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I finished a couple new craft projects over the holidays, thanks to my Silhouette Portrait!

First up were gifts for friends in our building — well, actually, gifts for Lola’s friends in our building. 😉 I made pop-up cards and gift boxes for each of them:

Pop-Up Christmas Card Gift Boxes

They turned out really great!

What was in the gift boxes, you ask? Homemade dog treats! I used this recipe, which went through a revision from one commenter, and I revised it further. (You can print a copy of it from the recipe details at the bottom of this post!) By all accounts, the treats were a resounding success…and Lola loved being my taste-tester. 🙂

I also painted a festive canvas to put on our fireplace mantel. I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl stencils, which I then applied to the canvas. I used pearlescent and glittery paint to fill in the blanks, and tada!

Background Stencil Painting the Background Pearly, Sparkly Snowflake! Foreground Stencils Galore Foreground Ready to Paint Halfway there! On the Mantel

The Finished Product!

The glittery-ness didn’t show up quite as much as I’d hoped, especially not in the low light. Apparently I’ll have plenty of chances to get it right, since Peter has decreed I must now make a canvas we can display for each holiday throughout the year. 🙂

What did YOU craft over the holidays?


I dunno about you guys, but my Christmas morning was filled with joy and surprise. 🙂

First up, I got this doodad, which I’m thinking will be employed to make geeky pendants and stuff! Peter Kickstarted it earlier this year, and it luckily arrived in time for Christmas.


Next, I was instructed to open one of two identical boxes — the heavier one first. Since I knew Peter had used a couple Misto Box boxes, I joked, “Hey, you got me a Misto Box!” As I continued to unwrap it, I soon discovered… Keep reading »


Congratulations to Keri, livivua, and Mokona! They’re the lucky winners of the $25 Fab first-purchase gift cards. (You should be receiving the codes in your inboxes shortly!)

Enjoy your loot, guys!!


FabIn case you haven’t discovered it yet, Fab is a crazy, funky, fun, awesome place to get all kinds of unique things, from clothes and shoes to housewares, gadgets, toys, toys (*ahem*), decor, jewelry, pet supplies, and more. They have a wide-ranging eclectic mix of goodies that you probably won’t find anywhere else, much less all in one place! They’re great at supporting small businesses and giving them lots of exposure…I’ve seen more than one Etsy shops’ products featured.

I’ve bought quite a few things from them, and they’ve all been just as awesome as promised — a quirky sleep mask; a knit glove, scarf, and hat set; a robot dinosaur!!; semi-opaque stickers that dim my blinding LEDs; a magnetic spice bottle set; dog car seat belts; a rug; dog toys; an iPhone case — the list goes on.

Imagine my excitement when I got a pack of $25 gift cards from them in the mail today!!

But these gift cards aren’t for me — no, sir! They’re for first-time customers ONLY, for use on their very first Fab purchase.

And guess what? I’M GIVING THEM AWAY HERE!

There are THREE $25 gift card codes up for grabs.
(Fab sent me 4, but I gave one to my awesome neighbor-friend Betsy.)

All you have to do is comment on this post, and I’ll pick three random winners on October 1. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, September 30, 2013. Only ONE entry per commenter, please. If you’ve already purchased stuff from Fab, you can enter to win a gift card code for a friend. I’ll notify you via email if you’re a winner, as well as post the winners’ names here!

Trust me when I say that you WILL find something at Fab to spend these gift cards on! Good luck!!


It’s time for yet another giveaway!! These are hard-won goodies plucked from the sea of frenzied nerds on the show floor of PAX East 2012.

The rules are simple:

  • Submit a comment to this post to enter! (Only one entry per person, please.)
  • Include the word “GIVEAWAY” in all caps somewhere in your comment.
  • Entries will be accepted until 12:00pm (noon) Eastern on Thursday, May 10. Entries submitted after the cutoff won’t count, of course.
  • Two winners will be selected at random, and they will be notified Thursday afternoon/evening via email and here on the blog post.

Next up:

One of TWO beta weekend access codes for The Secret World!

This key grants you access to the first public beta weekend for The Secret World. To register for a chance to participate in additional beta weekends, you’ll need to register using the form on the game’s website (right-hand column, just under the “Pre-Order Now Available” block).

PLEASE DO NOT ENTER if you’ve already pre-ordered The Secret World (pre-orders are guaranteed access to all beta weekends) or if you won’t be able to play during this beta weekend. This beta weekend starts on Friday, May 11, at 9:00am Pacific through Sunday, May 13, at 11:59pm Pacific. Make sure to read the FAQ at the bottom of the official news post for all the details!

Remember, there are TWO codes up for grabs here, and there will be TWO winners. Good luck!!


Woohoo, congrats to Arislyn and Copra!! Your beta keys are on their way to you both!

Stay tuned — even more giveaways to come!!