find your way and your voice thru your creations!

Carla Khouri

Treasured Vintage Linens Live On Sometimes, customers are afraid to tell me that they are going to cut and restyle their precious old linens from Aunt Martha. It seems like, unless we actually use our vintage linens (and I do) that they are destined to be stored away for generations. So, it doesn’t bother me a bit to see them cut and restyled into a new item that will give us pleasure, especially if the piece has no practical purpose or is damaged. Of course, I would cringe if a valuable antique tablecloth or lace bedcover were dismantled but otherwise, cut away I say! To that end, I am starting gently and offering a simple project that will not require cutting up a treasured piece. Before I do, I must tell you an amusing story. My mother and sister were visiting and I love vintage embroidered pillowcases so, I made up the twin beds in the spare bedroom, each with two pillows. These beautiful pillowcases were embroidered in yellow and gold flowers with yellow crochet trimming. They looked so inviting and I placed them in front of the regular pillows. The next morning, I found the pillows neatly stacked on the armchair, unused. I asked them if there was something wrong with the pillows. They said that they were so pretty, they couldn’t use them! Hmph, what was the point? If you can’t enjoy your linens, why not restyle them?

Simple Fold Over Toss Pillow Gather supplies: Pretty vintage embroidered pillowcase Needle and matching thread Measuring tape Scrap of white cotton muslin approximately 21” x 21” Soft fiber filling General sewing supplies Make the cover: Lay the pillowcase on a flat surface with the embroidered part facing down and away from you. Fold the pillowcase approximately in thirds like an envelope with the embroidered front as your flap facing up. (fig. 1) Adjust the size to please you and try to place the bottom flap about 1” below the top fold. This will allow the top flap to look even once a pillow is inside. Most vintage pillowcases are not “square” so, adjust the bottom fold until the pillow looks right, never mind if the underneath isn’t even- it won’t show. (fig. 2) Now, hand stitch closely along the folded up seams on the right side of the pillowcase. (fig. 3) You are not going to turn it inside out for two reasons- the stitching can be easily removed if you wish to use it as a pillowcase again and, the pillow has a nice envelope-like appearance if you do not turn it inside out. Ready for the filler? Make the pillow form either by hand or machine. Start by measuring your pillowcase. Although there is wild variation in sizing from the olden days, most standard pillowcases measure around 21” x 30” so, you can use my measurements as a guide. I measured from seam to seam and from the bottom fold to the top of the opening, around 20” x 9”. Fold the muslin to the measured size and add 1” for seam allowance making your folded size 21” x 10”. Stitch along the open long side and one short side using ½’ seam allowance, leave one short end open. Turn so the seams are inside. At this point, I like to fold the open end under and press approximately ½”- it makes it easier to stitch closed. Fill with your favorite fiber and pin the open end closed. Stitch close to the edge and viola! You’re done. Slide the pillow form into the envelope and admire your handiwork.

If you need more inspiration, here’s a few more vintage and antique fabrics restyled to live on. The blue lace pillow is a piece of old lace over blue linen that I reclaimed from a c1980’s thrift store pant suit. When this white tablecloth came into my possession, I was shocked to see that somebody had cut it in half! I visualized a family feud ending in something like..”Fine, I’ll just cut it in half and we can both have a piece”. Shudder. Well, the deed was done so, I made beautiful embroidered pillows in crisp white linen. The large one has a ruffle made from the scalloped edge. My sister Betty, also a very creative soul, took this little unbleached muslin pillowcase with the crude embroidery and made it into an envelope pillow. It looks cute nestled in with other larger pillows. Cut or not to cut? As you can see, it works both ways. Get those linens out of storage and get creative. An overnight soaking in OxiClean will make them pretty again so, why not give them a breath of fresh air and enjoy them again, reborn. I would love to see what you do with your vintage linens. Send your pictures and stories to me today, I would love to share them on the website.

Patty McCoy Attention creative souls: Linen Cottage sells clean cutter linens in packs at very affordable prices. You may also like the vintage buttons, antique and vintage laces and trims, vintage fabric cuts, rayon ribbons, and other supplies like this for your projects. If you are looking for something special and you don’t see it on the website, just drop me a line and I’ll look for you.

Vintage Colors of Summer

The Colors of Summer The days are getting longer and hotter my friends and that can only mean one thing - summer is here! In Southern California bright summer colors are everywhere. If you were to walk into my home you would immediately see that I am not afraid of color, in fact, I change the color of my decor every month. This month, my home is all about teal. Teal is a bluish green color which I believe adds warmth to other summer colors such as creams or pinks. Don’t be afraid to use teal or any other color in your displays! My collections this month vary from a tea cup display of teal and pink dishes to portraits of beautiful vintage ladies lounging by the sea. The common theme is the bright teal color which pulls my displays together into a cohesive room. Go simple or go big, but go with what you love. Mix it up too. My style has changed over the years. One year I am obsessed with antique lace, the next colorful dishes. Vintage never goes out of style and if your style changes from California Pottery to French Country, you can always be on the “hunt” for that perfect collectible. The mix of both sophisticated and ordinary items help makes your home feel special. Remember, surrounding yourself with things you love doesn’t only mean “things.” Don’t get me wrong, upon entering my house you will see a home filled with collectibles. I love to walk into other people’s homes and see their personality by what they surround themselves with. Our homes tell the story of our family, our history, and our cherished objects. These things my friends, are only things. I heard recently from another collector about the sadness she felt when her granddaughter broke one of her most cherished possessions. She wept as she told me that she felt her heart was broken by this incident. While I can relate and have shed a tear (or ten) when one of my favorite items has been broken, I had to remind her that there is more to life than worrying about a broken piece or a new stain. My children and now my grandchildren have grown up around antiques. They have been taught to use them and respect them, but occasionally there are “incidents.” I reminded my friend that her granddaughter and her comfort in her grandmother’s home, was far more important than her things. Remember friends; surround yourself with beautiful things, but in a way that works for your family. Without friends and family, things are just things. While you are on your “hunt” for treasures, why not visit me at Pretty Vintage Things? Tell me you read this article and I will give you a discount for your new treasure. Happy Hunting from the Serial Collector!

Martha M. Cook

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Thyme in the Garden ~Chairs for Charity~ A re-purpose and up-cycle for a cause Before I share this easy DIY of this project, I would like to share a bit about this fund raiser. My close friend Carrie suffers from Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). Carrie and I met about 15 years ago as coworkers. We shared a love for junking and re-purposing outside of our work. Now, no longer at the same employer, we both have focused solely on our artistic endeavors and have remained good friends even though we live an hour apart. A few years ago Carrie discovered she had this little known lung condition LAM, or lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung disease that mostly affects women of childbearing age. When Carrie approached me about this fundraiser “Chairs for Charity� that she was hosting, I jumped at the chance. I love to re-purpose, recycle and upcycle just about anything for the garden. I have this never ending hobby of placing chairs in my garden. The best news was that I had a few months to let the ideas simmer and the hunt for the perfect pieces to find. I found an old oak chair that I sanded the stain off and painted in a robin’s egg blue with chalk paint, then distressed and waxed. I stumbled upon a wire basket and a white plastic wall clock at a thrift store that were the perfect elements to complete this garden chair. I removed the face of the clock and with my computer graphic program created a new face. Painting the clock, I mixed gold and espresso brown acrylic paint and stippled for an antique bronze finish. A bit of the blue was added with a stencil brush for a finishing touch. I then attached the clock to the chair back. I used a sponge to randomly paint blue on the wire basket since it was already an antique bronze naturally. Using sphagnum moss that has been dampened, I lined the basket and planted Lemon Thyme and Greek Oregano. This will be a wonderful fresh herb garden that can be placed right outside the kitchen door! For more information about LAM visit

Debbi Oeltjen

Scents of Summer

Homemade Rose Oil 8 cups fragrant rose petals (pesticide free) 1 cup light olive oil Mason jar with tight fitting lid 1. In a food processor or in a bowl with mortar and pestle, grind petals to release fragrance. 2. Place rose pulp in mason jar 3. Pour oil over the rose petals 4. With a wooden spoon, push petals down to ensure they are completely covered in oil 5. Seal jar tightly and place in cool, dark place for 2 weeks 6. Strain and divide oil into smaller containers for later use. You can use your rose oil as bath fragrance, add a few drops to you body and facial lotions, and is great massage oil. A few drops can be added to a sea salt water mixture for a wonderful air freshener. A few drops added to your favorite potpourri will have you smelling summer all year round. You can also pour into pretty jars for gift giving. Debbi Oeltjen

Wining with Cindy Everything beautiful begins with a petal. A garden, flowers in the garden, and now a delicious wine. My garden was lovely. I made sure the new baby goats did not find a way into my garden as they would gobble up all my pretty flowers and eat my rose bushes to nothing but a stump as they have done before. I wanted to host a lunch for some friends. I found the perfect place under my plum tree, where I set up my table, hanging plants, and candles for a lovely lunch. I wanted a fresh garden soup, a beautiful salad, and a fruit tart for dessert. As the summer winds down and fruit is abundant, salads are a light and easy meal to prepare. I decided on a scallop salad with a grapefruit beurre blanc. A lovely fresh assortment of lettuce, fresh vegetables, fresh grapefruit slices, and sauté scallops with garlic. I found a wine called Petals. A 2010 Riesling made in Germany. It turned out to be delightful. Its label says “With aromas of peaches and honeysuckle giving way to a pleasing palate full of sweetness and acidity. Petals Riesling is a unique delight when it’s poured in a glass! Serve this wine chilled for a crisp and refreshing experience.” My lunch was a hit! I served a chilled, yellow bell pepper soup topped with crème and fresh basil, a lovely grapefruit scallop salad, and for dessert a pear almond tart. Cheers!

Cindy Houot

Italian Cream Cake Cake 2 c. all-purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt ½ c. (1 stick) butter, softened ½ c. vegetable shortening 2 c. granulated sugar 2 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ tsp. almond extract ½ tsp. orange extract ½ tsp. lemon extract 5 lg. eggs, separated 1 c. buttermilk 1 ½ c. flaked, sweetened coconut Cream Cheese Frosting 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened ¾ c. (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened 1 T. vanilla extract 5 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted 1 c. finely chopped pecans or walnuts, lightly toasted Garnish: walnut or pecans halves, toasted, optional Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 (8-inch) or 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with nonstick baking spray containing flour. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In large mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, sugar and extracts on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the flour mixture by thirds, alternating with the buttermilk and ending with the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; gently fold into the batter. Then fold the coconut into the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove the pans and place cakes on wire racks to cool completely. Frosting: In large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract on medium speed until soft and light. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar. Once all the sugar is incorporated increase mixer speed to medium and beat for 5 minutes. Fold in the chopped walnuts or pecans. To complete cake: Spread the frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake. Garnish top with walnut or pecan halves if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Serves 12.

Kathleen Green

Real Fruit Popsicles 2 Cups plain yogurt 1 Cup of your favorite fruit (Berries, Bananas, etc) 1 Cup orange or apple juice Blend the fruit in a blender, add yogurt and juice, mix well. Pour mixture into popsicle molds or small paper cups. Place in freezer until frozen. If using paper cups add sticks after mixture is partially frozen.

Summer Muffins Strawberry Muffins

1/4 cup canola oil 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup white sugar 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup chopped strawberries In a small bowl, combine oil, milk, and egg. Beat lightly. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Gently mix in in chopped strawberries and stir to coat with flour. Pour in wet mixture and stir together. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until the tops bounce backwhen touch. Cool 10 minutes before removing from muffin tins

Sweet Cherry Muffins


2 eggs 2 cups white sugar 6 tablespoons butter, softened 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1 1/2 cups canned sweet cherries, drained 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

In a medium bowl, beat eggs and sugar and butter. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with milk. Gently mix in the cherries and pecans. Fill greased or paper lined muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon (without guessing) How often have we picked up a watermelon with hopes of it being ripe, juicy & sweet? No more hoping! If you follow the 3 steps below you are almost guaranteed a great watermelon! Step 1- A watermelon that is darker green and a “dull” sheen to it will be riper than the lighter colored melon with a shiny appearance. Make sure there are not any bruises or soft spots as that one might be too ripe or worse spoiled. Step 2 -Turn the watermelon over, and you should see a yellow spot. This is called the “field or ground spot” where the watermelon sat on the ground as it was growing in the field. The darker the yellow, the better, which means is sat on the ground longer getting ripe. No yellow spot? You may want to but that one back. Step 3 A heavier melon is ripe. Compare the weight to the other melons the same size. A ripe melon has more water and will feel heavier. Thumping or knocking on the melon? You will not have to if you follow the 3 steps above. Enjoy! Source:

Transition the Seasons with Style It’s not quite fall, but summer is definitely on its way out. Especially if you live in the South, it’s hard to know just when to put away your summer wardrobe, when you know that a warm Indian Summer’s day can swoop in at any time. Don’t bother investing in a whole closet full of new clothes just yet; a few key accessories can give last year’s white tank top and khakis that fun, updated style you’ll need to transition to the new season. One transitional fashion favorite is a colorful iKat printed scarf. Scarves provide endless ways to create new and exciting looks as well as perfect gifts for just a little moolah. Wrap them artfully around your neck, tie them on your ponytail or knot one on your favorite handbag to add a pop of color. And speaking of handbags, change of seasons is a perfect time to invest in a colorful new handbag or tote. When it’s not quite time to start shopping for fall, enjoy a little retail therapy by investing in a new bag. This year’s selection of handbags with unique designs and vibrant pops of color offers endless ideas to spice up your wardrobe and make lasting gifts for your favorite girlfriends, sisters, moms and grand-moms. Choose a brightly hued tech wallet to take on the run, or sport one of this year’s inventive and ever-so-useful totes to the gym or spa. Whatever the occasion, fashion accessories create chic individual style and are ideal for season transition. For more ideas, visit us online

Julie Stevenson

Mimi’s Armchair Adventures It started when Mimi inherited her grandmother’s overstuffed wingback chair. She treasured memories of sitting there with her grandmother and listening to stories about Granny’s life, especially when Granny herself was a young girl. When the chair arrived, Mimi immediately sank into the worn, blue velvet and thought of Granny. But something curious happened every time Mimi sat in the chair. At first, she thought she was dozing off, but soon she realized she was lost in time. Now she’s sharing her adventures in the past with us. It had been a stressful day for Mimi. She had promised Jack and Katie a backyard dinner of hamburgers, hot dogs, and ice cream. Instead of regular hamburgers, Mimi would make sliders. They were just the right size for the kids.. Everything started out just fine. She washed windows and started some laundry. While everything was in the dryer, she’d head out to buy what she needed for dinner. But within minutes of starting the wash, Mimi heard a chugging sound followed by a loud mechanical groan. She ran to the basement, but what she saw stopped her on the stairs. The basement was covered in suds. Suds that were moving! She reached down and put her hand in the water. It was a few inches deep. She pulled out her cell phone and called Ted at work. “Hey Mimi. How’s everything?” She told him what happened and asked where the pump was. A flooded basement was nothing new to Ted and Mimi. Recent erratic weather had prepared them well “ I’ll take the laundry to Mom’s and then shop for dinner.” “You’ve got too much going on to worry about dinner. So let me pick something up on the way home.” ”Thanks, honey. You’re life saver. Get it? Water, flood, life saver? “ Ted’s groan sounded just like the washing machine. After hanging up, Mimi got the pump working and headed to her Mom’s house. While the clothes were drying, Mimi and her Mom decided to get some paper plates and plastic tableware for dinner, along with some salad ingredients. She was going to insist on one healthy item for tonight’s menu. By the time Mimi got home, the pump had done most of its work. There were just a few areas to mop up. So once that was done, Mimi sank into Granny’s chair for a just a minute. She was so glad Ted would be bringing dinner home tonight. And her mom insisted on bringing dessert. Before she knew it, she had dozed off. She woke up to the sound of heart-wrenching voices. The drama seemed to be right in her own living room. And it was. She was listening to a soap opera, When a Girl Marries. Then the announcer told everyone to stay tuned for this evening’s programming which included Your Hit Parade, a program highlighting the popular songs of that week in 1940. Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie all had very popular big bands. Their songs were often featured, and Ted and Mimi liked them all. Mimi’s favorite, Lux Radio Theater would be on later. It was hosted by Cecil B. DeMille, and featured dramatizations of popular movies. For Mimi, the best part was that whenever possible the actual stars in the movies appeared on the radio versions. She’d heard Kitty Foyle and His Girl Friday, two movies that Ted didn’t want to see. Later on, Mimi and Ted would both listen to Suspense.

Jack and Katie were already sitting in front of the radio on the new wall to wall carpeting. They were eagerly waiting for their favorite program, Captain Midnight. They were both members of the Flight Patrol, and ready for takeoff. Wall to wall was a new idea. Mimi thought it made the room appear more spacious and modern. The kitchen also had a new look. Ted had painted the walls the color of vanilla ice cream, and Mimi had decorated it with all kinds of roosters; she had rooster canisters, rooster towels, rooster planters and a rooster wall plaque. Roosters were the latest home decor theme for kitchens, and Mimi liked how bright and cheery it looked. Katie and Mimi were wearing identical outfits that day. Mother - Daughter outfits were a popular fad in 1940. Katie wanted to dress just like her Mom every day. Mimi told her if they dressed alike every day it wouldn’t be special. So thankfully Katie agreed to Fridays. While the kids listened to the radio, Mimi looked through her latest issue of Woman’s Day. It was a new magazine published for the A & P supermarket. At only 2 cents a copy, it was a bargain. It featured lots of articles and recipes made with items and ingredients sold at the A & P. Ted, who was an advertising executive, said that the magazine was a brilliant concept for the store. Ted’s agency had been busier than ever. His agency was involved in the US pavilion at the World’s Fair being held in Queens, not too far from his Manhattan office. The fair had started last year in 1939, but the agency had been working on it since long before then. Ted loved his job, and Mimi loved the new products he often brought home. Just this year, he had brought home some little hamburgers from a new chain called White Castle; they were 5 cents each. Another new hit was a candy called M&Ms. The kids went crazy over them. The agency had a new account for a company called Dairy Queen. It was a small shop located in Joliet, Illinois. They wanted to explore a new concept called franchising and Ted’s agency was hired to consult. Mimi tried to imagine what soft–serve ice cream would be like. But the account that caused the most excitement was Nathan’s. Located in Coney Island, Nathan’s had been famous for hot dogs for years. The President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, made Nathan’s even more famous when he served them to the King and Queen of England and had them sent to the Conference at Yalta. “I’m home!” It was Ted. Mimi awoke to see the kids clamoring for the White Castle bag. In addition to the sliders, he stopped at the A & P for some Nathan’s hot dogs and some root beer and even picked up the latest issue of Woman’s Day Just then the door bell rang; it was Mimi’s mom with ice cream from DQ and some toppings, including M&Ms. For a minute Mimi thought she was still in 1940. Sources: Anderson, Jean. American Century Cookbook: The Most Popular Recipes of the 20th Century. New York: Clark Potter Publishers, 1997. Bundy, Beverly. The Century in Food: America’s Fads and Favorites. Portland OR: Collectors Press, 2002. Goodwin, Sue. “1940-1949.” American Cultural History. Lone Star CollegeKingwood Library, 1999. Web. 7 Feb. 2011. “The 1940s Lifestyle.” Lisa’s Nostalgia Café. June 18, 2011

Marie Rodgers

Fun & Easy to Make Headbands These headbands are very easy to make and are perfect for little girls parties or as an art project with their friends. Supplies: Pick up at your local art supplies store Headbands (I use the pre-wrapped ones to save on time) Pre-made bows Glue Steps: Lay out your supplies Take the pre-made bow and feed one end of the pre-wrapped headband through the backside of the bow. Keep sliding the bow on until you get it to the place you prefer on the headband. Glue the bow in place. I love to do this project at girl’s birthday parties so they go home with a great handmade piece that they made. I like to have a large choice of colors available so they can mix and match the colors they like. Other great times for this project are at slumber parties, when your daughter wants to make a gift for her friends or as a present for a birthday party, they are attending and need a quick gift. I always have a stock on hand, as girls love to make things and they love headbands. Happy designing!

Gail Caldwell

Summer Escapes

Where will you escape this Summer?

The Beach? The beach is a great vacation spot. Many can hop into a car and be on a beach quickly to enjoy the day. Others have to make it a weekend or week long trip. Remember to pack your sunscreen, plenty of water, a delicious lunch and a great book. Enjoy your beach getaway


with refreshing drinks? The Beach?

Your own backyard?

Get a back yard party together for your family. It can be as casual or as elegant as you want . It can even be a great escape for a party of one! Enjoy the backyard or deck that you have worked hard for. Appreciate what you have whether it is a large yard or a very small patio.

Or a garden retreat? A Garden is the perfect place to escape. Whether it is your own garden or a beautiful garden in a city park. Enjoy the natural beauty around you.

Whatever your escape,may be, enjoy!

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Fresh Strawberry Tea 1 pint fresh strawberries 4 cups brewed tea, chilled 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice Ice cubes Save five strawberries for garnish. Place the remaining strawberries in blender and puree. Strain into pitcher. Stir in the tea, sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Chill. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with extra strawberries. makes 5 cups.

Easy Strawberry Jam 1 lb fresh strawberries, hulled 2 cups white sugar 1/8 cup lemon juice Mash strawberries until you have approx.2 cups of mashed berries. In a heavy saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Makes 2 1/2 cups - if you will not use all the jelly consider canning in sterile jars with canning process.

Shabby Lane Shops Summer 2013  

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Shabby Lane Shops Summer 2013  

This is a beautiful issue with refreshing recipes, delightful poetry, wonderful articles and more!