Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Green Project Contest-Help Upcycle Exchange win.

Please, please, please take the time to go vote for the Upcycle Exchange. You don't have to sign up or give any personal info. Just a click. I cannot tell you how much that I and other local artists have benefited from this program. Not only that we are keeping items out of the landfill. PLEASE GO VOTE NOW AND SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS. THANK YOU!!!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Sugar Skull Mask Giveaway

GIVEAWAY
To get in the holiday spirit I thought I would hold a giveaway.  I will be giving away one Sugar Skull Mask to one lucky reader.  


MANDATORY ENTRY

To enter you MUST be a follower of my blog.  Please leave a comment below with your email address so I can contact you if you win.  *This entry must be completed before extra entries can count.*


EXTRA ENTRIES

1. Like Senora Muertos on Facebook

2. Give Senoraalegremuertos a heart (or favorite my store) on etsy.

3. Purchase something from my etsy store.

4. Blog about my giveaway and leave a link to your blog post in your comment.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry with an email address where I can get in touch with you if you win.  

Deadline to enter will be enter will be midnight on December 16th.  
Open to US residents only
*If you don't follow the mandatory entry your entry will be disqualified*
Winner will be picked by a at random number generator from  Random.org and the winner will be emailed and posted on this site. Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email or another winner will be chosen. 




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Another CSN Store review coming up soon

The wonderful folks over at CSN Stores have asked me to do another review for them and since I was so pleased with my first product (the rice cooker) I joyously agreed.  In case you haven't checked out CSN Stores yet, you must!  With over 200 online stores they offer everything from kitchen products, to baby products to bar furniture.


So make sure to stay tuned for my review of one of their products and in the meantime head over to CSN Stores and check out what they have to offer.  There really is something for everyone in every price range.  



This was the rice cooker I reviewed and now LOVE!





No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. I received a free product or sample from CSN Stores and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank you! Strange Folk Festival 2010

Sorry for the belated thank you, but I would like to thank everyone who came out to the Strange Folk Festival.  I forgot my camera to take pics, but a dear friend of mine Lori Peterson of  Lori Peterson Photography was a sweetheart and took some awesome pics for me.

Here are the great pics she took.  


                                                     HAIR GOODIES




MORE HAIR GOODIES




SKULL MASKS AND CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPER



SKULL MASKS


PETER PUMPKIN HEAD AND CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS



BRIDE AND GROOM



MORE HAIR GOODIES



The paintings my 8yr old daughter did and is selling under pandacutie.  

Sunday, October 17, 2010

CSN Stores Aroma 7 cup Rice Cooker

Awhile back CSN Stores offered me the opportunity to try and then review one of their products.  I decided on the Aroma 7 cup Rice Cooker since we eat a lot of rice and I thought this product would make my life easier.  I wanted to use it for some time before making a decision.  Well I love it!  It is so easy to use.  I am one of those people who burn rice on the stove and never again will my family have to deal with burnt rice.  This rice cooker is so simple to use.  You measure out how much rice you will need (i.e. 3 cups, etc.) and on the inside of the pot there is a line to show you how much water to put in.  You then hit the cook button and wait.  Cooking times vary depending upon the rice, but it is usually around 20 to 30 minutes.  It will automatically switch over to the warming option once it is done.  That is all.  It has most definitely made my life easier.

Here is a link to the rice cooker.  It is quite affordable and again I would totally recommend it.

Aroma 7 cup rice cooker


No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. I received a free product or sample from CSN Stores. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, September 24, 2010

Strange Folk Festival 2010 and Upcycle Exchange

Please come visit me at the  Strange Folk Festival  this weekend, Sept. 26th & 27th from 10am to 6pm both days in O'Fallon, Il.  There are around 150 participating artists and crafters, bands, family friendly craft activities and food.  I will be sharing a booth with House Shoe Mama and  Fat Daddy Kustom Leather.  My 8yr old daughter will also be revealing her canvas paintings under the business name Panda-Cutie. 

Also, the Upcycle Exchange will be accepting donations and those that donate will get a coupon passport that will get you lots of freebies and discounts with participating artists.  I am offering a free Sugar Skull magnet or bottle cap magnet with purchase.  Or if you mention my blog and have a coupon passport I will give you a goodie free with or without purchase while supplies last.  Please visit the website for accepted donations. 


Hope to see you there.



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Baked Tofu recipe and CSN Stores Review coming up

CSN Stores recently contacted me about doing a review of one of their products.  I have seen many reviews and giveaways from CSN Stores on the blogs I follow and they have a great reputation so I figured why not.  I would be thrilled to do so!  Please stay tuned for the review of one of their products.  Since I am hoping to review a kitchen related item I thought I would post a recipe.  Tonight's dinner is going to be Vegetarian Stir Fry with Rice Noodles and Baked Tofu.  The tofu is amazingly simple to make and so yummy by it's self I thought I would just post the recipe for the tofu.

Baked Tofu


You will need
1 block extra firm tofu
3/4 cup of hoisin sauce or marinate of your choice

The night before take tofu out of container and place on plate with 2 layers of papertowels on top and underneath tofu.  Place heavy pan (such as cast iron) or other heavy kitchen safe item on top.  This squeezes some of the extra moisture out.

In the a.m. slice tofu horizontally and then cube.  Toss lightly so as not to break up cubes in hoisin sauce.
Put back in fridge.  Let marinate at least 4 hours.

When ready to bake preheat oven to 375.  Lightly spray pan with non stick cooking spray.  Place cubes on tray and bake approximately 30 to 35 minutes or until kind of crisp on the outside.  They will still be a little spongy on the inside.

Toss in with your stirfry or other dish or just enjoy as a snack.



So there is my Baked Tofu recipe. You will have to come back to see my review of the kitchen item. But in the mean time please go check out CSN's website.  The prices are very affordable and they have 200 stores. They have everything you can think of including corner tv stands.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day!

As an artist I really am frugal and Earth friendly.  I try to use as much recyclable items as possible.  It's not always easy though.  I belong to the  Upcycle Exchange which really has helped me save money and save the Earth all at the same time.  The Upcycle Exchange will have a booth Sunday, April 25th, from 11am to 6pm for  St. Louis Earth Day Festival.  So please come visit us at the Upcycle Exchange booth.  We however will NOT, be taking donations.  WE WILL NOT BE TAKING DONATIONS THAT DAY.

So what do you do to help protect Mother Earth?  Either in your art or home.  We try to turn out lights in the rooms we are not using, wash clothes in cold, use CFL lightbulbs, ride our bikes or walk to the gym, etc.  We plan to plant a garden in the back yard and start a compost pile too.  It's the small things that add up!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Upcycle Exchange Green Craftea Open House this Sunday, March 28th


This month, they are opening their members-only pick-up party to the public! Come find out about the program, sit for a spot of tea, and take your pick from our abundant art and craft supply inventory!
 
When: Sunday, March 28, 2010 – 12p.m. – 4p.m.

Where: Finder’s Hive @ 3022A Cherokee St. in St. Louis (view map)

They have two sizes of bags that you can fill to your liking:
Large (paper grocery bag) – $10
Small (paper lunch sack) – $4
Prices of large items that will not fit into bags are negotiable. They have tons of fabrics, notions, yarn, paint, paper, beads, and much much more! All proceeds benefit The Upcycle Exchange program. They'd love it if you would RSVP on our Facebook Event Page ! See you there!

I personally love this program and I am a member.  I cannot tell you how much I have benefited and the money I have saved.  Plus it is keeping items out of the landfills and helping us "starving" artists create our lovely upcycled creations.  I'll be there!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Saint Louis Indie Craft Revolution March 13th & 14th

St. Louis Artists’ Guild to host Indie Craft Revolution an Indie Art and Craft Market organized by the St. Louis Craft Mafia.
Indie Craft Revolution: A craft event in a series of Indy Art and Craft events hosted by St. Louis Craft Mafia. Indie Craft Revolution will be on Saturday, March 13th 10 am to 6pm and Sunday, March 14th from 10 am to 4 pm.
The St. Louis Craft Mafia is teaming up with partners such as SCORCH, RFT, PASTE, Yelp, Funky Finds and Well Body Acupuncture and Chiropractic to make this event a reality. This show aims to provide St. Louis with well made, handmade and interesting items.
WHAT: Indie Craft Revolution at The St. Louis Artists’ Guild
WHEN: Saturday March 13th 10 am-6pm and Sunday, March 14th from 10 am to 4 pm
WHERE: St. Louis Artists’ Guild –Corner of Big Bend and Clayton In Oak Knoll Park

http://revolutioncraftshow.com/

Before coming down make sure to download the Upcycle Exchange wish list and bring all your recyclables to get a coupon from participating artists.

http://www.upxchange.com/

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba Live in My City ticket giveaway

My friend Lori at http://www.petersonstlouis.com/2010/02/yo-gabba-gabba-live-giveaway.html?dsq=32427195#comment-32427195 is having a giveaway.  You could win 3 tickets to see Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE:There's a Party in My City at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis on March 21 at 5pm.


Follow the link to see the rules!


I don't know about you, but I love Yo Gabba Gabba !

Friday, January 15, 2010

LIME GREEN!

I have been cleaning and organizing my craft area in our basement all week long and in doing so I have been researching decorating ideas.  The walls down here are what is called Retro Mint Green and they are not a fave of mine at all!!!  I already have my gorgeous pink 1950's metal cabinets and my counter top that is also 1950's with boomerangs in green, pink and grey.  I love the pink, but hated the mint green.  I talked to my hubby and he said I should be able to paint my craft area with regular latex paint with no problem as it stays dry on my side of the basement and no waterproofing is needed.  Yay!

Your thinking, but your only going to paint part of your basement?  Yes, that's right!  See one side of my craft area is cut off by our storage room, the other side stops at the stairs which has a large wooden board where our dart board is attached too.  So I will be pricing paint this weekend and hopefully once it warms up I will be able to paint.  Lime green was the perfect choice. It should brighten the area up, it goes with the already pink cabinets and I can use neon yellow, neon orange, turquoise, bright blue, red, purple and hot pink as accent colors.  I have some beautiful Mexican oil cloth and red Alexander Henry sugar skull fabrics to use too.  I'm getting there people.  I figure it will help me immensely to have a beautiful area to come down and create in.  Kind of like a retreat.  And since those colors are the ones I use most it should help to inspire me.

Now back to cleaning!  Ugh!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

One of my New Year's resolutions, organizing my craft room

So we all make New Year's resolutions. Well most of us do and most of us try and then somewhere into March the gusto you once had for that resolution peters out. At least that is true for me. But this year there is one New Year's resolution I hope that I can keep and that is to organize my craft area.

So here is an idea of how messy it truly is. I am not going to show you all of it because you might call Hoarders on me. LOL! It truly is bad and I am quite embarrassed to even show these, but if I bare my soul maybe it will force me to clean.

Here is the one wall where our storage room is. My desk with computer sits here. The desk was a gifted from a good friend and the computer was purchased used. I moved the desk there last month and I had to literally pile stuff on top of each other to get it there. I love natural wood but I am considering painting this with magnetic paint so I can adhere my inspirations and sketches to it.




The next photo shows the wall to the left in this photo a little clearer.  You can see the MINT green hospital colored walls I am stuck with.  I plan to put up as much pegboard and cork board as I can to hide these as I can not afford to paint them right now.



I have lots of ideas floating in my head and  I have a good base.  I have great 50's pink metal cabinets, a counter top for said cabinets that is white with, pink, grey and mint green 50's boomerangs, a great 40's style wood desk.  I have received umpteen tins from Upcycle Exchange that I plan to decoupage in fun papers to match.  I have an idea for putting the fabric I love in embroidery hoops and grouping them in a design.  And there is so much more.  As long as my depression is under control I hope to share a lot of these ideas with you in pics and tutorials.  I won't promise anything as my depression has been a serious roller coaster with mostly downs lately, but it's a New Year.  So wish me luck!  I need to tackle the mountain of laundry you can't see that is to the right before I start.  I am going to do laundry on Sunday and then on Monday after the kids are off to school and I have guzzled down a pot of Chai tea I will brave this mess and hopefully start on my new improved craft room.

Any ideas you might have to improve my space or for organization would be gladly welcomed!