Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Realization...

I know I started this blog ages ago, and have hardly put much on here... but, last night, when I was up way too late playing in my new craft room ( is an entire room now...not just the closet!) I realized that THIS IS INDEED THERAPY for me! When I get stressed, I get an itch to be creative. I've been pouring all of that energy lately into cardmaking. I started a Stampin' Up business with the intentions of using my love for stamping (and teaching others to stamp) to help the world be a better place. I intend to give all my profits to benefit special needs adoptions and other wonderful causes like clean water, etc. are some recent creations.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Crayola Cakes

What do you do with a broken crayon?
Break em some more!
Sort em!
Bake em into Crayola Cakes! (Or crayon rocks, or whatever you want to call them!)
Reduce/Reuse/Recycle... i can just hear Jack Johnson now. :)
This was SO fun and kept their little fingers busy for a LONG time.
And, they are so fun to color with, too!


A Hankie Holder! Inspired by Amanda Soule, but much less professional. ;)

A bath bag (for mae to put her jammies/clothes in for her 2/day bath treatments) It hangs on the bathroom door

The Rag Bag- hangs on the kitchen door and holds our old rags (we use them instead of paper towels... they are NonPaper Towels. :) )

Mae sportin' her bath bag.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

My New Craft Corner (aka: the guest bedroom closet)

Gotta go...Mae is begging to go stamp! :)

Crafty Crazy

I've been going nuts the last couple of days...sewing up a storm!
Here are a few of my projects:
Cloth napkins for the kiddies... a few of them are monogrammed, per kids' request

Flannel washcloths for a new baby friend, Ellie Marie.

and...a washcloth mit to hold them

matching dresses for addie kate and mae mae and a matchy match headband for mama.(still finishing them...i'll try to post after i get them finished)

I've also sewn a couple of bags for groceries from the book Handmade Home, by Amanda Soule. I'll try to get them posted ASAP. :)
Fabulous book...i love it...and her first book...and her blog. :)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mizzou Rah!

Fight Tighers, Fight for Ol' Mizzou!
Okay, so this was really made for Maegan's baby doll, Annie, but Ry soon found it and it became Truman's for the day...
Introducuing the red sweater...

Friday, January 4, 2008

Have I Mentioned it Yet?

My sweet Mother-in-law told me that she was putting money in our account for our Christmas gift. I told her that I was going to save it to put towards a sewing machine. "umph." she said."You always spoil my surprises!" "What do you mean?" said I. "I'd already planned to GIVE YOU my machine when you move back!" "REALLY?! WOW!Great! Now I can put that Christmas $ towards our adoption instead!!!"
AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I'm SO excited!! I can't even tell you how excited I am!! Last night on the phone she told me not to buy anything. She has seam rippers, and buttons, and tons of vintage fabric all waiting for me!! She said she didn't even use her machine once last year, and only once or twice a year all the years before that, so she's happy to let me have it, and just come over and use it when she needs to! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Shirley!! You are the SWEETEST!
I'm already dreaming of all the projects that I want to make for all of my kiddos! Aprons, and bags, and quilts and puppet shows... Have you seen Amy Karol's book? or her blog, Angry Chicken? I bought the book for myself after Shirley told me she was giving me her machine, and Becky brought it to me when she came to visit. I've had so much fun drooling over the wonderful pictures and dreaming of what I will make... I love her laid back "grab a cup of coffee and put on some tunes when you need to rip out some seams" and "its supposed to look homemade" attitude. (those aren't direct quotes, but you get the jist). How exciting. I'm gonna sew!
For the record: I've sewn a couple of things before. I made a pair of p.j.'s with a matching pillow for home ec in high school. Ryan is very attached to the pillow, but the pj's are long gone. I made a crib skirt, and valance and a slip cover for our rocking chair when I was preggers with Mae. I made Ry a little carry sack for his Thomas Trains. But... I think that's about it. Not a lot of sewing experience going on here. Don't look at the seams. They're pretty crooked. I think that the zigzag stitch will be my friend.