Saturday, December 29, 2012
Here are a few more holiday projects I was working on and gave away for Christmas. They are magnets made from clothespins, with paint and modpodge. They are so fun and easy to make...plus they turn out REALLY cute!:)
Thursday, December 27, 2012
So, no pictures today...just some words. :) I am sitting here, looking around my desk at all the scrap shrapnel, thinking how amazing it is that I could make such a gigantic mess making one single card! Granted, it is not a simple card, but one with many components and layers, so the mess may be warranted, but how do I manage to get just about everything out and not notice? This MUST be a good thing, afterall, I spend my day surrounded by people, moving quickly, and constantly aware-often overstimulated and ready to hide. Could it be that this crafting is a form of meditation? Absolutely! I love that I can be peaceful, focused, and so in the moment without any interruptions...not even the urge to clean up...which says a lot since I usually clean up after myself, as I go, with any other daily task. So, sigh, I am content to look around, reflectively, and realize that the "mess" is actually a good, productive thing for me in the oourse of any given day. Secondly, I am wondering if anyone else ever looks at their well-loved supplies and thinks about the sheer extravagance of the items...yes, they are made of simple components-paper, glitter, ink, fabric, etc...but that is my point. Can you think of a simpler time when one would have thought, "How wasteful! I could make a dress from all those bits of fabric that she is so (carelessly) gluing onto paper!" At times like that I feel guilty as I am reminded that we take so much for granted, including the amount of resources we are so fortunate to have, and, perhaps, waste. So, as I glue each piece and choose the project, be it memorabilia or gift, I remind myself to be grateful-mindful of the many ways in which I am fortunate and spoiled-and, thus, my meditation continues...
The holidays have been wonderful with family and crafting, as well as many memories recalled. :) Here are some of the other projects I have been working on this holiday season:
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
) And you are finally seeing it! I wanted to save it to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. I hope your holidays are full of warmth and love, and that everyone knows how special they are. My best wishes for a wonderful new year to you all, Crystal P.S. Thanks for visiting! See you in the new year! Can't wait to share all of your creations and mine! :)
Thursday, November 8, 2012
There is something about fall that always makes me nostalgic...as if I am looking back over the years and remembering all the great parts and people of my life before the cold of winter and the fresh start of the coming spring. It makes me homesick, too...I think of my parents and my siblings. Of the people that have come and gone in my life, and in this world. I think of many wonderful memories and smells, and just all of the things I am grateful for as they have made me who I am. And, I do my very best to express that gratitude and love by sending messages to those I hold near and dear to my heart. Here is a card I made for my parents and sent off today...with a special recipe my Mom has been looking forward to. :)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
So, as you know, I have anxiously been awaiting my second package from scrapbuck.com. And...drumroll, please, here it is!!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Good morning! I am writing my second confession of the week in honor of my craft room reorganization this past weekend! I have been a longtime user of the Cropper Hopper Paper Files, but wanted to share this product with you. It is fantastic!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hello! Happy Halloween! I hope you are all having a great day and that the festivities have put a smile on your face. I know they have put one on mine! Here is a picture of the card I made for my sister with the Martha Stewart spider web punch that I promised you last week:
Monday, October 29, 2012
So, I must confess that I LOVE the Iris storage cases! They are fantastic!! I use them to store all sorts of things...stickers, embellishments, stamps, ink pads, punches, tools, paper...they are perfect! And, they are wonderful for traveling!! I even love their little 4x6" photo storage containers. The best part? They are safe for photos and very durable. Looking for the 12x12" containers? Costco is selling them 5 for $19. Awesome deal! If only I needed more! ;)
Sunday, October 28, 2012
So, as I mentioned earlier in the week, I have been so excited to get my package from Scrapbuck.com! I waited not very patiently all week, and it arrived on Friday, just as they said it would. The package was very nicely organized and the two customer service inquiries/interactions I had were both friendly and professional (as I cancelled my first order to add to it...) :) I was so impressed! I will definitely shop there again, and, well, already sent in a second order last night. :D Can't wait to get the package.... Anywho, here are the items I received. I apologize that they are not all close ups, but that would mean a lot of pictures. Just to give you an idea of the value, I received 57 items and only paid $74. Shipping was free and there were no taxes. Given that the items are all top of the line companies and the price I would have normally paid, this was a steal!! And, now I will be able to do a ton of scrapbooking titles and card greeting using all the letter stickers I got. I am sooooo excited! Enough of my rambling, however, as I know the suspense is building...