Thursday, December 9, 2010
This post isn't as much about what I'm "crafting" right now as what's in my heart. The Christmas season will do that to you :) My heart is so full that I just wanted to share.
Every year (usually about this time of year) I start to think about what's really important to me and what I want share with people about what's important to me. Everyone knows I'm a mad crafter and making things with my hands to share and give to others is important to me. I have always felt that it's giving more than a gift, it's giving a little bit of me.
This Christmas I'm buying very little. (In this economy, aren't we all trimming down our spending?!) I'm really trying to make as much as possible and even the small things are filled with lots of love and meaning.
As I get older, my "grateful" list is changing. Yes, I'm grateful for the "creature comforts" we all are, but I'm finding I'm even more grateful for the non-tangible things in my life. A perfect example is that I've recently "friended" a lot of creative people on my FaceBook account. Why? Because I'm so grateful for the inspiration they give me. Reading their FB posts puts me back in touch with my creative spirit when I've wondered away from it and I need that "snap" somedays to get me back to where I'm happiest.
Things are changing in our household. Jamie is getting more into his creative side. He's back to playing the guitar, to reading, to working on his pinstriping. That encourages me as well and I hope I encourage him :) I'm enjoying the silence more...which is tough with a houseful sometimes, so I find myself waking up in the middle of the night to create. That's not a bad thing, just something that brings me happiness in the very hectic season!! And we're starting to get ready for Bodhi's move to the west coast....so many mixed emotions with that!!
I'm slowly but surely getting more organized (though you can't tell that from this post LOL as it's ALL over the place!) and that feels good. I'm getting better at dedicating time to things and sticking to that. I'm learning that turning the TV off (though I've preached it for years) really does make you more productive. I'm learning that sometimes silence is my muse.
Now I must get back to some productive stuff....like finishing card orders and getting some Christmas presents finished!!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Here is a birthday cake my daughter Hailey and I are working on for her brother Ashton. He'll turn 18 on the 29th of this month and we've been cutting and gluing and assembling for a while now. It takes a while for a 12 yr old to cut all 20 cake pieces, score them, fold them, and then glue them...especially when her favorite TV shows are on LOL :)
We will give it to him in an actual cake box, also purchased as Walmart for only $2. I think it's a fun way to give something different birthday gift. Especially right now when none of us have a lot of money, but as a crafter, I have TONS of paper (LOL!!) I know it may not be Ashton's favorite gift for his 18th birthday, but he will know that we love him and were thinking about him. He is also a very talented artist so he'll appreciate the time and effort that went into make it.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I've been thinking of ways to make my life more productive without give up sleep (LOL.) I've kind of broken down the hours in my day...and I'm looking at what I NEED to do, what I WANT to do and what I can throw out. I am not silly enough to think I can/will/want to give up my computer time (at least not all of it) or even all my TV time...but I have a plan. Okay, it's an outline of a plan, but I'm hoping it works. I need a lot of structure and if the plan works I'll have that and can get more done:)
What I'm REALLY excited about it all the great videos I found on YouTube today about the Cricut Expressions and things beyond the scrapbook page and cards that I can do with it. I already have one project lined up to do wall out for one of my good friend's little girl. (Using vinyl for wall decorations...you know, words and things like that.) I also have the stamp material so that I can cut my own stamps with my Cricut....WOW!! I saw videos today of using the Cricut to cut a stencil to decorate (with fabric paint) a t-shirt....I could go on and on.
I'm feeling really creative and that feels good!! The other excitement is that I'm on vacation next week and not going anywhere!! I can't wait!! I will have quiet days to "get my act together" and get my plan rolling.
I'll be posting some pictures soon...maybe even today, of some cards I've been working on and I'll have lots of other things to show you soon!!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
Point IN. It was an amazing experience and sad at the same time. I have a million pictures...okay, almost 100 pictures of all the cats. Some aren't the greatest as all of the photos were taken through chain link fence.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ahhh, the little things in life!! I finally found my little pump bottles. Just $.97 at WalMart and perfect for mixing tube watercolors to use to spray on paper for a color wash. I can't wait to try it!! Jamie bought me tube watercolors forever ago and I use them, but think I'll use them even more now!
On this card she used the Tracerkin stencils (which I have all of and you can't buy anymore!!) I still use them, though the Cricut paper doll cartridges have kind of taken over LOL!!
I don't help Hailey with color choices or anything...I let her have free run of my scraps and most of my tools and supplies. She comes up with some pretty amazing stuff without any help at all. I'll post more of her stuff as time goes on. Actually she's sitting at the table in my living room right now finding stuff to make her mom's birthday card!!
Monday, June 28, 2010
I used name badge albums. I got this idea from an episode of the
Oh don't worry, I'm not going through a mid life crisis or anything as dramatic as that...it's more a walk through the closet of my life and taking an inventory. Once again, this isn't a mid life crisis type of thing where I'm getting rid of my "mom car" and getting a hot rod or wishing that my life was more exciting or that my husband had more hair LOL!! It's going through the closet of my life and seeing what I've got in there, and what I want with the things I've found.
The irony of this is that I find a lot of stuff there that makes me happy and always has...being creative is a big one. If I went through the actual closet that store most of my "stuff" I will find things that show I was always interested in being creative. I have cross-stitch things (books, patterns, floss, and other supplies) in my closet as well as lots of other crafting supplies I've accumulated through the years. CREATING makes me HAPPY. I'm glad that's a part of my life that has never changed. I even cross stitched while I was in college :)
Why am I babbling on about this? Well my son left for his 30 day visitation at his dad's this past Friday...that does NOT make me happy. While I struggle with him, as he's 13 and can be a challenge right now, him being away is not a solution for me. Not to mention his dad lives across the country from me so it's not like I can just jump in my car and go get him. My son is a "mamma's boy" and my only biological child. It's always tough for me to watch him get on that plane!!
As my babbling continues...Lillian (almost one of my kids *big smile*) and Hailey (my other kid) made mini albums to slip into Bodhi's suitcase for him to find when he arrived in Washington state. (I'm now realizing I wasn't smart enough to take pictures of those very sweet creations...Lillian is 7 and Hailey is 12.) Anyway, last night I finished the mini album I was making for Bodhi so I could mail it today. I realized that while my heart is so sad because he's so far away, at the same time I felt good...because I was CREATING.
Wow, that's a lot of babbling just to say that crafting makes me happy LOL!! I guess I wanted to tell you the whole story as I didn't think it would have the same impact if you didn't know I was missing my son. Hey, I'm a scrapbooker, not a writer LOL!!
I will post pictures of my mini book and of the card Hailey made for Bodhi last night soon. My Internet has been giving me fits lately (lots of storms in our area) so uploading photos has been a challenge!!
Friday, June 25, 2010
Here is what Fiskars sent. Can you say WOW?!! Lisa and I are debating whether to make it into more than one basket or just put it in one huge one!! Ah the decisions we must make!!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Thanks for reading!!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Passing on the information that we (Lisa Booth and myself) are hosting Crop Out Autism on Saturday, September 25th in Franklin, IN.
This is a charity scrapbooking event that raises money for the Johnson County Autism Support Group.
Date: Saturday, September 25th
Place: Franklin IN
Registration is $10 to attend and a minimum $10 donation if you pre-register by August 28th, after August 28th it's $15 to attend and a minimum$10 donation.
There will be a light lunch and an evening meal as well as snacks and some drinks provided for crop attendees. There will be a silent auction, a scrapbook supply rummage sale, and classes. (For the rummage sale, you bring your unloved scrapbooking supplies, packaged for a rummage sale with prices on each item and they will be placed on the rummage sale table. All the proceeds from the rummage sale will go directly to the Johnson County Autism Support Group.)
You aren't a scrapbooker? You can come and learn about scrapbooking, use the supplies provided by the crop, and learn from all the other scrapbookers that are at the crop. (See "Have something else to do that day" for other ideas how to help.)
Have something else to do that day? Consider donating to the cause, donating to the rummage sale, making or donate something for the silent auction, sponsor someone else to come to the event.
How do I register/donate? Reply to this email and I'll send you an invoice that you can pay via paypal or with a credit card through paypal. Send me an email or call me (317-507-1166) and I'll send you registration form and you can mail a money order back for your registration.
Why should I pre-register? By pre-registering, you let us know to save you a spot! We can better plan for attendance and make sure we have enough goodies and prizes!!
Please feel free to forward this post and to pass on my email address and phone number!!
Looking forward to hearing from you!!
Feel free to contact me with any questions