Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Willow May Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist

Willow May
All Us All the Time Publishing is proud to announce that Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival, the children's picture book written by Icats Nitram and illustrated by Pamela McCarville, is a finalist in the National Indie Excellence 2008 Book Awards. The Indie Excellence Book Awards are dedicated to celebrating and promoting the outstanding work of independent publishers and authors.

Willow May Goes to the Midnight Carnival was published in January 2008 by All Us All the Time Publishing. The story is about a little girl who goes to the Midnight Carnival where she encounters unique and engaging creatures. The vivid illustrations throughout the book enhance the journey into an enchanting, yet mysterious world of fantasy.

Willow May stirs the imagination as you
join her on a peculiar journey through an
outlandish carnival like no other.
There will be clowns, there will be music,
there will be acrobats and there will be werewolves.
Werewolves?!? Oh yes, werewolves!
There will be many more surprises in the mysterious
tents of the Midnight Carnival.
Come join the journey, come join the fun.

Our congratulations to Icats and Pamela!!

For a complete listing of the winners visit
National Indie Excellence Awards.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ice Cream Cone Place Cards

We now have ice cream cone place cards available on our site, All Us All the Time. In bright festive colors these place cards are perfect for any summer party or birthdays. They are also great to use at ice cream socials to label the different flavors of ice cream and toppings. Coordinating ice cream cone invitations are also available.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ice Cream Social Invitations

Purple Ice Cream ConeIce Cream Social InviteCan you believe that it is almost Memorial Weekend? Summer is knocking at the door and it is bringing with it ice cream. That’s right. Did you know that July was National Ice Cream month and July 16th is National Ice Cream Day? Yes it is and it so happens that my sister and I love ice cream. I plan to honor the month by indulging in several bowls of creamy coffee ice cream; my sister is honoring the occasion by illustrating ice cream cone fill-in invitations and stationery (show-off).

These colorful ice cream cone invites are perfect if planning an ice cream social to celebrate National Ice Cream month or any occasion with ice cream. We also have festive ice cream sundae invitations available on our site, All Us All the Time.

Pink Ice Cream ConeIce Cream Social InviteBlue Ice Cream Cone

To kick off the summer right, here is a recipe for homemade vanilla ice cream with suggested flavorings and toppings.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
You will need:
  • 2 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 cups milk (can substitute 1% milk for a lower fat recipe)
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 4 c. whipping cream (can substitute evaporated skim milk for a lower fat recipe)
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • see optional flavorings below
Combine sugar, flour, and salt in saucepan. Gradually stir in milk. Cool over medium heat approximately 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Gradually stir about 1 cup of hot mixture into the beaten eggs. Add egg mixture to remaining hot mixture, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute and remove from heat. Refrigerate 2 hours. Combine whipping cream and vanilla in large bowl. Add chilled mixture, stirring with wire whisk to combine. Freeze as directed by your ice cream maker/machine. Makes 4 Quarts.

  • Coffee: Add 4 tablespoons of espresso powder or instant coffee to the sugar, flour, and salt mixture.
  • Cookies and Cream: Crumble chocolate sandwich cookies in to the mix before freezing.
  • Chocolate Chip: Add shaved chocolate in to the mixture before freezing.
  • Strawberry/Blueberry/Raspberry/Blackberry/Peach: Mix in 1 to 2 cups of puree fruit to the mixture before freezing.
  • Cinnamon: Add a teaspoon of cinnamon to sugar, flour, and salt mixture.
  • Chocolate: Stir in 1 cup or more of chocolate syrup into mixture before freezing.
  • Food Coloring: For some added fun, add in a teaspoon or more of food coloring to your plain vanilla for a striking bowl of orange, green, blue, red, purple, or yellow bowl of ice cream.

  • Chocolate Sauce
  • Butterscotch
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Puree Fruit Sauce
  • Peanuts/Walnuts/Almonds
  • Cookie Crumbs (chocolate sandwich, chocolate chip, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, animal crackers)
  • Chocolate Coated Candies
  • Chopped Candy Bars
  • Sprinkles
  • Marshmallows or Marshmallow Cream
  • Jelly Beans
  • Bananas
  • Whip Cream
...and don't forget the cherries for the top!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Halloween Tombstone Silhouette Postcards

Ghost Tombstone PostcardOnly 166 Days to Halloween. Don't be alarmed, there is still time to get all of your All Hallows Eve's affairs in order. First have you thought postcards? Perhaps tombstone silhouette postcards? Halloween postcards are a perfect way to treat your fanged and non-fanged fiends this Halloween. A small card with an illustration and message on the front and blank on the back for your own other worldly prose, envelope also provided. Illustrations include a bat, cat, witch's hat, ghost, skull, pumpkin, spider, and raven. These postcards can be handed out or attached to gifts (our preferred way of receiving them). If you are still needing a few party favors, you can place one at each table setting for a delightful surprise for your guests. There would even be room to slip in a bat's toenail, a cat's whisker, a spider's leg, a toad's tongue (dried and sliced of course) or I suppose you could even include a matching tombstone silhouette button or magnet. Choice is yours.

Hat TombstonePumpkin Tombstone

Visit All Us All the Time for all your Halloween correspondence needs, but hurry...only 166 days left.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Halloween Tombstone Place Cards

Raven Place CardOnly 167 days to your grand beast of a feast for Halloween. It is okay, take a deep breath, there is still time to prepare for table settings. Of course you want your place cards to compliment not to compete with your specially prepared homemade meal of marinated eyeballs, severed fingers, zombie hair with screaming sauce and your specialty, bug-crusted brain tarts.

What you need are place cards that are classic and simple, but yet, in a dark and menacing way. All Us All the Time just happens to have simple classic dark and menacing place cards. Our Halloween Tombstone Place Card designs include a simple but elegant tombstone with a classic, yet foreboding white silhouette of a raven, ghost, cat, spider, bat, witch's hat, skull, and pumpkin.

Bat Place CardSpider Place Card

Visit All Us All the Time to see the full Halloween Tombstone Collection, but hurry...only 167 days left!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tombstone Buttons, Magnets, Key Chains & Compact Mirrors

Tombstone BatOnly 168 shopping days left until Halloween. I know, but don't panic, you still have some time to get some great gifts before the grand event is here. We just added to our site some simply sinister silhouette tombstone buttons, magnets key chains and compact mirrors. Our Halloween Tombstone Silhouettes come in stylish classic black tombstone with nightmarish artistic white silhouettes of bats, cats, ravens, spiders, pumpkins, witch's hats, ghosts and skulls . The buttons and magnets would make fiendish party favors where the key chains and compact mirrors would make ghoulish gifts. The Tombstone Silhouette magnets also come in gift sets.Tombstone RavenTombstone SkullTombstone Spider

Visit All Us All the Time for these Gothicly gorgeous buttons, magnets, key chains and compact mirrors, but hurry...only 168 days left!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art Prints

FeathersFour stunning new art prints from the artist Pamela McCarville have been added to the All Us All the Time Gift Shop. Art prints make lovely gifts for newly wed couples, new home buyers (or renters), or the bare wall in your house. These art reproductions are from Pamela's original watercolor artwork, printed on watercolor paper with archival UltraChrome K3 Epson Ink which is lightfast and colorfast. Art prints come in two sizes, 8" x 10" or 9" x 12", with archival mattboard ready to frame.
TeacupsBlue BottleRaven Heart

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Summer Raven Greeting Card and Stationery

Summer RavenYou don't need a special occasion to send a greeting card to a friend. Sometimes the best kind of greeting cards are those that are sent just because. All Us All the Time has several "just because" greeting cards including our Summer Raven. The Summer Raven greeting card is a reproduction from an original watercolor painting by artist Pamela McCarville.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Shiver me Timbers...We Have More Pirates!

Red Pirate Skull Greeting CardWe are firm believers at All Us All the Time, that yes, you can have too many pirates. Yet, our pirate skull collection continues to be the most popular on our site. Well like they say, if you can't beat them, join them. New colorful stationery of our little swashbuckler friend can now be found in our All Pirates All the Time greeting card section. Come find Red Pirate Skull, Blue Pirate Skull, Purple Pirate Skull, and Pink Pirate Skull.

If you would also like to add a little treasure to your pirate greeting cards, our colorful skull is also available as buttons, magnets, key chains and compact mirrors.

Pink Pirate Skull ButtonPurple Pirate Skull Button

There be new pirate designs at All Us All the Time.