Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Epic Pancake Adventure - Grand Cooking With Zami!

A sweet friend of mine, by the name of Richelle, commented on this blog post,  "6 Steps to Making Cooking & Clean Up FUN for Kids!"
that I did last month.  Actually, a lot of ladies commented on this post, which Zami thought was so totally cool!  Here is what Richelle said:

"Awwww, you & Zami make a great team!! I think you should make this a regular thing <3"  Red Scorpio Handmade who by the way just finished a very cool book called:

                   *Handmade gifts don’t suck*
 "Let’s just start with that. If you make something with your hands and put your heart & soul into it, it’s not going to suck even if it doesn’t turn out as well as you hoped. Handmade is beautiful.
Just because something is handmade does not mean it automatically makes a great gift. I am going to go out on a limb here and say your Dad probably doesn’t want a yarn wrapped tin can pencil holder for his desk. Unless you are like seven, and then he would for sure love it. If you are older than 18, you need to up your game."

Anyway, back to Zami!  So, I listened to Richelle, cause she's obviously pretty smart right?  I'm thinking to post it twice a month, on the 1st & 3rd Sunday.  Sound good?

I did a guest blog post yesterday on this very adventure for the site The Pocket Source (Awesome site and blog, by the way) and today I'm doing one for you!  With lot's of yummy photos and less words! :)

We were going to do those kind of pancakes that you squeeze from a picnic ketchup bottle and make all kinds of designs and cool stuff.  I know I have 2 or 3 them in the house . . .  cause I just saw them the other day.  Well, I couldn't find them.  Poop.
However, since this is an adventure . . . we went with the flow!  We did it the old fashioned way. We found it in an old Cookbook from 1957, where you simply used a spoon to pour and drip the pancake batter to form the shape you desire!  Zami was only slightly challenged (okay, me too) when he had to think how to make a backward Z, a mirror image.
I set up for the photo shoot before I called Zami down to my place, just as a time saver.  I think though, one of these times I'll let him stage the kitchen for our cooking adventure!  

So, here is "The Epic Pancake Adventure!" 

Let us know if you think this is a pretty awesome idea too!  Do you have any thoughts about what you might like to see us cook?  What should be on the menu with "Grand Cooking with Zami!"  And just so you know, ladies . . . every time I go upstairs now, Zami wants to know "How many comments, now?"  "Am I even more famous?"  

Oh, I almost forgot!  Zami's last cooking post was also featured on Sarah Shotts's Love Letter to Adventure.  Check it out!  Zami was so excited to see that! :)  

I also put the cutest watercolor photo that Sarah did of a porthole (my vision, she says it's something from the Hobbit, I think) on the right side bar of my blog.  If you click on it, it will take you to Sarah's awesome website and you can see all the link ups and put your own in too! 

Thanks for visiting ladies!!




Friday, March 27, 2015

2 Cool & Pretty Vintage Craft Creations GIVEAWAY!

It's Friday and that means it's the last day of my MIXED MEDIA & SCRAPBOOKING INSPIRATION KIT   Sale!  

Thank you so much to all you lovely ladies who have purchased this amazing kit already and those of you who plan to purchase it TODAY!  YAY!  

I will be giving the following goodies away in a random kind of drawing on Saturday morning, March 28th.  Everyone who comments and or shares, etc., gets an entry(s) and then whoever  orders the Mixed Media &  Scrapbooking Inspiration Kit  or who has already ordered it,  will get an additional FIVE (5) entries!  SWEET! ♡

Click here to see all the kit photos and order with the PayPal button in the right sidebar.  Easy Peasy! : )

Here is a sample of what's going in your kit! (Props are so not included, as you know) 

In the large kit, you'll receive four (4) of the vintage playing card stencils and two (2) in the medium kit.  In the GIVEAWAY, you'll receive 3!  These are the actual cards that will be in the GIVEAWAY!  (In the kits, it may be these cards, or other super cute designs.)  

You can use your cool stencil with paint, spray ink, markers, pens or even those small little ink pads. These vintage cards are plastic coated unlike the more modern, thinner version.  They should last a good little while, if properly taken care of.  I just wipe my stencils off with a baby wipe and then dry with a paper towel.

Oh, BONUS!  You also get the confetti that is a result of making these fun stencils!  I know, I know . . . you didn't expect that! ;p

The second GIVEAWAY goodie is a set of 3 vintage crepe paper stitched ruffles!  They come in the most soft and beautiful spring colors.  White, pink and mint.  You'll get these exact ruffles, which are between 12" and 14", in the GIVEAWAY.  In the large kit you will also get 3 (one of each color) of this size (12"-14") and the same in the medium kit, except half the size. (6"-7")  Aren't the colors delightful?

I am also including one (1) vintage bingo card.  This is also included in the kit . . . two (2) for the large kit and one (1) for the medium kit.  This is such a neat Bingo Card, if I do say so myself!  And so will you when you see it! ♡

Now, scroll all the way to the bottom, while looking at the photos, of course . . . for one last message.

I said I was going to knock your socks off with this kit and you turned around and knocked MY socks off!   I've gotten so much support and kind words and lots of sales!  Thanks again ladies, from the bottom of my heart!

I can't wait to package it all up with love and washi tape and get them on the way to you!!  (Shipping will be on April 1st)

What are you most looking forward to checking out when you receive your kit?  I'd love to hear what you're most excited about! :)



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I do at 11o'clock at night instead of sleeping!

That's right!  You got it!  I MAKE STUFF!  I was really winding down for the night, kinda early for a change.  I was talking to some friends earlier today about our sucky schedules and poor eating, sleeping and soda and coffee drinking ways.  But you know what?  That's a whole different blog post!  This one is just pure fun!

So I was scoping out Pinterest, as I like to do before bed and I came across this super cute little pocket in a little passport sized journal!  And I loved it and said to myself . . . "I think I could make something like that"  So, instead of just pinning it to it's appropriate board for later viewing, I decided I wanted to make it now!  I had some paper grocery bags, that I sew up for my packaging, and some cute tissue right within arms reach.  My sewing machines are always at the ready!  So when inspiration hits, sometimes you just gotta go with it, right?  A maker has just gotta MAKE!  Do what you love!

So, what do you think?  I think it turned out pretty dang cute!  As you can see in the photo above I stitched up the short side of the pocket as well.  I did this to make it a true pocket that would hold things more securely.  If I was keeping this pocket, which I'm not, I would punch a couple of holes in it and put it in with my mini journal, which uses binder rings. 

But YOU could do it however you want!  Cause I'm going to give it away.  (Props are so not included, as you know.  It will be the pocket and the little blue journal card in the pocket.)  I will give one away in a random kind of drawing and then whoever orders the Mixed Media &  Scrapbooking Inspiration Kit TODAY ONLY (March 25th) will receive one of these in their Kit!  Hoo & Ray, right!  That's right!  Click here to see all the kit photos and order with the PayPal button in the right sidebar.  Easy Peasy! : )

For the pockets that will go with whomever orders today, I am going to do the inside of the pocket in vintage atlas page paper.  I think that will look pretty cool!

 For the pockets that will go with whomever orders today, I am going to do the inside of the pocket in vintage atlas page paper.  I think that will look pretty cool!

So, for the giveaway, the usual rules will apply.  Comment here, comment there, comment everywhere & share, share, share!  

Thanks so much everybody for your awesome support!  I wish I could have you all over for a big craft happy weekend!  Wouldn't that be amazing!! :)