Monday, November 22, 2010

Blissful Things 2010

I was inspired to create a list of my own favorite things after watching Oprah's Favorite Things. These are my favorite items that I absolutely love. Unfortunately, I am not Oprah so I cannot give all these things to you! But hopefully you will find something you like to get for yourself or for a gift, or bookmark them for the future.

I love this machine for making cocoa, cappuccino, and chai tea. You just add the mix, water or milk, and turn it on. The machine blends your drink perfectly and heats it to the perfect temperature. You know when it's done, because you can hear it stop. Then you can use the frother button and dispense it into your cup with the nozzle. If there is still some left, you can leave the machine on and when the temperature falls, then it will start back up again and reheat it. It's perfect for cold winter nights or use it year round.
*Update: this version is no longer available (recall), but here is a comparable machine: Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series Hot Chocolate Maker  

I love buying handmade items for gifts! They are so unique and are very well received. I don't own this clock yet by the company Uncommon, but I just love it! They have a great Etsy shop with other fabulous clocks, as well as other wooden handmade items. They also sell gift certificates; in case you can't decide what item would be the perfect gift.

I love using Maghound to get my magazines! You get your magazines for one low monthly price. Memberships start at $4.95 per month. The more magazines you get, the more you save. The best part is there is no commitment; you can change your magazine selections or cancel at anytime. If you have a magazine that isn't monthly, then they will send you one from your substitute list on the month it doesn't come. They have a free trial and gift memberships. Give it a try!
*Update: Sorry, Maghound is no longer in business.

This is a great little exercise machine! Someday I hope to get a full-sized elliptical machine, but this one is perfect for me right now. It's portable and affordable. It's also very quiet; it's perfect to use while watching TV. You could put this anywhere: in your living room, bedroom, or office. You can change the tension with the knob and there is a timer on it. Plus you get a great workout!

I just recently got this and I love it! I'm big into iced coffee and this is perfect for on-the-go. It is a double walled acrylic cup with screw on lid and thick straw. The double walled cup keeps hands and table dry from condensation. This is also great for smoothies or other cold beverages. 

 Deluxe Salad Kit                   Cereal To-Go 

EZ Freeze StayFit Containers

I have a few of these and they are great! They come equipped with little ice packs in the lid that you store in your freezer. They are really handy for on the go, they keep your food cold and separate in a small, portable container. I especially like the Deluxe Salad Kit and the Deluxe Cereal Kit, which are shown above.

                                          So Easy                     The Food You Crave
Ellie Krieger Cookbooks

You may have seen Ellie Krieger's show Healthy Appetite on the Food Network. I do like her show, but I LOVE her cookbooks! I couldn't decide on just one for the list, they are both great! I've made a bunch of recipes from each and they have all been so good. Most of them are really easy to make, and they are good for you. I was lucky enough to see her cooking live when she made a few recipes from her cookbook and then signed them at the Mall Of America.

These YourStory bookbinding kits make a great gift for a photo taker or a scrapbooker. The machines come in two sizes. The older version in white binds books up to 12 inches as well as laminates. The newer version in gray is smaller, less expensive, and doesn't laminate. The new version is perfect for making 4x6 and 5x7 photo books. Both YourStory kits come with book covers to bind your books, the larger one also comes with laminating sheets. You can also find websites that tell you how to make your own book covers, and also what other brands of laminating sheets will work in the machine.
*Updated Links (11/2014) : Large Version and Small Version 

I received one of these as a gift and I love it! The one I have is very similar to this one, just without the ornate wood pieces. This one is from the store Kirkland's, which you can also get on their website. There are other versions at different price ranges at this store and other stores. The best things about these mirror jewelry armoires are: they don't take up much room, you hang them on your wall, and they hold a lot of jewelry. They hold necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and more. I don't wear rings, so I put my smaller hoop earrings in the ring slots.

*Update (2015): This one is no longer available on the Kirkland's link, but I found a comparable one on Amazon SEI Wall-Mount Jewelry Mirror, Cherry

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Handmade Christmas Home Decor

I love Christmas! And I really enjoy decorating for Christmas. A great way to save money on Christmas decorations is to buy items at thrift shops or dollar stores and alter them with scrapbook supplies. They would also make great inexpensive gifts! Here are some Christmas home decor items that I've made.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The  die cuts are by Paperbilities.

A wooden wall clock that I bought at a thrift store. I covered the front and sides with cardstock. Then I added patterned paper and die-cuts.

Supplies: The cardstock is by DCWV. The  tree embellishments are by JoAnn's.

This is a thrift store picture frame that I made into a decoration for Christmas. I covered the mat with cardstock, then cut out the rectangles. I backed the mat openings with more cardstock. Then I added wire Christmas tree embellishments with foam adhesive.

Supplies: The die cuts are by Paperbilities. The gold embroidery floss is by Making Memories.

I strung Christmas die-cuts on a thrift store mirror for a decoration. I used embroidery floss to hang them.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The stamps are Philadelphia Foam alphabet stamps by Making Memories. Gold paint by JoAnn's.

A frame from the Dollar Tree that I made into a Christmas decoration. I cut out rectangles from patterned paper and then cut them diagonally. The letters were stamped with foam alphabet stamps and gold paint.

Supplies: The paper is by DCWV. The stamps are foam stamps by Plaid. White embossing powder.

A trifold Christmas frame I made into a Christmas decoration. The Christmas images were stamped with foam stamps and white ink. Then I embossed them with white embossing powder.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Craft Artist Spotlight: Red Crow Arts

There are so many fabulous craft artists out there that I would love to share with you. Today for my Craft Artist Spotlight I chose Red Crow Arts. She makes beautiful mosaic art and handmade clay creations. I especially like her stoneware clay pendants, which come in a variety of designs and colors. Here are some of my favorite items in her Etsy shop.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Turkey Day Thanksgiving Card

This is a turkey card I made for Thanksgiving. The cute turkeys on the card are rub-ons by DCWV from one of their Fall Rub-on Stacks. The shapes on the card were made with a craft knife and a metal edge ruler; I just randomly cut shapes until I liked them. Then I matted them with the Perfect Layers tool. The Perfect Layers tool is great for matting photos and squares/rectangles for cardmaking and scrapbooking. See a video of the Perfect Layers Tool here. I hand wrote the sentiment with a turquoise marker. Hope you have a great Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Christmas Time at Pier 1

I just received the newest Pier 1 Christmas catalog in the mail. For me, it is pure Christmas bliss! I would love to deck out my whole house with their items for each holiday, especially Christmas! If you love Pier 1 and do not receive their flyers, sign up on their website. Or you can look through it online here or follow them on Facebook. Enjoy!

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Snow Day Collection by Crate Paper

I love this new Snow Day scrapbooking collection by Crate Paper. There's so many fun designs and bright colors to liven up your Christmas and winter projects. I really like the brads and chipboard embellishments. You can see more photos and scrapbook layouts on their website: Crate Paper.

Purchase the collection at
Crate Paper - Snow Day Collection Kit, BRAND NEW

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Adorable Handmade Pet Beds

I love browsing through all the pet items on Etsy. I came across a bunch of adorable pet beds that are so creative! You can find so many different kinds of beds in so many different styles. They would make great gifts for your pet or for someone else's pet. I would love to get some for my cats Cosmo and Rugby. I think they would really like some of these. My favorites range from cute and colorful, to modern, to shabby chic upcycled, to extravagant. These craft artists are so talented. Check them out!


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Love Me Some Twitter!

I've been on Twitter for about two months now and I think I love it! Okay so I don't "tweet" a lot, and I think the verbs "tweet" and "retweet" are pretty weird, but you gotta check it out if you're not on there. You don't necessarily have to tweet (post), you can just create an account and follow people. I like getting little tidbits about different things from celebrities, artists, people I know, and from random people.

I also like posting little things (in 140 characters or less) about my day, things I like, great coupon codes and freebies, recipes, and of course crafty stuff. I also like to retweet things that other people post including their craft projects and websites, recipes, quotes, and funny things! 

It's really easy to create a new account. You can customize your colors and background or choose from a bunch of great templates. I've fully customized my page and I think it looks pretty good! They do have a new version of Twitter now that unfortunately cuts off my logo, so I'm sticking to the old version for now. My twitter ID is @Blissmade, because the full name was too long (max of 15 characters)! Here are some of my favorite people/companies I follow:
You can follow me on twitter @Blissmade. I also have a Twitter widget on my sidebar to the right that gives updates on my tweets. If you're already on Twitter, please leave a comment about why you love or who you follow on Twitter. You can also include your Twitter ID if you'd like. Have fun tweeting!