Monday, December 29, 2008

What to do with used Greeting Cards

Stop. Don't throw them away. Recycle them by sending them in to the St. Jude Recycled Card Program.

They are accepting used, all-occasion greeting cards from November 15, 2008 through February 28, 2009. You can mail your donations to:

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Card Recycling Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

For more details, visit their website at

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

This year I decided I wanted to make mini cupcakes for my Christmas dessert. I chose to make some mini Red Velvet Cupcakes from a McCormick recipe. They came out ok, not as moist as would have liked, but the cream cheese icing was amazing!!! I got tons of compliments on them and my brother-in-law wants me to make them for my nephew's birthday party. My nephew loved them and was licking his fingers and his hands. What a cutie!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Winners Announced!

Thank you to all who participated in my first 12 Days of giveaways. I really enjoyed reading everyone's comments and getting to know you. The winners have been announced and you will be contacted for your address. Please check back from time to time for other giveaways. Happy Holidays!

Grand Prize Winner: Pampered Ponytails at

Day One winner: Sara at

Day Two winner: Anna at

Day Three winner: Suz Stuff at

Day Four winner: Sara at

Day Five winner: Jessica at

Day Six winner: Digital Misfit at

Day Seven winner: Pampered Ponytails at

Day Eight winner: Marigold

Day Nine winner: Jen at

Day Ten winner: Suz Stuff at

Day Eleven winner: Pampered Ponytails at

Day Twelve winner: Brandon at

Monday, December 8, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways

'Tis the Season to be Giving.... and I am feeling like giving away some Studio G Christmas Stamps! I will post a new blog each day for the next 12 days. To be entered to win I will ask you to comment on the subject of that day. Winners will be randomly chosen from each day. Have fun and check back every day!

Also, everyone who comments any of the 12 days will be entered for the Grand Prize Drawing for this Desk Sewing Kit!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pretty FLOWER Pens

Finally picked up some silk flowers to make some Flower Pens. I just love how these came out! Will be giving these as gifts. Will also be bringing them in to work as a pretty floral arrangement on my desk that is also functional.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

QUOTE of the DAY

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Friday, November 7, 2008

Gonna be a bear

In this life I'm a woman. In my next life, I'd Like to come back as a bear. When your a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months. I could deal with that.

Before you hibernate, your suppose to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.

When your a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while your sleeping and wake up to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.

If your a mama bear, everyone knows you mean business. you swat away anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.

If your a bear, your mate EXPECTS you to wake up growling. He EXPECTS that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Holiday Stocking Stuffer

A great little sewing toolbox to have around for sewing a button on or making a quick repair.

This altoid tin has been altered with quality scrapbooking paper inside and out. A matching felt needle book accompanies this tin on the top.

Makes a wonderful gift for that special someone or keep it for yourself! Sold in my Etsy shop at

© 2007 Monica Alfaro. All Rights Reserved.

Friday, June 13, 2008

A Gift for Mom

I made some anklets for my sister for mother's day. My loved the one I had made with the brown cat's eye beads and asked if she could have one. I made this bracelet for her and will be giving it to her for her birthday gift. My sister's bracelet was brown and black. I decided to make this a bit more delicate and used some light tan shell beads. I love the way it came it. I hope she likes it too. To make it even more special, I made a brown felt pouch to put it in.

She also asked me to make a bracelet for a little girl, I think she is ten. So I made this sweet little pink bracelet (my favorite color) and also a pink felt pouch (this pouch is very small, only about 2x2). I know if I were a little girl I would have loved this bracelet.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

First Crochet Scarf

So it's the middle of a heat wave here in NJ, but yet I got a sudden urge to pick up some yarn and crochet needle to give crocheting another try. I had tried before, but gave up because I could not figure out what I was doing wrong when I moved on to the next row. It would be narrow on the bottom and than would gradually increase as I moved up. It was so frustrating. Being left handed also was a challenge, but I bought a "Learn to Crochet" book that had left handed instructions. Finally, I was able to do more than just the chain stitch!

I recently ran accross a You Tube video on how to crochet. I was able to see how they were turning and had much greater success this time around and completed my very fist crochet item - a scarf (which I will have to wait several months to show off). I still think I am missing something in my turns (seems like there are these large gaps/spaces on the edges), but it is so much better than my first try last year. So now I have an itch to make scarfs for all my friends. I want to try out some other stitches and eventually also learn to follow a pattern. Just need to figure out the turns.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


I love to dabble in various different types of crafts – when the mood strikes. I have made craft items for over 10 years as gifts and have also sold them to co-workers and friends throughout the years. Recently I started diving into the world of scrapbooking. Although I made a few pages, I quickly found myself enjoying using scrapbooking items to create other items - in particular altering tins and composition books. I also enjoying making greeting cards rather than traditional scrapbook pages. So I decided to take my hobby on the road and start selling on ETSY! It was so gratifying that people liked my items and they started selling! If you like some things you see here, come visit my shop at