Monday, July 27, 2009

free shipping in my etsy supply shop through saturday, august 1st! please enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2009

my heart

I used to draw a lot more than I do now, but every once in a while something will pop into my head that I think needs to be put on paper.

Last night as I was struggling to go drift off, (because I couldn't turn off my brain, which is a regular occurrence) I was thinking about being young and care-free. I tried to calculate all of the things that had changed since those days, and it's just so much. It's hard to figure out how I got from having almost no worries, at least no big ones, to feeling like all these things were wrapped around my heart, strangling it. That may sound a little graphic, but I know you know that feeling. You're just sitting there thinking about all of these things you need to do, can't do, want to do, didn't do and it rushes in, one thing after the other, and suddenly you're overwhelmed. It happens to everyone.

Then I pictured this heart with this string wrapped around it with all these things written on it representing everything that overwhelms. Then these scissors are there, ready to cut that string away. For me, the scissors represent love. My husband is that pair of scissors to me. He knows how great I am at worrying and stressing over so many things, usually money, and he's always so calm and is able to ease my nerves and make my worried heart feel light again.

I apologize if this is one of those TMI type blog posts, but I just thought I'd share my heart, and this illustration with you.

( oh, and moms, don't worry, we're fine and we love you. :) )

Monday, July 13, 2009

b&co. supply

i opened a new supply shop on etsy last night after taking over 350 photos on sunday. it really was so much fun! i'm happy to announce b&co. supply. come visit!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blueberry Lemon Coffee Cake

Batter Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 cup of flour and 1/8 cup of flour (divided)

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

1 cup fresh blueberries

3 ounces cream cheese, cubed

1/2 tablespoon lemon zest

Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 tablespoon cold butter

Directions for Topping:

In a small bowl, combine the 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in the 2 tablespoons of cold butter until crumbly. Set aside.

Directions for Batter:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter. Beat in the egg. Combine 1 cup flour, baking powder and salt and add to the egg mixture alternately with the 1/2 cup milk. In another bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining 1/8 cup of flour. Stir the blueberries and cream cheese into the batter. (It wouldn't hurt to put the cream cheese in the freezer for a while before you begin. It makes it much easier to cut into cubes.) Transfer the thick batter into a greased 8" square baking dish. Spread evenly. Top evenly with the crumbly topping. Place in center rack in the 375 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for as long as you can stand. It's best served warm.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

rock garden

my second set of hand-carved stamps. more.