Sunday, December 18, 2011

420 Chocolate Chip Cookies

21 cups of sugar, 14 eggs, 4 2/3 cups of brown sugar, 4 2/3 cups of granulated sugar, 7 teaspoons of baking soda, 7 teaspoons of salt, 7 teaspoons of vanilla, 7 cups of butter, 7 bags of chocolate chips....and 4 hours of labor.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Still Repurposing

This was a Laphroaig whiskey container that I covered in Stampin' Up! Newsprint designer series paper.  I used what was left of my burlap ribbon and fastened it with an antique brad.  It's the perfect size for a bottle of wine.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


This was an Amazon Kindle user manual that I repurposed into an accordion style minibook.  The original idea came from Noell Hyman at  I used scraps of burlap ribbon to create the flower and sticky canvas to reinforce the seams.  The Stampin' Up! paper is called Everyday Enchantment.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

DIY - Paper Bag from Newspaper

I saw this on Pinterest and decided to make my own.  I used the dimensions as specified in the instructions for the smaller bag.  I then added eyelets to hold the handle and a snowflake punch detail on both sides.  

Here is a larger bag that I made using a half sheet of newspaper, triple ply, and I added grommets to hold the ribbon.  

In retrospect I should have stamped the newspaper before assembling the bag to give it some extra style and interest.  Overall I think it's a cute idea but handling newspaper can be messy and I'm not sure it would hold up to anything heavy.  Here are the instructions.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Card Preview

This year's card won't have any moving parts or do any tricks...just clean and simple.  Quite a departure from previous years.  I decided to stay with non traditional colors but I haven't quite figured out the final design.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Twist

This month's card swap challenge was to make a holiday card using colors typically not associated with the holidays (i.e., no reds or greens).  Easier said than done.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

St. Andrew’s Abbey Pumpkin Bread Recipe

St. Andrew’s Abbey Pumpkin Bread Recipe
4 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
6 unbeaten eggs
2 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
3 teaspoons baking soda
3 cups pumpkin puree, or 2 (15 oz.) cans
5 cups all purpose flour
1 cup water

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Grease five small loaf pans with cooking spray or butter.

3. In a large mixer, cream the sugar and oil together. Next add the 6 eggs, one at a time, mixing. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and stir until incorporated. Pour batter into the five small loaf pans.

  1. 4.Bake about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until top browns and cracks. Test with a toothpick for doneness. Cool on wire racks.

Optional: Add black walnuts and golden raisins to the mix if desired.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hobby or Business? Why It Matters.

Hobby or Business?  Why It Matters.
Millions of Americans have hobbies such as sewing, woodworking, fishing, gardening, stamp and coin collecting, but when that hobby starts to turn a profit, it might just be considered a business by the IRS.

Definition of a Hobby vs a Business
The IRS defines a hobby as an activity that is not pursued for profit. A business, on the other hand, is an activity that is carried out with the reasonable expectation of earning a profit.

The tax considerations are different for each activity so it's important for taxpayers to determine whether an activity is engaged in for profit as a business or is just a hobby for personal enjoyment.

Of course, you must report and pay tax on income from almost all sources, including hobbies. But when it comes to deductions such as expenses and losses, the two activities differ in their tax implications.

Is Your Hobby Actually a Business?

Sunday, October 9, 2011


On our way home from Bakersfield we stopped at the Murray Family Farms off of State Route 58.  These pumpkins caught my eye and I couldn't resist taking a photo with my Droid.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Room With A View

We spent the weekend in Southwest Virginia and had the opportunity to stay at the Hotel Roanoke.  This was the view from our corner room with special effects added courtesy of Little Photo app.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

3x3 Mini Cards

Last year I participated in a 3x3 card swap hosted by Sacha Wilson and I received so many cute little cards that I decided to sign up for 2 spots this year.  These cards are great as gift tags or small thank you notes when full size cards seem too formal.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Another Folded Card

I managed to salvage this card after scoring it in all the wrong places.  I used scraps from the last folded card and Kristina Werner's Silhouette file again.  You can click on her website for (the correct) scoring and folding instructions.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Folded Card

I CASEd this card off of Kristina Werner's website.  She has a 16 minute step-by-step video that you can watch if you're interested in the instructions.  I also used her awesome Silhouette file for the text.  Thanks Kristina!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

6x6 Double Pocket Card

This 6x6 double pocket card was made as a make and take from 1 sheet of 12x12 double sided paper.

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