Saturday, April 6, 2013

FEELIN' SNAPPY! Artist Janice Schindler and Tiaras for My Girls + GOOD Recipe!

 I was lucky enough to have a student from Houston who we all loved-she was a hoot and her style and talent was really wonderful! She is fast and fabulous and has a great sense of color and whimsy.  I found this cupcake on her facebook site and hoped she wouldn't mind if I share it. She makes Pimento cheese (The Best!) and sells it at a Food Market in Houston and she is just all around fun as she knows alot about alot of things. My whole class was this way at Asilomar this year! SO fun! The quilt below is what she did in my workshop and this is less than a month's work after she took it. It still had a little more work to go but not much and it looks just like Ann from Denmark who took the class also. Very fun!

Below is one of Janice's birds...I have a thing for birds and cats in my quilts and I love this one...imagine appliquing this!
I am a huge fan of Ruth McDowell's and I found this rooster and hoped it would show up on one of her wallhangings...not copied but her version of it....(I don't like to ever copy any artist's work and I know she feels the same way. We are all our own artists and can come up with an idea where we get inspiration from something. And I believe in changing it so that NO one would ever know you got the idea from that artist or source. If you are one of the people who believe you only need to change it 10% or 20% you are WRONG. It needs to be totally YOUR own. And by bringing out your inner artist, it is easy to do this. :0)
I saw this little girl in this fun crown and it reminded me of my own family and what we have done for tiaras and fun!
This is my middle Granddaughter and she is the actress of the family and she loves laughing and dolls and  sports!
I can't remember her name but the daughter of "Just Another Button Company" made this darling hat and I wore it on Christmas Eve one year.
Below is my youngest Granddaughter who learned to wear tiaras when she was a baby-this year when her Dad took her to the daddy Daughter Dance, she wore the biggest tiara I have in my collection. :0)
I could not get this photo to be straight up (grrrr). But my oldest Granddaughter was a good model for a series of tiaras I made for fun and to show in a class I taught...such fun to make things like this for the kids (and adults) you love!
Below is another tiara that one of my dearest girls (like you here) made and sent to me out of my own fabric (The Grandmother collection)

Below is a tiara that looks vintage...I have it to a friend-so cute!
And since I love cherries I started this tiara and I never finished it...but it could have been loaded with cherries and fun things....hope this inspires you do make something for someone you love -family or friend.
I am hoping the sunshine will soon be here to join us. It was a good week this week and though I am not Catholic I was touched at the Pope and how he lifted an 11 year old boy up and gently kissed and hugged him and the look on this little boys face was so wonderful...a beautiful smile and love all around. This really blessed me this week. I am staying away from NEWS and the negative messages it brings. I want happy things to enter my life for this makes us better artists and happier people. Have a great week won't you?
 I am adding a recipe that my friend Bonnie used to make as you don't cake them and they are easy and good. Bonnie has passed away and everytime I make these I think of her and what a lovely friend she was and how we used to push our kids in strollers trying to lose weight and then went home and ate these with diet 7-up. :0/
     Bonnie's Pay Day BARS
3 cups skinless salted peanuts  (You will be diving these in two parts)
3 T. butter
2 cups peanut butter chips
Sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
2 cups miniature marshmallows
A couple good dashes of salt

Put 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts in the bottom of an ungreased 9″ x 9"pan.
Melt butter and peanut butter chips in a large saucepan over LOW heat. Stir with whisk until smooth.
Take off burner. Stir in condensed milk and marshmallows. Stir until mixed in well.
Pour peanut butter mixture over peanuts in pan. Top with 
 1 & 1/2 cups peanuts over peanut butter mixture.
Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Then, cut into bars.
These will not last. I don't like peanut butter anything but I do like these!


  1. Her quilt is really fun and imaginative. Love the photos of your grand daughters and I bet they love having such a fun and happy Grandma.


  2. Another fun and inspiring post Mary Lou! Thanks!