Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Today is the Day

I appologize for the recent absence from my blog. I have been very busy preparing to move.

But the day has finally come! We got the keys yesterday and everything is packed. Now comes the hard part...actually moving.

Just looking around the new apartment yesterday got me so excited! It is so much bigger than where we are living right now. I can't wait to get cooking and baking in the new kitchen; New appliances, dishwasher (and I'm not referring to myself), and the space...Oh! the SPACE! That's something I've learned to live without this past year and a half. Not to mention that we no longer have to lug laundry down the street. It's right in the apartment! In the kitchen of all places, but I'm thrilled.

Having not seen the place in a week or so, I had forgotten how bright and lit up with sunlight it is. I walked into the apartment with Ryan yesterday and almost shielded my eyes. It seemed even brighter inside than it was outside.

Yesterday was also the first time that we saw the apartment empty. When we went to look at the apartment before the previous tenants were still living there. We realized how poorly they had utilized their space. Just look at the living room in the picture on the right. They had too many oversized pieces of furniture squished into the space. It just looks silly. But with the right sized pieces the living room is a great room for watching tv, playing games or just relaxing.

(Not to mention my new landlord could take a lesson in apartment photography. These pictures do the place no justice. This hallway is not nearly as narrow as it looks.)
Unfortunately though, this move will mean I won't be here for a few more days. Our internet is not set to be hooked up until Friday. Not that we won't be busy enough with unpacking and getting ourselves set up in the new place. So, I'll leave you all with bad pictures of my great new apartment. Hopefully when I come back I will have great new pictures to share!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Moved Things Around

As I said before, I'm new to blogging, so I've been playing around with my layout and the templates I'm using. I think I like this one better. It seems more suited to me and my style.
I also added a new widget. It's a bookshelf! (scroll all the way down.) If you want one of your own you can get it here. I love mine! I have my own online bookshelf so that I can show off what I'm reading or what I have read.
So, let me know what you think of the updated version of my blog.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Great Giveaway from an Etsy Artist

I just found out about a great giveaway from kerrybeary's Etsy shop. Her retro inspired prints are wonderful! I came across a great blog called Oh! How Lovely, and she is featuring a giveaway of 7 great gifts to 7 winners. And the contest is so easy to enter. Just click the link above and find out how.
Hurry, though, this all ends on Friday. Don't miss it!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

I'm Being Featured!

I'm so excited!

The Halloween cards, that I have listed in my shop on Etsy, are being featured in the "Great Finds" section of MadeForMeByOakley's blog. Each month Oakley picks a selection of items from pages like Etsy, madeitmyself, and silkfair. Oftentimes, the picks are based on a common theme and this month's theme is, you guessed it, Halloween!
So I am here promoting Oakley, myself, and all the other beautiful items I'm featured alongside of. There's everything from really cute sneakers to home decor to jewelry. You absoluetly should check it out. And if you see something you love, you can buy everything you see directly from its creator.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

I'm Starting a New Appreciation Section

So, I've been thinking of different ways to thank my customers. I already send little personalized notes with the item.

But, now I've decided to add a link to their shop or blog just for buying from me. I'll even add their logo or a picture of their goods! I know I love every little plug I can get. I want to thank each customer for taking the time to browse my shop and for supporting independent artists.

What better way is there to say thank you for supporting me, by saying I support you!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Finally Listed Another Item!

It's been more than a week since I listed new items at my Etsy shop. I've just been so busy at work, I haven't had much time to work on my crafting. It started because I wanted to make a card for my boyfriend's mother, who generously bought us a new mattress. I had been putting off making cards a bit because I'd been so tired.

Once I sat down, I couldn't be stopped. I took all my supplies out and began making my usual paper explosion mess. It was so relaxing to just putter away at it.

Maybe it was because I didn't feel I needed to make anything to sell. There was no pressure to produce, yet I did produce quite a bit.

So taking a break from your crafts isn't necessarily a bad thing, maybe it's just what you need. Once you go back to it, it will seem like a fun release instead of work. There's no need to spoil your love of crafting... Keep the Love Alive!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

YUMMO! ...not YUM-O

I am making the most delicious Homemade Tomato Soup tonight! I made up this recipe two nights ago when I was craving a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup but had no ready made. I offered some to my boyfriend and he shrugged and said "Okay." Three minutes later his bowl was empty and there was no soup left in the pot. Tonight, when I asked my him what he wanted to eat, he looked at me, smiling, and said "Tomato Soup, please."
it really is that good!
Ready for the recipe? Here it is...
2- 14 oz cans of whole peeled tomatoes, cut in half or quarters with juice reserved
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground garlic, more if you like
1 bay leaf
4 cloves (yes, whole cloves)
dash of ground chili pepper
dash of white pepper
Complimentary herbs of your liking... (I chose oregano, thyme and rosemary)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 - 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (this is an approximation. I pour a very thin stream from the bottle into the soup while blending)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 - 1/2 cup cream (I even used half & half), this too is a preference thing and I eyeballed it.
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in the bottom of a large saucepan, add the garlic until fragrant and translucent. Over medium-high heat, stir in the tomato juice from cans. Then add halved tomatoes. Cook for 3 minutes. Add in bay leaf, cloves, chili pepper, white pepper, and herbs. Stir and let simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.
Tomatoes should be soft and easily squished with your spoon.
Remove cloves and bay leaf from pot and transfer tomatoes into a standing blender. Puree for about 10 seconds. Let stand for a sec, then puree again for another 15 seconds. This time adding the sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let it all sit in the blender while you prep the next step.
In the same saucepan, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter. Whisk in 1 Tablespoon of flour to make a sort of roux. Be careful so it doesn't get lumpy. Slowly add the tomatoes back into the saucepan. Once the roux is incorporated with the tomatoes, you can start adding the cream. I add just enough to lighten up the color. Let the soup simmer slightly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before serving

Monday, September 15, 2008

Here I Am


I set up my shop on
Etsy a little less than a month ago. So now, I figure it's time for me to start up a blog. Bear with me while I get used to all this and set up. I hope to post a few times a month with insight into my life, my crafts and cards, and my business.

I have loved creating homemade cards for friends and family for a while now. A friend told me about Etsy and I decided I'd try it out.

What an amazing community of people- not to mention talented!

Exploring the site has been so much fun and everyone is so friendly and helpful. I can see that I may become addicted to Etsy.
Now it's time to get crafting...