Wednesday, June 14, 2006

A brief respite

Being totally bogged down by work these days (a full-time job, a freelance job and a crafty business!), I am totally needing a break. Just a minute to not have to worry about deadlines, for heaven's sake. Sometimes reading through my favorite blogs is a big stress reliever and here are a few of my top blogs that I never miss: wee wonderfuls hopskipjump Posie Gets Cozy - if I've got A LOT of extra time ;) Tea-Time - when I want to practice my French! The adorable bracelets below are from: http://3pioux.over-blog.com/ Ah, a little relaxation and back to work!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Back!

Hi all! Wow, I've been busy! I've been working on so many client websites and just living life with 3 kids. It's a wonder I get anything done! :( I have a lot of catching up to do. I have to go check out Angry Chicken, wee wonderfuls, Red Currant, et. al. I hope to post my own new crafts soon. I'm still working to populate Scrapsofcraft.com. That's slow going. I obviously have too many things going on at once. I need to drop something. Perhaps the biggest time-waster of all will go soon! I'll keep you posted on that! ;)

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Cupcakes

So last night I baked some WONDERFUL dark chocolate and cayenne cupcakes. I got the recipe from Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit. I only recently discovered her site and she is so talented and creative. I just love what she comes up with. Now usually I'm a basic white/chocolate and buttercream frosting kinda girl. I never buy the cake mix or frosting at the store because once you've had made-from-scratch cupcakes, you just can't go back to box mixes. But, I was inspired by (I don't even know her real name. that's terrible.), that I tried the dark chocolate/cayenne recipe and it turned out fantastic. I added a bit more cayenne to the cake mix and they have a fantastic spicy hot aftertaste. It reminds me of the movie Chocolat. Have you seen that? Very sensual. I recommend it and it has Johnny Depp in it so... ;) Someone watching their carbs should not be poking around cupcake sites BUT here are some totally yummy ones: http://www.billysbakerynyc.com/ http://cupcakeroyale.com/flashhome.html http://www.thecupcakeshoppe.ca/

Friday, March 17, 2006

Pincusions and fabric

Here's a pincushion that I made. Love it. Needed it. I used the super-fun tutorial at WhipUp.net. That's such a cool site. Have you seen it? It's like a cooperative of craft. My pincushion is nothing like Martha Stewart's... but it's still pretty cute. I wonder if posting twice in one day to your blog is considered taboo? Yesterday I thought of several interesting things to say to you but I didn't post them because I had already posted for the 16th. I figured I would just post them today but now that I'm here, I've forgotten what I wanted to say! Maybe it'll come to me later...

Today I received a package from Fat Quarter Shop. (I'm not a member of any swaps yet so I have to buy my own fun mail.) A big pack of wonderful fabrics from Denise Schmidt's Freespirit line. So wonderful! I can't wait to get started on quilts, aprons, toys, little dresses. My mind is going CRAZY with the possibilities. FQS gave super-fast service too.

I love Denise Schmidt's style and fabric and quilts but the anal web designer in me has to say, her website is quite usability-challenged. You have to click4 times to finally get to the picture of the baby quilt! She should know not to bury the product THAT deep. Anyway...

I've also got the DS spring fat quarter pack coming from Cia's Palette. Talk about good customer service. Thanks Cia! I can't wait to get those too.

Time for bed.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The French Hen

There is a shop a few blocks from here called The French Hen. (If they have a website, I haven't been able to find it.) But I drive by this shop every day and am captivated by it's window display. As you can imagine it's filled with gorgeous imported and otherwise French things - dolls on little rocking chairs, flowers, fabrics, silver cups, laundry accoutrement and more. So, recently my sister and I stole a few hours and went there to browse around. It is completely charming inside and I found it hard not to purchase a bit of everything! I had my littlest baby, Scout, with me and he was calm and well-behaved for the trip. We took our time and loved the French Market and Cath Kidston, beautiful postcards, lavender, bedding, ceramic dispensers and handmade soaps. I ended up buying a gorgeous bowl with blue roses on it - perfect for holding my button collection. I also bought a roll of French wrapping paper. I'm goin to decoupage a canister to hold extra knitting needles.After our time there, we walked over to Phillip's Bakery and bought the most delectable treats and coffee.
Good times!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Guys that almost never were and crafty doings

It's not like me to point out a negative thing BUT I happened upon a cute site and purchased two little sculptures that I couldn't resist. I waited and waited and never received an email confirmation or shipping confirmation email. Nothing. So I contacted the seller and she was polite and told me the package was on it's way to me. I waited again and never received anything. I tried to contact her and she never returned my emails. Finally, I had to file a complaint with Paypal since I knew there was a 45 day limit for complaints. About 4 days after I filed the complaint, the package arrived. The little guys that almost weren't. I totally love buying diy and indie crafts. This poor woman, I imagine, must have been bogged down by a ton of orders. I'll give her the benefit of the doubt. So, I immediately cancelled my Paypal complaint. I'm glad I got my guys though. They're super cute!

 

 

 

On to crafts! I've been busy crafting but haven't actually finished anything yet so I haven't posted any pics. I'll have some new softies and micro-quilts to show soon. Patience grasshopper.

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Monday, March 06, 2006

not related

I know it's not really craft related but I just had to post some pics of things that my wonderful clients sent me...
This first one is from Michelle at Mo T's, http://www.mo-ts.com . She was the BEST to work with - so sweet and funny. Her shirts are great because they're long and great for layering. And not to sound pretentious but the photography is captivating!
The next one is from a new client - Rebecca of Persnickity Designs. Her bag is stylish and sturdy and so cute. I'm transferring all my goodies into her purse tonite. I think my small laptop might just fit in there too!
Thanks wonderful clients!