Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Stress & Happy New Year

Received this as an email and thought it was worth sharing.

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience,
raised a glass of water and asked
'How heavy is this glass of water?'
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued,

'And that's the way it is with stress management.

If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,

as the burden becomes increasingly heavy,

we won't be able to carry on. '

'As with the glass of water,

you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down

Don't carry it home

You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now,

let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.

Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
and some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* When everything's coming your way,
you're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Happy 2009!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hi Sugar!

Just a few cottages that I will be adding to my lollishops tomorrow morning. Soon as the sun comes up I am planning on taking individual pictures and posting these. I spent most of the day in my craft studio making these! A very small peek at the mess going on there. I had to clear a spot to snap this photo...hehe. One more week off and then back to work.

I just love this valentine! "Hi Sugar"!!! Isnt she a doll and there is a cupcake too. So of course I had to make something SWEET with it! I wanted to trim some details with glitter but decided against it cuz its cute enough on its own. This is for someone special...shhhh!

I need to make one for my sister and I think if time allows I will whip some up for lollishops too.

Whatcha think???

Until Tomorrow,

Sunday, December 28, 2008

After Christmas Sale

This pair of birds plus much more ready for their new home <3

All Christmas items are marked down 20-30%. The prices listed are the reduced price. All prices include shipping and handling!!! Whatta deal:D

Monday, December 22, 2008

Featured Lollishops and Thompson Family Blog

The sweet Sadie Lou featured me on Lollishops Blog today after seeing my cupcake cottage and glitter cottages on Danielle Thompson's blog. YaY!!

Danielle's photos look way better than mine! She ordered these 3 cottages from me earlier this month! I luv her style and she is a sweetie. Her boys are super cute to boot. Check out her popular blog.

I went ahead and made an extra one while I was filling Danielle's order...Here it is. Wish I was a better photographer. New Year's resolution perhaps??? Danielle knows how to capture the sweetness in her photos;)
I like Sadie's name for them "Sugar Shacks"
Last one for sale this season! Get yourself one, you will love it!
Happy Day,

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Ice storm in the midwest. Just 1/2" of ice wreaks havoc at the homestead.

29 hours no electricity-

Makes a girl feel powerless.
We do not realize how much our lives depend on electricty. The hardest part is not knowing when the power will return.
My poor t.v. looks so lonely, doesn't it?
And not to mention poor poor Mr. 'candy' Kane, he has set up his residence in front of the only heat source. Could he look anymore pathetic?

Only makes me more behind on Christmas prepartions.

Hope everyone is safe & warm,



Monday, December 15, 2008

Any Prouder?

I don't believe I have ever been this proud! My daughter just graduated yesterday from honor's college in 3 1/2 years. She is the brightest & most beautiful young woman! I am a bit impartial ;) She graduated with the highest honors-Magna Cum Laude. All I can say now ~ look out world !!!
The family portrait.



You really need these yummy cupcake ornaments for your tree! I have even purchased a set for myself. They look so good. Shipping is included~the best part. Lori, Renegade Rose is a sweetie too. I plan on leaving mine up year round. I found these from another blogger that had purchased them @ lollishops (

how could you resist?

Wait until you see more of her sweets...

While you're there check out the other yummy shops!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Cuppie Cakes

These were just listed in my shop tonight! I am trying to get more made to list in time for shipping for Christmas...but heck they would be good year round.

These 3 cuppie cakes were made for Ellia greenbeanbaby and Nina funoldnew. thanks girls =D

These Cottages were made for Danielle thousandclowns. She wanted one cupcake cottage and 2 candy cottages. Thanks Danielle!
Hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season...fa la la la la la ,la la la la
I havent even started shopping yet...YIPES.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Scrappy Jessi's cookie swap~my recipe

Isn't she the cutest...that Jessi?
Check her blog for other blogs participating with their yummy recipes.
White Chocolate and Cranberry Walnut Cookies
You will want to double the recipe for these. I think it's the almond extract that I like the most in this recipe.

White Chocolate and Cranberry Walnut Cookies

1/4 c. butter or margarine, softened

1/4 c. shortening

1/2 c. brown sugar, packed

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 c. white baking chips

1 c. dried cranberries

1/2 c. chopped walnuts (or pecans)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a large bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, until smooth. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in the white chips, cranberries, and walnuts.

3. Drop onto cookie sheet using small scooper or shape into tablespoon size balls.

4. Bake in oven for 12-15 min. or until done. Do not over bake.

5. Cool for 5 minutes on baking rack and then remove from cookie sheet.

Makes 2 dozen

Happy Cookie Baking



note***I made these for my daughter's high school graduation party a few years back and they were the hit of the food table.***

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Lollishops is Tops!!!

I love love love Lollishops!! Hurray for Sadie! Sadie Lou Who that is. My shop has been doing well and I couldnt be happier about it. Thank you Sadie Lou and your crew!
Two of my glittery cottages that are still available. Check out my sold section to see how well the shop has been doing. I wish I could do it full time but my "real job" offers health insurance for the family. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do;)
Anyway here's the link and while you're there check out all the other lolly goodies from the other shops-amazing stuff there!
Hope to see you there,