4.22.2011

Trying to decide what to do so I'm...


I know it has been a while since my last post and it is probably going to be a while longer. At this point and time, I am trying to decide if I am going to keep blogging or close/delete this one. I have not felt overly craft or creative lately and not sure what I want to post about so for the time being I am leaving it open. I keep going back and forth about whether to close it or maybe start a new one with a different format to it. Maybe if I could decide on several themes to post that would help me feel more like posting but right now my mind is all over the place.

I've been trying to find a part-time job which has been a challenge. It is hard to find something that I can still have time to be with my family when they are home. I don't want to miss out on this time. Working full-time when J (our oldest) was small I missed out on all the field trips and school activities. With M I have tried to be there for all the things I missed out on. He only has 2 more years of elementary school so I don't have much time left to enjoy these things with him.

I'm still trying to figure out how to dress myself. In my 20s I was stylish and always getting compliments on my fashion sense, in my 30s I just pretty much gave up after gaining about 60 pounds, and now in my 40s I'm having to relearn what is stylish and how to make it work with my body. I'm so afraid of dressing too old or too young and struggling with what is the right thing.

There is also a list of things we want/need to do to our home. I have gotten rid of a ton of stuff and know that I want to go with a more streamlined and clean decorating style. The list just keeps getting longer and longer. Our home is 12 years old and everything in it other than the paint on the walls is what the builder put in. We have only lived here for the last 6 years and have changed out nothing in the house except for the ceiling fans as they have stopped working.

I still think about crafting occasionally and I'm not sure where I want to go with it. The only crafting things I have worked on in the last couple of years has been to crochet several blankets for Project Linus and to make several cards. I keep saving projects to do but never feel like I want to do them. It can get overwhelming seeing all these projects online and in magazines & books that look so great.

I also spend a lot of time reading. Seventeen books so far this year with a goal of 70 by December 31.So see I have too many things in my head.

Everything I read about blogging says you should focus your blog in one directions whether that be fashion or crafting or whatever. The problem is my life and mind is not focused in just one direction. So trying to focus my blog on just one things is not working for me. If I am going to continue blogging then I need to figure out how to make it work for me. Please bear with me while I'm trying to figure out how to do this.

3.08.2011

Footprints...


Another card I made last week. Not sure which of my Splitcoast friends sent me the image but  I really like how this turned out. The coloring and distressing don't show up well in the picture, in real life this looks so much better. I have got to figure out how to get better photos of my projects!

Image: unknown
Paper: cardstock unknown, Basic Gray
Embellishment: dotted organdy ribbon, Tim Holtz distress ink
Image colored with PrismaColor pencils.

3.05.2011

CPS Sketch 207...


Here is another card I made this week. I used this sketch for the layout. For the squared I colored 3 identical images and then randomly cut them out.

Images: Gina K. (I think)
Paper: Bazzill, Basic Grey
Embellishment: ribbon
Images colored with Prismacolor pencils.

3.04.2011

Being creative...

I have actually been quite creative lately. I finished another blanket for Project Linus and started a fourth one.


I found the Simple Ripple Baby Afghan pattern in Lion Brand's free patterns - here. I purchased these yarn colors for a different pattern so they don't match they colors used in the pattern. My teenage son said he didn't like the pink and green together, I on the other hand love them together.

I've also made several cards with some of the goodies that my SCS friends have sent me. Here is the first one and I'll share the others later. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils.


Image: Cornish Heritage Farms Sisters
Papers: Basic Grey, Bazzill
Embellishment: ribbon

2.14.2011

Baby Card...

I actually made a card! I know shocking isn't it?! This is the first stamped card that I have made in probably 2 years now. Hubby's niece just had a baby and we need  to send a gift and this is the card that will be going with it. My friend Julie sent me the die cut ovals since I got rid of anything die cut related 2 years ago. The jury is still out on whether card making is a temporary thing or if I am going to get the enjoyment out of it that I use to. It was actually a little stressful for me making this one.

Be gentle on the photo skills. I know that my photography skills leave a lot to be desired. I just cannot seem to find that best place to take photos of things and get good lighting.

Stamp: PSX
Paper: Bazzill, GP, PTI, Cloud 9
Embellishment: ribbon, Spellbinder die cuts, Stickles

2.01.2011

Blankets for Project Linus...

I actually made these several months ago but have not shared them on here. I guess better late than never with sharing huh.

                                      


                                                

In case anyone reading this doesn't know about Project Linus you can go HERE and find out what it is about. Every child should have there very own "lovey" and what better thing than a handmade blanket.

1.23.2011

Creativity or Motivation...

I'm not feeling either of these things lately. We have had a lot going on in our lives and many changes coming along this month. I think this is what has taken my creativity and motivation away. An online friend, Stacy, sent me a huge box of papers, stamped images, envelopes, and embellishments last week. It was amazing what all she sent and I just cannot find the motivation to go play with any of the goodies. I know they both have to be here somewhere. Posts on here will be few and far between while I look for them. Sorry!

1.04.2011

One Little Word 2011


I have been giving this some thought for a few weeks now and I think I have finally figured out what my word for this year will be.

REFOCUS
1: to focus again
2: to change the emphasis or direction of

There are so many things I need to focus on this year. Our finances, my weight loss and body image, my husband and our kids, and turning our house into a home. I'm sure there are more areas that need re-focused as well as these do but for now that is a huge start.