Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Here is a sneak peek of our new Inspirational Journal Line coming soon. It is so hard to capture the beautiful whimsy of these journals in a picture. Between every four pages of white cardstock there are dividers of chipboard, hambly overlays, paint chip samples, envelopes, patterned papers, tags and so much more. They really get your creative juices flowing.
I worked hard to find what I feel to be the right balance between being "ready to go" while also creatively leaving room for those who want to embellish them further with pictures, stamps, artwork etc.- to really put their own stamp on it.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
2 1/2 C blackberries
2/3 C sugar
1 1/2 C flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 T (1 stick) plus 2 T unsalted butter
1/2 C heavy whipped cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a shallow baking dish and place blackberries inside. Sprinkle with 1/3 C sugar.
In the bowl of a food processor combine flour baking powder and salt. Add stick (8T) of butter and pulse to create a lumpy mixture. Add whipping cream and pulse until dough forms. Spoon dough over blackberries.
Melt remaining 2 T butter and drizzle over mounds of dough (yum...). Sprinkle with remaining 1/3 C sugar.
Bake about 30 to 40 minutes or until dough and fruit are cooked through and dough is lightly browned.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I made this fun little business card holder for a Fat Quarter Sewing Challenge on Swap-bot that I am in. My partner likes miniature things, loves color and I thought this would be a fun little accessory that she may actually be able to use!
I used this great tutorial found HERE , with the size modified for a business card (instead of the tea wallet) and added my own little twist of embellishments. I made fun little stamped cards to go in the business cards slots since I figured 4 C Berry Baby business cards might seem like advertising! This project is so simple to make and lots of fun, I think I will make a tea wallet for myself as well and maybe a "Splenda Wallet" for my mom!
Friday, February 20, 2009
As you can imagine, when making this many of anything you learn a few tips. First off, do NOT use the Glossy Mod Podge. Even if it seems like a fun finish just put it down and walk away. It will stay slightly tacky even when dry and will stick to the other books even weeks later when you think it is safe and you will not be able to pull them apart without ripping the cover and then you'll have to remake those ...sniff......
Also, a magazine is your best friend when decoupaging. Use a page as your work surface for the front cover and then when you go to decoupage the back cover, flip the page so you have a clean, Mod Podge free work surface, then repeat.
The journals you see in the pictures are all straight forward and simple because of the amount but for personal ones, and gift giving....have fun with it! Add embellishments, journaling strips, different papers, ets., the possibilities are limitless. Journaling is such a wonderful way to get in touch with yourself and the influences that are effecting your life, to track goals, improve prayers, and so much more. My friend Kelli keeps a journal for each child to record the funny things they say and stories of how they are, how great is that?
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This pattern called for all three of my sewing nemesis': piping, bias cuts and heavy stabilizer oh, and who could forget the 30" heavy duty zipper, making it four. After countless hours I have about 20 pinprick scabs and achy hands but I ended up with a beautiful bag that I am going to stare at for a few day before I mail it off to my partner!
I used fabrics from Anna Maria Horner's Drawing Room, which is my all time favorite home decor line, and I love the bold print and contrasting colors. This pattern is exhausting and calls for a lot of patience but it is very well done and the end result is a high quality bag!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Bakers twine or ribbon
Place your marshmallows on the sticks, melt candy melts as per manufacturers instructions, dip marshmallows in candymelt, add sprinkles. Place on wax lined baking sheet, place in refrigerator long enough for chocolate to harden, place in bags, tie with string add tags and you are done!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Climbed (or should I say crashed) out of his crib the other day so now he is in a "big boy" bed. When he first saw it, he just stood there smiling. Strangely (but thankfully) he hasn't figured out that he can crawl in and out of it yet.
CHRISTOPHER & BABY RAY
Christopher is with us again for the 4th time since right before Christmas but hopefully it will be more long term this time so he can go home to more stability. Baby Ray is also still here and we hope he will get to go home with his mom soon which is definitely the best thing for him! Having 5 boys right now (3 of them under 2) is quite challenging to say the least. My sanity is quickly starting to chip away!!
Monday, February 2, 2009
So the other day I was at a quilt shop and they had a sample on display and I fell in love! I added an extra contrasting fabric and the trim to liven it up and I am so happy with the way it turned out!
I made a long version because, well, how often do you find a long apron and this feels more like a dress when you put it on, I love the construction! There is a lot of pleating and no bias cuts (which I was thankful for) I wish I had taken a close up of the pleating details, it is truly beautiful.
There were a few huh??? moments for me with this pattern, especially the last step but I survived and will have to make another one just like it since this went out to my Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice swap partner today!
First word.....ZUTTER. Next words..... Bind it All 2.0. More words.........fabulous. fun. addicting.
I can't seem to get enough, my creative springboard is on overload! Just imagine all the possibilities, sizes, materials...the sky is the limit. Besides fun journals and scrapbooks they are great for school projects, calendars, picture frames, gated albums, oh my! See what I mean?
Next are some of my favorite materials I used for this project. I was having a hard time with the consistency of my Mod Podge lately and the bubbling and drying time. So last week Donna told me about Golden Gel Mediums which also can be used to adhere fabric and paper to your crafts. Because it is a gel it hasn't bubbled for me (yet) and it dries VERY fast. It is a much smoother finish and a little goes a long way. I will never go back!
Another love of mine are Hambly Studio Overlays which I added in as some of the pages in my book. I just can't get enough of them!