Monday, April 30, 2018

Big Boxes Coming Soon

So, I'm thinking that after the official closing of Apron Strings on the 30th, and I've fulfilled all the orders during these final days, I'll pull together some Grab Boxes of items.  They'll contain Papers, stickers, lengths of ribbon and embellishments (both packaged and loose - but complete.)  I'm not sure what exactly will be in them until I'm done with shipping out all the orders, but I'm hoping you'll get a few pounds of goodies for a set price, at flat rate mailing; basically, whatever I can fit in a box and I'm a good packer. wink

Watch for an email, hopefully, just a few days into May about these boxes. 

LAST DAY @ Apron Strings

I can't believe it, but it's the last day for Apron Strings.  I'll miss so much, I can't even tell you.  I'm not sure I expected it to be this hard.  But it is.  This is it.

Thank you for 13 years of support and business.  You all are part of my story and I'll forever remember and be grateful.

If you've haven't yet shopped.  Do.

This is your last day to pick up embellishments

This is your last day to grab packs of Paper

This is your last day to snag TV Dinners

This is your last day to save and stock-pile.  Enter code:  lastday at checkout to save a total of 80% on your entire order.

I thank you again FOR EVERYTHING!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Doors Are Closing April 30th @ Apron Strings

It's time to officially close the doors of Apron Strings.  After 13 years we've reached the end.

If you've been waiting to stock up and save, now's the time to come fill your carts.  After April 30th, Apron Strings will just be a memory.  Don't be the "I should have picked up (fill-in-the-blank) " person.

Come snag all the embellishments, from basic-use-on-all-sorts-of-projects tags, buttons, rhinestones and florals, to things a little more specific like stickers and diecuts.  Just look at their color pallets to pair them up with patterned papers, rather than their theme.

Pick up multiple packs of Paper, especially, if like me, you love both sides of a given patterned paper, or maybe you're looking to create mini albums.  Paper packs are great for making cards and tags - this is a great time to pick up themes - birthday, holidays, seasonal color.  Paper packs are also good for making banners, home decor or table-scapes for special events (ie. birthday party buffets, backyard BBQ's, Mother's Day brunch, or school party decor.)

Finally, snatch and grab all the TV Dinners.  TV Dinners are the thing for creating pages fast - everything is coordinated and ready for your photos and stories.  They are also great for creating mini albums - pair them up with additional paper packs, and maybe a few extra embellishments. 

Come shop for you and anyone who plays with paper.  Enter code:  finaldays at checkout to save a total of 75% on your entire order.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Spring In for Savings

Spring and Winter seem to be playing a cruel game of cat and mouse with most of us here in the States.  We get a few days of warm spring weather and then, bam, winter blows back in to freeze our buds off.  At this rate, we'll go right into Summer, and that will stink as I'm not a fan of the heat.

For now, though I'll enjoy Spring where I find it.  In the bulbs that are sprouting along my front steps, and rethinking doing so, I'm sure.  In the barest buds on the trees.  In the birds that I hear and see busily flitting from tree to tree, who are probably checking their planners and wondering how they got their migration dates wrong.  I'll also find it in the papers I'm using - the bright colorful, floral graphic filled papers that are more consistently Spring than what's going on outside my window.

If you'd like to enjoy Spring the only way that Mother Nature will allow, by scrapping with papers and embellishments - then shop today.  Prices are already down 50%, and the coupon code will save you another 25%, for a walloping 75% on your ENTIRE order!

Code:  comeonspring

Pick up papers like American Crafts Daydreamer, their POW Glitter paper (who couldn't use something sparkly that isn't snow), Authentique, Doodlebug, Echo Park, Imaginisce and Pebbles have several bright and happy Spring paper packs.  Cheerful embellishments include:  Dress It Up Glittered Floral Buttons, Favorite Findings Floral Buttons, Heidi Swapp Frames, KaiserCraft Pop Banners, Pebbles Puffy Bumble Bee stickers and any number of neutral, kraft or chalkboard tags, tabs and perky pops of color in a number of alphabet stickers.  If you're looking for something quick, there are a few colorful TV Dinners, too, fully loaded and waiting for you and your photos.

Now go.  Make your own Spring inside, while you wait for the outside to catch-up.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Food for Thought

I was cooking away a couple weeks ago; this week not so much.  The calendar seemed full, but when the events aren't yours and you don't have to do the driving, it's amazing how blissful it is.

Looking for fast and fabulous.  Got a few below.

I have a couple of these Enchilada Bubble Up Casserole recipes pinned.  I went to see how similar they are and found they aren't too different - the other one is definitely faster, as this one has a couple items made from scratch:  the dough, the enchilada sauce.  You could certainly make those substitutions, but the dough is really good, and pretty simple.  I already had enchilada sauce on hand - leftovers (this is my recipe) and gauging the sauce in the recipe it looked like it would make about 1 1/4 cup of sauce.  I had a smidge more than that (probably 1 1/3 cup), so I just dumped it all in.  It was really good.  Had good flavor and the dough bubbles were tender and light.  It calls for chicken, I used rotisserie, but you could do ground beef, turkey or go meatless and add extra beans.

I made an Italian Wedding Soup found in 365 Slow Cooker Suppers.  She doesn't have it indexed on her website, but can be found in her book (linked above); I received the recipe via her emailed newsletter.  It was super simple, used pre-made meatballs and had a lot of flavor - though I might cut down on the Italian seasoning, or substitute in some fresh.  It was meant for the slow cooker, so the dried seasonings didn't soften much because I just simmered it on the stove-top.  I've made other recipes from her that are good, so it might be worth it to pick up her cookbook.

I hadn't made pizza in a while, so when I saw this Skillet Pizza with Sausage and Chili Garlic Tomato Sauce I figured why not.  I hadn't made a pan pizza before - I have my pizza stones and my go-to recipe.  My only worry was that the dough would be thick and heavy, but I was very surprised how light and chewy it was.  There was a bit of a mishap while it was rising, but even with that, I think the dough would have still turned out light.  We all loved it - except I put in too much garlic chili for the majority of us.  Next time, I'll cut down the amount and put hot sauce on the side for those who like the fire.

Instant Pot recipe.  Are you surprised?  Easy Balsamic Beef Pot Roast.  I have to say I was a bit worried when I opened the pot and it wasn't fall-apart-tender.  It seemed like it was tough and it definitely wasn't "flaking."  I was more than surprised that by the time I'd gotten it sliced that it was tender (I made sure to slice against the grain.)  I only had half of the balsamic the recipe called for but it still had great flavor.  I opted to do mashed potatoes instead of cauliflower. 

Not a big list of recipes this time, but they're good.

Happy Friday,


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Crafting Home

Last year, after some good, relief-inducing news, I treated myself by picking up this kit from Paisleys and Polka Dots.  She has quite a few things I'd love to grab up, hug to myself and run down to to my craft table to assemble.  Her wood decor is adorable, and if you're looking for a card kit to replace Apron Strings, she has a good one.

The kit includes all the wood pieces, papers and embellishments, along with basic instructions.  This kit is a 12-month "HOME" set, where I have the all the letters to spell "home" and then 12 seaonal shapes to either use in place of the "O" or in some other fashion.  I've used the shapes on my mantle with other seasonal decor, but usually I put them with the rest of the letters.

I had managed to get September, October, November and December's shapes assembled to use during those various seasons/holidays, but fell behind and didn't get January's done, or February's for that matter - though I managed to get February done and out for a week before February was over.  But hey, it's ready to go for next year.  As part of my huge to-do list in 2018, I included finishing these shapes.  One weekend I sat down and did just that.  Or, well, almost did that.  I have three months left.

I sort of follow the instructions.  I glanced at the first couple sets and they all say basically the same thing.  I don't customize the paint on individual pieces (to match to papers), instead I paint almost everything white, and then it's just the sides of the pieces.  Nobody is going to see the backs, so I don't bother.  The only other thing I don't paint white are dark-colored pressed board pieces.  I like the look of the dark sides against whatever paper I'm using.

You can see the dark-colored edge of the pressed board on the egg above - in the band and the flower.

Finished January's.  It's ready to go for next year.  He has a lot of thick layers up on the brim of his hat, but the recommended Aleen's Craft Glue and a Wood Glue are doing great jobs of holding it all.

I stopped with May, so I'll have to get back on the ball again and complete the remaining pieces.  I have to say, I'm enjoying a different kind of paper crafting.  I'm enjoying changing up what I'm doing.  The only downside is I have several works-in-progress.

Happy Thursday,


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We Are

I have shipped off my two older boys.  One back to school in Arizona, and the other to Spain.  With Girlie home, but working 12 hour shifts, it's mighty quiet just me, the hubby and the 9 y.o.

  • We woke to a very wet snow a yesterday.  The affect isn't unlike the scene from Willy Wonka where they were hosed down with white fluff.  Only this prettier.
  • Just the day before, on Monday, I saw at least a half dozen ant colonies working busily.  Not sure how they fared after the snow though.
  • Untamed blooms, while pretty hardy, I don't know survived the heavy snow any better than the ants.
  • Spring is popping up in the house
  • Girlie is doing a bit of changing things up in her room
  • When you have a bit of "some assembly required" redecorating in your room to do and, sweet, your brother is home on Spring Break.
  • Friday Night Lights of a different kind
  • Well, we know he made it to his gate . . .
  • . . . And we know he made it to Toronto
  • A group photo before sending him off.  Girlie was working and couldn't make the send-off
  • So I added her in.
  • She said it was good, but Her Boy (a photoshop genius) could do better
  • Spring is popping up outside the house, too.  These are gonna need covering tonight - snow's moving in - Monday's snow squashed those blooms.
  • Taking a different route for my daily walk.
Happy Wednesday,