I don't know about you, but there is just something about holding an ACTUAL magazine in your hands that evokes a certain kind of inspiration. Not that I have lots of time to sit down with a magazine...but when I do...it always, always, always reminds me of my single, kid-less days...when my best friend and I would go to Barnes and Noble with our knitting and sit for hours, knitting, drinking coffee and reading magazines. Those were the BEST days. And while for now, those days are sitting on the back burner, I have hopes of them returning one day.
It was nice to sit down with this magazine and look at all the pretty photos, feel the texture of the paper and be inspired. I found a few things I want to make...some for me and some for gifts....
Want to win a copy? I have two to giveaway. To enter, just leave a comment telling me how much you love me...just kidding...any old comment will do. :)
Friday seems like a good day to choose a winner. :)
And don't forget to enter the Less Ordinary Designs giveaway over HERE.
I made Doug naughty, naughty donuts to take to work today.
Why are they naughty? Because they are WAY too easy for the amount of amazing that they taste.
Talk about melt in your mouth amazing and buttery and oh so sweet, sweet, heavenly goodness.
They ARE GOOD.
You need canned biscuits (anything BUT the flakey layer kind).
Melted butter in a shallow bowl(4 tbls per 8 biscuits give or take)
Sugar & Cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
Mixed together in your favorite proportions...I like a nice medium brown mixture.
Veggie oil to fill your pan up to about 1/2in or so.
Heat up oil for a few minutes on medium heat.
While it is heating up, cut holes in the donuts with a cookie cutter or some other circular object
(stars would be cute too!)
When the donuts have cooled enough to handle...using your fingers dip one side in the melted butter, let the excess drip off, dip in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Get it nice and coated. Flip over and repeat for the other side.
I ate all of these.
Just kidding. I sent them to work with Doug. But I made a practice batch on Saturday to see if they would still be amazing a day later...and they were. :) And I had more of those than I should.
You are welcome. Or I'm sorry.
Above is my favorite work of the week. I am JUST loving making these creations...I feel so blessed to be able to create art for a living. And God and I are working out the details to use this reignited love of mine for something more. Hang in there for details. :) I would also be thrilled to work on commissioned pieces in the mean time.
And I've needed a new head shot a lot recently, and desperately needed something a little more professional looking. One trusty tripod later and here we have it. :) What do you think? Do I look like a pro or what? :)
Hope your weekend was JOYful and that this week you can be a blessing to someone. :)
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You can thank me for introducing you to Sara later. :)
You can thank me for introducing you to Sara later. :)
The boys are at just the perfect age.
Also the perfect age for looking like it pains you to have your mother take a photo of you in costume.
Aaron did perfectly when he was handed candy. When a bowl full was presented to him he treated it like an all you can eat buffet. :) He was participating in such behavior when a blog reader I've never met said "Hey I know you!". Hi Julie! It was good to meet you...I'm so glad you outed yourself to say hello. Sorry for the little piggy in your candy trough. :)
Just a little follow up to my trick or treating post a few days ago. Here's a great link to a History channel article about the origins of Trick or treating. Which I think proves that it is what you make it. And we choose to make it fun and silly and about seeing and interacting with people in our community.
And I will leave you on a funny note...
We were out to dinner with the boys before trick or treating at the mall the other day. The boys were anxious and a little crazy...not sitting still and be bopping all around. At one point I leaned over the table, got Moses' attention and said "Moses...NOP!". I said nop. Like it was a real word. Though in my head I was saying "knock it off" or "stop" it came out NOP...or KNOP I guess would be the correct spelling. Either way it proves these little minions are doing their part meld my brain cells. All I could think since then it "dang it, I graduated from college. WITH HONORS. And I've lost the ability to speak English"...
Hope your day is a HAPPY ONE! Enjoy the pillaging of your children's candy!
Why does that feel like it takes so much longer than a load of laundry? Regardless, it's done!
You can buy prints HERE. Or the digital file to print yourself HERE. The original has been sold. :)
I just love it. Happy, quirky, fun!
I hope to have a pattern available soon!
HERE or a digital file HERE.
HERE. Or a print HERE. Or a digital file HERE.
Moses choose to attend this dressed as "Mighty Mo"...part spiderman, part batman, part captain America and part superman. Super awesome I think. :)
I my heart though, I was preparing to toss my camera to catch him if he fell. :)
Happy trick or treating! Remember that a lot of that candy would be great to add to your Operation Christmas child boxes!
But I made an exception for this gem. Cheesy background, Moses wearing his current favorite outfit complete with a spiderman birthday ribbon and a fake apple. How could I not buy it?
Chrissie and it was a simple, easy, fun hit! :)
Happy trick or treating! Remember to skim off the good candy when they aren't looking!
Want to save several dozen dollars and make your OWN photo canvas?
Do you have a printer? Do you have a canvas? Well let's get on it.
I can't wait to try this again with a black and white photo...or for Christmas gifts!
I'd love to see if you try this! Have fun!
P.S. I have an InkJet printer. :)