Aug 28

Touristy Thursday~ Anna’s Toy Depot

Anna's Toy DepotToday I was on a mission to purchase toys for two of my nephew’s birthdays. I made a quick trip to Anna’s Toy Depot, located at 2620 South Lamar in Austin. Anna’s has been around for a long time and has a GREAT selection of used and new toys.

Cars and trucks

An absolutely AWESOME selection of Legos. Part of my mission today was to find my oldest nephew  LEGOS, oh the joy! I purchased a quart size baggie of assorted legos for $9. This way he can build whatever his creative heart desires

Legos

Just check out the great wall of Legos

Great Wall of Legos

and of characters lined in a row

Lego men

And the FUN Fisher Price toys, I had to refrain myself from buying the cute red apple with the wide eyes..seriously I might go back and get him.

Apple of my eye

I didn’t have time to touch this fabulous book selection, for sure next time

books

Games, puzzles, make believe, dolls, musical toys, cars, trucks, doll houses, dinosaurs, action figures, transformers, Barbies….the list goes on…

Great wall of toys

I talked with the owner today as well and she truly is an advocate for toys. She knows everything about them and it super, super friendly. Anna’s is also a place to bring your old toys to sale. She has certain days that she buys. I think what I loved the most is how she asked about my children (now my son has been there many times) but she said bring your daughter in, very heart felt. Almost as a special invitation. Yes I will be back in, you never know what you will find.

Just for today be a kid and enjoy a toy~ Rebecca

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Aug 27

One Little Word~ August Update

DSCN6565 (354x525)I have to say this month’s prompt was one of my favorites. The prompt is about gathering songs and listening the lyrics that relate to your word. I found myself lost in ITunes and You Tube last night listening to songs I have never heard to songs from my childhood. So these are the nine lyrics that speak or should I sat sing to me ha!

Eminem~ Till I collapse

‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired,
Feel weak, and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up.
But you gotta search within you, you gotta find that inner strength
And just pull that XXXX out of you and get that motivation to not give up
And not be a quitter, no matter how bad you wanna just fall flat on your face and collapse.

Idina Menzel~ Let it Go

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me I’m free!

Katy Perry~ Roar

‘Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar

A Great Big World~ Say Something

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

Maroon 5~ She will be Loved

It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along

Alicia Keys~ This Girl is on Fire

She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down

Brad Paisley~When I get Where I’m Going

When I get where I’m going
On the far side of the sky
The first thing that I’m gonna do
Is spread my wings and fly

The Rolling Stones~ You Can’t Always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime you find
You get what you need

The Rolling Stones~ Start me up

Give it all you got
You got to never, never, never stop

Corey Hart~ Never Surrender

With a little perseverance
You can get things done

Natasha Bedingfield~ Unwritten

Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

There was only to be nine selected, but I couldn’t choose one of these to delete. Pretty powerful words right?

Never Ever Ever Give Up~ Rebecca

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Aug 25

First Day of School~ Memories and Mixed Media

Meet Mrs. Brandon

Mrs. Brandon

We started back to school today, and I have been reminiscing over the years when I was in elementary. I can remember just about all my teachers in elementary and a few events that happen in each class. My storytelling mind in thinking about all those school pictures I have of myself and how maybe I could make a scrapbook page with memories from each year.

Kindergarden~ I was able to have chalk one day and wrote a classmates name on a juice can covered in black construction paper that held the black crayons. I wrote the name Paula and blamed Paula for writing on it. Poor Paula couldn’t write her name and did not have chalk privileges that day. OHHH I still remember having to come home and tell me dad.

1st Grade~ I remember I was the helper and would walk around helping kids read their books. I also remember the Christmas party and Valentines with our heart shape cardstock envelope for our valentines.

2nd grade~ We had a play and it was about taking care of your teeth. I played the dirty tooth and wore a large men’s t-shirt that had brown vanilla flavor all over it. The day my mom came to the classroom to see the play, the girl that played the role of the clean tooth was out. so I was able to play both roles. It was great!

3rd grade~ Maybe I liked to talk to much by this grade. I remember my teacher having long red fingernails and grabbing my arm. I had to sit in the corner too. Boo Hoo! This was also the year of cursive handwriting.

4th grade~ Interesting year… we had a male teacher for the first half that was a vegetarian. I remember he liked to argue. He didn’t stay long, and we eventually had another teacher come in and take his place.

5th grade~ I really liked to talk and laugh in this class. My teacher was really nice and we learned about how different countries celebrated Christmas. I remember I had to bring maraschino cherries to school for the Sweden Cardamom Bread.

Thanks you taking a walk down memory lane. Do you remember your elementary school teachers?

Just for today remember an educator~ Rebecca

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Aug 24

Mixed Media Tag with Red Balloon

This week’s challenge over at Simon Says stamp is ANYTHING GOES~ so I find myself wanting to use papers by Glitz to make a tag

Glitz papers

Whipping up some stitching onthe sewing machine, I stitched these BRIGHT papers to a tag, and added a little stencil and paint action, I added glitter to the paint as well to get it SPARKLE

stencil action

Once it’s dried I layer of papers from Basic Grey

layering up

And now for twine a red balloon

Add a balloon

Red sparkle for the shoes and cute puffy hearts… AND of course a Junque bow!

Cutie tag

Hope you had a super sparkly weekend! Just for today add a little sparkle~ Rebecca

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Aug 21

Touristy Thursday~ Tres Amigos Restaurant Austin

Tre AmigosI always thought it would be a interesting to do a series of Touristy Thursdays about some of my favorite Mexican food restaurants. If you have ever been to Austin you know there is a BUNCH to choose from! One of the restaurants is Tres Amigos located at 1801 South Capitol of Texas Highways aka 360. It’s a perfect spot for my older sister and myself to meet for lunch and catch up. I like their build your own plate, you pick two main items such as a taco, enchilada or puffy covered queso shell and then two side items such a rice, beans or a salad.

Tacos

Now when I’m ordering food I do have a tendency to order THE SAME THING EVERYTIME. Yes it is tacos and tacos and did I say tacos. Tres Amigos also serves their chips warm and the salsa is so good. They make homemade tortillas everyday.

Making Tortillas

This particular Tres Amigos has windows that cover one side of the restaurant. There is a atrium where they put out tortillas for squirrels to eat and this is always entertaining.

Dining Area

Just for today enjoy a favorite food~ Rebecca

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Aug 20

Love in the Kitchen~ Mixed Media

Meet Mindy~ She is baking up Love in the Kitchen

 Mindy

For this canvas I experimented with my favorite kitchen gadget, can you tell what it is? Yes my Kitchen Aid mixer. I love her purple hair! Mindy is number 57 in my 100 canvases challenge for 2014.

Around here school will be starting next week, we are meeting the teacher tomorrow night. So excited to get going, back into a routine. My daughter has started back at dance and id meeting with her Girl Scout troop, so let the scheduling begin.

Just for today make a batch of cookies~ Rebecca

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Aug 18

Oatmeal Carmelitas~ Scrapbook Cookbook Entry

  Scrapbook CookbookThis summer I dug out an old favorite recipe to make for a few BBQ’s and birthdays~ Oatmeal Carmelitas. These are so Yummy! They are made with oatmeal, chocolate chips and ice cream caramel topping, This is a cookie bar so ooey gooey not one is left on the plate. I tore this recipe out of Child Magazine in 2003 and this was the GRAND PRIZE winner for a cookie recipes contest. The recipe was send in by a Shelly Friedland and Michael Zorek out of New York. So my hats off to Shelly and Michael, this is a favorite recipe and deserves a place in my cookbook scrapbook.

Oatmeal Carmelitas

Here is the recipe:

For the bottom crumb layer:

1 Cup All Purpose Flour

1 Cup quick rolling oats

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 butter melted and cooled

In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and melted butter. Blend on low to form crumbs. (there recipe says to press half of the crumbs into a 11″ x 9″ pan, but I use all of the crumbs…will explain more later) Bakke for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1 Cup (6 oz) of semi sweet chocolate and 1/2 cup pecans(optional)

In a small bowl, blend 3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping and 3 tablespoon flour. Drizzle over the chips and nuts.

At this time I blend up another HALF batch of the crumb mixture for the topping. This means I measure half of  everything to make more crumb mixture, (in their recipe they say to use the remaining crumb mixture from the bottom, but I never have enough to cover the bottom of the pan, so I use the first batch at the bottom and just make more for the top layer) Sprinkle the crumbs over the caramel and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and cut into bars. AND watch them disappear.

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Just for today make something ooey gooey~ Rebecca

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Aug 16

Austin Craft Riot Summer Show 2014

The Craft RiotToday my daughter and I went to the Austin Craft Riot Summer Show which is going on at the Austin Music Hall. The craft show is full of artists and crafters of Austin. We had a really fun time. I tried to take photos inside of the music hall, but I the entire hall is painted black so my photos were coming out quite blurry. There was also a good size crowd today so photo taking was quite the challenge. Instead I took photos of some of the items we purchased.  My daughter and I each bought a headband from Sleeping or Sewing, my daughter was extremely tired when I was trying to take this photo tonight, so she didn’t want to smile

Headbands

We were both is awe over Monica L. Knighton’s art, these mini cards came in plastic sleeves and my daughter was so proud of hers I barely was able to take it out of the sleeve for this photo

Drawings

I purchased the hair pin from The Coggler’s Shoppe , he make everything out of watch parts. Truly amazing pieces.

Clock Hair pin

We bought these cute tote bags from The Pet Studio. All Stephanie’s designs on her bags are based on a real pet within one of the rescue organization she supports.

Tote Bags

I have purchased from the vendor, The Pink Samurai,  before she has daily posts on her blog and instagram feed for daily cats. If you love cats you would love her illustrations. This was by far my daughter’s favorite stop.

Buttons

There was also kid’s activities of crafting and an artist painting faces and making balloon animals. While my daughter stood in line for a hello kitty balloon animal I scoped out the booths in the kid’s area. One booth had LOTS of traffic, so after we had our balloon animal I went over to see what she had. She sewed bags, purses and quilts, but what really caught my eye was a crossover purse/bags made of t-shirts that were lined with an inside pocket. Here is the one I purchased

Hut's Bag

Yes sentimental ole me, my grandpa worked at Hut’s Hamburgers in Austin for years when my mom was young. So anything with Hut’s pulls at my heartstrings. I wish I would have purchased more of these bags as gifts, I LOVE mine and they were $12! You can’t beat that! There were so many wonderful vendors and I wish I could have bought from every single one. They Craft Riot is going on Sunday August 17, so if your in Austin stop on by!

Just for today support your local crafter~ Rebecca

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