I have a story to tell – and it’s a tale we crafters all know so well. I lost my heart and thought it was gone forever. Let me start by letting you know that the story ends well (which isn’t, perhaps, the most compelling way to encourage you to read to the end of my post), but we all love a story with a happy ending, right?
I was crafting in my Fungeon on a Sunday afternoon. My 3″ x 3″ card design showcased the small heart from the Ribbon of Courage Framelits Dies. For reference here’s the heart Framelit I was working with:
The heart is small – it measures about 1/2″ x 5/8″, but it certainly going to be safe on my clean stamping surface. I set the heart on my craft table, stamped my sentiment, cropped a couple of pieces of cardstock with my Paper Trimmer and then reached for the heart die. The die was not there! I froze in place and looked around on the floor before picking up each item on my stamp table. I scanned the bottoms and ran my fingers under everything – stamp cases, ink pads, my desk light. Nope. Not there. After moving the desk and moving my trash can (my Trimmer had been resting on the edge of the trash can), I was left with only one place to look – in the trash can.
I don’t remember throwing anything away during the two or three tasks I performed to create the card, but it was possible I had scooped up the die and tossed it in the trash. It was even more possible that the die stuck to the bottom of the trimmer before releasing into the trash can. I did the only thing any crafter would do – I started digging through the trash can. There was a lot of scraps of paper and ribbon in the large can. I don’t eat food in the Fungeon, so it was all trash (no garbage). After big pieces were pulled out and carefully sorted, I ran my hand through the bottom of the bin – nothing. I was about to give up and accept that my little heart was forever lost when I decided to, in a last-ditch effort, run a magnet through the bottom of the trash bin (I have a multi-hook strip with big magnets on the end that stick to my metal cabinet and allow me to hang things off the end). One quick swipe with the magnets revealed this:Can you guess how excited I was?! I told you there was a happy ending to this story – what a wonderful resolve to this adventure! It wasn’t a pleasant experience, and it wasn’t a joyful search, but it was a wonderful resolve. 🙂
Have you ever lost one of your stamps or dies only to find it later? How long did it take to show back up?
Last week I shared a cute gift jar I created for the Be Inspired Blog Hop (you can see both projects here). People make jars with cookie recipes or brownie mixes. One of my jars held the ingredients for a Baked Oatmeal Recipe I enjoy many cold, Winter mornings. Here’s a look at the jar:I’m accustomed to sharing the recipes for the cards and projects I make, but I wasn’t prepared for the number of requests I received for my Baked Oatmeal Recipe. Well, today’s your lucky day because I’m happy to share it with you. This recipe has been tweaked a bit from other recipes that I enjoy:
Brian’s Baked Oatmeal
- One cup of each of the following: flour, raisins, old-fashioned oats and walnuts
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon & 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1-½ cup of milk or half-and-half coffee creamer
- 2 eggs, whisked
- ½ cup of oil or melted butter
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Mix all the wet ingredients together. Mix all the ingredients together. Transfer the batter to a lightly greased 9″ x 11″ baking pan.
Bake for around 30 to 40 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes.
You can serve warm, room temperature, or cold.
Today I shared a story about a heart lost and found, and I shared a recipe from my personal collection. Tomorrow, I share Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog. Yippee! I couldn’t be more excited!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Don’t forget – you can start cashing in all the $5 coupons you earned in August. You MAY want to wait until the Holiday Catalog is live tomorrow (September 5), but I won’t stop you from spending them on products from the Annual Catalog – they are your credits. 🙂
Product Shares and Designer Series Paper Swatch Books
Last Tuesday, I announced my product shares (samples of select papers, ribbons and embellishments from Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Holiday Catalog). I’ve included some options from the Annual Catalog. If you haven’t already, I hope you’ll take a look at the selection and sign up. CLICK HERE to read more. Today is the last day to sign up and pay for your shares before I place the order tomorrow morning. If you are interested in joining, please act now.