September 27, 2011
Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk: This book introduces basic information about the fall season and reinforces counting 1-10. The back of the book also has a few activities which really was a great resource for me as a homeschooling mother.
What Happens in Fall? by Sara L. Latta: A great introductory book of the science behind fall and why the leaves change color.
Leaves Fall Down by Lisa Bullard: This is a fun and short book introducing the concept of fall and why leaves change color. It also has extra resources listed in the back of the book along with instruction for a fun fall craft project for kids.
Hooray for Fall by Kazuo Iwamura: This is just a fun cute book about fall. Terrific for children who aren't ready for a lot of information but are starting to make observations about their surroundings.
We found all of these great books and more at our local library. Many libraries these days are online so you can search before you go and even request them online and pick them up a couple days later. I found this to be a great resource to me so that I can go in with my list and not spend hours in the library. My son enjoys looking at other books or using the childrens computer while I gather our books.
I am happy that many of you have enjoyed seeing my crafty creations and I hope you also enjoy my thoughts on other things as well, including homeschooling and great deals!
July 22, 2011
July 21, 2011
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Thank You Teacher
If the Shoe Fits...Scrap It! - Ruby Red
Sew Many Challenges - Glitter
This one unfortunately didn't turn out exactly how I would have liked either. I think my disappointment is coming from my rushed decisions regarding my crafting. It's hard to find the time to do things the "right" way when you have a pre-schooler, and infant, a hubby and a house to take care of. Looks like I need to get into a good groove so I can do all the things I need to and have time to also craft with the right kind of focus. Anywho, I really love this cute boy stamp (can't remember who makes him) and the sentiment from Jedi Scrapbooking. They fit together just perfectly! Hope you all like it better than I do.
A Gem of a Challenge - Let's hear it for the boys
July 20, 2011
I also worked on a challenge for Tiddly Inks. They challenged us to create a project inspired by a nature movie. I browsed through all their digi's to find inspiration and found their Tree Tops and Somebunny digi's that I thought were so cute! Then I thought about the movie the secret garden. I used some photo editing software to get the digi's the way I wanted to print them off and used a line of trees on the front of the card with the space between cut out, so you could see the inside "secret". When you open it up you find the little girl in her secret garden playing with the bunny and a section for a note. I had fun with this one but it didn't quite come out as good as I had hoped...in my head it seemed much better. I might try this one again with their digi What's Up Dear, I've already got it printed and colored!!
July 19, 2011
July 18, 2011
Non-Traditional Colors Christmas Challenge
July 16, 2011
July 2, 2011
Then with the scraps from the bib I made this little stuffed toy for her to play with later on when she gets into the grabbing stage. It's supposed to be like a little vase with a flower in it. It's nothing special and doesn't look like much but I'm sure she'll have fun with it!
June 29, 2011
May 25, 2011
I also made her this cute pillow for her classroom. It's supposed to be a bear but my son thinks it looks more like a monkey. I used a simplicity pattern for it (as well as the one below) but had to alter the design a bit to make it a bear since it was originally supposed to be something else. I think it came out cute. I could use some more practice on some of the techniques involved in the process but I had a fun time making it.
This adorable pillow is a gift for my nephew who is due in August. His nursery is decorated with bees and when I first saw this pattern I knew I had to get it and make him this pillow. It is just so darn cute! I plan on making another one so he will have a set of two, maybe three if I can squeeze enough fabric out of my yellow. I'm sure the more I make the better they will turn out.
Her name is Chloe Mae and she weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and measured in at 20.5 inches long. We have enjoyed getting to know her and settling in as a family of 4. I have not had too much spare time to do crafts but I did happen to get some done this week. I will be sharing those with you all later today hopefully. I have to get as much done in my baby free time as possible, I was hoping to do it all right now but my little girl is just not having it. So keep a look out for another post soon!
March 31, 2011
March 28, 2011
Besides that project I had attended the baby shower of one of my friends last week and I took pictures for her so she didn't have to worry about it. I burnt them to a disc and then made her a quick little scrap book of the pictures. Instead of printing out all the pictures and cutting and gluing I just made collages on my computer and printed those out and put them on a shaped book that I had gotten a while ago from Michaels dollar bin. I did put a little more effort on the cover, If you scroll down you can see the finished product and the inspiration from the shower!
March 24, 2011
March 23, 2011
I found this cute Fairy digi here. Then I found the lovely flower background in my scraps and some cordinating scraps. I colored the fairy using pastel colored pencils and Gamsol. Then added a little glitter with some clear stickles on the wings and Distressed Stickles Vintage Photo on the 25.
March 22, 2011
This was a lot of fun to make and it was pretty simple and didn't take much fabric or time. I'm proud of myself as well because this was my first project by myself on my new sewing machine. In the past sewing machines and I have not gotten along but with some tips from a local seamstress I'm doing good! Now I need to jump back on the sewing machine and get that car seat cover finished! Only 6 more weeks till the new baby is due to arrive!!
March 18, 2011
This card was featured in the McMahon Five Designs.com Newsletter Edition 80! You can see there website here. If you'd like to sign up for their newsletter there is a button right at the top of the page!
This card was featured in the Coloring Page Tuesday Alert on the 15th! If you'd like to take a look at Elizabeth's awesome site with tons of free coloring pages (here I printed it smaller to create a digi image for my card) follow this link. You can sign up for her weekly alerts by clicking on the Color! tab under the main title.
March 17, 2011
So today I have a nice simple card to share with you. I created this for the Less is More challenge One Layer Card - "Off the Edge". I started with a plain white card stock and stamped my cute little dandelion stamp in Blush from CM. The stamp is just a single flower so I stamped it a couple times to make it look like a small bunch. I think stamped my sentiment in black. I added some clear stickles on top of my flowers for a little pop and rounded the card edges and it was done! Such a simple and fast card to create but it has a lovely charm about it!!
March 16, 2011
Since I was making a project already, I decided to try and incorporate a couple challenges along the way. So my first challenge for this project was FF #70 over at If the Shoe Fits...Scrap it! They challenged everyone to make a St. Patty's day inspired project so it fit completely!! I also tied in Challenge 66 from Colour Create, they asked everyone to use greens, olive greens, browns, blacks, and creams.
I started with a plain white card stock and printed a Tea Bag Baggie template that I found at Waltzing Mouse Stamps. After cutting out the template and assembling it I cut out my green background from some scraps (I believe it's Bazzil's Swiss dots collection). Then stamped my sentiment in versa mark and embossed it in black on cream paper and attached it to the background. I then hand stitched brown ribbon on the border of the sentiment creating folds as I went. The last touch was a Luck O' the Irish lapel pin that I wanted to include as part of my gift. Oh I almost forgot, I also inked the edges of the white with distress ink.
Thanks for looking and reading! I hope you all have a great St. Patty's day tomorrow!!
March 14, 2011
Where I found my inspiration:
Top Left - Evie S. Things of Beauty
Top Right - Life In Pictures
Center Left - I Could Make That
Center - Wedding101 Blog
Bottom Left - Emmaline Bride
Bottom Right - Ma Joie Press (Blog)
March 13, 2011
March 12, 2011
I started my card by printing off the wonderful butterfly image and the "You make Happiness Bloom" sentiment that I found over at Create with TLC via the Free Digital Stamps blog. To make the petals of the flower I cute out a bunch of small circles using my Creative Memories cutting system then gluing them to the back of my yellow circle. As you can see in the picture at the top left I glued one side of the green straight onto the blue background but made the other side the inside of the card. I covered the back of the flower with the same green as well to make it look more finished. My final touch was the butterfly which I cut out and bent the wings to make them pop off the card. Thanks for looking!