Thursday, April 30, 2009

Card Group Creations: March

The theme of March’s card group was hello cards. Take a look at what we came up with:

In addition to exchanging cards, we spent time gabbing, eating and, of course, creating. Here’s a picture of the frames we altered. It was as easy as painting wooden frames ($1 from Michaels) and covering them with patterned paper and a few embellishments. Wouldn’t this make a fun Mother’s Day gift? There’s still time to make one. If you end up making and posting one, please share the link here. I’d love to take a peek.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Here's the Story

Picture it: my family room, August 2008. I’m setting up my new blog when I come to the part where it asks for a blog name. Ummmm… “I don’t know yet,” I think to myself. And “I don’t know yet” is what I type in (meant as a placeholder, not as a permanent title).

Fast-forward almost a year and “I don’t know yet” still sits atop my blog… until now.

Welcome to “That’s What She Said!” A blog about crafting, shopping, narcolepsy, breast cancer (Mom updates), charity and any other random thoughts that come to mind.

Are you at all interested in the other options I had on my list? They're listed below:

Red Bull Brilliance
Megan’s Musings
Hoeppner’s Hodgepodge
Like a Red Bull in a China Closet (thanks for the creative idea, Angie!)
Red Bull & Creative Juice

What do you think? Did I make the right choice? I had "Red Bull Brillance" as a close second.


The name’s not the only new addition. Check out my adorable header. I L-O-V-E love it! My incredibly talented friend Holly Jones created it. I'm a lucky lady.

Thanks, Holly. I SO appreciate you sharing your talents with me/my blog.

I hope you enjoy the long overdo blog additions. Thanks for sticking it out. (That’s what she said.) ;)

Monday, April 27, 2009

I was on TV

...okay, so maybe I wasn't on TV, but photos of my handsome groom and I made their debut. My amazingly talented friend Alisa Bangerter used a few of our wedding pictures on projects she created for Studio 5, a local morning show here in Utah.

Alisa did much more than share my mug with her Utah audience, however; she also shared oodles of ideas for using photos in creative ways. Take a watch and be filled with photo inspiration!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sweet Surrender (for the last time, promise)

Hey, U-tah! (Said in my best Goonies voice.) You have one more day (Sat.) to enjoy all that the Oh, Sweet Sadie craft boutique has to offer. My niece Jenifer and I went today. With new goods to offer this weekend, I had to make a few more purchases. You wanna see what ended up in my shopping bag? A’ight. Let’s take a look!

Mmmmm… gourmet cupcakes. Num!

I L-O-V-E this stamp set from My Cute Stamps. The smiling doughnut is the stuff that dreams are made of. ;)

Do you remember the Nerds book from my last post? Well, I got a few more of those to add to the collection. This time, Jenifer and I each picked a book cover notebook. And guess what? The books still have their old library pockets on the front inside covers. Cool, eh?

My hair’s going to look a little better with this cute feathered friend perched atop my head, don’t you think?

And another fabric cuff bracelet ended up following me home. I just can’t seem to resist.

Lastly, my niece and I each grabbed a bunch of cool wall (and auto) vinyl decals from Vinyl Wall Art. These are just a few of the ones we purchased. Aren’t they awesome?!

I promise I’m not at all associated with this show, despite my obvious push. I just love it when creative people come together to share the things they’ve made with the world. And this is one happy gathering. If you have the chance to go, you won’t be sorry.

And to my out of state friends, I do apologize. I’m not trying to tease. Click on the links above to find a few of these goodies for yourself.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How Sweet it Was

I had the pleasure of attending the Oh Sweet Sadie craft boutique last weekend. Those of you who’ve followed my blog for a while now (you are out there, right?) may recall my original post about this event. Like last time, I went, I had fun and I spent waaaay too much money.

Here’s some of the yum I found this time around:

A new shirt with handmade flowers sewn on (somewhat hidden behind the hound)

A stylin’ new flower bracelet all the way from South America

Another happy bracelet, this time sewn with a button closure

Fabric hair clips (check out the creator's Etsy shop for more of these cute numbers)

A sweet fabric headband for those warm summer days ahead (get it? A head? Hahahaha!) ;)

They had journals made from different packages and old book covers. I got one made from a Nerds box for my friend’s birthday, because Nerds were her fav as a kid. (And she was/is a nerd.) ;)

A local author was in attendance, selling and signing her cookbook The Food Nanny Rescues Dinner. Cory and I have already tried the white chili in this cookbook, and it is num-didley-um!

I also bought handmade lollies and lemonade, but they were devoured before I could snap a picture.

Do you want to do your own shopping? Perhaps find a few Mother’s Day gifts? There’s a second helping of the boutique this weekend in South Jordan Utah. Here’s the info:

If you’re a NYC resident who really wants to do some handmade-goods shopping but can’t justify the trip to SLC for the boutique, I have good news. The Spring Handmade Cavalcade is in town May 9-10. Read more about it here.
I SO wish I lived in the area and could join you for the trip. The good news: they also have a blog you can check out for cool craft ideas. Hooray!

Happy shopping!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring has Sprung (and some blog candy)

At last, it's a beautiful spring day here in Utard. This is awesome considering I had six inches of snow on my yard last week.

I took this picture on the way into work this morning. Aren't spring blossoms one of the happiest parts of the changing seasons?

You know what else makes any day a little better? Why, a little blog candy of course! I'm giving away this bucket of goodies on CK's blog this week. Do you want to enter for a chance to win? If so, please take a minute and click here for more details.

Enjoy this magnificent weather... you never know when it will decide to snow again. ;)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just Call Me Eggy Meggy

My eggs didn’t turn out to be nearly as stunning as Debie’s, but I sure did have fun making them.

First things first, the prep work. Jenifer, my 14-year-old niece, boiled the eggs…

And she and I prepared the dye.

Dying eggs can be a messy business, so we dressed for the occasion, using a few of Pop’s tattered shirts as smocks. They were easy to find since the majority of his shirts look this way…and I’m talking the shirts in his regular rotation.

Jenifer smocked me, so I smocked here back.

At last, time to play. And Jenifer and I weren’t the only ones to get crafty with the shell canvases. Pop, Cor and even Mom joined us.

You know what surprised me more than anything? How creative Pop and Cor got with it. Pop drew scenes and even added glitter to his eggs. And look at how Cor is creating a multi-colored egg by dripping dye with the egg-dipper tool. Show offs!

As I said in my last post, eggs are rub-on and glitter friendly. Here are a few I made:

Mom and Jenifer also adorned their hard-boiled beauties with rub-ons and glitter. Awesome!

All in all, an egg-cellent time was had by all!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter Ideas

So, I was on the Facebook this morning (a regular Sat. morning occurrence), when I came across these beautiful, dyed Easter eggs.

Debie, the talented gal that made these, gave me permission to put them on my blog. To create them, she used rub-ons and scrapbooking glitter. Yes, a few basic crafting supplies used in a stunning way. Do you like? I love! I love so much in fact, that I’ve convinced my family that we need to dye eggs this year. We weren’t going to (we aren’t doing a lot of our annual traditions this year, I’m afraid), but I’m totally inspired. I’ll post pictures if they’re anywhere near as divine as Debie’s. :)

Speaking of Easter crafts, here’s a silly card I made. I actually created this for a magazine call, but it wasn’t picked up. Yes, even in-house editors have to go through the same publishing routine. :)

The card reads, "From jelly bean showers bloom Easter egg flowers!"

I used a basic oval stamp to create the jellybeans and I added glaze to them to give them that delicious jellybean shine.

I hope you have a peaceful and happy Easter weekend! I'll leave you with a few more jellybean goodies. Enjoy!

Don't you wish all trees dropped jellybeans? Image credit

This is a super cute hostess gift idea if you're going to somebody's home for Easter dinner. Image and idea credit

I would love to wear one of these tasty numbers around my chubby neck. Image and product credit

Jellybean bags?!? Get outta town! Adorable. Image and idea credit

Monday, April 6, 2009

Is the Taget lady right? Am I a nerd?

Funny thing happened to me on the aisle of Target. I was browsing, minding my own bid-naz and all, when a customer looked in my basket and the following brief conversation took place:

Stranger: “Now you’re someone who obviously has kids.”
Me: “Actually, I don’t have kids; I’m just a nerd.”
Stranger: “Wow! You are a nerd.”

What the?! Who is this woman, and where does she get off judging my book by my shopping basket cover?

Now I ask you, based on the items in my basket, am I in fact a nerd?

First, the toiletries. Sure, mouthwash and hair care items aren’t the most exciting things to buy, but they’re not exactly nerdy.

Next, the clothes. I can’t go to Target without perusing the sale racks. I bought a pink nightshirt, a pink cardigan and a gray button-up collar shirt. Is this the wardrobe of a nerd-o-rama?

On to the doggie delights. I can’t pass up buying the pups a few chew toys while in the Dollar Spot. What’s so nerdy about a girl loving her pups?

Okay, so maybe this next purchase was a bit on the nerd side, but an airplane trip was in my near future and I wanted some light reading material. So sue me.

There’s nothing nerdy about Prince, despite what Cory thinks. He’s just jealous of Prince’s style and mad skills. Aren’t ya, honey? (This is a great CD, BTW.)

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way, which means Easter baskets are in order. Okay, so maybe I’m childless, but that doesn’t mean I can’t give baskets to my family members. And aren’t these baskets cute? Nothing about a felt chick basket says “nerd” to me.

What better thing to include in adult Easter baskets than movies? If I were a nerd, you’d likely find D&D characters and pocket protectors in my cart. Right? Right!

And those who think candy is nerdy aren’t human. Chocolate pigs and all. It’s that simple.

So, tell me, are these the makings of a nerd’s shopping basket? If so, then being a nerd is A-OK with me.


P.S. The Blog Barracuda post was my lame attempt at a blog April Fools Day joke. I was originally going to do a picture of a positive prego test, but I decided it would be in poor taste. This was my consolation prize. Rest assured that there is no such thing as a Blog Barracuda…yet. ;)