Monday, January 12, 2015

Grateful Journaling

Hi all, Happy Monday!!

Not really ... we had a two hour delay again today, these really mess with my day!!  Especially since it is just raining.  Anyways, I have been reading lately that grateful people tend to be happier people.  Now I am not saying I am not happy but I am trying to be more intentionally grateful to help me in those times where I feel like to world is against me.  So with that in mind I needed a place to write my grateful thoughts down.  I didn't want a book but something that would be a decorative fixture on my bedside table in addition to being functional.  Here is what I came up with ... 

So I started with this box ...

It was a Christmas box from years ago, that had been sitting in my craft room just waiting to be repurposed.  I used a stack of fabric paper that I had bought year's ago to cover all sides of the box.  The fabric paper is really neat because it is thin paper with a sticky backing.  I then used my Silhouette to cut the month dividers.  They are found here and here in the Silhouette Design Store.  The final step was just to cut paper cards to journal my grateful thoughts.  I am not going to force my thoughts so I don't think I will do it everyday, but try as much as I can.  I can also use to to record any things my children do that I want to remember.  

Hope this inspires you to stay grateful and journal those thoughts.  Have a great day, and week if I don't get to another post this week!!!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year and a Planner to Get Started

Hi all

Happy New Year!!!!  So I am back and hope to revitalize my blog with lots of great projects.  So I have been missing for a while because I have had to get a handle on all the new responsibilities I have taken on as the parent of an elementary school girl.  I have been heavily involved in my daughter's school through the PTA and helping run the school Math Club.  I had to get a handle on these things and how they fit into my schedule.  

On that note of schedules, I have created a planner for myself that will allow me to keep on track and stay motivated towards my individual goals.  It took a couple hours to create, just because I included daily sheets to keep my to-do list manageable.  So here it is:

So the outside planner size is 10" x 7.5", with the inside pages at 9.5" x 7".  I like this size because I can put it into my purse without much hassle.  To make the covers I took two sheets of Silhouette chipboard and glued then together, after I cut them to size.  I then choose some Heidi Swapp scrapbook paper to cover both sides of the chipboard.  I did this twice to create the front and back of the planner.  I chose to glue the two sheets of chipboard together because I felt that the chipboard was a little flimsy, and I wanted something sturdy.  I then decorated the front of the planner with some flowers I had on hand, and used double sided adhesive with glitter for the year.  Here is a snapshot of the inside of the planner:

So I created these pages with my Silhouette design studio software.  I then printed them off front to back and a ton of them.  This planner as it stands only has daily pages up until June.  I was trying to cut down on the thickness, considering I had to use a 2" binding coil.  I used weekly planner pages astwell from just printed at 80%.  I can't remember where I got my monthly calendar pages from.  I then used some store bought dividers, cut down to the correct size.  

This planner was a ton of tedious cutting of pages, but I really like the end result, especially the size.  So that is what I have for you today, I hope you are starting your new year great and don't forget to make some time to craft.  

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Homemade Easter Skirts

Hi all, happy Wednesday.  I hope you are having a great week.  We are having a pretty good spring break here.  Especially since my oldest said "This is the best spring break ever"  and that was before we went to the dollar store to get kites.  So glad to hear that we don't have to do much to be happy!!!  Anyhow, in continuing with the Easter theme this week, I have some homemade Easter outfits.  Well, half home-made!!

I made these starboard skits all by myself!!!  It is the first thing I have made that can actually be worn.  I was so excited when the came out so good.  This skirt was made by following this Simple Simon and Company tutorial, no pattern needed.  Here are some close ups of the skirts.

So these were definitely the least expensive Easter outfits we have ever had.  The fabric was $8.00 per yard and I only needed half a yard for each skirt.  The shirts are actually boys dress shirts from Target that were on sale BOGO, so only $15 for the shirts.  The shoes we already had.  So the total for two Easter outfits was a whopping $23.00.  Not to bad!!!  

Well I hope you enjoyed today's post.  I know the kids didn't, because it was freezing this morning taking those photos.  But now we have Easter pics to send to the family!!!  Have a great evening.  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Home Decor

Hi all, hope you are having a fantastic start to the week.  I have been spending some time with my sewing machine lately, and can't wait to share some of those projects.  Also this weekend was so great weather wise that we spent the entire weekend outside.  That was really fun.  Oh and we have another big girl in the house.  My four year old got off her training wheels with one push this weekend.  So proud of her but a little sad to see my baby growing up.  

Anyhow, I did make some Easter decor crafts last week.  I meant to make an entire mantel display, but didn't get a hold of any burlap this week.  So I only made two framed pieces.  I think that they came out really cute though.  

Both pieces were made with my Silhouette Cameo.  The bunny at the top was cut from some fat quarter chevron fabric and then appliqu├ęd onto some white fabric.  I used some white yarn for the tail.  The subway are was made using the print and cut feature.  I then created some stitching wholes on the paper and used embroidery floss to create the outline.  

That's all I have for now, I hope to be back later this week with some Easter sewing that I was able to do.  Have a great week.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Decorated Birthday Frame

Hi all Happy Wednesday.  Hope the week is treating you well.  I have gotten back to being a little crafty the last couple nights.  Guess the spring weather has kind of inspired me.  So around these parts it is Spring Fling time and with that comes Silent Auctions.  My daughters school is having one as well as one of my girlfriends' kids.  Although I am a little jealous of hers because it is for the adults only!!!  Anyways, I wanted to contribute to the silent auctions in some way and came up with the idea of donating my crafting services.  I am going to make 10 personalized birthday invites in any theme and some matching paraphernalia to go with it.  A little work on my part but it benefits the kids at school.  I had to come up with a way to showcase my items and decided to make a keepsake birthday frame that the recipient could use to hold a photo after the party is over.  

I found this cute frame complete with chevron mat at Michael's on clearance for $6.00.  I them added the birthday banner, title, and balloons to the frame.  I also made the description with the print and cut feature of my Silhouette.  Sorry about the weird camera angle, it is hard taking pictures of things with a reflective glass surface.  Anyhow, that's all I have for you today, hope you get a chance to craft some stuff of your own today.  

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Quick Sewing Journal

Hi all, hope you are having a great Monday.  We are doing great because we finally have some nice weather.  The weekend was miserable with the rain and snow.  As I am typing this I am sitting outside watching the kids ride bikes.  
Today I have a really quick project to share with you.  Recently I have started sewing, and I need a way to keep track of my projects and the math associated with them.  So I made this really quick journal.  
It was super quick.  I used a stencil with some white paint and Heidi Swapp color shine to tint the paint.  The scissors and thread spool were cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Click the links to find them in the online store.  The I heart sewing saying can also be found in the store.  I then just adhered everything to the cover of the notebook.  Easy Peesy!!!!  That's all I have for you today hope you have a great evening.  
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Just a litte Leprechaun Gift

Happy hump day everyone.  Hope your week is going great.  It seems that here we are on our way to a warm up, yeah.  So today all I have for you is a quick little Leprechaun gift.  Monday I showed you that tray of cupcakes that I had made for the kids, and adults.  Well I can't keep that many cupcakes around or else they will end up on my backside if you know what I mean.  Therefore I must gift them, and I tried to make it cute.

I found this cute cupcake box in the Silhouette store here.  I changed it up a bit by adding the shamrock to the band.  These were easy to assemble and make a really cute gift.  

That's all I have today, hope you have a great day.

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