Tuesday, June 14, 2011

M&M sale: I'm Moving and Murphy's Law just kicked in.....

So I'm moving by the end of the month. Don't know where...but my lease is up. To add to the stress, Murphy's Law kicked in and my truck went kapootz tonight :( Hopefully my boyfriends dad can put humpty back together again, but walking 5 miles round trip to work it is for me....so........Here's my sale: coupon code mmsale is good for 30% off. Good for ready to ship items or grab bags. (no custom or made to order items) For grab bags, I'm offering unlisted stock at clearance prices-basically make me an offer. I have tons of jewelry, stationary, sidewalk chalk, etc. Just convo me and ask :)


Friday, May 6, 2011

Treat Your Mama Right!

Treat Your Mamma Right!
It’s that time of year when we remember the special women in our lives and all they’ve done for us. Here are a couple project ideas that are not only great and unique handmade gifts for Mom, but also friendly for Mother Nature.

Blooming Hands – A Project for the Wee Little Ones

First take a clean, used

yogurt cup and decorate it with paint, stickers, or even decoupage with recycled paper. This will be your flower pot. For your stem, take a twig, popsicle stick, or wooden dowel and glue it inside the yogurt cup. You may want to glue something else in the base like a rock to keep the flower pot from being top-heavy and falling over when finished. Lastly, with the help of an adult or older child, take a pencil and trace your child’s hand onto either stiff cardstock paper or craft foam. Cut out the little hands and glue them to your stem. Each little finger makes a flower petal. Decorate as you’d like with glitter, markers, or other embellishments. As a final touch, fill up the bottom of the flower pot with rocks, shredded paper, or raffia. Enjoy a beautiful bouquet that never dies, and always brings the beautiful memory of their little hands.

Paper Bead Jewelry-Simple and Stunning
Children from ages 8-98 will enjoy this next green project . Take a piece of paper such as an old magazine or junk mail and cut it into strips or long triangles.

Taking a round tool such as a bamboo skewer or pen tube, wrap the strips of paper around, and put a dab of glue at the beginning and end of the strip to secure it. To preserve the beads, making them stronger and water resistant, there are a variety of paper bead sealants sold at craft stores and online that can be brushed on. This is especially important if you are using paper such as newspaper where the ink will rub off. Once all of the beads are rolled, coated, and dried, the beads can be transformed into earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. Simply arrange them on a strand of yarn or ribbon, or make it a little more elevated with jewelry wire and clasps/jewelry findings easily purchased at most craft stores.

The finishing touches: The Card
More important than any gift we give the special women in our lives, is the expression of our love and gratitude. When selecting a Mother’s Day card this year, use one that has been printed on recycled paper. You could also opt to make your own card from recycled paper and embellish with pictures clipped from magazines, old cards, and old calendars. There are even some companies (and DIY tutorials online) that make recycled cards and tags embedded with flower seeds, so you’re giving a 2-for-1 gift. Once Mom is done reading your words, she can plant the pieces of the paper in soil and enjoy your gift for days to come.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Eco Easter Project and Tasty Goodness (yep, more)

A couple days before Easter I was watching my niece and nephew and we made this cute little paper-mache egg for their parents. The streamers/crepe paper that we used were being recycled from a previous party. Simply take some white glue, diluted with water in a bowl. Take a baloon and blow it up. The balloon pictured was a water balloon but you obviously want to make sure to fill it up with air because you'll be popping it later. Wrap the paper mache and paint on the glue in layers, making it thick enough to be sturdy. Dry overnight or to speed it up-place in front of a fan or put outside in the sun. Once it's all dry you can insert a pin to pop the balloon and cut the egg in half. Once cut, you can add any decorations-maybe paint it up or just add grass and goodies :)

And I don't know why I'm on such a cooking kick lately, but here's another good one :)

Cheesy Crab Tostada

On low, toast a flour tortilla with cheddar cheese and crab meat (precooked), slowly melting the cheese and warming the meat. For sauce, I used some hickory bacon onion ranch dressing. To add a fresh touch, I chopped up some fresh avacado and fresh pickled cucumbers. The fresh pickled cucumbers add a tang and are easy to make. Brine a freshly sliced cucumber with half water and half vinegar-toss in some salt, garlic, onions, any other flavor you'd like infused.


Monday, April 25, 2011


I've recently opened a shop called CustomCreativityGal where I'm listing only custom orders showcasing the many types of arts and crafts I make and sell. In my usual JollyJennifer shop, I've been feeling it's a bit too chaotic and mis-matched. I still may continue to use JollyJennifer for pre-made items that I'm looking to sell regardless of the crazy mixture. I'm also planning on diverting some of my product line to LiveItAgain.etsy.com (a username I have reserved but not yet set up as a shop) and that will be for my recycled/upcycled/eco/green items. I continue to have occasional sales at Crafting4Causes though they are fewer and farther between than I'd love. Still doing what I can to help out some great causes. Personally, this month I chopped off my hair, donating a ponytail to Locks of Love and I'm considering donating a large portion of my jewelry line to my local blood bank to give as freebies for those who donate blood. Always keeping busy, always enjoying the journey :) Please feel free to click on my shops and browse around, and I love comments!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mexican Bear Lasagna? Whatever it is, it tastes amazing!

Here's my latest creation: tasty goodness.

I rarely follow recipes, and this isn't an exception, but I can share the basics of this tasty creation.

In a square brownie pan I stacked layers of the meat mixture, tortillas, and cream sauce. Baked for about 30 minutes at 350F and viola! Layers of tasty goodness with heart.

The basics:
meat mixture-
bear (Like smokey...my dad's a great hunter and the meat is always enjoyed by our family. We have a specialty processing company prepare the meat so I got it ground and cajun seasoned. A spicy sausage of a more common meat would be just as good I'm sure)
cooked white rice (Cooking for 1 is annoying, so I usually cook a large batch and freeze most for later)
grated zuchinni
grated carrot
shredded cheese

cream mixture-
condensed cream of mushroom soup
milk (dilute the soup so it's in between soup and straight from the can)
dried onion
garlic powder
tortillas-plain old white flour do the job :)

I plan to try this one over and over again. I love how the texture of the tortillas keeps it all together unlike lasagna noodles that tend to slip around.

On the size I shredded up some cabbage with some more carrot and zuchinni, tossed in hickory bacon and onion ranch dressing, and devoured :)

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Popcorn Balls---mmmmm!

For my friend's birthday last night, we watched a movie. Decided to invest in the bottomless popcorn bag and before leaving got it refilled. We could only really handle so much of course, and not everyone likes cold popcorn but I had a plan...

Here we have about 8 cups of popped popcorn (complete with butter and salt), caramel ice cream sauce, almonds, and toasted coconut marshmallows.

I made sure to chop my almonds first thing finely and mix them with the popcorn in a large bowl. Then I melted my marshmallows (15 full size) and about a Tablespoon of the caramel sauce. It only takes about a minute in a microwave safe glass dish, stirring every 20 seconds. Mix thoroughly and once slightly cooled, form into popcorn balls.

Additional tips:
Make sure to rid all of the old maids (unpopped kernals!)
To me this had the right amount of sweet and salty. However none of the flavors (toasted coconut, almond, caramel) jumped out. Feel free to adjust as you would like it!

Flavor 7 out of 10
-could have used more of a flavor punch

Appearance 9 out of 10
-maybe mini m&ms or something for color?

Cost 5 out of 10
-sure, the popcorn was pretty much free, but I bought the marshmallows, almonds aren't cheap, and if you don't have the caramel sauce you may want to improvise.

Time/Ease 10 out of 10
-Like 4 minutes?

Clean up 5 out of 10
-2 large bowls, chopper, stirring spoon, tray for finished balls. Marshmallow stickiness.

Healthiness 3 out of 10
-well...it has almonds right? lol

39 out of 60 pts.

65% recommended.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Leftovers Remade-Tonight's Dinner :)

About me: I have a culinary arts degree. I cook a real meal about 1-2 times a week-I'm too busy or too lazy most of the time. I am also a "bigger" gal-I'd love to study and teach nutrition but I obviously have to find the self control to fix myself first :P

Tonight I was starving after church and decided to cook up a real dinner. (I ate the last of the cold cereal for dinner last night anyway, so that wasn't an option.) Here's what I came up with:

Chicken Zuchini Boats served over Pine Nut Couscous

The Zucchini Boats: I took a zucchini, cut off the tops and botoms, and cut in half the long way. I then scooped out the inside (seeds/meat) of the zucchini and chopped it up. I started frying the zucchini halves while I mixed together the filling.

The Filling: I had cooked up some chicken in the crock pot, shredded it, and mixed it with some italian dressing yesterday. I took some of this chicken and put it in the frying pan with the zucchini and zucchini innards to get it warmed up. Warming the oven to 400 degrees F, I then placed the partially cooked zucchini boats in and tossed the chicken filling into the boats. Cover with grated cheese (because everything is better with cheddar), and tossed in the oven while I prepare the couscous.

The Couscous: Couscous is very easy and extremely tasty. It can be found near the pastas or grains. It's like rice but smaller and is actually a pasta. I usually go the lazy route and get the kind that has a seasoning packet. Just bring water to bowl in the frying pan you just started the boats and filling in (deglazes to add extra flavor) and add the couscous to the boiling water. Gently mix in, turn off the heat and cover with a lid. In 5 minutes, the water will be absorbed and you just lightly fluff it with a fork.

Presentation: Scoop up some of the tasty couscous and place the zucchini boat(s) on top. Eat with a fork and knife.

Flavor 5 out of 10
-not the best combo. There was plenty of flavor but maybe too much competing flavors. Has potential, but I don't plan to make this the same way again.

Appearance 7 out of 10
-got some different colors, fun presentation.

Cost 9 out of 10
-any time you can use leftovers is great. Zucchini is also cheap.

Time/Ease 10 out of 10
-took maybe 10-15 minutes, super quick!

Clean up 9 out of 10
-Used an oven bread pan, frying pan, measuring cup (clean-only for water), fork, spoon, knife, and plate.

Healthiness 9 out of 10
-better than a cheeseburger, that's for sure!

49 out of 60 pts.

82% recommended.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Projects in the Pipeline!

Things have been ever so busy and I have come to accept that there's just no slowing down in life!

I wanted to share some of the 20 teams (yep, 20! I'm a woman of many interests!) that I've joined on etsy.com as well as another promissing site and personal news.

Again, here is a great team for coupons and discounts, lots of opportunity for sellers and buyers alike *Team Link*

A team for Self Taught Artists- *Team Link*

A great one for treasuries, helping get your products out there-no strict requirements! *Team Link*

For those of us who take our creativity and mush it with upcycling *Team Link*

And last, but not least, of my most visited forums, is the CUSTOM ORDER CORNER. This team was created because etsy chose to shut down the alchemy section for people to order custom items. Terrible, terrible choice if you ask me or the 300ish other people that have joined the team! Please feel free to join and point people in this direction! *Team Link*
>>>>Similarly, I've joined a group on Facebook called Artisans for Hire, a group, which inspired by Etsy's lack of custom order inspiration, is starting its own venue. You can find it and sign up for free at uniimi.com. It is in its alpha phase and is not yet fully operational. Once it is, we'll get the word out-so much potential there!

Lastly, I've just turned in my application for a Masters in Teaching. Scary and exciting! It has been 6 years since I got my bachelors degree and I'm a little scared to go back to all that studying which I'm sure I've forgotten how to do, and to rack up several thousand more $$$ in debt! But wish me luck and buy my stuff so I can pay for books, lol! Hopefully I'll find time to at least keep some items listed on etsy as supplimental income. In case you forgot, here's my main shop ;) JollyJennifer.etsy.com

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great Teams on Etsy, please check them out!

With all the recent changes on etsy, I realized there's a time when you just have to accept change... I've created these 2 groups that I really enjoy (and joined many others) Firstly is http://www.etsy.com/teams/7466/coupons-sales-discounts-destash-shop . I'd love for it to be a resource for promotion and sales, if you have a sale, discount, destash, anything that qualifies, please join! Also, my Dabbler team- http://www.etsy.com/teams/7503/jacks-and-jills-of-all-trades-dabbling

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Capture the gifts of 2010, Big plans for 2011

2010 was a nice year for my Crafting4Causes shop, ended up donating $90 to 5 different charities. Sad though, that I didn't get any December sales to donate.

My JollyJennifer business has been picking up. On and offline. I've been getting into wool work (spining, felting) and also resin and carving rubber stamps. I'm going to be shifting a lot of my focus away from the general jewelry I've made and over to more specific types of jewelry and other items. Be on the lookout for more changes soon, including giveaways hosted here to clear out some inventory!

Last donation from 2010 sales: