Tuesday, April 29, 2008


So now you are wondering what I am posting about??? Well BEFORE ebay I sold these dolls at shows and people came back each year because they collected them. Well they did not sell on the internet very well and I had quit doing shows so I moved on and started making raggedy dolls. But here is my advertisement my two daughters and I are doing a fall show in PIGEON FORGE TENNESSEE IN THE BEAUTIFUL GREAT SMOKEY MOUNTAINS. WE WILL BE IN A TENT IN PATRIOT PARK THE THIRD WEEKEND OF OCTOBER. THE PARK IS RIGHT BEHIND THE OLD MILL.
So while they were here this weekend we stopped in at countryside crafts http://www.countrysidepatterns.com/
the little shop I have been going to for years about 25 to be exact. She was having a craft class and these are the new dolls I just fell in love with again. So here is the beginning of the dolls I will be making again. There will be angels, Uncle Sam, Bitsy Ross, trick or treat little kids dressed in their pumpkin costume and a cute little witch and much much more. I will post pictures as I finish them. This is just the beginning today with the wood parts lined up for me to paint. So please keep checking back in and watch the progress.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Strawberry and Raspberry Marshmallow Fluff!!!

If you enjoy watching the Food channel, you may watch Food Unwrapped. I've packed fluffernutter sandwiches for field trips for years. YEARS!!! Imagine my surprise to find out that the delicious marshmallow treat comes in flavors! I wanted to give you a link, but the place where you can see it, is behind a decision of how to pay for and order the stuff.

I have some ordered. Will let you know whether strawberry, raspberry, or the original turns out to be my fav.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The picture from the tulip farm is beautiful. Spring is finally in full swing here in Ohio as well. Along with the blooming things comes the furry and feathery critters too. I've seen robins, cardinals, sparrows and the true harbingers of spring for our area:the redwing blackbird. We have a small pond in our backyard which unfortunately attracts geese. We try to chase them away because of the mess they leave behind. I noticed one yesterday quite close to the house but when I went out on the balcony to make some noise to persuade him to leave, he was already gone.Turning around to go back inside I noticed our neighbor had a new weather vane up on their garage. I would love to know how that big, clumsy bird managed a safe landing on the roof peak! He was up there for a while surveying the area. Looking for a bigger and better pond to re-locate to I hope! I think this is what I love best about spring. You never know what you will see next outside. So as you go about your routine....keep your eyes (and ears) open.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Spring

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to show their colors. Boy, I love Spring! I recently went to Seattle for the first time with my family. The first day we were there we went to a tulip farm. I wanted to share this picture with you...Happy Spring!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

What's for Dinner?

One of the bestest threads I've enjoyed as a member of CPLG is one called What's for Dinner? It often includes a recipe someone has tried and likes really well. Marissa should post the one for her broccoli rice, we all love it and you will too! Here is a great recipe that could be used for gifts, or just a fun Christmas gift inside a family or your quilting bee! I snagged it from allrecipes.com The recipe includes the URL so hopefully that is all it takes to give proper credit.

I love to bake virtual birthday cakes for CPLG's ebay members on their birthdays. We can really enjoy a delicious virtual taste of each other's cake while drinking a cup of real coffee, a glass of milk, or some iced tea. Hope you'll enjoy this recipe....
Cake in a Mug
Submitted by: Melissa
"Cake mix in a mug that can be made in the microwave. Use any flavor of cake mix and corresponding flavor of pudding mix. For the glaze, Use a corresponding flavor of powdered mix, such as lemonade for lemon, cocoa for chocolate, etcetera." Original recipe yield: 8 coffee mugs.
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
2 2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup powdered lemonade mix
Check your coffee mugs to make sure each one holds 1 1/2 cups water.
Place dry cake mix and dry pudding mix into a large bowl and blend well with a whisk. This will be about 4 to 4 1/2 cups of dry mix and will make 8 coffee cup cake mixes. Divide mix into 8 small plastic bags (about 1/2 cup each). Place mix into a corner of each bag and tie it there with a twist tie.
Make glaze mix: in a medium bowl, combine confectioners sugar with powdered flavoring mix. Divide into 8 small plastic bags and close bag with a twist tie. Attach each glaze mix to the cake mix bags with a twist tie. Place one of each bag into each cup.
Attach the following instructions to each cup: Generously spray inside of cup with cooking spray. Empty contents of cake mix packet in cup. Add 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of oil, 1 tablespoon water to dry mix. Mix 15 seconds, carefully mixing in all dry mix. Microwave on full power for 2 minutes. While cake is cooking, place ingredients from Glaze mix into a very small container and add 1 1/2 teaspoon water. Mix well. When cake is done, pour glaze over cake in cup. Enjoy while warm.

Happy Saturday!! from CottoneyedJo who is known as Swimminginfabric on ebay


Ever want to know just how in the world to do certain crafting techniques? The ladies of CPLG will be adding their little secrets here for ya! I tell ya, after you've been doing this for a few years, it becomes second nature, so as we think back to our humble beginnings, we'll be adding some goodies for ya here! Feel free to leave a comment on something you're wanting to know how to do and I'm sure one of our talented gals will post an answer in no time!

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Remember those pre-primitive crafting days when it was rusty, ya tossed it out? Never more!

1/4 c. white or cider vinegar
1/4 c. bleach or peroxide
1 t. salt (heaping)

Combine all ingredients in an old quart jar. Add items you want to rust (safety pins, bells, pins, needles, etc), and cover loosely. Tip: Leave those safety pins closed, trust me on this. You'll have a bugger of a time getting a rusty tip through material later. The silver looking safety pins work best, the gold/brass ones just turn pink!

Place this is a SAFE spot away from children and pets! Let it sit 2 days. Due to the smell it emits, I highly suggest a safe outdoor spot. And don't hang your nose over this to watch the immediate reaction of the chemicals! You can ooooh and ahhhh looking through the side! LOL

Now after watching your little concoction for 2 days, ya know ya can't help yourself.... line an old cookie sheet or tray with paper towels. Remove items from mixture.

Tip: A quick and easy way for me is to use an old strainer and pour mixture from one container to another, catching your items in the strainer. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, pour this mixture down your sink! Dispose of it where children and pets won't come in contact. Don't reuse.

Place your tray in the sun. They will begin to rust as they dry. Turn them over, to dry on all sides. Tip: I find it helpful to do a nice sized batch, or two jars.... for those times when the sun hides from us for awhile in winter.

Ta-Da! You've made your first, of many, batches of primitive rusting goodies!!

Friday, April 18, 2008


Hi, I'm Trish from Kentuckys' Heartland.

I've been with CPLG for several years and lot's of transformations.

We are all cyber sisters here. Our group goes beyond being Artist / Craftspersons connecting because of our home-based businesses.

We share everything like most sisters. Many occasions have brought us together to laugh, cry and pray. When most of our ebay sales disappeared we never let that break our bond. Instead we scrambled to find ways to stay together. This blog is one of them.
On a side note did anyone else get shaken awake this morning by the Quake in Illinois?

Welcome to our blog

We are so glad you stopped by to meet us. We are a group of ladies that met online through our ebay group. We have been cyber friends for quite a few years. We all sell on ebay. Some have their own websites, and sell on etsy and some have their own personal blogs.

We plan on keeping this fun and interesting so you can get to "know" us a little better and keep you updated on our lives, crafts,themed auctions, and well just a lot of stuff in general. We will be having recipes, techniques, kids pictures, flower gardens(we have a master gardener in our group, her name is Debbie of simplecountryblessings) and an old lady that loves to garden(ME, Pat of yellowsweetpotato) and Marissa of RaggedyCabin she loves to garden and eat the fresh veggies she grows .

I hope you enjoyed this introduction and the other "girls" will be in later to add to it. Except maybe Janna(our leader and country creek Creations) See she is getting packed to move to California. She needs our hugs and support right now she is a lonely lady trying to handle life alone. So here is to you Janna a great big CPLG group hug.

Toodles others will be in to add to this later