Dec 8, 2022

An Interview (With Me)

This interview appears in the latest issue of PaperCrafter Magazine in the UK. It's a little hard to read in this format on my blog, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Life's a trip! Thanks to Andrew at PaperCrafter. He interviewed and edited the story and was very nice to work with.

Oct 16, 2022

Nordic Ornaments and a Life Update

 I've made several cards using a new set of dies called Nordic Ornaments by Spellbinders. I just love these dies. They make using color so fun. Have a few more ideas on how to use these, but I haven't had time to stamp! Hopefully that changes soon. I also used a couple of other Spellbinder products (flower dies) to mix things up. 

Disclosure: Spellbinders sent these dies to me. 


Update: We moved last week - 5 minutes from our apartment. It's our 3rd move in 4 years and we both are done with moving! It's going to take a few weeks to settle in here but it's starting to take shape. We have a couple of more rooms than our apartment had and it feels good to spread out a bit. While it's nice to have more space, we moved because the apartment was too expensive - we were anticipating a large rent increase and decided we would be better off owning.  

I have a craft space again and am happy about that. When we were living in the apartment I was crafting in the living room and the (huge) kitchen island. That island was great but it meant dragging out all my supplies to make a card and then putting them all back. I ended up doing that several times a day and it got a bit old. So, I now have a space at the top of the stairs, I guess you call it a loft. I'm happy with it because there are 2 big windows providing a lot of light. It's got a couple of big bookcases, and old kitchen table, my craft tables, and a counter height folding table. So it has a bit of a used furniture store look, but I think it will be very functional. Now I just have to unpack. 

It's been close to a month since I've done any crafting and wow do I miss it. It really is a stress reliever. Hobbies are the best!

Sep 24, 2022

Magical Deer 3 Ways: on the Spellbinders Blog

I'm up on the Spellbinders blog today featuring 3 ways to use the Magical Deer set of dies - Christmas, New Year's and Birthday! I would love it you checked it out. You can find my post here

To whet your appetite, here's a partial look each of the cards. See that bottom card? It's 5"x7", and my most fave birthday card I've ever made. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: I made these quite a while ago and I loved making these cards. These products are definitely my style.

Sep 6, 2022

Folklore Die - Fast and Slow


This first card was a snap to make - 

  • Die cut the beautiful Folklore Die (along with the circle die that comes with it) from A Pocket Full of Happiness twice and adhered together. 
  • Ink blended white cardstock and adhered the white die cut with foam tape onto the ink blended cardstock. 
  • Adhered that to aqua cardstock.
  • Adhered to a square white card.
  • Added gems.
Lots of adhering! I used Bearly Arts Glue, which is the only glue I use now. Keep the pin in the top and it doesn't ever clog. Lasts forever! 

The second card took a lot longer, but I enjoyed making it.

  • Trim navy cardstock to A2 size.
  • Die cut with Folklore Die without using the circle die.
  • Adhere to a white piece of cardstock.
  • Die cut repeatedly in 2 shades of yellow, white, and light blue. 
  • Glue every little piece into the appropriate slot.
  • Die cut to make up for the little pieces that got lost in the process and to have doubles on the dark yellow.
  • Add gems.
  • Adhere to A2 white card.
  • Die cut sentiment that is part of the set. Adhere.

Fast and slow both have their places. 

MOOD WHEN DONE: We start packing tomorrow for our 3rd move in 4 years but that's ok. I think. 

Aug 30, 2022

Pancakes (Healthy) and Placemats


Something different today.

Apple Oat Pancakes

My cooking is horrible- and I'm not being hard on myself. Both my husband and son confirm! I used to be a pretty good cook, but a few years ago I lost much of my sense of taste and smell. So, yeah, I've lost interest and talent in cooking. I'm left with tasting sweet, salty, and spicy - and not much else. Sweet and salty are wonderful, but not very healthy.

So, I've been looking for ways to stop my blood sugar from creeping up and to cut down on snacking. I've read in quite a few places that a good place to focus is on high fiber/high protein and I wanted to start with a good breakfast. I do not like eggs (shudder), and am not a huge fan of oatmeal unless it's full of sugar. I started by trying these Healthy Apple Pancakes.

Result: Very Very Good. 

Is this IHOP on a plate? No, but it's delicious AND 3 hours later and I'm not hungry. Will I make these again? Absolutely! The only downside for me from a nutrition place is that they have about 1/4 the sodium I am supposed to eat every day (all from the cottage cheese). But that's ok. 

The recipe says the prep time is 10 minutes. HA! Took me about 25. It calls for 1/2 cup of egg whites and for large eggs, that came to 3. It has cottage cheese in it and I bought low fat. I would prefer more topping, so I may add more apples to the topping the next time I make them. And, there is a lot to clean up afterwards, including a blender. But I've got the time. 


So, remember Waltzingmouse Stamps? I was crushed when it went out of business, but am thrilled that Claire Brennan is back designing patterns. And, we can buy fabric and other products, such as bedding, placemats, throw pillows, etc. made with her designs on Spoonflower. Her label is Little Nest Emporium. So, I gave it a try. (Disclosure: paid full price!). 

Had a hard time selecting a pattern for placemats. Since our dining rug has mostly orange in it, I went with the fabric above. We love the result! I ordered 4 in the linen cotton and am quite pleased with the finish. Total price with shipping was $54.54. 

What I REALLY want is to order some wallpaper in one of Claire's designs for the powder room in our soon to be new house, but Mike is not a fan of wallpaper. UGH. So after we move I'll frame some of her fabric and hang in my soon to be new craft room.


Little Nest Emporium on Instagram

Little Nest Emporium on Spoonflower