Monday, January 31, 2011
Joy’s blog is great – CreativeMamma.com. It’s so incredibly well organized! It’s all about balancing your family and your creativity. There are recipes, craft ideas, giveaways, links to other sites of interest to moms, and even free printables! Not to mention links to her Etsy shop and some of her other favorite Etsy shops. You really should check it out…especially all you moms out there reading this.
You can find Joy on Flickr here
And Twitter here
And Facebook here
Joy contributes a lot to the EtsyBloggers team. And very soon, if it hasn’t happened already, Joy will be welcoming the newest member into her family. Let’s all congratulate Joy and wish her well in both her family and her creative endeavors!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
This pretty treasury was created by TUTreasures. She sells vintage and reclaimed jewelry supplies and also jewelry she makes from reclaimed materials. Please take a look at her shop! I am very into recycling and reusing so I cerainly want to promote her efforts. Thank you so much for including me!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
My high school is having a benefit auction and is gathering donations for the auction. I decided to make a bracelet in the school colors, purple and white. I went to Notre Dame de Sion, or Sion for short. At first I was torn between NDS and SION as the letters on my bracelet, but I decided on SION. Wish I had had one of these when I was in high school!
I have one more bracelet to make to donate to my son's high school auction. I need to get some little spacers to separate the letters, then I will be all set to make my RAIDERS bracelet. Then on to other things!
Friday, January 21, 2011
She talks about creating special gifts for people from flea market finds. Creating gifts by color or theme or culture. Her "wrapping" is not always wrapping, but some sort of extension of the gift to create a presentation. There are sections on floral displays and tea parties and just so many ways she comes up with to show people they are special to you.
It's a great book full of so many ideas! If you ever have the chance to take a look at this book, by all means do so!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
And please remember that when you order a pair of my Lisa's Earrings, the entire $5 purchase price amount goes to Susan G. Komen. I also have them in a bright pink color. Where else can you contribute $5 for a good cause and get a cute pair of earrings at the same time?
Saturday, January 15, 2011
These are all great colors that I have not had in my shop before. I think my favorite is the Fuschia AB, the bright pink one. I love the color! But you really can't go wrong with any color of Swarovski crystal, can you?
Friday, January 14, 2011
It's that time of year again! What's your New Years Resolution? Do you think it's a realistic one (will you accomplish your goal)?My goal this year is to go to the fitness center on a regular basis. Throughout the year. The entire year. For the last couple years, I've worked out early in the year very religiously for about the first two and a half months of the year. And then in mid-March, we'd go skiing for spring break. As soon as we got home, high school baseball season would start and my fitness program came to an end. And then we moved into the summer season of travel baseball and there was still no more fitness center.
My goal last year was to make it to every varsity baseball game that I could since my son was a senior and that would be my last year of high school baseball. I did not miss one inning of high school ball in 2010, but I'd work long hours on the other days to make up for the days I had to leave early for baseball. But now that Joe is off in college (and might get red-shirted), I figure I won't be going to as many baseball games as in the past. I'm going to make a sincere effort to work out three times a week. And if I miss a week, I'll get back on schedule the next week.
So far, I've done well. My first regular trip to the fitness center was 12/27. Since then, I've been nine times. I try to plan my week in advance so I know exactly what days I'll be going. My next day is tomorrow. So far, so good in going three times a week!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
This wonderful book, Delight in the Details, was on my Christmas list and my husband gave it to me. I read it cover to cover on Christmas Day. Tons of great and different ideas for embellishing greeting cards, scrapbook pages, gift tags, frames, etc. Some different techniques are explained and illustrated very clearly. It's a great book.
One day over my Christmas vacation I went to JoAnn's. It was a day that all their scrapbook paper collections were on sale. I bought some very pretty paper collections and couldn't wait to try some things in my new book. I started with some cards.
Here is the first card I made.
I had never tried stitching on cards before, but after seeing this technique in the book, I decided to give it a try. Turned out quite well. There were some little flowers made by gathering ribbon into a circle, but I decided to do it with lace that was already slightly gathered to start with. I think the examples in the book used 12 inches of ribbon but since my lace started gathered, I didn't need nearly that much. And I saw some buttons used on cards, which I really liked. So I decided to start using up some of the tons of scraps of things that I have around my craft room.
I had a length of lace that I made 6 flowers from. I dug through my leftover button container and found some of these brown buttons. And I used up a scrap of this pink ribbon. I made three of these identical cards and realized it was great to put some of these scraps that I've had around for years to a good use finally. Here's a closeup of my flower.
If you like scrapbooking, making greeting cards and similar paper crafts, take a look at this book. It includes many great techniques that I'm anxious to try.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
bought some fleece at JoAnn at 50% off,
found the McCall’s pattern at Hancock’s for 99 cents (they were out of my size at JoAnn) and made my cute jacket. Here is a picture.
I like the way it turned out. It was easy to sew but it’s hard to say exactly how long I spent on the sewing. The lining fabric I found was not exactly fleece. I’m not sure what you call this fabric, but it sheds terribly. It looks like short curly hair! My craft room was a mess when I finished cutting out the pattern pieces.
And as I was sewing, I would stop periodically to vacuum this stuff off the floor, the ironing board, the walls…it was everywhere. Even in my mouth. So my choice of fabric definitely added some time to the project. I will probably not choose to use this type of fabric again for quite some time, but I do like the way it looks. I’m glad I finally found a project to do with fleece!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
One of the things on my list was to make some soldered pendants, including ones for Valentine's Day. This was one of my projects over this last weekend. I made 18 pendants and have photographed them all. Now I need to get them listed in my Etsy shop.
Here is a picture of my new pendants. All of them have a different picture on the reverse side, so it's like having two pendants in one.
I purchased some collage sheets on Etsy some time ago and just bought another sheet of Valentine's images last week. Lauren Alexander is the artist who created the cute birds. The images of Paris and some of the other vintage-looking images are from Charmed Memory Collage. And some of the Cupids and the images that look more like vintage valentines are from Piddix.
I haven't made pendants in a while, so I had a great time doing it. And if I'm going to get all my stuff out, I might as well make a lot of them at one time. I'll start getting them listed tonight. If only there was time to do ALL the crafts I want to do, whenever I want to do them!