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Usually I post crafty stuff on my craft blog “CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

This time, since it’s more about observations than actual crafting, I decided to put it here..

I heard there was a Craft Fair at the local Church my family and I attend.  They also have a Craft Mininstry, which I was super curious about since crafting is totally my thing..

I went to the craft fair with intentions of looking at the products, and maybe talking to someone in the ministry to see what is needed to participate in the ministry and in next years craft fair..

We got there fairly early.  It was busy!  I had no idea the craft fair at the Church would be so popular.

When I looked at the products, my heart sank.  If I sat there with my handmade cards and banners, I would have been overlooked completely!  It was jewelry, blankets, soaps, painted art turned into cards, holiday decorations..

Everything looked so much more professional than my handmade cards and banners..

Plus, there weren’t many handmade papergood vendors.. I only saw one table that had some handmade cards and gift card holders, and honestly, they didn’t look like they were getting much business..

I’m sure a lot of the vendors sold handmade crafts, but it just seemed like it was all way out of my league.

There was so much inventory, if I ever wanted to participate, I’d have to start making cards and stuff TWO years before the event!  Plus, there’s the issue of displaying my stuff, and packaging it just right..

I was feeling overwhelmed just thinking about it..

It is a goal to want to participate in something like this in the future.  I wish I could think of more things that I could make in order to make my stuff sell more and sell better.  I wish I wasn’t limiting myself to paper goods.. but with the time and space and budget I have, I really can’t venture into anything else at the moment.

I’m still thinking of ways to make this aspect of my life better.  I’d like it to become something that could make me a little spending money.  I don’t ever expect it to become a full source of income, but it would be nice to see it become something a little helpful.  With all my aspirations of becoming a stay at home mom, a little extra income while doing something I love, is the perfect little dream.

I’ll keep my mind turning for ideas… meanwhile, check out my crafting Facebook page “CutieQ Cards n Crafts” and click “Like.”  I’m so close to reaching 1000 likes!  That will make me totally excited.  Also, visit my blog linked at the beginning of this blog entry!

Thankful November:
I’m thankful for creativity that God has blessed me with.

 

 

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When 2013 started, I decided this was the year to scrapbook.

The method I chose was Project Life.  Because I wanted to save money, I decided to NOT use the official PL products, but use what I have and make it work.

You can see the progress on my scrap blog, CutieQ Cards n Crafts.

Yesterday, M and I were looking through the pages I had already finished.  We were pointing at people and objects.  She was saying who they were, and what the objects were.  It’s always so cute seeing her pointing out my pictures and Hubby’s pictures.

When it came to her pictures, I was expecting her to say “pishure.”  For the longest time, she would identify herself as “pishure” (translation – picture).

So last night, when we were pointing out faces, I pointed to hers and asked her who it was..

“Mah-lia”

She said her name!

The emphasis was on the wrong syllable.. it’s should be “mah-LI-ya” but hey.. it’s better than “pishure!”

She loves looking at pictures, and I’m so glad I’ve decided to start scrapbooking.  Nights like last night that make it so worth it!

 

Toddlers and crayons…

M has discover the art of coloring.. I had given her some crayons from Crayola that were meant for little ones.  They were crayons encapsuled in some sort of animal holder.  It was meant for little hands that can’t grasp thin crayons just yet.

She seemed to outgrow those pretty quickly.  I knew when I saw her figure out how to remove the crayon from the holder and proceed to color with the crayon alone..

Anyway, we are at my parents house this week and we bought her a huge Dora the Explorer coloring book from Costco, or Cah-co, according to M.

I found some Crayola crayons in an old drawer at my parents house.  I think we had those when we were younger, and I’m surprised they’ve held this long.. but I’m glad we have them!

M LOVES it.  She’s coloring some of my brothers old canvases and discarded art projects.. like you see here..

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Yes, that’s my little girl. Yes, those are stickers on her face.

But she’s also starting to venture beyond the pages and art supplies..

So far, she’s colored (or attempted to color) the following:

  • Bottom of the TV
  • A door
  • The coffee table
  • The treadmill
  • A wall behind the TV
  • The floor
  • The couch
  • A kitchen appliance stored away in the closet
  • The cat

She walks around with the crayon like that guy from Psycho held his knife.. all I can think of is that “eee, eee, eee” sound as she walks around looking for her next crayon victim.

I know she’s just exploring, experimenting and discovering.. I just hope that my parents house survives this whole new world of color..

 

Things I think I would like to do in the near future:

Participate in a blog hop:
I visit several crafting blogs and they always seem to have blog hops.. or do cute blog-community sorta things.  So it’s a random thing I want to participate in.. maybe when life settles down a bit..

Start a craft blog
I like doing my cards and my crafting things.. why not make a blog.. and be famous in the “craft world” like those people I tend to frequent..

I’m such a nerd… but.. moving on!

Start a blog based on a one-year personal project:
Ok.. so I’m totally stealing this idea from that whole Julie/Julia movie.. I’m getting up there in age.. I feel my life is slightly stagnant.. why not force myself to go through a one-year self-discovery sort of project.. it’s like high-tech middle age syndrome for Generation-Y.. Or is it Generation-X.. I don’t even know what Generation “Letter” I should associate with!

Start a little business
I like making cards.. why not get paid for it.. I’ve got a cute little business name in my head too.. and it’s not like I want this to be something that I will totally abandon my career in the biotech industry for.. it’s just something for a little extra spending cash.. cha-ching.. cha-ching!

Ok.. so a lot of it has to do with crafting and blogging..

Ugh.. NERD!


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