This Weeks Treasures…

This Weeks Treasures

Now that the weather has finally turned nice(ish),  I’ve decided it’s safe to come out of hibernation.

So I was happy when I got the chance to go out and go treasure hunting.

My daughter was in town (on a Tuesday) and we decided to go visit our favorite Thrift Store.

This time, we let her hubby tag along, he actually spent more money than we did.  So all was good.

When I’m hunting…I’m a pretty picky picker, so it’s got to be good.  (and cheap)

Here’s what I got:

2 small baskets, 3 small rulers, 4 packages of mini rick rack, a small red toile dish and 3 red bound

classic books and a Maya Angelou book.  All for around $7.00.

wood ruler

My favorite of all these treasures was the little wood ruler I picked up for a dime.

It will make a wonderful addition to a project.  Or maybe I’ll just keep it for display.

What do you look for when you go treasure hunting?

Creating a Keepsake Memory Box with Decorative Trimmings

Sue Eldred's Keepsake Memory Box

I recently got a beautiful assortment of ribbons and trims from Decorative Trimmings to use on a

special project.  It was hard choosing which trims I wanted to use, because their selection is wonderful.

I decided to Create a Keepsake Memory Box.

You know… for all those special little things that you want to keep and remember forever.

A perfect little box to fill with small gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Bridal or Baby Showers.

Or maybe old love letters from your husband.   (Hmmm… I’d need a bigger box.)

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For my Keepsake Memory Box and Tag I used three of the trims.

  1. Paint a large paper mache box with white acrylic paint.
  2. Cover it with scrapbook paper.   (I purchased mine from Michael’s.)
  3. Glue the Decorative Trimmings using Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce.
  4. Stamped greeting is from Serendipity Stamps.

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Today’s post is part of a blog hop hosted by Decorative Trimmings.


To see what my designer friends have created click on the Designer Craft Connection badge on the right side of my page. You will be able to hop forward and backward and see projects using a variety of trims from Decorative Trimmings.

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Grandma Merritt’s Cheesecake Recipe

Grandma Merritt's Cheesecake Recipe

There’s nothing like one of Grandma’s recipes to bring back fond childhood memories.

Large family dinners around a loud and crowded table (or two).

Crock Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Rolls and one of Grandma Merritt’s Deserts.

Mom would put the roast on before church and Grandma would bring the desert.

Soda Pop Cake, Cheesecake, Hobo Cake with Chocolate Fudge Icing (Yumm!) just to name a few.

With our large and ever expanding group of family and friends,

Grandma usually made a double batch of whatever desert she brought up.

And…us kids would still argue over who deserved the last piece.

Good Times, Good Times!   Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

If you’re a Cheesecake Snob, you probably won’t enjoy this wonderfully, light fluffy desert.

But to us kids, it’s heavenly.

Grandma Merritt’s Cheesecake recipe has been around our family for probably 40 years.

I’m pretty sure she clipped it out of the newspaper somewhere down the line.  (she was a clipper)

Since today would of been her birthday, I thought it’d be a great day to share.

Here’s her recipe, I actually have two (one just slightly different)

Grandma Merritt’s Cheesecake:

  • 1 can chilled Milnut
  • 2 packages of Lemon Jello
  • 3 TBL Lemon Juice (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 lb. Graham Crackers
  • 1 package softened Cream Cheese 8 oz.
  • 1 Stick Oleo (butter or margarine)
  • 1 1/2 c. Boiling Water
  • 1 c. Sugar
  1. Roll graham crackers until fine.
  2. Melt oleo and pour over graham crackers, mix.  Press into pan.  Save 1/2 c. to put on top.
  3. Pour boiling water over Jello mix.
  4. Whip can of milnut until real stiff and add vanilla.
  5. Whip cream cheese and sugar together.  Add lemon juice and jello mix and blend.
  6. Fold cheese and jello mix into whipped cream.  Pour into pan.  Sprinkle top with reserved graham cracker mix.
  7. Chill overnight.

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FYI:  The recipe card and standing clip are both available from Canvas Corp Brands.


How to Make a Garden Butterfly Sign

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How to make a Garden Butterfly Sign.

A fun technique using Black Sign Tags from Deflecto Craft Solutions.

According you my you tube account it’s been 4 years since I made my first video.

I guess it was finally time for my second one.  (let me know what you think)

Spellbinder’s Captivating Squares Class

Spellbinder's Captivating Squares Card Class

There is still a few spots open for Saturday’s Captivating Squares class at The Paper Forest.

In the class we will be using Spellbinders dies and Kaisercraft’s Rustic Harmony Collection

to make these four cards.

The Paper Forest in Washington, IL

Saturday, April 18th from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cost of the Class:  $22.00

Students Bring:  tape runner, scissors, foam mounting squares, Vintage Photo Ink, Ink Applicator

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3440 to sign up.

Home Sweet Home Cookbook

Sue Eldred's Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home Cookbook with Deflecto Pouches 4737

There’s something about good old family recipes that’ll bring a smile to your face. 

Warm, Comforting, a little piece of Home.

So… When I saw the Home Sweet Home Collection from Graphic 45, I knew a cookbook was in order.

I paired the Home Sweet Home collection with the new 5″ x 7 1/4″ flexible pouches from

Deflecto Craft Solutions.  Using the pouches not only helps protect your recipes from stains and spills

but they also make it easy to swap recipes in and out.

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  • My cookbook album was put together by covering chip board with the scrapbook paper and distressing the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • I made the stickers dimensional by adding each one to chipboard and cutting them out.
  • The circle stickers that spell the word “recipes” were stuck on round buttons and then glued onto the book.
  • The pouches were punched and the book bound using the Cinch Binding Machine.

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More Eco Friendly Projects

Walnut hollow earth day hop

My project yesterday was part of a Blog Hop sponsored by Walnut Hollow and Kunin Group.

Our teams are sharing projects that pair both Kunin Group felt and Walnut Hollow wood products to create practical and beautiful home decor, organizing solutions, and entertaining items. You can make these projects all year long, not just for Earth Day. To see more inspiring projects, continue on the hop using the list below:

Walnut Hollow

Kunin Group Felt

Sue Eldred  (that’s ME!)

Beth Watson

Debra Quartermain

Sabrina Alery

Abby Davis

Jennifer Priest

Marilyn Gossett

Laura Kelly

Steph Ackerman

Laura Bray

And to sweeten the Made In the USA, eco-friendly fun, we’re having a giveaway! We’re sending an assortment of Walnut Hollow wood products to one lucky crafter. Use the widget below to enter to win!

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