Friday, February 26, 2010

Some Older Projects

Oh have I been busy! I am in the middle of making some new projects for next week, so while you wait, I decided to post a few of my past projects.

Sometimes I get my inspiration from some online crafters or magazines. Check these out!

My "Happy Meal" Wreath idea came from the talented Infarrantly Creative!

My "Etch-A-Sketch" Frame idea came from
the lovely Jennifer Perkins @ Naughty Secretary Club!

I got my directions from the Cloth Paper Studios Magazine.

Here are some Clothespins in action. I printed my pictures to look like polaroids using an awesome software from Polardroid.net! I printed to size, cut them out and now these pictures hang proudly on my refrigerator. I do need to get some updated pictures though!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my projects! I'll hopefully get the ones I'm working on done before the weekend is over! Have a great weekend my friends!


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Because This Doesn't Happen

In all of the 4 1/2 years we've lived here in Central Texas, it has NEVER snowed. Of course, we had a couple of ice storms, but you can't play in ice. It didn't snow much, but I was thrilled that my kids actually got to see and play with snow. Although, Taevyn was born in Nebraska, he's seen it, but I'm sure he doesn't remember. We moved here right before he turned 2. London was born here, and with her being 18 mos, I'm sure she won't remember this either. But, it was fun while it lasted!

We had some pretty big snowflakes fall. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the snow falling. By the time I saw it, it took awhile to dress London for the weather. I felt like the mom on "A Christmas Story". Poor Taevyn was in school. By the time London and I made it outside, it was raining...well, sort of. There were a few flakes that fell, but not like it was.

I'm sure she was mesmerized by the snow.

Then she got to play!

Then she was observing! Lots of fun!

By the time Taevyn got home, most of the snow melted.

It didn't stop him from having fun!

He was trying to make snowballs anyway!

Have a great day everybody!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Nifty Thrifty - Spice Rack

I bought this spice rack awhile ago at Goodwill for $1.99. I already knew what I wanted to do with it before I even got to the checkout line. I love finding awesome things! Anyway, I took some spray paint to this...



and made this:

I used removable adhesive on the flowers, that way if I ever want to change it, I can without destroying the jars. I also want to write the word "Embellishments" across the back, however, I need to buy a paint pen, probably the same red to match the jars.

I'm planning on using this to store my smaller embellishments. With the colorful flowers, I can sort maybe brads, eyelets, or even the flowers themselves in these little jars by color!

Happy Tuesday Friends!

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Monday, February 22, 2010

My Life...In An Album

Do you know those amazing word albums from Bo Bunny? The "LOVE", "BELIEVE", "FAMILY", etc? One day I got to thinking (which I try not to so I don't hurt myself to bad) about making some of my own with my kids' names. This is how they turned out:

This one is Taevyn's. It's so boyishly cute, isn't it?

Here is the front of the album which is a "T". I used the masking technique for his name.
This is one of my favorite effects.

Here is the "A" in his name. I used a rubon to put on his picture.
He is my special boy!

And the "E". In order to focus in on him, I put a chipboard circle around him.
Really, I have no idea what was so interesting to him!

And the "V". This is one of my absolute favorite pictures of him. My friend Jo took most of the pictures. She is so talented! I love that I had an arrow sticker that said "those Eyes". Perfect!
Tip: On the part of the sticker that hangs off the page, I dusted a little baby powder to deactivate the stickiness.

The "Y". Unfortunately, one of the stars fell off and I just noticed it. I do need to put on another one. Again, here I used another chipboard circle to focus on him. It also gives you the sense of "looking through the lens". Since this page doesn't coordinate with the other papers, I also used the circle to tie in with the other page with the circle. I still think it turned out well.

Here is the "N". Another friend took this picture and it is another one of my favorites. No special techniques here, except that I used the arrow to cover up a lot of the red background (which seems to be blending in with the background of the actual picture, which in turn looks like a hole in it. Hmm..interesting!).

On the back, I wrote a note to Taevyn. I want them to take these with them when they are off to college.
Journaling Says: To My Dear Sweet Taevyn, I am so proud of you. You are a very smart boy. I know that as you grow, you will become much more than I could ever imagine. You are such a wonderful little boy. You make me happy with your smile. ~Love Mommy~


Here is London's. I love how girly hers turned out!

Here is the "L". Again, I used the masking effect. I like how I used an ink that was a smidge darker than the actual paper.

Here is the first "O". Again, I used a rubon. This was a funny story. I had minor surgery after I had her (nothing serious, I promise). I was so doped up on morophine, that when the guy came in to take her picture at the hospital, I didn't even think about putting the cute outfit I had for her. And, I didn't even realize that she had the hospital hat on. So, I used the rubon to cover up the ugly hospital logo on her shirt (which I still have in her memory box!).

Here is the first "N". I used a vellum piece to frame her picture. The sticker with the bible verse I had forever. I'm so glad I found it, because it goes perfect with this album. Not only the verse itself, but the font used on the sticker. I love how these things can just come together when you have great ephemera.

Here is the "D". The snail sticker I got about 5 years ago from the Dollar Tree. Sometimes you can find great things there. My friend, Sarah, took this picture and the next one. I'm so glad I have such talented friends.

Here is the second "O". I love the crown sticker I used to put on her head. Although, the little star is about to fall off since it's so small. I'm still trying to figure out a way to keep it from tearing. I used a stencil and a rubon to put on the tag. I wish I had used a gold color marker to make the symbol, but you live and you learn, I guess. She's my little princess!

Here is the second "N". I, again, used a sticker to cover up some of the black on the picture. I inked the flowers to tone them down. They were a little to bright and the ink worked perfect. I used DCWV's Once Upon A Time paper to create this entire album. They had the perfect piece of paper with the neat fairy on it. I really loved this paper!

Here is the back page with London's note. I love how I used a picture of London and me (and Taevyn and me on his). After printing these at home, instead of cutting the entire picture out, I left some white space to write my journaling.
Journaling Says: To My Dear Sweet London, I am so glad you are a big part of my life. You make me so happy with your big beautiful smile. I know you'll grow up to be such a wonderful person. Just know that you will ALWAYS be my baby girl! ~Love Mommy~

It took me three whole days to complete these. The only time I stopped working on them was to make breakfast, lunch, supper, and when I went to bed. And of course, if the kiddos needed me for anything. It probably would've taken me a month to complete if I only worked on them a little at a time. I am so glad I took the time I did to complete these, but I will probably never spend so much time on another project again. The only reason I did this, was because it was so personal, and I really wanted to make these for them!

Have a wonderul day Friends!

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Am A Follower

Thanks to Jami @ Ain't She Crazy, I decided to list my blog over at Trendy Treehouse's Follow Me Friday! What a wonderful way to meet new bloggers! Thanks for sharing Jami!


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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I LOVE Retro

I have read a lot of craft books, and although I was expecting mostly crafts, this book only has one chapter dedicated to the making of retro crafts. However, this book did not at all disappoint. I was very amazed on all its contents. It has six chapters full of information including creative ideas on organizing not only your craft space, but your ideas too, where to find vintage items and faux retro items to make crafts with, why collect, and other fabulous topics. This has to be one of the best crafting books I have ever read. I highly recommend this book!

If you're not into the whole retro/vintage thing, you should at least see if you can borrow it from a friend or the library (if they have it). It has a few ideas that you can adapt to your own crafty style. For instance, I love the way she files and organizes her ideas. She has a very interesting and fabulous way to store her works-in-progress and works-to-be-started without them being out of site and possibly forgotten about.

She has some amazing crafts that I will definitely be giving a try. But then again, I like that sort of thing. This book was not money-well-wasted. In fact, it was one of my best purchases I have ever made on the craft books genre!


Happy Crafting Friends!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

You'll Never Know Unless You Try It

I haven't been in the project making mood for the past couple of days, so I thought I'd share a past project I made for my daughter's room. This is a topiary I made from cardstock, pearlhead pins, glass marbles, a styrofoam ball, a dowel, a piece of ribbon, a terra cotta pot, and some spray paint. I haven't quite finished it yet though. I want to glue some of the glass marbles around the pot and add some glitter to the paper flowers.


Please don't mind the crookedness of the picture. I took this outside on the ground and I tried to get to ground level. Oops!

Honestly, I really never was into the topiary thing. However, I decided to give it a try with some paper and punches. I'm really glad I made this. Now it's one of my favorite things in her room.
Have a great day everybody!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Goodbye's Are Not Forever

Hello my friends! I had a fun post for today, but then, I got a call from my Aunt. The pastor of my home church unexpectedly went to be with the Lord this morning. I really never know what to say at times like these. All I can do is pray that his family has peace at this time. Pastor Daniel Thompson will be missed sorely, but one day, I know we will see him again in the House of God.

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"
John 11:25-26

Rest In Peace
Pastor Dan

Friday, February 12, 2010

Life Will Get Ya...No Matter How Hard You Try

I enjoy scrapbooking. I love taking a glimpse at the past and seeing my kids grow into these beautiful beings. I also like to see how I've evolved in my endeavors to capture and document these precious moments. One day, I decided to take a stab at digital. Although it's fun, I'm not one for staring at the computer all day. But, I may do a little of it here and there. Here are a couple of the pages I had made.



Of course, I made a couple of mistakes on my journaling in the "Discover" page, and of course, I deleted my PSE file that had my creation on it. So, I couldn't go back and fix it. (Go figure!) It seems to get my point across and that's all that matters. Yep...Life Got Me! :o)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

When They're Bored

Hello Peeps! I seem to be having technical difficulties with the Image Uploader. It's not letting me upload my Matchbook Notebook picture. Hmm... I hate it when that happens.

Anyway, I made some matchbook notebooks and I wanted to show you. These things are great. Especially when you have to lug your kids around with you. Taevyn loves to make his "Alien Magazines" with them. London...well, she just scribbles lines. But to me, it's her masterpiece of a one-year old! Hopefully I'll be able to post a picture soon. (Anybody else having this problem today?)

I'm so excited today! The cold and rain can NOT get me down! My package is coming! My package is coming! Oh Amazon, how do I love thee! Let me count the ways! :oD I ordered five books and the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I remember when I was a junior in high school, my cousin, Drew, and I would come home from work (my first job was McDonald's! Oh yeah, bring on the Chicken McNuggets), order pizza and breadsticks from Godfather's, and watch TNG every Thursday.

Oh the memories! I remember my Aunt Karen owned a nice little minivan. It was gray with gray interior. The first set of back seats was just like the front seats, so it wasn't just a long one. My sisters and I would go over to her house and we would play with my cousins in that van. We used to pretend it was a spaceship. Drew was the Captain and I was the First Commander. We all had our "positions" on our pretend ship. We would go out to fight the Martians and the Venitians. Help the people from Saturn and Pluto (well, when Pluto was considered a planet that is). It was a great game! *Sigh* Sometimes I miss being so young. But now that I'm a momma, I can spread the imagination with my kids. Yes, I play with my kids. It is so fun to feel like a child every once in awhile. Taevyn's favorite is to play Star Wars. He likes to be Darth Vader. But a "good" Vader. Personally, I just think he likes the mask.




Anyway, my Peeps! If it's cold where you are, I suggest you make a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy a book, movie, TV series. Whatever it is you enjoy. I know I am! Have a great day Friends!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

*Chirp* *Chirp* *Chirp*

Oh my gosh you guys! I'm so excited I can hardly get the words out. I spoiled myself this weekend. I bought one of the most amazing products out there. That's right. I bought myself this:
The amazing Cricut Expression! And I absolutely LOVE this thing. I have no idea what I did without it, but it is truly my favorite tool in my craft space. I feel like a little girl who just got her first make-up kit! I think one of the things I love about it too, is that it is such a time saver! Goodbye scissors! Okay, not totally, since I don't have all of the available cartridges. I did however buy two of those. Home Decor and Storybook! Including the SchoolBook, I have three and more on my wishlist! I'm so excited! YAY ME!!! I love getting things I want that is on my wishlist (which is pretty long, but hey, I can dream, can't I?)!

Have you ever bought anything on your wishlist that is amazing? If not, you really should! You deserve it, trust me!

Friday, February 5, 2010

When You Need It Most...

…it's never where you can find it! I'm actually talking about my memory card. I'm so bummed that I lost it. I wanted to take pictures of a neat project I did and of course, when I uploaded some pictures, I didn't put it away. Now it's MIA. I'm so sad!

So for now, I found a picture of this barrette holder I made awhile ago. I know, I know, I keep posting my girly projects. I can't help it! Girls are so fun! Well…boys are too, but they are a different kind of fun! In reality (which I do NOT live in most of the time!), they are just harder to make things for that will please them. (I seriously hope that just made sense.)

(Get back on track Adrienne!) Anyway, I love this thing, however, I think it's missing something. I may put a flower (or two..or three) on the frame to Kitschy it up a bit. This was so easy to make. I bought the frame at a dollar store (which was already black), took out the glass, added ribbon to some black cardstock cut to size, adhered the cardstock to the back, and viola! Instant barrette holder! Now to get the glue gun to add those flowers! Ooh, and maybe a ladybug!



Have a good weekend Everybody!!!