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Friday, September 19, 2014

Candy Corn SVG

For the love of blog, I had this picture in my folder for so long, I cannot find the original place where it came from. SO, please, treat this as a PERSONAL USE ONLY.
(Original owner, please contact me as soon as possible, thanks!)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Paper Doll Ballerina SVG

Per request of a loyal blog reader (Yes, you!),
Here is my first ever paper doll. I detached the arms and legs so you can play around with it. Change eye colors, mouth color, outfit colors, etc. Here is few examples:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Awareness Ribbon SVG

I was making an awareness ribbon for my daughter who have Juvenile Arthritis, and I realized I didn't know what other color ribbons meant, so I looked it up. I made this handy reference (scroll to bottom picture). :-) 
You can click on the picture to make it bigger, I fear the font may be too small to read? Depending on where you're actually looking at it (PC, tablet, smart phones). 

Here is the simple SVG of the awareness ribbon. Make it your color choice! I chose blue for my daughter. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Round Cake with Slice Missing SVG

I made a chocolate cake... I found a nice recipe on So I made it, popped it in the oven. Took it out to let it cool. As I was reaching for Hershey's Cocoa power box, I glanced at the back of the box, and lo and behold, the EXACT same cake recipe was on there! Aughh. I felt gypped. I thought the recipe on was an original recipe of some grandma's famous chocolate cake recipe.  (That does remind me of one of  "Friends" episode, when Phoebe had her "grandma from France" cookie recipe, and Monica tried to recreate it, and later, found out it was actually from the back of Nestle's Chocolate Chips bag!) (Sorry, if its a spoiler~!)

Anyway, I quickly sketched up this SVG for you. Enjoy!

Here is all the variations of colored cakes:

SVG Pic of it apart for easy cutting
  Click here to download Round Cake with Slice Missing SVG

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Four Sided Halloween Lantern SVG

This is a replay of my favorite Halloween Silhouettes I made few years back. I added tabs to it so it will be easy to fold and glue into a nice 4 x 4 box lantern. Or you can make it bigger. You'll need to cut a square for the bottom. I recommend battery powered tea lights. And this will look very nice if you have some orange or yellow vellum. I have not cut this out for myself yet... I'm gonna do that soon!  I cut it out today (9/16/14) and it looks awesome! Here is my pictures just below the SVG. 


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Halloween Subway Art Free Printable

I had fun playing with my fonts on this one. I think it'll look cool framed! Especially if you have a Halloween themed frame. This printable is size 8 x 10, which fits most standard frames.

Just click on the image to save and print. Might need to right click to do that. Please let me know if there's any problems!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Wow, I'm starting to get into Halloween mood, and it's only September... I just love halloween decorations, they're my second favorite next to Christmas. And yes, I'm trying to add more to my blog for your enjoyment. Those images are for personal use only. Thank you, and happy crafting!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Trying to Catch Up - Free Printable - What's in Season September

I took a small hiatus during the summer. I wanted to focus on my family and especially with my youngest daughter.
It was a not very good summer for all of us. Just when school was out for the summer, Sami, got really sick. High fevers, achy pains, sore throat, etc.
We took her to the doctor and found out it was strep throat. So she got antibiotics, and guess what? They did not work. Went back and got a different antibiotics and it worked, in nick of time for our family camping.
At camp, she was still pretty weak so we didn't go on any strenuous hikes. And she took a lot of naps in our tent (I sneaked in a nap or two with her).
She got sick AGAIN a month later, with strep throat. A third antibiotic (didn't work), and she had her blood drawn. And showed infection, so we took her to the emergency room, where she got her penicillin shot, and it seemed to do the trick.
Whew....are we done?


She got sick again. Aughhhhhh. And it was a week before new school year starts. We took her back to the doctor immediately. And somehow, her fever went away in two days.  I already made an appointment for to see Ear/Nose/Throat doctor.

She saw the ENT doctor and he determined that she needs her tonsils and adenoids taken out, and her surgery is scheduled in October.

I created a Facebook page for her. Please "Like" it so you can keep tabs on how she is doing.
Help Sami Fight Juvenile Arthritis

Keeping up with this blog was the furthest thing in my mind. And now school has started and both of my kids are in school (ALL DAY! YEA BABY!), I want to go back to my blog and work on it.

I was looking online about nutrition and how to improve my kids' immune system. And realized, it would be fun to have a printable of what fruits/vegetables are in season. And we can try something new every month. I posted it on my Facebook page, and people raved about it. So I am also going to post it here on this blog. You're more than welcome to print it out. And please remember, it's only for your personal use only.

I will post those printable every month. Thank you for visiting me!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sugar Skull SVG **Updated**

I just felt like making one. This is basically a template. It's up to you to create the designs on the skull. I included some of the flourishes and flowers in the SVG for your pleasure. I'm sure it will look really nice with some rhinestones on it! Glitter papers/glue, whatever strikes your fancy.
Have fun!!!
**UPDATED** I have been getting reports that this SVG isn't showing up in SCAL, and I just tested it out and it isn't showing up on mine either. I tweaked it and if you downloaded it before 3/30/14, please delete and download this again. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring! Baby Chick in Egg SVG

Happy first day of Spring!
I saw this coloring page and liked it that I converted it to SVG for your pleasure. Have fun crafting!

Note: Image may or may not be from Google Images Coloring Pages. Copyrighted, for personal use only. Use at your own discretion.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bunny With Paws SVG

We bought a new computer few weeks ago! It's a touch screen all-in-one, and we are really enjoying it. Especially my kids--- of course, the screen is all smudged with fingerprints every single day.

I used to create SVGs on our laptop and it was fine, but few months ago, it started acting up and gotten so slow that I would avoid it altogether. I felt guilty for neglecting my blog.

There are few things I've learned in life:
1. If it's easy, then it's more accessible and even more fun to do.
2. If it's easy AND available, then I'd be more likely to use it.

Like for example, I got a pasta machine (the cranking kind) for Christmas few years ago. I loved making pasta because the machine made it so easy to do. I would make pasta at least once a week. Then the gears inside got worn down, and now it isn't very easy to do. Cranking is hard, it would make a terrible rattling sound every time I crank. I no longer have the desire to make fresh pasta once a week, (maybe once a month at best). I miss making fresh pasta. Se how #1 and #2 applies here.
On my wish list is a new pasta machine that attaches to my KitchenAid mixer. :-)

Our old laptop was in a very small corner of our living room and yet, not that accessible (small cramped space).

So, when we got our new computer, we changed desks, and moved it to a bigger room, and wow, it sure made a big difference! I feel like I got more room, and it's a clean slate for me. So, here's my first SVG created on our new computer. I hope you will like it, since it's useful in many ways.

Monday, January 27, 2014

DIY Keurig K-Cup Holder

I'm sure quite few of you got a new Keurig coffee machine recently! So did I, and I love it. My kids love it because they can also make hot chocolate, oatmeal, or cup o' noodles with it (without mommy's help!).

I have those k-cups of coffee and I had them in their boxes. Or sometimes I'd get a free sample in the mail and I just throw those into the box. Every morning, when I want coffee, I have to ransack through the box to find what I'm in the mood for. I wanted a better way of seeing what I have. I don't want to spend $30-40 on a "carousal" and take up my precious space on the counter. I thought about those drawers that go underneath the machine, but those are also pricey and I don't think it may work very well because I'd need to pull the whole thing out for water access. So, I went right to work to figure what I can do. You can see by the pictures below and it's pretty much easy to follow, if you'd like to make one yourself, go for it!!!! :-)


Here is the SVG for the template of the k-cup holders. The circles are nice and snug that the k-cups don't fall out too easily. Keurig Cup Holder Cutouts SVG

Friday, December 13, 2013

Winter Wonderland Glitter Houses Are Finished!

Hi everybody, as some of you know from my earlier post last month about working on those Winter Wonderland Glitter Houses. I managed to finish four of them, with my kids' "much needed" help...

My kids really wanted to help, so I let them decorate the houses, and trying to keep them from destroying them! I have to say, they turned out pretty good. My youngest found one little house at a thrift shop so she added it here. The small log house pictured here is actually my husband's incense burner, the smoke comes out of its chimney. We love using balsam fir incense cones in there.

Here's the pictures! You can click on the pictures to see them in bigger format.

Holiday Pictures

Finally, carved time out of my day, and I only have twenty minutes. I couldn't believe how busy it can get around here during the holidays.

My oldest is now in the local city's Nutcracker production, and her rehearsals have been crazy. She is a mouse in the fighting scene, and she's loving it! She wants to do it again, and again every year. I'm her taxi driver. (sighs).... I should teach her how to take the bus when she's older.

Here's a pic of her... sorry for the overexposure, I tried to fix it but no such luck!
Isn't the background pretty?

Here are few snapshots around our house to show some Holiday spirit! 

We have a tradition: I would put kids' picture in an ornament each year, and when the move out, they'll get those ornaments, they will have 18 (or more, depending WHEN they'll move out) ornaments for their own tree. And I hope they will carry the same tradition with their own kids. 

Every year, Santa will ride a firetruck and go through local neighborhoods and give out little candy canes. My kids always look forward to this! Unfortunately, my oldest missed it this year because she was at her Nutcracker rehearsal. I owe her a big candy cane.

Here is our mantle, waiting for Santa.....!
Have a great Holiday, everybody!
Amanda W.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Youngest has "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis"

This is a personal blog article about my daughter, she's only 5 years old, and she recently was diagnosed with "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis."

Let me back up a little bit. I enrolled her in preschool gymnastics in September 2012. She really enjoyed it. I noticed she wasn't as flexible as other kids, but I just assumed she'll eventually "catch up" in time. She was only 4. The instructor came up to me and said she seems to be having a hard time with her right wrist. She cannot bend it 90 degrees. She showed me, if you "pray" and lift your elbows up, your hands should still be touching. Like this:

She couldn't. Only her fingers can touch but not the bottom part of her hands. I kept her feedback in my head. I figured, she's only 4... no gymnastics prior, so maybe this class will help her!

So, here came April 2013, I took her to her annual check up, near her 5th birthday. I mentioned what the gymnastic instructor told me. Her doctor looked over her wrist, and noticed that she does have a problem. She looked it up, and told me she assumed, it could be a case of "Madelung's Deformity," but she'd like to have her wrists x-ray to make sure. We went next door to get xrays done. And scheduled an appointment with a orthopedist, and waited several months for an appointment. We finally came in, and the specialist looked over her xrays and confirmed that it is NOT Madelung's Deformity. She agrees that there is
something wrong with her wrist, so she referred us to a rheumatologist that is an hour and half drive away. So, we made another appointment immediately. That was last Thursday. 

We got there late because of a huge accident on the freeway, but they were understanding. The specialist asked me 1000 questions, mostly about family history, current history, etc. And she looked over the xrays, and examined my daughter, and confirmed it is "Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis." She explained, that it can fall into many different categories. My daughter is in the oligoarticular group. And it's not THAT serious, it's like a hiccup in her life. She never had an injury, or never gotten really sick. "An unfortunate combination of these unknown factors in certain genetically susceptible children leads to an abnormal and overactive immune system that results in painful, swollen joints."

Wow. I stared at the doctor like a deer in the headlights. I had a hard time wrapping it in my head.  First of all, I never even heard of it. And I thought only old people gets arthritis. She's only 5... She's still a baby.

The doctor gave me a thick red folder full of information about arthritis in children. And scheduled another appointment, for a follow-up and occupational therapy. I also had to make another appointment for ophthalmology.  She will have to have an eye exam every three months for the next several years. Wow...

We walked out and I was still trying to comprehend it. Do we have a long battle with it ahead of us? Is it just a short term thing? I was utterly clueless. 

That same night, I must have done three to four hours of reading about it online on my ipad. The more I read, the more scared for her I get. I had to breathe and take a step back and remind myself, that it's not all that serious like the doctor told me. Yes, there are scary stories about kids with arthritis. 

I am searching for some kind of support group. I thought I found several on Facebook, and asked to join, but I haven't been accepted into the group yet. I am actually going crazy, because I do want to find support for my daughter. Will she get worse? Will the medications and therapy help? Am I making a mountain out of a molehill? Will she remember this when she's 15? I had more questions than answers.

I wrote this blog to help raise awareness about JIA, and if you do know anyone, or anybody who happens to have JIA, I would love to hear from you. 

Thank you.