my take on a quote I pinned last week & absolutely adore.

enjoy the weekend!


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NSD 2014

Mark your calendars! Celebrate NSD with Studio Calico on May 3rd! More details here.


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make this! easter cones

It all started with some pretty party hats. Oh Joy for Target party hats to be exact. I purchased them for my birthday (yep, bought them for myself), had a little fun with them but didn’t want to part ways just yet. The colors are the perfect shades of spring & they make instant containers. Cue in the Easter cone.

It’s extremely simple & a great way to reuse something too pretty to toss. (I snipped up one of the hats for my scrapbook which is just about done)

I’ve heard that the Oh Joy line is becoming scarce and will be gone in a few weeks.  If you can find these pretties, yay! If not, I’m sure there are other suitable pretty party hats around.

These are incredibly simple and only require a few things any everyday crafter would have on hand.

A few notes…
*Oh Joy for Target hats were purchased at my local Target. They cost $3.
*The  ribbons and washi tape are all from past Studio Calico kits. The twine is also from Studio Calico.
*All other items (plastic eggs & grass) were purchased from my local Target.
*After peeling off the tape, you do want to remove the elastic string.

Have fun giving these a try! My little guy loved helping me put these together. Great make for little ones!


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The process: part 1

I thought I would walk through my process of working with Studio Calico’s monthly kits using the May kit. I can’t officially show you any product until after the 13th (sneak night) so you’ll just have to hang in there. I know all those muslin bags are a big tease.:)

After all these years of receiving kits, it still excites me to see the big brown box on my doorstep. My mail lady is well aware of this.

The first thing I do is snap a photo for my Instagram feed and hashtag it #mysckitishere because it’s fun to see everyone else’s excitement with the arrival of their kits.

I usually start with my Project Life stuff, main kit first. I’ll go through each card and embellishment and weed out what works for me and what doesn’t. It’s usually 3 piles. The “omg, I love this SO MUCH and must use it” pile. The “I like this but not sure it’ll work right now” pile and the “Meh” pile which usually consists of items that I find hard to work with.

Next it’s the scrapbook kits….it’s pretty much the same process. The only thing I do differently is weed out the patterned papers that can be used as backgrounds like a graph paper or something that isn’t pattern heavy.

At this point, I make mental notes about what photos will work with the overall theme of the kit. I can make a boy pages out of anything but if it is super girly with pinks and florals, I’ll try to use photos of myself or my niece. If an idea strikes me right away, I’ll jot it down or maybe do a quick map of a layout and snap a photo with my iPhone. I very rarely start in with my kits as soon as I receive them. They usually get packed away for the weekend or until I get photos printed and can dedicate a night to starting.

Now that my kit is packed up, it’s time to get my photos ready. I start with photos I already have printed from past months. BTW, I pack my kit up because I scrapbook downstairs in the main living space or dining room. If I had a dedicated space, It would probably be spread out on my desk.

Random notes….

1. Evidently it was pant less toddler day.
2. He worked hard (& begged harder) for this Power Rangers Morpher thingy. He carries it everywhere.
3. This dog. Always next to me no matter where I am in the house.
4. Pile of photos from previous months.
5. Comfy (ugly) sweats and even uglier (comfy) socks are kind of must for me when I scrapbook. Keepin’ it real folks.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back next week with more of my process.


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workspace wednesday


Whipped up a quick and spicy wonton soup using frozen shrimp wontons I made last week.
I used this recipe for the wontons. Made & ate a few then froze the rest.
My quick broth recipe:
(single serving if you’re hungry)

4 cups water
1 Knorr’s chicken bouillon cube
a generous tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce
a few drops of toasted sesame oil
a generous teaspoon of garlic chili sauce
a little bit of salt
garnish with cilantro

Bring ingredients to a gentle boil, turn down the heat and simmer. Add frozen (or fresh) wontons. I added 5. Cook about 10 minutes for frozen wonton, less time for fresh. Add cilantro or sliced scallion. Maybe a little dash of Sriracha sauce.:)

-I usually add a small knob of ginger (leave whole) and sliced scallions but I didn’t have those on hand at the time. The cilantro was an after thought but it was just as delicious.

Forever eating at my desk.
Working on a series of 5×7 screen prints that will debut next week.
Chose to not turn on Pandora like I usually do. The quiet was perfect.
Emails & bills, etc.
This  is my workspace wednesday. aka #hfworkspacewednesday


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