Monday, April 9, 2012

I Crafted Happily This Weekend

I spent some time this weekend crafting happily. Here's what I made.
I made these framed initials for my girls room. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge. I got the frame from the dollar store and painted it light blue(using Martha Stewart paints). They go nicely with they're room decor. I love making decorative items for our home.

Here's some more glass etching. I used the Storybook Cricut Cartridge for this project as well. I think this is my favorite glass etching project to date.

I made these cute little boxes for Easter this year. I was tired of buying baskets and having them end up on the floor. This seems to be a better solution. At least this way if they get torn up they'll fit in the trash can.

I'm feeling really productive today. I made these things and got them posted withing 2 days. Go me! It is a momentous occasion. For Real. Not only that- but I got my bathtub cleaned this morning as well. We have hard water issues- so it can get pretty nasty. I used an idea I got from my sister and tackled it with a Brillo pad. Now everything is much cleaner and shinier than before. THANKS SARE! Hope your week is wonderful. I'm hoping for some sunshine. It's hit or miss here in the Pacific Northwest.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Our Trip To The American Girl Store

In February we took my daughter and her best friend to the American Girl Store. It seemed like we were in the car FOREVER. I am so glad that my husband was around to do the driving. I hate city driving ( and a good portion of the trip was highway/city driving) and would do ALMOST anything to avoid it.

The girls were hoping to eat at the restaurant. Unfortunately, I didn't do my research until the morning we left. Turns out you need reservations to eat in their restaurant. The only available time they had was 7pm. We were not willing to hang around that long.

The store itself was pretty amazing. We walked in and it was wall to wall dolls. They had some gorgeous displays. We walked out of the store $90 poorer and Emma walked out with a new doll and two really cute doll outfits. One of them was a raincoat, and rain boot set- which is appropriate considering we live in the Pacific Northwest.  I'll have to get a picture of the new doll and her two outfits.

We have promised our girl another trip to this amazing place- we owe her a meal there. It's a long way to go just to eat-but, she's only going to be twelve for a little while longer. We don't want her to miss out on being a kid.

Some Crafts For Our Shop

These items are already up in our shop. Except the cards.

 All of the magnetic memo boards were made using discontinued SU! paper.
 These cards were made using Unity Stamps and paper from A DCWV paper pack. I think. But, since I put the paper in a "safe" place and can't find it at this time. I am not certain I am correct. There are so many paper choices out there that it's hard for me to keep track.

 The dry erase menu boards were made using paper from my stash. These pieces of  paper are several years old. What can I say, I love paper. I am proud of the fact that with most of these projects I have used the paper that I had rather than heading out to the store to buy more.

I used my slice and the wedding card for the words. These are just some of the items in our shop. My sister has made some really beautiful jewelry and I have some signs that I still need to photograph.

Don't forget to stop by our shop.

A Bit of Valentines Day- Delayed

My youngest daughter is going to be in the 7TH grade next year, so this is our last year making Valentines for her class. This year we chose to make little matchbook Valentines with packages of M&M'S inside. Pink for the girls and red for the boys. The cardstock and images are from SU! These were very easy to make. I think between the two of us we probably spend about 90 minutes making 28 Valentines. Perhaps a little more with prep time.

As a special treat for my family (and Emma's teachers) I made these cute little Valentine Sugar cookies. Packaging, cardstock and images are from SU! I used a Wilton cookie pan for the the heart cookies. I bought the pan at Target for $9.99. My recipe made enough for 5 teachers, my husband, 3 kids, my sister and two nieces. I really like to be able to assembly line as much as I can- and I was definitely able to do this with the cookies and the matchbook Valentines.

I can't believe it's already April and I'm just now getting around to posting my Valentine's Day stuff. Life sometimes gets in the way- a lot. Try as I might it can be challenging to keep up with my blogging as well as making things for our online shop. You should stop by and visit us at  . This is our blog and you can find the link to our shop there. We are officially open now. However, we are still in the process of taking pictures and posting pictures as well as designing and making our specialty items.