Wednesday, November 26, 2014

around these parts


I am pretty much smitten with Instagram and it is a place where I am able to document, show and share a more personal look into our life (without words).You can follow me HERE for a peek into our daily happenings.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

homemade brigadeiros


Tis the season for entertaining and what better way to show friends and family how much you love them by making homemade brigadeiros! Brigadeiros are a Brazillian sweet treat, kind of like a truffle (think fudge meets a bon bon) and they are just about the easiest thing to make! 
In a sauce pan, combine cocoa, butter and condensed milk.
Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened and shiny (it took me about 10-12 minutes)
Remove from the heat and let cool or refrigerate to speed up the process.
Once cool, use a melon baller to scoop the mixture and shape into balls.
Roll each ball in sprinkles, powdered sugar, nuts, coconut, etc.

A box of brigadeiros makes a great hostess gift or even a party favor or you can just eat the entire batch yourself :) 




Sunday, November 23, 2014

black friday SALE all week long

It's kind of a tradition around here to have a Black Friday Sale but this year I am having my Black Friday sale all week long- starting today! My hope for those of you out there who celebrate Thanksgiving, is that instead of shopping on Thanksgiving (and the day after) maybe choose to relax and soak up all that family time without the pressure to hit those big sales!
Sale prices are marked down in the shop all week Sunday, November 23- Sunday November 30th! So get em' cheap while you can!




In addition to the sale, I've permanently marked down 5 of my older online classes. I have been offering online classes since 2009 and since then my classes have come A LONG way- back then I couldn't afford an HD camera and I was still developing my online class teaching style. Even though some of these classes are 5 or 6 years old, they still have all kinds of great information and instead of retiring them, I decided to mark them down from $50 to $30 and now with the sale they are $20 this week!

Head on over to the shop HERE for my complete online class offerings!

Friday, November 21, 2014

new stamps and GIVEAWAY!

I am so excited to have four new rubber stamp sets in the shopIt's exciting to be able to offer a variety of my own drawings and designs as rubber stamps to use in your mixed media projects. And today I am giving away 10 sets of stamps (scroll all the way down for details).


FLOWER GIRLS STAMP SET
I teamed up with my UBER talented husband Andy to create this lovely set of FLOWER GIRLS STAMPS. He drew the faces and I drew the flowers! There are all kinds of ways to use this set- draw or doodle around the faces, stamp flowers around the faces, use the flowers to create patterned paper, use the faces in mixed media projects- the ideas are endless!




GEOMETRIC STAMP SET
I am obsessed with geometric patterns so I created a GEOMETRIC STAMP SET  that I would use in my own projects. This set is perfect for creating all kinds of patterned paper- I'll be using it to make my own wrapping paper and tags this Christmas!



ARROW STAMP SET
I love using arrow images in my own work so I thought it would be fun to create a simple SET  OF ARROWS that can be used in all kinds of projects- repeat to make patterned paper, create unique greeting cards and tags, use in scrapbook pages or art journals.



WREATH STAMP SET
During the holidays I am always doodling wreaths- on wrapping paper, cards and tags so I thought it would be handy to create a SET OF WREATH STAMPS that can be used for holiday crafting.



LOOKING FOR MORE STAMPING INSPIRATION?

Check out how I mount my stamps and the different ways that I use them HERE

More ways that I use my rubber stamps HERE

You can see a few different ways that I create and use handmade stamps HERE

How to use stamps with clay HERE

Use rubber stamps to make rubbings HERE


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And today I am giving away all four new sets of stamps to 10 readers!

Enter to win by leaving me a comment- tell me 1 thing you are grateful for today.

I will randomly select 10 winners later this weekend and will update this post with the winners.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

november layers

November in Oregon is funny- some days are cold, while others are crisp and sunny. I've found that once fall hits my best bet is dress in layers. And while it would be really easy to start pulling out sweaters and jackets, I try making my spring and summer clothing stretch a little bit longer. Here are a few of my favorite tips for fall layering-
  • Wear a fitted long sleeve t-shirt under short sleeves.
  • Throw summer dress or tunic over a pair of fitted jeans.
  • A bold and colorful jacket will bring any outfit to life!
  • Hats and scarves are the best accessories to have on hand in case the weather changes.
  • Skinny jeans look great under oversized, flowy or bulky tops.
  • Don't be afraid to mix color, pattern or texture.





Wednesday, November 19, 2014

paper ornament wreath

Over the years I've had lots of fun coming up with all kinds of unique wreaths and this year I've got some fun ideas up my sleeve.



Since I have been busy creating hand made art journals, I now have TONS of leftover strips of paper scraps and I came up with a fun way to put those scraps to use- creating paper ornaments!

I can remember creating paper ornaments from strips of construction paper back in elementary school and I love the idea of using this concept but with unique paper.  

To start I grabbed 4-5 strips of paper.

I bent the paper into a circle and using hot glue attached both ends.

Next, I bent another strip of paper over the top of the first and continued bending and gluing strips of paper until I formed a ball.

All those paper balls can be used for ornaments or even a garland!

I used mine to create a big colorful wreath by gluing all the paper ornaments to a wooden embroidery hoop.



I love how fun and colorful the wreath turned out! It can be used as non traditional holiday wreath or even something that can stay up year round. Three cheers for not throwing away scraps!


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