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Friday, May 29, 2009

Fifi Lapin

I thought it was time for some more bunny love. I love fashion and bunnies and I think my sister found the ultimate combination in Fifi Lapin, "the world's most stylish bunny." Her blog is all about her fabulous life and her "to die for" fashions. The sketches are beautiful and just might be my favorite part. You can actually purchase them in Fifi Lapin's shop. I haven't decided which one I want the most but I will let you know when I finally decide. From Chanel to Valentino, Fifi Lapin really is "the world's most stylish bunny."

{image from fifi lapin "the rose dress"}

Posted By: Nichole

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Orange and Nut Sqaures

This weekend I made Orange and Nut Squares with a quick and easy recipe from Giada De Laurentiis.


{melted semisweet chocolate chips}

{before i topped it with chocolate}

{the final result : picture courtesy of the food network}

Posted By: Nichole

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Handmade Birthday Card

A few important birthdays are coming up and while I was catching up on some much needed TV time I made a birthday card!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Drink Parasols

For my wedding I created drink parasols to put in our signature drink. I followed the instructions from Martha Stewart for their festive drink umbrellas. In honor of Memorial Day weekend I re-created them in red and white. The creative possibilities for this craft are endless!

Posted By: Melissa

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ribbon Frame

A simple craft that involves photographs and ribbon and I'm in love!

{image from Martha Stewart}

I used Martha Stewart's elegant plaid decorative tape to trim my dandelion photograph. This ribbon tape is really pretty and so easy to use and it's available at too!

{my version}

Posted By: Melissa

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A moment lasts...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ScrappyTime Product Love: Thoughtful Frames

Thoughtful Frames from Pulp are one of our favorite new products! We just got them in today at along with some pretty fabric frames in bright colors just in time for summer.

{you can purchase me here}

{you can purchase me here}

Insert your own photo to match these heartfelt captions
Type is foil stamped in metallic silver on Pulp's acid-free and archival white mats
Easel-back frame sits on a table or attached hardware makes for easy hanging
Hand-constructed black satin hardwood frame
Size: 9" x 9" - holds 4" x 6" photo w/ 4" x 4" window
Handcrafted in the USA

Monday, May 18, 2009

Antler Magazine: Issue Three is Here!

{image from Antler Magazine}

Antler Magazine released it's third issue on Friday. The images in this issue are amazing! Just a note that starting with their fourth issue it will be subscription based. They will be available for purchase on June 15th for just $15 a year. We think that's a pretty good price for a collection of so much inspiration!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Nyack's Famous Street Fair

Come visit us this Sunday at Nyack's Famous Street Fair! will be there along with 200 other vendors!

Here are all the details:

date: Sunday, May 17th
time: 10am to 5pm, rain or shine
location: Main Street and Broadway, Nyack, NY

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ice Cream Cone Card

This cupcake card from Martha Stewart inspired me to use my ice cream cone punch. I used paint chips to punch out the ice cream cone shapes and then glued them onto a blank white card. The craft punches from Martha Stewart are my new obsession. They are amazing and the crafty possibilities are endless! You can find this punch and many others at

{image from Martha Stewart}

{my card}

Posted By: Melissa

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Framed Four Leaf Clover

A few weeks ago my husband found a four leaf clover. After he brought it home I carefully placed it between two sheets of paper and placed it under a few heavy cookbooks. After it was pressed I decided to preserve it in a small frame for him. I placed the four leaf clover on a small piece of white cardstock that I cut using the glass as a template and then put it in the frame. This was such a simple craft, I would love to try this with a flower too!

{my supplies}

{all framed}

Posted By: Melissa

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Elegance is the...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Today I went to go see Valentino: The Last Emperor at Film Forum in NYC. This is one of the most amazing films I have ever seen. My degree is in fashion design but you don't need an appreciation for fashion to appreciate the amazing story of Valentino and his extraordinary career. His love for beauty and fashion will move you and I feel priveledged that this film "featured access never-before allowed in the high temples of Haute Couture."

{images from}

Posted By: Nichole

Sunday, May 10, 2009

ScrappyTime Product Love: New Mimi Classic Totes

We love these new Classic Totes from Mimi. We just got them in on Friday at Their best feature is their looks and they're priced at only $29.99! They can be used as a craft tote as well as an everyday bag!

New MiMi Creative Couture Collection pairs fun fabrics with cute storage for knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, painting, crafting and everyday life!

    The Classic Tote boasts a roomy interior with storage pockets for tools, cell phone, make-up or other incidentals.
  • soft shoulder handles allow for easy, comfortable transport.
  • great tote for day trips, books, art supplies, craft supplies and more.
  • available in two fabric patterns: Wildflower and Mod Dots

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Simple Elegance

This weekend I got my glass straw in the mail from Glass Dharma and I love it! I have been using my new straw in everything and it is even dishwasher safe.

{iced tea/lemonade, one of my favorite drinks}

I can't wait to order more of these and this summer they will be so fun to entertain with. The best part is that I won't be throwing out any more plastic straws!

Posted By: Nichole

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Grandmother's Scrapbook

In honor of Mother's Day weekend and in memory of our grandmother who would have been ninety three today we wanted to share with you one of her scrapbooks that is over seventy years old.

Posted By: Melissa and Nichole

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Homemade Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is my absolute fave. Spicy, Mesquite, BBQ, Peppered, any flavor, any brand. Each piece is a little slice of heaven. It's great for when I'm out all day on the bike as it doesn't spoil. It's also a great substitute for meal and health wise is really not bad for you. The only down turn? It gets a little pricey. Like $7 a bag pricey. So I decided to make my own. There are plenty of recipes on the net but I chose this one and added some of my own creativity to the mix (my notes are in parenthesis), it came out great.


- 5 pounds of beef (any cut, preferably brisket as it is the leanest)

- 5 ounces of liquid smoke (find it in the spices aisle with the BBQ sauces, it's there I promise, just keep looking)

- 15 ounces of Lea & Perrins OR Worcestershire 15 - 20 ounces of teriyaki sauce

- 15 - 20 ounces of soy sauce (didn't have any so I just doubled the Worcestershire)

- 2 - 4 Tb. of garlic powder (used real garlic, minced)

- 2 - 4 Tb. of dark brown sugar

- 2 - 4 Tb. of onion powder (didn't have any, didn't use)

- 2 - 4 ounces of molasses OR dark corn syrup

- 2 - 4 tsp. of cayenne pepper (don't over do it, I like things spicy too but too much will just kill the meats precious natural flavor)


- Cut meat and mix ingredients for marinade. (slice as thin as possible, freeze the meat for a 1/2 or so to help slice. Make sure to trim as much fat off as you can first as it wont dry like the beef and spoil)

- Cover and put meat in the refrigerator and let marinate for 24 hours.

- Cover oven rack with foil and place the meat across racks. (cover the bottom rack with foil to catch the drippings. Lay the meat on the top rack without foil so it dries from both sides. Use some Pam on the rack so you can clean it off easier when your done)

- Set oven to lowest temp 130 - 150 degrees. After the meat has stopped dripping, turn each piece over. (I didn't turn it over, doesn't matter really. But just make sure the meat is drying, not cooking)

- Cook for about 8 - 12 hours depend on what you like and remember to leave the oven door slightly open for ventilation. (Definitely leave the door open the whole time. Good jerky is made with slight heat and air flow so the meat is dried out, not cooked. I started at around 8 pm so I could have fresh jerky for breakfast)

- Enjoy (store in a Ziplock in the fridge as homemade jerky doesn't have the preservatives store bought jerky has, yet it still last a long time)

Remember ladies, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Fill that stomach with homemade jerky and that love will last a long time, just like the jerky.

Posted By: Daniel

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Record the Day

Record the Day is such a cool blog full of endless inspiration. I lost track of time trying to pick just a few of my favorite posts to share. When I was organizing my crafty space I rediscovered a stack of manila file folders that I used for wedding planning. Now I have the perfect use for them, all I need is a date stamp. Be sure to check out her other blog, Lobster and Swan, and her Etsy shop, for more inspiration!

{all images from Record the Day}

Posted By: Melissa

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Bunny Love

I was inspired to share my love for bunnies from a post by Peonies and Polaroids. Her bunny love made me want to share my bunny love! I have large collection of bunny related items but this painting is my most recent purchase. I got it from Urban Outfitters about 6 months ago and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I loved the painting because they are cute little bunnies taking on a storm. It kind of reminds me that you can get through anything, no matter how choppy the waters of life can be.

Posted By: Nichole

Crafting: A Silver Lining in a Tough Economy

I found this article on the website of one of the many "Craft Mafias" that have been popping up here and there. You know if you're a part of one, please don't break my knee caps for exposing you. This article in Entrepreneur Magazine speaks about the crafting world fighting today's economic downturn. More and more people are apparently turning to crafting as an inexpensive form of entertainment. Also one that results in an actual finished product to enjoy. So instead of turning on the old flat screen, make something and contribute to fighting the economic battle of today.

Oh and if you need something to bring your supplies to your friend's house, we can help you out here.

Posted By: Daniel

Monday, May 4, 2009

Color Board: Strawberry Shortcake

Posted By: Nichole

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Summer Night's Dream

I just got the new Anthropologie catalog in the mail today and as usual, I want everything! I fell in love with one of their display photos of the Moon Garden Votive. They show it displayed on a dock near the water in this picture but anyone could do this on an outdoor table. I love the idea of a grouping of all different kinds of votives. This would be perfect for an evening dinner party or summer night BBQ!
{image from}

Posted By: Nichole
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