Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Tote For You {And Me}

 Strike a pose
Strike a pose
Bags! Bags! Bags!

Look around everywhere you turn is a bag,
Handbags, shoulder bags, evening bags, messenger bags.
From Coach to Louis Vuitton,
Females, young and old, just can't get enough.

So, what is a crafting girl to do?

Be inspired and create.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

{DIY} Page Saver

Here's a clever idea on how to pretty up boring metal paperclips.

1. Stamp a witty sentiment onto a cardstock.

2. Layer in an assortment of pastel colored cardstocks.

3. Tie a coordinating ribbon.

And voila!

You've got yourself a darling little bookmark.

"No matter how busy you may think you are, 
you must find time for reading, 
or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” 
                                                - Confucius

Thursday, January 20, 2011

{Baking} Only The Best

Hey folks! Been doing some baking lately as a promise (which I fervently hope I can keep) to my kids. Since they are chocoholics I embarked on finding the perfect, very easy to follow, no messy kitchen recipe that would yield moist & chewy chocolate chip cookies. After searching and trying out several recipes from the Food Network, I finally found one and it surely didn't come from any of their recipes. It's my friend's which she developed on her own. It's a total winner with my kiddos. My proof? I baked 2 dozen cookies on a Friday afternoon. By Sunday morning, the last cookie was devoured and requests for more was all I heard the following week.

Today, I finally baked some more.

And since it's a keeper I had to add it to my "Most Requested Recipes" (MRR) album which contains all the recipes of the favorite dishes/food of my family. I will share it with you another time for it deserves a separate post.

Here are some of the elements in "Maan's Yummy Chocochip Cookies" recipe card..

Monday, January 17, 2011

01.14.11 | Enduring Friendships

Last Friday, hubby and I attended the annual post-Christmas & post-New Year dinner party of his college girlfriends. Now, before your minds start wondering...they are a bunch of loud, naughty, funny & loving women whom he's been friends with for a number of years. They aptly call themselves "The Malditz", a shortened form of the word maldita which means wicked.

Of all the photos taken that evening, this to me sums up the kind of relationship they have and what they are all about...friendship, family, love, support, fun & acceptance.

There is strength & unity in diversity.

Note: The charm bracelets are from Une Belle. Thank you for your beautiful Christmas gifts, Lavinia.

Friday, January 14, 2011

{Take Cover}

Oh wow! I know, I know! It's been sooooo long since I've written anything in my blogaroo. Believe me. I've missed all of you as well. But you see, something happened with my laptop that I thought it will be immune to since I'm the only one who uses it.

Yep! You guessed right. VIRUS!!!

How did it happen? Well, my daughter borrowed my USB for school and silly me didn't think of scanning it for any infections first. BOOM! In a blink of an eye all my files were corrupted. Just imagine my reaction when I was told that my laptop had to be reformatted...tears*tears*tears. Why? Because very very silly me never ever took the time to make any back up files (and to think I even mentioned in my last post that hubby bought an external memory just for this purpose). Hayayay!

Here are the two lessons I learned in the 2nd week of the first month of the new year:
  1. Be diligent in backing up files (i.e. letters, documents, photos , et al.) no matter how tedious it may seem.
  2. Take proper precautions. No one is immune to and people alike.
I hope this never happens to any of you. Not only is it costly, but it can really try your patience as well.