Saturday, November 27, 2010

Up up and away!

Holiday birthdays can be good because you automatically get time off work and everyone's already in a festive party mood .... but it's also easy to get overlooked and have your celebration just lumped in with the general festivities.  For instance - THREE of my nephews have birthdays within a week of christmas, how awful is that?  So I always work extra hard to make sure the birthday parts are distinct from the christmas parts - different wrapping paper, different cards, etc.

For my friend Shirley's birthday, right around Thanksgiving, I wanted to make sure her card was different from the season's autumn theme and fall colors.  Shirley is the one who really got me started on Copics, so I also had to color something on her card.  I was thinking about cake and balloons ... and balloons ... and then I found this fabulous stamp set from Just Some Lines at mygrafico.com.  Perfect!


The girl is colored with W5, R20, R23, G20, BG23, BG10, E00, E50, E53, E34.  The bird with B21, B24, G09, YR04.  And the balloons with Y11, Y15, R32, R35, B12, B14.  They're both applied to the card with thick foam adhesive dots.

The background is a digiscrap paper from NatashaNaSt Designs.  The font is LT Oksana, and the quote "you can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky" is from author Paul Auster.  Some SEI paper for the body of they card, and I used the Martha Stewart corner rounder punch on two of the edges.

Handily, after I made this card I discovered that MyGrafico is having a christmas giveaway competition, wish me luck!
Click here to win

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

LO with Champagne

Just a quick post to show the LO I made with the champagne bottle I shared with you the other day.  (The bucket and shovel will be coming soon!)  All the shadowing was done with Copics.  It's cut down the center because it's the cover of a 4-page set, using one of C-Line's shutter-fold page protectors, very fun to work with!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Celebrate!

I have something really fun for you guys today.  I was working on a New Year's Eve scrapbook page today (from only last New Year's, I'm not too far behind, huh?), but I got distracted with making a champagne element.  I'll share the LO when I finish it, but in the meantime I wanted to share the champagne!


 
It's my first zipped download so do let me know if you have any issues.  Included you'll find a PNG template, a layered PSD file, and a Funtime WPC cutting file.  I'd love to see what you make with this.

Cheers!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Hallowe'en!!

Candy candy candy candy candy!!

Okay ... calm down ... deeeeep breath ....

Halloween is about more than candy - there's also the Great Pumpkin, Addam's Family and Munsters marathons, and The Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's a time when adults can dress up in costumes and pretend to be anything we like.  We're allowed to be gothic and unreservedly goofy.  It's practically a religion here in San Francisco.

For DH and me it's the beginning of the holiday season - all of which is serious fun, lots of romance, and quite a few traditions.  Since we're terrible home-bodies Halloween is about a lovely dinner and watching our favorite movie, NBC.  And in honor of the occasion I made him this card:


The background is all digiscrapped with Raspberry Road's fab new Haunted Dreams kit, with the exception of the tree in the window which is from NewLifeDesigns.  All printed on Cryogen White paper.

Sally was drawn by Simply Betty Stamps.  She's colored with Copics:  G20, G24; E09, YR07, YR02, E34; V01, V05, V06, BG 72, BG78, Y32, Y35, Y38.  The cauldron is from Priscilla Styles, also colored with Copics:  C3, C5, C7; E37, E59, E53; Y15, YR04, R08.

I didn't have any thick foam adhesive, so Sally and the cauldron are elevated off the page with a couple of folded paper springs.  All on plain orange cardstock.  Inside is this sentiment:


The font is Burton's Nightmare with a couple of photoshop layer styles and printed on vellum, and "Spell" is spelled out with the new Bones chipboard Thickers.

Entered in the Oh Alice! Halloween in Wonderland challenge and the Simply Betty/Burtonesque Dolls 12th Day of Halloween witch challenge.  Sally's not a traditional crone-warty-pointy-hat type of gal, but with her skill at herbs and potions she is obviously a witch.  (I still regret not buying the Deadly Nightshade canister when we were in Disneyland.)  Also the Incy Wincy Designs Anything Goes challenge.

What spooky fun did you have today?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Skater birthday card

My nephew's turning 12 already.  Gah!  He just got an xbox so we got him a skateboard game, and of course I had to make a coordinating card.



The skater image is from Sports Clip Art - check them out, they're free!  And lots of silhouettes, which transfer easily to a die-cut.  I used two free fonts - Graffonti for the name, and Degrassi for the "Happy Birthday, Dude!" on the base.

My new camera really picks up the sparkle from the Cryogen White cardstock!!  Colored with Copics:  B39, B26, B14, B12, BG01, YR04, YR07; and white Signo pen to accent.  The blue background paper is plain cardstock stamped with a Stamp Camp image using Versamark Watermark ink; I decorated the envelope with the same stamp.

Think this'll make me the favorite aunt for a while?

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Cookbook Project: Tuna Mousse and a Freebie!

This is a great alternative to regular tuna salad in a brown-bag lunch or bento with some crackers and raw veggies.  Of course it's also good as a party dip - if you do dips which I don't because of the double-dip germiness possibilities, eeeewwwww!  So either make sure it gets spooned out onto plates, or do individual servings.  You can pipe it onto toast points, crackers, zucchini or carrot slices, or into celery cut 1" to 2" long.  Or prepare individual serving sizes using Chinese-style spoons, endive or small butter lettuce leaves, shot glasses, etc.  There are so many creative possibilities.

The recipe for Spuma di Tonno is from Michael Chiarello, not one of my favorite TV personalities but I have to admit he does some nice things with food.


This page was so much fun - not the least because of the visual pun.  Tuna Moose was colored with Copics: B21, B26, Y11, BG72, C1, and C3, and the antlers with E34, E37, E53, and the blender.  Outlined with Sakura Glaze pens; black Glaze topped with Glossy Accents for the eye.  Tuna, antlers, and tuna fish can were all borrowed from other sources.  Font is Qokijo.  The bracket is from ateets Sunporch kit.  Little fish stamped with a couple of SEI inks.

What do you think of the fish hook and journalling page?  The page itself was originally an outline of a pirate map from Lee Hansen Graphics.  She has some wonderful clip art and coloring pages for scrapbooking and other crafts, and they translate well to die-cutting, too.  Check her out, she has fun stuff!  I cut the page from a Basic Grey distressed paper, rubbed some Distress Tea Dye on it and inked the edge with Copic BG72 to help it stand out.  And I love them so much I had to make them available for you as both a free WPC cutting file and a PNG file.  Personal, non-commercial use only, please play nice.  I would love to see what you make with these!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Playing with my new camera

I finally got a new camera this month.  My old point-and-shoot was starting to add a pink tint to everything - fine when you're photographing flamingos, but that's about it.  After lots of thinking and even more research, I upgraded to a "real" camera, a Canon Rebel T2i and wow, do I have a lot to learn.

Wanted to share some of my first pics, and the fun I've been having with them in Photoshop.  This is a wild Montana rose that we have growing in a pot.  (My DH is the gardener, I have no skill.)




The rosebud was taken with the macro setting, but just a regular lens.  In Photoshop I applied Ila France's Ephemeral action, and a texture from Shadowhouse Creations called Prehistoric.  On the leaves I used the Small World action from Coffeeshop and the Soft Grunge texture from Shadowhouse.

Do check out these freebie resources if you're not familiar with them, these are very generous people.  And Jerry from Shadowhouse just lost his job, so make sure to buy him a beer if you can (or better yet, a whole six-pack).

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cookbook Project: Mac and Cheese

Sorry I've been so absent!  A long weekend in Santa Barbara, work work work work work, and a whole WEEK of migraines, with a few more days to recover - not fun!  I'm finally feeling alive again, and we are finally having a gorgeous summer weekend here in San Francisco.

I've been working on a cookbook project.  I love to cook and I almost never follow recipes, but there are a few recipes I do use over and over.  However it seems like when I need one of them I can never find it in the mass of other recipes-to-try that I've collected, so I end up printing yet another copy.  I decided to do scrap pages of these recipes and laminate them so I could actually use them in the kitchen without worry.  CostCo recently had a great deal on a Purple Cow laminator so of course I snatched one up.  The pages are all 8"x8" and the recipes written the way I prefer (I have strong opinions on recipe writing and I do not like the standard format).  But never fear, I will be linking you to the original recipes so you don't have to deal with my shorthand.

Macaroni and Cheese.  Is there a more comforting dish?  I'm still a huge fan of the Kraft Original, but homemade is always better.  I've tried many different recipes, and I even have a mac-and-cheese cookbook, but the Three Cheese Pasta Gratin with Almond Crust from Bon Appetit is truly delicious.  Don't mess with the recipe, follow it exactly (something I have a hard time doing) - don't substitute cheeses or skimp on the crust ingredients.  You will be happy, trust me.


Isn't the background paper just the bomb?!  As you can see - I can't be bothered with detailed instructions:  make a sauce mornay, cook some pasta, make a crust and bake.  Easy! 

I borrowed the pyrex baker from Pyrex itself, printed on vellum.  The instruction tags are from a Numb Bumm kit.  Fork-knife-spoon stamped with Mustard Seed Distress Ink; American Crafts "Washer" stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black.  (Still cant figure out why a kitchen-based stamp set is called "Washer.")  Font is called Lounge Bait, and the title has some Sakura glitter pen detailing.

Now go cook and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hot ninja love

I look for lots of excuses to color now that I've gotten into Copics.  So the Free Digital Stamps blog is a daily stop, and today they pointed out a fun freebie and challenge from Making Our Mark - Ninja Challenge!  The chibi ninja freebie was too cute to pass up, and somehow I managed to make this card in under two hours (a record!).

You'll notice that I had to alter the image slightly to turn him into Cupid Ninja, holding a heart instead of a throwing star.  Watch out!  Love is out to get you!!



Cupid Ninja was printed on Cryogen White cardstock (the sparkle is awesome under dark coloring!) and colored with R46, N3, N6, 110, E50, E00, and the heart in RV29 and white Signo pen.  After I cut him out I inked the edge with the 110 marker so he wouldn't have any glaring bright highlights anywhere - ninja is of the shadows, after all.  Bazzill Black Tie embossed with the Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes folder.  Font is Arabolical, printed on vellum and adhered to Bazzill Fire Hearts, edge inked with RV29.  All on top of black glitter cardstock, and a card base of Bazzill Fire Hearts.  And as if the black glitter isn't enough I smeared some Burgundy Stickles around the top and bottom.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Little Devils

I have a little thing for rubber duckies.  There's a whole row of them sitting around my bathtub, some of them in costume, and a few devils as well.  So when Create with TLC posted their "Just Ducky" freebie stamp, of course I had a driving need to use it.  They look all sweet and innocent on the surface, but we know better.  And the current challenge at Copic Creations fit in perfectly, No. 33 - Reflections.  The ABC Challenge B is for Blue also fit this nicely.


To make the reflection part easier, I used Photoshop.   Copied the ducks and inverted them, then toned down the black to a light gray and added a brush filter to blur it slightly.  Ran a cat's-eye metallic ink over the edge.

Copics used:  Y08, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR02, BG01, B21, G20.
The horns are Copic C3 topped with a gray Sakura Glaze pen topped with clear Sakura glitter pen.
A little black Glaze on the eyes, and Signo white uni-ball to accent.

Background was stamped with SEI Turquoise, Tiffany, and Ocean Deep, with a little Cumquats on the upper right corner.  These are small stamp pads so I just took the pads themselves and lightly swiped them over the paper in a brushing motion, I think it's a fun effect.  The blue denim paper is embossed with the Tim Holtz Swirls folder.  Font is kokekoko light, devil horns from a digiscrap kit by KelliesKreations.  And Icicle Stickles smudged around the top.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Flower Power" Vintage challenge card

The challenge on Tiffany Doodles this month is "Flower Power!"  Tiffany has some gorgeous flower stamps, but I've really been into retro images lately (DH would question "lately" and restate it as "always" lol) - the Anne Taintor kind with an overly happy image and a cheeky, cynical, smart-assed caption.  After some thinking, I decided to use the "Coffee Break" stamp from Create with TLC.  It's also perfect for the Vintage challenge at Creatalicious.

The retro flower vase is from Dover's Floral Illustrations.  I've loved Dover Publications for years.  They are an amazing resource for crafters, and they have so many books that come with all the images on CD!  If you're into digistamps you NEED to check out Dover.  They also have a weekly email newsletter with free samples - definitely check them out!

The caption/sentiment is obviously derived from the mastercard ads.  At first I was thinking of this maybe as a girlfriend to girlfriend card - I had some vague thought like a "yes he's an idiot but at least you took him for what he's worth" card ... or something along those lines, I didn't have a real plan.  But DH took one look and said obviously it's an anniversary card - and of course he's right:  more like "our love is perfect and for everything else there's credit."  And it could easily be from him to her or from her to him, depending on how the personalized note is written.



The paper has a pearlescent sheen, perfect for an anniversary card.  I took the same flower bouquet image, enlarged it, and printed it lightly in gray for the background.  Image is colored with Copics:

Flowers:  Y08, Y11, Y15, Y17, E34, B63, YG21, YG23, G24, G29, RV02, RV25, R43, YR02, YR07, C1, N3.  And white Signo pen.
Cup & saucer:  W1, N3
Woman:  E00, E02, R20, E53, YR21, Y11, E34, B21, B26

Font is BlackJack.
And Diamond Stickles (of course) to accent the inside.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Happy birthday cake!

I love cake.  There's a lot of bad cake out there, but when it's good it's in the higher echelons of comfort food, as far as I'm concerned.  So the "Let Them Eat Cake" image from Tiffany Doodles really speaks to me.  Mostly it says "You are hungry! Eat cake!"  But I managed to contain myself for a little bit and use it for this birthday card for my friend Bonnie.



I wanted to emboss each of the layers, so instead of cutting out by hand (which I hate), I turned it into a cutting file for my Gazelle.  Tiffany's images are nice and clean so they convert easily.  Embossed and colored with Copics.  Background card is stamped front and back with a balloon image for a little more interest.

Embossing folders: Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes, Tim Holtz Swirls; Cuttlebug Spots and Dots
Candle flame:  Copics and Sakura glitter pen
Swirl:  From Dover's Decorative Wreaths and Frames
Border between cake layers:  Fruit Punch Stickles


The sentiment ("Life is better with Cake") was made in Photoshop Elements, using "I'm Bored" font, printed on vellum, and decorated with Sakura Glaze pens.  The same font was used for the Happy Birthday inside the card.  You can download all the word art here.

My favorite part is that the paper used for the cake has a pearlescent finish (I wish I knew exactly what it is but I got it in a 'grab bag' box from Arc Crafts).  This is a terrible picture, but the Copics allow the pearlescense to show through!



Made a quick envelope out of pink polka dot paper, and as a finishing touch, a seal from aluminum tape (yes, Home Depot has carding and scrapping supplies!) embossed with the same Regal Flourishes folder, and colored with Copics.  Isn't it cool?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Copic storage!

Most popular storage solutions for Copics consist of using small buckets or cubbies, but what really bothers me about this is that it's not organized - each compartment is just a jumble of markers.  I'm crazy enough to need all my markers arranged in precise order.  (Yes, I have to have my box of 64 crayons arranged nicely, too.)  The plastic boxes from Copic look okay, but I just didn't feel like spending money on them.  I don't travel with my markers or go to crops, so an open container is fine as long as it fits inside my storage closet.  But I am very short on space so I need a container that doesn't take up much more space than what it's holding.

After much browsing of blogs I discovered a great solution on Cricut This!  I love the simplicity of it and the flexibility.  I have a Gazelle and not a Cricut, but the Funtime software comes with a box pattern very similar to the one Etha used from the "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More" cart.  Just needed a few trial runs to adjust the individual box to fit exactly 4 Sketch markers, and I am in business!




I glued 8 individual boxes together to form each row.  The container is a faux-leather CD holder from Ikea; it will hold 4 of these rows for a total of 128 markers, with enough extra room for some ink refills or even another half-row of 16 more markers.

Obviously I have some room to grow right now, but Copic addiction being what it is I will ultimately need two of these boxes - or a new solution altogether at that point.

Now to start coloring!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tropical card and a freebie background

Tiffany Doodles is having a challenge this month to make a card with a bird and a window; she's also sponsoring a challenge on Copic Creations - another bird card.  For some reason I just needed to color a flamingo!  Sadly, Tiffany doesn't have a flamingo, but I found this one on a coloring page site.  I did use Tiffany's Window stamp, and her latest freebie stamp, Palm Island (although you'll see that I altered it slightly as I wanted a noon-time image and not sunset or sunrise).



I haven't added a sentiment because I don't have a use for this card yet.  Possibly "I've just been standing here ... thinking of you" or "Tropical birthday wishes."  I could have saved it for an anniversary card for DH as we're planning on going to Hawaii, but since I showed him the card as soon as I finished it I don't think that will go over very well.

Everything is colored with Copics.
Flamingo:  RV25, RV29, E02, 110, and Signo Uni-ball pigment ink White pen for highlights
Window:  W1, W5, C1
Palm Island:  tree trunk E34, E37, E59; coconuts E53, E59; leaves G24, G29, YG23; island W1, E50, E53; ocean BG72, B21; sky BG01; sun Y08, Y11, Y15.

The background is something I created from a tropical leaf image, cut from green cardstock, and a few strokes of G02 and G24 to highlight the veining.  You can download the WPC leaf background cutting file here, or there is a PNG file here.  Personal use only.  Feel free to alter it to suit your needs - I'd love to see what you do with it!

Edited to add that I've just discovered the Oh Alice challenge blog, it's right up my alley! This week's challenge -birds, of course ("Why is a raven like a writing-desk?").

Free PNG downloads added!

Good morning, world!  No migraine today so it's a happy Saturday for me.  I have updated the Stickles box and the treasure chest posts below with new PNG downloads, for those of you who don't use Funtime.  If you convert either of these to a different format of cutting file, please let me know as I'd love to include your file or a link to your blog.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Urg.

Well, the evil migraine took me down for the weekend.  No time to play on my projects or with my new Copics.  I am working on adding PNG images of the WPC freebies I've uploaded so far, so if you're wanting the Stickles box insert or the treasure chest but you don't have Funtime, come back next week and I should have it up.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday card!

I struggle with cards.  Sometimes I have good ideas but mostly they're just okay.  This one turned out pretty well, I think.

I recently got addicted to Copic markers (thanks in no small part to my friend Shirley!), so when I received my first order - the Manga set #1, a set of 24 markers in a nice rainbow of colors, an excellent introductory set - of course I HAD to use them!  My friend Henri's birthday was the perfect opportunity.


These flowers are from Tiffany Doodles.  I love her images - they're either photographic derivations or very crisp, simple drawings - all perfect for coloring.  This flower is one of my favorites, her Velvet Flower, and she actually offers it as a freebie!

Copics used (from top in clockwise order) are BV02, BV08, Y08, YR02 ... RV25, R43, RV29, YR02 ... R43, YR02, YR07 ... Y08, Y17, YR07, YR02, E37 ... BV08, BV02, YR02.  I also used some Bubbles Glimmer Mist on three of the flowers.  They all curl up slightly from the center, partly because of the Glimmer Mist and partly because I helped shape them a bit.  I like the dimensionality a lot - I just hope they didn't get too flattened in the mail!

The sentiment is printed on eggshell vellum, font is Clementine Sketch.  Polka-dot paper is a quarter of a piece of shaped patterned paper, edged with a scalloped blade and a little silvery ink smudged on the edge.  The flowers are all glued down just behind the center of each, using Zip Dry, and the sentiment is glued down just behind the center of that small flower so you can't see the glue and it doesn't interfere with the ghosty quality of vellum, which I love.

I just ordered 29 more Copics and I can't wait to color more!!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Pop-up house, and a freebie template

I've always loved pop-ups, and the Extreme Cards and Papercrafting blog has some wonderful ideas and templates.  This gingerbread house caught my eye and had been simmering at the back of my brain for a while.  Then a good friend recently built a new house, and the simmer became a boil!  The more I thought about it, I realized it was also an excellent excuse to buy the new Tim Holtz embossing folders in Bricked and Woodgrain.  Then it occurred to me that I could actually make TWO cards, because another friend, Shirley, had built her own craft house (she totally deserves it, and are you as jealous as I am?) and she really needed a card, too.

So these two lovelies were born.


The landscaping is all stamps, multiple colors of ink, and some Stickles here and there.



How cool are these embossing folders!!

For each house I cut out two templates.  One template was sliced into individual walls so I could emboss them, and smudge various inks into them.  Then glued each piece onto the base template and did the final construction.

The outside of each card stumped me for a while, but I finally decided that such complicated interiors might benefit from a very simple exterior.

Just some blueprint and floor layout images that I found online, printed onto photo paper, cut out (with my Gazelle, of course, since I don't like hand cutting), and outlined the shapes with a glossy pen.  Yes, that's a pic of one of the girlfriends looking thoughtful and imagining how she's going to decorate that new house!

You can get all the construction details from this fabulous tutorial and template on Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.  You can also download the free WPC file that I created from her template, and she has graciously allowed me to share with you.  This file is sized to just fit inside a 6"x6" card, but you do have to place it carefully.

I'd love to see more done with this pop-up.   It would be so cute as a little wedding chapel in a card for newlyweds, or of course in a christmas card as a gingerbread house.  What would you do with it?

Monday, July 05, 2010

A new LO and an old-fashioned trunk cutting file - UPDATED with a PNG download

Finally got back into scrapping today after a long period of card-making (I'll post some next week).  We got tickets to the Antiques Roadshow last year; they don't allow photography so I had to rely on the ephemera, the journalling, pics of the appraisers from the Roadshow website, and pics that I took later of our treasures (such as they are, it was not a get-rich-quick moment, lol).


I used my Gazelle for the title, of course, with some Distress ink to add a little interest.  But I'm proudest of the little trunk in the corner.

I copied the trunk image from the Roadshow website logo, cleaned it up, and turned it into a free WPC file which you can download here.  (Feel free to use for any not-for-profit personal project and alter as you see fit; a link back to me would be nice.)  I drew around the edge with a Sakura Glaze pen, added the brass nailhead detail with a Sakura gold pen, then a little smudge of Distress Walnut Stain ink around the edge and in the center. I think it would be cute on an LO of a little girl playing dress-up, or even turned into a pirate's treasure chest!

UPDATE:  For those of you who don't use Funtime, I exported the treasure chest to a PNG file for you to download.   Enjoy!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Stickles storage - UPDATED with a PNG download

I've been looking for the right container to store my Stickles in, and today I found it.  The Container Store Long Handy Box, 12"w x 4"l x 3.75"h, and only $3.99!  With my insert it will hold 33 Stickles bottles - upside down and NEATLY!  It's cheap plastic, but whaddaya want for four bucks - it's the right size and shape and the top handle folds down flush so it's somewhat stackable should you happen to need more than one.

The first thing you notice is that I obviously need more Stickles!



(The blue dots are nailpolish - Finger Paints Blissfully Blue, in fact - to indicate the bottle is a Distress Stickles.)



For the insert I designed a simple slotted construction in Funtime and cut it out with my Boss Kut Gazelle from plain cardstock - it doesn't need to be very substantial but use a heavier weight cardstock or even a thin cardboard.  Download the free WPC file I created for this box.  It's such a simple design that I place no restrictions on this file, except to state that there is no commercial use (honestly - if you want to make money off this surely you can come up with something better), and of course I do appreciate comments and links back to this post.

UPDATE:  For those of you who don't use Funtime, I now have for you a PNG file of the box insert.  Because of the length of the box, this needs to be printed on an 8.5" x 12" paper.  How do you get paper that size?  Easy!  Take a plain piece of 12x12 cardstock and trim 3.5" off one side.  You'll need to print two copies - you only need 2 of the long pieces but you need 10 of the small ones.  To be honest, I have not tested this file because I hate cutting by hand - please let me know if you have any problems with it.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

First post: what the heck am I doing?

I have no idea why I've started a blog.  I'm way too busy already, so I must be insane!

This blog will be for showcasing my
  • crafts and hobbies (scrapbooking both paper and digi, making jewelry, cooking, quilting)
  • my collections (whisks of course, tiki, nailpolish, rubber duckies, sterling flatware monogrammed with Cs, vintage tea cups, christmas music, yes I have way too many and this isn't even everything!)
  • some recipes (best mac-and-cheese, anyone?)
  • and undoubtedly a few random opinions (such as: flip-flops are not shoes!, Ghirardelli is not good chocolate, and blue nailpolish is the best)
What this blog will NOT be is updated daily.  If I can do one post a week I will be proud of myself.  Unless there's something unique I'm not going to give instructions for anything - you can google that or go to your local library, there's more than enough information to be found.  I'll try to keep from being wordy, because I hate wordy blogs with long paragraphs.

And this is enough for now.