Dec 28, 2010

Another Believe sign & more

Well, Christmas is over & the holiday craft shows are done, I have a little bit more time to add some projects that I've done on here. If you don't have a blog, you may be surprised at the time it takes to keep it updated, in addition to creating the projects to post to them. Take into consideration that I have a 6 year old pc & you've just quadrupled that time because of how slow it is & I don't have the highest DSL, not the slowest, but not even middle of the road speed either. And Heaven forbid if it's doing a virus scan! (which is what's happening right now...) this process could take a few hours. LOL!! JK-sorta

Anyway, if you remember the Snowman themed "Believe" sign in an earlier post, this is the same sign, but done in a somewhat vintage Santa theme & MUCH simpler in design. I liked it, but would have liked to have added a bit more to it, but I did this the night before my craft show, so I was doing good just to get it done the way it was. I know, call me stupid or a glutton, or both, but it worked out since it did sell. You can click on the image to make it larger to see more of the details, but it also says "In the Spirit of Christmas" on it.

This is a set of jingle bells that I added some vinyl snowflakes to with letters to spell JOY. Surprisingly, these were pretty good sellers & if I come across more next year at the flea market I found them at, I'm getting more. I have one left that I didn't add vinyl to & I guess that's why I still have it. It wasn't prettied up. This one looks like it had some issues with the bells not lining up better & they sort of didn't, but I was able to get them straightened out more, I just didn't do it for this shot. Oh! And I also added tiny snowflakes on the strap between the bells too. I think I might try bigger ones next time so they're more noticeable.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas, that is if you weren't snowed in somewhere or spending the next few days after stranded at an airport. Oh, those poor people who have been enduring that, but it's no one's fault, so I hope that these people aren't blaming the airports for their predicament. What a mess!

I might start to feel inspired to craft again now that all the rush of Christmas is over & everyone is getting settled back into routines & I might even try to find my craft room again - at least for a little while. ;)

I did want to mention that I love to watch the birds that visit my feeders in my front yard, especially when they frequent it heavily in the morning hours. Yesterday & today I noticed a new bird taking over the one suet cake feeder. It's called Yellowshaft Flicker. It's a larger bird, about the size of pigeon & sort of resembling one too, except with unusual markings & a somewhat yellow underside. I've not ever seen one of these at my feeders in the 3-4 years I've had them & from what I've researched online, they're actually a woodpecker that is a bug & ant feeder. I guess I think it's odd that it's wanting seeds, but cool none the less! It appears in this picture to be feeding at a pile of seeds (I retrieved this pic from the internet), so I guess they'll do when ants & bugs are not available. I sure hope they stay & work on the over abundance of ants we have around here in the summer! THAT would be GREAT!!

So that's it for today. Nothing really exciting to share really otherwise. Thanks for letting me babble on like I do.

God Bless & have a great day!


Dec 25, 2010


I hope everyone is having a wonderful & happily memorable Christmas! We are getting to the point of winding down here & assembling the new & getting rid of some of the old (my big new comfy computer chair & the flat, ragged old one, for instance!)

We had a great time with just the family & then spent the day today with my side of the family for a delicious brunch! Too much good food & lots of great conversation. But, it gets to point that all in all, it's time to go home & finally wind down. Ahhhh.....

I just wanted to share a couple of very simply decorated pocket calendars that I made for my step mom & step sister. I forgot to add the little red jewels to the yellow scallop like I did on the green one, but I added it before giving it. It definitely needed them. They were simple & I just used the blingy pearl-like paper that you get in a pad at Walmart for the yellow & green portions. The pattern papers are from a 6x6 pad from Cosmo Cricket. CUTE stuff!! The little bling hearts were Mary Engelbright stickers from Michael's $ bin! Too cute & cheap to pass up, don'tcha think??

They both seemed to really like them quite a lot & I'm glad they did.

Well, I want to keep this short today so, here's hoping all went well with you & yours this holiday & that you all have a fantastic & very blessed New Year!!


Dec 21, 2010

Only days away....

from Santa's big scene! Are you all ready for his arrival? I'm almost there, but even as early as I start most years, & I did start a little early this year, I just seem to be doing tons of last minute stuff & still searching for that one gift that seems to elude me. This year, its a smaller version of a George Foreman grill with removable plates for my son. First, I debated about even getting it for him, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it was something he could use for years to come. He loves to make grilled chicken breast wraps & that might be something he can take with him to college next year. I figured if it had the removable grilling plates, he might be more likely to wash it after each use, but that is still up for debate. You would know what I mean if you saw his bedroom. I already feel so sorry for any of his future room mates & future wife. LOL!!

I will have to try to remember to take some pictures of our tree & house lights. Our tree is not done any kind of elaborate theme, except for maybe family traditional, but I think it's beautiful every year & Brooke is already starting to expect certain items to be on the tree year after year. She is in love the animated Angel that tops the tree. I've had her for at least 18 years & fear that she won't have many more years left in her.

I have a bit of crafting to do today, but the projects aren't nothing much. I'm altering a couple of those pocket/purse calendars for my step-mom & step-sister. So far, I'm drawing a blank for the designs, but maybe once I get going, something good will out of it. LOL!

I don't know if anyone has been able to open my blog, I got a message from my friend Andrea that she can't get it to open, so maybe that's why I haven't had any replies to my posts lately. I don't know what the problem might be unless it's the new wintery background I changed to. so, if you're able to read my blog, please leave me a little message letting me know you've been here. Otherwise, I guess I'll change my background again to see if that's the problem.

Thanks for stopping by & if I don't get another post up before Christmas, here's hoping that you & your families all have a safe & gloriously memorable Christmas & a very blessed New Year!


Dec 7, 2010

Something I may have missed....?

I don't think that I posted this at the time that I actually finished it, but I could be wrong. I didn't see it when I did my search.

However, if I am repeating myself, then that's OK too, since this is season appropriate right now!
(If you want to see it in a larger view, just click on the picture)

This is a word sign that I altered for a GOOD customer of mine. She wanted it done with a snowman theme. It took me FOREVER to complete because at the time of her order, I knew I wanted the Bazzill Diamond Bling card stock. Wouldn't you know that it was not available anywhere!!! I mean anywhere too! My local scrapbook store had it on back order for months until they closed their doors, then I went to another store & they had it on back order for-ever! I searched every online store I could find, big & small & they either didn't carry it or it was on back order with them too. What was the deal here? The real catch was that this exact color was being pushed in every scrapbook magazine since before I even needed it & yet no one had it to begin with. So frustrating & bless my customer's heart for being so understanding in the looooooong wait. Lucky for me, it was going in a room that she has dedicated to snowmen all year round, so she wasn't really pushing the issue. But still, who wants to wait almost a year for something like this?

Anyway, a 3rd scrapbook store that was an hour away, that had closed their doors at the exact same time as when she placed the order (go figure!), had reopened under new owners & by the time I finally got to go check them out (3 months later) they had it in stock! Woo hoo!!! I literally had to go to town on getting this baby done. Since I had waited so long to get the paper I needed, I nearly forgot what my original plan was for the design. Memory, don't fail me now! If it did fail me, I may have over compensated for it in the end. LOL!

She seemed totally thrilled with it. She even gave me a $5 tip & a huge hug! I thought I would cry when she gave me the hug.

I don't think I would, or even could, make another like this one again. Some of the stuff I used on it was a couple of years old & I had to do some serious digging to find enough snowman things to put on it. Lots of long hours on the Cricut machine too.

On a sort of different topic, yet not, the kiddo had a 2 hour delay today because of lake effect snow. It was the delay she needed to hopefully help her recoup on her sleep after not getting enough at her friend's birthday sleepover on Saturday night. She was definitely feeling some jet lag, without the jet! LOL! We didn't get much of the snow on Monday, but apparently overnight we got hit pretty good & it's been almost non-stop today.

Brooke & I managed to get a small batch of sugar cookies made last night, but I know it won't be the last. These are her favorite to make & eat. I make the cookies so big & a bit thicker that one batch of dough doesn't make very many. Brooke likes to use her own little mini cutters & rolling pin. They're really good if you put mini chocolate chips or the mini M&M's on them. Of course, everything is better with chocolate, don't you think? ;-) Oh, & now I might get to use the 1st failed fudge recipe as frosting, since that was the consistency it had.

I suppose I'll end this post for now. I have some things to get done & a few errands to run before I go pick Brooke up from school.

God Bless & have a great day!

I'm linking this up at House of Hepworths


Dec 6, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

How is the weather in your neck of the woods? If you're in the Eastern half of the United States, then it's probably cold & snowy! Right now, we're in a break with the beautiful sun shining and blue skies peaking out of the wispy clouds, but that can all change in a heartbeat around here in Northern Indiana. We're so close to Lake Michigan that it's not uncommon for us to get hit some threatening snow storms all because of a condition called Lake Effect snow. We haven't gotten it as bad as they were predicting, but there's still another day of it possible, I guess.

I haven't posted any pictures of anything I have made in a while. And to be honest, I haven't made anything since my craft show. I also don't like to show too much of the stuff I sell, since there are so many people out there looking for ideas themselves - myself included! So, I like to keep some of my best kept secrets a secret. I already know I'll have many copy cats of my things next year. It's just easier to copy the stuff than buy it.

So, here's a card that I actually made earlier this year & never got around to posting. I just love the Teresa Collins stuff! This line, and I can't even recall which one it is, was perfect for making cards, since the sentiments are already made up on the card stock!

It's not easy to tell in this picture, but the scalloped sentiment is pop dotted & then I cut out diamond shapes from the same line of coordinating paper & black card stock from the Provocraft Jasmine cartridge. I really liked the slight curve of the lines. I added the butter cream colored flowers to match the same color of the bottom layer design & some black pearls for centers finished them off. I think the bottom layer had some other kind of sentiment that didn't work with what I had in mind, but I love blue & yellow together, so I was able to make it all work with layering one sentiment over another. I embossed the center black diamond shape in the herringbone design to repeat the printed pattern of the other diamond shapes.

I was just out & boy, has the wind really picked up & it feels so bitterly cold now! Ugh! I think tonight would be the perfect hot chocolate night snuggled up on the couch with my family with a big crackling fire going in the fireplace watching some fun holiday shows while eating freshly baked Christmas cookies. Mmmmmm.....sounds perfect & even hubby's unemployment can't dash this kind of fun.

God Bless & have a great day!


Nov 27, 2010

Thanksgiving weekend - survived!?

Well, the big 4 day weekend is over & the fun parts are over for us. We had a wonderful dinner at my step-sister's house. It's such a blessing for all of us that she was able to do this since she has come such a long, hard way in the past 3 1/2 years with her leukemia battles & the set backs she's endured with her Graph vs. Host disease & has amazingly overcome! It was definitely a day to be Thankful for!

It was also her son's 18th birthday that day! He & my son are just a few weeks apart in age. He is such a handsome young man too that's sort of soft spoken.

As usual, there was too much food, but then again, it wouldn't be a blessed one without that too. You should always be thankful everyday if you have enough to eat!

There was fun conversation & my step-sister cracked open this cool 2 tiered crayon holder full of crayons & some pretty coloring pages that she printed off from the Crayola site that were free! If you want to check them out, just click on the underlined word Crayola to get your own.

I was glad for a wonderful Thanksgiving, because in the afternoon of Black Friday, after we were done shopping, Alan got the call from his boss that he is going to be laid off until the beginning of April, tentatively. We always anticipate this happening, but it seems to come earlier & earlier every year. This time, it was a whole month earlier! I am not what you would call a real planner or anything like that, but I find it difficult to make ends meet in the winter months anyway. So, by the end of Aug or Sept., I start stocking up on non-perishable items like toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, ALL laundry & cleaning items, pasta, sauces, flour, sugar.... you get the idea. My laundry room ends up looking like a mini supermarket by November. It's usually my hope to only need to buy milk, bread, eggs, meats & whatever else we may necessarily need. I guess it's good that I didn't run out & buy the laptop I was so hoping for with my craft show money. I was almost going to on Black Friday, but I guess God was talking to me & I actually listened & talked myself out going through with it. It looks like I'm using that money for other more important things now & that most likely means I didn't need that laptop after all. If I'm meant to have one, He will see to it that I get it - now is not that time.

But, on a lighter note...did you go out for the early morning Black Friday sales??? Yep, I did! I was up at 3:00 am & out the door by 3:30. I hit my local Walmart since I'm not driving 30-60 minutes to wait OUTSIDE when it's only 18 degrees! I might be a little off, but I'm not stupid either! No deal is worth frost bite to me! At least at Walmart you can be indoors. I like the way they did it this year over last year. I wanted to get a Nintendo DS for my daughter. I was surprised to see that there was no line. I go up to the lady & ask about the NDS & she asks if I want 1 or 2? I only need one, so she gives me a wristband that technically "holds" one for me until 11:00. COOL!! I can actually go shop around the store without having to miss out on the other bargains they have going on. Finally, they got a little smarter! I did still end up missing out on the Cricut Holly Jolly Christmas Lite cartridge, but I got 2 other new ones I wanted. I was able to get the cute pet one & the tiny Dancer too. I almost didn't get them because I thought that I was getting a laptop & then buying a program like SCAL2 or MTC so that I wouldn't need to buy carts anymore. My plans were dashed again. Why? On our way home from shopping, my husband got the call from his boss that he's laid off until April. I pray that my husband can find a better job somewhere else & soon. He so deserves better.

So, today is Monday & it's back to the same routine, but different since Alan is home. Although he went to my dad's house this morning to install some ceiling fans that they've wanted put in, so that will keep him busy & give us a little extra cash to help out.

And so I will end this long post that still has no pictures to show you anything fun & creative, but it doesn't even look like anyone is reading this blog anymore anyway.

God Bless & have a great day!


Nov 20, 2010


Well, I don't think my house will EVER be one of those that is totally organized, but we have put a gallant effort into it this weekend. Maybe I'm just sick & tired of the chaotic look around me, I don't know, but it is in desperate need of attention. And the funny part is that we're not even having Thanksgiving here! My sister is coming to stay with us, like she does every holiday, but she has Down's Syndrome & could care less how messy my house is - well to a certain degree anyway.

It started with not being able to sell Brooke's bedroom set. We had them all unloaded & moved out to the far garage for 3 garage sales earlier this fall. They didn't sell, so before loading them back into the house, we thought we'd give Craigslist a try. Well, we got a bogus offer that apparently in turn caused us to lose out on a legitimate sale because we put them on hold. So, after a 2nd no response listing on CL, we decided to bring them back into the house & Brooke can use them for the winter & we'll try our luck again next spring. With all the prep work necessary for getting those large pieces back into her room, it started a cleaning frenzy that must have bled into today. I decided that the good Lord has given me plenty of nice warm days to get the rest of my outdoor stuff put away that I really should not waste another not getting that done. There was a lot more to just putting things away, my new garden shed still had all the tools & wood left in it from the work that was done in the summer. Then, the purpose of the garden shed being built in the first place, was to get MY stuff out of the garage so that DH could open his truck door open a little further. Of course all that stuff HAD to come out of there tonight! It couldn't wait until tomorrow when it was a bit warmer. Don't get me wrong, it feels good to see that garden shed looking like what it was meant for instead of disheveled mess of tools, sawdust & debris all over the place. I really can't wait to get the finishing touches done to that too & start landscaping around it next year.

If you were to come into our home right now, you wouldn't think that we were on the organization trail, but it's still in progress as we're doing other rearranging. It always seems as though it's a series of events just to get to the ONE end result. And the sad thing is, you're wore out before you reach your final destination & give up before IT gets done. I sure hope we can stay on track to the end. My poor house deserves it.

On another topic, I went to one of my distant neighbor's house today as she was having a craft show in her house. I have met her once when she came to one of our garage sales last year. I've even bought a few things from some of her garage sales. Her house is very awesomely decorated outside! I just had to see what it looked like on the inside. UNIQUE! I would have to say that she has some very cool furniture pieces & the prices were fabulous! I would have to change the colors though since it seems like she's really into bright colors. I noticed a lot of hot pink, lime green & sunshine yellow around. I could have done much more damage than I did, but I still have that laptop in my head that I really want, so I'm trying to be good with my spending. I did get a triple folding shutter that has a chalkboard on the last shutter, that was only $10! I think it would be charming to display small signs or ornaments for my craft shows with a sign for the prices. I also picked up a tall, narrow, galvanized pail that she had painted red. I was going to paint it a different color, but I'm thinking now I may not & just add some type of Christmas design on it & leave it red.

Well, it's getting late & I'm getting a bit tired from all the work I did today. Alan has the house all nice & cozy with a fire going. That's probably what's putting me to sleep.

Have a good weekend & if I don't post before Thursday, have a Wonderful & safe Thanksgiving!

God Bless & have a great day!


Nov 15, 2010


Well, I am happy to say that I can finally get a bit of a breather now. My two back to back craft shows are done & I am thrilled to say that they were both a HUGE success for me! I now have enough funds from my sales to purchase a fairly decent laptop now & a set of tires for my van! WOO HOO!!

I was also happy to hear from many customers that my friend & I have a "fan base" following for the shows we participate in. We even had a few say that they only come to those shows to come to our booth every year! How cool is that??

I was glad to notice that when it was all said & done, I only had 2 long flat totes of stuff to bring back home instead of an entire van load!

The worst part of the last craft show was that my hubby made the poor judgment to try to burn some leaves while I was out, but thinking that he had them all extinguished, left to bring me lunch & then wait it out to help me load up after the show. He had only been at the show for probably 15 minutes when he got a call from the neighbor that our woods were on fire!! Lucky for us (the Lord was watching over us for sure!) the wind was blowing in a northerly direction, but if it had been blowing to the south, it would have taken our house, since he wasn't that far from it to begin with. We also started to get a few light rain showers & that help keep things in a check a bit too. Ya know, I was gonna make a questionable remark to him on the phone about burning leaves so close to the time for him to leave, but I let it can bet we have a new leaf burning rule now! Here is what it looks like today. Some of the pics don't show the black real well, but whatever looks darker on the ground is the burnt part.

Also, that same day, a friend came to the craft show & told me that she was awoken at 4:30 a.m. to discover that THEIR woods was on fire! Can you say Holy Smokes! Luckily, theirs wasn't too serious either, but pretty scary, none the less.

So, after a pretty hectic month, I think it's safe to say that I can take a tiny breather. It will be short lived since my house is a total wreck from neglect & I can't even really blame my family since most of the mess is mine from making crafts. I can blame my daughter for the one in the living room though. NONE of that is mine.

Well, it's getting close to bedtime here for the kiddo, so I will keep in touch again soon! Hope everyone is getting things around for the American celebration next week. I can't believe Thanksgiving is already upon us!

PS...have you been checking out the black Friday sales? Oooooh!


Nov 1, 2010

November...already? (*sigh)

It just seems like yesterday we were getting ready for the beginning of school & now we're getting ready for the rush of the holiday season. Where does the time go anyway? It must be faster than the speed of light the older you get, I swear. I know now exactly what my parents meant when they would tell me as a child that I will wish back for the days when I thought time was dragging on, because it will just fly by the older you get.

Well, it was still October this past weekend & our community celebrated Trick-or-Treat night on Sat. instead of Sunday, which actually was the 31st. It was a great night for it although it was a bit breezy, Brooke didn't seem to mind at all. I dressed her up as a Witch, "which" she did not want to be at first. I told her the costume was not a scary witch, but a pretty witch & she was OK with that as long as I didn't paint her face green. LOL I promised her that I would not & had something very pretty in mind for her face instead.

This is her & her dad posing for me. I didn't dress up this year as I didn't feel like going to the trouble just for riding around in the van. DH was disappointed, but got over it & informed me that next year, I WILL be dressing up!

This is the best close-up I could get of Brooke's face with the stenciling work I did using my Cricut & some stamp ink with body shimmer. I thought the ink would be darker, so it didn't show up all that well, but she loved it.

I just love the look of her costume here with the sun at her back while she's running down someone's driveway. She was having a wonderful time & she brought home quite a load too! The surprising part was, even though the economy is hard this year & people aren't spending much money, she barely got any junk filler candy like the sweetarts, tootsie rolls, bubble gum pieces, instead, she had the Mother Load of candy bars & even a few full sized ones! Lucky for her dad & I, those were ones that she didn't like, but we DO! :-D

Here are the pumpkins we managed to get carved out on Friday night. Brooke did a great job on her first one & I have to say that the carving tools that come with the Pumpkin Master sets are great for a child her age. She could have finished the whole thing if her arm wasn't getting tired before she finished the mouth. DH's pumpkin is the IH symbol for International Harvester (his tractor) with a few lightening bolts, since it IS Halloween. Brooke wanted a pumpkin carved out of the cute little kitty face from one of the Pumpkin Master sets I have, but it was definitely too complicated for her, so I did that one & it was almost more than I could handle & did lose an eyelid above the left eye before it was all over with. LOL

This is one of the sights we seen walking around during TOT. He didn't appear to be with anyone, just walking around, which was pretty cool!

Well, I just wanted to get this posted before it was too late. Now I have to get going on making more stuff for my craft show these next 2 weekends. I don't want to reveal anything that I'm making just yet, as I don't want to create any competition for myself by having others recreating the same stuff for the same shows. We all copy others, myself included, but when you come up with something that is your own, you don't want to spoil it by having others show up with the same stuff as you. It's kinda like showing up at a party and having someone else wear the same designer gown as you (not that I'll ever know this, but it's the same idea).

I do plan to take photos of my booth this time, as long as I don't forget my camera again. I am sharing a booth with a friend, so not everything in the booth is mine. I might be on the ball, but I'm not THAT good! LOL!

God Bless & have a great day!

Oct 18, 2010

Which way am I going?

I swear I have been a glutton for punishment lately & then throw in some additional things that were unexpected & you might say I'm headed for a nervous breakdown. LOL!! Just kiddin - I think?

It has been really crazy buzy for me lately & I think I'm going to lose it any minute, but I've managed to muddle through with pretty good success, if I do say so myself. I'm not done yet, so the rest remains to be seen, but I can breather for a moment today, although it will might be just a short breath.

We went on a 3 day camping trip on the first weekend of Oct. to mid/southern Indiana for the Covered Bridge Festival near the Turkey Run State Park location. We didn't camp there, but instead stayed in the Shades State Park. It was our fist time there, but really enjoyed it. We checked out a few new places to us for the Covered Bridge Festival (CBF) & found some really great flea markets for future trips. We also checked out a couple of the old stand-by's because we love them so much. We headed to a tiny town called Veedersburg & spent most of the day at that flea market. Got some great finds & deals! I bought some Persimmon pulp in hopes of making some Persimmon cookies or some other baked good with it. I had a persimmon "cake" a few years ago that was sooooo yummy & then I bought some Amish persimmon cookies this year & they were delicious too! I should have gone back & got her recipe, but I'm gonna have to wing it now.

then we went a little further south of Veedersburg to another tiny local called Steam Corners. This was a good sized flea market that we did not manage to get all the way through, but will hit again in the future.

Of course, you can't go to the CBF without hitting the town of Mansfield. OMG! This place is huge & totally packed! The guy that has the biggest lot with the cheapest parking fee ($3) has to be making his millions during that festival alone. Wow!! It was the perfect week for this festival the entire time, so there had to be millions of people coming. The weather was gorgeous, the leaves were turning & it was just so picturesque! We had an amazing time!

Then, upon our return home, my DH decides that if we're going to do a hayride for our DD's birthday party, we should have it the very next weekend! That wouldn't be too bad, BUT I promised Brooke that I would make her party invitations & she had chose the cut of Ariel on one of my Cricut cartridges. So now, I have to pump out 12 detailed invitations & try to figure out how to get them passed out to her friends & a few children I don't know their parents to even call & give a heads up to. Well, her teacher somewhat begrudgingly (it's against school policy) handed out the invitations & we ended up having a great turnout & another perfect day for an outdoor party! The kids had a blast just playing in the leaves & just running around after the hayride, which was a hit too! I guess the worst part of the whole thing was the wasted $20 cake that the kids barely ate, even after they were all fighting over who was going to have a piece with frosting flowers on it. Kids...whatever. It didn't bother me as much as it did my husband. He really hates waste. I don't care for it either, but it was this one time.

Well, now I'm onto getting ready for our next camping trip & parent teacher conferences were tonight. So far, my little kiddo is doing exceptionally well, not quite as sure about the big kiddo that is officially a legal adult as of Sunday, the 17th. When did THAT happen???

God Bless & have a great day!


Oct 6, 2010

So busy!!!

It is getting to be my very busy time of the year & it's not even Christmas yet!! October is such a crazy month for me. First, we are cleaning out the garage of all the remaining garage sale stuff. Done. Next, we are planning on going camping, so we have to get everything ready for that. Started. Then, DH thinks I should do our daughter's birthday party for the weekend of the 16th. What? Ummm....ok. Then, we're going camping again. Fun! Then, there's Halloween. More fun! After that, I have one craft show & then another the next week. I am not even close to being ready for 2 shows. I have so much stuff laying around waiting to be worked on, it's not even funny.

Here's the scenario as it will husband will expect me to work on the things that HE feels are the priorities now. Then, when it comes to crunch time for my shows, he'll be saying stuff like, why weren't you working on this stuff a few weeks ago? WHAT??!! Gee thought other things were MY priority first.

Oh, and I can't forget that it's getting to be crunch time for helping my son fill out all those college applications & all that good stuff. He had a college fair the other night, so there was more time lost. Not wasted IF my son gets into where he wants to go cheaper than what it actually costs & he actually becomes a Dr. in Physical Therapy. I never thought I might be able to say I'm the mother of a doctor! Any who... I'm getting sidetracked.

Now mind you, I HAVE been working on stuff for these shows since the beginning of the year in Jan. Then, one show was in question of even happening & then it was officially canceled only to be officially on again a month later. Oh, Heaven help me!

So, in between all the other stuff that's been going on, I've been forcing myself to still fit in time to get my stuff ready. I don't make the progress I wish I was, due to design issues or creative block that results in wasted product. Did I mention that that really irritates me?

I have really gotten quite a bit accomplished, just not in the manner I wish I was. Take hand sanitizer & soap bottles, for instance. I have tons of these waiting to be decorated, but I only have one of each made. How do you go to a show & only show up with one hand sanitizer bottle & one soap dispenser bottle? Sell them as one of a kind? Hmmm...I don't think that works for stuff like that, do you? No. It doesn't.

So anyway, in case you're looking for craft show inspiration to use, here may be a few ideas. I just hope you're NOT doing the same shows I am.

Home Decor style Plate

Winter/Christmas Decor Plate

Baby wipe containers, still working on the tractor one tho.

I have other things that I've finished for the sale, but those items are top secret, because I feel that they're very unique & I do not want to risk any competition for those sales. I had something last year that I made the mistake of posting online once & sure enough, someone else at the show made something so very close (almost identical) you know they had to copy it thinking they'd be the only one at that show, but ah, that was not the case. So, when it comes to something that I think is a hot seller, I wait to post any pictures until it's all over. Other stuff, doesn't bother me as much, maybe. It's tough enough to make someone want to spend their money at these shows during tough times, so you have to be EXTRA creative & cheaper than the rest if you want them to spend their hard earned money at your booth.

So here's keeping my fingers crossed that I get all my stuff done when it needs to get done!

God Bless & have a great day!


Sep 29, 2010

Halloween Lantern

I know, it's not quite October yet, but I just had to work on a little project for my hubby. He was going to put one of his old lanterns in our garage sale a few weeks back, but I decided to set it aside since it was a nice lantern. It's only meant for a candle, so it's not electric or anything. I thought I might put some vinyl on the windows of it. Since he's usually a fan of Halloween, I thought I'd make it to fit that holiday. Here is how it turned out. I had to put some yellow tissue paper in it with a color changing battery operated tea light to help take the picture, but it really made it look even better (IMO). The photos show 2 sides at a time so you can see all 4 sides of one lantern.

The cuts were from the ProvoCraft Cricut Oct. 31 cartridge. It is really cool for just being a solutions cartridge & worth the money, but I found it on sale, so that makes it even better! ;-)

Well, it's a quick post tonight while Alan is working late this week. It's giving me more time to get my craft projects done for my shows on the first & 2nd weekends of Nov. It doesn't really leave much time . I'm glad I got a good jump start on my stuff, but not nearly as good as I'd like to be at this point. Oh well.....whatcha gonna do?

God Bless & have a great day!


Sep 16, 2010

OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!

Did you hear me scream OMG???? I received the most wonderful news on Tuesday evening.....I'm getting published in a real paper magazine!!!!! For anyone who knows anything about my paper crafting, & it was just mentioned in my previous post too, I've had one goal for a few years now, & that was to get published in a hard copy periodical for scrapbooking or paper crafting. I finally DID IT!! I received my email on Tuesday night telling me that I've had not one, but TWO projects selected for a special publication coming out sometime around Feb. 2011 by Northridge Publishing. This is the company that prints some of THE BEST idea magazines out there. If you scrapbook or do any kind of artsy creating, then you've no doubt heard about Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Beads or Simply Handmade magazines. It seems as though they're coming out with a specialty publication just for projects created with the Provocraft Cricut die cutting machine & their cartridges. How cool is that?? I think the magazine will be called "Create: Cricut" & I have to say, I don't think I could create anything now without using my Cricut Expression. It has changed the entire way I create now. I'm so anxious to see what all this magazine will have in it. I love seeing all the cool stuff that others do with this machine, so I can't wait to have an entire book full of nothing but Cricut designs!!

I hate to toot my own horn & then end this post, but I have to get more stuff ready for the 2nd day of our 3rd garage sale & it's Brooke's bedtime, plus it was my dad's 68th birthday today! It's been a busy crazy week for me with a death in the family earlier in the week too. It was so sad & tragic even though I didn't know him well, since he was an older 2nd cousin on my husband's side.

So God Bless & have a great day!


Sep 13, 2010

I must have lost the few viewers I had since my summer break from blogging...not sure what to do to lure you all back or find some new ones, but I have really been busy crafting, but ya know, I'm doing a few craft shows & have still been trying to get something published somewhere on paper. So I don't want to post things that I don't want copied or have to remove later. Although, it would be fun to have to have a little sticky note that says it's Out For Publication. ;-)

I have been trying to get something published with a few of my favorite mags for over 2 years now & it may be even 3, but I've lost track. I can get published with online magazines with no problem, but those hard copy paper ones still elude me. My most recent attempt is with a publication that the Trends magazine lines (Scrapbook, Cards, Handmade) must be coming out with for Provo Crafts Cricut machine & cartridges. I submitted several items for their review, but I seriously doubt that I will ever hear from this company. But, like with my first marriage, I'll keep trying until I can't take it no more. ;-)

Now, for some other pathetic creativity for my garden art. I've seen people making tipsy pots, & although I've seen some variations of this design that I could like, it's just not really my thing. I've dabbled in the glass totems, but grew weary of that quickly after just the first one. I've made a couple of the gazing ball bowling balls & still like those. But, I've found a new little love that is really simple while being somewhat elegant & still having a bit of whimsy. I don't do cutesy, so that's not going to happen with my creations, unless I'm selling them. But first, let me show you what I picked up a couple garage sales last Friday.

I picked all these glass pieces up for $1.25 and here's what I did with them!

These are made to look like mushrooms!! I just think they add a bit of something extra to the garden scene. I haven't figured out where I'll put them, but you can bet it's gonna be in my new garden shed garden.

I have finally gotten some of my fall planting started. I've done really well this year with getting my stuff planted in a timely fashion, but when it got so hot, I held off & just tried to keep the stuff alive in the pots until now. I still have some things left to plant, but where they end up is not ready for them. I did find the prettiest color of Hyacinth at Menards this past weekend. It looks like an orange or Apricot color! I've don't think I've ever seen this color for a Hyacinth, but it's called Gypsy Queen.

Well, this drug on much longer than it needed to. Sorry to continue to anyone who is actually reading this. LOL!!!

God bless & have a great day!

Sep 8, 2010

Garden arbor finished!!

I think I forgot to post a photo of the storm door arbor in my last post, so I'll show you the before shot here.

Here is the finished product of the storm door arbor painted white. I thought it turned out fantastic!! I am so thrilled with the results, I can't believe it worked out so easily!! And what an impact it makes to the front of my garden shed. I can't wait to show you all the reveal of that little endeavor too, but DH still have some work to do on that still & it's full of his junk in the front at the moment.

I think this is a pretty good excuse for not having any other paper crafting projects complete, don't you think? Actually, I have been working on some stuff, but either forgot to get pictures or I don't want to reveal them at this time.

We've also been working on a couple of garage sales that were so desperately needed & we still have one more before we're done for the season. It almost doesn't seem like we made that much of a dent, but we have to be! I know that we are, because we finally found the floor of our daughter's room! Yep! The carpet is still red! LOL!!

I also have to say that I can't believe that my little girl is growing up.... she's been talking about nothing but Justin Beiber all week! I even had to buy her her first Teen Beat magazine yesterday! She's not even 7 yet, OMG!!! Oh well, I was in love with Donny Osmond & Tony DeFranco (do any of you remember Tony???) when I was her age.

Well, this is a brief posting, Alan will be coming home for lunch shortly, so I better look like I'm doing something more than sitting at this PC.

God Bless & have a great day!!


Aug 30, 2010

So many things to do....

so little time to get them all done! I don't know how things are for most people, but at our house, it seems as though there are a ton of unfinished projects. This really drives me crazy, even though I'm just as guilty as anyone else who lives here. Sometimes I have a lot of help from my hubby though. He's the WORST culprit of these atrocities. All it takes is one little hiccup, like he ran out of the right sized screws to complete something & the project goes into delay indefinitely just because he doesn't want to make a special trip into town to get them. Ummmm, the far edge of town is 5 minutes away. The list of incomplete projects is a mile long & growing by the day. I'd tell you to not even get me started, but it's too late for THAT!! He'll pick on me if I'm power driving to get something done right now, but if I let it go for a couple of weeks, then he's picking on me again about how I didn't finish it. Things get completed to the point that they look done, but just a few more little things need to be tweaked or added to finish it up & make it good. Take our family room for looks done for the most part, but we still need to add the baseboard trim & all the trim work around doorway opening. This has been like that for 4 years now.....I rest my case. His famous line is "That'll be my Winter project" & it never is. Many things start out as a winter project, but he doesn't start until late Feb or March & once the weather gets nice outside, he quits working on the winter project to start on fire wood for the next season, because he doesn't like working on that when it gets hot out. The winter project is as done as it's gonna get - ya know what I'm sayin'????

OK, enough with starting this post out as a bit of a complaint-fest, but I just had to get that off my chest.

It leads me to my next "unfinished project" that I'm determined to not let it end up in that category.

Last Friday, we went to a couple of garage sales. The first one didn't really do anything for us, but moved on to the next one down the road that is officially in the middle of BFE. She had a few things that intrigued us, but when I seen the pile of storm doors stacked along her barn, I wanted them to use as trellises by my garden shed. When I explained what I wanted them for to my hubby, he misunderstood my meaning & thought I meant for an arbor. Well, I liked my idea AND his idea! Luckily, there was 5 doors to make both! The doors were $5 a piece & I managed to talk the lady down to $20 for all of them. Boy, she was happy just to see all of them go at once.....that is until Alan told her what our plans were for them. She was regretting even putting them out for sale now & wishing she had thought of the idea herself. I think she'll be kicking herself even more once she sees how they turned out. She said she was planning on coming to our sale Labor Day weekend. I'm sure she wants to see what she gave up, but then again, she may not after she sees how cool it turned out. I'm not going to post a photo yet, but you'll have to come back for FINISHED PROJECT. Ya see, Alan started putting it together that same day after he went & picked them up. I even had some cool wrought iron corner brackets that I've been saving for a few years now. We put those on it & really makes it even that much nicer. This was one project that I'm excited to get done. I'll actually have more money in cheap spray paint than in the rest of the arbor & it will still be cheaper, prettier & sturdier than anything I can get on clearance at a store right now. I already know the paint job won't last long at all & I do want a rusting appearance, but I think I'll end up with more than I really wanted. Oh well - who knows?

That's it for today's post. I hope to have some pics for you later this week!

God Bless & have a great day!


Aug 18, 2010

It's been such a LOOOOOONG time!

I can't believe the whole summer has gone & I haven't posted anything here! It has been one busy, yet fun summer though!!

We have finally got to use our pool this summer with all the hot & humid weather we've had, but all the rain still caused us to still not use it as much as we would have liked. It was still much better than last year.

One project that finally had some progress made after being "in process" for 2 years now was a garden shed. My husband, Alan, started this project for me 2 years ago after getting fed up with all my gardening paraphernalia creating a hindrance for him getting into his truck in our somewhat small garage. The shed didn't hardly cost us anything since he gets 4 ft. wall sections free from his job. He works for a manufactured housing seller & the factory makes these walls for delivering the house sections to the home site. Once the house is set, they throw these things away! He has also gotten the shingles & OSB sheets free as well. All I had to do was buy the treated lumber, windows, paint & the door. I also have a screen door for it that I got for free, but hubby is still in the process of getting the regular door modified for the vintage knob I found at the Habitat for Humanity store. We found a huge green stone that looks like a step on one side, so that is my front step onto the porch & since there is a cluster of large stumps to the left, DH moved some HUGE rocks that were free from our neighbors & built an oversized planting circle around the tiny little dogwood. I also have a barn door on the other side of the shed that you can see, but the guy selling the door told me I had to take the odd ball bottom half too. So, Alan cleverly thought of making it into a sort of decorative section of fence. I found those darling metal flowers at a discount place not far from here. I hope to decorate the fence for the different seasons. Sounds like an excuse to go shopping, if you ask me! (*snicker!!)

This is what it looks like so far. Ok, the blue is quite a bit brighter than I was going for, but after my 2nd attempt of trying to make it right, I said forget it & lets roll with it. I also wanted to use tan paint for the trim instead of the white, but Alan said that we have plenty of white paint already & we're not buying more paint! Well, guess what? We ran out of white paint half way through the project & had to get more anyway. Oh well, I'll probably be repainting the shed in 10 years anyway, so I'm sure the colors will change by that time. This shed had to be moved with the assistance of our back ho too & that was quite the undertaking as well. There were several trees that had to be cut down & stumps removed first. So, as you can tell, this summer has been all about this shed. LOL!! I was hoping for a more rustic look, but I also like the shabby chic look too & I think this definitely fits the bill there!

I know this post is already getting long, but I have to post about today being my daughter's first day of school. Yesterday was my son's first day & he is a Senior this year. That's about as exciting as it gets for him. LOL! My daughter on the other hand, was SOOOOO excited to be starting First grade today. I don't think she slept much at all. She had to wear her new Sketcher's Twinkle Toes shoes, that was a MUST along with wear a skirt! She is my girly girl, with a bit of Tomboy too. I was that way as a child too, but I was too much Tomboy to be allowed to wear too many dresses, if ya know what I mean... ;-)

 On top of all this, I've been making crafts in preparations for my craft shows that I participate in during the fall. I also have some commissioned work too (YAY!!). I've also made gifts for family members & friends too, so I have just been keeping really busy. Now, we're getting ready for a garage sale this weekend, that is so desperately needed. I'm not sure just how we still have so much junk!! Actually, I have about 10 totes of just clothes & shoes that just don't seem to sell. They're in great shape & not priced nearly as high as I've seen at many sales. They're going this year, one way or another.

Well, that's it for the update! Hopefully, now that school has started & I'll have more time for myself, I can keep this blog updated more regularly.

And Thanks Andrea for check-in, you're such a sweetheart!!!

God Bless & have a great day!!

Jun 14, 2010

Is it HOT & STICKY or what????

And if you can get past that, then there's that whole mosquito infestation to contend with! I can deal with heat & humidity - that's what we have a pool for, but the mosquitos are another story! All the rain we've been getting isn't helping in the humidity or the mosquito problem.

Unfortunately, when it gets hot like this, I can't even really craft in my craft room because it just gets too hot by 11:00 a.m., so I either have to get it done early or break it up into several days.

I did manage to get some stuff done before all the heat hit. I made my daughter's Kindergarten teacher a flower pot bouquet. She was retiring this year, so I wanted something different & special for her last class. I'm hoping she liked it.

Then, there was my step-sister's birthday in May also. She's been battling leukemia for 3 years & has finally started to feel better & look great again. I made this card for her. This is the front of the card.

This is the inside. It reads: Count your life by smiles, not tears. Count your age by friends, not years.

This is the gift I made for my step-sister, it's a bowling ball I made into a gazing ball. She always seemed to really admire the one I made for myself, so I decided to make one for her too. I wish I could have done a better job on hers, but they always say that we're our own worst critic.

Last, but not least....have you heard about the new Cricut Lite cartridges that are a Walmart exclusive? Oh dear! There are about 24 new ones I believe, & just about all are must have's, but some are a little less than necessary. Anyway, our Walmart didn't have the whole 24, but had a decent amount to pick from. Of course, at nearly $40 bucks a pop, I'll have to pace them out in my purchasing. This little notebook is from the Bloom cartridge. It's very cute! I still have to dig out my Bind It All and add the binding to the left side of this, but you get the idea of how it's supposed to look. It has a few words, but no font like some of them do.

Brooke went to her first day camp today at Earthworks with her friend Daniel & she had a blast! She's kind of whooped, but that's a good thing! The bad part is now she's so easily bored & so anxious to get in the pool that isn't quite ready yet. The kids made some strawberry jam today & got to pet the animals there & was able to do lots of "swimming" in the little lake there.

I also received some very sad news today. It seems that in an ironic, bad twist of fate, my cousin was killed in a car accident on Sat. morning. He wasn't driving, but was the passenger, so it was no fault of his own, other than he was there (and had been drinking). The twist to the story is that 20 years ago, he WAS the driver and was involved in an accident that killed his passenger, that was his best friend. He never got over that guilt & battled his demons all these years with the only weapon he knew & it too caused him even more pain - alcohol. I was never close to my uncle and aunt, but I would never wish this on any family or parent, no matter how old their "kids" are. Terry is finally at peace & perhaps back with his friend.

God bless & hug your loved ones everyday.

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