Digital Elements in the blog header from Hidden Vintage Studios and Holliwood Studios @

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

What's in Your Purse?

I'm trying out new shapes and embellishments with my pins. This is the "purse" pin. What do you think?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

The Week Day Diet

Today has been one of those cold gray days with intermittent snow squalls, good if you are a bear hibernating, bad if you are a person who really is not thrilled with the cold! So like a bear I tried to hibernate but needed to venture out to get groceries for the week. When I went into the store it was NOT snowing but 30 minutes later when I came out of the store it was a BLIZZARD! I couldn't believe it!!!

Anywho....I have this friend who considers jello a "sweet". Oh, come on, I don't think so, even if there is a jello museum!!!! I'm thinking about meringue cookies but I can't make them until next weekend. You see I'm sort of on this "Week Day Diet" where I watch what I eat during the week and then have a sweet or two on the weekend. I'll let you know how it's working in about 6 weeks. I guess I could just eat sweets during the week and get high waisted pants and hike them up under my armpits so my fat roll is concealed!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Free Fonts!

Are you tired of using the same old fonts for your craft/scrapbooking? The solution is found at where you can download hundreds of really cool fonts for free.......yes I said "FREE"!!!! Check out one called "mom's typewriter" which is like a vintage typewriter font.

If you have trouble downloading the fonts and want to know how to, just click on "help" at the top of the dafont website.

On another note.......I'm really more of a dog fan than a cat fan. That being said, an artist named Lynsey Walters makes cat and dog pins out of felted wool. They are simple and cute!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Snow Day

My husband had a snowday today and got to stay home from school! This pin is just right for the occasion. Who doesn't enjoy a snowday?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Tickled Pink!

Have you ever seen a pink snowman? Perhaps she's been drinking Cosmopolitans!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Snowy Inspiration!

I get a few flakes of snowy inspiration from children's books.....
The illustrations in these books were done in different mediums, from collage to watercolor to woodblock cuts. Plus, all of the stories are great too!

Brrrrrr.......I'm Thinking Snowmen

With all of this talk about a possible 5 inches of snow, I'm cold and also thinking about snowmen. Here is a collection of snowmen pins made of foam core board and layers of paper.

Monday, January 22, 2007

A Passion For.........

My husband made me laugh tonight! As I was sewing up a few more pairs of elf clogs he looked over at me and out of the blue said, "ahhhhhh...her passion is making house-shoes for the wee-folk" (say this in a Barry White deep voice). It just struck me as funny and everytime I think of him saying that I get this stupid smile on my for the wee-folk....funny!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Valentine Elf Clogs

I have been very busy today and in between my household chores I have been baking and crafting up a storm! I got this pattern off the Allsorts website (Jenny is quite a gifted artist). Allsorts is just another wonderful website to check into on a regular basis. I call these the "Valentine Elf Clogs". Hey, who says elves are only for Christmas!?!? They are filled with crinkled paper and Hershey Kisses.

For the Joy of Biscotti

I have had a craving for chocolate biscotti. The JoyofBaking website has many recipes for biscotti but the chocolate hazelnut is one of my favorites (I leave out the hazelnuts and substitute white chocolate chips). It's a cold and grey day and I think chocolate biscotti will cheer me now I'm off to the kitchen to whip up a batch of of these rich, chocolatey, sweet little gems! And the best part......they are basically fat free.

I'm back and here are the biscotti...........I made them Valentine Biscotti. They are delicious! They have a hint of expresso that is yummy with the bittersweet chocolate. I didn't have bitter sweet chocolate so I used half of a big Hershey's chocolate bar finely chopped in the food processor.

Easy Glass Marble Magnets Tutorial

After reading about how to make glass marble magnets, I thought this sounds pretty easy, I can do this! Guess what? It is easy....very easy! I've seen these at trendy little shops where they want as much as $12 for 6 of them. Below is a link to a picture tutorial I created on how to make them and several pics of the finished product.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Marshmallows + Not Martha

Tonight as I was surfing through the Blog World I came across a few notable and interesting blogs and websites. One is: This gal is obsessed with making the perfect marshmallow in a variety of flavors. I think she's going to write a marshmallow cookbook, which I think is a very cool idea. I'd buy it! One cannot have too many marshmallows in a variety of flavors.

Not Marth is such a unique website. Althought the title is "Not Martha", this crafter is just as talented as the real Martha. She has a much better sense of humor than the real Martha also! Humor.....very important!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Vintage Children Pins

Check out the new vintage children pins I made today @
Lighter colors and pastels, I'm feeling springy.....a little early, but wishful thinking!

Soldering Sunday!

Still practicing the old soldering. Burned the tip of my index finger only once. Apparently one cannot flick a hot bead of solder away without inflicting bodily harm and a few choice words! My soldering is a little rough but practice makes perfect. You can't see it very well but I colored the goat purple. I thought this photo was a scream when I found it. I'm going to go put a band-aid on my finger now! Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Soldering Saturday

I just love the jewelry that Sally Jean Alexander much so that I went out and bought her book, "Pretty Little Things". It is fantastic! Her book lays out in easy steps, with great pictures, how to foil and solder. Here is a picture of a pendant I made this afternoon. I used a vintage picture of a little girl and added a crown that says "I try hard" in it, below her is a blue banner that states, "invite imagination". I'm getting the hang of soldering, I just wish they made a smaller soldering iron, it's kind of awkward to maneuver. I'm making a pendant for my friend Malibu tomorrow, she'll really be surprised when I give it to her at dinner on Tuesday! Check out Sally Jean's website @

Thursday, January 11, 2007

A New Batch of Pins!

Happy Thursday! I'm still in the Valentine's Day mode. This little dude is quite the snappy dresser, eh?

This sweet little one is all about luv!

The banner that she is holding was a pain to do, especially tying the tiny knots in each circle, I dropped them about 20 time....all thumbs!

Buddies! I know you've had a buddy like this at one time in your life......somebody that can make you laugh until your sides hurt and milk squirts out your nose!

Black and white with a touch of red or pink.....a good combo!

Well, that's all for now! I've discovered that the pins need about 4 coats of Aleene's Paper Glaze to make them shiny, plus it protects the paper nicely.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More Snow!

Well, I woke up this AM to the ground blanketed with about 1.5 inches of snow. I almost forgot what it looked like! Everything is so bright and white! It started me to think about Valentine's Day. Here are 2 of the newest Valentine's Day pins. I'd like to have about 20 of them made to give out to my friends. I'm thinking about making a heart envelope to put them in....we'll see if time permits!

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Ok, this is just for know when you get tired of looking at pictures and your brain is filled with too many crafty ideas! It's called the "Smack the Penguin Game" and it is addictive, so consider youself warned! To play it go to this website and begin your career as a Penguin Smacker/crafter! Just click your mouse to make the penguin fall and then use your left arrow key to swing the bat and let'r rip!


I was inspired by a Dee Foust ornament I saw of a snowman wearing a little pointed party hat for the "Snow Party" pin. Isn't it funny how sometimes it's just a color, shape or design that catches your eye and sparks your imagination.? I often tell people when I see an object, I think of the name of the color it is, then the name of the shape it is, then lastly, I recall the word which represents the object. How many of you do that too?

Finally Some Snow!

Well here it is January 9th in Pennsylvania and finally we have a dusting of snow! I thought it was only appropriate to snap a picture of the Snow Dog pin. He's just so goofy looking....reminds me of a super-beagle I once had!

Monday, January 8, 2007

Delightful Square Pins

I have been working on these tiny square pins which measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Made of layers of paper they have been the main event on my work table for 3 months now. I'm kind of obsessed! I've created about 80 of them. No two are the same! I'd like to cut different shapes other than squares but the foam core board is difficult to cut in curved shapes with an X-acto knife. Don't want to hack off a fingertip!