Thursday, 14 January 2010

Special delivery...

I LOVE getting things in the post. I get particularly excited about magazine subscriptions and catalogues, but even bills have been known to get my heart racing (mostly because they make me feel like a grown up). Today was such a day. This morning, our poor postman toiled through the slush and snow to deliver this:

Wow. Let me say first that I love Elizabeth Kartchner. I love her blog. I love her layouts. I practically fell off my swivel seat when I found out that she was collaborating with American Crafts to create her own line of patterned paper and embellishments. And, I love this book. Yes, it is visually stunning...and yes, it is full of fresh, inspiring and innovative ideas. But, more than anything, it just makes me unashamedly and deliriously happy.

And then, round about midday, the doorbell rang. This materialised:

Until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of The Pioneer Woman (Ree Drummond). Another wow. I am totally, completely and utterly in awe of her achievements. This woman makes me does she find time to be married to a rancher, raise four children, homeschool said children, plan and publish a cookbook (which made it to the no. 1 spot on the New York Times Best Seller list), maintain a blog and pursue her interest in photography??? I haven't even included the delectable Charlie in this list, who deserves specific mention, mostly because I am very taken with his droopy ears and Eeyore-esque demeanour. I have a newfound love for Basset Hounds. Like her blog, The Pioneer Woman Cooks is accessible, endearing and tantalisingly mouthwatering. She posts recipes on her blog almost daily, so head on over and take a little peek if you haven't already done so. While you're there, be sure to check out From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. I can pretty much guarantee that you'll be there for days.

Before I head off, I have couple of links to share: the first I found via Kevin and Amanda (always a favourite) - This is a scrapbooker's allows you to experiment with different colourways and themes. It even allows you to upload pictures from your computer or Flickr (and picks out the corresponding colours for you). Very cool. Also, with CHA Winter 2010 fast approaching, I am loving the sneaks and reveals that are cropping up all over the blogosphere at the moment. I think that this line by Cosmo Cricket might be one of my favourites of all time (seriously):

It reminds me just a little bit of Studio Calico's Home Front. I L-O-V-E it.

Thank you so much for your comments on the post below! If you have any hints or tips about how you go about accumulating your stash in an inexpensive/cost effective way, be sure to let me know!


Angela said...

Hi there - Thanks for visiting, I'm glad you like my little space!You asked me about Scrapagogo... I pay £24.99 for the "create" kit each month although there are lots of add-ons available and one-off buys if you dont want to subscribe. You also have access to free hybrids every month. I've rarely got a kit that I didnt like and there is always a great range of goodies that I wouldn't be able to afford if I bought packs of them myself. By the way, they dont pay me!! Check out their website and see what you think - I think it looks the best in the UK. Thanks for all the great links in this post, I'm off to check them out.

Meghann said...

I'm totally right there with ya on this post! I love Liz's book, and am totally all about Pioneer Woman. Thanks for the color site!