Friday, April 30, 2010

House For Sale: We're Almost There!

Hello Friends! I'm so excited! We made an offer on a house and the sellers accepted! I'm so thrilled. Now we're just going through the closing process. Once this is all done, we'll be moving into our new house!

Let me tell you, going from a small 2 bedroom apartment to a 2 story house is a major change, but it is a welcome one. I can't wait to decorate and with so many of my crafty friends and bloggers, I will never fall short of inspiration!

Well, here it is. Our house-to-be:

Isn't she just gorgeous? She is the reason I haven't been to crafty lately. That and a nasty virus that decided to attack me and my family. But now that the bug is FINALLY gone, I'm going to start making some new decor for our new house. And once we're moved in, I've got some great plans for bloggyland, so please stay tuned for that!

In the meantime, my fellow friends, you have a wonderful weekend and I'm wishing you all your dreams come true!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

House For Sale: The Search Is On!

Good Morning My Friends!

As you know we've been looking at houses the last few days and we have found a couple that we really like. However, I still don't have that "This Is It!" feeling. I know our house is out there and who knows, maybe we have seen it and the feeling will come later. But, we still have three more to look at today and I'm thrilled. Looking at houses is so much fun! I do wish I found it already and I wish we were moving in today, but I know, Patience is a Virtue (hmm...that could make a very cute project)!

One reason I'm so excited is that whatever we choose, I know my Craft Room is going to be much bigger than it is. I've been talking to my friend Tiara and she makes me so jealous with her new craft room in her new house! And I'm even more excited to see it when it's completed. She gives me such great inspiration! So, Thanks Tiara! And thank you for all the advice and support you have given in our great search for that perfect home!

When I do get mine all set up and complete, the craft is on! I'm excited to decorate our new house and make it into a home for my lil' family to enjoy! I'm excited to make the curtains, some small furniture, and of course the accessories to fill our home. I'm excited to shop thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets for little odds and ends. But the greatest part of it all, is that it will be filled with love and happiness for our family, friends, and any visitors who wish to stop by! Heck, even the mailman will enjoy! LOL! Just kidding!

I wanted to take some pictures of the houses we looked at so far, but my battery died on my camera. So, instead, here is a picture of the kiddos in Taevyn's truck.

The Search Is On!

Well, that's it for today and I'll post updates as the time goes on! Hopefully I can get the Mother's Day gift made before my mama gets here! Have a wonderful day Friends!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Project: Earth Day

For Earth Day, Taevyn had to construct a "bug" out of found trash. I asked him what kind he wanted to make, and he said he wanted to make a butterfly. Sounds easy enough, right? Here's how our conversation went:

Mommy: What should we use for the body?
Taevyn: How about the toilet paper circle thing?
Mommy: Toilet paper tube?
Taevyn: Yeah. That's it!
Mommy: How about the wings?
Taevyn: Mmm...I know, how about I draw wings on this old newspaper?
Mommy: Sounds good to me. Now, what should we use for the head?
Taevyn: Let me go find something. (Goes in his room, comes back with one of those plastic bubble things which is used to hold toys in a toy machine.) Will this work?
Mommy: It's your project, what do you think?
Taevyn: Yeah, I think so. (Puts it on top of the TP tube.) Great, it fits perfect! Now for the antenna. Ooh, I know. (Runs back to his room and comes back with a couple of his darts.) How about these?
Mommy: Oh, those would be perfect. We'll have to cut them down a bit. Is that everything?
Taevyn: What about the thorax?

THORAX? Um! How long will it be before they start teaching Calculus in Kindergarden?

Here's his finished project. Mind you, he forgot to take it to school
today, and being the loving parent that I am, I get to drag London down
to the school to drop it off! yay me.



Taevyn had so much fun working on his project that he wanted to make more. But of course with his attention span being the same as a fly, his attention quickly got diverted to cartoons. *Sigh*

In other news, I'm going to go meet with a Realtor today! YAY ME!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Something's Wrong...

...I just haven't been in the mood to craft lately.

Is it because I'm tired of cleaning up the mess I make everytime I dole out my supplies? Nope.

Could it be because I have no space in this tiny place we have to release my creative energy? Um...maybe, but not really.

Is it because we applied for a home loan and I've been holding my breath to find out if we got approved?

DING! DING! DING!



That's right folks! We're buying our first house and I'm so thrilled! I've been doing nothing but HAPPY DANCING! Hey Emily N. (too Blessed to Stress), please join me in the dancing if you could please!

Now, if only I could find a house for $683! My life would be OH SO SWEET!

Any advice from you home owners would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Nifty Thrifty: Linens & Things

Hello Friends! I have been so busy this past weekend, but unfortunately, I didn't get much done in the way of projects. I know...sad. I did however, go to Walmart and buy some of those cheap bookshelves. They were on sale. I bought two 5-shelf bookcases for $25 each and a 3-shelf bookcase for $15. Such good deals. So, I've been organizing my craft areas. Yes, I have two. But they aren't very big and I'd rather have one big area, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

Last weekend, we traveled near Tyler, TX to a resort called Holly Lake Ranch. We had so much fun with Jeff's parents. On the last day, Sally and I had gone to a nearby town called Gladewater (I think that's what it's called). This town has a gazillion antique stores. Here's what I got:

The first two pictures are linens. I got a whole box for $5! What a steal! I'm thinking of making some aprons with a couple of them. As for the others, I have no idea what I'll do with them, but I'm sure something will come up.

Aren't these little treasure boxes a gem? I saw the first one and just loved the bling on it. When I saw the tag, it said $5. When I looked closer at the price tag, it said $5 for the both of them. SCORE!

This actually came as a set of three. Originally marked as $24.95. Marked down to $12.95. Then, the man at the counter told me the lady will take $10 for all three! SOLD!!!

Here are two silk scarves I got for $4/ea. Aren't these pretty? I don't
know what I want to do with them yet. Any ideas?

Aren't these some amazing finds? I'm so glad I got the chance to visit Gladewater. I just wish I had more time to browse around. I only got to visit three stores and I'd love to go back.

There is another item I had bought the other day at the Goodwill I just HAD to share. It is this:

Normally, iron-on paper is about $11/12 sheets. I scored this box of 30 sheets for...ready for this? $1.99! I'm so excited! I can't wait to start printing some stuff for my kids' clothes!

Well, that's it for today folks! I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Graduation Is Coming Up

Hello Friends! I know I still haven't posted any projects of late, but that's only because I am uploading a gazillion pictures to my computer as we speak, and since my computer is being so slow, I decided I wanted to show you something else instead. I was actually going to post this next week, but I'm just to excited about it!

Last year, Taevyn graduated from Preschool and I was heavily involved in the graduation activities. I made a graduation video for the parents as a keepsake of the kids' time at Preschool.

video

Believe it or not, this video only took me two months to complete. That included working a 9-5 job (actually, 7-4), taking care of a preschooler AND an infant, cleaning, cooking and everything in between. I used my DSLR, Windows Movie Maker, Photoshop, and my video camera. I took most of the pictures (some were provided by the parents or school) and did all of the video shots. I think it came out pretty well, don't you? (Just say "yes"! HA!)

The theme was "Bachelors of Life" or in other words "What I Want To Be When I Grow Up". I designed and made the CD cases for the videos, the favor bags, which I still have Taevyn's and I need to take a picture of that, and helped decorate the little reception area, I have a picture of that, but I need to find it. The graduation ceremony was so cute and something I will (hopefully) remember for the rest of my life. I'm already planning on showing this at his High School Graduation. I really don't plan that far in advance, but hey, how I could I not for this?

I wanted to show this to you in case you wanted to do this. I have to be honest though, it is very time consuming if you're as picky as I am. The program is not at all hard to figure out and comes free with PCs. (Actually, I'm not sure what program Mac uses, but I'm told they have something similar. I'm also not sure how easy/hard it is to use.) I only got frusterated about 200 times when I made this, but that's because I wanted to put certain pictures along the same timeline as some of the words in the song. If you're not all that picky about where pictures go, then, you could make a video in a weekend. Especially if you're only using pictures.

Well, if I get a chance to take pictures of my other projects today, or the stuff I bought when I was gone last weekend, I'll be sure to post them. My Love took over the computer yesterday and he so graciously let me use it for about 10 minutes. Isn't that so sweet of him? Anyway, have a great day all!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What A Vacation

I should say "mini" vacation, but it was still nice! Hello Friends! I wanted to stop by this morning to say thanks for the wonderful comments! And also a thanks to my new followers from Friday Follow! When I got home last night, I had over 400 new posts in my Google Reader and also I want to stop by my new followers blogs and check them out too! Then, I'll be answering my emails. Hopefully I will be able to have a regular post this afternoon. I bought some goodies that I'm excited about and can't wait to share, but I have to take pics first!

I'll see you soon!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Making New Friends

Hello All! Just wanted to stop by and say that I am participating in

The Girl Creative

I also wanted to let you know that I'll be out of town until Tuesday. I've been working on a couple of things to post for when I get back! See you then and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oh, oh, oh! It's Magic...

...I know! And I DO know! What is so magical and what do I know?

I've been reading quite a few blogs and a handful of them have been going through the whole potty training experience. Since I'll be going through this in the next few months, I'm going to let you in on my little secret of what did it for Taevyn. First, let me tell you how hard it was. We read books, magazines, looked on the 'net for any ideas or tips on how to get this kid trained. We used cheerios, we bought a plain white kid toilet for him to decorate (thanks Niki), we had him choose his own undies, we let him go naked from the waste down. You name it, we tried it. I even asked him if he was afraid of the toilet, and he said "no". Why did I believe him? Because he lets us know if he's afraid to do something.


Now, I don't want you to think this kid wasn't ready, because, he was more than ready. 1.) He was almost three years old and 2.) he let us know when he did wet his pants. Besides, when a child gets a diaper, gives it to you, lays down with his hands behind his head, that is definitely a sure sign that he is ready.

Anyway, I was about to give up on the whole endeavor, thinking this kid will be 10 and still in diapers as stubborn as he is. So, what's my secret in getting your child trained so successfully? It's a household staple most home probably have anyway. It's cheap and it's oh so magical! It is:



FOOD COLORING!!!

That's right! Food coloring! One day, Taevyn and I were baking sugar cookies (I'm sure for some holiday) and while I was making the colorful frosting, I looked at the food coloring and thought "huh, I bet this will work". When daddy came home from work, I told him my idea and he agreed that this idea was nothing short of pure genious (okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, buy hey, I figured it out all by myself, so that makes me a genious in my book)! We took Taevyn in the bathroom, put 3-4 drops of red color in the toilet, daddy once again showed Taevyn how to go potty and...OH MY GOSH! The water turned orange! It was magic! Naturally, this got Taevyn to want to try it. This time we put a few drops of blue and do you know what he got? That's right folks! Green Water!

We never looked back that day and Taevyn never wet his pants again! However, after about four days, we told him the "magic" was all gone, but now that he was going potty like a big boy, we'd go get some ice cream and he was happy with that! I was not only so proud of my son for FINALLY going potty, but I was proud of myself because I found a method that truly worked!

(I know! I know! He's gonna hate me when he's older. But sometimes
it's just fun being the parent! I can't help it!)

Now, I'm hoping this same method will work when it's time for London to train. I'll let you know if it does.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nifty Thrifty: Dollar Tree Sunhat Makeover

London and I went to the Dollar Tree to buy some baskets when I came upon a cute little yellow sunhat. The only problem? It was a little plain jane for me. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it before I started to give this hat its ever-so-needed makeover. Anyway, I took off the little yellow ribbon (which I can use for another project) and added my own white ribbon. I made four fabric flowers using scrap white fabric and yellow buttons for the centers. I handmade a bow with thicker white ribbon and my glue gun. Then I glued all my trim to the hat and it came out like this:


In The News: Happy Easter!

Hello Friends! I hope you all had a Happy and Glorious Easter! I know we did! The last four days have been busy!

Thursday evening, our small town had their annual Spring Carnival. The kids played games and did the Easter Egg Hunt! Then we went to Arby's for supper. Mmm...roast beef! Friday, I was actually going to blog, but my son got really sick. We rushed him to the hospital thinking he had appendicitis. That was scary, but it ended up being a virus. I felt bad him. Needless to say, I didn't get much crafting done Friday. Saturday, I spent my time making a few things, but I'll show you that later this afternoon. (I still have to take pics.) Then, Sunday, we had our own little Easter Egg Hunt.


Then the family and I headed to San Antonio to spend the day with some family! My aunt (who is my crafting inspiration) came down from Nebraska with her daughter and grandkids. I was so excited to see them. We had a great time!
When I get the pics taken from my project, I will post them later today, so look out for that. I hope your Easter was filled with love, laughter, and memories! Have a great day!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Look What I Did!

No, I'm not talking about using Photoshop to edit a picture. I'm talking about using my Cricut to cut out images with craft foam! How fun! I know what you're thinking, "what is so special about cutting craft foam with a cricut?" Well, now I can make custom stamps with the images on the cartridges!

And speaking of cartridges, my wonderful, handsome Jeff bought me two brand new cartridges off eBay! I am so excited! He is the best! The possibilities are limitless now! Oh yeah! Can I get a woot! woot!