Monday, February 28, 2011

A Bunny in My Garden

Easter is just over a month away so I thought I would share a couple pictures of the bunny that was living in my backyard last summer.

It's definitely a very cute bunny and was fun to have around, even though it liked to eat the veggies in my garden!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


One of my favorite simple meals is boiled lobster. I just throw the fresh lobster into a huge pot of boiling water for 10 minutes (for the first pound of lobster and 3 minutes for each additional pound), then melt some butter with a few garlic cloves in a small pot for dipping.

I serve it alongside steamed vegetables and pasta topped with storebought pasta sauce to keep it quick and easy.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Easy Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is one of my favorite snacks to feed a baby. It is so easy and quick to make and the baby loves it. Here is a very simple recipe if you would like to try making some too!
2 apples - peeled,cored and quartered
1/3 cup of water
1/2 tsp. of cinammon

Place apples and water in a pot. Boil for 2 minutes, then simmer for 8 minutes with the lid on.
Let cool and blend with cinammon. Easily double or triple the recipe by by simmering for an extra 10 minutes. If you are in a real hurry, chop the apples into small pieces before boiling them.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Basic Handmade Card Tutorial

As I have mentioned before, I love making handmade cards, but don't usually have the time for it. However, my sister is going to a baby shower next weekend so I thought I would take the opportunity to make a card using the scrapbooking goodies I bought quite a while ago. The mom to be does not know the gender of her baby so I made a pretty neutral card using yellow, brown and green cardstock.

I wanted to keep things as simple as possible so I could make the card quickly, but still get to try out the scrapbooking chalk, stamps and ink pad that I haven't used yet!

List of items that I used:
Bazzill Basics 8x8 cardstock
Brown Cardstock
White Cardstock
Pebbles Chalk, Yellow and Green from the Basic Brights Palette
1/8 or 1/4 inch Brown Ribbon
Glue Dots
Cricut Sweet Treats Cartridge or 3 inch Scalloped Circle Punch
Cricut New Arrival Cartridge
Ink Pad
Imaginisce Snag Em Stamp
Fiskars Punch

First, I chose the yellow cardstock from the paper pad and folded it in half.

From white cardstock, I cut out a 3 inch scalloped circle using the Cricut and the Sweet Treats cartridge. (You can also use a 3 inch scallop circle punch for this part)
I then used glue dots (regular glue works well too, but I love the convenience of glue dots) to stick the white 3 inch scalloped circle onto the top half of the card.

I then used the Imaginisce baby giraffe stamp and stamped the center of the scalloped circle. Other cute stamps work well too.

I used the pebbles scrapbooking chalk to color in the giraffe and add a bit of color to the scalloped circle. It was my first time using scrapbooking chalk so it didn't quite turn out, but I hope to get better at it with practice.

Using the brown cardstock, I cut out the word "baby" with my Cricut and the New Arrival Cartridge. I set the size to 3/4 inch to cut some and then set it on 1 inch for a couple more sets. I cut some using the scalloped edge as well as plain edge so I could mix and match the letters, and gave myself way too many options! This is a great little "shape" from the cartridge, because it cuts out the blocks and you can use the letters from inside the blocks as well!

I ended up using the 1 inch block for the first letter and 3/4 inch blocks for the rest. I mixed and matched the scalloped and plain edge blocks just for fun.

I decided to make a ribbon tie closure and used my Fiskars 1/8 rectangle hand punch to make the holes.
I looped the ribbon through the back flap of the card.

Then I tied a knot so that the ribbon wouldn't completely fall out once untied.

Then I looped the ribbon through the front of the card.

and tied a bow!
There it is! Blank inside so there's plenty of room for a thoughtful message. (The card actually fits perfectly into a standard #10 envelope so I stamped the bottom right hand corner with the giraffe stamp and colored it in with chalk to match the card)

Happy Card Making!!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cupcakes Everywhere!

Who doesn't love cupcakes? That must be why you can find them in so many forms besides the traditional edible variety.  I especially LOVE the adorable cupcake clothing for children!

Cupcake Dress from Pink Taffy Designs

Cupcake Capri Set from Tiny Tot Dress Shop

cupcake chalkboard wall decal

                                                          Cupcake Earrings

                                                             Cupcake Lip Gloss

                                                            Cupcake Beanie

There are so many fun cupcake items, out there still, but it would take forever to list them all! I hope you enjoyed this little bit of "sweetness"!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Introducing a Page Just for Giveaways!

For those who love giveaways, I have just added a giveaway page to the blog.

It has a giveaway linky for those who are holding a giveaway on their blog or website.

For those who love to enter giveaways, feel free to check it out and enter some giveaways!

Giveaway Listings Linky

Have fun!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

A friend of mine asked me to make cupcakes for her wedding and at first I declined since I had never made wedding cupcakes before.

I love to bake (as a hobby), but was too nervous to seek out a cupcake stand, the perfect cupcake recipe, cupcake packaging, cupcake liners and cupcake toppers to match her wedding decor. Weddings are a big deal, especially to the couple tying the knot so I definitely didn't want to be the one responsible for such an important piece of their special day. Nonetheless, after saying no the first few times, I ended up saying yes! For months, I was thinking I was crazy for taking on such a huge task, but was relieved when the big day came and everything worked out.

I looked for and tested a few cupcake recipes, but found that this simple Martha Stewart Cupcake recipe was the one I liked most. You can find it on her website here. I didn't put the orange zest in it though, because I wanted to keep the flavor as simple as possible. The cupcakes still turned out just fine.

I used a different frosting recipe as I prefer Italian meringue buttercream frosting. It's not too sweet and that's why I love it. Cake Journal has an amazing recipe and in my opinion, perfect instructions. You can find the recipe here.

As for the flowers on the cupcakes, well........I was way to nervous to attempt making them myself so I took the easy way out and ordered them from a local bakery. I think this was a good compromise and is a great idea for those who would want to make their own cupcakes, but don't have a lot of experience, such as myself.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Giveaway from BabyJShop!

It's time to announce the winner of this giveaway! It is comment number 20 which belongs to Jolee. Congratulations Jolee! Jessica will be e-mailing you shortly so you can make arrangements to receive your prize.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and thanks especially to Jessica for sponsoring this giveaway!

This giveaway is perfect for anyone looking for something for a little boy or little girl! Sponsored by BabyJShop, the winner will get their choice of one item.

About Baby J...................

Baby J is the creation of a proud mother of two wild little boys.

In between feedings, diaper changes, and naptimes, an idea was born to design accessories for babies to complete and stylize even the simplest outfits.

That being Jessica's inspiration, she began designing baby beanies from Newborn-Child size. Her theory being, “if all else fails....accessorize!”

All beanies are made with the most unique and fun fabrics. Every fabric is chosen specifically for comfort, ability and style. The prints are unique and fun and the solids are made in the most wonderful colors with stylish accents. The fabrics vary from a thin jersey knit, to thermal knit, to a thicker fleece for the cold days.  She started by making beanies for her sons, but has now added little girls' beanies made with the cutest and most stylish fabrics which are a must have for every little girl.

Many new styles and products are continually being added to the Baby J line so remember to check in often! Baby J is determined to create the most stylish and fabulous clothing and accessories for all babies at a price everyone can afford.

Black and Red Polka Dot Bandana Dress
Check out Jessica's blog at

And Facebook:!/pages/BABY-J/120105844672710

Enter to win your choice of any one item (Up to $15 value) by visiting BabyJShop, then leave a comment about your favorite item is. Or leave a comment about what kinds of products you would like to see in BabyJShop that are currently not available.

For extra entries:

"Like" Baby J on facebook (1 extra entry)!/pages/BABY-J/120105844672710

Follow this blog (1 extra entry) *If you already follow, go ahead and leave an extra comment :)

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Please leave a comment for each extra entry you are entitled to. Only valid entries will be eligible for the prize.

Open to U.S and Canadian residents.

This giveaway closes on Wednesday February 23, 2011 at 9pm. Contest Closed
As always, please remember to leave a link or e-mail address where I can reach you if you win.

Good luck!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Interview with Andrea of amarie

It is Andrea of amarie's birthday this upcoming Tuesday, so she will be having a sale in her shop! Use the discount code, "birthdayblog" to receive a generous 28% off of anything in her shop until the end of the day Tuesday February 8th. After Tuesday, the code will still work, but the discount will be 15% off. I hope you have a Happy Birthday Andrea!
The Angie Mini

I also got to interview Andrea, the founder and designer behind amarie. She is the one who creates all of these beautiful handbags in luxurious colors, pretty wristlets, and posh clutches which come custom made!

Talia Evening Bag

Here are my questions and Andrea's answers:

Me: How did you come up with the name of your brand?
Andrea: My name is Andrea Marie, so I combined the "A" with "marie" and voila!

Me: Which of your designs is your favorite?
Andrea: I have to say the Angie Mini tote is my favorite. It's such a great everyday bag that you can fit everything you need into. The braided handle is different from your typical handbag and it is also very comfortable on the shoulder - as is the bags light weight.

Me: Which celebrity would you most want to design/make a handbag for?
Andrea: It's a toss-up between Anne Hathaway and Carrie Underwood. Both women are so classy and have impeccable style. The opportunity to design a custom red carpet clutch would be amazing.

Me: What do most people say when they first see your products?
Andrea: People mention how unique the pieces are and how they love the prints and the stand-out color combinations.

Me: Do you plan on opening a storefront someday?
Andrea: I would love to one day own my own storefront and make other kinds of products eventually like dresses and other accessories.

Me: When did you start making handbags, clutches and wristlets?
Andrea: I started making the clutches first in 2005, the wristlets in 2006 and the totes were born in fall of 2007.

Me: Do you ship your products worldwide?
Andrea: Yes, we do!

Me: Is there anything else you would like to tell us?
Andrea: We love making custom clutches for special events and weddings! If you have a dress or bridal party that you would like custom colors/fabrics/designs for, please send us an email at
amariedesign(at)yahoo(dot)com and let us design something beautiful for you!

amarie also offers home,office or online parties, whichever works best for you. Contact us at the email address above for more information.
Also, my facebook page is, a fan!

The beautiful creations pictured here come in many other colors and patterns. You can see them in Andrea`s Etsy shop.

Bridal Clutch
 There you go! Some eye candy and a little more information about the designer behind amarie.

Messenger Bag with Knot

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Dots of Fun!

Dots are so simple, yet versatile. They can add splashes of color, dress things up, be casual, form designs and so much more. Here are some fun dotted finds that I found. From cards to home decor, there are dots everywhere!

Dottilicious Wall Dots

Gift Tag

Scattered Seeds Baby Legs


Birthday Card

Polka Dot Baskets

Polka Dots Baking Cups
Polka Dots Print Backpack Purse
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