Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
shelves, that is! (i love tallish, blonde, and handsome, too! heheee!). yesterday, the thought came to me that i should try that shelf on for size and see if it would make a "desk." i have four cubes that are from Michael's to use as the base. i want to get two more, and use them also as a base, so i have even more areas of organization for my "desk." even when i add those other cubes, i will still have enough room underneath for storing my sewing machine, so it's not visible on top at the moment. i have a folding black chair that i will make a slipcover for. above the area, i am not sure what i'm going to do quite yet. i know it needs something but i need to twist my husband's arm to paint our room so i know exactly what to do next.
so now since my stash and work area has been moved out of the kitchen/dining area and is now in our bedroom, things are better in my creative mind. it makes things a little more crowded, but now i can say i have a space that isn't in the way of daily living. ;0 (i have a feeling i'm going to need as much table space anyways for homeschooling two children this year). God blessed us with a small house (because I don't have the energy and Rich doesn't care- to do much extra) and we have to take note on what works and what doesn't, almost daily.
i have several storage pieces that i need to organize so i don't have my crazy craft items everwhere. i am good at making an organized mess. i really detest cleaning up after my crafting. i'd rather put it all in a box and just keep working from the box instead of putting pieces back into their original place. but, if i keep on doing things that way, i'll have a gazillion boxes around! just think of shel silverstein's poem about the girl who didn't want to wash her dishes! they reached to the sky! that's me (well, not quite!).
did you spy Miss Ella Girl in the pics? she loved my new space so much she wanted to do something crafty herself. so, i gave her something that i had up on Etsy...a trio of bags kit. and, she made these HERSELF. i was personally quite impressed with her designs!!! she made one for her Mommy, too! so sweet! and one for a friend and one for her cousin, Abigail!
one final note, did you see the wire lamp shade? omigosh!! OMISGOSH!!!!! my mother in law found that after she looked at one of my Somerset Life magazines, and thought of me and picked it up for me! she paid .50!!!! it's just a simple but shabby elegant cover for some fabric and trim bundles. thought of somehow displaying pics on it, with clips, and other tidbits. so much i can do.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
i wanted to share these photos yesterday but did not have the time to do so. ella at soccer practice last week...and a little boy lounging around at her practice. ;)
this week i am going to make creative plans. i have several projects to make for More Paper Than Shoes, and i have a pretty nice pile of photos that need scrapbooked. i also have fabric set aside for a few other projects. this is the last week before we start school, and i think just doing a couple "fun" things would be helpful to close this "summer" out. ADD to this list a few Etsy ideas i have and a project i need my grandmother's help with!
here's a list of "organizational" and home decorating i'd like to accomplish in the future, near or far future. some of these are in the much distant far future!
*new curtains for the living room (this involves figuring out new color scheme)
*a crafting desk area for me in our bedroom
*paint the bedroom
*redo Ella's room in pink and brown
*get a bookcase for Philip's room
*put WD in Philip's room to sleep
*paint kitchen cupboards.
*clean out kitchen cupboards (there's lots to get rid of)
That's a big list for me, the not so into doing these things type...plus with homeschooling starting soon, well, it'll take us awhile! LOL! what i think i will do is keep an inspiration list or notebook for ella's room, and for the curtains, just start looking at fabrics. i am a slow decision makers, so it will take me a few months to decide anyways!
off to to church!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
sharing with my family and friends, photos and stories from our household.
I will try to continue to do so, and I also desire for my blog to encourage others and help in areas that I experience, such as crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and photography. Somedays, I feel that this is just not the case. I feel like my blog just FAILS. And then, that means that I fail. I feel like I fail at everything creative. And these feelings grow when certain things happen, or don't happen, no matter what.
To enlighten this 725th post, though, I will share a few photos. Ella has become quite a reader over the summer, going through a Nancy Drew book a day! She also likes writing little notes in her notebooks....usually they are Christmas lists (HA!), slumber party activity lists, and then mysteries to solve and clues and suspects! Here she is lounging around outside this past week:
and here, at Ella's soccer practice, are the boys taking a hike to pass some time:
I have a wish for my readers, also. The past few weeks at church we are revisiting the virtues, such as peace, joy, gentleness, and love. So, I have a challenge for you as well as for myself....do you do these things, whether you believe in God or not? Are you showing patience when your children misbehave or if you're driving behind a "slow poke?" Are you showing joy in all circumstances? Do you have gentleness in your words, written or spoken, and in your actions. Do you love ALL, and not just yourself? AND, do you love YOURSELF, and not just other people? I think that is important too!
Here are a few quotes that have struck me this week....
I saw this Tibetan quote this week on a blog called Untie The Ribbons:
“Help thy sister’s boat across and
lo thine own has reached the shore.”
And this one by Alex Osborn:
"Creativity is so delicate a flower that prasie tends to make it bloom while discouragement often nips it at the bud."
And this one by Antoine De Saint-Exup'ry:
"If you want to build a boat, do not instruct the men to saw wood, stitch the sails, prepare the tools and organize the work, but make them long for setting sail and travel to distant lands."
And another favorite:
"It is better to begin in the evening than not at all." (English Proverb)
My heart has not been light lately. So those little things are important right now. I feel frustrated and hurt, and those feelings are not going away very easily. I truly want to give up all my artistic facets and throw them away. I'd fill the curbside with my stash for sure...I guess that's the only part that makes me smile.
I'm not allowing any comments for this single post......it's not my desire to burden anyone else. This is a very personal issue for me. However, I'd appreciate prayers.
Please don't forget the two giveaways that are still open, in the posts below!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I am delighted to give you another opportunity for some goodies! This time, it's from my shop, A Spoonful Of Charm!
What is it? One $10 credit to my shop! I will not be paying shipping costs, so please factor your shipping into the credit, or decide to pay for your own shipping. One person will also win a set of the handmade cornhusk rosettes (one is pictured above)!!!
You can visit my shop by clicking on my shop name in the left hand column to see what is available.
Now, how to get entries. You MUST follow me AND post a comment on this post of what you like in my shop! You can gain MORE entries by blogging about this giveaway, or posting on Facebook.
Don't forget about yesterday's giveaway- a sweet vintage lace piece as well as something that is in the photographs as well! HINT: It carries Lace well!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
If you are up for a challenge, go swing by the More Paper Than Shoes blog to find out more! It's shabby, Parisian, uses crackly paint, metal, and fabric!
For my project, which is a journal cover, I used the following:
Claudine Hellmuth Paint and Gesso
Staz On Ink, Brown
My journal cover is from Hobby Lobby...I found it clearanced. It looked a bit different, but with paint and the crackling affect, turned out JUST like I wanted it too. I created that butterfly using this punch, and then carefully cutting a few edges to create the butterfly's shape, and added craft supply stamens for it's "feelers." The letter stickers (and metal pieces, I think, also) are by Making Memories. The "be it ever so humble" sticker is from this 7 Gyspies Sticker Sheet. And last but not least, a craft supply feather, and tiny sticker pearls from Prima.
I have great plans, HA!, for this little beauty- perhaps making it into a blog banner in the future.