This weekend was also all about trying to organize all my ink colors. I wanted to have all the colors stamped so that when I'm working on a project all I have to do is reach for the little ring of paper next to my desk to figure out which color I need. So now I am proud to say that all my ink pad colors have now been cataloged. My little OCD habit for the day has been satisfied. My boyfriend can now stop looking at me with concern, and I can also stop procrastinating on doing a whole bunch of other work I wanted to get to. This whole weekend was suppose to be dedicated to that... so was last weekend... and the weekend before. So now I will start doing it, I swear... right after I have a victory popsicle...and maybe lunch.
I had the worst craving the other day for my Mom's baked beans recipe. In actuality it's an old co-workers recipe that I picked up eons ago. My mom had lost her mother's recipe so I asked my co-worker for her's because they were so AMAZING, and somehow my Mom just forgot that whole incident and melded it in her mind that it is her mothers recipe.... even though it is not in my grandmothers hand writing. ANYWAY... now I can't find that recipe either! But I do remember most of it, and have Frankensteined it together with a couple of other recipes to make this one that is SOOOO good, and sooooo easy to make. They end up being very tangy and sweet and spicy so adjust all the levels to your taste.
makes around 10 servings
2 (16 ounce) cans BBQ Baked Beans
A couple of splashes of vinegar
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon tobasco
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 slices bacon, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased casserole dish. Top with bacon, cover and bake for 3 hours or until thick.
I just finished making a little shelf unit for my colorbox inks out of foam core. I couldn't find a storage unit that would fit in the cabinet I store them in soooo had to bite the bullet and make one. It took a long time but soooooo worth it! Basically it was just a lot of measuring with some trial and error thrown in. Then once I got a little template made it was a couple of hours of meticulous cutting. Hoping the whole time that I indeed measured correctly and all that time wouldn't be wasted. I ended up hot gluing all the shelves into place. In my department store display shop days I would have reinforced each shelf with a ton of pins, but I got tired of fiddling with it so I ending up gluing all the seams like I was caulking up a bathroom tub. All my hard work turned out in the end. And this little shelf unit turned out really sturdy and functional. It took a REALLY long time though. Practically my whole day, but I have a template now so the next two (one for my stampin' up ink, and one for my distress pads), I have to make might go a little faster.
The summer CHA trade show (Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Las Vegas) is like a second Christmas to me! I wait for it with much anticipation every year. The best part is that the week before it most of the big names in the paper crafting industry show sneak peaks of all the product they will be releasing on their blogs. And then I get to start making my wish lists!!! So far on Tim Holtz blog there are about a MILLION things that I want, as usual. But what particularly caught my eye so far was his new layering stencils!!! So many great textures to use on all kinds of projects AND he made them in the shapes of large tags that hang off a ring for really easy use and storage. Yep that's first on my list. I will defiantly need the Rays, Bubble, Honeycomb, and stripe. I actually need them right now because I'm working on a project where I could really use them... Be patient EJP... be patient.
And then there is the most amazing stamp set in the world! I speak of ... the Laboratory stamps. I must have them IMMEDIATELY!!!! They should already be in my hand right now!!! I love them so much! Ok calm down, calm down. The new Halloween dies and embossing folders are brilliant too. I have a serious thing for gates of all shapes and sizes. Not only his he coming out with an amazing gate decorative strip, but also a lovely gate embossing folder. Oh and how cute would that bat, skull and web decorative strip be as ribbon or a belly band on a present! He is also coming out with a couple of neat storage ideas for embossing folders, dies, and such. And I didn't even get into his decorative papers for Halloween and Christmas sooooo pretty! So much fun stuff to look forward to. I just can't wait for fall.
Where has EJP been? Has she been on some amazing vacation? Is she having tons of fun frolicking about going to museums and such. Sadly, no I've been trying to motivate myself to do my sales tax paperwork. I have a couple of stores on the web. And about every six months its the same thing. It takes me so long to get in the mood to do my paper work to be able to pay my sales taxes. I'm just like a little kid I have to promise myself all kinds of goodies to actually sit down and start. Then it only takes me a few days to finish. But I'm half way through now then ill get back to making fun things. But until then I will be sitting here having no fun at all. Though it might be time for a Popsicle break and then back to paperwork I swear!
I made this card a little while back. A dear friend of mine was in a really bad car accident. She came out just bruised, and really sore so I had to make her something pretty to get her mind off of it. Also, considering just how bad the accident was I also enclosed a little thank you card to her guardian angel for keeping her safe so that we still may enjoy many tea party's for years to come. I think my favorite element on this card are the feathers. They were sitting on my desk for another project, and just seemed to work.
Ranger Liquid Pearls, White Opal -- What's Up 6X6 Paper Pad (Basic Grey) -- White Stripped Hackle Feathers -- Bakers Twine, Black/White -- Neenah Cardstock 12 X 12 Inches- Kraft -- Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo -- Sizzix Framelits Dies 4/Pkg-Ornate Labels (I cut off parts of the die to make the paper look longer) -- Spellbinders Nestabilities Dies, Labels 4 -- Sizzix Big Shot -- Inkadinkado Thank You Words Clear Stamps -- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board and Envelope Tool -- We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Tool -- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive -- Scotch Tape Glider -- Tonic Studios Snips -- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer
Oh... I forgot to share my Disneyland pictures! A couple of weeks ago I realized that more than likely that day would be my last day to go to Disneyland for a long time. It was a lovey 70 degrees and with summer looming I could squeeze an hour between meetings to run over and take a lovely walk around the park. And with instagram at my fingers all my pictures turn out so good I had to take some and share. The one to the left is a detail of a leaf around the Alice and Wonderland ride. And below is a picture of the crystal shop in New Orleans Square. It was fortuitous that the jazz band guys just happened to be walking into my frame as I snapped the pict. Seriously I didn't even notice them till I saw the finished picture, but they totally add to the atmosphere.
For the 4th of July we were invited over to a friends house for a little shin-dig. My boyfriend was making the arrangements on the phone when he broke out with... "Will you make your salsa?" I was in the middle of something so absentmindedly I said sure. Then about 10 minutes later it dawned on me that, that was a commitment to make and bring salsa to the party. The reason why my boyfriend thought I could make salsa was a few months before I finally found a recipe for my favorite salsa on the planet, Chevy's salsa. It took me a couple of hours to make because you had to roast everything over an open flame. And after all that work it tasted nothing like Chevy's salsa and I almost cried, and vowing not to try again for a year. Now my boyfriend just saw me making it. He loaths tomato's so he had no idea that it wasn't a success because he went to bed before I tasted it, and in my disgust I cleaned up everything and poured it down the garbage disposal never to speak of it again. But here I am a couple of months later with a party full of people, some of which I have never met, looming on the horizon. And they are all salivating for my salsa. Yep, this is all the story I concocted in my mind. But those are the kinds of thoughts that drive me forward to succeed. So I studied recipes and youtube videos. I took all I had learned from that mixed it with the Chevy's recipe as well as a recipe called the Best ever Salsa Recipe and distilled all of that down into this salsa recipe that turned out really good. I brought it to the party VICTORIOUS! And what happened? Was there fan fare? Did people line the streets with chips in anticipation of my arrival... I put it out and it was ignored. Then a couple of people ate it and said it was good. When I pressed them to make sure they weren't just being nice. They said no it's really, REALLY good ... VICTORY!!!!! And now I have a really good salsa recipe in my arsenal. Yea me!
Salsa, Really Really Good Salsa
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chili's
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 fresh garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp of minced garlic
2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and deveined 2 jal makes the salsa medium heat)
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 lime (zested and juiced)
1 lemon (juice)
1- Open diced tomatoes and drain off excess liquid.
2- dice onion, garlic, jalapenos, cilantro
3- combine all ingredient in a bowl add lemon and lime juice, and zest lime
4- Put all ingredients into blender and mix or pulse until blended, but still chunky not liquid
I bought the whole set of the Jenni Bowlin vintage book cover stamps. They are just so much fun. They are the perfect size for little note cards, or present topper gift cards. Below is a video on how I made this adorable little note card.
- Card Base Measures 3 by 4 3/4 inches
- Score at 2 1/2. The 2 1/2 measurement is the back of the card. I left some room on the side on the front of the card for the border punch to show.
- the border punch measures 3 inches long
- the tickets that I put on the front to cover up the words on the original stamping are 5/16 by 1 and 7/16 inch (the 1st ticket on the EK success ticket punch)
- the ticket on the inside is the 2nd ticket on the EK success ticket punch 1 by 2 3/16 inch
Jenni Bowlin Studio - Grocers List-- EK Success Punch, Photo Labels-- Hero Arts Stamps EVERYDAY SAYINGS cl342-- DMC Cotton Thread Blue Embrodary Floss-- Fiskars Border Punch, Apron Lace-- StazOn Ink, Jet Black-- Ranger Liquid Pearls, White Opal-- Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad, Vintage Photo-- Neenah Kraft Cardstock -- My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart Be Amazing paper-- Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive-- Scotch Tape Glider-- Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board-- Tonic Studios Snips-- Fiskars Compact Stamp Press-- Fiskars Portable Paper Trimmer
My boyfriend and I just love that show Family Tree on HBO. I have always had a deep love for monkeys (two years studying Primatology for an Anthropology degree will do that to you). So when I saw Nina Conti with Monk (or Monkey) that sealed the deal for me watching the show. Also, I have LOVED Chris O'Dowd ever since The IT Crowd on BBC.
When my boyfriend goes on business trips he usually brings me back a stuffed monkey from the state he visited. This time he made sure to find one that looked like Monk. So he sits by the TV and watches the show with us.
So on this weeks show Monkey traveled to a Native American reservation and bought an Indian headdress along the way. I swear I heard little sighs of jealousy coming from where my monkey was sitting. And he did look a little sad. So after the show I got up to do the dishes, and before I knew what was happening bits of colored cardstock was flying everywhere. I saw a flash of my tonic scissors, bits of bakers twine, and my quick dry glue whipping around the living room. I ran into see what was going on and there was my monkey sitting just where he always sits, but wearing a handmade headdress looking very satisfied. I guess since he sits and watches me make things all day it was only natural for him to make this for himself. I have to say he has very good craftmanship, though I have no idea how he uses the scissors without thumbs.
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