Thursday, December 2, 2010

Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange

This year I decided to add a new little tradition to the holidays - participating in the Craftaholics Anonymous Handmade Gift Exchange

The idea is simple - I make a gift for someone I don't know, and they make a gift for me.  Kind of like a secret Santa, but oh so much more fun!

And today, my gift arrived from Abbey - and I love it!

Abbey sent me handmade mittens - perfect for me since my hands are always cold.  These are extra warm, made with sweater material on the outside and fleece on the inside.  I can't wait to wear these on a cold day.  I may even wear them in the house, they are that cozy!

I'm linking to the the party at Craftaholics Anonymous.

Thank you Abbey!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends nearby.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Page Wreath

OK, I did it.  I went and made myself a book page wreath.  I've seen them everywhere, and well, it was just time for me to give it a try. 

I thought this would be quick.  I read it was a 2 hour project. 

It was not quick.  It was not 2 hours. 

I think it may have been closer to 20 hours.  Spread out over a couple weeks. I had to give the burns on my fingers from my glue gun time to heal!

But it's finished.  And I love it.  And you can bet when I host my book club next month, this wreath will be displayed prominently!

I'm sharing this project with Jones Design Company.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Fall Wreath

Today I share with you my Fall wreath.  I like it.  It didn't look like this when I first bought it many many years ago.  But it had pieces and parts that really reflected the colors of Fall, so I decided to give it a facelift.

The grapevine wreath base was a standard brown.  Which, over time, had become more and more dull.  Since our house sits back a ways from the street, I wanted something that would be brighter overall.  So...out came the trusty Krylon spray paint, and voila!  Now I have a nice bright wreath base that stands out against the black door. 

Then I added the orange ribbon.  Again, a bright touch that will transition well from Fall, to Halloween, and then back to Fall.  Once that was in place, I started adding back all of the leaves and fruit that were part of the original wreath, as well as some other items I had collected over the years.  Things like that I just don't throw away!

I'm happy with how this looks.  I really like the contrast of the colors against the door, and other than my ribbon and spray paint purchase, it cost $0 to put together!

What's hanging on your front door? 

Martha Stewart

Centsational Girl

Thursday, September 2, 2010

It's Almost Here!

I'm talking about Purdue football!

Two more days until the big opening game - Notre Dame in South Bend.

We're avid Purdue fans.  Even more so since my husband's son became part of the team.  Since this is his last season, this year is even more special. 

There's so much to enjoy - the tailgating, the pre-game traditions, the band (the drum!), the rivalries, SHOUT, and a brand new Purdue Pete!

The next 3 months will be football every weekend, cheering for the black and gold.  It's so much fun joining my parents (30 year season ticket holders!) for the games.  We've been talking about football all summer, getting psyched up for this season.  We have high hopes for our team - we want to go bowling in January!

And what better way to start the season than against Notre Dame.  

Two more days and the fun begins....

It's time to Boiler Up, Hammer Down!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm Back

After a 6 month hiatus, I'm back!  And what better time to start blogging again than the beginning of Fall.  Ok, I know, it's not really Fall, but it's the beginning of another school year, and the beginning of  September, and the start of another football season, and starting this weekend the beginning of cooler temperatures.  In my books, that means Fall.

I love Fall.  I love the changing colors.  I love going to Purdue football games.  I love making every apple recipe I can find.  And I love decorating with all the warm hues of the season.  From pumpkin orange to cinnamon brown, from spice rust to warm gold - these are all my favorites and they show up all over the house for the next several months.

Today, for almost the 30th day this summer, it was over 90 degrees.   It's been dry, with maybe the lowest rainfall on record for the month of August. 

I'm sorry to say goodbye to Summer, but happy to say, Welcome Back Fall!

Monday, March 22, 2010

I'm Overwhelmed

I'm overwhelmed by the amazing talent and creativity that I've discovered in the last year since I started following blogs.

It all started innocently enough. I followed several different blogs as research for work, so it was easy to get started. But over time, those blogs linked to more blogs, which linked to more blogs, and then the next thing I knew I was overwhelmed by blogs!

But overwhelmed in a good way.

Bloggers are everywhere, talking about everything! And I'm getting sucked into all of it. With bloggers in my own city, and bloggers half way around the world.  I want to see what they're talking about, and what they're creating, and be a part of it. Business blogs, marketing blogs, craft blogs, shopping blogs, decorating blogs, techno blogs, event blogs, personal growth blogs. They are all there, waiting for me to discover them.

And just when I think I start to narrow my topics of interest to minimize the blogs, I stumble across another new topic and blog, and I'm hooked!

I'm going to list some of my favorite blogs on a future blog posting. If I enjoy them maybe you will enjoy them too. But I warn you - it may be overwhelming.

And of course, send me a link so I can follow your blog.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hostess (with the Mostess)

If you enjoy entertaining and you like to create fun festive party atmospheres, then you need to explore Hostess with the Mostess.

Jennifer Sbranti has created a fun to explore blog with all sorts of tips and ideas for festive parties.

These aren't just any parties.

These are events, coordinated down to the last jelly belly and m&m.

The site features fabulously coordinated tablescapes. Perfectly themed favors. Mouth watering recipes.

And sprinkled in among all the terrific inspiration are surprise product giveaways.

If that's not enough, you will find links to even more websites with even more entertaining ideas.

And if you're like me, you'll be sucked into looking at all these wonderful blogs and websites, wanting more and more and more.

It's definitely time to throw a party...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fun Sweet Treats

Last year I discovered Bakerella. It's a delightful blog devoted to, what else, baking.

Miss Bakerella says she got the bug for baking after taking an introductory cake decorating class. Her signature treat? Cake pops. Very simple, but oh so cute and unique. She makes thems for just about every holiday and occasion. Bunny pops, chick pops, cupcake pops, pops with a cause. You name it, she turns it into a pop.

Slowly throughout last year, her pops started popping up everywhere. Entertaining blogs across the web started talking about the cake pops from Bakerella.

And people began to take notice.

Martha noticed.

And then next thing you know, Miss Bakerella was making her pops with Martha.

How's that for an internet blogging success story?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Julie and Julia

Last weekend my husband and I watched "Julie and Julia".

It was delightfully entertaining, funny, sad, and heartwarming. A great feel good movie.

If you've been under a rock the last year, this Oscar nominated film is "Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession ... intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book."

And she did. Over 500 different recipes.

Tonight I Googled Julie Powell. I found her original blog entry, just like it was featured in the movie. I read some of the over 800 comments to her blog entries, many of which came from newspaper editors and publishers in 2003 after an article about Julie appeared in the New York Times.

And I Googled Julia Child. She was a tall lady, all 6 ft. 2 inches of her. I also learned that during WWII, prior to beginning her French cooking escapades, she was a spy with the Office of Strategic Services, a huge spy network created by FDR, and a forerunner to the CIA.

So back to Julie Powell. At her husband's suggestion, she decided to spend a year blogging about the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".

And it made me wonder if - I tackled a similar project - what or who would I write about??

I think it would be Martha. Martha Stewart.

Many people often call me Martha. Not that I look like her or talk like her. Or even live in a house like her. But maybe because I take the extra effort to make events special, just like Martha would.

So what do you think? 365 days of Martha? So many books - which would I choose? Maybe something from all the books?

I'm going to give this some more thought.

In the meantime, Martha - are you listening? What do you think??

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Simplify. That's my word for 2010.

It's an easy choice.

Especially after viewing all the photos from Haiti over the last couple of weeks. When people who live on $2 a day can sing in the streets after experiencing such a horrific event, I have no right to complain about what I do or do not have. In fact, I am very blessed.

So my word for 2010 is simplify.

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's Your Word for 2010?

One of the blogs I enjoy following belongs to author and designer Ali Edwards, who is known for her unique approach to scrapbooking about everyday life. "I started scrapbooking in 2002 as a way to organize all the stuff I collected after the birth of my son. It has become so much more than an organizational process for me - it has let me find my own personal passion and voice. It has become all about the process of capturing life and creating art."

In January 2007, Ali started a public tradition of selecting a single word to focus on for the coming year, with the idea that the word will have an impact on your entire life. As Ali writes, "Maybe you want to invite something or maybe you are hoping to subtract something. Maybe your word will be practical or hopeful or creative or fanciful. Maybe you need a big word, something in-your-face that will challenge you everyday. Maybe you need something smaller and quieter that will whisper gentle tidings as you make your way throughout the year. "

Ali's word for 2010 is story.

I've decided I'm going to pick a word for 2010 too. I have a few ideas, and hope to reveal my word later this month. Something that will challenge me, direct me, and provide hope for me as I begin this new year and decade.

If you had to choose a word for 2010, what would it be?