"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind."
{ Dr. Seuss }

Friday, April 15, 2011

Changing Focus

I know it has been a while since I’ve written here. I think I’ve lost track of what I wanted to do with blogs, and I have tried to write about things that aren’t necessarily what I would really like to share with everyone, namely family life and what we’re up to.

So, after some time spent away in the year since dad passed, I am going to move my focus back to our original family blog. You’re welcome to follow if you wish. :-)


Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Blog Candy & A Game Tin Craft

One of my design team ladies had this candy shared on her blog…I couldn’t believe how massive it was. If I win, I am planning on sharing it all with my kiddos…especially Brooke, she loves to craft. :-)

This is just one picture of the candy, you really need to check out the blog to see it all!

blog candy


I ran across a very creative site called Dabbled.org. This game box tin idea is so cute. I think I will make one for the kids – but maybe with my little stamp characters instead. I haven’t decided yet!

(Visit the site to read more about the craft!)

I have a little tin with Prima flowers that I bought from Etsy a little while back. I think I’ll use that. The flowers will be safe elsewhere! *wink*

I’ll share pictures if/when I start working on it!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Exploding Box (finished)

This is the exploding box I worked on. I have another mostly finished…was supposed to complete a few more, but I have been severely behind.


I gave this to Grandma and Grandpa Smith on Sunday. Grandma cried when she opened it. The tag on the lid says ‘I Love You This Much’ and I told her that when she lifts the lid it and it falls open, it’s like a hug from dad.

I hope to make one of these for us, too.

A few more shots of the box…


This box is unique from any other boxes I may make, as I had to cut the rounded corners by hand and used a mix of watercolor and marker to ‘age’ the edges (that was crazy, lemme’ tell ya!). I now have a corner punch and a distressing ink pad.


I chose pictures that showed dad’s personality, and ‘aged’ him from the center of the box outward. I also chose background paper to match the era (or tried to, lol!).

Here’s closer pics of the lid:



There ya go! These are fun to make. I have to openly thank dad for teaching me how to make something out of nothing. This box ended up being made from scraps and creative means of sprucing it up!

Alrighty, talk to you next time! Have a happy holiday!

Give love to your family and those in need!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oh What Fun… !

Christmas FLEW by! I can’t believe it’s already over. As a parent, I have the sensation of cooking an exquisite meal and then having it gone in minutes.

BUT, those few minutes are the most joyous minutes we could ever ask for, and I look forward to them every year.


Looks like Santa came!


*Gasp* Are those puppets I see?

…and of course here are the kids opening everything!




Jaycen with his AT-AT walker. Trust me, it’s larger than it looks. (hm…either that or Jaycen is a giant…)

Nothing like a 5-year-old and his daddy playing with legos and Star Wars toys!


Here are the kids testing out their puppets and theater curtain! (found the perfect tier curtain and tension rod at Wal-Mart!)

And here’s some more holiday fun that we had…


We made a gingerbread house…


Mommy and the kids made Santa’s sleigh with mommy’s stamps…


Mommy made pumpkin bread (this was before the icing was added!)…

And here are 2 more dashes of cuteness before I go!




Saturday, December 18, 2010

Fickle Creativity! (and something shiny)

I am like a mad scientist.

mad scientist

I love coming up with a hundred-million-kagillion ideas. Most of those ideas never get past my notepad…and the ones that do don’t always last long.

I am so grateful that I have my stamp design that I do…I LOVE it and it brings a lot of joy to me and our little family. I have definitely caught a very itchy craft bug, however. I will never let it replace my love for artwork, but I have been collecting paper and rhinestones and glue to make paper flowers and butterflies.

…here’s an example:

cherry chocolate flowers

I hand-punch these, which is ridiculously fun. Maybe I like destroying paper. Who knew? *wink* …but then I add a rhinestone, and hand-drawn stitches and whatnot on the top petals. It’s sorta my style. I love stitches.

…not the hospital kind. The craft kind. :-)

lime sky daisies

(This one is a bit bright – lighting is tricky!)

I have always loved the idea of making ‘supplies’ to help others with their creativity. It’s a huge part of why I love making digital stamps. I am just not sure if this paper embellishment venture is going to get far with me…I suppose I should take a step and see what happens!

Enough ranting about paper. Oh, no wait, one more thing. If you love patterned paper, check out Paper Peddler’s shop at Etsy. She is amazing. I get almost all of my paper there.

Here’s some awesomeness from her shop:


Okay. NOW, enough about paper. :-)

This is random. But look at this shiny-ness:

Mmmmm. Yummy light cycle.

Yep. I have two very distinct sides. I love cuteness and fluffy, sparkly things…and then computers and ‘cool’ stuff. Like Tron. I was hesitant to see the new one, as most movies nowadays are all CGI backwash from one to another, but this movie was spectacular. We saw it this morning as a family, and the kids are just as hooked as mommy and daddy. I’ve said it elsewhere, but this film was a delightful mix of the original Tron and something as innovative and futuristic as Bladerunner.

Not to mention the music was hypnotic.

Alright, now that the tomboy side has been let out, I wish you all a lovely weekend and I will write again soon!

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