For a couple of years I have seen cake pops around the web. After seeing these last week I knew that they would be a fun project with my nieces and nephew. There were a few technical issues in the beginning, and probably should have looked for a recipe before making them, but in the end everything worked out. We had a nice time and I am told they taste like candy coated chocolate munchkins.

Photos by my niece

Last week without too much thought I decided it was time to move Letter C from my house back into my old office space. A few car trips and 24 hours later I was moved back in and unpacked. There are things that I still want to get done – like paint the walls either white or light grey and get rid of that big blue circle with the C in it – but for now I am working from my new old office.

Anytime my nieces and nephew sleep over there really isn’t a discussion what is for breakfast … it is always the same. Pancakes. Every now and then I try to mix it up with the option of waffles or cinnamon rolls, but pancakes always win out.

If more than one of them sleep over, they eat the pancakes faster than I can make them. They love their pancakes. I always make a double the recipe and send the rest home with them so they can have pancakes.

The recipe I use is adapted from Nigella Lawson’s book “The Domestic Goddess”.

Lots of cute valentines are available to choose from in my etsy shop. The tiny size valentines aren’t mailable, but they are perfect for your kids to hand out in class.

Every year I ask my nieces and nephew what they want on their cards. So far this year, all I know is one of them mentioned raining hearts. The little girl valentines above are based on the cards my nieces gave last year. Want them to look a little more like your little girl? Not a problem, you can get the hair and eye color changed.

Place your orders before February 4th to make sure you get them in time for Valentine’s Day.

The idea of offering pencils in my shop has been on my mind for awhile. With Valentine’s day coming up I thought they would make a nice favor for kids to add to their Valentine’s cards since a lot of schools don’t allow candy. My sister came up with “you are the write one” and I foil stamped it on some natural wood pencils. I went with golf size pencils so they will fit into my valentine cards so kids can stick them right in the envelopes.

This past weekend I was up in Massachusetts in Hingham at a holiday market. I haven’t done a show in a year, so I had a lot of work to do before hand. Lucky for me I have a super helpful family (including my two little nieces) helping me punch, cut and packages lots of new goodies. Once I am caught up on orders there will be new tags, postcards, stickers and more available in my etsy shop.

The photo above was taken by the lovely Liza of Dasken Designs. My mom spent the weekend with me at the show so I got her a necklace that she wanted from Liza as a Christmas gift. Once I got back to my booth and my mom saw the box she ripped it out of my hands and I haven’t seen it since – so Merry Christmas Mom.

Every year by this time I am all set for the holidays — with new designs photographed and added to my website and my studio decorated with a Christmas tree and stocked full of holiday gift tags, stickers and cute easy gifts.

This year I am not so ready. New designs are made and slowly making it online. So recently I am trying to get in the spirit by listening to a Christmas station on Pandora and straightening up my workroom to get ready for the holiday rush.