Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday feature

June 23 is listed as National Pink Day. It's origins are unknown. Pink was my favorite color as a child. This bit of info prompted me to feature pink things on etsy. The links at the bottom will take you to the seller's flickr account and from there you can find links to their shops in their profiles. You'll then find these or similar items.

(Sorry for the indirect feature of sellers this week and not sending you straight to them, I didn't have time to contact individuals. Flickr mosaics are fun and a quick way to feature several things.)



1. brown tree top on pink, 2. Pink Doublet Fused Glass Pendant, 3. Pink & Silver Butterfly Pendant, 4. pink flowers in the black vase, 5. Pink & Brown Happy Birthday, 6. Pink Roses and Linen Tote/Wristlet Set

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Mission Soldier Support Update

I'll be mailing out my cards on Friday June 27. Please make your purchases for donation by June 26.

Here's one more card for this project:

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer

sum·mer
–noun 1. the season between spring and autumn, in the Northern Hemisphere from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, and in the Southern Hemisphere from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox.
2. the period comprising the months of June, July, and August in the U.S., and from the middle of May to the middle of August in Great Britain.
3. a period of hot, usually sunny weather: We had no real summer last year.
4. the hotter half of the year (opposed to winter): They spend the summers in New Hampshire and the winters in Florida.
5. the period of finest development, perfection, or beauty previous to any decline: the summer of life.
6. a whole year as represented by this season: a girl of fifteen summers.
–adjective 7. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of summer: Iced tea is a summer drink.
8. appropriate for or done during the summer: summer clothes; summer sports.
9. having the weather or warmth of summer: summer days in late October.
(from Dictionary.com)


Today is the first day of summer. To celebrate it's arrival, I've made and add to my shop these paper piecings that are great for your summer scrapbook pages and cards.



Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Feature

Summer will soon be officially here. As far as I'm concerned, it's here. Temps have hit 100 degrees this week. Warm temperatures always have me thinking about summer shoes, and what better than cool, comfy flip flops. So for this Friday's feature, I am focusing on some of my flip flop finds at Etsy.

This cute little sign is perfect for your summer decor. It's made by So Shabby and Prim and she has more colors to choose from.



This adorable purse from saxbysuzan sports flip flops galore. More cute purses can be found in this shop too.




And for the real thing, get your own monogrammed flip flops from katiebows.
Lot's of colors to choose from, and she loves to customize.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Mission Soldier Support

Don't forget about Mission Soldier Support.

Purchase any card from participating shops and include Mission soldier support in the notes to seller and we will send it for you to an Air Support Battalion stationed in Iraq.

Here's a list of participating shops:

http://Capturedtimebooks.etsy.com
http://KardKreations.etsy.com
http://brefour.etsy.com
http://NYPapercrafter.etsy.com
http://LiSoCards.etsy.com
http://stephjacobson.etsy.com
http://ChristinaWilliamsDesigns.etsy.com
http://PeggMackoDesigns.etsy.com
http://SoCalledMommy.etsy.com
http://CollectiveElements.etsy.com
http://MochaChild.etsy.com
http://Heartspeak.etsy.com
http://happydaystudio.etsy.com
http://OrangeCatArt.etsy.com
http://SouthernScraps.etsy.com
http://TheEclecticStudio.etsy.com
http://Tinalina.etsy.com
http://HaleysHandmades.etsy.com

Thanks for supporting this cause.

Here's another one I listed with this project in mind.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Flag day


1. American Flags, 2. American flag at Odell Lake, 3. American Flags, 4. American Flag, 5. Flag Waving, 6. Flag above Prescott

June 14th is Flag Day. The day we celebrate "old glory". She deserves a lost more respect than being displayed on t-shirts, bikinis and some one's behind. Check here to learn how to properly display the flag.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday feature

Saturday is Flag Day so today's features are some of my flag finds at etsy.

These note cards by KiniArt have the cutest little Westie sporting a flag.



And for the envelopes, these labels by MaddisonHaylie are great. You can get them personalized.



Another great flag find is this purse by Beanhank.




Check out each of these awesome sellers. If you're not into flags, they each have other interesting items.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mission Soldier Support

The latest Etsygreetings endeavor is a project called Mission Soldier Support. Participating team members are sending a minimum of five cards each overseas to an Air Support Battalion. These are blank cards that the soldiers can send home to loved ones. You can help too by purchasing a card to send. I'm sending five, won't you help make it ten?

I just added this one to my shop with this project in mind.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

I scream for ice cream

Chocolate ice cream. Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Next month there will be a National Ice Cream Day, but today is just for CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM. It's origin is unknown, but hey, I don't have to know much to enjoy a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

Even though it's not chocolate, I made a cute paper piecing to share. It has glitter accents and pop dots for dimension.

Friday, June 6, 2008

National Doughnut Day/ Friday Feature

Did you know that the first Friday in June is Donut Day? It was originally started in 1938 to raise money by the Salvation Army. Even though Americans consume 10 billion donuts per year, Canada consumes more.

Why do they have holes? To allow them to cook more evenly. Speaking of cooking, here's a recipe for homemade donuts. (from Diana Rattray/ about.com)

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
3 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground mace
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup milk
PREPARATION:
Mix together the shortening, sugar, and egg yolks. Into another bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir into the first mixture alternately with 1 cup milk. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened, handling dough as little as possible.
Roll dough to about 3/8-inch thickness on a floured cloth covered surface. Let rolled out dough stand for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat deep fat to 370°. Fat should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep. Fat is ready when a doughnut center browns in about 1 minute. Keep temperature as steady as possible. Cut doughnuts out with floured 2 1/2 or 3-inch doughnut cutter.
Fry doughnuts in the hot fat, turning carefully with a wooden spoon handle when the first crack appears. Continue cooking and turning until browned nicely. This will take about 1 1/2 minute total frying time. Drain doughnuts on brown paper or paper towels. Makes about 2 dozen doughnuts.

If you are trying to avoid the sugars and bad carbs, here's some calorie free donut finds from etsy for this Friday's feature.



soap by MollycoddleSoap



charm by fornever

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Altered Paint Can

I love to "alter" things with my papers and scrap supplies. This week I have been working on an altered paint can that will be filled with goodies for a baby shower gift.





Here's a quick tutorial for doing this with scrapbook paper.

Supplies: Gallon paint can (clean and empty)

2 sheets coordinating 12x12 patterned scrapbook paper.

Adhesive (Decoupage medium or a xyron)

Ribbon, stickers, embellishments

1 inch circle punch

1. Cut your paper 10.5 in in length and whatever width you desire. My top piece is 4 in. and the bottom is 3.75. Cutting them the same length will allow your seams to match on each side. This length allows for a slight overlap but you can still line up the seams.

2. In order to cut around the handles on each side, use a circle punch and cut out half of a circle. Measure down from the top of the can to find the appropriate place.



3. Apply decoupage medium or run pieces of paper through xyron. Adhere to can. Also cut a circle for the top and adhere. I used a template. Do an Internet search for gallon paint can template and you will find one.

4. Add ribbon, stickers, and embellishments to can as desired.

5. I put pony beads on the handles. Tie ribbon and raffia to each side where the handle meets the can.