Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year!!

Wow I knew I was taking a little blog break over the holidays but didn't mean for it to go on this long.

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

3-D Snowflakes and Origami

I found this wonderful 3D snowflake pattern in a vintage magazine. The pages with the instructions were too old to scan well. I got all ready to write up my version of how to make one and thought I would double check to see if there were any instructions already out there.


And I found some wonderful instructions. Check them out here.



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.

Cat Origami

Goldfish Origami

Crane Origami

...................... and many more

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Handmade Holidays

We are still busily making our gifts for our Handmade Holiday pledge. I have really enjoyed seeing my children get into the spirit. They are making all the gifts for their teachers, friends, and family. I made the mistake of suggesting we give the teachers gift cards (I am in charge of selling gift cards for our school's fundraiser) and was promptly told that "WE" are making handmade gifts this year.

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

Good-bye to The Scrapbook Society

Dear Scrapbook Society customer:

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!

Sincerely,
Melynda Tetpon

Thursday, December 13, 2007

My Twins are 7 today!!!







I just can't believe how fast time is flying by. When I was pregnant with them I felt like it was the longest pregnancy ever and these last 7 years have flown by.


I love that they are best friends. They tell each other all their secrets, watch out for each other, and hug and kiss each other every day. Chloe won't kiss her other two brothers but Noah always has her heart!!



I wish with all my heart they always stay as close as they are now.


Happy Birthday to my two ANGELS!!!!






Monday, December 10, 2007

Newest Creativity Kit



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.

This kit is only $24.99 plus $5.00 shipping!
We also offer a reduced membership pricing for those who want a new kit shipped to them each month.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Another Handmade Leather Journal


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

Handmade Holidays

I am still working hard on my Handmade Holiday pledge. I completed a few more gifts this week. Not as many as I wanted and feel a little behind schedule. Hopefully I will catch up this week and get back on schedule.
Here are some great ideas for all of us.


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

Another Leather Journals




Here is another of my "trial" journals. I loved the leather of this one but it was really hard to work with and it doesn't want to lay flat. I am sure over time and using it that it will lay down better. So it was back to the "drawing board".
I did perfect the lacing of the book with this one.
I am giving all my journals away as gifts and I have the perfect person for this one. The leather is "tooling" leather and I will be adding the person's name to the front of the journal. I have shown many of the journals to friends and family and they are all trying to put their names on their favorite one. LOL!!
I can't wait for you all to see the actual journal for the Creativity Kit. It is by far my favorite and so beautiful.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Handbound Leather Journal

I am putting the finishing touches on the Creativity Kit for December. The kit is available for purchase on December 10th. Or we have a monthly membership where you get the kit delivered automatically each month and you save money! How wonderful is that???

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

Scrapbook Society December Kit



The December kit ships December 3rd!!! I love this double sided paper from Deja View. It is really hard to decide what side of the paper to use.
And if you haven't had a chance to see the gallery with the amazing creations from the Design Team you have go to take a peek.

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

Starting a new Challenge

Several years ago, I had been obsessing on trying to remember my childhood and was getting very irritated with myself because I just couldn't "picture" my childhood in my mind's eye. I felt like all my childhood memories were connected to photos I had seen or stories that I heard from others. Last month, after my sons brought home some rewards/prizes from school, I had a memory that rose to the surface of my consciousness and decided that I needed to include it in my scrapbook. I have an "All About Me" scrapbook started that includes a section on childhood memories. So over the next few months, I challenge you to travel back in time with me as we relive some of those stories from the past. Welcome to ...
TIME TRAVEL TUESDAY

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.


I hope you will join me for a stroll down memory lane.

Monday, November 26, 2007

More Handmade Gifts

I am working hard to keep up on my handmade gift making. I have completed a several more gifts to give to family and friends.


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????

I made this one from one of the Kazuri beads like the one in the Kazuri Bead kit. I included blue seed pearls and a Swarovski crystal.

Lastly is this adorable wool felt lamb. I found the pattern here. I also found a pattern here for a horse that I have to make for my nieces that are crazy for horses.
I still have alot more to make to keep with my pledge to make handmade gifts this season. But starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Handmade Gifts for the Holidays

My pledge to make all handmade gifts this season or buy handmade is in full-swing. I do have to cheat a little for the children that want Lego's for Christmas. I don't think they will appreciate my attempt to make Lego's!

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 midnight. Definitely my favorite next to the blues and greens that came in the kit. 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.
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. And don't forget to Make Handmade!!!











Thursday, November 15, 2007

December Scrapbook Society Sneak Peek

I cannot believe it has been so long since my last post. I have been one busy lady as I am sure you all have been also.

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 Angel is 5 today!!!

My sweet angel is turning 5 today!! It seems like yesterday that he was that little baby fighting for his life. I still have nightmares about those first 3 years and a fear of what is still ahead for him.

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

Wool Felted Scarf Kit


Click on images for a larger picture.

Felted Wool is all the rage right now and after creating our November Creativity Kit I know why!

I have put together a beautiful, super-soft, luxurious scarf kit like no other you will ever find. The kit comes with everything you need to make this one-of-a-kind, boutique-quality wool scarf that you can complete in a single evening!


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!
Makes an excellent gift for you or a loved one this holiday season. The kit ships November 10th - 15th.

Friday, October 26, 2007

November Scrapbook Society Kit Preview


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

Scrapbook Society November Sneak Peeks

Hello Card by Rachael Chamberlain

Swing by Rachael Chamberlain

Happiness walks on sandy feet by Amy White



Friend Circle Tag by Rachael Chamberlain
This is such a fun kit and the technique is DIY Velour Accents. The kit ships on November 1st. You are going to love the Webster Pages paper and all the goodies.




Tuesday, October 23, 2007

November Project Kit - A Calendar


This month's Project Kit is a Maya Road 6x6 Chipboard Album that Rachael Chamberlain turned into an adorable Calendar. The perfect gift to make for the holidays.
Rachael made this a easy project you can complete in an evening.

You can order your Project kit now to be included with your November kit for no additional shipping charges.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Congrats to our Winners of Scrappin Survivor

Scrappin Survivor is finally over. It felt like it went really fast this year but of course I wasn't having to create any of the challenges. LOL!!

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!!!!

Winners receive:
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

Our first Virtual Girl's Night Out

Design team member, Tracy Polacheck is getting ready to host our first Virtual Girl's Night Out this Sunday, October 21. Everyone is invited to her house (in a cyberspace kind of way) from 7:30-10pm EST. Check out all the details on the IL2C message board, which is also where Tracy's Virtual house can be found on Sunday, and make sure to put it on your calendar. Not only will there be a lot of fun and great ideas for the upcoming holidays, but we will also be announcing the winners of the Scrappin' Survivor III contest that has been in progress for the past month.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Grand Prize Winners!!!

We have finally finished putting in all the tickets earned for the month of September. We had so many tickets and we wanted to make sure we didn't miss anyone.

So without further discussion.........................................

Here are our winners!!!!
Linda Flickinger - 6 month membership to our Creativity Kits


Daniele Beale - 6 month membership to our Creativity Kits


Silvia - 6 month membership to the Scrapbook Society Kits


Jen Watkins - 6 month membership to the Scrapbook Society Kits


Thank you everyone who played with us and helped to celebrate our 4th Anniversary!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Lavender Bath Salt Creativity Kit


We are getting ready to ship the October Creativity Kit!!! I love how it came together and it smells divine.

The kit has everything needed to make 3 small paint cans of lavender bath salts. The ingredients in the kit are all natural, perfect for that perfect warm bath. I know you are asking why 3 cans. We just wanted to make sure you had enough for yourself and enough to give to a friend or family member.




Monday, October 8, 2007

Haunted House

This past 10 days have really gotten away from me. I get ready to update the blog everyday and then my "to do" list grows and the blog gets shoved to the bottom of the list. I am sure you all know how that is.

We have been so busy getting the Scrapbook Society October kits out, putting the finishing touches on the October Creativity Kit, checking on all the items ordered for the November kits. You have no idea how many months we have to completely rework the kits due to items not arriving when they say they will. Of course if you are on the Design Team you know exactly what I am talking about. Each month our Design Team works under so such a short time frame and still manages to completely blow my mind. I love them all so much and would really be lost without them.

I did manage to sneak away this weekend after the soccer games and take my children to a haunted house. A little town near us has this amazing haunted setup that they have built over years. It isn't really a house but a several structures. My children would be much too frightened to go through it at night with everyone dressed in costumes, spooky noises, and monsters jumping out at them. So each year I take them through it during the day when no one is there just us.

I have a few photos of this amazing haunted house to share with you.






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.


You walk through this part and into a room where they have fake blood and mannequins. Very scary!


Have a great day!!!