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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. – doily paper napkins

i don’t know how many times i’ve seen those martha stewart paper punches online or at a craft store and thought “hmmmm… I think I could do something cool with that, but what?” – well, here it is…

these napkins (or serviettes as they call them here in Oz) are too cute for words (one of my favorite sayings). they are sure to add a vintage touch and maybe even a bit of refinement to your upcoming shindig.

found @ ode to inspiration
what: doily paper napkins
where: http://odetoinspiration.com/2012/01/doily-paper-napkins/

tip: michael’s has a great stock of these punches in store + check their website’s weekly ad as they typically have pretty awesome 20-60% off coupons.

picture frame calendar

this project is a combination of my love of maps + a crazy schedule of 2.

a while back i’d seen a cute litte d.i.y. project online where the creator took a picture frame, some fabric and a sharpie to make a customizable white board calendar… i’ve taken the project and put a new little spin on it.

the tools:
-picture frame
-road map
-contact paper
-sharpie
-jute rope or yarn
-dry erase marker
-sticky dots

the product finished product… as seen below!

this project can be entirely customized to your taste… whether you want the background as a map, photo, drawing, fabric, etc… it’s your call. add the contact boxes & text to the under the frame material – and – leave your dates & doings to the glass. it’s an hour job that should cost you no more than $30… even better – this calendar never expires at the end of the year!

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