If you know me, you know that I have super powers. Really! They haven’t gotten me any fame or made me MONEY or anything useful like that but they are mine and I am proud of my special skills…I’ll divulge one of them here in… Read More


breaking bread

I conducted an experiment last weekend where I followed this recipe for Cranberry Swirl Bread, traded out the cranberries for apricot preserves, and used gluten-free flour instead of regular ol’ all-purpose flour. IT. WAS. A. COMPLETE. DISASTER. I started over with regular flour (because failure… Read More


eat, drink, and be furry

BIG SURPRISE. I put my beagle on this year’s Christmas card. It’s no real surprise. Mac is on the card EVERY year.  He’s my monster, after all.  The cats don’t know yet that they didn’t get spot on the card… 1. because they are cats… Read More


paper trees

My latest paper project is this Stacked Triangle Tree. It was easy, took less than an hour to come together and it’s a pretty versatile project. There are many options for embellishments. You can draw on them with metallic markers (like I did), paint (puffy… Read More


Ina Hattenhauer

I love the holiday themed animated gifs over at Hello Heute (illustrator Ina Hattenhauer’s blog). Some of them she paired with songs. For example, the animation below was paired with Baby It’s Cold Outside. Too adorable for words. TOO DAMN ADORABLE. Visit Ina’s blog for… Read More


no peeking!

Here we are in the first week of December and I have so many ideas in my brain right now for DIY projects and the blog and the shop and, and, and…I could BUST! TOO MANY IDEAS, TOO LITTLE TIME. But don’t you worry about… Read More


warm fuzzies

It was a fun Thanksgiving holiday! I spent a few days in Tampa at my sister’s house and ate turkey with cranberries, and even some pumpkin pie. My niece, Emma, and I made a gingerbread house, origami stars and pom pom garland. There is glitter… Read More


holidaze – free printable

Are you fully recovered from your turkey hangover? I hope so because the updated Holiday Card Kit (2014) is now available…for FREE. Just click the image above to download yours. The kit includes 2 PDFs (one for the card and one for the mailing labels).… Read More


dear november

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others. ― S. Levenson I’ve waited until the end of… Read More


noble souls

In the beginning of 2014 I posted a free printable I called gratitude worksheets. It’s now almost 2015 and I’m a bit miffed at myself for not “practicing gratitude” more often over the last ten months. Last year was more difficult than this year, but… Read More


give thanks

In August and September I posted this free printable  in my “summer and almost fall” colors… I felt compelled to post a Thanksgiving version for you. I’ll post a winter version once the cold days out number the warm ones. Not sure when that will… Read More


just keep growing

The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth. image: © Aimee McEwen