Friday, October 31, 2008

if you really want to carve a pumpkin...

since I have nowhere to put a pumpkin, I did not get to carve a pumpkin this year...until my aunt sent me this super fun, pumpkin carving simulator...

Halloween finds on Etsy!

in the spirit of stuff you can buy on Etsy :)

Big Headed Cat by BobbleNoggin

Glitter Halloween Star Ornaments by SylviaAnderson

"I'll get you my pretty" by CaliGirlCrafts

witch feet earrings by GhostWorldGurl

Monster Moustaches by Girl on the Rocks

Creepy Creatures Glass Magnets by punkybunnyglassgifts

okay...I'm done :)

microwave your midterms...30 seconds on high...

so my super smart up at UMass getting his PhD and working as a TA...which means he gets to write the midterms for the class...and grade them!

this is where the students drop their work off to be graded...and old funny is that??

my favorite the letter grades taped over the you get an 'A' if you push the button before you turn it in?? :p

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cannibal Pumpkins??

I was browsing the blog of Kerry of Tryst by Kerry and I saw this hilarious pumpkin by Tom Nardone, author of Extreme Pumpkins...

I had no place to put a pumpkin this year, but if I did...I'd totally want to make one like this :p you can see the tutorial on Etsy here!

The One With The Birth

Episode 23 - Season 1

Monica: Joey, what are you gonna do when you have a baby?
Joey: I'm gonna be in the waitin' room, handing out cigars!
Chandler: Yes, Joey's made arrangements to have his baby in a movie from the 50's.

You get to be the baby's father. Everyone knows who you are. Who am I? There's Father's Day, there's Mother's Day, there's no... Lesbian Lover Day!
Ross: Every day is Lesbian Lover Day!

Ross: Everybody, there's someone I'd like you to meet. Yeah. This is Ben. Ben, this is everybody.
Phoebe: Susan, he looks just like you!


it's a weird have been dreaming up this business idea for the past 2+ years, to have been handed an envelope the other day, with my business license in it...sort of surreal, beyond exciting, and not going to lie...a little bit terrifying...

I just made my first purchase from a wholesale site, and I must say, I am in love with my new discount :) I can not wait until the Gem & Jewelry show on Sunday...

to everyone who's been supporting me along this journey to a legitimate business...humongous thanks :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

it's the great pumpkin, charlie brown!

last night my favorite Halloween movie was now I'm ready for Friday, for the candy...the costumes...but no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood...oh well...more candy for me ;)

and even though we were in different mom and I watched it "together" :)

I somehow stumbled upon this great illustration, by artist

Friday, October 24, 2008

Blog Carnival October 27th edition

It's never too early to plan your holiday dinners. Share a recipe for something that we can share with our loved ones.

one of my most favorite holiday deserts, is a pumpkin roll
...once the month of October hits...I start to crave it...since it's made with pumpkin...I think it's an appropriate dessert for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas! and trust me, I make it for all of them! if you make it...I guarantee you'll be hooked too!

The recipe...from


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
  4. Lay a damp linen towel on the counter, sprinkle it with confectioner's sugar, and turn the cake onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it. Place the cake-in-towel on a cooling rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Make the icing: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  6. When the cake has cooled 20 minutes, unroll it and spread icing onto it. Immediately re-roll (not in the towel this time), and wrap it with plastic wrap. Keep the cake refrigerated or freeze it for up to 2 weeks in aluminum foil. Cut the cake in slices just before serving.

Happy 2nd Birthday Bloggy!

wow...2 years ago I started this blog! and so much has happened since then! I had no idea how much I'd actually use this, and if anyone would actually read, and now I am happy to say, that my blog is 2 years, 300 posts and 5,000 plus hits old!!

so a big thanks to those who read regularly, semi-regularly, randomly, or just once :)

I'm on the verge of something very big happening...but let's just say my business plans are starting to come to fruition...the hopes of being my own boss, and starting a business...not just a dream, but almost a reality!

so happy birthday to you, bloggy...thanks for helping me get my creative juices flowing...and out there to share with others :)

Etsy finds- acorns!

it is officially fall...I broke out my coat and scarves this week for the first time since the beginning of spring...and I have to say, it was a little weird...I feel like summer just started, and I guess the couple random 80+ degree days we had last week didn't help, but it just doesn't feel like it should be coat weather yet...

don't get me wrong...fall is my absolute favorite season...the chill in the air, the fun warm sweaters and pretty scarves...and of course, the cozy feeling when you get to finally go to bed at night...and now that its cold, all the cats have migrated on to the bed...they keep my legs warm :)

so I are some fun Etsy Acorn themed finds for this cloudy Friday fall afternoon!

Neawear - Autumn Necklace

truLuxe - felted acorns

Corrabelle - acorn rubber stamp

meraldesign- Sterling and Smoky Quartz Acorn Cluster Necklace

and no list about acorns would be complete without a squirrel :)

Joannarutter - Squirrel Away II. Necklace

Monday, October 20, 2008

Congratulations Mr & Mrs Opett!!

my lil LB got married this weekend :)

big congrats to her and her new husband Rick :)

and....congrats to Artemis & Seth on their engagement on Friday!! come back from CA soon so I can hear all about it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The One With The Ick Factor

Episode 22 - Season 1

Chandler: They do me?
Phoebe: You know, like... uh, okay: "Could that report be any later?"
Chandler: I don't sound like that.
Ross: Oh, oh Chandler...
Joey: Yeah, you do.
Ross: "The hills were alive with the sound of music.
Joey: My scones!
Phoebe, Ross, & Joey: "My scones!"
Chandler: Okay, I don't sound like that. That is so not true. That is so not... That is so not... Oh, shut up!

Ross: Phebes, why would you want to operate a drill press?
Phoebe: Just for some short-term work. You know, until I get back some of my massage clients.
Chandler: Pirates again?
Phoebe: No, nothing like that. I was just such a dummie. I taught this "massage-yourself-at-home workshop," and they are.

Ross: Are you not seeing him anymore?
Monica: No. You know, sometimes just... things doesn't work out.
Chandler: And this has nothing to do with the fact that he needs a note to get out of gym.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I've been tagged!

So, I've been "tagged" by a member of my etsybloggers group! Thanks Julie!!

Now, I have to list 6 random facts about myself...and tag 5 of my bloggy friends! sooooooo...I'm going to continue the Etsy love...and tag...

1. JellyBeans -

2. APrettyRock -

3. TummyAche -

4. Gennine -


Six Random things...about me!
1. When I watch TV, the volume level has to be on an even number...both my parents do it too...we don't think it's weird :)

2. When I was younger, every year for Christmas, I'd ask for a I have three cats

3. I love soup...I could eat it every day if I had to...and I eat it 12 months a year...even in the summer

4. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday, I turn on the Christmas music and movies the day after Thanksgiving, and I keep the decorations up until my birthday (January 11)...and every year I watch most of the 'A Christmas Story' 24-hour marathon on TBS

5. I've always wanted to be a children's book author/illustrator, just like Dr Seuss

6. The ringtone for my cell phone is the Charlie Brown Peanuts Theme

Monday, October 06, 2008

helping those in need

want to win this beautiful earrings and bracelet set?? you can, if you live in the Baltimore area, and want to attend a benefit this Wednesday to help a family who lost everything in a fire...the wonderful BEST ladies have put together a basket of items to raffle off...and this labradorite and aquamarine set will be in there!

Pot-luck Dinner and Silent Auction

Wednesday, October 8
6:00 to 7:30 pm

5315 Harford Road, Baltimore
Faith Community United Methodist Church
(Corner of Harford Rd. and Gibbons Ave., parking is in back)

Fire struck the Gaffney family in northeast
Baltimore last month. While no one was injured, the
Gaffney's home and belongings on Glenmore Avenue
were completely destroyed.

All are welcome to join in an evening of community
on October 8, with the goal of doing what we can to
provide additional emotional and financial support
to the Gaffney's as they continue the difficult
process of rebuilding.

We will ask for a donation of $10-20 per family on a
sliding scale, and will be hosting a silent auction
to benefit the family. Auction items are available
for early bidding online. For more information, and
to RSVP, please visit

We sincerely hope you can join us on October 8.

more halloween fun!

maybe it's because I have two black cats...or maybe its the fun of dressing up...or the sugar high from the candy...but seriously, I love Halloween!

more cute decorations from Pier 1!

and how fun are these Halloween colored M&Ms??

Friday, October 03, 2008

The One With The Fake Monica

Episode 21 - Season 1

Rachel: Monica, would you calm down? The credit card people said that you only have to pay for the stuff that you bought.
Monica: Still... it's just such reckless spending.
Ross: I think when someone steals your credit card, they've kind of already thrown caution to the wind.
Chandler: Wow, what a geek. They spent $69.95 on a Wonder Mop.
Monica: That's me.

Chandler: Joe... Joe... Joe... Stalin?
Joey: Stalin. Stalin. Do I know that name? It sounds familiar.
Chandler: Well, it does not ring a bell with me.
Joey: Joe Stalin. You know, that's pretty good.
Chandler: Might wanna try, "Joseph."
Joey: Joseph Stalin. I think you'd remember that!

Chandler: Take off their hats!
Phoebe: Popes in a Volkswagen!
Chandler: Mmm-hmm!
Phoebe: I love that joke.

countdown to Halloween!!

yay! I love this time of year!!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

it's getting spooky in here...

something odd about me (just one something, for now)...I am absolutely terrified of scary movies...but I LOVE Halloween! The colors, decorations, costumes, and of course more candy then you could ever eat :)

and how adorable is this new stuff from Pottery Barn??

Think Pink!

I have a few strong ties to the fight against breast cancer, it was my sorority's philanthropy in college, and more recently, my aunt and co-worker/good friend both successfully beat the disease. So in honor of them...and all of those who have been affected by breast cancer in some way...I'll be donating 20% of all my October Sales to the Race for the Cure/Susan G Komen Foundation!

So hit up my etsy shop, and start's for a good cause, after all :)

$200 Etsy Shopping Spree?!?!??!!!!!!

now who wouldn't want that??

(photo courtesy of JenMenkhaus)

My fellow Baltimore-Etsyer's have put together the mother of all give-aways...all you have to do is join our mailing list (if you have not done some already) AND visit a participating artists shop and leave a comment here about your favorite item(s). Winner will be chosen at random on Thanksgiving Day - just in time for Cyber Monday!

so...what are you waiting for?? go to the blog to sign up and get started!!

Blog Carnival...October 10th edition

I can't say that lately I've had much time to relax...but when I do...boy do I enjoy it :)

I love magazines...but I have so little time to sit and read them, so I save them for my moments of relaxation...and now that the weather's gotten a little chillier, I'll make a cup of tea, get a nice cozy blanket and sit on the couch with my magazines...ahhh relaxation bliss :)

Another favorite way of mine to relax...watching reruns of Friends...

Featured EtsyBloggers Team Member - October

Our featured Etsy Bloggers Team member for the month of October is Jen, from BabyFriendlyBeads! Not having any little ones of my own (that aren't furry) but recently many of my friends have become I can see the pure genius behind her work! Give your baby something to play with, that's not hair, or a pair of earrings, but a stretchy bracelet or necklace...

you can read more about her on her cute blog, Mama's Magic