Monday, March 26, 2012


How is it already Monday? This weekend seemed to fly by.. I think we should have Mondays off just to recover from the weekend. Saturday was pretty busy with doing Caitlyn's hair in the morning (she had Protocal that night, which is basically prom). I love curling and styling hair, guess I missed my calling haha. I then went straight from Candy's house to Heather and Ryan's for Miss Ellie's Frist Birthday Party! They had it setup so cute and of course I forgot to take pictures. She is such a ham! That girl knows how to work the crowd. It was great weather for sitting outside and enjoying the day with friends/family. I was really excited to give Ellie the tutu I made (you can see pics in the previous post) along with one of my all time favorite childhood boos, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. I think that's where my strong desire to recycle as a child came from haha. One of the grandparents gave her a little wading pool so after cake and gifts she got in there and played for a while, it was too cute. I was super stoked to see Melissa, whom I never get to see! It's always fun catching up with old friends. :)

Now for Sunday, I spent most of the day working on sewing projects. I wanted to finish off 4 pillows, however the second fabric I was working with didn't want to cooperate very well so it took A LOT longer to finish it than the first one. Soooo, I still have 2 more to make. They're not too hard, if you know how to sew and have some patience. They will definitely be staples in the craft business with Isabel so let me know if you are interested or have a particular color/shape in mind and we can work something out.

Here's the first one. I did more sctructured ruffles on this one, giving it a more sophisticated, classic look. I think it turned out pretty well for that category.

For this next one I was thinking more along the lines of a nursery or spare room used for readind/lounging, you get the idea, so I did more ruffles and placed them much tighter together. Basically it's a little more playfull/whimsical rather than structured. I love the look of the ruffles on this one :)

It's a little hard to tell from the pictures, but the white pillow is square and the pink is a rectangle. The rectangle shape looks great in person with the ruffles. Here's a side by side so you can see the difference, kind of.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm definitely in need of more sleep and will probably be a going to bed and an unreasonably early time tonight like a grandma!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Time!

Spring is officially here! I absolutely love the cold weather, however, I truely love this time of year when the days are longer and you just want to accomplish so much more in the day. Which brings me to the main topic for today, crafts! For a while now I've been contemplating starting an Etsy page and selling items I've created that route, but for some reason or another I've just never sat down and actually did it. Well, after much deliberation and "soul searching" I've come to the conclusion that Etsy is just not for me. I do want to sell my crafts, just through a different means is all. One of my oldest and dearest friends, Isabel, and I have decided to venture into this craft selling business together. At the moment we are just cranking out some items to sell and/or display through craft shows/fairs and of course this 'ol world wild internet web. So, if you know of any craft shows in the area that you think we might like to participate in, feel free to shout it out!

Here are a couple items I worked on last weekend.

This is my Ruffle Wreath with white and pink flowers. I still have a few touches to finish up, but it's basically done. I'll be making several more Ruffle Wreaths with different themes, so be sure to check back for more pics!

This is my take on a cherry blossom branch, this was the first one. I'm sure I'll be making more of these and varying the technique and/or colors and such.

And finally, I made this tutu for Miss E's 1st birthday party this coming weekend. I used four different shades of tulle and ribbon to tie at the top. I can't wait to see her in it!
I can't wait for this weekend to get back to work on my crafts! I have a huge project I'm working Sunday, hopefully I can get all four pieces completed by Monday, so I can post pics soon. I also ordered my own Cricut. I used to go to Candy's and share with her but with the new job hours it makes it rather difficult. But now that I have my own we can have a Cricut party ;) I'm going to get a table Friday after work and set it up in the "craft room" where the sewing machine is set up as well.

I'm just so excited to get going with this adventure, and see where it takes us!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

What the cool kids are doing.

Let me preface this by saying that I'm definitely all for donating to charities, especially those that help children. However, when you're deciding which charities/organizations to give your hard earned money to, you need to at least do a little research about them - and by research I don't just mean watching this J Kony 2012 video on Facebook. Anyone can post videos to Youtube and Facebook and Twitter etc. There are always two sides to every coin, if you don't believe me, check out this article also about Kony. After watching the video and then reading the article you will definitely see what I mean.

Any charity should be more than willing to show any and all tax/monitary records. Most reputable organizations have these documents available on their website, so you can easily see anything you might have a question about prior to making a donation. I know that one of my favorite organizations Love146 (who's missions is to end child slavery/trafficking) has their tax information available online. I was actually a little skeptical of them when I first encountered their information, but then I researched their stuff and made an informed decision that was not based on my best friend's facebook status or my favorite celebrity's tweet. Now there is a difference between spreading a message and blatant misguided propaganda. Many Americans I'm sad to say are stuck in their own little bubbles and are ultimately oblivious to the rest of the world. So, the viral spreading of videos like this are doing a great job of spreading the word about the mistreatment of people in other portions of the world, however we need to be very careful when these videos are also asking for monetary donations. Don't just blindly follow, learn something first!

Hope everyone has a great spring break if you have one and if not, sucks for you! ;)