What Condition We’re In

I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.
     ~ lyrics by Mickey Newbury

I'm taking just a quick break from a weekend marathon of stamping. I'm getting my self in condition for the next My Favorite Things release. Doing my stretches, staying well hydrated, doing some carb loading . . . It's going to be intense in the Crop Crib with glitter and glue flying all over the place. Wish me luck.  

Congratulations to Erica. You won the random drawing for our Catered Crop Follow-the-Recipe Party #14. A fabulous Nestabilities set donated by our Top Chef Peggy Marsh and a few surprises from me (some ribbon and embellishments) are all waiting for you. Just e-mail me (cateredcrop@gmail.com) and I'll get those right to you.

Tomorrow my son and daughter think they're dragging me away from my stamping marathon to take me to the gym. Oh dear, then I'll really see what condition I'm in. Assuming I survive, be sure to check back on Sunday to see our next FUN-gi inspiration.


FTR14 Top Chef Quickfire

This recipe is certainly silly. It says to separate the eggs, but it doesn’t say how far to separate them.
        ~ Gracie Allen

Catered Crop Top Chef Design Team


Hee Hee, I'm about as good a cook as Gracie Allen. Thankfully I don't have to be a good cook to follow Hannah Clark's recipe. Have you joined the party, yet? It's a BYOS party – Bring Your Own Spice. We have some amazing entries already, but, if you haven't joined us, it's not too late. Maybe our Top Chef Designers can whet your appetite. They've all chosen from Hannah's ingredients and added some of their own spices to make a project uniquely their own. Here's our inspiration from Hannah and the recipe we're following for FTR14.


Playing is easy as pie!
  1. Use any of the ingredients (themes, colors, techniques, shapes, etc.) in Hannah's recipe to make your project. Just pick a few ingredients and then add your own spices to cook up something uniquely yours.
  2. Add your project using the InLinz (froggy) button below and join the party.
  3. Be sure to list your recipe or tell us what ingredient you used from the sample recipe.
  4. Don't forget to link back to this post or include the "I Followed the Recipe" button on your blog (see the side bar to the right).

Here's your FTR14 recipe:

  • Colors – blue, brown, kraft, and green
  • Stamps and Stickers – nature, birds and birdy things
  • Color Mediums – Copic, craft aint
  • Embellishments – pearls, beads, stick pins, crocheted/lace ribbon, recycled cardboard (fun!)
  • Tools – paper piercer, sewing machine, distress tools, die cuts, digital stamps
  • Techniques – paper piercing, sewing, distressing
  • Theme – nature, birds, shabby chic

Our Top Chefs and Guest Chef Hannah have really outdone themselves – their creations are egg-straordinary!. Just click on the pictures to go to the Chef's blog and get all the details, including how they used Hannah's recipe to make their project.


Guest Chef Hannah Clark



Dorcas Designs


FTR14 Peggy Marsh

Peggy Marsh



Don't Fence Me In Granny Heifer

Linda McClain



Corinna McGregor



Renee Van Stralen


As always, the winning entry gets an "I Baked it Best" button to put on their blog and will be the inspiration for the next challenge. At Catered Crop there are always two ways to win – no egg-aggeration. You could also be the randomly chosen winner of a prize package. We have an egg-stra special treat this time: it's a mystery grab bag of goodies sponsored by Top Chef Peggy Marsh and me.  Hee, Hee – I'm not yolk-ing! For starters, how about a Nestabilities die cut (Classic Scalloped Rectangles, Large). 

Just click on the link below to join the Catered Crop party. You have until Thursday, June 23, 8:00 PM EST.


Ridin’ Through the Wide-Open Country

Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above.
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide-open country that I love.
Don't fence me in.
    ~ lyrics by Robert Fletcher and Cole Porter

Granny Heifer Stamp


Oh my, what an amazing two days we've had on our Griswold-like family road-trip vacation. It started yesterday with a stop into Memphis' Beale Street, which meant lunch at Polly's (yummy fried green tomatoes, turnip greens, and macaroni and cheese), souvenirs from B.B. King's Company Store, live music in the park, and a stroll through the Rock 'n Soul Museum. (Pardon the quality of these pics, they're straight from my iPhone.)

Pollys on Beale Street

Memphis Live SoulMemphis Rock and Soul Museum

From Memphis we stopped at Boomland, Missouri, a McClain family tradition, where my boys bought some toys, and I looked for the most kitschy thing I could find – it was hard to narrow it down to one item.

Boomland Kitsch


Today we woke up in Indiana with a biker convention outside our hotel and a Toddlers and Tiaras beauty pageant inside our hotel. Had creme brulee french toast at Uptown Cafe, crazy fun on the lake in the Party and Catfish Coves (Thanks Bro!), and then watched Dallas win the NBA championship in one of the best sports bars in the country! Nick's English Pub.

toddler and tiaraParty Cove



Ah . . . riding through this wide open country that I love!


Catered Crop Follow the Recipe

I followed Hannah Clark's recipe from the Catered Crop Follow the Recipe #14. Have you played yet? Remember, you don't have to use all the ingredients to play. I just used her Copic markers, machine sewing, distressing, and die cuts.

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I'm also very excited to help host the Ribbon Carousel Challenge this week. I called it "Music to My Ears" because the challenge is to incorporate music into your project. Now, we're not talking about just a solo of ideas here – there's a whole musical with full orchestra and chorus of ideas you can use to incorporate music: use sheet music, your favorite song title or lyric, include an instrument or musician into the project. You get the idea – use the whole octave of ideas. Of course, I used the old Cole Porter song, Don't Fence Me in, and also incorporated a Cuttlebug folder with musical notes.


Here's the rest of my recipe.

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Shew . . . so many wonderful adventures in just two days, and we've just begun.  Maybe tomorrow will be my day to bring home the big fish – or just a big fish tale.