Archives for the month of: November, 2010


When I was growing up, each year my mom would participate in a Holiday Baking Party with her sisters. They would all get together at one persons house and just have a baking extravaganza. Usually each lady brought 3-4 recipes and would create the concoction on site. Once everything was made, they would take all of their treats and divvy them up into smaller trays that got wrapped in Saran Wrap and then taken home by the participants. I remember how excited I would be when it actually came time to start pulling the treat trays out of the freezer. Usually there was one for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years and of course a few more for random cravings.  You never knew what was going to be on the tray – because everybody made such different, delicious creations.

Well, the last couple of years these baking days have turned into random get-together type of shin-digs because everybody seems to get busier and busier when the Holidays come to town. While you all know I love to embrace spontaneous get-togethers, this year I thought it would be fun to actually plan a day  with invitations and everything!

I absolutely love how the invitations came out! From the Deer printed paper used as the base (which I miraculously found in the 75% off Clearance bin) to the simple staples holding it all together – it is exactly what I was picturing when I set out on this quest. I honestly didn’t know if I still possessed the creative mojo I once did.  Lately, I have been feeling like my creativity has been a bit stifled and unchallenged. I’m so glad I decided to make the invitations after all. By doing this little exercise, it has definitely triggered something inside to want to do more design-based projects like this.

The original un-doctored/un-edited/un-anythinged Christmas graphic used on the cover can be found on this site.

As of today, I have officially been living back in the Mitchell area for one year! That is absolutely crazy to me. I remember when I was younger and I would hear older individuals make the comment that the older you get the faster time flies – I thought they were absolutely ridiculous saying that. Unfortunately, it’s true. It’s crazy to think the year 2010 is nearing completion.

In honor of my year at home I have a freebie download for you! WhooHooo! It isn’t anything fancy, but each fall in preparation for a new year I go online and print a simple 8.5″ x 11″ calendar for each month. I then 3-hole punch it and put it in a super duper skinny binder. That calendar is then what I use to keep track of significant dates and events that have happened or will happen over the upcoming year. Well this year, I was having problems finding a complete 2011 calendar. Rather than printing half now and then half in a couple of months I thought, “Beth! You call yourself a graphic designer don’t you? Why couldn’t you just make your own?” So that’s exactly what I did. It’s nothing fancy. Please don’t expect utter awesome-ness upon clicking the link to download the calendar – but it’s definitely better than what you would find online or in the Word Project Gallery. At least I’d like to think so. : )

Click here to download the yearly calendar

Click here to download the weekly calendar


Last night Katie, Steph and I decided to have some girly time. After hemming and hawing over exactly what this time would entail, we decided to have some craft time! There had been a project that I’d been meaning to attempt for quite some time now. I mentioned the project to the girls and after some slight coordination and gathering of necessary ingredients for the bags – bam! –  craft night was officially happening.

Go here for the step-by-step instructions. (And be sure to meander around her site a bit. She is quite possibly one of the cutest moms that I have never actually met. If that even makes sense. haha.)

Please note: One teeny-tiny step that Ashley might have forgotten to include in her directions was the amount of massive hole punching that you may have to endure with a toothpick. I never would have noticed, but Katie realized that the doilies I picked up were the same pattern as in the example. After figuring out how she managed to get as much detail from her doily – both Steph and Katie decided we needed to go in and make the holes more prominent. With a toothpick. One. By. One. Oofta. It was definitely a trial of my patience, that’s for sure.

I was a baking fool for a while there. So much so that there was actually a request for me to quit baking treats – because evidently people enjoy consuming deliciousness but may not enjoy the expanding waistline. Haha. Well – I still wanted to bake – but decide to create a concoction for a different species. Cue: The Peanut Butter Doggie Bones.  I have no idea if Koda actually enjoys these treats because, obviously, she can’t tell me. That being said, she sure does scamper quickly to the kitchen from various places throughout the house when the ziploc bag containing these treats is opened.

Peanut Butter Doggie Bones
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
1 cup low-fat milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix peanut butter and milk. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix well.

Turn out dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut out shapes. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool on a rack and store in an airtight container.

I hope you all had a very Happy Halloween! Jeremy and I rocked the pumpkin carving world on Saturday! So much fun!

In case you haven’t noticed – I’m kind of a fan of music. I had some free time and thought this quiz might be kind of fun. I even created a wee bit of a playlist so that you can enjoy all of these awesome tunes all in one place! I’m sure most of these songs won’t be your cup of tea – but at least you can say you tried to appreciate them. : )

1. A song from the last record/cd you bought:
“Let us Love” by needtobreathe
2. A “blues” song. Does not have to be from a blues record, but a song that is labeled “_____ blues”:
“Bushwick Blues” by Delta Spirit
3. A song that will get you going in the morning:
“Sexy Bitch” by David Guetta
4. A song from one of the earliest records that you can remember listening to:
“Cold Hearted Snake” by Paula Abdul
5. A song discovered from a film:

“Shut Me Out” by Aidan Hawken
6. A song about transportation (cars, trains, planes, etc):
“Bicycle” by Queen
7. A song from an artist/band that you don’t normally like, with the exception of this one:
“I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas
8. A song with a color in the title:
“Pink” by Aerosmith
9. A song with a number in the title:
“O.N.E.” by Yeasayer
10. A song that mentions a religious character/religion:
“I Can” by Nas
11. A song about a book (or books in general):
“Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
12. A funny song:
“Cherry Cola” by Eagles of Death Metal
13. A cover song:
“Hey Ya” by Obadiah Parker
14. A song that you discovered through a mix tape given to you:
“Good Day” by Tally Hall
15. A song that reminds you of high school:
“Get Low” by Lil’ Jon & the Eastside Boyz
16. A song that is perfect for a quiet, rainy day:
“Breathe Me” by Sia
17. A song with the word “Look” in the title:
“Looks like Love” by needtobreathe
18. Your favorite Beatles song:
“Fixing a Hole”
19. A song by someone who is now deceased:
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis
20. A song you can’t stand to listen to:
“Lips of an Angel” by Hinder
21. A love song:
“Calling You” by Blue October
22. A traveling song:
“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane
23. A song about an animal:
“Squirrels” by InsideOut A Capella
24. A motivating song:
“Unstoppable” by Santogold
25. Song of the day!
“You are my Sunshine” by Norman Blake

[ Click here to listen to the playlist – in case you missed it above ]