Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm worn all out! But Remembering the Reason

As I sit here in from of my computer screen I contemplate the meaning of life... not really.

What I am really contemplating is going to bed early(ish). As in now. It's almost ten at night and I have another early morning getting two kids going in the same direction and off to school appropriately dressed with shoes on, including socks; clothes on, including underwear; and teeth AND hair brushed! Whew, it's more work than you can imagine making that happen 5 days a week.

I'm looking forward to Christmas Vacation for that very reason. Yes I'm excited to have family over. Yes I'm enjoying the decorations and the holiday treats. But most of all I'm excited to sleep in a bit. Relax in the mornings. Ahhhh, I'm enjoying the idea now.

Life can get so busy with extra holiday ... stuff, that we often can forget the actual reason for the holidays! Faith. Family. Joy. Peace. Good Music. And of course good (great!) food!

I am ready to relax, but I want to remember why I am able to celebrate this awesome, worldwide holiday. I have complete belief that God sent his son, Jesus to be born of a virgin so that he could be the ultimate blood sacrifice needed to fulfill the covenant laid out between God and Abraham. I believe Jesus died on a cross like a common criminal, was buried, rose again 3 days later and ascended to heaven where He waits for me.

I'm going to take time to remember those things every day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Preparations and Santa

Christmas is only a week away and I'm not ready for my in-laws to show up! I wish Mary Poppins would show up and snap her fingers for me!
We got up our tree and lights in the windows already and now we just clean and wait. And clean. It's hard with two little ones in the house but hopefully I can get them to help out more than they destroy. Any ideas for that?!
I had my one and only holiday bazaar last weekend and I did well! I sold a lot of my little crocheted guys; my octopi, hedgehogs, bookmarks, fingerless gloves, hats and cards! I even sold a couple picture frames I covered with pretty paper and embellished. Very fun. I'm starting to sell them online again. I'm trying e-bay and a new app I found called Offer Up. It's a bit like Craigslist and it is very easy to post my things. I'll have to keep you posted on how things sell.

What do you do for Christmas and the holidays? Do you go all out to decorate or keep it simple? In town or out? Santa or no? I found a great letter a mom wrote to her kids about the truth about Santa,
Check it out.

amazing way to tell a child the truth about santa. This is awesome beyond words. Who ever wrote this wins at life.

Farewell for today. Have fun getting ready to this all too hectic celebration of Jesus' birth. Remember why we celebrate and enjoy!

Crochet Projects

So here’s the thing.
 I have added crocheting to my talents! I have been doing mostly arigurumi animals, a bib, wristwarmers, some hats and a potholder. The potholder turned out, let’s say, wavy? The hats usually are a bit big. But the animals, well, they turn out darn cute! Here are a couple of things I’ve done so far.

Do you have a favorite? Do you crochet too? Where do you get your ideas? -

Monday, March 4, 2013

Iris Folding Technique

Hey there!
So I was cruising around on Pinterest and discovered a technique that I have overlooked! Have you ever tried Iris Folding? I just tried it out and find that I love it! It is a super cute look that is pretty easy to achieve!
There are essentially two ways to go about Iris Folding (also called Quilting).
1. You  take a small rectangle and fold the top two corners into the center to form a triangle
Following a pattern that is laying face up on the table, you tape the triangles to the mask. See photo...

2. You take a long strip of paper and fold it once lengthwise. Following a pattern is optional. I have seen many more that seem to take a masked cutout and taped the strips to the mask.

Some patterns look like this.
The next chance I get I'm going to try a couple more free form patterns. How about you? Have you ever tried Iris Folding? I found this Iris Folding Technique video that shows a nice pumpkin shape being used.
Have fun working on this technique!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Special Order Cards- I'm So Thankful

I love getting special order for cards from friends and acquaintances; or anyone for that matter. I love even more when someone gives me general guidelines like "Make it cute", or "Put a scripture verse on it".
I once got a special order to make five cards for the writers of a great womens bible study on the Psalms. All I had to go on was make it cute, pretty and maybe have a scripture on it.
Okay, sounds easy enough, right? Well, first I have to come up with a design; so I go through my card sketches to get some ideas.

I find a layout I like then dive into my paper stash. What do have? Do I have enough to make 5 cards?
Check out my embellishments. What will work with this design? Again, do I have enough?

Usually I do a sample card to figure out exact measurements for cutting and so forth.

Then I do all the cutting, distressing and stamping.

Finally assemble, put on finishing touches and get the envelopes! Voila, it's done!

I go through the same process with each special order I get to make sure your card creation is unique and special.
I just finished a set of cards for a customer last night.
This is what I came up with. Leave a comment if you like it!

I have a ton of cards I have done for store on Pinterest if you want to check out my "Cards for Stores" board.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Get A Free QR Code For Your Website

I am feeling so trendy! I got a QR code (quick response code)  for my business website. I found a free website that conjures up a QR code for you ad all you need to give is your website. It's pretty slick.
What do you think?

I plan to put this little square of goodness on my business cards, labels and anything else I can think of.

Even though I don't have a smart phone, I wanted to add a QR code to my cards since most people have easy access to a smart phone.
QR codes are popping up everywhere.  I liked the idea of having direct access to my website with a quick scan.

Stay posted to see some of the designs for business cards and labels I come up with!

Keep scrapping!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Christmas Gift Card Holders (or just cash!)

So I was playing around with some different papers and two different styles of card holders. What I came up with is pretty simple. The first card  is patterned after the mens shirt card and displays the gift card on the front, incorporating the card into the design element. The second card is a pretty landscape with a shallow pocket inside to put a gift card or cash too. (cash works for me)
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I am loving the landscape card! How do you make your cards to hold store gift cards?