Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Cards Ornament

I found a wonderful tutorial on making an ornament out of Christmas cards on the scoutiegirl blog. You can find it here: Holiday Keepsake Ornament Tutorial , It is a great craft to make with any cards you get. I love the idea of repurposing cards instead of having to throw the whole thing away after the holidays are over. So, after I found this tutorial a few weeks before Christmas I eagerly awaited the arrival of our holiday cards so I could make one. The only thing I need to buy was the punch for this project-so I took a 50% off coupon to the craft store and picked up a 1 1/2 inch circle punch. Since it is a basic circle punch I was suprised I didn't already have one in my ever growing scrap book/ card making supplies. If you decide to try this project too or have already please be sure to leave a link so I can see how yours turned out. :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas. :) I had a pretty good holiday myself. I am excited to see consistent blog views despite the lack of a recent post. Hopefully my blog posting will pick up in the new year. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Here's to another year of reading blogs and posting on mine. And who knows I might even sneak in another post before 2010 is over. Before I send this blog through I was wondering-What was your favorite part of this Christmas?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Cards

So yesterday I decided that it was time to start making Christmas cards-Sometimes I don't make them all at once. Mainly because I tend to get carried away and make a bunch. I think they came out pretty good for my limited card making skills. And I managed to finish 6 of them. I think I will get more supplies before I make the rest of the cards. Here are the two cards that I think turned out the best.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Craft Show Report

Incase anyone was wondering the 1st day was a good sales day and the 2nd day we only had one sale the whole time. Overall though I think it was worth it. I had a good time and it is always nice to sell some of our wares. Now I need to see how much of the leftover stock can be taken to the HodgePodgery in Harrisburg. Plus I think I have enough yo-yo magnets to take some to the new HodgePodgery in Lancaster. Of course anything that was part of our Etsy shop has now been added back. I do wish though that they had more choices for food-they had a baked goods stand and then for lunch there was only falafel. The falafel wasn't to bad but for some reason the spices in it made my eyes water. And it really cleared my sinuses. lol. Anyway that is about it-now back to all the other holiday madness.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Getting Ready for A Craft Show

Hello again blog readers! First of all I wanted to wish my US readers a Happy belated Thanksgiving. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. :) I have been busy getting ready for a craft show we are doing next weekend with a friend of my mom. I am contributing some yo-yo magnets and bags of cat toys. We will be selling our wares in Lancaster, Pa at the Eastern Market's Holiday City Arts Market on December 4th and 5th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. I am excited-Hope we do well.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Etsy Stocking Stuffers, Part 2-Gifts for Her

I finally finished Part 2 of my Etsy stocking stuffers gift guide. Picking only a small amount of items was hard. Check out these wonderful gift ideas for her stocking and be sure to browse Etsy for lots more ideas. :)

NEWBORN Moss Pendant, NEWBORN No.93 So Delicate and Rare Great for the Fall and Holiday Season by WarmCountryMeadows

Calirroe in Pink - Felt Flower Brooch -- Hand felted wool by Stemellina

Green Love Porcelain Earrings by NewMoonStudio

Little Pod for IPod by EightSeasons

Purple Ginkgo Leaf T-Shirt - Sizes S/M/L/XL by yayforfidgetart

Sweet Little Coral Poppy Bobby Pin by contempojewels

Coffee Cozy - Turquoise and Lime by ironsea

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Etsy Stocking Stuffer Finds- Part 1, Gifts for Him

Christmas is fast approaching-45 more days. Time to get busy and start thinking about purchasing and/or making your holiday gifts. Part 1 of my two part stocking stuffer finds is gifts for him. Part 2 will be gifts for her. Etsy is a great place to buy handmade gifts especially stocking stuffers. Here are just some of many great stocking stuffer ideas to fill your husband's, boyfriend's, or son's stocking.

Personalized Guitar Pick Holder woodgrain with black pick design Round Metal Tin by tinytins

Lacewood Double-Twist Pen with Gold Hardware by markdiller

Mens- Upcycled Coffee Sleeve -Coffee Cozy -Recycled -Repurposed by Blakeswork

Organs TShirt Vintage Anatomy Tee MENS Shirt by nonfictiontees

leather wallet billfold men with card slots custom for you woodgrain by inblue

Upcycled Brass Steampunk Bracelet by ModernRogue

handmade case for iPhone 4,Droid, Droid X Iphone IPod Touch with Cover and Pocket -- Chocolate Carmel Hearringbone by thameowdesigns

Monday, November 8, 2010

Black Raspberry Swirled Muffins

I was going to try out another recipe from my muffin book but then I stumbled onto a recipe for Jam Swirled Muffins. I found it on a lovely blog called Technicolor Kitchen-here's the recipe. They are very tasty and I can't wait to try it again with other types of jam. The recipe calls for lemon juice if you need to thin the jam but I used some apple cider. Next time I will go back to my muffin book unless of course I stumble upon another recipe on the net.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fabric Coiled Bowl

Christmas will be here before we know it so I decided that it was time to start working on some fun gifts. I have been meaning to try to make fabric coiled bowls for a while now. I finally roped my mom into attempting them with me-I don't know how to use a sewing machine yet. I will have to get my mom to teach me how some time. :) Until then we can just do collaborations. I really like how the first one turned out and can't wait to try some more of these out. Here's the tutorial on CraftStylish-Fabric Coiled Bowls.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ashcombe's Farm and Green Houses

We took a drive the other day over to Ashcombe's Farm and Green Houses. I wanted to get one of their pecan pies. mmmm! We had a good time looking at all the plants, nic-nacs, and food. Here's some pictures from our trip.

Dragon Bones

Mango Cake
Plus we also stopped at some thrift stores to look at the old suitcases. My mom is making pet beds out of them. We found 2 blue ones and a pink one which should work. :)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Scallion and Goat Cheese Muffins!

Today I decided to try out another one of the recipes in my muffin book. I decided to try out the Scallion and Goat Cheese Muffins. They aren't bad but I think they need some herbs. I am thinking perhaps some of Penzey's sandwich sprinkle. Or you could use the goat cheese that already has herbs on it. I think I may try a sweet muffin recipe next. Here's the recipe in case you want to try it. *Note: Muffins pictured only have 4 oz of goat cheese in them and a little less scallions than the recipe called for. *

Scallion and Goat Cheese Muffins
adapted from: 1 Mix, 100 Muffins by: Susanna Tee
Makes about a dozen

oil or melted butter, for greasing (if using on muffin pan)
2 cups of flour
1 tbsp. of baking powder
1/8 of salt
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper (didn't use)
1 bunch of scallions, finely chopped
5 1/2 oz of goat cheese, finely diced or crumbled
2 large eggs
1 cup of buttermilk
6 tbsp. of oil or melted, cooled butter

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. (200 degrees Celsius) Grease a 12-cup muffin pan or line with a dozen paper liners. Sift together the baking powder, flour, salt, and pepper to taste into a large bowl. Stir in the goat cheese and scallions.

Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl or pitcher, then beat in the oil and buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined, be careful not to over mix.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven for about twenty minutes, until well risen, golden brown, and firm to the touch.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for approximately 5 minutes. Then serve them warm.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Free Sample!

Hello Readers,
It has been a little while since my last blog post. I haven't been up to much-I had a cold for a little while that I am thankfully now over. :) Crafting wise I have been carving some sticks to stock on my cat toys on sticks as well as making some yo-yos which will be coming magnets. So, there wasn't to much to share picture wise.

Anyway I have digressed- back to my free sample. I saw a Kashi commerical about trading in your bad snacks for good ones so I decided to go to their website. I have done this before with their cereals and I really do like them as well as their trail mixture bars and cereal bars. So I decided to try the Original 7 Grain Crackers. They are pretty tasty and since they sent a dollar off coupon I may just pick up a box. :)

P.S. Click on Kashi in the 2nd paragraph and get your own free sample. As per the website allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Anyone Out There?

Sometimes I feel like I am just talking to myself on the blog, twitter, facebook, ect. I guess I can't blaim people for not saying to much as I dont say to much either. I am trying to get better at this by leaving comments on random blogs, replying to some tweets, ect. I don't care if it is a short comment or a long one-just something so I know someone stopped by and liked what they read. If your out there please feel free to comment some time. It is not so much what you say but that you took the time to say it. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you soon. :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Blue Outlet Cover-WIP

I just wanted to share one of my many works in progress. I am using small pieces of blue designer fabric that were left over from making yo-yos. Of course I have no idea what I am doing with it as I don't have another outlet cover to make a match. (Yes, I know I am a bit insane.) But I still really like how it is turning out.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Oodles Of Yo-Yos

I can't help myself I keep making them. I may need a 12 step program soon. I make them even when I have no project in mind to use them in. Here are some of my latest yo-yos. If I ever decide what to use these particular ones for I will be sure to post.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Etsy Pirate Items

Ahoy me mateys! It's almost time for International Talk Like A Pirate Day. ITLAPD is on September 19th. Arr you ready? *sorry for the lame pun* These great Etsy items are sure to get you in the spirit.

.Maritime Locket ... Steampunk by JewelsByNature

Grichels leather eyepatch - black with blue fish eye by grichels


Pirate Skull and Crossbones Onesie by SweetpeasBumblebees

Catrina - gunmetal bracelet by grigiodesign

Reusable Snack Bag by LaughingBaby

YAAARGH Womens Tee...SM, MD, LG, XL by spaghettikiss