A personalized pin for the birthday boy or girl
Everyone wants to feel special on their birthday. And you want everyone to know it’s your birthday without actually having to tell them, right?
Wear this badge, and you can accomplish both tasks at the same time!
Or, make this badge for someone (a co-worker, maybe?) and get their day off to a good start.
Click the red arrow below to see how I made this.
Healthyish eating, doormats and “lasers”
Via Dinner a Love Story – Bon Appetit’s website has a new section that looks really good.
I’ve seen a lot of pins and tutorials for making your own doormat, but most of them look like they require a lot more patience and talent than I have. This one looks like it might be right in my league.
Last fall I accidentally discovered the Silhouette Cameo, and my craft world was blown up (in a good way). Last weekend my sister showed me this cutting tool
, which is awesome because it’s awesome, and also because it give me the opportunity me to say “lasers” with air quotes like in Austin Powers
There are craft projects that I take a good amount of time working toward. Reading web tutorials, browsing Etsy, waiting for a sale on the items I need.
And then there are those that just click.
It’s February in KC, and its been gloomy for weeks. Today it is sunny and unseasonably warm. We have the doors and windows open, and a bike ride in on the agenda.
And I found myself sorting the craft drawers, and stumbled upon this enormous bag of googly eyes that my sister gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago (long story, only funny to us).
I have a brand new glue gun. And I found three perfectly good magnets at the bottom of that drawer as well.
There aren’t really instructions here – pick googly eyes at least as large as your magnet, apply hot glue, let dry. Repeat.
Instant happiness. How can you not smile with those things staring at you from the magnetic dry erase board?
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A Silhouette Studio Print and Cut project
Two things you need to know about me:
- I love a good pun
- I really don’t like olives
Sometimes I let the olive part slide – small black olive slices are fine on a pizza. If there are chunks in a salad but they can hide in the lettuce, OK. Also, my olive ban does not extend to olive oil (it’s a texture thing, not a taste issue).
For Valentine’s Day, I put together a punny card featuring the Olive.
Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears and Chicago Style Pizza
- Here’s a Chicago Blackhawks String Craft.
- Despite the fact that Chicago hasn’t been to a Super Bowl since 2007, here’s DIY football party featuring Bears themed items:
- A recipe for Deep Dish Pizza that I haven’t tried, but looks interesting.
A Silhouette Studio Print and Cut Project
When I first got my Silhouette Cameo, I thought it only cut, uh, silhouettes. Turns out it does a technique called Print and Cut which lets it do so much more.
The concept of Print and Cut is easy – you set up your artwork that you want to print, add lines to show what you want to cut, and then turn on these magic registration marks so that the Silhouette cutter can take the instructions from the Silhouette Studio software.
The only hard part of the project is taking a decent photo of the garland hanging in my back window. The window faces north, so it’s a pick your photographic poison of too much back light or a weird view of the neighbor’s yard. I promise it looks better in person!
A look back at the month that just ended
- Launch of SuzerSpace!
- New Year’s Eve needed props – first these glasses.
- And then these “credentials”
- The Rose Bowl wasn’t on New Year’s Day. Which gave me an extra day to craft a crown.
- My favorite chip dip, only better for you.
- A VW-Bus Inspired Tissue Box Cover.
- A cheerful flower card.
- And then with lessons learned from that construction, a XOXO card for Valentine’s Day.
An easy dip from a few basic ingredients
Hummus is a bit of a head scratcher.
It’s been around forever, but suddenly a few years ago became the new “IT” food.
At the grocery store, a small container starts at $3.99 and goes up considerably if it has other high fashion ingredients (use the words artisan and roasted and you can add at least another dollar).
Food bloggers and their commenters have gone crazy as well, posting recipes with multiple steps and heated arguments about whether a Vitamix is better than a food processor. Don’t even get me started on the remove-the-skins vs. leave-the-skins debates. (Honestly, I fell for it, and used to skin them, but at least for me, the difference isn’t worth the work).
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On Super Bowl Sunday, are you ready for some ….Taxes?
For several years now I’ve used Super Bowl Sunday as my time for getting my taxes together.
It certainly is impossible to miss, with all the shouting on TV, and endless posts on social media. Even the crafting blogs get into it (guilty!)
The game doesn’t start until evening, but the TV coverage starts early. You have plenty of time to do this task and get it off your list way before it is time to start eating chip and dip.
Instead of waiting until the last second, using Super Bowl Sunday is an easy trick. Most, if not all, federal tax forms (W-2, 1099, etc.) are due to you by January 31st. And the IRS begins processing returns right around the first week of February as well.
If your taxes are easy and/or you are really a DIY-er, then this Sunday is a great day to get everything together and file online. If your taxes are more complicated, Sunday is a great time to find all the papers and get them into that envelope to send off to your tax preparer.
An extra bonus of filing earlier? If you going to receive a refund, it usually comes earlier, too!
Craft rooms, Smitten Kitchen on Food Network and a weekly planner
- Craft room envy big time, but there are pieces here that could be incorporated into any spot big or small.
- I’ve been reading Smitten Kitchen for years. So I’m happy for her about her big announcement. And fearful she’ll jump the shark and become another plasticized Food Network celeb that makes things no one would cook.
- Little notepads are my thing. And this one features a free printable for weekly planning.
- We don’t really eat sweets, but this quick idea was so cute I could resist sharing it.