Cupcake Tassel

I have lots of new tassels that I want to list in my Etsy shop but my Etsy shop is not loving me. Let's just say that we aren't getting along technically. Working on it and planning on a special, a giveaway and more! Stay tuned.



A while back, I decided to organize all of those snag 'em stamps that I seem to like to collect in a new to me system. It's so simple and enjoyable you'll want one for you.

Supplies needed:

  • Pretty binder
  • Baseball card holdin' plastic sleeves
  • Some 5x7 photo sleeves
  • Piles of stamps
The incredibly simple, self-explanatory instructions that I am about to type out for you:
  1. Find all of your stamps. If you are like me, you will still have a nice little stash still in the sack from the store you bought them at. I originally had them on binder rings but quickly outgrew that bulky system.

  2. Take them all out of their packaging.

  3. Sort by season, holidays, birthday, baby, kids, etc.

  4. Simply insert them into the sleeves of the baseball card holders. Bigger stamps work nicely with the 5x7 photo sleeves. (Check out your local scrapbook supply place and check out all of the 8 1/2 x 11 storage sleeves available. They work pretty spiffy for this kind of stuff.)

  5. Install in binder. (I'm not called Captain Obvious for no reason.) Since the sleeves are clear and the stamps are clear, punch sheets of paper and install one after each sleeve of stamps.

  6. I am planning on adding pretty punched file tabs at the beginning of each section for easy identifying. You could customize this to your hearts content. The binder itself could be decorated all fancy like. Use colored papers in between. It's all up to you!

If you happen to do this little project, let me know. I am interested to see how you like it. Happy Stamp Organizing!!


Yummy Strawberry Cupcakes

For Mia's friends birthday party this year, we made the most delcious cupcakes in the whole land! They were a huge hit with kids and adults alike. My love for strawberries have only been stregthened by this confectionary delight. Many thanks to my sister Sharmyn for finding the recipe and sharing it with me. Recipe courtesy of Conversation with a Cupcake.

Wild Strawberry Cuppies

16 oz. strawberries, destemmed
4 eggs
1 3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour

Mia loves to cook and she is a good cook too. All I do is tell her how much of what and she does the rest. It's fun! (When did she get so big looking??) Here, she demonstrates the first step:

  • Place first four ingredients in a blender. Blend until fully pureed.
We only have a knock-off Magic Bullet. It works pretty good, but you have to do it in stages. The batter smells so good and is perfectly pink. Mmm!

  • Pour into a large bowl and mix with remaining ingredients. Spoon into cupcake wrappers. (We made just 80+ mini-cupcakes out of one batch.)

  • Bake at 325 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. (Mini's were done by 18 minutes.) Allow to cool. Frost with recipe below.
Sweet & Pure Strawberry Buttercream
3/4 c. fresh strawberries, destemmed
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 lb. powdered sugar
Over a large bowl, crush the strawberries in your hands. Allow juice & pulp to fall into bowl. Add remaining ingredients & beat well with an electric mixer. Frost cooled cupcakes. Allow to set at room temperature. This makes a huge batch, so don't be shy about loading the frosting on your cupcake. We wanted to top them off with a slice strawberry, better yet, a hunk of strawberry, and that made the whole cupcake go from good to heavenly.




Ahhh....can you hear that?? It's the sound of nothing (pressing) to do. Isn't that wonderful?? After a weekend of a shows, Mother's Day and Mia's 6th birthday - this is heaven!!

The Piper & Chloe Spring Showcase was fantastic. I loved it all. They had so many wonderful things. I could of bought and bought and bought some more. I did get a few new things that I love.

Like this set of Matryoshka Girls magnets from Isabella's Umbrella.

And a pair of earrings from this gal at MD Sparks. Love them! Beautiful jewelry.

I wanted a cute skirt for Mia from Bugs 'n' Bees, but they were all out of her size in a color that I know that she would like. They had a mustard yellow bird print that I just adored but I know my girly girl wouldn't have much to do with it. Yay for me for leaving it instead of getting frustrated with her for not wearing it.

Now on to work on posting in my shop. It might take a while, I haven't even bothered to get ready for the day yet. Ahhhh.....so nice.



I got a sneak peak at the Piper & Chloe Spring Showcase today and let me tell you. It was auh-mazing!! I am in love with everything there. Talented artists and vendors in a beautiful location.

You know it's a good venue when you are featured on Your Heart Out! I am super humbled and excited to be involved with them!

Mother's Day is this Sunday. Surprise her with a handmade beauty and you'll be sure to impress. Come on up and pick up a few tassels and gift tag and you'll be set!

Vintage Inspired

Feeling inspired by my recent shopping trip, I created these Mother's tags especially for the Spring Showcase. Every item that I was drawn too was romantically embellished with vintage inspired lacy trims on tailored backgrounds creating a simplistic feminine style that I adore. Blue-greens, walnut, cream and persimmon. Love! These tags are hand cut, stamped, inked and sewn.

I didn't stop with just tags. I created a few new tassels inspired off of these tags. My favorite combinations of gray-blue, chocolate brown, vintage inspired diamond embellies and tarnished silver.

Available this weekend at the Spring Showcase this Friday, May 9th from 10-7 and Saturday May 10th from 10-5.


Piper & Chloe

Looks like the Etsy shop will have to wait another week. I am super excited to share that I will be at the Piper & Chloe Showcase this weekend. This will be a fun one. Lots of unique crafting going on there. I am super excited to shop at it and now glad to be part of it.

Check out their blog piperandchloe.blogspot.com to see the vendors that they will have featured there.



I am slowly working on updating my shop. I have a few new listings and a few new mark downs. For locals customers that are interested in purchasing anything found on Etsy, I have a special for you! Simply purchase as usual and put a note to seller that you will arrange pick-up. I will then refund your Paypal account the shipping fees.

Thank you to everyone for your support! I really appreciate you!


Last Day

Last day to go to the boutique. It's open until 5pm and then it's time to get it packed up and head home. So head on out in the rain and get your shopping done. It's worth it!

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