Chunky hand-made Valentine's Day cards are a fun way to share your talents with those you love!
I did it, Stephanie...dyed some doilies, except I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist. Anyone want to make some of these dyed doilies? I want to try the food coloring next time. Let me know if you want try it with me!
Here they are...Valentine Inchies!
Part Deux...More cards on the way for you!
Valentine's Day is coming and I'm not letting any moss grow under my seat!
Not your ordinary store-bought box of Valentine's!
As I sit at my desk, realizing that it has been over a week since I last posted, I was wondering what it is that is causing my funk. Then it dawned on me: How can I focus on Valentine’s Day when I am still surrounded by Christmas? I love the different seasons, and while Halloween and Christmas are definitely the biggest for decorating, it is still much easier to focus on an upcoming holiday without the Ghost of Christmas Past in view. I know what you’re thinking – what is the matter with me? Why haven’t I taken the time to put Christmas away? I try not to admit this, but occasionally, I find myself on the slightly helpless side. You see, our Christmas storage bins are all stored on an up-high, attic-sort-of-shelf in the garage that requires a 10-ft ladder to get up there to bring the bins down. In past years, I might have just done it myself…getting down empty bins is certainly easier than putting them back up – I could never do that alone. Plus there’s the fact that we have to get all the Halloween and Easter bins down so that we can put Christmas in the back…it can really make a big mess. Everyone’s schedules have been so busy that I haven’t wanted to push. I suppose this is what it’s going to feel like when I get
(I am trying to get everyone that comes to this blog to also visit the new justhelenscrafts blog…more ideas, less chat! So if it doubles up for a little while, please bear with me!) I am a fairly frugal person. I can be kind of tight when it comes to spending money on paper crafting supplies, mostly because I already have so much that I will never use it all up…EVER! If I can buy it at Michaels, I will use my 40% off coupon to build my stash. But I love it when I can find something super cute that and find it in the dollar bins! I think the key is to find it early, when they first put it into the bins, although if you don't mind using it next year, you can often find it 50% or more off after the current season is over. But if it comes from the dollar bin, I don't mind splurging! So this year I found this darling cupid. On a previous trip to Tall Mouse up in Orange County, I found the little Studio G clear stamp pack that had the phrase on it. They were a perfect match. I don't use my chalks very much anymore, but just a little color seemed appropriate for the project. For a finishing touch, every winged being should have a little sparkle on their
At least, most of it! You all know how hard it is to not miss something! That Christmas stocking that someone carried into their room, that box of ornaments that got covered by a jacket on an out of the way chair. Putting away our boxes is such a rush and madness that once they get up in the attic – and this is not a traditional attic with stairs that I can go up into…it's a garage attic that requires a big ladder and some major muscles – if we have "stuff" (more of that collection at my house) that we miss, it may be sitting around until we get the Easter "stuff" down! Thankfully, that's the next holiday when we have decorations with any major bulk, and the containers are minimal…mostly baskets. Anyway, I'm making a pile. Hopefully, as I clean my workroom, I won't find too much more Christmas stuff! I do keep all my Christmas scrapbooking "stuff" in my workroom all year…who knows when the urge to scrapbook the holiday might come upon me…so it is better if it is all kept together. But I have work to do, so I must keep cleaning! Perhaps when it is more organized, so will my brain be…which you can tell that "it" isn't just by my sentence formation! A couple of days later… It is not a good idea to walk away when you are
To a casual passerby, the small pile of what appears to be snow next to our front sidewalk may appear to be remnants of a trip to the mountains, since actual snow in San Diego is HIGHLY unlikely. To the residents of our house, a once in a blue moon occurrence has happened. While trying to fit our frozen food purchases in our outside freezer today, it was determined by Meg that this could not be accomplished without first defrosting our 20 plus year old upright freezer. Megan was the official "defroster", and I was her assistant, carrying big pots of ice chunks and shaved ice outside. Not really enough to build an actual snowman (5' X 2' by 1'high), but funny to see how many pots it took to carry it out. While at the grocery store, we were just talking about how little we had actually gotten accomplished today, and now we can end the day with a feeling of success, knowing that there is plenty of room to add more frozen goods to the shelf. One of these days, we are going to need to get a new freezer, but until then, I am happy with the hand-me-down upright from my MIL, grateful that my husband is clever enough to figure out a way to add a latched lock to it so it doesn't accidentally get left slightly ajar. This is