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 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 today where you can learn to make boutique-quality items in a single evening. Learn how to bring out the DIY in you!

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.