Saturday, May 31, 2008

scrap packs

I just added a new item to my shop. I decided to make up scrap packs. Each pack will have 30 scraps of paper that range in size. We'll see how I do with these.

Take a look at them in my etsy shop.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

purple basil

It took me awhile, but I finally found purple basil. For some reason nobody seemed to have it this year. It is the last herb I needed for the garden, now I just need to wait for everything to grow!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


I spend about 5 hours at week at the soccer field (then there are the lacrosse fields, tennis courts, ballet and brownies, but that is another post). Yesterday my friend, she is my biggest business cheerleader, needed some cards to give as teacher gifts and for herself. I had just picked everything up from the trove sale so I had it all in the car and brought it to practice. While there she looked went through everything and picked up ten sets of note cards. Since it was out, another soccer mom looked and bought two sets. Soccer has finally paid off.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

do you need...

Do you need teacher gifts? coming to see you gifts? a treat for yourself? I am planning to add a ton of new sets over the next few days. Take a look at my shop when you get a chance.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

on the way

My new paper is on the way. I should have it by Tuesday. I am very excited to have some more new patterns to work with.

I need to start working on tons and tons of sets. I have two more people who are going to host house parties for me. Do I dare think that things are starting to work out? This might be a first...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

new paper

I just placed a huge paper order today. I think that I have eight new patterns coming. I can not wait to get them.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

trove tally

I just picked up my stuff from the trove barn sale. Overall I think it went well for me. I sold 44 packs of note cards. I hope that they will take some stuff for the fall sale!

Monday, May 19, 2008

fresh fruit

Sometimes I make a fruit drink for the kids to have with their breakfast. It is easy to make and gets a lot of fruit into them. I usually just throw what I have into a blender, but I tried to take notes today so I could write a recipe for the blog.

fruit drink

1 pound strawberries, stem removed and cut in half
2 bananas
3/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey

Put everything in the blender and blend until mixed. If it is to think, just add a little more milk and blend.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

more prints

I dropped off the bulk of my items for trove this afternoon. Now, I am just trying to get a few more packs done.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I have been making cards for the trove sale this friday and saturday ( I am so excited to be using a lot of the new paper that I bought in Georgetown.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Peonies are one of my favorite flowers. At the National Zoo they had a walkway filled with them. It was all I could do not to cut myself a bunch.

Monday, May 12, 2008

a long weekend...

We spent the weekend in Washington DC. We took the kids to the zoo, natural history museum, air and space and the national gallery. On Saturday night we went into Georgetown (I LOVE it there) and I got a ton of new paper for cards. Everyone was worn out, but they had a great time!

Thursday, May 8, 2008


I have been crazy busy the last few days.

I contacted someone today about selling my work at their event. It will be next friday and saturday. I will get some information on here for those who live in the area.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008


I have been working like crazy to try and get this business going. I have been adding several new items everyday in an attempt to generate sales in my etsy shop. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Monday, May 5, 2008


I thought today would be a good day to start a new contest. Pick your favorite item from my etsy shop, let me know what it is in the comment section and maybe you will win that item. I will pick a winner on Friday afternoon.

Sunday, May 4, 2008


I made a lot of new sets for the house party. This one was a favorite of mine. I added a set to my etsy shop.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

dim sum

My kids love dim sum. I make it a few times a month for them. There are about 7 or 8 different kinds that I make and they are all pretty easy.

Pork Dumplings
Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen

3/4 pound ground pork
1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms
1/2 medium turnip, peeled and grated
1 green onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro
1 egg white
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

wonton wrappers
1 egg white

Place all filling ingredients in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and lightly dust with cornstarch.

Lay a wrapper on a flat surface with one corner facing you. Brush the surface with the beated egg white and drop 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center. Fold the wrapper in half, corner to corner, to form a triangle. Press the seams together to seal. Brush the two points with the beaten egg and bring togther, pinch to seal.

Place finished dumplings on the cookie sheet.

Lightly oil the bottom of a bamboo steamer. Place as many dumplings that will fit without touching (about 12 per shelf). Bring about 2 inches of water in a wok to a boil. Set steamer in wok and cover steamer with bamboo lid. Steam for about 12 minutes.

Serve with steamed rice and soy sauce for dipping.

Friday, May 2, 2008

house party

Last night my friend hosted the first clear pink house party. About 20 people came and bought lots of note card sets. I think everyone had a good time and it was a success.

Now I need to get the house party thing going...