Monday, July 21, 2014

Card Party Casino Night Ideas…Glass Name Tag

Hi…I'm back again with another card party idea that I'm using for my dad's 90th birthday party. If you missed the first post for the playing card garland, you can click HERE.

Today's project is for a drinking glass name tag. Wine glasses or frozen drink glasses have stems on them which is the perfect spot to slip on a name tag. This helps your guests keep track of their own glass.

Playing Card Glass Tag…each guest remembers which playing card is theirs when they put their drink down!!

card party ideas glass marker

Here are the other ideas for the party…

card party ideas glass marker

Come on in and see how easy it is to make these markers…

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Inexpensive Card Party or Casino Night Ideas...

Hi everyone! Next weekend, we are having my dad's 90th birthday party celebration. He loves to play cards, so what better theme than a card party!!

Here are a few of the ideas I have come up with so far to decorate and share with my family…a card garland, napkin rings, drinking glass markers, centerpiece vase, confetti and little gift bags.

card party ideas

Today, I'll show you how to make the playing card garland.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Falling Off the Face of the Earth 101...

Maybe I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but the face of blogging…YES!! I don't know how this happened, but I haven't blogged in over 2 weeks. Well, I do know how it happened…life. Things went crazy and once I was out of the habit of blogging daily, it was pushed to the back burner. A big THANK YOU to everyone emailing, commenting and worried where I've been. I love blogging friends. You are the best!

I have mentioned over the years that my dad lives with us. He turned 90 last week! He's had health problem of the years, but things are coming more frequently. Most recently, he's been in the hospital with pneumonia. We has a choking problem and aspirated something. He's home and fine now, but we have visiting nurses, speech therapist and nutritionists, because he's so thin. He's still sharp though, which is helpful…the hard of hearing, not so much. I have to repeat myself so much and each time gets louder and louder. By the end, he's saying…"why are you yelling at me?" AHHHH!!! If I don't laugh, I will cry, Lol

He also has internal bleeding somewhere and can't get in under control. One surgery last month didn't work, so they took his keys away from him for fear that he might faint while driving. He is NOT happy about losing his keys (he thinks he's getting them back in 2 weeks). I'm thankful they took his key, but lots of doctors appointments to go to now. My dad also just lost his younger sister. I loved my Aunt Mary. She was the kindest person and was a major influence in my love of sewing. It hit my dad hard when she died, so lots happening with him.

We are also having a 90th birthday/family reunion here at our house in 2 weeks for my dad. My whole family is flying in and coming over, so that will cheer him up!! Lots of cleaning and organizing going on too. You know I've always said…if you want to really clean your house (like dust bunny clean), have a party! Lol

Courtney and Courtland are in their new apartment and loving it. They are only 45 minutes way and it was fun moving them in and setting things up. I've spent some time up there hanging draperies, so I have a few tips for apartment life and disguising vertical blinds.

Our daughter Kelsie is also going to Disney World for a 5 month internship with the Disney College Program. We are driving her down to Florida from Rhode Island in early August, so we're trying to pack her up for that. In the middle of it all, my 12 year old dependable van was not so dependable any more. We had to buy a new one. I love my new Toyota Sienna, but we haven't had a car payment in years, so that part is not so good!

We are all going through difficult times at some point. Life can hand you crazy situations. I have my loving husband and my family to go through this with me. My sister is always there for us too. We laugh a lot about all the things that happen to us. Telling stories and just being there for each other is most important, but sometimes it's good to get help from others who have been through the same things.

A few years ago, I started a club here for empty nesters when our daughters went off to school. I think that online blogging friends are the best help for advice and encouragement. I've been thinking about starting different clubs here again for everyone to help out with life's little issues.

The Full Nest…


Like our house was these last few months. Courtney and her fiancé Courtland were living with us to save money, Kelsie came home from college and her best friend Emily is living with us too, because she is working with Kelsie at the same country club. My husband and I and my dad makes 7 adults in one house. In the "Full Nest Club", maybe we can all share cooking, cleaning and organizing tips to keep life running smoothly.

The Empty Nest…


When the kids are gone and your house is a little quieter. Cooking for smaller numbers, missing your kids when they're gone and all the things that go along with kids flying the coop.

The Silver Nest..


Living with elderly parents is certainly a life experience. Laughs, frustrations, family, stories to last a lifetime and times you want to pull your hair out. If you have senior family members living with you, then the Silver Nest Club will be helpful for all of us.

The Baby Nest…


I want to add The Baby Nest, but I haven't been down that road in a while. I see grandchildren in the not so distant future, so maybe I will add it and get help from all of you with the "little ones". Even if you don't have babies of your own at home, you may have grand babies or you may watch little ones. It would be great to hear ideas and thoughts from others.



I'll have a post with all the clubs with tips and tricks I've learned along the way having lived in all situations. In the comment section, everyone can share THEIR tips and tricks to add to the club. Blogging and the computer can be the best connection we can make for info and making friends in the same situation.

If you can think of anything I can add to that next post let me know…I'd love to hear anything you have in mind.

Thanks again for always being there and looking out for me when I "fell off the face of the earth".

~Karen~

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sew Darn Crafty Linky Party...

Hi everyone! Welcome to another Sew Darn Crafty Party…a great place to see so many projects and post all in one place!! Each week, I start a new link party where bloggers can add their own posts below for ALL to see!! You can add any project you'd like from your blog…cooking, crafting, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing, gardening, vacation ideas etc. It so much fun to see what everyone is up to each week. This party would be nothing without all of you, so a great big THANKS to all of you who contribute.

If you are new to linky parties…just come on in and click on any picture box below and it will bring you to that post that someone has shared!! There are always so many wonderful ideas…don't miss out.

So let's get started this week!!




Come on in and join the fun!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Tip For Cooking Meatloaf...

Hi everyone!! I know there are a hundred different ways to make meatloaf and everyone has their family favorites, so I'm not sharing a recipe with you today. Mine is pretty basic too..breadcrumbs, egg, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. What I do want to share is a quick tip on which pan to use. My mom always made her meatloaf in the typical "loaf" pan…hence the name. Lol

However, I usually buy hamburger in larger size packages with 2-3 pounds of meat in each. One small loaf pan doesn't hold that much. Years ago, when the girls were younger, I made meatloaf and used a bundt pan for the first time. That pan holds so much more and the center hole allows the meat to cook evenly all around the ring.

That first time I cooked it in a bundt pan, the girls thought it was the funniest thing ever. That whole dinner we tried to invent a new name for meatloaf. They laughed so hard that night coming up with names, we still talk about it. What did they come up with…

Bundt-O-Burger…we still call it that to this day!!

meatloaf pan

A bundt pan fits so much more than a loaf pan.

meatloaf pan

We top ours with ketchup. What do you top your meatloaf with?

meatloaf pan

Bakes evenly all the way around.

meatloaf pan

Slices like a cake for perfect portions too.

meatloaf pan


The next time you need to make a larger meatloaf…try a bundt pan. It works great!!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Karen~

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