Monday, July 28, 2014

This is What Happens...

This is what happens when you get too busy-you get a neglected blog. BOO!!!! I know, I suck! I can't believe I haven't been on the blog since April. Well, let's do a quick recap of what has happened since then:

1-OMP had eye surgery
2-We have 4 dogs and life is full on cray cray!
3-I am looking for a new job (still have the old one but lots of crazy going around here too)
4-I have been writing for Craft Gossip and About.com
5-Still at Craftster
6-Getting back into writing for Feeling Stitchy

Whew! I'm tired just typing that out! Holy macaroni! Did I miss anything? I have managed to get some crafting a stitching done between all of life's little complications. Check out a few of the things that I've been working on. 





There are a lot more and I'm now obsessed with fairy gardens and washi tape, but I will save those for another day. 

What have you been up to in the summer months? Anything new and exciting? 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Natural Dye Easter Eggs

Did I ever tell you how much I love making videos for Craftster.org? This go-around I had the chance to dye eggs with natural dyes. I used red cabbage, blue berries and onion skins. The red cabbage makes the most beautiful blue you have ever seen! I really liked the onion skins too. Be prepared for a stinky kitchen but the end result is worth it.


Check out the video on how to make these beautiful Easter eggs.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This is my life....

Wow! I have been MIA for a very long time. A lot has happened. Lots of ups and downs, gutters and strikes. First off, I am writing for Craft Gossip now. I'm still working with Craftster. I had a little family illness that seems to be under control now but the biggest news is this:


This is Iggy Pup! He is the newest edition to the Pedersen pups. I have four children. What the hell is wrong with me? 

He was adopted from the Underdog Railroad Rescue. His mother was a Min Pin and his father a Rat Terrier or Whippet. I love this little man more than anything. He is smaller than Lola! 

His big brother watches out for him. 

Lola babies him, she gives him baths and Juju...well, Jujube is her typical teenager. 

He is quite the graduate of Handsome Boy Modeling School. We call Pete Zoolander and Iggy is Hansel. 

He is fitting in quite well and we can't imagine our lives without him...of course we can't really imagine anything right now-he's just a pup and we are getting no sleep at all. We are unsure of his age, I'm guessing still a babe because of his bitey behavior. He is bringing Lola out of her old age. They run around together and he loves to bite Pete's ears...how could you not bite his ears?

You can see Iggy in action HERE! 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy...

Whew! I have been busy stitching and crafting for all of the various Craftster swaps I am participating in. I am having just too much fun! Also...my new obsession, Washi Tape. I cannot get enough of it. Seriously.

I stitched this up and I think I might make one for myself.



This is why I'm obsessed with washi tape right now.


And this...

These washi tape journals are so simple to make and look so cute!

One last piece of stitchy goodness!

Off to get more of my craftin' on! I might come up for air in a couple of months.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Motivational Monday

I suck at letting go. I will let it fester inside of me...thinking of every word someone said or every action someone did. I think about it over and over again until finally I have made myself sick thinking about crap. That's just what it is, crap.

I'm slowly learning to let go of bad days and bad people. Let me tell you, it is HARD WORK! Sometimes thinking about bad stuff is so much easier than good. I wonder why that is?

How do you let go of a bad day? What do you do to take care of yourself?




Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tie One On Tuesday

new years squirrel

First off...it has been WAY too long since I've posted a Tie One On Tuesday. WAY TOO LONG! Let's remedy that, shall we?

Did you know that today is National Squirrel Appreciation Day? Neither did I. Let's raise a glass to our nut loving, fuzz butt shaking, bird seed stealing friend.

I love Pink Squirrels, both the drink and the idea of a bright pink squirrel.

Pink Squirrel
3/4 oz creme de noyeaux
3/4 oz light creme de Cacao
1 oz cream
Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain and serve in a martini glass. If you want something a bit more frosty, combine in a blender and set to whip.


Maybe pink isn't your color? How about a Chocolate Squirrel?

Chocolate Squirrel (via drinksmixer.com)

3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur3/4 oz  hazelnut liqueur3/4 oz brown creme de cacao3/4 oz cream
Blend in a shaker with ice, strain over a chilled martini glass. 

Oh my goodness! I really think this next cocktail will have you flying!

Flying Squirrel Cocktail (via1001cocktails.com)

 1 1/2 oz tequila 1 oz orange liqueur  1 splash sweet and sour mix 1 dash sweetened lime juice 1 dash sweetened orange juice

Pour tequila and triple sec into a highball glass one-third filled with crushed ice. Add sour mix and lime juice. Fill with orange juice, and serve

Did you also know today was national Hugging Day? Grab a few cocktails and hug your favorite fuzz butt! Just make sure you have all your shots. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Motivational Monday




I have been reading a lot lately about online envy. You know, "the grass is greener on the other side" syndrome. People getting mad because all bloggers and pinners do is talk about how great their lives are. I've even been accused of being too perky and too happy. Listen up people, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret here. 

1. My blog is not my diary. It is a way to spread a little joy and sunshine. I do share a lot of private sad info, but for the most part, you just won't see a ton into my private life and I believe that is absolutely okay. This is my blog. 

2. My pins are there to make me happy and to inspire me to create. If they make you smile too, than super. 

Now, you may ask, where is the motivation? Well, here it is and this isn't a secret, you can actually tell everyone this...Quit comparing yourself to everyone else. Quit thinking someone has it better than you. You are pretty damn awesome just on your own. 

Everyone will have problems, everyone will have ups and downs. Don't ridicule the person for not wanting to share. Allow them to focus on the positive in their life. You should be doing that too! We will all have major disappoints in our lives. We all we have craptastic days. It's called life and it can be a bitch sometimes, but if we focus on what is good in our lives, we won't have to look over the fence and compare. 

Be happy with you!