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Make Your Own Vanilla Extract Recipe

I love to bake, especially during Christmas.  I've always wanted to make my own vanilla extract.  Real vanilla is so expensive and, like anything else, I'm sure homemade is better.  Homemade vanilla extract also makes a great gift for just about anyone on your gift list.  It does take at least 8 weeks to make, so if you want make it for a gift you need to get started now. I wish I had taken pics while I was making it tonight, but seriously it's so easy you don't need them. Ingredients 2 cups of alcohol (rum, vodka, brandy) 6 vanilla beans Cut vanilla bean almost to end with kitchen scissors or a knife.  Pour alcohol in glass container and put in vanilla beans.  Push them down so they are covered.  Store in a cool, dark place for at least 8 weeks.  Swirl it around every few days while it sets. That's it!  How easy is that??  I used vodka because I had it and it's relatively cheap.  I've read on the 'net that rum or brandy give a different fl

Bird Recipe Box

Would you believe I have never used one of my chickadee die cuts?  I've sold hundreds of them and never used one.  I had this recipe box about half done and it needed something and this little chickadee was just perfect! Available in my Etsy shop.  As always, custom and wholesale orders welcome.

Wii SVG Files Free

SVG files of Wii logo and Wii Mote.  These files are for personal and limited commercial use. You may use the die cuts from these files for items you sell but may not sell the file or the die cuts alone or in a set.  Wii Logo Wii Mote

Free Wedding Cake SVG Die Cut File

I made this wedding cake SVG for a custom order and we went with a different design so I'm offering this one to my SCAL buddies.  I think this would be so cute with some beaded lace or sequins or something sparkly! This file is for personal and limited commercial use.  You may use the file in items for sale but you may not sell the file or die cuts of just this image or include this in a set of die cuts. If you do use it, I'd love to see a photo.  Please feel free to send anyone this link, but please don't send just the file.  I <3 comments :) Wedding Cake SVG

Do you have a lego fan?

Enter to win the new LEGO DVD from Feisty Frugal and Fabulous !  Lots of chances to win!

Look a little familiar?

I'm surfing the net for the new CHA releases and Maya Road has some new designs.  Check out their blog and scroll down about 1/2 way for the bird cage and bird. That's not the best photo, here's one I snagged from a retailer. Aren't the birdies and separate wings just the cutest things?  Why didn't I think of that?   Oh that's right.  Because I did!  In April 2009.  Here's proof. (Click to enlarge) Now if you look at this scan I have of them on Etsy You can see just how someone could print screen, crop, and use a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape to trace the image and lift it.  Just sayin. 

Glass Etching Tutorial Using Circut or Cameo

Etched glass is a great way to decorate your home or make a unique gift for a friend.  Etching looks difficult, but it is very easy if you have a die cutter like the Silhouette Cameo or the Cricut.  This glass etching tutorial gives you all of the steps and supplies that you need to etch any glass! Supplies: Glass to be etched Stencil or vinyl Armor Etch Popsicle Stick or paintbrush Newspaper or other table covering Timer Drywall scraper (or credit card) I used Inkscape to create my monogram.  You can use a stencil or any die cutter, but I just wanted to be sure it was welded and sized right so I used Inkscape.  I use SCAL2 to cut the image with my Cricut.  For easier weeding, put a square around the image so you have a smaller area to work with.  I used shelf liner contact paper because it's what I had on hand and it's cheap.  You can use vinyl if that's what you have. Remove the positive of the image and leave the negative image (leave a hole for the image).

Tuesday Tips Wire Rack Paper Organizer Hack

Have I mentioned before my craft cave is low budget?  Well, it is.  It's very functional but it ain't pretty.  That's why it's in the basement.  Yes I dream of having $1000s to install cube organizers, shelves, and all pretty things.  Until then, I'm content hacking and making do with what I have. Enter the wire rack paper organizer.  This is not my original idea.  I saw it on a blog years ago and sadly have no idea where.  If this is your idea, please comment so I can link! I started with a wire organizer from Target.  Target is the only place I've ever seen them.  I've searched online I can't find it, but it's the squares to make 6 cubes with the white connectors to hold them in place.  They are with the wood and metal shelves and other organizers.  They are normally under $15 but will go as low as $12-13 on sale.  We had 3 sets for each kids' room but when we redid toys we put one up.  Enter hubby and all his many hand tools.  He used