Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Blissful Read



See my new book? Well, not my book, but the book I just read: "Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal- A guide for crafters, artists, and creatives of all kinds" by Tara Frey.
The other day I was browsing new craft and knitting books on Amazon when this one popped up as a suggestion. Thanks, Amazon! This makes me super excited because I've developed a little obsession lately with blogs. "Blog Junkie," I think is what the kids are calling it these days.

Reasons I am in love with this book:
- It's shiny, glossy, and packed with gorgeous snippets of blog glam.
- Over 50 beautiful blogs are featured: check out my overflowing blog list!---->
- The back includes a Resources page with tons of helpful websites.
- Indispensable advice for glamming up your photos
- It smells really good. Like fresh paper.

And here's the main point: Blogs are online journals.
This has never occurred to me before. I started the blog because I started the etsy shop, and it seemed like the next logical step. But the step after that seems to have eluded me. I post recipes, try to include lots of photos, feature etsy sellers, etc. But I'm missing something. What will make my blog want you, dear readers, to visit me first while the coffee's brewing? How can I make my blog so beautiful that it will inspire and motivate all you wonderful creative people to get craftin'?
This lovely book has all the answers. And it's so pretty, I just want to read it over and over again!

Here's a link to Ms. Frey's gorgeous blog: http://www.tarafrey.com/



Thursday, October 29, 2009

I Can Haz Presents!


Isn't that the most GORGEOUS thing you've ever seen??!!
That's what Mom and Dad brought back from Gatlinburg for me. It's totally me! It has sparklies, beads, bling, and fiber!

I suspect this may be another attempt at encouraging me to learn to tell time. I believe that's housed in the same region of the brain as other problem-solving skills, such as driving in reverse, folding down box tops, and ripping back bad knitting. Because I fail miserably at all of the above.



I also got some super cool beads. These crackled frosted ones look like candy- yum!





Someone's excited!



Monday, October 26, 2009

Welcome Home Mimi and Pappy

My parents came home Sunday evening, and to welcome them back I planned to make a giant chocolate chip cookie, beautifully decorated in elegant colors.
I baked the cookie and set out all my decorating supplies. I decided to mix the frosting into pretty shades of lilac purple and rosy pink. Planning to begin with the purple, I used a few drops of light blue, then what I thought was red. Ehm... it was yellow. Now I had a quite disgusting shade of green. That's ok, we'll just stick with blue. I mixed in some more blue. It was fine.
Next I moved on to the rosy pink. I knew I had a tube of pre-made pink coloring, so I couldn't possibly mess this up, right? Yeah, except my pink was labeled "neon pink," which I discovered after stirring the frosting into a violent shade of hot pink.
Ok, so the colors are more appropriate for a baby shower, no problem. It's the thought that counts.
I filled up my piping bag and stood over the giant cookie, imagining the elegant border I would make, when I grinned an evil grin. The colors were already pretty gross, and let's face it, this isn't the world's prettiest giant cookie either. I giggled, and started drawing....


If you aren't getting the joke, you'll hafta spend the next few hours (well worth it) browsing Cake Wrecks. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Favorites Friday: Coffee Mugs

My mom has the coolest stoneware coffee mug. She's had it just about forever, and it holds a ton of coffee. It's thick and solid, and looks like clay, and keeps your hands nice and warm. It has a native American/Southwest feel to it, and I've always loved it.
In fact, I'm using it right now! Hi, Mom!

So if I were shopping for my own mug, I might pick this:






Pretty cool, eh?


But really there are sooo many gorgeous mugs on etsy to choose from, I'd never be able to pick! Here's my pretend Etsy treasury of my absolute favorites out of over 2,200!







I'm In Love

...With my family.
That's right, I said it.
I never thought I'd be the kind of mom who couldn't stop talking about her kid. In fact, I never thought I'd be a mom! But I can't help it. Either thing, really. If you have babies, you'll understand. If you don't, please bear with me. I promise it's adorable...

Funny Things My Kid Did Before 10am
  1. Every morning, she climbs on top of me and does her very best to convince me it's time to wake up. This morning I woke up with my right arm outstretched. Munchkin was sitting in front of it and chattering to herself. I kept still and listened. "....And Pappy's cheesebewger, and my pizza sthickths, and my chocwa miwk..." This is what she orders when Pappy takes her to the Big Girl Restaurant, aka Frischs, aka "Lishes." She was playing restaurant! I tried to turn my head to watch her. "No!" she said, "You's getteen Pappy diwty!" She pushed my head back over. "I cween it up," she said, and pretended to wipe up my armpit area. What a sweet little wake-up!

  2. After the coffee was made and the Pop Tarts distributed, I settled down in front of the computer to work on my Etsy shop. A few minutes later I heard her happily talking to herself. She was sitting behind me, bending over a portable radio. "Mommy I make you chicken nuggeths!" she exclaimed as she twisted the dials and pushed the buttons. She was pretending the radio was an oven! Awww

  3. I worked a little while longer, and she played with her miniature guitar. She dragged over the guitar stand and said, "Look Mommy I Mommy!" She began to sing "You are my Sunshine" at the top of her lungs. When I laughed, she covered her face and giggled in shyness. Then the guitar stand tipped over and caught her on the chest, where a cartoon cat was appliqued to her shirt. "Oh no!" she shouted, "My kitty! My kitty got owie!" She rubbed the picture of the cat and asked it if it was ok. I almost cried from cuteness.

Then she ground Pop Tart into the carpet. The end.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A French-Inspired Tea Party

What better way to fend off the chill of autumn with a tea party, brought to you by Etsy!


For my wedding, I planned a pink and blue Marie Antoinette-style frou-frou gala. There was gold tulle, different shades of pink, and a punch of bright aqua blue. I'd love to show you all my centerpieces, decorations, and dessert buffet. That will have to wait for another post, but my fantasy tea party was inspired by my beautiful wedding! Here we have all the makings of the most feminine and elegant party you could imagine.

Set the mood for the party with fabulous invitations:


Etsy has so many gorgeous tea sets to choose from!





Now we need to set the table, including the perfect centerpiece:




What could we put in our pretty planter? A bouquet, of course!




Imagine a glitzy garland hanging above our colorful table:


To brighten up the dining room, these tissue paper decorations work great! I made hundreds of these flowers for my wedding, and used the giant hanging pompoms around the room. Hang some mini lights behind them, and they glow beautifully!



My favorite part would be the food! Namely, desserts:



And we'll need something pretty on which to display our gorgeous treats. For my wedding, I made several of these tiered stands made from vintage plates. They looked fantastic on the dessert buffet! Here are some beautiful ones already made:



Your guests will want to remember such a pretty party for a long time. Send them home with some lovely favors!
Can you believe these delicious-looking treats are actually soaps?




These detailed cookies would be perfect!

Or how about cute little jewelry trinkets?




And you'll want something a little extra-special for your hardworking assistant hostess!

Don't forget to dress the part of the glamorous hostess:

Gateaux Vintage Dress by katinkapinka



Dancing Shoes by OxfordHeaven



Pinkology Headpiece by houseoftelsa




Star Burst Fascinator by BaroqueandRoll



La Contessa Choker by BlueSunEmporium



Pasteque Earrings by katinkapinka



Oh, and I almost forgot the most important part- The tea! Etsy is a great place to go for unique blends. TeaForAllReasons is just one shop offering yummy flavors like these:
  • Chocolate Mint Chip
  • Bourbon Street Vanilla
  • Almond Cookies
  • Belgian Chocolate
  • Cherry Mocha
  • Orange Creamsicle
  • Chocolate Ginger
  • Watermelon Peach
  • Cappuccino Cream
  • Maple Blueberry

... and over 100 more!


I don't know about you, buy my mouth is watering and my tummy is growling!