Monday, November 11, 2013

My New Etsy Shop!!!!

I opened! I finally opened!!

Natsy Tatsy Designs is up and running!!!!!

I've been making earrings, bracelets, gift tags, cards and all sorts of handmade things and giving them as gifts forever. With the urging of some very sweet friends, I decided to open up an etsy shop to sell my handmade creations.

I am starting with earrings. I hope to have lots more items listed within the next week.

So stop by and let me know what you think? Am I priced right? Do you like the colors and variety of choices so far? What would like to see more of? Whatever feedback you can give me, would be greatly appreciated!!!

Here's a little preview of what's in the shop:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pine Cone Tree Transformation

I recently found myself browsing the aisles of GoodWill looking for things to alter. So, when I saw this pine cone tree for $4.99 I knew it would be perfect.

I kinda loved it just the way it was but I was itching to paint it. At first I thought all white would be pretty Or maybe even red? But since I loved the way the Noel sign turned out after I spray painted it gold, I was itching to paint this gold as well.

And I am glad I did. I love it. I think the gold adds a subtle elegance to it and would make a gorgeous centerpiece for my holiday table. I still may add some glitter to it. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

GoodWill Gold

I am fortunate to have my local HomeGoods and GoodWill stores right next to each other. I always check GoodWill first in hopes of finding a hidden treasure. If I strike out, I always just head on into HomeGoods to see what they have. Lately, I've been scoring at GoodWill. Yay!

On one recent trip, I found two holiday decorating treasures. A pine cone tree and this Noel sign that was only $.99! What a steal!

I have been eager to try spray painting with gold metallic paint. I've seen so many crafters and bloggers using it and even though I am usually drawn to silver, I knew I had to experiment. I am so glad that I did. I can't stop. This Noel sign was is just one of the many things I've spray painted gold. I even spray painted our pumpkins gold! I'll share those projects in another post. I don't want to overwhelm you.

I used Krylon spray paint in metallic gold pictured below that I bought at Hobby Lobby for 40% off.

And after two coats my boring wood Noel sign got a glamover. I was going to give it to my sister but I think I love it too much to give away. I think it will look amazing on my mantle.

So, what do you think?

Monday, October 28, 2013

More Project Life

I have a great admiration for those people who do the weekly format of Project Life. I don't think I could keep it up for an entire year for a variety of reasons. 1. I don't think my life is exciting enough to take a picture everyday. 2. I would most certainly forget to take a photo everyday even if I could find something worth documenting. 3. I take the bulk of my photos at family activities. So, I just decided to make it work for me and my photos and my life. That's what's so great about Project Life. You can make it work for you. Don't misunderstand me though, I wish I was disciplined enough to take a photo a day or even do the weekly themes but I know my limitations. Maybe that can be one of my resolutions for 2014 to be better about taking a photo a day. :)

Oh, I just thought of a fourth reason I could not do the weekly format. I like to jump around when I scrapbook. I need to feel in the mood to scrap a certain set of photos. Hence these two new pages are from Spring of 2013 but the previous pages I did were from Summer 2012 and even Christmas 2009.

Spring baseball
-Honey Edition
-Jade Edition
-Studio Calico

Strawberry Picking
-Honey Edition
-Jade Edition
-Studio Calico

If you have any tips on doing a photo a day or weekly themed Project Life format, I would love to hear from you!!!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Project Life

Back in the day, I used to scrapbook and forgo meals and personal hygiene. The kids were young. Their idea of a good dinner was a corndog or chicken nuggets. Hubby was always working late. I went to crops at the lss and even hosted them once a week at my house. I used to call my camera my third arm.

Then something happened. I went to work as a preschool teacher. My mornings without the kiddos were now occupied. Then the afternoons got filled with baseball, soccer and scouts, etc. I found myself scrapping less and less. But I still was taking photos like crazy.

That is exactly when Ms. Becky Higgins created this brilliant concept called Project Life. It's scrapping without all the fuss and muss. Its taking all your precious photos and adding gorgeous artwork and getting them into books that people can actually look at. Oh My!

So, I bought the very first kit and I made a couple of pages. Then a few months go by and nothing. Now all these amazing Project Life kits are coming out. The designs in each kit are so different and unique. I bought two more (Jade and Olive if you must know). Again, months go by and I can hear the crickets taking root in my craft room.

Now we are at the summer of 2013 and while sitting on the beach sunning my bum, it hits me that I need to refocus. Do more of what I like. Stop making excuses and make time for the things that are important to me. Beside my family, that is preserving our family memories. And what better way than to dust off my Project Life kits and get cracking. I love that I can complete several layouts in 1/8th of the time that it used to take me to do one layout. And they look just as amazing.

This is one of my layouts using the Olive Edition. It showcases my favorite things about Florida besides the beach and the heat...the flowers and the palm trees. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Apple Picking Leads to Apple Butter

One of our favorite fall family activities is to pick your own apples. This year we went to a quaint local place in Bethel, CT only to find that their crop was pretty much destroyed by a hail storm. We still managed to pick enough apples to feed a small army.

In addition to the usual apple crisp, this year I decided to make apple butter as well. And since I have been determined to use my crockpot more often, I searched for a slow cooker apple butter recipe. I didn't have to look very far. I found the perfect one at It was simple yet delicious!! I had quite the stash when all was said and done so I gifted some to friends and family.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
October 17th, 2011
Yield: 4 pints

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours


6 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
6. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Testing, Testing


Check, check.

Is this thing on?

Just making sure it still works. ;)