Thursday, April 28, 2011

Etsy Alberta Team Spring Sale 2011

The Etsy Alberta Team is having a Spring Sale - check out the shops on the list below for great deals from April 29 - May 5, 2011

*Please check all Shop Announcements for Specific Sale Details*

Accessories, Bags and Purses
www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/frogprincessdesigns 10% off (code SPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/j2studios 10% off (code SPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations free shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/dearange 10% off excluding shipping (code teamsale)
www.etsy.com/shop/bumblebeeetuna 10% off
www.etsy.com/shop/everydaydiamonds 10% off (code albertateam2011)
www.etsy.com/shop/nanabrowns 15% off (code FIFTEEN)
www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off (code albertateam10)

Art, Fine Art, Photography, Home Decor and Housewares
www.etsy.com/shop/jenndphotography 50% off (code SPRING2011)
www.etsy.com/shop/taibossigai 15% off all items (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/bellissimadesigns 15% off excluding shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/sandistone 15% off
www.etsy.com/shop/ljangphotography BOGO prints
www.etsy.com/shop/niknaksglass 20% off entire order (code ALBERTA20)
www.etsy.com/shop/glasscircus 15% off (code Alberta)
www.etsy.com/shop/Sybillinart 15% off (excludes chains)
www.etsy.com/shop/j2studios 10% off (code SPRING)

Bath and Beauty
www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off for the month of April (code Spring)
www.etsy.com/shop/KCSBathhouse 15% off (code ALBERTA15)
www.etsy.com/shop/Claracoco 15% off

Ceramics, Pottery , Glass, Crochet, Knitting, Needlecraft and Quilts
www.etsy.com/shop/thewickedpotter 15% off (code WICKEDSALE)
www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 20% off entire order (code teamsale)
www.etsy.com/shop/glasscircus 15% off (code Alberta)
www.etsy.com/shop/niknaksglass 20% off entire order (code ALBERTA20)
www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations Free Shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/ufer See shop announcement for details
www.etsy.com/shop/hdawnparratt 10% off excluding shipping (code abteam10)
www.etsy.com/shop/wickedpendants 10% off (code WICKED10)
www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/knittymaxx 10% off (code ABSPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/irishknitz 10% off entire order (code Spring10)
www.etsy.com/shop/hilaryshats 10% off (code alberta10)
www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 10% off (code M1N1S)
www.etsy.com/shop/magpiequilts free Canadian shipping

Children and Toys
www.etsy.com/shop/barefoottams 15% off (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/barefootclips 15% off (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/handmadetherapy 10% off (code albertateam10)
www.etsy.com/shop/Maplecreeksoap 10% off for the month of April (code Spring)
www.etsy.com/shop/littlejumpingbeans 10% off (code maysale10)
www.etsy.com/shop/thebellefleur 15% off excluding shipping (code SPRING15)
www.etsy.com/shop/mamaswoodshop 15% off
www.etsy.com/shop/minibytes 10% off (code M1N1S)

Jewelry
www.etsy.com/shop/jewelsbyjasmin 10% off (code SPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/bellissimadesigns 15% off excluding shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/dearange 10% off excluding shipping (code teamsale)
www.etsy.com/shop/rozzie 10% order excluding shipping (code ABSPRING10)
www.etsy.com/shop/tinged 10% off (code SPRINGFEVER)
www.etsy.com/shop/wickedpendants 10% off (code WICKED10)
www.etsy.com/shop/kabukikreations free shipping
www.etsy.com/shop/stonewillowjewellery 20% off (code SALE20)
www.etsy.com/shop/overtherainbowbridge 10% off (code SpringSale)
www.etsy.com/shop/heretodaybeadworks 20% off (code TeamAlberta2011)
www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 20% off entire order (code teamsale)
www.etsy.com/shop/niknaksglass 20% off entire order (code ALBERTA20)
www.etsy.com/shop/glasscircus 15% off (code Alberta)
www.etsy.com/shop/bumblebeeetuna 10% off
www.etsy.com/shop/junquete 15% off (code sale15off)
www.etsy.com/shop/3urbanmonkeys 15% off excluding shipping (code Spring15)

Paper Goods
www.etsy.com/shop/mygrandpaspen 20% off (code springsale20)
www.etsy.com/shop/hdawnparratt 10% off excluding shipping (code abteam10)
www.etsy.com/shop/craftedbylindy 10% off entire order excluding shipping (code SpringSale11)
www.etsy.com/shop/ljangphotography BOGO prints
www.etsy.com/shop/j2studios 10% off (code SPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/stampedtreasures1 15% off excluding shipping (code Spring15)
www.etsy.com/shop/irishknitz 10% off entire order (code Spring10)
www.etsy.com/shop/kojozo 10% off (code ALBERTA10)

Supplies, Vintage and Wedding
www.etsy.com/shop/squirrelstock 10% off
www.etsy.com/shop/MyGrandpasPen 20% off (code springsale20)
www.etsy.com/shop/tooaquarius 20% off (code Spring1120)
www.etsy.com/shop/claychicks 20% off (code Spring1120)
www.etsy.com/shop/sixbabygirls 20% off entire order (code teamsale)
www.etsy.com/shop/cestlaviedigital Get 4 digital kits for the price of 2 (see announcement)
www.etsy.com/shop/j2studios 10% off (code SPRING)
www.etsy.com/shop/junquete 15% off (code sale15off)
www.etsy.com/shop/suzie2q 10% off (code ABSPRING10)

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blueberry Muffins

My daughter and I LOVE blueberries!!! 

It’s not blueberry season yet, in fact it is months away. However, we have lots of blueberries in the freezer from the summer so we decided to get them out and make some muffins today.

The recipe is from Flavors of Home by Patti Shenfield. My grandmother bought me this cookbook years ago and we have been working our way through it, trying the recipes out as we go.

Searching for the perfect recipe, we have tried MANY different recipes for blueberry muffins over the years. I think that this one may be the winner, hands down.

The recipe was easy to make and you can substitute other berries or chopped fruit for the blueberries. I think that the next time we make them we may add some chocolate chips to make them super, extra yummy!!!
The recipe makes 18 – 24 muffins which are lots to enjoy right away and extras to put in the freezer until later when you are looking for a quick, nutritious snack. These were light, moist and truly delicious!


Ingredients
2/3 cup                 butter or margarine
2/3 cup                 white sugar
2                              eggs
1 ½ tsp                  vanilla
2 1/3 cups            flour (you can use white or whole wheat)
2 Tbsp                   baking powder
½ tsp                     cinnamon
½ tsp                     salt
1 1/3 cups            milk
1 ½ cups               blueberries


Directions
1.       Preheat over to 350F (180C)
2.       In a large mixing bowl, cream butter & sugar.
3.       Add eggs & vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.


4.       In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon & salt.
5.       Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture alternately with the milk. After each addition, stir until everything is mixed.
6.       DO NOT OVER MIX
7.       Fold in blueberries.
8.       Pour into 18 to 24 greased muffin cups.


9.       Bake for 20 to 25 minutes (We put BOTH muffin pans in the oven at the same time and baked for 30 to 35 minutes)
ENJOY!!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Decorative Bulletin Board


We finally got rid of all the old, beat up, college dorm style furniture from our home office. I am so excited to have an actual grown up desk that looks really nice and works the way I need it to. 

Our old desk was quite tall and took up a bunch of the wall space. I had pictures and favourite quotes taped on it in various places where I would see them when I looked up from working.

The new desk is all one level which left me with a big, blank open space right above the computer monitor. It was really not very inspiring and I missed looking at my pictures. I looked at it for a few weeks and decided something had to be done so I enlisted my daughter to help me make a custom bulletin board for the space.
I was honestly not sure how it would turn out because we had never tried anything like that before. 

We made 2 different bulletin boards. One hangs in my office above my desk and the other one hangs in my bedroom beside my bed. Both are filled with pictures, quotes, aspirations, inspirations, artwork from my daughter and other things I love to look at.

The project turned out really well and was easy and inexpensive too. It was easy enough for my 3 year old daughter to do and fast enough to keep her attention from start to finish (not including the drying time).



Supplies
1 framed, unpainted cork bulletin board in your desired size
Black acrylic paint
Little dish or plate for paint
Foam brushes
Glitter Glue
Spray adhesive
Piece of fabric the same size as the cork part on one of the bulletin boards

Directions
1.       Prep the bulletin board by taping around the frame to keep the paint off the cork. 


2.       Paint the frame of the bulletin board black on the front & sides. My daughter had a great time helping with this. Allow to dry.

3.       For the glitter glue board pick your favourite colors and make a pattern with the glue on the black frame. Allow to dry.

4.       Spray frame with clear acrylic sealer. Allow to dry.

5.       Remove tape and hang up your new bulletin board.

6.       For the fabric bulletin board, after the acrylic paint has dried, spray the frame with clear acrylic sealer and allow to dry. Remove the tape.


7.       Cut your piece of fabric to the same size as the cork part of the bulletin board. Try to get it as close to the same size as possible.

8.       Following the instructions on the can, spray the cork board with spray adhesive and leave the time recommended for it to get tacky. Try not to get it on the frame – it will make it sticky until it dries.

9.       Starting on one side and going slowly, smooth the fabric, right side up, onto the cork board. It is like putting on wallpaper, go slow and try not to get any bubbles between the fabric & the cork. I used a ruler to do this so I could make sure I got it all stuck down with no bubbles. It did take me a few tries so if it doesn’t work quite right the first time, be patient and try again.


10.   Once it is all pressed down the way you like it, allow it to dry according to the instructions on the can. We left ours to dry overnight to make sure that it was good and dry.

11.   Hang it up and fill it with your favourite things.