Saturday, December 1, 2012

Scrapbook Wonderland



I'm so excited to announce my NEW WEBSITE!!!

Scrapbook Wonderland can be found at scrapbookwonderland.com


It is where you can find tips an techniques for scrapbooking, whether you want faster scrapbooking, easier scrapbooking or more detailed scrapbooking.  I hope you'll come to see what this new website has to offer.

Special for December:

Scrapbooking Christmas: 25 Ways to Capture the Magic.  This 25 day series will feature ways you can share the full story of your Christmas.  Don't forget to sign up for the FREE Download too!  (on the right side of the home page.

This link will take you to DAY 1: Advent Calendars.  From there you can follow the links!

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My Awesome Little Dyson Vacuum!

I'm so excited! About a vacuum.  
That seems like such a strange thing to say!

It's not just ANY vacuum though, it is the Dyson Slim Vacuum.  I can use it on my hardwood floors and on the carpet.  It runs on a rechargeable battery, so I don't have to plug in, or drag around a heavy vacuum, or deal with the long hose of my built-in vac.  It is light, not very loud, and best of all... IT REALLY SUCKS!

As in... sucks up all the crud from the floor!

I was convinced I needed to have one of these when I went to my aunt's house this August.  She pulled out this little vac, and it did an amazingly quick job on her hardwood floors.  Hmmm, I thought. That looked easy.

Then, for Thanksgiving I was at my cousins.  She pulled out her little vac, and went from tile to hardwood sucking up all the debris left by the crowd of people.  That looked handy too.

Back when we lived in our camper for 17 and a half months, I cleaned the whole camper using only a little Dyson handheld vacuum.  That  baby worked awesome, but eventually we wore the poor thing out!  

Finally I decided this past Saturday that I should really have one of these cute little vacuums. I hadn't realized how much I missed having the convenience of a little vacuum that you can just grab and go with.  I'm so happy I finally gave in!  Today I was talking to my friend on the phone and I zipped around and had my scrapbook room vacuumed in about 5 minutes. 

If you think you'd love one of these too, I'm including my affiliate link to Amazon.ca below for your convenience.

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Awesome Egg Yolk Trick

Perhaps I'm the last person to see this trick, but it is so awesome that I just had to share it.


I love this guy's sound effect when he puts the yolk back in the dish!  

I tried this trick at home and it was truly as simple as it looks.  I don't like egg yolk, so this is my new favourite trick for eggs!

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Scrap Room Make Over

EDIT  ***Please NOTE!!*** All Scrapbooking Content will now be found at scrapbookwonderland.com


Fortunately for me, my scrapbook room is not in need of a make over... a bit of a clean up, yes, but a make over, no. I was reading the latest blog post from Jen over at iHeart Organizing and I just had to share it.

Jen and a couple of helpers did a complete make over on a scrapbook room.  The story behind the make over is super sweet and heartwarming.  The ideas and little touches Jen put into the room are AMAZING!

iHeart Organizing: A Surprise Craft Room Before & After Story

I'd love to hear what your favourite thing about the make over is, so please leave me a comment!

Let your creativity shine!  And don't forget... there are no mistakes in scrapbooking, only opportunities for new creativity!

Alice.

Successful Bread and Buns!

Finally!

I have Finally made Successful Bread and Buns!

Here's my proof!

Oooh!  Amazing right?!

Not that impressed? You should be.  I have struggled with bread-making almost to the point of giving up forever. That may sound drastic but after making buns as hard as hockey pucks and bread that was so heavy and dense I was imagining where I could accent my yard with a rock shaped like a loaf of bread, I thought it was time to admit defeat.

Fortunately my stubborn side is strong... either that or I'm an unusually slow learner.

I was motivated to try my hand at making buns again the other day as I was on the phone with my friend.  (She happens to be amazing at everything... cooking, baking, decorating cakes, building fences, shooting a bear... yes, everything.) So I explained my "little problem" with baking.  She agreed to walk me through the steps over the phone... teleconference baking. 

Being a brilliant friend she had previously equipped me with the perfect recipe book for making buns.  So we both turned our books to page 88 and began to walk through the recipe.

This will best be pictured through a snippet of our conversation.

     Me: I've had the yeast in the warm water for almost 10 minutes now and it doesn't look very foamy.  I know it is good yeast, it is brand new.
     Baking Genius: Did you put the sugar in the water too?
     Me: (pause) uh... no.  I guess that would help huh?

I'm so pleased to say that with a lot of tele-guidance I was able to make amazing tasting buns and bread. Although I'm not sure if this should be attributed to my new skill or my friends amazing ability to tele-bake!  Either way... it was delicious and I can't wait to try again!

Have a whimsically wonderful day!
Alice.




Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reading: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a brilliant book!  There are so many "moments" that make this story come alive. The central character is Enzo, the canine companion of Denny, a professional race car driver. Enzo is a philosopher with a keen eye for observing human nature. Enzo may be a dog in this life, but he is planning on coming back as a human in his next one.

One my favourite of Enzo's observations comes when he is remembering his early days.  He distrusts medicine and shares his story of when the humans cut off his thumbs, aka dewclaws. The Doctor (Veterinarian) says to Enzo, "It's a mean bastard who won't pay for a little local anesthetic for his pups."  Enzo relates his version of the events, "Do you see?  That is why I distrust them.  It's a mean bastard who will do the cutting without anesthetic because he wants to get paid."

This book made me laugh, cry, and think.  I can't think of a better reason to recommend it than that!

Happy reading!
Alice.




Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Stamp of the Month: Very Merry Christmas

EDIT  ***Please NOTE!!*** All Scrapbooking Content will now be found at scrapbookwonderland.com

The October Stamp of the Month is "Very Merry Christmas".  This is a versatile stamp set that coordinates beautifully with the new Cricut Artiste cartridge. Get ready for your Christmas projects and cards now!


This stamp set can be ordered for $17.95 (plus S&H and tax) only during the month of October.  You can receive this set for the discounted price of ONLY $5 with an order of $50.

For more information on this, visit my website alice.ctmh.com or send me an email alicesatticart(at)gmail.com

There are no mistakes in scrapbooking, only opportunities for new creativity!
Let your creativity shine!
Alice.