Thursday, February 28, 2013

Behind the scenes

Thursday, February 28, 2013
So, posting on the blog has been sporadic at best lately.

It's not that I haven't been doing anything.

I have been working hard.
  
Making wallets:


I think this gray/yellow exterior is yummy!

Making scripture totes:
I was really hoping these would be "boy" enough for my nephew.  He picked the blue/brown stripe- so I guess it was a success.  Still not sold on the dot fabric.  It might be too juvenile for an 8 year old.  Thoughts?

Working on new patterns.  I've noticed that women carry TONS of frequency/loyalty cards with them anymore.  I thought it would be fun to have a cute way to keep them organized.  And perhaps in the car instead of your purse?  This one is still in progress.  I think 12 slots isn't enough for most people.  How many cards do you carry?

And then there have been Point of View projects, Design team projects, and background work as I start to put together an "official" business- complete with taxes and everything *gasp*, writing and testing patterns for my pattern shop opening soon, all on top of keeping up with a crazy bunch of kids and all the life they bring with them.

It's been quite a trip these last few months.

I'm still trying to give myself space to enjoy, but for some reason, the inner me craves chaos or something- because I seem to be really good at over extending myself.  There are also 2 boutiques coming up I'm considering selling at.  I'm for sure doing one, just debating the other.

Oh money, why are you so necessary?  And yet not?  I've also started reading Walden by Thoreau, again.  I tried before, but it's not the easiest read for me.  Plus- sometimes I get annoyed by his tone.  But, I think there's something important tucked between the lines I need to hear.  So we're at it again.

Life is messy, busy, crazy and incredibly happy.  I'm loving every nail-biting, hair-raising moment of it.

Happy Thursday! 

It's my sewing day.  Hoping to finish up 4 wallets that are in process and get some mini-totes cut out.  Perhaps writing it down, and promising to post results of my efforts, will add fuel to my fire?  I'll report tomorrow.

xoxo,
Amy

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Doodlebug Design Team Project

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I don't know that I've ever announced it over here on the blog, but I have been lucky enough to be selected to work with Doodlebug Designs this year on their design team as the fabric specialist.  I have been a fan of their products for a long time, and their bright colors and fun designs are all part of the fabric they design for Riley Blake, so it's a dream come true for me to work with them.

Today my second project is up on their blog, and I'd love for you to pop over and say Hi!

 
Here's a little sneak peek, but you'll have to click over to see the full project.

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo,
Amt

Monday, February 25, 2013

Point of View Reveal- Organize

Monday, February 25, 2013
One small project a month, one small area at a time- we are working this year on "Spots" in our home.  There's nothing like a deadline and a link party to keep you moving forward with projects- right?

The theme this month is Organize.  And here are our Points of View:


POV-February-2013

So great, right?  I love how each of us did something different, and nothing is super hard, but every project will help make our lives just a bit better.

We'd really like to thank Hilda from "From Overwhelmed to Organized" for being our guest this month.  You can check out her project here.

And you can find the other projects at the regular places:
My project is Here
Ashlee from I'm Topsy Turvy

Now, it's your turn to reveal your Organizing projects, link up anything- old or new- and inspire us to get our homes in order.
We are doing something new this year and leaving the link parties open all year long.  So if you get inspired, and decide to join us in our Spots projects, don't worry if you don't get them done the month we post- just come link up any time and we'll be spotlighting projects all through the year on our Pinterest boards, Facebook pages and feature posts on the blogs.

Thanks so much for being part of Point of View.
xoxo,
Amy

Organizing papers

I have revealed in previous posts that my kitchen counters are usually in a major state of disarray.  From papers, to craft supplies, to kid stuff- everything gets dumped in the corner and left there.  Now that our basement is finished- we are land locked.  Everything we are keeping needs a place to live- no more squatting on my kitchen counters. :)

One problem is kids' homework.  I'm sad to say we've lost more than one assignment in the abyss that was the mess of the counter.  

I've had this hanging organizer from Ikea for a couple of months now, but never bothered to put it up.  This month's Point of View project was just the push I needed to finally get it done.


I pulled out my trusty washi tape and put a couple rows on each folder- that way the kids would know which one was theirs.  I love the color it adds to a pretty plain piece.

You'll notice it's still on the floor.  I'm waiting for hubby to hang it for me.  This thing is going to be holding a lot of papers which can get heavy and I want it in there good.  If anyone knows how to hang something that isn't going anywhere, it's my husband. :)  Hopefully it will be up tonight, and I can edit this post later and show you how it looks in it's final spot.

Do you have any great organizing tips?  Come link them up at our Point of View party and join the fun.

xoxo,
Amy 

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

V is for Valentine

Thursday, February 14, 2013
The week of love.  Who can resist?  Certainly not me.
Luckily it was my turn to host preschool.  Amazingly, my letter was "V". (actually, I traded so that I could do the letter "v" the week of Valentine's Day- It should have been my turn next week. ;)  But, we'll just go ahead and assume it was fate.)
The first day of preschool was "V" is for volcano.  We made a volcano out of playdough and had it erupt with baking soda and vinegar.  The kids loved it.  We also watched some you-tube videos of volcanoes erupting.  They asked to watch one video of a scientist going down into a volcano to study it, as he repels down into the volcano, one little girl turned her head and said "I don't think I can watch this".  They were so worried he was going to get hurt.
But the second day of preschool was reserved for all things Valentine and love.  The first part of preschool we spent making 'vases' out of toilet paper rolls, along with flowers, so we can surprise our moms.
The kids had a blast picking out papers, coloring flowers and "stems" and decorating the papers. 
After play time, it was time for our party.  We borrowed one of the Minute to Win It games I had help prepare for the 5th grade party later in the week.  Using a straw we shot cotton swabs at paper hearts cut out and placed on the floor.  I just gave the kids their stuff and let them have at it.  No winners, no losers.  Then we had snacks- Vanilla wafers, Vanilla yogurt (we had done Vegetables the first day- they weren't really a hit ;) ) and marshmallows.  Then we decorated boxes.
The boxes I had picked up after Christmas last year from Walmart.  I am finding that it's been very helpful to just stock up on Stuff to have on hand and use for projects like this. :)  Then we traded Valentines.
It was a very fun party.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzels

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
recipe
Are you ready for a simple and yummy treat?  These pretzels are so easy- you'll be whipping up bunches of them to give away (or keep for yourself)

To make them simply melt 1 package milk chocolate chips in the microwave.  Stir in 3-4 Tbs peanut butter until melted and mixed.  Dip pretzels and place on wax paper to harden.
Done!

See, I said easy. :)  They are so tasty, they won't stick around long, so make up a whole bunch- that way you won't mind sharing.

Have a terrific Wednesday.
xoxo,
Amy 

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