Here's are five of the things that caught my eyes (& ears) this week.
1. French Macarons. I've seen these tasty Parisian treats popping up on foodie blogs and in magazines everywhere. I'm dying to try them! I'm thinking that I should order them on-line so that I can see what they are actually supposed to taste like before I try my hand at making them myself. (Photo courtesy of runmiarun on Flickr)
2. The soon-to-be-released new "In Colors" from Stampin' Up. I plan to order mine right away! I just love the rich tones of the new colors. This time they will also be releasing ink markers in these colors. Finally! They are listening to their customers! These will all be available from your local Stampin' Up rep on July 1st.
3. Paperclipping Newsbreak podcasts from Nancy Nally and Noelle Hyman. Scrapbook Update's Nancy Nally and Paperclipping's Noelle Hyman have teamed up for a weekly discussion on scrapbooking news. I've enjoyed Noelle's video tutorials for a while and Nancy is the go-to girl for all paper arts gossip. This could be a good team! I just updated my iTouch with the first 6 episodes & I look forward to listening in as I run errands this morning. You can download all of the episodes for free here. If you're not tech-savvy, no worries... you don't need an iPod to listen to them, you can tune in through your computer!
4. Modern June'soilcloth tablecloths on Etsy. How perfect is this one for my studio? I think I just may need to treat myself to this oblong cherry print with red gingham trim. Not into cherries? She has a ton of prints and can custom make any design you want. Plus, she's in Richmond! Gotta support the local gals (well, semi-local)!
5. Papertreyink.com's new cupcake acrylic stamp collection. I know the cupcake trend is going to have to die eventually, but I still can't get enough of it. I love the mix & match philosophy of this line. There are a number of cupcake stamps out there, but I really like this one. It has sprinkles!
Have a wonderful weekend! We have just 7 days left until our big 4th of July luau. Friends are coming in from all over, so this is going to be a busy weekend. Hopefully I'll have a spare second or two to get some playtime in the studio (and some cleaning time in the studio -- I just discovered that I never unpacked from a crop I went to last NOVEMBER!).
Since I knew I wasn't going to have a spare moment to do the research on this new book (darn baby!), I tapped Suni to check into it for me. This is what she had to say:
I'm sure I'm not the only person who thinks that dressing in an ecologically responsible manner sounds dowdy and drab. My mind started to change when I saw that the most recent winner of Project Runway, Leanne Marshall, tries to stick with eco-friendly fabrics. Her clothes were AMAZING and not the Happy Hippy look at all. So, when Korie told me about Tamsin Blanchard's book Green Is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style, I was intrigued. I did a little looking around, and now I can't wait to read this book.
Green is the New Black, while written by an English fashion journalist, looks to be fairly universal in it's advice. Vogue and Vanity Fair both raved about the book, which includes advice on not only finding new green choices for your wardrobe, but also reusing and reinventing pieces you already own. With tips on fair trades fashion lines, as well as what basics you should invest in for a lifetimes use, I really think this book has something of value for just about anyone looking to feel good about looking good.
Want to win one of the five giveaways? Just be one of the first five people to leave a comment on this post about something you've done to live green. Make sure you leave me your e-mail address and I'll contact you directly for your snail mail address.
It may be late, but it's still Friday!! Here are the top five things that caught my eye this week:
1. This beautiful Audrey Hepburn scrabble tile pendant on Etsy. Oh me, oh my! Must have!! Seller Pieces of Me has a ton of gorgeous images to choose from. I need this one. Click here for this pendant (ONLY $5.95) or check out her full store here. I think I need this Wizard of Oz pendant as well. And this one. And this one. I have an old Tim Holtz "Road Trip" necklace kit that I never used. I'm thinking I need to dig it out and fill it with these adorable scrabble tiles. For instructions on how to make your own, click here or here. Maybe I'll make up some Nancy Drew pendants for my old gal Millie.
2. The uber-cute BBQ invitations included in Stampin' Up!/Country Living Magazine's new Summer Cookout kit. I love it! I'm the hostess this month in my Stampers Six group and I'm all over this one!
3. Teenytile.com. Did you know that you can have any image you want printed onto a 2" x 2" ceramic tile? I'm thinking that this would be a wonderful journal cover medallion. I have so many fantastic images that I would love, love, love to have made into tiles.
4. Giant PomPoms. Everybody seems to be decorating with these beauties lately. Teresa McFayden (Silver Bella guru and my personal idol) inspired me to try this at home. Take a look at the poms she made for her daughter's graduation party here. I think I'm going to make up a bunch in red, pink & aqua and hang them from my studio ceiling. You can find the "how to" on Martha's website.
5. A Muse Artstamps summer line. I just can't get enough of these adorable stamps. Local gals can pick theirs up over at Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA. If your local store doesn't carry the stamps (remember to shop local first!), you can always buy them on-line. Make sure you check out the upcoming A-Muse-A-Palooza from July 10 - 19, 2009.
Have a wonderful weekend. Hope you get some crafting time in!!
I know it has been forever since I've released an on-line kit, but you know.... new baby... blah, blah, blah.
I put together three cute little journals for my best friend Carrie's children. They are departing for their first family vacation next week -- in Hawaii. I love these kids dearly and wanted them to have something special for their trip. So, I came up with this:
That's a miniature wooden surfboard on the front. My hubby bought them for me years ago for a class project and I've been trying to find the perfect project for them. Found it!
I had enough materials left over for four more books, so I typed up some instructions and bagged them as kits. I put them on Etsy this morning and ran out to take my daughter to a playdate. Before I could get them on this website, half of the kits were already sold!! The two remaining kits can be found on my Etsy site. I won't be making any more of this kit, so grab them while you can. (6/19/09 EDITED TO ADD: So sorry, but the kits have already sold out!)
I am working on two more Summer themed kits. Hopefully I'll be able to release them over the next couple of weeks. Thank God for Summer day camp for pre-schoolers!
I just cleaned out the on-line shopping section of my website. I've purged a number of old products that I no longer carry and I've taken 20% off the remaining inventory. I've also added the Bind-It-All as a product and I'll offer at at 20% off for a limited time (that's a $15 savings!). The products available are limited in number, so get yours today! Click here to see my store.
If you're in a shopping mood, I've also updated the coupon links (on the left sidebar) to include new coupons for Michaels, AC Moore, Jo-Anns & Hobby Lobby. Happy shopping!
Our "Unplugged" week was a fantastic experience! We had a couple of minor setbacks (my 3 year-old declared a hunger strike on day one -- "I'm not eating until you turn the TV back on!), but we made it through the week unscathed. Here's what I learned this week:
Our kids live in an "on demand" world. DVRs and iPods allow children to believe that everything they want is right there for them whenever they want it. Want to watch SpongeBob at 3 a.m.? It's on the DVR! Want to listen to the new song you like? Download it to your iTouch and listen away! Well, you know what kids? You don't always get everything you want. I had to explain to my daughter what a radio (we did listen to the radio) was. She had no concept of having to listen to someone else's programming.
It's not that I don't have enough time to read anymore, it's that I use that time on other things. I read two and a half books this week. TWO AND A HALF BOOKS! (The Leisure Seeker, The Ladies' Lending Library and The Creative Family) Apparently I do have time when I'm not playing Sodoku on my iTouch or surfing my favorite blogs.
Technology has made our lives sooo much easier and should be appreciated (without letting it take over your life). I've grown so used to using USPS.com to mail packages, that it was a big huge hairy pain in the ass to drag my two kids down to the post office to mail off a package (I must reaaaaaallllly love you Louise!!). I screwed up our flexible spending paperwork and needed to fax something in for reimbursement. It slowly dawned on me that I had no idea where to go to send a fax if I couldn't use mine at home. (BTW, my public library had a fax machine. Who knew?). And Mapquest. I bitch about you constantly Mapquest, but you have truly changed all of our lives.
I get way too many e-mails. I had over 1,000 new e-mails when I turned on my computer this morning. And over 1,100 blog feeds. And twitters. And instant messages. Ugh. Too much information coming at me.
Things are much calmer in our house when the TV and computer are not on. We played games. We read books. We ate at the dinner table EVERY NIGHT. AS A FAMILY. EVEN THE BABY.
Coming out of this, we're going to try to capitalize on these learned lessons. During the week, the TV will be turned off before Daddy gets home. We're going to keep playing games at night. (I'm getting really good at Don't Wake Daddy and Rhino Rampage). I'm thinking of making Fridays "Unplugged" days for the entire Summer. And we're certainly going to do this again next year.
I did finally read the giveaway book from February -- The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian. I loved this book. I know that I had mentioned that the movie rights had already been purchased. Please read the book before the movie comes out. Let Zadoorian's words and your imagination give faces to these delightful characters before some Hollywood actor is given the reins. It's a great summer read. Go grab yourself a copy!
I have a number of things planned for this week (including a new limited edition kit). I leave you with some pictures from our "Unplugged" week:
This armoire holds our TV/DVD player/DVR/etc. We locked it up (with an antique key) on Sunday night and didn't unlock it for seven days.
Rhino Rampage. Lots of Rhino Rampage.
My menu board. I made it using a white platter from Wal-Mart and chalk paint. Easy peasy. And the chalk markers make all the difference.
G's reading nook. She managed to thumb through all of those books in one morning.