Wednesday, February 22, 2012

30DPC Day Fourteen

Today is really, for sure, Day Fourteen of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I thought I'd be all cool and make the posts ahead of time, then let them publish while I was busy elsewhere, but oh no, it didn't work that way.  (thinks to self, I'm sorry I can't take the position you offered me because my blogger won't post my posts without me.)


 Food Magnets on Our Fridge
 Watermelon Flavored Fabric
One of Our Pantry Shelves
 Sour Cream Cookies
 T-Day Spread
A Very 80's X-mas

30DPC Day Thirteen

Today is Day Thirteen of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. 


 My Kobo E-reader's Sleeve
 Tools of the Trade

Decimated Toy
Neo has a penchant for cheap plastic toys

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Blog Issues

Please bear with me, my blog is having SERIOUS issues today... (And yesterday, my 30 DPC from Monday and Today haven't posted like they were supposed to...)

Tutorial Tuesday #9 Recipe Edition

Happy Tuesday!  It'll be even happier if you make this tutorial tuesday recipe for dinner!  This recipe is one that I found on the internet many moons ago and my husband is in love with it.  It is sooooo much easier than it sounds. 

Crack in a Bowl a.k.a. Potato Ham Soup

~1 container Chicken stock
  (Kroger 36 oz. or Swanson 26 just depends on how much soup you want)
~2 cans of condensed Cheddar Cheese Soup 
~2 cans of condensed Cream of Potato Soup
  (I usually use Campbells or Meijer brand, some of the others are weird.)
~5 medium size potatoes, cubed (sometimes I do skin off, sometimes I leave it on)
~cubed ham (comes in various size packages, I usually get mine from Meijer)
~1 bag shredded cheddar cheese (to top your bowl of soup with)
~bacon bits or green onion (optional toppings)

You can either start this in the morning before work in the crockpot and just put it on low all day, or you can throw it all into a large pot and boil it in the evening.  Either way works great.  Make sure you add the ham in the last ten minutes, or else it may become too salty.  The ham will be pre-cooked and will only need heating up. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

30DPC Day Twelve

Happy Monday! Today is Day Twelve of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I wasn't quite sure what to do with the inspiration Closet, unless I shocked and horrified everyone by just taking pictures of all our messy closets... So I will give you a mix of things I would like to put in my closet from my collections at

Before we get to the fashion, I came up with a short list of things you may not want to find in your closet

dead body
peeping tom
either parent/grandparent (why the hell would they be hiding in the closet?!?!)
someone else's pot growing in your closet
a dead animal
ex boyfriend


Neon! Retro by Melissa Kurtz on
 Big Top Gypsy by Melissa Kurtz on

Beachy Sunset by Melissa Kurtz on

Saturday, February 18, 2012

30DPC Day Eleven

Happy Saturday!  Today is Day Eleven of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I will be gone most of the day, so I figured I'd do this now.  I may add more photos later after my adventure. 

(originally named Rosy, but our Rosie renamed him Turk.  She wanted to be the only Rosie in the house.)
 Green and Blue
The quilt I've been working on

Green Poof

Friday, February 17, 2012

30DPC Day 10

Today is Day 10 of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I have to admit, I'm starting to have a hard time keeping up.  I was just accepted to transfer to a university, and I am about to start a new job.  Please forgive me if I fall behind.  I won't stop all together, I'll just be a little late. 

Today's Challenge is

 Mary in Blue

Geod Coasters
 Blue Things Around The House
Blue Thread

Thursday, February 16, 2012

30DPC Day Nine

Today is Day Nine of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I had a really hard time with this one, I wanted anatomical hearts, but unless I dissected something, that wasn't happening.  *le sigh* 


 Stamp On Your Heart
Building Heart

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

30DPC Day Eight

Today is Day Eight of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I must say, I was hoping my husband had a better array of legos in his collection.  I decided that I must do some of my photos with legos, and I'm having to be a little more creative because he doesn't have the architecture sets that I had as a kid. 


 Soldier At The Gate
 Sand Fence
Pentwater, MI
Overgrown Shrub "Fence"
Gregory, MI

Tutorial Tuesday #8: The Wednesday Edition

I'm sorry. I am a big, dirty, rotten, ball dropper. I dropped the ball yesterday. I spent most of it either with Kera, or dinking around and totally forgetting it was Tuesday. Forgive me.

This week's Tutorial Tuesday is a simple one, about making your own glitter letters (or other embellishments) Please forgive the pictures, my one and only camera battery was charging, so I used my phone.

Printed Text (I printed mine on cardstock)
glue pen
spray adhesive
exacto knife (if you don't think you can get everywhere with scissors).

First, pick your font and print it to the size you want.  (I make sure I have the ruler up on my word processor to gauge size)

Go over a letter with your glue pen (do them one at a time so you don't have to worry about using too much glue, or the glue drying too quickly)

 Sprinkle on your glitter
 You'll end up with a pile of glitter like this.
Tap off the excess glitter onto another piece of paper for re-use, or to put back into the glitter container.
 You should have some pretty glittery letters like this!
 Spray the adhesive onto them to keep the glitter in place.  I recommend doing this outside or in a well ventilated area, the fumes kinda suck.  Do not spray this close to the page...
 Or you get this build-up of adhesive and it stays tacky for a very long time. 
 Next, decide whether you want some of the white of the cardstock around your letter to make it pop, or if you want to cut up against the letter. 

Cut the letters out.
 If you can't get into small spaces with your scissors, I recommend using an exacto knife ontop of a newspaper or cutting mat. 
Here are my letters, added to a scrapbook page!
 For a little extra something, I used a black marker and lined all the edges of each letter in black.
Have glitter everywhere?  Use a swiffer duster.  It will pick up 99% of it, and you can shake it off into the garbage. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

30DPC Day Seven

Merry Valentine's Day everyone! Today is Day Seven of the 30 Day Photography Challenge. 

Windows and Doors

Espionage Barn
(Kera said I looked like a spy with my camera standing in a parking lot taking top secret photos)

 Kurtz Barn

Door To Nowhere
Yep, we found a door leaning against a tree.

Close That Door!


Monday, February 13, 2012

30DPC Day Six

Happy Monday! Today is Day Six of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  Yesterday I decided that Sundays I will not post anything on my blog.  I usually don't access my computer at all on Sundays unless it's to check e-mail.  Sorry, but Sunday is the day of rest in my home. =) 

Evening Light

Pentwater Pier

Really Big Kids
Ludington, MI

Sky Afire
Howell, MI

Saturday, February 11, 2012

30DPC Day Five

Good Snowy Morn! Today is Day Five of the 30 Day Photography Challenge.  I took two different angles at this.  One angle is what you think of when you think early morning outside, and the other angle was early morning from the inside. 

Morning Light

Sun Over Field
Morning's Majesty
 Coffee Pot Go!
Ack! It Burns!

Friday, February 10, 2012

30DPC Day Four

Good Morning! Today is Day Four of the 30 Day Photography Challenge!


Sunny Fishin'
Triangle Lake, Howell, MI
Nothing But the Kitchen Sink

Had a real hard time with the running faucet, but I thought I'd post this one anyway. 
Drip, Drip
(I'm glad no one was standing there wondering what the hell I'm doing at the kitchen sink... lol)

Seagull's Gray
Lake Michigan, Pentwater, MI