Suzanne: Professional Trainer, Potter, Egg Decorating Artist & Friend.

Suzanne: Professional Trainer, Potter, Egg Decorating Artist & Friend.

I would like you to meet my friend Suzanne. Suzanne is a potter, an egg decorating artist, a painter, a shoulder to lean on and a Great friend. We met in December of 2004 at work. Suzanne was hired as a new manager at my office and I worked in the call center at that time. She came to the call center to listen to live calls during her new hire training and I was her “buddy”. In early 2006, Suzanne and I both joined the Training Department and our friendship bloomed from there. Suzanne has many talents but since we are embarking on Easter I wanted to share with you some of her Amazing Eggs!   Who got you started on being creative? I think it’s in my DNA because both of my parents were creative and both of my sisters are too. My father was an officer in the Army so as an officer’s wife my mother was in charge of entertaining. She enjoyed learning new things and I remember her taking different art and cooking classes on a regular basis. She became a gourmet cook and a master flower arranger. I never really thought of my father as creative until you asked me this question. My father was a dentist and he made my mother’s wedding ring, and another 3 band ring symbolizing their three children. I guess he was creative after all. My sister Gail was so deft at oil painting that the local high school art teacher asked my parents if she could take classes with the high school students when she was only...
Sweets & Bunnies: Felt Lollipop Pattern

Sweets & Bunnies: Felt Lollipop Pattern

  Sweets and bunnies are two great parts of Easter, so why not put those two things together. This is a wonderful project to do for the kids in your life or with the kids in your life.   If I tally all of my nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews the total comes out to a little over THREE DOZEN (For more info on me check out About for this blog). This year I am going to spend Easter with the majority of the three dozen. That means I’m  leaving behind my Tennessee nieces and nephews. My TN kiddos are my friends children who I have adopted to sugar up, watch shows, play ball and teach to craft.  I wanted them to have a little something from me for Easter. This project is fairly simple. It requires good cutting skills, gluing and a simple straight stitch.   What is a straight stitch you ask? Glad you did. Here is the basics of a straight stitch. You start from the back of your piece of felt and bring your needle up at A. Then put your needle back into the felt at B. The distance between stitches is up to you but the smaller and more close together the more secure your project will be. I recommend about a 1/4 inch apart. Everyone get out your ruler and practice… Just Kidding! No need for a ruler, just eyeball it. You can do it. Continue the process, come up at C and down at D and so on until you have sewn around your project.       For our Bunny Lollipop we will only...
Grandma Ingrid’s Irish Brack – Tea Bread

Grandma Ingrid’s Irish Brack – Tea Bread

Irish brack is a family tradition at our house. It started when I was about fourteen. When most of my siblings went to the library they would check out adventure stories, or mysteries or the latest romance novels, while I took home cookbooks. Cookbooks from other countries were my absolute favorite and one of the first countries I picked was Ireland. My mother is Irish so naturally I wanted to cook some authentic food from that country. After trying several recipes from the book,  I learned two things about Irish cooking; (1) plain apples and pork chops are not as flavorful as you would think and (2) there is nothing better than a slice of brack with a cup of tea during the cold month of March in Nebraska.   Every Saint Patrick’s Day since I checked out that cookbook I have made a loaf of Brack.  It wasn’t until I met my good friend Elizabeth however that my recipe became officially Irish Brack. Elizabeth was born in Ireland. When she learned I liked to make Brack she shared with me her Grandmother Ingrid’s recipe. The recipe I had been using was similar to the one she gave me with the exception of marmalade. Grandma Ingrid’s recipe adds three tablespoons of orange marmalade, which enhances the spices in the bread and I love seeing the bits of orange rind when I cut into the loaf. Irish Brack is a tea infused, sweet and spicy bread, full of plump raisins. This bread is easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of special equipment just a bowl, a bundt pan and a little time.   Here is a...

Angela: Writer, Painter, Photographer, Paper Crafter & Friend

I would like you to meet my friend Angela. She is a paper crafter, a writer, a photographer, a cross stitcher, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister and a Great Friend. Angela and I met at church several years ago. We made up a core team that supported our Sunday school teachers along with my sister Sarah and our good friend Jacque. We were the creative minds behind the lessons and provided them with games, activities, worksheets and often craft ideas. When I thought about the creative people I know she was the first one to come to mind for paper crafting. She got me hooked on one of my favorite paper crafting tools, the Crop-a-Dile. I had a chance to sit down and talk with Angela about her creative process and here is what she had to say. Who got you started on being creative? My mom started me on my creative journey. She is a very clever woman. She is creative and crafty but most of all she has an attitude of “I can figure it out.” When I was growing up, she did everything from making dresses to repairing small appliances. If there was a way to make it work, Mom took care of it. When I think about who influenced my paper crafting, Betty Adams was one of my biggest influences.  She taught me that a simple shape can do so much. What are your creative outlets? Besides paper crafting, I like to write, cross-stitch, and paint. I have done some upholstery in the past and spend time with my camera as often as I can. Today...