Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Work Crafts

So I don't know if I've mentioned before but I'm lucky enough to work a job that requires me to be crafty from time to time.  Right now I'm planning a program to put on in February that's a Pinterest Party!  I'm super excited by it.  I think I finally have my crafts picked and I'm just making sure I have all the supplies I need.  We'll be making these three projects:

(photos not mine, click on them to be taken to the site they are from)
handmadepride:    Click here for more handmade tutorials.                   Craft night: Stenciled Tote Bags - or stencilled on anything - love the use of doiley

And the infamous Sharpie mug!

Here's the method: All you need is a sharpie (any color) and a porcelain dish that you want to permanently alter. You can even use super cheap mugs from the dollar store to create gifts or party favors. Just draw on the surface of your mug and bake it for 30 minutes at

Now the Sharpie mug I tried at the last Pinterest party I did and the Sharpies didn't seem to work so well.  This time I got Painters Markers at JoAnn's and in theory they should work better.  I've also gotten a bunch of stencils to use for both the bags and the mugs if people don't want to freehand.

I'm super excited to try the new crafts and hopefully I'll get a good turnout for it!  

Anyone else hosted or been to a Pinterest party?  Any advice for me?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Stuff!

So I suppose I should know better than to promise a post on a specific day when day job is crazy busy.  But my big event at work is over now and I have more time to post!

A simple one today, a few pics of stuff I've been working on:

New stamping messages and font

New words for the magnets!

Branching out into scrabble tile jewelry (much more to come on this front!)

Lots more colors!

Just a peek.  Some of this stuff is already up in my etsy store, some is still waiting to be listed, and more is still in development, so keep checking back!

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Well, here I am.

I suppose it isn't any surprise that I haven't been back for a while.

Highlights (or lowlights of my life since we last spoke):

  • I was lucky enough to be featured in dottiebox's September box.  
  • I got surgery on my hand to fix that pesky thumb problem and I'm now fully healed to continue with my chainmaille and all the other crafting.
  • I lost my Freya at the end of October
  • I participated in a craft fair that didn't go so well.  I just don't think craft fairs are the right market for the kind of jewelry I make.  
  • We went on a cruise (also awful) but it was still a vacation :)  
  • Celebrated my 10th anniversary with my boyfriend
  • Lost 20 pounds!
  • Revamped my craft room
So that's the quick rundown!  Among all this I've been doing all the normal living stuff plus working on my jewelry and Scrabble® stuff.  

Now that we're all caught up on the big stuff, I can tell you more about what I've been working on.  

Stay tuned for a craft update with lots of pics on Thursday!  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

So it goes

So last we spoke I was dealing with a problem in my thumb and a dog diagnosed with cancer.  You'd think 5 months later things would be very different, but you'd be wrong.  My thumb issue went away for a while and is starting to act back up.  Nevertheless I've been powering through and crafting anyway.  Freya's still fighting the cancer and while she's not exactly healthy, she's doing okay and is still her usual perky self.

She tires out a bit on long walks so we picked up a wagon for her and she seems to enjoy it when she starts to slow down.  I feel a tad foolish wheeling my dog around in a wagon, but it is worth it to be able to have her with me.

In addition to my chainmaille and other crafting, I've taken up metal stamping since last I wrote.  If you don't know what it is I suggest taking a peek here.  I'm totally digging it and working on all sorts of new projects.

Keep an eye on the etsy site or my new site for new stamped listings.  I'll be offering tons of custom options!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

2014 is not going well.

I'm here today to tell you why I may not be here as often as I'd like over the next year or so and why I haven't been here much this month.  To start with I developed a nasty tendon problem with my thumb at the beginning of the month so I've had a hard time crafting or cooking which is most of what I blog about.  I got a cortisone shot on Friday which usually cures 80% of the people with this problem so I hope to get back to the cooking and crafting within the next week or so.

The other thing that happened this month is my beloved dog Freya was diagnosed with cancer in her bladder.  My vet says that on average with the only treatment option she has this means she has 6-12 months.  Of course the hope is that she'll be one of the above average dogs and make it another 2 years, but there is no way to know.  Because of this I'll be spending a lot of spare time and money doing medical stuff with her and making the most of what time we have left together.  Which also means my posting will come when I can, but not as often as I'd like to.  Hopefully you will all bear with me.  And if anyone has any recommendations for things that have helped them cope with the loss of a beloved pet or a terminal illness please share.  I could use all the help I can get.

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Cooking Challenge Week 5: Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cake

This week's theme is vanilla.  I use vanilla in a lot of my baking but rarely do I bake anything that's primary flavor is vanilla.  I've always been more of a chocolate girl.  Or Coconut.  Or both.  But a few of the things I love do have a stronger vanilla flavor.  I briefly debated shortbread, but that's nothing new so I quickly dismissed it and went searching through my binder of magazine recipes.  What I found was a page from an old cooking light for Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cake and promptly decided that was what I would make.

I love the simplicity of pound cake, but I've only made it once and didn't have good luck with that recipe.  This one was better although I made a few minor adjustments.

1.  I made it in two big loaf pans instead of a few small.
2.  I saw it only called for 1 teaspoon of vanilla and thought that couldn't possibly be enough so I added closer to 2.5 tsp.
3.  I used the emergency substitution of milk and lemon juice in place of the buttermilk.  If I make it again I'd like to use real buttermilk but the cold and snow discouraged me from running out to buy it.

It is an easy recipe and a sweet, simple deliciousness.  Try it!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cooking Challenge Weeks 3 and 4

So I missed week 2- Polish food.  I went through the trouble of getting my mother's pierogi recipe but then got too lazy to make them.  I may still do them sometime soonish because I do love pierogi and its not something I've ever made.

I also didn't manage week 3 or 4 in time- and combined them when I did.  I guess I'm not so great at this thing :)  For the One Pot (week 3) and Ingredient You Hated As A Kid (week 4) I decided to make French Onion Soup.  I despised onions as a kid and now French Onion is my favorite soup- with or without the hefty coating of cheese.  Unfortunately for me, I still can't seem to master it.

I found a recipe that involved caramelizing the onions in a slow cooker all day then adding the broth and cooking another 30 minutes.

It looks okay.  French Onion-y.  But something was off with the flavor and I can't figure out what.  I got a different recipe recommended to me, so I'll probably be borrowing my mom's dutch oven and trying again soon.

Stay tuned for week 5- Vanilla and some pictures of my newest creation for my etsy shop!  I'm super excited about it!