Hello and Welcome

I am a first time blogger, welcome to my blog post.

I come from a long line of musicians and artists.  My mom cooks and my dad plays bass and sings.  I remember going to my grandmas and her and my aunt would always be doing something creative.  It didn’t matter who we visited there was always something going on whether it was painting, playing music, taking photos, writing, crocheting, baking or gardening.

When I was younger my mommom made the comment that even though school was out for the summer I always had a paper and pencil in my hand.  This was definitely a true statement; I loved to draw.  In middle school we learned basic sewing and my sister and I use to make stuff for our Barbie dolls but it was in high school I learned about crafting and i’ve been doing it ever since.  

I love to draw even though I no longer do it as much.  I like to sew and paint and whatever project takes my fancy after looking at Pinterest for hours. My favorite thing to do is make gifts for my family, whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or just because…..my family stands behind me and encourages me to keep moving forward.

I hope you enjoy my blog and i’m looking forward to sharing my new projects and all the fun with you!

I’m not sure where I found this picture but it was done by Fiona Childs and I think it fits.

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Imaginary

via Daily Prompt: Imaginary

There once was a little girl named Neva who had an imaginary friend named Tim. You see, Neva was an only child and she really wanted a brother.  Unfortunately, her parents were not able to have any more children.  Neva and Tim played together every day.  He kept her company when she was lonely.

One day Tim told Neva he was moving away and they couldn’t play anymore.  Neva was mad at Tim for having to leave but she forgave him.  Then one day, her mommy and daddy told her they were moving to a bigger house in the country.  When mommy asked about Tim, Neva said Tim moved away.

Mommy gave her a hug and told her it was okay and that friends sometimes move and that she would make new friends.  When they moved to the new house Neva never saw Tim again but she talked about him sometimes.  When Neva went to school she made new friends and soon Tim was forgotten.

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Image by Parent Support Hub

Has your child ever had an imaginary friend?  How long before they outgrew them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tutorial: Sticky Note Make-over

Welcome to my first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I am going to show you how to create a sticky note take-along.  It makes a great gift for someone or for yourself.  I’ve also found they come in quite handy when i’m out and I need to leave a note for someone or if i’m out and need to remember something, I can write myself a note.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Sticky notes of your choice – I like to get them at the dollar store; you can the mini’s as shown below or the full size
  • Card Stock in two colors – you can find it wherever craft supplies are sold
  • Glue or glue tape
  • Mini hook and loop dots (1/2 in) – I get mine from the dollar store, they are alot cheaper than buying name brand
  • Stickers/embellishment of choice

For this tutorial I am using the mini’s which measure 1.5 inches by 2 inches.

Cut main card stock color 2 in x 4 in.

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If you don’t have a scoring tool you can fold the card stock around the sticky note and press the edges with your fingers.  If you are using a scoring tool, score on the long side at 1 3/4 and again at 2 1/4.  You can also use a ruler and draw a pencil line where you want the folds to be.  Be careful you don’t press too hard and crack the card stock.

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Once you have scored/pressed your edges glue the mini in place (I use a glue stick, it works well).  You will want to put the glue on back of the mini and place it where you want it, making sure it’s lined up correctly.

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If you like the way it looks without adding a tab, just add your embellishment and your set.  If you are going to add the hook and loop tab cut your second piece of card stock to size and glue it in place.  In this example the width is 1 in by 5 3/4 in.  Score at 1 3/4, 2 1/4, 4 1/8, 4 3/4.  You can leave the remainder of the strip as is and attach the hook and loop dot to that or you can fold it back a 1/2 in to reinforce where the hook and loop dot will be attached.  (see pic below)

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Attach your hook and loop dot and then add your embellishments. In this example I just used stickers I purchased at the dollar store. You may have also noticed rounded corners…. I prefer my corners rounded so I clip them with a corner rounder.  However, you can leave them square.

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These make great teacher gifts at the end of the year, stocking stuffers during the holidays, or just because. They are easy to make and I find they do well at craft shows depending on your show.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, please let me know what you think.

 

Where the Fairies play….

In the dawn of night and light of day where do you think the fairies play?  Watch your garden as it grows, something tells me you will know.

You can’t see them but know they are there getting ready to start their day.  In the quiet of the morning the fairies help wake up the earth.  Colors spring from the ground, the air has a lovely scent.  Animals wake up and stretch their legs and get up out of their warm cozy beds.  Be sure in your garden to leave the fairies a seat so they can rest and eat a treat. Hang a hammock in the shade where they can cool off throughout the day.

Help the fairies care for the earth.  Plant new trees and flower seeds, recycle your trash and keep the earth clean.  Without your help the earth will die and then the fairies and Mother Nature will cry.  When the flowers and trees all disappear, there will no longer be a place for them to play and they will have to go far away.  Gardens and forests, rivers and creeks no longer a shelter will there be.

So keep the earth clean and full of life, watch the magic as the land grows.  Plant your gardens and your trees and keep your waters clean, maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of the fairies as they work and play throughout the day.  Listen closely and maybe you’ll hear mother nature whisper thank you dear.

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Not just a mom

I am not just a mother… I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a role model. Throughout my daughter’s life I have always had to work, I didn’t get the opportunity to be a stay at home mom (as much as I would have liked to).  It’s difficult having to work and raise a family.  So how do you connect with your kids in the downtime when there’s always homework or extra activities?  You do arts and crafts, play music and dance around the living room, sing badly together, play in the yard, have weekend camp-outs (whether it’s in backyard or living room) and just have fun.

In the summer time I use to do a mom camp on random weekends and we would camp-out in the backyard (with the dog), do science experiments, art projects, and other fun stuff.  My daughter said she doesn’t remember all the crafts we made or what we baked, but she remembers always making something/doing something.

My nieces and nephews spent alot of time at our house; we played games, did crafts, and watched movies. There were many weekends we stayed up late playing Life, Clue and Sorry and laughing.  I always made sure we did a craft or baked or something when they stayed with me.  There were many times we would all fall asleep in the living room watching movies.  A few years ago we had to sell our house.  My niece Brandie was upset and  said there were so many memories there.  That’s something they will always carry with them, memories of all the fun we had.

No, I am not just a mother, I’m a role model.  I’ve raised my now 20-year-old daughter to be independent-a leader and to not follow the crowd, I have encouraged her creativity, and tried to make sure she can cope with our crazy world .  I’ve seen to many “Mother’s” who aren’t mothers and “Father’s” who aren’t fathers.  They weren’t ready to be parents and forget that the children come first because they themselves are still children or put themselves first.  They put drugs, alcohol, their cellphone, friends ahead of their kids.  The children are who suffer and it’s not fair.

My goal has always been to make my daughter proud. My husband calls me super-wife and my daughter supermom.  Take time to be a role model, teach the children, spend time with them, and encourage them.  They are our future….

Now…off of my soap box

Here are some weekend family fun ideas

 

  1. Spend time outside with the kids playing in yard, going for a walk in the park, hike, bike, skate, camping out in the backyard, go fishing
  2. Plant a garden together, teach kids about the land and where their food comes from
  3. Get on the floor and play with the kids, whether its building blocks, cars & trucks, or dolls/action figures
  4. Dig out the playdoh
  5. Make a family game night
  6. Have dinner at the table together and share your day
  7. Crafting, baking
  8. During the holidays make the gifts and decorations
  9. Have an electronics free weekend

These might seem like a “duh” but you’d be surprised.  Sometimes, family time is all you need after a tough week to help you get recentered.

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LIEBSTER AWARD NOMINATION!

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I was nominated by my very talented daughter Amber aka Pastel Bottle Rocket for the Liebster Award!

I apologize in advance for the wierd way this looks…I can’t figure out how to change the fonts to what I want….

THE RULES OF THE AWARD:

Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
Give 11 random facts about yourself.
Nominate 11 blogs (I only
Notify those blogs of the nomination.
Give them 11 questions to answer.

QUESTIONS

  1. If you wouldn’t need any degree for anything, what job would you want to do? Opening my own craft and hobby store and working with the community to host events. 
  2. Are you a cake, cookies, or ice cream kind of person? definitely ice cream
  3. Where would you love to visit most? I can’t choose just one.  I’ve always wanted to visit Vermont, Alaska, Montana and Hawaii. I would love to travel to Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Norway, England, Iceland  
  4. What inspired you to start blogging? My daughter
  5. What’s the item to your left? A flannel shirt
  6. How long have you been blogging? only a couple of months
  7. What’s the weirdest blog post you’ve seen? I’m not really sure, still learning how to use the blog site
  8. Tea or Coffee? I prefer coffee but the occasional cup of tea is nice especially with shortbread cookies or scones
  9. How’re you today? tired and happy it’s the weekend
  10. What’s your favorite movie? Arthur’s Christmas
  11. Sunrise or Sunset? I like them both

11 RANDOM FACTS

  1. I am the oldest of 4
  2. I am the shortest of my siblings at 5’8″
  3. I have a chocolate addiction
  4. I love to bake
  5. I am trying to get my business license
  6. I have a fairy garden
  7. I’ve always wanted to spend a summer traveling through all 50 states
  8. I wanted to be a stay at home but have always had to work
  9. My daughter calls me super mom, my husband calls me super wife, and everyone else calls me super woman (my cape is on order…lol)
  10. I tend to keep my favorite books and reread them over and over
  11. I want to make a quilt over the summer and donate it the Relay for Life auction in September

MY NOMINEES (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

Inspire the Mom

The Cobweborium Emporium

Michelle W

J L Hunt, Hunts Club

Shannon G/MSnubutterflies

The Kitchens Garden

The Contended Crafter

Jots from a Small Apartment

The Snail of Happiness

LiveLaughRV

lovecraftingsite

MY QUESTIONS TO YOU!

  1. What is your hobby?
  2. What advice would you give someone trying to find a hobby?
  3. How old were you when you discovered your talent?
  4. Your favorite place to shop?
  5. Most visited blog?
  6. Favorite season
  7. Do prefer the ocean or the mountains?
  8. What is one of your favorite quotes?
  9. What’s your favorite book?
  10. Truck, Car, or Jeep?
  11. Coffee/tea to go or sit and chill for a bit?

Please note: If your blog is award free please accept
this nomination as a compliment to your blog without
obligation.

Thank you again, Amber, for nominating me! And thank all of you for reading!

~ Teresa

So many ideas!!!

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Have you ever had so many ideas you don’t know where to start?

Ideas come from everywhere when your a crafter.  Some ideas come because you have a need or you have kids your keeping busy but at the end of the day we crafters just have a want/need to create something fun and new.  One of the problem we face is that there are so many idea sources out there.  Pinterest, Facebook, other crafters, conversations with family and friends, flipping through a magazine, or your watching a home improvement show.  You hit overload and want to do everything; which is why you have 87 boards on Pinterest…LOL

What happens when you decide on your new projects?   You go out and purchase supplies and those supplies sit there because another fabulous idea pops in your head and you go get more supplies.  What’s a crafter to do?!

Sometimes you just need to step away, clear your head and then go back, look at your pile and sort through it and decide what needs to get done first.  During craft show season is the worst….you want to make and take so many things but what will consumers buy? What season are you in, and what do you do first?

I think I need to take a page from my daughters book and start making a to do list; her to do list is more of a bullet journal that she decided she wanted to make to help get herself organized but I don’t see that as helpful for myself.  I think I need to start working on those things I have started first and then move onto the projects I bought all those supplies for (which is alot…lol).

I’d love to hear about your struggles with crafting organization and tips on how you keep yourself on track.  What do you do during craft show season to keep yourself organized and on track?

 

Inspired

So…. I haven’t done any drawing in quite some and while perusing Etsy I came across a painting that inspired me to do a little bit of drawing.  It’s rough but I thought it turned out A-OK.

Growing up I always carried a pencil and sketch book.  If a sketch book wasn’t available it was paper.  My mummum (this is how she spelled it) said “Tish, schools out and here you are carrying paper and pencil with you everywhere,” which was true…LOL.

Right before I got married there was an incident with my portfolio, and unfortunately, I had to toss the whole thing in the trash because I couldn’t save any of it; I lost half my heart that day.

When my daughter, nieces, and nephews were little I use to draw for them all the time.  I moved onto crafting and drawing got put to the wayside.  My daughter has been after me for a while to do it again and was so excited that I was looking for my sketchbook she ran and found it for me.  I have to say it’s wonderful to have the pencil in my hand again. My husband is always super supportive of whatever I decide to do and because of that I have ALOT of craft supplies for all types of crafting.

Well….without much ado, here’s the drawing I was inspired to do because of an amazing artist.

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