I had the pleasure of creating and donating this great basket for a local organization that rescues dogs. They're putting together a fundraiser and asked me if I wanted to donate some of the products that I sell in my Etsy store. I jumped at the chance; clearly I'm obsessed with my two pups and I would love to help other dogs find their forever homes....more
When I found the first clam shell in the mail box, I chalked it up to a fluke passerby. It was small with dirt crusted on one side, not very pretty.A few days passed. Between birthday celebrations and work, I forgot about the mollusk remains. That is, until Saturday rolled around and sitting in front of the red Netflix envelope was a new shell, with a small shriveled flower poking through....more
I crafted today. Well, ok that's probably overstating. I bought things and arranged it. You see the picture. I hit this out of the park. I mean for my first try. I saw the jar gift ideas on Pinterest and I loved them to bits, so I decided that was the thing I needed to do for my daughter's preschool teachers....more
At the end of the year, many parents and students wish to give teachers a token of their thanks, but they're not sure what's appropriate. The best advice I have is: Know thy teacher.
So, for example, if you're not certain the teacher drinks alcohol, don't offer a bottle of wine, and don't give gift certificates to a big, corporate bookstore like Barnes & Noble to someone who was petitioning the city council not to allow any more big box stores into your town because they drive out local businesses.
When I was younger, I thought I was the first person ever to have come up with the idea of a permanent stash of gift items you keep in your house for those "just-in-case" moments. I pictured a chest of drawers with purchased and homemade gifts and gift wrap for those inevitable birthday party invites my future children would have.
A few weeks ago I had purchased cream cheese to make cream cheese won-tons. Due to travel, and lack of inspiration, I never made the won-tons. Thus, I had cream cheese sitting in my refrigerator that I needed to use.I knew I needed to make something with it, either savory or sweet, or it would spoil. I eventually decided to make something sweet, chocolate fudge.Today I made two batches, one milk chocolate with marshmallows and one semi-sweet chocolate....more
I thought about titling this post, "Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts: What Your Significant Other Probably Really Wants Anyway", but then I thought, no, that's way too long for a title, however true it is. You're likely here for one of 4 reasons:...more