“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing” – L.M.Montgomery

One could easily revise that statement to “Next to trying and succeeding, the best thing is trying and failing.”

I wouldn’t say that this quote applies to all of life, but in my case it does apply to volleyball when you dive for a shanked ball and all you get is a floor burn. It also applies to really cute sugar cookies that just didn’t turn out!

It is pretty disappointing when you are expecting this and you end up with this: 

My sister sent me the link above and I thought it was a fantastic idea! So, I got a sugar cookie recipe from the internet (her printable directions didn’t indicate that she had a recipe and I didn’t read the blog post closely enough to catch that she did), lit a pumpkin candle, and turned on Christmas music. (Yes, Christmas music. The boys weren’t home so no one complained!)

Scrumptious, isn’t it?

I mixed up the coloring proportions, slightly….

I ended up letting the dough chill over night and went downstairs to watch Four Feathers. A wonderful old movie “when war was war and men were men”! 🙂

So, I eagerly pulled out the dough this morning, ready to make some cute candy corn. Personally, I enjoy candy corn and candy pumpkins, not a lot, but a handful or so every year. However, I know many people who don’t share my sentiments and think that the candies taste like sugary wax or something. Untrue!

Anyways, I didn’t expect to have to roll them out, but maybe I just missed that that was a given in her directions. I’m not sure. Either way, I did have to roll them out which was pretty tricky, but they turned out okay before I put them in the oven… (At this point, creepy music should enter letting you know that all is not well)

But… then I put them in the oven.

Delicious, eh?

Flat as a pancake, actually flatter than a pancake to be accurate! Then we tasted them. Dad and B described them as “chemically”. I would have to concur. I ought to have used my Nana’s rolled cookie recipe, but I didn’t realize that rolled cookies are a form of sugar cookies.

So while the recipe I got doesn’t make tasty cookies for humans to eat, it does make excellent dog treats!

Trooper enjoyed the two that I would let him eat!

I will definitely have to try the idea again, just with a different sugar cookie recipe. Not to appear too bookish of a person, but… “if at first you don’t fricassee, fry fry a hen!” (Carol Ryrie Brink – Caddie Woodlawn)

Hope you are enjoying fall! I know I am!




DIY White Boards

DIY (do it yourself) crafts are my new interest. Just google it and you are instantly flooded with some of the cutest ideas ever!

Just recently I came up with my own DIY idea! I felt very creative! My idea was to take wooden picture frames, paint and decorate them and turn them into white boards. Kate added to this by deciding to put some cute paper behind the frame. We ended up making seven for different friends’ birthdays and graduations! Here is how they turned out:

What you need:

  • A frame (easier to use a smooth frame than one that has decorative ridges cause the hot glue stays better)
  • Spray paint (black or brown)
  • Cute paper
  • Cloth pins (NOT paper clips I’m not sure why my brain wants to call them paper clips cause they aren’t!)
  • Paint (coordinates with the paper)
  • Pictures or note cards with quotes or verses to put in the paper clips
  • Hot glue

1) Sand the fram down and spray paint or hand paint it.

2) Paint the paper clips  cloth pins. 😛  You’ll want to do this carefully cause the cloth pins can get painted shut and then they are a PAIN to try and open.

3) Wash the glass in the frame (we got ours for real cheap at a thrift store so they were dusty)

4) Cut the paper or papers to fit the glass.

5) Hot glue the cloth pins onto the frame. (warning- we have had some fall off)


*If the paper was too “loud” or “busy” we simply put a piece of white, “see-through” paper that calmed the other paper but still let it show through.

* Hot glue is painful, I still have a scar…

This particular frame was hard to spray paint so I “antiqued” it with some sand paper to cover the bad spots. I think it turned out nicely!

For one of the frames we added buttons…

I think these frames turned out perfectly though there is plenty of room for personalization, adjustments, and new embellishments!


Melting Crayons

If you’ve never tried this, you need to! There is so much scope for creativity in this project. Grab a canvas, some crayons and a hair dryer and have fun!

I’ve been itching to try this for months and one of my friends gave me the supplies to do it for my birthday! We had so much fun planing out what we were going to do.

Next time we hope to get two square canvases and each do half a heart of crayons on each one!

I’ve also learned to call the colored wax coloring instruments “CRAY-ONS”! 🙂



I found this idea on the internet when looking for crafts to do when Awesomesitting (a.k.a. babysitting for older children).

All you need is Michael’s $1 frames, paper, paint, Mod Podge, brushes/scissors, sand paper, and a good attitude! It really was quite easy.. the second time through (once my sister gave me sand-papering lessons!)

I am so excited with how mine turned out!



Here is the helpful tutorial I followed: http://tidymom.net/2009/mod-podge-frame-tutorial/


Enjoy =)

– KS

A New Cover

Hey All! Since school is over, I have begun working away at my list of things I’d like to do this summer. One of the things that I wanted to do was to recover my sketch journal.

Mark me, there is nothing wrong with the normal cover, but why leave it plain if you have the time to make it pretty.

Sadly, this is not my favorite sketch pad, but I am sure it will grow to be. My absolute favorite sketch book is missing which irritates me to no end, so I won’t dwell on it. It is just my favorite cause it has all the drawings that I consider “good” and I liked ’em a lot. This journal has some okay drawings….

Dogwood Blooms

A drawing I did from a picture of us three girls being goofy. Becks turned out all right but I never got Katie’s mouth right, so it got cropped… 😛

My personal favorite, a pastel drawing of a picture of a rusty water fountain… sadly the foliage didn’t turn out too well… I got tired of drawing leaves and smudging it too look like a lot of bushes

Anyways, this is the best of what this journal contains, but I will be adding to it, so hopefully the quality will improve!

So, I decided to redecorate it! A few summers ago, my aunt taught us how to do a similar procedure. I took her ideas and ran with them.

I chose my paper and used Yes! paste to glue to the cover. (Yes! Paste is amazing!!)

Cute, eh? I think so!

Next, I found some quotes that I like from Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Narnia, The Swan Princess video, as well as some scripture.

I ripped the paper to make a frayed, “messy” edge. I got the messy part right for sure!

Then I painted the paper with a tad of white paint to mute the print. Then I placed the quotes on the sketch book and used modge podge to apply them and covered the book with it to “protect it”.

After the first coat I applied another layer of “the podge” just for good measure….

Both sides

I like it a lot! 🙂 It is not the cutest it could be, but it is just perfect for me!

Here are the quotes I used:

  • “And people laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” Anne of Green Gables
  • “Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” Anne of Green Gables
  • “It’s so far…” “It’s the world, dear. Did you expect it to be small?” The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 
  • “‘Little Raphael,’ as her sisters called her, had a decided talent for drawing, and was never so happy as when copying flowers, designing fairies, or illustrating stories with queer specimens of art.” Little Women
  • “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12: 12.13
  • “What else is there? She says, “Is beauty all that matters?”, and you say, “What else is there?” “It was dumb. I know!” “You should write a book: How To Offend Women In Five Syllables or Less.” Swan Princess


Food For Thought

 Read this today….
O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of Thee that I may love nothing but for thy sake and in subordination to Thy love. Give me grace to study Thy knowledge daily that the more I know Thee, the more I may love Thee. Create in me a zealous obedience to all Thy commands, a cheerful patience under all Thy chastisements, and a thankful resignation to all Thy disposals. Let it be the one business of my life to glorify Thee by every word of my tongue, by every work of my hand, by professing Thy truth, and by engaging all men, so far as in me lies,
to glorify and love Thee.
– John Wesley