Friday, October 31, 2008

Thanks, Bridgett!

Bridgett was so nice to give this award to me a while back, and I was in the midst of crazy prep for the craft show so my blogging took a hiatus. I am back in the swing of things and wanted to thank her :) So here is my wonderful award. Thank you, thank you, thank you :)







I am nominating the following people because I am consistently inspired by their blogs! This goes for Bridgett's too ... check her's out she just made the most adorable bat sour cream container!

Oh, and check out this blog candy:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween and Birthday To Teagan :)

My baby is going to be 5 on November 3rd! I can't believe it and might cry! This feels like a big one. He decided that he wanted to have an UPSIDE DOWN party ... fun is that? The boy did get some of my creativity! The party is on Saturday and we will have about 25 people squeezing into the house for the fesitivites. It is going to be cozy and chaotic but tons of fun, too. We are serving upside down cupcakes, playing silent chairs, seek and hide and doing an upside down birthday globe craft. I think I am probably more excited than he is. And the icing on the bottom of the cupcake (hee hee) is that my Mom is flying in on Friday and neither of the kids know! They are going to be SO EXCITED!!
Here is a pic of this invite:

While I was sitting at the Craft Show, I decided that I could probably get a little crafting done so I worked on these super cute Halloween cards. I love these Little Monsters from Unity. I think their stamps are so cute. I have a few others I can't wait to play with :) I felt like it needed something else but I had limited supplies to work with there ... only what I brought with me. So, its a tiny bit plain but I just love Frank!

Thanks for looking! Happy Crafting :

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Craft Show Withdrawal!!!

My first craft show is over and done with it! It was lots of fun and I made some money. Not sure if it was "enough" to make the hours and hours and hours of work ahead of time worth it but I did have fun doing all the prep so maybe?! Hubby isn't so sure, but what's he know :) Just kidding! Below are some pictures from my practice set up the night before. My best sellers were the journals with beaded pens ($5) and the tic tac purses ($1). I pretty much sold one of almost everything else. This was a very small craft show (only the 2nd year) and got pretty slow towards the end. I was happy with my first outing, though. I will be posting the items that have not sold in my Etsy Store. I was contemplating another show at a local elementary school but I think with my sister's baby coming around that same date, I might be over committing myself. Still haven't decided for sure but I do need to make a decision very soon. Hmmmm?! Well, I have been working on some other stuff since the show ended but I will post those projects tomorrow :) Thanks for looking! I am going to try really hard to get back to posting almost every day. I have missed blogging and and blogging friends!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Albums and Placecards

Here are a few more projects that I have been working on for the upcoming craft show. I have not spent as much time downstairs as I probably should be. I think I got a little intimidated by what I was doing and needed a break. Plus I think I am having wisdom teeth issues and have had migraines several times this past week. My new doctor gave me some meds though that help but getting them is annoying and discouraging! Okay, on to the pics, I have to apologize because my batteries are about to die in my camera so I was trying to get these really quickly and the lighting was not so great. Not the best pictures but hopefully you can see how cute the projects turned out.

First, two decorated linen albums. The top one is decorated with SU! Home Decor and Rub Ons, plus some fun brown fibers. I love this color blue and brown together. You may have noticed that in some of my other projects ... hee hee! And the bottom picture is of a light green linen album embellished with felt boy stuff and fun ribbon along the spiral. Even though I have a boy, its sometimes hard to do projects that are masculine. I know I am not the only one who struggles with this!! I thought this was a good boy project. It'd be perfect for camp or scouting pictures.

Oh, these pictures are so not good ... sorry!! The next two photos are of placecards that I plan to sell in bunches of 10. The top one is wrapped around a pumpkin shaped peppermint patty. And the bottom three are a little more traditional placecards -- just three different styles. The bottom three are all embossed to add a little more formality but that is hard to see in my awful picture! Trust me they look pretty elegant in real life :)

I will be working on some more stuff today ... Magical Reindeer Food and hopefully some cards. I am also doing some not so fun organizing, displaying, signage and packaging ... nothing worth taking pictures of, but I may blog a little about that later.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

More Craft Show Stuff Shown By Vanna, I mean, Kammy!

Kammy being "Vanna" to show off the gift boxes that I plan to sell at the craft show. I got a pack of 6 boxes at a SU! garage sale for a real bargain. I think they turned out really cute and who doesn't love a gift box you don't have to wrap yourself. Throw a little tissue paper and your gift in there and viola! A perfectly pretty little present!

Okay, so once Kammy got in the picture than Eliza and Teagan wanted to pose, too! So here are the other two kidlets. Peighton was at school but we were thinking about her :) Notice Teagan's "owl eyes" -- is that not the funniest thing you've seen!

And here they are alone so you can actually see them. The front and one to the right were covered with American Crafts paper (from Archivers) and embellished with ribbon and some a tag. I love the new curly tag punch from SU! The box on the left is covered with Bella Rose paper ... it is so cute and cheery!

And lastly, for today, is a little PMS (Pamper Me Silly) Kit. I have two of these to sell. They are small tin lunchboxes from Joann's and I used PMSabella on the outside. The poem on the back reads:

We all have "one of those days" from time to time.

When you are feeling sad, mad or irritable with no rhythm or rhyme!

Don't Despair!

Don't pull out your hair!

Turn to your P.M.S kit for a quick repair.

Inside you will find lots of goodies to make you feel divine!

So hopefully everything will be better in no time.

And I also found some good BLOG CANDY ... check out Susie's and Jenny's

Happy Craftin'!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I have emerged from the basement ...

long enough to give you another sneak peek at my craft show items. My back is killing me, my kids were in their pjs all day and my house is not as neat and tidy as I'd like it to be. But I am making good progress on the craft show. I am just not sure how much I should be taking with me. So I guess I will just keep working until the day before. So ... drum roll, please ... here they are:

These glass ornaments are so easy to make and look so sweet. I just love this Snowman Nativity set from TAC.
These are lollipop Halloween treats made from a very old SU! set that I still think is adorable. I don't get tired of it since I use it only once a year.

I saw something similar to these on SCS and just thought they'd be a big hit at the craft fair. They are kid oriented thank you notes that they can fill in the blanks on. I made six different sets of five cards with matching stamped envelopes.

I have been so anxious to try this pinecone paper ornaments. I found the instructions last year and even bought the styrofoam balls ... but by the time I got around to them I was tired of holiday crafts so tucked them away in the cabinet. They were easy and so cute. I do need to invest in a thimble though ... ouch!

I also really wanted to try to to make these cute tic tac holders. I thought about selling "Cold Play" but this set came in handy for these so I will probably keep it. My kids are addicted to tic tacs right now so were super excited to see them used in this way. I was inspired to try to make them into little purses. Too cute ;)

Well, time to get the kids in bed and turn on the presidential debate ... and of course, continue to craft! What do you think of my stash so far? Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Craft Show, October 25th

I have committed myself to doing my first ever craft show at Messiah Lutheran Church in Weldon Springs on Saturday, October 25th from 9am - 3pm. I hope that if you are local you will come check me out. I am very nervous and have been working my fingers to the bone to get ready. I am still not even close, to be honest, but still have some time so am not in a full-fledged panic yet. I am including a picture of just a few of the things that I will have available for sale at the show. Other than getting ready for that, I have an order for birth announcements that need to be completed, Teagan's birthday invitations and our family Christmas cards! Things are a bit crazy, as I am sure they are for everyone. I know that I have been MIA from my blog since returning from vacation pretty much so just wanted to pop in. I hope to be able to begin posting some every day or so again. Thanks for your patience :) Any suggestions, advice, comments on doing crafts shows would be much appreciated.