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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Has Blogging Made Me Dependent?

Source: herblog.com via Stephanie on Pinterest

It's a strange paradox, this thing called blogging.  It can be so motivating and yet so paralyzing.

Source: heartifb.com via Stephanie on Pinterest

The following thoughts have recently passed through my head:

--I should really organize this cupboard, but I haven't taken any before pictures yet.

--I love this shirt, I think I'll wear it today...but I've been meaning to blog about it...and I didn't fix my hair all cute this morning...so I can't take a picture of myself in it...so I'll wear something else instead.

--I have a craft for my kids to do, but their hair isn't all cute either, and I wanted to take a picture of them while they were making it, so we can't do that project right now.

--No one liked my instagram picture of us while we were mini golfing...did we not have as much fun as I thought we were having?

--I wonder if I should share a picture of my bed all messy in the morning--then someone can tell me "good job" for having made it, because it looks so much better after.

--If I do something cool or worthwhile, but don't blog about it, did it really happen?

Does anyone else think things like this or is it just me?  (and if it's just me it's ok--you can tell me)  

I'm now trying to shift to find my self-earned satisfaction: knowing I am spending time with my family, completing projects around the house or even just cleaning because I know it's important to my family's well-being and not relying on someone else to tell me I did a good job.

I'm not giving up on blogging, or even trying to take a break.  I just need to make sure I'm getting out there and liking my own life, not just posting on Facebook and sitting around waiting for other people to like it for me.

In the spirit of this "do things because I want to, not because I just think other people will like reading about it or I want something to show for it" I am spending the day getting things ready to celebrate the birthday of my favorite person.  Happy birthday love!  

I'm also going to join in on The Nester's 31 days series, where you pick one thing to write about, and write every day for the month of October.  People have chosen anything from organization to thrifty tips to lessons learned.  I'm going to try 31 days of Being a Better Mom.  It won't get me to perfection :) but there are at least 31 things that I could be doing at least a little bit better-and this will encourage me to work on them.  And don't worry, all the regular crafty goodness will still show up around here too. 

**Be sure to check out Day 1 for my list of disclosures :)

Day 1: Breakfast
Day 2: Listening
Day 3: Please
Day 4: Thank You
Day 5: No Yelling
Day 6: Be in Pictures
Day 7: Compliments
Day 8: Work
Day 9: Special Note
Day 10: Have a Routine
Day 11: Break Routine Sometimes
Day 12: Computer Break
Day 13: Get Messy
Day 14: Pray
Day 15: Say Sorry
Day 16: Reading
Day 17: Ask Their Advice
Day 18: Use Humor
Day 19: Teach a Skill
Day 20: Me Time
Day 21: Games
Day 22: Imagination
Day 23: Be Happy
Day 24: Cooking
Day 25: Sympathy
Day 26: Do Something They Want
Day 27: You're Human
Day 28: Mom Time
Day 29: Don't Give Up
Day 30: Patience
Day 31: Love 'em 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Stencil Winner

Congratulations to Dianna, comment #75.  I'll be sending you an email with info from Cutting Edge.  

Thanks everyone for entering and I hope you all have a great weekend!

And I can't wait until I get to fill you in on a couple of Halloween projects I've done for some other blogs...here's a little sneak peek for you:

For Pretty Cute Party

For See Vanessa Craft

I'll be sure to let you know when they go up so you can see the whole thing.

Ombre Bead Frame

Back in May I made a burlap and blue beaded frame for a contest entry.  Heather at Dollar Store Crafts saw it and asked if I'd do a tutorial for her site and of course I said yes! 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gold Painted Leaves

I recently shared these leaves on Honey Bear Lane as one of my contributor posts.  If you read Heidi's blog, then you already saw these over there.  If you don't, then you can see my wall art transformation here. (Then you should go see what Heidi's been up to and her shop full of gorgeous puff quilts)

This is what my Ikea mirrors looked like before.

I snipped a few fake leaves off of a garland and painted them each with gold paint.  

Next I cut a square of cream colored cardstock to fit in each mirror and attached a leaf with glue dots.

And here's my new display of gilded leaves.  

Gold paint is a super fast and easy way to add some popular gold tones to dress up a fall wreath, centerpiece or mantel.  I hope you'll try it!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese "Mints"

I finally got around to trying this candy idea I had and I'm so excited that they turned out and tasted so good!    It's like a fall version of the homemade Junior Mints and orange mints (though there's not actually mint flavor in those or the pumpkin candies)  

You'll need:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 Tbs canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Chocolate for dipping (I like Hershey's milk chocolate chips 'cause they're not pricey but still tasty...use whatever you know you'll like.  White chocolate would probably be good too!)

Combine cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla and spice with a hand mixer.  Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time.  You may need to transfer the mixture to a gallon zipper bag to knead by hand. It should be about the consistency of playdough and stick to itself very well but not stick to your hands.

Roll a section of the pumpkin mixture into a rope and cut into small pieces.  (Keep the rest covered with plastic) Then roll into small balls and flatten slightly between your palms.

Cover all the flattened mints with plastic so they don't dry out and melt about 1 cup of chocolate chips (I use 50% power in the microwave for a about 1 1/2 minutes)  Dip mints into chocolate and set on wax paper, then place in the fridge.  Once the chocolate is all hardened, peel off the paper and store in an airtight container in the fridge.  

So if you like pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin bread with chocolate chips...you get the idea...I hope you'll try these and let me know what you think!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Partial Wall Stencil and Giveaway

I've been plagued by this large wall in our front entry ever since we moved in.  We used to have a large clock hanging there but it is now on a different wall.  I thought about putting pictures all over the space, but I have a gallery type display already in this room.

The walkways from our living room that go to our hallway and our kitchen have this arch over them. (see the left side of the picture) I was pretty sure that trying to do a strong geometric pattern over the rounded arch would just look kind of goofy.  My solution:  just stencil part of the wall!

I got to try out this cool Cutting Edge Stencil called Missing Link and I used Calypso Orange (Delta craft paint). 

With the input of some friends and the vote of my husband, I did a floor to ceiling section right where we have our mirror and entry table.  

Working with the stencil was quite easy, especially after watching their stencil how-to videos.  And remember, when they say that rolling onto a paper towel before the wall is a step that shouldn't be skipped, they mean it!  You'll feel like there isn't any paint left on the roller, but there is, and this keeps it from seeping under the stencil letting you have nice crisp lines.  I still got a little bit of bleed in a couple of places, but it was easy to touch up with my wall color later.

Here's something I did that might be useful to some of you too.  To double check that the color you chose is one you'll like for the whole wall, paint a part of the pattern onto a square of plastic wrap.  When it dries, hang it up on the wall and see what you think!

Now the exciting news for you.  Cutting Edge Stencils would like to give a $50 credit to one of my readers to be able to go pick out their own stencil to try out at home and they'll ship it for free! (US residents only)

To enter: 
1--Visit Cutting Edge Stencils and leave me a comment with a stencil you like (they have all over wall stencils as well as craft stencils for smaller sized projects!)

For extra entries: (leave a comment for each one you do)
2--Be a follower of my blog (click the follow button on the right or subscribe to rss or subscribe via email)

3--Follow the Cutting Edge Stencils Blog 

4--Like the Cutting Edge Stencils Facebook page

5--Follow Cutting Edge Stencils Pinterest

6--And finally, you can earn an entry by taking my blog survey

***Giveaway now CLOSED*** Thank you.

Disclaimer:  I was provided a stencil to review but I was not compensated to write this post and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Halloween Goodies

I have a couple of Halloween projects in the works that I'm going to be sharing on 2 friends' blogs in a few weeks.  Two of my kids have told me what they want their costumes to be.  But until I let you know about those, go check out 3 fun things I did for Halloween last year! 

And I have to know--do you have any Halloween stuff showing up around your house yet, or do you pretty much wait for October to start, like me?

And finally, if you didn't get a chance to fill out this quick survey for me, I'd love ya to bits if you did.  Thanks!  In a few more days I'll share the results with you.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Washi Tape Flower

Over the weekend I saw an adorable washi tape flower at the craft store. I figured out how to make my own version, and you can too!

Friday, September 7, 2012

My Bad!

Remember my stencil post from the end of last month?  It was the Make a Splash theme for August, and I owe a huge apology to From London with Love.  I lost her project in my email and it didn't make it into my post.  (gah! so sorry!!)

Now that I have realized my blunder, please check out her fantastic thankful wreath, and then head over to her blog and leave a comment on one of her other great creations (and then maybe she'll forgive my blunder)

Her summary: I used a willow wreath I made from cuttings from my own tree, some 
metal numbers found at Goodwill, some hemp rope, some old wood, a self-made stencil, acrylic paint, and my son's precious little hand.

I love that it doubles as a keepsake with her son's handprint on there as well!  

Thanks for your great project London, and thank you for joining the Make a Splash challenge!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Putting My Name in the Goblet of Fire--Vintage Revivals Room Makeover

I'm a little embarrassed to be showing you these next pictures :)
BUT, having a whole room made over by Mandi from Vintage Revivals is a prize to awesome to pass up!  

I'm going to show you some pictures of my very neglected son's room.  Don't worry--my son isn't neglected--just his sad little room!

The only piece of goodness in here is the train art I made for him.  Other than that, his room hasn't been touched in the 3 years we've lived here.

Closet:  Sliding doors broken, thus revealing piles of books, random boxes and a few scattered clothes.  You can't even see it in the picture, but above the closet a previous room occupant engraved their name into the wall.  

Bed:  Asher is almost 4 and still sleeping in a toddler bed (that I tried covering with fabric and Mod Podge once, but I didn't really like how it turned out so I never even shared pictures on the blog--and now the fabric is peeling off!)  Granted, he generally curls up in a ball to sleep, but he's old enough to have a regular bed.

Window:  Yes, that's a sheet stuck up there.  Classy.  

Stuff:  Toy storage and organization is lacking.  Things pretty much just get tossed into different boxes...moving box--check.  Diaper box--check.  Tile saw box--check.

So Mandi--I think you can see that this room definitely needs your magic touch.  You'd love your visit to the beautiful Northwest.  Plus, we'll head to Portland one day to eat lunch at the famous food carts!