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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wow, has it really been that long?

WOW!  Has it really been that long since I posted?  I cannot believe it.  Well unfortunately since Ed passed I just have not had the time like I used to.  I used to love coming to my craft/room office at the end of the evening for a little bit a few nights a week.  Ed would put the kids to bed while I worked and then we would end our night together once I was done.  It gave him time to watch TV which was his favorite past time.

I have crafted a few times since my last post but probably less than 10 times.  I found some pictures on my phone from my daughter’s 6th birthday so I thought I would post those items just for fun.  If I can find old pics of the other fun items I have worked on over the last year or so I will post those later.

My Mady Moo wanted a paint party but I could not afford to go to one of those pottery places so I looked on Pinterest and found some ideas to host our own.  I rented a room at our local community center but probably could have done it at home since it was such a small group.
I ordered my painting supplies from Amazon, Oriental Trading and bought some at AC Moore.  I set up a little station for each child to paint a teddy bear bank and a small canvas picture.  I also included crayons and markers to color on their placemats.



For decorations I used my new Memory Maker Banner Maker Punch (I am OBSESSED with it-because I can take it anywhere, I can make banners while sitting at my son’s baseball game, in the car waiting for the kids, etc.).  I have used it to make 4 banners so far and I LOVE it!!!!!  I bought stickers (Mombo I think) for the letters and then picked up some different art stickers from Recollections (Michaels) they were actually PERFECT for the banner.  My Mady Moo LOVED it.  



I also made some creative juice by wrapping juice boxes in duct tape (my new obsession) along with some free hand triangle shapes to make the crayons.  I also made some creative juice waters with some free printables I found online (I wish I remembered the site but I don’t, I will keep looking to add it).  I also used rice crispy treats and pretzel rods to make paint brushes using different color candy melts.  I think those and the banner were my favorite items.  Lastly, we had to have colorfully decorated cupcakes J





    


Thanks for stopping by :), I will try not to wait so long to post again!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snowman Kisses

I wanted to do something for the teachers for Christmas but really did not have a lot of time, I also wanted to do something for the boys orthodontists, they have been so very sweet (always but especially during Ed's illness and since his passing).  I had pinned some ideas on Pinterest and remembered a tic tac one called snowman poop or snowman kisses.  I am a little weirded out by giving treats that are called poop, lol, so I decided to go with snowman kisses.  Here are the little final products, my 4 year old helped a lot while we waited for my older daughter at gymnastics so she got to hold the final products :)


I found this very cute and easy free snowman kisses printable at Snowman Kisses

Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Memory Buttons

Wow, it has been a long time since I posted and since I have crafted!  I just have not had the time or energy, being a single mom of 4 is keeping me busy and honestly until recently I have not had the desire to craft.  I began running back in May and did my first 5K in September and that became my release, much like crafting used to be for me.  Now that it is cold and I do not like to run in the cold I may have to turn back to crafting :-)  I am sure the teachers miss it too as I have not done anything for a long time for them. Maybe I can do something for Christmas.

Anyway, my oldest son's football team went to the Super Bowl for their league last weekend.  Last year my late husband dragged himself to the game and the coach was so sweet and had him do the pregame speech and even gave him the game ball.  I know this was weighing a lot on my 12 year old (and me) as this year came up and they made it to the Super Bowl again.  I wanted to do something special for the game so I made buttons for myself, my girls and my mother-in-law to wear.  For my two sons I printed the same picture and laminated it and they put it in their shoes :) (my younger son is the team water boy).  This was all very last minute (Saturday around 11am for a 3pm game!) but I think they turned out cute.  Next year I would like to do one for the entire team for the moms but with just a picture of their son on it.


I used just punches for the buttons and strips of paper and ribbon for the bottom pieces.  Also, the football helmet and football are actual buttons I had bought as part of a sports pack on clearance and I just cut the back off and used glue dots to attach them.  Also, I had the stickers left from our Relay for Life campaign last Spring.  I was very proud to wear mine and was even asked several times who made it for me :)  Honestly I love this picture of those two, it is probably the last picture of just them two together that I have and they both look so handsome, even as sick as Ed was at that point.


Well the button and the picture in the show must have brought them some luck because the won again!  Here is a shot of all 4 of my kiddos celebrating big brothers win.  Love them all-more than cupcakes :)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My First Glass Etching Project: Bridal Shower

Hello everyone.  One of my closest friends is getting married in May and my girls are the flower girls :)  They are so excited to wear their wedding dresses (as they call them).

Her bridal shower was this past weekend and I have been wanting to try glass etching.  So I did a very simple glass etching on a glass baking dish as part of the gift.  I used Alpahlicious to cut the letters out of vinyl.  I was really impressed with how simple it is and can't wait to do more!

 I also made a very simply card using Artiste for the bow and Art Philosophy for the background.

Here are some pictures.



Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a crafty day!

PS: I am linking this up over at Sarah Hamer Designs so stop by and link up too!  http://www.pinkcricut.com/2013/04/link-tuesday-44/

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Thank You!

I am so thankful for the beautiful thank you cards I have received from the different bloggers.  I have used them all up so I have to make myself some more (that is not a complaint because I have so many people to thank-I am blessed).  So tonight I had some time while the kids entertained themselves and had some scrap paper and ribbon laying around (from Valentines if you cannot tell) and a new Thank You stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I also added a cute Peachy Keen face and some faux stitching to my heart :)




I was able to get 10 cards done tonight which I think with 4 kids running around is a success!

Thank you again for the nice notes on the blog and prayers.  I know they are helping give me the strength I need for each day.

Thanks for stopping by, have a crafty day!

PS:  I am linking this up over at Sarah Hamer designs, stop by and link up too!  http://www.pinkcricut.com/2013/03/link-tuesday-42/


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Update: Loss of My Husband

Unfortunately my wonderful husband Ed, lost his battle with cancer on February 24, 2013.  He was an amazing husband, father, friend, son and brother.  It has been a tough week and half for our children but they are really hanging in there, going to school, keeping with their routine and making me proud.  My oldest son even did a reading at my husband's mass this past Monday.  I of course am trying to get things organized and handled before I go back to work next week-yikes :(

Here is Ed's obituary:

http://www.colefuneral.com/obituary/3360

I just wanted to post and share the news and also share two blog entries from some crafting ladies that I admire dearly and were so willing to do this request for me:

http://www.pinkcricut.com/2013/03/needed/

http://acaffeinatedcrafter.blogspot.com/2013/03/can-you-help.html

I hope you will stop by their blogs and show some love (comments) on how wonderfully generous they are.

I hope to get back to crafting and posting soon.

Hope you have a crafty day.


Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

Hello all.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day.  Unfortunately my husband has not been doing well and my cousin passed away unexpectedly the weekend before so it was not the best Valentine's Day for me but I still wanted to make it super special for the kids and those around us.

I had purchased some $1 note pads and pen packs back in January and knew I would make simple Valentine treats for the teachers.  I used the same idea I used back in December for the preschool teachers and just used one sheet of paper to make a cute little wrapping for the notepad, tied it with ribbon, added the pen and an easy tag I made on the computer and punch out with a circle punch.



Then for the boys I thought the You Rule idea found here was too cute to pass up (and it was super easy with the free printable).


Lastly, for the girls I wanted to use my Silhouette Cameo that I received for Christmas since I had not used it so I did the butterfly lollipop holders for them.  Very simple, I just let them put a couple stickers on each and they were done!  It was nothing fancy but I am glad they all got done (early) and saved my a little bit of stress the night before.



I also made the girls some more bleach pen shirts by just freehand drawing some hearts on.  Here is my MooMoo girl modeling hers :)


For my kids I just did small buckets with little a little candy, a few trinkets for the girls and some baseball cards for the boys.  The girls also received balloons because they LOVE them and Mady has been asking for a heart balloon for weeks.  The girls and I made these cute mailboxes for their American Girls a few nights before and so the AG's were SO lucky to find a card and a necklace in their mailboxes on Valentine's Day also.  This cute idea came from right here!  The only difference was I used a glass candle stick holder from the $ store versus a wood one to paint.  You have to stop by The Real Thing with the Coake Family, I am just loving her blog!



Sorry for such a long post but there was a lot for Valentine's Day!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a CRAFTY day!

PS: I will be linking up over at Sarah Hamer Designs so stop by and link up too!  http://www.pinkcricut.com/2013/02/12329/