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Monday, January 28, 2013

New Wares for my Guys!

I have been having so much fun creating fun and unique wares for men!

Check out my newest tie clips- made with vintage Clue board game pieces!
(Yes- the game was already missing pieces so no good game was harmed!)

The Wrench
The Revolver

The Knife

I am so thankful, and thrilled(!), that my cuff links have been a part of SO many weddings thus far!
The "V"

And now am offering my Vintage Music Cuff Links as sets for  groomsmen parties!
(Available in different quantity sets)
Vintage Sheet Music Cuff Links

And for my guys who like "just a little" accessorizing-
The "V" Tie Tack

I'm always super excited to design custom work!
Have an idea for someone special?
Email me:

Nicole @Erra

Thursday, January 17, 2013

...and that is why you always leave a note pt.1, lesson 1

I have friends who have a phrase a week, know people who do the 31 days of something something.

My brain doesn't like committing to that type of wouldn't like it either, the listings would become extraneous and ridiculously dull.

But I like the ideas of Gibbs' rules in NCIS, the lessons in Arrested Development, etc.
They only come up when relevant and useful, not days of garbage on end.

All of that being said, this is one of my little life lessons. Meaningful? Probably not!

...and that is why you always leave a note pt.1, lesson 1

Today I learned: The more bacon in my salad, the better the chance I will actually consume it ;)

Lesson : Always put bacon in your salad.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creating with Leftovers

Now...I normally just talk about making wares and jewelry, but I LOVE creating in our kitchen too. It also one of the easiest and most fun places to be crafty!

Since we just purchased our first home, budgeting is key! And waste not, want not is my philosophy, so budgeting and not wasting are more relevant now than ever!

Silly as it sounds, the one thing that always seems to have bits and pieces leftover is beef! I've been saving the leftover scraps since we moved and now have a pretty good stash--what to make?! (and yes...casseroles are our favorite for 3 reasons. Super easy, super freezable, and we love eating out of bowls!

Here are my favorites from my good 'n faithful websites :

Leftover Meat Casserole
Leftover Meat Casserole. Photo by Sackville
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Opted out of the onion, and added minced mushrooms to the mix (have to add and hide veggies at every chance!)

Score: Pretty Yummers (4/5)

Leftover Meat and Potato Casserole

Leftover Meat & Potato Casserole
(Photo from

Obviously- didn't have 8- 2oz slices of roast- I just grabbed a bunch!
..and Trader Joe's Gravy, makes it work in a pinch!

Score: Indeed Yummers (4.5/5)

And leftover taco meat...that was easy- NACHOS!!!

And a weight watchers recipe at that!
By far the "best looking" of the bunch. Lots of chopping (thanks for helping food processor!)
And good enough for guests

Score: Woot! (5/5)

Enjoy doing some cooking and creating!!