Organization or addiction, plus a much needed change…

So my husband has decided that I am addicted to making cards.  Right now our daughters and him are watching a movie and I am sitting at my craft table NOT watching the movie.  He rented some movie that a friend said was really good and I’m just not in the mood.  Granted lately, I will admit, I have been spending a great deal of time at the crafting table. In my defense I just organized the closet/craft table area in December and now I can craft to my heart’s content without having to drag all the tubs/bins/boxes out of the hall closet, use the counter/table where we eat as my surface, and them pack everything back up to put it back in the closet.  I almost never did anything because it was such a hassle.

My hall closet/craft storage before ....

My hall closet/craft storage before ….

The closet that now holds my craft stuff....

The closet that now holds my craft stuff….

The "crafting only" table and closet that used to be a dining room/breakfast table area.

The “crafting only” table and closet that used to be a dining room/breakfast table area.

What I love is that I can start a project get up and go to bed, cook a meal, run an errand, watch t.v., or do anything and I DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN UP A SINGLE THING!!!!! So am I addicted…maybe…but I say I am making up for lost time 🙂

So now let me show you what I have been up to with my new-found addiction/hobby:


This went to a friend of the family.


Sent this one to my little brother to tell him how proud of him I am that he will be graduating from college in just a few short weeks.

Trip to Vegas Card

I am traveling to Vegas to meet up with a group of friends from all over the U.S. Sent them all cards like this with notes about how excited I am for our upcoming girls vacay…

I made another card and sent to a friend that lives far away, but I forgot to take a photo before I sealed it in it’s envelope…sorry. 😦 It too had a U.S. cutout, but it had hearts and a little tiny airplane with what was supposed to look like sky-writing behind it that said “thinking of you.”   Really cute! My friend will love it.

As for the list of supplies—– paper, glue, time and energy….lol. I am too lazy to list everything. If you really must know about one detail or another leave me a comment and I will gladly share the goods.

What else have I been up to you ask, well, I was doing some “pinning” the other day on Pinterest and came across a blog written by a woman named Rachel. Her blog is and I was inspired to cut my hair.  I had long hair, not super model long, but my ponytail was probably a good 6 – 8 inches long (I had some layering).  I had been toying around with the idea of a major haircut for a while, but always chickened out.  Monday I took my girls out for breakfast…I LOVE being on SPRING BREAK…and was talking to my oldest, Alex, about the blog and the authors experiences with getting a pixie cut then trying to grow it out. Alex told me to stop being a weenie and go get it cut…”Uh, it’s only hair mom,” she said with an exaggerated exhale (i just love teenagers. Don’t you?)  So before I could weenie out I called and made an appointment.  At said appointment time I explained what I wanted, showed pictures and then closed my eyes (and crossed my fingers…lol).



I love it!!! I may even have to try a bit shorter next time.


Here is a before photo taken about 6 months ago (that’s my youngest Lily 🙂 )

Hope you are having a great week.  Happy Tuesday!!


Inspired kinda day :)

Man this has been a pretty great day and I love those kinda days.

First a morning of crafting:

This morning I saw an email that a fellow blogger had commented on my post from last night and so I did what any good blogger does; I went and checked out their blog.  I was taken here where I read some pretty interesting posts about the couples adventures in Korea after a month or so, as well as being treated to pictures of some really neat cards.  One of the cutest ones had these origami dresses on the front and I thought they were perfect for a baby shower card or a “congrats on your new baby” card. I kept scrolling down skimming through other posts, reading bits here and there when lo an behold she gave a tutorial on making the dresses! Let me just say THANKS Amber! This is one design element I can see myself using many times.

I immediately went into crazy craft lady mode and got to work.  The tutorial for the folding was spot on and I had 3 cute little dresses done in no time. Next the decisions about what background to use, other elements/colors and card size.  I decided to go with the size from the original inspiration card, but since I know who I am sending this to I wanted to personalize it a bit with colors (plus put my own spin on the original design).  I got to work making clouds using a speech bubble stamp from the Lawn Fawn’s Little Birdie Told Me set and a pair of good scissors. Then added grass by cutting green polka dot washi tape into – tedious– grass like shapes (I included pics so you could maybe feel my pain…lol). I lightly stuck the tape to a scrap of white card stock so I could handle it easier.

Cutting washi tape fun

Cutting washi tape grass…fun fun fun…lol


Washi tape comes off pretty easily, just go slow so you don’t lose any grass blades

using a bone folder to smooth out freshly cut grass 🙂

All in all this is my favorite card that I have created so far. I hope you like it just as much as I do, but even if you don’t…I love it 🙂


Up close of one dress 🙂


Completed card…SO CUTE!!!




Second an afternoon/early evening of cooking and being culinarily creative:

My husband is Turkish and I have come to love many different turkish foods, but one yummy dish always gets me excited for dinner  – Lahmacun, or Turkish Pizza as we have come to call it. As a born and bread American I love pizza and over the last 10 years I have branched out to try many different types of interesting ingredients. I have had mexican style pizza with fajita beef, tomatillo sauce and jalapeños, greek with spinach, feta, and olives and even asian style with sriracha, soy sauce and shrimps. When I married Chad I wasn’t a big fan of trying new foods, but after years of watching him scarf down all sorts of different things I have come to love almost everything…no curry..eww…sorry.

Today we decided to make Lahmacun (pronounced Lah-ma-june) and I thought I would share it with all (12 🙂 ) of you who read my little blog.


2 lbs 85/15 ground beef

2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes

1 big bunch flat or curly parsley

4 small onions (2 really big guys)

10-12 round Lavash breads or big burrito shells

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup oil

salt and pepper

Toppings: feta cheese, lettuce, radishes, green onions, tomatoes, extra parsley (flat or curly doesn’t matter), sumac (optional lemonish flavored spice)

Start by finely mincing the onions and parsley (separately) or chopping them finely in a food processor. Place canned tomatoes, minced onion, parsley, and burger in a big bowl and mix well (we are not making hamburgers…don’t be afraid to really go at it). Add salt and pepper to taste (you could taste the mixture in its raw form like my husband does…if your really brave). Don’t worry if it seems really moist, it is supposed to be.This mixture should look like the picture below:

raw meat mixture

raw meat mixture

Then start your oven to 500 degrees and put the meat aside to let the flavors meld. Slice your toppings and set aside. Once your meat has rested for 10-15 minutes and your oven is good and hot make a space on the counter to assemble the pizzas.

Brush the center of each flatbread with milk (why I don’t know, but this is what he does) and the edge lightly with oil.

Found this at the import market the other day, but flour tortillas work well too.

Found this at the import market the other day, but flour tortillas work well too.

Place a good handful of the meat mixture in the center and spread around. You want the meat layer to be about 1/4 of an inch thick. If it’s too thick it doesn’t cook before the flatbread burns, but if its too thin it dries out before the flatbread even cooks.

ready to put in the oven...

ready to put in the oven…

Place on a pizza pan that has lots of little holes in the bottom  or directly on your bottom oven rack and monitor…do not walk away.  If they don’t fit on the rack together you will have to rotate them half way through. Cook 6-8 minutes or until the edges are well done (I say they are burned, but Chad says that it the way its supposed to be…) and the meat is cooked.

When they are done we stack them together in a big piece of foil to keep warm until there is enough for everyone to eat, or you could just serve a few at a time. Pile high with toppings of your choice, roll up like a burrito and enjoy.

we had a bit of extra meat so we used a small flour tortilla

we had a bit of extra meat so we used a small flour tortilla



I can only eat 1/2 of one big one and the little one was still cooking so I improvised :)

I can only eat 1/2 of one big one and the little one was still cooking so I improvised 🙂

Happy Sunday!!

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