Please excuse the mess... I am currently rearranging my blog. :)


The shop is now open!

Well, my shop had been on a break for a few months now... But, I am opening it back up! My new baby is easy enough that I think I can at least make it to the post office. :) I wont be making any custom crowns for a while, not ready for that. Please enjoy!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade




Thursday's three ... New Zealand goodies

My sis and her future hubby are visiting from New Zealand through May (he's from there). So, in honor of their wonderful visit this weeks Thursday's Three is inspired by New Zealand goodies. Enjoy!

Thursday's Three:

This Rose quartz button ring is beautiful. There are a couple small koru's pierced into one of the leaves... In maori culture, these signify new beginnings, birth and growth. Check out Swoon Jewels!

{Rose quartz ring ... SwoonJewels}

Check out all these awesome fibers at Artemis Artemis. So beautiful. I'd love to knit with these wools!

{New Zealand wool ... ArtemisArtemis}

Please check out this beautiful New Zealand photography from Phunkey Photos. This is a photo of the New Zealand region of Canterbury (Māori: Waitaha) which is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. Beautiful.

{Waitaha New Zealand landscape ... phunkeyphotos}

{Mike and Nicole}



Mother's Day gift ideas ... Hurry! It's almost here!

Mother's Day will be here soon... May 9th to be exact! That means all you daughters and sons out there are going to have to hurry and get your orders in ASAP!

How about you tell your wife (or mom) exactly how you feel? This Hot Mom pillow is perfect! I think I need this in my home. :) Check out Honey Pie Design for more cute pillows!

{Hot Mom pillow ... HoneyPieDesign}

I ALWAYS love the cards at the Maybe You Should Die Etsy shop. LOVE them! This one cracks me up! Maybe I'll get it for my mom.

{Mother's Day Sandwich card ... maybeyoushoulddie}
Inside card:

{Mother's Day Sandwich card ... maybeyoushoulddie}

I love all the fun onesies over at TrulySanctuary! I think my little babe needs to sport this:

{Better tattoo onesie ... trulysanctuary}

How about breakfast in bed for mom? Check out the pancake mixes from my fellow Oregonian at Made With Love Oregon.

{Apple cinnamon pancake mix ... MADEWITHLOVEOREGON}



Monday's my pick ... Repurposed t-shirt!

This weeks Monday My Pick is an awesome tank top made from a repurposed t-shirt! So cute! Check out Pierogi Picnic for other repurposed clothing!

{Repurposed tank top: PierogiPicnic}

Don't forget to check out the Paper Mama's Monday My Pick!

{Ruari at 18 weeks}



Enjoy the day!

Get out and enjoy your Saturday!

{Signed photograph from: wtphotography}



Mmmmm Bacon! ... Thursday's Three

{Chocolate covered bacon made by my seester: Nicole!}

So, my lovely sister made me some delicious chocolate covered bacon. Yes! Chocolate covered bacon. It was soooooo yummy! Of course, I am a bacon-aholic. Num! Here's the recipe ;) ...

Chocolate Covered Bacon
Recipe by my seester: Nicole!

- Your favorite bacon
- Melted chocolate
- Chili flakes

- Skewers

Preheat oven to 400.

Place bacon on baking sheet (make sure it has edges so the grease doesn't get everywhere). When the bacon is done, skewer it! Dip it in the melted chocolate... sprinkle on the chili flakes... Ta dah! It is yummy!

Another one of my fave bacon treats are the bacon maple bars from Voodoo Doughnut in Portland. They are awesome! Don't forget to get married while you're there!

{Photo from: Goodies First}

{Photo from: Liz Crain}

Off to my Thursday's Three:

1. So, you don't live in Portland and you don't want
to make your own bacon? How about some
bacon peanut brittle! Sounds delicious! Seriously!

{Bacon peanut brittle: bonbonbrittle}

2. Have a hole in those jeans? Want to spice up
your sofa pillows? How about some
Iron-On Bacon patches! These are so fun!

{Bacon iron on patches: diffractionfiber}

3. Nothing says I Love You more than spelling
it out in bacon! Get this cute card for your sweetie!

{I Love You bacon card: SweetMeats}

Don't forget to check out all Thursday's Three
bacon goodies over at the Paper Mama!

{Ruari and her foot at 17 weeks}


Shop highlight ... bunny

I am by no means an expert in photo manipulation. But, I do love to play around in photoshop and check out new tutorials to see what new creative way I can mess with my photos (see below).

{My photo: after}

{My photo: before}

Good thing there are experts out there! Etsy has quite a few shops that will manipulate a photo for you. One of my fave's is bunny.

{Cartoon style photo manipulation: bunny}

{Cartoon style photo manipulation: bunny}

{Touch up photo manipulation: bunny}

I ordered a photo for a friend's present from bunny (see below). She turned my friends pit bull into a fairy. I loved it! I would love to be this good. Maybe someday! :)

{Zeus photo manipulation}


Shop Highlight: Chatham Girl

Wow, this shop is so fun! Please check it out!
The pictures are so beautiful, and the creations are wonderful!

{Utterly Unique Deer Hat: Chatham Girl}

{Ahoy My Hearties Sailor Hat: Chatham Girl}

{The Hula Girl Hat: Chatham Girl}

{All the Nice Girls Love a Sailor Beret: Chatham Girl}

{The Spectacular Wanda Hat: Chatham Girl}

Don't forget to check out what's happening at the paper mama!

{Baby gazing at mama at 17 weeks}


Monday's My Pick ... Starfish Hair Clip

{Starfish hair clip: LandlockedMermaids}

I was inspired by my beautiful weekend at the coast and
would like to share these fun hair clips. I bought
one of these for my sister for Christmas. It came packaged in a
cute box with tissue. So sweet. I love them! Check them out
for yourself.

{Me, baby, and Mike}


Off to the beach

{Playtime at the Oregon Coast 1900: oldoregonphotos}

I'm off to the Oregon Coast for the weekend. I'm hoping we don't get too much rain. :)

{Foggy Oregon Coast: bluewindow}


Thursday's Three: Sock Monkeys

Over at my mama blog, the paper mama, I wrote a
post on ballerina Sock Monkeys. Since there are SO
many sock monkey creations out there I am posting some
more Etsy sock monkey goodies here on my
Paper Lady blog. Enjoy!

Thursdays Three: Sock Monkeys...

{Psyched for the Hike sock monkey card: sockmonkeycards}

{Printable sock monkey invitation: sillyseiradesign}

{Sock monkey skirt: mmmarmalade}

Don't forget to check out the sock monkeys over
at the paper mama!