Thursday, January 27, 2011

Magical


My drawing time has been filled with thoughts (and doodles!) of little gals like these lately.  I think I've finally decided on the theme for my first printable party -- fairies!  I was fascinated by all things mystical and magical when I was a child, and I very much doubt that the concept of pixie dust has ceased to delight the wee babes of today. Hopefully someone will agree!  I'll be sharing sneak peaks of the party as I go along, if can ever find a moment to sit down and get things done, haha.   My new year's resolution to spend more time being creative is definitely a hard one when there are piles of dishes in the sink, an overflowing laundry bin, and a sadly neglected exercise machine staring me down!

I'll have to work on my time management skills, but rest assured you'll be seeing more of our fairy friends very soon!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Freebie: Valentine's Circle Tags


As promised, I come to you today bearing a set of free printable cupcake toppers!  Technically, 2-inch circle tags, so feel free to cut or punch these out and use them for whatever your heart desires: goody bag tags, stickers, mini-garland, etc. etc.! I used my new toy  to punch these (so fun! I could punch out circles all day!), and attached them to lollipop sticks to make a trio of toppers, but you can easily cut them out with scissors too.  I couldn't decide which color I liked best, so miss Vanilla Cupcake from yesterday helped me display all three. :)

Follow the link below for downloable goodness! PDF file includes 12, 2-inch circle tags, with 4 of each color/design.


Don't forget: these are for personal use only! Please don't edit, redistribute, or sell my work without my permission. :)  

What do you think? Am I on the right track? Would you be happy to see an expanded Valentine's Day set in these colors?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Very Vanilla Cupcakes


Oh, vanilla cupcakes. How can something so simple and straightforward be so daunting?  I've tried many vanilla cupcake recipes, and achieving perfection in a recipe is difficult. I think the very fact of their simplicity makes them that much harder to bring to the same level of decadence that, say, rich dark chocolate gives to fudgy brownies, or summer-sweet berries gives to gooey jam bars.

Of course, over the years I've discovered that there are a few things that can help a vanilla cake recipe along. Good vanilla extract (still working on finding the perfect version of this, too!), or even better, actual vanilla beans, really add something special to a humble vanilla cake recipe. A good vanilla cake or cupcake really needs to have enough sweetness too, to stand on its own without a more pronounced flavor to lean on. But the biggest necessity, I feel is a soft, moist texture.

But of course, just about anything is delicious when it's slathered in my special buttercream frosting, so even the reject recipes can find a loving home in my belleh. :)

See if this one made the cut + a sneak peak for a new printable after the jump!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pretty Hearts


So many adorable Valentine's Day-themed pretties littering the web and stores lately! I have a total weakness for all pink and glitter and hearts and girly floofy goodness that comes along with Valentine's Day, and the early deluge is driving me batty with lurve. So have a little art to help me cope with the pink hurricane. ;)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Freebie: New Year's Lists


We are now 10 days into 2011, I wonder how many people are already struggling with their New Year's Resolutions?  If they're anything like me, probably a lot!  So I made up these cute little list papers (inspired by my love of stripes and stars -- see my previous new year's post), to give me a little visual boost on the resolution-keeping front.  Now I can tack up my list of goals by my desk, or stick it on the fridge with a magnet, and hopefully keep my mind focused! 

You can too! Simply follow the download link below for a FREE printable PDF file!  PDF includes a to-do list version and a blank version too, just in case you like pretty note papers as much as I do. :) 


PS. This printable stationery is free for personal use only. Please don't try to edit, repost, sell or otherwise use my work without my permission. Thank youuuu!

PPS. Note papers feature a lovely free font called Snickles by Tup Wanders.

PPPS. With no readers yet, I feel a little silly making all these posts. But hopefully my FUTURE readers will appreciate the effort. Muah! Love you already, future readers. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Refrigerator Fudge


It's January, but I still haven't recovered from December, haha!  Like a lot of people I spent a goodly amount of time this holiday season making sweets and treats for my friends and loved ones.  And of course, fudge is one of those treats that I have to make at the holidays. It's just one of those things!  My favorite is traditional peanut butter fudge, but my personal recipe isn't traditional at all...

It resulted from a desire for a super-soft, super peanut buttery fudge that melted in your mouth. I am not a fan of hard, sugary fudge at allll, so I modified a recipe I found. I have to say, it's everything I wanted: a soft, lip-smacking peanut butter treat. Actually, you could say it's a bit too soft, so I end up keeping mine in the refrigerator so it's not too messy and gooey. Warm or cold, though, it's delicious!

This sneaky little guy thinks so!
Recipe after the jump!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Woo, 2011!


I hope it's a bright and shiny one! Now's the time for New Year's Resolutions, so here are a few of mine:

1. Get my new business venture off the ground.  Without inducing spontaneous combustion, of course. As I mentioned in the last post, I'm in the process of trying to get a new business venture off the ground, so that is my big, bright, shiny goal for this year.  I started back in October with Halloween-themed designs but missed that deadline, so I moved on to Christmas designs and worked hard all through November -- but again, my excitement got ahead of my planning!  So now I'm trying to work slowly and  build my shop "inventory" over time instead of stressing myself with a mad rush.  It's hard to be patient, though.

2. Spend more of my time creatively. Of course this can only be helpful to someone that is trying to make a living off of their creativity, but sometimes I find it all too easy to zone out in front of Netflix or the computer screen. Despite what some people think, it takes effort to be creative! I hope in 2011 that I can make being creative a habit, and reserve more time for creative pursuits.

3. Get a little crafty.  Sometimes I just chuckle at the premise for my new business: printable crafts and party supplies.  These are very crafty things! And I, the least crafty person I know, am pursuing them full throttle. LOL!  So definitely, I need to get over my fear of cutting, pasting, sewing, and crafting in general.  My bookmarks are currently bursting with the neatest craft ideas, and I hope that I will spend my year trying at least some of them.

2010 was a pretty good year, but I want 2011 to be great!  Obviously from the resolutions above my big goals for the year are revolving around expanding my creative repertoire and getting focused on my artsy side. Of course, like everyone else, I've got about a billion other things to juggle but I think that's why it's so important to be aware of my goals and to strive for them consciously. I hope that I'll be able to find balance between life and art in 2011.