Friday, March 27, 2015

Lunch Notes Are A Kid's Best Friend

I just finished reading the book In-Between by Jennie B. Jones. In the book, the main character is a teenage girl who is a foster child. She goes to live with her new foster family and on the first day of school she sits in a bathroom stall to eat the packed lunch her foster mother has prepared for her.

Inside that lunch, is a little note that tells her to have a great day.

Life as a mom can get really hetic, especially in the morning. Especially if you have more than one kiddo to get ready for the day in addition to packing lunches, finding backpacks, and sometimes searching for a misplaced shoe.

I'm so guilty of this. Sometimes, as I'm dropping kids off to school I forget to say "Have a great day, or even I love you."

It's hard and it's so simple.
But it means so much.

Years ago, our pastor's wife told me how she would write notes on napkins in her child's lunch. I did the same. My kids complained, but then if I forgot they'd come home from school and let me know they didn't get their note. Even though they didn't want to admit it, they look forward to it. It's still staying connected and giving your child some extra encouragement that they may need to carry on the rest of the day.

I think we all could use some of that. Not just in school, but in the work day as well.

We've all been there haven't we? There are just those days that drag or something happens that you can't wait for the day to end or wonder if anything worse could happen before the clock hits the appointed time to go home.

A few little words of encouragement can go a long ways to make it through the afternoon.

What better way to slip some hope into someone's day than a little note card with a handwritten "Have a great rest of the day." or "Looking forward to seeing you when you get home." to boost their moral.





These bright and cheery little note cards are available in my etsy shop now.  You can check out all the designs here, and more will continued to come.

They're 3 x 3 folded, and are the perfect size for slipping into a lunch. They're uplifting designs make them a keeper to hold onto throughout the day on a desk or in a locker.

What notes of encouragement do you tend to write to your loved ones to let them know your thinking of them throughout the day?







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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Operation Spring Cleaning



It's been a long winter. I've waited to pull down the plastic that adds an extra barrior between the cold outside and the walls within our home.  And even though it snowed on the first day of Spring, I'm ready to welcome it anyway.

My grandfather used to say that those few inches of snow in the spring were the "oinion snow" and that was good for blessing gardens. I hope he's right.

With spring also comes a long awaited goal for our family.

We've outgrown our home.

Over the years, our children have grown, my business has grown, and now Chad works from home. We've used up all the nooks and cranes of this house for desks, craft tables, and a growing family.
We knew we wouldn't stay in this house forever. It had been the best of the worst houses we'd seen those many years ago. We called it our "seven year" house.

It's been seven years.

While this home has served us well, holds memories for our family, it's time for us to move on to another stage in our life - including the upcoming teenage years of our children.

Thus begins Operation Spring Clean.

As I'm cleaning and decluttering a real estate agent is getting the sign ready and the paperwork prepared to list our home, while another agent searches for a home that will suit our families new needs.

I'm hoping for a new studio area, even one that opens my business up to more walk in communication with my customers. I've even graciously offered to share with Chad if need be so we can work together during the day.  I know, I'm such a giving wife.

I don't know where our next home will be, but I pray it is closer to our family - shortening the mileage and travel time we endure each year to stay connected with them - and I pray that a new family falls in love with our current home and is blessed by it as much as it has for us.

Today's mission to kick off Operation Spring Cleaning is three things:

1. Call a contractor to fix basement windows (the winter was not kind to them and we'd fix them anyway.)
2. Tackle Chad's office by decluttering the crates of text books and papers that have gotten strown all around over the winter.
3. Find the kid's easter baskets and prepare for the upcoming holiday.

I think three goals for today are enough.

Are you looking forward to this new season of spring?

If you would be so kind as to keep our family in your prayers through this transition, it is much appreciated,and if there is anyway I can be praying for you - please don't hesitate to let me know in the comment section below or email me.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thank You for an Awesome Year!







Thank you for a wonderful 2014. 
This year is going to be even better!  

Don't forget to share. 
Your awesome!
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Musical Cast Guest Book Album



You can use a guest book for so many special occasions in your life. I always feel like I'm apart of those when I get to work with you and create special books for just the occasion.

One of the things I love most about where we live is our local community theater. A few Christmas's ago, my husband got two tickets and we went to a holiday orchestra concert.  I loved it. Not only did I get to dress up for the night, but I got to sit up in a balcony with my program in hand and enjoy the music.

I love music and I enjoy musicals.

Which brings me to the special book I wanted to share with you today, this one for a high school musical being put on this month.

Hot off my crafting table....
"A Day in Hollywood, A night in the Ukraine"

Doesn't that sound like an awesome musical? 



The inside pages are lined with "From the Cast" on the top for the members to sign and give to the director/teacher afterwards as a gift.

I used left over scraps from the book to make this blank music note card to go along with it.

The red on black looks amazing.

Go break a leg! or so they say in the Theater I'm told.
Wishing them a full house and wonderful night for their show.

And, in the meantime, I'm off to bake cookies and sing a few carols with the kiddos.

It's getting close to Christmas, what's left on your list?


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Special Coupon Book For A Special Little Girl






I love custom orders and making things especially for you.

Last week's request really got my creative brain working as I created this custom coupon book for a special little girl.

The criteria:

pink and purple
custom printed coupons
It's for Christmas.

This is what I came up with.

 I used two stamp sets on the cover. First one was the stockings that I used purple mulberry ink and the second came from the sledding "Let it snow" set I have and I stamped the snowflakes.

Since this was for a girl, I thought, what girl doesn't like a little sparkle? So, I used silver, gold, and purple gel pens to outline the stockings and added irridescent glittler to the top of the stockings and snowflakes.

While it sat and dried, I worked on the coupons.


Using some pink paper in my stash, I pulled up my coupon file and personalized each coupon upon the request of the customer.

Hairstyles, breakfast, mani & pedi, shopping, and even movie night, this little girl is one special little lady!

I just adore how this came out!
I can't wait to make more, and I'll be happy to make a personalized coupon book for you, too!
Just contact me and I'll set it up through the shop.

How are those Christmas preparations coming?
Did you remember those stocking stuffers?

I've got a book coming out soon just for Christmas, if you have a moment, hope over to my author page and check it out! 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fisker Cutter Paper Tool Review



My paper cutter is probably my most used tool on my crafting table. I've had it a long time, like as old as my youngest child, who is in second grade now!

I love my cutter, but over the years, the numbers have started to fade. (Yeah - I've used it THAT much!)


Sadly, after all these years, the blade has gone dull, but hey 7 years of use is pretty good for a blade, wouldn't you say? But it doesn't do me much good trying to cut pages for inside my books and most the time now, they tear. When I want torn sheets, I tear them myself, not from my cutter though....

While onlines shopping during the Black Friday sales, I indulged myself in a tool this year. My husband encouraged me when I asked him if I should, he said, "Go for it" and I did.

I got a new Fisker's Paper Cutter.

I choose this one for a couple of reasons:

1. Self sharpening blade
2. Size - cuts 12 x 12 papers
3. Density - cuts up to 10 sheets at a time (although I usually only cut 5 so I haven't tested the full 10 pages yet)
4. Blade lock (with kiddos in the house getting into stuff when I turn my back for minute, this is a must)
5. The price. very reasonable.




You can see the new vs the old here on my crafting table.

While my new cutter doesn't have the second slide cutter like my old Purple Cow Cutter did, I honestly never used that second cutter so I'm not really not going to miss that extra feature I never used. 

Also, my old Purple cow had a metal paper holder there by the blade, my new Fisker's paper cutter has a plastic one, put it puts a tighter hold on the paper so you don't have to hold down as hard as the metal one.

And the feature I didn't realize it had and am really getting used to (in a good way) is the blade holds itself up. It used to be I had to lean forward so the blade handle would rest on my shoulder to hold it up while I rearranged my paper to cut, the new Fisker blade stays up one you push the blade up to position your paper. 

And so, after a week of cutting, I'm pretty pleased so far with the use of this cutter. 



Now to see if this cutter can last as long or out last my old one.

I got this cutter from Amazon.com, you can find it here.

Happy Crafting! I'm off to make some books. :)

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