Archive for October, 2008

Brigadeiros!

October 25th, 2008

I need to say a big “Thank You” to Craftster.org member, MusicalCrafts.  Today she shared a quick and easy recipe for a traditonal Brazilian sweet called brigadeiros.  I’ve seen recipes for this before, but I’d never seen it done in the microwave!  I had been intimidated by the prospect of stirring the mixture for 10 minutes straight on the stove (I’ll admit I have very little patience for cooking), but popping in the microwave for just 6 minutes is right up my ally!

Be sure to check out her recipe posted on Craftser and try it for yourself!

We rolled ours in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, coconut, pink sugar crystals, and the chocolate sprinkles.  The chocolate sprinkles were my favorite!

Thanks again, Musicalcrafts!

Sept Birthday Swap Finished

October 19th, 2008

“Do you swap?”

From time to time I like to sign up for craft swaps over at Craftster.org.  They’re always a lot of fun, and what’s better than giving and receiving handmade gifties?  This time it was the Sept Birthday swap.  Anyone with a birthday in September was invited to sign up and post a wishlist of things they’d like to get.  Then you claim one or more people in the swap to fulfill their wishes.  I ended up sending and receiving two wishes.

Click more to see photos and read about all the gifts I sent and received!

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Crosspost From Photo-a-Day

October 18th, 2008

(Just a quick crossposting from my photo-a-day photoblog)

I remember winters when I was young, and complaining to my mother that I was cold. She’d say, “put on another pair of socks”.
At the time, I never really appreciated the advice.
For years, the only socks I wore were the kind you bought by the bag. cheap, easy to sort out of the dryer, wore out too quick, bulky in your shoes (usually men’s) sport socks. (I just kept buying them out of habit, I guess.)
Now I know better. Socks can be warm and cozy. Socks can be cute. Socks can be long or short, coordinate with your outfit or your mood.

And when I’m cold, I’ll put on another pair.

I love my mom (Can’t wait to see you!)

I love my socks.
I also love

http://www.sockittomesocks.com

and

http://sockdreams.com

(local Portland sock companies)
I wish I could knit myself some handmade socks, but until then…

10/10 Big $10 SALE

October 10th, 2008

It’s time for a big sale!

Starting on the 10th day of the 10th month, select items from my Etsy Storefront will be made available for just $10 apiece! A ton of Brand New items will also be added for just $10. But be quick, this sale will last for just 10 days!

click the image above to go straight to the $10 items!

Extra Deals!:

Buy any 5 items from my shop and get 50% off your shipping!

Buy any 10 items from my shop and get FREE shipping, and 5 pairs of my Fleece Fingerless Gloves Absolutely Free! (a $75 value, you choose the colors!) They make Great Gifts!

10 x 10 = 100, and I’m close to hitting 100 sales on my Etsy page! Every Order up to my 100th will receive a free gift, and if you’re the 100th order you can expect an extra special gift! ($20 value)

First Month of Photo-A-Day

October 6th, 2008

Today marks the end of the first month of my Photo-A-Day Challenge that I mentioned at the beginning of September.  So far, I think I’m doing pretty well.  I’ve got two fails, from the 16th and the 27th of September, but I’m hoping they will be the only ones!  It hasn’t been too hard yet, although there have been a few close calls, a couple of posts that just barely made it up before midnight.  One night I got a flat tire on my bike on the way home from a friend’s house and I was sure I wouldn’t make it.  One of the failed days I was sure that I had uploaded it, and only realized the next day that I had gotten all the way through setting it up, but just failed to hit the upload button!  Another day I posted my image early in the day, and then took a picture I liked a whole let better that afternoon and was so disappointed I couldn’t change it.  Rules are rules, though, so no going back and no cheating.

It has been a lot of fun so far, though.  I’ve been trying to take a photo that means something to me, that relates specifically or is significant for that day.  Somehow it surprised me to find that something at least mildly significant happens most every day.

Anyone interested is welcome to follow along,  You can keep on eye on my photo-a-day at my aminu3 page here:

http://laupre.aminus3.com/

There’s even an Rss feed for easy viewing.

30 days down, 325 more to go!

click more to read about some of my favorites so far.

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