Olive You – A Valentine’s Card

A Silhouette Studio Print and Cut project

Two things you need to know about me:

  1. I love a good pun
  2. 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.

Use a double sided Print & Cut technique from Silhouette studio to make an Olive You card

 

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Sunday Scrolling: February 5, 2017

Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears and Chicago Style Pizza

I’m traveling instead of crafting this weekend, so the links I’ve found focus on the Windy City.
  • 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.

 

Conversation Hearts Garland

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!

Conversation Hearts Garland hanging in the window

 

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First Friday: February 3, 2017

A look back at the month that just ended

  1. Launch of SuzerSpace!
  2. New Year’s Eve needed props – first these glasses.
  3. And then these “credentials”
  4. The Rose Bowl wasn’t on New Year’s Day. Which gave me an extra day to craft a crown.
  5. My favorite chip dip, only better for you.
  6. A VW-Bus Inspired Tissue Box Cover.
  7. A cheerful flower card.
  8. And then with lessons learned from that construction, a XOXO card for Valentine’s Day.

Super easy hummus

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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Teeny Tiny Tip: Taxes

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!

 

Sunday Scrolling: January 29, 2017

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.

 

Football Garland

A Silhouette Cameo Print & Cut Project

I’m not sure if you know this, but a big football game is coming up next weekend.

And I don’t need much prodding to produce a garland, so an over-hyped sporting event will definitely serve as an excuse!

For this one, I decided I wanted to hang the garland vertically (which might technically be a streamer and not a garland). And that meant the image needed to be visible on both sides since the footballs were going to move a bit in the air.

I’ve harnessed the power of Silhouette Studio’s Print and Cut feature and  added a twist – I double side printed the image.

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VW Bus Inspired Tissue Box Cover

So you are probably wondering why I’d want a VW Bus inspired Tissue Box Cover.

Because I saw a Whale Tissue Box cover, of course!

Seriously, I don’t even know how my mind works. And the Internet makes it much, much worse (better?). I saw a link for an Etsy listing of a tissue box cover shaped like a whale. (not an affiliate link).

It was super cute, but super pricey.

So I figured someone on the Internet would have made one from paper or cardboard, right?

So I set up to make one. And then got super distracted by the world that is tissue box cover crafts. One click led to another, until I saw this. (also not an affiliate link).  And my heart exploded.

And then sank. I can crochet, but not like that.

And then I went full circle and realized I could make something like that out of paper.

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Baked Tofu

Tofu isn’t scary. Really.

Tofu is kind of like the opposite of Fight Club.

EVERYONE talks about tofu. I read so much about making tofu that it scared me.

I will confess it took me a few tries to nail down a solid system. My general cooking technique for most food involves skipping any steps I don’t want to do or don’t have a gadget to do it with.

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