Monday, August 25, 2008

It wasn't all wasted time.....

What I've been doing while watching the Olympics each night
I am trying to use as much of my scrap paper as possible and these seemed to be a good way to do it.
Thank goodness for my Craft Robo, I wouldn't want to cut all these circles out by hand!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programing

Well, the Olympics are finally over and I can get back to the other things in my life. I was ready for them to be done. The closing ceremony was ok, nowhere near as good as the opening ceremony. Kind of in with a bang and out with a whimper. Still, what a great 2 weeks. Now, just 2 years until the Winter games!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Great news!

I came into work this morning to an email from Cuteable. I was featured yesterday! That's made my day! And there are already some very nice comments about my featured card. Yay for me!

Monday, August 18, 2008

New cards in the shop version 2.1

Here are the last of the new cards

These pumpkin invitations are a lot of fun to make. A lot of work as well, as the patterned papers are all hand cut. There are many more pictures in my Flickr, if you are interested.

New cards in the shop version 2

I know I've been really lacking in posts lately and for that, I apologize. From my previous posts, you know that I've been watching the Olympics every night. I've also been making some frames and then, there's the whole taking care of the family thing....

Friday night, I got a huge burst of creativity. My muse must have been dancing somewhere and having herself a good old time. So, I turned off the TV and into the craft room I went.

A bunch of new cards are the result. I'm still in the process of listing them.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday to you!

Happy birthday dear Moooooom!

Happy birthday to you!

Just think, next year I can sing it to you in person!


I feel like such a lump this week. I’ve been watching the Olympics every night and staying up far too late every night. They don’t get to the really good stuff (gymnastics and swimming) until almost 10pm and some nights, I just can’t tear myself away until 11. I’ve been DVRing the rest since it’s been going until 1:30am!

It’s been amazing so far. Michael Phelps is a fish!

I have actually working while watching. I’ve been decoupaging some picture frames. 3 large ones that are a custom order through work. 2 small ones that will end up in the shop as soon as they are done. I also made 2 more Halloween cards last night. I wasn’t going to make anymore but they’ve been selling pretty well and I just got some more cute Halloween paper…..

I’m starting to feel like I’m totally behind because I don’t have any Christmas cards made yet. There’s been a lot of chatter lately in the Etsy forums about card sets so I think I’m going to attempt to make a few myself. I’ve never done sets, just single cards. But having sets make sense for Christmas cards. My plan is to come up with a couple of simple designs and just do a production line of them. Fingers crossed that it works!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Olympics junkie

It happens every 2 years, Winter and Summer. I become a total Olympics junkie. I have to watch...everything. I sit in front of the TV for all 17 days of the games, regardless of the event. It's like crack. Or, at least, what I imagine crack might be like, having never tried it myself. Olympics crack.
Now, the thing is, I'm not particularly found of sports. I don't much like football. I enjoy a baseball game now and then, but really, it's not that often. I've never watched hockey, soccer, basketball, bowling, or for that matter, curling. I'm just not that into sports. I'm not an athlete (I hear you shocked gasps) and it don't get much pleasure out of watching athletes do their thing. Unless it's Olympic athletes. Then, I'm all over it. Give me any event and I'll watch it.
I might be doing other things while watching. Like last night, I was making envelopes and tonight I was also reading (I'm lucky, I can read with distractions in the background). My hubby asked if I wanted to watch a movie tonight. I just looked at him like he had suddenly sprouted another head. I said "No, I want to watch the games. You know how I get" and tried not to snarl it.
The Opening Ceremonies, one of the best things I've ever seen in my life. These pictures are all from Friday night.

It's weird, I have never understood this compulsion of mine. But I don't want to understand it. I just want my fix every 2 years.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Food porn (carrot cake cookies)

These cookies are truly a labor of love but ohhhh are they worth it!

4 1/2 hours from start to finish. That includes cooking dinner, bathing one child and putting 2 kids to bed. I finished putting them together while watching the final 4 dance on So You Think You Can Dance (it was so fantastic but more on that later). I did make them smaller than called for in the recipe because I was taking them to work for a birthday and wanted more bite size cookies. They were a huge hit, I got so many compliments on them. Everyone LOVED them, which made me feel so good.

So, these cookies are a lot of work, like I said but they are so yummy. If you like carrot cake at all, you have to try them.

Recipe from Martha


Makes about 25 sandwiches

  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots, (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with Silpat baking mats or parchment paper, and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine sugars and butter; beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger; stir to combine. Gradually add flour to butter mixture; mix on a low speed until just blended. Mix in oats, carrots, and raisins. Chill dough in refrigerator until firm, at least 1 hour.
  3. Using a 1/2-ounce ice-cream scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Transfer to oven, and bake until browned and crisped, rotating pan halfway through baking to ensure even color, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat baking process with remaining dough. Once cooled completely, use an offset spatula to spread about 2 teaspoons of cream-cheese filling onto a cookie. Sandwich together with a second cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.


Makes about 2 cups

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine.

And the winner is

Congrats to Linda! She's the winner of my first ever giveaway. Your little cards will be in the mail soon!

And a big thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I feel like it was a great success. I loved reading all of your nice comments. I hope to see some of you in my shop very soon!

Monday, August 4, 2008

New videos

It's been a while since I mentioned America's Got Talent and I know you've been wondering "when is she going to post another AGT video". Well, your wait is over!

This act cracked me up. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it and even harder the second time.

The man they mention at the beginning is the winner of last year's show. He is fantastic. I am seriously planning on going to Vegas to see him perform. If you want to see more, go to YouTube and search for Terry Fator (<----- or just click on his name over there). I could add so many videos for him but I'll settle for 3 of my favorites. He will blow you away.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

New cards in the shop

These are some of the cards I was working on last night

And, can I just say, I love the way these pictures turned out!

I also cut these out today and listed them. Never too soon to start shopping!

I want to reshoot the tags, I'm not totally happy with the pics. The sun went into hiding as I was setting up to take the pictures. The cards all came out but the tags could be brighter.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Ink and glue

My hands were covered in ink and glue just a few minutes ago.....a sure sign of a successful night of card making.

I started working on my samples for the Little Black Box. I'm planning on sending in my little mini TY cards for the November box. Fingers crossed that it will bring in some more business. I want to buy one for myself soon. They just look like so much fun.

The mini cards have become my go to item for promotion. I just love that they are fairly easy to make and they use up some of my scrap paper. If you could see my scrap paper pile, you'd understand. Oh wait, you can!

It's out of control! I need to find a better solution but I can't come up with anything....

I also made a couple of other cards. Hopefully, I'll get pictures of them tomorrow so I can get them listed.

I've washed my hands so they aren't sticking to the keyboard, in case you were wondering!

Big sale

One of my fellow East Countians is having a big sale on her adorable aprons. Stop by Rachel's Aprons to pick up some fantastic deals!

Wedding present part 2

The shower went really well. She was extremely surprised, had no idea that it was happening. That's amazing, considering that we've all known about it since March. No one spilled the beans.

I think she really loved the frame. Everyone was very impressed that I had made it and it was properly ooohed and ahhhed over. I even had one of the other ladies I work with ask about putting in an order for a frame of her own.

Cool, looks like I might have found a new thing to make. I think I'm going to make a frame to match a Congratulations card that I have and sell them as a gift set. At least, that's the plan.