Monday, December 31, 2012

Getting organized

Hubby and Baby Girl left the nest for a couple of days to go visit my MIL and FIL up on the northern end of California.  Me and Baby Boy stayed home to hold down the fort and keeps the pets company.  I have been using this time to get my crafty/office space tidy and functional.  Somehow it ends up a dumping ground a lot and it's a small space with lots of stuff, so it needs help often.  Honestly, some of my other times "cleaning up" and organizing was spent more on the bigger things and I neglected what really needed to happen, INSIDE the furniture.  I have ended up with so may disorganized drawers, I couldn't find things.  Well that all changed.  I not only organized the insides, but made them pretty and functional outside too! 

This little wooden set of drawers got a makeover with some Avonlea paper.  I love these colors!

 This drawer cabinet thingy had each drawer dumped out, and I put many things I use often but weren't in easily accessible places all together and organized!  SO pleased with this one!
 I used my new treat tubes from Close to my heart to organize a bunch of little parts that were previously in awful, not very functional containers.  Now I can see what I have and how much!

 My Cricut handbooks!  In an easy access drawer ready to go.  They are all alphabetized by cartridge name.  I have all of my handbooks digitally loaded on my iPad and iPhone (yep, I'm a total nerd) but sometimes love to peruse the books too.  Or if I have a friend over, the books are more fun for them to flip through.  I have all of my cartridges in my Gypsy, so it's not necessary for me to keep the boxes handy.  Most are stored in the garage.  That box?  It's my newest cartridge that I got from my Cricut rewards.  It's not often they post one I don't have, as you can see! LOL

Damask Divas Blog Hop

Welcome to another Damask Diva's Blog Hop! This month we are featuring the beautiful La Belle Vie Paper Pack! This is such a pretty and romantic paper set.  I really love it.
And guess what?  This month I am hosting the giveaway!!! A super fun DOUBLE stamp set.
If you came from Cydney's blog, you are in the right place.  If you have jumped here and just discovered our blog hop, feel free to check the list at Damask Divas blog to find the complete list of blog hop participants. You will want to hop over to the Damask Divas blog so that you can enter this month's giveaway!!
For today's project I made these super easy and beautiful one piece boxes by They are perfect little gift boxes or pretty to have around to help keep one's crafty space organized and pretty. I have not decided which way these little beauties will go.
I was able to highlight different sides of the paper pack on each box. They are all so pretty it was hard to decide which to highlight! These were cut on my Silhouette Cameo, my newest toy that I LOVE!

It would be easy to whip a load of these beauties up in a hurry for a baby or bridal shower, teacher gifts or what ever!  Super fast project.

The next blog on the list is Bridgette's blog. Hope you have a great time on our hop and checking out all the creations using Flirty Paper Pack. If you get lost, just hop on over to Damask Divas blog for the full list.
Be sure to go enter to win this HUGE stamp set, It's your day.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hiding in my Craftroom Freestyle Challenge

This week at Hiding in my Craftroom anything goes!  I have been dying to make a little New Years Hat and found a few minutes to work on my idea.
The hat is from SVGCuts Newest kit: New Years Eve.  I plan to make some more from the kit this weekend, so excited!

Here is my hat

I love this Sorbet paper from Close to my Heart, so I started with that.  A little feather, ribbon and  jewels... ready to go!  The hardest part?  Attaching the darn thing to a headband.  It was intended to just have strings that go around your chin, but I didn't like that.  I thought a headband made more sense,  Until I realized i needed to be an octopus to do it.  Then there was a NEW problem...
How to take a picture fo the darn thing attached to a headband!  Oh the problems this little headband idea brought!

No one in the house would let me take their picture with it on.  Gah.  Then I spied my topiary...

Take one:

Is it me or does a ball of hydrangeas look weird wearing a hat?

Take two:

I covered the hydrangeas with black cloth and thought it needed a face... weird.  What was I thinking??? LOL

I finally decided on the shot at the top.  But I thought it might be amusing to see my ridiculous process.  Who knew that one little headband hat would be so much trouble!

I hope you enjoyed today's craft!  Be sure to go check out the other design team member's projects too.  Now, go enter this week's challenge at Hiding in my Craftroom with your own crafty goodness!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Finding Joy

It's been really quiet here at My Watermelon Moon.  Just like you, I have been busy.  Busy shopping, wrapping, cooking, cleaning and all fo those other holiday chores (man, to be a kid again).  Tried to spend a little extra time with the kids, and my husband.  After almost losing my mother in law right before Christmas, it was time to regroup. Pay attention to my top priorities.  Time with my Mom and Dad, and my grandma...At first, I felt guilty.  But, then I realized, it's okay.  I'm NOT superwoman.  I can only do so much.  My wonderful bloggy friends are all busy too.  We will get to spend plenty of time together in 2013.  Blogging can totally wait.

In the mad rush to do my best to make the "perfect" holidays for my family, I managed to bust out one craft.  For my Mom.  Somehow I never make those I love things.  They never make it into their hands.  I will try to change that, one person at a time...  With my one craft ( unless you want to count two holiday dinners and an abundance of baking, those are "crafts too!) , I found a little joy...

I was so glad I did too, she loved it! Which made me so happy.

Placed on the kitchen island, in the center of all the hustle and bustle for all to see.

The letters are from (my favorite SVG peeps) and the establishments are from Silhouette and SVGCuts.  

Tomorrow is a special day for the kids.  I hope to get some crafty time over the 4 day holiday weekend ( so happy the ways the days fell this year!)

Oh, I also decided that when I feel like making Christmas cards in May or July ( whihc is when I am interested in holiday crafting oddly),  I am going to just do it from now on.  Otherwise?  Everyone gets Costco photo cards, and I can so do better than that, unless of course I wait till December, then not-so much.

So tell me, How did you find joy this holiday season?  And all year long?

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Recently I discovered the joy of making my own Biscotti.  There are a billion and twelve flavors and variations of this delectable treat, and because we had TWO Costco sized bags of Craisins in the cupboard, Cranberry seemed like a wise choice for this round.
It turned out great! 

Here is the recipe:

Cranberry Orange Biscotti

3 Cups AP flour (plus a little extra for dusting)
1 Cup Sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh zest from two large oranges (at least 2 tbsp)
3 large whole eggs, plus one yolk
1/4 Extra virgin olive oil
3/4 dried cranberries
1/2 cup nut of your choice (walnuts, pecans, pistachios) optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk flour, zest, sugar, salt, baking powder in a bowl.
In a separate bowl (or stand mixer), whisk eggs, yolk and olive oil.

On low mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.  Do not over mix.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured work surface.  Divide into two.
Shape each half into a log.  It should end up about 10 inches long, 2 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches high, it should be kind of flatish on top.  Put on a parchment lined baking sheet with a little space in between each log.

Bake 30-35 minutes, turning halfway through, until firm to the touch.  Once done, cool on a rack 15-20 minutes.  

Reduce the oven heat to 325 degrees.

Slice the bread, on an angle, in to 1/2 inch wide slices.  Arrange on your parchment lined tray, sliced side down.

Bake again for 40-45 minutes until firm when pressed in the center and golden around the edges.

Then enjoy!!  They went fast over here, this was while I was trying to take photos... No seriously  I got the picture above taken, and while I was trying to take a second one just to be sure...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Shrooms & Blooms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Shrooms and Blooms Blog Hop! A few crafty friends thought a non-Christmas themed blog hop would be fun.


If you arrived here from Robin's Blog, then you are on the right track! If you just stopped by and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Jenn's Blog.

 We are so happy to have you join us today! You won't want to miss out on any of these whimsical mushroom projects!

One grand prize winner will win a the goodies pictured at your first stop (Jenn's Blog)! Please be a follower and leave a comment at all of the stops in the hop for the chance to win. There will also be other blog candy along the way! Make sure you return to Jenn's Blog and link up to be in the drawing for the goodies :)

Here is my project for today. This cute little card was made using my very favorite Peachy Keen Stamps. First I stamped the back ground with glue, and used glitter to make it shine! Then I stamped the cute little boy and girl mushrooms on white card stock. I fussy cut them and then colored them with watercolors! The sentiment is also a Peachy Keen stamp. The background was trimmed and fit to an A2 card base, and the other items were attached with pop dots to give a little dimension. They turned out so sweet, look at the love on those faces!

Now make sure to head over to Jennie's Blog Next, you're almost done! Hope you've been enjoying the hop!

  1. Jenn  <--- START HERE
  2. Heather
  3. Angela
  4. Shelley
  5. Tara
  6. Tammy
  7. An'Jenic
  8. Norma
  9. Kim
  10. Tess
  11.  Robin
  12.  Melissa  <--- You are  HERE
  13. Jennie
  14. Jenn <--- Link Up For CANDY :)

Hiding in my Craft Room Go Digital Challenge

Welcome to this weeks Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge.  This week we got to Go Digital.
I hadn't previously done a digital layout, and I'm going to tell you a secret, it was SUPER easy and FAST.  I have a feeling I might be looking into this a little more.  

My kids send me lots of fun little pictures.  Most are phone pics and not necessarily a great quality.
But I love them and wanted to preserve them and put them in a fun light.  For my daughters sake I didn't put any of the REALLY silly one's on today's post.

Template Designs is giving away a gift certificate to get you started on your own digital scrap booking   Go over and enter the challenge at Hiding in my Craft Room! and give going digital a try!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mmmm Cranberry Goodness

A little holiday baking has happened around here lately.  I thought I would share with you a recipe that is a much loved favorite around here.  I had to make a double batch this round, and they peanut gallery had zero intention of sharing.

Although the recipe isn't mine, It's worth sharing, cause it's super easy and tasty!  
The dough can be made up ahead, or use it soon after making it ( it needs 20 min in the freezer to use right away.)  I originally found it in a 2010 holiday cookie magazine.  I hope you like it as much as we do!  I haven't tried it yet, but a little orange zest would probably be very yummy in these too!

The recipe is from Martha

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Hi friends.  Hopefully not too many of you have noticed that my mojo has been seriously missing for weeks now.  It was bad.  I couldn't finish anything!  I had no energy to make things.  I didn't even really WANT to.  I started projects and finished nothing.  It was awful.  I missed mojo...A LOT.
I also figured out that when I am not doing much in the way of crafting, I buy crafting stuff to try and make up for it.  This is a VERY bad habit.  My craft space is officially busting at the seams.  Sigh.

Finally, I had a little down time and I ventured back to my happy, crafty space. Spent a little time tidying up and then sat down to make something.  Here is what I came up with:

This adorable little snowman box is from, if you haven't checked it out, it's worth it.  They have amazing kits!  I Just love to spend money time on their site.

See! It's actually a box!  Room for lots of candies, or something else delicious.  Cookies stacked would work too!

I put glitter on the berries, and I used Peachy Keen Stamps to help me make his eyes and mouth.  
I embossed his decorative top layer, I am a little addicted to embossing.  And a ribbon around his neck for a scarf and Yay!  FINALLY a finished project!  Tah-dah!

Thanks for hanging in there with me during these slow posting weeks.  Mojo is glad to be home but will need some TLC to get fully back in the swing of things.  I look forward to sharing more projects with you very soon!  Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Super Scraps Saturday!

Welcome to Hiding in my Craft Room's Super Scraps Saturday! Today everything you see came from my scraps pile, including the card base! All discards from projects never completed.  It's good to use those scarps sometimes.

Be sure to go over and check out the other Design Team's scrappy creations and enter this weeks challenge using inspiration form your own scrap stash.

Sunday, December 2, 2012


So I am finally getting a few crafty minutes, here's a peek at one of the projects.
My cordless glue gun?  Died.  Ugh.
Bow making 101?  Failed miserably.

Perhaps I will go back to paper crafts for tonight.  Clearly this was too ambitious...
Hope you had a great weekend! 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Oh Gingerbread!

I have a little obsession with gingerbread houses. It started when I was young with an awesome dollhouse that my grandparents built for us.  It was wired and had wall to wall carpet, working doors, it was amazing.
Honestly, as an adult I might still have dollhouses around to decorate and make stuff for, but they take up a lot of room, even if they are supposed to be "small" they aren't. LOL.  Anyhow, I have a thing for architecture and houses and well you get the picture.

Then at some point I decided that gingerbread was the way to have the best of both worlds.  They are cute, smell great, and they go away after awhile.  

After Christmas last year in the 70% off bin was a wayward gingerbread house cutter set from Wilton.  I have been wanting to have a gingerbread house decorating party, and this seemed like an easy way to go about it... We finally opened the package last weekend, and my daughter went to work decorating the first house of the season....

I think she did a really great job! :)
Houses need people too, here is what she came up with:

I like Wilton's Grandmas Gingerbread Recipe.  Its easy to make and work with, even after refrigeration.  It makes yummy cookies and sturdy houses.  How can you go wrong? :)

That's it for today... The holiday's are hitting home with lots of activities this weekend! How did we suddenly get to December???

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Turkey Day Craft

Okay, So i haven't been crafting much lately.  But I did manage to get these cute little table place cards done for our Turkey day celebration.

Everything is from my Peachy Keen Stamps stamp of the month set!  ( Well the little prayer is from an additional kit that goes with the SOTM).

Anyhow, I also was able to use the SVG kits that come free to SOTM members to cut them all too!
Making this a super fast and easy project.  I colored and finished the one, but then decided to bring them unfinished to my mom's for the big day.  Why not let the kids help out with the coloring and assembly?

I cut and stamped it all.  Packed it up and away we went!  

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.  It really is the best holiday.  No gifts, no fuss.  Just a lovely meal (that's already planned out) and time with those you love.  Time is the best gift of all!

I originally had plans to do something bigger, fancier  more... But the plague hit the house, and none of that came to be.  Maybe next year? :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012


You'll be thrilled to know that all of the birds are decked out in their winter garb.  I made hats here and there in between a huge bake-a-thon followed by a huge cook-a-thon.  I don't know exactly what got into me this weekend, but it was nice visiting my kitchen.  I haven't been spending much time there to create the past several months and as it turns out I missed it!  I love to cook.  Cooking for those I love brings me joy.  We also make better, healthier choices overall when I spend time in the kitchen.  Expect some recipes rather than crafts in the coming weeks as I re discover the joy of cooking.

Oh! I finally "needed" to use the panorama feature on my new iPhone.  FUN!  It's amazing the technology we carry in our pockets (or bra in my case) these days.

Here is my son, he is just delighted with the "perfect" creations for his friends.  Perhaps I will start tracking for you all the fun and crazy places the birds go with us.

What I do when I am not posting...

See those little faces?  Peeking from behind the sewing machine?
I will bet you couldn't even begin to guess WHY these little birds are staring at me...

This is my blue print. My to-do list.  Because you see I am super woman.
Well at least in my son's eyes.  He needs hats for his birds.  He has quite the collection.  Each of these birds is well loved and has traveled many miles.  Back and forth to grandma's the grocery store, school.  You name it, they've probably come along with us.  

So each of these little birds NEEDS a winter hats, for the upcoming holiday festivities   So far I have gotten off easy.  He has dressed them for Halloween and Thanksgiving with construction paper.  I am kicking myself for not getting pictures, but, here is a couple of the thanksgiving outfits.

Kind of cute, right?  Well everyone in the family is an artist, but that is another story for another post... If I haven't lost you yet there's more...

Anyhow, another important thing you should know, is that I don;t sew.  The sewing machine? A gift from my grandmother.  We've had it for about 2 years.  I learned how to thread it last year... I can do the bobbin thingy too.  It's no longer quite as big an ordeal as it was in the beginning...  Anyhow, we have a felt bucket.  Every color of felt you can imagine.  Today, we started making hats for the little birds. Sigh.

Considering I have no clue what I am doing and I don't sew.  Not too shabby, huh?
Well, now you know what I do with all the time I haven't been making crafts and posts.  Well that and working.  maybe some cooking. or cleaning. or thinking about crafts. but not actually doing them.

Have a fabulous day!  Soon I will tell you about today's kitchen adventure too.
Biscotti, baguettes, gingerbread.  Delicious day.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

HIMCR Saturday Challenge

Ah this weeks challenge was easy.  I am SO ready for the Christmas season to be upon us.  

I am in love with the November stamp of the month set from Peachy Keen Stamps and wanted and opportunity to use them!  Everything on here is from the set, how great is that?
I colored the little cutie with colored pencils and I was able to use the SVG files that come for free to SOTM members which makes it so easy! 

I am super excited for crafts, baking, decorating and enjoying cheer with friends and family.  It really is a fabulous time to be looked forward to and cherished every year.

If you feel some holiday inspiration, be sire to join Hiding in my Craft Room's Challenge this week and show us some Christmas!   You can win a $20 gift card to Pumpkin Spice as well! Yipee!

Friday, November 23, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things!


Santa says that Mom needs a little love too.  Black Friday isn't just for TV's and mall discounts...  None of the following has been sponsored in any way, they are totally my own personal opinion.  These are all in fact just a few of my favorite things that happen to have some great sales.  But some are today or this weekend only!  Be sure you get something good under the tree this year! :)

40% off store wide (with a few exceptions, like the machines are just specially priced)
Stock up on mats and blades.  Vinyl, pens and all the other fun toys too!  The best deal though?
Silhouette Cameo is only $229.00, It's the lowest price I have even seen and I coveted ths beauty for a long while before purchasing.  Totally worth it!!!  You will probably want to buy the Design edition of the software to upgrade the one that comes with it, also a worthwhile purchase. You have to use the code: BLACK, good through Sunday.
Silhouette CAMEO®

Crciut Expression 2 only $199.  As much as I love my Silhouette, and I am able to deisgn what I want, or have more intricate cuts, I also have a place in my life for my Cricut.  Yes, you have to purchase cartridges, but honestly, they have become fairly inexpensive, you can find them everywhere cheap.  Mostly, I love that the cartridges have things worked out for you.  You can take the images and pop out a project quickly.  The only guess work is which paper to use!  If you are new to die cutting machines, or you don't "think" you're very "crafty" ( I hear this so often... :(  )
The Cricut will help you feel like a crafting genius in no time.
Cricut Expression&reg; 2

Peachy Keen Stamps are for sure one of my faves.  They are so fun, whimsical, adorable!  They make me smile.  I have built up quite the collection... This weekends sale is a good one.  If you haven't tried these stamps yet... It's a good time to give it a go.  They are everything they say they are!
I decided to just put the sale info direct from their page...
PK-148 Snow Gifts

We are ever so thankful for you!  So thankful in fact, that we have upped our typical sale Thanksgiving Sale to a GOBBLE UP sale!
  • NO CODE NEEDED... the discounts and FREE stamp set are given automatically to those that qualify. 
  • FIVE FULL DAYS OF 22 % SAVINGS on your entire purchase!  exceptions include: ADDITIONAL discounts will not apply to "on sale", promo or clearance priced items, PKS Stamp Club Memberships, or on Gift Certificates. 
  • FREE SHIPPING USA! *restricted items include clip it ups and large gingerbread kits
  • DAILY GIVEAWAYS! FIVE GIFT CERTIFICATES of $50.00 EACH! *One to be given out each day of the sale!!  Every order qualifies.
  • NEW STAMPS!!  LUCY's ABC's and 123's ARE available for purchase at an awesome price..and they work great with the FREE STAMP SET. 
  new for Thanksgiving
  • FREE STAMP SET  This is a set four pendant/banner stamps on mylar sheet made to go with Lucy's ABC's and 123's! There is a minimum purchase required of $30.00 (after discounts) to get the stamp set.  Please note only ONE FREE STAMP SET per household per day of the sale. 
PK-157 Pendants Banner Stamp Set 
That's all I have to share with you for just now!  I am FINALLY getting a weekend off.  I am not bedridden like last weekend... I will be cleaning and crafting for the next few days and I really couldn't be more excited!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

HIMCR Glitz & Glam Blog Hop and Challenge!

Hi Friends! Welcome to this weeks Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge & Blog Hop!

This week is a Glitz & Glam themed blog hop!  Again we had some fun digital stamp files to play with.  DT members received all different ones, and we went to town!  These are my favorite digital files yet!  You get a chance to win some too!  See below to find out how.

First here is my project.  When I saw this cutie, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her!  I had these great "blank" polka dot bags ( can they be blank and polka dot?  Probably not, but work with me, k?) and I knew she would be fabulous adorning one.  I colored her with colored pencils, then "fussy cut" her.  Which means I used tiny tipped scissors and painstakingly cut around each of her edges, so she was without a background or border.  Then I layered some red and white card stock so the pretty girl would stand out.  Lastly, a Happy Birthday medallion, a bow and some glitz.  I so wish I had that adorable dress she is wearing!

Now, if you want to win these digi stamp files by The Scrapbook Stamp Society, there are TWO ways or double your chances to win!  You can win 3 of the 5 images (you pick) featured by the design team.

1, Enter the Glitz & Glam Challenge at Hiding in my Craft Room.
2.  Follow the design team blog hop.  Comment on each blog, then go back to the Glitz & Glam Challenge page and comment that you're done hopping and commented.

Here is the Blog hop line up:

Laurie from Hiding in My Craft Room 
An'Jenic from AJ Scrapbooking & Cards 
Jennie from Jenscrapstoo
Jessica from Craftin' and Stampin'
Angela from Angela's Crafty Spot
Amber from Momma Scraps
Melissa from My Watermelon Moon<--------- You are here! 
Jenn from Scrap Happens Embellish It<----- Next Stop!
Robin from Create-a-latte
Kim from Stamping with Kim
Naomi from Creative Bug on the Loose

Sunday, November 11, 2012

That's nothing to blog about...

Hi Friends!  I don't know if you've noticed, but it's been real quiet here at My Watermelon Moon.  It was just one of those weeks...  I started a new job Monday.  I still have a business that I have been working the past 5 years I am phasing out in addition to FT work.  There has been so much to do and no time to craft!  Which by the way makes me REALLY cranky.  The buzz of my Cricut and Silhouette is relaxing to me.  It makes me happy.  It's my "me" time.  Me time also means blog time and projects for blog time.  Sometimes regular life happens instead.  It happens to all of us, right?

Today, I just just a teeny tiny bit of me time.  I made this lovely little sunflower.  It's the first piece done for my Thanksgiving wreath.  With any luck, it will be done in time for Thanksgiving! 

Last Sunday night, I started this advent calendar.  It was so lovely in my head.  But having never made one before, and not really knowing the pitfalls of making such a project, when not following the kit the way it was supposed to be...

I realized AFTER that stamping the numbers might be the way to go.  So I stamped.  Now all of the doors won't stay shut!  Argh!  The silver lining?  I know how long it takes, I know what I need t have worked out first and I know this design idea needs some work.  If you're not making mistakes, you're not learning, or something like that.

After the failed advent calendar and lack of time in my craft room, I was in some seriouls need of some mojo lighter fluid.  Well, the next best thing anyhow!  Friday night I took my little family out to gaze at freshly stocked shelves of Christmas decor.  I love Christmas decorations, and I knew I would find inspiration just window shopping.  All in all, we did well with not buying much.  We have this fabulous store here in So. Cal. that is decorated for Christmas all year around!  It's beautiful and a fun ,magical place to go!  Here were a few of my favorite trees they have up now:

I LOVE traditional red and green Christmas. I also LOVE the "new" pink and light green thing that has been gaining popularity.  Both are fabulous and I plan to merry (lol) the two in my home!

Lastly, If any of you in blog land can help me... Every time I use the textured linen paper on my Silhouette OR Cricut, It has spots that tear and don't cut.  Even with a new mat and blade.  WHAT ARE THE RIGHT SETTINGS?  I know that these machines can cut this stuff.  They can cut anything   It's the slightly softer, more fibrous paper than the light card stock   I just get annoyed every time  and I have a bunch of it in "perfect" fall colors I really want to use.

If you are still with me, both the Advent calendar kit and the sunflower are from my very favorite  You really should go check them out! The kits are AMAZING.

So now you know what I have been up to.  How about you?