Friday, January 31, 2014

The Gingham Dog and The Calico Cat

This weekend I am babysitting the Gingham Dog.  She belongs to my sister-in-law who has gone out of town with John to visit their dad.  So I get to baby sit the dog.  Our cat Pippa does not appreciate that very much at all.  She spends her time growling at the dog, sitting under a chair where she thinks she's safe.  Sometimes she will sneak up on the dog to remind the timid pup who is really in charge. The rest of the day the Gingham Dog and the Calico cat sit in the living room about ten feet apart from each other.  John calls it the "Mexican Standoff".

And on a completely unrelated note, here is my new listing for today -

I did not get around to any destash supplies because I was so busy with cutting out kraft wedding escort tags and babysitting the Gingham Dog and Calico Cat.

Creations from craft stash - 12 down, 88 to go
Destash of craft supplies - 8 down 42 to go

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mulberry Street

As I sit down to blog, I cannot help but to think of Dr. Seuss' And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.  (If you don't know the story, you'll have to read it for yourself.)  I sit here long and hard and wonder - did anything excite me or make my heart beat? "Nothing," I say as I sit in my seat, "Nothing blog worthy on Mulberry Street."

So in my normal days of homeschool and doing housework, I also fit in some time for my Etsy shop. And at the end of the day, I am thankful for another blessed day.

 Here are my newest creations. 

Floral Scrapbook Embellishments Paper Flower Posies made from cardstock and vintage dictionary pages -

 Floral Scrapbook Embellishments Paper Flower Posies made from patterned scrapbook papers - 

These scrapbook embellishments and more can be found here at Ellie Marie Designs

 Destash Craft Supplies #8 - Scrap Paper Pack
Craft supplies are here.

Creations from craft stash - 11 down, 89 to go
Destash of craft supplies - 8 down 42 to go

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Countdown Continues

I had a lot of fun making these adorable fabric bags.  They will make great favors for any spring or summer event.  I can just see them now at a country wedding. I'm planning to make some blue ones next week.

Destash # 7

Creations from craft stash - 4 down, 96 to go
Destash of craft supplies - 7 down 43 to go

Custom Bridal Shower Order

Here is the sign I made for a book themed bridal shower for Ellie Marie Designs.  It's a cute idea.  A lot of work. And a lot of adhesive! Now to get it shipped along with the "Bride" banner and matching place cards.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Supply Fast

Well I don't even know if anyone reads my poor little blog any more.  But I need to keep a list of my "Use Your Stash" challenge started by Karen from Chocolate Dog Studio.  And I must participate in this challenge because my expenses are huge this year.

We won't even talk about the $400 crown I just had done today or John's root canal right before Christmas.  Let's list the fun things:

May - Gabriel's graduation means a trip to Pensacola, Florida and a graduation gift.  What do you buy for college graduation anyway?

November - Hannah's last extra year at college means she'll be there without Gabriel for the first time.  So we've been planning to spend Thanksgiving with her.  Yes, that's another trip to Pensacola.

December/January - Gabriel's talking about getting married which means a trip to PA, a dress for me and most likely Holly, a rehearsal dinner, a wedding gift.

I think I need to make about 2,000 sales this year. And go on a supply fast because I have a lot of things here at home.

Here is my continued list:

These cards were made entirely of things I already had here at home.  Destash challenge numbers 2 and 3:


And for my own challenge of listing supplies, numbers 5 and 6.

Creations from craft stash - 3 down, 97 to go
Destash of craft supplies - 6 down 44 to go

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Gabriel left for his last semester of college before the new year. The last two weeks he has been busy taking an inter term class - a semester crammed into ten days. Hannah left yesterday and the busy semester begins on Tuesday.  This will be the last one for Gabriel and so the countdown has begun!  There are 108 days until graduation.  That is a mere 15 weeks.

I do not really need anything extra to keep me busy.  Between homeschool, church, Etsy and housework (yes, I sometimes get to that), I have enough going on.  But graduation and a trip to Pensacola is going to cost money.  So here is my attempt at earning a bit extra.  Karen from Chocolate Dog Studio has challenged me to use my craft stash to create 100 new items.  And I have challenged myself to list an additional 50 craft supply destash items.  Do I have that much stuff?  Probably.

Here is the beginning: 

Newly created item #1

Here is the first few destash items:
(I have a lot of purple cardstock leftover from a custom order I did last summer.)

(I call this Barney Purple but that's probably not a good search term for brides searching for escort tags.  Wild Berry or Light Magenta is a better choice.  What would you call it?)

(These belong to Hannah and the profits will go toward her mission trip to Romania.  But it counts as getting rid of clutter in my home.)
(Also Hannah's)

Creations from craft stash - 1 down, 99 to go
Destash of craft supplies - 4 down 46 to go