~Pablo Picasso

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop ~ Leksidesigns

Time for another wonderful Etsy Seller. Please welcome Brooke and take a look at her beautiful designs!

Hello! My name is Brooke Mosley. I am the owner of Leksi Designs. I make custom hand stamped jewelry and handmade flower accessories. My shop was named in a pretty simple way. My daughter, age 7, is named Aleksis. Some people call her "Leksi" for short, so there it is...Leksi Designs! In addition to one daughter, I have a husband, Tim, who is a Highway Patrolman and two small dogs, Jasper and Toby.

I actually got into stamping metal jewelry when I was shopping for a piece for myself. Everything I looked at was so expensive! So, I just thought I would make it myself!
People started asking me about the pieces was wearing....and my ETSY SHOP WAS BORN!


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Chewy Granola Bars

Our usual natural chewy granola bars that are peanut free are no longer an option. Almost $5.00 a box! No way will I pay that. I surfed the web and found a recipe....they are actually really good. A little sweet but I think that can be adjusted. I added chocolate chips so that may be why. I fooled around with it to make it work for us and they are yummy. I deleted the peanuts because I have a son with a peanut allergy....and added crushed cheerios instead for a filler then I used less wheat germ and added ground flaxseed. Next time I think I will delete the chocolate chips and add dried cranberries.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 cups oats
3/4 cup wheat germ (I used 1/2 cup wheat germ and 1/4 cup flaxseed)
1 cup nuts, crushed (I omited the nuts and used cheerios.)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
4 tbsp butter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp Kosher salt or regular salt
approx. 8 oz. dried fruit (optional)
chocolate chips (optional)
sunflower seeds (optional)
dried cranberries (optional)

To crush the nuts (cheerios in our case), put them in a zip lock bag and smash them with a heavy mallet, measuring cup or sauce pan.
Then, mix the crushed nuts (or whatever you want to use), oats, wheat germ/flaxseed, and sunflower seeds (if you use them, I didn't) in a baking dish with sides. Toast them in the oven for 10-12 minutes stirring every few minutes so that they don't get burned.

Meanwhile, prepare a glass baking dish (about 11x13 inches) for your granola by lining it with waxed paper lightly sprayed with a nonstick spray. (Tip: if you don't have wax paper you can used a cereal box liner opened up. I use these and they work just as well)
Put the brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla, and salt into a saucepan and bring to a simmer stirring constantly.

By now your grains and nuts should be toasted. Mix everything together in a large bowl. The grains, the honey & brown sugar mixture, and the dried fruit. Turn off the oven, you are finished with it now.

Mix everything together really well. You want to make sure the honey & brown sugar mixture gets all over everything. Now dump your granola mixture into your prepared baking dish.

Spread out the mixture with a wooden spoon or spatula.

Fold over the sides of the waxed paper or add a sheet on top and press hard all over the granola. You want it compacted so that the bars stay together and don't fall apart when you cut them.

Wait 2-3 hours or until the granola has fully cooled. Other variations can include adding nut butters ( I added some soy nut butter to ours), chocolate chips (I decided to add the chocolate chips after they completely cooled and just pushed them in various places instead. Otherwise, the chocolate chips will melt all over the granola. They are still good that way too), mini marshmellows, cranberries, and any other dried fruit.

These are really adjustable...you can add and take away anywhere to make them work for you and your family:)

Thursday, April 22, 2010


This was taken outside in front of my home. You can't see the full magnitude of it but it was a double full rainbow!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

"Blame It On The Rain" From Blog Post Past

Man!!!!! I can not stand picking up the boys from school on rainy days. Today wasn't just rainy it was torrential! Believe it or not I've only had to pick them up in the van a handful of times this whole school year due to the rain. We live a couple blocks from the school so we walk mostly even if it's showery but today it wasn't....it was torrential! That's my new word for the day "Torrential"! Anyhow, I head over 25 minutes early to get a good parking spot, back our big ole' bus (12 passenger van I mean) in so that I can just pull out forward instead of being stuck in the parking lot for minutes on end trying to back out with the boys telling me to "Go Mom" when I can't because no one really lets you go. Everyone wants to get out of there first. So we get inside wait for the kinders to get out of class, wait for Devin and Chase to get out, wait to walk out because the halls are so crowded.....all the parents seem to stand right in the middle of the hallway. Drew darts off thinking we are going out the front of the building and I can't see him. He is proud and determined to walk like a big boy out the doors. I can't grab him because well.... all the parents are in the middle of the hallway! I take off because he is one fast 2 1/2 year old and remember he is proud and determined :). As I make my way running through the maze in the hallway I practically bowl down a few parents and students. Yes!! I grab him right as he is pushing his way out the front doors. Meanwhile I find my 3 others wandering the halls heading out towards the bus (I mean van). Drew is slowly building up tantrum momentum. As I pick him up crying and kicking I am silently starting to have a nervous breakdown (in my head of course) while being calm, cool and collected on the outside. Yeah me! That's very important to us Moms to look calm, cool and collected you know. Got everyone to the van, get in, towel dried (exaggerating), buckled, hand gelled (yes, hand gelled) and drive the long 30 second drive home. Stupid rain.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Featured Etsy Shop~LuckyMeLuckyYou

I've grown up around vintage and antique home decor, but didn't really acquire an appreciation for it until I had a place of my own. My step mom Lee has always had the bug as we call it since her mother had it as well and even owned an antique shop. I would have to say that milk glass was the first style of vintage that I really found myself drawn to. My parents kitchen is filled with it! So slowly but surely my step mom taught me about the different patterns and how to pick out good milk glass.

The appreciation and interest with milk glass led me into a full blown passion for all things vintage and antique. I began buying a collecting all sorts of things like salt and pepper shakers and recipe tins and boxes. I think the part that I love the most is knowing that there is history behind every piece that I come across. It's not like I've walked into a store and picked something off a shelf filled with a dozen other of the same item.

So began my mission to fill my house with all my great finds. Eventually I came to the point where I'd find something amazing, but had no where for it to go in my house. And as crazy as it sounds, I felt sad leaving it behind.

Then I found out about Etsy from an old co-worker and the rest is history. It was a win-win situation. I was able to rescue the treasures that I came across and share them with others.

I started my Etsy site on March 8th, but didn't want to list my items until I researched the site and found out the best way to go about things. Once I felt comfortable with Etsy I made the big step of listing items on March 27th. It was really awesome seeing my treasures being listed and people actually looking at them and wanting them. I had a lot of sales in my first week which made me ecstatic, but I also knew that it wasn't going to be that easy. Since that first week I have had to work really hard to get LuckyMeLuckyYou out there in the Etsy community. I am constantly in the forums meeting new people and learning new things. I also created a Twitter account, http://twitter.com/ShopLMLY which has been a lot of fun and a great way to meet others.

When I'm not working on my Etsy account or doing the 9-5 thing I'm usually cooking, spending time with friends and family and training for my first marathon.

LuckyMeLuckyYou has proven to be a lot of fun and also a lot of work. I don't think I'll be able to quit my day job anytime soon (or ever), but its been a great way for me to work on something that I truly love.

Thanks for getting the time to know me and learn more about the behind the scenes of LuckyMeLuckyYou!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Make Me Playdough Mommy

KoolAid Playdough
We've been making this recipe for 10 years and it's our absolute favorite. It's fun and smells soooo good! It's from the Kid's Concoction Book.

2 1/4 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 packet any flavor KoolAid or Store Brand
4 tablespoons veggie/cooking oil
1 cup water

Mix well. Get ready to play and when they are finished just store in gallon bag.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Sunshine Blog Award

Thank you so much Waterwaif Blog for The Sunshine Award! It was such a wonderful surprise!
The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.
The rules for accepting this award are:

Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
Pass the award on to 12 bloggers.
Link the nominees within your post.
Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog.
Share the love and link to the person whom you have received this award.

Thank you ladies for inspiring me with your blog and your creativity!
I  am nominating:

DeeCee1     ~ Dolcie
Felted Treasures    ~Valerie
Art Of Amy    ~Amy
Autumn 2 May   ~Jennie
Paper Flora 2   ~Natalie
Nature Loving Mom   ~Heather
Lean Dog Pottery   ~Kelly
Love By CC  ~Candice

Please stop by and visit these great blogs and leave a comment for these wonderful ladies and let them know Autumn Rain Creations sent you!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

King Of The Mountain

.......And the laundry............I feel your pain!

Please tell me I'm not the only one.
Done one day, back the next.
What the hay?? I have finally come to accept this is one of those
chores that I will never get caught up on.

Friday, April 9, 2010

I Love Soap, I admit it!

Handmade Calendula Beeswax Bar
Doesn't looking at this soap just want to make you buy it and try it?
I met Nicole from Etsy online today and she is simply wonderful. She is the owner of Owl Naturals on Etsy.com.

I would love for you to stop by and visit http://www.owlnaturals.etsy.com/ to see her line of  Handmade All Natural Soaps, Skincare and Beeswax Candles.

From the soap to the packaging
Simple, Natural and Eco-Friendly.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Giveaway

I was featured on Etsymom.blogspot.com!
To enter click on the link above.
Enter to win a 5x7 Photography Print- A Sunny Day.

I will be finding some great contests and giveaways to blog about so keep checking back!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Shout Out...Busy Month Here:) To My Hubby

Happy Birthday Jimbo! oxo

Pick Your Favorite Contest Giveaway

Sorry this contest has ended.
Don't despair she has another one listed that closes April 20th.
Beautiful aprons!
To enter visit

Monday, April 5, 2010

Happy Birthday To My Son

I'd like to do a shout out to my son. My little man is 9 today!

He's the one leading the pack in the middle:)
Happy Birthday Chase:) oxo

Favorite Of Mine

I am in the process of adding wonderful Etsy Shops but for now I would like to add one of my own. I loved making these. I took these glass stones from a pair of vintage clip ons and added Antique Copper Wires. I call them Drops of Amber Honey:)http://www.autumnraincreations.etsy.com/

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome To My Blog

Well, it's up and running now and I am really excited! I am a diehard fan of Handmade and Vintage. I came across Etsy a couple years ago and instantly fell in love. It wasn't until this last year that I ended up opening up my own shop(s). It is an almost magical place to me made up of many, many very talented people who make Hand crafted and Handmade items. You can feel how much they love what they do, what they make, the vintage treasures they find and that they put their hearts into their work. Not only does Etsy sell Handmade but also Vintage and Supplies for the crafter. I love this place!