Cheers, til November
Friday, October 31, 2008
Cheers, til November
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Ok I know the day following Halloween is traditionally when the malls start decorating and I can kind of handle that but given that Halloween is still 2 days away and I have seen lights going up and a Santa commercial on t.v. (last night while watching the hockey game, nearly fell off the couch) I am thinking that in a few years we will start decorating for Christmas after labor day weekend!!!!
Now considering that I make a living from selling handcrafed Christmas cards you would think that I would be ok with this but I just find that we push too much of the commerical Christmas junk and not enough about what the season is actually about!
Anyway just my two cents......off to make more Christmas cards, lol.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Well the park took a bit out of me and I have been down for the count ever since. I am just now feeling a little bit more human.
I did manage to get some new tags done and listed on Etsy and have been working on the custom scrapbook.
The goal for tonight is to work on a few more cards, the custom scrapbook pages, and of course watch the hockey game. Go Canucks Go!!!
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Anyway on to something more fun:
I have found poking around Etsy some wonderful artists and I would like to take Sundays to showcase some of their wonderful work. So be sure to check these sellers out, wonderful items perfect for anyday but especially with Christmas around the corner.....
For me these are my favorites:
Creamy Dreamy Butterflies Sling Tote Bag
Cinnamon Roll Candle
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Anyway it will be my goal to keep up with the kids layouts, at the very least 1 per week per kid, really not unattainable.
I did also work on some Christmas gift tags that I hope to have listed tonight so be sure to check back.
Finally I will be posting some of my Christmas wish list items over the weekend so if you have anything I should take a look at let me know :)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have just started a new sale at both my ebay store and Etsy store. The sale at ebay is on Christmas cards, I will not be relisting them any longer so all that are still listed are 15% off, great deal since they were already below retail.
At my Etsy store I am having a buy 3 get 1 free sale, a great deal for sure!
Hoping to get the kids out for a nice fall walk today as it is so beautiful right now, I just hope it stays this way til after school.
Well not much to say today, same old same old going on right now.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I came across a great new group on yahoogroups, http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Unique-women-in-buisness/?yguid=149700038
so for all those women out there looking for others that are in similiar situations (trying to do it all) be sure to check it out!
I am getting really excited, Rory and I have decided to take a night away from the kids. We will be going across the line into Washington to do some shopping and give some money away at the casino, I am a realist, lol. We will be leaving on Friday, so the kids will be spending some quality time with Aunt Tracy.
Anyway off to create the Christmas cards and scrapbooks.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
After this I went home and put together a homemade turkey soup for my Mom and the boys. Rory was off doing his hockey pool, not sure how many he's in now, and I was off to bowling. Well not sure what was in the air but I haven't bowled that well in at least a decade, it was a lot of fun.
I also managed to put together most of the Christmas cards I am working on, there won't be any pics yet though because I ran out of glue and they aren't totally completed yet.
Had some sales on both ebay and etsy so all in all life is good.
Finally something I have been worrying about for 6 months finally happened, with the result I wanted so life is really looking up right now, I haven't been this relaxed since April!!!
Anyway off to buy Trev some winter pj's and more supplies to create.
Still looking for submissions to the contest, come on folks!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Black knit cap
1 pair of kids' or women's black socks
Child-size black tights (size 4-6 or 6-8)
1 black tube sock or kneesock
Polyester fiber stuffing
2 18-inch lengths of floral wire
1 sheet of black felt
1 sheet of gray felt
Glue gun or double-sided tape
1 sheet of orange felt
Two 1-inch googly eyes
Needle and thread
Friday, October 10, 2008
Also have to get ready for Thanksgiving this weekend. Having dinner at Rors Moms on Sunday (I am doing dessert, I will be posting the recipe here today), and then cooking dinner on Monday for my Mom and sister. So lots to do
I have so many ideas for my business right now but unfortunately with the economy these days I am not sure if any of it is the right timing.
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1/2 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Ok enough hockey back to my other passion scrapbooking.
It's quite simple actually. Create any layout or card using Halloween colors (orange, black, purple, and/or white), it doesn't have to be Halloween themed just the colors.
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is a lovely pumpkin craft comes from Kathy Ross' book, "Crafts for all Seasons" that you can make out of old pantyhose and some fiberfill. You can make it as a nice fall craft or you can modify it for Halloween by adding a face.
- Here is what you need:
Two pairs of old pantyhose
Orange and green poster paint and a paintbrush
Styrofoam tray for drying
Two rubber bands
Here is what you do:(see picture of steps below)
1.Cut the four legs off the pantyhose. Arrange the legs crossing over each other at the center like spokes of a wheel. Staple the legs together at the point where they all cross over each other.
2.Cut the toe end off the foot of the pantyhose so that all the legs are open at the ends.
3.Stuff all sections of pantyhose with fiberfill. Leave about 6 inches at the end of each stocking
4.Pull the eight sections up and around to the center to form a pumpkin. Hold the sections together with a rubber band.
5.Braid the excess stocking ends together to make a stem for the pumpkin. Hold the braided stem in place with another rubber band.
6.Paint the pumpkin orange and the stem green. Let the project dry on the Styrofoam tray. You can turn this pumpkin into a jack-o'-lantern by gluing on a face cut from black felt.
She's looking a bit messy but obviously with the shade on her head she really can't groom herself like she normally would.
I also had quite a productive weekend with regards to my projects. I was able to finish a layout for Brendans book, put together all my supplies to get ready for my handcrafted Christmas cards (coming soon!) and I finally finished my pumpkin patch layout now listed on ebay.
So tomorrow I will be announcing the monthly contest here on my blog, be sure to check back
Thursday, October 2, 2008
1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 pkg (about 40) regular marshmallows†
6 cups RICE KRISPIES* cereal
Food colouring, prepared frosting, candy corn, candy-coated gum, string licorice, coloured shredded coconut
1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt margarine or butter and marshmallows in a microwave set on HIGH for 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute. Add a few drops of food colouring and stir mixture until smooth.
2.Add KELLOGG'S* RICE KRISPIES* cereal, stirring until well coated. Let cereal mixture cool slightly until it is safe to touch. With buttered hands, shape cereal mixture into spider shapes and place on waxed paper. Allow to cool.
3.Decorate spiders using candy corn for eyes, candy-coated gum for teeth, licorice for web and coloured coconut for hair. Attach decorations with frosting.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. Use a craft knife (parents only) to cut off the spout of the milk jug, then completely cover the jug with black duct tape.
2. To create the 8 legs, tape the center of each of the 4 pipe insulation tubes across the handle side of the jug.
3. Tape the tubes to the sides of the jug as well, to keep them bent.
4. With scissors, cut and remove a 1-inch-deep notch from the middle of each leg, then bend the insulation at the notches and tape the bent joints in place.
5. For eyes, stick black tape pupils on the 2 broader ends of a pair of plastic eggs. Tape the eyes in place on the jug. Finally, decorate the top of the spider body with green duct tape, and your oversize arachnid is ready to tape or tie in place on a front porch or door.