Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Toby's almost two

Toby is just a few months away from turning two, and he's gearing up like a champ. He's been nailing the whining, fussing and general malaise that comes with being two years old. The word "no" is his motto, and, through his eyes, everything is either the worst or the absolute worst. Here, Toby gets carried to the playground (since naturally he didn't want to ride in his stroller), but was distraught because he wanted Mommy to carry him, not Daddy!!!!!!

Alex says he wants to write a biography of Toby's year called "A Portrait of Courage." It's so hard to be a baby! Keeps making me laugh out loud.

10 creative business cards

Business cards don't seem that necessary these days, when people can track down your email address or Facebook page in seconds. So, they seem to have taken on a new function: clever pieces of art to set your business apart. First up, above is an edible card for a survival training business...
A jewelry brand...
Personal trainer...

Seven more below...
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The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches You'll Ever Have

Who doesn't love an old-fashioned grilled cheese? Perfect for midnight snacks or curing hangovers, these rich sandwiches always hit the spot. Well, today, Kate from Wit & Delight shares how to make the best two versions, one savory, one sweet...
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Challenge #21 Sponsored by KreaTeja

Goodmorning all, thank you everyone for the great cards you've made for the last challenge. Thanks also to those who want to join our GDT for the next couple of months, you really made it very difficult for us ...It is going to be a tough decision, we love to have you all, but for now we are looking for 2 or 3 GDT members ;o) You can find the new GDT on this blog Sunday, March 4.

This challenge will be sponserd by Krea Teja and the price you can win is a suprice ... believe me it is a great one ;o)

Krea ‘Teja’ – hobbystudio is an online webshop with a history of 18 years in the hobby business and 10 years in the cardmaking business. When you visited one of the larger Trade fairs in the Netherlands, Belgium or Germany you must have ran in to our booth (in Belgium and Germany that’s our purple tent). For the last 5 years we specialized in stamping. We have and had a wide variety of stamp manufacturers in our range of products. Over the years we have tried many techniques of colouring the stamps. We are now offering the complete range of 198 colours of Twinkling H2O’s. A wonderful method of colouring your stamped images. We are always looking for new ideas in the cardmaking business. That’s why we will add a few new companies to our extensive line of products. Just keep visiting our webshop for the coming weeks. You certainly have to take a look at what the Krea ‘Teja’ Team is designing with various products on our team blog. Have fun with the challenge !

The sketch is made by Marion and the TWIST for this challenge is 
'Baby it is cold outside, make a winter theme card'. 
Please read the rules before you playing with us this time ;o) You can find the sketch on the end of this post ...

We want to thank Karin for being a great GDT member and we hope you will join us in the challenges ...and come by once in a while ;o)

And here is some inspiration for you ...

Made by Claire

Made by Wilma

Made by Nicolet 

Made by Monique

Made by Nicole

Made by Janneke

Made by Marga

Made by Sandra 

Made by Betina  

Made by Renata

Made by Carol

Linda is busy with school, so no card from her this challenge (good luck with it sweetie) 
 Marion is not feeling well after her operation (hope you are feeling better soon)

Here is the sketch that Marion made for you this time ;o)

As always, you can rotate the sketch and resize the elements, as long as you follow the original sketch and use a stamped image or digistamp, that way your entry qualifies for the prize draw. To join the challenges and to be eligible for the prize made ​​available by the sponsor of this challenge, we have a few rules. You can find them here.

 Do NOT forget the twist, that is a winter theme card this time ;o)

Hope you all make a beautiful card again for your stock of Christmas cards :o)
We would love to see them!!


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winner and top 3

What a great cards you've made all for the last challenge, we love to see them ;o) And we hope you can join us in the next challenge too ...

The top three is

And the lucky winner, randomly chosen

And #24 is Sjakkie from Sjakkie's Scrapcards

You won the last challenge Sjakkie and therefore the great price sponsored by Crealies. Please email us before Saturday March 3rd to claim your prize.

And this is the card she made

See you all in a hour ;o)


Popular Tattoos Designs This Week

Pin Up Tattoo Collection 2012

Flats love

Madewell's sidewalk skimmers are all adorable, but the polka dots have stolen my heart. How adorable are they? Would love to wear them to the playground and brunches in the West Village this spring.

Bike bag

The Seil Bag is a genius backpack for bikers. A wireless controller on your handlebars lets you clearly signal to cars when you're turning right, left or stopping, without taking your hands off the handlebars. I'd love to use this while riding around New York. It's just a prototype right now, but here's hoping this rad backpack is made and sold sometime soon.

(Via Go to Public School)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Baby Names & Faces Book

Pinhole Press has a brilliant new baby photo product: Big Book of Names & Faces. You make one with photos of your child's favorite people. My mom made us one as a gift, and it has become Toby's favorite bedtime story. Since our relatives live around the country, this book helps Toby remember them between visits (and happily recognize them when he sees them again), and I love that the book helps him learn words and names, and show him that he's part of a family that cares about him. Bravo, Pinhole Press!

(Thanks to my friend Laura Ratliff for taking these photos. You might recognize Sharon Beesley's kids in a photo. Pinhole Press is my friends' company and one of my beloved sponsors. )

Friday, February 24, 2012

Have a great weekend.

What are your up to this weekend? We're going to a grilled-cheese competition and watching the Oscars (meaning: analyzing red-carpet dresses). Also, I wanted to thank you so much for the hundreds and hundreds of comments, emails and overall outpouring of support and similar feeling after I wrote this personal post. I was stunned by how many women could relate; we really are all in this together. Thank you. xoxo Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few great posts from around the web...

Aww, too tired for a cookie.

The life of a runway model is intense!

How to be a gentleman.

Louis Armstrong at the Pyramids.

Would you wear a one-piece swimsuit?

These balloon guys made me smile.

Oh, New York, that's embarrassing.

Burger tip.

The New York Times review of this book.

Can grown-ups ride scooters? (They look fun.)

A funny concept for a blog.

These photos are weirdly mesmerizing.

Sweet floral bridesmaids dresses.

(Photo of Bill Cosby by Michael Rougier, via Lost)

Maddie on Things

The website Maddie on Things, from the Midwest, made me laugh out loud. Of all the photos I've seen over the past few years, this makes me want to get a dog the most. :)

(Via Swissmiss)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Bachelor (with photos)

The Bachelor this season has been wildly entertaining. Have you been watching it? The show's premise is clearly insane, but it's like a train wreck where you can't look away. (Even Alex, who makes fun of me, now asks me to pause it if he goes into the kitchen. Busted.) So, let's take a minute to chat: Which of the final three women do you think should end up with Ben?

Here are photos of the ladies...
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iPhone case

What a cute heart case. #Wishlisted.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Toby goes gallery hopping

We went to a few Chelsea art galleries when my dad was visiting last weekend, and this photo keeps making me smile. :)

Do or Don't: Black nail polish

The other day, I was watching the (surprisingly funny) show New Girl, and the gorgeous character Julia was wearing black nail polish. Instead of looking goth, her black polish looked grown-up and sexy. Since then, black nail polish has been popping up everywhere: pretty girls around town, celebrities at events, even the finalists on The Bachelor. :) What do you think? Would you wear it?

(Photos by New Girl, Getty Images and The StreetStyle)