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

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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

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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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Advent Calendar Workshop

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There are so many products that I interested me in the new Fall/Winter Idea book, but one of my favourites is the Advent Calendar Workshop on the Go Kit.  

The kit includes:
  • cubby
  • dimensional frames
  • C-sized stamp set
  • cardstock
  • bitty sparkles
  • a full colour instruction booklet
The boxes for this project are easily cut out using the new Cricut Artiste Cartridge.  The workshop package includes 5 colours of cardstock and you will cut 5 boxes of each colour.

I would recommend using a bone folder to score the folds on the boxes.  This will help to make nice sharp creases on the boxes. 

To stamp the numbers on the boxes I used Archival Ink.  Archival ink is very dark and it will not fade the way a regular dye ink will. You will find some staining on your stamps when using Archival Ink.  This is normal and will not affect the function of the stamps.

To adhere the dimensional frames I used Liquid Glass.  Liquid Glass is a versatile material as it can be used to create a glossy accent or as an adhesive.  It dries fairly quickly and is very strong.


To secure the boxes I used Liquid Glass. The boxes I created for my project are nice and secure and will not fall apart.


The cost for the kit is $44.95 plus shipping and handling and GST.  I would also recommend Liquid Glass and Archival Ink for this project.  These items are available for purchase from my website or you can contact me to place an order.

I will also be hosting a Workshop class in the Attic for this kit on October 26, 2012. Contact me for class information!  alicesatticart(at)gmail.com