Friday, August 29, 2014

Feel Good Friday

Well hello long weekend! How are you doing? Might I say that you are looking mighty fine...All Friday'd up! Let's see what mama has got for you! 

My friend Krissi is awesome. She is full of sass and did I mention that she has a Jack (and a new puppy!). I love her artwork and she does custom work. The boxes above are just a few of my favorites. I need to have her do a portrait of my babes. Her skelekitties are to die for!  Check out these pieces as well as her other kick ass work on Facebook HERE. 

This scarf is absolutely breathtaking! It would look good dressed up or down with a pair of cowboy boots and jeans. You can find them on Shovava's Etsy shop. They are not very expensive and Christmas isn't that far away (hint hint OMP!)

I am obsessed with crochet hooplas right now. I think they would look great in my gypsy themed bedroom. AterGcrochet has this great pattern for a Crocheted Mandala. Who wants to teach me to crochet?

Oh man! So much goodness this Friday, I can't stand it! Iggy is trying to tell me to get off the computer and enjoy the day. I think I will take his advice. Before I're welcome!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tute Thursday: The Video

Have you been looking for a tutorial that I have done in the past and just can't find it? Searching my blog can sometimes be a bit of a chore (tags are not my friend), but now you don't have can go straight to the source and find all my tutorial videos in one place-The Craftster Youtube Channel. This channel has every craft video I have worked on. It also shows my amazing hairstyles. Seriously, can I get an "amen" about the beauty of my hair? 

Maybe Youtube isn't your thing, that's cool. You can head on over to Pinterest and check out my tutorials, as well as other awesome crafty ideas from There are SO many ideas for getting your craft on; they even have specific boards for TV shows, movies and other characters. 

It has been such a wonderful journey with Craftster and don't worry, there are no plans on stopping anytime soon. Who knows what I will be crafting next (well...I kind of know, but no spoilers!)

What kind of craft tutorial would you like to see me do? I am up for just about anything! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tie One On Tuesday: Every Dog Has Its Day

It is National Dog Day and you KNOW I have to celebrate it! My pups refuse to let this day go to waste. They are probably at home right now having a huge pool party with all their friends. Why am I having images of Pete in a smoking jacket and pipe with a million ladies around him?

There is no reason why dogs should have all the fun today, let's honor our poochies with a few delicious cocktails.

Probably the easiest drink you will ever make, besides twisting the top off your beer is the Greyhound. I love both the dog and drink. It is on par with a screwdriver but you use grapefruit juice instead of orange.

The Greyhound
2 ounces vodka
5 ounces grapefruit juice
Mix together in a glass with ice and enjoy!

I have to give a shout out to the newest member of the Pedersen pups, Iggy. This little boy has stolen my heart, even though he has to work on his behavior around the ladies. I'm sure it is because he is still a puppy and thinks that girls are smelly. He really needs to take some tips from his brother. You have heard of the salty dog, but let's take it up a notch with the Salty Chihuahua.

Salty Chihuahua 
 1 1/2 ounce tequila
5 ounces limeaide
coarse salt
With the coarse salt, line the rim of a glass, fill glass with ice and then pour in tequila and limeaide. Stir and Howl like a chi chi! HOOOWWWWLLLL!

If you had too much howling and are feeling like little Pomeranians are tap dancing on your head, why not try the Hair of the Dog to get rid of the bite.

Hair of the Dog
6 ounces gin
1/ ounce fresh lemon juice
couple dashes of hot sauce
In a shaker, mix the gin, ice and lemon juice. Strain into a martini glass and finish with a few dashes of hot sauce.

There ya go, a few dog themed cocktails to celebrate your best friend. Enjoy your scrappy pup today and let them know you love them and if you do overindulge, don't worry, they will keep all your secrets safe.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Feel Good Friday

Look at you, you living doll! You made it to the weekend! I know this week was extra hard, but you kicked butt and took names. Let's see what I have to reward you for all of your hard work. 

My friend Jean is amazing! She is probably the most level headed, laid back, beautiful person I have met. She is an incredible cook and loves to motivate people. Her website, From Forks to Fitness includes not only yummy recipes but inspiration and motivation to get you on a healthy track. I made her Peanut and Butter Jelly cookies and I'm telling you they are filling, good for you and taste delicious! You can read more about her journey and find healthy recipes HERE

I'm not the best at crochet and knitting is just out of the question but I am absolutely in love with this yarn. Snickersnee's Etsy shop has this and other bird inspired yarn as well as cute little plush toys. I think her yarn would be fabulous in a wall hanging, but if you want to knit me a scarf, I'm good with that too. Check out her  SHOP. 

Finally, you Friday dose of cuteness. I heart this dog so much. 
Have a great weekend. Love each other, don't forget to smile and bring some happiness into the world. 

Martha Washington

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tute Thursday: Know Your Stitches

While trying to find some awesome vintage patterns, I came across this test pattern which gives you directions on how to do certain stitches. I thought it would make a great sampler. What a great way to learn the different stitches, practice your lettering and make something cute in the process. 

Because I can never resist anything with a puppy on it, I had to put these gals up. The one ironing is killing me...what a sassy over the shoulder look she is giving! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I Like Stuff: An Honest Review of Subscription Boxes

It seems like every time I check my email or look at Facebook I see an ad for some sort of subscription box. They range from beauty samples to dog treats to organic food. There is a subscription box for everyone! 

Just what is a subscription box? For a monthly fee, usually 10-50 dollars, you get a box filled with goodies. Some will make you fill out a questionnaire and they will customize the box, the majority of the time, especially with sample boxes, you get whatever they have on hand. Below are a few of the more popular subscription boxes out there. 

This was the original beauty subscription box for me. I kept hearing about how great it was and what wonderful samples were in it. The samples are all beauty products, from make up to hair products. It is 10.00 a month and arrives at your door around the middle of the month

The Pros:

  • I liked that there were products that I usually wouldn't try. There were a lot of companies that were completely new to me. 
  • You are able to buy the product that you try.

The Cons:

  • I always received a fragrance that I would never in a million years use.
  • I never received anything but a sample size, they touted that you would get full sizes and I never did. 
  • I received more advertising than product. 

Bottom Line

While 10.00 seems like very little a month for beauty product, would you really spend 10.00 a month on a sample that you might not use? I traded some of my unused samples with friends. By the end of the 3rd month, I was tired of getting perfume meant for someone half my age, a sample that I would probably get at a store for free and a box I had to recycle. I ended up canceling my subscription and using the 10.00 for monthly online donations to my favorite dog charity. 

Because I couldn't get enough makeup and I am a product junkie, I decided to give Ipsy a try. Ipsy is another beauty sample box. Each month, for 10.00 you get a little make up bag, samples and full size beauty products. Each month there is a theme and the bag and products go with that theme. 

The Pros:

  • Full size products! I love that every one of the bags comes with several full size products. I have fallen in love with a lot of what they have sent me and I will be buying the product again.
  • Discounts on the sample products. You will get an email with discounts if you want to buy the beauty products they send you. A lot of the stuff is already affordable but a discount never hurts.
  • The make up bag. Yeah, they are cheap but they are great for craft supplies
  • They do not use a box to ship, you get it in a padded envelope that is pink and shiny. 

The Cons:

  • You have to be on a "waiting list" to get Ispy, which I suspect is really a bunch of BS. If you go on Facebook and say you want it, then you get off the list. Basically, you have to advertise for them.
  • I did receive mascara that I believed was out of date and mentioned that to them on Facebook but got no response. It kind of bummed me out that they didn't acknowledge it. Not really a con, but still ticked me off. 
  • You will get product that you won't use. 

Bottom Line:
This subscription, I believe is worth it. The full size products alone are worth 10.00. I love their themes and none of the product I have received has gone to waste. 

Barkbox is a box for your dog. Each month, for a price of 29.00 (you can pay all up front if you want to) you will get 4-6 treats, toys, and sometimes a grooming product. 

The Pros:

  • They do have allergy sensitive dog boxes.
  • They offer boxes for different size dogs.
  • They will replace defective items in the box.

The Cons:

  • The price is a bit steep for me, but if you really love to pamper your pet, it may be worth it. 
  • Your dog might not eat the treats. Since you don't know what you are getting, you may be wasting your money.
  • Not sure if this is a pro or con, but if you sign up for more months, you get a discount. 

The Bottom Line:
I am on the fence about this one. It would be nice to treat my dogs every month but I'm also wondering if we are wasting money if they don't eat the treats and splitting it between 4 dogs. It might be good for a one dog person. I do like that they have excellent customer service. I guess if you are willing to spend the money, then give it a try. 

Graze Box:
Okay, so this one has me stumped and maybe that is because I like in a city that caters to healthy and organic eating. You can sign up for every week or every other week deliveries of healthy organic snacks for 6.49 a week. 

I am really trying to figure out a pro to this....

  • If you don't have time to shop, you can have healthy snacks delivered to your door
  • There are multiple choices to pick from


  • You can find healthy snack alternatives at any store or even on Amazon. 
  • If you have any allergies, you can't order.
  • Even though 6.49 seem inexpensive for snacks, you are paying that 2-4 times a month and you really don't get a lot for the price

Bottom Line:
It is a complete waste. A little bit of work and you can have the same snack and in greater portions for you to break down. Just don't do it! 

This is just a few of the subscription boxes out there. I started looking around and couldn't believe all the options there are now. A word of caution, they can get expensive and if you are doing 2 or more a month, you might want to look at the value again. So many of the boxes are merely samples that you can get for free if you just take the time to do the leg work,  so basically you are paying for their advertising. On the plus side, they are special little treats and will open you up to new products to try. My advice, buyer beware and read the fine print! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tie One On Tuesday

Did you know today is Aviation Day? Yeah, me neither...but it is and I am here to give you some yummy cocktail recipes that will send you sky high!

Let's kick off Aviation Day with a an Aviation Cocktail! This cocktail is an oldie but a goodie. Its first appearance was in 1916 and variations of this yummy gin drink have been flying around ever since. If you like gin, with a little bit of sweet, this is the cocktail for you. I can attest that this is a very good drink! If you do not like gin, try this cocktail and I will guarantee that you will fall in love.

The Aviation
2 ounces gin
1/4 ounce maraschino cherry liqueur
1/2 ounce lemon juice
A small shake of Creme de Violette (the original had this, the updated version does not)
Mix ingredients in a shaker with ice, strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon or orange rind.

Even if you can't enjoy an actual flight, you can still celebrate Aviation Day with the Paper Airplane. Drink a few of these and you will have enough courage to fly your digits over to the cutie at table two.

The Paper Airplane
3/4 ounce bourbon
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/4 ounce Nonino Amaro (this is an Italian liqueur, usually consumed after dinner)
3/4 ounce Aperol (this is comparable, but less alcohol than Compari)
Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass

I will never ever ever consume this next cocktail ever again thanks to my college years and the fact they were a dollar a shot at Four Corners in Chapel Hill. I felt like a Kamikaze was in my stomach, shooting his way out. That shouldn't stop you from having one. Go for it, but you have been warned. 

Kamikaze Shot
1  ounce vodka
1 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounce lime juice (please, for the love of all things holy, use fresh limes)
Add all the ingredients together in a shaker and pour into a shot glass. 

Today we pay tribute to those trailblazers who took the skies and made traveling a bit faster. Look up, raise your glass and thank those birdmen and women! PS-don't drink and fly, unless you are doing some sort of fly dance, then by all means, do it and put it on YouTube!