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Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July a Celebration of Fun


Christmas in July is a celebration by team members of all styles and mediums.  We sit at our "Creation Stations", with our cups of cocoa and marshmallows (Yes! Even in July we make it happen with our air conditioning turned up.)  The  holiday music dances in the air making each creation moment magical, and brings us back to found memories of our family and childhood, our beliefs throughout the stages in our lives to help inspire the magic.

Christmas creating is about remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is, and letting that inspire our minds to bring you creations from the heart, from our hands to your home.

Join us in our celebration. July 17 -21.  Click the link below to "Let the Christmas Magic Begin"


Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Joys of Summer "Gifts from Nature"

Even with the Summer heat, it is good to get outside and enjoy what God has given us.  Today my family went for a hike.  The hillsides in Pennsylvania are graced with never ending slopes and shades of baby pink and ruby blooms from the Mountain Laurel in the region.

All flowers and creatures of our earth are busy in the warm weather using the sun to its fullest potential.  For growth and survival.


Today I would like to introduce to those who have not heard of it, "St. Johns Wort".



St Johns Wort gets its name from being harvested on the day of the feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24.  St. Johns Wort is known by many other names.  Ancient Greeks and Romans hung the herb in representation of a  religious icon.  It was believed to ward off  the evil spirits. This belief went on throughout the Early Christians and Medieval time periods.



Today, people drink St. John's Wort tea for its calming nature and for many other health benefits. There are many benefits to drinking the tea: Its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, and a anti-inflammatory agent.   It boost the immune system.  This herb helps with mental clarity in allowing a person with sleep difficulty to relax and regain a soothing sleep pattern.  It is well known in helping with hormonal imbalances, and with fibromyalgia, nerve and muscle pain.  This herb can be taken in tincture, pill form, or tea.

We are making Tea today.


A large bundle was gathered from our hike in the mountains today.  We separated the batches into smaller quantities and hung upside down in our garage to dry.  St. Johns Wort tea is very mild in taste.


We make ours in a large batch as you can see.  To make a single cup: 2 tsp of dried herb in a 250ml of water.  Water temperature should be at 212'F.  Steeping time: 5 - 10 minutes. (The longer you steep, the darker the tea).  Dosage: 2 cups a day. (morning and in the evening before bed)  Sweeten as desired.


There are many places that you can research and read about St. Johns Wort.  Always remember to "Never"  pick anything in the woods unless you are with someone with knowledge of the plants you seek.  

Disclaimer:  Please consult with your Doctor before taking any products presented.  Some medications have contraindications with Herbal plants and this herb may "enhance" your medications effects and dosages may need to be adjusted.




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Summertime Art by FAAP on Etsy







Wuf wuf from me, Charcoal





Summer has arrived 
in Middle Tennessee 



The fireflies, 
or lightening bugs, 
 as we call them, 
are blinking their green lights...



Tree frogs are everywhere 
and I don't see how something 
so small can be so loud. 
(Bark, bark, bark)



We have had our 
second frog visitor 
in the house for the season!

He thought he had found the Beach!!

He was a pretty green!


Mommie is comfortable or cold, 
and I am hassling 
to beat the drum! 
She felt sorry for me 
and turned on the 
air conditioner before June. 
90° days are warmish...
wuf wuf

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Take a lookie
 and see some 
WUFly Summer art
 from the FAAP Team on Etsy...



Did you know that 
you can now purchase 
without joining Etsy?

You can Check out as a guest!!


We sure hope you will 
visit our shops.



Type FAAP in the 
search bar on etsy. 



We would LOVE 
to help you out 
with your shopping 
and gift needs.



As always, 
Click on the blue links 
to magically appear in each shop. 

We are so happy to get to create!







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This is a family favorite--

perfect for any time of year,
 and oh, so, easy to make! 





Pink Stuff


1 can Cherry Pie Filling
1 LG can Crushed Pineapple, drained well (drink the juice!)
2 or 3 bananas, sliced--ripper ones taste better! (Mash if you are going to freeze it)
Regular size Tub of Cool Whip, thawed
2 large hand fulls of mini marshmallows
Sugar to taste (maybe 1/4 cup)
Pinch of Salt

Mix well.
Chill and Enjoy

This can be frozen, but it is better to make it with strawberries or cranberries...I don't know why...lol

Sunday, May 7, 2017

FAAP MARKETPLACE




It is a lazy day in Middle Tennessee 

so I thought I would 
catch you up on what is happening 
with the 
FAAP TEAM on Etsy.

And Oh,
YAY Nashville Predators!!




This last week, 
we focused on updating the

FAAP MARKETPLACE 
on Facebook.

We realize that many of our customers don't shop on etsy, and we want to keep YOU updated as to what we are creating, with the hope you will become comfortable shopping on etsy. 


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That brings up a new feature on etsy. You can now SHOP without having to join etsy. They have created a GUEST CHECKOUT. We are pretty excited about this, so keep it in mind.
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FAAP MARKETPLACE was created as another tool to help our team to connect to our customers and friends.

We have had a few auctions, but it has never been a great success, but we haven't given up. We are always trying to improve what we do! 

We spent this last week doing some house cleaning and updating.

When you enter FAAP MARKETPLACE, you will notice it is like any other page--lots to see! 

What makes FAAP MARKETPLACE unique is that each member of FAAP has the opportunity to add an album of their creations. This way, if you have a favorite artist, and we KNOW you do, you can easily find their album to see what they have created! 

We are going to try to do better, so join us, and visit often! We love to create.

The FAAP MARKETPLACE is a group page. Search it on facebook, and ask to join. We would love to have you.


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I picked out just a few of my favorite things from FAAP MARKETPLACE, to get your attention! I'm including the Etsy shop links, too, so you can go visit these shops...just click on the blue to MAGICALLY appear! 

We WUF your support and encouragement...

Thank you!! Wuf wuf...


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Before you browse,
Why not make this super easy
Super Yummy Snack!




Saltine Toffee

40 saltines
1 cup butter, cubed
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits

Directions

Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with heavy-duty foil. 
Arrange saltines in a single layer on foil; set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in sugar. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Pour evenly over crackers.

Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until bubbly. 

Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Allow chips to soften for a few minutes, then spread over top. Sprinkle with toffee bits. Cool.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set. Break into pieces. 

Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 pounds.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

TAG IT Tuesday on Sunday







Do I look like I drink coffee??

One thing I do is find awesome Art!

I wanted to share the rest of the shops 
who participated in last week's 
TAG IT TUESDAY!

We LOVE helping out 
our FAAP TEAM!

They are some awesome artists 
who go out of their way 
to help their customers.

Please take a few moments 
and visit our shops.

When you click on the BLUE, 
you magically appear in the Etsy shop.

I know you will WUF  what you see!

Thank you for stopping by.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Tag it Tuesday on Friday




Howdy, Friends
I have been Sniffing out some Good Scents!

I have also sniffed out 
some more amazing 
ART by my Favorite
FAAP TEAM

I thought I would share 
a bit from some shops 
that recently participated in our 
TAG IT TUESDAY

So what is that?

My Mommie, tries to find 
some tags that are fun and on each Tuesday, 
she asks shops to go 
and heart at least 
20 items from 20 different shops.

WHY?

When we heart an item on Etsy, 
it appears in our feed, 
and all of our followers can see it 
and then they can tag it and their followers can see it...
and on and on and on...

It just gives us another opportunity 
to get our items seen!

It in wonderful to have the support of others!

Enjoy these awesome items
And As always
Click on the Blue 
to magically appear in 
the Etsy shop...

Please visit us and 
we thank you for your support.


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