October is Here!

It’s starting to feel like fall and I am looking forward to lots of fun things in October.

– Making some Candy Corn Garland
– Adding some homemade art to my craft room. Maybe something like this?
– Working on some new wedding invitations and stationery designs.
– Making welcome boxes for my friend Kelly’s wedding.
– Adding lots of new stuff for my Etsy shop.
– Collecting pretty leaves for crafts with the kids.

Homemade Granola Bars

Anthony has been on a diet since February, and so far he has lost over 40 pounds! His plan is simple – eat less. It’s amazing that is all there is to it. He packs a bag every morning before he leaves for work with everything that he is going to eat for the day. It usually contains 2 Power Bars, a few crackers and some Laughing Cow cheese wedges. He also keeps a big bowl of fruit in his office for snacks during the day.

Last week he asked me to try making homemade granola bars, just to give him a little more variety in his routine. I did a ton of research online for different recipes, and combined a few to make my own.

Homemade Granola Bars

Time – 20 minutes prep, 40 minutes baking

Ingredients:
– 2 cups old fashioned oats
– 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
– 1/2 cup slivered almonds
– 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
– 1/2 cup wheat germ
– 1/2 cup honey
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 2 tablespoons butter
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– handfull of chocolate chips

1. Line a 9″ x 13″ rimmed metal baking sheet with parchment paper, and grease bottom and sides, set aside.

2. Toast the oats, almonds, seeds and wheat germ on a large baking sheet at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

3. Combine the honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
4. Pour the honey mixture over the toasted oat mixture and mix with a spatula until well coated. Transfer the mixture to the greased baking sheet, spread evenly, top with chocolate chips, and press mixture down so that it fills the pan.
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, remove and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.

6. Remove from pan (this should be easy since you greased it), and onto a cutting board. Cut bars into 12 equal pieces – they will be about 2″ wide by 4.5″ long.

The bars should be stored in an airtight container, and will stay chewy for about a week. I put mine in individual plastic bags and printed out labels with a note to Anthony, reminding him to have an awesome day.

Kate Spade now at Rent the Runway!

One of my favorite sites, Rent the Runway, now carries one of my favorite brands – Kade Spade!All of the dresses can be rented for $75 or under, and I am absolutely obsessed with the yellow beaded necklace.Rent the Runway is also giving away a $1200 gift card to Kade Spade, and you can enter to win here. Good Luck!

Craft Room Pegboard

I have a craft room! It is coming together slowly, and the best thing about it so far is the pegboard.
I ordered the pegboard and all of the hooks and accessories from a website called DiamondLife. The board itself and all of the stuff was not more than $50. When I was placing my order, I started out with a 2″ x 4″ board, and made a diagram of all of the pieces as I was placing them in my cart.The layout was great, because otherwise I would definitely have ordered too many or too few accessories. It also helped me think about the stuff that I needed to store and where it was going to go.

The board I ordered started out brown, and I used some paint I already had to paint it turquoise. The painting process was the hardest part, because the tiny holes kept filling in with paint. I also used a foam brush, which started deteriorating because of the uneven surface. If you plan on painting a pegboard, spray paint might be easier.

It looks so great over my desk, and I can already tell that I am going to be spending a ton of time in the craft room.

Castle Australia

I just discovered this awesome Australian shop called Castle. I absolutely love the colorful prints and patterns, and the handmade embroidered artwork and prints are amazing.

I am obsessed with their garland, made from felt circles of different sizes and colors.

I love all of the colors in this piece too.


Here are some of my favorite things from the site:
1. Blue Flower Pillowcase
2. Isn’t She Lovely Artwork
3. 29 Spot Multi Artwork
4. Baby Ampersand Artwork
5. You & Me & Us Print
6. Raindrop Artwork

Weekend Goodies

I’m getting packed and heading to the Jersey Shore for the weekend with my aunts and cousins to celebrate my mom’s birthday. I’m so excited to spend the entire weekend with some of my favorite people in the world. I made some treat boxes for everyone to welcome them to the house yesterday, and I can’t wait to share them.

I found the red boxes at Michael’s – they are actually cupcake boxes that come with inserts, I just didn’t put the cupcake inserts in. I printed the tags with the same design that I used on the inserts, and tied them up with black satin ribbon.

I have a stockpile of clear bags and boxes for projects like this, so I filled boxes with Hershey’s Kisses and Swedish Fish, and bags with homemade Oatmeal Crasin Cookies and Twizzlers (my mom’s favorite).