Monday, December 31, 2007
My husband was off work and I totally took advantage of his extra time and got him to help me paint our kitchen. I thought we could paint my very small kitchen walls and cabinets in an afternoon. But it never works the way you think it will and it took us 3 days to paint and I am still not done. We had to prime the cabinets and paint many coats. I guess if I was a professional painter I would know that painting when it is damp is not the way to get it done quickly. The paint took so long between coats to dry and in the meantime we had the kitchen torn apart.
I can say that I am loving my new bright kitchen and so glad we did it.
Our handmade holiday went over so well we have many friends and family members that will be giving it a try next year. I have to admit I got many strange expressions from my friends when I told them what I was going to do.
The kids had a great time making gifts and are so proud of themselves. I did buy a few things for my children (PJs, books, and some small little things) and they all made a comment that I was suppose to make everything!!! They actually seemed disappointed that I had given them a few store items. I guess I will need to work on my sewing skills so I can sew PJs next year!!
I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year and it brings you all much happiness.
We are spending the evening with a few extra children sleeping over for a total of 7 kids in the house. We have a stack of movies, cards, and munchies to pass the time till everyone falls asleep.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
If you are a little Origami challenged like myself this women Gretchen Seigchrist makes wonderful videos of origami animals. Go to www.familycrafts.about.com and do a search on her name. You will find animals, birds, and flowers. I set the computer on my kitchen table cut a bunch of squares from copy paper and my children had a blast making their zoo or origami animals.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007
This weekend we are putting the finishing touches on the gifts to each other. Each of my 4 children have a written list of what they are making for their siblings. My husband and I divide up and assist where needed.
One son is making a canister of Russian Tea (the tang version) for his twin sister and his oldest brother. They both love tea and he is so excited to surprise them.
My daughter made sock doggies last year (alright I sewed she stuffed and designed) for her brothers and this year she wants to make sock monkeys. We found some socks at the dollar store and all ready to get them done.
My oldest son, Chase is making a wonderful fused glass necklace for his brother. The glass piece he designed is perfect for a boy and not very large. I am very lucky to have a kiln for those fun glass projects. Just not enough time to play! Chase is also making a charm bracelet for his sister, a leather journal for his father, and a train book for his little brother.
Chase made orange marmalade for all his teachers. The house still smells like oranges and lemons. He has to finish the handmade tags for them but I wanted to share a picture of how pretty they turned out.
I have made several lavender/flax seed eye pillows for a few of my girlfriends. They are so nice to pop in the microwave to warm them a little and then rest on your eyes. The lavender smell is amazing.
And finally what do you do when it is 10 degrees outside and there is no school!! You make an origami zoo.
I have absolutely no talent at making origami so I made 3D snowflakes. I made a few for the mantle and some hanging in my front windows. I used the beautiful white glittery Prism paper from the December SBS kit. Holler if you would like the instructions for these snowflakes.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I'm so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just get started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, “So long..."
In the 1970s, entertainer Carol Burnett would close her television show with this sweet little song. It was a perfect way to acknowledge the fun and excitement had come to an end. I feel this song is the perfect way to say 'so long' to our Scrapbook Society Kits and 'hello' to our new Creativity Kits!
The December 2007 Scrapbook Society kit will be our last monthly scrapbook kit.
It has been a fun and exciting four-plus years in scrapbooking. I have learned alot from you, and together, we have created many new trends which the industry has adopted along the way. I will keep the Community Board and Gallery open for the next three months and I hope we will continue to chat, swap, and learn from each other like we always do.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your patronage! And thank you for your willingness to try new things.
I invite you to check out my new monthly Creativity Kits on www.ilove2create.com today where you can learn to make boutique-quality items in a single evening. Learn how to bring out the DIY in you!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Create a "one of a kind" handmade suede leather journal. The perfect gift for a friend or a special place to keep all your notes.
The journal is 180 pages of white matte recycled paper and measures 5x8 inches. The leather is a beautiful dark chocolate suede leather, dark chocolate leather tie with beads for closure, and waxed string beaded bookmark.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
This journal is made from deer skin and is super soft. I love it but the tie to close it needs to be longer. So it was back to the drawing board.
I am sure that I will find a home for the journal in my Christmas list. Even if the tie is a little short. :)
Tomorrow is the big day and the reveal of the handmade Leather Journal Creativity Kit. The journal will be 8 x 5 inches and contain 180 pages. I was thinking of making it smaller but love the 8x5 size of the Deer Skin one so decided that I wanted that to be the size.
The kits will ship this week so if you haven't reserved your kit then grab one quick while we have them in stock. The kits come with everything needed to complete your journal in just an evening. So still time to complete one and give as a gift!!!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sew Mama Sew also have a ton of tutorial for sewing projects. The projects are so darn cute and even with my limited sewing ability they look quite fun to make.
This adorable scotty is from AllSorts. I am making a few for my children as a stocking stuffer. I love how easy they are to cut out and I can hand sew while laying in bed. She also has some adorable scotty dog ornaments.
If you have never checked out this blog is most definitely one to bookmark.
Many of my gift recipients are getting Felted Merino Wool scarves and handmade journals. LOL!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
We release a new Creativity Kit each month. This takes many months of preparation and loads of trial and error.
I wanted to share one of my leather bound journals that I made in perfecting the technique for the kit. This is very similar to what the one in the kit will be but I really love the leather for the journal in the kit more!!!! I played with loads of leather types to find the one I loved the most.
I will be sharing a few more journals I made with you in the next couple of days. And then it will be time for the GRAND UNVEILING.
And since I am spilling the beans a little early. I thought I would give you a sneak peek at the progress of the January Creativity Kit release. Can you guess what I am working on???
Click on either image for a up close and personal look!
Sunday, December 2, 2007
The kit is all about Glitter, Foil, and Flock. The perfect kit for the holiday layouts, cards, and all your papercrafting projects.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The scrapbook/journaling challenge designed to help you capture the past and preserve it for the future. Every two weeks, I will be posting a specific time travel challenge on the IL2C blog. This week's challenge is to document a memory from your life when you were between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. If you would like to participate (and have an opportunity to receive a RAK), create a NEW scrapbook page or journaling entry (this can even be done as an electronic journal entry on a blog). Once you have completed the challenge, post a comment on this blog entry by midnight EST on December 10th that includes a link to your challenge entry "memory". I will be selecting one participant to receive a RAK and I will announcing the name of the recipient when I post the following challenge. Also to kick off this new challenge and celebrate Rachael's 80's themed Girl's Night Out tomorrow night, I am going to be giving away a bonus RAK to one person who completes the challenge by midnight EST tomorrow, November 28th.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Everyone needs a felted bracelet to wear with their favorite jeans!
This piece is the simplest I have made so far and I swear it is my favorite. I was worried that it would be to simple looking but the simplicity is what makes it perfect. Do you think my friend I made it for will mind if I wear it a couple of times before I wrap it for her????
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I have completed several gifts and wanted to share a few of them.
Here is my version of a felted cobweb scarf. It is super soft and I really love how it turned out. I added zigzag stitching to make it even stronger. The person I made it for has small children and I wanted to make sure she would wear it with no worries of the kids pulling on it.
And of course I have been very busy making the Merino Wool Felted Scarf. This one is done using the Midnight wool. Some may recognize it from the instructions for the Felted Scarf kit I used this scarf for the instructional pictures..
This is a 100% wool coaster. It is backed with cork and is needle felted with embroidery. It will be a set of four for a special friend. I have a few other patterns that I will share later this month.
I have received many requests for additional Merino/Teucel Wool roving to create more scarves. I have a few available. This one is called Harvest and you can purchase it here.
This one is called Berry. My daughter is begging for a scarf made from this one. I want one for myself!! You can purchase it here.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
We are shipping the amazing Merino Felted Scarf Kits today and seeing if we have any left for those that may still want one.
They are super simple to make and indeed only take one evening. But your friends and family will think you are the most talented artist they have ever met. Trust me I am telling the absolute truth. Just make sure you do not let them know how simple it was to create such an amazing scarf. You will have to be prepared for all the requests for them to make you one also. Just give me a holler if you want to make another one which I am sure you will want to do. You won't need the entire kit to make an additional scarf as you will see in the instructions. :)
The December Scrapbook Society Kit is all about Glitter, Foil, and Sparkle. Perfect for the holidays! I love the paper we chose and I am sure you will also. I am giving a tiny peek so you can fall in love with me. Can you see these papers are double-sided??? YIPPPEEEEE
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
My baby was born with hypoplastic right heart (he only has 1/2 a heart), Transposition of the Great Vessels (his aorta and pulmonary artery are switched - Wyatt's had to be rebuilt), Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum(he is missing the center of his brain that connects the two hemispheres), hydrocephlus (he has a shunt that drains off the fluid that builds up in his brain).
My angel has been through 4 open heart surgeries, 2 cardiac catherizations, and 3 brain surgeries in his short life. And we don't count the little hernia operation he had when he was 1.
Sounds like too much for one little guy to overcome. And believe me there was many times when the doctors didn't think he would pull through. I have watched too many times as doctors and God have brought my baby back. I have pleaded with God many times to give my baby just a little more strength to fight and in the same breath pleaded that he not go through anymore pain. It is most definitely not something I want any parent to ever go through.
Wyatt has fought through all the odds and amazes his doctors every day. We were told he would never walk, talk, or take care of himself. Today at 5 he is in preschool and acts like any other child in preschool. He does tire easily and cannot play as much as the other kids but his amazing bright personality keeps him active.
He smiles at everyone and loves to talk to anyone who will listen. You would not know there is anything wrong with him unless you saw his scars.
We still do not know what the future holds for Wyatt but know that whatever it is in God's hands.
Every child's birthday is a celebration of LIFE and LOVE!!!!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Why do I pledge to buy handmade?
Buying handmade is better for our environment, lets us connect with the producer, and lets us give a truly unique and special gift for our loved ones. In the day of child labor issues, poor working conditions, and mass produced items that leaves no room for individuality it is time we all become more aware of how our purchases have an environmental and social implications.
Buying handmade could not be easier!!
There are so many wonderful craft shows to shop from. Etsy, and many handmade artists with their own websites.
And of course you can make your own gifts which I plan to do plenty of this year. No mass produced purchase can replace the beauty of a handmade item.
Join me and Pledge to buy Handmade!
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Click on images for a larger picture.
I saw a similar scarf in a NYC boutique for $75.00!! Believe me...when you see, feel and wear this scarf you will understand why.
Our Creativity Kit include both Merino and Teucel wool that are hand-dyed on a family farm in New Hampshire. Merino wool provides an amazingly-soft sensation and Teucel wool has an elaborate series of curls that are visually stunning. The combination is both uptown fashion and downtown functional.
If you haven't tried one of our famous Creativity Kits, this is definitely the one to try! I work very hard to find unique and high quality supplies for our kits to inspire your creative side and to support other small businesses.
Reserve your Wool Scarf Kit today!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Here it is in all it's glory!!!
Diane will be showing us how to create velvet holiday ornaments with this kit complete with images for you to choose from, courtesy of TwistedPapers.com. You are most definitely not going to want to miss this kit!!
Order your kit now!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
I want to thank Tracy Polacheck last year's Scrappin Survivor for hosting this years. She put in many long hours and it was wonderfully executed. Even with my little delay in shipping the top 10 kits. :)
And I want to thank the Design Team; Amy White, Rachael Chamberlain, and Diane Knauff for participating, judging, cheering, and offering support. You guys are amazing!!!
Now for our winners....................
3rd Place ------------ Natasha
2nd Place -------------- Alicia
1st Place ------------- Mimi
Mimi and Alicia will be our guest Designer for November!!!!
3rd place - guest designer for 1 month
2nd place - guest designer for 2 months
THE SCRAPPIN’ SURVIVOR - guest designer for 3 months
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
So without further discussion.........................................
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
They have a full train engine that they have steam coming out of and sounds that it is moving. At night they have amazing lighting that really makes it all come alive. But this is alive enough for my children.