Saturday, August 27, 2016

Where did the time go!?!

Hello Friends!

So, this is WAY long over due. So much has gone on.

Some of you know that my family and I have moved into our new house after about 8-9 years of renting and that we moved after my husband started a new job in 2014 out here in the state of Washington....we lived in Oregon for about 17, we crossed over the Columbia River to the Evergreen State, it's a little dryer out on the east side of the state but its a really nice change!

Over the last 18 months we've done a few cosmetic changes to the house and have had a couple of family events... some wonderful life changers to some scary ones but we're working on making the best out of it all. My husband and I pray every single night for guidance and wisdom and patience. We know He's watching over us and walking with us too.

We moved into a 4 bedroom 2 bath house with a family room I'm turning into my studio....its not done yet but little by little things are finding a place. The room is painted and I'm almost all done painting all my furniture a beautiful antique white with some distressing and with a light touch of gray. I will be sifting through all of my stuff eventually and will be selling what I have too much of (which is kind of an under statement) and what I don't need so I hope that when I share the listings, you'll be needing some of it. I'll put a video up when it's ready with some info!

My job status is on hold....some of you also know that I have some serious back issues and the's tiring and so painful. I decided that I MUST get treatment of some kind and or surgery if need be and then work because I've been in sooo much pain and have deteriorated over these last 2 years, my legs hurt so much from the back injury pain and it's just progressed to being even more bed bound than before so I have to do something. In May I had a 3 level spinal fusion, talk about painful surgeries, OH WOW!! I had my mom and sister come out to help me for a bit and it helped me so much! I'm 14 weeks post op and it's been hard but I am finally walking and moving more. I started physical therapy 3 weeks ago to strengthen my hips and core. Apparently if I don't, the other levels can collapse with time, so I will do my best!!  I have weakness in my back now with an ache but the pain I had from before is all gone, I THANK YOU LORD!! I'd say that's a huge success!

Mom stayed for 2 months and I can't tell you what a blessing that was. Lisa was here for a week, that was all she could do, but I loved having them both for the time I did!

Having said all that, I've decided I'll be starting a new channel...this one is in addition to my craft channel. It's all about my home adventures, the journey of decorating, the economics of my home and what I do, organizing and remodeling. I'll also share many recipes with you all as well as meal planning and food prepping. I've been a homemaker for over 26 years and I've learned a few things that I would like to share. I also love gardening so that'll be part of my channel too!  I hope you'll come over and visit me and subscribe to my new channel, "At Jules House".  I have a blog I started and will share that once it's ready but not sure if there will be any other social media spots to hang out at but if I decide too, kind of a lot to manage, you know? I'll let you know over at that channel if I decide to open more.   

I'll be starting out with a video of the day we got the keys and a house tour!! (wait, I do have a cooking video on there that my cousin and sister in law asked me for a while back and it's in spanish!). Along with house planning and decorating there will be life events too, like in August 2015 my baby Anna went off to college and we are proud and cannot wait to see all she'll become! I recorded the day we moved her out and into her apartment and took pics of how I decorated her 14x14 size room and a video tour. It made me super excited she let me do that too! LOL. She's got a dog and 2 room mates that are super sweet and all of us moms are trying so hard to let them live their lives...not easy but we're trying! That was an eventful day!! Then my son decides to be on his dare he right?....he just moved to Vancouver Washington a couple months ago and doing it all on his own! We're proud of him:) 

My parents moved back to So. California with my oldest brother last year right after we moved in, that was so hard...after 15 years that they've been out here with me, but how could I win?...2 new great grand babies being born in California, I'm not surprised they went to be with them. It's a huge blessing to be their age and being great grand parents don't you think?? lol... So it's just us 4 again, well sorta...but I'm dealing, I am!

I'll be loading videos to my new channel soon and the blog will be up as soon as I'm able so please visit me there. I have a few videos too of some projects from last year that I'll be sharing once edited...I'm learning the new iMovie so it'll be a bit.

Thanks for hanging out today, sorry this post took so long.... and don't forget to visit me at my new channel, "At Jules House"! Hope you all are doing great!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My 4x4 Instagram Mini Album by WRMK!

Hey everyone!

One of the cutest things ever!!!...the 4x4 Instagram albums by WeR:)

I loved putting this together. I used the "Farmer's Market" card collection from the "Albums Made Easy" line that WRMK came out with last year. I've got a video here where I share the whole album. The first video I posted is my sales video of the card sets I have listed for sale and I showed the way less embellished album. The 2nd video is the updated album. I hope you like it and I hope you'll get yourself a set, you can find all 3 collections I've got here for only $12 along with other WRMK products!!! It's a steal!!!

All products at my shop can be found HERE....just scroll down the right side and click on the image you have an interest in.
*Just a note, my shop will be closing, midnight April 12, 2015, PST.

At 6:44 on the clock is where I start to show my filled album without the embellishments.... but I do show all 3 collections in more detail if you're interested just start watching from the beginning.

This is the video of my finished album!

I got a lot of inspiration from Stephanie Bryan who is a designer for Studio Calico. Her little Instagram album is CUTE CUTE CUTE!! Here's her video:

Another Yt'er did an awesome job and I loved her cover! Her name is Emily and here's her adorable album video:

I loved sharing this project, I hope you liked! :)

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Jule Box Shop is closing......

Links to each individual listing:

~Handmade products:
~Laces and Trims:
~Accucut die cuts:
~Sizzix die cuts:
~Tim Holtz Alterations:
~Prima kits and Alterables:
~Ingvild Bolme bundles:
~Tim Holtz Idea-Ology:
~We R Memory Keepers Albums and pocket card collections:
~WRMK Eyelets (standard,wide and new standard with washers):
~Maya Road:
~Tools, Glues and things:
~Your favorite brand Stencils:
~Charms and Buttons:
~Bags and envelopes:
~Destash items:


Thank you for your support!! xo Jules

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Vintage Linens and Laces Haul!

Hi crafters!

In the last couple of months I've been thinking about a project that my friend Karen made. She's my blog designer and so good at it!! Well, I saw her post not to long ago and I really wanted to do the same for 2 windows I'll have in our new house and well, my new studio. But she made this gorgeous curtain and I really loved it! Here's her blog post about hers with pictures...enjoy....and please follow her SM sites while you visit and tell her I sent you ok!

Karen is at "My Desert Cottage"!

Here's my haul video sharing the different styles I got.....I can't wait to buy some more to have enough to make my curtains :)

Thanks for stopping in!!

Jules in the Kitchen: Homemade Savory Pork Pinto Beans!

Hello Bloggers!!

Today is a cooking demo for you:) A while back I made some Chicken Enchiladas and separately did another video of how I make my Mexican rice! I'm not Mexican but growing up in the US, Mexican food is very popular and we loved it as a kid just as much as our Peruvian food....yes, I'm Peruvian...It's a beautiful coastal country in South America....Isn't she beautiful?

Now, back to the beans....I've cooked for over 35 years and it takes a little bit to get some things just right. My beans never were this awesome, but I have to is now!! LOL

Now you don't have to use pork shoulder only, I used to use real pork bacon and dice it up and throw that in my beans and it comes out pretty good. You can also use Hamhocks or Pork Shanks, still very good but those have a lot of fat and not so much meat. The shoulder has some marbling of fat but it's much less than the Hamhocks and Shanks, besides, I LOVE the meat in it, you do get intense flavor from all 4 though!

I showed you the seasonings I used on video but not the measurements (these are approximate because I always eyeball mine so make sure to taste your liquid, yes, even at the beginning), so here's the list...

~Pork Shoulder Picnic Roast (mine was 1.78 lbs)
~3 cups of cleaned and rinsed Pinto Beans
~about 10 cups of water or more in a large soup pot (like mine)
~1 cup of diced onion, medium (however much you want)
~1/4 c. of minced garlic (however much you want)  
~Seasonings- I've always eyeballed my measurements so please make sure you taste the juices (just not while the pork is raw in there) throughout the cooking process and if you find it too salty at the beginning, throw some water out and add clean cold water then let it boil. 

   -1 1/2 Tbp Salt
   -1/2 tsp Pepper
   -1 tsp Garlic powder
   -1 tsp Onion powder
   -1-2 tsp of Adobo (you can find these at Mexican markets, or
    substitute for Seasoning salt 
   -1/2 to 3/4 tsp Celery salt
   -1/2 tsp Cumin
I also used about a cup of beef broth for the sauteed onions and garlic and into the pot they went. Any brand is fine, I used Swanson.

Once your beans are done, turn the heat off and let it cool for a couple of hours. I use Ziploc 3 cup size freezer containers that I get from Walmart. I add 3 laddle scoops of just beans to all 3 then I add the juice to top them all off, then freeze. Take 1 container out in the am to thaw for that nights dinner!! You can place them in a small pot to warm up or microwave it. You may need to add some water because the juice will be thick.

Here's my video showing you how I made my pot of Pork savory Pintos.  Thanks for watching:) 

Here are a couple of pics of my plate of baked chicken, stuffing and some pork beans...I did do the re-frying of my pork beans!!:) These are great as a side dish, for breakfast or in a burrito! Seriously, they'll go with anything but pasta and pizza....unless you're an adventurous eater! LOL

Please leave a comment and follow my blog for other projects, dishes and DIY posts! Have a great day people!