perfect little hearts

lone red heart

  I'm back with another Valentine project for you! How are you liking these little hearts? Personally, I'm loving them.   It all started with an ugly frame I picked up from the thrift store. I gave it a grey paint job.   I punched out some hearts from white card stock and one red glitter heart.   Then, using some of those puffy sticky dots, I stuck them onto a piece of card stock that I cut to fit my frame. I … [Read more...]

lovely valentine luminaries


  So I've been thinking about making some Valentine luminaries for a few days now and tonight was the lucky night. It is my personal opinion that no one can ever have too many candles. Ever. I think they give such a warm, soft, inviting feel to any room. These are the ones I came up and they're exactly perfect for me!   This was one of those projects that I knew I already had the supplies, I just needed to rummage … [Read more...]

valentine hearts

N's art

  I work with the absolute funnest ladies ever! True story. I enjoy going to work just to spend time with them. And before Alison (my blogging counterpart) moved away she worked with us too. One time, Alison and I planned a little something for two of said ladies, let's call them Nan and Barbara. It was a surprise so we just told them to save the date. Barbara picked up her calendar and wrote STD (Save The Date), then announced, … [Read more...]

Blackout Bliss (a.k.a. 10 minute caramel corn)

caramel corn

Blackout Bliss, so named because we first ate it during the great snow storm blackout of 2012, should only be attempted if you are fully prepared to consume all of it... immediately.  Not because it doesn't keep wonderfully (because it does) but because by eating one bite you irrevocably surrender any control you had over your will power, not to mention your gross motor skills, and stand by helplessly as your subconscious forces you to eat the … [Read more...]

tassel garland

tassel garland

  I can't explain it, but there is something so fantastic about garlands. I am head-over-heels, crazy-in-love with garlands! And this tassel garland is no exception. Are you loving it as much as me?   I first saw a tassel garland here at Confetti System. It was love at first sight! I was dying over it! ...But then I saw the price of $130.00. No that isn't a typo. One hundred and thirty dollars. Ok, first of … [Read more...]

magazine wreath

magazine pages

  Greetings! I've got a wonderfully easy project for you today! I finally took my christmas wreath off the front door and then it just looked empty and sad. So I made this fabulous wreath from magazine pages. Do you like? I sure do! Want to make one of your very own? Ok, let's get started. Start by tearing out some pages from an old magazine you've got lying around. I wanted my wreath to have lots of color so I … [Read more...]

music monday: disney jazz

Disney Songs The Satchmo Way

  And a happy monday to you! I hope you've all had a good weekend and, if you're lucky, have today off from work in honor of Martin Luther King Day. My brother and his family are at Disneyland so I've been living vicariously through them all week. When he sends me texts about what ride they've just been on, or what they all thought of World of Color or which delicious park treat they happen to be enjoying at that moment (dole whips. … [Read more...]

cupcake liner lights

cupcake liner lights

  Hello everyone! I've got some really exciting things in the works! At the top of the list; I'm completely changing my dining room. Even changing which room it's in. It's going to be amazing when it's all finished! I'll keep you posted on that one. But until then, I have this great little project. Cupcake liner lights! I'm a big fan of twinkle lights and I fully believe you can have them in your house at anytime of the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies – The Last Recipe You Will Ever Need

Treasure Cookies

I got this recipe from my mom who, I think, cut it out of a newspaper a long time ago.  I can't take credit for it, but I can make sure the world doesn't keep living in darkness without it.  If your eyes are now rolling to the tune of "ANOTHER chocolate chip cookie recipe," I don't blame you, but you would be mistaken.  Meet the little black dress of your cookie recipe wardrobe.  These are the definitive, the ultimate, the final word on chocolate … [Read more...]

the best of 2011

paper mosaic game boards

    Happy New Year! As you've probably noticed, I took a couple weeks off from the blogland and had an absolutely wonderful holiday with family and friends. I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday as well. After Christmas I always find myself in funk-ti-fied letdown mode. And yes, that IS a real post-holiday condition. I really try to prevent it, but every January it shows up, like clockwork. Because I love Christmas and … [Read more...]