Monday, June 2, 2014

Never Ending... ADD

 I don't know if its my ADD mindset, but I just can't seem to find enough time to accomplish all the things that I need and want to do. It might have something to do with this pile of never ending laundry...
Or maybe that I get distracted by the smiley face in my washing machine. So much work goes into being a homemaker! I've been a stay at home mother and housewife for the majority of my life now, and I've developed a few of my own personal truths about the idea of homemaking. Wanna know what I've learned?
Here are just a few. Your family will feel loved when there are clean underwear in their drawer. Always make sure there is a cup in the cupboard for a cool drink. A warm, home cooked meal is pure love.

There is no right or wrong way to do housework, although there will always be a different way to do it. As long as you are doing something, I believe it still blesses the family. Have fun with it!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Well, hello strangers!
I have decided that its time to revive this blog and breathe new life into my creative processes. Our family made a move to Ohio about a year ago, and to be honest, it was one of the hardest moves yet for me. Considering that we are moving "experts" and this is our 15th home in our almost 18 year marriage, that says a lot.

Moving forward, things have settled into place and I'm really starting to like it here. We are heavily involved in the children's activities and I am making attempts to rekindle my creative fire. Recently, I have signed up for a class called Picture Everyday by Tracey Clark at Big Picture Classes. My hope is that this class will help me to refocus on the beauty and magic of my everyday life while pushing me to see things in a new perspective. This first week focuses on our personal routines. I'll be posting pictures that I take using the daily prompts, and adding the story where I can. Hope you enjoy process as much as I will!

Wake: A View of My Morning

Apple Dumplings
I try to cook something warm and yummy for my husband and children at least 3 times during the weekdays- the other two days they have cereal and toast or frozen waffles. Lol!
These fresh from the oven, hot, chocolate doughnuts are a favorite with the kids! The picture below is what my morning looks like with packing lunches for the family.
What's for lunch?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Let's get crafty for Christmas!

Its been a while since I've posted, but I'm back and excited to share some of the projects I'm working on for Christmas. Over the summer I had posted about the adorable felt strawberries Sierra and I had crafted for my younger children's play kitchen. 

At that time, I wanted to make more types of felt food, but my ADD mindset distracted me with so many other things to do and see. Now that we're in the Christmas crunch (and on a shoestring budget), I have researched the best free patterns I could find on the internet and have purchased a few wonderful pattern sets from Bugga Bugs. Hobby Lobby also had a fabulous felt sale on Black Friday, so now I'm all set to get crafty!

I now have massive amounts of felt on hand to create.

I began my adventure with some simple sunny side up eggs. I loved stuffing the little yolks! Now, if I could figure out the pancakes and bacon...

The next thing on the menu is some simple Nuttella & jelly sandwiches. My son is allergic to peanut so I'm creating a substitue with his favorite "chocolate butter".

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September Pals Hop!

Welcome to the September PALS HOP!  This month, we're featuring Fall/Halloween themed projects for your inspiration!  If you've hopped over from Gina Shaw's blog, I'm stop number 14 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in!  I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for paper-crafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals!  Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

My first project is a witch's shoe favor box. I found the pattern as a general search on the internet, sorry I don't have a link for y'all. I believe the original pattern came from Ellen Hutchinson. I created my shoe in black, with a pumpkin pie interior. I used the five petal punch to layer three flowers that have been edged in black ink, a small flower in elegant eggplant from the boho blossoms punch, and an orange button from my stash.

I love how the tissue wrapped "goodies" looks like one of my socks! *Cackle*

My second project is a simple card using the Loads of Love, and Loads of Love Accesories stamp sets. I get a lot of mileage with this set! ;) I LOVE the glittery pumpkins- so girly!

In addition to the Loads of Love stamp sets, I used baja breeze, perfect plum, certainly celery, and pumpkin pie cardstock and markers, and a scrap of patterned paper from Bo Bunny. I used pumpkin pie 1/4" ribbon and some tangerine art glitter.

Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Jason Casper's blog stop number 15 on the Fall/Halloween PALS HOP!  Thanks for "hopping" by!

1.     Ann Schach
2.     Diana Caho
3.     Joanna Munster
4.     Melanie Collins
5.     Stephanie Uzee
6.     Linda Callahan
7.     Carla Bazhenow
8.     Pam Giudici
9.     Kris Kilcoyne
10.   Mary Fish
11.   Barbara Furlong
12.   Angela Richwine
13.   Gina Shaw
14.   LeAnn Slater
15.   Jason Casper
16.   Tracy Cowee
17.   Kylie Nicolosi
18.   Margaret Moody

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

If the shoe fits...

I love crazy socks! Absolutely love them, and cant wait for cooler weather to wear them. I have socks for every season and holiday, too. Well, cool weather ones, that is. Its a little tough to pull off long kooky socks in the summertime without being weird. Then again if the shoe (sock)!

My card needs a sentiment, and maybe a little glitter, but I'll need to go shopping for that. I found this singular stamp while on vacation in Branson, MO last year, and I'm clueless as to the maker. The paper and marker colors are Stampin' Up Elegant Eggplant, Summer Sun, Only Orange, and Green Galore. I also used the scallop border punch from SU.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Gearing up for the Season

Well, I haven't gotten very far in culling the craft room- but I did manage to clear off the table, which made it easier to be productive. I wanted to share a couple of cards with you that I created for Halloween. I know its a tad early, but its my favorite season, so I cant help it.

I experimented with coloring these two cards using the Stampin' Up markers and blender pen. I like the one on the left because of the messy sky coloring. I used the blender pen to pick up ink from the marker and smear it around, like watercoloring. On the right side card, I used the markers to color in the image, them "blended" with the blender pen.

The stamp set I used is a retired SU set called Halloween Smiles. Black, only orange, and bravo burgundy card stock, and ribbon from my stash.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Confessions of a Craft Collector

I have two confessions to make. First, I am a chronic collector extraordinaire- I'll admit to that. I have tons of really cool crafting stuff that I've stockpiled and squirreled away. Second, I am a messy person. I really strive to be organized and I even make all sorts of "lists". I love making lists because I get to use the pretty little pens and notepads that always find their way home with me. But do I actually use those lists? Nut-uh, no way.

I love how my mind overflows with ideas as I walk through the stores or sift through catalogs to find the right accessory or bling for my next project. Unfortunately, the vessel in which those ideas are collected has a slow leak, so once I get my treasure home I pile it away in my craft room and forget about it. What! You mean we're actually supposed to use our supplies? Come on, how many of you really use all of your craft supplies? Yeah, I thought so. ;)

So, that brings me to today. I'm in the middle of a craft room redo. I'm lucky enough to have my very own room for this purpose, but it  also seems to serve as the place to drop anything that does not seem to have a home anywhere esle in the house. Which, in turn, makes it even harder for my wandering mind to focus on finding the hidden treasures and yes, actually using them. Today, I pledge to fix that. Off to the craft room! (Insert Indiana Jones music here.) Wish me luck!