Baby time!

I don’t feel much like blogging today … today  I want to play with this awesome baby!!

Do you blame me?

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What are you thankful for?

In keeping with my holiday theme I came across this blog post yesterday about a “Thanks Jar”.  The post mainly details how to do a glass etching … which is also very cool and something I hope to try one day … but I was really intrigued by the idea of a Thanks Jar.

Basically, everyone in your family writes down one thing every day for the month of November that they are thankful for.  Then on Thanksgiving you crack open the jar and read what everyone said.  It sound like an awesome Thanksgiving tradition!

The Card Saga

ethical christmas cardsYesterday I talked about how I was going to do things differently this holiday season to hopefully make myself less crazy.  One of the banes of my holiday existence is the dreaded Christmas card.

I remember the first year I decided I was “adult” enough to send out my own cards … I was so excited.  I bought my box of cards, got all my family’s addresses from my mom, got all my friends addresses, bought a ton of stamps and sat in front of the tv ready for a night of adult sophistication filling out my Christmas cards.  Flash forward to 10 years later … ask me how many years I successfully managed to send out Christmas cards?

One.  Just one.  That very first year.

I am, generally speaking, bad at these types of things.  I’m bad at thank you cards (I know that makes me a terrible person), I’m bad a writing letters or those “how have you been?” emails (but they always sound like a good idea!), and I’m pretty bad at remembering to send people birthday cards.  It doesn’t matter how many places I’ve put reminders or how far in advance I try to plan.  I can never manage to complete the “buy a card, buy a stamp, fill out the card, address the card, affix the stamp, and put it in the mail” process.  Most times I can’t make it past step one.

But not this year folks!!  If you are among my near and dear you will  be getting a Christmas card!!  And it’s all thanks to little thing called Cardstore.com.

When Apple’s iOS 5 came out in October they introduced a new app they called, in their oh so simple Apple fashion, Cards.  Cards is the nifty little app where you can upload pictures and create cards (or create non-photo cards), personalize the message inside, pick who the recipient is … and for the low low price of $3.99 Apple will print and ship that card to your loved one.  Awesome, right?!

So, of course, I had to test it out.  I uploaded a picture of Tom and I from his 40th birthday party and made him a cute little “I love you” card.  It shipped quickly and looked awesome.  I was pretty happy.  I had the thought that this would be great way to do Christmas cards.  Only $3.99 per person would get rather expensive rather quickly and Apply only had 20 or so styles to choose from and none of seemed overly Christmasy to me.  Then it occurred to me that, also in Apple fashion (meaning they like to take other people’s good idea and make them “better”), someone else had to have thought of this.

Voila Cardstore.com!  They have a ton of different types of cards (photo and non-photo) for all sorts of occasions, they let you type in your personalized messages, they even let you upload your very own signature!  You type in the recipients address along with yours and BLAMO! the card gets printed and sent out.  And the most I’ve seen a card go for on there was $2.99.  The Christmas cards are around $1.29 and if you buy in larger quantities they get even cheaper!  So far I have sent my mom and dad an anniversary card, my cousin a birthday card, and myself 8 different version of my would be 2011 Christmas Card.

This website, without a doubt, is my new favorite discovery.  If you are bad at sending out cards like I am, I highly recommend it.  This had totally decreased some of my holiday stress and it’s actually fun!

Bits of Random

I had some thoughts today while I was at work … but it’s the weekend now and all my active thoughts have fled.  So instead I will share with you one of the coolest houses I’ve seen in a long time.  Check it out.  It’s a house built into a hill!!  A hobit house!!!  I want to live there now!!!

  

Oh and because I’m feeling extra random today … when I build and live in my own little hobit house I’m going to make this yarn pom pom garland and hang it everywhere!!

Happy Friday!

Link City!

I enjoy blogs and I enjoy crafts … so it would follow suit that I would enjoy craft blogs.  One thing that I see fairly frequently on these blogs is a collection of pictures all grouped together … sometimes they follow a specific theme and sometimes they are just a collection of cool things.  I’ve been fascinated with these picture collections for a while and wondered how I could do it too … well, lo and behold, I figured it out!!  Thanks to some seriously googling and a website called Big Huge Labs I managed to make a photo collection (called a photo mosaic) of my very own.

I call this collection … Awesome Stuff I Want from Etsy!

1. iPhone 4 Vinyl Decal Skin Kit – Retro Revival  2. KISS and HUG needlepoint  3. Harry Potter Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Hand Stamped Cuff  4. Vintage Car- Paris Photograph- Rouge- Affordable Decor- Vintage Bug pomegranate crimson photograph of vintage bug in Montmartre Paris  5. Game of Thrones Khaleesi Necklace in copper and sterling silver  6. Portal 2 quote – With the Lemons  7. Star Wars print poster movie – The Empire Strikes Back – Retro Scandinavian style A3  8. Bird Nest Necklace Sterling Silver and Turquoise  9. You’re My Favorite Work of Art – 8 x 10 Typography Print  10. Game of Thrones Bracelet -Winter is Coming -Hand Stamped Cuff Bracelet  11. Neon Photography- Heart O Chicago- affordable home decor- indigo and crimson red- vintage motel sign Chicago- 8×8  12. Think Happy Thoughts needlepoint kit  13.  Curious Alphabet – M  14. Love and Food – Cathrineholm inspired A3 poster print  15. Game of Thrones Houses – Targaryen, Lannister and Stark Sigils(PDF Patterns)  16. Guitar Pick in aluminum -custom stamped

Time to Pack More Rats!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before … but I’m a bit of a pack rat.

I love to collect things … cross stitch patterns, blog ideas, pictures of awesome craft projects that I would love to do someday, quotes, great books to read, awesome things I find on etsy, recipes I want to make … As of late I’ve collected most of these things online … I am a great hoarder of links … my google reader is full of tabs and folders that are full of awesome blog posts detailing some awesome thing that I absolutely must do.  But here’s the problem … once I’ve created a handy dandy little tab for a certain of awesome thing to remember it’s gone … filed away … to maybe be remembered at a later date … maybe.

Luckily for me (and now you!) one of my late night blog binges brought me to Pinterest … an ingenious site that helps you collect well … anything.  You put a link in your favorites bar and then as you’re browsing the internet and find something that interests you can “pin it” and put it on your “board” … you can have any number of boards you want for all different subjects.

For example, I have a craft ideas pin board, a food bin board, a pin board to collect ideas for my kitchen redesign project, and one to keep track of all the awesome books I find online … Pinterest creates an stunning visual way to see the things that you’ve collected.  I’m totally hooked.