I've been busy making snowmen! Not just any snowmen but special presents for my favorite puppies. Yes! These are dog toys for my agressive chewer and all his friends. They are so cute. I might just have to make some to just keep in a basket near the back door for decoration this winter!Isn't that just the cutest face ever? Hopefully they will last longer than the average dog toy around here. I can buy the Kong stuffed squeak toys for Jaws and Java and they last five minutes tops! I made some balls in a similar way for Jaws and Java this fall. They lasted a week! And that was with very agressive play. That is an eternity around here.
These two will be staying here with Jaws and Java.
These two are for my grandpuppies Fizz and Cairo. If anyony would like to buy these, I will take orders. Just send me an email.
The kids and I finished up the presents that I most enjoy creating. Each year our church, Northridge, collects shoe boxes filled with small gifts for kids around the world who don't get Christmas without us. Each year I try to increase the number of boxes that we fill. I start shopping for things right after the boxes are collected. The end of the collection is this coming weekend. This year, rather than wrapping a regular cardboard shoe box, I bought inexpensive plastic ones and sewed fabric liners for them to make them look nice and so that the kids would be surprised when they opened them.
This is the stack of them on the table. There are 5 for little girls and 5 for little boys this year. Cari and Cody helped me fill them up and get them ready to go. Here is a peak at what is inside. I would encourage everyone who can to fill a box for a child next year. I hope to do more than this year. Next year I am going to actually make the box be part of the gift. Maybe a baby bed filled with baby doll and all the accessories for the girls and a car mat and garage with matchbox cars for the boys. I would then fill the box with the type of things I would throw into my own kids stockings....the little toys and treats that they always look forward to. I love filling these boxes and think about what to put into them all year. They are more fun than buying for my own children because these kids don't give me a list of what they want. I buy the basic old fashioned toys such as dolls, coloring books and crayons...no electronics or battery operated items. The kind of things that I looked forward to getting each year. It keeps Christmas in my heart and reminds me of the gift that God gave to us on a wonderful silent night.
I have been busy for the past couple of months. The girls and I tried to make our dresses for my Niece's wedding on the 8th of October. Unfortunately I ran into complications with my pattern fitting correctly and didn't have time to finish before the wedding. I finished Courtney's dress but Cari waited too long and ran out of time. We will get them finished for Christmas time.
As soon as the wedding was over, I started making Cody's costume. He doesn't do much for Halloween, but this past weekend...the one after Halloween...the kids went to Youmacon. It is a comic, video game, and anime convention. The kids go every year.
This year, Cody decided to be the Riddler. Last year he kind of got the short end of the stick on his costume. I promised him that his costume would be the first one done this year. I made the jacket, pants and mask. He made his cane. Together we chose the rest of the accessories.
I think it turned out pretty awsome, if I do say so myself. He had so much fun at the con. Every where he went, people were stopping him to take his picture. I think it made him feel pretty good that people noticed the work that went into his costume. Nothing makes me feel better than to be able to put a smile on the faces of my kids.
We were all busy trying to finish dresses for my niece's wedding last week. Unfortunately things didn't go as planned and only one of them got finished. I finished mine but the top didn't fit correctly when it was finished. I will have to redo that later. Cari got frustrated because she waited til the last minute to start and gave up. Courtney's was the only one that was able to be worn for the wedding. I didn't get any pictures because I forgot my camera.
Even Jaws wanted to help sew them.
Here he is trying to help me cut mine out. I was trying to straighted the fabric out and he climbed up on the dining table to help. I was laughing so hard I couldn't scold him. This is the first time he did this. We will hopefully get the dresses finished soon. Now we have to start on costumes for Youmacon next month. Hopefully I will get more help from the girls and less from Jaws! :)
Those of you who manage to find enough time to do the art, take and edit awsome pictures, and post every day are my heros. I try and try to get it all timed correctly to make this happen on my blog but I always seem to have too few hours in each day. Someday it could happen. I will keep trying til I get it all figured out. I have been working on the jewlery for my niece's wedding. I finished the last brides maids jewlery tonight. Tomorrow I will try to get some really good pictures and get them edited. If I have time, I will post them tomorrow night. If not it will happen over the weekend. Katrina has been bugging me for pictures since I told her I had her's done and the first brides maids, flower girl's and jr bride's done. I have been putting her off because I really want to be able to watch her face when she sees it for the first time. They are having a birthday party for her little girl next weekend and I plan to give it to her then. That way they will have it for final fitting of dresses for everyone.
I have also been working on my livingroom floor for the past two weeks. It took so long because I had to work around the furniture. I would work on a small section, wait for it to dry, move all the furniture, and work on another small section. I put the last coat of sealer on the small strip that I had to leave so that I could get into and out of my bedroom. I will take pictures of the new floor as soon as I get the furniture back to where it belongs.
Now I have to get to work on a birthday present to take to the party next weekend, my dress for the wedding, and the jewlery to go with it, along with my mom's, and both of my daughter's jewlery and dresses. I also need to finish the trim in the livingroom now that the floor is finished, and finish the drywall that was destroyed when the roof leaked in the kitchen and mudroom. This is all along with working on art to stock my new etsy shop, creating a new logo, figuring out the new website for registering businesses in Michigan and getting my EIN number. I am going to be a busy girl. Is there any way to suspend time so that I can get it all done? Just kidding. I know that I just have to keep plugging along. I got behind in the months that I couldn't do anything because of my shoulder. I am still limited in my physical activity and will be for a while longer, but it is improving every day.
For now I am going to try to get some sleep so that I can get in a full day tomorrow. I hope you all have had a great day and will have a wonderful night.
I keep trying to get this blogging thing down. I keep trying. I keep believing that it could happen. I think if I keep at it, it will happen. I will keep pushing myself til I get the timing thing figured out. Those of you who manage to post...with awsome pictures....every day, are my heros. I seem to always run out of hours in the days. I have time to work on the art, or take the pictures, or edit the pictures on photoshop, or post. I just haven't figured out how to get it all done in one day. Lately I have been working on the jewlery for my niece's wedding. I finished the last bride
I have been reading a new to me book for the past few days. It is 29 Gifts in 29 Days by Cami Walker. In the book, Cami is given a prescription to give a gift to someone each day for 29 days to help her deal with MS. Following the prescription for these 29 days changes her life. It doesn't cure her disease, but it does help her come to terms with the disease and learn to live with it. I logged onto the website for the challenge of giving a gift for 29 days. www.29gifts.org. I had already decided to take the challenge before logging on to the site. I started giving earlier today when I went to the Post Office here in town and gave a stained glass stepping stone to a former co-worker and friend. She had ordered one stone to give as a gift to her daughter and at the time of the order, she had mentioned that the one I had made for the same daughter several years ago for her wedding had broken and that her daughter was heart broken over it. I decided to make a replica of the same stone as a gift. I delivered the stones today. To my surprise, Sandy, my friend, ordered another stone as well as asking if I can make something for the steps they have that go down to the lake from the road. I hope to start this job before fall but I don't think it will be able to be installed before spring. Thank you Cami for writing your book about your experience. I plan to pass your book along to someone else to read and hopefully he/she will join the challenge. I hope you all will read her book and join the challenge. Think of how wonderful this world would be if we all put energy every day into giving a gift to someone else rather than dwelling on the bad things in life. I hope you all have a wonderful day!
As some of you know(anyone who has read my past posts), I fell in December and messed up my arm pretty well. I haven't been able to do most of the things I love to do since then. On April 6th, I had surgery to repair the damage and am now on the road to recovery. I am still unable to do much. I will start physical therapy later this month. I have however been doing a lot of reading. I have read a couple of the most inspiring novels ever. I heard about Jason F. Wright's novels, Christmas Jars, and Christmas Jars Reunion, somewhere in blogland. I wish I could give credit to the blogger friend who suggested reading them, but I can't remember who it was. These books are wondful. They have reminded me what Christmas is truely about. It is about the gift that God gave us and the spirit of giving to others at Christmas time. Since reading these books, I have started my own Christmas Jar and look forward to giving it to a special person or family this Christmas. I hope you will pick up a copy of these books and possibly start your own Christmas Jar to give.
Oh My Gosh! If you all remember, I entered the matchbox exchange over at the Speckled Egg. I recieved one of my boxes on Saturday and the other one today. I am overwhelmed by all the wonderful things that these ladies managed to get into these boxes....it was too much for the matchboxes so they both placed things within the box that the matchbox was shipped in. This first box is the one I recieved from Lisa over at Happyscrapper72.blogspot.com.
I love those rosettes on top of the box. It was decorated beautifully as you can see.
Iside it I found all of this wonderful stuff! There are crocheted flowers, tags, buttons and punched flowers along with other embellishments. I look forward to creating something with all these wonderful items.
Here is a closeup of the buttons, punched flowers, the crystal charm, and the decorated inside of the box. I'm sorry for the crummy picture. I lost my natural light and the flash went off. Thank you so much Lisa. I love it all so much and can't wait to start creating with it all.
This is a picture of the top of the box that I recieved from Kathy over at Countrychintz.blogspot.com. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love it. I was overwhelmed by all that Kathy sent to me!
Just look at all this wonderful stuff! I can't even begin to describe it all! There are all kinds of ephemera to use in projects along with tags, charms, buttons, flowers, lace and ribbons. I was completely amazed at everything.
Here is a close up of just some of the wonderful things that Kathy put into the box that carried the box. There is no way that it could have all been placed into the matchbox. Thank you so very much Kathy. I don't even have words that cover how grateful I am for everything that you sent.
Thank you Theresa for hosting this exchange. I had so much fun both making and filling the boxes that I sent out as well as the anticipation and excitement of recieving the boxes from these wonderful ladies. I look forward to another swap. I am more prepared for the next one since this was my first.
Theresa over at Time Worn Interiors (timeworninteriors.blogspot.com) is having a giveaway for getting 400 followers. She is giving away a gorgeous purse that she made. I fell in love with these purses the first time she blogged about them. Go check out her blog and sign up for the giveaway.
Hey! don't get me wrong. I am in love with the most wonderful man out there and I love to hear him tell me Happy Valentine's Day and I love you. I also love to tell him these things. But seriously! Come on. I have been seeing blog posts related to valentine's day since New Years. I know that you are all a lot more creative than you are showing, and I am really tired of seeing crafts every day for a month with hearts and roses. These posts have really gotten old especially when I see at least 10 posts of cupcakes and another 100 of the same or very slightly different craft every day. I would suggest that maybe the weekend before Valentine's Day, you post one creative idea to share with others on the subject, and maybe mention it the actual day of the holiday and then get on with things. You aren't the only one posting out here and after reading 300 blogs posting Valentine's Day stuff every day for a month and a half, I am over it. I really don't care if anyone else wishes me a Happy V Day today.
I hope you all have a wonderful day. I promise that tomorrow I will be back to myself and in a happy day mood. I don't plan to read any more valentine's day posts before next year and if you start posting valentine's day posts before next year, I won't read them.
Ok I feel like a doof! I asked people to leave comments on my blog, but I just figured out how to read them at 3:30 in the morning. Don't ask me what I am doing up at this time of the morning! Anyway, when I tried to email one of the people who left me a comment, I was unable to send it. I will admit, I am definately more artistic than I am computer savvy.
I also promised to start posting some tutorials to show you all how to make some of the things that I do. Since I fell in December, I have been pretty limited in what I can do. I can't cut glass with my left hand, so I haven't been working any glass. I do have a few smaller projects in the works though. I am actually working on several different things right now. I have boxes to fill for a swap! I also have some other things in the works too.
My niece set her wedding date while her fiance was home on leave. My sister and I have been doing some brain storming for inexpensive ways to get beautiful results. We are going to be making a version of altered bottles for the centerpieces on the tables. She wants twinkle lights...so twinkle lights she shall have. (If anyone knows of a place where we can get battery operated twinkle lights pretty cheap, I sure would appreciate a heads up!) I also make jewlery and my sister has asked me to make the necklaces for the bridesmaids to wear and a special version for Katrina. I had already planned on a special necklace for my niece. I don't know if she will end up deciding to wear it for the wedding or not but she will get it reguardless. Katrina and I have been close since she was little. I am so happy for her. She has been through some things that no young woman should ever have to endure and she deserves a man who treats her like a princess. James does just that. He is the most amazing young man and I have to say that he is the only man I can imagine who deserves someone so special. I will be sure to post pictures of the different versions of the altered bottles and the final one as well. I will also post the pictures of the necklaces as I finish them. I might be able to do a tutorial on the bottles after we figure out exactly what we want the final product to look like. We have a couple of different ideas bouncing around right now. I also will be making a bunch of sea glass this summer. Katrina wants that to sprinkle on the tables around the centerpieces.
Ok so now that you know how many things are bouncing around in my brain....this doesn't even start to count the hassles of dealing with workman's comp and trying to get a paycheck to pay the bills and feed the kids and dog...you know why I am still awake at 4am. This post is all over the place! I am going to try to get some sleep, now that my arm has stopped throbbing....gotta love pain killers...and I have gotten some of my thoughts written down and out of my head. I hope you all have a wonderful night? day? Not sure what you would call it. I will chat with you all soon.
Today has been a good day. Nothing exciting happened to make it special. It was just one of those days that you just enjoy. It started in the usual way. A shower...get dressed and throw my hair up into a ponytail. My ex husband came over to put the kitchen cabinets back on my kitchen walls and sand the drywall that he patched a couple of weeks ago. I know...most ex husbands wouldn't do things like that for you, but mine does. We are better friends now that we are divorced than we ever were when we were together. Last night my daughter wanted to go to our favorite frozen custord place but they were closed before we could get their. It will be my twins 20th birthday next weekend and since they will be with their dad, we decided to celebrate this weekend instead. Courtney decided that she wanted to spend her time with her friend Tommy so Cari and Cody and I went out by ourselves. We went out to dinner and then went to Borders to pick up a book that Cari wanted. Since we couldn't get custard last night, we went this afternoon. We were going to catch a movie too, but since we were under a winter weather advisory and it was snowing like crazy when we left, we decided to just grab a couple of movies for me and a video game for each of the kids to play at home.
The evening has been quiet and relaxing. I have watched my movies each twice through. I loved Eat Pray Love when I saw it in the theater and wanted to see Letters to Juliet but didn't get to see it in the theater so I bought them both today. The kids have been playing their games. I have also been blog hopping and found a great one with a lot of organizing tips. (sewmanyways.blogspot.com) I found a lot of great ideas on this blog that I plan to use to reorganize my studio. I also found a lot of wonderful gift ideas that I look forward to making and giving.
Like I said, nothing wonderful or exciting happened to make the day special. It has just been a great day. I hope you have all had a wonderful day as well.
My sister, Ginger called last week to chat. As usual we talked for quite a while about anything and everything. After a while being on the phone she mentioned that she needed to make a baby blanket for a shower gift but she didn't think she would have time to finish it on time. I told her that I had some "Boo Boo Blankets" finished. I think that if I had been standing in front of her, she would have pounced on me.
"Boo Boo Blankets" came about when my baby girls were born 20 years ago. They are small bassinet blankets that are the perfect size for newborns. When the baby scoots forward, like they all do, the blanket scoots with them so that they stay covered all night. I love them when they were tiny and they loved them long after. They became my preemie daughter's security blankets. This was nice because they were a lot smaller than most blankets, making them a lot easier to take along where ever we went. Later they became the chosen blanket to wrap a doll or stuffed animal in. My daughters still have their "boo boos" tucked away in their keepsakes.
I also had a lamb bag which was the natural progression from the trick or treat bags I made for my girls the first year they went out on Halloween. The original ones were jack-o-lanterns. My girls also loved those and wanted to use them to carry their toys around. I made lambs and bunnies as Easter bags but they also make a great small diaper bag for those trips to the grocery store. As the kids get older, they are great for carrying toys on a trip. The shape of them makes them perfect for setting next to the car seat for their toys. The kids can get the handle to get the toys and when they drop the bag back on the seat, it stays put. The burp clothes came about last year when a friend was expecting his first grand child. I thought the lamb burp cloth would be perfect with the bag as a baby gift. The other one is the same shape but without the face. It is flannel on both sides with a layer of terry cloth between to make it very absorbant.
Ginger decided that she would take it all. I think it is the perfect baby gift, and she didn't have to stress over getting something finished and mailed out on time. She couldn't make it to the shower because she had to work, so she had me mail it to her best friend who lived next door to the mother to be.
This is what the package looked like before I closed up the box and took it to the post office to ship. Oh the little key chain tied onto the package is a prayer charm. Just a little reminder that God will always be with the little bundle of joy. It has beads and glitter inside the small bottle along with a Bible verse that tells us that all babies are a gift from God. The keychain is a gift for the mom to be. It is something that I put into all of my orders. I change the verse to fit the gifting situation.
I have signed up to join in on the petite inspiration box swap over at the Speckled Egg! This is my first swap and am really excited to join in. Go check it out! Just click on her button in my side bar. I will show more as soon as I can.
I have been struggling with creative inspiration these past few weeks. I have found a lot of inspiring things here in blogland, but nothing has truely sparked a creative fire inside me. I'm not sure what my problem is, but I hope I figure it out soon. I want so much to be able to get these feelings I am having out. To share them with the world as well as to release them from my heart. I am feeling rather overwhelmed with everything that I am feeling.
Maybe it is being so restricted in what I am physically able to do with my shoulder. Or maybe it is the stress of being out of work until I am able to be treated. Or maybe it is just the sitting home with so many art supplies that is keeping me from getting something going.
If you have any suggestions, please help me out. I really need to get my art on!