Archives for December 2010

Free Shipping and 40% Discount on Photo to Canvas

Just thought I would pass along this deal. My friend Shannon asked me to doctor her photo before having it printed by Canvas People. She is taking advantage of this holiday deal. You probably have seen the free 8×10 canvas deal floating around blog land. Seems like they have some kind of deal going on all the time at Canvas People. I have not personally ordered one since I am still drooling over Infarrantly Creative’s Z-Gel technique she did on the photographs I transformed into pop art for her. Awesome tutorial here that I eventually plan to tackle.

Shannon had me edit photos of her youngest 2 children (shown here), which she ordered from Canvas People. There was a green tint when she got one of them in the mail, which CP replaced without question at no cost to Shannon. She is happy with the outcome of her first 2, and sent me this photo of her oldest…

I edited the original in photoshop to this…

Take advantage of this great deal, and turn your memories into canvas art. Or, if you are a diehard DIYer, give Beckie’s tutorial a shot over at IC. If you need your photo edited, I am happy to do it to your specifications for $10. Just contact me, or leave a comment and we can get started. Happy New Year!!!!!

Chili Verde Crock Pot Recipe – SCRUMPTOUS!

Never had I used a tomatillo before making this dish (ok… I didn’t actually know what one was). I am now a fan. This “chili” uses 1 inch cubed lean pork loin, fresh cilantro, cumin and is amazing.
Ingredients: (I made enough of this to completely fill my crockpot. I freeze leftovers, and I knew I would love this dish. You can halve this recipe and still serve a family 6 easily).

1.5 lbs lean boneless lean pork, cut into 1 inch cubes
30 oz Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
30 oz Chicken broth
2 lbs fresh tomatillos, husks removed, chopped coarsely
2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
7 oz can diced green chiles
10 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

In large, heated frying pan, place cubed pork, leaving until browned on all sides.
Combine remaining ingredients (except for cilantro) in crock pot and add browned pork to this. Cook on High in crock pot for 3-4 hours. Stir in fresh cilantro and enjoy! We added shredded cheddar and tortilla chips. Oh happiness!!

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 5

Week 5 of Thrifty Thursdays. The idea is to link to your frugal post, whether it be a DIY, recipe, tip, coupon… if you like it, link it. If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog. All are welcome.

Other stuff:
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site. Let’s grow this!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. And follow them if it pleases!
*Follow the blogs that toot your horn, and feel free to follow anyone who follows you. Leave a comment when you follow so that the blogger will know you are a new follower.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*These are not rules, just suggestions!
*Have fun 🙂

This week’s featured awesome blogs:

1. Crejjtion

Maaike over at Crejjtion makes the most adorable decor! I was thrilled to find this artisan. From paper crafts, to knit, to crochet, her creations are lovely and inspiring. She hosts giveaways too, lucky us. Be sure to say hello to our Amsterdam friend. Here are just a couple of my very favorites…

There are some amazing shabby chic techniques detailed on this wonderful blog. There is a translate option on the right sidebar, fyi. Check out this tutorial “Hanger, Shabby Chic”, where the end result is…

Another favorite is this shabby box incorporating an old photograph; detailed step by step. This is so very cool. On my to do list.

Be sure and visit for lots of inspiration!

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YUMMY Blast From The Past: Crock Pot Sloppy Joe Recipe

I had to share this crock pot treasure I recently made. To good to keep to myself!

You will need:

3 lbs ground beef or ground turkey (for a healthier version… I used beef)
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cup ketchup
1/3 cup worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup packed dark brown suger
3 tbsp yellow mustard
3 tbsp vinegar
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder

Instructions: Combine beef, onion and garlic in large pan and cook until meat browned and onion tender. In crockpot, combine remaining ingredients, stir together, add browned meat/onion/garlic to crockpot, stir until mixed. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve atop toasted hamburger buns. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas; A Grandmother’s Luminous Creativity


My amazing grandmother, Doris, has scattered joy with her handmade ornaments for as long as I can remember. Every sparkly detail mimics her radiance. I love her complete absorption in the creative process, as she crafts away at her station, oblivious to anything not sequin, bead, or ribbon! She is an inspiration to everyone she meets, and anyone who has spent time with her most likely has a Doris original. They started as Christmas ornaments in the traditional green and red scheme, but have evolved into all occasion decor. She bought a kit years ago that included all she needed to make an ornament, then realized how much she could save if she bought the supplies herself. She was off and running and has yet to look back.

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop Week 4

It’s Thursday again. Merry Christmas, all! Link up to Thrifty Thursday and share some joy!

If you don’t have a thrifty post to link to, feel welcome to join the hop anyway, and link to your main blog.
*Grab my “Thrifty Thursday” button above and throw it on your lovely site. Help me get the word out there so the hop grows!
*I will choose 2 participants to feature the following Thursday, and I will place their button in my ad space for the week. Free adverts. Woohoo. Please drop by and say hello to the feature bloggers. And follow them if it pleases!
*Follow the blogs that toot your horn, and feel free to follow anyone who follows you. Make sure to leave comments so you will be recognized as a new follower.
*Leave me a comment so I can visit you!

Featured Lovely Bloggers:

1. Annemarie’s Brieblog

I love Annemarie’s crochet addiction (she is a self proclaimed addict to the craft) . Go check her out. She has the cutest things, and a lovely new Etsy store. My favorite is the star garland. So adorable…

2. Homemade Ginger; I just met Megan recently, and am so inspired!! Her felt flowers are adorable and her site bubbles with yummy recipes, handmade projects, and cuteness all around. Look at this wonderful winter wreath:

Thanks for the inspiration, Megan!

Magazine Page Art DIY + Tutorial



I saw this awesome home decor made from old magazine pages at my local fair trade store, and knew it would make a blog post eventually! I love the look, and the green-ness. They are all on my to do list.

Here is a great step by step tutorial I found detailing the bowls at If you try this, please share your pics!

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