October Challenge!!

I’ve decided to really challenge myself this month.  I am commiting to post every day for the month of October.  I may crash and burn but I’ll never know if I don’t try.  So as I mentioned in the last post, I participated in dreamergirl’s postcard swap.  Here is what I did:

I kind of grew attached to them and didn’t want to send them away!  But I did it and they are on their way to new owners.  So thanks dreamergirl for coordinating all that!


October 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment


I have been so sick for a couple of weeks now.  I’m starting to get back on track though so watch out!  Luckily I have been the only one that it hit hard so there wasn’t anyone that had to stay home from school.  Many of days I laid on the couch after work trying to get some sleep while children did homework and tried to help with the baby.  It was proven that I have the  best husband who let me take naps and fed little ones.  I missed a week with the crowabout collage but just printed this week’s so hopefully can get back on the wagon.  I also joined my first postcard swap!  I am so nervous and excited.  Will others like my work?  Will it look silly?  When I’m done I’ll post some pics on my cards.  I am delving into watercolors for the first time.  I have had the paints but too scared to try anything. Since postcards are so small that it takes some of the scariness out.  It is being coordinated by dreamergirl

I also picked up some rocks to paint for gifts this Christmas but cannot get the paint to stick.  Any advice?   They are inspired by DancingMermaid.  I am using craft paint but I think the rocks are too smooth to hold it.  I guess I could ask her but am not ready to show my face yet.  Have you found a group of blogs that seem to be best friends and perfect?  I found Denise’s blog a while ago.  Her story and writing just struck a core in me.  While looking at her blog roll I found everyone she talks about and connects too.  To be perfectly honest, the connection that these women have is inspirational and envious.  I have never had really close friends, I know I tend to close up and be selfish with my time. 

Wow, I have really bounced around here.  Have a great weekend and since it is rainy and overcast here I’m going to enjoy some hot cocoa with my girl.

September 27, 2008 at 9:44 am Leave a comment

back to your regular schedule

I am parcipating in Crowabout’s collage play and it is so much fun!  This is my week 4 page but it’s not finished. 

sorry about the glare

sorry about the glare

And my first 3 weeks:

It’s my first real attempt at art journals and when it’s all done I’m going to bind them together.  I have a couple other projects that I’m working on but since I work at my own pace it’s a little embarrassing how far back I am.

Another thing I did this weekend was make a baby gift.  We were going to see family that we haven’t seen since she had a baby and at the last moment I thought that I should really get her a gift.  I didn’t want to go out shopping so I decided to make a small baby blanket.  I had some fleece material from when my daughter was born that I never got around to doing anything with (she’s almost 4 now..shhhh) and made a quick sqaure blanket.  I didn’t get any photos of the finished product but this is the material that I used and I’m sure you can imagine the rest.  It was about a 24″ square.

That’s about it for now I guess.  I need to save something for tomorrow.

September 3, 2008 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

Too many thoughts

Do you ever have too many thoughts running around?  I’m sure many of us do.  Last night when I should have been sleeping I was thinking about blog topics.  I know I have ignoring you but really, I was just preparing.  I hate to write boring stuff and I needed to get some photos.  So on to what I have been doing this past week.

Look at this nice new toy!!                 Look what I can do Mom!!                      Oh uh…. 

I got a late birthday present in the mail (bought by me) from The Black Apple.  I would buy everything in her store if I had the money.  I got these ones:

And I made these from a pattern by keykalou.  I just missed a sale, darn it.  Any mistakes were from my lack of knowledge, not errors on the pattern side.  I was beating myself up on the box wallet (on the right) but Jeremy reminded me that it was my first time ever doing something like this so it is to be expected.  I think I expect to know how to do things which I need to get over.

The business card wallet didn’t actually fit any business cards in it but again, my fault, not the pattern.  It does fit my ipod shuffle perfectly though so all is well.  I am going to make a matching tote from this tutorial.

When I come back I will show you the baby gift I whipped up and other fabulous news!!!

September 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment

School starts…

It’s that time of year that is so exciting if you have kids.  This year is bittersweet because I have to go back to work after being on maternity leave for almost three months.  So it’s my last day home all day with the munchkin.  Do you always have thoughts of grandure when your schedule changes??  I ‘m going to get up early and do yoga before work… I’m going to pre-plan dinner in the crockpot so it’s ready everyday… kids will do homework right after a snack…haha

Then the weeks pass and I realize that nothing has changed.  Any advice for actually making the changes?  I am very thankful that I am at least going to work part time.  I worked full time until I was induced and we are thinking with 5 kids now that I need to be home after school.  We can’t afford to have me stay home all day but hopefully that will change in the future.  And since I have been promising some pictures, here you go…

First day of school

First day of school

and a spring time photo:

August 26, 2008 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

I am not giving up.

This is hard work.  The doubt starts to creap in.  The loneliness becomes self-evident.  I know what I need to do but DANG, this is difficult.  But I’m working though it and am just going to research and prep more.  Who knew you couldn’t just sit down at the end of the night and discuss your day?  Well, I guess I could but how boring would that be?  I could do that in my journal.  I have all these thoughts that jump around in my head through out the day but it is hard to cohesively write them down.  Not to mention that I’m not a writer and don’t really want to be one (professionally that is).

So don’t worry, the better posts are coming….  with pictures.

August 22, 2008 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

Too much to think about

How happy is this face?  I have a huge list of projects to get accomplished:

– take pics of art kits and post to etsy

– figure out how to add codes to the sidebar and have it work

– finish my ripple afghan

– finish and post my crowabout contribution

– view this weeks video and lesson from Kira’s workshop

– practice sewing pouches

– print some great tutorials to try (maybe I can figure out how to link to them)

Wheww, so much stuff, so little time.  Oh, and put away laundry and go grocery shopping.  I have so many interests that are pulling me apart.  I need to research many things and am conflicted about information that I get.  For example, is it wrong to list my favorite blogs on the sidebar?  Do I need to ask first?  Oh I feel like such a newbie. 

Oh well, I’ll just write and I’m sure someone will tell me if I’m doing something wrong.  LOL.

August 20, 2008 at 6:24 pm Leave a comment

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