Wednesday, December 31, 2008

About Time

Some would say the end is here,
Today I say, the beginning is near.

For tomorrow will be a brand new start,
A goal or a dream is not just art.

Begin a new challenge and push yourself to the limits,
Because time won't wait for the passive.

~Dream your dream~

~Follow your heart~

~Accomplish your goals~

HAPPY 2009!
Here's to you!

Holiday Jam

I only call it Holiday Jam because I make it once a year during the Holidays. Last year I managed to get this out to my friends & family before Christmas. This year, the jam had to wait until after.

This year I made Strawberry Jam.

Now you can too...
2 Quarts of fresh (or frozen) Strawberries, hulled
1 box (1 3/4 oz) package powdered pectin
1/2 tsp. butter
7 cups sugar
1. Crush 1 cup of berries in a big pot. Continue adding berries and crushing till you have about 5 cups crushed berries. Stir in pectin and butter. Heat on high, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Add sugar all at once. Return to boiling; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim off foam.
2. Ladle into hot, sterilized canning jars, leaving 1/4 inch from top. Wipe jar rims, adjust lids onto jar and screw on tightly. Place upside down on a flat surface.
{tip #1: I wash my jars in hot water and once clean and just before mixture is ready, I soak jars in the sink in hot water until Ready for each one.}
{tip #2: Turning the assembled hot jars upside down seals the lids super tight and jars can be stored for longer than normal. But trust me - this jam is too good to store for long periods of time.}

Friday, December 26, 2008

It's a Merry Christmas to all

to all my friends (old & new) who stop by and visit the swanky paper blog I wish you all a Happy Christmas season and continue those warm wishes for a Happy New Year!
XOXO, Heather!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Reindeer Food

We always remember to leave cookies or other treats for dear ol' Santa, but let's not forget the Reindeer this year. Easy as pie to make and the kiddos will have a ball!

Take some oats

and some glitter

mix the two together and Voila!

Don't forget to sprinkle your Reindeer food on the lawn or the roof. The glitter will help all the reindeer find your home.

{glitter image via flickr}

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Toasty Toes

I got these from a friend in a gift exchange and have worn them everynight since. {i wear socks to bed}
on sale here at BR

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

sweet & simple

... and affordable too.
I am generally one of those people who see something is a store and says to myself, "I'll just make it rather than buy it." I said that about a gorgeous cobalt blue blouse from Anthro... I even took a picture of it (tsk..tsk) think that I'd actually make it.... it is still just an idea. Yes. I know I should have purchased it. So what's my point....
I have been seeing those darling scrabble tile necklaces around, I say to myself, "I'll just make one myself." Then I started looking for the materials ... check out Etsy! Someone HAS to be selling supplies for these...

Then I found Home Studio on Etsy.
Why make it when I can buy it?!

I bought this.

and I am currently eyeing this one

{all images via HomeStudio}

Monday, December 15, 2008

my new accessory

Remember this post? Well my wristlet arrived from Modern Myrtle about a week ago and

It is my favorite accessory and I love the fabric choices.

It makes carrying around diapers and wipes SO CHIC. And on those quick errands I have to go on, in addition to holding my wipes case, a diaper or two, I can even fit my cash, credit cards, cell phone and lip gloss. No more bulky purses.

Thanks so much Joni for my wristlet!

{p.s.} I just saw on Joni's blog that she has aprons in stock and ready to ship just in time for Christmas.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

merry & bright

My sister asked me to design something different for her Christmas card this year. And well, since she is my sister and I'd do anything for her, I did!

She wanted something with bold colors but not too busy.

I was not completely confident in what I came up with but sent it to her anyway ... both she and her husband LOVED it. YAY!!

So with her permission I can share it with all-y'all.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I fell victim to that nasty virus circulating Facebook! Fortunately it did not damage our files but it royally destroyed our Internet. Yeah...not so much a good thing during the holiday rush of orders.
There was a silver lining on all of this ...
I got a new computer.
be back soon ... there is much to catch up on

Friday, December 5, 2008

for the person who has everything

What do you give to the person who has everything, or the person can just as easily get anything? AND without breaking the bank??

We got the gift issue of this catalog last week and I can not stop flipping through the pages. There are a ton of great gift ideas to give to say my dad, father-in-law or really don't need anything. Something like this for my dad might be fun. Or this for my mom {and since you are reading this, mom, I am getting you something entirely different}. And no doubt my nephew would dig these ...would his mom?

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

swanky christmas cards

I realize that I am waaaaay behind on several things - This being one of them. I almost scrapped the idea this year because I had done absolutely ZERO advertising for this, but after several darling friends & family asked if I was offering any this year I decided to make them available.

I am not out to make a lot of money on these, but rather offering them because quite frankly, I enjoy it. All photo cards come in 5x7 and are printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive in a lustre finish. In addition, each photo comes with foil lined white envelopes. There are no pre-determined sets. You let me know how many. The prices will range from .65 to .80 each. Yes, that is right! Nothing over $1.00!!

Winter Wonderland

Wrapped in Red

Joyful Holiday

Pure Joy

Green Dream

Deck the Halls Modern

Deck the Halls Classic

Candy Buttons

Decco Holiday

Please email me at heather(at) gmail (dot)com with any requests, photos or questions. After working out the details I will send you an invoice via PayPal. Gotta love PayPal!!

p.s. so...anyone want to take a guess at which one I am sending out?