Project Life Planning

May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Cool Gadgets, crafts, curiosities | No Comments »

In the past two years I began delving into Project Life and all it has to offer.  It is the very clever invention of Betsy Higgins.  BTW, her website is a wealth of crafting tips!  Like many crafters Project Life appeals to, I love documenting my experiences and treasured memories but don’t always work well under the pressure of having to find creative ways to dress my pages.  I’m a novice level crafter who started not too long ago so I don’t have an arsenal of crafting skills under my belt or the supplies to go with it, nor want to due to space limitations.  Project Life has been a great fit for me in the craft projects I have endeavored to complete in countless ways…

  • My pages look beautiful with minimal effort
  • Affords me a potentially quicker process time overall; no more big backlogs for me ;)!
  • I can choose to further embellish or not (a potentially neater process as well).  The cards come pre-printed with very cute or pretty designs.  Many are even lined for easy writing.
  • The pages can lay flatter with less layers of embellishment (I very often tended to overstuff)
  • I can concentrate on my documentation without becoming overwhelmed with decorating the pages; this was a big point of frustration for me.
  • the kits are reasonably priced (I prefer the smaller Value & Mini Kits over the Core Kits)
  • I can use 6×8 albums instead of the huge 12×12 albums
  • the supplies are stocked by many retailers
  • I can change the pages/themes much more easily than if I used the traditional scrapbooking method
  • I can easily make my own cards with a paper cutter, patterned cardstock, and the optional corner punch
  • I haven’t tried this yet but there’s an option to have digital PL albums made then sent right to your doorstep
  • The supplies are easily transportable to craft crops etc.

Recently, I was researching ways to print pictures from my phone on a whim (I’m mainly an iPhone photographer *blush*) and found an affordable, light-weight option called the HP Sprocket.  It uses Zink photo paper.  Since my birthday is coming up in June, it makes a most opportune time and excuse for me to buy it :).  I was considering other similar devices but overall I was most impressed with it.  I’m including a link so you can see for yourself if you’re at all curious.

HP Sprocket: https://www.amazon.com/HP-Sprocket-Portable-Printer-sticky-backed/dp/B01LBWELHI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1495486507&sr=8-3&keywords=HP+Sprocket

HP Sprocket Case: https://www.amazon.com/Storage-Carrying-Polaroid-Sprocket-Portable/dp/B01MTBG9SL/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1495486507&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=HP+Sprocket&psc=1

HP Sprocket Demonstration versus Other Similar Devices: https://youtu.be/mfs2qIaN11s

*Photo Credit: Hewlett-Packard Development Company

 

My New Obsession: Rompers

May 22nd, 2017 Posted in Fashion | No Comments »

I normally don’t wear many dresses or skirts.  I’ve always been a mostly pants kinda girl but lately the romper trend has inspired me to try new things and get out of my current fashion rut.   I bought one to give it a try.  It’s from Nordstrom Rack online, by the brand Fraiche by J, and is labeled their floral tie-neck version in Aster.  What do you think?  I just love those floral prints!  The neutral blush color and blouson sleeves make this piece eye-catching and uniquely beautiful!  I’m planning to pair this with either summery espadrilles or tan wedges ;)

*Photo Credit: Nordstrom Rack

Nature’s Sketchbook by Marjolein Bastin (Marjolein’s Garden)

December 29th, 2016 Posted in Holiday | No Comments »

Here’s another very cute ornament collection from Hallmark called Nature’s Sketchbook designed by artist, Marjolein Bastin and rendered by Hallmark Keepsake Artist, Julie Forsyth…

P.S. You can find out more about Ms. Bastin’s work here: https://marjoleinbastin.com

2014: Simple Gifts #1

2015: A Home for Wren #2

2016: Winter Wonder #3

Fantasies of Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab

November 29th, 2016 Posted in beauty products | No Comments »

We were on the way to have dinner in Manhattan with my husband’s old college buddy and his family this past Friday.  Since we arrived earlier that afternoon to expressly browse through some shops, like McNulty’s Tea & Coffee on Christopher Street, I happened to also tack on a quick walk to Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab located in Soho.  Too bad they were getting ready for a private party since I would have had an old favorite lipstick remade… a beautiful mid-tone pink I can’t seem to find a good dupe for believe it or not though I’ve looked everywhere and driven various SAs mad over it in the process.  I will have to schedule an appointment one of these days.  I heard that they do an amazing job so I can hardly wait ;)!

Mineral Fusion Cosmetics

June 8th, 2016 Posted in Cosmetics | No Comments »

If you are ever in Mrs. Greens or Whole Foods and are looking for a great cosmetics company, please give Mineral Fusion a try.  So far I have purchased their eyeshadow trio in Fragile and 3 of their Sheer Moisture Lip Tints in Glisten (my favorite), Blush, and Flicker.

I bought Fragile from Mrs. Greens (might have seen it at Whole Foods too) and really love that it goes on smoothly, the color pay-off and lasting power is quite good.  I’d definitely re-purchase this since it’s a great neutral trio to have and plan to buy this product in some of the other colors.  It’s nice for travel due to its compact size.  If you are wondering about the packaging of their products, I would say it’s reasonably good quality, feels relatively sturdy, has a transparent lid (helps you to easily see what you are looking for as you dig through your makeup; I’m not a fan of opaque covers), and I love the touch of micro glitter embedded throughout the earthy tan bottom of the compact I have.

Around the time I bought their jumbo lip pencils, I was also really into Bite Beauty’s jumbo lip pencils and wanted to do a comparison.  Both goes on smooth and are very moisturizing.  On occasion I have chapped lips and prefer using a moisturizing lipstick, lip pencil, or gloss over applying a lip balm then a color product… most times the application ends in disappointment when the color doesn’t deposit well.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention that there’s a slight sweet flavoring to this product.  I often wonder about such things since I’m sensitive to scents and can be very particular about it.  I wish more reviewers would include such details in all their product reviews but very few do :(.  BTW, if I ever forget, please don’t be afraid to ask.  My favorite is the scent of MAC’s lipsticks I must admit.

I recommend MF’s products :).  Also, best of all there’s no testing on animals!  I’m under the impression that not all of their products are vegan.  It’s best to call or email them if you want to make sure of this.

*Photocredit: Mineral Fusion

mineral fusion eyeshadow trio fragile mineral fusion sheer moisture lip tint glisten

A Home for a Gnome

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

In 2014, Hallmark launched it’s first gnome home keepsake entitled “A Home for a Gnome” by Hallmark Keepsake Artist Tammy Haddix and while I wasn’t sure if this would indeed become part of a series, I searched again this past year 2015 while I was at my local Hallmark purchasing holiday greeting card sets.  Lo and behold, there it was!  I have a soft spot for the elementals so here are the two I have collected so far with a special Hallmark sneak peek for you (time to get excited!)…

*Photocredit: Hallmark

 

2014 A Home for a Gnome

hallmark ornament a home for a gnome

2015 Home Sweet Gnome

hallmark ornament home sweet gnome

2016 Sneak Peek: Gnome for the Holidays Terrarium Tree Home $22.95?

hallmark ornament gnome for the holidays

 

 

A Little Housekeeping

June 3rd, 2016 Posted in curiosities, Holiday | No Comments »

Hi Everyone :), gosh I have really missed blogging!  I’m back finally and doing a little Spring cleaning… major housekeeping.

My first post back is going to be about the darling Hallmark holiday ornaments I had picked up either before Christmas or during the 75% off post-holiday Hallmark sale back in January 2016.  I have 3 favorites from Christmas 2015.  You can probably still find these in new and pre-loved condition on eBay.  Two of them are musical ornaments and one even lights up.

*Photocredit: Hallmark.com

 

Christmas Cardinal:

“A flash of red against the snow,

it’s always  such a thrill

to spy a handsome cardinal,

who stays despite the chill

to brighten frosty winter days

with color and a song.

No wonder he is a such a

feathered favorite all year long!”

Hallmark Keepsake Artists: Rodney Gentry & Jim Kemme

Music: “Joy to the World”

hallmark christmas cardinal

Christmas Wishes:

“When you carry Christmas in your heart,

fun and happiness are just the start.

You’ll truly be more joyful you

when you carry Christmas all year through.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Debra Nielsen

hallmark ornament christmas wishes

Holiday Hoedown:

“It’s time for the Holiday Hoedown-

the annual “Jingle Bells” showdown

where Santa and crew

pick and grin just for you

in a toe-tappin’ musical throwdown.”

Hallmark Keepsake Artist: Sharon Visker

Music: “Jingle Bells”

hallmark ornament holiday hoedown

Follow Us on Instagram!

March 19th, 2016 Posted in Where is Stella? | No Comments »

Hi Everyone:

Please follow us on Instagram (nycupcake88) for updates!  We’d really appreciate this ♥  I may not always get to post as often as I’d like but our Instagram is updated much more frequently so drop by and say hi :).  I will have new blog posts for you soon; hopefully in a few days at the latest.

Love,

NYCupcake

The Bird House

December 10th, 2015 Posted in Avian Adventures, curiosities | No Comments »

My last trip to Cape May brought us to The Bird House of Cape May as we were making our way home after a very nice visit and needed vacation.  I picked up a couple of goodies while at the shop… a beautiful tasseled throw with impeccable weaving (on it was a calming beach scene and a sweet Adirondack styled chair) and a cotton nesting ball especially for my feathered friends.

My recent favorite has been Wild Birds Unlimited.  I usually frequent the Katonah-Bedford Hills, Westchester New York location.  They sell both supplies and bird themed gifts.  I bought most of my stocking stuffers there this season.  The prices tend to be mid-range.  I consider them a local treasure.  They have a number of other locations as well across the United States.  They have the best customizable bird feeding station I’ve ever seen!

*Photocredit: The Bird House of Cape May in NJ & Wild Birds Unlimited

New Popular Trend: Skater Skirts & Dresses

September 16th, 2015 Posted in Fashion | No Comments »

While this trend may not be for everyone, it’s certainly cute!  I adore Abercrombie & Fitch’s take on it!  I just placed an order for their high neck neoprene pleated dress with cut-out back in black…  I was inspired to by the beautiful Miss Kelly Ferguson (KellyLovesBeauty1 of You Tube).  Can’t wait to pair this with one of my more stylish stockings =), which sadly do not receive much wear ever (part of valuing your purchases includes using and enjoying them to the fullest).  What’s terrific about this dress is that it goes with just about any style shoe and can be dressed up or down: leather boots, ballet flats, sandals of all types, Converse sneakers, or even those recently popular slip-on leather sneakers.

P.S. A&F has become my favorite denim brand!  Their jeans fit me like a glove and better yet, no hemming needed despite the fact that I’m only 5’3.”  Also, yayyy to their awesome occasional discounts!  My favorite?  High-rise destroyed skinnys in either the dark or medium wash, though I just placed an order for a light wash since I have way too few of those and I needed to just step out of my comfort zone ;)

*Photocredit: Abercrombie & Fitch