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This year, M is working on some summer crafts.  We went to Walmart and purchased art supplies.  While browsing, we came across all the DIY craft kits and stumbled up on this wind chime kit.

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It’s about $9.99 before taxes.  Paint your own windchime.  M really wanted it.  I knew this would be a perfect project that I could take a few days to complete.

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The kit comes with a wind chime already assembled.  Paints, paint brushes, stickers and stencils come with the kit.  There is also a paper with suggestions on how to paint the wind chime.  We didn’t need those.  M was going to paint it her own way.

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The wind chime is currently a ‘work in progress.’  It’s been about two days worth of work so far and I’m expecting another two to three days more before it’s completed.  She’s having a blast painting it and asks about it all the time.

Unfortunately, we usually have to wait for K to be napping for her to do this.  If K was awake, all she’d want to do is get involved.  It would be messy and a bit frustrating for M who just wants to take her time and do a good job.  Thank goodness M is really understanding about waiting.

I can’t wait to show you the finished wind chime!

 

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My shop has found much success with one item.

A banner.

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It was initially a custom order I had completed several months prior.  I was looking for more items on a “made to order” status, when I started searching through my old product phots.  I came up on this banner and thought it was a good idea to add it to my listings.

It was the best decision I had ever made.

Since January, I have gotten at least one order of this banner.  In one month, I had received three orders for this banner.

I’ve been more than happy to make this banner.  It’s created with the utmost care and love.  I use a special lined burlap.  Fraying isn’t an issue.

I really need to get my act together and create a girl banner.  I just wish I had at least one more hour in the day.  One day, there will be a girl banner similar to this one.

Ordering a custom girl banner just might give me enough of a push to really create one.  I’m always open to custom orders!

Click here to go to the banner’s actual shop listing!

We found flower growing kits at the Target dollar area a week ago.

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We were still living at the in-laws when we found them. Click here for the back story.

Now that we are finally back home, M and I decided to give this little flower growing thing a try.

It’s spring, right?  The season of growing, right?

Well, let’s get to it!

These little kits come with a packet of seeds, the flower pot, and a pellet of ‘growing medium.’

The directions say to add a tablespoon of water to the growing medium and allow it to absorb the water.  Boy, those little pellets really grew.  Once hydrated, the filled up the entire flower pot.

Then, add no more than five seeds into the pot.  I had no clue poppy seeds were as tiny as they were.  They were even a bit too tiny for M’s tiny fingers!  I think we got enough poppy seeds into the flower pot, we’ll find out if they grow!  The daisy seeds were much easier to handle.

Once we did all of that, we placed the flower pots outside.  I have to double check if the area we placed them gets some sunlight.  Silly me, I haven’t had a chance to check if the sun hits the spot we placed them.

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Of course, I forgot to label which pot had daisy seeds and which pot had the poppy seeds.

We planted them on Easter Sunday.  We’ve been watering the lightly every day since, and so far nothing has happened.

Does anyone know how long it takes for these plants to show any signs of growth?  How long do I wait before I call it a failure and try again?

I’ll keep you posted.

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you should know that I have an Etsy shop.  This blog entry will most likely be one big shameless plug for my shop, but hey, I gotta do it sometimes!

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I’ve had it for years, but when we made the decision for me to quit my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom, I wanted to put more effort into this shop and make it something worthwhile.

I decided that the shop won’t just be about cards.

The name says ‘cards n crafts’ so I wanted to also focus on some other crafts that I could sell.

I’ve always made banners for parties and occasions.  So I took one banner I had already completed, took a photo of it, and posted it in the shop.  That banner in the shop happens to be my best selling item.  I get at least one order for this banner a month, which actually fulfills my ‘one sale a month’ goal.  To view the best-selling banner, click here and it will send you directly to my Etsy shop.

I also started selling ribbon clips in my Etsy shop.  I’ve always been a fan of clean and simple designs, so these ribbon clips are the perfect reflection of my style.  Click here to see the various ribbon clip sets I have for sale.

Cards are still an important element in my shop, and I try to keep up to date with holidays, but it is pretty difficult.  I was barely able to get some Valentine’s Day cards into the shop.  Luckily, I put out a few and sold a few.

In the processing of moving back into the house and clearing/cleaning up my crafting work space, I found a bunch of cards.  I’m currently in the process of taking pictures of them and creating shop listings for those cards.  They will be one of a kind.  Once they sell, they probably won’t come back due to the new system of card making and selling I am implementing.

But I’ll save that for a blog post next week….

In the meantime, please feel free to visit my little Etsy shop, the link is above.

I do take custom orders, so if there is a banner or card you would like me to make, you can always begin a conversation with me on Etsy and I can help you with what you would like!

Ok, shameless blog post about the Etsy shop is over.. thanks for sticking around!

 

 

I love watching those little Instagram videos of all those people that can do brushlettering so well.  I only wish I can be as talented as all those people.

One thing they always emphasize when people ask them how they do it is “practice.”  They practice all the time.  They are always writing, they are always honing their craft.

I’ve always wanted to try it.

I was lucky enough to find a very inexpensive ($1.99) brush pen at a small Japanese shop inside of a mall we visited last weekend.  Needless to say, I was very excited and you can see the video where I show the pen and my first impressions here (don’t forget to ‘like’ the page too!).

I’m very much in love with the pen and I love practicing whenever I get a free moment.

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Random fact:  I spent an entire summer writing down “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” until my mom approved of my writing.  I guess I can credit her when people compliment my penmanship.

I actually enjoy writing with that brush pen.  I’m still getting used to manipulating the strokes and remember when to do thick and thin lines.  It’s definitely a process and practice really does help make things easier.

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I’m also trying to string the letters together and form words.  It’s a very different feeling with the pen to form words than just drawing letters.

Every day gets a little easier.  Figuring out how to hold the brush pen and how to move the brush pen is getting a little easier.  And I know that as I continue to practice, I will eventually develop my own style and flair to the brushlettering.  It just takes a little time.  I can’t wait to look back at these old writings and see how much my style has changed and improved (I hope!).

I do plan on participating in some Instagram lettering challenges next month.  Any recommendations?

Chevron Quilt Part 1

Progress on this quilt is a lot slower than I’d like to admit.  Ideally, this quilt should come together quickly.  It’s finding the time to get it done that is proving to be difficult.  I am determined to get this quilt completed before the weather starts to cool off.  Plus, posting progress on the blog gives me a bit of accountability.

Ok.. so here we go..

When we last left off, I was cutting fabric into triangles.  I finished that and began arranging the triangles into the chevron pattern I love so much.

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I laid out the entire quilt.  It gave me an idea of how big the quilt might be and how many triangles I really needed to create the quilt.

Then, I started putting the half-square triangles together.

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After sewing them together, I took them to the ironing board to set the seam on press it flat…

I learned a very important lesson from doing this…

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The final half-square triangles are smaller than the original square!  Ok.. maybe I should have known this, but I didn’t.  On the left is the 5in square I created all the triangles with.  On the right is the completed half-square triangle that is now a 4.5in square.

It changes things.  My original layout of the quilt showed how big the quilt will approximately be.  Now, I might have to add extra rows and columns to make it the size I desire.

Good thing I have a lot of extra triangles to play with.

I have to finish sewing all the half-square triangles together before I can decide if I need more.  I’m hoping at the next update, I’ll have a better idea of what I’m doing!

I love my Day Designer Today & To Do.  Click here read more about my thoughts on this planner.

I love that the planner is a daily spread.  It’s a day a page.

Perfect for memory keeping.

Some days are more interesting than others, but I feel like every day has a story.  Every day is full of memories.

I just wish I was doing this sooner.

UntitledI love looking back on the day before and then seeing the blank page of the new day.  Every day is a blank slate waiting to be filled.  It’s a refreshing and reviving thought to have, especially if I had an exhausting day before.

I like to find little pieces of memorabilia from our day to stick into the planner.  When I look back, I can see what kind of things we actually used or visited.  It’s like a time capsule in a book.

UntitledI also love recording days that are just filled with so many fun memories.  On our first trip to Legoland as passholders, I made sure to grab a map so I could cut out all the fun places we went to in the park.  M loves looking at this page and talking about all the fun things she did at Legoland that day.  I will always make sure to grab a map or other forms of simple memorabilia when we go to the park to help document our days there.

UntitledThe good and the bad.  The triumphs and failures.  I want to remember it all.  I want to remember that my life was always interesting and so far from perfect.  It would be fun for M or K to read back on these days and see what sort of shenanigans they would get into.

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I simply am in love with this form of memory keeping.  I’ve had no time to scrapbook lately and this has been a great alternative.  I also think that this form of memory keeping is a great supplement to scrapbooking.  I will be able to look at the photos and look for the day the photo was taken revive some memory for the journaling on the layout.

This form of memory keeping is also a great way to exercise some creativity.  Every night, when the kids go to bed, I sit at the table with my planner and just doodle and play with various styles of hand lettering for the day’s entries.  I find it so relaxing and helps me unwind after a busy day of wrangling two busy girls.


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