Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Here's my lil' halloween mummy dogs I made for my work party. I wrapped stretched crescent rolls around the mini dog and used mustard for the face details! Yum!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

PURPLE mason jars...

Why they ever decided to make them in this color is still a question to me...but I do know they are very rare and about $50 each or more on ebay... to me that's to much so I am hoping one day I will cross paths with one at perhaps a garage sale?! Aren't they just so pretty?

okay... this just in!

fyi.... purple mason jar history.... told you I was obsessed

When manufacturers produce glass, chemicals (clarifying agents) must be added to clarify the batch in order to turn it from its original color of aqua-blue or green to clear. Prior to the start of the First World War, manufacturers used Manganese Dioxide as their chemical agent of choice to clarify glass. When a jar or bottle turns purple from sunlight, manganese dioxide is the substance in the glass that reacts with sunlight to cause the color change. Russia was the primary source of this chemical.

When the First World War broke out, our source of manganese dioxide was cut off by German blockades. This sudden loss left glass manufacturers in a quandary and forced them to use another chemical, selenium, to clarify glass. After the close of the war, manufacturers did not return to the use of manganese dioxide. Selenium does not cause glass to react to sunlight like manganese does, thus glass clarified with selenium does not turn purple. Knowing this fact and the history above, collectors have another way to date their glass collectibles. If your jar is purple, it is a pretty good bet it was made before W.W.I.

Did I mention my fascination with mason jars?

What is it about these glass jars that mesmoerize me? Maybe it's the way light reflects of the glass? is what people find so mesmerizing. They are usually found in the clear, but harder to find are colors like turquoise blue, rose, green, and the rarest of all purple. If I only had a house I would have all the mason jars I could find! Next post: Fun things to do with mason jars.

PS. Check out this blogger: for even more mason jar fun-ness!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

my new cards on

These are some of the cards I designed for a company owned by America Greetings. Check them out!


Friday, October 9, 2009


Tis the Season for those cute little acorns, love them! Click here for the free template to make your own acorn garland by Amy Atlas, how festive!

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More yellow and orange...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

orange & yellow

For a color project at work, I am focusing on the colors yellow and orange, so I thought this would be a good place to post my findings. I am researching for the corporate color palette so I am looking for trendy shades of these colors. This picture is from snippet & ink.

Friday, October 2, 2009


My cousin Todd came to my rescue the day of My Wedding. It was 2:00 and my photographer was stuck in traffic. My awesome cousin Todd who is also a photographer dressed up in his wedding attire, grabbed his cameras and rushed over to my house. He saved the day and was able to snap some pics of My Bridesmaids and I getting ready. This is one photo he sent me yesterday...I cannot wait to see more. Thanks Todd!!!

Todd is an amazing photographer, I love the unique lighting he captures in his work. He also has been working on a really cool project... the "365 Project", in this project he took a self portrait of himself in a different setting everyday in either digital or film. He is now into his second year. You can see his work here:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I miss New England....

and yummy hot buttered lobster rolls... but it's okay because it's clambake season in Ohio (don't ask but I've fallen for it!). Any excuse to eat clams and all the fixin's is alright with me! I am already looking forward to the weekend's festivities of going to local farm markets and maybe even grabbing a pumpkin or squash to make some hearty soup. Last time I was at the farmers market the Amish were selling purple potatoes...and let me tell you... THEY WERE PURPLE!

Although I miss Connecticut dearly, Ohio has become my home at the moment and I am happy here. Here is my family, here is my amazing job, and here are purple potatos and clambakes! YUM!