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Sunday Scrappin’ 12/14


Join us at Sunday Scrappin’–the weekly blog/meme for Paper Crafters.


Well, it has been awhile, but I did actually do some papercrafting this week! Unfortunately, I cannot post a photo of it until after Christmas on the offchance that the recipient actually reads my blog. Bummer. Instead, I offer you a picture of my latest furniture purchase: a vintage telephone table! We got a good price for it at a vintage and antique store near our house. It has been repainted and distressed, but the wood is in great shape. Someday I’d like to redo the pillow as wheat isn’t really my thing…? 🙂 Of course, like every other horizontal surface in our house at the moment, it has already accumulated CLUTTER!


  • If I can find my stamps (!!!) I hope to make a few more papercraft items for Christmas before I leave for warmer shores next week.
  • Not sure I can do next week’s challenge: something unrelated to the holidays! That is a challenge…

Kreativ, if tardy, Blogger.


Alas, sweet Forgetfulone gave me this award on November 15th and I have only just now discovered it.!

Here are the rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
My Nominees are: 
  • Melanie for her amazing approaches to all those photo prompts!
  • Annapurna for her meticulous design and love of nature
  • Life As Lou for a blog that helps me remember that no, my life is not that tough and joy is indeed everywhere…AND some awesome crafting
  • Chrissy M for her beautiful scrapbooking and amazingly generous spirit
  • Miss Sniz for her very creative use of fake teeth…oh, and her wonderful papercrafting!!
I could have made a list of a billion blogs, but rather than say “I give it to everyone” I thought I’d pick just a few.
And, as long as we are on the topic of inspiration, if you haven’t been keeping up with Tim Holtz’s Ten Tags of Christmas, prepare to be INSPIRED!!!

Musical Mix Cookies

Sigh.  So…gone are my plans to make all my Christmas cards, as I once again ordered cards on Snapfish.  My craft stuff is boxes (still), my dining room table is my office, my living room is my bedroom, and the guest room is a nightmare.  The only room that both looks and functions as it is supposed to is the kitchen (thank goodness).  So, last weekend, for my concert’s reception, I made these:


And yes, I will admit it.  I used a mix.  For sugar cookies!!  But it was Martha Stewart’s Crispy Sugar Cookie mix which I picked up at Macy’s (I needed flour for cookies and didn’t have time to run to the grocery store on top of shopping for a new black skirt since I can’t find the box that holds the one I already own).  I added the eggs and butter, rolled them out and cut them so it felt like I did the hard part.  And those decorations?  That’s all me, thanks (including individually placed red round sprinkles to create holly berries…let’s talk about the ways I spend my time, shall we?).

They were good.  What was really funny is that all the eighth notes went first (it was a concert, after all) even though they tasted exactly the same as the stars.  I guess people really do enjoy novelty.

IF I can get through next week, my hope is to bake a lot of cookies (from scratch) for Christmas gifts.  I also have a project I’m working on for my sister, so I’ll post info about that one of these days.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (for those in the U.S.!)

Book about the history of Scrapbooking in America

I’m glad scrapbooking is beginning to get recognized on the scholarly side of things.  In my own research, I’ve found scrapbooks to be very useful, especially when working on American life in the nineteenth century.  This could be a potentially interesting read.

I’m still here

I know you aren’t supposed to blog to apologize for not blogging, but, just as in real life, if I disappear from the face of the earth for awhile, I feel I should check in with my community so they don’t worry.

I just got back from a business trip, the house is a mess, and I have a lot of catch up to do.  My scrapping stuff is still in boxes, so I don’t think I’ll be doing any of that anytime soon.  I WILL, try and visit my Sunday Scrappin’ folks this week, however!

See you soon (I hope)

Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty

Well, it is here–Blog Action Day 2008. The day that bloggers all over the world take time out to write about a topic that matters. This year’s topic: POVERTY. This is a long post that I’ll hope you’ll take the time to read since I took the time to write it. 🙂

Perhaps, given the financial crisis in the United States, poverty may seem even more resonant to some. But I’m not talking about people who make 100K/yr and are worried about higher taxes. I’m talking about the people in the United States and all over the world who don’t even ONE full meal every day, who don’t have any shelter, any love. They are men, women, and children for whom a “stock portfolio” is not even a blip on the radar screen. And then there are other kinds of poverty: poverty of culture, poverty of education…

Incidentally, I don’t want to appear sanctimonious about the financial problems facing most Americans at the moment. It is definitely a legitimate concern. But I heard a woman who makes a combined income of over 100K a year complain that she was in “abject poverty” due to the financial crisis. I think that’s insulting to people who REALLY know poverty and are dying every day because of it.

So, since this is a craft blog, I did some research on how crafting can help poverty. I hope you will take some time out to look at the links I’ve provided. I’d encourage us all to think of ways we might help. Some of this links are focused on the U.S., but I’d encourage you to consider the ways to help poverty and learn about poverty in your part of the world!

  • Next up, read about Direct Trade and Fair Trade. This is very important in the import of materials produced by low-income farmers and craftspeople around the world. If you buy handmade from commercial retailers (e.g. NOT Etsy), you’ll want to know where they stand on Fair Trade and Direct Trade. The latter, Direct Trade, applies mostly to coffee at this point, like Intelligenstia, sold at my local coffee shop (yay!)
  • Here’s some UNESCO information on how handicrafts can lead to economic sustainability.
  • Check out SERRV. They used to be “A Greater Gift,” now Serrv works with artisans around the world to integrate fair trade handicrafts into poor economies. From their website:

Our goal is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade, training and other forms of capacity building as they work to improve their lives. SERRV has worked to assist artisans and farmers for more than 55 years through the following:

* Marketing their handcrafts and food products in a just and direct manner.
* Educating consumers in the United States about economic justice and other cultures.
* Providing development assistance to low-income craftspeople through their community-based organizations.

  • Global Exchange has an online store that sells Fair Trade handicrafts from all over the world.


I did some surfing on Etsy, near and dear to many a crafters heart to see what was being done in terms of sending proceeds to help poverty (and related causes: hunger, sustainability, etc). Top causes seem to be cancer research and animal rescue–both REALLY important. However, the thing about poverty is that it is at ground level…poverty snowballs into so many other problems (health, political, overpopulation, etc). Here are a few sellers and Etsy teams who are trying to help:

  • SewShaz, who is sending proceeds to help fight hunger locally (Chicago) and globally (UN)
  • Our public school system is impoverished in more ways than one, and organizations like the Etsy New England Street Team are trying to help…and they are promoting crafting at the same time!

Finally, I’d like to link to one of my favorite blogs, Crafting a Green World. Being responsible about resources and the materials you use as a crafter IS relevant to poverty. That’s what I meant when I said poverty is a ground level problem…you can look at almost any environmental issue, health issue, etc. and trace it all the way down to poverty and sustainability issues. There is nothing quite like repurposing, upcycling, and recycling materials (aka “crafting”) to demonstrate the unused abundance around us.

Thank you for reading!

Carnival of Green Crafts #6

As most of you who read this blog already know, eco-crafting and upcycling are important to me.  So the featured link for this week is:

Carnival of Green Crafts No. 6 hosted by Smidge

Go check out the Barbie Doll House made from “trash,” decoupaged bangles, and much, much more.

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