‘Tis the Season

I swear, as I get older, I just love the holidays more and more.

I love doing the little things for all the people in my life who help keep my world turning.

I love seeing the smiles.

Our world needs more damn smiles.

So, I haven’t posted…because I have been working like a crazy little elf on all of the goodies for all of the peeps.  It’s been busy!

I did take a break last Sunday to make the storm window frames for the craft room.  Funny story there.  I had been up there sewing, in multiple layers, still freezing.  I was watching the musical Rent while working and the thought crossed my mind…”Hey, minus the drugs and AIDS, I have a lot in common with the characters in this! Freezing my ass off and looking at a burning candle like it’s really going to make me feel warm!”  So, I decided it was time to get those windows buttoned up!

But, this is some of the stuff I have been working on!

It has been a variety of gifts for coworkers and the kiddos in my Off the Hook Club at school and even some fun doggie accessories for The Pet Loft!  PHEW!  This doesn’t even include gifts for my friends and family…that’s tomorrows project, because if I shared pics now….it would ruin the fun.

But the point of this post is this…it is so easy to get so lost in the lists and the To Do’s and the stress of the holidays.  For me though, each year…although always stressful…gets easier and easier.  I have really started to LOVE the process.  Making things gives me a chance to knock the cobwebs out of the crafty side of my brain.  I get to have an excuse to spend hours in my craft space just jamming and creating.  It doesn’t get much better than that for me.  Plus, I get to see the smiles…that’s so selfish of me.  But I LOVE seeing people smile and knowing I played a part in that!

So, take a moment…breathe…and love the moments that make this time of year so magical.  It’s not about the money spent…it’s about the smiles and the memories.  Laugh.  Love.  Embrace it!!!!

Plus, I really like Christmas lights.  I’m a kid at heart!

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If I don’t talk to you all before Christmas….have a WONDERFUL holiday!

Peace out peeps.

Hey hey

Hi everyone!

This is going to be brief….and a bit of a shameless plug.

You know you love it.

So, Etsy.  I am imagine the amount of people who are blogging and also have Etsy shops is actually a pretty high number.  I am one of them!  I know that it’s that time of year to get your shop on…but please consider checking out Etsy.  These are amazing people making some pretty stunning things!  I am doing 90% of my shopping on Etsy this year and I am so excited to wow people with some unique, handmade wonders.  You should REALLY check it out!

Mainly my shop.

Insert shameless plug.

Go on…get to it!

Yellow Horse Trinkets on Etsy.

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Also, BIG post coming on the progress of the interior storm windows I am building!!!!  I have 6 done…18 more to go and snow is in the forecast for Sunday, so I had better get on it!

Peace out peeps!

Craft rooms…the good, bad and ugly.

So, I have a 4-day weekend coming up.  I am torn between tackling the dining room or the craft room (or ambitiously, both…or should I say…insanely).

With that being said, my OCD has kicked in.  Looking up ideas, brainstorming out what I like and don’t like and then sprinkling…I mean POURING in a whole lot of reality.

Pinterest.

God how I LOVE to HATE you.

You are NOT reality.  You are as real as the lottery.  Especially when it comes to designing and organizing craft room spaces.

However, like the bikini body I’ll never have…I WANT YOU!!!  The GORGEOUS, LAVISH, PERFECT room for nothing but hours of blissful crafting.  I mean, in my dream world…lovely light, perfect containers situated just Martha Stewart perfect. The cozy, beautiful sitting chair where I can count the hours watching out the window while putting the finishing touches on the creations that I can share with the world.

POUR ON THE REALITY!!!

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This is a slight example of full work mode currently…not TERRIBLE…but not the room of my dreams!

I have a closet full of house repair products the previous tenants left.  Walls that are a mess.  Holes, a sorta finished newer wall (which is actually going to go bye bye) and stacks of stuff everywhere.  Ahhh, the story of every craft person out there…stacks of STUFF.

So, how do you get to that perfect craft room?  I have found lots of tricks and tips for organization…anyone?  Input?  Wanna share you favorite picks of your craft space???  HELP ME????

The one thing I have working for me is I do have AMAZING light…and it’s a good sized room.

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Note:  I wouldn’t recommend spray painting in the house.

And I get to see the most amazing sunsets!

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Check out those walls!  I actually might keep the idea and just recreate it…I wish they wouldn’t have gotten lazy and painted over the hand created border!

And the dogs love hanging out with me when I am up there!

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Check out the light!!!

So, take a second….share a pic.  A thought.  A helpful hint that helped make your craft space perfect!  As soon as I start, there will be before and after pics coming!!  Can’t WAIT!!!

Peace out peeps.

2016

Hey hey everyone!

We are officially in the new year and hopefully recovering from the mad crazy of the holiday season.  I know that for me, yesterday was one of the laziest days I have had in MONTHS.  Not only did I not leave the house for the entire day, but I didn’t work on any projects.

That’s a bold faced lie.

I did try…a meager attempt at best…to make the crumbling storm cellar entrance slightly more weather tight before winter actually gets to Ohio. But, let me just inform you…the BIG GAP insulation foam spray stuff….not nearly BIG enough to fix the problem.  So, onto plan B, which I’m not sure what it is yet.  But as soon as I know, I’ll let you know.

I did end up creating for the day.  I read about something kinda cool a temperature blanket.

What?!?!? You ask!!  A blanket that regulates to the temperature???

Ok, not quite that cool, but needless to say, fun to make!

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You can use the standard chart, found at this link… Temperature Blankets

Or you can make your own chart, which is TOTALLY what I did.  I followed it loosely, just staying within the general colors designated those temperature ranges.  Because I knew I would be binge watching TV all day, I decided I wanted to go back and start with December.  Also, because we had one of the coolest (and I don’t mean temperature wise) Decembers on record in Ohio that I kinda wanted to document in the blanket.   So, I used Weather Underground to find the conditions starting December 1, 2015.

So, as I work on it, I’ll keep you posted.  This blanket will eventually be on my Etsy Site, as soon as I get it done!