Archive | October, 2012

craftstudio: i heart this app!

i decided to make this past saturday a “me” day. my husband was off brewing beer with friends so it was perfect timing. i woke at 10am, video chatted with my mom, listened to music, did a bit of crafting, listed some things on ebay, cleaned out my closests, and watched 8 episodes of the US version of “The Voice” on hulu (i’m nearly caught up!). my day actually ended the next day at 3am! ok, i know this day sounds hectic to most, but believe me this was a perfect day for me. i am not a person that sits still, so to be able to pick each of those things that kept me busy (and truly enjoy them) was heaven.

we all need a “me” day from time to time! (have you had one recently?!)

so the one thing i did on saturday that i’ve yet to mention… i discovered a great new app on my ipad. the app is called CraftStudio and it’s brought to you by the crew over at Martha Stewart. while the app costs $4.99, it’s a craft lovers gem. it’s basically digital scrapbooking, stationary making and photo blinging (the non-technical term) all-in-one.

happy birthday macy!

the app allows you to add a photo and then layer it with paper, punch shapes and designs, add stickers and sayings, custom write text, and much more. once you’ve finished, you can save the project, share it on socials, email, print, or send to snapfish and order as photos or greeting cards. currently the app has 4 themes you can mix and match with: everyday, doilylace, birthday party and nature. i will admit, the one thing missing is a holiday theme. this would be great for creating christmas cards.

above is a screenshot of my latest creation. yes, it’s a birthday card for a cat, but not just any cat. meet macy. macy the cream of the crop when it comes to felines. i’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old, and today is her 10th birthday! although she’s now a decade old, she still moves and communicates like a kitten. i always say that she’s a dog trapped in a cat’s body, but without the neediness of a dog. macy will play fetch, come to you on command, and she has a sassy little personality much like someone else i know. she’s pretty much perfect. happy birthday girl!

read more + download the CraftStudio app here!

d.i.y. popsicles

Norpro 4-Piece Silicone Ice Pop Maker Set (just $9.26 on Amazon)

when i last visited the US, my sister had a pile of goodies she had purchased for me. this is how the two of us operate. we are always buying little things for one another – either as a way to say thanks or simply because we know the other one would love the product, necklace, top, book, etc… because my sister and i have a similar style and thought process, i often have to restrain myself from going overboard because i want to purchase duplicates of nearly everything i buy for myself also for my sister (saying “no” is hard!).

during that last trip is when she gave me this awesome norpro silicone ice popsicle set. i’m obsessed. not only a) are they really easy to fill up with your favorite concoction but b) because of the silicone, they freeze quickly -and- don’t stick to the edges. the perfect push-up pop!

recipe suggestions:
-my favorite popsicle at the moment is crystal light + water. no guilty pleasure here. it takes about 30 seconds to prepare and then just a couple of hours to freeze. when I was home last, I bought a giant variety pack of the single serve pouches. the rasberry lemonade makes an amazing iced treat + it’s only 5 calories!
-tonight i’m going to whip up a batch of chocolate jello (also an american export) and make some of bill cosby’s famous pudding pops.
-later in the week, maybe a fruit smoothie recipe or two.
-however, the blend that i am most excited about involves freezing one of my famous homemade margaritas
…oh, the possibilities are endless…

considering it’s spring here in australia and it’s only going to get hotter between now and february… i have a feeling these colorful containers are going to be my new bff as i soak up the sunshine.

o.p.p. – stencil text on fabric

while i still love myself a little browse on threadless, i’m more into a word or two scattered around the house instead of on a t-shirt.

this photo shows you exactly what I mean… i present our living room. spot the two words in this pic? (hint: one piece of wall art is the inspiration behind the blog’s name)

my living room

i ordered the word pillow in the photo from a shop (french silver) on etsy. in addition to LOCAL, i also have HOMEGROWN. i love these pillows. the words + the burlap make me feel all homey and good.

while I didn’t create these pillows, i recently stumbled upon a diy project that gave me a little spark to do something similar myself. and it doesn’t have to be a pillow, but instead maybe a tea towel, wall art, anything… it’s super simple and cheap.

check out the said project + pic below.

found @ wit & whistle
what: stencil text on fabric


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