Friday, November 27, 2015

2 scholarship opportunities

With the holidays, I'm thinking ahead to the new year ahead, and new challenges and fresh ideas, so just had to post the link to two scholarship opportunities. I think these are geared toward high schoolers.

1) Goya Foods Culinary Arts Scholarship Program. Must be planning to enroll in a 2- or 4-year degree program for the 2016-2017 school year, in culinary arts or food sciences.Deadline is February 15, 2016.

2) Secret Mean Stinks Scholarship. Must write an essay on an act of kindness concerning girl-to-girl bullying. This is a $10,000 scholarship. Deadline is December 14, 2015.

Good luck, and have a wonderful holiday.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Easter Coloring Pages

Here are some Easter coloring pages, and one for spring. Because has finally sprung!
 (landscape orientation)
  (landscape orientation)

Print Your Own Easter Stickers

Print your own Easter and Easter Bunny stickers. The black and white stickers are "color-your-own" stickers. Both can be printed on Avery 5164/8164 labels, six to a sheet, or on the full label sheets, then cut out. They're PDF's, so just click to open.

You could also just print on regular paper and glue to onto hollowed-out eggs for decoration. (Ink could bleed into hard-boiled eggs.)

Happy Easter!

Easter Egg Decorating Tips

Happy Palm Sunday! Getting ready for Easter? Here are some Easter Egg decorating tips:


Cooked method: Put eggs in 1 inch water & add white vinegar (approx 2 Tbsp per quart water); add natural dye ingredients & bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer 20-30 min. This will create intense, even colors that permeate shell. 

Cold dipping method: Combine 1 qt water, 2 Tbsp vinegar & natural dye ingredients in large pot, simmer 20-30 min, strain & cool liquid. Dip hard-boiled eggs in cold dye until desired color is achieved. Dry on paper towels. This method will create softer, more translucent colors.
Natural dye recipes:

beets: Boil 4 cups chopped beets with eggs for a deep pink color. Rinse eggs immediately for a pale, beige tone

coffee: Boil eggs in 1 qt of brewed coffee for a deep mocha color

blueberries: Boil 4 cups fresh or frozen berries with eggs, or use as cold dye. This will create a rich lavender color.

cranberries: Boil a 12 ounce bag of berries. Use as a hot or cold dye. This will create a pale pink color.

onion skin: Boil eggs with 4 packed cups of onion skins. This will create sienna tones.

red cabbage: Coarsely chop 2 heads of red cabbage, add 2 quarts water & 6 Tbsp white vinegar; boil, then strain. Use as a cold dye. Dipped eggs will turn pale blue. Eggs soaked overnight will turn a deep royal blue.

turmeric: Boil eggs with 3 Tbsp turmeric. This will create a bright golden color. If you boil eggs in turmeric first, then cold dip them in the red cabbage dye, you will get a soft chartreuse green

Make half an egg 1 color, other ½ another color.

Sienna: Rub egg with white vinegar, wrap in onion skin, secure with kitchen twine, and boil in water

Tie-dye: wrap rubber bands around egg before boil-dying, or try on a previously dyed egg to double dip, creating color contrast.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter issue of the An Enchanted Holiday Magazine is up!

The Easter issue of the An Enchanted Holiday Magazine is now up. Happy Eastaer!

 To open, just click open in a new window/tab. Feel free to offer on your own site (as is, full credit intact) or to your own customers.

Here's the jpeg to link to on your site/blog:

  And the link to the pdf is:

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Easter!

Here are some Easter cards to print. All are quarter-fold, PDFs. Just right-click.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

St. Patrick's Day greeting cards to print

Here are a few St. Patrick's Day greeting cards to print. All are quarter-fold (single sheet of paper folded in quarters). Printable PDF's, just right-click the images.

Happy St. Patrick's Day! And may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Calling Home Businesses and Authors

So I've started a small online-only advertising magazine, and am looking to feature other home businesses and authors. This one's for the little guy or gal.

The An Enchanted Holiday Magazine is an online advertising magazine with holiday content, available free, and free to distribute on your own website. It's intended to give home businesses a reasonable place to advertise, and a means to "spread the word." 

To view the inaugural issue of the An Enchanted Holiday Magazine, click on the cover image below. It's a free PDF download.

Interested in seeing your home business or book featured? All I ask in return is that you offer the magazine free on your website or blog, and contribute something to the magazine, such as a book blurb or short excerpt, holiday memory, or original craft or recipe or illustration. (None of which would be exclusive; you're free to also post on your own blog, etc. You retain all copyright.) 

Also interested in reciprocal links with other home businesses/authors. No affiliates links, please, and family-friendly. Would consider a separate magazine for writers, including spicy romance, if there's enough interest. (I write women's/children's fic, as well as some creative non-fic.)

I'm interpreting "holiday" very broadly, as any holiday (standard or not, ex. National Pie Day), or seasonal tie-in. Questions? Interest? Email me at
Of course, I'll also post the magazine on my blog, where back issues will remain archived. 

Here's the code to put the graphic for the ad magazine itself onto your website. No need to download the banner image; it's all in the code. If you do post it, let me know, and I'll offer a reciprocal link to your site.

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For more info, check out my website over at An Enchanted Holiday.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Love Poems and Quotes for Valentine's Day

A few classic love poems and some love quotes, and a half-fold card to print for Valentine's Day. Or for scrapbooking.

All are PDF's. Just right-click and "save as."

Half-fold Valentine Card

 The Passionate Shepherd to His Love, by Christopher Marlowe

 She Walks In Beauty, by Lord Byron

Sonnets from the Portugese, "If thou must love me, let it be for nought . . .", 
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 Sonnets from the Portugese, "First time he kissed me, he but only kissed . . .", 
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Graphics to cut out and design your own Valentine's Day card

Love Quotes

More Free Valentine Printables

Here are a few more Valentine's Day printables for the crafty. All are PDF's. Just right-click and "save as."


HEART POSTER, or cut out the hearts to make a heart mobile 

Honorary Member of Cupid's Good Kid Club Valentine Poster

Valentine's Day stickers to print

These are what I call "color your own" stickers

Valentine Letters up over at An Enchanted Letter

I'm the owner of An Enchanted Letter, and since late last year, I've gone digital, and have been adding printable PDF letters to my storefront over on Lulu. The Valentine letters are up, if you're looking for a unique gift, or an alternative to the traditional Valentine card. Some are for adults, and some are for children. (Most of the letters I've written over the years are geared toward children.)

My mom always made kind of a big deal about holidays, so I have fond memories. Red Hots candies and those little candy hearts with the sayings imprinted on them.

Here's a sample of what the letters look like. You can read the letters before you buy by using Lulu's "preview" button.

While you're there, grab the An Enchanted Holiday coloring book and the story book (they're both free downloads. There is a coloring page for Valentine's Day in there, and a classic story for Valentine's Day. Who doesn't love "Beauty and the Beast?")

Printable Valentine's Day greeting cards

Valentine's Day is coming up quick! Here are a few Valentines to print. (The images are from Dover's royalty-free clipart.)

Just right click and "save as." They're PDFs.  And they're all quarter-fold cards.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Printable Valentine's Day Cards