Thursday, November 19, 2009

I {heart} brackets

With my craft room in working order again, I have gotten to some long awaited projects..
My magnet board in the kitchen just needed a little "something"..
So I added a "P".
But then the "P" needed a little something too..
That is where the {brackets} came in.

But did you know, that with all the fun wood cut-outs that are out there, there are NO BRACKETS?!  What an atrocity, I know.
I took my Alphalicious Font cartridge and new Cricut Expression, cut out some brackets at 7 and 1/4 inches, traced them onto some scrap wood, and went to visit my scroll saw.
I love that thing..
After some sanding, and a quick coat of spray paint, I ran the paper brackets through my Xyron (with permanent adhesive, of course..) and adhered them to the black brackets.
A little more sanding, some cute trim tied to one, and PERFECT!!

I guess the only thing I would be missing is a calendar for the year 2009..
But I have made it this far in the year..  why bother? ;)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The craft room is done!!

The craft room is finally finished.
So I will show you the results, and then announce the winners.

As you can see, I did go with a neutral color for the walls.  Neutrals (greys, whites, and browns) are the easiest to work with when you want to change things up quickly and inexpensively.  I also left this colors on the walls of my old bedroom and really loved it, wanted to take it with me..  so I did!
I dreamed of many accent colors but settled on the blue I already had going on and red (which I have been loving lately as well..) black and white always round things out.
Funny thing is, that when I was fantasizing about the two unfinished rooms in the basement becoming one BIG room, that would be all mine, my dream was pale yellow walls with the same accent colors..  Ally would have had it.. ;)  Your birthday gift has been un-earthed and will be on it's way to Georgia soon girl! 
So the winners are:
Brooke, because she hit the accent colors spot on.  Could it be because I was gushing about some pictures over at Julie Parker's blog?

And MANY of you suggested various shades of brown so there was a drawing on that one..
Christie got it.

Congrats ladies...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Digital fun: Fall style..

I have been working away, finishing the last little bits of the craft room, and the prizes for those who guessed the color palate accurately. :)
One of the prizes was in need of a custom stamp (a brush for you digi fanatics like me..) so I sat down, took a break, and made one..  and then another, and another, and another..
All the while Peyton was thoroughly enjoying herself and my stash of supplies.
Our loft area is now very glittery!

Here's where to get it...
Winners and pics of the craft room to be posted soon! :)

I've been busy...

Editing pictures and creating more digital pages, all to get my free Shutterlfy book...
Then I realized they can count as layouts too!!!
All digital this time. :)
Let's count:

But copies of them for all the albums I need take me to...  38.

What does that put me at..  um...  DONE!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Brooke asked about the numbers and then I got curious too..
Of 144 layouts (this year's goal) I have 106 done.
34 Traditional Layouts
72 Digital Layouts
That leaves 38 layouts to go...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Eclair Cake..

 I am a lover of all that is sweet.
I am also a lover of Eclairs.  My mom has been making them for as long as I can remember.  There are people in my old neighborhood, who would do ANYTHING if my mom's eclairs were promised.
Now, I don't know how authentic they are..  but I do know how authentically delicious they are.
The only problem with an Eclair is that it has the tendency to explode on you.
That is where this recipe is awesome.
No unexpected explosions.

Cream puff:

1 cup water
1/2 cup margarine or butter (I have used both)
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Bring water, butter, and salt to a boil.  Add flour all at once, while stirring vigorously over heat.  Continue stirring until mixture forms a ball.  Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.  If you do not let it cool long enough, in the next step you'll end up with scrambled eggs in your crust, instead of the nice air pockets..  just be patient.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Spread into a greased 9x13 pan, and bake at 425 for 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to 350 and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  It is done when the tops are golden, and it makes a hollow sound when it is tapped on with fingertips.
Let this part cool well.


1 large box of INSTANT vanilla pudding
2 cups of milk
1 8 oz. bar of cream cheese

Prepare pudding using two cups of milk, and set aside.
In another, larger bowl, beat the cream cheese until well softened.  Add the pudding to the cream cheese, 1/4 -1/3 at a time, mixing well between each addition of pudding so the mixture is smooth, not lumpy.  Spread this over the top of the cooled cream puff crust.  Top it with your favorite whipped topping and drizzle with chocolate syrup.
Cut, serve, and enjoy some Eclair yumminess without explosions!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Deja vu...

This happened back in 2006, when Lynn was nearly 4..
Talk about a flashback!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I should be...

Working on the craft room..
I am not feeling it..
But I am feeling this..

It started off as a collage for the other blog, pics to go with the post, but it just kinda went..  and I thought, if I am enjoying this, shouldn't I just keep on?
Yes..  yes I should! :)
So now there's two for November..

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Latest loves..

I said I have been loving the digital lately..
And I am not kidding!
Here are some of my latest favorites:

Times and Times Again


Chrissy W. I love ALL of her stuff, and this one is FREE!!!

Not free but delicious none the less:
- love the colors in these elements!
- a fun alphabet
- cute Halloween paper
- frames from Orchard & Broome (and these are only $1 today!!)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


It feels like it's been a while..  too long.
I have been busy..
I have also been trying to find the motivation to finish the old craft room.  I hate it when I get to the end of a project, and just don't have the excitement it takes to finish it.
I really do have some things I would like to unearth in there..  some projects I would love to be working on.
But no.
It just isn't happening.
I am all about digital lately..
So relaxing.
Here's a layout..

And some freebies...

(Download available here..)
Oh wait..  more for ya..

(Download these here..)