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Digital Scrapbooking Day 2008 - 1 Week from Today!

Dsd button Announcing/reminding you that Digital Scrapbooking Day is coming up fast - it is held the first Saturday of November, which falls on November 1st this year.

Digital Scrapbooking Day was first established by Triscape, Inc. in 2007 to create awareness for digital scrapbooking – not only as a creative way to document and display memories, but also as a means to archive photos and memorabilia safely digitally. Digital Scrapbooking Day (DSD) is intended to act as a catalyst to set aside some time at least annually to digitally documenting your personal history.

Susan White, of Triscape and the Scrappin' without Scraps blog, has been very busy this week updating the DSD blog, and linking to all sorts of goings-on in the digital community.  Be sure to check out her posts on DSD Facebook Flair, and where to find a list of DSD Events, Activities, & SALES.

Digital Scrapbooking Magazine Editor Jennafer Martin has also been busy - she's created a DSD "festival" page on Facebook.  DSM is also co-hosting a holiday card contest in honor of Digital Scrapbooking Day, along with Scrapblog and Creating Keepsakes: Scrapblog Challenge

It's exciting to see so much buzz about Digital Scrapbooking Day - over 19,000 hits on Google, and 273 hits on Technorati for "DSD", and events specifically created for Facebook.


I scrapped...with paper!

Whoa, it's been a while since I scrapbooked with 'real' paper and adhesive - so long that one of my scrapping girlfriends commented that she wasn't sure she had ever seen me scrap a paper layout.  So I challenged myself to 'kick it old school' when I got together with my friends this weekend.

Uff da!  It's so much more WORK to scrap "off-site" when you use paper!  With digital, I can just toss my laptop in my wheelie bag, grab some CDs of kits, and off I go.  Not so with paper.  I managed to consolidate all the supplies I would "need" for the five-hour crop into two paper totes, a shoulder bag, and my tabletop supply tote.  At least it all fit for just one trip from the car!

Here are my results.

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above: Paper Loft papers, Me & My BIG Ideas letter stickers

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above: background bubble paper unknown, flower paper & circle letter stickers by Paper Loft; Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, and I don't remember who made the pink glitter brads.

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above: Bazzill cardstock, pattern paper by Bo-Bunny & Basic Grey; letter stickers by Paper Loft & unknown.


Dinner Tonight - Aimee's Stuffed Burgers

A bit of an experiment tonight - always a risky move on my part. My family likes what they like. But this was a hit, and has been officially "approved" to enter the dinner rotation. (Well, my teenage son agreed he would *eat* it again, but did not want to give the sense of actual *approval* of the dish. Eh.)

Because of the addition of stuffing, this recipe really does make 11 patties. DH (dear husband), DD (dear daughter) and I each had two patties, so I have four left over for another meal. Sweet!

The recipe is from the Aimee's Adventures website - a treasure trove of health-conscious (read: Weight Watcher-friendly) recipes.  Her calculations put this recipe at 2 Points per patty, but when I ran it through the WW Recipe Builder, it registered as 3 Points.  Just so you know.

Aimee's Stuffed Burgers

POINTS® Value: 3
Servings: 11
Level of Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup regular egg substitute
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 package bread stuffing dry mix (like Stove Top)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions/green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 pound 95% lean/5% fat ground beef

Instructions
In a medium bowl, combine the egg substitute and water. Stir in the stuffing mix and let sit five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add onion, garlic, and ground beef. Mix well to combine. Divide into 11 balls, about 1/3c each. Flatten into patties. Cook over medium heat on each side until no longer pink in the middle.

Recipe is for patty only - bun and condiments would be extra Points.


Crochet Project: Bunny Blankie Friend

How cute did this turn out??  Makes me miss my own sweet little girl - her little "lovey" was named Ghi-Ghi, which was her way of saying "blankie".  I added a satin ribbon around the neck of this bunny, because my daughter would soothe herself to sleep by stroking a ribbon around her blankie, and I just love the idea that I could make something that would offer another baby that kind of comfort.

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I made this from a Lion Brand pattern, using Bernat Cotton Tots yarn.  That yarn was thinner than the pattern gauge, so I used a smaller hook.  I had to adjust the pattern a bit to make it work, but it still turned out really cute.  The next one I make, I'll work with two strands of yarn together, and use a bigger hook.

Another donation to Operation Top Knot.


Check Out My Ta-Ta's!

No, not *those* ta-ta's, you pervert - the ta-ta's I crocheted for a breast cancer campaign!

Popular knitting blogger and author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot, is coming to Kansas City tomorrow to promote her latest book.  Apparently she is a known advocate of breast cancer research, or somehow connected with breast cancer (pardon my ignorance as to her connection).  So one of my local yarn stores, The Studio, has invited its customers to "show/flash the Harlot your 'Boobies'". They'll be collecting the boobies as part of the book event, to donate to a local breast cancer support program.

I admit, when I saw this in the newsletter, I was intrigued.  I hadn't heard of knit/crocheted boobies before.  So I checked out the patterns.  Turns out breast cancer survivors of mastectomies can use the boobies in their bras to help fill out the part lost to cancer.  The patterns looked far too fun for me to pass up, so I whipped up a pair this last week.

KnitTwoTogether offers a titbits pattern (PDF); Titbits.ca offers a premade knitted 'titbits'.

An American Girl in Italy offers a crochet pattern on her blog: Crochet la ta-ta!

I made the crochet version - and just like I thought, they were too fun.  I mortified my preteen daughter and teenage son by continually showing them off at home and providing progress reports.  "Hey son, check out this nipple!  Isn't it the nicest nipple you've ever seen?"  Then I'd rub it on his shoulder.  Yeah, yeah, I know I'll be responsible for the counseling bills in the future, but really, how could I resist??

So - what do you think of my boobies? :)  They're nice and firm, yet squishy in real life.  Plus, one is slightly bigger than the other - also like in real life.  LOL

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Recent crochet projects: Baby Hats and such

While I was home with pneumonia, I had plenty of couch time to work on crochet projects.  I made several baby hats, booties, and washcloths to send off to expectant moms via Operation Top Knot.  I really like the idea that I'm using one of my skills to contribute to a charity that supports the families of troops serving our country.

Operation Top Knot is a group of Soldiers' Angels volunteers established in November 2003 from a desire to do more to support the wives and children of U.S. soldiers.  Deployments are difficult on the entire family unit, and more so when the family is expecting a child. Our mission is to commend the women and children at home for their strength, let them know we are proud of their sacrifices as well as their husband's, and most importantly to do what we can to support them during such an emotionally difficult time.  Our dedicated volunteers knit, crochet, sew, quilt, and design blankets, booties, hats, onesies, bibs, and many more homemade gifts.


Babyhat-earflaps

Baby Hat with earflaps

Jaynecobb-pink-babyhat 

variation on the Jayne Cobb hat pattern
Swirl-baby-hat 

Spiral hat [Link updated 5/15/11]

Handicrafter-booties 

Handicrafter booties

Dishcloth70-baby 

Dishcloth #70 from The Big Book of Dishcloths

Oh-so-soft-baby-washcloth

Oh-so-soft Baby Washcloth


Tonight's Dinner: Tortellini Soup

This recipe is an old favorite of mine, but I haven't made it for a while.  I threw it together tonight and it was a big hit with my daughter.  (My teenage son turned up his nose at the spinach and had a PB&J.  His loss.)

Tortellini Soup

1 pkg fresh or frozen tortellini
10oz chopped spinach (I use boxed frozen)
(3) 14.5oz cans of vegetable or chicken broth
(1) 14.5 oz can of Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
1 clove minced garlic
Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, combine tomatoes, broth, and garlic over medium high heat, just to a slow boil.  Add Parmesan cheese to taste.  Stir in cooked tortellini and spinach.  Simmer for at least 15 minutes over low heat.  Serve with fresh Parmesan as a garnish and buttered French bread.

[The instructions above read as published years ago in a Granny's Coupons mailer.  I've adapted them as required for the ingredients 'formats' I use.

In a large pot, combine broth and garlic over medium high heat, bring to a slow boil.  Add frozen tortellini and cook according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, defrost frozen spinach. Open can of tomatoes and drain.  Drain thawed spinach.  Stir in tomatoes and spinach.  Add Parmesan cheese to taste (I add about 1/4 cup).  Simmer for at least 15 minutes over low heat. ]