Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Favorite Magazines

It is that time of year again. Our school is doing a magazine sale and our Girl Scout troop is doing the magazine sale. I have to admit I have a huge addiction to magazines. Here are some of my favorites.

Everyday Food
I have gotten this magazine since 2005. I actually do the bulk of my meal planning out of this book. The recipes don't call for a ton of ingredients and even my 14 yo son can prepare the meal. So if I am running late I can call him and let him know what we are having tonight and he is a sweetheart and starts it for me.

Country Living
I just love the images in this magazine. I haven't done any projects from it yet but I definitely start dreaming when I look at all their great ideas.

Rachael Ray
I am in love with Rachael Ray. I finally got a subscription to her magazine after buying the magazine each month. I have to admit (but don't tell my husband) that I have only tried one recipe out of this magazine and it didn't work for me. I keep meaning to try more because it all looks so yummy.

Somerset Studios
Who doesn't fall in love with the look and the feel of this magazine. The paper the magazine is made from even feels rich. So much creativity in just one magazine!

My greatest addiction is any Christmas/Holiday magazine. I have tons of issues from as far back as 10 years ago. At Christmas time I pull them all out and look through them all again and get gift and decorating ideas. It is funny but something I didn't like 5 years ago in the magazine will be my new favorite thing for this year. And of course I buy the season's new magazines. I already have Holiday Crafts 2009 and the pages are marked for the things I want to make.

I really want to try the paper mache this year. And there is the cutest Halloween and Christmas fabric mouse you ever saw. I don't usually do Halloween crafts but this year has me wanting to start.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Need More Time..............

Lots of things have changed in since my last posts. I didn't start my own online store but went back to work full time. I was offered a job to be a programmer again and best of all work virtually from home. No commuting, just working in the comfort of my own little home.

The only thing lacking is the time and energy to create. I miss it so much and trying to find a way to sneak it back in between a job, 4 kids homework(wow is this a time suck), housework, soccer practice, cooking, girl scouts, church, and just the overall time constraints of life. I know you all have the same problems.

I did get a make these amazing simple and beautiful flower pins for my children's teachers. I love them so much I have made several more.

I found the instructions here Reese Dixon's Organza Flowers. I ended up not cutting the petals she suggested but made 6-9 circles in different sizes for each flower. I love the look.

My daughter helped me make them. She was very careful not to burn her fingers but we kept a ice water bowl nearby just in case her fingers got hot. She took them to school in a basket and let each teacher pick her favorite.

I sewed felt circles with brooch pins on the back of each one so they could be worn as a brooch.