Easter Baskets 2016

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My shop isn't officially open, but I made some Easter baskets this year for new babies who wanted to match their older siblings. :)

I accidentally dyed my hand aqua with this one. Oops!

The camo baskets were dipped in natural walnut hull dye.

They are probably all a little too young to hunt eggs this year, but I am sure they will carry a few treats on Easter. I am glad that I am able to make something quality that will be an heirloom for these children and will last for a very long time! 

Painting Christmas Signs... and a Cyber Monday Sale

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My life is totally different than it was a few years ago. When I sold ornaments in my etsy shop, this time of year was hectic and stressful. I was not a fun person to be around and it was not what was best for our family. I don't regret closing my shop and I don't plan on opening it up regularly anytime soon.

Lately, I have been actually keeping up around the house- except this weekend, but I don't think that counts- and I had some free time to paint just because I wanted to. 

I like to paint. It relaxes me. It also gets my creative juices flowing and energizes me. Does that make sense?

So, I painted a bunch of Christmas signs, trying some new ideas and techniques. I can't keep them all and I could use some extra income right about now. I am going to sell them in a little "Cyber Monday" sale. I am not taking any custom orders. This is all that I made and when they are gone, that is it.  I am going to offer them to my facebook fans first, then list them on etsy. If you are interested in any of these you can check them out there or e-mail me: pacountrycrafts at gmail dot com.

Each one is hand painted- no vinyl and no stencils- so they are one of a kind pieces. They are all made from solid pine boards.

Thanks for looking!

The PACountryCrafts Fall Collection 2014

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There are some big changes coming around here, so I have been kicking it into high gear with my etsy shop lately!
I tried to create items that would fit well with traditional fall decor or a more neutral color palette.

I still make my pumpkins and indian corn baskets.

I also added hand painted signs this year!

You can purchase these items HERE in my etsy shop.

Leave a comment below and let me know if there is anything else you would like to see!

Chocolate Chip Panacakes

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My blog has been neglected.
What have I done lately… gone to a zoo, an amusement park, and Kindergarten; been on our gigantic homemade slip-n-slide; and started many, many craft projects… started. Oh, I have finished things. My hubby’s jeans are all patched (for now), I have mended a few dresses (yes, there is that dirty “m” word), and my bathroom floor is scrubbed. Just nothing all that exciting.

I have also been working on getting ornaments in my etsy shop. I know, I know. It is only June. Just don’t tell my mom, she forbids us from playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving is over (after all, we should give thanks first!)

So anyway, I did do something special this morning, and I wanted to share it with you. I perfected chocolate chip panacakes (Yes, pan-a-cakes- that is the way my little brother used to say it- sounded like he had an Italian accent, fitting since we are 1/8 Italian).

2 cups Bisquick
1 1/3 cups milk
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix together everything except chocolate chips with a wire whisk in a bowl that has a spout. Pour into greased electric frying pan or griddle. Then, as soon as you pour the pancake batter, sprinkle mini chips on top evenly. They will sink down in a bit if you do it fast enough. (“Why not mix them in?” you ask- because the chips sink to the bottom of the batter, and then the kids fight over whose is more chocolatey. OK, I really meant I fight over the chocolatey ones.) Flip them over when the bubbles on top pop and they are golden brown on the other side. You don’t even need syrup with these, although I have tried chocolate syrup instead before. Yes, I have a problem. I know.

Maybe I will go finish something now. Maybe...