Crafting in the Rain

Monday, September 1, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #39 and Stumble Upon Link Up

Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend! School starts up for us this week and I think a regular schedule will be good for everyone. I can't wait to see your new posts, and to follow you on Stumble Upon (link up your profile in the second link up!)


Tour Through Blogland

Happy Labor Day friends! Have you seen some of the tour through blogland posts that have been written to help us all get to know each other better? Today I'm up! I was invited by Amanda from Dwelling in Happiness.  What's awesome is that she lives in Oregon, so not too far from me!

You've got to check out some of her great ideas like this lamp makeover!

So now I get to tell you a little about myself and answer some questions.

We've lived in this house almost 5 years and my favorite project we've done is our kitchen remodel. In the interest of disclosure, we did all of the demo work, but we paid to have it all put back together :) We love the light cabinets and stainless appliances. We knocked down the drop ceiling had recessed lighting put in. The granite counters are awesome too, and the tile doesn't show dirt easily, so that's pretty great! 

That was done 3 years ago, and everything's still holding up great, including the cabinets. They have not been hard to keep clean, and really the appliances haven't been either. I wipe them down with a stainless steel cleaner at least once a week to get rid of fingerprints.

1: What am I working on?
I don't have anything major at the moment, but always a handful of little things going on. On my I wait list are some vinyl projects, some organization for my son's room (maybe under the bed rolling storage?) some Halloween things, and I would love to start thinking about Christmas gifts. I'll start tackling all these once the kids start up school in a couple of days.

2: How does my work differ from those in my genre?
I think that a lot of my projects are experimental. I love trying new things, but that usually means I don't start out knowing exactly how it will go. I love that sometimes my ideas go in a bit of a different direction as I'm working on them, but I end up loving the results! I also love to see what my kids can come up with.

3: Why do I write/ create what I do?
Ever since I can remember I've been making something. When I was young I started with things like embroidery (and once stitched my design right to the pants I was wearing.) Then there were watercolor pencils, felt puppets, cross stitch, some sewing, and more. That need to create has stayed with me, and writing about it lets me share some of my ideas, plus most importantly, find other people who share my interests.

4: How does my writing/ creating process work?
I don't have one set way to do things, but often I create something out of a need...some way that I need to organize something, or make something prettier--yep, that's a need! The hardest part about blogging for me is having to stop and take pictures of the process. I'd rather not have to take time for that, but I love you guys, so it's the sacrifice I make :)
After I've finished my project I put together a write up for the blog post. I try to include the supplies and steps I took, including hints or tips I learned along the way. 

So now that you've gotten to know a little more about how things work around here, go visit Lisa at Mabey She Made It to learn some more about her!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Mega Birthday Giveaway

I hope you're ready--It's a special day today! We're celebrating blogger birthdays this week with The Cards We Drew and we've rounded up a great group of bloggers and vendors to throw the ultimate birthday bash and party like it's YOUR birthday! We're giving away over $950 worth of prizes for three lucky winner (U.S. residents only--sorry). You can enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below, but first check out the great prizes and bloggers involved and please be sure to read the fine print!

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Each blogger picked their own gift card to here's what's up for grabs!! You could have so much fun with these!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Do Tell Tuesday #38 and Google + Link Up

I know most of you with kids are back in school, but we get to squeeze one more week out of summer. I'll be back to check on everything that's linked up though of course!


Kindergarten Lunches with Del Monte

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Del Monte, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DelMonteBTS

We're hanging onto the threads of summer over here. I know many of you have kids that have gone back already, but if you're lucky like us and don't start up until after Labor day, I hope you're enjoying your last few days of sleeping in and playing outside all afternoon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More BIG News!

Today's announcement is a little different than the ones I've made over the last couple of days with working with Cricut and FloraCraft.

But I'm going to tell you a little story first.

You may or may not know that after high school I attended BYU. I was there for 2 1/2 years, studying microbiology. Right around the time I turned 21, I decided to serve a church mission and then spent 18 months serving in Portugal (and Cape Verde.) Within a week of coming home I was back on the campus of BYU and within the next week (though I didn't know it at first) had met the guy I was going to marry.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fabric Covered Foam Head

{Sponsored by FloraCraft}

I have some cool news: I'm so happy to announce that I'm on the 2014 Make it Fun team with FloraCraft