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Monday, February 9, 2015

Hurricane Recipe: Get Ready for Mardi Gras!

Fat Tuesday is next Tuesday, February 17. I've been known to enjoy a hurricane or two from time to time, and there's no doubt Pat O'Brien's in the French Quarter has them perfected.  But, if you can't get one of these:
At this place: 
Then here's the closest recipe I've ever had to the original at Pat O's:
1 (12 oz.) bottle of Grenadine
9 oz. light (silver) Rum
9 oz. dark (gold) Rum
9 oz. Orange Juice
9 oz. Pineapple Juice
3 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. Lime Juice
Mix all the ingredients and serve over ice.  Garnish with an orange and a maraschino cherry.
You don't need to use top-shelf rum, but don't skimp too much either. Caution: These are strong, but taste line fruit punch. A little goes a long way. One batch is enough for a gathering, and I suggest you serve them in small cups or glasses--not large hurricane glasses. That's too much unless you're stumbling down Bourbon Street. 
Happy Mardi Gras!

Monday, February 2, 2015


So, I just bought this thing.  What do you think it is?

Scrubber? No. Scalp Massager? Nope. Art? Not Really.

It's really bendy.  (I'm glad my nails looked nice for these pictures.)

The brand is "poppin," and I got it at the office supply store (Staples).

And it holds cards or other projects for photographing!

Actually, it's a desk accessory for holding business cards, notes, envelopes, etc., but it works great for my cards. It's so flexible you can manipulate the rubber to hold the card without damaging the card, something I have to be careful of when using my antique frogs for the same purpose.

I still love my antique frogs, and I'll keep using them for more vintage-looking cards, but I think the poppin holder will work great for a more modern look. I might need some more colors.

My antique frogs, which are actually made to be put in the bottom of a container
for flower arranging: they hold the stems in place.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mojo Monday Challenge 382

Second Post Today! (Please scroll down to see my first post with cards made from vintage postcard elements.)
The snow has me being very crafty today, so I participated in this week's Mojo Monday Challenge.
The challenge was to make a tall & skinny card using the following sketch as inspiration:
Here's what I came up with:
I went with a card 3.75" x 8.5" that fits into a standard business envelope.  The papers are from CTMH's "Lollydoodle" paper pack.  The bird is "Cha Cha" from Whipper Snapper Designs. "Happy Birthday" is the CTMH stamp "Heartfelt Birthday Wish." The bird and sentiment are both colored with Copics, and I added sparkles to the bird's feathers and the left side of the white oval.  The ribbon (which I should have straightened before I took the picture) was from my stash.

More Vintage

More cards made from pieces of antique postcards:
Individual Shots:
The background stamps are B&T paper, the front stamp is antique.

A rare yellow-themed card from me. The scene is from an antique postcard.

I like the masculine feel of this card.

The postmark on this card is 1902!

This might be my favorite of the bunch. The postcard in the background's postmark shows up really well, and I like the scene in the picture in the foreground--also from an antique postcard.

I like the monochromatic theme of this one.

All of these cards will be available for purchase at Spring City Vintage in Colfax, Iowa, on February 14, along with the Valentines in my last post.