Sunday, April 17, 2016

Three years later...100+ items on Etsy!

It's been so long since I've done any sort of blogging that I had to search for this post from October 2012 to see how far I've come with my Etsy card shop. I still remember the excitement of starting with three sets of flourish die cuts made with glitter paper from JoAnn's and my Silhouette. Within three weeks of listing them I sold my first set! My Etsy shop has been plugging along ever since and I now have just over 100 listings!

My Etsy shop has evolved over the past 3.5 years with lots of experiments. I've sold dancer die cuts, plain tags, cards, gift card holders, paper flowers and clothespin magnets. The dancer die cuts were very popular but man, those were tedious to make! Their little hands would crumple up on the mat and curse words would fly out of my mouth! I got tired of getting angry and making things that don't bring me joy so I gave up the die cuts. I also gave up plain tags when I started having the same issues with the die cutter. Some of that was operator error and it took me awhile to figure out my machine (four years to be exact!). After a long break from selling tags, I introduced some mini baby tags a few months ago. The baby boy favor tags are the most popular so I imagine there's going to be a baby boy boom this year!

baby shower tags, baby boy tags, baby shower favor

So now onto the cards I've made that really make me smile.

This orange polka dot paper purse gift card holder is so bright and cheery!

paper purse, gift card holder, orange polka dot

Simple but straight to the point. Who doesn't need a little Woo Hoo in their life?

woo hoo, graduation card, congratulations card

And one more because I'm really happy with how this Father's Day card came out. 

fathers day card, old blue pickup truck, happy fathers day

That's all for today! Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Free 12x12 scrapbook page sketch for 8x10 photo

Hello out there to anyone who's reading! I've been slowly working my way back into blogging by doing a little tweaking and housecleaning here. I tidied up the sidebar so hopefully things load quicker. I'm not sure how often I'll be posting but I hope to get back into it at least once or twice a week.
I've always enjoyed creating free scrapbook sketches to share on this blog. The sketch below has been bouncing around in my head for a couple of months (I don't scrapbook nearly as much as I used to) and I finally created a digital version. My daughter's senior photo package came with an extra 8x10 photo (photographer's mistake). I wanted to come up with a simple but nice layout idea that will also accommodate the different poses we got in wallet size. I may have to use rectangles instead of circles on my own layout. The large photo area can also be divided into 2 or 3 smaller photos. The beauty of sketches is that you just use them as a guide and do your own thing!

Check the links on the right sidebar for my older free sketches. I hope to add new ones in the coming weeks and months. Thanks for visiting!

free scrapbook sketch, free sketches, 8x10 scrapbook sketch
12x12 scrapbook sketch for 8x10 photo
Feel free to print and share this with others but please don't claim it as your own. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal-Banana Maple Parfaits

Slow cooker oatmeal breakfast
Image obtained from

While browsing through my Pinterest recipes I stumbled on this little gem. I haven't made it yet but everytime I see it it makes my mouth drool. I'm a fan of oatmeal and bananas. Slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever. I have to try this. 

I originally pinned the recipe from Family Circle's website but every time I click on it through Pinterest I'm brought to a blank registration page. I'm just a tad perturbed by that considering I pinned the correct URL. Apparently Family Circle doesn't want people to view their recipes?? I dunno, maybe they're afraid we might actually like the recipes and want to buy their magazine? *shrugs*

I decided to post it here to make it easy for everyone. Enjoy.

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal-Banana Maple Parfaits

Makes: 6  servingsPrep 15 mins
Slow Cook 8 hrs  LOW
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ripe bananas
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


1. Pour 3 cups water into slow-cooker insert. Place a slow-cooker liner into slow cooker (on top of water). Combine half-and-half, 5 1/2 cups water, the oats and salt into slow cooker liner.
2. Cover and slow cook on LOW for 8 hours. Uncover and stir in 6 tbsp of the maple syrup. Blend ricotta and remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup.
3. Begin layering: Spoon 1/2 cup oatmeal into 6 cups or bowls. Top each with a heaping tbsp ricotta mixture. Peel and slice bananas. Spread about 4 banana slices onto each serving. Repeat layering with oatmeal, ricotta and banana slices. Drizzle each serving with a little maple syrup and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

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