Friday, July 27, 2012

Another Lovely Mail Day

Happy Friday! I had a very happy mail day today, so I thought I'd share some of the love with a mail post. Hope you enjoy! : )

Here are my latest outgoing. I wish there were more... I need to work on that!

A pen pal letter swap on Swap-bot

This is a pretty girl postcard that I sent for a "What are you currently reading" swap

This was for my other partner in the "What are you currently reading" PC swap. She collected map cards.

This the little fox cutie was for a "Woman Postcard" swap

I drew/colored this envie for a Mail Art swap partner who loved the Winnie-the-Pooh series. I love Eeyore! : )

The back... I love Piglet too!
And here are some lovely incoming pieces:

A cute polka dot pen pal letter

A PC I received in a swap

A swap-bot package I received. Love the tape!

I got this pretty envie for the Giant Friendship Book swap I host each month on swap-bot

This cute little bubbledog notepad was sent to me for the "Etsy - N is for..." swap

A pretty homemade envie

An awesome owl ATC I got as an extra in a swap

I received this for a Mail Art swap. It's hard to see, but there's a pretty white stamp on the left side.

A cute birdhouse PC I got for the "What are you currently reading" swap

This was sent to me for the "Woman PC" swap

A lovely envie I received for another Swap-bot swap
 And that's it for now. Hopefully my next mail post will have a lot more in the "outgoing" section. : )  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award

A couple weeks ago, the lovely Kary over at C'est La Vie awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. This award is given out to anyone who the blogger believes has truly great content. Thanks, Kary, although I'm not sure I agree with that... Ha, ha! ; )  I would say that about Kary's blog though, so be sure and go check it out!


•Thank the Blogger who nominated you.

•Include a link to their site.

•Include the award image to your post.

•Include the award image on your blog.

•Give 7 random facts about yourself.

•Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award, including links to their sites

•Let those bloggers know they have been nominated

7 Random Facts:

1. I'm trying to learn to crochet (mostly via youtube) because my niece asked me to make her a hat. My Granny taught me how to do a simple chain when I was young, but until now that's all I knew how to do!

2. I love to lick the knife whenever I spread anything... peanut butter, mayo, you name it. But don't worry. I don't stick it back in the container after I've licked it! ; )

3. I am obsessed with Draw Something. I love it! My drawings aren't the best, but I enjoy laughing at them and some of the ones I'm sent by others! ; )  My username is angellarae if you'd like to play.

4. Did you ever see that show on VH1 called Motormouth? People set up their friends by hiding cameras in their cars and taping them singing along to different songs... Well, ever since I saw that show (ages ago), I worry sometimes that one of my friends has hidden a camera in my car. Because I sing ALL THE TIME, usually as loud as I can!

5. I think I've developed a lactose intolerance. They're still running different tests, so we'll see... Luckily they make lactose free ice cream, because I'm not sure how I could survive without milkshakes.

6. I've never had much of a green thumb. So I was really excited when I planted some green bell pepper seeds and they actually grew and began producing peppers. Unfortunately, all my peppers are turning brown, and I have no idea why! : (

7. I've never been a big drinker, so when Matt and I would be going to party where I knew there would be drinking games, I'd stop on the way to grab a 6-pack of Yoo-Hoo. : )

Okay, now I want to learn more about y'all...

I award:

Laura at Life with Laura
Diana at One Crafty Fox

Hope you all have a Happy Wednesday! ; )

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

101 in 1001: Number 76

Hi Guys! As I was looking down my list to find this number, I noticed that I have completed several of my 101 in 1001 goals that I haven't blogged about... I need to get on that! But let's just concentrate on this one, shall we?

76. Make banana nut bread from scratch

I happened to have a few bananas that were starting to go bad, so I decided to go ahead and knock this one off my list. I love banana nut bread but had never tried making it myself. So I called up my cousin Summer to get her recipe, grabbed a few things on the way home, and put my KitchenAid mixer to good use! I wish I had taken some pictures of the process, but alas, I didn't... So you'll have to settle for a couple pics of the finished product.

I was very pleased with the results. : ) And it's rather tasty! Thanks again, Summer!
Here is the recipe in case any of you would like to try it out:
Summer's Banana Nut Bread
(It makes two loaves)
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
-2 teaspoons water
- 2 cups mashed banana
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
-1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift flour, salt, and baking soda together and set aside. Melt butter. Mix butter and sugar together until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Add banana and vanilla. Fold in flour mixture and walnuts until all moist. Grease 2 loaf pans. Divide the batter equally and bake about 60-75 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.

And there you have it! Let me know if any of you try it out. I'd love to hear how it turned out for you. : )

Monday, July 9, 2012

A promise is a promise...

Hi Guys. So I made a promise in a previous post that I'd put up pictures of my office today, no matter how it looked. And while I did make a lot of progress over the past week, it's not even close to being finished... As you can see from the pics I'm about to post:

This is where I spent most of my time. I did a lot of organizing, and I put up the cork boards. I'm sure I'll end up moving stuff around once I get everything unpacked, but I'm loving the writing desk I found at a local Goodwill store!  Okay, the rest of the pics are awful, so brace yourselves...

I see those gray lines are back. Boo! Oh well, this is going to be my craft table. Right now it's covered and surrounded by piles of different things... CD cases, papers, art supplies, and things I still need to go through.

This area will be the book shelves and computer desk. I think I've gotten most of my books unpacked, but I'd like to have them more organized than they currently are. And again, there are piles everywhere that I still need to go through.

And this monstrosity is the closet area. A couple of those bins are ready to be put in the attic, and one is filled with things for a garage sale, but the majority still need to be gone through.  So as you can see, I still have a ways to go to get my office ready. I know it probably doesn't look like it, but I did get a big chunk done. And I threw out about 4 bags of trash/ things I didn't need, so that's a step in the right direction. But hopefully I'll keep my momentum going and get it finished soon. : )  I'll be sure and post more pics when I do.

Hope you all have a great week!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Another Lovely Mail Day

Hello everyone! My Monday has been a little disappointing so far, so I thought some mail love might brighten my mood. : )  Here are my recent outgoing missives:

PC sent out from the new Hogwarts park at Universal Studios

My sister, who is not a Harry Potter fan (boo!), asked for a Cat in the Hat PC instead...

Another Dr. Seuss PC... This time for a Swap-bot PC swap

A PC I picked up on our Bahamas cruise

And another

And another... I believe this one went to one of my nieces. Her Mom collects PC's for both her daughters, so she asked me to send them some when I travel. I love that idea! : )

Another cruise PC

And another... I think I picked all these up in Nassau

This PC was for a Bible Verse PC Swap

This cutie was a freebie I received in one of my many thelittlefox orders. I sent it as a Thank You to the creators of Swap-bot. A lovely person set up a swap where you sent 1 PC to the creators and 1 to your given partner where you explain why you love Swap-bot : )

This is what I sent to the creators

And this is the PC I sent out to my partner. She collects map cards.
 And here are my wonderful incoming pieces:

A PC I received from a Swap

Another Swap PC

And another

A pretty PC I received in a Swap

Beautiful flower PC

A letter with lovely stamps I received in a Swap

Cool owl PC

I've been participating in a series of Recipe Card swaps in an Iron Chef fashion... Each week we're given a certain ingredient, and we have to send a recipe that includes that ingredient. This envie was for the Mayo week, and I loved that they put a little pic on there : )

A homemade envie I received for the 1st Iron Chef swap

A PC that was tucked into a swap

A lovely homemade PC for the Bible Verse PC Swap
And that's it for now! I hope you all have a wonderful week and a fun 4th of July! : )