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Monday, September 26, 2016

Wood projects!

Unfortunately with the kids keeping me busy I do not get a lot of time in my craft room.  My late husband had built a detached oversized two car garage many years ago before he passed and I decided recently to move my craft room out there, to allow my boys to each have their own room.  I have to admit I was so sad to leave my pink and purple craft room but I know my oldest is so excited to have his own room so it is worth it (my girls will still have to share but get to move into the BIG room the boys used to share).  Since I am not in my craft room much and my stuff is now a mess in the garage until I get it organized I have used my "free" time to try my hand at some wood working projects.  I am not a prefectionist in any project so these are rough jobs but I am still proud of them.

The first is an idea from Home Depot.  It is a simple beverage stand  I used stain on the legs and shelves and chalkboard paint on the top :)  I cut enough wood except for the top to make two.  I have not bought another piece to cut the top for the second one but hope to do that sometime in the next couple of months.


 




















The second is a DIY from http://alwaysneverdone.com/2015/02/25-sofa-table-tutorial/
I have been wanting something for behind my sofa and my love seat.  I made the sofa table this weekend.  I will work on the love seat one (same one but smaller) next weekend.  I used a gray stain so that they would match the theme of my small living room.  My oldest son helped with some on Saturday and my girls helped stain it Sunday.  While they are not perfect, I am excited I can say I made them myself and that they are useful!


 




Thanks for stopping by!  Have a crafty day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Can't stop cutting iron on's!

I bought myself the Cricut Explore Air a while back and it just sat and sat and sat unused.  I just have not had time to use it, however, my new husband :) asked me to get us shirts for our familymoon to Disney so I decided to make them.  Well then I decided to make the girls shirts since we were going to be there for Easter (my boys would NOT wear shirts if I made them).  Then I thought I would make my Jeep obsessed hubby a funny shirt.  Lastly (for now)  I thought well I can make more so I made myself a sweatshirt to wear to all of my sons many many baseball games :)  Needless to say I am OBSESSED with cutting iron on material with my Cricut.  I love being able to use the Cricut Craft Room app to design what I want and then cut it later.  I love that the purchases on the app use ITunes gift cards because I can get those for good deals especially around the holidays.

While I am sad I do not get to craft as often as I like I am so happy when I do get a chance everyone once in a while :)

Here are the pics of my shirts and sweatshirt :)

   












Monday, April 18, 2016

I got married!

Hello everyone.  I cannot believe it but I got remarried on March 25, 2016.  When my first husband passed I was only 35 but I did not think I would ever be able to love someone the way I loved him.  Especially after being by his side through his illness.  That was very draining but also rewarding.  I feel so blessed to have been his wife and to be the mother of his children.

When Ricardo and I first started hanging out we were just friends but I feel in love with his sense of humor and his love for my children.  I am also so blessed that he new Ed and is able to share memories with us and is not ever jealous of my ongoing love for Ed.  He is very supportive of all of us keeping Ed in our hearts and lives.  I am blessed.

On March 25th we were married in front of family and friends.  I have joked the wedding was really for our girls (my 2 and his 1) as they had an idea of what they expected a wedding to be and they were not going for us just going to the courthouse.  Neither of us did a big deal for our first wedding so this was nice to do.  We were doing a beer and cupcake casual reception so I decided to do growlers as our centerpieces.  I wanted to put something in them so I did a pin wheel using our gray and coral colors and using the We R Memory Keepers pin wheel punch.  I loved them. I also ordered some labels online to put on them.  We ordered koozies online as a party favors. 

Instead of a honeymoon we did a familymoon to Disney :)  I used my Cricut Explore Air to make us some shirts!  They will be in tomorrow's post.

Here are the centerpieces :)  I think they turned out cute and were not too difficult thank goodness!






I don't have the wedding pics from the photographer yet but here are a few from my phone :)



Happy crafting!



Friday, November 20, 2015

A Quick Sympathy Card

Hello.  With in the last week my fiance (yikes-yes I just typed that-I am engaged to be married in March) lost his best friend in a car accident and a family on my son's baseball team lost their daughter/step-daughter in a car accident.  I wanted to mail a card because while notes on Facebook or text, nothing beats a handwritten card.  I received so many while Ed was sick and when he passed and while they make me tear up, I still love to read them from time to time.  I had some pre-cut cards that I bought on sale a while back so I just added a piece of paper using some button brads, a tag that I used some Recollection paper punches to make (two sizes, one in a striped paper and one in white) and I used a My Creative Time sentiment on the white tag, I then just used some chalk to color the white paper.  I made two of the exact same cards just to make it easy.




Loss is never easy and of course helping Ricardo get through this brings up a lot for me, however, it also reminds me to rely on my Faith.  I am so blessed to have that Faith, it pulls me though each day, good and bad.  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting!


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 :)