Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  I wish you all a happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lazy Wednesday and a Scrap Pack Giveaway!

This is the second Wednesday in a row that I have skipped Possible Pinteresting Wednesday.  I'm so sorry guys!  It has been a rough two weeks for me.  I don't have any tutorials for you today but what I do have are some goodies!

I have been meaning to do this for a long time and today I finally decided I should do it.  I'm passing on my collection of vintage papers to you.  That's right....I have started to clean out my craft supplies (I have waaaay too many) and I came across some awesome and beautiful paper deep in the belly of my craft closet.

So for you, my awesome readers, I offer this gift!  From now until December 20th, I'm running a contest for a free scrap pack giveaway to one of you.  That's 50+ vintage papers!

How do you enter this contest you may be asking?  Well simple!  There are several ways to enter, and each one of these will get you an entry into the contest (thats 6 entries per person!)

1. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post about something you would like to see right here on the LPD blog.  Also leave an email address so that we can contact you if you win!

2. Like us on Facebook AND leave a comment there as well about something you'd like to see me do or try out here on the blog.

3. Subscribe to our blog by email.

4. Spread the word about this post on twitter (follow us and include the tag #lonelyfreebies in your tweet)

5. Blog about this post on your blog (2 entries).

6.  Share this post with your friends on Facebook.

On December 20th, I'll pick a winner and get your pack to you before Christmas!

Can't wait that long?  Well head on over to the Lonely Paper shop on Etsy and grab one ..or two...or three for yourself!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just want to let everyone know that I will be away this week spending time with friends and family.  I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful for each and every one of you that stop by for a read.

There will not be a Possibly Pinteresting Wednesday post this week but we will pick up right where we left off Wednesday the 30th.  I'm also very excited about all the Christmas goodies I have lined up for yall.  Have a great holiday weekend and see you next week!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Possibly Pinteresting Wednesdays: Con-graduation Lauren! Invitations

We've all seen the awesome wedding invitations with the modern typography and bright colors. Most of us don't get the opportunity to designs wedding invitations everyday, and when we do, we have to pick just one style. And with all the amazing designs available today plus the constant new ideas popping up all over Pinterest and the web, its hard to pick just one.  However with my sister's graduation coming up, I realized this style could be applied to anything.

It was a bit of a challenge to design this invitation with limited time.  So we decided that the invitation would also be the envelope.  Less paper, less time, more awesomeness!

Here are a just a few great pins that I drew inspiration on for this project.  Enjoy!

Oh So Beautiful Paper

Via Pinterest (Does anyone know the original source for these invitations?)

Pinterest (unknown source)

100 Layer Cake

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Possibly Pinteresting Wednesday: Message in a Bottle

While scoping out stuff on Pinterest a LONG time ago I found this awesome mail idea and tracked it back to Happy Mail on Giverslog.  I just have no words really....ok well I do actually.  BRILLIANT!  Yall know I love anything to do with snail mail and this takes recycling to a whole new level.

Its a modern day message in a bottle!  But you can send anything, not just messages as you see on Giverslog.  She mails everything from school supplies to a flip flop and even easter eggs.  Yep, seriously, she just slaps stamps on the outside and drops it in the mailbox.  

This will be the first time I send anything "unusual" through the mail.  The cranky ladies at the post office hate me when I use pink ink on my packages, so I don't think I'm even gonna risk going into the post office with this one.  I'm just gonna drop mine off in the post box by my work and hope for the best!

The first one is for my camp friend Rachel, who I use to write to all the time! She's been on me to write here again so I hope she likes this!  I used an empty water bottle, some pompoms, and a long strip of paper with twine.  

The second one is for my friend Jill.  I started by wrapping the container with printed tape this time to hide what's inside.  I wrapped up her surprise in some yellow tissue paper and closed the lid tight.  This container was an empty gelato container that I had saved to help organize my craft closet (that was before I received the 100 baby food bottles i mentioned a few posts ago).

You want to make sure you use enough postage.  More is always better!  Also make sure the lid to any container is on super tight.  You can always tape down the lid if you need to for extra security but make sure to NEVER tape over any postage.  

I wanted to show yall one more than I'm making for my friend Soleil but the bottle isn't dry like I thought!  EEK!   So...I will post photos of that one later this week and update this post.  So come back and have another look soon!

I hope you enjoy and start sending your own creative mail!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Possibly Pinteresting Wednesdays: Breakfast "muffins" and a Shiny French Manicure

I know I'm late today yall.  I normally have these guys up and ready a few days in advance so they can post at noon.  But today..well this week has been utterly insane!

However I do have some fun and tasty treats for yall and I attempted to do a glitter French manicure.

Of course I originally found this on Pinterest but I traced it back to Kalyn's Kitchen.  Her egg breakfast muffins look amazing....seeee....

Mine did not turn out this nice.  I blame my muffin pan!  And not that was not intended as a dirty joke! It sure did sound naughty though, didn't it?!  Anyway....

The recipe is really simple and easy to modify.  I used less eggs in mine.

  • Kalyn says to use 12.  I only used 9 because that's all I had left over in my fridge.
  • Brown a pound of breakfast sausage.  
  • Add some shredded cheese.  I also added frozen broccoli since I didn't have any green onions or spinach, which probably would have tasted WAAAAY better by the way.  
  • Mix, mix, mix.  
  • Make sure you cover your muffin pan with some PAM or use cupcake liners.  This is where I went wrong!  Ideally one day when I decide to start making more grown up purchases (more cookware, less nail polish) I'll buy a silicone muffin pan so I can just pop those suckers right out of there!
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  My oven is possessed so I only baked for about 9 minutes

And VOILA!  Here is how mine turned out:

They look really ugly but they taste amazing!  I've frozen them and eat 2 for breakfast every morning when I'm on my way to work, or take some along in a baggie if I'm running late.

Since it was Halloween on Monday I tried a little something special with my nails.  I apologize because I don't have photos of the process, but I plan to do another one soon so you can see each step.

Here is the finished product!  I used real cosmetic glitter and not glitter nail polish.  It was a huge mess but super sparkly!

I used 'Love My Blackberry' from Ulta and SallyGirl Sparkle Effects loose glitter in purple.  The glitter turned out more iridescent than purple.  Plus I don't have the steadiest hand so there is polish everywhere!

Do you have any suggestions of things you would like to see me try out?  Let me know in the comments!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Goodbye to October and a Special 'Thank You' to You

October truly is my favorite month of the year.  And even though I live in Texas, where it doesn't get cold and stay cold until the very last days of October, I try to cram in as much "fall-ness" into every moment I possibly can.  It seems like October passes by faster and faster each year, this year being no exception.  Honestly, this makes me a tad sad now that I really think about it.

Fallen leaves carpet
Via Kenboo  Cutest kid ever!
However, there is some good news!  I will be going out of town this weekend to celebrate Halloween with the most amazing group of International students.  We will be partying down in New Orleans!  I've always wanted to spend Halloween here, in one of the most haunted cities in America.  I'm so excited to see all the history and mystery that surrounds this southern gem.

I plan to keep you all abreast of my comings and goings over the weekend, complete with silly videos and  tons of photos.  With that said, this is my ...dare I say it?....official post of October.  (sad face)

I want to thank all my readers that have stopped by this month!  The LPD blog have seen tremendous growth over the month of October and I attribute that all to yall coming out to witness/participate/frown upon my madness!

On to my next piece of business:  Does anyone know of any good linky parties going on during the month of November?  If so, please leave a comment below!  

LPD will be having a linky party as well!  Since Christmas now officially begins on November first (According to Macy's...and Starbucks....and...well you get the it just me or does this get earlier and earlier every year?!), we will be kicking off the month of November with a Christmas preparation linky party.  How do you prepare for Christmas?  Do you have something unique or interesting you can share with others?  What Christmas traditions do you have?  I will be providing more details to this at the beginning of next week, so come back and join in the fun!

Thank you again everyone and goodbye October.  I miss you already!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Possibly Pinteresting Wednesdays: Worm Ice and Mummy Cookie Pops

This Wednesday I've attempted 2 projects that I've seen on Pinterest. One easy and one that was a bit challenging. Let's be honest, making ice is pretty hard for anyone to screw up! The first project is one of Martha's and you can find it here.  This one only has 3 steps!

1. fill ice tray with water
2. place gummie worms in water
3. place in freezer and freeze!

Project 2 was a bit more complex and I think I was a bit out of my league on this one folks!   You can find the original here.  I'm not very good in the kitchen and this proves it!  But I had a lot of fun!

1. Perform Oreo surgery.

2.  Use melted chocolate to secure your sucker sticks inside.

3. Cover your cookies in white chocolate.

4. Draw on eyes and bandages using icing.

5. Fin.

I LOVE chocolate and Oreos and I can't believe I'm about to say this but, this little guys were way too sweet for me.  It was like eating pure sugar.  I'm sure kids will love them and they look awesome but you're a hoss if you can eat more than 2 of these bad boys.  I applaud you!

Check out a video of the whole experience below.  I cannot guarantee an outstanding or even articulate tutorial..but you may laugh...and laughing burns off the calories you just consumed from eating all those cookie pops!

Next week I will be attempting single serving breakfast muffin/sandwiches in a muffin pan. Technically they aren't 'sandwiches' because there is no bread involved...but you get the idea.  See you next week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What a Pretty Spider...

This is one of my favorite movies of all time and a Halloween classic!  I thought i'd share something silly with yall today while you're getting ready for Halloween!  Enjoy!

Come back tomorrow for Possibly Pinteresting Wednesday.  I'm going to attempt to make some cookie pops...that's if there are any cookies left....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Trick-or-Treating Tips and Tricks


  1.  Trick or Treat Pail via Polka Dot Pair
  2. Trick or Treat Pail via Polka Dot Pair
  3. Felt Trick or Treat Bag via Kelly's Needle
  4. Trick or Treat Tote via Burpie Bundles 
  5. Trick or Treat Paint Bucket via Carrie's Cute Creations

Always have 1 or 2 adults present.  Don't have time to take your kids to every single house in the neighborhood?  Why not organize a relay system for adult chaperons.  Have each parent or team of parents take the group to 3 or 4 houses then trade off with another team who continues the trick-or-treating for another few houses, then trading off once more.  This allows parents to enjoy trick-or-treating with their children while also giving other parents a break to have "adult time" or prep of their own Halloween activities.  Its the best of both worlds" quality time and free babysitting!

Plan a route ahead of time and give kids a map to follow.  Make it a game; they can check off or color in the houses they have been to.  This way kids feel like they have some control over the fun and where they get to go.  Play Halloween bingo; you're squares can have things like 'a blue house,' a green pumpkin,' a jack o'lantern with round eyes,' etc.

Carry a flashlight, or even better, glow sticks.  Kids LOVE glow sticks and flashing lights.  You can easily incorporate this into their costume.  'Light sabers', 'magical glowing bracelets', and 'glowing wands' are just a few examples of how to accomplish this.  Try to stick to sidewalks!  However, some towns either do not have sidewalks, or the sidewalks themselves are not safe (ie. unstable concrete, overgrown foliage, dark corners)  If your path takes you down roads instead of sidewalks, you can sew reflective tape into their costumes to create better visibility for drivers.

Play the counting game when leaving each house.  Give each child a number and let them count off.  This works best for younger children.  As an alternative for older children, let each child create a silly word or name starting with each letter of the alphabet.  This will help you keep track of each child without creating a panic.

Wear comfortable shoes and carry a backpack with essentials.  This list is just a jumping off point to get you started:

  • first aid kit
  • extra shoes/socks
  • baby wipes for sticky/dirty hands
  • accident/emergency pants (small kids may be more focused on getting candy than letting you know they need the potty!)
  • a current photo of each child (God forbid you ever need to use this, but it comes in handy when a child wonders off)
  • cell phone/walkie talkie to call for reinforcements if needed
  • extra candy bags (reusable grocery bags are perfect for this)

Talk to your kids about safety and obeying the law before you leave the house.  Also come up with an agreed upon candy system.  Remind your kids that you will be checking their candy before they are allowed to eat it.  Decide on an amount that you see fit for them to consume that night.  Use the rest through the week/month for rewards or a special treat for doing well in school or helping out around the house.

Do you have any helpful suggestions?  Share your ideas and help make this Halloween a safe one!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Trick-or-Treating Sans Kiddos

For those of us without kids, its hard to muster up a good excuse to go trick-or-treating without appearing creepy.  So where can adults go for some Halloween fun this year?

1. New York

Join the Village Halloween Parade on October 31 from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.  This event is completely free but you must be in costume to enjoy the festivities, which include live bands, artists, and puppets.  This truly trick-or-treating for adults at its best.

For more information visit the NYC Halloween page.

2. Las Vegas

The Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball is perfect for you naughty trick or treaters.  For more information on dress code and rules pertaining to this event check out the website here.

3. Salem

Salem's Festival of the Dead covers a wide range of activities for trick-or-treaters of all ages.  This event  includes performances from Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Crucible, Month-long haunted tours, a psychic fair and witchcraft expo, ghost hunting, and a week long list of parties leading up to Halloween.

For more information, visit The Festival of the Dead website.

4. Hollywood

The West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival braves that its the largest Halloween street party in the world.  Party goers can expect a massive costume contest complete with grown-up prizes, pumpkin carving contest, live music and food.  Admission is free and festivities run from 6pm to 11pm.

Click here for more info about the party and parking.

5. New Orleans

The New Orleans Voodoo Festival is the largest festival in Louisiana.  This event's main feature is the Voodoo Music Fest featuring over 100 artists and bands.  Given New Orleans' haunted past, you can be sure to find many guided ghost tours, and historical walking tours available around this time of year. Along with theses popular attractions, there are plentiful family-friendly events, as well as, adult activities to keep you entertained.  Pumpkin-Palooza, Barktober, the Monster Mash Fall Family Festival, and the Vampire Ball just to name a few.

Check out a Haunted New Orleans here.

For my fellow Houstonians, here is a list of ways to stir up some trouble and have fun on Halloween:

  • The Montrose Pub Crawl
  • DesirousParty as The Ritz
  • Spirits and Skeletons at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Go and see The Wolfman at Miller Outdoor Theater
  • Cheesy horror movies at Alamo Drafthouse
  • Scare yourself as ScreamWorld or Phobia haunted houses

For more information click here, and here

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