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Did you win?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! We’ve randomly selected the winners for Lily Ashbury calendars. If you see your name below, congratulations and thanks to all those who participated! We will contact you via email to get your mailing addresses:)

Do-It-All Planner
Kathy Heaverlo
Sue P.

Do-It-All 17 Month Wall Calendar

Lily Ashbury Weekly Desk Pad Calendar
Jan Jacob

Monthly weekly 17 Month Wall Calendar
Beth T

Sweet Vintage Valentines

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Thought I’d share some of my vintage valentine collection. Hope you find time to share them with someone you love. Warmest Valentine Wishes:)

Download here and here.


Child’s Own Studio: Turning Children’s Art into Toys

Friday, February 10th, 2012

I just thought this was so brilliant and had to share. Wendy Tsao of Child’s Own Studio creates cute soft toys out of children’s artwork. What a great keepsake and an amazing idea! She’s from Vancouver too:) Check out more of her work here.

Hand Drawn Purses

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

I just had to share. Take a close look at these drawings of purses…they are actually real purses made to look like drawings! The talented design duo behind these bags are Chay Su and Rika Lin of Jump From Paper. Simply adorable! I want to get one for myself.

Taking Christmas cookies to the next level

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

This past weekend my daughter and I spent a wonderful evening covering cookies with white royal icing and painting up a Christmas storm using powdered food coloring mixed with vodka. The vodka is key as water will melt the icing base. It was so much fun and we can’t wait to create beautiful confections for Valentine’s and Easter. I never realized that a ginger snap, a plain sugar cookie or a shortbread treat could become such a wonderful tiny canvas.

For these I used little shortbread cookies and painted on royal icing thinned with water (not too thin though). I put them aside and allowed them to dry overnight. The next day I had perfect little cookie canvases. I sprinkled some red, green, white and brown powdered food colorings into my palette and mixed them with drops of vodka to create my cookie paint. Using small artists brushes I painted these little Santas. I like how cute he looks with his many different expressions.

FYI I bought both the royal icing and powdered food coloring from Michael’s.


For the Dog Lover on your list!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Here is a super cute gift idea for anyone who has a dog. If you don’t happen to have a picture of their beloved canine you can purchase a stock image for a couple of bucks. I found the perfect Mini Schnauzer picture here and it has an unmistakably Maisy-ish look.

Maisy is our faithful seven-year old pooch and her portrait will now hang on our picture wall. If you use Photoshop you can simply create a top layer, trace the picture and fill it in with black. I also added words that describe Maisy in a dark grey tone so as not to take away from the silhouette. This is a nice way to personalize the gift. If you don’t use a graphics software you can simply print out the photo and use it as a template for a black paper or card stock cut-out. To personalize it just write the name of your friend’s pet at the bottom. Frame with an inexpensive frame (we got ours from Ikea for $4.99)¬†and voila, perfect gift for the pet lover!!

Calendar Giveaway Winner!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Thank you to all of you who participated! It was great to read about all of your family traditions. The randomly selected winner of the “Do-It-All Planner” is Jeanne, whose favorite Christmas tradition baking christmas cookies with her grandchildren. Congrats Jeanne!!

Moda Blog Hop – Day 27

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

What an amazing run it’s been and now the Country Fair is coming to an end. How quickly time flies! We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading up on all the Moda Designers. Today, be sure to check out Liz Scott.

Moda Blog Hop – Day 25

Friday, September 30th, 2011

It’s Day 25! Be sure to visit Lisa Bongeon of Primitive Gatherings today.

Moda Blog Hop – Day 24

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Only four days left as the Moda Country Fair wraps up. Check out the French General today.