Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Store Front

Today I spent hours setting up an internet store front for my merchandise. I hope to be selling on etsy.com soon, but for now I'll be selling at thorisdesigns.weblodge.net.

The store front is very professional and all payments are made through PayPal. The rest of my shipping information, return policy, etc, are all listed on the store front as well.

I hope you'll take the time to check it out, and hopefully purchase something. I've got a lot of my stuff on there so far, but I've got much much more that needs to be added, as well as a number of new items I haven't even photographed yet, so keep checking back if you don't see something you like (or if you do).

Feel free to send me your custom orders as well! If I can make it for you, I'd love to do so.

Also, for those of you that have online profiles or blogs, I'd love for you to add a button or two linking back to my blog here and/or my store. You can find the code for all my buttons in the right sidebar. I will happily link back to your site in return.

Thanks so much, everyone. I look forward to making you something beautiful.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Great Blog: Craft Stylish

Was doing a search for some new crafty tips and came across this blog.

You can find tips and projects from a number of contributing crafters and submit photos of your finished craft projects.

They offer giveaways and a number of other fun things, so go check it out! I've added the link to my Favorite Haunts section, and you can visit by clicking here or on the button at the top of this post. Either link will open a new window/tab in your browser.


Recipe: Salmon and Veggie Pouches

This is a great recipe I came up with for easy and healthy lunches, but they're great for dinner, too. One of the best things about these is how easy they are to assemble and then you just pop them in your freezer until you're ready to eat. This recipe makes four Salmon and Veggie Pouches.

You'll Need:
Aluminum Foil
Olive Oil Spray
Medium Salmon Fillet
1 Red Pepper
1/2 Large Onion
12 Asparagus Spears
4 Small Corn-on-the-Cob Pieces
Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper


1. Rough chop the red pepper and the onion.
2. Chop the tough ends off the asparagus then cut each into three even pieces.
3. Slice lemon. Set aside.
4. Slice salmon fillet into four even pieces.
5. Set veggies aside for assembly.
6. Cut aluminum foil into eight 9 inch squares.


Spray the dull side of the aluminum squares with olive oil. Set four pieces aside. Using the remaining four squares, put a piece of salmon in the middle, a piece of corn on top of that, and a slice of lemon on top of the corn. Heap a portion of the red pepper, onion, and three asparagus spears worth of the asparagus pieces around the salmon and corn. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.

Take the remaining four squares, already sprayed with olive oil, and place them sprayed-side down on top of the salmon and veggies.

Roll the edges up to close the pouches.

Now put them in the freezer until your hungry!

To Cook:

Preheat oven to 450F. Put a pouch on a baking tray. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove and use a knife to cut the foil down the center so you can peal the foil back. Don't remove the top layer! Check that your corn and salmon are fully cooked. If they're not done, just pinch the edges of the foil back together and pop back in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. If full cooked (nothing frozen or cold), enjoy! They're fully seasoned and delicious!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Photoshop Brushes :: Flowers & Trees

Decided that since I have a number of Photoshop brush sets compiled, I might as well start uploading all of them to deviantART and blogging them so people can actually enjoy the effort. I know I love other people's brushes and have downloaded hundreds of them myself. Time to give back.

So, in the spirit of giving, here's one of my favorite sets that I ever created. All The Pretty Flowers is made from antique flower specimen drawings I collected from various sources, edited, and then transformed into brushes. I originally made them for my wedding invitations, but even though the marriage didn't work out, I still love the brushes.

I hope you love them, too. Feel free to use them for whatever project you want, just please don't claim them, redistribute, or modify them. And if you use them for something you post to the internet, I'd love to see it.

All The Pretty Flowers v1.0

Includes fifteen brushes.


Okay, after posting All The Pretty Flowers I got the itch for plants and decided to compile this set of tree brushes. Enjoy!

Memory of Trees v1.0

Includes five brushes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Photoshop Brushes :: Swirls & Pirates!

For those of you that enjoy photo manipulation, I'd like to direct you to my deviantart.com account for some Photoshop Brushes I created.

There are two sets available, Calligraphy Swirls v1.0 and Pirates! Click on the images below to be taken to the download page. A new window/tab will be opened.

These brushes were made in Photoshop 7, so if you have that or any later versions of Photoshop, these should be compatible. Enjoy!

Calligraphy Swirls v1.0

Includes sixty-six brushes.

Pirates! v1.0

Includes thirty-four brushes.

I hope you like these. There will be more in the future.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Recipe Review: Sloppy Joe Turnovers from Little Birdie Secrets

My first post! I'll probably be trying a lot of things from these ladies in the future, but this first time I tried their recipe for Sloppy Joe Turnovers.

They were simple to make with easy-to-find ingredients and even my unbelievable picky-eater daughter loved them and asked for seconds. I can't get that kid to eat anything.

I hope you will try this recipe out for yourself. I used it for dinner tonight with a side of corn-on-the-cob, but it would make a great party snack.

Thank you, Little Birdie Secrets, for sharing this great recipe.

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