Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas cards

I had an early start on my Christmas cards this year. Last year I made them one week before the holiday, which made me a little stressed! I cut these cute cards using the Winter woodland cricut cartridge. The background paper is scraps that was given to me by a friend.


How could you refuse? I love this little frog from the Paisley cricut cartridge! I cut him at 2" added some sparkles and googly eyes and placed him on a piece of white card stock embossed with swiss dots and the cuttlebug. The sentiment is cut at 2" with the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Canvas art

Well, here it is. Bathroom art #2! I really believe that positive affirmations work, so what better way to start and end your day then by reading this canvas! To make this I painted the canvas with an off white acrylic paint and used the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge to cut the letters at 2 1/4".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New shower curtain

Living in BC we are subject to a wonderful 12% sales tax called HST. So to avoid paying this I shop in Washington as much as possible! I just returned from a VERY successful shopping trip with a girl friend and her sweet kids. I was sharing all my plunder with my husbands family when his cheeky little brother asked me if I was going to blog about my new shower curtain. (I was really excited about this new shower curtain!) So Brad, here it is! I decided I also need new art in our bathroom. I had a beach theme before, and that just won't fit with these cute woodland creatures. So today I made this cute tree art! I bought a 8 x 10 canvas at our local dollar store, painted it with an off white acrylic paint, and cut out the cute tree at 8" with the cricut Stamping cartridge. I have one more art project in mind for our new sweet bathroom. I'll add it as soon as I can! Enjoy!

Freezer paper t-shirts

I found another new project to try! I absolutely love the idea of a one of a kind piece of clothing! I decided to give it a try after seeing a great tutorial on Jin Yong's blog: You have to take a look at her beautiful blog! For this project I used Baby onzies, that I plan to sell at an upcoming craft sale. I traced an image on a sheet of Reynalds freezer paper, which I found at Walmart in the States, I was unable to find it here in Canada. Trace your image on the dull side, it's easier to trace, if you're using your cricut place the paper SHINY side UP. Once it is cut out, iron the stencil with the SHINY side DOWN. Now you're ready to paint! It's always a good rule to do 2 light coats instead of one heavy one! Follow the directions on the fabric paint bottle, and enjoy you're new craft!

Who wanted to paint?

On Sunday, September 19th after a nice sushi lunch my husband suggested that we paint the condo the following week. We have been talking about this for quite some time now, but never got around to doing it. So, thinking I was calling his bluff I told him to turn RT and we'll head to Home Depot. Well he did, and we then proceed to prep and paint our entire condo. After 10 hrs we finally finished. When we got to bed at 1:30am I looked at him and said, "I really didn't want to paint today." He replied, "Neither did I." Even though me both didn't want to paint, we both really love the new colour!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Block party

The Block Party on September 13, was a great and fun success! There was a ton of free food, live music, a bouncy castles, mini-golf, imagination station, ping-pong, and a community Corner. I shared a booth with my friend, Dr. Carolyne Hiebert. At my table I sold: handmade and up-cycled jewelry, handmade greeting cards, handmade baby rattles, and bags of loose beads! Such a great day! I'm looking forward to the next craft sale on October 30! Has anyone else tried selling your crafts? I'd love to hear your stories of success!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

I've been busy crafting for an upcoming block party/craft sale! I had thought I would sell my handmade, up cycled jewelry, and handmade greeting cards. This is going to be a family event, so I tried my had at making fabric baby rattles. I just spent the morning and most of the afternoon with my mom finishing these cute little guys, and I think they'll be a hit! Here's the link to the event:!/event.php?eid=154147474602532

Salmon chowder

Sockeye Salmon. Another reason why I love living in beautiful British Columbia! My husband has gone fishing almost every day, and has come home with the daily limit (2 per person with a license). Last night I tried a new salmon recipe. New England Salmon Chowder. It turned out great! I found the recipe on, here it is:


1 lb. can pink or red salmon, drained
3 med. potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
2 c. boiling water
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. butter
2 med. onions, chopped fine
3 tbsp. all purpose flour
1/8 tsp. pepper
3 c. milk

In saucepan, add salt to boiling water. Add potatoes; cook till almost done. Melt butter; add onions; cook till transparent. Stir in flour and pepper; add the potatoes and salted water. Simmer 15 minutes. Remove skin and bones from salmon; add to potatoes. Stir in milk. Heat to just a boiling point. Serves 6.

I altered the recipe a bit (like I always do!) and added a handful of frozen mixed vegetables, and 2 stalks of celery.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Signature Stamp

I love getting handmade cards, and one of the first things I do is turn it over and look for a signature stamp! When I saw mine on ebay I laughed out loud and knew I had to buy it!