There is a wonderful place I know called Oh My Handmade Goodness
. It is a wonderful
online community for creative entrepreneurs that I came across almost two years ago and I am so grateful that I did! The most notable aspect of this community is how welcoming they are, no matter how small or big a business you have. I must admit that I kept a little quite in the beginning and "lurked" more than I "spoke" but once I did, they welcomed me with open and supportive arms. This community has allowed me to grow my creative connections, challenged me to push my comfort zone and presented the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people and artists.
This last point is the thing I am most excited about right now! Earlier this year in the OMHG forums
(such a valuable place to be) an idea was presented by Tif of Stubborn Press & Co
, for a collaboration amongst the members to put together a monthly letterpress calendar for 2014. It sounded like an amazing idea and it was certainly something I would love to be a part of. The theme of the calendar was appropriately set to 'Community' and the task was to create something that described what community meant to each of us. So I took a deep breath, gathered some courage (there are some seriously amazing artists in there) and I officially became July.
Now after months of planning and work within the community, I am officially sharing the news of the pre-sale!
Take a moment, head on over to Oh My Handmade Goodness
and check out the 2014 Community Letterpress Calendar
. The pre-sale starts today and is set for a limited edition run of 200, so order yours today…I just ordered mine!!
Two weeks ago we celebrated my sons 4th birthday and we celebrated it with a Pirate themed party.
I will have a post about the party up soon but I thought I would start with a tutorial on
how to make a Pirate hat in four easy steps with no sewing required!
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- Black Foam Sheet (12"x18")
- Scissors / Exacto Knife
- Fabric Glue / Hot Glue
- Ruler / Straight Edge
- Embellishments: Crossbones, buttons, lace, etc
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Fold foam sheet in half.
Cut a 12" opening down the middle crease.
This will fit most heads from age 4 - 13.
Draw the pirate hat outline while folded in half.
Use chalk if you have it (pencil is harder to see).
Then cut it out while folded.
Add a quarter size drop of Fabric Glue (hot glue will work too) just beside the end of the opening you cut down the middle, fold it back up and let it dry.
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- Add buttons just above the end of the openings with fabric glue / hot glue
- If want a little extra finishing touch thread the buttons BEFORE gluing them on
- Add lace around interior edge of the top using the fabric glue for a girl version
- I cut out crossbones using white foam sheet and glued them to the front
There you have it, four easy steps to make a pirate hat with no sewing required!
Let me know if you try it...I'd love to see your results!
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Don't have too much time on your hands?
Don't have want to spend a fortune on little treats?
Have a small child who wants to create their own gifts for classmates?
Then this is the perfect little project for your child and the perfect candy free Easter treat for their friends!
What you need...
- Egg shaped chalk
- Clear cello bags
- Cute little tags
- Bags/Tags purchased at our local Dollar Store and Eggs from Walmart.
Assembly so easy a 4 yr old can do it!
- Have child write name on the tags
- Have them put each egg in a bag
- Attach the tag (this is the most challenging part but is also a good exercise for those fine motor skills.
We have received great comments on these especially from parents who appreciate a treat that is not made of candy or chocolate.
So there you have it!
Quick, affordable and easy enough for a small child to do themselves. What do you think?
Oh and one more thing....
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL OF YOU!
It's December and the count down officially begins. As the month rolls by, time seems to tick faster and the next thing you know it's office parties, kids parties, schools out and you are scrambling about to get the little things done. In such times it can be easy to jump out and buy 'whatever' at 'whatever' cost. Handmade may not be your first thought but handmade doesn't necessarily mean time consuming, sometimes it can done relatively quickly and at a low cost.
These little packages contain homemade chocolate cookies, wrapped in wax paper, packed into brown paper bags, embelished with ribbon and mini ornaments. They tasted good (you have to taste test them don't you), looked good and the total wrapping costs was $5.00.
There you go, exhibit A on handmade done pretty quickly and at a low cost.
These were made with co-workers in mind. What do you think, would you like them?
I've been asked a few times where I purchased the storage bins in my studio. The truth is that most of the bins are from the Dollar store. Take these for example, great little containers...6 of these babies for $2! They are frosted, stackable and the lids are white, which is my preference in my studio. Perfect indeed, especially for those small left over craft supplies that can end up pilling up or getting stuffed into a drawer and forgotten.
Take those perfect, affordable containers, add my trusty label maker and I keep those little supplies organized, identifiable and easy to find.
Ahhhh....I love structure and order....now if only I could structure and order my toddlers!
My little boy is officially three years old. Where does the time go! With the end of summer here, my big girl saying good-bye to pre-school and prepping for Kindergarten and with my little man's party...it's been busy around here. Like many three year olds, my little one is a huge 'Cars' fan...he would probably watch that movie a thousand times if we let him. So what better theme for his party this year then Cars.
I love to throw the kids their parties but as I have said before, I try to do it using what I have and without breaking the bank. My best deal found this time around was the large decal that covered almost the entire sliding door; found it in a little run down local party shop for $5! With a little time, some bargain shopping and creatively using existing items, I think the place looked pretty good.
The kids loved it, he especially got a huge kick when he woke up and found the house decorated with all things Cars! More importantly we were in the company of our amazing family, we celebrated another milestone and we made him smile...now isn't that really what it's all about?
We've always enjoyed Canada Day but since having the kids, it's so much fun to go all out for them. This year I was inspired by the Oh Canada
post by Squirrely Minds
to make Canada Day t-shirts with the kids. The original post did it a little different but since my children are only (almost) 3 and (barely) 4, I modified things a little bit to ensure I'd get pretty close to the desired result. So here is what I did and I think it worked out well.
The next day, we hit the Canada Festivities and had a wonderful time. The kids were so good, they listened, they had fun, they walked over 4 miles (aprox 6.5 km) on their little feet (one took the stroller on the way there and switched on the way back) and we got so many compliments on their Canada Day gear most especially their shirts! It was a wonderful day and we can't wait to do it again next year! I hope all my fellow Canadian's had a wonderful Canada Day!
Oh how I enjoyed reading about all the amazing people that attended the oh-so-amazing Altitude Design Summit
. The pictures and stories alone were enough to inspire me. Thankfully and much to my delight they also have the Alt Channel
that provides inspiration and education all year round. I have taken a few of their classes already, Blogging 101, Advertising for Bloggers and DSLR 101. I have learned quite a bit from these classes and even met quite a few other bloggers out there that I may not have met otherwise. The classes not only opened my mind to the possibilities out there but also opened the door to networking.
I am now looking forward to the pictures and stories that will come out of the upcoming Alt NYC in August. It is going to be a one day event on the 23rd at where else but Martha Stewart Living headquarters...oh la la. Thanks to the search engine bing
Alt NYC is now a reality but they didn't stop there. Thanks to bing
I get to enjoy something too!
Thanks to bing
the Alt Channel is offering 2 free classes to folks like me - whoo-hoo! I have signed up for my classes and am excited to expand my mind and my network even further. Alt SLC and Alt NYC may be out of my reach right now, but thanks to bing
I am just a little closer.
Check out THE BING SUMMER OF DOING
and get your summer of doing started...I have!
Our vegetable gardens...finally!
Last year we tackled the enormous task our landscaping our own backyard. Part one
was the exhausting digging, part two
was putting down all the stone (and an injury) and part three
was the garden wall. Before and after pics and summary can also be seen here
After all that work we decided to NOT do the vegetable garden we had in the plans...we were so tired! So we tackled it this year. We downsized the initial size/scale to keep more grass/play area for the kids and we also decided to use a Raised Bed Garden Kit
to save ourselves from anymore digging. Found them on super
sale which was a bonus!
We purchased three kits, put them together, filled them and planted them with the kids help, all within an hours time. Bed 1: strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Bed 2: tomatoes and peppers. Bed 3: cucumber, broccoli, onions and leeks. We got carried away and even planted two grape vines. Our kids are really enjoying watching them grow and are beginning to understand that veggies don't just appear in the grocery stores or farmers market.
Our vegetable gardens at 4 weeks
We've only had one problem and that has been with strawberry theft. We quickly realized it was our very own dog who was eating all the "baby strawberries" and so now that bed is protected with netting. The dog still heads straight to that bed in hopes of finding a way in but so far the net is holding up.
Everything is doing really well, tomatoes are covered in flowers, cucumbers are budding and the leeks/onions smell so good (I am not a fan of onions). A year late in completion but now it is done and thriving. Well worth the wait I'd say.
I would love to hear or even see pics of your vegetable gardens. Feel free to leave your links below :)
For months I've been inspired by the people around me, both those I know physically and those that I may only know virtually. I have been watching these people as they take on challenges, embark on journeys and change their lifestyles completely.
One wonderful lady I know has been working on quitting smoking, both a wonderful but difficult decision. She is making strides and although it's been a slow and bumpy road, she is happy about her progress. Another lady I meet online a few years ago, has been training to do a half marathon. I've read about her training, her improving pace times and not that long ago about her big victory day. An old friend from my single days, decided to change her lifestyle. She began eating smarter, committed to working out regularly and the changes have been obvious and fantastic.
The list continues with a member of my extended family who is embracing her passion and starting her own business. The many that I have meet online and in the Etsy community working towards the success of their shops. To finally my old friend who after struggles and obstacles is now expecting her bundle of joy.
These people, these women, are so inspiring. Rising to the challenges, overcoming the barriers, taking the small steps that lead to the large impacts...bravo ladies and keep up the fantastic work. You are not only changing your own lives but also the lives of your friends, co-workers, families and children. Bravo!
Is was all these women (plus those that I didn't include here) that inspired this weeks print. Simple, straight forward and meant to remind us of why we set our goals and more importantly, that we will reach them.
My goal? Lose these last 20 pounds of course success with my shop.
What is your goal? What does that journey look like for you?