Showing posts with label sponsored posts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sponsored posts. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Dirt: twigs, branches and a new tree

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

In the past, I’ve made several projects using twigs and branches. Most of the twigs came from the White Birch tree that was in our front yard and provided shade for our dining room bay window. Sadly, our birch tree died. I kept hoping it would come back but it was not to be.

I had someone help take it out and asked him to save me all the branches and twigs. I knew what was coming. When my husband got home he gave me that look. You know the one… 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Good Taste: baked ravioli with pesto dipping sauce

Today I’m sharing with you Baked Ravioli with Pesto Dipping Sauce. Doesn’t it look fancy? Here’s my secret – it was super easy to make. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

homework: reading {craft-a-day} & giveaway

I have such a fun book that I’m reviewing today. Craft-a-Day by Sarah Goldschadt is a simple and whimsical craft resource. I just love looking at the cover and the cute projects inside. It’s jam packed with patterns, instructions and over 400 photographs.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inkling: David Tutera Celebrate cards {easy as 1-2-3}

Don’t you love receiving real cards? I always save all the cards that I get and it’s always extra special when somebody hand makes a custom card. Now it’s easier than ever to create beautiful custom cards with the David Tutera Celebrate card line.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Giveaway: downtown tape {washi love}

I love Washi Tape. It’s a new found love. I’ve known about Washi Tape for a long time but only recently discovered how fun it is to use on projects.

Blog Downtown Tape collage 1Photo sources: 1.  Wedding Soaps  2. Book Spine  3. Atlas Tape
Like these projects above. The Washi Tape adds just the perfect touch of embellishment and color. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Inkling: moving in circles with StampingGear

I used to love playing with Spirograph. Do they still make that toy? The one where you can draw all kinds of cool circles that create designs? Well, I got to test out a new craft supply called StampingGear and it took me back to those fun days.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Etceteras: vacation inspiration with room 77

Thank you to Room 77 for sponsoring my post.

Room 77 is an intelligent and easy to use hotel search engine that allows travelers to find and book the best rates from across the Web in one fast and simple search.

Beach Inspiration Summer is over. School has started. Raise your hand if you took a fantastic vacation recently. Note: my hand is not raised. I did travel this summer but it wasn’t for a relaxing vacation – trust me, I came home exhausted. This year, I’m going to plan ahead and start researching for our next real vacation. And you know how much I love the beach and the inspiration it provides for creativity. Some of my favorite beachy projects are above.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Inkling: canvas prints with scrapbooking attitude

Do you scrapbook? Even if you don’t, this new product called Scrapbooking Attitude has plenty of applications for all kinds of crafters. The product was just introduced at the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) so it’s brand new and ready for all your creative ideas.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Dirt: forcing bulbs for holiday color

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Even though we barely waved goodbye to summer, you know what happens once we hit September… our lives get even busier and the holidays are here before we even know it. This year, I’m planning ahead. I want to give gifts of beautiful paper white narcissus and red amaryllis. I am also envisioning a beautiful blooming centerpiece.

P_100630990We always think of bulbs as a spring flower but you can cheat nature by forcing the bulbs. All you have to do is have them hibernate a little earlier and then depending on when you wake them up you’ll have fall and winter blooms.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giveaway: NOVICA. the world is your market

I’m so excited to show you my new bracelet and tell you about today’s giveaway. Have you heard of NOVICA?

NOVICA is one of the leading fair trade artisan websites. They work with National Geographic to give artisans around the world a place to express their artistic talents and provide access to the world market.

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They carry thousands of items – tableware, d├ęcor, fashion, jewelry and more. I was thrilled to be offered the chance to review a product and offer a giveaway.

I spent quite a bit of time on the NOVICA site because I couldn’t decide what to get. I finally settled on this beautiful bracelet from Thailand that I’m modeling above.

Now, I have to say, it took a few weeks for my bracelet to arrive. But that’s because NOVICA works directly with artists, stressing their stories as much as the art. Goods are shipped direct from the country of origin – cutting out the middle-man – and arriving with an exotic postmark and handwritten postcard

When my bracelet arrived from Thailand it was nestled in this beautiful box. 

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A little booklet tells the story of the artist and the product. The jewelry box is made out of mulberry bark. It’s handmade and uses a sustainable practice. Yay for being green!

I was surprised [and thrilled} that the bracelet is actually one long strand so I can also wear it as a necklace.

I love my bracelet. It’s absolutely stunning and I’m now a big fan of the NOVICA site and their products.

So here’s the best part. NOVICA is offering a $50 gift certificate to a homework reader. You can get a beautiful bracelet like the one I got or choose from any of their thousands of items. Here are a few words from NOVICA:

We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow. 
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together. 
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.

And here are a few links to help you start choosing what you would like.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good Taste: tomato harvest pizza

I have a delicious recipe to share with you today. I’ve recently discovered how easy it is to make homemade pizza. And with a few shortcuts it’s a quick and easy meal after a busy day.

With the weather cooling down but summer homegrown veggies still plentiful, now is the perfect time to turn up that oven and make a fresh, yummy pizza. And as luck would have it, the super nice people at Carapelli Olive Oil sent me some Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil to try out on one of their summer recipes.

I chose their Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Prosciutto and Provolone Cheese recipe but modified the ingredients to use items I had on hand.

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Here’s the original recipe:

Heirloom Tomato Pizza with Prosciutto and Provolone Cheese

1 (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed or fresh pizza dough*
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1-1/2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded Provolone or mozzarella cheese
6 thin slices (2 ounces) prosciutto, torn into pieces
2 to 3 medium tomatoes, preferably a mix of colorful heirloom tomatoes
1/2 cup packed baby arugula 

Cooking directions:
Heat oven to 400oF. Roll dough out on a floured surface to a 10- to 12-inch circle. Sprinkle cornmeal over center of a large baking sheet or in a 12-inch pizza pan; transfer dough to baking sheet. Brush 1-1/2 tablespoons of the oil evenly over dough. Spread pizza sauce evenly over dough to 1/2 inch from edge. Top with cheese and prosciutto. Slice tomatoes thinly; shake each slice to discard excess seeds and juices. Arrange in a single layer over cheese. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted. 

Meanwhile, place arugula in a small bowl. Drizzle remaining 1/2 teaspoon oil over arugula; toss to coat. Sprinkle over pizza just before serving. Serves 6. 

*Pizza dough
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110o to 120o F)
Pinch of sugar
2-1/2 to 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Carapelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In a small bowl, combine yeast, warm water and sugar; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in work bowl of food processor, combine 2-1/2 cups of the flour, salt and olive oil. Process until combined. With motor running, gradually pour in yeast mixture through feed tube. Process until dough is elastic and pulls away from the work bowl. If necessary, add additional flour until mixture easily pulls away from work bowl. Place dough in a medium bowl lightly brushed with additional olive oil. Brush top of dough lightly with oil; cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down and divide in half. Cover; let rest 10 minutes before rolling dough out or freezing up to 3 months. Makes enough dough for two 10-inch pizza crusts.
Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Rising and resting time: 55 minutes 

Here’s my version. I used frozen pizza dough that I let defrost and rise in the refrigerator overnight. I substituted ham for the prosciutto and bell pepper for the baby arugula. Use whatever you have – that’s the best part about pizza! For even more fun, make several individual pizzas and let everyone add their own toppings.

Then get out the napkins and enjoy!

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I was provided with samples of Carapelli Olive Oil but received no monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Little Crafts: GapKids - shine on saturdays

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn.

I’m so thrilled to have been selected to share this news with you. Because when you combine three of my favorite things – kids, shopping and creativity – it’s pretty exciting.

GapKids is hosting a series of events for kids to unleash their inner artist. The special art projects are designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag. Merrilee is an illustrator, painter, designer, crafter, seamstress and mother. Mer Mag, is a journal of her creative endeavors with her kids. Here are a few samples of projects from her blog.

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The projects in the GapKids Shine On Saturdays event, which include a journal and animal character, were inspired by the GapKids and babyGap fall collection.

Gap Jewel Box Skinnies 2The collection includes Jewel Box Skinnies for girls. 

Action DenimAnd Action Stretch Denim for boys. 

This month, select GapKids stores will be hosting the Shine On Saturdays events.

If you’re in the Los Angeles area here are the locations and dates:

Saturday, August 18th
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
GapKids at Westfield Fashion Square Mall
14006 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Saturday, August 25th
10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
GapKids at Glendale Galleria
2114 Glendale Galleria
Glendale, CA 91210

Grab your kids (if you don’t have any, borrow some) and head over the the GapKids Shine On Saturdays event. From creating geometric masterpieces on canvas using paint and tape to colorful, custom journals to get kids ready for back-to-school, the projects help kids express their creativity

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.