Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Valentines Ideas

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Last year I created this Love Notes Board for my kids.  I just put simple notes in the envelopes with a small treat.  This year, I am hoping to be more Prepared. :)  So, I purchased the treats I would be giving the kids and started making small valentines to put in their spot every day.  This is the first installment.  I am hoping to have the rest of them ready to post throughout the week.
I tried to keep them simple and purchase things that were inexpensive- but when it comes to things like this I tend to get carried away.  I would say I probably spent $40 for all of the treats and some of the packaging.  But, considering I am getting 56 valentines plus candy left over, I don't think it's too bad a deal.
Here's a close up of the Pop Rocks valentine.  I have been using my Cricut to cut out a lot of the shapes, and trying to make good use of my stash of stickers and rub ons.  I hope the kids like them, and even if they don't "get" the sentiment- I know they'll LOVE the candy.  :)
xoxo,
Amy
Linked up to Look What I Made at Creations by Kara.  Also Linked up to Positively Splendid's fun party. :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

Love-ing {a Mom-day Post}

Monday, January 30, 2012

I just finished my newest block/figurine set.  I have been wanting to do a Valentine's set for a while, but I wasn't really sure what figurines to make.  I DO NOT like cupid- somehow the idea of making a man in a diaper just didn't appeal to me. ;)  My sister suggested to just do a boy and girl and I think she was spot on. :)
And in honor of the upcoming LOVE day- Here are 14 things I am loving:
1. I am loving that I can actually drink Diet Coke again.  Very rarely, but still- it actually tastes good again which is nice.
2.  Love that I have enough energy to actually get the laundry done in one day.  I didn't realize how much I enjoy my one day of laundry per week-then forget about it the rest of the time routine.
3.  Love having close in-laws who welcome my children over to their home whenever they want.
4. Love a husband who will run and get me a breakfast burrito just because I cried. :)
5. Love having so many kind and wonderful friends.  (even though I do NOT love when they move away- I'll miss you Erin)
6. I love that my kids are so excited about having a new baby in our family.
7.  I love my religion and the peace and direction it provides in my life.
8.  I love fabric.  enough said
9. I love blogging, meeting new people, sharing great ideas and improving my life through the inspiration I find on the web.
10. I love an extended family who loves, nurtures and supports me and my family.
11.  I love pinterest.
12.  I love that my basement is getting finished even though it means the rest of my house is a cluttered, dusty mess.
13.  I love the homemade laundry detergent my neighbor sent over for me to try.  And I love that she sent me the recipes she has been collecting for homemade cleaning supplies as well! :)
14.  I love that so many good friends are finding success with their handmade businesses (Way to go Vintage Rose Wraps on hitting 10,000 Facebook fans!)
What are you Love-ing today?
XOXO,
Amy
p.s. I am also, of course, loving all of you- and appreciate so much your stopping by!
Linking up to Look What I Made at Creations by Kara.

Friday, January 27, 2012

January Point of View- LOVE

Friday, January 27, 2012
It seems like you can't turn a corner these days without running into something red or heart shaped.  :)  Well, even though the theme was LOVE and not Valentine's- I don't think these projects are going to disappoint.  Are you ready for the project reveal?
Wait no longer:
Mmmm- aren't they yummy?  Such fun projects to browse through, love and Pin- am I right? :)
Ready to go check out the goodness?  Here are the links to further details:
Jonie at Just Between Friends
Amy- just scroll down
Our very special Guests this month Meg and Steph joining us from DIY Divas
Camilla from Rosy Red Buttons
Michelle at A Little Tipsy
And Gwen from Gwenny Penny
Leanne had to miss this month dealing with a family emergency.  We love and miss her and are glad her daughter's doing better. :)

After you're done checking out all this goodness- head over to Gwenny Penny and link up YOUR favorite LOVE posts. (remember that it's any interpretation of the theme- so link away!)
Now- on to my project:
The Ruffle Heart Pillow
Oh yes- I am definitely in LOVE!
When I made the Wavy Ruffle Pillow last year I had the thought that it would be fun to create other shapes with the ruffles- and this seemed like the perfect time to test out that theory.   I didn't re-do the entire tutorial, because I followed all of the same steps from the Wavy Ruffle Pillow tutorial, but I did document the couple of changes I did.
First, we are obviously going to need a heart shape.  I just folded the paper in half and did it the good old gradeschool way, but you can be more deliberate and use a cutting tool like a Cricut or Silhouette if you want.  The shape does get a little skewed by the ruffles, so don't spend too much time on it- just a general heart shape will be just fine.

Here is where I make the confession of all confessions.  I am an "eyeballer".  I don't measure things very often.  I find that I am usually more accurate if I just eyeball where things go instead of trying to be exact in my placement.  So- center your heart on the front pillow cover panel and trace around it to give you a guideline for placing your strips.  Then take your pink (or colored) bias-cut ruffles, pin down the first layer.  I lined up the center of the ruffle (where the gathering stitches are) on the pencil line, you could also line up the outside or inside of the ruffle along that line as well- it's up to you.  For this pillow, I did sew down one round at a time, instead of pinning all the ruffles and then sewing- but either method would work.  Fill in the inside of the heart with more colored ruffles and you'll get something that looks like this:
Which I think is gorgeous and I was really tempted to leave it like that, but I felt it looked too much like my Faux Chenille Pillow- and I wanted them to look less alike.  So, next I filled in the outside with white ruffles.  Then I finished my pillow with an envelope closure and I was finished.
I'm really glad I added the white ruffles.  This pillow turned out just like I hoped it would.

Now are you ready for some linky fun?  Head over to Gwenny Penny and link up anything LOVE-ly.  We can't wait to see what you've done.
XOXO,
Amy
Linked up to the Be Mine Bonanza link party with At Home with K. Also linked to the Saturday seven at Positively Splendid. Partying with Creations by Kara at her Look What I Made linky.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do Your Best Block

Thursday, January 26, 2012
I was recently asked to be an assistant Den Mother in my son's Wolf Den in Cub Scouts.  I am excited to be involved with him in this fun adventure, but I have to admit, learning the scouting "ropes" is like learning an entirely new language.  I don't understand half of what they're talking about in meetings, but I'm hoping I'll learn quickly. ;)
We have a pretty large den- 10 boys now.  With many of them just barely joining our den, we decided it would be a good idea to help them get their Bobcat right off in our Den.  But, since not all of them need their Bobcat, we thought it would be fun to have a project all of them could take home- even the more 'seasoned' scouts in our den.  This is what me made:
It's the Cub Scout Motto and it's something all scouts should know.  We thought it would be a fun reminder the boys could keep in their rooms.  (plus, it's a pretty good motto even if you're not a scout ;) )  We cut 4" blocks from a 2X4, sanded them and then let the boys get to work.  The painted them blue and then used glue sticks to glue down the letters we had cut from cardstock using a Cricut.  It might be easier to use vinyl, but we were trying to keep costs down.
The boys seemed pretty happy with them, which is what really matters. :)
xoxo,
Amy

Monday, January 23, 2012

Prepared {Mom-day

Monday, January 23, 2012
My living room is a mess.  We are currently finishing our basement so all my fabric and craft supplies now reside in my front room.  It drives me crazy, but this one is having a blast! :)

I'm sure by now you have all seen the "one word" resolutions all over blogs and the internet this month.  I thought- "Wow, that sure sounds a lot easier than making specific goals I'll probably never do but feel really guilty about." 
As it turns out- it is just as easy to slack on your "one word" resolution as it is the more specific kind. :)
But before I whine about all the reasons I have fallen behind in my goals, I will tell you why I chose my word in the first place.
  This Christmas did not go as planned.  Not even a little bit.  We only planned 4 activities for the season- one for each child.  Seems easy enough to follow through with, right?  Um we got to 1 of them. :(  Turns out I was pregnant and didn't know it, but still, I felt awful that I didn't make the season all that it could be.  Christmas at our house is followed quickly by two birthdays.  My husband is used to getting the short end of the after-Christmas budget, but my 3 year old was expecting a BIRTHDAY!  I couldn't help but think if I only started sooner with all of this stuff, I might have avoided the stress and worry and just enjoyed each of these celebrations.  So much of my life is spent flying by the seat of my pants, putting things off until the last minute before I give them the attention they need.
So, as I thought about my word for the year, I thought- it would just be nice to be prepared for things, instead of just reacting to them.
And thus it became- "my word".  Prepared.  It has a nice ring to it doesn't it?  To me it sounds like organized, on top of things, calm, ready.  It is what I want to be.
And now, throw in the wrinkle of the aforementioned unplanned pregnancy, and Prepared has a whole new meaning.  I want to be prepared physically (will be again delivering naturally), mentally (5 kids terrifies me- I need a game plan), and emotionally (my husband is my Rock- I need to nurture that relationship so it can support me through the crazy after baby hormones that wreak havoc on me) so I can thoroughly enjoy this last little baby of mine.
Not to mention the rest of my life.  Christmas is huge for me- I want it to be magical and special and meaningful for my children.  This will require preparation.  Birthdays, holidays, LIFE- to be lived, enjoyed, relished!  Being prepared is the key.
Now, we all know a goal without a plan is just a wish.  So now I need a plan.  Lots of plans in fact.  I am planning a "Christmas all year through" event here on the blog.  Nothing fancy or too specific, but I hope to have inspiration and motivation to be on top of things before next year rolls around.  I am making plans (as soon as the yucky first trimester stuff goes away) to have a regular "working" schedule, where I make inventory for future boutiques and sales opportunities so I'm not under the gun as soon as I sign up for an event. 
All of this involves thinking ahead, planning and preparation.  Not to mention follow through.  So that's why I'm writing this here, in public, for all of you to see.  So I have more motivation to keep this 'on top of things' attitude going.  :)  Call me on it, ask me how it's going from time to time, chide me if I'm slacking.  And if you have a goal you're working toward, and need a little bullying to get it done- I'm your girl. ;)
Have an awesome Monday.  And don't forget- Point of View is THIS WEEK.  Please don't ask me about my project, I told you, I'm still in the planning stages of this prepared thing. ;)  But the theme is LOVE and we would LOVE to see anything you think relates to the theme (it's a very loose interpretation of the theme we have- so if it's just something you LOVE, come link it up on Friday)
Have an awesome day!
xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rainbow Birthday Cake

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
My youngest turned 3 on Saturday.  My how time flies!  She wanted a rainbow cake for her birthday.  I was pretty sure I could handle it, but I should have known with pregnancy hormones raging I was in for some trouble. ;)  I pushed through, though and made this:
No matter how you slice it, it's one BIG piece of cake.  Two cake mixes and three cans of frosting later we had a rainbow cake fit for a princess. :)  She loved it, and I thought it was funny how colorful even the crumbs were. ;)
I am so grateful for 3 year olds and how easy they are to please.  She had a wonderful birthday.
XOXO,
Amy

Monday, January 9, 2012

The More the Merrier {Monday is Mom-day}

Monday, January 9, 2012
The night before Christmas Eve we received quite a surprise- we found out we are expecting a baby!  We were not planning on this change in our lives, but now that most of the shock has worn off we're pretty happy about it.
I had really thought that this brood on the stairs waiting to head down and devour Christmas would be our family.  The little one just turned 3 on Saturday.  I had big plans for the coming year.  Plans to grow my blog and my business and to finally start digging out of the hole the recession has put us in.  Plans that now need to be adjusted.
I love motherhood.  I love these little people with all my heart.  Watching them grow and learn and become is the joy of my lifetime.  So I hope that you will understand when I say that although I KNOW I will love and treasure this new little addition to our family, I also am having a hard time adjusting the plans I have developed for this new year.  In my mind I keep hoping I can still have/ do it all.  When the reality is that I can't.  There are physical limitations as this OLD body of mine tries to grow this little munchkin.  (how women manage to have babies at 50 is beyond me, my 35 year old body is dying!! :) )  For example, I went to bed at 9 p.m. last night and STILL woke up tired. :)  It's a lot of work making a baby, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise, no matter how old you are. lol
I am nearing the end of the first trimester, and with that I am hoping for a surge of energy to carry me through the end of the pregnancy.  There are so many projects, plans and ideas running around in my head- I really want to see some of them become reality.
And if the only project I manage to fully complete this year is the creation of a new life.  Well, I guess that's a pretty big accomplishment in and of itself. :) 
Anyone have advice on managing life with a large brood?  Somehow 4 kids seemed manageable, but 5??? it just seems like A LOT! :)
Have a wonderful Monday!
xoxo,
Amy

Monday, January 2, 2012

Looking Back- and Forward {Mom-day}

Monday, January 2, 2012
This year has been so amazingly fun.  I have learned so much about myself as a person- what I am capable of and what really drives me from within.  I have learned that I LOVE blogging.  I love connecting with so many people I wouldn't normally have the opportunity to associate with.  I love being inspired by all that I see, and it's an incredible rush when you feel like perhaps you've inspired someone else, just a bit. :) 
I have learned to trust my instincts and heart, and to not be led by others who don't agree.  I have learned that I have my own style and voice- one that is different from others, but carries value and weight just the same.  I don't have to make or do what everyone or anyone else is doing- it is important that I remain true to myself.
Perhaps it was turning 35 that finally gave me permission to stop trying to be someone else, and to revel in simply being me.  Whatever it was- it is a delightful feeling to be free from the oppression of the popularity game and to just enjoy the life I have built up around me.
Looking ahead to a new year I am really excited to make this life I have finally embraced as beautiful as I can.  I have dreams of slipcovers, shelves, organization, purging and living with purpose and enthusiasm.  I see outings with my children and events planned and enjoyed thoroughly.  I also see growing and evolving and changing (and not just the growing that comes with creating new life. ;) ).
The coming year is going to be epic!  And we start it off with a bang this week as our little girl turns 3 on Saturday- complete with rainbow birthday cake and everything!
So to all of you who have been here forever- and to those of you who just pop in from time to time- Welcome to the new year!  I hope it brings you so very much joy and happiness and the fulfillment of all your dreams come true!
XOXO,
Amy
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...