Friday, September 7, 2012

My Room

What an exciting and anxious time this is at my house!  For those of you who don't know me, I have a small photography business.  I have been doing it for about 7 1/2 years...while my love for photography is still there and my business will remain...I have decided to focus more on outdoor photography and small children and babies as it will work with natural lighting at my house and outdoors!  This is quite a change for me.  While it is all good, I somehow feel a little anxious about it all as well.  I'm not sure where that is stemming from...I'm thinking it might just be more excited for what the end result will look like!  As for photography, I will be doing a website makeover and getting some littleone's photos on it!  I will be doing a photoshoot with little "Lizzy" tomorrow and can hardly wait!  Along with this excitement, it means that I get to re-establish my living in the spare bedroom that turned "studio" a number of years ago!  So check out the photos above...the darling white desk and chair (Tina, thanks for inspiring me! and Thanks Target for placing it 1/2 price when I ordered) and adorable fabric (Thanks E-bay for helping me to find this fabric...I had purchased the fabric and made a cute totebag this Spring and so wished I could get more of the fabric...hmmm, I had bought it in Mesa, AZ and I live in MN!) that I will be decorating with!  I think I will add a pink  dot or check to the fabric selection...and with very lite aqua walls, I am dreaming this room to be nothing but adorable and a place I will spend alot of my time!  I'll get to have a "guest" room again, so to be more inviting to my family and friends and I'll set up a sewing station in my closet that I can just shut the door when I want to quit for the day!  Now doesn't this all just sound like alot to be excited about!!!  For now, I will continue to prepare that room and anxiously await UPS to be at my front door with my fabric, desk and chair!  I'll be sure to share photos as the room takes shape!  Maybe my room can even make it to Pinterest in the end!!!
Have a great Fall weekend with family and friends, sweatshirts, firepits and carameled apples!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Digital Scrapbooking

Photos, Photos, Photos!  Who has taken all of the photos on my computer!  Oh, being single, I guess that would be me!  After having been so very busy for so long, little by little I am attempting to get all in my life back in order.  I started with finishing projects, organizing things in my house, going through all the clothes in my closet amongst other things...now it is time to catch up on my photos-o- my-photos!  I don't know about you...but it's no fun to do everything in order, so I skipped right to my summer vacation at the end of July.  The kids bring just such a joy to your days!  This little Cole melts my heart without a doubt!  I'm trying my best to be a little more creative with my pages.  It's kind of freeing to not have everything pefectly straight...  I love the new fonts I used as well.  Those typewriter fonts are fun!  How do you get them to react...just have them say "fuzzy pickles!"

Digital Layout with Pickleberrypop!

The fun it can be to create a digital scrapbooking page.  I have to admit, I am a "type A" type person.  Everything needs to be in order and properly aligned.  This page really took me from my comfort level, but somehow I love it!  Digital is a very fun way to do things that you would otherwise never do!   I'm excited to be entering this page in the www.pickleberrypop.com scrapbook page contest!  Not expecting to win, but the thought of winning and being able to share that with my great niece Breanna would be fun!  Pickleberrypop is a great website for digital kits, ideas and sharing!  Be sure to check it out if you have not already done so!  Friend them with facebook and you learn of all of their new kits and special things going on!  Let me add that I put my page together in Creative Memories Storybook Creator 4!  It's the best software! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies (These are similar the to Sea Salt Caramel cookies at Great Harvest Bread!)

1 cup of flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt (I use only 1/4)
3/4 cup brown  sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups of quick oats
3/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1 package of Kraft caramel bits
sprinkles of sea salt

Directions:
Cream together butter and sugars.  Mix in egg and vanilla.  Blend in dry ingredients and caramel bits.  Use a cookie scoop to have uniform cookies!  Make on baking paper on pan.  Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and then sprinkle with a tiny tiny pinch of sea salt and bake for 1 more minute.  Allow to cool on paper and cooling rack. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pedestal Plates

Recycle, Reuse and Create Sweet Little Plates!  I was lucky to find these plates and candle holders at the local Good Will store!  Just .99 a piece...together, what a fun little serving and display plate!  Simply glue the 2 pieces together using "jel super glue!"  What a fun little gift!

Mill City in Minneapolis, MN

An afternoon in our own city and it felt like we were on vacation!  I was driven to visit the Mill City museum in Minneapolis to see the 5-year tribute to the 35w bridge collapse and found the museum to be a much missed place to visit!  I learned so much about the flour industry and the city of Minneapolis.  It was also fun to look through old cookbooks thinking some of the recipes are the very ones that our grandma's probably used!  Yes, we took photos of them...the bake-off will begin!  If you have not taken in Mill City, it is a must do!  You can ride the glass elevator to the 9th floor to have a beautiful view of the Mississippi River, the falls and the Stone Arch Bridge!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Canon camera Color Accent

Canon T3i 18.0MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS Lens - DigitalCanon T3i 18.0MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm IS Lens - DigitalDoes your camera have any fun functions that you have not used? Check out your owners manual to see what you can all do! This photo was taken on the Canon point and shoot PowerShot SX130 IS using the SCN mode and the Color Accent feature. It is so fun! Photoshop effects directly from your camera!!! This camera was sold at Sam's Club and www.buydig.com.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Watermelon Quilt

It's kind of funny how projects change as you begin them!  I started with purchasing the pink and green fabric to make "watermelon" placemats.  Hmmm!  Thought was good until I realized I don't even use placemats.  So, what would be the point in making them if I were never going use them.  Well, once again my Pintersting led me to yet another very fun project!  This is the DIY Dish Vintage quilt or the YoYoMamma's Vintage quilt.  Just a little hint, if you see a pattern and look long enough (actually doesn't take much time at all) you will find it on the web for free!  I recommend to watch the video on http://www.thediydish.com/2011/11/how-to-make-an-easy-quilt/ and you will be on your way to sewing this darling quilt!  Be sure to finish your project by washing it in your favorite laundry soap and fabric softner and watch the vintage look come to life!  I have to put the binding on my quilt yet, but then it will be ready to be used and loved by ME!

Positively Splendid

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Apple Cobbler Quilt

It seems one sewing project just gets me excited to begin another!  I started with little projects of potholder, mini quilted bags, a totebag and finishing a quilt top to shopping from quilt store to quilt store until I found just what I liked for a new quilt throw.  With my love for Pinterst, I found the “Apple Cobbler” quilt pattern and just adored it!  It is simple, but I think it will be darling with the fabrics I found.  With my lack of experience in quilting, I needed to figure out exactly how this was going to be layed out.  I am super excited about how I did this.  For those of you who have not followed my blog, digital scrapbooking is a love of mine.   I use the Creative Memories Storybook Creator software for my digital scrapbooking.  Tonight I used the software to design my new quilt top!  How exciting is that!  I wonder if Creative Memories has marketed their software for quilt making!  So, I started by scanning in my actual fabrics and then saving them as a “personal collection.”  I was next able to place the digital fabric in the template to reflect the true look of my quilt to come!  If you are a quilter and do not have this software, it is wonderful!  You can contact my sister Debbie at jdkrause@hickorytech.net if you would like to purchase the software!  I must get back to sewing!  The fabrics actually scanned in much darker than the fabrics actually look so my quilt will actually be a little lighter in color!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Camille's Bag pattern by Penny Sturges


My sewings projects continue on!  I picked up this pattern by Penny Sturges, called Camille's Bag.  ps013 and the fabric at a quilting shop in Mesa, AZ.  I thought the pattern was darling, while I just omitted the key ring, I love it!  It is the most adorable bag I have made yet!  I was a little nervous at first, as reading a pattern really isn't a strong point for me in my sewing and I wished there would have been more photos to confirm I was doing things correctly.  Now that I am done, I would tell you that I would definately purchace another Penny Sturge's pattern.  She does a great job of taking you through each step.  I bought beautiful quilting fabric and after spending 7 + hours sewing the bag (I am a perfectionist...and rip alot if it isn't just right!)  I am so happy that I spent the money on the fabric!  If you are looking for a fun half day's project, sew this bag.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pot Holder for Mug or Bowl (use in the mircrowave)

Here it is!  Never burn your fingers again when taking a hot bowl or mug out of the microwave.  The idea of this was shared by a co-worker...how simple it was to make.  The trick is to use 100% cotton products so that it does not start on fire in the mircrowave.  I can hardly wait to make more of these!

Projects of a Stay-cation



It's been awhile once again since I have blogged!  That's what happens when life takes over everything!  While life is good and I am feeling very blessed in some many ways, I am most thankful tonight some much needed "down-time!"  What does this look like for me...a week at home (first time ever that I am taking vacation time and not going on a vacation)  I love to travel and see and do things...so I can't see myself making this a regular thing...but, this week, I am loving it!  As you can see, it is cleaning and organizing, pie making and project week for me besides staying up later than I normally do, staying in my pajamas longer than I ever have time for, taking a nap if I feel like it and watching tv (which I never do).  The sewing project tonight was the tiny little lined bagged, which is for a little first aid kit.  I made it to coordinate with the bag I made a while ago.  You better like sewing tiny things if you want to make this tiny little thing!  Here's the website if you want to make one too!  Hopefully it will not be so long between blogs going forward! 

http://www.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2012/03/tutorial-emergency-zippered-pouch.htm

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Happy Valentines Day!
This Valentines Day seems a bit different to me...I'm in a very busy season of my life it seems. Not quite sure where the year has gone so far. Generally, I host a sister, nieces (an occasional nephew) Valentine pizza party. This year, I hardly got my Valentine cards made...say nothing about sending them out. I had a great idea of making cut out heart cookies and next I got a cold...so saving my friends from sharing of my cold...my cookies will be much post-Valentines Day! I am all set to make them and they will be ever so so so cute!
Just have to share a very fun thing that happened to me...you can see from the photo, I got a new laptop. No more worries of loosing things! Oh, when the screen goes black for no reason (I don't understand why...shouldn't they last forever?) my heart just sinks...thank goodness I haven't lost anything! For the fun part...I purchased a computer case/cover and discovered that it was too big. Off I went to return it...who would guess that I would find one at Best Buy that fits my computer like a glove and it was less than 1/2 of the price! Have you shopped for computer cases lately? They seem to sell for 25-50$...my new one $9.99 and it is nice! It didn't come with the charms...that is from Miche. Next time you need a computer case...check out Best Buy!
Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year!
Life was busy for me before Christmas, but it is the craziest ever for me right now with some big and I mean really big initiatives at my job....so how do I maintain a balance? I don't really really know. Some days I feel incredibally successful at it and other days I feel like I fail miserably!
What do I try to do?
-Lean on my faith in Jesus...amazing how my days differ when I am right with Jesus and when I am not. When I think I can do it all myself and when I give it up to HIM! Why do I think for 2 seconds that I can really control life?
-Get enough sleep! Not getting enough sleep is a big stress! But, a sweet friend just told me you can ger too much sleep too...so I guess you need to figure that out for your own little self.
-Simplify life! De-clutter your house, your work space, your life! Keep what you need and get rid of what you don't need! Nurture the relationships in your life that matter. Maybe reconsider those that, as my sister would say, "steal your joy!"
-Spend time with your family, friends and loved ones!
-Enjoy the simple things in life! A walk in the fresh snow, that is if MN gets snow this Winter! Watching a movie, even one you have seen over and over, all curled up with a clean, freshly washed, Tide & Downey smelling blanket!...what ever brings puts you in a calm happy place!
-Do lunch on the spur of the moment with a friend
-Bake cookies and share them with your neighbors!
-Oh, and read others blogs, look at Pinterest or other things you love and that inspire you! I am loving this right now! If you don't follow blogs, start following mine...I may be inspired to keep up with it more, find one you enjoy! By all means, join Pinterest! It is the best of what ever interests YOU!!!
This posting is for me as much as I wanted to share it with you...a refocus on life is always good after a busy week and at the beginning of a new year!

So Blessings to your New 2012 Year!