I Haven’t Forgotten About You

Honest.  I know it’s been a little light on the projects around here lately, but I’ve had two things working against me.  My little Etsy shop was wiped out after Christmas, so I’ve been putting my effort toward restocking.  That said, my effort has been pretty limited because I’ve also been sick more days than I’ve been well since the beginning of October.  Yep, that is a lot of sick.  I’m on my second round of antibiotics, and I’m hopeful I can beat this and move on. I have a few fun things to share soon, including an expandable bag, a fabric inventory system, and an entire series of book-recycling projects.  I’m anxious to get moving again.

As a consolation, here’s a FANTASTIC round-up of Valentine projects I came across recently from Dani Marie Designs.  If you follow me on Pinterest or Facebook, you’ve already seen this.  My coffee cup sleeves are included, but there are also 100 other great ideas!

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Macarons

I’m fairly certain I’ve never made a macaron.  They’re adorable, and I’m sure very tasty, but I think I’ve been intimidated.  Turns out, they aren’t as difficult as I assumed.  And I’ve been spelling it wrong.

Bakerella, queen of the cake pop, shares a simple recipe and pronunciation guide.  I’m pretty sure, when I make these, they’re going to have to be in multiple colors and no one is going to be allowed to eat them.

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Macarons don’t have to be edible to be fun either.  Tell me this isn’t the cutest coin purse ever?  The full tutorial is available at Craft Passion

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Felt French Macarons would be adorable little pincushions, and the kit from Etsy seller sweetemmajean comes with the pattern and enough felt to make 12 cookies.

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I’m off to the kitchen.  Or the sewing room.  Hmm….

My Birthday 2011

Today is my birthday.  I won’t go into which one this is for me, let’s just say that in high school I danced to most of the songs from Glee.  Anyway, I thought I’d share my little wish list with you again, even though I’m still waiting for my titanium spork from last year. 10.  I’ve had my eye on these framed photos of letters for at least a year.  I’m thinking about trying to photograph my own, but if not I’ll be visiting Uncommon Goods for their version.  The hardest part is figuring out what I want to spell.

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9.  I love to read, even though I don’t have as much time to do it as I’d like.  My favorites are sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and even a little horror.  I’ve wanted to read the Game of Thrones series since they started advertising the new HBO series based on it.  Maybe I’ll just give up sleep.

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8.  Remember when you could actually rest the phone between your ear and shoulder while you were talking on it?  Well, I do.  I miss being able to multi-task while I talk.  Now the phone either slips or I hang up with my cheek.  Retro Bluetooth Handset from ThinkGeek to the rescue.

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7.  We were in Seattle a couple of years ago and I saw a typewriter key bracelet in the window of a jewelry store.  I’ve wanted one ever since.  Luckily for me, they can be found on Etsy, like this one from HauteKeys.

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6.  Let me start by saying I cannot pull these off.  I don’t have the right shape.  However, we saw a woman wearing these ruffled pants in a capri length at Crafty Wonderland who looked fantastic in them.  The fact that these, from SweetassDesigns on Etsy, are red and black makes them even better.

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5.  I mentioned last year that my best ideas come to me in the shower.  My second-best ideas come right before I fall asleep, creating a need for the I Can’t Sleep Journal from Uncommon Goods.  It would work perfectly with the light-up pen I keep in my nightstand.

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4.  Since I have a couple of different books listed here, I’m going to need something to hold them up.  Enter James the Bookend from the MoMA store.  And his twin, to hold up the other side.

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3.  I work from home, so I don’t actually need to carry my lunch anywhere most of the time.  However, I love these Bright Tiffins from Twine so much, I’m going to find an excuse.  I might use them to carry it out to the back deck.

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2.  A local boutique had some cowboy rain boots last year that I was completely in love with.  I never went and bought them, and I regret that.  I live in Oregon.  If I could ever justify a shoe purchase, it’s rain boots.  Even though the ones I really wanted are no longer available, I think I could bring myself to substitute these from Amazon.

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1.  This is the one thing on this list I can guarantee I will have on my birthday.  I saw it last week when I was working on my cookie post.  I already told my husband and daughter all about it.  The supplies are in the pantry and they are going to make it for me.  This thing is a brownie, cookie dough and cake bit of heaven.  Thank you Cookies and Cups for providing the nirvana that will hold my candles this year.  I’ll be in touch again after I come out of the sugar coma.

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Just a quick update…

I wrote about Officer Mike Kellogg’s battle with cancer last week and the urgent need for financial assistance for his family.  For those of you who were wondering about it, the donation page for the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund is up and running.  There’s also a Facebook page, if you’d like to send Mike and Holly a message.  I’m also donating all of the proceeds from my Etsy store for the next couple of months to the fund.  Thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Much of the joy in crafting is in the process.  Taking materials and using your creativity to make them into something else is empowering.  However, there’s also a pleasant feeling that goes along with finding out someone else enjoys what you’ve created.  I got to experience that last week.

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Patty from Housewife in Training was kind enough to pass along the Versatile Blogger Award to me!  There are a couple of rules that go along with being a recipient of this award, and in order to show my appreciation to Patty for the honor, I’ll follow them. 

The first is that I’m supposed to tell you seven things about myself.  I was fortunate enough to receive this award from another blogger last year, so I thought about reusing those answers.  It’s Earth Day this week, right?  Reuse?  I know, I realized I was being lazy.  Here you go:

1.  I got a tattoo in Las Vegas a year and a half ago.  I was completely sober, planned it for months and designed it myself, with the help of my artistic sister.  It has elements that represent myself, my husband and my kids.  I love it.

2.   Three years ago, we loaded our kids in the car and drove around the country for two weeks.  We visited 16 states and many of our national landmarks.  Best vacation ever.

3.  I have a bad habit of buying the materials for the craft-of-the-moment, then putting the project off until the fad has passed.

4.  I was a model for a while during and after high school.  That was before the babies.

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6.  I have 11 nieces, 13 nephews, one great-nephew and a niece-in-law.

7.  I enjoy being on a boat, but you will never find me swimming around in deep water.  If you do, throw me a life preserver.

Now that you know all kinds of new things about me, on to step two.  I am supposed to share this award with 15 other bloggers.  This is in no way a complete list of all the blogs out there that I think are great.  Hopefully, some of these are new to you:

Always Expect Moore

Come Together Kids

Green Eyed Girl Crafts

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Can’t Stop Making Things

So September

Visions of Sugar Plums

The Sweetest Kitchen

Two Girls Being Crafty

Ninth Street Notions

Mandy Mouse Creates

Raven’s Rascals

Homemade Mamas

Doodleboop Designs

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Big thanks again to Patty at Housewife in Training!