Wednesday, December 21, 2011

a little preview of valentine's stuff...

Two of my Valentine's Items have already won "Today's Best" Awards!

Here's  a little sneak peek, not everything is published yet, but this should give you an idea of what's coming!

Monday, December 12, 2011

January 1st The Plastic Bag Law goes into effect are you ready?

Be prepared.

Where I live, on January 1st 2012, shops will no longer be allowed to give you plastic shopping bags.

A lot of the retailers are going to try to get you to buy an equally earth destroying amount of crappy 99 cent net or poorly made canvas bags. They will assume you will forget the 5$ worth you bought last time to cart your groceries home in and sell you a new set, soon you will end up with a closet full of poorly made, torn grocery bags. Eventually you will chuck them. They will end up in landfills, where they will biodegrade faster than plastic obviously, but they still have a pretty high plastic content (a lot of them are "coated" on the inside or made from part nylon, which, HELLO? is a plastic!) and will represent a lot of money you chucked out into a landfill.

The Solution? A really NICE grocery tote! A sturdy, well made cotton canvas bag with a nice graphic (by me, of course!) that you will remember to take with you, care enough about not to leave on the bus, and if that sad day comes when it somehow gets a tear in it, feel it's worth the effort of stitching up!

Plus today you can stock up and save in a big way on totes!
Besides the every day bulk discount (which applies to mix and match, you don't have to get all the same design to save), today you can get 50% your bags with coupon code  FINALHOLIDAY entered at checkout.

Plus there's still time to get them delivered by Christmas! (they make great gifts)

So without further ado, here's what I have up SO FAR, I plan on getting more up and will quick post them as they happen to the Fb Fan Page, G+ and twitter, and if you have a request for any of my art on a bag leave a comment below and I will add it to the list of bag designs I am working on. (I'll make every effort to get requests up in time to take advantage of the coupon code so they will go to the top of the list)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recipe Binders

A popular gift to the birds as they leave the nest, is the time honored tradition of the "Mom's Cookbook."

Newlyweds, college bound teens, Housewarming your young adults' first apartment or house...

Cooking is one of my favorite things, a lot of it I taught myself but nothing is more dear to me than the handwritten book of my mom's family recipes. She included all my favorites from when I was a kid, and each recipe has wonderful mom notations only she would make. She gave it to me when I moved into my first apartment, and it was supposed to be in exchanged for a finished "Joe Donut" comic, which I have, sadly, yet to finish. (I suck)

What better gift to give them (and yourself) than the gift of not having to call you every five minutes to ask how to cook something?

I suggest filling them with at least 2 pages of kitchen tips, (how to do general prep, how to care for cookware, measurement charts, and cooking times for basics like boiling eggs or potatoes, how to parboil, how to counteract missteps in seasoning, substitutions, and how to make a white sauce base are excellent suggestions for tips pages). Then, I'd suggest including at least 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners.

 I am a firm believer that no child should be considered ready to leave the home on their own without already knowing how to cook 7 of each, sew a hem and a button, change their own cars' oil, tires, battery, wiper blades, head lights, and, know how to balance their bank account. (boys and girls alike should both know ALL of these things before moving out.)

I would also suggest including instructions on roasting a turkey, as holiday cookery is the leading cause of panicky phone calls home from the kitchen.

To assist you in making this culinary masterpiece for your progeny; I've published two binder designs (so far) for your homemade cook book. I would recommend putting clear vinyl sheet protectors in to protect your wisdom from the odd spill, and including a few empties for their own additions, or any additions you want to make later.

The titles, spine, and back cover are template, so you can name it how you like and include a personal bit of wisdom printed on the back cover.

and there's matching filler paper ruled for handwritten and un-ruled for printing from your computer

And matching papers for "Onion"
Onion Binder Paper, Ruled letterhead
Onion Binder Paper, Ruled by amyelyseneer

You may want to include some ruled or unruled blank paper with your cookbook as well for when they make their own additions.