Wednesday, February 19, 2014

At the Core of Me

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Last September I had the opportunity to attend a creative retreat called Find Your Lula.  It was an inspiring week full of so much learning and fun I hated to see it end.  One of the things we did at the retreat was an exercise guided by Lyn Christian of Soul Salt Inc. designed to help us get to the heart of what really matters to us.  Through a series of eliminations, we came up with the three words that resonated most with who we were, our Core Values.  It was a surprisingly emotional process, but when I finally settled upon these three words, it just felt right.
FAMILY: the heart of everything else I do in life.  My reason for being.
BRAVE:  I want to live a life that is true to me, to be brave enough to let go of expectations and to stand firm in the things that matter to me.
GRATEFUL: Life is beautiful, and full, and blessed.  I want to remember to thank my Heavenly Father always for the gifts he has granted me.  And also to show my appreciation to all those around me who make life wonderful.

I have wanted to display these values in my craft studio ever since I got home, but I just wasn't sure how I wanted to do it.  This week I decided to just go for it.  I used up extra boards and chipboard letters I had in my house so this project cost me nothing, which is about all the budget I have right now.


I was inspired by these papers from Pebbles in my Pocket.  I absolutely adore the navy mixed in with the bright colors.  And now, the first thing I see when I walk into my craft room is these three values, reminding me to stay true to myself and not get sidelined by things that don't really matter to me.

What do you think your core values would be?

xoxo,
Amy

p.s. Registration for Find your Lula 2014 is open now.  If you're looking for a chance to open up to your creativity, now is your chance. :)
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 14, 2014


I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope your day is full of hugs and kisses. :)

xoxo,
Amy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Simple Felt Valentine Projects

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
I'm late to the party as usual.  Friday is Valentine's Day and I'm just now getting around to posting anything remotely related to the holiday.  I've got a couple of projects for you today that are easy enough you could pull them off if you're like me and just a smidge behind the times.

 The first is this simple Valentine banner.  I used hearts cut out from felt and hot glue to make them, then I used twine and sewed them with a simple stitch.  I used some cuttlebug dies to make the hearts.  In order to get the felt through my cutting machine, I had to cut them into these small squares.  After pulling out the hearts they were these cute squares with a heart cut out of the middle. I couldn't just throw those away, so I used them as well.  My daughter and I made them in about an hour.  

The reason I was cutting hearts out in the first place was so we could make these little love bugs in Cub Scouts.  I'm in charge of the Wolf Den, and I had 6 8 year old little boys coming over who needed a project to do.  I wanted them to think about giving service this week in their families so I decided we would make these love bugs.  Once they boys do a service for someone, they will leave the bug for that  person.  The next person then needs to do a service and pass the bug along.  It's the kind of bug you want to see go through your whole family. :)  They were really simple to make.  I cut 2 U shapes out of felt and a whole bunch of hearts.  I sewed around the curved edges of the U shape, but you could hot glue as well.  The boys stuffed the body with stuffing and brought it back to me.  I put hot glue around the entire rim of the body and some in the middle over the stuffing as well then pressed the body onto some felt.  I trimmed away the extra felt on the bottom then gave it back to the boys to decorate.  We added heart feet and wings then the boys went to town.  I wish I would have thought to take a picture of their creations, they really got creative.  One bug had a jet pack, another had 8 eyes.  They were all darling.  The boys used tacky glue to add their extra touches.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me.  I didn't take process pictures because I was trying to keep the boys from gluing everything to my table, so if you need clearer instructions, let me know.
I wrote a little poem for the boys to read to their families to explain how it worked.  I heard back from a few of the parents how excited the boys were to sit their families down and share it with them.  There's still time to get a couple bugs going around your house before V-day. :)

Here's the poem:



Our Family has caught the LOVE BUG!
Maybe from a kiss, or maybe from a hug.
But, unlike a cold bug, this one we WANT to share.
To let those around us know we care.
Do a service for someone, make their bed, leave a note.
Or maybe hang up somebodys coat.
Leave the bug where he can be found
And have fun spreading the LOVE BUG around!
  

Hope your week leading up to the big LOVE day is going well.  Hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with more fun stuff. :)

xoxo,
Amy

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Scripture totes

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I've been working on orders and trying to figure out how to work with a very active toddler in tow.  Some days are more successful than others.  I was asked to make these totes for a darling set of twins.  This fabric from The Quilted Fish is called Twice As Nice and I just love it.  The turquoise is so rich.  I'm working on a table runner out of it.  Hopefully I'll have it done before Valentines Day. 


I was asked to make a Pink and Purple tote for another darling girl in my neighborhood.  Whenever I am asked something like that, I try to give them options.  So, I made two purple and pink totes.  

 
 This shot shows the insides of the totes.  The polka dot and striped fabric are from Doodlebug's new line Lovey Dovey.  The purple velvet is an old piece I got from my Mother-in-law.  It is amazingly soft and I love working with it.  Luckily it was a HUGE piece. :)

I'm trying desperately to get some inventory built up so I can finally open up my online shop.  I'll keep you posted as things progress.  It might be a while. 

XOXO,
Amy
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