Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shrinky Dinks

They're called Shrinky Dinks right? I hope I'm not the only one who called um that. $12 for 4 sheets here.

Sublime Stitching Craft Pad

Image from Amazon

The patterns from Sublime Stitching are are so adorable. I bought the Stitch-It Kit last year and it kept me entertained for a while (I used one of the patterns to create this). I've been meaning to do some more embroidery and this may be the kick in the butt I need.

Sublime Stitching Craft Pad has more than 75 patterns! I can't wait to get my hand on one of these. According to Amazon, the release date is March 26 but they appear to be available now on the Sublime Stitching Website.

Click here to purchase from my Amazon store. Happy Stitching to you!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Do you know what a Gocco is?? I seriously just discovered it and I am in looooooove. I want one, like right now. Check out the website for more info.

I also found a great description of how to print with a Gocco from a blogger and there's even a Gocco photo set on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cloud Hangers

Check out these adorable cloud hangers available from Fred Flare.

A set of 3 is now on sale for $3.99!!!

Cupcake Holder

Check out this cute cupcake holder on sale at Crate and Barrel. It holds 23 cupcakes and it's only $16.95!!! I really think you should buy one...

Image from Crate & Barrel

More Fabulous Blogs

Your Heart Out really makes me wish I lived in Salt Lake City. Do you think the blogger would show me around if I visited? She obviously knows the best places to go so I think I should book a trip there soon!

I don't know how I stumbled upon All Things Cupcake but I sure am glad I did. If you love to look for unique cupcake items but don't have the time to check a bunch of websites, head over to this blog because it does the work for you!

I adore Oh Happy Day! Jordan manages to work in cute personal posts among great fashion finds, recipes and lots of other great posts. Be sure to check out her post on the open house she had for her adorable baby boy! So talented!

Bake & Destroy is so fantastic, I can't even find words to describe it! You really must visit the blog yourself. I love love love her homemade cupcake picks! Can I follow you around for a few days and see how you do it??

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ode to My Hair

So I thought I would be selfish and dedicate a post to my hair. My hair is really really ridiculously curly but I straighten it every day. It's been blonde, black, pink, blue, orange, red, purple, etc... I'm actually very lucky to have hair after all I've put it through.

I used to be a hair model for Paul Mitchell stylists.

Yes, that's my actual hair with just a bit of styling and no curling irons or curlers were used.

I always used to say "I will never be blonde and tan" but all of a sudden, I was both.

I've never really been content with my hair. Every time I get my hair cut and colored, I do something different. Last summer, I started going to a Mario Tricoci Salon. I knew the manager and so my cut and color only cost me $11. I actually have been sticking with the same color and cut but the last time I went I felt really rushed and nothing turned out how I wanted it. The color still seems kinda wrong, the cut wasn't short enough, and I was charged full price ($200, yikes!).

My lovely, lovely friend Jillian, is studying at Pivot Point and texted me last week to see if I wanted to come in for a blow dry and style. I decided to go and get a haircut also. Well, the results were fantastic and it was only $5.50. My hair is so badass now:

So the moral of the story is to find a cosmetology school near you (I know Tricoci University has locations too) and get your haircuts, manicures, facials, etc... there because it is such a good deal and the students do a great job (a professional is there most of the time to guide them and help them, if needed). Looking great makes you feel great, and I know I feel even better when I don't have to pay a lot to look good.

Monday, March 17, 2008

More Adorable Eli Videos

If you haven't done so already, please go watch some cute videos of Eli being awesome. His Mom's youtube page has 20 videos of the lil guy hanging with his dog, waking up, and doing his amazing animal sounds. Eli is my hero so you have to check this dude out.

Housewares Show Chicago

Thanks to E'CLEC, I was able to score my Mom and I passes to the housewares show. We went yesterday and it also happened to be my cutie Mama's birthday. When we got there I said "this is going to be boring, I should have stayed home". And then we found the kitchen aid stage and I was oooooootay.

First up, Michael Chiarello

The crowd for Paula Deen was crazy so I ended up sitting on the floor in the aisle. I took video which I will post on youtube soon. Paula brought her husband along and they were super cute together.

I took pictures of Rocco Dispirito because I dislike him so much. I used to watch his show on nbc and yell at the tv because he is such a jerk. I texted my friends yesterday and told them if they hear about someone getting arrested for assault at the housewares show, it's probably because I attempted to beat up Rocco. Seriously, he's probably my least favorite person in the world (Rachel Ray comes in a close second).

Emeril was there too.

Cat Cora

There was a misunderstanding and Ming Tsai thought Karen was trying to flash him. It does look that way doesn't it?

We got cutting boards signed by Ming Tsai and then we all took a pic with him. He was ridiculously nice and funny. Love him!

We were getting ready to leave but I saw Curtis Stone would be on stage in a few minutes so I asked if we could stay a bit longer so I could just take a few quick pics of him and then we could leave. Well, my Mom and her friends found seats while I stood in the back and we ended up watching his entire set. He was hilarious and charming. Gotta love a chef who calls himself a "dickhead". Love Love Love him!

At the end of his set he announced the booth he would be in and that they were going to have a drawing for an entire set of kitchen appliances if you stopped by the booth and dropped in your business card. He also said you can make your way over there or you can wait for him and his crew and walk over with them. My Mom and her friends got in line to wait for Pam Anderson's cookbook and told me to go to the booth to drop in the business cards. It was in another hall and I didn't want to walk alone. My Mom told me to go and I said I would wait for Curtis and walk over with him. She said "just go, they probably took him the back way" and so I started walking. I had no idea where to go so it took me a while to get to the right place.

I finally got there and took my place in the line, which was not very long. A little bit later I hear someone say my name and I look up. About 5 people ahead of me is my Mom. "whaa? how? huh? where? why are you here? i thought you were waiting in line over there". She kinda looked down and then said "well, a few minutes after you left, um, Curtis came out and I walked over with him". I think my jaw dropped and I immediately asked for details. "Well, he was walking by and saying hi to everyone and so I said 'you know, it's my birthday and I really would have thought you would have something for me' and he told me to come with them and he'd give me a cookbook. So I walked over with him." I believe my response to this was "you bitch!". We keep going over the story because she can't get over how nice and sweet he was. I guess he kept making sure that she didn't fall behind and the group would make sure she was still with them when people stopped him for pictures. When we got up to Curtis, my Mom introduced me to him like they were old friends and he had a laugh with us because I told him how upset I was that she got to walk over with him. He was super sweet and took pix with all of us.

I got the generic signing in my book, but my Mom got "To Barbara, Thanks for the escort! Curtis Stone". So it looks like my Mom had a great birthday =)