Friday, March 28, 2008

It's still Spring, right?

Spring is here, with it's daffodils, flowering trees, longer days and snow. Yep, snow. It effing snowed here yesterday. See:

What happened to Spring here in the Northwest?

My Gocco came yesterday along with the snow. I wasted no time in making a huge mess and then falling in LOVE. I knew I would. I'm not sure why I waited so long to buy one. Those days are behind us now and it's me + Gocco forever! It's amazing! I drew this little owl and went through the ridiculously easy steps and within minutes had 20+ perfect, multicolor prints of Miss Owl. It only came with 2 screens and I've ordered extras but they won't arrive until next week. I'm not sure I can wait. If only there was a 24 hour Gocco supply store. The new cards are in the shop.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring has Sprung

What fun! I am very thankful for the opportunity to share my work with more people and make some new friends at the same time. It was also a lot of pressure being the featured seller on Etsy, knowing that everything I listed would be there on the front page.

We had a delightful Easter brunch yesterday. I made chicken and waffles! Nothing says Easter like fried chicken.

Hopping on, I did get a few new card designs in the shop. I'm really happy with how springy and cheerful they are. Hooray for Spring!

In other news, I finally ordered a Gocco. I have been trying to figure out whether or not to buy one for years and then after I decided that I must have one, it was a question of which one to buy. I think I made a good choice. I would love to have the larger one but it's considerably more expensive and I'd like to start with this one and make sure I love it before investing in the big one. I'm really excited to start using it. What has your experience been with Gocco?

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Cake

I decided that I wanted to make a cake version of my happy/sad cloud plushies. This is what we came up with. The cake was 2 layers of vanilla cake with a strawberry mascarpone filling. It was very difficult to cut into this happy little cloud, but it sure did taste good.

The eyes and mouth were made from colored white chocolate and the rosy cheeks were made by sprinkling pink sanding sugar through a paper towel tube.

The cake was a huge hit I'm happy to say. Hooray for birthdays!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


The house for my birthday party tonight. We're having cheese fondue and oil for frying. I'm making beer batter and we've got all sorts of vegetables and cheeses for dipping and frying. I even found some big round balloons at Lippman Co. They have a balloon room AND "Inflation Station".

Jenny and I snuck out last night to search the neighborhood for flowers. We found the most lovely cherry blossom tree in full bloom and paired it with some found and purchased flowers for some delightful Spring additions to the house.

Have a nice weekend, I'm off to watch the frosting of the cake. More on that to come...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bunnies Bunnies Bunnies

The bunnies have arrived! The shop is full of sweet little rabbits of all shapes, sizes and colors. I'll be adding more this week as I seem to have a case of bunny fever.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Spring Fever

The weather has been so nice the past few days. I feel like we've finally said goodbye (!) to Winter here in the Pacific Northwest. Hooray for that!

Spring has definitely hit the shop this week:

My birthday is in a little over a week. I am having the hardest time figuring out what to do. I'm not feeling much like a party lately but I do love the opportunity to bake a cake and it is the greatest day of the year. :) An outdoor garden party sounds perfect, but I fear the weather is a bit unpredictable still. That could very well end in disaster. The only decision I've made is white balloons. I love balloons, especially perfectly round balloons like the ones the car lots have. It has long been my dream to own a giant helium tank. I know, reach for the stars, right? For a time, I wanted to be a paint mixer in a hardware store. I'm happy to say I have since overcome that desire.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Devil's Workshop and 100

This has been a very difficult week, but I'm feeling a bit better and am trying to stay busy. As they say, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop". I love that phrase even though it's effing weird. It goes through my head a lot and always in a Southern drawl.

If you're waiting on an order from me, I apologize for the delay and it's on it's way, I promise. These are some new Easter friends who have dropped in to the shop.

Also this is my 100th post! I must say that I truly enjoy having this blog. It's so nice to have a
place to share my creations and love of crafts with like minded friends. Here's to the next 100!

Saturday, March 01, 2008


This last Thursday, we lost our sweet cat, Roly. He was having trouble breathing and we learned that he had an enlarged heart and fluid in his lungs. He was the sweetest boy kitty and our home is not the same without him.

April 11, 1996 - February 28, 2008