Friday, August 26, 2011

batten down the hatches...

We're hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. We've got candles, bottled water, coloring books and games at the ready.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

in print...

The Summer Issue is now available in print! Click here to buy.

Here are some photos of the pages of the magazine in print...

I love this wreath that Lynda made!

Lots of gorgeous photos...

And guess what, fancy ipad users! I think I've found a way for you to buy the magazine. Click here and select "digital" to purchase the magazine to purchase for viewing on your ipad for $5.70. 


Where was I when the earthquake hit? Would you believe me if I said I don't know...

We were driving to the library and it must've happened just before we arrived. We didn't feel a thing. But the funny thing is because I had no idea we had just had an earthquake, when we walked into the library and crowds of people were clumped together, talking loudly, I thought to myself "What is wrong with these people? Don't they know they're in the library?!!" And then I wondered why the librarian looked at me so funny when I was all "business as usual" and reporting the accidental tears in the pages of Dino-Baseball that we mended and the missing page from Delilah (pre-existing). But then my phone started ringing off the hook and I heard the news.

It's a good thing we weren't home because lots of things fell from high places. When Rich came home, I tried to blame the extremely messy house on the quake but he didn't buy it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

listen to this...

And then listen to the archives...they are so wonderful and encouraging. I'm so happy to know about such an uplifting resource...and even happier to be a part of it. 

Hope you enjoy listening to my interview...listen closely and you'll hear my grumpy little boy waking from his nap!'s you! win the giveaway. Send me an email (amy (at) inspireco (dot) com) with your mailing address and we'll send you your issue of AUTUMN! Yay for you!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Autumn with Matthew Mead

I can't wait to get my copy of Matthew Mead's Autumn issue...I just know it's going to be fabulous. Go here to score your own

or, perhaps you are feeling lucky? The folks over at Matthew Mead's studio are sending a copy to one of my lucky readers.

Leave a comment below sharing what you are most excited about as Fall approaches and you could win a copy of the beautiful Autumn issue of Matthew Mead's Holiday Magazine.

I'll draw a name on Monday morning, 10 AM EST.

As for me, I'm most excited about being just a little chilly. I'm so over this hot weather and sweating it out. I can't wait to pull out the leggings and sweaters and boots. Soon, I hope.

How about  you?

Monday, August 15, 2011

looks like so much fun...

Doesn't Mary's Holiday Workshop weekend look like fun?

Thursday, August 11, 2011

summer patchwork

I'm inspired by Pam to make a summery patchwork, like the one she shared in Inspired Ideas Summer issue...

But I didn't have a bunch of pretty vintage linens...until now!

Ironsea sells fat quarters of vintage linens! Isn't that perfect? Especially for me, since I get a little paralyzed about cutting old fabric. 

I bought a whole bunch and can't wait to cut them into little squares and sew them together, in neat (hopefully) rows. Look at this pretty piece! Jeni sells bundles of the hems of sheets...many of which are edged prettily with lace. 

Wish me luck...I'm not so great at sewing. 

To see how you too can make a wonderful summer patchwork, click here to subscribe to the Summer issue

a case of the gimmees...

I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I've got a big case of the gimmees. I think it happens this time every year and maybe it's left over from all those years in my childhood when we got new outfits for the new school year.

This is what I'm dreaming about today...

and this...

Aren't they lovely? I can just imagine pulling out a tube of lipstick and perhaps a hankie, checking my look in a compact. You know, all those things a handbag used to carry back in the day.

Found here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


In just about a month, Alfredo and I are packing our bags to go to Petaluma! 

It's perfect...he will go visit his family, who happen to live in Petaluma. And I will be going to Art is You...Petaluma! 

Perfection! We're so excited. Alfredo hasn't seen his papa since January and he really misses him. 

So, want to see what classes I signed up for?

First, I'm taking Shelly Massey's Play Time class...

Doesn't that look like fun? We'll be making art using a license plate as a base. 

Next up, I'll be making this wonderful thing...

It's a mechanical bird that really works! I can't wait! 

Then, I'll make this...

With Dee Foust. Super exciting!

And finally...

House of Blues...the class description got me with "You will learn sculpture, surface treatments and a trick with handmade paper that will change the way you do art."  Okay! Sounds fun to me!

Will you be there?

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


So I don't know how or when I first found Ren Cumming's Fairysteps...

But it was love at first site...

Each and every shoe is made by hand by Ren herself...

Have you ever seen such adorable shoes?

I can't tell you how many times I've almost bought a pair.

I do think I'll put a pair on my Christmas wish list.


That's a very good question.

very good...


(all photos from

Monday, August 8, 2011


And then we ate it.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

summer preview

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Just in case you're still on the fence, here's the preview for the Summer issue.

(If you'd like to add a flipping magazine to your blog, go here and click "get the embed code".)

Friday, August 5, 2011


We are really enjoying the flowers we picked at the pick-your-own flower place...

make your own microwave popcorn

Something to try tonight...

Use two brown bags and put one inside the other. Dump in 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels and 2 to 3 tablespoons of popping corn oil. Add salt to taste.

Fold the bag three or four times. Place in microwave with fold down.

If your microwave has a popcorn setting like ours does, just set it and wait. Otherwise, you'll have to do the same song and dance as regular microwave popcorn (set it for 5 minutes and wait until the popping sound slows).

Perfectly popped! 

If you like it buttery, spritz a little of this magic right into the bag.

The benefits: cheaper, healthier, no yucky microwave popcorn smell, and it's fun!